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Weekly Update – March 7, 2019

Weekly Update – March 7, 2019

News Flash!

Sunday: Leaf Blowing Help Needed Before Service

and,

Campus Safety Plan Q&A Meeting After Service

Details for both above in Sunday – March 10

 

Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website

under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.


Parking Reminder
Please remember that there is no parking around the driveway adjacent to the Enrichment Center, except where the parking stops are in the grass. The walkway was not designed for the weight of cars and the driveway is needed for fire truck access, if required. For those members that are able to, please park off campus on the side streets, to allow others to park closer to the buildings. If you see someone park in this area, please politely ask them to move. Thanks-Your LTME Team

Friday – March 8

Black Cat Cafe  — 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall

Join us at this open-mic coffeehouse to share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.

Saturday – March 9

Game Night — 6:30-9:30 pm, Assembly Room

Game night is back! And it’s free. Bring some good games and good snacks to share. Game Night provides free soda but it’s OK to bring beer or wine. This event is open to all – bring friends! It’s not just for playing games; i’s a chance to meet new people and get to know other people better.

    Ostara Ritual — 6:15–9:00 pm, Gore Hall

Join us in celebrating the Spring Equinox! Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season: light green, lemon yellow, pale pinks, and similar. “Meet and Greet” with Chip and Toni at 6:15 in Gore Hall Classroom B. Learn about Unitarian Universalism and 1U, Paganism and Mystic Grove, and what to expect in a ritual. Ritual begins at 7:00 in Gore Hall Main. Potluck to follow at 8:00. As a kindness to others, please be sure your dish is labeled with name of dish, name of cook, and any allergenic ingredients. All welcome. Children under 18 please come with a parent or guardian. COST:  Free. $5 donation welcome. For more info, email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/821746331519517/

Sunday – March 10

Can You Help with Cleaning Up Leaves at 1U Today and Future Sundays?

The leaves are “raining down” on our campus with each breeze, and we need to move them off of our walk ways. Like we did with the acorns, we can blow them into the landscape beds. The church has an electric blower and plenty of extension cord. The focus is the walkways from the parking lot to the Sanctuary, the labyrinth and the Gore Hall Foyer entryway. Total time from getting equipment out, blowing and putting things away is likely 30-40 minutes. We are looking for volunteers for the Sundays in March. Please email Dan Homblette at LTM@orlandouu.org if you can help this morning or on March 17, 24 or 31. Thanks for helping your church community! The LTME Team

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Music as Meaning in Our Lives, Rev. Dr. Janet Newman

Music’s purpose is to express and modulate emotions. We use it to soothe, psych up, woo, enrage, sadden and cheer each other, or ourselves. Music can bring people together. Whether it be through the same taste in music, or the willingness to try something new, or even performing music with others.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

9:15 am-1:00 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (EC Nursery)

10:30 am-10:45 am Children begin in service with their parents

10:45 am-11:45 pm Children and youth proceed to the Enrichment Center for Children’s programming

11:45 pm Parents pick up Children in the Enrichment Center

Visitors and Guests: While your children are welcome to stay in service with you, if you would like to take advantage of our Children’s offerings please accompany them to the Enrichment Center and fill in a visitor/guest information form before returning to service. Contact for more information: DCYM@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

Plan Ahead:

The Egg Hunt is coming! We have plenty of eggs! What we need is volunteers to stuff and hide eggs, as well as non-food items to stuff inside eggs. Items need to be delivered to the nursery by April 7.

Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly! All are welcome! Learn more here)   

9:30 am in Gore Hall Classroom AUnitarian Christianity Series

Plan Ahead:

March 24 – 9:30 am in the Community RoomMovie Talk

Movie talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles regarding shared cultural events – in this case, movies. On Sunday March 24 at 9:30 am, join the movie discussion on The Upside. The Best Picture Oscar was awarded to Green Book, the true story of a search for truth via a car trip south. The Upside is a search for truth, but this journey involves a wheelchair, a paralyzed billionaire and a paroled convict. See the movies then join the discussion as we compare Green Book and The Upside through the lens of our UU Principles. The Community Room is the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center.

Campus Safety Plan Q&A Session — 12:00 pm, Gore Hall Room B

The 1U Safety Team is holding Q&A meetings to help answer your questions, and to hear any comments you may have after reading the Campus Safety Plan. A second session is scheduled for March 24. Drafts of the new First Unitarian Campus Safety Plan are available here to read or download. For those who need a paper copy, we will have a limited number available from 1U Central.

1U Auction Registration Today— After Service, Gore Hall  (Donations due March 11)

Cost: $15/person through March 28 and $20 after that date. Childcare available for the under-13 crowd. Soft drinks and heavy appetizers will be included with your ticket.Adult beverages will be available for a cash or check donation. Come bid in both the silent and live auction. But please also come to help out: Volunteers are needed for the Auction! Please register for a job that suits your skills here. Some areas of need include: Decorate, Food Prep, Receive Donations, Welcome, Register, Serve Food, Support the Auctioneer, Clean Up, Childcare Check-in, Purchase Processing, General Helper. The signup form is fast and easy to complete. Please click and signup now! Questions? Contact Steph Garber at:  auction@orlandouu.org.

Monday – March 11

Donation Deadline for 1U Hearts and Hands: A Service Auction and More 

The auction team is ready to receive written descriptions of what you plan to donate. Note that the team will help out with editing the description and to finalize the pricing. Please complete the online form or a paper form available at Gaby’s table after services. If you have a business that you would like to request a donation from, PLEASE contact Lindsay Stroh first so we don’t all approach the same businesses. Remember that the funds raised support the services and programming of 1U! Auction date is April 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm. Donation descriptions due March 11. Contact the auction team to get a business donation form or with any questions: auction@orlandouu.org.

1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Teleconference

The Executive Committee meets to set the agenda for next week’s Board of Trustees meetings. Items for the agenda are to be given to an Exec Member in advance of this meeting.

Tuesday – March 12

  The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall

Come join in the Alliance activity. Updating the Resale Shop begins at 10:30. The officers meet at 11:00 and all members meet over a bag lunch at 12:00.  Thank you for any support you have given. For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Aging Support Group Monthly Meeting – 1:15-2:15, Gore Hall Room A 

A group for those facing issues of aging. Join us on the second Tuesday of each month. The group will evolve to meet the needs of the participants and will be led by Pastoral Associates Jenny Lockington and Sharon Durrant. No sign up needed.

Band Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Welkin & EMC practice.

Folk Ensemble — 7:30 pm, EC Studio

Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.

Wednesday – March 13

Wednesday Morning Meditations at UUUS — 8:30-9:00 am, 11648 McCulloch Rd

All are welcome to participate in a lightly guided morning sitting practice to get the day started. Join the University UU folks on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:00 am- ish, at the UUUS (Unitarian Universalist Unitarian Society) located at 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817.

A Chordia Practice — 6:45 pm, Sanctuary

Women’s a capella group rehearses until 7:30 pm.

  Unitarian Christianity Series — 7:00 pm, Classroom A

Two hundred years ago, William Ellery Channing delivered one of the most famous and influential sermons in our denomination’s history: Unitarian Christianity. All are welcome to attend this Adult Religious Education class discussion. This class will be repeated on Thursday, March 14, 7:00 pm, Classroom A in Gore Hall.

Choir Practice — 7:30 pm, Sanctuary

The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario. All are welcome!

Thursday – March 14

  Unitarian Christianity Series — 7:00 pm, Classroom A

Two hundred years ago, William Ellery Channing delivered one of the most famous and influential sermons in our denomination’s history: Unitarian Christianity. All are welcome to attend this Adult Religious Education class discussion.

Meditation — 7:00-8:00 pm, Studio (West end of the Enrichment Center)

Join us every Thursday for eclectic meditation practice based in, but not limited to, the Mindfulness tradition. After introductions, we have a 20-minute sit followed by discussion. We close with another 10-minute sit. Open to those with and without meditation experience. Drop in friendly.


Other News

Upcoming Worship Schedule (Sunday at 10:30 am unless noted)

March is the month of music for sermons at 1U:

March 17 – All-Music Sunday. Music Director Aubrey and 1U talent provide musical selections interwoven with readings and commentary on the importance of music.

March 24 – Stewardship

March 31 – Generational Reflections from 1U Members in their 70’s and 60’s.

Sounds like the music is right on key at 1U.  See you in church!

Missed a Sunday?

Audio recordings for most Sunday sermons are online here. Just click and listen.

   Videography Assistance Request

Do you have a passion for videography and/or access to a good camera? This could be a smartphone camera. 1U Young AdultsGroup is looking to record a presentation of “Owning Cisgender Privilege” in Gore Hall, presented by one of our group’s members, Bear Flintgruber. If you could be a resource to this project, please reach out to youngadultgroup@orlandouu.org.

Children and Youth Ministries Needs Teachers for Spring! 

The dates are March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, and/or May 26. You can help out one Sunday or all of them! You do not have to have children in the program to participate. Here are the topics, and only 10 sessions will be chosen from each curriculum:

Treasure Hunting with ages 4-7 
This curriculum contains 34 sessions to choose from. Overall, it is an enabling device to encourage exploration of children’s worries, fears, hopes, wanderings and loves, so that they may gain knowledge of themselves, others, and their Unitarian Universalist faith. The primary goal of the teacher is to create an atmosphere of acceptance and mutuality. As teachers, we create this atmosphere in part by our willingness to share the joys and pains of our own lives.

Riddle and Mystery with ages 8-12
This curriculum contains 16 sessions to choose from. The fist three echo Paul Gauguin’s famous triptych: Where do you we come from? What are we? Where are we going? The next ten include basic life inquiries like: Does God exist? What happens when we die? The final three are increasingly Unitarian Universalist: Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me?

A Place of Wholeness with ages 12-18
This curriculum contains 12 sessions to choose from. It is an opportunity to examine their faith journeys to better understand themselves int he context of Unitarian Universalism. There are several overarching themes that structure this program. Wholeness- the primary theme- is defined as the way in which our Unitarian Universalist “outsides” match our Unitarian Universalist “insides” by understanding, professing, and living our faith. Wholeness is also important in the sense that each person is integral to the wholeness of the Unitarian Universalist community.

Here’s how to help: first, decide if you’d like to work with ages 4-7, 8-12, 12-18, or a mixture. Second, decide what level of commitment you can provide. Also, decide if you want to be involved in planning the weekly sessions or just implementing them. Finally, contact Jess with your interest decisions and best contact info: DCYM@OrlandoUU.org.

Persephone Rises: Finding Balance at the Equinox: March 30

Join Melissa Baker and Marna Rasmussen for the second in their series of workshops which nurtures the cycle of our lives along with the celebration of the changing seasons…the seeds we planted are breaking soil and reaching for the light. (While it helps to have attended one of our Seeds of Intention workshops, it is not necessary. (Reach out to Melissa for possible pre-work.)

The Spring Equinox is one of two points on the calendar when night and day are equal. From this point forward, the days begin to grow longer. We will reflect on the darkness we have left behind, and what is coming to light. Together, we will clear away debris that may be hindering the growth of our hopes and dreams. We will discuss ways to find more balance in our lives. We will continue the cultivation of more joy in our sacred gardens. You, more than anyone in the universe, deserve your own love and care. Come grow with us Saturday, March 30, 10 am to 4 pm, in the Assembly Room!

Supplies and a light lunch will be provided. Please dress for comfort and bring your own beverage (water provided) and your journal, if you’d like to write about what comes up for you. The cost for this event is $65 per person / $50 for 1U Active Members  with 15% of All Proceeds Donated to 1U General Fund, (cash at registration or Paypal). See flyers at 1U Central (Gaby’s table in Gore Hall) for more information. SPACE IS LIMITED. Please RSVP only if you can commit to the full day. Sponsored by the Pastoral Associates.

  Auction Update

Fun coming April 6 at 5:30 pm! The Hearts and Hands 1U auction includes food, beverages, music, great items to bid on and lots of friends surrounding you! Newest items up for bid include: a scavenger hunt, a boat tour, Universal Studios passes, vegan specialties or dinners at upscale restaurants, handmade dolls to own or gift, numerous beautiful quilts, a Salmon and Pinot Dinner for 8.  Or, enjoy bidding on a $100 donated in your honor to any charity of your choosing, tickets to the Orlando Museum of Art.

Register to attend the auction any Sunday at coffee hour after worship. Cost: $15 through March 28, $20 after. Childcare is free. There’s no online registration to attend, but you may download and print the registration form and send in/drop off with payment. Website link: https://www.orlandouu.org/hearts-and-hands-a-service-auction-and-more/. Questions to auction@orlandouu.org.

  Auction Volunteers Needed

Even if you can’t make the auction, we need volunteers Friday April 5 and April 6 during the day. We also ask that everyone attending take a one-hour volunteer slot if possible. Sign up here for your favorite volunteer role and time. Questions? auction@orlandouu.org.

  Deep Conversation with the Board Now Slated April 14

The Deep Conversation with the Boardon Social Justice has been rescheduled to April 14. In addition to discussing Social Justice, we will recap the results from first three sessions of Deep Conversations. Hope to see you all there!

   Ready to Celebrate? We are: Irmas Scudder’s 100th Birthday! 

All are welcome to join in the 1U and Alliance’s celebration. We will gather in Gore Hall on Saturday, March 23, at 12 Noon. This will be a potluck affair, so bring your best dish to share!  Cake will be provided.

Please use this link to let us know what you’ll be bringing, for planning purposes: www.PerfectPotluck.com/RQHS1691.

Share the Plate Update

This month, we’ll Share the Plate with our longtime friends, Hope CommUnity Center of Apopka, Florida. Hope CommUnity Center is a service-learning organization founded in the early 1970s by three Roman Catholic nuns—Sisters Cathy Gorman, Gail Grimes, and Ann Kendrick—members of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. For more than 4 decades, the project they started has continued to thrive, grow, and serve, always aspiring to be “a center of hope and empowerment for Central Florida’s immigrant and working poor communities.”

Join the Words for All Ages Production Team

The WFAA Production Team is a 2-level group of people:

First level folks take the sermon topic or theme and conduct a search for Easy Reader/Early Reader books that might fit that theme. The search usually starts online with a straight query of keywords to a search engine (“Easy Reader books about learning from elders”.) The listings that come up are briefly evaluated and sometimes briefly researched further to winnow down the options. Then the options list is researched in the online catalogs of local libraries. If the deadline is short, the books are picked up asap. If not, they are (at least in the case of the Orange County library system) requested to be mailed, or at least held for pickup. The books secured are passed along for processing to the second level folks.

Second level folks review the books and submit the best option or couple of options to the minister. Once approved, each book is photographed in double-page shots. Those pics are imported into slides for a WFAA slide show. The script for the story is typed into the notes section of the slides, or into a script document that is printed out to guide the AV team to use in running the slide show.

If you’d like to play a part in any step of this process, or have further questions, contact Karla Kizzort at eblastmanager@orlandouu.org.

Still Needed: Collections for Food Pantry

The need for items at local food pantries is as great as it ever has been. If you are able to share with others, please bring canned and dry goods in their original (unopened) containers and place them in the large blue bin in Gore Hall. We have a regular pick up by Semoran Food Pantry. If the bin is full, place items next to the bin. Thanks for sharing your bounty with others! Examples of donatables are: dried or canned beans, peanut butter, canned fish and meats, fruit snacks, canned vegetables, rice, pasta, crackers, etc.

Update Your Contact Information!

Keeping in touch with 1U members and friends is important. You can help keep those communication lines functioning by alerting the office about changes in your contact information: email address, street address, preferred phone numbers. Having current contact information allows 1U to keep you in the loop with all kinds of information about events. It is also vital that current information is available for electronic banking arrangements. Contact Amy Fairweather at churchadministrator@orlandouu.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!


Plan Ahead

March 15 — Teaching Craft Circle: Kitchen Spring Cleaning, 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room

Crafting and fellowship fun! Are you tired of the “bag of bags” stuck on the kitchen door? This month we embrace Spring with a “spring cleaning” theme for refreshing the kitchen! We will learn how to make spray cleaner, simple decorations on flour sack towels, and grocery bag holders in various table stations. For more information see: https://www.facebook.com/events/2273121452906964/

March 17 — Caring Circle Organization/Communication Meeting, Noon-1:00 pm, Assembly Room

All who are currently part of Caring Circle (CC), have been part in the past, or who just want to know more about Caring Circle, are invited to meet.  A light lunch will be served.

We will compile a list of contact persons for each month, enjoy lunch, share ideas for best communication and organization and be finished by 1:00 pm. Please be on time for our noon start so we can end on time. Those of you who have been involved in CC will be welcomed to share your experiences, ideas, and suggestions. It’s helpful to RSVP to CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org, but ok to just show up at the meeting/lunch on March 17! We are a community of folks who care about and for each other and we need your help.

Members of the Caring Circle offer kind, practical, tangible efforts to other church members who may be experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. Those who volunteer to be Monthly Coordinators follow up on Joys and Concerns expressed in Sunday worship, as well as notices from the minister or other church members about short-term circumstances that may need attention. Other Caring Circle members may serve by providing (on occasion) one or more of the following: phone calls, greeting cards, rides to church events or medical appointments, and/or help with meals, pet care, etc., during a member’s period of recuperation. Please contact our CC coordinator, Linda Piantieri at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate in this ministry of our community. CC contact for March is Cindy Schleier who also may be contacted at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

March 17 — Book Group: Pagan Voices Class 3, After Coffee Hour, Room 1

This 6-session book group meets on 3rd Sundays to read the selection of the month out loud and discuss. While you don’t need the “Pagan Voices” book to drop in and check it out, your experience will be enriched if you do get your own text. This session is hosted by Dev Inderjeet. We look at “Paths and Patterns” by Misty Sheehan and “Touched by a Goddess” by Om Prakash. For more information or to purchase the book: https://www.facebook.com/events/2317793961573808/.

March 18 — Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A

1U members and friends are welcome to observe Board Meetings. To bring an item to the Board’s agenda, contact an Executive Committee member at least a week before the meeting. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.

March 20 — RUUM Social: Lunch and Guitar Recital — 11:15 am lunch at Agave Azul, 1:00 pm Recital at Winter Park University Club

RUUM (Retired Unitarian Universalist Men) is having its next social activity today:  a free classical guitar recital preceded by an individually purchased lunch, both in Winter Park.

Plan Ahead: Our April activity is a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Orlando Science Center on April 22.

RUUM is open to retired members and friends of 1U. We hold one regular informal meeting at 11:30 am for about 1.5 hours on the first Thursday of every month in the 1U Assembly Room. We bring our lunches, enjoy camaraderie, and chat informally around the table. We share what is happening in our lives, discuss business, and schedule of off-campus social activities which usually occur during the third week of each month. Most of us are members or friends of 1U and participation in our social activities is sometimes open to wives and partners. We invite you to join us.  If you want more information just email RUUM@orlandouu.org to the attention of Craig Alig, or just drop in to one of our meetings.

March 24 — Campus Safety Plan Q&A Session — 12:00 pm Gore Hall Room B

The 1U Safety Team is holding Q&A meetings to help answer your questions, and to hear any comments you may have after reading the Campus Safety Plan. Drafts of the new First Unitarian Campus Safety Plan are available here to read or download. For those who need a paper copy, we will have a limited number available from 1U Central.

March 24 — Saving Little Wekiva Headwaters  Presentation, Noon-1:00 pm, Assembly Room

Dr. Lisa Jones, wildlife biologist and longtime resident of a neighborhood near Parramore, will share her 3-year efforts to save the headwaters of the Little Wekiva River, plus attempting to protect her area from heavy truck traffic For more information, contact Mary Dipboye or Martha Hartgering.

April 6 — Hearts and Hands Service Auction, 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Be part of a great party to raise funds for 1U! Support the programs and services of First Unitarian Church of Orlando by bidding–first at a silent auction, then at a live auction with an entirely different set of items. Finger foods, wine, beer and soft drinks will be available. Will you bid on a future dinner? A tour? Homemade pies for a year? Services, vacations, and one of a kind or limited-edition fine art, dinners, parties, or events all are available! Questions? Contact Linnea Nelson for general questions at auction@orlandouu.org

If you know of a business to approach for a donation, please contact the auction team at auction@orlandouu.org to coordinate. We don’t want to make multiple requests to businesses.

You can find Auction Frequently Asked questions and a lengthy list of possible donation ideas here. Individual donations can be submitted by filling out the donor form online at:(https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRbyfvO4Xnp1YxCWCwSa9E9tQDMoTx8RztHYuBSGDkB4YwYA/viewform?usp=sf_link) or at our auction table at coffee hour. You can also contact the auction team at auction@orlandouu.org.

April 7 — 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:30 pm, OneBlood Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Each pint of blood can save up to three lives! Shortly you will be able to make an appointment by going to oneblood.org. For questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org. Additional Blood Drive dates: June 2, July 28.

April 8 — 1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Teleconference

The Executive Committee meets to set the agenda for next week’s Board of Trustees meetings. Items for the agenda are to be given to an Exec Member in advance of this meeting.

April 12 — Black Cat Cafe, 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall

Join us at this open-mic coffeehouse to share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.

April 15 — Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A

1U members and friends are welcome to observe Board Meetings. To bring an item to the Board’s agenda, contact an Executive Committee member at least a week before the meeting. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.


Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

March 12 — Want to Know About Solar for Your Home?

Join Green Network Group-Orlando (GNGO), 7:45-8:45 am, when Mary Dipboye shares the story about how homeowners are being empowered by learning about solar and then bundling their buying power to “go solar.”  It’s time that everyone in Florida gets “solar savvy!” Exciting news…Florida’s 44th solar co-op opened today, this one in Seminole County; 3,488 homes have gone solar with Solar United Neighbors’ co-ops. Go to Solarunitedneighbors.org for more info. Green Network Group-Orlando is a group that meets to discuss green/eco-friendly anything. The meeting will be held at Black Bean Deli @ Mills 50, 1835 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803. Parking if plentiful, and GNGO provides FREE CUBAN COFFEE along with the beneficial information and contacts.

March 10 — History Center’s Brechner Series Highlights Women as “Warriors for Democracy.” 

This series is presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters in support of the League’s celebration of historic events that begins in 2019 and culminates with the centennial of women’s right to vote in 2020. Each presentation is free and takes places 2:00-4:00 pm, Orange County Regional History Center, located at 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. Parking available at Library Garage, 112 E. Central. For Brechner Speaker Series and all History Center program details visit thehistorycenter.org or call 407-836-8500 or 800-965-2030. For more about the League of Women Voters of Orange County, visit lwvoc.org.

March 10 — Mary Adkins of the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law will present “Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New Constitution.” This program spotlights the League’s eight-decade battle for fair districts (which continues today) and constitutional reform in Florida, covers the revolutionary 1968 Constitution, and some other very important developments in Florida government. Here’s a taste of the talking points:  “In the early-to-middle 20th century, Florida shot from being a frontier state populated mostly in its north, to an urban state populated mostly in its south, even as it was leading America’s race to the moon. Trouble was, its post-Reconstruction, “Old South” constitution locked the legislative districts into their 1885 scheme, keeping a stranglehold of power in the rural north. Dade County, with a half-million residents, had only three representatives, while every tiny county in the Panhandle had at least one. The story of twin fights by reformers who sought a modern constitution and fair districting—with the League of Women Voters playing a leading role—illustrate how Florida modernized its government to match its new face.”

April 14 — Titled “The Story of the Orange County League of Women Voters,” this last 2019 Brechner event will feature a multimedia presentation with League speakers.

April 5-7 — 9th Annual Florida UU Women’s Retreat, DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center

Come join us for an enriching and memorable weekend in the company of UU women from all over Florida from 3:00 pm on Friday, April 5 to 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 7. We gather in the serene setting of DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center, 8411 25th St E, Parrish, FL 34219. Tuition is $220 per person and covers expenses for a semi-private room and six meals (8 women share a cozy cottage with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, a screened porch and common area). A limited number of single rooms are available at $292 each. A non-refundable deposit of $20 for semi-private room or $30 for a private room will reserve your place. Final payment is due January 15, 2017. Some scholarships are available. Contact Helen Leddy at helen.leddy@gmail.com to register or get the form at https://www.uuwr.org/calendar/eventdetail/70/-/florida-uu-womens-retreat.


Ongoing Activities, Donations and Volunteering  Resources can be found here on the First Unitarian Web site


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