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Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo

Weekly Announcements
May 25 2018
The Buffalo Marathon is this Sunday!  The race doesn't go down Elmwood, but a lot of the surrounding streets will be blocked off. See https://www.buffalomarathon.com for road closures and route map.
 
THIS SUNDAYMay 27:  Remembering is Not Enough - Joan Montagnes
This Memorial Day service we will remember those who died and all our deceased loved ones. We will also reflect on a time our church made a bold decision to be part of a larger peace movement and how that decision propels our moral obligation today.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
- The RE program is collecting baby items for a family in need that is being resettled here in Buffalo by Journey's End. If you would like to donate or see the list of needed items, please contact Sarah Martin at lifespan@buffalouu.org. 
- Sunday, May 27, Religious Education will be CLOSED. There will be no classes for pre-K through high school students. The nursery will be open as usual for ages 3 and under. The service this Sunday is not multigenerational, and the topic is the cost and effect of war. Children are always welcome to stay in the service with parents and caregivers if they desire. 
- Summer Programming will begin The following Sunday (6/3), up in the Alliance Room on Sunday mornings. 
- Our OWL (7th and 8th grade) class sleepover will be held on Saturday, June 2. Details have gone out to families in an email. Contact lifespan@buffalouu.org with any questions. 
Our Whole Lives Elementary Level Training, Friday, August 3 - Sunday August 5, at the UU Church of Buffalo: Would you like to help teach in our K/1 or 4th/5th grade Our Whole Lives classrooms next year? OWL is an award-winning comprehensive sexuality education program that we plan to offer next year for two 8 week sessions. If you are interested in teaching, please email lifespan@buffalouu.org or contact Sarah Martin at the RE table on Sunday mornings for information on how to sign up for this training. 
- Did you know Religious Education at UUCB has a Facebook group? It's a great way to keep up to date on what's happening in our program! Join us here: 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/219642742670/
 
Adult Faith Development
Classes and events listed in our Adult Faith Development programming are geared toward folks ages 16 to 110. All are welcome to join us. To register for any of our AFD classes, pick up a form on Sunday morning at the Religious Education table, or follow the links below. If you would like to request childcare for any AFD classes, please contact Sarah Martin at 
lifespan@buffalouu.org.
- Raising Kind Children (in a Dominance-Obsessed Culture): Join us during any session of this group discussion for parents and caregivers, focusing on the ways a culture of toxic masculinity challenges our Unitarian Universalist parenting values, and imagining what a world that honors a healthy view of self for boys, girls, and gender non-binary children would look like. We will begin next week's session with a portion of the documentary film "The Mask You Live In." Contact Sarah Martin at lifespan@buffalouu.org for links to suggested relevant articles. Wednesdays: May 30, June 6 & 13, 6 - 7:30 pm, Emerson Room (Spirit Play Classroom upstairs). To register for this group, follow this link: 
https://goo.gl/forms/6JyfptqakXJx4nBG2
- Honest and Effective Conversations About Race:  Nanette D. Massey is a black Buffalo writer working on her first book. She believes there are plenty of imperfect white allies in the engagement for racial equality with a desire to be more vocal and effective, but don't quite know how to begin.  The workshop will be a space to open up honestly about what you do--and don't--understand about race today. This will be no podium for heroes or martyrs, be prepared to be challenged! The goal is to leave you with ideas and tools to walk into the conversations within your personal sphere of influence with genuine confidence, humor, and humility. It is also a fact-finding expedition from the author's target audience, meant to be "a teachable moment" for both the participants and the facilitator.  Saturday, May 26, 1-4 pm, Note: Now meeting in the Parish Hall.
- Pride is Approaching!  We are looking for folks to carry our banner and march in the Pride Parade on Sunday, June 3. If you would like to be part of representing our congregation during the parade, please contact Sarah Martin at lifespan@buffalouu.org
 
MUSIC NOTES
This Memorial Day weekend we come together, because Remembering is Not Enough. Our Choir will offer up a modern folk classic by the band Emma's Revolution, Peace Salaam Shalom, as well as Elanor Daley's powerful In Remembrance. Our in-house brass-and-keyboard duo will bookend the service with a jazz elegy - Benny Golson's requiem for trumpeter Clifford Brown, I Remember Clifford - and a 20th century recital staple - the powerful conclusion of Paul Hindemith's Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, a wartime composition that ends with a variant of 17th century chorale tune, Alle menschen müssen sterben
 

NEW ITEMS and UPDATES
Share the Plate Seeks Nominations for 2018-19 Church Year!
Each month our congregation shares a good portion of the Sunday offering with a local organization that aligns with our social justice values. You can nominate local non-profits to be our Share the Plate recipients for the church year that begins in September! Pick up a nomination form at the Welcome Table or from the envelope on the Share the Plate bulletin in the Parish Hall near the Garden Entrance. Nominations will be gathered through SundayJuly 1, 2018. Please leave completed nomination forms in the envelope on the Share the Plate bulletin board. If you have questions please contact Eve Holberg, 
evec@waynorth.com.
 
UUCB's own Rita Capezzi is being ordained - Sunday, June 10, 4pm, Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo.   An offering will be taken at Rita’s ordination to support the [UUA] Living Tradition Fund and the Peaceprints of Western New York Hope Campus Education Fund. To find out more about the Living Tradition Fund go to their website: 
https://www.uua.org/giving/areas-support/funds/living-tradition.  Rita has volunteered at Peaceprints since 2015. Find out about this wonderful local organization at: http://peaceprintswny.org/community-based-programs/hope-campus/ Also, Help Needed! Not too late to join in the fun of celebrating this milestone in Rita’s life by being part of the hospitality team. Please contact Sharon Walker atuucb.wny.specevents@gmail.com, or (716)838-3716 for more info and to volunteer.

A Preview of the 2018 Shaw Festival, Michael Harris, instructor. Wednesday, May 30, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Alliance Room.  Session 4:  Of Marriage and Men: A Comedy Double-Bill by George Bernard Shaw. It’s been 20 years since the Shaw Festival has done any of Shaw’s one act plays, so this double-bill is most welcome. In The Man of Destiny, Shaw portrays the young Napoleon, while in How He Lied to Her Husband, he lampoons clichéd farces about the eternal romantic triangle. Fee: $75 for full course or $10 per session.

THIS MONTH
May 25-June 1:  Volunteer for Family Promise without taking the optional training! Our church will provide lodging, great suppers and good company for up to three families who are seeking permanent housing through the Family Promise program. You could just hang out and be friendly, or make a simple meal, or stay overnight or help setup the bedrooms (May 24 at 7pm) or tear down June 2 at 10 am or do laundry.  See Nancy Wilkins at the FP table on Sunday or email
nlaurienwilkins@yahoo.com.
 
Our May Share the Plate recipient is the
Colored Musicians Club. For more than 100 years, the Colored Musicians Club has been Buffalo’s headquarters for performance and enjoyment of jazz.  Today, the Club is the only remaining African American club of its kind in the United States. The Club provides a stage for playing music and a progressive destination for unity and cooperation in race relations. It is a welcoming destination for people of all ethnicities to share a love of music. Budding musicians can network with more established musicians at the Club’s 145 Broadway landmark building where Sunday jam sessions are still held. The Club also encourages historical research and the preservation of the legacy of jazz in Buffalo. ​
 
ONGOING NEEDS and OPPORTUNITIES
Turn your clutter into clear vision, better hearing, and renewed hope.  Our Women’s Society has a collection bin at the Garden Entrance for donations of eyeglasses, sunglasses, and hearing aids.
 
Home Hospitality Program Creation: Hey you UUs! Come help us form a Bed and Breakfast Fund-Raising Ministry Team. We are seeking to create a team that will organize and coordinate a program to welcome traveling UUs and raise funds for our beloved congregation. If you’d like more info, please contact Marion Reslow by phone at 833-3615 or by e-mail at mreslow295@gmail.com.
 

Pulpit Flower Ministry: The next available flower dates are June 24 and October 21. Please email us at pulpitflowers@buffalouu.org for more information.
 
Announcements/Newsletter Deadlines:
Weekly Announcements (E-Blast and Order of Service) go to
announcements@buffalouu.org, by NOON on Wednesday.
Monthly Newsletter to
newsletter@buffalouu.org by the 15th.
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