Sunday Programs

*All services start at 10:30 AM.  

March 5                                      “Education in America-Are We Still # 1?” Rich Cannon, Speaker                                                       Service Leader: Mary Moglia Cannon                                                                                                                                                                                     Music: Steve Kress, Guitar; Madeline Harts, Piano                                                                                                                                                                       RE: “Telling Right from Wrong.” Sue Marom, Leader

March 12                            “Navigating the News: How to Discern Fact from Fiction in an Age                                                 of Partisanship, Conspiracy and  Falsehood” – Tim Redmond, Speaker                                                                    Service Leader: Diane Hart                         Pianist: Jade Conlee

March 19                                      “Prayers for Resistance – Rev. Bob Lavalee , Speaker                                                                                                   Service Leader: Jen Rung                           Pianist : Nicholas Emmanuel

March 26                                       “Doctrine of Discovery: Papal Bull’s Place in the Arc of the Moral                                                                          Universe”  Tom  Casey, Speaker                                                                                                  Service Leader: Rebecca Wrightman        Pianist:  Madeline Harts  


                                                       SPEAKER NOTES

Mar 5   Rich Moglia-Cannon has been on a thirty-year journey to improve the education of our children. He has played numerous roles in successful projects and initiatives in the education field both as a senior member of a national non-profit and as a management consultant to schools and school districts. Rich currently works for the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), a national non-profit headquartered in Washington DC. Rich is playing two roles at NCEE – directing a project to design and pilot an advanced credentialing system for school principals in Pennsylvania, Mississippi and Kentucky; and leading the accounting and finance functions as the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer.

Mar 12   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.

Mar 19   Bob LaVallee is a candidate for UU ministry. He works as a chaplain at Buffalo Mercy Hospital and is a volunteer with the Buffalo chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice. In his spare time, Bob is still searching for the perfect cookie.

Mar 26   Tom Casey is a member of the St. Joseph University Parish Social Justice Committee. He is a chairperson of the Peace/Justice/Non Violence Festival and Walk held each September in Buffalo, NY and he is the local coordinator for Pax Christi. Other groups Tom is active with include the Interfaith Peace Network, Veterans for Peace, as non-veteran member, and Witness Against Torture. He has also worked with inner city parents on school reform. He ran for State Senate, Assembly and US Congress. He has four grown children, several grandchildren, and lives in East Aurora. Tom is a retired engineer, manager and engineering company partner. 



Mar 5   “Education in America – Are We Still #1?” Did you know that the United States was a pioneer in providing all children with a free high school education? In fact, many economists now believe that our superior education system was a major factor in propelling the United States into an economic powerhouse during the 1900’s. Have American schools taken a step back in recent years or are they as good as ever? Rich Moglia-Cannon will lead a short and exciting exploration of the history of education in the United States in order to help you to find your own answer and to better understand the implications that this may have on the future of America.

Mar 12   “Navigating the News: How to Discern Fact from Fiction in an Age of Partisanship, Conspiracy and Falsehood” Human beings have access to more information today than at any other time in our history. Yet, we also have access to more misinformation as well. Redmond’s talk will explore the ways in which we can distinguish fact from fiction through an examination of partisan, conspiratorial, and fake news.

Mar 19   “Prayers for Resistance” In these anxious times, many UUs are taking part in direct activism for the first time. They are discovering how empowering protest is, but also how challenging and even devastating it can be. How do we sustain ourselves as we do the hard work? In this service we’ll consider the things that support us in our holy work for justice.

Mar 26   “The Doctrine of Discovery: Papal Bulls’ Place in the Arc of the Moral Universe” The 1452 and 1493 Papal Bulls (Papal edicts) regarding the discovery of new lands and indigenous peoples, their relation to the Unitarian minister, Theodore Parker’s words, quoted by Martin Luther King Jr as “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice,” and our role in the arc’s direction.


Buddhist Mediation:  Every Tuesday at 7:00PM.

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

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

Board of Trustees Meeting: The March board meeting is tentatively set to take place on Monday,
March 20th at 6:30 PM at the church. All are welcome to attend.

Interweave Planning Day: At UU Church of Amherst, Saturday, March 25, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.
Pride is coming, so let’s plan for something great for LGBTQ Unitarian Universalist community!
Come with ideas, come with passion!


SOCIAL JUSTICE       Co-Chairs: Maggie Smith & Dianna Colligan. Bill Josefiak, Board Liaison

       Unitarian Universalist Service Committee March is National Women’s History Month “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” Women have always worked, but too often their work has been undervalued and unpaid. Their work and influence spans three centuries of America’s history. The 2017 theme honors women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force. Honorees all successfully challenged the social and legal structures that have kept women’s labor underappreciated and underpaid. Join in paying tribute to generations of women whose commitment to justice and equality have proved invaluable to society.                                                              Honorees include: Kate Mullany formed the nation’s first bona fide all-female union. In 1864 she organized over 300 of her fellow Troy, New York laundresses into the Collar Laundry Union. Maggie Lena Walker was the first African American woman in the U.S. to charter a bank. Success as a business leader and community organizer made her an inspiration to African Americans and women across the country. Lilly Ledbetter took her sex discrimination case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The only woman working on the factory floor, she faced daily sexual harassment and was paid significantly less doing the same job. Her victory led to the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Barbara Hackman Franklin, a trailblazer serving five presidents, led efforts to increase the number of women in government. For more information got to: and the National Women’s History Museum

“There will never be complete equality until women themselves help to make the laws and elect the lawmakers.”~Susan B. Anthony

“We were but a few . . .”~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton                                                                 We can do it. . .From Seneca Falls to the recent Women’s March on Washington. Eleanor Roosevelt’s extraordinary Human Rights work for the UN to Michelle Obama’s military family assistance and child nutrition/health programs. Rep. Jeannette Rankin to Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Secretaries of State Madeline Albright and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Our history is our strength and it will inspire us to break the Glass Ceiling. We will not sit down and be quiet . . .      

 The National Women’s History Project has published “First Woman.” This special edition pays tribute to women’s long and distinguished record in government and public Writing women back into history.

Jeannette Rankin was the first U.S. Congresswoman. Her remarkable election in 1916 occurred four years before women had the right to vote nationally, and blazed a path followed by more than 300 women to date.

Nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers in the United States are women. The minimum wage falls far short of what it takes to live above the poverty line. Right now, the federal minimum wage is just $7.25 per hour. In every state, a woman with two children working full-time at minimum wage would live near or below the poverty line. National Women’s Law Center:

Stand up to Anti-women/misogynistic policies that seek to:                                                                                            Destroy Medicare (privatize it).Cut Medicaid coverage for low-income families & children. Replace the ACA and primarily benefit people with high incomes. Allows health care discrimination against LGBTQ people and makes it more difficult for women to purchase health insurance that includes abortion coverage. Restrict access to reproductive health care. Defund Planned Parenthood which provides Breast Cancer Screenings, Pap & HPV Tests, procedures to prevent Cervical Cancer, Female Infertility, Ovarian Cancer, Pelvic & Urinary Tract exams and much more.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

In 1939, Congresswoman Edith Rogers (R) co-sponsored a bill to admit Jewish children to the US from Nazi Germany. The congress voted it down. Millions died in concentration camps.                                                                                                                 There is no room for politics of hate and fear. We must take action against racist, xenophobic and illegal attempts to demonize Muslims, refugees and immigrants. We cannot allow this to happen again.

Take Action: Uphold Freedom of the Press. “We need a free press. We must have it. It’s vital. If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started.”~Sen. John McCain – Meet the Press 2/19/17

UUA – UUSC Declaration of Conscience:                                                                                                                       Translating Values into Action At this extraordinary time in our nation’s history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and core values of American society.                                                                                                                                                         In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.                                                                                                                                                                               In opposition to any steps to undermine the right of every citizen to vote or to turn back advances in access to health care and reproductive rights, we affirm our commitment to justice and compassion in human relations.                                                                                                                                                                            And against actions to weaken or eliminate initiatives to address the threat of climate change – actions that would threaten not only our country but the entire planet – we affirm our unyielding commitment to protect the interdependent web of all existence.                                                                                                                      We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil. As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us.                                                                                                                              We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice. The time is now.

“The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.”~ Barack Obama, 2008

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