This Sunday’s Worship Service
Sunday, April 18th, 11:00 AM – Noon
Worship for All Ages: Becoming a People of the Earth
with Somaya Bernard, Director of Religious Education, and the Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Committee
Zoom meeting details:
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11:00 AM – Noon Worship Serv
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Please note the following:
- This service will be recorded and/or live-streamed to Facebook. If you do not want to be included in the recording, please turn off your camera, mute your microphone, and change your name to “MVUUF” (these are all Zoom options once you join the meeting).
- If you would like to submit a joy or sorrow for the service, please email Rev. Kellie by 10:00 PM on the prior Saturday evening (minister @ mvuuf.org).
All-Congregation Peace Heroes Information Sessions
Tuesday, April 27th, 7 to 8:30 pm
Saturday, May 1st, 10:30 am to noon
Rev. Kellie and some of our peace hero team captains will reveal MVUUF’s first set of 2021 peace heroes! Find out how you can champion the peace hero of your choice by leading a team, donating, and spreading the word about MVUUF’s good work in peace literacy education.
Learn how the peace heroes fundraiser supports many MVUUF programs in social action, children and youth programs, adult religious education, teaching conflict resolution, and the Miami Valley Peace Heroes Trail, located in front of MVUUF’s own beautiful building. Hear plans to share our peace literacy education resources with local schools and peace partners.
Thank you for marking your calendar now to attend one of these Zoom sessions!
Follow this link to go to our Peace Heroes page.
LONG STRANGE TRIP:
UU HISTORY REDUX
2nd Saturdays,10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
January through June
Are you a history geek? Maybe you’re a story lover? Maybe you just want to learn the history of Unitarian Universalism (UU)? Or maybe you want to revisit the UU history you learned through an anti-racism and anti-oppression lens?
If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, please join Rev. Kellie and Lifespan Religious Education Rep., René Hick, as they share Ron Cordes’ 6-part UU history film series, Long Strange Trip. Sessions will be monthly on the second Saturday, January through June. We will watch each film together for the first half of the 2-hour session (each film is approximately 60 minutes). During the second half, Rev. Kellie will start our group discussion by providing an anti-oppression perspective, adding context and additional histories. No prep work or homework will be assigned (Rev. Kellie’s favorite type of class). While we would love for you to be able to attend all 6 monthly classes, there also is no attendance policy (attend as often as you like/can).
To join us on Zoom please use the info below:
Meeting ID: 880 0486 8864
3rd Saturdays, 10:30 AM
January through August
Join Rev. Kellie for her 3rd Congregational Read, Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism by Nancy Palmer Jones and Karin Lin. The UUA Bookstore states that the book, “Shares how five diverse congregations encounter frustrations and disappointments, as well as hope and wonder, once they commit to the journey to create multicultural, antiracist Beloved Community.”
Rev. Kellie’s Congregational Reads provide a learning path for the deep soul work of transformation: personal, interpersonal, organizational, cultural, and societal. In her first year, Rev. Kellie shared White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and, in her second year, Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, written by Unitarian Universalist religious professionals and edited by Rev. Mitra Rahnema. After we complete this year’s read, Mistakes and Miracles, Rev. Kellie will lead us through one of the most important reports issued by the Unitarian Universalist Association, “Widening the Circle of Concern: The Commission on Institutional Change’s 2020 Report”.
Regardless of whether you can attend all 8 monthly sessions or only a few, and regardless of whether you are committed to antiracism and anti-oppression justice or you are just curious or want to grow, feel free to join us on the third Saturday of the month on Zoom. In March we will be discussing the experiences of a congregation in Annapolis, Maryland.
The Kindle version is available at Amazon, and print versions are available at the UUA Bookstore. If the purchase cost would make it difficult to participate, please email Rev. Kellie directly to arrange the best way to get a copy to you at no cost (minister @ mvuuf.org).
Other Events and Activities
(All of these activities are on Zoom.)
On Sundays, in addition to our service and youth religious education, we have Women’s Group at 9:30 AM and also a Scripture Study at 9:30 AM.
We hold a virtual Coffee Hour after the Sunday service one week a month, at approximately 12:00 noon, the first Sunday of each month.
MUSIC: Choir Rehearsal is at 7:00 PM each Wednesday. Our monthly Acoustic Jam is usually the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. Contact our Music Director, Sara Davis, at music @ mvuuf.org for more information about participating in music activities.
We have a Death Cafe, normally the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 PM.
Other montly meetings include our Social Action Committee, the West Dayton Action Group, the Transgender Alliance Group, and the Chalice of the Willow (Covenant of UU Pagans). You will find more specifics about our programming around Anti-Racism toward the bottom of this page.
Our Facebook page is listed as “Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship”. You will find various announcements there.
For specific questions or to be put in touch with a group you may also send an email to info @ mvuuf.org.
Religious Education — Updates
We’ll continue meeting on Zoom as we present our classes for children and youth. Currently our young children’s programming is combined, with PreK-1st grade and 2nd – 5th grade meeting together. These classes follow the Soul Matters curriculum which has been adapted specifically this year to teaching in the online learning environment. PreK-5th grade continues to rotate themes each Sunday of the month, rotating between art, games and Disney short videos. Our middle school youth are exploring different religions in the Neighboring Faiths curriculum and the high schoolers continue with their youth-led discussion group format.
All children and youth attending CYRE classes must register. Registration helps us learn names, track attendance, plan for activities, and accommodate any special needs. Please complete the registration form here.
We welcome adult volunteers to assist on our teaching teams. All classes are held on Sundays (PreK-1st and 2nd-5th grade from 1:00-2:00 PM, and MS/HS from 2:30-3:30 PM). The middle school and high school classes meet alternate weeks. The High School RE Group will meet on the 1st & 3rd Sundays at 2:30 PM, and the Middle School RE Group will meet on the 2nd & 4th Sundays, also at 2:30 PM. Both groups will be building more bonds and strengthening their connections.
Please contact our Director of Religious Education, Somaya Bernard (re @ mvuuf.org), or our Children and Youth Religious Education Volunteer Coordinator, Gail Saugstad, if you have ANY questions about religious education or to volunteer.
NEW: YOUNG ADULTS GROUP Now Forming
Connect and build bonds with other UU young adults at MVUUF (ages 18-35). If you are interested in participating, please contact Somaya Bernard, Director of Religious Education, at re @ mvuuf.org to let her know what meeting dates/times work best for you.
Public Statement, and Programming Around Anti-Racism
In light of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police on May 25, Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is issuing a public statement to the community, and we offer resources to assist us in the processes of mourning, learning, and action.
As Unitarian Universalists, we believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every human being. We believe that we are all connected to one another: what affects one of us, affects all of us. Our Unitarian Universalist faith calls us to commit our time, resources, and hearts to the important work of ending police violence and all other parts of our country’s systemic anti-Blackness. Our faith calls us to do this today—not tomorrow or some distant someday.
- As people of faith, Unitarian Universalists affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all persons and work for social justice to embody that dignity.
- We condemn racist police practices that deny Black people in this country human rights and, in the case of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and so many before them, the very breath of life.
- It has gone on far too long.
- We side with the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd in love and we side with all impacted by murder and other violence as a tool of oppression by people of power.
- We urge the greater Dayton community to reflect deeply on our criminal justice system and how to transform it into one of restorative justice that is safer for everyone.
- This is the time to join with others to raise our voices and stop this oppression by police and by white vigilantes.
- Holding police accountable is an essential step.
- Recognizing that racist police practices are a symptom of pervasive and systemic racism in our national culture and institutions, we re-commit ourselves to anti-racism work.
Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Rachel Feltner, Board President
Rev. Kellie C. Kelly, Called Minister
Alice Diebel, Affiliated Community Minister
Anti-Racism Ally Group
Thursday, March 25th 7:00 pm
Are you a white person with questions, ideas, concerns or just want a place to have discussions about what is going on? Then please join our Anti-Racism Ally group, newly revamped. Each meeting will allow for learning, actively practicing being allies, open discussion, and creating actions we can take to follow and support Black, Indigenous and all People of Color (BIPOC) in our congregation as well as residents in the larger community.
Currently we are asking the question: What is happening in the community and our congregation in regards to policing, and what support is needed?
This group normally meets on the 4th Thursday evening of the month (except when there is a holiday). If you have questions, would like meeting access information, or would like to provide input before a meeting, you are welcome to contact the group Co-Leaders, Kristen at KristenBeireis @ gmail.com or Bill at rossviva @ hotmail.com