Community Night -- offsite
Come join us for a late CommUUnity Night Pool Party event on Saturday, July 2nd! There is a 60-person limit at the pool so make sure to click the link below to RSVP! Party is at Gilbert Pool in Bellevue, from 7-8:45. We are allowed to bring in drinks and food, just no alcohol and no glass containers. If you have not been to Gilbert Pool before, as an fyi, it has 2 waterslides and a zero-depth entry for the littler kiddos. The pool is also providing us with 2 lifeguards. Go here to reserve your spot:
Hope to see you there!
Questions? Email Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CUUPS Reading Circle
Reading for fun and learning are both gifts for a magical life. Come join the new CUUP's Reading Circle. This new circle is an experiment in connection and shared learning. We will start with a series of discussions around the book, 'Pagan and Earth Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism'. This book of 23 essays by some of the most prominent leaders in UU Paganism bring Pagan and Earth-centered thea/ology to life. Featuring the writing of both clergy and lay people, this vibrant collection demonstrates the many expressions of nature-based spirituality and the ways they feed the souls of so many.
This first book will be done as a series of discussions taking place bi-weekly, on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9pm in the Merritt Lounge. Each session will cover 3 - 4 essays. Please contact Denise Allain with any questions.
Sessions are listed below, with the essays covered. Remaining dates:
June 30 - # 12-15
July 14 - #16-19
July 28 - #20-23
Young Adult Game Night
Thursday, July 14 at 7pm in the Common Room. All are invited to join the Young Adults for this event. Bring snacks and board games. Questions? Email: email@example.com.
Fiber Arts Night
Do you crochet? Knit? Sew? Embroider? Count stitches? Do you like to play with yarn, fabric or string? If so come join the newly created First U Fiber Arts Night. We will meet in the church basement to chat, share ideas and work on our individual projects. Come share your talent with others, learn from each other and get to know your fellow fiber artists. We will meet the 2nd Sunday of each month in the common room from 6 – 9 PM. Next meeting: July 10. At this time childcare will not be available, but if interest grows we will revisit the option with church management. Please direct any questions to Denise Allain or Catherine Plumlee
KIOS Campaign in June
This June, First Unitarian members and friends are asked to bundle our contributions to KIOS, Omaha Public Radio, for underwriting our ad campaign. This past year, you will have heard our ad during Morning Edition and All Things Considered on weekdays, and Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me and Live From Here on Saturdays. We support the outstanding programming and reporting on KIOS, and in return we reach out to our community with our message of rationality, cherishing spirituality and celebrating diversity. Donations will be collected during the month of June. Please place your check made out to First Unitarian Church--with KIOS in the memo line--in the offering plate, mail it to the church office, or give the check to Jean Wagner.
3F Book Bonanza Group
This group meets monthly at 7pm in the Merritt Lounge on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.
3F Book Bonanza will meet on Wednesday, July 13 at 7pm in the Merritt Lounge
Please email questions to Sheri Conner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future reading list
July - The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
August - Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
SIDE WITH LOVE SOCIAL ACTION TEAM
RENEWING OUR COMMITMENT TO BE A WELCOMING CONGREGATION
WHAT IS A WELCOMING CONGREGATION? The Welcoming Congregation program was launched by the UUA in the 1990’s to address homophobia and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people within the denomination and the broader community.
WE ARE A WELCOMING CONGREGATION! In 2003, First Unitarian Church of Omaha proudly became an officially recognized UUA Welcoming Congregation, committing ourselves to work hard to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are full members of our faith community. WELCOMING CONGREGATION RENEWAL: The UUA is challenging congregations to a process of Welcome Renewal, recommitting to our original pledge, highlighting for new members what it means to be a Welcoming Congregation and learning more about the current needs and concerns of LGBTQ+ people in our church and the broader community. And the UUA is hoping congregations make Welcome Renewal an annual commitment by embedding this process into our yearly planning.
Next Side With Love Social Action Team Meeting: Sunday, July 10, 4:30pm on Zoom.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/93009580832
Pride Parade 2022
The Heartland Pride Parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 16 at 10am in the Old Market. Click here for details. First and Second Unitarian Churches will join together this year in the parade as we have in the past. If you're interested in taking part, please contact Telia at email@example.com or (402) 609-8482 (text/call/leave a message). We look forward to another strong year of support! More info will be shared soon.
Progressive Omaha Film Screenings in July
Monday, July 11 at 7pm in the Common Room. We will watch the film
Johnny Cash's America. Go here for the Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/3hFx2q1Tm
Monday, July 18 at 7pm in the Common Room. We will watch the film Only the Brave.
Go here for the Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/7gLoxqu3W
The Women's Religious Studies Group
This group meets online weekly at 1pm on Thursdays via Zoom.
The WRSG is reading Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe by Greg Epstein.
For more information, contact Rae at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happening online, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:15am to 8:45am.
Join church members Kim Dunovan and Sharon Conlon for a period of reflection and silent meditation/prayer on Zoom. Whether you’re seeking a regular spiritual practice, or just wake-up some mornings needing a little extra support and connection to our church community. This is an informal drop-in and all are welcome! Each gathering will open with a short reading, followed by shared reflections and time for silent meditation/prayer.
Meeting ID: 816 3084 3110
Questions? Email Kim at email@example.com.
The Compassionate Communication group has chosen to take a summer pause.
The group will not meet during the summer and will reconvene on September 12.
If you have questions or curiosities during this pause, please contact Suzanne King at firstname.lastname@example.org