Sunday, December 4th Rev. Renee Ruchotzke and Drew Frantz “From iChurch to WeChurch”

As the political and social climate shifts away from liberal religious values, liberal faith communities need to hone their message and strengthen their connections.

(Inspired by the  2012 Berry Street Lecture From iChurch to Beloved Community Rev. Fredric J. Muir

Rev. Renee Ruchotzke has been serving the UUA as Congregational Life Staff since 2010. She will be replacing Evin Carvill-Ziemer as our UUA “primary contact.” She also serves as co-dean of The UU Leadership Institute and blogs at http://vitalleaders.blogs.uua.org/
She is affiliated with the UU Church of Kent, Ohio.

Followed by at Congregation Discussion @12:15pm

Regional staff will host a conversation including exploration of models of RE staffing for smaller congregations and current trends in RE models in small congregations.
The congregation will have a chance to discuss priorities and values for staffing and supporting the Oberlin RE program to support the Board in it’s work to assess the program, vision for the future, and hire a permanent Director of Religious Education.
All are welcome to attend!

Sunday, December 11th Rev. Mary Grigolia “Beyond Consumerism”

Our birthright includes a longing for wholeness: with our deepest wisest self, with one another, and with the Ground of Being. Sometimes that longing feels like a gaping hole within us, and we try to fill it with stuff. Especially in December. Come, turn within, listen to the voice of your own beautiful heart.

Sunday, January 8th – Rev. Mary Grigolia: “What does Life ask of Us?”

As we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and brace for a divisive presidential inauguration, we take up William Barber’s call to all America, to ‘bring moral language into the public square for the common good.’ Or in the words of the prophet Micah, ‘to do justice, to love kindness, to walk humbly with Life.

Sunday, January 15th Rev. Chris Long: “Dr King’s Legacy in the Trump Era: A Unitarian Universalist Response”

Rev Chris Long, who currently lives in the Cleveland area, has been invited to share in worship with us as we prepare for what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 88th birthday, and the upcoming inauguration of President Elect, Donald Trump. With this, let’s explore what Dr. King’s legacy may teach us as we prepare for what may lay ahead for us all. In particular, he is hoping to offer his Unitarian Universalist response to the inauguration and the current social and political climate in hopes of helping us all to find hope, when hope may be hard to find.

Rev Chris Long returns to the Cleveland area after 11 years of being away. During these last 11 years, graduated Starr King School for the Ministry (Berkeley, CA – May 2009), was Ordained at Unitarian Universalist Minister by the First Unitarian Church of Oakland (Oakland, CA – June 2009) and spent the last 7 years in Madison, WI where he worked at the University of Wisconsin – Madison as an Assistant Associate Program Specialist leading 9 month long, dialogical social justice learning communities. He is humbled to be leading worship with you all.

He is looking forward to meeting and seeing you in 2017!!!