Special service by children of RVUUF

The children of RVUUF’s Religious Explorations program will present a service full of song, dance, theater and more, on Sunday, April 30. Experience the Chalice Lighting tradition of our littlest RVUUFians, hear how our elementary class expresses their vision of a peaceful world, and find diverse answers to the question, “What do our children believe?” With guidance from Lead Teacher Liz Bianco and Alison Duren-Sutherland of the Worship Team, this service was created for our community by the children themselves. Come take a look at our faith through their eyes.

Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces, May 8 or 9

Resolve Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice in Medford, in collaboration with the Rogue Valley Interfaith Social Justice Coalition and 11 other partners, present “Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces,” 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 8, in the large conference room at Medford Library, 205 S Central Ave, Medford, or 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, in the Rogue River Room, Stevenson Union, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland. “In response to the rising number of hate incidents in the Rogue Valley over the last year, Resolve is bringing Rabbi Debra Kolodny of Resolutions Northwest in Portland to teach active, non-violent bystander intervention.” For pre-registration, visit tinyurl.com/interruptinghate. For more information, visit resolvecenter.org or call 541-770-2468.

Book sale and artisan market after April 23 service

Check out the RVUUF library’s book sale, and a small artisan market after the service on Sunday, April 23, in honor of Earth Day on April 22. Ann will have her organic homegrown canned goods, Maggie will offer her essential oils, Colleen will be selling her fabric gift bags and Marcia S. will display her jewelry. “Come see what your fellow talented RVUUFians do to recycle, re-purpose and reuse!”

Hazardous Waste Drop-Off on May 6

RVUUFians, do you have any hazardous waste to take to the Annual Hazardous Waste Drop-Off on May 6? Cost is still only $5 per household. The EarthKeepers are offering to haul your waste for you if you bring it to RVUUF between 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, and pay your $5. (if you need to make special arrangements for a drop off prior to that time, use RVUUF’s contact form to connect with Linden Crouch.
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Steward’s Corner: Lifetime UU without knowing it

At age 13, I returned “home” after three years in a wartime concentration camp. Shunned by peers and community I was lonely and wanted to be near people. I walked to the closest church on Sunday mornings and Sunday evenings for the youth group.

My association with that church continued through my first years of teaching high school in Creswell. I taught a Sunday school class for students and Bible college students where I met my future husband. He was the pianist/organist for the Unitarian Church. I discovered that I was one of those who was a UU all my life and didn’t know it!

My husband and I were founding members of the South Coast UU Fellowship in Coos Bay/Coos County and we were active there until his death in 1996. When I moved to Ashland in 2005 I immediately joined RVUUF and got involved. I served on the Endowment Committee, in the kitchen and on the highway cleanup committee. Currently I serve four days a week at the homeless shelter.

I have attended five General Assemblies and would go every year if possible just to experience the exhilaration of singing “Spirit of Life” with 4,000 other UUs!

Mitzi Loftus
Member/Supporter of RVUUF

UUA Board appoints co-presidents

The Unitarian Universalist Association has appointed three co-presidents — the Rev. Sofía Betancourt, the Rev. William G. Sinkford, and Leon Spencer — to lead the UUA until a president is elected in June by the 2017 General Assembly. UU World reported that the UUA board also approved a “Presidential Transition Plan ‘to frame the brief tenure of the transitional team and help shape Unitarian Universalism into the future.’”

‘Spring into Auction,’ donations coming in

Live and silent auction items are flowing in for RVUUF’s “Spring into Auction,” set for Saturday, May 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

RVUUF will have a special children’s table, so they can bid on items too (and childcare will be available for parents). The event will kick off with the Bluegrass band Waking Hazel performing.

Exciting auction items include: Condo vacation, zip line and rafting adventures, local restaurants and shops, and various dinners and events by members. Keep watch as more are posted.

There is a $15 suggested donation for members and supporters of RVUUF, and tickets for friends and family are free. Scholarships are available and childcare will be provided.

To RSVP, ask questions, or donate by phone or email, use RVUUF’s contact form to connect with Jackie Rosen.