April 2014 Newsletter of the Keweenaw  

      Unitarian Universalist Fellowship                  

  “We affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person.”




Sunday Mornings at 10:30

BHK Building (700 Park Ave. in Houghton).

Enter on north side, off Waterworks Drive.

          April Event Schedule

April 6 (Service): Our Place in the Cosmos. Rev. Gabi with guest speaker, Dr. Forrest Hall, NASA physicist.

   The physics of cosmology tells us that in the beginning, 10-43 seconds to be exact, just after somehow the heat was turned on by the Big Bang, the size of the cosmic dough ball was not the size of a golf ball, not the size of a period at the end of a sentence, but no larger than a dot 10-35 mm in diameter. When NASA used the space telescope HUBBLE to count the number of galaxies in the visible universe, they counted 3,000 billion, or 3 trillion galaxies. Where do we fit in among all those zeroes?


April 13 (Forum): From Hyper Consumption to Collaborative Consumption.

      Models for informally sharing resources have become increasingly popular. Car-sharing, casual car-pooling and web-based peer-to-peer models such as Airbnb, present the beginnings of a new sharing economy. Amlan Mukherjee will discuss his personal experiences with car sharing in Seattle, and then further explore the possibilities and opportunities of radical sharing.


April 20: Easter Seed Communion

To celebrate new beginnings, Rev. Gabi will offer a seed communion to the congregation. This will be an intergenerational event, so our children can be with us for the whole service.

           1 PM: Board Meeting in the church office.


April 27 (Service): Climate Change – A Social Problem (Earth Day)

We usually see climate change as an environmental problem. We think of polar bears and melting arctic sea ice and polluting smokestacks and overcrowded highways. This Sunday, Rev. Gabi will present another aspect: climate change as a social problem. It is time that we examine the effects that climate change has on all people on this planet, disproportionally on poor folks who have little or no responsibility for it.


April Birthdays

5 Bill Leder; 9 Linda Baker; 14 Betzi Praeger, Jon Brueggeman; 21 Ted Bornhorst; 21 Barry Pegg, Kate Little; 26    Paul Frair; 27 Nanno Rose.

     Note: Did we miss your birthday, or do you not wish it identified? If so, notify Lynn (msadri2002@yahoo.com).


How Do Ministers  Spend their Time?

   “In the Interim,”

     by Rev. Gabi

By now you all have had a chance to look at the proposed budget for 2014/2015; and you will have realized that the largest chunk of money KUUF will need is for the salary of a full-time minister.

      Did you ever wonder why ministers get paid so much a one hour appearance on Sundays? Well, you see, we are not just “preachers.” In fact, most of the work of a UU-minister is done behind the scenes:


   The biggest chunk, time-wise, is writing the sermon: 15-20 hours every week! That includes the research, the finding of quotes and illustrations, rehearsing --and rehearsing again.

   There is at least another hour spent with finding Chalice Lightings, Stories for all Ages, Readings, and Hymns; then coordinating everything with musicians and the music director; finally writing and submitting the order of service.

   My colleagues and I spend an average of two hours a week calling congregants who are dealing with problems; and often three to four hours a week counseling members who are asking for advice. We often get together with individuals who want support on their spiritual journeys.

   We sit in on two or three committee meetings in some weeks, and attend every board meeting. We frequently meet with individual lay leaders to discuss various issues. In addition, we plan lay leader training and retreats.

   Most ministers teach at least one Adult Religious Education class each semester, which demands hours of preparation.

   We encourage and often organize social actions, such as letter-writing campaigns, vigils, or protest marches.

   We meet with parents who want a child dedication, couples who want to get married, and bereaved folks who need to plan a memorial service.

   Of course then we officiate at child dedications, weddings, and celebrations of life.

   We meet with fellow clergy to be up-to-date with events in the community and to do interfaith work, thus promoting tolerance and cooperation, and spreading our UU message of the inherent worth and dignity of all.

   These days, ministers spend much time with e-mails, not just communicating with congregants, but also disseminating messages from the UUA or the district.

   We write monthly newsletter columns (like this!).

Rev. Gabi

New to UU” Program Meets on

          Saturday,  April 5th

The next New To UU program occurs on Saturday morning, April 5th, from 9:30 to 11. Location: KUUF Office at Trinity Church.

      A light breakfast will be provided along with lively conversation about UU beliefs and practices.  Everyone is welcome to attend, and to Invite friends too. Please let Jack Jobst (482-7584 or jackjobst@charter.net) know if you are planning to attend.

      If you need childcare, call 482-5586 or write to keweenawuu@att.net.


     Newsletter Deadline Set for the

                 May Issue

Send newsletter info no later than Tuesday, April 22nd to jackjobst@charter.net

    Ken Kraft’s Family announces 

  Time/Date for Memorial Service

Ken Kraft's daughters, Karen and Jennifer, have announced the dates for their father’s memorial service.

      The event will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in the Samuel and Grace Horner Lobby of MTU’s Rozsa Center.

      A potluck picnic will follow at 1 p.m. in the large pavilion in Centennial Park in Chassell.

          Earth Day (4/22) Events

On Earth Day, April 22, Public Television will celebrate with “A Fierce Green Fire” at 9 pm. This film is an exploration of the environmental movement -- grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years. If inter- ested in watching as a group, contact Carol Ekstrom (cekstrom3@gmail.com).


  Alice Boyce’s Family Requests

  Remembrances, Sets Date for

           Memorial Service

The family of Alice Hobbs Boyce requests that friends and family jot down rememb-rances of her. Please send them by May 1st, via snail mail to Alice’s daughter, Anne DePompolo, at 4501 34th Avenue North, Golden Valley, MN  55422-2850.

      These notes will be copied into binders for sharing at her Celebration of Life Service on the afternoon of May 31st in MTU’s Rozsa Center lobby. The memories will later be distributed to Jim and each of Alice’s three children.

      Please consider helping the family reflect on all her achievements, accomplishments, contributions, exploits, gifts and love that this extraordinary woman brought to all.

        Green Sanctuary Book Group Announces Title for April Meeting

The book group will discuss The Wealth of Nature by John Michael Greer on Monday, April 28th, 7pm in the KUUF Office.


Finance Committee Reports on KUUF

               Financial Status

Finance Committee chair Bill Leder reports on the KUUF finance status for the current fiscal year that will end May 31, 2014.

      The budget for this year includes $75,973 in pledges, memorials, and other donations.  

      Through January (67% of the fiscal year), we have received $55,898, or 74% of the total.                      (Continued on next page.)

In the following graph, the dashed line identifies the actual monthly income required to meet the budget. 


Keweenaw Unitarian 



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In this second graph, we see the income per month for this current fiscal year. For example, in June, July, and December, members contributed over $10,000 in each month toward their pledges. In other months the income was less, but the point is that we reach the average/month that is indicated by the broken line. Clearly, KUUF folks have been fulfilling their pledges.