Friday, October 30, 2009

Weekly Update

Weekly Update - 10/30/09 . . . how's your week been? Staying well? Do let us know if you need some help when you get sick! It’s a tough flu, and we should all band together to care for each other.

Please take the time to look over all the upcoming events . . . we have many things going on, and would love for you to know about them.

Keep on living and loving!


Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday November 1st!!!

Sunday Service (9:30 to 10:45am)
“Day of the Dead: Festival Sunday” As Christian churches celebrate All Souls Day, Pagans celebrate Samhain, and in Mexico ancient traditions mix with the holiday to create a poignant time of stories and remembering…we join together to share stories of our loved ones who have departed. Please bring a picture or an item from a loved one to place on the front altar.

Fellowship (10:45 to 11:15am) and Alternative Gift Fair!! (see below)

Children's Chapel (11:00 to 11:15am)

Sunday School (11:15 to 12:15)

Adult Classes:

Sixty for Six: “What is Good About Religion” Christianity with Dr. Brian Jones

from Wartburg College (sanctuary)

New Member Meeting: People interested in becoming new members are invited t o meet with Rev. Eva and Mica Lorenz in Eva’s Office.

This Coming Week


7:00 pm Committee on Ministry


WOW! Workshops on Wednesdays

5:00 pm Children’s Choir

5:30 pm Dinner (Please RSVP)

6:15 pm Adult Choir

6:30 pm Self Realization Workshop (high school room)

Artistic Fun Workshop

7:30 pm Small Group Facilitator’s meeting

7:30 pm Theoretical String Band


7:30 pm Buddhist Path (balcony)


6:00 pm First Friday Potluck: Native American George Leduc (See article below)


1:00 pm Nature Small Group meeting

6:30 pm Card Club

Other Items

Alternate Gift Fair

This Sunday, November 1st, from 10:45 am-12:15 pm, the Conscious Living Group and the Green Sanctuary Committee of the UU Society of Black Hawk County will once again host an Alternative Gift Fair.

Attending this event allows participants to not only get a peaceful, head start on holiday gift-buying, but also to make purchases that are in line with their values.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn about and purchase holiday gifts that are fairly-traded, benefit others locally and/or internationally and at the same time, use their purchasing power for good.

A sampling of participating organizations this year includes Quota International (dried fruits and nuts), Heifer International (animals for sustainable living), Church World Service (tools and blankets for refugees), World's Window (fairly-traded jewlery, notecards, scarves, journals etc.), Equal Exchange (fairly traded coffee, tea, chocolate, nuts and dried fruits) and NISCUA (Guatemalan calendars and crafts).
Come support organizations doing valuable work locally and internationally and expand your awareness of the many ways to be a conscious holiday shopper. Be sure to invite friends and neighbors!

By the way, at last year’s Alternative Gift Fair we raised $1930.50 for these good organizations! What a great feeling to spend our dollars there instead of at the mall!

For more information, contact Juanita Williams at (319) 232-6819.

Next Friday Join Us!!

. . . on the First Friday of every month from September to May at 6 pm family, friends and the community are invited to a potluck dinner (bring a dish that goes with the holiday or just your favorite dish) and an a chance to learn about different religions . We invite special guests to come and share with us.

Native American Spirituality Nov. 7th, at 6pm

Come welcome our special guest: George 'Spotted Horse' Leduc*

George is a Native American flutist, tradition storyteller, performer, dancer, motivational speaker and recording artist. He graced us with wonderful music and stories two years ago and we are honored to have him return. Hopefully he will bring some of his albums for us to purchase.

For more info about George see his websites:**

For Native American Foods and Recipes:


Community Events


On Sunday, November 8th, the Canterbury Forum will host the final program in its Fall 2009 series: “Holy Terror: Murder, Martyrdom, and the Sikhs”, presented by UNI professor Dr. Lou Fenech, a leading expert on the history of the Sikhs, who are concentrated in northern India and are the world’s sixth-largest religion, a people distinguished by their proud military tradition and their wearing of the turban. But among the Sikhs there is also a tradition of giving their lives to take the lives of those who oppress them, and this is the particular focus of Lou Fenech’s talk. We associate religious violence with radical Islam, but as he will explain, it isn’t confined to radical Islam.

As always, Canterbury Forum programs take place in Will Hall at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2410 Melrose Drive in Cedar Falls. They begin at 7:00 PM; the doors open at 6:30. They’re open to the public, and there's no admission charge, though it sure is nice when folks bring treats to share.

See you there?

Bob Dise


Dear Friends,
I invite you to this American Association of University Women meeting on Monday, Nov 9 at Friendship Village. (See details below.)

I have known WindEagle and RainbowHawk for years and what they have to say is so relevant to our community. Renouncing violence in our schools and neighborhoods is vital to the health and well being of our community.

I would be delighted if you could join me. Please call me for reservations. If you choose not to come to dinner, please let me know that as well. You are welcome to come to just the program beginning at 6:00pm.

Hope to see you on Nov 9.

Jeri Thornsberry

Universal Principles of Peace : A Higher Consciousness to Which Humanity Is Being Called

From ancient earth wisdom come eight sequential steps— doorways to the being and becoming of the consciousness of peace within the self.

Living peace in the self is the first step to creating peace as a reality that can manifest in our relationships and in our world.

Creating a culture of peace that can bridge our collective wisdom ways, leading us to collaboration, understanding and respect of all cultures, is at the heart of the World Foundation for the Discipline of Peace.

Please join the Waterloo Branch of the American Association of University Women as they welcome WindEagle and RainbowHawk to Iowa.

They will speak of the Universal Principles of Peace which are at the heart of the World Foundation for the Discipline of Peace .

When: Monday, November 9, 2009

Where: Friendship Village, Cove Dining Room, Door C off of 9th Street in Waterloo.

Time: Gather at 5:00pm, Dinner at 5:30 pm , Program 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Meal cost is $8.00. Please make your check out to Friendship Village.

Reservations are required. Space is limited.

Please call Jeri Thornsberry at 319-235-0704 for your reservation.


Faithful Voices Conference on Thursday, November 19 in Des Moines

The conference is specifically designed to bring together people of faith across the faith perspectives and to educate each person on the issue of marriage equality, learn how to have conversation on the issue within congregations, inspire folks to become involved, and empower folks to be active in their support of marriage equality in Iowa.

We want clergy and lay people to attend the conference. At this time, Rev. Eva plus Pam and Al Hays will be attending. Join us!

Register at !


Rev. Eva Cameron

Unitarian Universalist Society of Black Hawk Co.

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