Sunday Programs

all services begin at 10:30 am

May 7    “Grasp Your Center…You’re Going To Need It”   Donna Evans-Deyermond
Service Leader:  Diane Hart
Music:  Connie Camnitz

May 14   “Introduction to Islam and Contemporary Issues”    Faizen Haq
Service Leader:  Jamie Ferullo
Music:  Jade Conlee
Today is “Men Can Cook”  Sunday

May 21    “Competing ENDS”  Rev. Peter House
Service Leader:  Jeanette Geckler
Pianist:  Jade Conlee

May 28    Rev.  Bob LaVallee
Service Leader:  Jeff Maris
Pianist:  Jade Conlee

June 4     ” At Home in the Universe’    Rev. Fran Manley and Doug Yeomans
Service Leader: Jeanette Geckler
Pianist: Jade Conlee

June 11    ” A Flowery Service of Songs and Poetry
Service Leader: Jen Rung
Pianist: Jade Conlee
Today is the Flower Communion Service & Annual Picnic 

SPEAKER NOTES

May 7   Donna Evans-Deyermond has a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Christ the King Seminary. She has been giving sermons at the Hamburg and East Aurora Churches for more than 25 years. Donna also had a career in public relations and freelance writing, providing feature articles to the Buffalo News, Buffalo Spree and Forever Young Magazine.

May 14   Faizan Haq has been teaching Islamic Cultural History along with, U.S.A. relations with the Muslim World since 1996 at State University at Buffalo. He has been a lecturer for Intercultural Communication at Buffalo State College since 2004. In addition to Islamic Studies, his academic interests include: Intercultural Studies, International Relations, and Media Analysis. He also has taught courses on Islam in relation to Democracy in the U.S.A. and in the World. Presently, he is developing courses on Muslim perception in the Media, Contemporary Middle Eastern Politics, and Relations between the Islamic world and The United States. Mr. Haq is a member several different organizations including the Association of Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST), Washington, DC. He is a lifetime member of Asian Studies Association; and is serving on the Executive Board of New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS). He is one of the founding members of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), the co-founder and President of Pakistani American Research and Information Center (PARIC). He has served as Secretary and Vice President of Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) and as Secretary General and Vice President of Pakistani American Congress (PAC). He has also served as the President of the Pakistani American Association of Western New York (PAAWNY). Mr. Haq is a known media analyst and has been asked to render his opinions for various media networks on diverse international issues including ABC, CBS, NBC, Voice of America, and YNN. He is also the founder and Publisher of WNYMuslims.org. Mr Haq is an active member of the Western New York interfaith Community and is an alumnus of Leadership Buffalo 2007. Recently he has been engaged in University Express program at Erie County and has been presenting on the Arab Spring, Pakistani Americans at the Crossroads, Islam and Women, and Muslim Cultural Identity.

May 21   Reverend 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 their two cats Mary Beth, and Lauren, and their dog, Ollie who has joined us for coffee hour.

May 28   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.

June 4   Rev. Frances Manly is Minister Emerita of the First UU Church of Niagara and a member of the UU Church of Buffalo, where she sings in the choir and serves on the Worship and Adult Faith Development Ministry Teams. She also serves on Commissioned Lay Ministry Advisory Council of the Central East District of the UUA. Doug Yeomans is an accomplished singer and songwriter and one of Western New York’s finest and most versatile guitarists, playing a hybrid style including bluegrass, blues, rock and roll, and country with influences from jazz and beyond. He was inducted in 2004 into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

May 7   “Grasp Your Center…You’re Going to Need It!
Being “centered” has always been an important piece of spiritual and emotional strength. In today’s chaotic world, it seems even more critical to maintain our individual “centeredness.” Why is it so important? How do we find and stick to our center while the rest of the world seems to circling the drain?

May 14   Introduction to Islam and Contemporary Issues
During this time Mr. Haq will explore the Islam religion and discuss some of the contemporary ongoing issues facing Islam and the perceptions that exist.

May 21   Competing ENDS
We all strive to live ethical lives, but is it really possible to be completely and totally ethical all of the time? Rev. House will apply a different framework to looking at this ancient dilemma.

May 28

June 4   “At Home in the Universe”
Home may be the place where we’re born, a place we’ve found, or more a feeling than a place. Sometimes, growing spiritually means expanding and transforming our sense of home until we can be at home wherever we are—at home in the universe. Weaving together story, song, and reflection, this service will explore the idea of home and challenge us to think of home in new and larger ways.

June 11   A Flowery Service of Songs and Poetry
The Flower Service is intended to symbolize the way in which, just as no two flowers are alike, so no two people are alike, yet each has a contribution to make to the community. This is a wonderful way to affirm and celebrate our Unitarian Universalist faith and the spiritual community we create when we join together in our congregations.


CALENDAR

Buddhist Mediation: Tuesdays at 7:00PM.

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

Sunday Services Committee Meeting: The next meeting of the Sunday Services committee  will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 9:30AM. New members are welcome. 

Annual Meeting The UUEA annual meeting will be held on Sunday, May 21, after the regular service. Visitors are welcome, but only church members are permitted to vote. Up for approval will be the proposed budget for 2017-18 and the two nominees for the Board of Trustees. Running for threeyear terms are Jeff Maris and Mike Stewart. They will be replacing departing board members Paul Bradford and Sue Marom. If you are a member and would like to vote, but are unable to attend, please see a board member for a proxy.

Board of Trustees Meeting: Because of our upcoming annual meeting, there is no regular Board of Trustees meeting this month.

Summer Schedule: Salon services begin Sunday, June 18 at 10:00AM. Please note the early start time. A “salon” is an informal gathering where a topic is discussed, for example, “Does religion cause war?”; “Is climate change real?”; “Is competition good?” If you have an idea for a salon, or would like to lead one, please see a member of the Sunday Services committee.

SOCIAL JUSTICE
Social Justice Committee: Maggie Smith, Dianna Colligan (co-chairs) and Bill Josefiak (board liaison).
If you would like to participate, please contact us.

May 14 th Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you to our Beloved Mothers. Bless those who have given us unconditional love, guidance and who work for a world of peace and justice – the “Beloved Community.” Too few Americans are aware that early advocates of Mother’s Day in the United States originally envisioned it as a day of peace, to honor and support mothers who lost sons and husbands to the carnage of the Civil War and as an anti-war movement. Unitarian Julia Ward Howe’s Proclamation: http://peacealliance.org/history-of-mothers-day-as-a-day-of-peace-julia-ward-howe

Sign of the times: “HATE HAS NO HOME HERE.” To view and obtain a sign go to: http://www.zoomcopy.com/product/hate-has-no-home-here-lawn-sign/ ZOOM — (716) 853-3627 or Email: rory@zoomcopy.com Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. After hours, text (716) 603-3602 The national campaign mission statement: “Declare neighborhood residences, businesses, and places of community free from hate speech and behavior.” Local story: https://www.gofundme.com/hate-has-no-home-in-orchard-park 

Until the US government allows Syrian Refugees into our country, continued bombings will only trap more civilians. In response to the Syrian nerve gas attacks: “It is essential that the world does more to deter Assad from committing future murderous atrocities. I also hope that they will recognize that we cannot in one breath speak of protecting Syrian babies and in the next close American’s doors to them.” ~ Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton

MUST SEE: Sebastian Junger’s new documentary film “Hell on Earth” –  One Syria family’s journey to escape ISIS. http://deadline.com/2017/04/hell-on-earth-syria-documetary-sneak-peek  natgeo-video-1202062495/ Junger is also the author of TRIBE: On Homecoming and Belonging. Why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today’s divided world.

 Muslims and immigrants should be treated with dignity and justice  https://act.credoaction.com/sign/illegal_border_search?t=2&akid=22698.6502355.GfGPS1 Reports from immigrants arrested and detained at airports during the Muslim ban reveal that federal agents denied people food, water and access to legal counsel. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested undocumented immigrants at their children’s schools, in hospitals and outside places of worship. Federal courts have struck down two versions of the xenophobic, unconstitutional ban. We must protect people from cruel anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim policies. Also, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents have been conducting illegal searches of American citizens’ private data in violation of the Constitution and a landmark Supreme Court ruling. Do not let these violations go unchecked. Please contact your Representative at: (202) 224-3121 or www.house.gov/representatives/find/ 

UPDATE: Malala Yousafzai’s “Girl Power Trip “I began my Girl Power Trip in Lancaster, Pennsylvania - a small city known as America’s Refugee Capital. Lancaster welcomes 20 times more refugees than any other city in the U.S. I spent the day meeting with students and local leaders from this inspiring community.” More information: Google “Malala Yousafzai girl power trip.” https://blog.malala.org/visiting-americas-refugee-capital-lancaster-pa-f16e1827bf55 Malala’s address to the Canadian Parliament — Please watch this! https://www.opencanada.org/features/watch-malala-yousafzais-addresses-canadian-parliament/ “Let future generations say we were the ones who stood up. Let them say we were the first to live in a world where all girls can learn and lead without fear.

Anita Hill on O’Reilly harassment: “People need to keep coming forward.” “They rose up and they won.” ~ Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC Talk show host Bill O’Reilly was ousted from Fox News after an investigation into sexual harassment allegations. This is a commentary on the “Corporate Culture” and institutionalized misogyny in our society. Progress has been made since Nearly 26 years ago, Anita Hill courageously spoke out against the harassment she received from then Supreme Court nominee, Clarence Thomas. He was confirmed, she was humiliated. In a recent interview, Ms. Hill said, “It’s time for a nation that’s too easily accepting of men’s excuses for sexual harassment to change the cultural status quo. We have a whole host of people accepting that as just something men do as opposed to understanding it as predatory behavior that is not only immoral but is also illegal.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/04/19/anita-hill-usa-today-interviewexcuses-sexual-harassment/100660778/

 Environmental Justice: Thousands Marched for Science! Cornell University Alumni Bill Nye the Science Guy, honorary co-chair of Earth Day’s March for Science, addressed the politics of science and climate change deniers in our government. “Science is political. It’s in the US Constitution, Article I, Section 8. ‘To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts… Engineering’… it enables innovation.” Thank you to all who supported, participated in events, raised their voices for the good of our world on Earth Day. “It gives me hope”  http://www.msnbc.com/am-joy/watch/thousands-march-for-science-927411779574

CARING COMITTEE 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 following birthdays: 5/7-Marian Glor, 5/30-Connie Camnitz, 7/22-Ava McLaughlin and 8/9-Elizabeth Hamm. Happy Birthday ladies and best wishes for a happy and healthy year!
The committee chairperson would love to update the birthday list. Please contact Laurie Josefiak at imok252@yahoo.com.

UU Humor!

Q: Why did the Unitarian-Universalist cross the road?
A: To support the chicken in its search for its own path

It is show-and-tell day at school, and all the children are requested to bring in an item which illustrates their religious beliefs. David stands up and says “This is a star of David and I am a Jew”. Dorothy stands up and says “This is a crucifix and I am a Catholic”. Jimmy stands up and says “This is a coffeepot and I am a Unitarian”.

Did you hear about the UU version of Baseball? Instead of three strikes and you’re out, it’s three strikes and you’re special.

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