12-27-2018 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
  • January sanctuary basket is for 'winter blues & itches!
  • Collecting warm jackets, hats, scarves, etc. for local children
Choir meets at 9:30AM - Join any time!
 Services 10:30 AM
Coffee and Refreshments 11:30 AM

December 30, 2018 "Without Words" Rev. Erin Dajka Holley
How does one address a mystery?  There are no words that can describe an experience of the Holy.  Who knows what expressions will come forth in this multi-generational service.

January 6, 2019 “Transmogrified” Rev. Kimberley Debus
Sometimes, when our ideas, beliefs, and perspectives seem stuck, it’s helpful to take them apart, mix them up, and see what is possible.  What happens when we do this with our Unitarian Universalist Principles?

We need 2 Hospitality volunteers for January 6th. The 2019 Hospitality-Greeter sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board by the sanctuary. Please start filling out the January one and any other months you wish to fill in.

January 1st, 1:00 PM, All are welcome to get together for a New Year's Day lunch at SUMO Japanese Steakhouse in New Hartford, Please call Doreen Markson at 315- 272-9160 if you plan to come.

Church Announcments
2018 Holiday Tree Collection “Sharing the Warmth of Community"          
UUU will collect winter hats, gloves, scarves and warm socks, to be donated to Dr. MLK Jr. Elementary School, beginning December 9th through January 13th. These donations will allow staff to provide children who arrive at school, without warm winter accessories, these items in a caring and discrete manner. While many organizations work diligently to provide, coats, boots, and toys for children, items such as these are harder to come by. Please share the warmth this holiday with children who brave the cold winter as they walk to school in their neighborhood. 

Holiday Gratitude
UU Utica expresses its consistent gratitude to all of you who make this church and its programs possible.  We thank Social Action/Green Sanctuary for leadership of the Peace Carol this month, which was a resounding success.  We also thank those on all of the church committees for the daily efforts that sustain our church community.  We are this church because of you.

Year-End Giving to UU Utica
Please consider making an extra year-end contribution to the church.  Your identifiable donations are tax deductible, and with extra funds, we are able to better “nurture spiritual community, honor diversity, and advocate for social justice.”

Our January collection will be for “winter blues and itches!” Bath and body washes/oils, soaps, hand and body lotions, body scrunchies etc. Our goal is to fill the basket.

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
Restorative Practices Training - January 19
Saturday January 19th, 10am to 4pm at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, Hastings on Hudson NY
This training gives access to lay leaders, youth, and religious professionals to an introduction to restorative practices to better our communities’ abilities to respond to tension, conflict, hurt and disagreement. Restorative practices, which involve the skilled use of Circles, provide an opportunity to identify and address harms, restore relationships and mend community. Grounded in tools of healthy communication, this training will give an overview of restorative practices, skills and will include hands-on Circle exercises to use what you’ve learned. We especially encourage Youth Leaders, Committees on Ministry and Church Boards to attend.
Restorative Practices are grounded in familiar practices: Youth Touch Groups, Covenant Groups, Chalice Circles, and respectful, direct, honest communication.
See more 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 [http://https\\]
Discounted registration before January 1!!!!!
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.
Have you heard about FAITHIFY, the UU crowdfunding platform? This program is designed to match UU based programs and UU funders with each other, making it easier for you to find projects that reflect your values and interests and programs to find the funding they need.

Find projects that you want to support, learn more about how FAITHIFY works, and how to use it in your congregation at their website,

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 open on January 25, 2019.
From Black Lives of UU

#BLUUMicro30 is looking to create Action Teams that help to foster connections between Black UUs and generate deliberate, concerted organizing efforts to create authentic linking between Unitarian Universalist resources with Black Liberation Movement spaces using small, local, direct, clear efforts.
Learn more about it here.

From Our Community
Feel free to submit community announcements for local non-profit events or events members are involved in here!
The Habitat ReStore now accepts donations of hammers, screw drivers, paint, nuts & bolts, screws/nails, drills, wrenches, tool boxes etc. They have opened The Tool Box section at their store. Stop by and check our assortment out.
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) 
  • 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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