Current Events

qUUeer — This LGBTQIA+ group usually meets after the service on the 4th Sunday of each month in an available classroom at the Meetinghouse. However, since June 23 was GA Sunday, their next meeting is June 30. This group is a safe space for members of the queer community to discuss issues, seek and give comfort and understanding, and work together toward shared goals within our UU framework. While we appreciate our many allies, this particular setting is open only to those who identify as LGBTQIA+ For more information, please send an email to quueer@uufortwayne.org or contact the minister.

Sisters Over 65 — Our meeting time is the second Thursday of the month in the Choir room from 10:30am to 12 noon. Some of us go to lunch after the meeting. All are welcome. Our next gathering is July 11.

HUUmanists In Action – This group meets after the service on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month to explore the history of Humanism and its application to contemporary social and community issues. Their next meeting is July 14, when they will be discussing chapters 3-4 of Behaving Decently: Kurt Vonnegut’s Humanism by Wayne Laufert. Everyone is welcome to join in the discussion.

Ice Cream Social — Save the date for the Swim’s Annual UU and Friends Ice Cream Social on Saturday, July 20 from 6-10pm.

Taco Ministry — This open group to meet up for lunch is held the third Sunday of the month, with our next lunch on July 21 @12:15. The restaurant in July is TBD. Come support local business, taco-bout the sermon, and enjoy camaraderie with friends old and new. RSVP to Robyn Valdizón.

Men’s Group — Dennis Shipley will be leading conversations based on the book by Neil Chethik, Father Loss: How Sons of all Ages Come to terms with the Death of their Dads, published in 2001. Meeting dates are July 24, 31 and August 7, all at 6:30pm.  From Dennis: “After this book came out, I led a group of men in studying our reactions to losing our fathers. My own father had passed away a few years before the book was published, and I’ve been reflecting on our relationship more over the last two years. I think it’s time to revisit this with other men who have experienced the loss of their fathers, regardless of when it happened. The book is divided into three parts: Part 1 discusses the impact of FatherLoss and how it differs based on our age when it occurs. Part 2 covers rebounding from FatherLoss and the grieving process, and Part 3 focuses on what we can do for our sons to prepare them for our own deaths. The book uses storytelling, and we’ll do the same. I’ll provide handouts, and the author offers eleven questions for us to consider. We’ll dedicate three Wednesday evenings to do this. You don’t need to own the book to participate, but it’s a valuable read.”

UUCFW Volunteer Fair — On Sunday, August 4, 12:15 – 1:15pm in the Social Hall, all UUCFW groups will be invited to share what they do and invite members to join them. Refreshments and Food included. Contact secretary@uufortwayne.org for more information.

Advocates for Racial Justice — Meetings to plan and share thoughts and ideas about the work to be done are held on the first Wednesday of every month, via Zoom. However, they are skipping July, so their next meeting is Wednesday, August 7 at 7pm. Please contact Rebecca Reeder for the zoom link.

UUCFW at the TinCaps — Save the date! We already have plans for the congregation’s annual TinCaps outing. We will be behind home plate for the next-to-last home game of the regular season Saturday, September 7 at Parkview Field. Our choir members will once again sing the national anthem to start the game just before 6:30. Gates open at 6:05. Tickets are $14 each and available to UUCFW members and friends alike. Note that this is the weekend AFTER Labor Day.
To purchase tickets, send your payment with the requested number of tickets to the church office.

Advocates for Environmental Justice — Mark your calendars now for September 28 and 29, so you may participate in the upcoming UU Climate Revival: Reimagine Together from an Extractive Age to a New Era! During this time, as a congregation, we will collectively envision a future for the world we want to create together. Participation in this event will also help us reach goals we are developing toward Green Sanctuary 2030 status. Details to come later, but to learn more now watch this video from UUA President Rev Sofia Betancourt, and also browse through this inspiring information.

Opportunities for Stewardship

You can raise funds for the church during your normal shopping! What better way to grow our resources than by making money on the things we already do and buy.

First, the Raise Right program (formerly known as Scrip). For those wanting to enroll in scrip the church code is: 77DDL4CC29923 Click here to enroll or download the RaiseRight app.

There are multiple options when ordering cards. You can buy eGift cards that can be printed at home or saved electronically on your phone. Or you can order physical gift cards and have them shipped to you. Click here for a list of Ship-to-Home Eligible Brands. If you have any questions, please contact our Scrips Coordinator, Kathi.

Second, you can link our congregation to your Kroger shopping! It’s easy to sign up for their Community Rewards program with our number: EM779. Then when you shop at Kroger, you will see our name at the bottom of the receipt. Learn how by clicking here.

Thank you – these small things really do make a difference!


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