UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2017 — LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULER!
March 2, 2017 —Registration is now open for the Unitarian Universalist Association’s 2017 General Assembly, which will run June 21 to 25 in New Orleans. Lou Miller, Robin Bossert and Ken Kiesnoski are already booked to go. If you’re interested in more info, visit the event website at www.uua.org/ga. For a taste of what a General Assembly is like, read board member Robin’s impressions from and thoughts on the Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly for 2016 — “Heartland: Where Faiths Connect” — in Columbus, Ohio, held from June 22 to 26, here.
MEET OUR NEW DIRECTOR: LOUIS MILLER
Feb. 7, 2017 — If you’ve been following the fortunes of Original Blessing, you know we’ve had our ups and downs and ups again. Change — most of it good — has been the only certainty of late. The latest news is VERY good. Our longtime director of music, Lou Miller — a lifelong UU, accomplished musician, accredited lawyer and quite the self-trained chef — stepped up to take on the weighty role of Director. In that capacity, Lou will be guiding OB through some exciting new changes that are on tap. Stay tuned! For the time being, Lou’s been doing a bang-up job hosting, and cooking for, our twice-monthly small group Potluck Dinner & Worship session. Join us in congratulating Lou!
UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2016 — REPORT
Welcome and Opening Celebration.
Photo © 2016 Nancy Pierce/UUA
Read Original Blessing board member Robin Bossert’s impressions from and thoughts on the Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly for 2016 — “Heartland: Where Faiths Connect” — in Columbus, Ohio, held from June 22 to 26, here. Visit the event website at www.uua.org/ga for other news from the gathering.
GREENPOINT CLEANUP DAY
June 11, 2016 — Adhering to its stated mission of “transforming our world” and
“compassionate community,” Original Blessing participated in the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth street- and sidewalk-cleanup day June 11. Thanks to donations from local businesses, participants ended the four-hour event with donuts from Peter Pan Bakery and lunch from the Meatball Shop. The next “Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint” event is scheduled for July 30. Let’s send a big crew to help improve the quality of life in our host community!
UU SUMMER CAMP PREVIEW
May 23, 2016 — Original Blessings Mary Cinadr and Ken Kiesnoski road-tripped it up to Camp Unirondack, a UU summer camp and conference facility in the lower Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, for a weekend of pitching in to prep the place for its summer programs. This facility is a possible venue for future OB team-building events and group getaways. Check it out for yourself (virtually) by visiting www.unirondack.org.
May 7, 2016 — Original Blessing board members Robin Bossert and Ken Kiesnoski traveled to Morristown, N.J. for the 2016 Metro New York District annual meeting on May 7. In addition to a good time being had by all — i.e., hobnobbing, worship service, luncheon, concert by Brother Sun and bookstore browsing — an important vote was taken on dissolving the district and merging with three neighboring ones to form the new Central East Region under the managerial auspices of the UUA. The move promises both savings and new resources thanks to economies of scale. Both OB votes were “yea” in favor. The motion passed by a near-unanimous vote. Read more about our new Central East Region — which runs from New York to West Virginia, and from Ohio to New Jersey — by visiting www.uua.org/central-east.