1-31-2019 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
  • A column by Rev. Erin on Trust, our theme for February
  • "Beyond the Binary" workshop in Syracuse Feb 9th
  • Go Green with Your Electricity workshop at church Feb 10th
Choir meets at 9:30AM - Join any time!
February Services 10:30 AM
Coffee and Refreshments 11:30 AM

Rev. Erin's week off is Monday January 28-February 4

February 3, 2019 "Trusting in the Power of Love" Rev. Jeff McArn
How does a culture shift from adversarial mistrust and abuse to cohesive mutual affirmation? Dr. King believed it depended on a commitment to the deep, joyful, mysterious, creative, demanding, powerful work of love. But what is love? 

Jeffrey McArn has been College Chaplain for Hamilton College since 1996, and has served as summer minister for a small church on Grindstone Island in the St. Lawrence River since 2005. For the last five years he has taught a course in the Religious Studies Department entitled: American Freedom and Protestant Thought. Jeff works with both the Protestant Chapel Community and the Interfaith Community at Hamilton College, where he also works in local community outreach and service learning initiatives. He has taught classes on "The Art of Listening," "Conflict Resolution," and "1968." He also serves on the boards of the Interfaith Coalition of Greater Utica, the Johnson Park Center, and the National Abolition Hall of Fame & Museum in Peterboro, NY.

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 cannot work without Trust.

February 17, 2019 “Super Secret Service” UU Utica 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 24, 2019 “An Uncontrollable Fear” Rev. Erin Dajka Holley             In a perfect world, we all would be able to trust that we are safe from harm. Survivors of trauma have had that trust broken. Can the body and mind heal in ways that it is possible to trust again?

  • February 3 Paul & Tammy Tenerowicz
  • February 10 Jackie Leisos & NEED 1 volunteer
  • February 3 Denise Nepveux & David Hill
  • February 10 Jay & Debra Hagenbuch
NEEDED: 2/17 and 2/24 both hospitality & greeters
Please sign up! Sheet is on bulletin board by sanctuary. Want another way to help? Donate money directly to "Hospiltality" to buy snacks!

            When I was maybe eight or nine years old, my father showed me a glass jar on which he had written the word trust many times. He put the jar in a paper bag, closed it, and handed me a hammer. You already know what happened next. I followed his instruction and broke the jar. He said that once trust is broken, it’s impossible to put it back together.

            A truth of being human, however, is that our trust is always broken, from the day we are born. A baby trusts implicitly that its needs will be met, it cannot do otherwise, but it is impossible for a baby’s family to meet all of its needs in every moment. The baby will cry. The baby will be disappointed. The baby’s trust will be broken.

            We are born able to trust. But, trust is the most fragile of things, and our ability to trust is tested all of the time. Gaining experience in life inherently comes with disappointment. We disappoint ourselves. Others disappoint us. Those we love, whom we trust the most, will let us down in some way at some point.

            And yet, this month we ask ourselves, “What does it mean to be a people of trust?” How do we dare to trust when our lives indicate that it will be broken? As we consider trust, we enter the realm of faith, as well. Without faith, we are incapable of trust.

            I hope that you will spend time considering these questions with me this month. And, I hope that you will also wonder about how trust is inherent in the work that we do together being a religious community. May your wonderings be blessed, and may you find deeper meaning in the questions.

In love,

Rev. Erin

Church Announcements
UUU Raises $412.00 for UUSC
Our church community raised $142.00 from our bread sale and $270.00 in donations for the annual Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Fundraiser. The UUSC is providing direct service to marginalized people all over the world including right here at home. 
There is no better way to highlight the 7 UU Principles of our faith, on a national and international level, than by supporting the direct service work of the UUSC. The UUSC receives the highest rating available through Charity Navigators for its programmatic effectiveness nd fiscal efficiency. Thank you to all who made our church's generous financial support of UUSC possible.

The Thea Bowman House and their Director Rita would like to thank the congregation so much for their collection of food for the pantry. It helps to keep their shelves full. 
Church Events
Go Green with Your Electricity!

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.

Sunday February 10, 2019 at 1PM in the sanctuary
Sponsored by the Climate Action SubCommittee

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
Registration is Open for Spring Online Leadership Courses
Deeper than a single webinar or workshop, the UU Leadership Institute offers core leadership courses online with on-demand materials.  They are perfect for the congregation who wants to learn together at an affordable cost—only $30 per course per semester. Courses are now open!

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 

"Bayard Rustin was a key behind-the-scenes leader of the black civil rights movement—a proponent of nonviolent protest, a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the principal organizer of the landmark 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. And he was gay and open about it, which had everything to do with why he remained in the background and is little known today in comparison to other leaders of the civil rights movement."

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.
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.
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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