The Grapevine Newsletter
The Unitarian Universalist Association
from reading #536 in hymnal
it is in your nature to be happy you will swim
along the soft trails for hours,
imagination alight everywhere.
if your spirit carries within it the thorn
is heavier than lead - if it's all you can do
keep on trudging.
is still somewhere deep within you
beast shouting that the earth is
what it wanted.
or not you have ever
to be happy.
or not you have
dared to pray.
Mary Oliver is a Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning poet. She
was the Ware Lecturer at the UUA General Assembly in
4, 2007 9 to 4
NY intersection of Rt. 98 and 104
Service and Picnic
Everyone is invited to attend our Annual Mid-Summer Service at PMUC
Sunday, August 12th at 11:00 a.m.
Following a brief coffee hour, please
plan on attending a church picnic at Chris Loss' house at 1:00 p.m. The church
will provide hot dogs and hamburgers and everyone is asked to bring a dish to
pass. Paper plates, utensils, and condiments will also be provided. Boats are
available, and bring a fishing pole if you'd like to do some fishing at the
ponds. Please drive in and walk back to the ponds (and if you have trouble
walking, we will transport you back there). Directions are provided below.
Amanda Nutty will be sending out reminder notices as the date gets closer. We
hope to see everyone!
to Chriss house at
589-1626 for additional information.
from the church:
Go west from the church to Rt 98.
Take a left on Rt 98 and continue going south.
Turn right onto
Continue for about a quarter of a mile, turn lt at
from the south:
Take Rt. 98 North.
Turn left onto
Continue for about a quarter of a mile, and turn left at
from the east:
Follow Rt. 31 west until you reach the 4 corners in
Turn left at Rt. 98 and head south.
Turn right at
Continue for about a quarter of a mile, and turn left at
Markham, Don Zimmer, Jan Jurgens, Rene Schasil, and Mark Dibelka
(and there may be a few others who attended that I am not
aware of), who joined SoulForce (an organization valuing the freedom for
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political
oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance) and attended
the July 20th meeting with Representative Stephen Hawley to represent this
church in standing up for the right of gays and lesbians to marry.
- for his
sermon on gay issues on June 10th...it was much appreciated!
Young, Bonnie Beiswenger, Mikayla Dibelka, Tyler Dibelka, Fiona Beck, and
their play on May 27th entitled, 'The Dog and the Harvest'. Lauretta and
Bonnie were monitors, Mikayla played the Queen, Tyler D. played the dog, Tyler
S. played the hunter, and Fiona was the wiseman. Great job. Such talent!!
who helped out at the Strawberry Festival...
Sara Phillips, Doris Brown, and Sara Burroughs
for serving coffee
and doughnuts in the mornings, and
Schasel, C.W. Lattin, Amanda Nutty, Dick Hoffman, Patti Adema, Jan Jurgens,
Nick Provenzo, & Lauretta Young
for serving popcorn.
organizing the meeting for the Wind Energy group at the church back in May and
also for his talk on religious prints at the church service at Cobblestone on
daughter of Sara and Tom Phillips, graduated from High School and is
going on to RIT in the fall.
and Harlan McGrath
- condolences to them regarding the death of Nancy McMullen, age 53, following
an extended illness.
the church family on June 3rd!! Welcome aboard, David!
it was her birthday on May 27th. On June 24th, she said she had visited
at The Landing, and she is in great spirits and mending
well from a broken wrist and hip.
visited Peg back in May after she had first fallen and reported to
the congregation that although Peg was in pain and in a wheelchair, she was in
- is 97
- was happy
that her friend from
- took the
cemetery tour given by C.W. Lattin at
her kids to
- had a scare
when her son, Dustin, had to have emergency surgery at
Whitewater rafting recently and had great snacks afterwards.
- said that
his joy was hearing
play the organ this morning (June 10th).
Daiss and Louise Wu
(in case anyone missed this) have graduated from
pleased that his son dropped by with his idea of the 7 course meal Don had
requested for Father's Day, which consisted of a 6-pack of beer and a poptart
(pancake and a smoke, anyone?).
on June 24th that he has survived a challenging week leaving his cottage and
moving into an old home in
- said that
it is a great joy to be together again (June 24th) and honoring a community
that connects us with time.
introduced her friend, John, visiting from
recommended the film 'Motorcyle Diaries'.
talked about the NPR series 'This I Believe', and a piece entitled 'Always Go
To The Funeral'. She read 'if you don't find yourself routinely inconvenienced
by others, you need to examine your life.'
"if you don't go to
other people's funerals, they won't go to yours."
Report from the Road
on May 27th - saw
Peonies blooming and Redwing Blackbirds in evidence.
on June 10th -
witnessed such beautiful flowers on the way to church today...there was such
joy to be found in all the different colors!
24th - was blessed to look out and see five swans at his cottage, and a creek
full of ducks (they don't all like each other, but it's wonderful to see
Bisexual Gay Lesbian Transgender
The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
supports full equality for bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender people (BGLT).
We believe that our first principle, respecting "the inherent worth and
dignity of every person," applies equally to people of all sexual
orientations and gender identities. As an Association, we covenant to promote
justice, equity, and compassion in human relations, and so in addition to
welcoming BGLT people into our religious community, we also work to protect
the civil and legal rights of BGLT people and families across the country.
Unitarian Universalists have been at the forefront of the same-sex marriage
debates, advocating for the right for each person to marry the partner of his
or her choice. We also support, among other policies, non-discrimination in
employment practices and job-related benefits, legal protections against
persecution and hate crimes and the right of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or
transgender people to serve openly in the
July 15 the PMUC approved this resolution is support of BGLT marriage rights.
Resolution of the
first amendment of the constitution of the
States, in carrying out their civil responsibilities see fit to license people
the States license to marry does not compel or imply any religious
endorsement but sanctions marriage as a civil institution;
the State should not discriminate against any of its citizens but treat them
as equal under the law;
the State has a vested interest in promoting marriage as a stable foundation
for a healthy society sanctioning rights and responsibilities of committed
couples and their children;
the first principle of Unitarian Universalism calls for the respect of the
inherent worth and dignity of every person;
the Unitarian Universalist Association resolved at it General Assembly in 1996
urge its member congregations
to proclaim the worth of marriage between any two committed persons and to
make this position known in their home communities;
the UUA Board of Trustees and the UU Ministers Association have voted their
support for the right to marry for same-sex couples;
resolution was presented to Rep. Stephen Hawley on July 20
delegation from PMUC in league with SoulForce.
Highlights of the Board
of Trustees Meeting
Jurgens and Rene' Schasel were voted in as Board Co-Chairman.
Miller submitted a letter on 3 topics.
Islam and Muslims in the
Judaism in the
voted and approved.
Search. Updated board on progress..
UU Cluster group. He was contacted by Rev. Timothy Ashton of the UU Church of
Amherst, NY asking if PMUC is interested in participating. Does the board wish
him to look into this, or should he drop it?
be discussed at the next board meeting in July.
Andrea Rebeck, Ron Beiswenger, and George Miller are
working on plans for repair of the ramp in front of the church.
committee has met to discuss plans for funding. Jan Jurgens and Dick Hoffman
went through the safety deposit box as is required by the by-laws.
was approved for 2 furnaces, one will maintain the temperature during the week.
will be a separate meeting following the next Board meeting to go over the
Membership committee will be reactivated, with Chris Loss to serve as Board
Fund-Raising committee will be reactivated, with Don Zimmer to serve as Board
summer picnic will follow the summer service on August 12th..will come up with a
location shortly. Amanda Nutty will send out reminder cards.
submitted from Sara Burroughs giving up position as collector after the August
service. Sara Phillips has agreed to be the collector at the start of our
September Service. Sara Burroughs has done a great job as our collector. Her
work has been a great asset to the
MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR: Aug 19TH