Hopedale has new banners, Standing on the Side of Love and Black Lives Matter, which will be displayed over the entrance of the building.  We have purchased the complete licensing materials for Standing on the Side of Love from UUA which will allow us to do additional projects if we desire.

Thank you for giving generously to the second Sunday collection for Standing Rock Water Protectors.  There are reports as of Sunday 11/21 coming out of the camps that the participants are being sprayed with water cannons in 26 degree weather. They need our support to get through the coming winter.  Keep standing with Standing Rock

chalice5bWhat can we do to simplify our work, our houses, and our lives?   Several opportunities and challenges will be presented.  Please come and join in the discussion–and make suggestions that we all can act on.  Service leader:  Linda Amspaugh.

img_0377On November 20, 1959, the United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Rights of a Child.  We’ll look at that declaration, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that was opened for signature on November 20, 1989.  The United States has not signed this Convention.  Join Diane Wright as we reflect on a UU approach to supporting the rights of children everywhere.  Service Leader:  Peter Carels. Monthly Potluck after Sunday Service


Approval of Minutes of October, 2016
Treasurer’s Report – Ann
Religious Services Report – Sallie
Congregational Life Report – Judi
Stewardship Report – Russ
Old Business

Final Review of Bylaw Changes/Actions Needed
Insurance Issues/Discussion
Playground Next Steps

Update on Web Pages
New Business
Building: Locking procedure; Thermostat program
Safety Procedure Information from Seminar
Motion to Adjourn

unknownOur friend, Muriel Blaisdell, will be exploring this intriguing question with us.   This question is found in the Hebrew Bible book of Job and is one of the greatest questions ever.  Service Leader will be Linda Amspaugh.

standing-rockFrom Libby Earle, Social Justice Committee

We are overwhelmed with political circus and lose sight of the real struggles in the world. Right now we are witnessing (thanks mostly to social media) a brutal militarized police response to the Water Protectors in North Dakota. We must not dismiss them as mere ‘protestors’ for they are attempting at great personal risk to protect our most precious resource: water. We must speak out against corporate greed that threatens our democracy and the planet.

The Social Justice Committee, standing on the side of love for the rights of indigenous peoples and the environment, has made a donation of $200 to the Standing Rock Camp fund at Go Fund Me Please consider making a personal donation to the camp fund or legal fund.

This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Members and friends in Unitarian Universalist communities have a wide variety of core beliefs.  Hopedale community members Steve Dana, Eunice Meadows, and Orlita Kissane will each share their This I Believe essay with us today.  Service Leader: Genevieve O’Malley Knight.

Samhain is a Pagan Sabbat and Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year.  The old year has passed, the seeds sown during spring (Beltane) have been harvested, cattle and sheep have been brought in from the fields, and the leaves have fallen from the trees. The earth slowly begins to die around us.  The wheel of life has turned.   It is now time to look at wrapping up the old and preparing for the new in our lives, to honor those who have passed, and to celebrate the eternal cycle of life during the Samhaim Sabbat.  This is an intergenerational service.  Service Leader: Genevieve O’Malley Knight.

Come join service leader Sallie Killian and Speakers Janet and Gordon Grey.  You will hear about the Baha’i faith.  The history, teachings, writings and how Baha’i principles draw together all dimensions of the human family in down-to-Earth spiritual communities.  “Let your vision be world embracing” – spoke Baha’u’llah, one the main founders of Baha’i faith.  For those interested, the International Baha’i website is: . Service Leader: Sallie Killian.

October 16 is the traditional date for Boss’s Day (in 2016 it will officially be October 17, to make it a “work day”), and it’s a good time to reflect on the nature of work, and what it means to have, or be, a boss.  Come join Diane Wright as we consider the ways we can apply our UU Principles to our relationships at work. Service leader: Patty Klingenberg.  Join us for our monthly Potluck after service.

Contact Information

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

Sunday Services

Sundays, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Nursery and child care available
Social hour follows
Dress is casual

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