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June 5, 2019

u n itarian u n iversalist con gregation at sh elter rock

Strengthening the Interdependent Web 2018-2019 Con gregation al Them e

TOUCHSTONES

UPCOMING WORSHIP SERVICES Sunday, June 9, 2019, 11:00 AM Coming of Age Service Religious Education Staff and The Rev. Jennifer L. Brower The Coming of Age Worship Service celebrates the transition of our 12–14-year-old Religious Education students into a deeper relationship with their faith community. This marks a year of spiritual inquiry that culminates in the writing of individual credos which are shared with the congregation at this Service. Friday, June 14, 2019, 7:30 PM Soulful Sundown The Rev. Jennifer L. Brower

Soulful Sundown

Dinner ($4) 6:30 PM Worship 7:30 PM Live Band: The Cosmic Orchestra Free Coffee House with David Lockwood follows Service Sunday, June 16, 2019, 11:00 AM Father’s Day Service The Rev. Ned Wight Friday, June 21, 2019, 7:00 PM Summer Solstice Service The Green Sanctuary Committee and Ministry Team

This special Service will be led by Mike Menser of the Green Sanctuary Committee and WinterFlower Robinson, ministerial assistant in the UUCSR Chapel. Transportation Assistance UUCSR offers FREE transportation assistance to Sunday Worship and Soulful Sundown Services for members who are unable to travel due to physical or financial limitations. Contact Kimberly Rossister, Assistant to the Ministers, at [email protected] or 516.472.2941 for an application. The Quest

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The Rev. Jennifer L. Brower No matter what first brought us into Unitarian Universalism, no matter what our theological particularity, no matter what our unique way of being, there is something we hold in common. We are glad to call this life-affirming faith tradition our own. We want the voice of religious liberalism to be heard. We want the light of Unitarian Universalism to shine upon the larger community, and to help guide the way on the path toward greater mercy and dignity and justice for all people. As we begin the month of June, Pride Month, it is a good time to remind ourselves of the Unitarian Universalist commitment to the equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. If you are not already aware of the work within Unitarian Universalism to achieve equal rights for people of all orientations and identities, you should familiarize yourself with our history of action in this arena. The following—an excerpt from our long history—comes from the UUA website: “At this time, when other religious traditions struggle with supporting LGBTQ people and clergy, we can be proud of our work. But, let us also acknowledge that we have suffered our own growing pains over the years, and have been slower in this work than many people needed. Let us be proud, but also honest and humble. And let us acknowledge the work before us still.” The Unitarian Universalist Association has a long-standing and deeply held commitment to support full equality for bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people, dating back to 1970. The Association, through actions of its General Assembly and congregational actions, has advocated for nondiscrimination and hate crimes legislation; long before the legalization of same-sex marriage, UU ministers performed ceremonies of union for samesex couples. Notable among actions taken by the UUA and UU congregations include: • • • • • •

The ordination of an openly gay minister, 1979 Non-discrimination in ministerial employment, 1980 Support of gay and lesbian services of union, 1984 Support of legal equity for gays and lesbians, 1987 The ordination of a transgender minister, 1988 Opposing legalization of discrimination against gays, lesbians, and bisexuals, 1992 • Support of the Right to Marry for Same-Sex Couples, 1996 Continued on page 2 1

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• The Rev. Sean Parker Dennison called to serve South Valley UU Society of Salt Lake City, UT, thus becoming the first out transgender person in the UU ministry to be called to serve a congregation as a parish minister, 2002 • The Rev. Laurie J. Auffant called to serve Follen Community Church of Lexington, MA, thus becoming the first out transgender person in the UU ministry to be called to serve a congregation as a minister of religious education, 2002 • In 2007, the General Assembly passed a resolution affirming the inclusion of transgender individuals in our commitment to the inherent worth and dignity of every person. The resolution urged “the expression of this affirmation through employment practices, educational efforts, congregational life, and public witness.” • UUA changes the title of the Office of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Concerns to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Ministries (LGBTQ) to reflect our commitment to the transgender and queer communities, 2012. And these are just some of the actions taken by UU congregations and our Association. For a more complete list of LGBTQ history and facts, go to https://www.uua.org/sites/live-new.uua.org/files/ documents/lgbtq/history.pdf. In years past, we at UUCSR felt honored to march in the Huntington Pride parade. Regardless of orientation or identity, we marched to share the “good news” of Unitarian Universalism with members of the broader community in search of a life-affirming, radically hospitable faith such as ours. There is no longer a Pride parade held in Huntington. We will need to find new ways to let people know who we Unitarian Universalists are and what we offer the world, and to express our commitment to LGBTQ individuals and families. If you are not aware, UUCSR members have resurrected and recreated the defunct Interweave Committee—interweaving into the life of the congregation the concerns of LGBTQ folks. Carrying the work of Interweave into a new age, with a new name, we now have the LGBTQ+ sub-committee of our Social Justice Committee. This month, LGBTQ+ members will be available after worship each Sunday to meet and greet. On Friday, June 7, LGBTQ+ will sponsor a showing of the film, To Wong Foo, with Love, Julie Newmar. There are MANY activities of faithful witness this month as NYC and the world commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the globe. LGBTQ+ and I invite you to explore this site: http://www.cjministry.info to learn about events that you and your family and fellow UUCSR members will want to attend. (Thanks, Claire Deroche for finding this resource for us!) I think we’ll find many to participate in together. As can be read on the UUA website, “Each of us has worth and dignity, and that worth includes our gender and our sexuality. As Unitarian Universalists, we not only open our doors to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, we value diversity 2

of sexuality and gender and see it as a spiritual gift. We create inclusive religious communities and work for LGBTQ justice and equity as a core part of who we are. All of who you are is sacred. All of who you are is welcome.” Let’s go tell the world. Yours in Faith, Rev. Jennifer

VEATCH NEWS

Eileen Jamison, Program Director Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock Veatch at GA in Spokane, WA The Unitarian Universalist General Assembly offers a great opportunity for representatives of the Veatch Board of Governors and staff to meet with our denominational grantees. One-third of Veatch grantmaking is designated to support the denomination. At GA, we hold meetings with our grantees who are there, as well to hear more about their important work to strengthen and grow Unitarian Universalism. Our meetings with UU grantees at GA support relationship building and deepen our understanding of the vision, goals, and impact of these wonderful programs and their dedicated staff and leaders. Our agenda for GA in Spokane, WA, includes meeting with institutions such as the UUSC and Beacon Press. In addition, Veatch supports denomination-led Rev. Ranwa Hammamy, UU advocacy. UU Justice Ministry of Justice Ministry of California California is a powerful advocacy network and social justice presence among UU congregations in California. UUJMCA will be represented by its new Executive Director, Rev. Ranwa Hammamy, a Unitarian Universalist-Muslim, who brings a strong background in public health and social justice to her new role. In 2018, she performed wedding ceremonies for at least seven LGBT on the US/Mexico border. We look forward to meeting Rev. Hammamy, and being rejuvenated by the spirit and community of GA. The Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock provides support for efforts within the religious and spiritual mission of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock where their purposes are best served by outside agencies acting under the Veatch Program and the Congregation. The Quest

LIFESPAN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Carson Jones, Lifespan Religious Education (RE) Coordinator Youth Lead the Way

Over the first weekend in May, I experienced great joy in traveling to Boston and Concord with 12 of our Coming of Age youth on the annual UU Heritage Trip. When we visited with Bart Frost, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the Unitarian Universalist Association, he told our eighth graders how vital youth were in Unitarians and Universalists coming together as one religion. Long before the merger, members of youth movements from both denominations collaborated and consolidated throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, ultimately uniting in 1953 as the Liberal Religious Youth. This laid a foundational stepping stone to the creation of the UUA in 1961. In the evolution of our beloved faith, youth led the way. It is well-known that this congregation has a similar history. Four Port Washington families in 1941 sought a religious education program that spoke to their liberal values, so they built one from the ground up, incorporating as the North Shore Unitarian Universalist Society. Two name changes and building locations later, and we are now the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock. At this year’s Coming of Age Worship Service on Sunday, June 9, we will hear the individual credo statements from our youth: their snapshots of belief and how they presently engage with the world through spirituality, nature, art, humanity, and science. As for what I personally believe in? I believe in our children and youth, one hundred percent. I believe in their energy and enthusiasm, their ideas and adventurous spirits, their joie de vivre and their introspective minds. To Jacquie, Melissa, Matias, Carson, Alessandra, Anjali, Camerin, Gavin, Aidan, Sammy, Sascha, Abby and Jillian, I’ve had such a blast getting to know you this year and I believe in each and every one of you. I can’t wait to see where you lead us.

DENOMINATIONAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE (DAC) Robin Finnan-Jones, Chair

Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office We are pleased to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves as the newly appointed UUCSR Envoy and Youth Envoy to the UU-UNO. “We“ being Janet Bendowitz and Clara LaCorte. As you may know, the UU-UNO is a non-governmental organization with consultative status at the United Nations. Part of our charge will be to advocate for UU values at the UN. These include Human Rights, Climate Change, Disarmament, and much more. We are excited to begin planning activities and informative events in this capacity. First and foremost, we will be presenting a United Nations Sunday in October in which we will share how we may be active in international social justice issues and connect with the greater world community. For this, we will be working closely with UUUNO Director Bruce Knotts. Our particular area of interest right now is the ECOC or Every Child is Our Child program. The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office has a close partnership with the “Queen Mothers’ Association” of the Manye Krobo district in Eastern Ghana. There are many children who have been orphaned due to the AIDS epidemic in Ghana. While Ghana does not charge school fees, there are many items that these students must provide for themselves in order to attend school, such as uniforms, shoes, supplies, exam fees, and school bags. Health insurance is also provided through the UU-UNO initiative. (You can read more about this program at uua.org.) We look forward to beginning this journey with you and welcome any questions you may have. Janet Bendowitz can be reached at [email protected] Clara LaCorte (youth envoy) can be reached at w. UUCSR Partner Church Initiative Sunday, June 9, 2019 12:00 PM, Social Hall Please join us in the Social Hall during UU Café to find out more on the progress made to reenergize and revitalize our partnership with the Unitarian Church in Csikszereda, Transylvania. Traditional snacks will be provided. Please show your support for the Partnership Program by donating old pairs of eyeglasses, which will be sent to the members of the church in Csikszereda, Transylvania.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES Klaus Masuch, UUCSR President

Join the Board in Contributing to the Lee Barker Professor of Leadership Studies The Rev. Dr. Lee Barker, president of Meadville Lombard Theological School since 2003, is retiring in August. In recognition of his many accomplishments and transformative vision, the school is establishing the Lee Barker Professor of Leadership Studies. This professorship will enable Meadville Lombard to provide students with leadership skills that range from the spiritual to the practical as they prepare to shape the future of our faith community in a rapidly changing world. The UUCSR Board of Trustees has created the opportunity for all of us to participate in this fitting tribute to Lee. We have set aside $5,000 to be used as a 2-for-1 match of your contributions of up to $100 made by June 30, 2019.

MOVIE NIGHT

Presented by SJ LGBTQ+ Subcommittee, Religious Education, and Women's Group of UUCSR

LGBTQ + Friends and Allies

MOVIE NIGHT Friday, June 7, 2019

6:30 pm • Room 10 (RE Wing)

Please make out your check to Meadville Lombard Theological School and Lee Barker Professorship in the memo line and mail to 610 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago Il. 60605 Or pay online at www. meadville.edu/175/lee-barker-professorship/ Your cancelled check or receipt letter dated before 6/30/19 must then be brought to the UUCSR Finance Office to get the matching funds, so please act today! Thank you. Jana North Incoming Vice President

EDWARD MILLER MEMORIAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND Founded by the UUCSR Music Committee in June 2004, the Edward Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the memory of Edward Miller (1943–1997), UUCSR Music Director and life-long music educator. This year, two talented young musicians have received $2,500 scholarships. Danny Neri is from Lynbrook High School. He is a trombonist, vocalist, and violinist who has participated in All-County musical events since grade five. He most recently led the trombone section in the 2018–19 All-County Jazz Ensemble. Last year, Danny played lead trombone in NYSSMA’s All-State Festival in Rochester where he was judged A+ in both jazz and classical departments. He will attend the Crane School of Music at SUNY Pottsdam in the fall. Kristin Ventricelli, from Plainedge High School, sings soprano, plays piano, and acts. She received A+ NYSSMA ratings for the last four years and has participated in the All-County Festival in Mixed and Women’s Choir for several years. At Plainedge, Kristin sings in the Concert Choir and the A Cappella Jazz Choir. She will be studying music education at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. 4

Come join us for popcorn, pizza, and FUN! FREE!

RSVP: [email protected] The Quest

SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE Claire Deroche. Social Justice Coordinator

It’s a Critical Moment for Migrant Justice! Immigrant justice advocates are calling for a Week of Action to End Child Detention, from June 9–16! The Unitarian Universalist Association is partnering with the American Friends Service Committee to organize their members across the country to participate.

today If you have children, you can help them write letters. There are suggestions here: https://migrantjustice.afsc.org/helpchildren-write-letters-congress If you are on social media you can share https://migrantjustice.afsc.org/ to inform others of the campaign. As Unitarian minister, Rev. Edward Everett Hale said, “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

SOCIAL JUSTICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Currently, the US government is holding 2,000+ child migrants in a detention center in Homestead, Florida. This center is large and impersonal. Security officers monitor the children’s every move, and they are never allowed to leave their area of the compound. For something as small as a new hair band or toothbrush, they must fill out a requisition order. Hugging, even among siblings, is prohibited.

For further information, please contact Social Justice Coordinator Claire Deroche: [email protected], 516.472.2977.

Most of these children have relatives or other adults here in the US willing to sponsor them. However, because the government uses any attempt these relatives make to claim the children as an opportunity to investigate their immigration status, relatives are fearful and are not coming forward as they did in the past. At least 170 immigrants who attempted to claim children from the Center have been deported.

Friday, June 7—FREE Movie Night: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, American road trip flick features three drag queens driving from NYC to Hollywood in a vintage Cadillac. The plot thickens when their car breaks down in a very small dust belt town. See display ad on opposite page.

Homestead is run by Comprehensive Health Services (CHS). According to Forbes magazine it’s the only for-profit company providing shelter for youth migrants. They are paid $750/day for each child in their care while not-for-profit shelters are paid about $350/day for the same services. Advocates are demanding that the government close the Homestead Detention Center for a host of reasons. According to the American Association of Pediatrics, children held in detention can develop psychological trauma and even long-term mental health conditions. Children who cannot be cared for by family should be in small, home-like settings where they can receive individualized attention and services. Furthermore, no company should be profiting from the detention of innocent children. Finally, because the Center is under the control of the US government, there is no way of knowing the quality of care and education that the children are receiving. What can you do? To learn more about the issue, you can read the article from the American Friends Service Committee at https:// tinyurl.com/y2fh8gpm and you can watch the video at https:// tinyurl.com/y2evfzdc. You can sign a petition at https://tinyurl. com/y6d9hso8 that will be delivered to Congress on June 12. The goal is to have 100,000 signatures. When I signed on, the petition had 70,172. You can also send a message to your senators and representative at https://migrantjustice.afsc.org/take-actionContinued on next column June 5, 2019

Thursday, June 6—Cooking for the Guests of the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN), 9:30 AM, Main Kitchen. Meals cooked will be delivered to three shelters run by the INN. For further information, contact Verna Livingston at 516.883.7999.

Sunday, June 9—Update From The Front Line: The Refugee Crisis In Greece, Worship Room, 1:30 PM. Colin, Latifa, and Sophia Woodhouse will speak about their recent humanitarian visit to Greece to work with refugees. Refreshments will follow in the Art Gallery. Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee. See page 6. Wednesday, June 12—Social Justice Committee Meeting, 7:30 PM in the Art Gallery. New members always welcome. Thursday, June 13—Re-imagining Incarceration, 6:15 PM, Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003, RSVP: [email protected] Join the Nassau County Jail Advocates to learn how we can invest in rehabilitation, provide dignity, and restore human potential! Guest Speaker: Dr. Homer Venters, MD, MS. The UUCSR Social Justice Committee is one of the sponsoring organizations for this event. Saturday, June 15—JUNETEENTH, A Day of Celebration, History, Arts, Food and Friendship, 5:00–8:00 PM, UUC of Central Nassau, 223 Stewart Avenue, Garden City. An evening of Celebration, History, Arts, Food, and Friendship in honor of the moment in time when the enslaved in Galveston, Texas received word of their freedom. The evening includes drumming, history telling, and music. To help set up, serve, and/or clean up, please contact Social Justice Coordinator Claire Deroche at [email protected] uucsr.org or 516.472.2977. (Visit UUCCN for flyer.) Wednesday, June 19—Climate Justice Task Force Meeting, 7:00 PM in the Art Gallery. New members always welcome. 5

CONGREGATIONAL AFFAIRS

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Adam Barshak, Congregation Operations Administrator

As the membership is aware, it takes a village to keep the congregation humming. The staff appreciates the opportunity to support the congregation, and we hope that you found the staff supportive in this congregation year. With that, June is the month in which staff receive their annual performance evaluation. If you would like to share your thoughts on any lay staff’s performance over the 2019 fiscal year, please email them to me at [email protected] The information will then be forwarded to the appropriate supervisor for consideration during the development of the staff’s evaluation. Please be specific as to the staff you are referencing. Listing of specific incidents of performance are most helpful, but general comments are welcome as well. Please note that supervisors in performance welcome positive experiences as well as any performance concerns. As I report to the Board of Trustees and they are responsible for my evaluation, please feel free to send any communications on my performance to [email protected] Comments on any staff should be received no later than June 15, 2019. Thank you.

SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE Diane Haney, Chair

UPDATE FROM THE FRONT LINE The Refugee Crisis in Greece

It matters!

MEN’S GROUP

Gerry Matusiewicz, Chair

END OF YEAR

PARTY

Friday, June 7, 2019 6:00 - 9:30 PM • Meadow & Ballroom Pre-Registered: $15 UUCSR Members • $20 Non-Members At the Door: $20 UUCSR Members • $25 Non-Members

Sing & Dance Along to the Tunes of Dexter Wells Usual BBQ Fare, Beverages, Desserts Open to all adult members and their guests!

Facilitator: Gerry Matusiewicz For those who wish to attend who cannot afford the admission fee, please contact Sharyn in the office in advance of the event and we will try to accommodate you. Please do not just show up at the door.

RSVP online by noon on Thursday, June 6 or with Sharyn Esposito at 516.472.2960 or [email protected]

WOMEN’S GROUP

Sandra Hazel Frank, Women’s Group President

Women’s Group Women Talk Daytime Series First & Third Wednesday of each month in the Art Gallery 12–2:00 PM. Bring lunch (cookies & beverage provided)

Women’s Group Book Series

Sunday, June 9, 2019 1:30 PM | Worship Room Speakers: Colin, Latifa and Sophia Woodhouse FREE | ALL ARE WELCOME 6

Friday, June 21, 2019, 7:30 PM, Art Gallery The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah Led by Claire Paccione and Renée Silver

Women’s Group Annual Election Meeting and Luncheon Please see back cover of this Quest The Quest

SHELTER ROCK FORUM Colin Woodhouse, Chair

BOOKSTORE COMMITTEE Brigitte Mueller, Chair

Immigration

The flow of people from one county to another is currently a worldwide phenomenon. There exists a natural fear of “the stranger” and what he/she may take from the native citizen. There are those who fan the flame of these fears for their own gain. Perhaps this sense of danger or dislike of the foreigner has always been with us as many passages in the Bible exhort ancient man to offer sanctuary and kindness to the stranger, a few are: • The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. Eviticus 19:34 • I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame. I was father to the needy and I championed the cause of the stranger. Job 29:15-17 • The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. Psalm 7:5-7 • Show kindness and mercy to one another; do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another. Zachariah 7:9-10 It is ironic that today many on the political right who are often religious are suspicious and antagonistic of immigrants, while many who are politically liberal and not always inclined to quote the Bible believe in greater fairness for the stranger. At any rate, come check out the following three books on immigration in stock in your Bookstore and read about this important current issue:

EIGHT ELECTED OFFICIALS WILL SPEAK

1. Living “Illegal”: The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration, by Marie Marquardt, Timothy Steigenga, Philip Williams, Manuel Vasquez (a team of political science and religion scholars), 2011, 336 pg. A humane book that traces immigration policy from periods of open borders to current restrictiveness and explores why migrants come to the US, how they integrate, and at what personal cost and sacrifices. 2. They Take Our Jobs!: And 20 Other Myths about Immigration, by Aviva Chomsky, 2007, Beacon Press, 264 pg. The author argues against common myths and misinformation that permeate our society. She challenges statements such as, “I’m not against immigration, only illegal immigration.” Written in clear, straight-forward language. 3. Immigrant Voices: 21th Centuries Stories, by Achy Obejas and Megan Bayes, 2014, 272 pg. An anthology of 18 moving immigrant experiences, each narrator arriving from a different country, each telling a different story in his/her own style. One reader reported, “I loved this book. The selections are thought-provoking, often poetic, sometimes funny, revealing the incredible range and depth of contemporary immigrant experience.” Lois Wolfson for the Bookstore Committee PS: Remember the UUCSR Bookstore is always happy to get serious suggestions for its inventory

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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Ben Bortin, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator This column is partly about volunteerism and partially about membership. In some respects, there are similarities in the two. There are too many volunteers to be properly recognized by name. Some 40 certificates of appreciation were distributed at the Annual Brunch to highly deserving people completing their committee and/or service to this congregation. (Apologies to Carol Alexander who was inadvertently overlooked on Sunday and received her certificate at the Veatch Board of Governors meeting.) They are joined by others, who are continuing their respective volunteer involvements, and who contribute their time, effort, ideas, and creativity to our beloved liberal religious community. There are too many new members and too few issues of the Quest to introduce all of you in this column. But I intend to interview you nonetheless, and put together dioramas presenting you to be displayed in the UUCSR Main Lobby. It is a delight to introduce and welcome Phyllis Gorwitz, who joined this congregation on May 12 of this year. Her son Carson loves coming here, and will be part of the Coming of Age service next Sunday. They travel from Stony Brook to join us. Phyllis is a pre-K teacher. During her growing up years, she attended the North Shore Jewish Center, and was part of what she calls a “high holiday” Jewish family. Phyllis received a Bat Mitzvah. Her husband is Roman Catholic, and after the two were married by a Justice of the Peace, Phyllis looked for a place where her children could get some kind of exposure to religion. Her children were dedicated at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Stony Brook, and they went on to attend that congregation’s religious education program. (Her daughter Courtney “came of age” at the Stony Brook congregation.) Phyllis was in the area one day, going to appointment, when the UUCSR sign caught her eye. She drove up the hill and was smitten with our campus’ physical beauty. After visiting, it was another plus to meet two members she had known elsewhere. What she appreciates about UUism and this congregation is that people are not judged negatively, whatever their background or status in life. She loves spending time with her family, skiing in the winter, camping in the warmer-weather months. On behalf of the congregation, a warm welcome to Carson and you, Phyllis! Please Note…if you’re interest in serving on the Music Committee, Bylaws Committee (where interesting issues involving democratic governance get discussed), or Financial Development Committee, please let me know 516.472.2934, [email protected] The ultimate decision for appointments to these committees resides with the Board of Trustees, but your indication of interest is highly welcome. Namaste, Ben Bortin 8

MILESTONES We extend our support to Alan and Betty Gold as their son Karl begins a long recuperation from a life-threatening health crisis. We pray for Karl, his wife Lizzy, Betty, Alan and their family. Cards may be sent to the Golds’ home address 13915 83rd Ave Apt 623 Briarwood, NY 11435-1523

CONGREGATIONAL AFFAIRS The Greening of UUCSR continues. We began with the UU Community Garden, then a Butterfly Garden, and now a Wildflower Garden and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) participation! All Hands Needed for UUCSR's Wildflower Garden Planting Want to be a part of the solution towards healing our earth and giving back to nature? You can help our birds, pollinators, and wildlife by joining us in the planting of our UU Wildflower Garden. All are welcome to participate. UU Wildflower Garden Planting: Saturday, June 8 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Monday, June 10, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM Please meet at the pond. Please remember to bring sunscreen, hat, gardening gloves, and a reusable water bottle. If you have any of the following tools, please bring on planting day: hand shovel, box cutter, and/or garden shears, cordless drill with chargers, and drill plant auger attachment. AnneMarie Ansel for the Green Sanctuary Committee

ADULT PROGRAMS COMMITTEE WinterFlower Regla Robinson, Chair

A Workshop on Leadership Development Saturday, July 20, 2019 This will be a great opportunity—Mark Bernstein, leadership consultant, offers a workshop and presentation, “Leading For Good,” 9:30 AM-4:00 PM, in the Veatch Ballroom. Light breakfast and lunch are included. $15 payable to UUCSR, if paid in advance, $20 at the door. Register online at uucsr.org/2019leadership or contact Ben Bortin, [email protected], )516.472.2934). The Quest

GREEN SANCTUARY COMMITTEE Jim Peters, Chair

This article reflects our stewardship of the earth and our commitment to the Seventh Principle.

HADLEY HOUSE

Hadley House Residents' Association Hadley House Happenings “Oh My Papa!” Remembrances of our fathers: Daddy was best described by Mommy saying, “Wait until your father gets home!” Jerry Jalazo

Long Island’s Water Issues Our water is not experiencing what has happened in Flint, Michigan. Their water pollution problems remain just as ours are beginning to be recognized by the counties and New York State. Although their water is coming from the Detroit River, thousands of lead pipelines remain without replacement. On Long Island, we get water from underground aquifers. Over the years, they have become contaminated until our water issues are being addressed. In Nassau County, the chemical dioxane1,4 and other chemicals released from the Grumman Naval plant during World War II created a plume of toxins impacting drinking-water wells. In midDecember 2018, a New York State panel recommended strict drinking water standards for contaminants used in firefighting, foams, carpets, household beauty products, baby shampoos, and detergents. But treatment for the elimination of the dioxane 1,4 costs millions. In Bethpage, $1.65 million is needed; for the South Huntington Water District, $3 million. Only $14 million in NY State grants will be given to clean up the rest. Because of this “emerging” carcinogen, our cancer rates have been on the upswing. New York State is facing criticism for the delay in cleaning up our water contamination. Additionally, Nassau and Suffolk face a nitrogen runoff problem. In agriculture, it is widespread on farms and in home fertilizer applications, too. All of this seeps into our aquifers. Suffolk also has a septic system problem, leaching pollutants into the bays and aquifers. County Executive Steve Bellone recently stated “our number-one priority is ending the deterioration of Suffolk’s water quality.” The cost is $2.8 million for a treatment system paid for by a water surcharge—voted on by a referendum. A fund would be created for building sewers and upgrades of septic systems. What is Nassau County doing? Despite outcries and outrage over the last 20 years, we have yet to prod our lawmakers and our governor to fund us adequately and pass laws banning known or suspected carcinogens in our products. Instead, we assign culpability only to the polluters. In industrial settings, manufacturing, and agricultural operations have continued with impunity and few lawsuits. State recommendations to place restrictions on contaminants to set a drinking water standard are long delayed. We believe clean drinking water is a right. It should not be sold like soda. We must push for action now.

My Dad was a lovable man. When I moved into my first apartment, with the boxes all around and feeling overwhelmed, Dad said, “Start with the first box.” This has become a family tradition. Roz Levinson My Father had many sayings. Two of them are most enlightening: “A reader is a leader”; “Use it or lose it”—mind, body and soul. Neil (Doc) Tonnesen My Father had eight children, seven boys. He was thrilled when my sister was born. Sadly, he died when she was two years old. He never saw her grow up. He was a kind and gentle man. John Brady I remember my Father’s words of wisdom about women: “Always be early if you are meeting them in a public place (restaurant, movie, etc.). Always be late when you are picking them up from their home for a date or visit.” Doug Hyer In the late 1920s, living in the Berkshires, I heard my Father say, “Come for a ride with me, Evelyn, while I drive to see my customers.” I was 11. In his Ford, he talked to me about the books he was reading, and I especially remember Main Street, by Sinclair Lewis. I enjoyed my special time with him and, later on, became an avid reader. Evelyn Napolin My Dad was a Presbyterian minister, and I was a PK (Preacher’s Kid). The values he passed on to me are the same as our UU values. These values I passed on to my sons. Now that they are both fathers, they are passing them on to their children. What a legacy, and how lucky we all are. Rick Van Dyke My Dad was a happy man. He provided well for our family and enjoyed his life to the fullest. Three qualities stand out to me: his generosity of spirit, his creativity, and his curiosity. He was definitely a fun Dad and a lovable man. Nancy Jacobson Happy Father’s Day to all! HHRA Quest Committee: Nancy Jacobson, Jerry Jalazo, Roz Levinson, Evelyn Napolin, Barbara Singer, Jim Smith, Lilyan Strassman

Elaine Peters for the Green Sanctuary Committee June 5, 2019

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PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please see UUCSR.org for additional details on all programs. See LIACUU.org for other area congregations. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 05, 2019

Inisfada-Zen Sitting Meditation, 7:30 PM, Veatch Ballroom, Terrace Room Membership Committee Meeting, 7:30 PM, Art Gallery

THURSDAY, JUNE 06, 2019

HH LLC BOM Selection Committee Meeting, 8:45 AM, Veatch Library Yoga, 9:30 AM, Art Gallery SJC INN Cooking-Thursday, 9:30 AM, Main Kitchen AA Meeting, 10:30 AM, Room 206, 207 Shelter Rock Forum Committee Monthly Meeting, 7:00 PM, Veatch Oval Room Transition Team Meeting, 7:30 PM, Bride’s Rm Disability Task Force Meeting, 7:30 PM, Veatch Library

FRIDAY, JUNE 07, 2019

Members’ Bridge Lessons & Game Play, 1:00 PM, Veatch Ballroom Men’s Group End of Year BBQ, 6:00 PM, Veatch House Midnight Run, 6:30 PM, Social Hall Movie Night hosted by LGBTQ, RE, Women’s Group, 6:30 PM, RE Room 10

SATURDAY, JUNE 08, 2019

Coming of Age Rehearsal, 9:00 AM, Worship Room Coming of Age Rehearsal, 9:00 AM, Art Gallery Caring Hearts-Quilters, 10:00 AM, Rooms 204, 205 Wildflower Garden Planting, 10:00 AM, by the pond Bookstore Retreat, 10:00 AM, Bride’s Room Yoga, 11:00 AM, RE Room 6 Service for Coming of Age Families, 6:00 PM, Worship Room Dinner Reception for Coming of Age Families, 7:00 PM, Veatch House

SUNDAY, JUNE 09, 2019

SGM Second Sunday- Early AM Meeting, 8:30 AM, Office Conference Room Great Books-Modern American Poetry & Consuming Interests, 9:00 AM, RE Room 4 Coming of Age Rehearsal, 9:00 AM, Worship Room Coming of Age Breakfast, 9:00 AM, Art Gallery Building and Grounds Meeting, 9:00 AM, Veatch Conference Room Worship Committee Meeting, 9:15 AM, Bride’s Room Childcare, 9:30 AM, RE Room 2 Choir Rehearsal, 10:00 AM, Worship Room Bagel Breakfast, 10:00 AM, Social Hall Worship Service, 11:00 AM, Worship Room Coming of Age Service Reception, 12:00 PM, Main Lobby, Lawn UU Cafe, 12:00 PM, Social Hall UUCSR Partner Church Initiative, 12:00 PM, Social Hall Love and Stitches, 12:30 PM, RE Room 15

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Update on the Refugee Crisis, 1:30 PM, Worship Room

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019

Wildflower Garden Planting, 9:30 AM, by the pond

TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019

Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 AM, Veatch Ballroom CSA Drop off and Pick-Up, 11:00 AM, RE Lobby Nar-ANON Meeting, 6:30 PM, RE Room 19 NAMI Family to Family Classes, 6:30 PM, RE Room 15 Kundalini Yoga, 7:00 PM, RE Room 6 Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:00 PM, Veatch Ballroom

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019

Medical Qigong for Senior Health, 11:00 AM, Hadley House Community Room Reach Out America, 12:30 PM, Veatch House Inisfada-Zen Sitting Meditation, 7:30 PM, Veatch Ballroom, Terrace Room Small Group Ministry Second Wednesday PM Meeting, 7:30 PM, RE Room 19 Food & Water Watch Monthly Meeting, 7:30 PM, Veatch Conference Room Social Justice Monthly Meeting, 7:30 PM, Art Gallery Emergency Preparedness Meeting, 7:30 PM, Bride’s Room

THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

Yoga, 9:30 AM, Art Gallery AA Meeting, 10:30 AM, Room 206, 207 Green Sanctuary Monthly Meeting, 7:00 PM, Bride’s Room Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:00 PM, Veatch Ballroom RE Committee Meeting, 7:30 PM, Art Gallery

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019

Members’ Bridge Lessons & Game Play, 1:00 PM, Veatch Ballroom Soulful Sundown, 6:30 PM, Social Hall

SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019

Love and Stitches, 9:00 AM, RE Room 15 Caring Hearts-Quilters, 10:00 AM, Rms 204, 205 Yoga, 11:00 AM, Veatch Ballroom Caring Committee End of Year Brunch, 11:00 AM, Art Gallery Juneteenth Observance, 5:00 PM, UUCCN Garden City

SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2019

Small Group Ministry Coordinators Meeting, 9:00 AM, Bride’s Room Childcare, 9:30 AM, RE Room 2 Bagel Breakfast, 10:00 AM, Social Hall Worship Service, 11:00 AM, Worship Room UU Cafe, 12:00 PM, Social Hall

Third Sunday SGM Meeting, 1:00 PM, Bride’s Room Poetry Reading-Bring Your Own Poem, 1:30 PM, Veatch Terrace

TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 AM, Veatch Ballroom CSA Drop off and Pick-Up, 11:00 AM, RE Lobby NAMI Criminal Justice Committee, 3:00 PM, Bride’s Room Art Committee Meeting, 4:00 PM, Office Conference Room Nar-ANON Meeting, 6:30 PM, RE Room 19 Kundalini Yoga, 7:00 PM, Veatch Ballroom Reflections on a Transparent Problem: Window Bird Strike, 7:30 PM, Art Gallery

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019

UUA General Assembly, 8:30 AM, Spokane, WA Medical Qigong for Senior Health, 11:00 AM, Hadley House Community Room Women Talk Daytime, 12:00 PM, Art Gallery Members’ Bridge Group, 1:00 PM, Veatch Ballroom LLS Myeloma Support Group Meeting, 6:00 PM, RE Room 16 Climate Justice Task Force Meeting, 7:00 PM, Art Gallery Inisfada-Zen Sitting Meditation, 7:30 PM, Veatch Ballroom, Terrace Room

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019

Yoga, 9:30 AM, Art Gallery AA Meeting, 10:30 AM, Room 206, 207 On the record Community Forum, 7:00 PM, Worship Room

FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2019

SGM Third Friday Hadley House Meeting, 1:00 PM, Hadley House Community Room Members’ Bridge Lessons & Game Play, 1:00 PM, Veatch Ballroom Game Night, 6:30 PM, RE Room 10 Soulful Songs & Stories, 7:00 PM, RE Room 19 Summer Solstice Service, 7:00 PM, Chapel Women’s Group Book Series, 7:30 PM, Art Gallery

SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019

Saturday INN Cooking, 9:00 AM, Main Kitchen Caring Hearts-Quilters, 10:00 AM, Rooms 204, 205 Yoga, 11:00 AM, Art Gallery

SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019

Childcare, 9:30 AM, RE Room 2 Bagel Breakfast, 10:00 AM, Social Hall Worship Service, 11:00 AM, Worship Room UU Cafe, 12:00 PM, Social Hall Love and Stitches, 12:30 PM, RE Room 15 Music and Performing Arts Committee Meeting, 12:45 PM, Bride’s Room

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PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please see UUCSR.org for additional details on all programs. See LIACUU.org for other area congregations. TriCounty Artist of Long Island-Reception, 1:00 PM, Art Gallery Do You Believe?, 1:00 PM, Veatch Ballroom SGM Facilitators Training, 1:00 PM, Office Conference Room

MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

Veatch-Erase Racism-Unraveling Racism Training, 9:00 AM, Art Gallery, Social Hall Mental Health SJC Sub-Committee Monthly Meeting, 4:00 PM, Veatch Conference Room

TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019

Veatch-Erase Racism-Unraveling Racism Training, 9:00 AM, Art Gallery, Social Hall Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 AM, Veatch Ballroom CSA Drop off and Pick-Up, 11:00 AM, RE Lobby Hadley House LLC BOM Meeting, 5:30 PM, Veatch Conference Room Nar-ANON Meeting, 6:30 PM, RE Room 19 Small Group Ministry Fourth Tuesday Meeting, 7:00 PM, Veatch Terrace Room Kundalini Yoga, 7:00 PM, Veatch Ballroom Committee on Ministry, 7:30 PM, Office Conference Room

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2019

Medical Qigong for Senior Health, 11:00 AM, Hadley House Community Room Members’ Bridge Group, 1:00 PM, Veatch Ballroom Adult Programs Meeting, 5:00 PM, Veatch Conference Room Racial Justice Task Force Meeting, 5:45 PM, Office Conference Room Investment Committee Meeting, 7:00 PM, Art Gallery NAMI Family Support Group, 7:00 PM, RE Room 15 Inisfada-Zen Sitting Meditation, 7:30 PM, Social Hall, Bride’s Room Program Council Meeting, 7:30 PM, Veatch Ballroom

THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2019

Yoga, 9:30 AM, Art Gallery AA Meeting, 10:30 AM, Room 206, 207 SRI Committee Meeting, 7:00 PM, Veatch Conference Room

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2019

Planned Parenthood Staff Enrichment Day, 9:00 AM, Social Hall Members’ Bridge Lessons & Game Play, 1:00 PM, Veatch Ballroom

SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2019

Caring Hearts-Quilters, 10:00 AM, Rms 204, 205 Yoga, 11:00 AM, Social Hall

SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2019

Peace and Meditation Service, 9:00 AM, Chapel Childcare, 9:30 AM, RE Room 2

June 5, 2019

Bagel Breakfast, 10:00 AM, Social Hall Worship Service, 11:00 AM, Worship Room UU Cafe, 12:00 PM, Social Hall Women’s Group Annual Election Meeting & Luncheon, 12:30 PM, Veatch House

TUESDAY, JULY 02, 2019

Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 AM, Veatch Ballroom CSA Drop off and Pick-Up, 11:00 AM, RE Lobby Nar-ANON Meeting, 6:30 PM, RE Room 19 Inisfada-Zen Sitting Meditation, 7:30 PM, Veatch Ballroom, Terrace Room

WEDNESDAY, JULY 03, 2019

Medical Qigong for Senior Health, 11:00 AM, Hadley House Community Room Women Talk Daytime, 12:00 PM, Art Gallery

THURSDAY, JULY 04, 2019

Independence Day Holiday, BUILDING CLOSED

FRIDAY, JULY 05, 2019

Members’ Bridge Lessons & Game Play, 1:00 PM, Veatch Ballroom

SATURDAY, JULY 06, 2019 Yoga, 11:00 AM, Art Gallery

SUNDAY, JULY 07, 2019

Childcare, 9:30 AM, RE Room 2 Bagel Breakfast, 10:00 AM, Social Hall Worship Service, 11:00 AM, Worship Room UU Cafe, 12:00 PM, Social Hall

TUESDAY, JULY 09, 2019

Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 AM, Veatch Ballroom CSA Drop off and Pick-Up, 11:00 AM, RE Lobby Art Committee Meeting, 4:00 PM, Office Conference Room

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019

Medical Qigong for Senior Health, 11:00 AM, Hadley House Community Room Bookstore Committee Meeting, 4:00 PM, Bride’s Room Nar-ANON Meeting, 6:30 PM, RE Room 19 NAMI Family Support Group, 7:00 PM, RE Room 15 Inisfada-Zen Sitting Meditation, 7:30 PM, Veatch Ballroom, Terrace Room Food & Water Watch Monthly Meeting, 7:30 PM, Veatch Conference Room Social Justice Monthly Meeting, 7:30 PM, Art Gallery

THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2019

Yoga, 9:30 AM, Art Gallery AA Meeting, 10:30 AM, Room 206, 207

FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2019

Members’ Bridge Lessons & Game Play, 1:00 PM, Veatch Ballroom

SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2019 Yoga, 11:00 AM, Art Gallery

SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019

Bagel Breakfast, 10:00 AM, Social Hall Worship Service, 11:00 AM, Worship Room UU Cafe, 12:00 PM, Social Hall Caring Committee-Birthday Celebrations, 12:30 PM, Social Hall Fireplace Chat with Rev. Ned Wight, 12:30 PM, Worship Room L. I. Center of Photography-Artists’ Reception, 1:00 PM, Art Gallery

TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2019

Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 AM, Veatch Ballroom CSA Drop off and Pick-Up, 11:00 AM, RE Lobby NAMI Criminal Justice Committee, 3:00 PM, Bride’s Room

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019

Women Talk Daytime, 12:00 PM, Art Gallery LLS Myeloma Support Group Meeting, 6:00 PM, RE Room 16 Nar-ANON Meeting, 6:30 PM, RE Room 19 NAMI Family Support Group, 7:00 PM, RE Room 15 Green Sanctuary Retreat, 7:00 PM, Veatch Conference Room Inisfada-Zen Sitting Meditation, 7:30 PM, Veatch Ballroom, Terrace Room

THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2019

Yoga, 9:30 AM, Art Gallery AA Meeting, 10:30 AM, Room 206, 207

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2019

Safe Center Staff Retreat, 8:00 AM, Veatch House

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019

Leadership Development Retreat, 8:00 AM, Veatch Ballroom Saturday INN Cooking, 9:00 AM, Main Kitchen Yoga, 11:00 AM, Art Gallery

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2019

Bagel Breakfast, 10:00 AM, Social Hall Worship Service, 11:00 AM, Worship Room UU Cafe, 12:00 PM, Social Hall

TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2019

Overeaters Anonymous, 10:30 AM, Veatch Ballroom CSA Drop off and Pick-Up, 11:00 AM, RE Lobby Together to End Solitary Confinement, 6:30 PM, Worship Room, Gallery, Chapel, Rm. 17

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u n itarian u n iversalist congregation at shelter rock

48 Shelter Rock Rd. Manhasset, NY 11030 | 516.627.6560 | uucsr.org / [email protected]

Minister for Pastoral Care Rev. Jennifer L. Brower ([email protected]) Minister of Lifespan Religious Education Rev. Dr. Natalie M. Fenimore ([email protected]) Interim Senior Minister Rev. Ned Wight ([email protected]) Congregation Operations Administrator Adam Barshak ([email protected]) Veatch Executive Director Joan Minieri ([email protected]) Music Director Stephen Michael Smith ([email protected]) Membership & Volunteer Coordinator Ben Bortin ([email protected]) Lifespan Religious Education Coordinator Carson Jones ([email protected]) Youth & Young Adult Program Coordinator India Harris ([email protected]) Social Justice Coordinator Claire Deroche ([email protected])

June 5, 2019

ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED

FIRST CLASS MAIL DATED MATERIAL

Officers of the Congregation President: Klaus Masuch Vice President: Mark Hartman Secretary: John Ryan Treasurer: Brian Muellers Members of the Board of Trustees Marilyn Fischell Jana North Shanti Carole Flot Robert Nuxoll Edwin Frank Rebecca Smith Barry Nobel Vic Weit

Next Quest: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Deadline for Content: Thursday, June 13, 2019

June 7, 2019

Midnight Run Midnight Run is an opportunity for youth in grades 9-12 to provide direct service to those affected by homelessness and hunger in New York City.

Friday, June 7, 2019 6:30-9:30 pm — Prepwork/Social Hall 10:00 pm-1:00 am — Run/Manhattan

WOMEN’S GROUP CORDIALLY INVITES MEMBERS & GUESTS TO

Annual Meeting & Election Luncheon SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2019 12:30 PM • Veatch Ballroom Enjoy Lunch and Fashion Show

In order to serve those in need, we are asking for DONATIONS of: Adult Male Clothing:

Toiletries:

 Short sleeved shirts  Long pants

 Soap

 Shaving cream

 Long sleeve shirts

 Shorts

 Shampoo

 Razors

 Rain jackets

 Jackets

 Lotion

 Toothbrushes

 Socks

 Underwear

 Deodorant  Toothpaste

 Hats

 Tote bags

 Combs

 Brushes

 Feminine hygiene products We will collect donations in the Main Lobby. Join us in the Social Hall on June 7 as we prepare food, sort clothing, and compile toiletry kits for those in need. This is an all ages volunteer event. Questions? Contact: India Harris, 516.472.2943, [email protected] Youth and Young Adult Program Coordinator

The Quest

SPEAKERS: Danielle Donaphin, Director of Diane Gaines, Executive Director, Programs and Re-Entry Services, New The Woman’s Opportunity Hour for Women and Children, LI Rehabilitation Center (WORC) UUCSR Women’s Group, New Hour, and WORC modeling items from Twin Pines Charitable Thrift Shop of Port Washington. Please bring one of the following for women in need: • Clean clothing item or outfit • New women’s underwear (preferably size large or extra large) • Clean, gently used pocketbook

NO CHARGE - For Dues-Paid Members $10.00 - For Non-members Advanced Reservations Required

Please RSVP to Sharyn by June 26 516.472.2960; [email protected] uucsr.org Childcare available by request by June 19

June 5, 2019