This summer’s General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist  Association was held in Columbus, Ohio, with the theme “Heartland; Where Faiths  Connect.”  Hopedale’s attendees will fill us in on the workshops, worship, and work to be done for interfaith co-operation and racial justice.  Service Leader Genevieve O’Malley.

There’s been a lot of talk about islands lately, from John Donne’s quote (“No man is an island.”) to the news about China’s island constructions in the South China Sea.  On August 21, 1959, Hawaii became a state.  Join us as Diane Wright returns to Hopedale, and we consider the meaning of islands, as metaphor, as paradise, and as symbols of isolation. Service Leader:  Orlita Kissane.  Stick around for our monthly potluck after service. Please bring a dish or beverage to share.

There have been many attempts throughout history to define and adopt “the simple life”.  Sages, theologians, and laypersons alike have espoused philosophic ideals and practical wisdom ranging from life-transforming principles to everyday ‘life hacks’.  Join Drew Ruther as he leads a discussion about how we might all strive to lead simpler lives in the 21st century.  Service leader:  Drew Ruther.

Pat Meade will give a brief history of how the commission came to be.  He will talk about why Oxford needs a commission like this and provide information on what the commission has done so far.  He will present our responsibilities as citizens to be an active part of solutions that help establish justice and peace.  He will urge citizens to develop empathy, understanding and compassion among their fellow citizens.  Service Leader:  Steve Dana.

Hopedale members Linda Amspaugh and Don Isaac have been longtime participants in the Oxford Farmers Market Uptown. Linda and Don will talk with us about their work, and help us think about our own gardening as spiritual practice. Service leader: Ann Fuehrer.

Ann Geddes 009On July 24. 10:30am, we will visit a Three Valley Conservation Trust protected property on 2575 Indian Creek Road. Meet at the Hopedale parking lot to carpool at 10am. We will leave promptly at 10:05am. For more information go to

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This is our second field trip of the summer. We will meet at the easement-protected property of longtime Hopedale friend Ann Geddes, 2575 Indian Creek Road, Oxford. Ann will give us a tour of the property and talk about the importance of land protection. She will host us for lunch from her garden/chickens, though dessert contributions are welcome! Hosts: Ann Geddes and Liz Woedl This is an INTERGENERATIONAL field trip.

Diane Ruther-Vierling, Faith Community Outreach Coordinator for the local chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays), will join us to talk about the organization. Service leader: Ann Fuehrer.

July 10, 10:30 “Continuing our Alliance-Building work” On June 12, we hosted 28
people at Hopedale for an Alliance-Building workshop, facilitated by Busi Diamini. We will
continue the conversation to plan the work of the Social Justice Committee for the near
future. Service leader: Ann Fuehrer.

On September 24, we will be heading to Ohio State University to participate in the Ohio Interfaith Power and Light’s Earthkeeping Summit, celebrating the Wonders of the Earth. Libby Earle will help us construct a fabric panel to display at that gathering. Service leader: Ann Fuehrer. This is an INTERGENERATIONAL service.

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Hopedale UU Community
3870 Millville Oxford Rd.
Oxford, OH 45056
Amy West Poley, Administer

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