Mary Beth Writes

If you have a heart for new immigrants among us and are open to another way to support them – Listen Up.

Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Racine, WI, is sponsoring a refugee family from a far-flung nation. They are not from Afghanistan; people fleeing that nation need much support, but they also already have some legal advantages and support from our federal government, which other people fleeing other enormous difficulties do not have. The family OBUUC is supporting is a mom and dad with two kids. They are doing everything they legally can to move forward, but at this time it is still a lot for one small congregation to support. OBUUC is protecting their identity because they have at-risk family and friends back in their homeland.

We can help.

OBUUC is hosting a concert on October 15th to raise funds to continue to assist with the rent and support of the asylum family.

The concert will be Darlene Rivest (more about her here) and Anna Kojoic-Frodl (listen to her here) plus one piece sung by a member of the asylum family.

Right NOW organizers are looking for support. If you are able, would you contribute to them?

  • Send (big!) checks made out to OBUUC.
  • Write Asylum Fund Concert in the memo.
  • Mail your check to OBUUC Annex, 619 Sixth St, Racine, WI 53403

 

If you want to donate by credit card, go to their website. https://obuuc.org/justice/asylum-seekers/

Len and I just donated. I think it’s a gift to us in uncertain times to know a place to send money where we absolutely know the donation will help real people.

And hey! The concert will be beautiful. Attend!

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A couple years ago I preached this sermon about Old Testament Ruth, about immigrants and refugees and powerlessness and how to live with lovingkindness in unkind times. Read it here. 

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As a member of OBUUC, I thank you very much, Mary Beth, for posting this and for your donation. Being very familiar with these musicians, I heartily confirm that it will be a wonderful concert!
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Thanks for your confirmation!

We had a successful concert that was thrilling on multiple levels! Our family felt the love, the musicians & bakers contributed amazing talent, we grew our community financial partnership base, and our audience enjoyed the concert immensely! Thank you for your early support of the event!

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This is Lil Girl hanging out while I wrote this. 

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Cats

 “Every family needs a cat so there is someone to blame everything on who won’t actually care.” Quote attributed to Len. 

I was 21 when I got my first cat through the fraught circumstance of someone dropping him off on a highway. He made his way to the backstep of my brother’s house where Sebastian the dog began to bark his head off. Paul went to the door to discover a kitten hanging by its wee claws to the screen door.

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That’s the spirit I’m pursuing: Undisciplined, irreverent, and original.

A-Z, Alaska

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However, this. When our son was around 12 he developed a crush on all things Alaskan. Kid who lives in a ranch house on a Midwestern cul-de-sac wants to get lost in tundra and mountains with moose and wolves. Yup.

At first he just talked, dreamed, read books, and watched shows about Alaska. Then, at 14 he got a part-time job as a janitor at a vet clinic and he kept that job until he went to college. It was a good fit for a kid not drawn to homework.

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We can’t even properly whine. Not with the Atmospheric Rivers of Doom in California, and tornadoes in the south. And all the other glum and hateful news.

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Many of you have been very generous in the past. Please think about making a donation to the GoFundMe account of Sara Kurtz. Donate here. 

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MB: Len occasionally explains very complicated science things to me or our kids in such a way that we actually understand it. One of our kids asked him what the big deal was about fusion. Len wrote this and I thought some of you might like to read it.

Long live curious people and long live nerds. 

 

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