Greetings from Omaha,
Yes, I am at our District Annual Meeting. This year its being held in Omaha. Kathy and I traveled here yesterday afternoon, so we can attend a workshop on Community Organizing this afternoon. Facilitator Willie Bennett, the Lead Organizer of Dallas Area Interfaith, will share how interfaith congregation-based community organizations (CBCOs) can leverage power to bring about change. We’ll let you know what we’ve learned. This evening will be a big opening ceremony with a banner parade, and more. Then a Keynote Address by
Charlie Clements, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). The evening will be closed out with a worship service. Tomorrow is another full day, including the Awards Ceremony. It is always good to meet UU’s from other places and learn about what is exciting them.
Sunday Service (9:30 to 10:45am)
“From Conflict to Reconciliation: Overcoming Sectarianism in Northern Ireland”
Join Pam and Al Hays, just back from a sabbatical in Ireland, as they explore some of their learnings from their experience. There will be a reader’s theater presentation. And the Family Folk Ensemble will be playing Celtic Songs!
Second Hour (11:15 am to 12:15pm)
Walking the Talk - Sheri Huber-Otting will give a talk on the Feinstein Challenge and how it relates to the Food Bank. Sheri is one of those people who both talks the talk and walks the walk. Her presentation promises to be both informative and rewarding.
Stories That Changed My Life - This is a new series so join fellow UUs as they relate interesting and informative stories about events that changed their lives. Pam and Al Hays will share their story.
The Nickname Process Continues . . . . (voting with dots!)
If you haven’t had a chance yet, next time you are in church, look over all the names, grab a strip of dots (each person gets ONE strip) and vote for a name or names that speak to you. You can vote all your dots on one name, or vote for several names that appeal to you. As you think about what would be good, imagine talking to your neighbor or co-worker about this community. It should be something that is special to us, and speaks about who we are, what we are about with a sense of pride, love, joy, and all the feelings you have about this place.
Wednesday evenings continue to be a lot of fun. Join us for dinner (RSVP to Carolyn Hildebrandt <firstname.lastname@example.org>). And if you play an instrument, stay on for fun with Family Folk Ensemble.
Thursday evenings continue to be meditative and instructive. Buddhist Path invites anyone to come and join in a reflection on Dharma (teachings) and Meditation each week from 7:30pm to 9pm. We start a new book this week for Dharma Discussion: Happiness Is an Inside Job by Sylvia Boorstein. Read chapter one, and join us!
Worship Team to plan EarthDay will be meeting next week. If you have something you’d like to share, or do, or even see done . . . Get in touch with me. Its a wonderful chance to be part of the team and share!
I heard from Cedar Valley Hospice that an friend from a long while back, Elizabeth Diestler just died. I am uncertain of arrangements at this time, but will keep you posted.
Esther Kieffer’s eldest son had very good news after his surgery on his kidney—as the growth they thought was cancerous turned out to be benign. Whew!
Please do let Esther or me know the joys and sorrows of your life, so we can tend you—and let others know (when you desire). We aim to be a community that really cares about each other. Let us care for you!
I am still reachable by cell phone. If in need, please don’t hesitate to call . . . 319-610-6605.
Take good care of your good selves,
Rev. Eva S. Cameron
UU Society of Black Hawk Co.
Cedar Falls, IA