Learn, Grow and Be Together July 26 onward

“Ladder to the Light” discussion tonight, July 26

Rev. Mitra continues discussion about the book “Ladder to the Light” Tuesday, Julybook cover 26, at 6 p.m.

Steven Charleston, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation and an ordained Episcopal priest, wrote the book “Ladder to the Light: An Indigenous Elder’s Meditations on Hope and Courage,” from his experience with meditation and prayer. 

Join in the discussion of the introduction to the book and the first chapter on Faith. 


Meeting ID: 835 5944 7415            Passcode: 205895

Living our religious principles post-Roe, online training July 28

For all St. Johners who are interested in strategizing a response to the fall of Roe, you are invited to attend online training and/or meet with a group of us virtually about how to plan.

St. John’s has a long history of supporting reproductive rights, and Planned Parenthood in particular. Our UU commitment to the inherent worth of every person includes the right to bodily autonomy. 

Faith Choice Ohio provides training and support for clergy and church members who want to protect reproductive choice and care for those who need abortion care. You can learn about them at faithchoiceohio.org.

Faith Choice Ohio offers a 7-8 p.m. July 28 online session called Religion and Repro that you can attend by registering on its site.

Rev. Mitra would like us to share what we are doing and brainstorm what we might do together and hopes to coordinate a virtual conversation the second week of August.  Details to come.

Four arms holding wrists4 RSVPs for Men’s Group Events — Partners, Spouses invited Sept. 11

RSVP to howard.tolley@uc.edu if, COVID allowing, you would like to attend one or more of the following:

1. Sunday, Aug. 7 Men’s Group Potluck
If planning to attend the 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, potluck at 3900 N. Cliff Lane, indicate what dish you plan to share.  Lemonade will be provided, or BYOB for a more intoxicating option.  Those attending in person will break bread together on a well ventilated porch; and those needing remote access can join by Zoom at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/2034197034?.
2. Sunday, Sept. 11, Member Dinner followed by Public “Supreme Conservative Activism” Program.

Men’s Group members from both St. John’s and First Unitarian again this fall can bring their partners for the 6 p.m. Sept. 11 dinner to be followed by a 7 p.m. public program.

3. Sunday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m., “Supreme Conservative Activism” program open to any and all area UUs interested in learning about the U.S. Supreme Court’s most recent decisions and the upcoming term.  UC Professor Emeritus Howard Tolley’s program, “Supreme Conservative Activism by Justices Making Law,” will provide an overview of the court’s transformative decision making on abortion, gun rights, environmental protection, business regulation, voting rights, affirmative action and more.
4. Saturday, Oct. 15, Men’s Retreat 

After a two year pandemic hiatus, from 9 a.m. until about 3:30 p.m., the Men’s Group will resume its annual get together at the Moye Center in Northern Kentucky featuring two programs, lunch, and a walk in the woods to enjoy fall colors. Guest speaker Mike Shryock will do the morning program on Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.  Jim McDonough will facilitate the afternoon individual sharing of personal stories based on a prompt that triggers significant reflection on a marker event, critical relationship, or transformative experience.

Sanctuary and Immigration Team, 7 p.m. virtually Aug. 3 (postponed from July 13)

Learn with our St. John’s UU Sanctuary and Immigration Team (SIT) about the region’s immigrants and refugees and how to support them. SIT meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. by Zoom. 

SIT has been meeting for five years and has assisted our immigrant neighbors in many important ways. We have sponsored asylees who have been  in sanctuary at the Clifton United Methodist Church (with whom we partner), have collected food,  clothing and other important items from our St. John’s members and friends, and have hosted our immigrant neighbor for an evening of good food and conversation, contributed financially to various immigrant needs.

Several members of St. John’s distribute food contributions through the Willows Project, with which we are associated. We are members of the Cincinnati Immigrant Dignity  Coalition,  and are involved with community organizations in our Cincinnati area, Butler County and Northern Kentucky. Join us to discover the many things that we do.

Visit us, come to observe, or find a niche for yourself.   Contact: Sarah Loar Seibert, SIT coordinator, at seibertcs@zoomtown.com.

Earthspirit, Aug. 21

EarthSpirit is having its third organizational meeting Sunday, August 21. Please join us at 12:15 p.m. after church in the library to continue our plans for future fellowship. Anyone following or interested in a pagan path is welcome! Bring your ideas! If you would like to be involved in EarthSpirit but can’t attend the meeting, email Ravensong at earthspiritcuups@gmail.com.

Morning Meditation on summer break

Enneagram Study Group, on hiatus until October

Tai Chi, on hiatus until October