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Kickoff of reading Hillbilly Elegy. Congregational Study/Action Issue: The Corruption of Our Democracy. Congregational democracy in action—vote on candidates for next UUA President. Service leaders: Ann Fuehrer and Patty Klingenberg.

In this service, we ask you to bring your favorite poems to share, so that we all can consider ways that poetry can inspire us to “live in harmony with the rhythms of nature” and to aid our “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”   Additionally, poetry can be fun, silly, and help us look at ourselves from other perspectives.  Bring poems of all kinds to share.  Service Leaders: Susan Thrasher and Linda Amspaugh.

Originated by Rev. Norbert Capek, in his native Czechoslovakia in 1923, the Flower Communion is perhaps the most widely-celebrated ritual in Unitarian Universalist congregations today.  Created out of a need for a symbolic ritual that would bind people more closely together, this communion was inspired by the native beauty of the countryside.  Bring a flower to share.  We will also celebrate and recognize our Children’s Religious Education program at the beginning of the service.  Service leader:  Celia Ellison.  Intergenerational Service. Join us after Sunday Service for our monthly potluck. It will be a Cookout this month!

Tree Day was always one of the biggest and most festive days of the year at Western College for Women. Inspired by this tradition, we’ll celebrate our own Tree Day with stories, photos, dance, and a special planting. Service Leaders:  Judi
Hetrick and Susan Thrasher. Intergenerational Service.

Hopedale will be joining with at least 579 other Unitarian Universalist communities to shift our regularly scheduled Sunday morning worship and participate in a teach-in on racism and white supremacy.  Over the past few weeks, many have been responding to calls by UUs of color to look critically *within* our faith communities–including
hiring practices, power brokers, and cultural habits–for the ways racism, sexism, and white supremacy live (words from  Regular speaker Diane Wright will lead us this Sunday with Co-ordinator for Religious Education Genevieve O’Malley Knight.

April 30:  “#NoDAPL: Why We Take The Stand We Do” Lydia Yellow Hawk, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in SD and President of the Native American Student Association at Miami University-Hamilton, will share with us the activities of the organization in support of the Water Protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota. This is the third of three services planned by the Social Justice Committee around the importance of stewardship of the interdependent web of life.  Service leader:  Ann Fuehrer .  Stick around after Sunday Service for our Spring Congregational Meeting.

In celebration of Earth Day, Dr. Donna McCollum, Prairie/Forest/Wetland Conservationist and Retired Educator, will share with us perspectives gained from her work creating the Edge of the Farm Conservation Area, managing the Butler County Stream Team, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Three Valley Conservation Trust.  This is the second of three services planned by the Social Justice Committee around the importance of stewardship of the interdependent web of life.  Service leader:  Ann Fuehrer.

Cynthia Kelley, one of our Hopedale friends and a hospice social worker for twelve years, was able to translate the experience of losing her son to help others cope with the death of a loved one. Join us as she leads us in a meditation on her journey of survival, affirmation and caring. Service leader:  Patty Klingenberg. After Sunday service:  monthly potluck & egghunt for the kids

April 9 to 15 is National Library Week.  The theme of National Library Week this year is “Libraries Transform.”  Come join Diane Wright as we consider the legacy and future of libraries, and what their lessons are for us as Unitarian Universalists.  Service Leader:  Drew Ruther.

J. “Yaacov” Delaney will present
information about the mission of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center in Cincinnati.  The goal of the OJPC “is to create fair, intelligent, redemptive criminal-justice systems through zealous client-centered advocacy, innovative policy reform, and cross-sector community education.”  OJPC leads in serving the needs of people directly affected by the criminal justice system.”   Service Leader:  Linda Amspaugh.

Contact Information

Hopedale UU Community
3870 Millville Oxford Rd.
Oxford, OH 45056
Amy West Poley, Administer

Sunday Services

Sundays, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Nursery and child care available
Social hour follows
Dress is casual

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