Sunday Programs, February 2017

All Sunday Service start time is 10:30 AM

February 5:  Religious Education led by Paul Bradford           “Reflections from Rwanda” Dr. Timothy J. Redmond                                                     Service Leader: Alex Ramos              Pianist: Jade Conlee  

 February 12: “False Prophets” Rev. Sue Frawley              Service Leader: Mary Facklam           Pianist: Jade Conlee

February 19: “All I Really Need to Know I Learned from… Evolution” Lauren Becker                                                                                                  Service Leader: Kieth Owens                                        Pianist: Jade Conlee

February 26: The Brainstomers                  Service Leader: Sue Marom                           Pianist: Jade Conlee

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SPEAKER NOTES

Feb 5 Dr. Timothy J. Redmond, a graduate of Canisius College, received his M.A. and Ph.D in political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He teaches history and government at Williamsville East High School and is an adjunct professor at Daemen College. Redmond is a Jackson Center Fellow, an associate director for the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies of Buffalo, and the director of the New Generation Initiative’s Conference for Educators on the Holocaust and Human Rights. His column, The Examined Life, appears bi-weekly in the Aurora Advertiser.

Feb 12 Susan M. Frawley is a 3rd year Divinity student at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, IL. Susan lives in Amherst, NY with her two children. She serves as the Intern Minister at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Niagara Falls, NY. Susan has been a UU for over 25 years, calling the Buffalo UU church home. Prior to retiring from school counseling, Susan has been a speaker at many workshops throughout the area and state on education, special education, education law, parenting, child abuse, staff training, and group development.

Feb 19 Lauren Becker is a science and nature interpreter who has taught at museums, parks, and planetariums around the country. As an advocate for science literacy and education, Lauren earned a Masters in Science & the Public from the University at Buffalo and worked as Director of Outreach and Marketing at Buffalo’s own Center for Inquiry. More recently, she created a new 75th anniversary exhibit for Kleinhan’s Music Hall and is designing displays to help other Buffalo organizations tell their meaningful stories.

Feb 26 The Brainstormers are a group of seasoned actors with many years of experience on Buffalo stages who volunteer their time and talent in creating and performing staged readings of ten- to twelveminute playlets that dramatize issues of interest or concern to senior citizens. At the rate of about two a month ever since 2006, they have been performing their playlets for audiences at senior centers, community centers and churches and then discussing with them the issues dramatized.

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Feb 5 “Reflections from Rwanda” – Tim will discuss his experiences from his recent trip to Rwanda,in particular he will discuss the genocide and their efforts at reconciliation thereafter

Feb 12 “False Prophets” In a time of distress, fear and uncertainty; it is common to cling to hope in any form. Prophetic voices often appear or reemerge to offer hope, guidance and direction. Discerning what the root of the prophet is and just what you are being sold is the focus of this sermon. Finding hope, faith and love in a seeming world of charlatans and snake oil sales people is the goal. oh, and to have some fun and interaction at church!! See you there.

Feb 19 ““All I Really Need to Know I Learned from… Evolution” It’s February and time to celebrate Darwin again! As we’ve learned, for over 150 years, many people have blamed Darwin and his Great Idea for triggering a sort of cultural depression and degradation, a nihilistic decline in morals and morale. To them, if evolution is true, then life is random and devoid of meaning, and therefore “anything goes.” But is that fair? Is it true? Does the reality of evolution mean there is no “right” or “wrong?” Of course not! You can build a strong ethical foundation with a good understanding of evolution – and we’ll show you how

Feb 26 The Brainstormers will dramatize what happens in the wilds of Idaho at some point in the future when an electromagnetic impulse wipes out all electrical and electronic devices. Once the lights go out, we will (1) perform No Future I, (2) discuss with the audience how the characters might deal with the problem they face, (3) perform No Future II and (4) discuss the pros and cons of how they did deal with the problem.

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CALENDAR  

Board of Trustees Meeting: A date for the February board meeting has not been determined yet. Once it has, a notice will be emailed. All are welcome to attend.

Buddhist Mediation: Tuesdays at 7PM .

Potluck for a Cause: At UU church of Hamburg. Wednesday, February 1st at 6:00PM .

SOUPer Bowl Sunday February 5. One of our favorite after-service food events! Stay after church and have some delicious soup. If you’d like to contribute a favorite soup, or perhaps bring bread & butter or salad, please see any member of the Sunday Services committee to sign up!

Sunday Services Committee Meeting: The next meeting of the Sunday Services committee will be held on February 13, 2017 at 9:30AM. New members are welcome

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SOCIAL JUSTICE

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

 BLACK HISTORY MONTH: A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story. We have seen some of the greatest strides in African American history in the past 60 years. Let us recognize and offer our deepest respect and gratitude for those who have persevered from “We shall overcome” to “Yes we can” and “Yes we did.” From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s. “I have a dream” to “The Audacity of Hope” and “The Reality of Hope.” From the Emancipation Proclamation to the election of President Barack Obama. Abolitionist to Freedom Rider, Civil War to Civil Disobedience. “No Negroes served” to “Black Lives Matter.” Rainbow Coalition to the LGBT Rainbow Flag. Economic Justice and Workplace Equality. Black History touches us all. We cannot retreat from the struggle for Human Rights and Justice. There is much “We” can continue to do in order to form “A More Perfect Union” and “The Beloved Community.” “America is not the project of any one person. Because the single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ ‘We The People.’ ‘We Shall Overcome.’ ‘Yes, We Can.’” ~ President Barack Obama.

The grace, dignity and honor of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will leave an indelible mark on our nation. Godspeed.

“We must return to the past to move forward.” ~ Ashley Yates, Racial Justice Activist African Sankofa Bird. Sankofa translates from the Twi language of Ghana as “Go back and get it”. The Asante symbol is a bird twisting its beak behind itself, in order to bring forth an egg from its back. “Go back to the past and bring forward that which is useful.” Connecting the past with the present helps shape our understanding of what will have an impact on our collective future as citizens. http://cola.siu.edu/africanastudies/about-us/sankofa.php

John Lewis – March from Selma to Montgomery, “Bloody Sunday,” 1965. At the height of the civil rights movement, activists organized a march for voting rights, from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery. The marchers were stopped as they were leaving Selma, at the end of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, by Alabama state troopers, sheriff’s deputies, and posse men. Upon ordering peaceful demonstrators to disperse, the troops advanced, wielding clubs, bullwhips, and tear gas. John Lewis, who suffered a skull fracture, was one of fifty-eight people treated for serious injuries. https://www.archives.gov/exhibits/eyewitness/html.php?section=2

“One of the most courageous persons of the Civil Rights Movement.” John Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in America. “The conscience of the U.S. Congress.” ~ Roll Call magazine https://johnlewis.house.gov/john-lewis/biography

Walking with the Wind Congressman John Lewis shares rare insight into the personalities at the epicenter of the civil rights movement in the late ’50s and ’60s. https://www.amazon.com/Walking-Wind-Movemen-John-Lewis/dp/0156007088 The Selma Awakening –

How the Civil Rights Movement Tested and Changed Unitarian Universalism An analysis of Unitarian Universalist civil rights activism in Selma, Alabama, in 1965. Reviews the history of racial justice in the denomination in the prior decades and explains how Selma became a turning point. http://www.uuabookstore.org/The-Selma-A

Black History Month coincides with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln (Feb.12th) and Frederick Douglass (Feb 14th). Founder, Carter G. Woodson. http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month 2017 Theme, The Crisis in Black Education, focuses on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans. Addressing this crisis in black should be considered one of the most important goals in America’s past, present, and future. Carter G. Woodson understood the implications associated with the denial of access to knowledge, and called attention to the crisis that resulted from imposed racial barriers to equal education. It began during slavery when it was unlawful for slaves to learn to read and write. Whether by laws, policies, or practices, racially separated schools remained the norm from the late 19th century well into our own time. The crisis has grown in urban neighborhoods where public schools lack resources, endure overcrowding, exhibit a racial achievement gap, and confront policies that fail to deliver substantive opportunities. Yet, African American history is rich in centuries-old efforts of resistance: the slaves’ endeavors to learn; the rise of black colleges and universities after the Civil War; unrelenting court battles; the black history movement; freedom schools of the 1960s; and community-based academic mentorship programs that inspire a love of learning. https://asalh100.org/ Association for the Study of African American Life & History