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VOLUME 45  ISSUE 4  APRIL 2012

Worship Services 10 AM & 11:30 AM APRIL 1 SERMON Rev. Peter Morales “Get Religion”–UUA President Mo-

. . . a monthly publication of First Unitarian Church of Dallas

rales shares his vision for how to “get religion” as religious liberals.

a message from Senior Minister Rev. Dr. Daniel Chesney Kanter

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10:00; Children’s Choir at 11:30

MAUNDY THURSDAY, APRIL 5 7:30 PM–This traditional communion service is followed by the candlelight Tenebrae reading of the story of Jesus’ betrayal. ZZZ

EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 8 SERMON Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter “A Reason for Hope” – Join us for Easter’s grand celebration!

MUSIC Sanctuary Choir & Brass Quartet provide Easter music

APRIL 15 SERMON Rev. Aaron White “How We Meet One Another”– We talk about freedom of belief and conscience, but what do we do once we’re free?

MUSIC Kindred Voices Choir

EARTH DAY, APRIL 22 SERMON Rev. Aaron White “For the Love of the Earth”– What might loving creation ask of us?

hich caring communities are you part of? That’s the question I asked myself recently while reflecting on how many ways I’ve been cared for. The answer I came up with is four: my friends, my colleagues, my church, and my family. I feel blessed to be surrounded by people who care and know how to care. Our caring communities do more than support us: they teach us how to care for others. If you grew up in a “hardscrabble, everyone-for-himself” kind of community, it might have been hard to find models of compassion. If you were raised in extended families with relatives who showed up to celebrate your life’s milestones and counsel you when you were down, you might, without realizing it, simply have absorbed compassion from those around you. It’s not only in our early lives that we develop a deep sense of caring about and for others: We do that throughout our lives and through life’s many stages. It’s often not until we ourselves experience life’s changes that we recognize the challenges they bring, and how to handle them. Church is an obvious place to nurture the compassionate place inside of us as we receive care and care for others. Our church has been learning to do this since its very beginning, and over the last ten years we’ve been more intentional about cultivating caring groups and institutionalizing how we respond to those in need. First Xolani Kacela, Minister of Pastoral Care, and then Charlise HillLarson, Director of Pastoral Care, helped us understand different aspects of being a caring community. As we discern how our Pastoral Care department can best identify and respond to our congregation’s needs, we will continue to meet the needs of those in our midst who are celebrating milestones or confronting sorrow and pain. As I said in church after Ms. Hill-Larson resigned, we will strive to provide effective care to our church community even as we seek a new director of the Pastoral Care department. If you are reading this column, you are part of this community of care, one you can call on when you need us and celebrate with when you have joys to share. Keep in touch, and let us know what is happening in your life. We are here for you.

MUSIC Harpist Naoko Stromberg

APRIL 29 SERMON Ellen Quaadgras “Immigration: A Polarizing Issue in a Polarized Time”– What do we do with walls in our world and hearts?

MUSIC Sanctuary Choir

HOLY WEEK Please join us for our Maundy Thursday and Easter services and celebration. page 2

FIRST SUNDAY COLLECTION April 1st’s plate collection benefits Earning by Learning of Dallas. page 3

CONCERTS IN THE CLEARING UNT’s Latin Jazz Ensemble joins us for the last concert in this series. page 6

GETTING IN PRINT Find out how to submit announcements for the DU and Friday Reminder. page 8


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~ HOLY WEEK SERVICES ~

MAUNDY THURSDAY

EASTER SUNDAY

April 5 7:30 PM

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CHILDREN’S WORSHIP EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 8TH worship >> Children and teens will worship with their families in the Sanctuary for the entire service at 10:00 or 11:30. The Nursery will be available for children up to age four should the need arise.

egg hunt >> Toddlers through seventh graders are invited to bring an Easter basket and join in the fun of an Egg Hunt at 11:10 a.m. Locations for the hunt are as follows: Children 4 years old and younger meet on the west playground (on Preston Road), entered through the Nursery. Kindergarten – Grade 3 meet on the patio east of the glassed-in breezeway of the R.E. Building. Grades 4 and up meet on the large patio between Channing Hall and the R.E. Building.

The bunny comes rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, gathering places will be announced April 8.

APRIL >> On Sundays, April 1, 15, 22, and 29, worship services in Children’s Chapel will focus on who we are as we take steps onto A New Path Forward .

MAY >> Children will attend the first fifteen minutes of worship in the Sanctuary on May 6, 13, 20, and 27.

NEEDED… Chalice Lighters If you would like to light the chalice at an upcoming worship service, please contact Diane Moore (214-884-1200, dmoore@dallasuu.org).

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Child Dedication on Sunday, May 13

MOTHER’S DAY, MAY 13, IS THE NEXT OPPORTUNITY FOR FAMILIES TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR CHILD DEDICATION SERVICE. PREPARATION FOR DEDICATION IS DIFFERENT THIS YEAR: PARENTS NEED TO NOTIFY THE CHURCH OF THEIR INTENTION AND REGISTER FOR A FREE CLASS WITH REV. DR. DANIEL KANTER TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY, APRIL 29, AT 11:30 A.M., IN ROOM 301. THE CLASS WILL EXPLORE THE CORE VALUES PARENTS HOPE TO INSTILL IN THEIR CHILDREN AND THE SPIRITUAL MEANING OF DEDICATION.

Parents will be given an assignment to complete before the dedication and will be encouraged to consider selecting other adults who are willing to act as “godparents” in support of their children’s spiritual growth. Children are never too old to be dedicated. If your family would like to participate, please contact Claudia Dixon (cdixon@dallasuu.org, 214-884-1205) to begin the process and register for the April 29th class with Dr. Kanter.

LENTEN COMMITMENT The WaterBol Project Culminates Easter Sunday MOMENTUM IS BUILDING FOR OUR SPIRITUAL LENTEN PROJECT, "WATERBOL"! SO FAR, WE HAVE RECEIVED OVER $1500 TOWARDS OUR $7,000 GOAL TO BUILD A WELL IN THE SOUTHERN SUDANESE VILLAGE OF AYET. WATERBOL ENDS ON APRIL 8, SO PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR CARDS AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DISPLAY TABLE IN CHANNING HALL THAT DAY.

By diverting funds from a chosen beverage during Lent, UU church members can help bring clean, accessible water to Bol Deng Malual's village; Bol is a former Lost Boy of Sudan who attends our church. This seemingly small lifestyle change by Dallas UUs can create a breakthrough change in the lives of thousands in Southern Sudan. According to Bol, neighboring villages will be able to access the well too, since there is no clean water available within a 30minute walk. The Irving-based nonprofit company Water is Basic plans to assess Bol's village in Sudan over the Easter weekend and will share the findings soon afterwards. If you would like to turn in your cards and contributions early, please make checks payable to "First Unitarian Church" with "WaterBol" in the memo line and send them to Deanna Charles (3515 Rosedale Avenue, Dallas TX 75205). You may also bring them to the church office. Thank you for participating in WaterBol!


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FIRST-SUNDAY COLLECTION ON APRIL 1 TO BENEFIT EARNING BY LEARNING OF DALLAS (EBL) FOUNDED IN 1996, EBL IS A NON-PROFIT PERFORMANCE-BASED INCENTIVE PROGRAM CREATED TO INSPIRE CHILDREN TO READ. EBL’S MISSION IS TO INCREASE LITERACY IN ELEMENTARY STUDENTS IN THE DALLAS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT BY ENCOURAGING THEM TO DISCOVER THE JOY OF READING. Students participating in the program are rewarded for reading pre-approved books in their spare time and passing a quiz to ensure they have read and comprehended the book. EBL incentives vary from cash awards to students of $1 per book, to prizes, to contests to see who can read the most books during a semester.

EBL currently services 32 DISD elementary campuses, and 63 schools are on a waiting list for the program pending funding. The cost of the program is approximately $100 per child per year. No other program has demonstrated this level of academic success for so little cost. In a study conducted by Harvard University, EBL students were found to be outperforming their peers even when the financial incentives had been removed. Not only did the literacy of the participating children increase, but the gains spilled over into improvement in other academic areas. First Church member Paula Larsen has been involved with EBL in a variety of ways—donating money, tutoring children, and initiating book drives. Please give generously on April 1st and join EBL in transforming the lives of even more children in our community!

MUSIC DEPARTMENT Get Your Summer Flowers Here! PURCHASE YOUR SUMMER FLOWERS FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT AND HELP US SUPPORT BRINGING UNT’S LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE TO OUR “CONCERTS IN THE CLEARING” SERIES. THE FINAL SUNDAY TO PURCHASE FLOWERS IS APRIL 1ST. All flowers will be delivered to the church and available for you to pick up on Easter Sunday, April 8. Flowers available this year are Begonias, Moss Roses, Coleus, and Zinnias.

Please visit the Music table in Channing Hall to place your order. Payment by cash, check, or credit card is due when you place your order.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 in Channing Hall

support YRUU SPRING PORTRAIT EVENT HAVE YOUR PICTURE TAKEN BY THE TALENTED YRUU YOUTH! ON SUNDAYS, APRIL 8 AND 15, both formal and fun backdrops will be available for individual & family portraits.

Professional photographer Peter Poulides will help our young photographers take your portraits with his professional equipment. The youth will be in Channing Hall April 1 to sign you up! For more information, email youth@dallasuu.org.

All proceeds from purchases will help fund scholarships for the annual YRUU Service Trip to The Mountain. Please help us reach our fundraising goals so all youth can participate in this week of service. Thanks for your support!

NDSM Fundraiser — A Night of Greek Food & Music! North Dallas Shared Ministries will hold its Annual Fundraiser on FRIDAY, MAY 18TH. Enjoy tastetempting Greek cuisine, a Silent Auction, and performances by the Festival Greek Dancers and the Cat Daddies. The event will take place at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (13555 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas, 75240). Tours of the church, whose Byzantine architecture replicates that of Saint Sophia’s Basilica in Istanbul, will be offered.

The Silent Auction and tours begin at 6 p.m.; dinner and music start at 7:15. For reservations ($35), go to ndsm.org (click on Annual Gala), or contact Sherrie at NDSM (214-358-8768).

The Creative Community meets Wednesdays, at 5:30 p.m., in Room 303. APRIL 2012

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SOCIAL ACTION FORUM

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Sunday, April 8 , 10 AM in Room 301 adult religious education

9:00 AM SUNDAY MORNING MEDITATION – Room 302 Meditators grow and learn from others at this weekly practice. Sessions include a brief instruction and 30 minutes of meditation followed by discussion and teaching. IN THE COMPANY OF RILKE – Room 304 Ends Sunday, April 1. Bryan Elwood facilitates this study of poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s work based on Stephanie Dowrick’s book In the Company of Rilke. BEING OF VALUE: BECOMING WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS – Room 305 This class facilitated by Charles McMullen will bring to life the values and qualities of character needed to make a positive impact on the world.

10:00 AM SPIRITUAL CONVERSATIONS – Room 302 This group opens with a reading or poem and silent reflection. Conversation begins slowly as reflections on the reading are shared. April’s focus will be drawn from the work of Ancient Sufi poets Rumi & Hafiz. Copies of readings are provided.

ISSUES ENGAGEMENT FORUMS – Room 301 Our Social Action Council (2 nd Sundays) keeps us up to date on important issues related to social justice. And our Immigration Study/Action Group (4th Sundays) brings us vital information about the impact of immigration laws and enforcement. Check the Friday Reminder (sign-up instructions on page 8) for dates and topics.

11:30 AM ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP – Room 304 This group meets for discussion exploring moral, philosophical, scientific, and religious ideas and thought-leaders who advance them. Participants exchange information and express personal views.

SWUUC Spring Conference April 27-29, Emerson UU Church in Houston What’s better than just hearing an expert speak? Sra. Juana Bordas, keynote speaker for SWUUC’s Spring Conference, believes that participating in small group workshops under her leadership following the talk helps clarify the principles and assimilate them. Sra. Bordas is a recognized expert on leadership values in the Hispanic, African American and American Indian cultures. Get more information and register online at www.swuuc.org.

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COME TO APRIL’S FORUM TO LEARN ABOUT THE DREAM ACT AND HOW TO TAKE ACTION! The program will feature a panel of DREAM Act advocates who will educate us on the ins and outs of this potential legislation, and lead us in discussion about both the pros and cons. You will also have an opportunity to make your voice heard as we conclude the session with a letter-writing campaign.

POPCORN THEOLOGY: A Class for Young Adults in Their Twenties Popcorn Theology for Mature Audiences offers young adults the opportunity to reflect on ethical and theological issues through the study of modern feature films. This course is designed to address issues relevant to those adults in their late teens and twenties. Get to know like-minded people, engage in thought-provoking discussion, and enjoy a free movie! Class meets on alternating Sundays, at 12:45 p.m., in Room 305. Lunch is provided. Upcoming class dates are April 1, 15, 29, and May 13. Email youngadults@dallasuu.org for more information.

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Building the World We Dream About

"“We need a place to dream together,

to get into what has been kept unknown. Dreaming means flowing with the unknown river of community." ~ Arnold Mindell, American physicist, psychotherapist, and writer What are your dreams for the future? What's getting in the way? How might reflecting on race and culture help remove roadblocks to personal and collective dreams of how life could be? We don't always think of race and culture as barriers to realizing our dreams. Yet most of our dreams are woven around a notion of happiness, and scientists, again and again, affirm relationship as the basis for a lasting sense of well-being. There is little more powerful for building connection than pursuing justice in conjunction with others—and unraveling racism creates room for new connection in sometimes unexpected ways. In this class we will create space to think, speak, listen, and learn in new ways about the lines that divide us and stories that connect us. We will look at who we are beyond labels our world places on us. Expect challenge, surprise, laughter, camaraderie, and a feeling of time well spent. If you've been looking for an excuse to wake up your heart, connect with others in the congregation, and fight for justice in a personal way, this is it. Join us Tuesday evenings, April 17-May 22, at 7-9 p.m., in Room 305. Registration is $15; email programs@dallasuu.org to sign up.


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FLOURISH: An Afternoon Book Study Facilitated by Helen West Rodriguez Tuesdays, April 3-24, 1:30 PM, Room 304 FLOURISH: A VISIONARY NEW UNDERSTANDING OF HAPPINESS AND WELL-BEING, BY BESTSELLING

AUTHOR MARTIN E. P. SELIGMAN, EXPLORES THE DYNAMIC NEW CONCEPT OF WHAT WELL-BEING REALLY IS. Using PERMA, or the five pillars of Positive Psychology, students can expect a thoughtprovoking class on optimism, motivation, and getting the most out of life.

Register at programs@dallasuu.org. The book is available now at the Book Nook.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR UU SUMMER CAMPS! sumfun!

OUR MUCH-BELOVED WEEK-LONG SUMMER DAY CAMP RETURNS JUNE 11–15. sumfun! is open to children entering kindergarten through 7th grade in the fall. Older children are welcome to serve as Junior Counselors—in fact, they’re the heart of camp. This year’s theme focuses on the work of Connie Barlow’s Great Story, a sacred look at evolution. Brochures and registration forms are available at dallasuu.org, at the Welcome Center in Channing Hall, and in the R.E. Building’s lobby.

SLEEP-AWAY CAMPS Several venues offering fun, fellowship and immersion in a climate supporting our shared UU values are being offered by the Southwestern Conference of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Below is a list of these camps and links to detailed information. Camps for Children and Teens at UbarU – jUUstice League UbarU receives rave reviews from campers every year. Why? Well, it’s not due to beautifully appointed cabins or amenities. Still under development, UbarU is very rustic and provides opportunities for fun, fellowship, worship, exploration, and meaning-making. DATES

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AGE BY 9.01.12

July 1–7 Primary (rising 3-6 grade) 8–11 yrs. old July 8– 14 Junior (rising 7-9 grade) 12–14 yrs. old Parents of rising 9th graders may choose Junior or Senior camps based on their teen’s maturity. July 15–21

Senior (rising 9 – 12 grade)

14–18 yrs. old (19 if just graduated from high school)

For links to detailed information and online registration, visit: http://swuuc.org/ pages/camps.php.

SWUUSI 2012 – Bread Not Stones, a Multigenerational Camp, July 22–27 at Western Hills Guest Ranch Southwest UU Summer Institute (SWUUSI) is the Southwest District’s week-long multigenerational summer camp experience. SWUUSI offers opportunities for faith development, education programming, entertainment, and activities for all ages. There’s truly something for everyone! For upcoming detailed information, visit http://swuuc.org/services/camps/swuusi.php.

CAMPS OUTSIDE THE SOUTHWEST DISTRICT For information about over two dozen UU-owned and/or operated camps and retreat centers in the United States and Canada, visit http://www.cu2c2.org.

By-Law Changes to Be Voted on at June Parish Meeting Our By-Laws govern the operation of the church, and they may be amended at any Congregational Meeting by a two-thirds vote of the voting members present. The Board of Trustees is proposing three ByLaw changes to be voted on at our Parish Meeting JUNE 10, 2012. The purpose of the changes is to:

> Remove the stipulation that the Board set a minimum pledge requirement annually

> Correct two document errors To inform members of the congregation about these amendments and receive comments on them before the vote, the Board has scheduled two forums to discuss the amendments and answer questions. These forums will be held after both services on SUNDAY, APRIL 1 AND SUNDAY, APRIL 15, in Room 301 of the Hallman Building. Members of the church are invited to provide comments on these proposed changes. Please send any comments or questions to Jane Ramberg, Board Clerk, at jane.ramberg@gmail.com. Current By-Laws can be found at www.dallasuu.org. For details about the proposed By-Law changes, please go to http://tinyurl.com/chrrddt.

Earth Day Panel Sunday, April 22nd 11:30 AM, Room 305 Is your home still singing the blues? Help make it greener, whether you're building from the ground up, making a major renovation, or just doing simple things to save water & energy. The First Church Green Team will present a panel of experts who can tell you how to get started. APRIL 2012

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BRUNCH IN COMMUNITY Concerts in the Clearing presents

Sunday, April 1, 2012

UNT Latin Jazz Ensemble Saturday, April 14, 8 PM

hosted by Coming of Age Teens and their Parents Adults: $8 Children under 12: $4

Join us for a rousing concert by the Latin Jazz Ensemble from University of North Texas (UNT). Described as a small big band with percussion and vocals, this group will keep the energy flowing as they fuse Latin American rhythmic expressions and American Jazz compositional/improvisational forms. Ensemble members are students from UNT’s Jazz Studies program. The group has just released its first CD, “En Clave."

Menu includes: Pancakes, Eggs, Fruit Salad, Vegan-friendly Sausage, Juice, Coffee

Proceeds help fund the Heritage Trip to Boston. THANK YOU!

Please reserve your tickets in advance at concertsintheclearing.org so we can plan for the reception after the concert. If you’d like to make a donation to help offset the concert’s cost, we’d welcome that as well. This concert is appropriate for all ages—bring the entire family to experience young musicians in action!

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April 20 –22 Lake Mineral Wells State Park This new venue for us will provide fun, outdoor activities for the whole family. All ages are welcome. Register on Sundays through April 15, in Channing Hall, or contact Ron Nelson (214942-4555) or outdoor.adventures@att.net.

On Earth Day and in Children’s Chapel, visit our table about how to grow plants. Think of us when you go to your Farmer's Market and shop for local foods. Go to the Community Garden plant sales April 21-22 (1416 N. Fitzhugh) and April 28 (Our Saviour, 1616 N. Jim Miller Rd.). Email annenorvell@gmail.com about volunteering to help these wonderful gardeners.

coming up this month . . . Sunday, Apr 1 Campbell Conversations 6:00 p.m., in Room 305

Thursday, Apr 12 Knit & Crochet with a Purpose 6:00 p.m., in Room 303

Tuesday, Apr 17 Women’s Wisdom Circle 7:00 p.m., in Room 302

April’s meeting features “Love and the Goddess,” part 5 from the PBS series “Joseph Campbell & the Power of Myth.” Open to all.

Work on individual and charitable projects such as baby items for Parkland. All skill levels welcome. Email suzyhogue@dcccd.edu for details.

The Goddesses in Older Women Book Study will continue monthly as a women’s circle on 3rd Tuesdays. All women are invited.

Tuesday, Apr 3 Women’s Day Alliance 10:30 a.m., in Raible Chapel April’s program features “What Are You Thinking and What Will You Think of Next?: Readers’

Saturday, Apr 14 Shoreline Spruce-Up 8:30 a.m., at White Rock Lake

Wednesday, Apr 18 Caregiver Support Group 3:00 p.m., in Room 207

Join us at our shoreline on W. Lawther, between Fisher and Branchfield (boat-launch parking lot). Supplies provided. For more information, email mcrambo2@yahoo.com.

This group is open to anyone caring for someone with any number of medical issues. Pastoral Care volunteer Jann Horswell will facilitate.

Theater Conversations with Robert Fulghum,” written by Yvonne Norfleet. Catered lunch follows. All members & guests welcome.

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Tuesday, Apr 10 Women’s Evening Alliance 6:00 p.m., in Channing Hall

Monday, Apr 16 Reading Deeper Book Club 7:00 p.m., in Room 304 April’s discussion is about Little Bee, by Chris

Join this group for a pot luck, fun, and fellowship, and learn about water with Janet D. Smith, a North Texas Master Naturalist.

Cleave. Copies are available at the Book Nook. Email programs@dallasuu.org to get on the group’s email list.

Thursday, Apr 12 Sr. Men’s Fellowship 12:00 p.m., in Room 303

Tuesday, Apr 17 WDA Friendship Group 11:00 a.m., in Channing Hall

This group will meet for a brown-bag lunch followed by discussion, at 12:45, titled “Is the US a Super Power in Retreat?”. All are welcome at the discussion.

Join this group for lunch and conversation. Hostesses are Edna Davis, Martha Popkess, and Vee Shine. For more information, call Marge Niemann (214-324-3294).

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Thursday, Apr 19 Roots 7:00 p.m., in Room 303 This brief introduction to UU ideas and history is open to visitors, new members, and friends. RSVP to programs@dallasuu.org.

Tuesday, Apr 24 Movie Matinee Everyone is welcome. Films are selected the week before; details at wdauu.org.

ONLINE >> For a more complete listing of church events, visit our website, www.dallasuu.org.


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2012-2013 RAIBLE FELLOWSHIP The First Unitarian Church of Dallas Endowment and Memorial Gifts Fund (EMGF) Committee is soliciting applications for the 2012-2013 Raible Scholarship, to be awarded to an individual studying to become a Unitarian Universalist minister. Preference for the scholarship will be given to an applicant with a First Church connection. To be eligible, applicants must have completed their first year of graduate work. Written applications must include a curriculum vitae with relevant background information, a current school transcript, at least one written professional reference, and a statement of how the scholarship funds will be used. Please mark applications "Attention: EMGF Committee" and return them to the church office or email to dmoore@dallasuu.org by Saturday, June 30, 2012.

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NORTH DALLAS SHARED MINISTRIES NEEDS STRONG-BACKED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH FOOD DISTRIBUTION FOR ITS GROWING, DAYTIME ADULT ESL PROGRAM. An incentive for good attendance, the food is given only to those students who have attended three out of four days that week. On Thursday mornings, volunteers arrive at NDSM's food bank, transport groceries to a nearby church where the classes are held, and fill about 75 paper bags with groceries. Three more volunteers are needed—access to a pickup truck is a plus! If you can help one or two Thursdays a month (10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.), please call Bill Maxwell (214-274-6322). For more information about NDSM programs, contact Trish Houck (trishhouck@aol.com, 214-797-3882) or visit www.ndsm.org.

CARTER BLOODCARE THANKS FIRST CHURCH "Thanks for hosting the blood drive Sunday, March 3rd. There were 21 participants, 5 deferrals, and 16 pints were collected. The 16 pints collected may help to save up to 48 lives! Please give our thanks to your donors for their support. Thanks for all of your help and we'll see you next time!" Check back right here later this summer for news about our fall drive.

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THE “MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY” SHOE DRIVE!

ON SUNDAYS, APRIL 8–22, WE WILL BE COLLECTING GENTLY USED ADULT ATHLETIC SHOES, MEN’S DRESS SHOES, AND ALL TYPES OF CHILDREN’S SHOES FOR THE SHOE BANK, A NON-PROFIT PROGRAM PROVIDING FOOTWEAR FOR NEEDY MEN, WOMEN, AND CHIDREN. You may deposit your donations in the “shoe box” at the Community Service table in Channing Hall.

Did you know that our own Mike Barringer founded The Shoe Bank in 1989? Today the program provides shoes for 25,000 people every year. Recipients are primarily children, both here and abroad. Currently Mike is working to get shoes delivered to rural villages in Haiti...shoes which will prevent serious illness and even save lives! Visit shoebank.org for more information.

Sharing the Flame The chalices pictured at right are a sampling of the one-of-a-kind chalices that now grace our classrooms for children and teens.

Each was lovingly designed and created by Arden Tubbs, now a young adult who was active in our religious education programs for fifteen years. Arden wanted to give something back to the church she loves, and we SAVE THE DATE >> Thursday, May 3, 2012 can’t think of a more beautiful way to have done just that. Please thank Arden if you see her, and give her mom and dad, Mary ATIONAL AY OF RAYER UNCHEON Hestand and Alan Tubbs, kudos when you see them, too! NOON, AT THE FAIRMOUNT HOTEL DALLAS

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with Dr. Martin E. Marty, nationally-known commentator and theologian Sponsored by ThanksGiving Square For more information and to register, go to www.thanksgiving.org.

REMINDER... UUSC still welcomes your membership @ $40, and all gifts of $100 or more are matched by Shelter Rock. For more information, visit www.UUSC.org.

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Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Emergency Contact: Saturday, Sunday, Holidays & Evenings – 972.898.1949 Phone: 214.528.3990 Web: www.dallasuu.org Senior Minister: Rev. Dr. Daniel Chesney Kanter ext. 1204, dkanter@dallasuu.org Associate Minister: Rev. Aaron White ext. 1210, awhite@dallasuu.org

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS in the spotlight... Congratulations to YRUU member Preston Luthy, on winning the Lone Star Youth Orchestra’s concerto competition. D. Scott Cooper will begin seminary at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth this fall. He is the proud recipient of the Elmer D. Henson Award, a full-tuition scholarship. Rosalinda Trevino Stone’s painting, Earth Energy, will be on exhibit at the 5-state, Irving annual show "27th Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition," April 21–May 26. Kristin McCollum and Jim Crawford appear in the Pulitzer prize-winning play “August: Osage County,” directed by René Moreno, at WaterTower Theatre in Addison, through April 22. Kudos to YRUU member Kelly Bangert on receiving a top rating of "4" on her acrylic painting Red and Yellow Flowers entered in the Regional VASE competition—a juried competition by the Texas Art Education Association. The March 18th “Dallas Life” section of The Dallas Morning News includes an article about Pat Halford and Dennis King. You can read the article at www.dallasnews.com.

Do You Have News or an Announcement? If you’d like to submit an item for the next newsletter, send it to du@dallasuu.org by noon, Tuesday, April 10th. Send items for the Friday Reminder and the Sunday order of service to announcements@dallasuu.org no later than noon of the preceding Wednesday. Submissions for all publications are subject to approval and editing. To begin receiving our weekly Friday Reminder emails, go to www.dallasuu.org, click on “e-news registration,” and enter your email address. You’ll receive a follow-up email where you can specify or change your preferences and select the “DU & Friday Reminder” list. PLEASE NOTE: The DU is a paperless publication. Please join us in “going green” by reading your DU online and subscribing to email notification (instructions above) when the latest edition is available.

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APRIL 2012

BOARD OF TRUSTEES President: Stacy Duryea – sduryea1@hotmail.com Vice President: Dennis Cordell – dcordell@smu.edu Treasurer: Mike Scholten – scholm@yahoo.com Clerk: Jane Ramberg – jane.ramberg@gmail.com Richard Anderson –racemule@gmail.com David Aspinall – alltech@wans.net Jorie Blackwell – jblackwell@pobox.com Chris Hardage – cmhardage@gmail.com Rusty Jaggers – rusty@jjaggers.com Marc McPeak – mcpeakm@gtlaw.com Lynn Meyers – meyersl@friscoisd.org Maggie O’Connor – margaret.l.oconnor@gmail.com

CHURCH STAFF To call a staff member directly, dial 214-884 and the ext. # Resident for Social Justice Ministry: Ellen Quaadgras 1232, ellen@dallasuu.org Adult Religious Education Director: Charles McMullen 1221, cmcmullen@dallasuu.org Adult Religious Education Assistant: Natalie Young 1220, nyoung@dallasuu.org Director of Congregational Life: Tracy McShan 1243 , tmcshan@dallasuu.org Associate Director of Congregational Life: Regina Johnson 1230, rjohnson@dallasuu.org Music Director: Donald Krehbiel 1214, dkrehbiel@dallasuu.org Associate Music Director: Alan Dyer, adyer@dallasuu.org Music Assistant: Martha Quigley 1223, mquigley@dallasuu.org Pastoral Care:  214-528-3990, pastoralcare@dallasuu.org Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth: Karen Lewis 1203, klewis@dallasuu.org Religious Education Administrator: Dawn Hosking 1215, dhosking@dallasuu.org Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry: Lillian Drab 1222 , ldrab@dallasuu.org Childcare Coordinator: Brenda Johnson 972-890-4161 Chief Administrative Officer: Chris Denney 1206 , cdenney@dallasuu.org Church Administrator: Diane Moore 1200, dmoore@dallasuu.org Communications Director: Fritz Kuehn 1216 , fkuehn@dallasuu.org Associate Communications Director: Suzi Hall 1209, shall@dallasuu.org Stewardship Administrator: Barbara Eidt 1201, beidt@dallasuu.org Facilities Manager: Willie Kimbrough 1244, wkimbrough@dallasuu.org Facility Services: Joaquin Pinõn 1212, facilities@dallasuu.org Ministers’ Assistant: Claudia Dixon 1205, cdixon@dallasuu.org

April 2012 Dallas Unitarian Newsletter  

The April 2012 issue of the monthly newsletter of First Unitarian Church of Dallas, a liberal religious presence in Dallas, Texas since 1899