25th Annual UCM Dinner and Auction

Benefit: 25th Annual UCM Dinner and Auction
Saturday, November 3, 2007, 5-pm

Athens Community Center
701 E. State St, Athens, Ohio
$25 to $100 (sliding scale); $15 students

UCM‘s biggest annual fundraiser turns 25 this year! An eclectic international buffet will be provided by Purple Chopstix, with appetizers by Salaam. Pat and Wanda Sheridan of Shamrock Auction Service will have hundreds of donations, including goods, services, artwork, and crafts, from local businesses and individuals up for auction to the highest bidder. The highlighted auction item is a one-week stay in Bonita Springs, Florida- 15 miles north of Naples.

Live entertainment by CALLIOPE FEMINIST CHOIR and the Greg Bikowski jazz trio.

Contact: Call UCM: Center for Spiritual Growth and Social Justice at 740-593-7301 or ucm -at- frognet.net now for your reservation!


Carlton Pearson: The Gospel of Inclusion

Bishop Carlton Pearson: The Gospel of Inclusion
Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 7-9pm

Baker Center Ballroom
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Free and open to the public

Having rejected his religious tradition’s belief in a literal hell, lost his 5,000-member mega-church, and formally been declared a heretic in 2004, Bishop Carlton Pearson has emerged as a leading voice calling for radical acceptance.

Preaching the Gospel of Inclusion, Pearson emphasizes God’s irrepressible love for all and welcomes gay people, AIDS patients, religious skeptics, and all others into his ministry.

Once an Evangelical heavyweight, sharing the pulpit with Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, Pearson believes that God explicitly delivered the Gospel of Inclusion to him, initiating a whirlwind of events that drastically changed his life and his faith. Pearson’s unwavering commitment to spreading the message of inclusion is taking root at his renamed church, New Dimensions Worship Center, in Tulsa, Oklahoma and he is enjoying a resurgent popularity among a more diverse population than he has ever reached before. Unlikely and fascinating, his story begs to be told.

On Wednesday, he will talk to Professor Steve Hays’ course on Religious Beliefs, from 3-5 p.m. in the South Pole of Nelson Commons, also free and open to the public.


Rev. Bradley Schmeling on The Church, Society, and Homosexuality

Rev. Bradley Schmeling on The Church, Society, and Homosexuality
Wed, Oct 17, 2007, 7 pm

Christ Lutheran Church
69 Mill St, Athens, Ohio

Rev. Bradley Schmeling will give a public talk in the church sanctuary, open to all interested people. The session will review some of the theological and social issues in church and society regarding homosexuality.

Rev. Schmeling, a graduate of Ohio University and a peer minister at Christ Church during that time, was at the center of discussion at the recent national convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (August, Chicago). Because he has a spouse who is male, a former Lutheran pastor himself, Bradley was put on trial and removed from the list of approved clergy by his bishop and the national church. He remains the pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Atlanta because his congregation supports him whole-heartedly and Lutheran bishops have been encouraged to refrain from further action against gay pastors in committed partnerships.

St. John’s Lutheran Church “Trial Update,” an information-rich page.

Contact: 740 593 3144 or clchurch -at- frognet.net

Screening: Can You Hear Me?

Screening: Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace
Wednesday, October 10, 7pm

Athena Theater
20 S Court St, Athens, Ohio

Screening and panel discussion generously sponsored by The Max Family Program at Ohio University. All are welcome.

Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace (50 min., 2006), is the first documentary to explore in depth the role of Israeli and Palestinian women peace activists dealing with one of the world’s oldest conflicts. Though prospects for peace have ebbed and flowed between Israelis and Palestinians, women peace activists have worked consistently to bring an end to the bloodshed that has brought so much anguish to both sides.

Produced, written, and directed by Lilly Rivlin; narrated by Debra Winger.

Contact: Ohio Hillel

Sweet Honey in the Rock in Concert

Sweet Honey in the Rock in Concert
Thursday, October 11, 2007, 7 pm

College Activities Center (map)
West Virginia University–Parkersburg
Campus Drive, Parkersburg, WV
Adults $10/Students $5

WVUP Performing Arts Series presents Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Founded in 1973, Sweet Honey in the Rock is a Grammy Award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble with deep musical roots in the sacred music of the black church — spirituals, hymns, gospel — as well as jazz and blues. The Sweet Honey experience is like no other. Six African American women join their powerful voices, along with hand percussion instruments, to create a blend of lyrics, movement and narrative that variously relate history, point the finger at injustice, encourage activism, and sing the praises of love. The music speaks out against oppression and exploitation of every kind. The septet, whose words are simultaneously interpreted in uniquely expressive American Sign Language, demands a just and humane world for all. —http://www.sweethoney.com/

Tickets: 304-424-8223 or tammy.harper -at- mail.wvu.edu

Eugenie Scott “From Scopes to the Creation Museum…”

Eugenie C. Scott “From Scopes to the Creation Museum: The Persistence of Antievolutionism”
Frontiers in Science Lecture Series
Monday, October 8, 2007, 7:30 pm

Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Free and open to the public

Eugenie C. Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, will present this year’s Frontiers in Science lecture. Scott has been both a researcher and an activist in the creationism/evolution controversy for more than twenty-five years. She has received national recognition for her NCSE activities, including awards from the National Science Board, the American Society for Cell Biology, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Geological Society of America, and the American Humanist Association.

Jeanette Grasselli Brown, an alumna and former member the OU Board of Trustees, and her husband, endowed the Frontiers in Science Lecture Series in 1999 with a contribution to The Ohio University Foundation.

SEE:Evolutionist Eugenie Scott presents Frontiers in Science lecture,” OUtlook, 9/24/2007

5th Annual Diversity Conference

5th Annual Diversity Conference
Friday, September 21, 2007, 7-9 PM

Baker Center Theater
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Free and open to the public

The Diversity Conference focuses on four main workshops: political ideology, religion, racial identity, and sexuality. Each workshop allows for the participants to learn and to discuss the topic by having interactive games, debates and showing video clips. All participants are allowed to attend all four of the workshops. Sponsored by Unify.

Unify is an Ohio University student organization that consists of diverse students committed to helping increase diversity and understanding at Ohio University. Unify provides opportunities for formal information sharing and collaboration among representatives from different campus organizations dealing with diversity issues. Members work to promote the Diversify Your World campaign, plan an annual diversity conference, discuss important topics, and unify various diversity initiatives.

Contact: jc160105 -at- ohio.edu
Facebook members: event page.