Volunteers Needed for Augsburg Fairview Academy’s Clothing Closet!

We are seeking volunteers  to support the Augsburg Fairview Academy (AFA) Clothing Closet beginning in the Fall of 2018.  Duties involve bringing donations from our church to AFA, organizing the closet, keeping track of what is needed, and helping with special clothing drives like winter coats.

The volunteer opportunity lasts the school year – September through early June.  The work needs to be done in day hours during the work – Fridays are particularly good.  AFA is located at 2504 Columbus Ave So (one block east of Park Ave) near Abbot Northwestern Hospital and the Swedish Institute.  There is parking on the street and the neighborhood feels very safe.  The school  is in  the education building of Messiah Lutheran Church.

If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, contact Cindy Marsh at cindy.marsh2588@gmail.com or 612.377.6789.  Many thanks to Joyce Case and Rita Franchett who staffed the Clothing Closet for 5 years – it is a fun job, just ask them!

*Augsburg Fairview Academy (AFA) is a public charter high school for students who have not been successful in the public schools.  Many of the students are homeless or marginally housed.  AFA is one of First Universalist’s endorsed community partners and we have been working with them for five years.  At the students request, First Universalist established a Hope Food Closet and Hope Clothing Closet within the school – we are the primary supporter of these “closets”.

Food and Clothing donations are not needed until fall.  School is out June 8 and there is no summer session at AFA.  Thank you for your generosity throughout the school year!

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Women Who Read – Annual Book Selection Meeting

June is here and it’s time for our annual Book Selection Meeting!  We decided to meet at the church this time, both to welcome the daytimers, and to make the meeting more accessible to newcomers.  We will meet in the Cummins room on June 26 for our usual potluck at 630, discussion at 730.  Kit Ketchum will serve as host and bring wine.

The agenda for the evening is to select next year’s books.  Each person may recommend 1 or 2 books, by sending a short (one paragraph) description to Kit (kitketchum@hotmail.comby June 18th.  Velma and Kit will assemble the recommendations for voting.  Please remember that your book is more likely to be selected if you are present to speak to its merits, and if the library has multiple copies of it.

Qualifications:  must be a book you have read all the way through; must be a female author.  If it’s on the list of books we have already read over the past 21 years,  and the group votes it in, we’ll read it.

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AUW Annual Dinner!

There Are So Many Reasons Why You Should Come to the

Annual Meeting and Dinner May 20 at 5 pm!

1. It’s fun!

2. It’s free!

3. Great food!

4. Great company!

This is a such a great opportunity to socialize with women at First Universalist and learn more about the Association of Unitarian Women since you don’t even have to be a member of AUW to join us! We will discuss all that the AUW has accomplished over the past year and we will be seeking feed back from the women in our congregation to determine where we want to go next year! There will be food and fun times!

We are also collecting items for Fairview Augsburg Academy and for the Shelter for Somali Women and Children. Both organizations have mentioned the need for intimate apparel, feminine products, and especially toys and books for the children in the shelter.

Please considering volunteering  to help with set up and clean up. If interested please contact Val at: valeriejgarber@yahoo.com

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AUW 2017 Women’s Speaker Series

Please join us for the final event in our women’s speaker series on Saturday, April 29th from 8:30 am-12:00 pm in the Social Hall.  The speakers have very personal stories to tell about domestic abuse and what they are doing to stop the violence.

8:30 – 9:00  Coffee and Rolls

9:00 – 10:15

Joan Hicks Boone is a member of the Minnesota Valley Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW).  Joan grew up in New Brighton, Minnesota and is currently seeking publication for her memoir, The Best Girl- a first person account of growing up in a home dominated by domestic violence.

Joan’s talk will offer a brief overview of the National Organization for Women, including discussion of their six core issues, one of which is – Freedom from Violence. She will discuss specific safety and legislative concerns related to domestic violence, including sharing events from her own experience.  Joan will conclude with action items that can be taken on an individual or global basis in the area of domestic violence.

10:30 – 11:45

Farhio Khalif established the Voice of East African Women organization and secured legislative funding for a domestic abuse shelter in St. Paul for East African women.

Farhio will share her story of growing up in Somalia and her emigration journey.  She will also provide a window into the challenges faced by Somalian immigrant women in Minnesota and what she is doing to make a difference.

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Association of Universalist Women 18th Annual Retreat

There is still time to register for the spring retreat, coming up Friday April 21 to Sunday April 23, 2017.

UU women, you are invited to attend the annual retreat of the First Universalist Women (AUW). The theme is “We Rise” with Rev. Ashley Horan as the keynote speaker on Saturday morning. Rev. Horan is the Executive Director of MUUSJA, The Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance.

There will be workshops, both serious and fun, a crafts room, poetry, knitting, nature walks, a singalong, morning meditation, yoga and much more. Spend time with others and activities or enjoy time to yourself in the lovely woods and lake surrounding Koinonia, the retreat center.

Koinonia Retreat Center is in South Haven, MN, about 80 minutes driving northwest of Minneapolis. Registration $225 for the weekend. Saturday only registration is $80. Carpools can be arranged. A link to online registration is available at Brown Paper Tickets. For further information you may e-mail Phyllis Stenerson of the planning team at phyllis@progressivevalues.org.


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