Monday, March 22, 2010

Our own "Rev" is featured on Standing On The Side of Love's blog

Visit to check out Rev. David Carl Olson's featured post about his experience in attending Sunday's March for America.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Adult Religious Education — Call for Class Proposals

The Adult Religious Education Team selects the course and event offerings for our Adult RE programming at The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore.  Proposals are now being accepted for courses, events and ongoing groups for the Adult RE program for Spring quarter 2010 and beyond.  Anyone can submit a proposal and all proposals will be considered.  If you have an idea for a course you would like to lead, or if you have an idea of an event you'd like to see us offer even if you can't lead it yourself, submit a proposal to have our team consider it for the program. Proposals are considered on a quarterly basis.  Our quarters are as follows:

Spring (Apr-Jun) — proposals considered in late March
Summer (Jul-Sep) — proposals considered in early June
Fall (Oct-Dec) — proposals considered in early Sept.

The deadline for submitting a proposal for the Spring quarter of 2010 is Mar. 23.  To submit a proposal, use our online form by clicking here or download a printable proposal form here.  Printed forms can be mailed to the church (attn: Becky Brooks; 1 W. Hamilton St., Baltimore, MD 21201) or dropped off at the RE table after church on Sundays.

We await your suggestions!

Potluck & Book Discussion Sat. Mar 20, 4:00 pm

I hope you'll join us for a potluck dinner and conversation tomorrow, Saturday, March 20 starting at 4:00 pm for the "Exploring Our Truth Through Books" kick-off event. 

We'll be discussing the ideas in F. Forrest Church's The Cathedral of the World: A Universalist Theology.  If you have had the chance to read some or all of Church's book, bring your ideas and thoughts!  If you weren't able to get ahold of the book or if you haven't had the chance to read it, come anyway!  Click here to read a sermon delivered by Church about the primary metaphors in his book. Just a few minutes reading of the sermon and your own personal experience will prepare you for our great discussion about Universalist theology.

If you would like to join us, simply email Becky Brooks and let me know whether you'd like to bring an appetizer, main dish, drink, or dessert.  

We'll gather for food, fellowship, and a guided opportunity to explore the content of this theology and how it relates to our own personal theologies. Bring your potluck offering, your thoughts/notes/responses, and a clear head for discussion.

See you at church!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Spring Forward This Sunday

Spring is on the way!

Don't forget to move your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night, March 13—you don't want to be late for church!

Mystery Buddies Begins Sunday!

Download the full list of Mystery Buddy Matches for 2010 here.

If you have any questions or aren't able to make it to church on Sunday, contact the Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Becky Brooks

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bibleodeon Canceled

Sadly our Bibleodeon workshop, scheduled for this Saturday at 9 am has been canceled.  Please check back for other Religious Education opportunities for Adults, Teens and Children.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Come be an InFestor. Think, create, participate.

Do you have children in First Unitarian's Religious Education program? If so, you and your child are invited to a breakfast Sunday, March 14 to a special, creative part of Springfest through the "InFestors" group. At 9:30 Rev. David Carl Olson and Fest Committee member Laurel Mendes will gather with new and returning InFestors and their parents in the Peace Chapel to brainstorm parts of the skits. The InFestors have roles varying from just planning and being behind the scenes, to marching with banners in the Fests processions, to being puppeteers for the birds or inside the dragon, and speaking and acting in the Festival. All levels of participation are available.
This year's Springfest service will be April 11.  Our theme this year is “Right Relations, you, me, and the world.”  Our seasonal archetypes, Winter and Lord of the Forest, have been rude to each other, and have fallen out of right relationship. How can our children get Mr. Forest and Mr. Winter to treat each other with well?  (Ideas?) In a second skit for the children, the colors of the rainbow will find their own niche and their own song. Springfest will focus on how we humans can we work together for harmony, using music and stories. 

Springfest is one of three special seasonal festivals at First Unitarian in which we celebrate seasonal change and look at how metaphors for that change ring true in our own lives.
Come at 9:30 Sunday morning, March 14. You also can contact Becky Brooks, Director of Lifespan Religious Education if your children would like to join in the adventure.

Installation Concert Rocks the House

Thank you to all our fantastic guest musicians: Foundation Movement, Pia Antoinette and The New Wave Singers!  And special thanks to our own member musicians, Jim Houston, Scott MacLeod, Jeffry Spangler and Michael Preston!  And to Adrian Hilliard and Lyn Cox for their Emcee skills!

Our concert in celebration of Rev. David Carl Olson's new ministry here in Baltimore welcomed a crowd of more than 150 folks and raised over $2000 for the church. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mystery Buddies Has Moved!

There is still time to join the bandwagon and get in on this year's Mystery Buddies Program!  Our new start-date will be Sunday, March 14.  In this fun, intergenerational program, kids and adults or youth are matched in "Mystery Buddy" pairs, with the goal of getting to know a little more about each other every week until identities are revealed at the potluck breakfast at 9:30 am, April 11. Adults, youth and kids who sign up to participate will choose a mystery nickname, fill out a brief questionnaire and decorate a mailbag for their clues.

To sign up, download a registration form by clicking here. The last day to sign up will be Sunday, March 7.

For more information, contact Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Becky Brooks.

First Unitarian On The Air

Did you catch us on The Marc Steiner Show last week? If not, click here to listen to Rev. David Carl Olson, Vernon Rey and E-Roc of the Foundation Movement speak about this Saturday's Installation Concert.

The Foundation Movement, The New Wave Singers and Pia Broden-Williams will be performing Saturday, March 6 at 7:00 pm at First Unitarian.  For advance tickets to the concert, contact the Church office at 443-921-6912 or email or purchase at the door Saturday night.