The Unitarian Universalists of Geneva are a community of curious and compassionate thinkers and doers. We gather to explore and be reminded of what really matters in life through discourse with friends who respect our personal journey. We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality but aligned our desire to make a difference for good. We recharge through not only discourse, but also through song and the lighting of a candle, experiencing awe and connection. We also challenge each other to live our values through social action initiatives.
We offer our children the opportunity to develop their personal moral structure and spiritual path through socially conscious activities and studies of world philosophies, traditions and religions.
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UUG is an independent, non-profit, volunteer-run organization of a spiritual, religious, humanitarian nature. All are funds come from the generous pledging of our member or collected from offerings at our monthly gatherings. We give 25% of our collection each month to a local charity, Au Coeur des Grottes, a shelter for homeless women and their children in Geneva, and 25% to Jhamtse Gatsal, an orphanage and school in northern India. (see tab Live Your Values)
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Next UUG Monthly Gathering
Catch some summer UU vibes!
What: Picnic/BBQ and Monthly Gathering
Who: Rev. Alan Taylor, UU visiting minister
Topic: “Messy and Imperfect Beloved Community”
Date: Sunday, 17 June 2018
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 pm (13h-17h)
Where: Mies, Vaud
Our UU Geneva community will gather for a June Picnic/BBQ/UU Service from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. this coming Sunday 17 June at the home of Scott Andersen and Nancy Hasley.
The UU service will be led by visiting UU Minister Rev. Alan Taylor who is traveling in Europe on sabbatical from the Oak Park, Illinois, US, Unity Temple, a Unitarian Universalist congregation, whose building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. (FYI... Wright was born into a Unitarian famlly and identified as a Universalist.) http://www.unitytemple.org/
CHANGE OF TIMING: We plan to eat around 1 :00 p.m. and have the service at 2:30!
Please bring your favorite dishes, desserts, drinks, etc to share. We’ll have a BBQ grill going with American-style BBQ.
The house has a natural swimming pool so please bring your swim suits (and towels) if you would like to swim or dip your toes. There will be games for the children and dogs, frogs, and big fish to entertain them.
We look forward to celebrating with all of you the beginning of summer. Event will be rain or shine. Please feel free to invite your friends whether they are affiliated with the UU Geneva group or not.
Directions -- 3 chemin des Cedres, Mies, Vaud. <=google map link
Phone 078 315 5331 or 079 347 4918. :
By Car: drive along the lake road from Geneva, go through Versoix and keep going. Just after the Shell Station on the left, there will be a circle and you want to make a left and head up the hill toward Mies under the train tracks. Continue up the hill about 200 meters and you will see the Chemin Des Cedres is on the right at the top of the hill. Unfortunately, there is no parking at the house, so you will need to park in the Mies Municipal building parking lot which is on the left about 50 meters further along the road bringing you up from the Route de Lac past the Chemin des Cedres. After you park, walk back to the chemin des Cedres and number 3 is the second house on the left.
By Train: Take the regional train from Cornavin direction Coppet from track 1 that leaves on the hour and get off at the Mies stop. Walk down the ramp and make a hard left under the train tracks and walk up to the top of the hill (about 200 meters) and turn right at the top of the hill onto Chemin Des Cedres. The house is the second on the left. It is about a 5 minute walk from the Mies train stop.
About the Talk: “Messy and Imperfect Beloved Community” by Rev. Alan Taylor
Description: “Thomas Starr King knew from very early on just how liberating and how imperfect and messy progressive religious community can be. Rev. Alan Taylor will reflect on lessons from his life and ministry, particularly the lesser known chapters of his ministry as he took a prestigious Unitarian pulpit as a young self-taught Universalist minister.”
Bio: Rev. Alan Taylor serves as Senior Minister of Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation where he started in 2003. During these past 15 years the congregation has grown significantly and several ministries have thrived, included their social justice ministry. Prior, as minister of the Woodinville UU Church in the Seattle area, he led the young congregation as they built their church home. He is a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry and Pomona College. His wife, Angelica, is from Mexico City and had pursued her graduate studies in Lausanne. Alan is now on sabbatical, delighted to meet some of her friends and to meet fellow Unitarian Universalists who live in Switzerland. They have two children, Marco and Erica, who are 10 and 7.
Story for All Ages: “The Starfish Story, adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eisley.
See Past Monthly Gatherings descriptions under Deepen Your Humanity tab.
UUG is collecting donated items on Sunday 22 April for a Vide Grenier -- Garage Sale to take place on Sunday 6 May, 2018!
VIDE GRENIER / BROCANTE / RUMMAGE SALE – Sunday, 6 May, Gex, France
What’s so good about “spring cleaning”? Well, it’s a wonderful opportunity to clear out unwanted items and give them a chance to be reused by someone else. It’s also a great way to support UUG’s social action work, especially Jhamtse Gatsal Children's Community in India, through our fundraiser vide grenier/brocante/rummage sale in Gex, France, on Sunday 6 May.
This request has two parts. First, please bring any donations (household items, sports equipment, books, clothing/shoes, etc.) to our gathering on bring by Sunday 22 April. If you are unable to come but have something to contribute, just let us know and we’ll try to make arrangements to pick it up.
Second, we will need volunteers on Sunday 6 May the day of the sale to help set up, sell, and then pack up (any leftover items will be given away unless otherwise specified). The sale usually takes place rain or shine, unless it is absolutely pouring.
We look forward to the involvement of as many people as possible. Please see here for a doodle poll indicating your availability to volunteer:
And now, a few words from Alex who originally proposed this activity:
Please come and help us to recycle and make money for a good cause!!
Contact us if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org; 078 667 21 28