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.
Come, reconnect with your spiritual side on your own terms, and in the loving and mindful embrace of a vibrant community.
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(Monthly Gatherings 3rd Sundays -- with some exceptions)
SAVE THE DATES
Please mark the following dates on your calendars for our gatherings and events:
Sunday, 17 March, 2019, 5:30 pm
Sunday 10 April, 2019, 5:30 pm(Please note that the April gathering is the second Sunday, instead of our usual third Sunday because of Easter on the 21st.
Sunday, 18 May, 2019, 5:30 pm
Unitarian Universalism hold the 7 Principles as strong values and universal moral teachings.
Principle 1: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
Principle 2: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
Principle 3: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
Principle 4: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
Principle 5: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
Principle 6: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
Principle 7: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Here is an interesting video clip discussing these principles...
Support UUG: Donate
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)
Pledges to UUG go to our modest operating costs for renting space in the Quaker House, paying for outside speakers, civil insurance, and bookkeeping costs. Our financial report is available upon request.
Post Finance Account number: 89-794442-5 IBAN: CH080900000089794442 BIC: POFICHBEXXX
Next UUG Monthly Gathering
When: Sunday, 17 March, 2019, 5:30 pm
Where: The Quaker House. Ave. du Mervelet 13
Title: Celtic Wisdom and Spirituality
Come and share the Celtic spirit, as we gather on St. Patrick's Day and celebrate. sing and connect with nature. You are invited to bring your favorite Irish / Celtic poem or blessing to share.
Youth Program: Offered for children 4-12 years old. Please let us know by Saturday evening (16 March) if you are bringing your (child)ren (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Social Hour: After the gathering we have an aperos potluck and beverages of choice, so please plan to join and bring something to share.
See Past Monthly Gatherings descriptions under Deepen Your Humanity tab.
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AND FORUM ON HUMAN RIGHTS
It's not too late to watch some of the excellent films presented at this film festival. The full program can be found here: https://fifdh.org/en
Pernette S. has kindly shared her personal picks with us and has invited UUs to join her for the following screenings which could provide interesting material for a subsequent sharing of thoughts and impressions in a small group. If anyone is interested to join and/or to meet after the film/session (either in Cafe Babel in the Salle Communale of Plainpalais or in the Grütli Cinema lobby), please drop a line (email@example.com) and your message will be passed on to Pernette.
Monday 11.3 20.15
Masculinités : des questions qui font mal Co-présenté avec le Service Agenda 21 – Ville durable de la ville de Genève et le Service Egalité de l’Université de Genève
Tuesday 12.3 19.30
Film+debate, Co-présenté avec le Courrier International
Thursday 14.3 18.30 / 21h - on mass political violence
Des procès peu ordinaires: le procès Ratko MladićSoirée produite par le FIFDH et la Faculté de droit de l'UNIGE, dans le cadre de la Trilogie « Des procès peu ordinaires
Les tombeaux sans noms de Rithy Panh
Friday 15.3 18.45 / 21h
Dick Marty, un cri pour la justice de Fulvio Bernasconi
Rencontre avec Roberto Saviano Co-présenté par les Éditions Gallimard
Saturday 16.7 21.45
Sunday 17.7 14h
Autour de Still Recording: Syrie, des images face à l’oubli
EUROPEAN UNITARIAN RETREAT
If you're interested in the European Unitarian Retreat in Berlin 7-10 June, make sure to register:
https://eut-2019.org/en/ This meeting of Unitarians, Unitarian Universalists, Free Religious and Humanists from different parts of Europe is hosted by two of our member organizations: the Unitarier – Religionsgemeinschaft freien Glaubens (URFG) and the European Unitarian Universalists (EUU).
For more information about Unitarian Universalists in Europe, visit http://www.europeanuu.org/
COMPASSION IN ACTION Where East Meets West:, June 21 - 23, Les Diablerets
If you are interested in a weekend retreat with yoga, meditation and Buddhist teachings with Lobsong Phuntsok (founder of Jhamtse Gatsal Children's Community which our group supports) & Jessica Magnin, contact firstname.lastname@example.org 079 607 5522, www.jhamtsegatsal.org / www.o2yoga.ch
HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT JOINING THE STEERING COMMITTEE?
Please consider joining the UUG Steering Committee. We're a friendly bunch that would be happy to welcome you and your energy and creative ideas for our group. We also need someone to work on the website and Facebook page. If you're interested, drop us a line or talk to Scott, Trisha, Julie, Tomas or Reva on Sunday evening.
UUG is collecting donated items on for a Vide Grenier -- Garage Sale to take place in the Spring and Fall in Gex! Proceeds go to support UUG's social action work.
VIDE GRENIER / BROCANTE / RUMMAGE SALE – Gex, France
SOCIAL ACTION AND SPRING CLEANING
Don't forget UUs if you're doing any spring cleaning or decluttering. We will continue to collect gently used household and clothing items to sell at our next social action fundraiser later this spring or in the fall.
What’s so good about “spring or fall 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, through our fundraiser vide grenier/brocante/ rummage sale in Gex, France, in Spring and Fall.
This request has two parts. First, please bring any donations (household items, sports equipment, books, clothing/shoes, etc.) to our gathering on bring by ________. 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 _______ 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!"