Category Archives: LOVE (Living Our Values Everyday)

Pastoral Care Team Request

The Pastoral Care Team and our minister, Eric Severson, has been contacted by a UU who recently moved to the south side of Saginaw.  She would like to attend services, but has no transportation.  If you are able to provide a ride occasionally, or have an idea how she could connect with someone using public transport or another resource, please contact a member of the Pastoral Care Team (Gisela Bailey is the October contact) or our minister, Eric Severson.

Stronger Together – Women & LGBTQ Justice

June 29, 10:30am – 4:15pm
Birmingham Unitarian Church

38651 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills, MI  

EXCITING SPEAKERS:  Rep. Christine Grieg, House Minority Leader; Emily Clancy, Organizer, Planned Parenthood of Michigan; Jay Kaplan, Staff Attorney, MI ACLU LGBT Project;  Dani Woods, Detroit Policy Department LGBT Liaison; Emme Zanotti, Stand with Trans Board Member, Judy Lewis, Training & Education Coordinator, SAGE.

10:30am Registration
11:00am Brunch
12:00pm Program 

PANEL: Threats & opportunities for women & LGBTQ people
WORKSHOPS: Policy updates affecting women & LGBTQ people
WORKSHOPS: How to be an ally for women & LGBTQ people

Registration: $30 (scholarships available); free child care

Click HERE to register via Eventbrite (use credit card or PayPal)
Click HERE to register via MUUSJN website (use check or Paypal)

This conference is being planned and supported by over 15 women’s and LGBTQ empowering organizations including: the Birmingham Unitarian Church; Planned Parenthood of Michigan; the American Association of University Women; United Church of Christ – Michigan Conference; Fem’s 
for Dems/Fems for Change; Equality Michigan; Stand with Trans; Song and Spirit Institute for Peace; Inclusive Justice; SAGE Metro Detroit; Metropolitan Church of Detroit; UU Fellowship of Central Michigan; Gray Panthers of Metro Detroit; Northwest UU Church; and the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network.           

MUUSJN’s Facebook page

Great Lakes Bay Pride Festival Volunteers Needed

The Fellowship will be present again this year at the Great Lakes Bay  Pride Festival and we are looking for volunteers to fill 2.5 hour shifts at our booth. The festival is on June 29, 12:00-5:00pm at Wenonah Park in Bay City, with set-up beginning at 10:00am.
We are looking for five volunteers per shift to help us out. Shifts are available from 12-2:30 pm and 2:30 – 5 pm, or you can stay for the whole event. Please sign up here for a shift
If you have any questions, please contact Jacob Guettler by email or 989-492-4414.

Beyond Binary: A Conversation About Gender – Follow-Up

Thank you very much to everyone who attended the program “Beyond Binary: A Conversation About Gender” last Friday, May 17. We had somewhere between 30 and 40 people attend this successful event. We hope everyone was able to take away a better understanding of what it means to be Transgender and what the Transgender experience is like. Special thank you to Amy McDonald from Family & Children’s Services for leading the conversation and moderating our panel discussion, and to the three panelists for their willingness to be vulnerable by answering audience questions and talking about their experiences as members of the Transgender community. Finally, many thanks to Rev. Connie and Amy Rogers for their leadership in making this program possible, to Denise Reiling for providing supporting resources (see below), and to everyone who brought snacks for intermission. If you were unable to attend the program, please see the links below for resources used during the program as well as extra educational materials.

From The Living Our Values Everyday (L.O.V.E.) Team

Resources & Educational Materials
I’ve Lived as a Man and a Woman

How to Talk to Transgender People

National Park Service LGBTQ Heritage Study

Genderbread Person: A teaching tool for breaking the big concept of gender down into bite-sized, digestible pieces

National LGBT Health Education Center: Glossary of LGBT Terms for Health Care Teams

Unitarian Universalist Association’s “Transgender 101: Identity, Inclusion, and Resources”

Pronoun labels are provided underneath the name tags.  You place them inside your badge holder towards the bottom.