The First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor (UUAA) is hiring a Director of Spiritual Growth & Development to guide and enhance the current programming.
 

An enthusiastic audience of more than 60 UUAA members and outside community members were better able to visualize the victim – offender mediation practice at the heart of Restorative Justice through a reading of the Canadian play, Tough Case by David S. Craig about a 16-year-old boy who has vandalized the home of an elderly widow and then, in an attempt at restorative justice, must confer with her on how to heal the harm he has done.

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Mark your calendars now for the JUNE 19th GOODBYE GAILA family party that will follow the single 10 am service. There will be family fun, food and fond farewells. And there will be music. This will be our formal all-congregation celebration of Rev. Gail's ministry. A smaller party will follow her last Sunday service on July 31st.

Notes smExpress your appreciation for Rev. Gail R. Geisenhainer, as she retires from UU ministry on 8/2/16:

A Geisenhainer Music Fund has been established as a very fitting tribute to the 8 years Rev. Gail has carefully nurtured our UUAA music programs. Please consider contributing to this fund as your special  thank you to Rev. Gail.

And contribute a "Note of Gratitude" to add to our Symphony of Gratitude-- pick up the note paper at the Geisenhainer Music Fund table after services.

Learn more about ways to say "thanks" by clicking this link.

 UUs for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) will offer a four-part series designed to foster a respectful discussion among UUs on the fundamental issues driving the IsraelPalestine con5lict. Sessions will meet on the following dates from 1:30pm to 3:30pm:

Ele's Place is a center that helps grieving families in the community. They gather in the UUAA home three days a week in the Spiritual Growth and Development (SGD) wing. In the rental contract with Ele's place, UUAA has agreed to help maintain the privacy they promise these grieving families.

To ensure this privacy, all are asked to enter by the main door to the UUAA building on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings and to not enter through the SGD lower entrance. All are encouraged to use rooms in the main building and not to visit or use rooms in the lower SGD wing during this time frame. Those groups that are scheduled in the upper SGD wing may use the main entrance to access rooms.

Let us help to provide an example of the core value of "Community" by providing a welcoming and safe environment where all feel valued and cared for by honoring the privacy that these grieving families at Ele's Place have requested.

Questions? Contact office administrator Debby Casamatta at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) 2016 conference will take place in the Netherlands from Sunday, July 17 through Saturday, July 23. The theme will be Winds Of Change: Global Connection and Climate Change. What should be a faithful response to the threatened physical environment known as home? What spiritual responsibilities are shared as part of an interdependent web of existence? The ICUU is a network of member groups around the world working to inspire and support each other in building spiritual community.

Rev. Gail reports this: "At their February meeting, our Board of Trustees joined their voice with the Boards from several Michigan congregations to endorse a statement to be taken up at the MidAmerica Regional Assembly. The Assembly will gather in St. Paul this year. The dates are Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1.

Registration is now open at MidAmericaRegion.org. The statement was drafted by clergy of the SouthEast Cluster in Michigan. After all the appropriate "Whereas" clauses, the statement is this:

"THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: The 2016 MidAmerica Regional Assembly expresses its love and support for Muslims in our communities and encourages congregations in the MidAmerica Region to 

  • build bridges of partnership with Muslim neighbors in our local areas;
  • increase understanding of Islam within and beyond our local congregations;
  • learn more about the realities of religious discrimination and the Syrian refugee crisis;
  • and work to foster greater inclusion of all peoples, regardless of their religious, ethnic, national, or racial identity(s).

I am grateful to our Board for encouraging us so directly. I sincerely hope our Regional UUAA Assembly hears this proposal and acts to support it."

Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, our own Director of Worship and Music, will bring his leadership to several venues for this year's General Assembly (GA) in June. He will be Director of the GA Choir, Director of Music for the CLF Worship Service (Church of the Larger Fellowship), and lead Musician and Liturgist for the Grand Sunday Morning Worship Service. This is an opportunity to showcase what UUAA is developing on a much larger scale. He will be teaching what is possible with our model of deep collaboration and theological reflection in worship preparation.

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The 7th Grade's Spring Service Project will benefit Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti. Look for their information sheet about Hope Clinic along with a list of its most needed items. Donation boxes will be available in the front lobby area throughout April.

Save the date! On May 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm our congregation will ordain our Assistant Minister, Lindasusan V. Ulrich to the Unitarian Universalist ministry. More information will be posted here over the coming weeks.

DoveInEntrywayThe stained glass dove crafted by the late Milt Kemnitz greeted everyone who came through the door Sunday January 3rd. The dove's warm glow brings light and color and meaning to its new entry hall location. The stained glass piece, which had been hanging in a window of the sanctuary, had fallen into disrepair. Barb Hall from the Arts & Aesthetics committee had the idea to not just re-frame the dove, but also back light it and hang it in our entry hall, where it is even visible from the parking lot when approaching the church entrance. Ed Lynn, our Interim Administrator coordinated the needed re-painting of the entry hall while Barb Hall and Vivian Wilson led the dove effort for the A&A committee, which includes Barb, Vivian, Eppie Potts, Bob Peyser and Neal Foster.

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A recommended reading: Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by Eric Foner. "With lucid prose and careful analysis, Eric Foner tells a story that is at once unsparing and inspiring. For anyone who still wonders what was at stake in the Civil War, there is no better place to begin than Gateway to Freedom," James Oakes, author of Freedom National.

QUUest Bookstore will be open BETWEEN SERVICES ONLY beginning Sunday, January 3, 2016  to enable bookstore staff to participate in the congregation activities that often begin soon after the close of the second service.