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The Weekly Timetable - April 13th
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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County
where reason and love unite
Please Join Us For Sunday Services
Forum 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Service 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Unitarian Universalist  Fellowship of Marion County
7280 SE 135th Street
Summerfield, FL  34492
352-245-7944
© Unitarian Universalist  Fellowship of Marion County LLC , 2013
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UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS SUPPORT GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS SUPPORT GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE
Since February Unitarian Universalists from our congregation have been actively standing on the side of love by supporting the right of students
to establish Gay-Straight Alliance clubs to help counter bullying in Lake County schools.

Our Minister, Reverend Janet Onnie, issued the following statement, which was read into the record at a Lake County School Board workshop in
Minneola, Florida on May 6th:

Reverend Onnie’s statement:

In times of disagreement Unitarian Universalists stand of the side of love.  One of our seven principles affirms the
inherent worth and dignity of each individual.  We express that by witnessing and working for justice for
disenfranchised groups of people.  Sexual orientation or gender identity is not a choice.  It’s like the color of your eyes;
only one aspect of the complete person in a relationship with a loving God.  

We understand that there is great fear surrounding those who are different from us – whether it be skin color or socio-
economic class or political persuasion or sexual orientation.  Nonetheless, it is our responsibility as a society to create
conditions where people feel safe so that their individual gifts might flourish.  This is especially true in our schools.  It is
the job of the schools to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning.  If an individual or a group feels threatened or
bullied because of something over which they have no control, the learning environment is compromised.  When we
allow our fear to override our commitment to raise our young to be productive and kind individuals we have failed in
our duty to them.

It seems to me that answering the question, What would any of our peacemakers do?  Is a good test of any policy.  I
believe Jesus or Ghandi or Martin Luther King, Jr. would support the formation of an alliance among different people
attempting to understand each other.  I believe the peacemakers would stand on the side of love.  

Note:  Standing on the Side of Love is an interfaith public policy advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love’s power
to stop oppression.  It is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association, and all are welcome to join.  See
www.standingonthesideoflove.org.
Photo taken at Lake County School Board
workshop; Minneola, Florida; May 6,
2013. Caption:  Yellow shirts get
organized.  Left to Right:  Andrea Coburn,
Nelson Hay, Carole Clark and Diane
Lamontagne, all from the Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship of Marion County
(Florida).  Also shown, further right in red
skirt, is Dr. Joyce Hamilton Henry of the
ACLU.

Photo Credit:  Martha Hartgering, First
Unitarian Church of Orlando.
9:30 Forum: Unitarians in India- Maria Slosser and Sandy Ogletree
will share with us their study trip to India which they took with their
home church in Norfolk, Va.  We will hear what they learned firsthand
about Unitarians in India.

10:30 Service: Rev. Janet Onnie -- “What’s the Buzz?” This is the
prequel to the May and June study of prophetic women and men. The
Palm Sunday story from the Christian tradition points up the various
ways of receiving, processing and disseminating news; especially news of
relief from oppression.
This Sunday April 13, 2014
"All Aboard"  March 13, 2014
Read the President's March 13th Message.
CENTRAL FLORIDA UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS VISIT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO
SUPPORT COMPASSIONATE IMMIGRATION REFORM
UU delegation outside Rep. Webster’s Winter Garden office.  Left to
right: John Hartgering, 1U; Jennifer Toth, Standing on the Side of
Love; Kathy Homblette, 1U; Diane Lamontagne, UUFMC; Jean
Siegfried, President of the 1U Board; Joan Irwin, 1U; Rev. Kathy
Schmitz, Minister, 1U;  Nicki Drumm, 1U; Margaret Wineman,
President of the UUFMC Board; and, Jim Mullen, UUFMC.  Not
shown are Martha Hartgering, 1U; and, Nelson Hay, UUFMC .
Standing on the Side of Love Campaign Manager Jennifer Toth
presents briefing at First U on immigration reform & grassroots
organizing.   First U Minister, Rev. Kathy Schmitz, is shown at left.
UU delegation outside Rep. Daniel Webster’s Winter Garden office.
First u Minister, Rev. Kathy Schmitz, speaks at press conference
outside Rep. Daniel Webster’s Winter Garden office.
Standing on the Side of Love Campaign Manager Jennifer Toth
outside Rep. Webster’s Winter Garden office.
Outside Rep. Daniel Webster’s Winter Garden office.
Outside Rep. Daniel Webster’s Winter Garden office.
UU delegation entering Rep. John Mica’s Maitland office.  Shown
inside the office are Mica Congressional Aides Sally Zarnowiec and
Joseph Trovato.
UU delegation inside  Rep. John Mica’s Maitland office.
Photo Credits: Nelson Hay
Photos taken August 5, 2013
FLORIDA UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS PARTICIPATE
IN MASS MORAL MARCH IN RALEIGH, NC
On February 7-8, more than 25 UUs from Florida (Marion County, Lakeland, 1U Orlando, Clearwater, Sarasota, Venice and Ft. Lauderdale)
participated as part of 1,500 Unitarian Universalists and over 80,000 people from various faiths and organizations in 32 states in the Mass Moral
March in Raleigh, NC.  Our 13-strong Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County (UUFMC) group was proud to be the largest Florida
delegation to participate.
From two inspiring, stomping, singing, “We shall Overcoming” services at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh to our witness in the
streets, this was an event that re-energized our commitment to our mission of social justice as stated in our seven principles:   1st Principle: The
inherent worth and dignity of every person;  2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations; 6th Principle: The goal of world
community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
The North Carolina “Moral Monday” marches are a response to new voting restrictions and other repressive measures. For example, close to half
of the states in the U.S., with a concentration in the South, now have some form of voting restrictions.  The marches are in support of:
•        Protecting and Expanding Voting Rights and Civil Rights
•        Economic Sustainability, Alleviating Poverty and Expanding Labor Rights for All
•        Fully-Funded Constitutional Public Education
•        Healthcare for All, Protecting Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and the Affordable Care Act
•        Addressing Disparities in the Criminal Justice System
A “fusion coalition” of groups is working for true democracy in this country and for responsible decisions from our elected leaders for the benefit
of the people.
MONTH OF APRIL 2014 FORUM AND SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE
April 6:
Forum:
Patriot Dogs- Julie Drexel will describe the programs she currently runs at the Lowell Women’s Prison in which inmates train Humane
Society dogs in basic obedience prior to their adoption and service dogs are trained for placement with wounded veterans. One or two dogs may
accompany her.

Sunday Service: Rev. Janet Onnie “The Fire of Commitment” The beginning of the new UUFMC year is a good time to think about
commitments; about what actions we obligate ourselves to perform and what attitudes we pledge to each other and the and the world outside our
walls.  What is the vision to which we are committed?  I have some ideas.


April 13:
Forum:
Unitarians in India- Maria Slosser and Sandy Ogletree will share with us their study trip to India which they took with their home church
in Norfolk, Va.  We will hear what they learned firsthand about Unitarians in India.

Sunday Service: Rev. Janet Onnie -- “What’s the Buzz?” This is the prequel to the May and June study of prophetic women and men. The Palm
Sunday story from the Christian tradition points up the various ways of receiving, processing and disseminating news; especially news of relief
from oppression.


April 20:
Forum:
Current Affairs- Bring in any current affairs topic you would like to discuss and place it in the basket.  Three to four topics will be drawn
for discussion.

Sunday Service: Rev. Janet Onnie -- “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.” As we share the traditional Flower Communion we will name and
celebrate the flowers, trees and shrubs surrounding our UUFMC home, recognizing their cycles and how they affect our comings and goings.  And
how we affect them.


April 27:
Forum:
 But Where Do You Get Your Protein?   Our very own Eat 4 Life Group members are returning to continue their presentation on healthy
vegetarian eating. Time for questions and answers will be provided.  Also, check out their table of healthy eating snacks during the social hour after
the service.   

Sunday Service: JoLaine Jones-Pokorney -- “Our Cousins, the Baptists" The speaker was raised Independent Fundamentalist Baptist. People
comment that she really did a turn around when she became UU. She replies,  "Not really. Two hymns, a sermon, and pass the plate." But actually,
UUs and Baptists have much more in common than we admit. And they just might have a lesson to teach us as well.
L to R: Margaret Wineman, Jim Mullen,
Rev. Janet Onnie, Mike Donato
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF MARION COUNTY
CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY
On March 15-16 the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County (UUFMC) celebrated the 30th anniversary of our founding with a Gala
Luncheon and Sunday Service.  Honored Guests, in addition to a number of Founding Members, included Gini Courter, former Moderator of the
UUA, Maggie Lovins and Connie Goodbread, both from the UUA Southern Region Congregational Life staff.  Representing the Lake County
congregation were Russ Littlefield, President, and Chris Higgins, Vice President.  Gini’s message spoke to the topic, “This Great Occasion.”
UUFMC's ’s 30th Anniversary Gala
UUFMC President Margaret Wineman Addresses
the 30th Anniversary Gala.  Seated behind Margaret
is 30th Anniversary luncheon coordinator Barbara
Schuster.
UUFMC 30th Anniversary gala.  Shown at center
are, left to right, UUFMC Minister Rev. Janet
Onnie, and UUA Southern Region Congregational
Life staffer Maggie Lovins.
UUFMC 30th Anniversary service.
Shown, left to right, are Nancy Solberg, UUFMC
choir Director Al Solberg, drummer Eddie Boufford,
Rev. Janet Onnie, and pianist Phyllis Sharpe.
Former UUA moderator Gini Courter at UUFMC
30th Anniversary service.
Musicians at work are, left to right, Eddie Boufford
on drum, Jim Mullen on trumpet, and Claire
Arnold on piano.
Photo Credit: Nelson Hay
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