Miami Valley 
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

8690 Yankee St.  Dayton, OH  45458






MVUUF's Forum for June  & July, 2019

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Service Topics for June & July, 2019

Sunday, June 2nd   11:00 AM
Stonewall 50 Years Later:
Freedom Isn't Free
with Sky Stewart and Rev. Kellie
Sunday, June 9th   11:00 AM
Humor: Life's Great Balancer
with Dan Miyake
Sunday, June 16th   11:00 AM
with Rachel Feltner and Rev. Kellie
Sunday, June 23rd   11:00 AM
To Be Announced...
 Sunday, June 30th   11:00 AM
Worship for All Ages:
Flower Communion
with Rev. Kellie

Sunday, July 7th   11:00 AM
Challenge as Patriotism
with Rev. Kellie
 Sunday, July 14th   11:00 AM
To Be Announced...
Sunday, July 21st   11:00 AM
Holy Nature
with Rev. Kellie
Sunday, July 28th   11:00 AM
Worship for All Ages:
Outdoor Service & Potluck
with Jerry Leggett and Rev. Kellie

Staff Notes

It was a powerful, joyful experience to have so many of us singing UU hymns on stage at the NAACP Community Celebration on Sat., May 25th! And while singing in the face of injustice and hatred may seem futile, I know a true story of a "Singing Revolution" in which a nation's people peacefully overthrew an oppressive government. It was after World War II when the U.S.S.R. occupied the Baltic nation of Estonia (where my sister-in-law's parents were born.) Estonians have a long and proud tradition of choral singing and since 1869, have celebrated their culture in an annual nationwide song   festival called "Laulupidu." The turning point in their struggle for independence came in 1991 at that   festival when hundreds of thousands of Estonians stood and sang together patriotic songs that the     Russians had declared "illegal." Read more about it and the documentary film from 2007 HERE 
---Sara Davis, Director of Music

This Sunday, June 2nd is the beginning of a 13-week experiential religious education program that offers each child an opportunity to explore how our UU key seven principles/practices are part of their story.
Each session will include a brief presentation by a local artist followed by an art activity where students will create an element to add to the group collage.
In addition to art-making sessions, the summer will include three multigenerational Sundays:
  • Sunday, June 30th: Flower Communion
  • Sunday, July 28th: Outdoor Worship & Potluck
  • Sunday, August 25th: Celebrating Our UU Stories
The children's giant collage will be on Exhibit at the Dayton Metro Library during September as part of the annual Peace DAYTON's month-long peace emphasis.
We still need a few parent volunteers to assist for about one hour on a Sunday. Contact our DRE, Jerry Leggett, at if you are willing to lend a hand. 
HEAD'S UP! This would be a great program for children to invite their friends and neighbors to experience our UU faith community.
--- Jerry Leggett, Director of Religious Education

Now that summertime has officially arrived, many may be enjoying time off work so they can travel, work on projects at home, or merely enjoy the slower pace that this time of year can provide.  It's a good time to remember to call MVUUF first before stopping by, to make sure that I'll be there to help you. Due to my need to help out my mother, my love of gardening, and my joy in hanging out with my sweet grandson, Isaac, I may not always be around during the summer. But simply give me a call (937-436-3628) and let me know what you'll need...and I'll do my best to be there for you!
---Jennie Freiberger, Fellowship Administrator


There will NOT be a separate July edition of The Forum. That's why this issue is filled with info for June and June. But don't worry...the E-Blast will still be arriving EVERY Friday morning to keep to up-to-date with ALL the MANY things going on at MVUUF, and The Forum will return for August, as well!


Fun Activities This Month

Thursday, May 9th, 11:30 AM, at MCL Cafeteria, in Kettering
You should join this fun group of ladies as they celebrate birthdays! They'll be meeting this month on Thursday, June 13th, at 11:30 AM, at MCL Cafeteria, in Kettering. Please make sure to RSVP to:
                                Allie Petersen at

Wednesday, June 19th, 10:30 AM, in the Library
Why not plan to join this well-read group? They'll be meeting this month on Wednesday, June 19th, 10:30 AM, in the Library at MVUUF. The book for discussion will be Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. They'd love to have you join them!
Other books to be discussed soon are:
July 17th..... The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
August 21st..... Love in the Time of Cholera by 
Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Sunday, September 8th, 12:30 PM, 
in the Sanctuary
After a break over the summer, you can look for this fun gathering to return this September! So make time to enjoy your summer, and then plan to spend some time after the Service on Sunday, September 8th, to find out more about our very own Rev. Kellie Kelly. You'll be glad that you did!

Sunday mornings, 9:30 AM, in classroom #5
This interesting discussion group is open to ALL who identify as women, and meets on Sunday mornings, 9:30 AM, in classroom #5 in the RE Hallway.
Please note: The group will NOT be meeting during the month of July, but you can plan to join them in August.

Wednesday, June 12th, 1:30-3PM, in the Sanctuary
Games in the Afternoon
Learn to play Mexican Train dominoes, or bring along any game you'd like to play!

Saturday, June 15th, 6:30-9:30 PM, in the Sanctuary
Family-Friendly Movie Night - Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse
Kids of ALL ages will enjoy this film!
Friday, June 21st, 6:30-9:00 PM, in the Sanctuary
Game Night
Bring a game or share a game, and enjoy hanging out with others!
Friday, June 28th, 6:30-9:00 PM, in the Sanctuary
Craft Night
Bring a craft to work on or learn how to make a yarn octicorn!
Wednesday, July 10th, 1:30-3:00 PM, in the Sanctuary
Games in the Afternoon
Bring a game to play & share some time with friends!
Friday, July 19th, 6:30-9:00 PM, in the Sanctuary
Game Night
Bring a game to play, and share some time (and snacks!) with friends!
Friday, July 26th, 6:30-9:00 PM, in the Sanctuary
Craft Night
Bring a craft to work on, or learn how to make something new!
Sunday, July 28TH, 12:30 PM
Ice Cream Social and Potluck/BBQ
After our outdoor Worship for All Ages, we'll enjoy a yummy meal-and ICE CREAM!-with other members & friends! Please contact Adrienne Clark at if you'd like to borrow one of the Fellowship's ice cream makers to make some ice cream to share. More information to come, so stay tuned...
Around the Fellowship
This month, our Soul Matters theme is Beauty ; you'll find this theme used throughout the Fellowship this month, from Worship Service topics to what the kids are learning in their classrooms!
To receive the Soul Matters packet, please click HERE 

You can receive a hard copy by contacting our Fellowship Administrator, Jennie Freiberger, at 937-436-3628 or ; they are available for ALL MVUUF members & friends.

We know you've been patiently here are the totals from this year's Service Auction:
$  9,194.00                   Live and Silent Auction
$     538.00                   Gate/Food/Beverages
$     935.00                   Basket Raffle
$       49.00                   "Rounding Up" donations
$     425.00                   Allison Crews' project (assembling playset in her                                                  backyard after assembler backed out of the job)
$11,141.00                   Total Gross Revenue
$     308.27                   Expenses
$ 10,832.73                  Net TOTAL
Thanks again to EVERYONE who helped in any way to make this year's annual fundraiser another great success!

Sunday, June 30th, 12:30 PM, in the Sanctuary
Don't forget! Make sure you are planning to attend our annual June Congregational Meeting; it's scheduled for Sunday, June 30th, 12:30 PM, in the Sanctuary. Remember, Voting Member status is a privilege and a commitment, and ALL Voting Members are encouraged to attend, as there are several issues up for a vote, such as the 2019-2020 Budget, a couple positions on the Endowment Fund, and an open spot on the Program Council, as well.
But you don't have to be a Voting Member in order to attend! The meeting is open to ALL members & friends of MVUUF; and you must be a Voting Member in order to vote.

The Program Council's Unsung Hero this month is Rachel Feltner. We are honoring her for her frequent and ongoing contributions to the life of MVUUF.  
In addition to many other activities, Rachel's services to us have included chairing the Social Action Committee and serving as Social Action Program Council Representative, being an active member of the Worship Committee, being an active member of the Immigration Action Group, assisting in YRE, being an organizer of our participation in Gay Pride Day and helping with set up and clean up for numerous events. Please thank Rachel for all she has done!

The MVUUF Board meeting in June has been rescheduled to Tuesday June 11th at 6:00 PM (the Board meets monthly, typically on the THIRD Sunday of the month at 1:30 PM).
And don't forget, the first 10-15 minutes of each monthly meeting are now open to members and friends for questions or comments!

Sunday, June 9th, 12:30-2:00 PM, in the Founders' Room
Sunday, July 14th, 12:30-2:00 PM, in in the Founders' Room
Join CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) for our monthly discussion group. June's topic is Are We Living in the Matrix? This promises to be an interesting topic. And in July Kathleen will briefly   introduce the topic of candle magic. What is candle magic? What color of candle should you use to     enhance specific magical intentions? We'll open the discussion to the group. Tell the group how you practice candle magic and what works best for you. Suggest color correspondences for specific intentions. Successes and disappointments in your candle magical workings and anything else.
The discussion group focuses on topics relevant to a variety of pagan spiritual paths. This event is free and open to the public; ALL are welcome.
Questions? Please contact Kathleen Werning or Adrienne Clark at

Sunday evening, June 16th, 6:30-9:00 PM, at the Fellowship
CUUPS will be having a Full Moon ritual celebration! Often referred to as the Strawberry Moon, June's full moon celebrates the moon in all her glory and the abundance of growth and new life in nature. We will call the elements, set intentions and raise energy for our intentions. The goddess will be honored in her form as Lady Moon. After the ritual we will share light snacks and conversation. Tarot and rune   readers will be available for those interested.
This celebration is free and open to the public, and family friendly; ALL are welcome. This is a great opportunity to learn about CUUPS and our wide range of beliefs. Bring your favorite snack to share. Questions? Please contact Kathleen Werning or Adrienne Clark at

Sunday, June 23rd, 6:30 PM, Cox Arboretum Metro Park, 
6733 N. Springboro Pike  Dayton Ohio 45449
Join CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) as we celebrate the Summer Solstice otherwise known as Midsummer or Litha . Litha is the time when we honor the Sun God. This is the longest day and shortest night of the year. The days will begin to shorten and the nights lengthen after Litha. We are thankful for the blessings of the season as fruits, vegetables and flowers are flourishing. Nature is alive with the sounds of new life. We will be giving thanks and honoring the gods outside (weather permitting). We will gather at the Gazebo at the park to celebrate the Sun at its highest point in the sky, ground and raise and direct energy. This is a celebration of warmth, light and abundance. We will finish our celebration with a short walk in the park. Bring water for the walk and a snack for yourself if you like. If you would like to carpool to the park some of us will meet at 6:00 PM in MVUUF's parking lot.
In the event of rain we will meet to celebrate at MVUUF, calling the elements, setting intentions and   expressing our gratitude for our seasonal blessings. We will share a potluck dinner after ritual. There will be time for conversation and divination for those interested. Open, free and family friendly.
Questions? contact Kathleen Werning or Adrienne Clark at

Sunday, July 7th, 6:30-9:00 PM, at the Fellowship
Join CUUPS as we gather around the time of the new moon to work on our own personal Magical Journal or Book of Shadows. Each month around the New Moon we gather to discuss topics of interest around our pagan paths. We discuss a different general topic along with a type of divination and a famous pagan. We research and discuss the correspondences associated with the month such as elements, planets, herbs, crystals and zodiac sign. Come learn and share your ideas with the group. This month we will discuss chakras, pendulum divination, the element of wood, Selena Fox and the correspondences related to Friday. Binders, paper, research and reference sheets are provided. Bring your favorite snack to share. Open to the public, free and family friendly.
Questions? Please contact Adrienne Clark at

Sunday, July 21st, 6:30-9:00 PM, at the Fellowship
Join CUUPS as we celebrate the Buck Moon, so named in reference to the new antlers seen on deer bucks' foreheads around this time of year. Plains Native Americans referred to the July moon as the Thunder Moon, as signified by the storms often present in the American Plains this time of year. The moon is at its fullest in its cycle. Crops are beginning to mature and bear fruit. We are feeling the  increasing warmth of the Sun as the dog days of summer approach. We will welcome the elements and call on the sacred feminine energy of the Mother Goddess in her form as the full moon while we express our gratitude for our blessings. We will release all those things that no longer serve our highest good. There will be the opportunity to share conversation and divination for those who wish. Bring your favorite snack to share. Open to the public, free and family friendly.
Questions? Please contact Kathleen Werning or Adrienne Clark at .

Do you have room in your car for a congregant or visitor? Do you need a ride to MVUUF to join us? If you would be willing to ride-share or need a ride, please contact Kathleen Werning, our Ride Coordinator, at 937-825-4314 or Kathleen will need your name, contact information, your area of town and whether you can provide a ride or need a ride. This is a way to care for each other and increase participation at MVUUF.  

Remember, due to allergies, asthma, and other sensitivities of our members & friends, we ask that you please refrain from wearing scent at MVUUF (perfume, aftershave, scented hair products, lotions, etc.).

Thank you for helping us to be a safe as well as welcoming congregation!

You can order fair trade coffee after the Sunday Worship Service at MVUUF! Orders are placed on the first Sunday of the month (this month that's May 5th!), and then your order should be ready to be picked up on the third Sunday of the month (this month that's May 19th!).

There are many varieties and bean grinds to choose from...some are even organic! For more information, feel free to contact Lynn Buffington at or 937-657-0426.

Did you know we have a lost & found box at the Fellowship? It's located in the Office area, on the floor under the long table holding all the plants!

If you think you may have lost something while at MVUUF, it's the FIRST place you'll want to look!
Showing Up for Justice
Wednesday, June 5th, 7:00 PM, in the Founders' Room
Wednesday, July 3rd, 7:00 PM, in the Founders' Room
This newly-formed group is a supportive place where white congregants can work on reducing and eliminating their own white fragility and internalized racism without harming our siblings of color. Rev. Kellie is also looking for individuals who are interested in assisting her to lead this ongoing group.

For the months of June and July, we'll be gathering on Wednesdays (June 5th and July 3rd), though we usually meet on the first Thursdays of the month, 7:00 PM, in the Founders' Room. Questions, concerns or suggestions? Please email Rev. Kellie at .

Monday, June 24th, 7:00 PM, in the Library
Monday, July 22nd, 7:00 PM, in the Library
Our newly-formed Transgender Ally Group meets on the 4th Monday of the month-June 24th and July 22nd-7:00 PM in the Library at MVUUF. This group offers a supportive place where cisgender congregants can work on reducing and eliminating their own internalized transphobia and heterosexism, without harming our transgender siblings. Contact Rev. Kellie at with any questions or concerns.

Monday, June 17th, 7:00 PM, in the Library
Monday, July 22nd, 7:00 PM, in the Founders' Room
The Social Action Committee meets on the third Monday of the month (June 17th and July 15th) at 7:00 PM at the Fellowship. On even-numbered months they gather in the Library, and on odd-numbered months they meet in the Founders' Room.
If social action issues are something you feel strongly about, why not consider joining them? The meetings are open to ALL.

Saturday, June 8th and Saturday, July 13th,
 10:45 AM, 120 West Apple Street, in Dayton
Please join us on June 8th (and July 13th!), in providing our long-standing second Saturday lunch for women and families staying at the St. Vincent de Paul Shelter.  
We continue our "summer" menu and our needs this month include sandwich filling (sloppy joes, BBQ pulled pork/chicken/beef, tuna salad and one batch of egg salad), vegetable dishes (pasta salad with LOTS of veggies, cole slaw, or other vegetable - green beans have been popular!), green salads, fresh fruit/fruit salads, 100% orange juice and 1% milk (we use buns from St. Vincent's pantry for the sandwiches). We need several donations of most items, with each donation serving 15-20 people. Please bring all items---heated if applicable---to 120 West Apple Street (the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter) by 10:45 am.  
You can sign up for Saturday, June 8, lunch on the clipboard in the Gathering Space, or you can contact Lynn Buffington at 937-657-0426 (call or text) or You can also check on what is needed at SignUp Genius  (no need to log in unless you also want to sign up through Genius).
We expect St. Vincent's to continue to be very full with about 120 in house, but the number of Saturday lunch diners is unpredictable as some residents, especially families, take advantage of warmer weather to go elsewhere. In May, the weather was mild and we fed 61, with 41 in the women's group at 11 and 20 in the family group at noon.   Thanks to the many who served (pictured below) and/or provided food! If you would like more information regarding volunteering, please take one of the info flyers near the sign-up sheet in the Social Action area in the Gathering Space.  


One Last Thing... 



You can keep up-to-date with all the happenings at MVUUF by viewing the Fellowship's online calendar right HERE.


The calendar is updated throughout the week, so it's ALWAYS the place to check & see what's going on at MVUUF; usually, it's quite A LOT!



We are a liberal religious community that embraces diversity and respects the inherent worth and dignity of every person.  ALL are welcome here, no matter their race, class background, sex, sexual/affectional orientation, gender expression, or ability.


Please visit us on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. for our worship service---

we'd love to see you!