Sunday Programs
All Sunday Services start at 10:30 a.m.

October 1          “Having a Constitutional Convention” 
                               
Dr.  Peter Galie
                               Service Leader:  P.J. Fraser     
                               Pianist: Nicholas  Emmanuel

October 8          “The Preservation Paradox”    Lauren Becker
                               Service Leader: Keith Owens
                               Pianist:  Nicholas Emmanuel 

October 15         “So What, No What”      
                                  Donna Evans Deyermond 
                                  Service Leader: Diane Hart
                                  Pianist:  Nicholas Emmanuel 

October 22          “Avoiding Ross Street  Rev. Peter House
                                   Service Leader:  Jeanette Geckler
                                   Pianist:  Nicholas Emmanuel 

October 29           “A Place for Renewal”  Rev. Donald Reidell
                                     Service Leader:  P.J. Fraser
                                     Pianist:  Madeline Harts


    SPEAKER NOTES

10/1   Dr. Peter J. Galie, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Canisius College, is a leading expert on NY State’s convention history, including its constitutional conventions. He is the co-author with
Christopher Bopst of the leading reference work on the New York Constitution, “The New York Constitution: A Reference Guide.”

10/8  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. Recently, she created a new 75th anniversary
exhibit for Kleinhans Music Hall and is designing displays to help other Buffalo organizations tell their meaningful stories.

10/15  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.

10/22  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.

10/29  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

10/1 Having a Constitutional Convention”  This November 7th, citizens of New York will have a chance vote on whether or not they want to have a constitutional convention to amend or change the
New York State Constitution. Dr. Galie will talk about the history of the New York State Constitution and constitutional conventions; he will describe various aspects of such conventions: how and when they come about, how delegates are chosen, what they have accomplished in the past, and issues that some voters might like to see such a convention address. Dr. Galie will be available for questions after his presentation.

10/8The Preservation Paradox: Protecting the Past as a Way of Saving the Future” Buffalo is experiencing a marvelous resurgence right now, and much of it is being driven by a boom in cultural and architectural tourism and investment. We owe a great deal to the many people who worked so hard to preserve the historic sites at the heart of this expansion, perhaps none more than Olaf & Bill Shelgren. As Buffalo’s preservation pioneers, their outreach efforts helped teach Buffalonians to love and appreciate our old buildings. Their early advocacy saved dozens of sites, and their leadership created the city’s first preservation code. Now, more than 50 years later, we can fully appreciate their greatest gift to the city: in preserving Buffalo’s past, Olaf & Bill enabled the better future we’re experiencing today. We’ll explore the Shelgren’s story and the paradoxical way preservation is more about the future than the past.

10/15  “So what, Now what?” is what Linda Cliatt-Wayman, a Philadelphia high school principal, says to the children in her school after she listens to their stories about the tough conditions under which
they live. Most of us are very privileged compared to Cliatt-Wayman’s students, however, we all face challenges in life. How do we survive the tough times and pull ourselves back up to face the future? How does UU faith help us through that process?

10/22 “Avoiding Ross Street” Grief is a universal experience. But when we don’t work through it, we miss out on an opportunity to deepen our spirituality, and to experience the peace which comes from staying present to what it can teach us.

10/29 A Place for Renewal” Each Sunday I come to church earlier than the congregation in order to
meditate and reflect. It provides peace and renewal. It is a sacred place.  


                                         CALENDAR

Board of Trustees Meeting: Monday, October 23 at 6:30 PM at the church. All are welcome to attend.

Buddhist Meditation: Every other Tuesday in October. Oct 3, 17 & 31, 7:00 PM at the church.

Fall Cleaning: Saturday, October 7th. Help needed to give a good Fall cleaning to the Church. We haven’t done this since 2015. The woman who comes to clean only comes once a month for two hours
so she only has time to do the basics. We’ll meet from 9:00 AM. – 11:00 AM. Bring a bucket, cleaning cloths and a cleaning product. Of course there will be donuts and coffee. Any questions, see Catherine Majewski.

Social Justice Committee Meeting: Monday October 2, 6:30 PM at the church. All are welcome.

Special Plate Collection: Sunday October 8. As Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approach, Baker Memorial UMC is once again collecting donations for Buffalo City Mission. This year, the mission requested cash donations instead of food items so that they may buy institutional-sized goods and help reduce volunteer work in sorting retail food items. Please do not bring grocery items, but consider contributing to the plate on October 8th
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Sunday Services Committee Meeting: Monday, October 9 at 9:30AM at the church. New members welcome.


                                 BULLETIN BOARD

 Rev Renee Ruchotzke will have a conference day at UU Buffalo on Saturday October 14 , 1PM-5PM. Renee believes that if we can get 10 or so folks from UUEA to attend that it will spawn good dialogue among us for where we want to go and how we may be able to grow or open the church to more people.
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Caring Committee Update: A Target gift card was enclosed in a congratulations card to Rev Michelle George-Gates and husband, Michael welcoming their new son.


               SOCIAL JUSTICE ~ SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE

Our next meeting is October 2nd at 6:30 pm. Please join us.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
~ Margaret Mead

Buffalo NY Holocaust survivor speaks out about Charlottesville – the same hatred as those at Auschwitz. “Silence is the first thing, after hate, that is dangerous. Because if you are silent, it’s an approval of what’s going on. “We must stand against anti-Semitism and racism, or we could find ourselves repeating a regrettable history. http://cnn.it/2uRQBmC

The legacy of slavery. There were two specific periods in US history when most Confederate monuments were erected. During Jim Crow laws in the late 19th century and in resistance to Black civil and political rights in the 1960’s.
Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/

We employ a three-pronged strategy to battle racial and social injustice:
Fighting Hate, Teaching Tolerance, Seeking Justice.
Teaching Tolerance https://www.splcenter.org/teaching-tolerance
Civil Rights Memorial https://www.splcenter.org/civil-rights-memorial
917 Hate Groups Map https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map

The inherent worth and dignity of all people and the connections between us mean that when one of us is at risk of deportation, none of us are truly free. When policymakers target people who are served by programs like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS), we refuse to be divided. Ctrl+Click to follow link: Here’s how you can support Dreamers now.
Susan Leslie, on behalf of UUA/UUSC Love Resists Team www.loveresists.org

Please help your neighbor by donating healthy, non-perishable food items to the Food Basket in our Sanctuary. Donations go to an East Aurora community food pantry. ~ Thank you.

Are You Registered to Vote? Moved? A student out of town? Deadlines are approaching! For those who aren’t registered don’t forget to do so. Or to apply for an absentee ballot. Call the Erie Co. Board of Elections: 716-858-8891 or or go on line:http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html
http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingAbsentee.html

Volunteers are needed for Hearts and Hands which is a volunteer organization serving neighbors in rural Western New York Communities. The services are provided at no charge to the recipients. Each week the volunteer is e-mailed requests for help. There are several from which you can choose or you can choose none. Many of the requests are for drivers to take the client to a doctor or to go grocery
shopping. Sometime help is needed with yard work or housework. A client may just want someone to sit and visit for an hour or two. If you are interested see Mike Steward or Catherine Majewski or call
(716) 406-8311