This Sunday – May 19 Who Are You? Rev. Joan Montagnes
The Worship Associates and Rev. Joan will explore aspects of identity.
Get curious. Who is our neighbor? Who are you?
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 Curiosity?"
Our Church History
Church Historian Bill Parke announces a new Parish Hall exhibit on Harriet Townsend, a Buffalo Universalist and women’s advocate after whom Townsend Hall on UB’s South Campus is named. Hers is the first exhibit in an occasional series on UUs who have buildings, programs, etc. named after them in Buffalo.
Orders for paver inscriptions in the Memorial Pathway are processed only once a year. They are due by June 9, 2019. It seems like a long time away, but you will miss it if you keep putting off ordering. Inscriptions may be one, two, or three lines long. Each line may have up to 14 letters and spaces. One or two I’s allows one more letter per I. The cost of the paver is $150 each. Submit text and checks to the office made out to UUCB and the word paver in the For or Memo line. Any questions call Tony Keller at 838-3716 or email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Juli Van Woert (email@example.com) if you are interested in one or more of the Auction Items listed below. Additional information will also be available at the Auction Table afterSunday Service.
Outer Harbor 3-mile Saunter
Intro to Ayurvedic Self-Care
S’mores & Sing-along
Kayaking the Buffalo River
Bee Amazed II
Pancake Breakfast &
Country Picnic in
the Boston Hills II
A Polish Feast
Welcome Back BBQ
Chili Dinner For All
An Evening of Wine,
Dessert & Poetry
Scones and Lemon Curd
Furnished Wooden Dollhouse
Evening or Overnight Childcare
Adult Cross-country Ski Lesson and Lunch
Accessible Pew Update
Wood working for the side pieces has been completed, staining has begun and work will continue with pick-up, modification, and re-install of shortened pews.
Attached are a few photos to give a sense of work to date starting with the latest (stained) end-piece and working back in time showing a few of the fabrication steps.
Events Today, Saturday May 18th
F.E.A.R. Circle 10am
Peaceful Heart Meditation 10am
Worship Associates Meeting 10am
Sotto Voce 2pm
Queen City Contra Dance 7pm
Worship Service 10:30am
Religious Education 10:45am
Covenant Group Coffee Hour 11:30am
12:00pm Safety Team Meeting 12pm
Folk Dancing 10am
Food not Bombs 10am
Women’s Society Board Meeting 10am
Jessie Downs Voice Lessons 2:30pm
Memoir Writing Group 6:30pm
Buffalo Master Chorale 6:30pm
Jessie Downs Voice Lessons 12:30pm
Covenant Group Facilitators 6:30pm
Memoir Writing Group 7pm
Michael Harris Shaw Festival Class 9am
Healthcare Workers Rising Meeting 3:30pm
Dinner Planning Meeting 5:30pm
Women’s Resistance Choir 6pm
Girl Scout Troop 34024- Bridging and End of Year Ceremony 6pm
LGBTQIA+ Pride Parade Meeting 6:30pm
Jessie Downs Voice Lessons 5pm
Choir Practice 7:30pm
Beautiful Rivers Grove Pagan Discussion 7pm
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, Bridge Rauch, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our service music for this Sunday's service, Who Are You?, includes a beloved choral anthem, as well as a brand new one for your UUCB Choir to strut its stuff. Pianist Jonathan Vogtle joins us for a very musical Sunday in this month of Curiosity. After all, who are we, if not musical and curious? Jonathan will bookend our service with a pair of romantic masterworks for the keyboard, separated by more than half a century: Chopin's Op. 17, No. 4 Mazurka in A-minor kicks-off the service, while we end with a piano transcription of Richard Strauss's song, Cecile. Our choral Offering is Frank Ticheli's moving, Earth Song, but your UUCB Choir starts things off with a fun one: Canadian composer, Brian Tate's gospel-inflected anthem on community and...particle physics!, Connected.
Religious Education PreK
This week our Pre-K class will have a class on seeds and plants.
K-2 Spirit Play
This class will hear the story "The Rooster that Learned to Crow."
We will work on our banner for RE Sunday and recap our year.
3-5 Love Connects Us
This class will work on their banner for RE Sunday and put the finishing touches on the pastoral prayer they are writing.
Our Neighboring Faiths class will use Minecraft in class this week, and continue working on the project they will share with the congregation on RE Sunday!
Coming of Age
Coming of Age youth will meet in their classroom at 10:30.
Senior High Youth
Youth Group will meet in the temporary youth room.
RE Sunday this year is June 9! This multigen service marks the end of our Religious Education year and recognizes the hard work of all of our students and volunteer teachers! Children and youth should plan to meet with their class teachers in the Parish Hall by 10:15 am so they can prepare for the banner parade into the service. Adult Faith Development Joint Trip to Chautauqua with Westminster Presbyterian and Trinity Episcopal
Once again we have been invited by Westminster and Trinity to participate in a joint trip to Chautauqua Institute this summer. This year the trip will be on August 6 to see Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor discuss her book, "Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others." The plan is to leave the Westminister parking lot at 10:30 am, bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy a picnic upon arrival, attend the lecture, then gather for a brief reception with refreshments before returning to Buffalo. To sign up for this trip or get more information, please contact Sarah Martin at email@example.com.
The only class that will meet on Pride Sunday will be the Coming of Age class. They will meet downstairs in their classroom at 10:30 to finish their credo presentation for RE Sunday, and then proceed upstairs to their final bake sale of the year. All other RE families are encouraged to meet folks from UUCB down at Buff State and participate in the Pride Parade, or to attend service and then grab a seat outside to enjoy the parade!
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If you would like information on volunteering in our program, please email Sarah Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes YOU CAN make a difference in a life of a family who is seeking a permanent place to live. It is simple: an easy to prepare supper, a smile, and an opportunity to meet some courageous and very nice people. Our week begins Friday, June 7, and continues until Thursday, June 13, (skipping the weekend). You and a partner take the meal prepared in advance, or ready to cook to the FP headquarters at Hickory and Clinton, by five pm, serve by six, and bask in the thanks and knowledge you ARE making a difference.
See Nancy Laurien Wilkins at the Family Promise table on Sunday, or email: email@example.com. It is the most fulfilling and rewarding volunteer experience you will have. Did you know that our church is the only congregation within the city which participates in Family Promise, as a host church (housing) in the past and NOW as a provider of great FOOD! Thank you.
Food Bank Donations
Please donate canned soup during May. The donation receptacle is in the Garden Entrance foyer next to the eyeglass donation box.
During May our Share the Plate recipient is Literacy Buffalo Niagara. SASE in keeping with the theme of literacy will be collecting school supplies for School 31. School 31 our December Share the Plate recipient can use any basic school supplies like pens, notebooks, crayons etc. Beyond basic school supplies, students can also use basic personal hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant as well as toothbrushes and toothpaste. We welcome your participation in collecting these items in support of School 31. Please bring them to the SASE area after Sunday services during May.
Thanks SASE team
Denominational and Interfaith News
Second Tuesday Peace Circle Practice
Sponsored by VOICE-Buffalo, the Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo
Tuesday, June 11th, 1st Floor, Marge Gardner Room
6:00pm registration and refreshments; 6:30-8:30 practice
We serve individuals looking to improve their reading skills and the growing population of recently relocated refugees and immigrants in the area who may not speak or read English. Our programs address the various social, economic, and educational issues of our clients. We strive to break the crippling cycle of inter-generational illiteracy and poverty in Western New York, in an effort to combat social ills, improve the local economy and achieve higher education objectives. Simply put, LNYBN changes lives, word by word.
Our Mission is to develop literacy skills by providing free tutoring in Erie and Niagara counties through engagement and training of diverse community volunteers.
Our Vision is that all people in Erie and Niagara counties are literate.
Nominations for Share the Plate
Share the Plate welcomes nominations for recipients for the 2019-2020 church year. Send your ideas to Eve Holberg, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week's Pulpit Flowers
The flowers for this Sunday May 19th are in loving memory of Rob Condon from his family.
“If in the twilight of memory we should meet once more,
we shall speak again together, and you shall sing to me a deeper song.
And if our hands should meet in another dream,
we shall build another tower in the sky.”
Pulpit Flower Ministry
The next available flower dates are May 26 and September 1, and some other dates are available for future Sundays in the fall.
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 lovely flowers for one of our upcoming Sunday services.
Michael Harris' Shaw Festival Class
Sex & Violence (and George Bernard Shaw)
A Preview of the 2019 Shaw Festival
Wednesday May 22, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Alliance Room.
Cost: $70 for course, or $10 per session.
Session Three: Love Songs in the Scottish Highlands -- Brigadoon by Lerner and Loewe.
This romantic musical imagines a town in Scotland that appears once in a hundred years. What would you do if you not only stumbled on Brigadoon, but also fell in love with a dear Brigadoon lassie?
Come hear the legend and the rhapsodic songs that it inspired.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Sign-up POSTPONED
Unfortunately the rep from Porter Farms, originally scheduled to visit us tomorrow, has had to postpone- watch this space for the new date!
UUCB BOOK GROUP meets next on Monday, May 20 at 7 pm. We will be discussing CITIZENS OF LONDON by Lynne Olsen. If you are coming, please notify Sandy (firstname.lastname@example.org or 628-5945). Next month: June 24 at 5 p.m. we will discuss NEVER CAUGHT by Erica Armstrong.
Monthly TED Talk
Feel free to join members of the Worship Team in front of the sanctuary following the last Sunday of the month's service for our Theme Exploration Discussion. We’ll talk together about the monthly theme and how we can keep it in our hearts, minds and souls as we live out our Unitarian Universalist values.
Dyke March Step Off
On Saturday June 1st the Buffalo Dyke March will be assembling at 1pm in our garden and stepping off towards Bidwell Parkway at 2!
Gay Liberation NOW
Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project Panel
The Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ Project will be holding a panel entitled "Gay Liberation NOW: Buffalo Mattachine and the Myth of Stonewall" here at UUCB in the Parish Hall on Thursday June 27th at 6pm.
Some members of UUCB will be on the panel reflecting on their experience of the pre- and post-Stonewall LGBTQIA+ movement here in Buffalo. If you would like to learn more or get involved with planning, please reach out to Bridge at email@example.com and they will connect you to the lead organizer, Dr. Jeffry Iovannone.
Be sure to check this newsletter next week for the date of the June Congregational Meeting!
Unitarian Univeralist Church of Amherst
UUCA is located at 6320 Main Street in Williamsville. Read about their upcoming events and more in their newsletterAre you excited about building a vocal community this July?
Registration is now open for CERSI - the Central East Region Summer Institute, July 7-13 at Oberlin College, OH.
Our amazing theme speaker is Dr. Ysaye Barnwell speaking on Building the Vocal Community. Workshop options cover a range of topics and the week includes time for sharing, listening, singing, and playing. Scholarships are available!
Deadline to apply is May 31.
Learn more at www.cersiuu.org
UUMAC: July 7 - 13, residential family camp for UUs, including YOU!
We meet each July on the campus of DeSales University, near Allentown, Pennsylvania. UUMAC lasts one week, though many campers wish it were longer! As the name indicates, we are focused on UUs from the Mid-Atlantic States but anyone is welcome to join the fun. DeSales provides food, comfortable dorm housing, and buildings for our use. Our week includes sharing, listening, building community, laughing, singing, thinking, reading, dancing, and getting to know each other. UUMAC is many things to many people: a spiritual retreat, time for reflection and celebration, a reunion with our friends, a time to revel in a community of fun-loving and like-minded people of all ages. Join us for a week which is as relaxing or action-packed as you like, and renew your spirit.
Contact Ann Andrex, firstname.lastname@example.org for detailed help or encouragement!
Or visit the UUMAC webpage at www.uumac.org
Calling All Youth Leaders
Are you ready for River Rising Leadership School? At River Rising Youth will spend a week creating community and learning to care for that community spiritually, pastorally and physically. They will have conversations about how Unitarian, Universalist and Unitarian Universalist values influence their own sense of purpose and work on articulating their own faith based values. We’ll approach leadership as a continual process of self reflection, group processing and practice work. And we’ll have a lot fun just hanging out and playing together! 2 different weeks, 2 different locations. Learn more at www.uua.org/central-east/youth/goldmine.
Sophia Lyons Fans Camp
Long Island UU Council announces that registration is open for Sophia Lyons Fahs Camp. This camp has a new location!. Dates are August 18-24, 2019 at Camp Echo in Burlingame, NY. This is for children and youth of all ages. Learn more at liacuu.org/fahs.
The WNY Peace Center’s Latin American Solidarity Committee will host Gail Walker, daughter of Rev. Lucius Walker founder of Interreligious Organization) at the Pilgrim St. Luke’s UUC, 335 Richmond Ave in Buffalo, 7 PM Friday June 14, 2019 www.ifconews.org Friendshipmenrcaravan@ifconews.org
Leafblower for Sale
We recently cleaned out the garage and are attempting to sell some equipment we no longer need. If you are interested in purchasing a new unopened/still in box Ryobi backpack leaf blower, please reach out to Bridge at email@example.com. We are asking $185 or best offer.
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, Tupperware 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.
BFnB cooks in our kitchen every Monday at 10am- please feel free to join!
Click on the flyers and links below to read more about other upcoming events in the community
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
First Day Saturday, May 11th from 8:00-1:00pm
Network of Religious Communities Annual Appreciation Dinner
The 39th Annual Appreciation Dinner of the Network of Religious Communities will be held 6:00 PM Thursday June 13, 2019 at Samuel’s Grand Manor, 8720 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221.
The appreciation dinner provides an opportunity for houses of worship and religious organizations to honor together “community saints” who have served their organization and the wider community. It is also an opportunity for members of the various religious communities of Western New York to experience and celebrated the religious diversity of Western New York.
Our speaker of the evening will be Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D Sr.
Carney was the 20th President of St. Bonaventure University from 2004 until 2016. She is the university’s first president emeritus and is known for her commitment to interreligious understand and work for social justice.
She holds master’s degrees from Duquesne University and St. Bonaventure University and her doctorate was awarded by the Franciscan University of Rome “Antonianum.”
Houses of worship are encouraged to nominate a member or members of their community to receive the religious service award. Religious organizations and businesses are encouraged to purchase an ad in the 39th Annual Appreciation Dinner Awards Booklets. Nominations, ticket order and ad forms can be downloaded from www.religiousnet.org, or can be obtained by calling 716-882-4793 ext 201 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Justice for Migrant Families on Friday, June 7, 2019 from 5:30-9pm at the Spring 2019 Fundraiser for dinner, a basket raffle, 50/50 drawing, bar, and entertainment by French ConeXion and Joe Hall! $20 suggested entry donation per person, 12 and under free. Family event with kids' corner! Dinner and entertainment included in entry. Location: Trinity Church 371 Delaware Ave
Can't attend but want to support us? Make an easy and secure one time or recurring donation through our paypal at paypal.me/jfmfwny
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