Learn, Grow & Be Together March-May 2024

Newcomer Potlucks – March 15

The Spirit Connection Team announces the return of Newcomer Potlucks! This is a time for long-time members and friends to share food and conversation with visitors and new members. These are casual, family-friendly events held in Krolfifer Hall, from 5-7 p.m. The first potluck is Friday,  March 15.

You are invited to bring some food to share – snack, side, main dish, soup, salad, dessert, anything you like. Sometimes life is complex and you won’t have time or energy to bring something. Come anyway! We always have plenty of food. Also, if you can’t stay for the whole two hours, come for part of the event. And please remember to bring your children.

Yes, there will be fun icebreakers, too!

Here are three potluck dates to put on your calendar:

  • Friday, March 15
  • Saturday, May 18
  • Sunday, September 15

Forum: Braver Angels; Bridge the Partisan Divide
Sunday, March 17, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., In Krolfifer Hall

Member Rich Overturf will review an organization he has been involved with for a few years.

Braver Angels is a national organization that was formed in 2016 with the goal to bring Americans together to bridge the partisan divide and strengthen our democratic republic.  We believe that the current level of partisan animosity reduces our ability to govern ourselves effectively.  Americans at opposite ends of the political spectrum see each other not as opponents but as dangerous enemies. To address this, Braver Angels holds a variety of events and programs that seek to bring people across the political spectrum together not just to discuss divisive issues in a civil and respectful manner but get to know each other as people beyond their political labels.

Learn what Braver Angels is up to, both nationally and in our local Cincinnati chapter.

Unitarian Universalism 101 (Online)

Our first UU 101 class of the year will be online at 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, March 29. 
Reach out to Rev. Jenn for further information.  

Several springtime events: As they say, be there or be Square!

  • Join us in a celebration of St. John’s on April 28! More information to follow.
  • St. John’s Annual Auction will be Saturday, May 11.

Deeper than the Skin: A Musical Presentation on Race, with Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway May 4-5

Two friends, one Black, one white. Musicians, storytellers, students of history and world travelers born 3 days apart.Two singers

Two separate narratives forged into one powerful friendship aimed at finding common ground and helping others to do the same.

An experience of singing and listening, of experiencing a connection so deep that it makes you laugh, smile, cry and reconsider what you know about our history. It’s an invitation to open your heart and mind to a story of shared humanity that resonates with your own.

Saturday, May 4, 3–5 p.m., FREE PERFORMANCE at St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church, 320 Resor Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45220

Sunday, May 5, 10:30 a.m., JOINT WORSHIP SERVICE at First Unitarian Church, 536   Linton Street, Cincinnati OH 45219

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Meditation on Wednesdays

Meditation is available 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information, contact Erna at erna.olafson@gmail.com or Alicia at 513-807-9902. If you plan to come for the first time, please contact one of us beforehand so that we can look for you and let you into the building.

Tai Chi and Chi Gong, next meeting Thursday, March 14

Tai Chi and Chi Gong classes again meet in Krolfifer Hall on Thursdays from 10-11 a.m., every other week. There are 8 classes (having started Jan. 4).

Please join us for this beautiful moving meditation done to music (Huang style). We warm up with Chi Gong exercises, share poetry and check-in with each other. All are welcome.

Nan Fox has been practicing Tai Chi for many years, teaching at St. John’s and at UU summer camps.

Brown bag lulunch bagsnch with Rev. Jenn Thursdays at noon.

Pack a lunch and enjoy conversation with Rev. Jenn and whomever else joins.

Sanctuary and Immigration Team, virtually 2nd Wednesdays. Next meeting April 10

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 generally meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. by Zoom.

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.

All are welcome at the meetings. Contact: Sarah Loar Seibert, SIT coordinator, at seibertcs@zoomtown.com.