The Bellringer November, 2014

November, 2014
The Bellringer
Monthly Newsletter of the Olmsted Unitarian Universalist Congregation
A beacon of religious freedom in the Western Reserve for 179 years
Interim Minister: Rev. Mary Grigolia
Bellringer Editor: Bob Mulkins
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Articles for the Bellringer should be submitted no later than the last Wednesday of the month.
Sunday Services
Services begin at 11:00 am.
Sunday, November 2 - “Arc of the Universe” - Speaker: Bob Mulkins
This sermon, written by Rev. Bill Sinkford, former president of the UUA, was first spoken on
May 25 of this year at The First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon - the church where he is
pastor. The sermon, concerning the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, will
be read by Bob Mulkins, a member of OUUC.
Musicians: Bob Perry and Occasional Singers
Coffee Break Sundays
We’re offering a new way to gather on Sunday mornings. It’s called Coffee Break Sunday!
We’ll meet downstairs in Coe Hall on the second Sunday of the month for a discussion service.
The Sunday Services Committee decided to provide this opportunity because we had such a
positive response to our T.E.D. Talks summer discussions the past two years. Feedback is most
welcome, so please put your thoughts down on our comment sheets always available at the back
of the sanctuary.
Sunday, November 9 - Coffee Break Sunday “Embrace the Shake” - Led by Lucy and Mike
Carney. We will meet in Coe Hall for this discussion service. The TED Talk, “Embrace the
Shake” will be shown and discussed. In art school, Phil Hansen developed an unruly tremor in
his hand that kept him from creating the pointillist drawings he loved. Hansen was devastated,
floating without a sense of purpose. Until a neurologist made a simple suggestion: embrace this
limitation ... and transcend it.
Musician: Lucy Carney
Sunday, November 16 - “Speaking Truth to Power” - Speaker: Rev. Mary Grigolia
Whose words and actions inspire you to open your heart, stand your ground, speak up and take
action for justice? Come explore the 2nd source of Unitarian Universalism.
Musicians: Mike Carney and Occasional Singers
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Sunday Services (continued)
Sunday, November 23 - Sharing Our Blessings: Guest and Gratitude
For this morning’s service, we will gather around the tables in Coe Hall to share a special meal, and
to celebrate our blessings as we approach Thanksgiving. You will meet some symbolic “guests at our
tables,” and learn how the worldwide justice initiatives of our own Unitarian Universalist Service
Committee (UUSC) have made a difference in their lives. Celebrate Thanksgiving with our church
community and enjoy special food, music, readings, shared thoughts about gratitude, and a video
about UUSC. All ages are welcome for this shared meal service.
Musician: Lucy Carney
Sunday, November 30 - “Prophetic Words Poetry Slam” - Led by OUUC Members & Friends Today we continue to explore the 2nd source of Unitarian Universalism by sharing the words of
prophetic women and men. What words of wisdom give you guidance and strength? Be sure to bring
your favorites for this fun, thoughtful and inspiring experience.
Musician: Mike Carney
Religious Education
This year in Religious Education for children, our theme is “Explorers in the Garden.” On Sunday
mornings, our children will learn about the natural world around us, including exploring our
congregation’s own gardens. We will also help our children explore the metaphorical garden of their
own lives, through music, movement, and drumming, and continuing to learn about the community of
Olmsted Unitarian Universalist Congregation.
Rev. George Buchanan is our Consulting Minister for Religious Education this year. George will
be present with our children on the first Sunday of every month, through June. George is an
experienced minister specialized in Unitarian Universalist religious education.
Feel free to bring your kids, your grandkids; invite your friends with their kids!
We also are fortunate to have found three teachers with amazing skills in with children:
Mary Palmari will teach Drumming
Nancy Linneburg will teach Music
Caitlin Bryan Chapman will teach Dance/Movement
Because we believe early exposure to these arts is wonderful for children, we have asked these women
to take turns teaching on the second Sunday of each month. Besides being fun, we hope the children
will develop a deeper relationship with their own bodies.
“Our Hearts Desire”
Saturday, November 8, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. At Olmsted Unitarian Universalist Church Coffee, Breakfast and Childcare provided
Why do we bring our children to Olmsted Unitarian Universalist Church Sunday school - or the
Sunday school at any other liberal congregation? How do we hope our children will benefit? Join us
for a discussion of these questions on Saturday morning November 8, 2014. We’ll share coffee and
breakfast, send the kids off to another room with good supervision, and talk together about the
answers to these questions.
Rev. George Buchanan will facilitate the discussion, and provide some framing ideas. George is
an experienced Unitarian Universalist religious educator and minister.
To confirm your reservation for food and childcare, contact our facilitator:
Rev. George Buchanan
Consulting Minister for Religious Education at OUUC
216-338-4689 or
[email protected]
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Community Activities
Many thanks to the following volunteers who will help make our members and visitors feel
welcome during the month of November:
11/2 - Bev Schmittgen
11/9 - Marianna Carney
11/16 - Kay Potetz
11/23 - Emily Williams
11/30 - Emily Williams
Unless otherwise noted, choir rehearsal begins at 10:15 and the service at 11:00 . The choir is
open to all who attend the rehearsal. The Choir sings this month on the 2nd and 16th.
Plan to stick around after potluck on Sunday, November 2, for our monthly First Sunday
Work Day, as we give our beloved building and grounds some much-needed care and attention.
A project with high priority is the weather guarding of the old windows in R.E. They won’t be
replaced until the end of winter. To this end, please bring a hair dryer if possible to help install
the weather guard.
Mary’s Musings by Rev. Mary Grigolia, OUUC Minister
MARY'S MUSINGS – “Democracy as Spiritual Practice”
Do you ever pause and open to the mystery of this moment - billions of years, actions,
interactions bringing us - here!? Today’s autumn sunlight on Lake Erie. These trees, baring
living architecture. This body, teaching age and impermanence. I need this long view to
understand democracy, how long it takes to see beyond my family, my culture, my language,
to the surprising beauty of all of us, the creativity we unleash when we’re not fettered to
Democrat/Republican, Gen Xer/Millenial/Baby Boomer. Democracy and evolution are our
shared spiritual practice: As UU’s, as Americans, as part of this unfathomable creation. How’s
your practice going?
Reflection questions for the dimension of the month: With the last of the leaves and the chill
of the wind, we turn toward the holidays - Thanksgiving, winter solstice remind us to connect
with each other, our families, our communities and the mystery. Facing the cycles of fulfillment
and letting go, preparing for the death of the old year, echoing the deaths within and around
us, we need to remember we are not alone and that our essential nature is the presence driving
Nature. We are connected. Connect is the dimension of the month. And here are [some of]its
With whom are you connecting?
How are you connecting in new ways, compared to last year?
How do you connect at Olmsted UU?
What are your intentions for connecting over the Thanksgiving holiday?
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Social Action News
There will be a meeting of the OUUC Social Action Committee on Sunday, November 2, in
Coe Hall, about 12:30 pm, during or right after potluck lunch. All are welcome.
Evelyn Sobzcak will be the Social Action committee chair this year. In this meeting, we plan
*identify the issues that most concern members and friends of OUUC,
*choose organizations or causes that we wish to support as a congregation this year, and
*find key leaders for each social action project, so we can share in this justice work.
Social action and social justice have always been very important at OUUC, and generously
supported by members and friends.Please come to the meeting to share your thoughts about
what we as a congregation will do to live our values of love and justice in the community.No
arm twisting, we promise. We are most interested in your ideas about social action!
Lifelong Learning Programs for Adult Spiritual Explorers
Wizard Processes – Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m., Nov 3, 10
Our series continues - to awaken to who you are and what you want.
Empowering your Wise Mind, Courageous Heart and Compassionate Spirit.
Led by Gina Nemcek, Certified Coach for Core Alignment
Suggested donation, $15/session.
Vaguely Vegan Potluck - Monday, November 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Bring delicious, healthy food, recipes and tips, to nurture body, mind and spirit. All are
welcome! Questions? Contact: Rev. Mary.
Threshold Choir – Monday, November 24, 7-8:30 p.m.
Learn songs specially chosen to relax the body, open the heart, calm the mind, and free the
spirit; to sing with those nearing death (and with their families and friends). No need to read
music. Open to all spiritual paths. 4th Mondays. Curious? Please come! Contact: Rev. Mary.
Yin Yoga – Wednesday, November 12, 10:30-12 noon
Yin Yoga targets the hard connective tissues of the body. Balance your practice with Yin, a
great complement to Yang forms of yoga.
Led by Mary Baird ([email protected]) / Suggested donation $15
Olmsted Book Group – On Thursday Nov 20, we explore The Satanic Verses, by Salman
Rushdie. Meeting 7-8:30 p.m. at the church. Join us!
Facilitated by Rev. Mary
End-of-Life Focus Group – Nov 6, 2-3:30 p.m.
What is a good death? How do we support each other as we approach the end of life? This
month we finish Katy Butler’s book, Knocking on Heaven’s Door,telling the stories of her
parents’ deaths. Facilitated by Rev. Mary & Mary Baird, M.A
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Lifelong Learning Programs for Adult Spiritual Explorers
Meditation with Mudras - Nov 13, Dec 11, 2-3:30 p.m.
Join Emily Williams and Debra Frantz for sharing time and Quaker-style, silent meditation.
Several mudras (hand positions) will be introduced at each session for enhancing the
meditation experience.
W.I.S.E. Women – November 20, 2-3:30 p.m.
(Women in Spirit, Evolving!) Explore the 12 stages of individuation from Carl Jung, “12
Days,” to use as a reflection for the holidays and pre-holidays. All are welcome. Led by Rev.
4th Thursday Drum Circle – No drumming at the table, except for turkey drumsticks! The
Drum Circle will not meet in November or December. Happy Holidays
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