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BEACON U n i t a r i a n o f

Sunday Services Including “Self-Reliance Evolving” on October 13

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c h u r c h L i n c o l n

Trick or Treat for UNICEF

Fair Trade Coffee Camp Wednesday Fall Sale Adult Programming begins

Get a box from Chelsea

New flavors available

Wednesday, October 30

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Maybe You Saw it Too offered by Christine Starr Davis

Late this winter, there were robins clinging to the bare, brown vines that form a leafy superhighway all summer on the several brick faces of my home. Too early, I thought. I wondered how robins would survive what seemed likely to be weeks without warm enough temperatures, let alone worms (and whatever else robins eat when they aren’t tugging on these iconic treats). Fritz Hudson noticed. He called our attention to Amy Seidl’s book, Early Spring, and invited us to share with him any signs we saw in our locale. Jerry Petr, chair of the Sorensen Committee remembers, “Fritz’s sermons captured our imagination and we were off and running.” Members of the Sorensen Committee wondered whether Seidl herself could make an appearance in Lincoln. She could. And she will present, “Finding

Higher Ground: Responding to the Age of Warming," on Sunday, October 13 at 7 PM at 6300 A Street. Jerry hopes that Seidl’s visit, “will build on the work of the Green Sanctuary Committee, and create momentum for the Winter Lecture Series that is focused on climate change this year.” I visited with him after listening to John Atkeison speak on a Sunday morning about the unique contribution our UU covenantal spirit might make in the collective response to climate change. As Jerry assented, “We seem to be on a roll.” Publisher’s Weekly had this to say about Early Spring: “Seidl transcends wrangling about the reality of climate change by focusing on those already adapting to shifts in temperature: flora, fauna, and farmers…Seidl optimistically proposes that humans might also evolve as we adapt, extending our empathy to nonhuman life vulnerable to climate change.” All that we have begun at our church, and all that we intend to do, unites us with Seidl’s vision. Help us welcome her.

2013 Sorensen Lecture: Amy Seidl “Finding Higher Ground: Responding to the Age of Warming” Sunday, October 13 7:00 - 9:00PM • Auditorium Drawing on an emerging body of scientific research, Seidl brings us stories of adaptation from the natural world and from human communities. She offers examples of how plants, insects, birds, and mammals are already adapting both behaviorally and genetically. !

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A Month of Sundays 10:00 AM in the Auditorium

Sunday, October 6 – "Advocacy as Spiritual Practice" The LGBTQA Welcoming Congregation Committee will host this service in honor of LGBT History Month.  Speaker: Abigail Swatsworth, President of Outlinc Worship Associate: LauraLee Woodruff Music: River City Mixed Chorus

Sunday, October 13 – "Self-Reliance Evolving"

Worship Arts News Worship Arts Director Julie Enersen continues her sabbatical through November 30. During that time, members of the Worship Arts Team (Barb Brant, Nancy Marshall and Rachel Smith) will be serving as liaisons to our Sunday morning musicians and worship leaders. Jake Bartlett, Assistant Professor of Music at Peru State College, will be conducting the choir from September through December.

Finding Higher Ground, amidst of global climate change, calls Americans to a renewed ethic of self-reliance. Sorensen Lecturer Ecologist Amy Seidl calls it "SelfReliance 2.0." Was Unitarian minister Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance, the 1839 essay, "Self-Reliance 1.0?" What is its genetic code? Worship Leaders: Fritz Hudson & Amy Seidl

Sing with the Choir!

Music: John Bailey, flute

The Unitarian Church Choir is open to all of our members and friends. If you like the challenge of reading music and would enjoy singing in the Sunday services, then simply come to our rehearsals in the church auditorium.

Sunday, October 20 – "Beneath Our Dignity?" Dignity, we say, is "inherent" in every person. Still, we are called to "affirm and promote" it – because it is so fragile? . . . because it is, so often, barely skin deep? How do we come by deep-down dignity? Worship Leader: Fritz Hudson Music: Bob Fuson Quartet Share the Plate: Voices of Hope

Sunday, October 27 – "Pronoia" What if the universe is arranging everything exactly for your benefit? Instead of pessimism and paranoia, try PROnoia--the belief that it's all going to be okay. Optimism for beginners.

Oct. 9 & 23 - 7:00 rehearsals Oct. 16 - NO rehearsal Oct. 27 - 8:30 rehearsal, 10:00 service Nov. 13 & 20 - 7:00 rehearsals Nov. 24 - 8:30 rehearsal, 10:00 service Dec. 4 & 11 - 7:00 rehearsals Dec. 15 - 8:30 rehearsal, 10:00 service Dec. 22 - 9:00 rehearsal for One-Hour Choir

Worship Leaders: Amy Miller & Wesley Botham Music: The Unitarian Choir with Jake Bartlett Share the Care: Grounds Committee

We're happy to have you join us on a month-by-month basis....there is no obligation to sing for the entire year. Just stop by and give the group a try!


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Parson to Person:

A Faith Test offered by Rev. Fritz Hudson

A person will worship something -- have no doubt about that - Ralph Waldo Emerson Whatever your heart clings to and relies upon -that is your God. - Martin Luther Awhile ago one of you came to see me. In a group discussing individual faiths, you said, you felt awkward with the words usually employed for that purpose - words like God, sin, spirit, salvation. You wondered if you could- or even wanted to - claim something as a "faith." A faith, I said, is very similar to what science calls a "working hypothesis;" it is our current most-educated and deeply considered guess in response to the questions: * What is the ultimate context of our lives? and * How can we most meaningfully choose to live in that context? Like a working hypothesis, our faith can only grow closer to the truth if - First, it is clearly articulated, and then - Second, it is rigorously and continuously tested in the crucible of experience. Here is a test – a set of questions – that my colleague Rev. Karen Johnson Gustafson (of Madison, Wisconsin) has helped me shape to articulate and test my faith:

Hypothesis: We can define faith (or spirituality) as "discovering and maintaining a relationship with a life-giving and sustaining power that is greater than my self," To articulate our faith, we can ask ourselves: 1. "What is the 'power greater than the self' that sustains me?" (My "God") 2. "What are the stories that support and define my understanding of that power?" (My "Sacred Scriptures") 3. "What are the rituals, practices or means I use to maintain my relationship with that power?" (My "Spiritual Practices") 4. "What are the guiding principles or rules which, if followed, harmonize my actions with that power?" (My "Commandments") To articulate our faith, we can ask ourselves: 1. "What are my current challenges and/or growing edges in the practice of my faith?" (My "Temptations to Sin" and my "Opportunities for Salvation") 2. "How can I call on my god, my sacred scriptures, my spiritual practices, and my commandments to address my temptations or seize my opportunities? (Note: This is a "take-home" examination; open book, open note, open mind, open heart. Consultation with others is encouraged) See you in Church

BUILDING BETTER FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS TOGETHER Watch your mailbox for your invitation to our Fall Budget Drive Events Sat Oct. 12th • 10:15 AM

Sat Oct 19th • 10:15 AM

Sun Oct 13th • 11:15 AM

Sun Oct 20th • 11:15 AM

Wed Oct 16th • 6:15 PM Please plan to join us for one of these 1 hour sessions at the church. !

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RELIG IO US G RO WTH & LEA RNING A Rose by Any Other Name My Great Grandmother (GG) was named Rose Orenstein. When I was eighteen years old I heard that her health was declining. When she was in her last days and at a nursing home, I wrote her and my Great Grandfather Abe Orenstein (Pop), a letter. I told them how grateful I was to have them in my life. I told them how thankful I was that they were my family. I told them that one day I would incorporate the name Rose into my future daughter’s name to honor GG. The letter arrived the day that GG passed away. She never got to see it. However, my relatives placed the letter upon the kitchen table for Pop to read. He saw it the next day. I am told that he was delighted – telling all of the nursing staff and fellow tenants that his future Great Grandchild would be named after his wife. His spirits were lifted. The thought of her name carrying on was enough to bring him happiness that day. The same Great Grandparents told the story of how the family name changed to Orenstein after the name Aschenberg was lost at Ellis Island when their parents came to the United States from Poland. My mother has since re-claimed that family name. When she changed her last name to be Aschenberg instead of Maitland, she also added ‘Rose’ as her new middle name in honor of GG. I have always been fascinated by names. They are essential to how we identify ourselves. I am excited to announce that I now have a new identity. I was married last month and chose to take my husband Darren’s last name. My new name is Chelsea Krafka. I have been told that the last name is Czech and means  ‘little cow’…which I find thoroughly delightful. My first name means, ‘A port of ships’ and I was named after either Jane Fonda’s character on the show, ‘On Golden Pond’ or Chelsea, London – depending on who you ask. My family has a long history of storytelling. Names almost always have a story behind them. Does your family have stories about their names? What is the story behind your name? How will your name live on long after you are gone? Peace and Love, Chelsea Krafka



Youth In Action will begin October 9 – open to middle and high school students. We meet in the glass classroom 7-8:30pm on Wednesdays October – May. A registration form will be handed out to students the first day of class.


UNICEF Boxes will be in Chelsea’s office – if you are interested in one for ‘Trick or Treat for UNICEF’ please contact Chelsea soon.

PUMPKINS NEEDED We need your help for a fun event! Please bring a pumpkin (or two or three) to donate to our Ingathering project. On October 27, the children and youth will be decorating pumpkins which will then be sold to members of the congregation for an ‘at will donation’ to a local charity. Anytime between now and October 27, bring the pumpkins to a table in the Gathering Place (Room 7). There is a change in the class calendar for our Religious Growth and Learning Program. Please take note:       

October RGL Calendar Preschool Class and Nursery Care are available every Sunday for younger Pre-K children. Oct 6

Ingathering - Our 7th Principle (middle and high school attends service)

Oct 13

Regular Classes

Oct 20

Regular Classes

Oct 27

Ingathering - Pumpkins (middle and high school attends service)

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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Are you looking to volunteer for an organization in our community? Here is a list of available opportunities for groups of UUs or individuals to volunteer, along with the name of a congregation member who can help you get started: Interfaith Housing Coalition, Ambassador/ President low-income housing complex, west of State Capitol. Semiannual cleanup (see page 7 for details of the October cleanup). Contact: Rick Goodman Food Bank of Lincoln. The following activities are open to groups of 4 - 8 people from our church: • Sorting Food: Even months, first Monday of the month: 9:30AM– Noon at VA Auditorium, 600 S. 70th Street. • Sorting Food/Food Drives: Odd months, first Monday of the month: 1:00–4:00PM at Food Bank of Lincoln, 4840 Doris Bair Circle. Contact: Jean Helms Gathering Place, 1448 E Street. Serving meals, 5–6PM Monday–Friday to homeless and nearhomeless. UU's get our eight people together, then call Michael Ryan, GP Administrator at (402) 476-7398. He gives the dates from which to choose. The group needs to be there at 4:45PM. Contact: Karen Dienstbier

Fresh Start, 6433 Havelock: Volunteer in The Daisy Thrift Shop; help with planning or staffing booths at community events; help with mailings; setup and cleanup events; distribute flyers; lead weekly workshop on Tuesdays, 7–8PM, for the residents on a variety of skill building topics. Contact: Ginny Gross Lincoln Literacy Council, 745 S. 9th Street. Volunteer to be a tutor by attending one-hour orientation and 2–3 hours of training. Must commit one year of service, once a week for an hour or two. Contact: Linda Ager Community Action, 210 O Street. Volunteer assist in every-day functioning of the agency, or within Early Head Start and Head Start programs. Contact: Charles Coley Legislative Action Group. When the legislature is in session (starting in early January), go to hearings and testify for bills that promote the values we uphold in our congregation. Contact: Wendy Hines UUSC Fair-Trade Coffee Project. Periodic stocking and preparing orders of coffee, tea, etc. at selected times during the year; occasionally, on Sundays after the service, staff the table in the Gallery room to promote sales and educate congregation about how the fair trade project helps the poor around the world. Contact: Sharad Seth

FAIR TRADE COFFEE PROJECT: FALL SALE Here is an opportunity for you to stock up on organic coffee and other fair-trade items for the season. A fresh order of coffee has arrived and will be on sale this month in the gallery room. As you make your purchase, take a moment to browse through the Equal Exchange catalog and let us know what you would like us to order for the Christmas season. Interested in volunteering for our Coffee Project? Contact Sharad Seth at the table or by email: Note: The UUSC Coffee Project links UUs with small farmers and their families through fair trade. The project is a collaboration between UUSC and Equal Exchange, a worker owned fair trade company based in West Bridgewater, Mass. !

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EV ENTS A C TIV ITIES NEWS & & ANNOUNCEMENTS Charles in Charge In our constantly connected and social-media fueled society, “groundbreaking” is a hackneyed term. Events are rarely novel, let alone groundbreaking. Yet our August 18 groundbreaking ceremony was just that: novel, historic, and unparalleled.

Mission Statement is Mission Critical offered by David Williams, Trustee

I am finishing up the last year of what has turned out to be a 5 year stint on your Board of Trustees. I started before all of the changes we are going through; and when my term ends Phase I of our renovation will be almost complete. There have been numerous significant events and milestones during this time but one stands out above all.

   As I stood shoulder to shoulder with my fellow church members that day, shovel in hand, I recalled the Charles Coley, Christian Bible’s Acts 7:33 Working for a corporation I have a Board President verse, which reads, “...the place where healthy skepticism for consultants' work. So, you are standing is holy ground.” The when we plotted out our path which has led sacred quality of our soil and the groundbreaking us here, and we started with an intense process to itself was apparent when Rev. Fritz Hudson revise and rewrite our mission statement I invoked the four corners and when he then thought I knew what that meant. I knew it was blessed the ground with water from that something we needed to do but did not fully morning’s Water Communion. We Lincoln believe it was going to be more than a piece of Unitarians were in fellowship together with those paper. I was very wrong. Those 58 words have who came before and all who will come after. guided me and many others at every point in this     That loving unity is a perfect metaphor for our congregational community at its healthiest and most successful. It is only by standing together we will witness continued growth and blessing. Whereas UUs embrace dissenting opinions (theologically, socially, and politically), it is by our embrace of the First Principle (the inherent worth and dignity of all) that community is fostered.

process and through every decision.

Please keep reading this important document: "awe, joy, and reverence," "sustainable community," "cultivate growth," and so much more. Our Mission Statement tells us who we are and what we want to do, not only each Sunday but 365 days a year. It is a powerful document.

In other words, how we treat one another matters. A building expansion is useless if we do not practice our Principles. Our future sanctuary will only be filled to capacity when we practice love, that most universal of virtues. The Dalai Lama said, “All major religious traditions carry basically the same message--that is love, compassion, and forgiveness--the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.” As we face this next year of transition and beyond, may we daily recall the Dalai Lama’s words. By so doing, we will be rightly proud of the holy ground upon which we stand.


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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Interfaith Housing Cleanup

Hospitality Thank You

Saturday, October 19 • 9:00AM - 2:00PM Ambassador & President Apartments

Thank you to those who served our congregation during the month of September. We hope that you found your service to be uplifting and satisfying for you. I know that your service IS ALWAYS very much appreciated by our newcomers and our members!

Please join members of St. Paul’s, First Plymouth and the Unitarian Church at the fall apartment clean-up of the Ambassador and President low income housing project (across 14th from the state capitol.) The non-profit project is “owned” by the coalition of these three congregations. Outside work: bring your gloves and garden tools, maybe a wheel barrow. We will prune, rake & pick up waste and may do some minor painting of metalwork. Inside work: bring kitchen gloves, a broom, plastic bucket and some rags. Help pick up trash, mop and wax hallway floors and laundry room, clean windows, change fluorescent bulbs. It is a fun fellowship and rewarding experience. The residents really appreciate the bi-annual clean-up effort and the attention of the community. Contact: Rick Goodman ( ) of the Unitarian Church Social Justice Network and Interfaith Housing Coalition Board, Cell phone (402) 417-5549.

Saturday Church Page Ads To retain our church’s visibility in the Saturday Journal Star newspaper, we are asking the congregation to join the Public Relations & Visibility Committee in supporting our church’s presence on the Saturday listing. A donation of less than $25 will list one week. If you want to help, contact Lee Manns or the church office.

Fall All Church Grounds Clean Up Sunday, Nov. 3 • 11:30AM • Grounds

Please join in the fun and help prepare our grounds for the long winter. Bring your gloves, rakes and energy on November 3 at 11:30AM. A potluck will be held at 1:00PM so please bring a covered dish. See you then!


Office Thank You Thank you to the Wednesday Night Open Circle Group who helped move the Office to the new, temporary quarters in Rooms 1 and 2. These folks moved books, paper, supplies, computers, tables, file cabinets and even the safe! We couldn’t have done it with out you - muchos gracias!

2014 Nebraskans for Peace Calendars The 2014 Cat Lovers Against the Bomb calendars produced by Nebraskans for Peace will be available for purchase at the church every Sunday morning during October. Nebraskans for Peace is a statewide advocacy organization working nonviolently for peace with justice through community building, education, and political action. In addition to its original antiwar focus, Nebraskans for Peace is now involved in such activities as environmental responsibility and anti-bullying in our schools. Proceeds from calendar sales are divided between the church and Nebraskans for Peace and support the peace and justice activities of both. Calendars will be $10, or $9 each for two or more, sales tax included.

BEQUESTS The Unitarian Foundation encourages members and friends to consider bequests to the Church, on behalf of the living and those honored with a memorial. Contributions can be in the form of wills, trusts and gifts to support the church’s liberal, religious presence in Lincoln. Please contact the church office for details.

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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Affordable Care Act Information meeting Written by Dick Dienstbier

As mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), open enrollment for health insurance coverage begins October 1, 2013—just days from now. Until the evening of Thursday, 9/12, many of us had only a vague notion of what that meant. That changed as a result of an information meeting sponsored by the League of Women Voters, AARP, and the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church. Mark Intermill of AARP and Jerusha Hancock of Nebraska Appleseed provided background and foreground for the ACA. It is not possible to review in this space the rich information provided, but some highlights follow: Mark reviewed the state of health care and health-care insurance before ACA, noting especially the US expenditure of 18% of its GDP in contrast to a maximum of 12% for all comparable countries. Our additional expenditure buys us no superiority in contrast to that offered elsewhere. The sources of monies for the ACA were outlined as were the impacts on Medicare of expenditures for the ACA. Jerusha outlined the next steps for those impacted by ACA, noting that other than eliminating the “donut hole” in Medicare’s Part D, that the ACA has essentially no impact on people with Medicare coverage. It is noteworthy that this year’s limited open enrollment period from 10/1/13 to 3/31/14 is far longer than future periods will be. From 1/1/14 and onward, neither pre-existing conditions nor current or past illness status will be a reason for denial of or dropping of coverage. Similarly rates paid to insurance companies will not be affected by such conditions, although rates can vary based on smoking, geographic area, and age. Premium “credits” will be available for people whose income falls between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level, but in states such as Nebraska who have opted to not expand Medicaid, the outlook for support for people below the federal poverty level is bleak. The levels of coverage that Insurance companies will offer were outlined, as were details of the Individual Mandate and the Employer Mandate. Help and additional information are available: Navigators are people who are trained to assist people to make wise selection decisions and aid in obtaining any available relief from costs. Nebraska navigators are associated with the Ponca Tribe and with Community Action (info from later at More information is available at or by calling 402 875 9355.


Green Corner Suggestions for October:

Personal Lifestyle: Get your furnace cleaned and tuned. Change the furnace filters as recommended.

Education: Attend the Sorensen lecture by Amy Seidl, Sunday, October 13, 7:00PM at church. Before she comes, you still have time to read at least one of her books: Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming or Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to Warming World.

Advocacy September 21, 2013 was an important date in the fight against tar sands oil; thousands of people across the U.S. drew a line against the Keystone XL Pipeline, including the completion of a solar-powered barn on the pipeline route here in Nebraska. If you agree with this stand, tell Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama! John Kerry, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington DC 20520 President Barack Obama, The White House,1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington D.C., 20500

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Q. I would like to be Croned; what do I do?

Saturday, October 26 • 2:00PM • Auditorium

Croning is a celebration which formally recognizes that a woman has achieved the status of Crone, the third stage in a woman's life. A Crone has passed through the stage of Maiden, the period of youth largely devoted to learning and preparation, then that of Mother, the years of child-bearing (although her creativity may not include actual children), and has now reached the stage of Crone, the Wise Older Woman. Token gifts are often given. Led by Joanna Fink, Jackie Egan, Mary Ann Meisner, Aura Lee Furgason, Linda Brown and JoAnn Lanning. CRITERIA FOR BEING RECOGNIZED AS A CRONE:

1) Having reached the age of fifty, or 2) Having gone through menopause, or 3) Having become a grandmother, or 4) Having decided, for a reason deemed right by the woman herself, that it is now appropriate to claim this status.

A. Contact Joanna Fink at (402) 488-9238 or at Q. I don't want to be Croned or am too young; is this event for me? A. The event is for ALL women of the church. Come to celebrate with those being Croned and to honor this lifestage. Q. I am long over fifty; have I missed my chance to be Croned? A. Croning does not confer a status; it recognizes and honors one which already exists. It is never too late to be Croned. Q. I know someone whom I think might like to be Croned, but she isn't a UU. A. Have her contact Joanna Fink. ANY woman, UU or not, is welcome to attend, either to be Croned or as friend and well-wisher. Q. I have a question you didn't answer or want more information. A. Contact Joanna Fink at (402) 488-9238 or at or one of the other leaders.


Oct 6

Oct 13

Oct 20

Oct 27

Pulpit Decoration

Geri Cotter

Cindy Maly

Ginny Gross

Carol DeVall

Barb Brant


Linda Hellerich

Amy Birky

Carol & Jack Carlson

Connie Benjamin

Coffee Hosts Leslie Ryan, Megan Jamie Radcliffe, Tim Jamie Radcliffe, Kathy McGuffey Johnson, Justin Eckel Singh


Jong-Im Lee & Greg Rutledge




Charles Coley

Penny Urwiler

Liz Bonney-Heermann


Cindy Maly


Becky & Sharad Seth

Leona Braziel, Linda Ager

Molly Klocksin, Aura Lee Furgason

Trish Olderbak, Margaret Miller

Ashleigh Fuson,


Roger Geery

Larry Gregg

Rick Urwiler



Welcome Table

Lee & Les Manns

Kathy Stastny

Mandie & Andy Schadwinkel

Sandy Scott

Deb Hope

Gene & LaVonne Hanlon

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O N - G O I N G A C TI V I TI ES The fellowship activities and discussion groups listed below happen on a regular basis and are open to new participants at any time. Please contact the group’s organizer if you have any questions!

Adult Game Night 2nd Saturday of the month • Oct 12 6:30 PM Potluck • 8:00 PM Games

Potluck and games will be enjoyed at the home of Bill and Saundra Zieg at 811 Hazelwood Dr. Bring a friend and a dish to share at 6:30. Card/board games begin about 8:00. Hosts would appreciate RSVP. Contact Zieg's: 402-489-2448  

Bridge Groups Intermediate Group Every Tuesday 2:30 PM

Men’s Potluck Second Monday of the month Oct 14 • 6:30 – 7:30 PM

All men are invited to attend to enjoy good food and conversation. Table service will be provided. Bruce Raymer 402-475-7875

Moms Group 2nd Monday of the month • Oct 14 5:30PM • Preschool/Room 5

Advanced group

Moms with young children meet to chat while the kids play. Contact Kim Ziemann 402-464-1179

Every Wednesday •1:15 PM

Newcomers Chat

Coordinator: Earl Kramer

First Sunday of every month


Meet with visitors and friends in the Library to watch and discuss a 10-minute film called "Voices of a Liberal Faith.” Contact Karen Dienstbier 402-489-7545

Coordinator: Jackie Egan 402-435-6111

Want to join us? Contact us prior to the day of the game.

Coffeehouse Fourth Friday •Oct 25 7:00 PM • Gallery

Board games for adults and kids. Open to all individuals. Hosted by the LGBTA Welcoming Cmte. Contact Deb Hope

Men's Discussion Group Second & Fourth Tuesdays Oct 8 & 22• 7:15 PM

This is an open group which welcomes new participants at any


time. Contact Duane Polzien 402-483-0522

Oct 6 • 11:15 AM • Room 2

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Fourth Tuesday • Oct 22 • 7:00 PM Gallery/Aud/Rm 3 & 7

The LGBTA Welcoming Committee sponsors PFLAG which meets at our church each month. Maintaining confidentiality at each meeting is of the upmost importance. Please join us or visit us at

UU Meditation Sangha 2nd & 4th (& 5th) Wednesday 7:15 PM • 1834 Ryons Street

When you enter the front door, please leave your shoes in the foyer and come in to the yoga studio through the French doors to your left. Meditation, discussion and fellowship included. Contact LauraLee Woodruff 402-474-3272

Women’s Book Group Every three weeks •10:00 AM Gere Library • 56th & Normal Blvd.

For more information, contact Diane Richards October 5: The Green Boat:  Reviving Ourselves in Our                 Capsized Culture by Mary Pipher October 26: The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson November 16: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Women’s Brunch Second Thursday of the month Oct 10 • 1:00 – 2:30 PM Braeda @ 48th & O

All UU Women are invited to join in the dining and conversation. Contact Margaret Brown 402-488-2882

Zen Meditation Every Thursday • 7:00PM • Room 11

We are a small group of UU's who meditate at at church each week. The Meditation Room can be used at any time. Contact Norm Simon 402-435-0225

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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Diverse programming for Adults


A little bit of summer in the middle of your week Supper ~ Fellowship ~ Growth & Learning ~ Fun!

Tai Chi: Yang Style

O CT 30 - N OV 20

Weekly Offerings

led by Jim Pratt

Green Sanctuary Presents! led by John Atkeison and Becky Seth

Climate Change - What is happening in Lincoln and the State of Nebraska today

Healing & Spirituality - a better life...from the inside out

Elements ofYang Classic Long form, as well as Beginning Push hands (tuishou) will be explored. Beginning and continuing students are welcome. Comfortable cloths and flat shoes are suggested. **Note:This is a three-week class Nov. 6, 13, 20 and will begin at 7:30PM in Gallery Room.

UUA Book Read - Behind the Kitchen Door

led by KK Munson

What is healing? How does it happen? Perspectives from an Emergence Care practitioner, where healing emerges from within.We'll look at spontaneous healing, spinal degeneration, effects of physiological stress, of psychological stress, and of love. Demonstration of Emergence Care.

led by Connie Benjamin

This book is a "groundbreaking exploration of the political, economic, and moral implications of dining out. " **Note:This class will be offered for three weeks Oct. 30, Nov 6, 13. Books are available from the church office.

Adult Wild Card & Wine Down Led by David Williams

David will choose a topic each week for discussion. Back by popular demand!

the Camp Wednesday schedule

6:00 PM

Dinner: $6 in advance for adults, $3 for children ten and older

6:15 PM

Childcare begins

7:00 PM

Weekly Offerings

7:30 PM

Tai Chi begins

8:30 PM

Some Adult programming ends

9:00 PM

“Good night” to everyone!

Tai Chi and Adult Wild Card continue

Registration forms are inserted into the hard copy of this October Newsletter. They will be available at the Welcome Table in the Gallery Room beginning October 6 or at !

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O U R C O M M U N I TY Thank You’s

Milestones, Millstones, Stepping Stones Don Gibson is on the road to recovery from his recent surgeries. He has moved to a rehab center. Cards may be sent to: 5610 Pioneers Blvd Apt 290, 68505. Check with Julie Gibson before visiting. Congratulations to Amber Mohr, Jeremy Hall, big sister Lenora and big brother Ernie on the birth of their son and brother Walden Bernard Hall on August 21, 2013. UU Members Greg Rutledge, Jong-Im Lee and Markus are having a good experience living in South Korea. You can go to the “MEMBERS ONLY” page on the church website to read the letter and to see the photos.

We bid Greg Nosan a fond fair well as he returns to his home state to pursue a new position. Belated Congratulations to Shamene and Dan Dixon on the birth of their third child, Bryan Christopher Dixon born 6/26/13. Kathy Heuser is recovering from a shoulder joint break and would love to receive cards from those who know her: 1245 N 26th St, 68503  Our thoughts are with Denise DeBose as her family grieves the loss of a her young cousin and unborn child. Denise would greatly appreciate cards to help her through this difficult time. Cards may be sent to: 5310 West Benton St, 68524    



Fritz Hudson, Minister • Charles S Stephen, Jr. Minister Emeritus • Chelsea Krafka, Religious Growth Dir. • Jean Helms, Administrative Dir. • Julie Enersen, Worship Arts Dir. • Karen Dienstbier, Membership Associate • Christina Strong, Administrative Associate •

Board of Trustees

Management Team

Charles Coley, President Linda Hellerich Curt Donaldson, Vice-President Bob Haack Lindsay Bartlett, Secretary Christine Starr Davis Priscilla Handy Officers: Cindy Maly Mark Weddleton, Church Treasurer Leslie Ryan Linda Ager, Assistant David Williams Jo Donohoe, Assistant Penny Urwiler Liz Bonney-Heermann Mary Sommermeyer, Stephanie Geery-Zink Capital Campaign Treasurer The Board of Trustees meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Church. Any member or friend of the church is welcome to attend these meetings.

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Beacon Oct2013  

Monthly newsletter of the Unitarian Church of Lincoln

Beacon Oct2013  

Monthly newsletter of the Unitarian Church of Lincoln