The early history of Unitarian Universalism is intertwined with a small region of Romania known as Transylvania. Nestled in the Carpathian mountain range, this region is home to a small but vibrant religious community of ethnically and linguistically Hungarian people, who continue to practice an ancient Unitarian tradition. Kristina Church recently traveled to Transylvania in order to learn more about our connections to the Hungarian Unitarian Church. During this service she'll share some epiphanies, memories, and reflections from this soul-stirring journey.
Every month our congregation joins over 200 Unitarian Universalist Congregations in exploring a single spiritual theme. This Month We Ask "What does it mean to be a People of Resistence?"
Events Today, Saturday August 17
Peaceful Heart Meditation 10am
F.E.A.R. Circle 10am
Buffalo Immigrant Leadership Team -
2019 Community Celebration 4pm
Queen City Contra Dance 7pm
Sunday August 18
Worship Service 10:30am
Summer Religious Education 10:30am
Food not Bombs 10am
Jessie Downs Voice Lessons 1pm
Fixed Assets Meeting 7pm
Tuesday 8/20 AA 10am Covenant Group Facilitators Meeting 6:30
Finance Committee Meeting 3pm
Endowment Committee Meeting 6pm
Beautiful Rivers Pagan Discussion Group 7pm
UUCB Summer Arts & Crafts Show 10am-6pm
Elmwood Festival of the Arts (Parking Lot site) All Day
Read about these events in detail further down in this eBlast
Interested in renting a room for an event at UUCB?
Email our Admin of Facilities and Communication at email@example.com.
Summer Religious Education - Summer religious education takes place upstairs in the Alliance Room for PreK - Grade 8. We'll spend the summer building community, playing games, watching movies, making crafts, and brainstorming social justice actions we would like to take in our community. Summer RE takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Please try to pick up your child promptly from Summer RE. The nursery will remain open as usual.
Backpack Blessing Potluck
Friday, August 30
All are welcome! Bring a dish to pass (please clearly label ingredients) and your backpack, lunch bag, purse, briefcase, favorite stuffed friend, or anything else you might want to bless as we head into the new school, homeschool, and church year! Join us for fun activities, a potluck meal, and our backpack blessing ceremony!
Please Register for the 2019-2020 Religious Education Year!
Registration helps us plan for classes and better meet the needs of our incoming children and youth! And it only takes a few minutes. Follow this link to register online: https://forms.gle/ignMLPnZoFs4q6Ba8
Religious Education classes return to their regular schedule on Sunday, September 15!
To keep up on everything that's going on in Religious Education at UUCB, please sign up for our mailing list here: http://eepurl.com/bJRvVD
Adult Faith Development
You can register for any of our Adult Faith Development offerings by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or at the Religious Education table on Sunday morning.
UU and You
Saturday, September 21
10 am - 12 pm
Join us for an exploration of your personal UU journey, a trip through our collective history as Unitarian Universalists, and an exciting exploration what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. This class welcomes potential new members as well as folks who have been around for a long time. Light breakfast snacks and coffee/tea will be provided. This class is required for membership.
Free of charge
Thinking about becoming a member at the UU Church of Buffalo? Come explore just what that means! You'll learn about our governance structure, the different and exciting ministry teams and committees of our congregation, and the many, many ways you can participate in congregational life here. This class is required for membership.
Though the American cook may use culinary herbs for flavor alone, every culinary herb and spice possesses medicinal properties. In this class, herbalist Sarah Sorci will share research-based information about how the plants in our spice cabinet or herb garden can support our health. Stories, traditions, and samples will also be shared.
Holistic herbalist Sarah Sorci is the owner of Sweet Flag Herbs in Hamburg. She offers wellness and property consultations, educational workshops, therapeutic horticulture sessions, and writing. Sarah is co-coordinator of the WNY chapter of Herbalists Without Borders, and is excited to be part of the movement towards accessible, just, and sustainable health care. www.sweetflagherbs.com
This Sunday, we gather for worship with Kristina Church, newly returned from a journey to Transylvania, exploring the origins of the Unitarian movement there, dating back to the 16th century. Our service music pays homage to this journey, beginning with a suite of pedagogical piano pieces by 20th century Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist (who converted to Unitarianism, after studying the music of the Székely people of Transylvania), performed by Jonathan Vogtle. Our Music Director takes up his Cornette for a duo version of Billy Strayhorn's impressionistic, Chelsea Bridge. Jonathan will round-out the service with the first two of Alberto Ginastera's Bartók-influenced Danzas Argentinas (the third was heard in service last month).
Food Bank Donations
The donation receptacle is in the Garden Entrance foyer next to the eyeglass donation box.
12th Annual UUCB Summer Arts & Crafts Show
August 24-25 Mark your calendar and don’t miss the twelfth annual UUCB Summer Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday August 24 and Sunday August 25. This juried show features the work of over twenty artists offering hand-crafted woodwork, jewelry, prints, cards, hyper-tufa, Art glass, and other unique decorative art for your home and garden. Show hours are Saturday from 10am - 6pm and Sunday from 11 am - 5pm. This show is organized by members of the Church and the local art community and is a fundraiser for the Church. E-mail any questions to email@example.com or call Meredith at 935-0526.
FAMLY PROMISE STILL NEEDS MEALS & DONATIONS!
The Family Promise site is at 75 Hickory St., at Clinton, on the campus of SS Columba-Brigid RC Church, in the former elementary school. See Nancy Wilkins at the FP sign up table on Sundays or call her at 432-6983, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. THANKS!
We are still a Family Promise church, BUT we don't have overnight sleeping accommodations any more since we don't have the state-mandated shower required for all shelters. BUT We are collecting needed supplies for Family Promise. See the list below and bring your items to the church office at your convenience.
dish washing soap
gift cards to Target, Tops, or Walmart
Our August Share the Plate recipient is Family
Family Promise of WNY is an emergency shelter for homeless families. They are one of only two shelters in Erie County that keeps families, including fathers and teenage sons, together. On any given day in Erie County, there are twice as many families who need shelter as there are shelter beds. Family Promise of WNY accepts three families at a time. This allows them to focus a lot of personal attention to each of their guests. They strive to create a family-like environment based on compassion, respect, and shared community. They provide intensive case management to make sure that their kids are in school every day and that their parents receive the services they need to succeed. Volunteers are imperative to Family Promise of WNY's success in achieving their mission of ending family homelessness.
See the Wish List above. We'll be collecting items all month for Family Promise of WNY.
Nominations for Share the Plate
Share the Plate welcomes nominations for recipients for the 2019-2020 church year. Send your ideas to Eve Holberg, email@example.com.
Join the UUCB/VOICE Buffalo Peace Hub; 2nd Tuesday of each month; 6:00pm Registration and Refreshments, 6:30-8:30 Circle, 2nd Fl., Alliance Rm.
VOICE and UUCB have teamed up to offer Peace Circles with the goal of UUCB becoming a Community Peace Hub site. Our focus is to ensure restorative practice are indeed being implemented and followed in our public schools supporting our congregation’s commitment to social and restorative justice change in Buffalo. For more information email Sharon Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org
FAITHIFY is a crowdfunding platform for Unitarian Universalist ministry projects. This includes everything from youth work to justice, service, buildings, staff positions, and emerging ministries. FAITHIFY is full of campaigns funding “FAITHIFY-ed”projects through the direct support of others. FAITHIFY itself is not a funder and does not distribute funds. FAITHIFY is simply the platform for projects to generate funders within communities. To fund a great project www.faithify.org.
Pulpit Flower Ministry
Welcome back from Pulpit Flowers! The next available flower dates are January 5th and February 9th, 2020. Please see us at the flower table after most Sunday services, email us at email@example.com or call us at 716-885-2136X4 if you are interested in sponsoring some lovely flowers for one of our future services.
Please see us at the flower table after most Sunday services,
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at (716) 885-2136x4
if you are interested in sponsoring lovely flowers for one of our upcoming Sunday services.
Today Saturday August 17 4pm
Buffalo Immigrant Leadership Team 2019 Community Celebration
As a member organization in VOICE Buffalo, we are all invited to attend BILT’s annual fundraiser. BILT focuses on community development and empowers immigrant and refugee leaders. $20 4-7pm at First Presbyterian 1 Symphony Cirlce. Tickets available in the office, via Facebook or call UUCB member Brian Zralek at (716) 852-6571.
Saturday & Sunday August 24-25
Summer Arts & Crafts Show All day (see UUCB News and Updates)
Elmwood Festival of the Arts All day - parking lot will be occupied
Hedge trimming volunteers wanted!
Save UUCB up to $2400: help trim the hedge. The next major trimming will take place the 4 days after Labor Day. We now have a new trimmer with two lithium batteries, or use your own trimmer. Contact Tony Keller at 838-3716 or email@example.com.
Eyeglasses In Good Condition And Non-Perishable Food Pantry Itemsare gratefully accepted year round in the donation boxes located in the Garden Entrance foyer.
Donations Sought for
Food Not Bombs
Buffalo Food Not Bombs is seeking donations of folding tables, bike carts, and food storage bins- if able to donate any of these, please speak with a participating UUCB member or reach out to them through their Facebook page. They are not requesting Tupperware at this time.
BFnB cooks in our kitchen every Monday at 10am- please feel free to join!
Looking for new Church Administrator The church is looking for a part time Administrator of Communications and Facilities to be in place by August 26th. Please contact Julie in the office if interested or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Fun & Fellowship Auction: Auction Items Still Available!!!
Auction Items are still available for you to place your bids and join in the fun & fellowship.
Contact Maria Testa (email@example.com) or Juli Van Woert (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in one or more of the Auction Items listed below. Additional information will also be available at the Auction Table after Sunday Service.
Welcome Back BBQ
Chili Dinner For All
An Evening of Wine, Dessert & Poetry
Evening or Overnight Childcare
Adult Cross-country Ski Lesson and Lunch
Widow and Widowers Circle
The Widow and Widowers Circle meets the first Sunday of the month at noon, after church in the Marge Gardner Meeting Room.
The next Circle meeting is Sunday September 1, 2019
For More Info contact Bonnie Collins at Collinsb@buffalo.edu or by phone or text at 716 867 9628.
Please bring a friend, a lunch if you want, and quotes that are meaningful to your grief work if you have any.
Chili Dinner! 5:00pm September 28th
Come one and all to a chili dinner this fall. Enjoy your choice of homemade chilis – traditional, vegetarian, chicken, and maybe a few unconventional ones. Served with breads and garnishes, salad, chips, and Mexican sundaes for dessert. You won’t want to miss this low-key, family friendly event. Great for newcomers. Just $15, free for kids 12 and under. Tickets available in the Parish Hall on September 8 or contact Maria at email@example.com or Juli at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do you have a favorite chili recipe? Let us know if you’d like to help with cooking and fee is waived. If you’ve already signed up and paid as part of the auction you’ll get a reminder email.
Michael Lays Down the Law!!
HOT DOCS! WRITINGS THAT HAVE MADE HISTORY
Michael Harris, Instructor
We've all heard of the renowned documents that have shaped our civilization such as the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; how many of us, however, have actually read them and understand their meaning? What do we really know about the Code of Hammurabi, the Hippocratic Oath, Martin Luther's 95 Theses and Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation? This course will examine some of these key formative documents that, for better or worse, have changed our country and the world at large. As we enter an important political season, we can prepare for the debates and campaigns ahead by becoming more aware of this great legacy of philosophical, religious and legal thought. In sum, they demonstrate the maxim that the pen is mightier than the sword!
14 Wednesdays: September 11 -December 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo695 Elmwood Avenue
Cost: $75 for course, or $10 per session For more information email email@example.com
Session One (September 11): Docs on Rocks Ancient Codes, Decrees and Commandments
Session Two (September 18): Epistolary Tales The Lost Art of Letter-Writing
Session Three (September 25): Eyewitnesses to History The Art of the Autobiography
Session Four (October 2): Ententes Cordiales The Imperfect Art of the Treaty
NO CLASS ON OCTOBER 9 -- YOM KIPPUR
Session Five (October 16): Creeds, Papal Bulls, Councils and 95 Theses Key Documents in Christian History
Session Six (October 23): Britannia Rules From Absolute to Limited Monarchy
Session Seven (October 30): Enlightenment Ideals and Colonial Grievances Thomas Jefferson and the Road to The Declaration of Independence
Session Eight (November 6): The Articles of Confederation to The United States ConstitutionSession Nine (November 13): Selling The Constitution Hamilton, Madison, Jay and The Federalist Papers
Session Ten (November 20): Revolutionary Rallying Cries of 1848 The Communist Manifesto and The Declaration of Sentiments
Session Eleven (November 27): "With Malice toward None" Writings of Abraham Lincoln
Session Twelve (December 4): Civil Rights (and Wrongs) Key Decisions of the Supreme Court
Session Thirteen (December 11): Franklin Delano Roosevelt/Winston Churchill The Art of the Speech
Session Fourteen (December 18): Our Living Document The Bill of Rights and Other Constitutional Amendments
Show your support for refugee resettlement in Buffalo and our newest neighbors! Attend the WNY Refugee Film Festival – the only film festival of its kind in the U.S. - to benefit the programs of Journey's End Refugee Services. Seven award-winning films, including a Buffalo Slow-Roll Grand Finale featuring films on the Syrian refugee crisis; a special screening at Shea's Performing Arts Center with a director-led talkback; a Global VIP Reception with international food, libations, and entertainment; food-themed door prizes; special guest speakers; a free WNYRFF T-shirt for all film pass holders; and more! Buffalo Spree Magazine calls it a "Be There" event and hope you'll be there, too! For film passes, trailers, and schedule, visit: www.wnyrff.org
Click on the flyers and links below to read more about other upcoming events in the community
The Good Food Buffalo Coalition would like to invite you to attend an Informational Session about bringing the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP) to Buffalo.
The GFPP informational session will be held on Monday, August 12 from 6:00-7:30pm at Partnership for the Public Good (617 Main St., Floor 3R). At this event, you will learn about procurement power and the values of GFPP and share some local priorities of the Good Food Buffalo Coalition. The Coalition is looking forward to hearing from the community about their interests in the program.
Please RVSP to Jessica Gilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org, linked in the button below. Refreshments will be provided.
Ongoing Weekly Vigils
Prisoners’ Rights Weekly Vigil every Wednesday from 4-5pm outside the Erie County Holding Center
Women in Black weekly vigil against militarization every Saturday at noon at Bidwell and Elmwood
Elmwood Village Neighborhood Announcements
Bidwell Farmers Market
Every Saturday through the fall from 8:00am-1:00pm
Weekly Announcements eBlast and Order of Service announcements should be sent to email@example.com by NOON on Wednesday.
Full announcements are published in the eBlast; please send a 50 word/2-3 line version for the Order of Service.
eBlast is sent out every Saturday at noon.
Monthly Newsletter Please send any announcements for the newsletter to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 15th of the month.