Friday, February 24, 2012

Weekly Update Feb 24, 2012 (

Weekly Update Feb 24, 2012
Weekly Update Feb 24, 2012
Weekly Update of the
Unitarian Universalist Society
of Black Hawk County  visit our website at  319-266-5640
Rev. Eva Cameron 319-610-6605 (cell)
Greetings from New Hampshire! Its good to be here and see my mother. She seems to be doing really well with her cancer treatments. Its also been good to see my sister and niece.
I’m truly sad to be missing YOUTH SUNDAY. Our young people always do such a great job with their service. I hope you’ll attend and cheer them on for me. This year they are exploring the theme of Courage.
See you in church!
(but not this Sunday)
This Sunday 2/26/12
           8:30 am Music Rehearsal
           9:30 am Service: YoUUth Sunday “Courage!”
This year our youth will be exploring Courage! Leo, Hanna, Jack, Matthew, Linnea & Charlotte will be sharing their own personal expression of courage. The service will be filled with wonderful music and words. It's going to be a good one!
         11:00 am Children’s Chapel
         11:15 am Sunday School for Children & Youth (classrooms)
         11:15 am Adult Religious Education ~ Stewardship Discussion  
Facilitator: Shanlee McNally
Come discuss our goals and plan.  Members of the Finance Committee will be present to answer questions about the campaign and church finances/budget.
Calendar for this Coming Week
           6:00 pm Cedar Prairie Vegetarian Potluck
           7:00 pm Committee on Ministry
           5:00 pm Festival Sunday planning meeting
           5:15 pm Children’s Choir
           5:45 pm Dinner:  Soups, plus beans, rice, salad & fruit
           6:30 pm Adult Choir
           7:30 pm Theoretical String Band
           7:30 pm Buddhist Path
           7:30 pm Drum Circle
           1:00 – 3:00 Nature Lover’s small group
All events are open, unless specifically stated. We invite all who are interested to attend any meeting or activity that sounds intriguing to them .
Pastoral Update
Happy Birthday Hanna Gibson  . . . our incredibly helpful PowerPoint operator.
Sending love and hope to anyone who is hurting. Please reach out and let us know. And please, let me know of any other pastoral updates to include from week to week. People want to know, and send you love, prayers or bring you a pot of soup!  ~Eva
Church Announcements
Rev. Eva  will be gone Feb 22 through March 2nd.
I plan to attend an training on “Adaptive Ministry” at our UUA headquarters in Boston. (I don’t know much about this theory, and so look forward to telling you more when I return.) And while in the area, I’m taking the time visit my mother, who continues with her cancer treatments. She lives just an hour’s drive north of Boston in New Hampshire. I will have my cell phone with me, and should be able to receive calls and emails, as I always do. There will be times during the conference that I will be unavailable, but I will return your calls as soon as possible.
Photo Directories
The photo directories have arrived and will be available at the scrip table. One per family. We also have a half-sized directory for folks that want an additional copy. Also, a PDF version will be available for your computer or portable device. Contact the office and we'll email it to you.
UU Garden
Todd Munnik  has agreed to captain the effort to grow a garden this summer!  If you are interested in helping out, please seem him. Look for more information in the upcoming weeks. It will take a village to grow our garden, but with a bit of leadership--we will all have some fun with it!  Thanks Todd!
Children’s Religious Education Notes
No RE During Spring Break
There will no children’s RE on March 11th and 18th. There is also no Children’s Chapel during this time. Enjoy your break!
Church Events
UU Mystery Friends in April!
Kids and Adults, would you like to develop a new multi-generational friendship at the UUSBHC?  UU Mystery Friends would be a great place to start!
Participate in this fun and easy program in April where RE students ages 4-18 sign up to become a mystery friend of an adult member of the congregation who has signed up to participate as well.  During each week in April, the mystery friend will provide their child letters and/or trinkets. We will have a reveal party on Sunday, May 6th.  
Sign up starting Sunday and through March. You can go to to print off a registration form or pick one up from Moria Brown during coffee hour.
If you have any questions, please contact Angie Stafsholt or Moria Brown.  
Wider Faith: UU Events and Opportunities
Installation of Quad Cities UU’s New Minister
The UU Congregation of the Quad Cities is pleased to invite you to attend the installation of their new minister, Rev. Jay Wolin on March 18th at 5pm.  
PSD Annual Conference 2012: April 13-15
Lessons from War and Peace
Wars and rumors of wars are so much a part of our lives that we often fail to consider that a truly peaceful world is possible. Prairie Star District takes up this theme, "Lessons from War and Peace; Stories of Hope, Faith and Courage," at its Annual Conference, April 13-15, in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Two challenging speakers will present the theme for the weekend. Reverend Jim Eller, who has spent many years working on issues of reconciliation will present the keynote speech on "The Glory of Courage and the Joy of Reconciliation." The Judy Memorial Lecture by Thomas Weiner is "The Toll War Takes on All Who Are Called to Serve."  
This weekend conference is a time to meet with UUs from our eight-state area to talk and share together our insights, questions and hopes. How can we apply our UU principles to the difficult questions of war and its costs, economic, physical and emotional.

Middle and high school youth will be attending their own Con within the conference -"ConScience," which will explore the way UUs make moral decisions, especially as they relate to war and peace. The conference will have many activities throughout for youth and younger children.

A limited number of scholarships are available. Apply by February 29 at
 Don't miss the March 14 deadline for early registration. For more information go to 
Community Announcements        
Expert Panel Convenes for Discussion on Iowa Courts and Merit Selection Process
The Black Hawk – Bremer League of Women Voters is sponsoring a community conversation entitled, “Why Merit Selection of Judges is Good for Iowa” at 6:30 pm Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at AEA 267, 3712 Cedar Heights Drive.
Justice Bruce Zager of the Iowa Supreme Court will start the panel discussion with an introduction to the Iowa Courts: the different levels of courts, the kind of cases each handles and how they operate.
K. O. Myers, Director of Research and Programs with the American Judicature Society, will follow with an explanation of the history and function of the merit selection system in Iowa.
Scott Peters, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa, will discuss the Varnum ruling and the 2010 retention election.
After these presentations, a Q&A session will follow.
The public is invited to join this community conversation exploring Iowa’s court systems as a potential model for other states.
For more information, call Michelle Temeyer at 235-7689 or Jeri Thornsberry at 235-0704. In Bremer County, contact Jackie Juhl at 319-352-5871 in Waverly.
Upcoming Canterbury Forum Program February 26th
On Sunday, February 26th, the Canterbury Forum will host "Torture:  Ethics and Pragmatism", presented by Dr. Francis Degnin of UNI's Department of Philosophy and World Religions.  Throughout the 20th century, torture was condemned as a barbaric war crime, and those individuals, organizations, and nations who inflicted it were condemned by world opinion and punished.  But in the last decade, torture has made a comeback, and now not only is condoned but celebrated in some quarters, by people who pride themselves on their defense of strict moral values.  Can torture ever be ethically justified?  Can it be pragmatically justified?  Where does it come from in the human psyche?  There is no one better qualified than Dr. Degnin, an authority on ethics, to lead us in an exploration of these issues.
As always, the program will be presented in Will Hall at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2410 Melrose Drive in Cedar Falls, and will begin at or shortly after 7:00 PM.  The doors will open at 6:30.  The program is free and open to the public.  I hope to see all of you there.
Bob Dise

Office Announcements
Stay Informed/Keep Us Informed:
Please send any information for the Weekly Updates to or call 266-5640.  
FYI - If you are sending something for the Weekly Update later than 10 am on a Thursday and want the notice in that week’ Update, you should copy Eva so she can add it before sending the Weekly Update out on Fridays.  I leave at 12:30 pm on Thursdays and no one checks my email when I’m gone. Janet
The February  newsletter is available as follows:
  1. for downloading  UUSBHC February newsletter
  1. paper copies are available in the fellowship hall at church.
  1. Also let the office know if you would prefer to receive the newsletter by email

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