On Saturday, September 25, Interfaith Impact members journeyed to the beautiful Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens for a fall retreat. The get-away gave veterans and new members of II a chance to bond during the overnight stay. The adventure started bright and early at 9 a.m., with an opening introduction by Melissa Wales, the Executive Director of United Campus Ministry, on what UCM is all about. Next, the retreaters spent a few hours drawing out “life maps,” and sharing their stories with one another. Pizza arrived just in time to hush rumbling stomachs, and the next few hours were spent snacking, laughing, and getting to know fellow II members. In between all of the fun, about an hour was spent discussing various issues that II members felt went against UCM’s mission of promoting spiritual growth and social justice. Next, UCM’s Campus Minister, Evan Young, arrived with dinner, and after vegetarian casserole and salad, the evening activities began. First, II retreaters paired up for in depth discussions about the days events, including what each thought about the Life Maps exercise. And finally, Evan lead a peaceful meditation that closed the days activities.
Interfaith Impact’s fall retreat was a wonderful bonding experience, and we are looking forward to doing it again soon.
UCM’s student group Interfaith Impact met for the second time this quarter on Tuesday. Over fifteen people showed up, all of whom were female until one lucky male was pulled in to the discussion. The topic this week was spirituality and sexuality, so you can imagine there wasn’t a dull moment the entire hour and a half. The fall retreat is this Saturday and we already have 12 confirmed attendees. We’ll be going to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens for an overnight stay to bond with fellow Impact members. Stay tuned to find out how the retreat went, and if possible, stop by our meeting next Tuesday in the UCM lounge at 7:00 p.m.
Also, don’t forget UCM’s open house is this evening from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Stop by for a bowl of chili and find out how you can get involved at UCM this fall!
Interested in getting involved with Athens storm/tornado recovery efforts? Call the Red Cross at 593-5273 or shoot them an email at email@example.com. You can also contact the OU Campus Involvement Center on the 3rd floor of Baker or check out their website . UCM can receive non-perishable food donations M-F, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the blue bin on the basement stage. Please call ahead if you’re bringing a large amount of goods. No volunteer crews are being organized through UCM at this time, but may be in the near future. We’ll keep you posted!
Our student group Interfaith Impact meets in the UCM lounge on Tuesday’s at 7 p.m. This weeks topic is Spirituality and Sexuality. Students of all or no faith traditions are welcome to join.
Also, this Thursday, September 23, UCM is holding an open house to kick of the 2010-2011 school year! All are welcome and a chili dinner (meat and vegetarian) will be provided. Bring a friend and meet the UCM community and find out how you can get involved this year.
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UCM ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
Thursday, September 23, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Annual UCM Open House joins forces again with Thursday Supper (UCM’s weekly free meal program) to kick-off the 2009-10 school year! All are welcome and a chili dinner (meat and vegetarian) will be provided. Bring a friend and meet the UCM community and find out how you can get involved this year.
MONDAY PEACE VIGIL
Weekly, Mondays 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Athens Court House (corner of Washington and Court)
In honor of local farmer and peace activist, Art Gish (who died in a farming accident this summer) consider joining this 30 year old weekly vigil for peace. The focus of the vigil is international peace and justice issues, but has also included national or local justice issues. Signs are available but feel free to bring your own that reflect a nonviolent and reconciliation oriented stance and are respectful in language and spirit. For more information, contact UCM.
UCM PIE BAKE-OFF AND TASTING FUNDRAISER
Sunday, October 3, 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m at UCM
Bring your best homemade pie (fruit, sweet non-fruit, savory, vegetarian, vegan, locavore, etc.) to see how it stands up to other local bakers in this fun event to raise money for UCM! Sliding scale to enter a pie and/or to be a taster ($5 – $20). Thanks to Heather Johnson for organizing this – check out her website for more details and an entry form (also available at UCM).
INTERFAITH IMPACT STUDENT GROUP
Weekly meetings Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at UCM
The purpose of UCM’s interfaith student group is to further the mission of UCM and to engage students in interfaith community, social justice education and activism, and community service. Topics this quarter include Quakerism, Hinduism, Meditation, Moral Relativism and Islam. Students of all or no faith traditions encouraged to come to this open, safe, and respectful meeting. Questions? Email Christy Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
INTERFAITH IMPACT RETREAT
Saturday – Sunday, September 25, 26 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens
Take a break from your busy campus life and get away to a beautiful setting just outside of Athens to meet other OU students in a safe and inclusive space to share ideas about spirituality, faith and social justice. We’re open to students of all or no faith traditions. Interested? Email Christy Johnson at email@example.com
ALTERNATIVE WINTER BREAK TRIP
UCM is offering an alternative winter break trip to
Participants will leave by van from
OPEN QUESTIONS WEEKLY DISCUSSION SERIES
Wednesdays, Noon – 1:30 p.m., Hobson Lounge of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 64 University Terrace (across from Ellis Hall).
Pick up a free lunch tray at the Wednesday meal, and then join the group in the Hobson Lounge.
This fall UCM teams up with the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd to offer a different kind of Bible study. Evan Young and Good Shepherd’s new associate pastor, Rev. Steve Domienik, will co-lead weekly lunchtime sessions at this progressive Bible study. Come with your questions and ideas for exploring and understanding sacred texts. UCM and Good Shepherd hope that Open Questions will offer a safe environment where students have permission to ask anything they’ve ever wanted to know about scripture.
UCM ANNUAL BENEFIT AUCTION
Saturday, November 6, 6:00 p.m., Athens Community Center
Join us for UCM’s biggest party and most important fundraiser! This years event returns to the
Sliding scale $25-$100 (low-income, student, senior donation – $15).
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservations now. Student volunteers needed.
COALITION ON PEACE AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN PALESTING AND
This is a new group of students, faculty and others concerned with issues of human rights in
THURSDAY SUPPER & SATURDAY LUNCH
Weekly, Thursdays 5:30 p.m (volunteers come between 4 – 7:30 p.m.) and Sturdays, 1:00 p.m. (volunteers come between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
UCM’s weekly free community meals are open to all. Come share a meal with us and share what you can (labor, love, compassion, culinary or cleaning skills, money and donations are all greatly appreciated). UCM’s meals are open and accepting of all who walk through our door. Poverty and food security issues are a growing problem in
APJN INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY DINNER
Friday, September 24th, at the First Christian Church. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 7. Frank Norton will cook an amazing dinner accompanied by live music and belly dancing! We will also announce the recipient(s) of the first annual Art Gish Peacemaker Award!
The Monohan brothers, walking across the country in protest of the Supreme Court decision bestowing on corporations constitutional protections of personhood, will be speaking at the event.
Tickets are $20-$100 sliding scale, $15 for low-income and $5 for children under 12. Proceeds benefit the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network.
Ongoing Meetings at UCM:
PEOPLE FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
(Once a month) – September 20, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., UCM lounge
4:30 p.m. PPJ business meeting.
5:00 p.m. Speaker/ educational hour
Contact Appalachian Peace and Justice Network at email@example.com for more information.
PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Every second Monday of the month
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
VEGAN COOKING8:00 p.m., lower level of UCM
Registered OU student organization. Small donation requested to participate in this dynamic cooking workshop and community meal. Contact Leslie Albanese at email@example.com for more information.
OPEN DOORS 8:00 – 10:00pm, UCM lounge
Student group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally students.
Stay tuned to find out how the events are going at UCM.