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Upcoming Events

CommUUnity Night:  We meet at 6pm in the Common Room the 1st Friday of each month. Our next meeting is Friday, March 1.  If you haven’t participated before, CommUUnity Night is a fun, laid-back all church event. We gather for a potluck and we don't worry about who is bringing what. Kids are free to play. If you're too busy to bring something, don't worry. All we really want is YOUU!  For March, we plan to offer baked fish for Community Night (echoing the Christian Lenten tradition). To help us have enough food for all, please fill out this form to let us know you are coming: https://forms.gle/QFAbWvBaanXUHm1z9. We appreciate your responses, but we will also welcome last-minute attendees!

First Steps: A Gathering for Visitors -- Sunday, March 3. We invite first-time guests, regular visitors, and long-time friends to join us for First Steps: A Gathering for Visitors. The meeting will start about 15 minutes after the service ends --  head downstairs to the Common Room for some coffee, snack, and chat, and then up go to the Merritt Lounge. We'll get to know each other a bit better and learn more about First Unitarian and the Unitarian Universalist denomination. The meeting is about an hour long.  Questions? Please contact Membership Coordinator Melissa Gibson at coordinator@firstuuomaha.org.

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation
Insight Meditation hosted by the Mindfulness Outreach Initiative (a Nebraska 501c3) will meet on most Sundays at 4pm in the Common Room starting this Sunday, March 3. The meditation will last about 40 minutes and there will be time for conversation and questions as well. Church member Mark Wiesman will host or Dave Reed. If you have questions, please contact Mark at oceanica3@cox.net or the church office. Click here to learn more.

People's Film Festival Screenings:

Monday, March 4 at 7pm in the Common Room. We will watch Glory Road. Click here for the Facebook event. 

Monday, March 18 at 7pm in the Common Room.  We will watch the first two episodes of Genius: Einstein, a biography. Click here for the Facebook event. 

Monday, March 25 at 7pm in the Common Room. We will watch the last two episodes of Genius: Einstein. Click here for the Facebook event. ​​

 

Art & Talent Show at Second Unitarian Church - You're Invited to Take Part: Join us on Friday, March 8 at 7pm at Second Unitarian Church of Omaha for an Art & Talent Show. All ages are invited to participate and attend. Entry fee is goodwil donation. 

Register to take part and share your art or talent by signing up here: https://bit.ly/YRUUtalentshow2024. Deadline to sign up is Feb. 25.  Questions? Email: dre@2uomaha.org 


COVENANT, CONFLICT, AND COMMUNITY: From Conflict to Win/Win Solutions Workshop
When: Saturdays, March 9, 16, 23, and 30  at 10am
(two-hour Saturday sessions, attend all four sessions)
Where: The Common Room at First Unitarian Church, 3114 Harney St.
Who: Anyone who wants to handle conflicts or misunderstandings more effectively —no more fight, flight, freeze or fawn! Feel free to invite friends or significant others.

 

Learn more and register here: https://bit.ly/workshopccc 

 
These sessions are offered by the Right Relations Committee:
Elaine Wells, LMHP, Couples Coach, UU since 1970
Kay Lynn Goldner, Registered Nurse in Special Education, UU since 1962
Jean Wagner, Linguist, teacher, world traveler, UU since 2017
Terri Lynn Brewer, Peer Support, AVP facilitator, UU since 2007
Sign up today! Go to this page:  https://bit.ly/workshopccc 

Note: We had push our meetings back by a week, so we will start on March 9th. If you have questions, please email RRC@firstuuomaha.org 

Introducing the Spring 2024 Adult Religious Education Class: Sign ups happening now. First class: March 10

The UU Wellspring format of four sessions that we will follow was created to allow Unitarian Universalists in our congregation to personally engage and respond to the Proposed Article II draft with the support of your UU community. Your reflections on the materials will offer you the opportunity to take a deeper dive than simply reading and reacting.

The four sessions will focus on:

  • Session 1: Covenant

  • Session 2: Purpose, Inspirations, Inclusion and Freedom of Speech

  • Session 3: Love

  • Session 4: Six Values: Interdependence, Justice, Equity, Generosity, Pluralism, and Transformation

As Unitarian Universalists, we value thoughtful discourse within covenanted groups who have committed to “no fixing, no saving, no setting each other straight” and “pausing to name when harm has occurred.”

We hope you will join this Adult Religious Education opportunity at First Unitarian Church of Omaha!​

Our spring series will meet alternating Sundays after church service from 12pm - 1:30pm. Dates: March 10, March 24, April 7, April 21. Learn more and sign up for the spring session online here: bit.ly/proposedarticle

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 First U Fiber Arts Night. We 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 meet the second Sunday of each month in the Common Room from 6pm to 9pm. Next meeting: March 10. Please direct any questions to Catherine Plumlee at catplumtree@gmail.com 

3F Book Bonanza Group:  This group meets monthly at 7pm in the Merritt Lounge on the second Wednesday of the month. ​Next meeting: March 13. Please email questions to Sheri Conner at ksvortex@msn.com

Books for this year: 

March - Pomegranate by Helen Lee

April - Brave New World by Aldous Huxley


UUA Direction-Discussion Group Zooms!
Thursday, March 14 at 7pm, online only via Zoom 

Our UUA Direction-Discussion Group’s topic is the proposed changes to Article 2 of the UUA bylaws. The changes will affect the nature of UU-ism. Are you aware of the details of the changes? Are you in favor of the proposed changes? Are you opposed to the proposed changes? Are you just not interested and assume it won’t matter to you? Are you unsure? All are invited to bring your questions, comments, and opinions. A congregational vote on this issue will be on the agenda of our Annual Meeting on May 5. We all need to be knowledgeable. Come Zoom with us! The Zoom link: https://zoom.us/my/firstuuomahareligiouseducation

Here are some searchable sources of opinions throughout the denomination: UU Fifth Principle Project, UU Save the Seven Principles, North American Unitarian Association, an email discussion group: UU Inter-congregational discussion list – group,  UUA Commission on Institutional Change Report  ”Widening the Circle of Concern”, “Article II Study Report”, and a book: “Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism”   Questions may come to:  jaimealexander@cox.net

CUUPS Circle Meeting: Friday, March 15

Come join the CUUPS group at 7pm on Friday, March 15 in the Common Room for our Ostara Ritual. It's a celebration of the official start of the spring season. Questions? Email cuups@firstuuomaha.org 

Family & Friends Game Night:  Join us on Saturday, March 16 at 4pm in the Common Room. All are welcome. Questions? Email aha@firstuuomaha.org 

Come Join Our Circle of Sharing (March dates)​

These small groups are open to all! Monthly themes, readahead materials aka “packets,” and additional information can be found on the Sharing Circle area of the church website: www.firstuuomaha.org/sharingcircles

March theme: Cultivating Relationships 

Less depth session: Sunday, March 10 in the Merritt Lounge, 1150am-1pm. 

Full session: Sunday, March 24 in the Merritt Lounge, 1150am-1:50pm.

Teams Meeting: Wednesday, March 20 at 5:30pm in the Common Room. 
Church leaders and volunteers are invited to attend this potluck meeting. We will discuss annual reports which are due April 1st, the Team Fair which will follow the May 19th Sunday service, and check in about how our teams are doing. Questions? Email MTC@firstuuomaha.org

The Evolution of God: Book Study Group -  NEW GROUP

Join us for a book study on The Evolution of God by Robert Wright.  This book explores how human conceptions of God have changed over time.  As society has evolved from hunter-gatherers into more complex social systems, our concept of God has changed.  The book starts by looking at primitive gods, and then looks specifically at the development of Abrahamic monotheism, evolving understandings of Jesus and the Christian faith, and the changes in understanding of Islam. Jody Petrow will lead this group. 

We will meet at 9:30am in the Common Room on the 4th Sunday of each month.  Our first meeting is Sunday, March 24th to discuss Part 1. On April 28th, we'll discuss part 2; May 26th--Part 3; June 23rd--Part 4, and on July 28 we would read the last section, Part 5.

 

Questions? Email Jody at jspetrow@gmail.com 

Be Here Now, Mindfulness as a path to connection is 2 hour workshop, exploring mindfulness and the importance of being present in the moment by using simple AVP nonviolence practices.
In this mini-workshop we:

  • Begin the journey of mindfulness and thoughtfulness

  • Discover how to capture your thoughts

  • Examine those thoughts and

  • Share those thoughts

When: Sun, Mar 24, 2024, 2pm – 4pm or
Sat, Apr 13, 2024, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: First Unitarian Church
Cost: Free. Refreshments served
Please register:
March 24 Be Here Now
April 13 Be Here Now
or email Suzanne King omahaavp@gmail.com

The First Unitarian Book Club:  Our next meeting is Monday, March 25 at 7pm on Zoom.  We will discuss Light of Days by Judy Batalion.  Questions? Email Dave: drichardson821@gmail.com

Future books & meeting dates:

4/29/24: Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America by Heather Cox Richardson 

CUUPS Book Circle: Tuesday, March 26 at 6:30pm in the Merritt Lounge.  This month we're reading "The Witch's Book of Spellcraft: A Practical Guide to Connecting with the Magick of Candles, Crystals, Plants, and Herbs" by Jason Mankey, Matt Cavalli, Amanda Lynn, and Ari Mankey. Read pages 111-177. Questions? Email CUUPS@firstuuomaha.org

CommUUnity Night:  We meet at 6pm in the Common Room the 1st Friday of each month. Our next meeting is Friday, April 5.  If you haven’t participated before, CommUUnity Night is a fun, laid-back all church event. We gather for a potluck and we don't worry about who is bringing what. Kids are free to play. If you're too busy to bring something, don't worry. All we really want is YOUU! 

The Compassionate Communication Group:  Hybrid meetings will be on first and third Tuesdays at 7pm in the Common Room.  (Contact Suzanne King nvcsuz@gmail.com for Zoom link) During our practices, we learn to transform the thinking, language and moralistic judgments that keep you from the enriching relationships and start to resolve conflicts with more ease, learn to ask for what you want in ways that ensure you’ll receive it, begin to hear the true needs of others with less effort, strengthen your personal and professional relationships and start living to your full potential.  Everyone is welcome. No prior experience needed.  

Bridge Group: This group meets at noon in the Common Room on the first, third, and fifth Sundays for about two hours of play.    If you know how to play, please join us. If you want to learn, join us. Talk to one of us -- Scott Kemper (scott.kemper@gmail.com, 402-981-7819), Tim Duggan,  Doug McIntosh and his wife Marie. All are welcome! 

 

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