January 2017 Sunday Programs

            All Sunday services begin at 10:30 am

January 1     HAPPY NEW YEAR! No service today

January 8  “Spiritual Justice” Speaker: Rev. Lisa Peterangelo  Service Leader: Jeff Maris  Pianist: Diane Hart

January 15  “Deconstructing the Kent State Shootings”  Speaker: Tom Grace  Service Leader: Diane Hart                                                                  Pianist: Jade Conalee                        

January 22  “Choosing Your Own Care”  Speaker: Amber Hultgren  Service Leader: Jeanette Geckler                                                            Pianist: Jade Conalee    

January 29  “The Reality Before Us” Rev. Don Reidell, Speaker Service Leader: PJ Fraser Pianist: Jade Conalee 


                                                                             SPEAKER NOTES

Jan 8 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!

Jan 15 Tom Grace is a retired social worker who subsequently focused on academic research. He currently has a doctorate in History ind is an adjunct professor at Erie Community College. Tom wrote a recently published book Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties. Tom was injured in the shootings at Kent State in May, 1970.

Jan 22 Amber Hultgren is a Licensed Social Worker from Buffalo, NY. She received a BS in Human Development with a concentration in Gerontology from Cornell University. Amber graduated with her Masters in Social Work from SUNY Buffalo in 2015 and worked as a Family Support Coordinator for the Western New York Perinatal Bereavement Network and a Program Services Coordinator for March of Dimes. Currently, Amber is employed as a Medical Social Worker at the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, where she works with chronically or terminally ill patients and their families. She enjoys kayaking, trying as many new restaurants as Buffalo has to offer, and travel.

Jan 29 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. 


Program Descriptions

 Jan 1 Happy New Year! No service today.

Jan 8Spiritual Justice” As Unitarian Universalists we speak and act on Social Justice in our congregations but we rarely speak about Spiritual Justice. Let’s take a look at this type of justice and learn how it has been achieved in other cultures.

Jan 15 Deconstructing the Kent State Shootings” This talk will explore one of the more searing incidents of the Vietnam era of American history, the killing of four students and the wounding of nine others, including the speaker, by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University in May, 1970. In his recently published book Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties, the speaker punctures a number of myths about the university and the incident among them – that the campus was without an activist tradition, that the National Guard members were young and inexperienced, and that the killings led to an end to the era of mass protest.

Jan 22Choosing Your Own Care” Most people have some discomfort talking about medical preferences, but these discussions are important to have ahead of time so that decisions don’t have to be made in a crisis. Ms. Hultgren will discuss the importance of advanced care planning as well as the documentation needed to ensure that a person’s medical wishes are followed.

Jan 29The RealityBefore Us” As inheritors of the liberal faith, what is our responsibility?



Sunday Services Committee Meeting: The next meeting of the Sunday Services committee will be held on January 9, 2017 at 9:00AM. New members are welcome.

Friday, January 20th at 10:00 am. Book Club Discussion of “Spain in Our Hearts: American’s in the Spanish Civil War” by Adam Hochchild.

Board of Trustees Meeting: The January board meeting takes place on Monday, January 30th at 6:30 PM at the church. All are welcome to attend.

Buddhist Mediation: Tuesdays at 7PM.

Potluck for a Cause: At UU church of Hamburg. Wednesday, January 4th at 6pm. See message below.



Hello members and friends!!!

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Hamburg is the church that Potlucks! We’ve now decided to try lending this core of our community to make the world a better place; not only through fellowship and full bellies, but by contributing money to causes that work to improve the world every day. Our first Potluck for a Cause will be this Wednesday 12/5/16 at 6pm. Bring a dish to share and money for a cause we will vote on together. Hope to see you there!!

Yours in Faith,                

Rev. Michelle Yates



 Our hearts and prayers are with the citizens of Aleppo. The heart wrenching images of the children we have seen over the past weeks and months are likely among the casualties. We must hold those responsible for these atrocities accountable. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told an emergency meeting of the Security Council, to “do all we can to stop the carnage” and ensure that all the parties in the “wretched” conflict seek an inclusive political resolution. The UUSC continues to do everything it can. http://www.uusc.org/ https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=UN+Aleppo http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=55789#.WFL9N-kzXmQ

New Year’s Resolution: Defying Hate and Building the Beloved Community.

“We can build the Beloved Community right here in this church.” ~ Rev. Fred Small “Are we willing to love this faith and love ourselves enough not to settle for the world as it is, but to build and inhabit the world we dream about?” This is our country—and this is our faith—and we must find some way to live within the all of it. Dr. King called on the church to lead. “When the church is true to its nature,” he said, “it stands as a moral guardian of the community and of society.” He called on the church to be maladjusted to the structures of society that corrupt and oppress. Dr. King ended with the vision of the Beloved Community, the dream his sermons made famous. “We will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of [unity] and speed up that day when all of God’s children . . . will be able to walk the earth as [siblings], and then we can sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual —‘Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.’” And thousands of Unitarian Universalists, many like me with tears streaming down their faces, rose in thunderous applause. ~ William G Sinkford — UU World http://www.uuworld.org/articles/dream-white-innocence

 Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 16, 2017.

Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned a Beloved Community of love and justice, where the races would be reconciled, and the deep and terrible wounds of racism finally healed. “Our ultimate goal,” King said, “is genuine intergroup and interpersonal living—integration.” Physical desegregation is not enough, King insisted, for it leaves us “spiritually segregated, where elbows are together and hearts apart.” In recent years it is increasingly seen to be a ‘Day of Service’ when Americans are encouraged to volunteer to help others less fortunate than themselves.

Again this year the Social Justice/Social Action Committee will donate to the Buffalo City Mission CODE BLUE, called when temperatures drop below freezing. The City Mission provides shelter, clothing and hot meals for anyone, especially the chronically homeless who normally do not reside in shelters. “Our goal is to make sure no one is exposed to freezing temperatures that can lead to hypothermia or death.” Mail a donation to: Buffalo City Mission, 100 Tupper Street, Buffalo, NY 14203. More information (716)854-8181. www.buffalocitymission.org/code-blue/

Service to others: Please contribute to our Food Basket and bring nutritious soups and items to make a hot meal this winter. ~ Thank you.

  “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” ~ The Public (11/16/16) http://www.dailypublic.com/

 In a major victory for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and Native American sovereignty, an easement allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline to carry dangerous fracked oil under a part of the Missouri River providing drinking water for millions of other people was rejected. But, we must remain vigilant. The decision to halt the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline is likely to be overturned. The pipeline company says it won’t reroute the pipeline and vows to carry on as planned, and President-elect Trump supports the project. We need to keep the pressure on for human and environmental justice and “Defend the Sacred.” http://www.uusc.org/standing-in-solidarity-standing-rock/ https://www.nrdc.org/

No one voted on to cut Social Security. Yet, many in Congress plan to destroy Social Security including cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, repealing the Affordable Care Act, and slashing taxes for the wealthy. Cuts would include benefits for children and spouses of disabled and retired workers, and eliminates the taxes millionaires pay on their Social Security benefits. Read more at: http://www.socialsecurityworks.org/


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