Do you remember the TV and radio commercials in the 1950s, 60s and 70s…the ones with that tiny woman in a uniform with her Czech accent:
“This is Lotta Hitschmanova. Please give generously to the Unitarian Service Committee, 56 Sparks Street, Ottawa 4!”
If you do remember Lotta, you’re encouraged to sign this petition, and to share any stories or reminiscences you may have about Lotta.
She worked for decades to make the world a “better, kinder place for all.” She inspired Canadians to make layettes for women in refugee camps halfway around the globe and trained midwives to help bring their babies safely into the world. She sent clothes to France in the 1940s and funded orphanages and school programs for kids the war left without parents.
Lotta’s work criss-crossed the country and the world. In her years with USC Canada she left her mark on many people. Singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn remembers her as someone who “radiated love and concern.” Read more here.
Employment opportunity at UFP:
RE Facilitator for 15 weeks; Jan 6th-April 12th, 2019.
We are currently seeking someone from within our UFP community to fill the 5 hr./week position of RE Facilitator on a temporary basis. Kate Huband, our Director of RE, will be away from January 1st to April 12th, on an educational leave of absence to complete her Master of Social Work. In her absence, our current RE Facilitator, Gloria Proctor Bennett, will be taking the lead as RE Coordinator so we need to fill Gloria’s role as RE Facilitator, to co-lead programming on Sunday mornings (5 hours/wk).
The ability to facilitate experiential education programs with youth and children and work with volunteers is essential. Strong interpersonal, creative, group facilitation, organizational and communication skills are required. Start week of January 2 and end April 12, 2019.
To read the full job description link here.
Please direct your expression of interest by Dec. 2nd to Kate Huband (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rev. Julie Stoneberg (email@example.com).
UFP’s annual pledge campaign is now underway. UFP friends and members should have received an email with a form to fill out earlier this week. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Sue Sauve or Scott Donovan. If would like to be set up on monthly automatic withdrawal for your pledge or would like to change the amount of your monthly contribution, Kathleen Stephenson-Fields will be available after the service on November 11 with the necessary forms. The pledge campaign finale will be a potluck lunch on November 18 following the service. Everyone is welcome!
Thank you to everyone, near and far, who contribute. Our congregation is thriving and has many goals and aspirations for the coming year.
Fill out this form to make your 2019 pledge.
On Sunday, October 14, UFP will be taking a special collection to support Burundi refugees. In 2015, the Unitarian Church of Bujumbura in Burundi was targeted by the government and half of the Church membership fled the country and went to neighboring countries for safety. They are now mostly in Rwanda and Kenya with some settled in Canada, USA and Europe.
These refugees are part of a population of 400,000 people who had to flee Burundi in 2015. Read more here.