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 March 5th – Rev. Samuel Prince – What Do We ask Back From Us?

Have you ever felt powerless and limited in your ability to do more? Of course, at some point in our lives we all have felt this way and unable to meet even our own requirements. Yet, what if we are faced with resisting injustice and faithless policies, what if we have declining health, are advanced in years, or have family responsibilities? We may be somewhat discouraged because such circumstances may prevent us from doing all that our heart yearns to do in the face of humanity.

How can we be  encouraged?

Sunday, March 12th Rev. Mary Grigolia “American Dreams”

When our government bans Muslims, goes after immigrants, normalizes violence against people of color, weakens environmental protection; threatens to defund the United Nations, we hear, “That’s not America.” Who are we and who do we dream of becoming? How do UU principles awaken us to American dreams for a future we help create?

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!