Learn, Grow & Be Together

Working Toward Interpersonal Harmony 4-part program continues
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The Adult Faith Formation Committee and Rev. Alice Diebel are hosting a four-part, on-line (Zoom) program called, Working Toward Interpersonal Harmony: In groups where there is tension and conflict, what are some of the tools we could use to do better?

Please join us for an experiential time of sharing and learning from one another to build the kind of community we want to have. 

The meetings will be on Mondays from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. beginning Nov. 21. You can still join if you missed the first two meetings.

Register in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. For more information, please contact Rev. Alice at adiebel@stjohnsuu.org

Men’s Group meets Dec. 4

Join the St John’s men’s group in making their bold yearly predictions- at our monthly meeting on Dec. 4 in Krolfifer Hall. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. with the program at 7 p.m. Find out how good the guys’ predictions were last year. Participate in making new predictions. Will the Bengals make the playoffs this year?  Brian Snape and Rich Dreifuss of First UU Church will be our chefs. 
E-mail Brian at briansnape@gmail.com by 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, to reserve your place for dinner.  Bring your own beverage. Questions:  Contact Tom Darner at tdarner43@aol.com.  

Sanctuary and Immigration Team, 7 p.m. virtually 2nd Wednesdays. Next meeting Dec. 14

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.

That’s a Wrap! Wrapping Party Dec. 16  

For those who don’t like to wrap gifts and those who like it so much they’re happy to wrap more. We’ll partner you up at this party, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, in Krolfifer Hall.  More details to come. Check with Nicole Stanforth with questions

“Building the World We Dream About” starts Jan. 10

  • Have you wondered how to help St. John’s become more welcoming and inclusive across diverse ethnicities, races and cultures?  
  • How might we educate ourselves to better address racism – to become better anti-racist UUs?  
  • What positive impact could this have within our congregation and when working in interfaith and community coalitions?  
  • Are you curious about the concepts of identity and difference? What do people mean when they talk about having privilege based on identity? 
  • Would you like to meet other UUs who are invested in promoting racial justice? 

If these questions draw you forward, please consider participating in the UU Council of Greater Cincinnati’s Anti-Racism Circle program, beginning Jan. 10, 2023.  

“Building the World We Dream About,” will run on Zoom 7-9 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Tuesdays from Jan. 10-April 25. Participants are not required to attend all sessions although it helps to benefit fully from the curriculum that builds from week to week. 

Registration, at https://tinyurl.com/UUBuildTheWorld2023, is required by January 4, 2023.  There is no course fee.

See this page for more details on the program, including specific curricula themes.

Potluck Dinner and Celebration for immigrants, refugees, allies, and advocates at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church in February

We will invite everyone who plans to attend to bring a shared dish that acknowledges the diversity of people attending the event. The Sunday event will include music, activities for children, delicious food choices, and a celebratory atmosphere. Hopefully, it will create opportunities for building new friendships and grow connections among all in attendance.

Volunteers from all areas will prepare food at the church’s kitchen and set up tables and chairs the Saturday before the event.

Here are some of the ways to help:

  • Saturday cooking team
  • Saturday set up team
  • Sunday welcoming team
  • Sunday kitchen organization team
  • Sunday transportation team (Remember that many immigrants and refugees do not
  • have vehicles or driver’s licenses.)
  • Sunday entertainment team to plan music and perhaps other offerings.
  • Sunday children’s activities team (Think face painting, simple games, tabletop
  • activities)
  • Sunday language facilitators
  • Sunday cleanup crew

St. John’s and Mt. Auburn Presbyterian are members of the Immigrant Dignity Coalition. This event will only succeed if many people contribute time, energy, and love.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Linda Ford, who is coordinating the event.

Morning Meditation on break

Tai Chi on hiatus

Enneagram Study Group on hiatus until January

Non-violent Communication hopes to restart in January