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VOLUME 45  ISSUE 5  MAY 2012

Worship Services 10 AM & 11:30 AM MAY 6 SERMON Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter “Coming of Age In An Age of Absolutes”– We celebrate coming of age and our COA youth.

MUSIC Glen Hummel on Flugelhorn

MOTHER’S DAY, MAY 13 SERMON Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter “Mother’s Day for Peace”– Mother’s Day and peace go hand in hand; we celebrate and hope for our world. Worship will include a Child Dedication.

MUSIC Combined Adult Choirs At 11:00, we will dedicate our “Peace Pole.” Learn more on page 2.

MAY 20 SERMON Rev. Aaron White “The Power of Words”– For Buddhists, “right speech” is a central component of the spiritual path. How do we use our words to build the relationships, future, and lives we want? We will recognize our graduating seniors at the 11:30 service.

MUSIC The Sanctuary Choir

MAY 27 SERMON Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter “95 Theses and Other Proclamations About the Sacred”– What

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a message from Associate Minister Rev. Aaron White


any in our congregation know that my wife, Kate, and I welcomed our first child, Henry, into the world in March. I was on family leave from the church for a month as I bonded with my son, prepared our home, and began to learn with Kate the new rhythm of our lives. I cannot emphasize enough to the staff and members of our church how grateful I am that I had the opportunity to be with my family during this important period. I am well aware that the leave I was given is not typical for many fathers in our society, and I will never forget the generosity and grace that this congregation has shown us. Some of the spiritual lessons driven home to me in the past months can be learned in many ways. But for me, those lessons have come through connection with a child. I have been reminded in concrete ways just how very fragile all life is, how precious and brief our moments together are, how similar all humanity is before labels are applied to us, and what a difference simple acts of kindness can make in a person’s life. In the Christian scriptures, the teacher Jesus says that people have to become “like children” in order to enter the community of heaven. I can’t be certain what he meant by this, but, for our time, I hear an acknowledgement that there are possibility and goodness around us all the time, goodness we can experience when we, “like children,” are stripped of our masks and pretensions, open to wonder, and present to what is already before us. Each week in his benediction, Rev. Kanter calls us to “walk softly on our path,” and those words have been much with me lately. In this spring season of growing light, budding plants, and new life, I hope that our community is helping you, too, to live with a gentle and present kindness to guide your days. In faith,

would your proposals to reform the church today be?

MUSIC Alan Dyer & Don Krehbiel


FIRST SUNDAY COLLECTION May 6th’s plate collection benefits Friends of the Lost Boys, DFW. page 2

VOLUNTEER TEACHERS Find out how to serve in this important ministry to children and youth. page 3

SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES View May’s schedule for adult classes at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:30. page 4

NEXT DU DEADLINE May 10th, at noon, is the next DU deadline. The issue covers both June and July. page 6

worship SPECIAL MUSIC Sunday Mornings in May CHILDREN’S WORSHIP >>

THE FIRST SUNDAY OF MAY WILL FEATURE GLEN HUMMEL ON THE FLUGELHORN. It is unclear who invented the flugelhorn. Some scholars believe that the Belgian-born Adolphe Sax, inventor of the Saxophone, designed it in the 1840s, while others believe that Michael Saurle, from Munich, designed it in 1832. Whatever its origin, the flugelhorn is now used primarily in jazz, brass bands, and an occasional symphony orchestra. This horn looks like a larger trumpet with a sound between a trumpet and a French Horn; in other words, the flugelhorn produces a warm trumpet sound. Enjoy!

Children worship with their families, attending the first fifteen minutes of worship in the Sanctuary on May 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th.

May Peace Prevail on Earth This Mother's Day, May 13th, at 11:00 a.m. in the large courtyard, we celebrate the planting of our new "Peace Pole," an internationally recognized symbol for world peace. This symbol was originated by Masahisa Goi in response to the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and has been planted all over the world, from the pyramids in Egypt to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. All ages are invited to this important dedication.

SEEKING SUNDAY MORNING GREETERS! We are looking for friendly individuals, couples, and families for our Greeter Ministry, an important ministry of Welcoming at First Church. Responsibilities include: (1) Arriving prior to the worship service to provide hospitality to those attending church, (2) enthusiastically welcoming members & visitors with a big smile, and (3) offering directional help to those who need it. Sign up at the Welcome Center or email

ON MOTHER’S DAY, MAY 13, WE WILL HAVE, FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE COMBINED ADULT CHOIRS PROVIDING CHORAL MUSIC FOR BOTH WORSHIP SERVICES. As the membership of the combined choirs exceeds 100, they will stretch out across the balcony. If your usual seat is in the balcony, we ask that you be flexible and enjoy the service from the ground floor. SUNDAY, MAY 20TH, WE CELEBRATE OUR GRADUATING SENIORS. THE SANCTUARY CHOIR WILL SING A SONG BY MICHAEL R. CLEM, A MEMBER OF THE BAND “EDDIE FROM OHIO.” His song “Walk Humbly Son” was written when his first child was born. Clem says: "I wrote the song back in 2002 for my son. Borrowing from the pages of poets like Kipling and Frost, I wanted to write something of a prayer/wish for him that he lead an earnest and meaningful life, emphasizing the importance of humility." We’ve changed the word “son” to “child” to include all our young people in this lovely blessing.




In 2001, the UN rescued 4,000 of the young men and sent them to the United States. Several dedicated individuals assisted them separately but desired a more coordinated effort. Friends of Lost Boys (FLB) was founded in 2010 as a grassroots volunteer organization to establish mentors, award tuition grants (98% funding), and provide emergency aid (2% funding).

NEEDED… Chalice Lighters Everyone in our church community is welcome to open a Sunday service by lighting the chalice, which signifies that we have gathered to worship as a congregation. If you would like to be chalice-lighter on an upcoming Sunday, contact Diane Moore (, 214-884-1200). You’ll receive a reminder beforehand, easy instructions, and our thanks.



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Friends of Lost Boys’ mission is to “step into the gap” and become the friends, mentors, and extended family that these young men do not have in America. FLB hopes to help every “Lost Boy” achieve his dream of obtaining an education and becoming a self-sufficient individual. Please give generously May 6th to this worthy cause.



Volunteering to teach in our Religious Education programs provides an opportunity to enter into transformational and relational ministry. It’s reaching out to and with others as we move forward an ever-healthier congregation, ready to serve those who are here and welcome those who have yet to find us. People who have taught in the past tell us that their own spiritual lives were transformed as a result of their time spent teaching and learning from our children. The immediate need is for teachers for the June–August Summer Session, and there are still teaching positions at several grade levels for Fall–Spring of 2012–2013.

Teaching on Sunday morning requires no special knowledge. just an open mind and heart, a dedication to inform and inspire the children we serve, and a willingness to reach deeper on your own spiritual journey by sharing your gifts with others. Q: Is it easy to teach? A: Not always; it requires flexibility, patience, dedication, a little study, and preparation. Q: Is it immediately rewarding? A: Not always. Sometimes it takes years before the seeds you plant blossom and bear fruit. But when the harvest comes, the world is richer for your efforts. Q: What is the curriculum like? A: Many of our classes use the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith curricula. Learn more at http:// Q: Is it difficult to teach? A: We try to make it as simple as possible. Our curriculum is straightforward and easy to follow. Each teacher is supported by the Religious Education staff and a team of two other teachers, affording each teacher at least one Sunday off per month. By devoting 1 ¼ hours to our children two out of three Sundays, you can help change the world and become both teacher and student. Stop by the Welcome Center in Channing Hall or call Karen Lewis (214-884-1203) to learn more and sign up to teach!

WaterBol Fundraiser a Huge Success!


CONGRATULATIONS ON OUR LENTEN EFFORT, WATERBOL! AS A RESULT OF THE CHURCH’S OVERWHELMING GENEROSITY, THE PROJECT HAS RAISED MORE THAN $19,000! The spiritual goal of Lent was fulfilled as many gave up beverages to further the cause and, we hope, gained love and satisfaction from the sacrifice.

Just one day after tornadoes hit North Texas, the Wednesdayafternoon shift at North Texas Food Bank found 12 UUs taking part in the immediate response to the need for groceries for families made homeless by the disaster. A recent food drive in sacks was quickly sorted and boxed, each destined for an individual family; 6700 pounds of food were processed in our 2.5 hour shift!

Now the fun part begins! Bol is very excited about returning home in June. His first reunion with his family was two years ago when First Church sent him home after a long exodus from Sudan. Now Bol will be able to see his family again and bring them clean, accessible water. He anticipates a LOT of excitement. The drilling company, Water is Basic, will soon deliver a report with recommendations for drilling in Bol's village. We are thrilled we have raised enough funds to build either two wells or one well with a rainwater-collection method. The WaterBol committee will meet soon to evaluate options. Thank you for your remarkable response and for making a breakthrough change in remote Sudan. Overall health will be improved as villagers won't need to drink from contaminated sources, women and children won't have to trek long distances with 5-gallon jerrycans on their heads, and villagers will learn about Unitarian Universalism through Bol and this effort. Stay tuned for more updates! ~ Deanna Charles & Bol Deng Malual


Can you join in these efforts to fight hunger in North Texas? Weekday volunteer shifts are always open. To learn more, visit, and email to coordinate your availability with other UUs. Our next shift is Wednesday, May 2nd, 12:45–3:30 p.m., but with more volunteers we can always add more dates.

SOCIAL ACTION ENVIRONMENT TEAM >> Replacement of incandescent lamps with fluorescent ones in the narthex, coat room, Preston and Normandy patios, hallway, Channing Hall, and library was completed April 6th. Fluorescent lamps have a 7-year life expectancy and use about ¼ the electricity of incandescent lamps. Estimated monthly savings could be 710,760 watts and $85.29. Thanks to the Ned Fritz Memorial Endowment Fund for funding the project, our Social Action Council Environment Team, and our hardworking church staff! DONATE >> Looking for something to do with your issue of UU World once you’ve finished reading it? Consider donating your recent copies of the magazine to the Welcome Center, in Channing Hall. Copies are given to visitors who are interested in learning more about our denomination. Thank you! MAY 2012




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. 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.


Members of the church are invited to provide comments on these proposed changes by emailing Board Clerk Jane Ramberg ( Current By-Laws can be found on the church web site. For details about the proposed changes, please go to

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. 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.

NDSM Fundraiser — Greek Food & Music! North Dallas Shared Ministries (NDSM) will hold its Annual Fundraiser on FRIDAY, MAY 18TH. Enjoy 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 Road, Dallas, 75240). Tours of the church’s Byzantine architecture, which replicates Saint Sophia’s Basilica in Istanbul, will be offered. The Auction and tours begin at 6 p.m., dinner and music at 7:15. For tickets ($35), go to or call 214-358-8700.



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Sign Up for the FUN! AFTER A TWO YEAR HIATUS WHILE OUR CAMPUS WAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION, SUMFUN!, OUR WEEK-LONG SUMMER DAY CAMP, RETURNS JUNE 11–15 . Open to children currently in kindergarten through 7th grade, sumfun! is packed with swimming, cooking, exploring, learning, creating, and, most importantly, time to make new friends.

Teens currently in 8th grade through high school seniors are invited to serve as Junior Counselors—in fact, they’re the heart of camp. This year’s theme focuses on Connie Barlow’s Great Story, a sacred look at evolution. Brochures and registration forms are available at or can be picked up at the Welcome Center in Channing Hall or at the Welcome Desk in the main lobby of the Religious Education Building. Children, teens, and adults who have participated in sumfun! tell us that it was during the week of camp that they came to understand more about what it means to be a UU, and “the church I go to” became “my church.” Don’t let your children miss out on a week of fun, spiritual growth, and community-building. Register right away!

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 for Unitarian Universalist ministry. 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 by Saturday, June 30, 2012.


WELCOME LUNCH Sunday, May 6th In Raible Chapel after each service New to the church? Been around a while & want to know more? Want to meet new folks? Have questions? join us ! Email to RSVP.

PLEASE WELCOME OUR NEWEST MEMBERS! Rebecca Greenwood Danny Henley Ann Howard & Janardan Yri

Noah O’Connor & Casey Reivich Stanley Thomas

MUSIC OF THE NIGHT … a little bit of this and a little bit of that A CONCERT TO BENEFIT FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH OF DALLAS Join us SATURDAY, MAY 19, AT 7 PM IN RAIBLE CHAPEL for a benefit concert by noted soprano Kelly Webb Ferebee and pianist Charles Whitehead. Let your senses take in music across genres, languages, styles and tempos, then join us for a reception on the patio afterwards!

Suggested donation is $10 online (at, click “e-giving”) or at the door. Proceeds will help the Capital Campaign retire debt on the new Hallman Building dedicated in September.

BRUNCH IN COMMUNITY ON SUNDAY, MAY 6th >> Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Channing Hall after each service with YRUU Youth and Families! On the menu are Festive Taco Salad (veggie & vegan version available), Fruta Fresca, Brownies, and Cookies. $8 per adult; $4 per child under 12. All proceeds will benefit the Youth Department. Thank you for your support!

SAVE THE DATE >> Thursday, May 3, 2012

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER LUNCHEON with Dr. Martin E. Marty, commentator & theologian Visit for more information.

coming up this month . . . Tuesday, May 1 Women’s Day Alliance 10:30 a.m., in Raible Chapel

Saturday, May 12 Shoreline Spruce-Up 8:30 a.m., at White Rock Lake

May’s video presentation is “Sisters of ‘77” about the 1977 National Women’s Conference in Houston. A potluck lunch follows. All are welcome. Visit for more information.

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

Sunday, May 6 Campbell Conversations 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 15 Women’s Wisdom Circle 7:00 p.m., in Room 302

May’s meeting will be an off-site pot luck. Email for details.

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

Thursday, May 10 Sr. Men’s Fellowship 12:00 p.m., in Room 303 This group, open to men over 50, meets for a brown-bag lunch followed by a discussion at 12:45. Everyone is welcome at the discussion.

Thursday, May 10 Knit & Crochet with a Purpose 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 Work on individual and charitable projects such as baby items for Parkland. All skill levels welcome. Email for details.

Friday, May 11 JTW Movie Night 7:00 p.m., in Room 304 May’s film is “De Nadie,” or “The Crossing,” about a Central American who emigrates to the US without papers. Screening time is 58 minutes; lively discussion will follow. Free and open to all. The elevator runs 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Monday, May 21 Reading Deeper Book Club 7:00 p.m., in Room 304 May’s book is Wading Home: A Novel of New Orleans, by Rosalyn Story. Copies at the Book Nook. Email for more.

Monday, May 21 Roots 7:00 p.m., in Room 305 This brief introduction to UU ideas and history is open to visitors, new members, and friends. RSVP to

Tuesday, May 22 Movie Matinee

Tuesday, May 15 WDA Friendship Group 11:00 a.m., in Channing Hall

Everyone is welcome. Films are selected the week before; details at

Join this group for lunch and conversation. Hostesses are Sarah McGrath and Marjorie Niemann. Call 214-324-3294 for information.

Sunday, May 27 Immigration Forum 10:00 a.m., in Room 301

Wednesday, May 16 Caregiver Support Group 3:00 p.m., in Room 207 This group is open to anyone caring for someone with any number of medical issues. Pastoral Care volunteer Jann Horswell will facilitate.

Wednesday, May 16 Newcomer Series 7:15 p.m., in Room 304 Charles McMullen will speak about religious education in our church and our larger faith. Come, meet other newcomers, staff and volunteers. RSVP to

Learn more about our immigration efforts focused on (1) the Dream Act and (2) Voter Participation. Everyone is welcome.

Thursdays Gentle Yoga 9:30 a.m., in Raible Chapel Mary Lee Kilgore leads this weekly class. 10session card is $60; weekly drop-in fee is $10.

ONLINE >> For a more complete listing of church events, visit our website, MAY 2012



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: Senior Minister: Rev. Dr. Daniel Chesney Kanter ext. 1204, Associate Minister: Rev. Aaron White ext. 1210,



Kudos to Debbie Branson on being elected chair of Parkland Health and Hospital System’s Board of Managers. She has served on Parkland’s Board since 2011.

President: Stacy Duryea – Vice President: Dennis Cordell – Treasurer: Mike Scholten – Clerk: Jane Ramberg –

Congratulations to Grier Raggio, winner of Green Source DFW’s Environmental Leadership For Profit/Business Professional Award. Grier founded the environmental blog “We Consume Too Much” in 2011 to motivate readers to make changes to bring about ecologically sound practices. The award was presented at a ceremony on February 28.

Richard Anderson – David Aspinall – Jorie Blackwell – Chris Hardage – Rusty Jaggers – Marc McPeak – Lynn Meyers – Maggie O’Connor –

YRUU member Kelly Bangert won Best of Show and a $750 scholarship as an "Emerging Artist" for the Spring 2012 Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson. Look for Kelly and her work at the festival in Richardson, May 5-6. Happy trails to Paul Marchetti, as he and his partner leave Dallas for New York City. We wish them well.

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

May 2012 Dallas Unitarian Newsletter  

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

May 2012 Dallas Unitarian Newsletter  

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