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AFTER THE EVENTS IN THE NIGHT OF 13 NOVEMBER IN PARIS, IT IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT TO SHOW THAT UU of GENEVA STANDS ON THE SIDE OF LOVE, NOT WAR!
Switzerland's recent anti-racism and anti-hate speech campaign, Bunte Schweiz, comes to an end with a free public event in the Paul Klee museum in Bern.
UU of Basel & UU of Geneva Fellowships plan to meet there...Campaign participants, including companies and young people, will review the campaign and offer new perspectives and ways of preventing hate speech and racism on the internet in Switzerland. The event is free, conducted in German (Hochdeutsch) with simultaneous translation to French, and lunch is provided.
Given the recent election outcome, this is an important opportunity for UUs in Switzerland to 'bear witness' to our belief in and commitment to the inherent worth and dignity of all people - especially for those of us who have no other voice in the Swiss democracy!
Read the description (avail. in French, German, and Italian) of the event here and see the program for the day here
It's necessary to register, to allow organisers (UU of Basel) to accurately estimate attendance and catering needs. Please let us know if you'll come by completing this doodle poll
At least 3 of us in Geneva are planning to go and will organize to travel on the same train together. Please register below and we will email you details ASAP!
We look forward to seeing you, "Standing on the Side of Love!" (see this UU public advocacy campaign for more info on the concept.)
UUG Social Action - Samedi du Partage - Food Collection
Volunteers needed for Saturday 28 November to collect food at a supermarket for organizations who feed the hungry in the Geneva area. This is a program called the “Samedo du Partage.” We need six volunteers for 3 hours shifts to collect food at the ALDI Store in Chene-Bourg. This is the third year that UUG have participated in this Geneva-wide food collection program (most supermarkets in the Geneva area participate). The work involves handing out special paper bags and information about the Partage Program at the entrance to the store, and then collecting the bags that customers have filled with recommended items, and then organizing the non-perishable food and personal health care items collected.
The shift times on Saturday, Nov. 28th are from:
8:00am – 11:00am
11:00am – 2:00pm, and
Please sign up and let us know you are willing to work to make a difference and have fun while you are at it. This is a great program from children from ages 10 to 100.
Please contact Scott Andersen at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 079 347 4918 if you are interested in signing up and if you have any questions.
Strengthening Bonds with UU of Basel
We had two visitors join us for our UUG Gathering on 15 November 2015, along with speaker, UU shared-ministerial intern Lara Fuchs, who hails from our sister congregation in Basel: Matt Gilsenan, who is currently Vice President of UUB and Lesley Andrews, who is Secretary and Acting Treasurer. Thank you so much for coming the "long" way from Bâle and sharing a Sunday evening with us! http://www.uubasel.org/
Matt Gilsenan also serves as President of the virtually-base European UUs which connects UU fellowships and individuals around Europe. UUBasel is in charge of organizing the Spring 2016 EUU Retreat in Mittelwihr (Alsace), France, 15–17 April 2016, and we hope attendance by UUGeneva will be strong and numerous. These retreats are super fun for everyone (and very social and music-oriented!) http://www.europeanuu.org/
Next UUG Gathering
UU Monthly Gathering
Sunday, 13 December, 17:00 (5pm)
The Quaker House, 13 Ave. du Mervelet, 1209 Petit Saconnex
Topic: The Story of "The Gift of the Magi" (by O.Henry), Favorite Christmas Carols Sing-Along, UU Mitten Tree
Led by Deborah Toppenberg-Pejcic
Reading by Nelly Uzan
With temperatures plunging into the cellar this weekend, perhaps it’s finally beginning to feel like winter’s coming, and the holiday season is indeed just around the corner. Please help us plan our UUG holiday service songs by selecting your favorite carols in a Doodle poll, found at XMAS SONG DOODLE <- click here.
Please mark all the ones you’d like to sing, and if I’ve not listed your favorite, send it to me by email at email@example.com. Although we won’t be able to sing all the carols listed, we will try to make sure we cover the most popular ones. The poll will be open until Friday, December 4. Thank you for helping shape our service by sharing your favorites.
A second part of our service will be sharing what the holiday season means to us. Should you wish, please bring something to share – a picture, a memory, a short quote or poem, a food (to be presented during the service, but eaten afterward), a recipe, anything that makes the season special for you.
The last part of our service will be dedicated to the traditional UU Mitten Tree. Our gifts will be going to Au Coeur des Grottes this year (www.coeur.ch), a women's shelter near Cornavin, that offers temporary housing and psychosocial support to women and their children.
They have requested new, store-bought or unused hand-made clothing (for sanitary reasons; they cannot wash used clothing) for children 0-6 years of age, especially for newborns. These do not have to be warm wraps necessarily; all types of clothing are always needed. Their biggest need, however is for newborns, which is somehow fitting, given the Christmas story. (Please bring the gifts unwrapped and keep the tags on if store-bought.)
Thank you again for your input and for helping make our holiday service a special time to reflect and celebrate together. And stay after to enjoy the social hour with your favourite Xmas potluck apéro and beverages to share.
Children's Activities, ages 5-11+ with Kate
Mindfulness Circle, 13 December, 16h (4pm)
Registration required. <- click here to register
During Monthly Gathering: 13 December - All Ages Service; children welcome throughout. 17h (5pm)
Take Note in Your Calendar for Upcoming gatherings and events:
Friday, 20 November, 10:30am - 3:45pm: Anti-Racism Rally in Bern (with
organizers UU of Basel)
Saturday, 28 November, 8am-5pm (3 hr shifts): "Partage du Samedi" (Food
collection for the disadvantaged in Geneva)
Saturday, 28 November, 7pm: Thanksgiving celebration at Scott's
Sunday, 13 December, 5pm: Holiday theme, Carols, Mitten TreeSunday, 17 January 2016: The 12 musical traditions
Sunday, 21 February 2016: UU Min Intern Lara Fuchs-Holm
Sunday in Feb or March 2016 T.B.A.: Signs of Spring Walk,Jardin Botanique
Sunday, 20 March 2016: T.B.A.
Sunday, 17 April 2016: T.B.A.
Sunday, 22 May 2016: Rev. Rob Hardies, from UU All-Souls Church,
Washington, D.C. (a most amazing speaker!)
Sunday, 19 June 2016: UUA Ambassador to Europe Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed
July & August 2016: UU summer hiatus
Thanksgiving Celebration, Sat. Nov.28th
Join us for a Thanksgiving Celebration with UUG on the evening of Saturday, November 28th, 7pm, at Scott's!
We will organize by what you would like to bring! Vegetarians very welcome, along side traditional U.S. Thanksgiving turkey and international side dishes! Let's celebrate the bounty of our lives in acceptance of our diversity! Let's get to know each other with active listening between mouthfuls of deliciousness! (and swallows of your beverage of choice!) All ages welcome!
Sign up here and tell us what you would like to bring:
Starting in October
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