2-7-2019 UU Church of Utica Weekly Newsletter
Secretary's office hours: Tuesday 8-12 p.m. & and Thursday 8:30-11:30 a.m. 
Please email her your enews information by early Tuesday morning,
Highlights this week
  • Go Green with Your Electricity workshop THIS SUNDAY!
  • This Saturday - Building Beloved Community Beyond the Binary in Syracuse
  • Please sign up for Hospitality/Greeters for 2019
Choir meets at 9:30AM - Join any time!
February Services 10:30 AM
Coffee and Refreshments 11:30 AM

February 10, 2019  “Fire and Commitment” Rev. Erin Dajka Holley
People of all ages will worship together during this service in which we consider the intersection of Trust and Love. Come explore the six kinds of Love with us, and how Love cannot work without Trust.

February 17, 2019 “Super Secret Service” UUUtica Committee on Ministry
What is the Committee on Ministry, you ask? The secret might be getting out. You’d better come to get the scoop.

  • February 10 Jackie Leisos & NEED 1 volunteer
  • February 3 Denise Nepveux & David Hill
  • February 10 Jay & Debra Hagenbuch
NEEDED: 2/17 both hospitality & greeter volunteers 
                 2/24 both greeters and 1 hospitality volunteer

Please sign up for 2019! Sheet is on bulletin board by sanctuary. Want another way to help? Donate money directly to "Hospiltality" to buy snacks!
Church Announcements
It's that time of the year for all committee chairs to check in with Finance to set a figure for next fiscal year's budget. Please email Marilee your amounts by March 15th. Thank you!

Here are links to the information about Dr. Martin Luther King presented last Sunday by Rev. Jeff McArn
Church Events
Go Green with Your Electricity!
Sunday February 10, 2019 at 1PM in the sanctuary
Have you wondered about ads from alternative providers? Are they SCAMS?
Should i change my provider? HOW do i do that? You CAN upgrade to responsible green power. Come to this FREE workshop to find HELP! A Great New Year's Resolution to help the EARTH.

Our February sanctuary basket collection is for Laundry Essentials! Detergent, fabric softeners (liquid/dryer sheets), hangers, clothes pins, clothesline etc. Our goal is 30 detergents. 

We always collect non-perishable foods in the kitchen.
See our current items collected here! 

Rev. Erin's Office hours are 1-4 PM, Tuesdays. Rev. Erin is off on Fridays.

Have a question about a business or procedural issue? Check the FAQ here!

oard Minutes
Committee Minutes 
Our Greater UU World
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse will once again be hosting the conference Building Beloved Community Beyond the Binary. We are super excited about this. It will happen on February 9, 2019 8:30 (registration starts) to 4:30 pm. J Mase III is our keynote speaker. J Mase III is a Black/trans/queer poet & educator based in Seattle, by way of Philly. He is the founder of awQward, the first ever trans and queer people of color specific talent agency. Currently, he is co-editing The #BlackTransPrayerBook with awQward artist Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi.
For more information and to register you can click here
Ferry Beach Retreat & Conference Center has sent a couple brochures of what
is offered in 2019. There is more information hanging on the hall bulletin board if
anyone is interested. The brochures are on the table in the hallway.

Answering the Call of Love Youth Revival Comes to Central East Region!
Youth Ministry Revivals (YMR) are weekend-long events that seek to inspire, innovate and celebrate Unitarian Universalist youth ministry. Developed in collaboration by the UUA’s Youth Ministry Roundtable and traveling around the country, no two YMRs will be exactly the same as we incorporate the local culture, invite in community partners, and continually adapt to our current social and political climate. The Central East Region is this year’s host! Join us March 1-3, 2019 at Cedar Lane UU Church in Bethesda, MD. Registration is open at

CER Summer Institute Jobs/Camperships:  Apply Now! It takes many hands to create the magic of CERSI and your hands can play a part. That driver who takes you around in the golf cart? Campership. The person who teaches you a new art? Campership. The nurse who patches up your kid? Campership. Tie dye, bookstore, choir, religious education, vespers child care. All those activities are made possible by fellow CERSIers who applied for camperships. Each of these positions comes with a financial thank you. The value of the campership is tied to the actual costs and to the amount of work involved with doing the job. Learn what jobs are available and get links to apply at

UU Buddhist Fellowship Convocation 2019
"Making the Invisible, Visible: A Multi-medial Exploration of Race & Racism in the
U.S. through a Buddhist Lens'. April 25-28, 2019 at Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY. Featuring Dr. Jan Willis Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at Wesleyan University, CT and author of several books on Tibetan Buddhism including "Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist-One Woman's Spiritual Journey"
For more information and registration visit the UU Buddhist Fellowship at: or On Facebook
The annual Seaway Gathering will be held on May 3-4, 2019 in Ithaca, NY. Our theme is Drawing the Circle Wide and our keynote speaker is CB Beal on the topic of Preemptive Radical Inclusion..
But we need your help with workshops! We want the workshop offerings to fill the needs you have as congregational leaders!

If you have a topic area you would like to see offered as a workshop - something you have found that you need in your work with your congregation please tell us about it here
And if you have a program or skills to share with others, please propose a workshop here
Each year we work with a small committee of volunteers—religious professionals and congregational leaders—to work on the overall event including giving feedback on schedule, selecting workshops, and planning the day. Please send an email to Evin Carvill Ziemer or Renee Ruchotzke if you’re interested in being part of the planning.
And stay tuned for more details - registration will open by the end of February.
From Black Lives of UU 

"Our trans siblings face discrimination and disparities in staggering amounts. Our Black and undocumented trans siblings even moreso. As a faith community, if we are unwilling to say #TransPhobiaIsASin, we are turning our backs on those who need us most. We are needed to wield our privilege in ways that help make the world more inclusive for them and ultimately all of us.”

Learn more here.

From Our Community
Feel free to submit community announcements for local non-profit events or events members are involved in here!
MVCC's Annual "Dress for Success" Event!
MVCC Is once again looking for gently used professional clothing for our students to wear for job interviews and in the workplace. They will be collecting through March 18th. Melissa Barlett will be glad to accept your contributions at church or contact Jeanne Litz at, 315-792-5439 to donate directly to MVCC.
Saturday, March 16th, 8:30AM-1PM Thea Bowman House Annual St. Patrick’s Parade Day Party
Come out to see Utica’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and join us inside the DeSales center to warm up and have some fun. Our annual event includes food, refreshments, and entertainment for the whole family, including Irish dancers after the parade from Butler-Sheehan Academy and Johnston School of Irish Dance. We also have fun games for kids with plenty of prizes. This event offers families a fun-filled day, while raising awareness and critical funding for Thea Bowman House’s services supporting our community’s most vulnerable people. Read more here.
Unity Hall Foundation
It may be cold outside, but things are HOT at Unity Hall these days!
  • Saturday, February 9th8 PM, The Hall's 2019 High Notes Music Series launches on with Annie and the Hedonists and CNY's dynamite duo Nick & Jay opening.
More upcoming events:
  • Thursday February 21 Open Mic Nights 6:30-9:30 PM
  • Sunday, February 24 Duo Sonidos – Concert and CD release reception 3 PM
  • Saturday March 30 Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People Tribute to              “The Women of Soul” 8 PM
Get more details on all Unity Hall events at
See Church Calendar Here 
Double click on Worship to see service details

Rev Erin's Office Hours are now Tuesdays 1-4 PM
Ongoing Church Usage:

  • 1st week, House Committee meets after service (P) 
  • 2nd week, Social Action/Green Sanctuary 12 PM (P) 
  • 3rd week
    • Small Spiritual Group 12-2 PM (P)
    • Mohawk Valley Lyme Support Group* 2-4 PM (P)                           
  • 4th week, Climate Action Sub Committee 11:45 AM (P) 
  • 1st week, Worship Committee, 6:30 PM (P)                 
  • 3rd week, Finance Meeting 5 PM (P),                                                                                         Board Meeting 6:15 PM (P)                                                                                        Citizens Climate Lobby 6:30-7:30 (RE)
  • Last week, Lunch Bunch 1 PM at different locations                                                                   
  • All weeks, Buddhist Zen Meditation* 6 PM (S)          
  • All weeks, (not if 5th wk), A Course in Miracles 7-8:30 p.m. (P)
  • All, Heart Rhythm Meditation 8:30 AM with Jack Pendrak
  • 1st & 3rd weeks, IONS 10-11:30 PM (P) 
  • 2nd week
    • MV Bonsai Club* 1-3 PM (RE) 
    • SAGE* 5-9 PM (S)
  • 3rd week, Caps 4 Cancer* 10:30 AM-12 PM (S) 
S – Sanctuary
P – Parlor
RE – Religious Ed Room
* - Not church affiliated
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