UUFA Sunday Morning Program Committee
        
        The Sunday Morning Program Committee (SMPC) plans and
        implements year-round Sunday morning services during times
        when our minister doesn't speak. The committee works with our
        minister to facilitate and to plan shared programs. Members
        arrange for speakers from within and from outside the
        Fellowship.



        Programs Presented in 2007


 

                 January 2007
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                 1  2  3  4  5  6
              7  8  9 10 11 12 13 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             14 15 16 17 18 19 20
             21 22 23 24 25 26 27 <-- COA Winter Retreat
             28 29 30 31
             
             
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        Brian is on Study Leave in January - Committees to light Chalice
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       Jan   7  "The Failure of              Speakers: Dawn Cooley  [61,97]
                     Perfection"             Facilitators: Matt Keller, Tom Janicki
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber (both)
                                             Special Music:   

             During this time of New Year's resolutions, it seems
             fitting to look at the myth of perfectionism and the
             damaging effect striving toward perfection can have on our
             ability to find happiness. How does one find peace, and
             healing, in imperfection?
                                             
                                                               

       Jan  14  "Encountering the            Speakers: Dawn Cooley  [50,115]            
                       Infinite"             Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Mark Witherspoon
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Accompanist: Megan Eagen (both)
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices -
                                               "Spirit of Life" arr. by E. Luedders
                                               
             Sometimes it feels as though we are carrying around the
             weight of the world on our shoulders. But if we step back,
             waaaayyy back, not only do we become smaller, but our
             problems do, as well.
                                               


       Jan  21  "The Healing Path"           Speakers: Mikela Licona, Deborah Kline & Ria Keinert [27,44] Bad Weather
                                             Facilitators: Chris White, Kay Puttock
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw (both)
                                             Special Music:
                                             Youth Prelude: Kristen Hill (flute)
                                                 "Serenade" by Joseph Haydn.

             Three holistic health practitioners share their
             perspectives on spirituality and health.



       Jan  28  "How Theology Can Heal"      Speakers: Building Your Own Theology Class  [51,71]
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Facilitators: Cathy Nelson & Kali Hayslett
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber (both)
                                             Special Music:

             Members of the fall Building Your Own Theology class will
             share some of their insights and experiences. The class
             was led by Dawn Cooley during Wellspring Wednesdays.
             


 

                 February 2007
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                          1  2  3
              4  5  6  7  8  9 10
             11 12 13 14 15 16 17 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             18 19 20 21 22 23 24
             25 26 27 28


       Feb   4  "The Essentials of           Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [51,73]         
                   Living and Dying"         Facilitators: Joel Geske & Jean-Marie Marsden 
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards (both) 
                                             Special Music:

             During the winter season we are surrounded by life in
             limbo. During various seasons of our lives we are
             surrounded by complex questions of meaning. The answers to
             these questions, while personal, are also reflected in our
             national drama.


       Feb  11  "Taking to the Open Road"    Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [73,51] Obama in Ames
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Facilitators: Chris Albrecht & Kali Hayslett
                 Stewardship Kickoff         Accompanist: Megan Eagen (both)
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                               "Winter" by Randall Stroope
                                               "Beautiful Dreamer" by Stephen Foster
                                             

             The theme of this year's annual campaign is 'Worth the
             Drive'. Continuing with that metaphor, what roads, paths,
             trails, and highways bring us to our Fellowship? Together
             we will celebrate our various journeys.


       Feb  18  "Reading, Writing,           Speakers: Fellowship Youth  [40,104]
                         and Rigidity"       Facilitators: Sam Wormley (if needed)
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten (9) Anne Kimber (11)
                                             Special Music:

             If the word education means to lead out---helping us to be
             open to knowledge and experience, and learn more about
             ourselves and our world---does our current educational
             system do this when focusing on reading, writing, and
             'rithmetic at the expense of the humanities and arts? Does
             offering school time for music, drama, movement, and
             visual arts contribute to our spiritual development? The
             high school youth, budding cultural creatives, thinks it
             does.


               ALL CANCELED -- WINTER STORM!
       Feb  25  "Spiritual Graffiti"         Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Facilitators: Cathy Nelson & Toby Ewing
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw (both)
                                             Special Music: Deb Kline (piano)

             Many of the changes in theology happened because of the
             discontent of people with what was being offered as
             accepted beliefs. Oftentimes this discontent began as
             underground movements. We'll explore the writing on the
             wall of subversives through history and ask what some
             current graffiti artists might be saying.
 

                                            

                  March 2007
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                          1  2  3 <-- Hospitality Workshop 12-3pm
              4  5  6  7  8  9 10
   Sam------>11 12 13 14 15 16 17
   Okoboji   18 19 20 21 22 23 24 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             25 26 27 28 29 30 31



       Mar   4  "Spiritual Graffiti"         Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [55,91]
                                             Facilitators: Matt Keller & Joel Geske
                 New Member Sunday           Accompanist: Anne Kimber (both)
                                             Special Music:

             I remember when I first encountered the philosophy of
             existentialism­it was all about courage and a stiff upper
             lip in the face of the hard, cruel world. I still find
             much in this philosophy to embrace but would rather like
             to smile than to stiff my lips.
             

       Mar  11  "The Price of Privilege"     Speakers: Dawn Cooley & Jean-Marie Marsden  [33,64]
                 GA Resolutions              Facilitators: Cathy Nelson 
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw (both)
                                             Special Music:

             Privilege is defined as "a right, immunity, or benefit
             enjoyed by a person beyond the advantages of most." Some
             of us are granted more than others, based on the color of
             our skin, our gender, and a host of other characteristics.
             What happens when we begin to pay attention to the
             privileges we enjoy?
                                                                                     

       Mar  18  "Growing in the Spring"      Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [48,67]
                                             Facilitators: Jean-Marie Marsden & Tom Janicki
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                                   "Follow the River" by Julie Wheeler
                                             
             With the warming sun come the tulips and the daffodils and
             the growing sense of what it means to be faithful to this
             world of ours and to the generations who will follow us.
                                     

       Mar  25  "A World-Wide Faith"         Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger and Dawn Cooley  [63,71]
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Facilitators: Chris Albrecht & Matt Keller
                                             Accompanist: Megan Eagen (both)
                                             Special Music: Craig Mushel, Violin
                                             Special Music: Kitty Fisher & Deb Kline

             On this Sunday that celebrates partnerships between our UU
             congregations, come see the wide connections of our
             world-wide faith.





                  April 2007
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
              1  2  3  4  5  6  7
              8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <--- PSD Annual Conference and Meeting (April 13-15)
             15 16 17 18 19 20 21 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting                 
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28
             29 30



       Apr   1  "The Essential Qualities     Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger, middle schoolers  [56,139]
                     of the Fool"            Facilitators: Tom Janicki & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards (both)
                                             Special Music:

             There is much in the world to fool us. On this All-Fool's
             Day, we'll explore such foolishness and the role of the
             fool in religion.


       Apr   8  "Awakening to the            Speakers: Dawn Cooley & Rev. Brian Eslinger  [72,162]
                       Mystery"              Facilitators: Jean Marie Marsden & Cathy Nelson
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Accompanist: Barb Evenson (both)
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                               "Morning has Broken" by Farjeon/Stevens/Simeone

	     In many of the world's traditions, spring is a time of
	     transformation, an awakening to the new dawn out of the
	     winter's slumber. Easter celebrates the possibility of
	     life from death and of rebirth in our own hearts.


       Apr  15  "Another Inconvenient        Speakers: Mark Witherspoon & Toby Ewing  [36,65]   
                      Truth"                 Facilitators: Chris Albrecht
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber (both)
                                             Special Music:

             For the First Amendment to work in a democratic society,
             that society has to be informed about what its government
             is doing. What happens when a society allows the
             government to close itself off from providing information
             the public needs to be an informed electorate? Find out in
             an experiential experiment.



       Apr  22  "Stepping Gently: An         Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [102,123] 
                    Earth Day Frolic"        Facilitators: Matt Keller, Toby Ewing
                [All-congregational]         Accompanist: Cynthia Marten (both)
                                             Special Music: Free Spirits 

             Join us in celebrating the earth with gentle feet and
             uplifted voices.


       Apr  29  "Our UU Good News"           Speakers: Dawn Cooley  [83,96]
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Facilitators: Kali Hayslett, Linda Barnes (11am) & Sam Wormley (9am)
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard (both)
                                             Special Music: Emily Boydston (bassoon) 
					      "Polichnelle" by Karol Rathhaus
					       accompanied by Peggy Earnshaw
                                             
	     Come celebrate what it means to be a Unitarian
	     Universalist in this contemporary, high-energy, multimedia
	     service!


                   May 2007
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                    1  2  3  4  5 <-- 4th 10yr Celebration, 5th Erv Luedders Memorial
              6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             13 14 15 16 17 18 19 <-- COA Spring Retreat, May 19 & 20
             20 21 22 23 24 25 26
             27 28 29 30 31



       May   6  "Ten Years Ago"              Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger, Dawn Cooley [130]
              Single 10am Service            Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon & Chris White
             Congregational Meeting 11am     Accompanist: 
                                             Special Music: Barb Evenson (harp)
                                             Special Music: Barb Evenson (harp), Tom Russell & Brian Eslinger

	     It was ten years ago this month that I became the
	     ministerial candidate for the Fellowship. I'll take a few
	     moments to reflect, and then I'll open up the program to
	     your questions.



       May  13   Fine Arts                   Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger and Peggy Earnshaw  [78,104]
                [All-congregational]         Facilitators: Jean Marie Marsden & Cathy Nelson
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw (both)
                                             Special Music:

             Celebrate Mother's Day with the arts! Performances and
             creations from many arts will be featured on this special
             Sunday. We will also recognize our graduating high school
             seniors during the second service.


       May  20  "Eating: To Devour the       Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Shivvers  [45,66]
                   Interdependent Web        Facilitators: Kali Hayslett & Tom Janicki
                      or to Nourish It?"     Accompanist: Cynthia Marten (both)
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Special Music:

 
             The relationship to food has long been a sacred matter --
             from Jewish kosher practice to the Islamic ban on pork. 
             How does our religion direct our relation to food?  What
             do UU Principles and practice direct beyond support for
             potlucks and coffee hours?  And how is it changing?  Come
             join us.

             This sermon evolved from one that won the Schweitzer Award
             at General Assembly in 2004.  Rev. Shivvers is Minister
             Emerita of the Sepulveda Unitarian-Universalist Society in
             Los Angeles and has served as interim minister at our
             churches in Kansas City and Omaha.  Now retired, she and
             her husband Bob Baker live near Knoxville on the farm
             where she was born.  

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       May  27  "Spirit of Life: a           Speakers: Fellowship Voices  [128]
                      Choral Service"        Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon & Matt Keller
                  Single 10am Service        Accompanist: Megan Eagen
                                             Directing: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, Ed Carbrey,
                                                            Barb Evenson & Carolyn Heising

             We gather to nourish our spirits. Asking for spirit.
             Supporting individual concerns. Supporting the love of
             couples. Longing for spirit in our life. Examining our
             lives. Looking for Acceptance. Singing to our spirit.
             Looking for beauty in life. Finding beauty in our country.
             Finding comfort. Becoming alive. Proceeding in spirit.

            

                                             
                      June 2007
                 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                                 1  2
       Jean       3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- Transylvania Trip 
       Marie --->10 11 12 13 14 15 16
       Okoboji   17 18 19 20 21 22 23 <-- GA in Portland, OR, June 21-25
                 24 25 26 27 28 29 30




       Jun   3  "Planting Seeds: the         Speakers: Eslinger, Dawn Cooley, Benette Sherman  [106]
                Flower Communion"            Facilitators: Jean Marie Marsden & Sam Wormley
                All-Congregational           Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: 
                                             
             Bring a flower to share for this traditional
             all-congregational service in which we engage in an
             historical celebration that reminds us that, just as the
             diversity of the flowers enhances their beauty, so, too,
             our community is made richer by the presence of each of
             us.
                                             

       Jun  10  "Living from the Center"     Speakers: Kathryn L. Bowman  [102]
                                             Facilitators: Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: (Peter Mayer)
                                             
             "Living from the Center" is not just about combating
             over-consuming and an acquisitive lifestyle, but an
             overall orientation toward life. Readings from Annie
             Dillard, eco-theology as explained by Sallie McFague, and
             practical advice on Spirituality in an Age of Consumerism
             by Jay McDaniel will be woven together by logic and
             poetry, pointing toward a new way of living from the
             center, focused on right relations among Our Creator, our
             People and the Planet.
                                             
                                             

       Jun  17  "Choosing Our Charities"     Speakers: Mary Richards  [78]
                                             Facilitators: Tom Janicki
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Many religions require or encourage charitable giving by
             their adherents.  Whether you view sharing with those less
             fortunate as a moral imperative or as a convenient income
             tax deduction, it's nice to know that your contributions
             are actually getting to the intended recipients.  This
             program will mix practical advice with philosophical
             reflection.
                                             

       Jun  24  "Back from Transylvania"     Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [109]
                                             Facilitators: Matt Keller
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Join us as the Rev. Eslinger shares his reflections on his
             journey to the Unitarian homeland in Transylvania.
                                             
                                             

                         July 2007
                   Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                    1  2  3  4  5  6  7
    Sam & Toby ---> 8  9 10 11 12 13 14
    in Mason City  15 16 17 18 19 20 21 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
                   22 23 24 25 26 27 28
                   29 30 31



       Jul   1  "Patriots"                   Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger & Jean Marie Marsden  [80]
                                             Facilitators: Chris Albrecht
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             As we prepare for our nation's anniversary, we'll explore
             the question of what it means to be a patriot.
                                             

       Jul   8  "Stand Up for Darfur!"       Speakers: Alissa Stoehr  [75] 
                                             Facilitators: Kali Hayslett
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             The genocide in Darfur has been going on for more than two
             years and has started to envelop neighboring countries,
             including Chad and the Central African Republic. Alissa
             will update the congregation on the current status of the
             genocide and give us practical ways that we all can help
             the people of the Sudan.
                                             


       Jul  15  "The Iowa Sisterhood Tames   Speakers: Dr. Melinda Knutson  [102]
           the Frontier, Unitarian Style"    Facilitators: Tom Janicki & Sam Wormley
           [service followed by              Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
               Mary Richards Brunch]         Special Music:

             Iowa was a hotbed for the women's rights movement as well
             as providing fertile ground for UU values in the late
             1800s. We will celebrate the accomplishments of pioneer
             women ministers who established the first Unitarian
             congregations in Iowa and the Midwest.

             Dr. Knutson is a wildlife biologist and a member of the
             Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of La Crosse, WI; she is
             a former member of the Ames Fellowship.
             


       Jul  22  "One Big Family"             Speakers: Lee Boeke Burke  [99]
                                             Facilitators: Tom Janicki & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber 
                                             Special Music: Kitty Fisher
                                             
	     Over the years, the world of UU International Partnerships
	     has been ever growing and expanding. Come and learn about
	     the directions we are heading now and the promise that
	     lies ahead with our exciting new programs and
	     collaborations. Lee Boeke Burke, Outreach Coordinator for
	     the UU Partner Church Council, will present this service
	     with both an PCC overview and a special focus on the UUs
	     of the Philippines!
                                             
                                             
       Jul  29  "J. Alfred Prufrock and Me"  Speakers: Xenda Lindel <xenda@iowalink.com>  [99]
                                             Facilitators: Matt Keller
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             


 
                         August 2007
                    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                              1  2  3  4
                     5  6  7  8  9 10 11 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
       Sam at UU    12 13 14 15 16 17 18
       Davenport -->19 20 21 22 23 24 25
                    26 27 28 29 30 31
             
             


       Aug   5  "Defining Sustainability:    Speakers: Carolyn Raffensperger  [94]
               What are the problems...      Facilitators: Linda Barnes
               Want can we do..."            Accompanist: Mary Richards   
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             We are facing an environmental Bermuda triangle: loss of
             species, global  warming, and toxic chemicals. We need new
             navigating tools of vision,  ethics, and action to avoid
             an unfortunate future. Are we up to the task?

             Carolyn Raffensperger did graduate work in archeology at
             Northwestern University. She has a strong interest in
             archeological medicine. She is a leading advocate for the
             Precautionary Principle and has been featured in
             "Scientific American", "Utne Reader", and "Sun Magazine",
             and will be in an upcoming issue of "Vogue". She directs
             the Science and Environmental Health Network from her home
             in Ames.


       Aug  12  "Restraint = Indulgence:     Speakers: Linda Barnes, Mark Runquist & Brian  [107]
              Eating as Though Community"    Facilitators: Sam Wormley and Marty Helland 
               Economy, & Ecology Matter"    Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Indulgence in the best-tasting food, that which is grown
             and prepared in close proximity to the eater, can increase
             human energy, reduce fossil energy consumption, and help
             increase the web of connections among the land, the
             people, and all others dependent on the skin of soil and 
             atmosphere we call home. Learn how to enhance community,
             nourish the earth, and be well fed in the process.


       Aug  19  "The Interconnected Energy   Speakers: Bob Haug and Anne Kimber [120]
                Web: Iowa Stories"           Facilitators: Chris White and Jean Marie Marsden
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Larry Burkhalter, Craig Mushel & Paula Forrest
                                                    Bach Double Concerto
                                                    
             This little light of mine.... This program will trace our
             power back to the source and provide a primer on the good,
             bad and the ugly aspects of electrical power in Iowa and
             our hopes for the future.
                                                    
                                            
       Aug  26  "Creating Sustainable        Speakers: Erv Klaas/Rev. Brian Eslinger [121]  
                   Cities"                   Facilitators: Matt Keller & Mark Witherspoon
             [UU brunch at the Fellowship]   Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Today, there are at least 25 major cities in the United
             States that have invested significant amounts of time,
             resources, and political capital to pursue some form of
             sustainability, and the list is growing. What can we learn
             from these cities? What is the relationship between 
             sustainability and social and environmental justice? Does
             Ames have the will to join the list of sustainable cities?
                                             
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        There will be a UU brunch at the Fellowship after the program on August
        26 to coincide with the culmination of the program committee's
        four-week series on sustainable living. The format will be similar to
        that of soup lunches held last February through April. However, there
        won't be any soup. Instead, the focus will be on salads, breakfast
        casseroles, and bread with the menu consisting as much as possible of
        Iowa-grown food. We will also try to incorporate sustainable practices
        such as having fresh fruit rather than bringing beverages in plastic
        bottles. And we plan to unveil new, homemade calico tablecloths. So put
        the brunch on your calendar and come join us for fine food and awesome
        camaraderie. If interested in being part of a steering committee and/or
        otherwise helping to make the August brunch a success, contact soup
        lunch coordinator Helen Gunderson. Thanks. helen@gunderfriend.com 
        232-9416
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                        September 2007
                     Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                                        1
                      2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
       Brian in       9 10 11 12 13 14 15
       LaCrosse ---> 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
                     23 24 25 26 27 28 29
                     30





       Sep   2  "The Inquiring Mind of       Speakers: Toby Ewing & Sam Wormley  [108]
                         Galileo"            Facilitators: Chris White               
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:

             Quoting from Sam's dad's old college physics book (1936),
             "What we may properly call the birth of modern physics
             dates from Galileo (1564-1642), one of the most remarkable
             men who ever lived". Galileo was at the forefront of what
             could be seen as an intellectual battle between faith and
             reason. His unyielding insistence on intellectual rigor,
             physical understanding, and the primacy of observation
             over philosophy aroused the church's anger, but he dragged
             science -- and eventually the church -- to the firmer
             ground of a moving earth.


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       Sep   9  "Ingathering: Water          Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger, Lori Allen  [125,155]
                       Communion"            Facilitators: Linda Barnes, Mark Witherspoon
                [All-congregational]         Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             We gather to collect our community and share our stories.
             Many of you have remembered to collect a sample of water
             during your summer travels; please bring this to add to
             our common cup of experiences. Whether our samples are
             from the heights of the Himalayas or the depths of your
             wading pool, they are all sacred, as are the stories that
             go with them.
                                             

       Sep  16  "Was George Washington a     Speakers: Clair Keller & Fritz Franzen  [76, 93]                                
                   closet Unitarian?"        Facilitators: Joel Geske & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:    

             An itinerant minister (portrayed by Fritz Franzen, in
             costume) will interview George Washington (portrayed by
             Clair Keller), at a rural tavern, in an effort to
             determine his religious views. After the interview, the
             audience will discuss whether or not George Washington
             reflected Unitarian values of that time.



       Sep  23  "The Missing Story of        Speakers: Penny Rice, Dr. Vivyan C. Adair & Brian  [80,120]
              Ourselves: Poverty and the     Facilitators: Tom Janicki & Sam Wormley
             Promise of Higher Education"    Accompanist: Mary Richards
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Special Music:    

             Vivyan C. Adair, Ph.D., the Elihu Root Peace Fund Chair,
             Associate Director of Women's Studies, and Director of The
             ACCESS Project at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York
             will be the guest lecturer on Sunday, September 23, 2007. 
             The lecture compliments the installed exhibition on the
             Gallery in the Round with the same title and explores the
             images and stories created by men and women who either
             are, or were, poor parents and students changing their
             lives through the pathway of higher education in the
             United States.  Higher education changes people's lives
             and has become a privilege for the elite rather than an
             entitlement for all.  Join the discussion as we explore
             the realities, challenges, and joys of "The Missing Story
             of Ourselves."

             More information on the project and publications by Dr.
             Adair can be found at:
             http://www.hamilton.edu/college/access/index.html

                                             
                                             
       Sep  30  "Ships at Sea"               Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [65,88]
                                             Facilitators: Matt Keller & Mary Richards 
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             We are all adrift -- some with more indirection than
             others -- but for each of us, a place to call home, a safe
             harbor, is a welcome sight. This morning, we'll explore
             how we extend our hospitality to our fellow travelers to
             create a safe harbor here at the Fellowship.
                                             
                                             
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        Religious Naturalism -- Caring Month
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                 October 2007
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                 1  2  3  4  5  6
    Sam at    7  8  9 10 11 12 13 
    UCMC --> 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             21 22 23 24 25 26 27     & Facilitator's workshop 9-11:30am
             28 29 30 31



       Oct   7  "A Theology of Caring"       Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [118,78]
                                             Facilitators: Mary Richards & Sam Wormley
                  New Member Sunday          Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                 [Children - 1st 15 min]     Special Music: Fellowship Voices

	     Many religions have specific expressions of caring as part
	     of their theological underpinnings. Modern science is also
	     showing that there may well be an evolutionary component
	     to caring. We'll explore how both the beliefs and the
	     science have helped human beings create caring
	     communities.


       Oct  14  "Doing unto Others:          Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [58,65]            
                Caring and the Community"    Facilitators: Tom Janicki & Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             Youth Prelude: Claire Dupuis


	     What does it mean to be a caring community? How do we
	     strive to make this idea real in our lives and in our
	     community? What kind of difference can such a ministry
	     make in our religious community and in the larger
	     community? Many questions help us create the answers.


       Oct  21  "Self-fullness"              Speakers: Jean Marie Marsden  [59,90]
                                             Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon & Marty Helland
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Larry Burkhalter and Paula Forrest (pianist)

	     As we explore the meaning of "caring community" Jean Marie
	     takes a look at social action, burn-out and bringing
	     ourselves fully to our callings.


       Oct  28  "Turning the Wheel of the    Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [59,84]
            Year: Turning Toward the Earth"  Facilitators: Matt Keller & Tom Janicki
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:

	     During this season of the year, generations past would
	     mark the ending of their calendars with ceremonies and
	     stories. These events marked a time of reflection and
	     celebration for the gifts of nature and a reverence for
	     that bounty. How might a year ritually rooted in the
	     cycles of nature affect our relationship to our planet?
                                             
                                             
                                             
                                             
                 November 2007
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                          1  2  3
              4  5  6  7  8  9 10 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             11 12 13 14 15 16 17
             18 19 20 21 22 23 24
             25 26 27 28 29 30

             

       Nov   4  "All Souls"                  Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [64,92]
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Facilitators: Jean Marie Marsden
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Tom Russell

	     Many traditions choose this time of year to honor those
	     who have died. We'll hold a service for all souls, taking
	     time to honor those whose loss we want to acknowledge. If
	     you would like, please bring an item to place on an altar
	     of remembrance.


       Nov  11  "Harvest Festival"           Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [90,96]
                [All-congregational]         Facilitators: Linda Barnes & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson 
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices

	     As we join in celebrating the annual harvest, we'll renew
	     our ties with the traditions of our partner church in
	     Tordátfalva, Transylvania. Along with exploring traditions
	     from the past, we'll also continue our own tradition, the
	     apple communion.


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        Sunday, November 18, 2007
        On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, celebrate Guest at Your
        Table. UUs of all ages will learn about human rights around the
        world while celebrating the interconnectedness of all life and
        building lasting connections to UU values through this special
        tradition. http://www.uusc.org/guest
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       Nov  18  "De-Institutionalizing       Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [67,99]
                      Religion"              Facilitators: Jean Marie Marsden & Kay Puttock
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Kristin Maah & Barb Evenson
                                                            Harp Music

             Oftentimes we hear people say, "I'm spiritual but not
             religious." I've often wondered just what that means, but
             I think it has something to do with a dislike of the idea
             of religion as an institution. In this program, I'll try
             to address the issue of what happens when the institution
             of a religion becomes more important than the spiritual
             needs of the people and how we might de-institutionalize
             religion.
                                             
 
       Nov  25  "Flavors of Gratitude"       Speakers: Sarah & Sam  [120]
               Single Service at 11am        Facilitators: Marty, Sarah & Sam      
                "Congregational Sharing"     Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             During this time of year after the fall harvest, with the
             changing season, we take a break from our busy lives to
             reflect and be thankful. Please join in the sharing of our
             stories of gratitude and appreciation.



                 December 2007
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                                1
              2  3  4  5  6  7  8
              9 10 11 12 13 14 15 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             16 17 18 19 20 21 22
             23 24 25 26 27 28 29
             30 31


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        Mary Richard: "Five Lessons and Carols" based on the five UU sources of
        religious wisdom, or "Seven Lessons and Carols" based on the seven
        principles?
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       Dec   2  "Season of Peace"            Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [45,64]
                                             Facilitators: Jean Marie Marsden & Linda Barnes
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Accompanist: Ann Kimber
                                             Special Music: UUFA Recorder Group 

             As the year turns again toward the sun, we celebrate the
             possibilities of humanity achieving our ideals. Let us
             consider what it co uld mean for this to be a season of
             peace.


       Dec   9  "Six Lessons & Carols"       Speakers: Mary Richards  [63,70]
               [Readers from the Congr.]     Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon & Sam Wormley 
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson & Cynthia Marten
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices

             Join us as we survey the six great sources of our
             Unitarian Universalist faith through words and songs of
             this season that celebrates darkness to light, death,
             birth, and renewal.


       Dec  16  "Stories of the Season"      Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [92,115]
                [All-congregational]         Facilitators: Mary Richards, Joel Geske
                                             Accompanist:  Mary Richards and/or Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Dena Linn Sidmore & Greg Bruna
                                             "The Christians & The Pagans"
                                             Prelude: "The Holy Infant's Lullaby"
                                             Offertory: "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"
                                             Peggy Earnshaw & Mary Richards
 
             Imagine gathering around a warm fire and listening to
             tales of wonder, warming our hearts in the cold winter
             season. We'll explore the many stories about the turning
             of the year that bring hope and joy into our lives.


       Dec  23  "What Child Is This?"        Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [94]
               Single Service at 11am        Facilitators: Sarah Carlson & Linda Barnes
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:

             We will celebrate the miracle of the birth of a child,
             what it represented 2,000 years ago, and what it can mean
             for us today. We will also have child dedications for any
             families who would like to participate. If you would like
             to dedicate your child or children, either today or at the
             early Christmas Eve service, please contact the office.

 
       Dec  24  "Walking Our Way to          Speakers: Lori Allen, Ruth Appleton, and Youth  [122}
                      Bethlehem"             Facilitators: Mark Witherspoom & Tom Janicki
               Single Service at 5pm         Accompanist: Cynthia Marten
                                             Special Music:

             Join the Fellowship youth and young-at-heart as they
             present The Magic Walking Stick: A Journey to Bethlehem.
             The play gives us a glimpse of how the characters learn
             the value and worth of all individuals. Bring a plate of
             goodies for a family celebration after the service.
                                             

       Dec  24  "Christmas Eve Reflections"  Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [45]
               Single Service at 9pm         Facilitators: Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten

             Join in a time of song, readings, and reflections on
             Christmas Eve. Please feel free to bring a poem, short
             story, or personal reflection to share.


       Dec  30  "Coming out of the           Speakers: Jean Marie & Sam  [92]
                             Darkness"       Facilitators: Matt Keller & Dan Cullinan 
              [Readings, Poems, Music]       Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
               Single Service at 11am        Special Music: Music Men (quintet)
                                             "Non nobis Domine",
                                             "How Merrily We Live"
                                             "It was a Lover & His Lass",

             Out of the Darkness, Jean Marie, Sam and the Music Men
             explore mid-winter cheer and ways to be stay merry while
             we await the first buds of spring.