Mon 3/5 – DIMH dinner. Head Chef: Julie Price
Sun 3/11, 11.30 am – Social Justice Committee meeting
Wed 3/14, 6.30-8 – Worship Committee meeting at CBS
Wed 3/14, 7-8.30 pm – Mindfulness Meditation at CBS
Wed 3/21, 6.30-8 pm – Board Meeting at CBS
Wed 3/28, 7-8.30 pm – Mindfulness Meditation at CBS
Save the Dates
TBA – Spring Fling Annual Auction Fundraiser (more information below)
Third Annual Darwin Day Celebration at UUSD – The Darwin Day celebration emphasizes the important contribution that Charles Darwin has made to science, the important role that science plays today, and the key role that science and reason plays in our free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Two illustrious professors from the University of Delaware will address two specific aspects of evolution.
- Professor of Biochemistry, Hal White, will address the topic of the role that RNA and genetics has played in our understanding of the origin of life, and its evolution.
- Professor of Anthropology, Michael Rosenberg, in his presentation on “Darwin and the Mechanics of Cultural Evolution,” will discuss the complexities of the evolution of cultures.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.uussd.org
Spring Fling Annual Auction Fundraiser – The auction team is getting underway. We need eveyone to help with this, our biggest fundraiser of the year. Service auction items, theme baskets, meals hosted or delivered, and time share weeks have been our best items offered in past years. Hope we are able to get more just like before. We are focusing on making this another Spring Fling. Think April or May for our goal.
The team will be asking for help in all areas of the organization, set up, clean up, cooking and selling tickets. If you have an area you really want to help with, find the person in charge of that area:
Ticket sales (in advance)- Honey and Cade will supervise and record
Table ticket sales – Honey Food – Cindy
Donation tracking – Esther Table decorations – Kerry Check in table – Sandy
Kitchen clean up – Sandy
Set up and clean up – Rose Marketing – Esther and Susan?
Can’t wait to get this started! Date will be confirmed soon. Until then, think about what you are able to offer or collect for auction sales.
Link of Love – The UUCD Social Justice Committee has been tasked with developing a Study/Action plan in response to the UUA’s direction to address Escalating Income Inequality. The Social Justice Committee has identified those re-entering society in our local community as the demographic for our attention. The UUCD commitment is to assist ex-offenders toward an independent, self-sustaining life for themselves and their families. We are partnering with Link of Love, an organization which targets this population through their New Beginnings program. Our UUCD family will be asked to contribute the plate collection on six Sundays throughout the year for the specific needs of ex-offenders who have been able to secure housing and employment. Direct appeals to the congregation may be made throughout the year as specific needs arise.
The purpose of this initiative is to be a part of the solution to Escalating Economic Inequality. The Study part of this initiative is in the planning stages and will most likely include gathering information and conducting discussion opportunities.
DIMH Dinners – The first Monday of each month UUCD members prepare and serve dinner at the Dover Interfaith Men’s Home (DIMH). Prior to the meal, we gather and listen as some residents share joys and concerns. After serving, we join them for dinner. Kitchen clean-up is the responsibility of the residents. Those of us who have been part of this experience return to help because we realize we are gaining as much or more than we are giving. Each month, one person serves dinners as “head chef,” and is responsible for planning the menu and gathering all necessary ingredients. We are setting our schedule for 2018. Presently we only have 2 head chefs. We need a head chief on the following dates:
4/2/18. 7/2/18, 10/1/18
If you would like to serve as head chef for one or more of these Mondays, contact Sara Russell.
Mini Kids Libraries – The Delaware State Education Association (DSEA) set up miniature “libraries” in the outpatient areas for kids who are waiting for imaging or lab studies with their parents. Kids can read the books and return them or take them with them. So far the libraries have been a big hit. If you would like to donate books, they can be delivered to (Dover or Milford) Bayhealth hospital’s Volunteer Services department.
Calling All Opera Lovers – Would you like to take a bus trip to a Saturday opera matinee at the Met in NY? If interested, contact Greg.
Calling All Bridge Players – If interested in playing bridge, please contact Greg.
Mindfulness Practice Group – This group meets on the first Wednesday of the month. We are led by Abby Miller who has practiced mindfulness in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh for many years. The group meets from 7.00pm to 8.30pm at CBS. Guided Meditation, Walking Mediation and Silent Meditation are included. If you could benefit from some tools to reduce stress, join us as we follow out breath to focus on the present moment.