An Invitation from Rev. Mary

An Invitation from Rev. Mary:

I invite you to a joint Oberlin/Olmsted UU Visioning Retreat for Transforming Sunday Services, Saturday, June 10, 10-3 p.m. at Lewis House & Multifaith Center, Oberlin College, 68 S. Professor St., Oberiln.

         Claire Ramsay, Katie Cross, Mary Melaragno and I attended an inspiring workshop and will share techniques for creating Sunday morning experiences that touch us and teach us – across all learning styles – and deepen self-awareness and connections to each other.

         Would you help transform Sunday morning? Please come. Your presence, imagination, good energy and experience will be greatly welcome and appreciated.

         Yes, this is a potluck. Bring something to share for lunch.

         And please let me know if you’re coming. Thanks! – Rev. Mary


Sunday, June 18th Dr. Julianne Frost – Refugees as our Neighbors

In this meditation, Dr. Julieanna Frost considers some historic, scriptural, and personal understandings on displaced persons.

Julieanna Frost, Ph.D. is Professor of History at Siena Heights University.
Her main areas of research include American Culture, Religious Studies, and Women’s Studies. She is the author of the books, Teaching the Pure Lutheran Gospel: The Life of Rosa Young, Images of America: Adrian, and The Worthy Virgins: Mary Purnell and her City of David, and Chemo Fashion Fridays: One Woman’s Breast Cancer Journey. And the daughter of Franklin Swinehart.

Sunday – April 2nd – Welcoming Congregation Task Force: Edie Fuchsman, Mary Melaragno, Frank Swinehart & Rev. Mary – “Transgender Stories”

Sharing personal stories allows us to see beyond self/other, to connect heart-to-heart, which energizes us to work for justice.

To learn more and know about Transgender Resources, click on “Read More”

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Sunday, April 23rd Green Sanctuary Team & Rev. Mary Grigolia “Celebrating the Green Sanctuary”

 With deregulation of polluting industries, dismissal of climate science, dismantling of governmental structures of environmental protection, we recommit ourselves as a Green Sanctuary, to the vision and work of sustainability and responsibility to the interdependent web of life.

Sunday, May 7th, 2017 – Franklin Swinehart: #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn!!**


“I don’t like that phrase? Are you talking about me? What is White Supremacy? Exposing our hidden self.”

Franklin Swinehart is a Nursing Home Administrator who serves Edgewood Manor in Port Clinton, Ohio. Frank has worked in healthcare for his whole career, with facilities located from country areas to inner city neighborhoods.
Franklin is a gay white male member of Oberlin Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and married to Samuel Prince.

**We are so thrilled to announce that we have over 600 congregations/communities signed up for the TeachIn.
  We have communities from almost every single US state (come on South Dakota!), as well as international UU’s from Mumbai, New Zealand, the UK and Canada.

May we engage in listening and conversation!

Sometimes growth is thrust upon us. Some opportunities for growth are eagerly embraced. Some we miss because they are concealed or cryptic. Some we resist, or turn our backs so we needn’t acknowledge their presence.
*** The Faith Development Office has published a series of small group ministry sessions designed for reflection, discernment, and commitment of faith at this moment in U.S. political history: “A Call to Faith in Turbulent Times”
In July there’ll be Small Group Ministries either as a service or after a service to deepen our grounding as we experience these turbulent times externally and internally.
Would you like to facilitate one of these sessions?
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More to come!! ***