Sunday Programs

* All services begin at 10:30 AM

April 2
“Human Rights and Human Wrongs”
Dr. Claude Welsh, Speaker
Service Leader: Jeff Maris
Music:  Jade Conlee

April 9
“Children’s Lives Matter”
Rev. Lisa Peterangelo
, Speaker
Service Leader: Sue Marom
Pianists:  Connie Camnitz & Diane Hart

April 16
“The Complicated Face of Redemption”

Rev. Peter House, Speaker
Service Leader: Jeanette Geckler
Pianist: Jade Conlee
Religious Education:  Good Guys, Bad Guys”  Ron Fraser

April 23
The Spirit of Gongs and Singing Bowls”
Jamie Kubala, Speaker
Service Leader:  Diane Hart
Pianist:  Jade Conlee

April 30
“Tell Me Your Authority
Rev. Don Reidell, 
Speaker
Service Leader: PJ Fraser
Pianist:  Jade Conlee

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SPEAKER NOTES

Apr 2   Claude Welch holds the ranks of SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus and Professor of Political Science Emeritus. He became well known on the UB campus for his high quality teaching and research. His academic specializations included African politics, the roles of armed forces in politics, and human rights. Human rights formed Welch’s major research focus for the past 30 years. His teaching awards came from Political Science students (three times), the Undergraduate Student Association (three times), and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was named one of UB’s ‘Top Ten’ professors by the campus newspaper. Welch published fourteen books and close to forty chapters and articles in academic journals. In 2006, he received the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award given by TIAA and the SUNY Research Foundation. He also was given a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 by the American Political Science Association for contributions to human rights. In 2015, the International Studies Association gave Welch its Distinguished Scholar Award in Human Rights. He received the University at Buffalo’s President’s Medal, 2016, “given in recognition of signal and extraordinary service to UB. Welch chaired or served on ~60 dissertation committees. Welch has traveled widely, particularly in Africa, Asia and Europe, and wove the perspectives of other cultures into his classes, public lectures and research. His photographs were donated to the University at Buffalo digital image collection, where they are becoming available for public access.
Apr 9   Rev. Lisa Peterangelo is an ordained Spiritualist minister and presently serving the UU church of Amherst as a ministerial intern. She is a proud member the East Aurora Church and looks forward to seeing everyone again.

Apr 16   Rev. Peter House is a 2000 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School. He has served as ministerial intern, and summer minister at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, summer minister at First Unitarian Church in Rochester, NY, and has served since 2007 as the summer minister at the First Universalist Church of Rochester. During the year, Peter is a special education teacher working with 6th grade students, and he serves as president of his local teacher’s union. Peter and his partner Michael Hannen live in Rochester with their dog Ollie, and their two cats Mary Beth, and Lauren, and their dog, Ollie who has joined us for coffee hour.

 Apr 23   Jamie Kubala has been a drummer and percussionist for over forty years. He has presented gong and singing bowl workshops at the Unity Church in Buffalo, the Brushwood Folklore Center in Sherman, NY and at yoga retreats. He believes in the power of art, music community and creativity.

Apr 30   Reverend Don Reidell has served as a Unitarian Universalist minister since 1977. He was ordained in 1979 in the Buffalo church. He serves at the UUEA church frequently, as well as at the Hamburg and Niagara Falls UU churches.

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Apr 2   “Human Rights and Human Wrongs” Dr Claude Welch’s talk will focus on: The development of human rights ideas and ideals in Western history, Genocide during WW2 and its impact on creating the UN human rights system, Torture as a contemporary issue in human rights, Refugees as a current issue in human rights, What individuals and major human rights groups can do to reduce issues.

 Apr 9   “Children’s Lives Matter” How do we raise children in these times? What do children need from UU churches?

Apr 16    “The Complicated Face of Redemption” Easter in the Christian tradition is a day to celebrate the redemptive power of Christ’s sacrifice. As Unitarian Universalists, our first principle calls us to see each and every human being as redeemable. People who commit hate crimes challenge our notions of redemption in complicated ways. On this Easter Sunday Peter will share his own very personal experience with this challenge.

Apr 23   “The Spirit of Gongs and Singing Bowls” This is a hands-on presentation where you will listen to and play gongs and singing bowls. Together we will discover the history and the power of these ancient instruments, and share their healing vibrations. Be prepared to be transported through sound!

Apr 30 “Tell Me Your Authority” How would you respond if questioned on the foundation of your religious conviction?

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CALENDAR

Buddhist Mediation: Tuesdays at 7:00PM.

Discussion: The Future of Education in America-What can we learn from the top-performing countries? Sunday, April 2 after the service. At the March 5th UUEA service, Rich Moglia-Cannon made a presentation titled “Education in America—Are We Still #1? In this next session, Rich will share a summary of what his organization, the National Center on Education and the Economy, has learned about the top-performing countries in the world and then lead a discussion about the the implications for America. Whether you are a parent, educator, politician, or concerned citizen, this discussion will give you an opportunity to grapple with the issues and study some key data to inform your future actions. Rich will start the session with a summary of 3/5/17 presentation so feel free to join us on April 2nd, even if you missed the earlier session. The session will start about 15 minutes after the regular Sunday service and should last about one hour.

Potluck for a Cause: At UU church of Hamburg. Wednesday, April 5th at 6:00PM.

Sunday Services Committee Meeting: The next meeting of the Sunday Services committee will be held on April 10, 2017 at 9:30AM. New members are welcome.

Board of Trustees Meeting: Monday, April 24th at 6:30 PM at the church. All are welcome to attend.

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SOCIAL JUSTICE
Co-Chairs: Maggie Smith & Dianna Colligan. Bill Josefiak, Board Liaison. Unitarian Universalist Service Committee www.uusc.org

“The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.” ~Author unknown

Earth Day April 22, 2017 Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change, aware of its unprecedented threat to the planet and to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection. earthday.org

 Earth Day Network’s mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations. http://www.earthday.org/about

Take Action! Eat less meat, eat local produce, end junk mail, stop using disposable plastic and plant a tree. http://www.earthday.org/take-action/

Earth Day Event: Spring Shoreline Sweep April 22nd 10am-12pm, the largest single-day shoreline cleanup in Western New York. Targeting shoreline sites, hundreds of volunteers engage in direct citizen action which reconnects the public with our region’s most valued asset, water. Last April, volunteers collected 11 tons of litter! Find a clean-up location near you. Prior registration is encouraged at: http://bnriverkeeper.org/cleanup/ 

 Upcoming events: http://bnriverkeeper.org/calendar/Buffalo Niagara

RIVERKEEPER is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and connecting people to the water. We do this by cleaning up pollution, restoring fish and wildlife habitat, creating public access and enhancing educational opportunities. http://bnriverkeeper.org/

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, a proud member of the global Waterkeeper Alliance.

  Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District: 50 Commerce Way, East Aurora, NY 14052 (716)652-8480. “It is our mission to protect and promote the health, safety and general welfare of the present and future generations of Erie County residents through the conservation of soil, water, air, plant and animal resources by delivery of sound, science-based, locally-directed, technical and educational assistance.” http://www.ecswcd.org/html/about.html  

Sierra Club Group of Western New York Energy Committee Meeting April 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. UU Church, 695 Elmwood Ave. 2nd floor. (Use side garden entrance.) All are welcome to join us as we work for renewable energy solutions to climate change. https://niagarasierraclub.com/ 

Climate Forced Displacement: UUSC recognizes the grave danger that climate change impacts pose on the world’s most vulnerable populations. Increasing temperatures, low precipitation, and frequent and intensified natural disasters are causing sea level rise, droughts, widespread flooding, and other impacts that are destroying biodiversity and increasing food and water scarcity. This reality demands that we expand our focus from advancing and defending the human right to water. http://www.uusc.org/campaign/environmental-justice/ 

“Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”

April 29th – People’s Climate March/People’s Climate Movement. Hundreds of thousands of people will join together in Washington, D.C., It’s expected to be the biggest, boldest, bravest, most determined climate mobilization yet. The National Resources Defense Council will march for our environment, our families and future generations. Build a better future. For area events: www.peoplesclimate.org

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” ~ Elie Wiesel

Yom HaShoah. The internationally recognized date for Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. On April 19, 1943, the Warsaw ghetto uprising began after German troops and police entered the ghetto to deport its surviving inhabitants. By May 16, 1943, the Germans had crushed the uprising and left the ghetto area in ruins. Surviving ghetto residents were deported to concentration camps

Sunday, April 23, 2017 10:00 – 11:00 AM The Legacy of Elie Wiesel http://www.hrcbuffalo.org/events/ Featuring a personal message from his son, Elisha Wiesel, Hon. Lisa Bloch Rodwin and Hon. Penny M. Wolfgang Temple Beth Tzedek 621 Getzville Rd, Amherst, NY 14226 Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo: http://www.hrcbuffalo.org/#teach

Please donate non-perishable food items to our Food Basket and help feed your neighbors in and around our community. Food insecurity is a daily reality for the elderly, children, families and the unemployed. ~ Thank you.

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CARING COMMITTEE

The caring committee sends well-wishes to Church members in need. In addition, birthday greetings go out to members that are 80 years and older as well at 16 years and younger.

This month, we celebrate the April 1st birthday of Joan Moog, and the April 12th birthday of Greta Armbrust. Happy Birthday, Joan and Greta!

The committee chairperson would love to update the birthday list. Please contact Laurie Josefiak at imok252@yahoo.com. Thank you!


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