The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Frankfurt usually holds meetings on the second Sunday of each month at 15:00.
Please send us an email for further information if you are not on the mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org). Meetings location rotates among various members' homes and will be communicated to the mailing list.
Please bring something to eat and drink after the program.
The current schedule of meetings is as follows. Please check back here frequently as the schedule and the location of the meetings may change!
|Date||Leader||Topic or Venue|
|13 January 2013||Margaret||Reflections and hopes|
|3 February 2013||Freya||Imbule - A Pagan Spring Festival|
|10 March 2013||Andrea||(Waiting for a topic)|
|21 April 2013||SaBine||Earth Day|
|19 May 2013||Jolie||Flower Communion|
|23 June 2013||Steve||Writing that moves the soul / annual poetry hike|
|11 November 2012||Charmaine||Sharing - How it challenges and helps us|
|26-28 October 2012||EUU retreat in Cologne. 14 current and past members attended.|
|9 September 2012||Steve||Personal Memories from the Summer: Where can they lead us?|
|10 June 2012||Steve||Poetry walk & Rote Muehle for dinner|
|20 May 2012||All||Flower Ceremony (traditional)|
|29 April 2012||SaBine||Maypole Dance|
|18 March 2012|
|19 February 2012||Freya||Karnival (4:00 pm with pot-luck dinner)|
|22 January 2012||Swanson Family|
|11 December 2011||Steve||Winter hike (Sunday morning)|
|20 November 2011||Margaret|
|4-6 November 2011||EUU||Weekend Convocation in Oberwesel|
|30 October 2011||George and Jolie|
|12 June 2011||at Crowley-Koopman family - Poetry walk and picnic in Oberursel|
|08 May 2011||at Hill-Young family|
|10 April 2011||at Swanson family|
|13 March 2011||at Reidlebacher family|
|13 February 2011||at Margaret Grosse's home in Frankfurt|
|16 January 2011||On January 16th the Frankfurt UU met to consider the search for truth in our complex world. Steve Crowley facilitated this discussion based on the book 1491 by Charles C. Mann. This best selling non-fiction presents the newest understandings of Native American life prior to the arrival of Columbus. The content is both shocking and draws into focus how truth is a tough find. Central to the afternoon was the follow up conversation on the role of truth in our personal spiritual path. During the adult's meeting, the children worked with Freya on traditions in other faiths.|
|12 December 2010||at Jolie and George's home|
|15 November 2010||Including annual meeting, VERY IMPORTANT!!! We need all officers to attend!!!|
At Angela and Lindy's home
|24 October 2010||Cancelled! Autumn Walk, 4:00 pm at gate of Frankfurt International School |
after Apple Fest (12:00 - 4:00 pm)
|12 Sept 2010||Beate Sykes||Beate
will be sharing her experiences working in Laos for a non-profit
organization. In addition, we'll need to set the schedule of dates and
meeting locations after the service. The children will have a service
centered around a review of the seven principles that guide the UU.
Please let me know if you need directions to our home. We begin at 3
pm. Please bring a dessert to share after the meeting. There's going to
be great stuff to listen to and share. |
|02 May 2010||Lindy Smith||The Flower Ceremony|
|13 June 2010||Steve / Sabine||Poetry Hike & Picnic in Oberursel Forest (Everyone)|
|11 April 2010||Steve Crowley||1491, A moral dilemma|
|14 March 2010||Margaret||We are hosting the Sunday 14th March UU Meeting, which will be on Buddhism. There will also be a kid's program. As always, a snack or dessert is appreciated.|
|7 February 2010||Cancelled due to weather|
|10 January 2010||Margaret||Buddhism|
|13 December 2009||Lindy / Angela|
|22 Nobember 2009||Jolie / George||Hinduism|
|25 October 2009||Steve / Sabine||The topic for discussion will be Mormonism. We'll be exploring the history and theology of America's fastest growing religion. Freya will also lead us through an apple ceremony as part of the seasonal shifts.Sabine Koopmann will be running the youth program. Please bring along something to contribute to the coffee and desserts following the meeting.|
|13 September 2009||Reflecting on the past / building for the future (Steve)|
|7 June 2009||Steve Crowley||Poetry in the Woods|
Key Poem: Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
We will gather for a poetry walk and picnic. We'll meet at 3 pm at the end of the U3 line which is called Hohemark. There's a large parking lot there. We can all meet under the U-Bahn clock. From there we'll walk to a frog pond sanctuary which is about 20 minutes away. There are many alternatives destinations, so we can discuss options when everyone is together if folks feel like something different. Please bring something to share. It can be a poem, but any sort of not too long a sharing would be great... songs, dance, a game, quotation trivia, mystery puzzles. The bottom line is to be in nature together in a way that allows us to open up to each other. After sharing we'll spread out blankets... if you brought one... and eat a snacky kind of picnic. The poetry and picnic gathering will probably take us well beyond 4 pm. I would suggest we won't be done until 5 or 6-ish. It's our last meeting before September, so please join in.
|10 May 2009||TBD||The Art of Happiness|
A discussion of the thoughts of the Dali Lama outlined in his book of that title
(It is suggested that you get a copy of this book and read it)
|19 April 2009||Freya Vass-Rhee and Sabine Koopmann||Ancient Pagan Rites of Spring|
Both children and adults will participate
|15 March 2009||Lindy Smith||French Philosophers|
Swimming for the kids! So bring swimsuits, towels, etc.
And please bring a dessert!
|01 February 2009||George and Jolie||Greg will be working with the kids. For a change of pace, let's everyone bring something for more of a coffee and cakes kind of thing instead of dinner. That will give a chance to compare the options, or simply add some variety. See you Sunday.|
|11 January 2009||Sabine Koopmann|
Nature-Deficit-Disorder. This discussion will be based on the book Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. We will be giving a workshop on this topic in about a month so I figured it was a good time to get some feedback. We'd ask everyone to come with a memory of a great time you had in nature. The kids' program will run a parallel plan. The kids should come prepared to head outside and explore the stream and field behind our place. The adults just need to bring memories. We start at 3pm.
Following the meeting we'll have a potluck dinner. Again, we'll provide some main course like a safe pasta dish. The rest of you just do what inspires you. If you wish to dialogue on the dinner, just reply to all and we'll see what happens. This time I'd like folks to bring something to drink as well for kids and adults.
Inspiration for this service
I go to nature to be soothed and healed,
and to have my sense put back in tune once more.
- John Burroughs
|14 December 2008||Sabine Koopmann||"Music: The Voice of the Soul"|
Everyone is asked to bring a piece of music that moves them in important ways to share with the fellowship.
|09 November 2008||Hans Le Grand (Dutch UU Minister)|
Sunday School will be run by Sabine Koopmann
Direct Experience of Transcending Mystery and Wonder (The text draws from the first principal)
Inspiration for this service
TREMBLING WITH JOY
The great sea has set me in motion,
set me adrift,
moving me like a weed in a river.
The sky and the strong wind
have moved the spirit inside me
till I am carried away
trembling with joy.
by Inuit Shaman Uvaunuk
|14 Sept 2008||Steve Crowley||This coming Sunday we'll celebrate Summer. Please bring something from this summer that will help us understand how your summer went. . We'll do some sharing, focusing on how individual celebration is part of the religious life. There will be a similar program for the kids. See you at 3pm.|
|08 June 2008||Steve Crowley||Our next meeting is this coming Sunday at noon at Lisa Steindorf's house in Hoffheim. We'll walk from her house into the forest that is just a few steps away. There we'll have a picnic and read poetry. Afterwards we'll return to her home a try a couple sacred dances to finish off our year of meetings. This all means that everyone needs to bring a picnic and drinks, plus something to share with everyone. A poem that you love, a quote, a short story...such a thing would be fine. By 5 pm everything needs to be over and done. Lisa is hosting another gathering later that evening. Please let me know if you aren't going to make it...other wise we will wait at Lisa's before we start the hike. If you need a lift to her house from the S or U bahn stop, please call her house. The directions to her place are here.|
|11 May 2008||George Redlbacher||Pfingsten/ Pentecost is coming up. George will be sharing with us what that celebration |
is all about and what we make of it in the UU tradition. The children will be led in a lesson
about What music means to us by our oldest UU boys, Ben and Justin.
|06 April 2008||Steve Crowley||Meditation in a Mixed Up World|
|06 April 2008||Sabine Koopmann||Kids' lesson. Sabine will be talking about refugee children and preparing for a visit to the Oberursel refugee home. Please remember to bring a little something for the toy collection, especially outdoor toys. The kids will take those to the refugee children in Oberursel on April 22nd.|
|09 March 2008||Steve Crowley||Unity vs. the Trinity...a discussion of early Christian History|
|13 January 2008||Steve Crowley||Civil Rights in an Uncivilized World|
|9 December 2007||Sabine Koopmann, Jolie Gutentag||A Day of Action: Charitable Work in the Spirit of Giving. Service at 3:00 pm at Steve and Sabine's house. |
Our topic will be "Winter Holidays Around the World". Be prepared to bring an activity, a story or a reading about a winter holiday you are familiar with or interested in. We will take turns sharing what we know about the meaning of those holidays (Christmas, Solstice, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Diwali...). If you can bring a song or two to teach us and sing with us all, it would be lovely.
We will share a potluck dinner afterwards. Soup, breads and drinks will be provided. Please bring a salad or a dessert.
The local refugee home in Oberursel houses many children (ages 1-15). There is a small student group from FIS who visits there regularly to play with the younger children. After consulting with the coordinating teacher and the refugee home representative, Jolie, Robin and SaBine have decided that we will provide these children with new games for indoors or outdoors and visit them to play sometime after the winter holidays. This time of year they get more attention than other times, so we will visit them when the seasonal attention has gone away. We will start gathering appropriate games in the new year. Your help will be much appreciated.
11 November 2007
|George Redlbacher||Saint Martin's Day. Who was this Saint? How did this tradition grow?|
21 October 2007
|Sabine Koopmann||Samhain, the value of our Ancestors|
9 September 2007
|Steve Crowley||Vacation: How it helps us. Our unique moments.|
10 June 2007
|Steve Crowley||Poetry Walk...sharing what matters to us|
13 May 2007
|Potluck and Fundraiser at Worldfest|
4 April 2007
|Steve Crowley||Finding Peace in a tortured World|
11 March 2007
|Jolie Gutentag||How do we know when we've found Inner Peace?|
11 February 2007
|Steve Crowley||Reinventing our Rites of Passage|
14 January 2007
|Claire Vision org.||A Presentation on Meditation|
|11 January 2004||Ingrid Ahlberg||Women's rights issues and adopting an infant girl in China|
|14 September 2003||Lindell Smith||Insights of the Old Testament Prophet, Amos|
11 May 2003
|Jim Pope||Reflections from a 30-year Unitarian|
|10 November 2002||Megumi Hirota||The Buddhist-Muslim Dialogue|
|8 September 2002||Bryant Brown||Since 911. What's changed. What has not.|
|26 May 2002||Bryant Brown||Adult Religious Education: Living at the edge, or eternal life|
|12 May 2002||Bryant Brown||Let's hear it for silence|
|28 April 2002||Bryant Brown||Adult Religious Education: Mystery|
|14 April 2002||Lindell Smith||Zoroastrianism|
|24 March 2002||Bryant Brown||Adult Religious Education: Silence|
|10 March 2002||Lindell Smith||A Thumbnail Guide to Ethics|
|24 February 2002||Bryant Brown||Adult Religious Education: Liberal Religion for our Time|
|10 February 2002||Bryant Brown||read "Ground Zero"|
|27 January 2002||Bryant Brown||Adult Religious Education: Life as a Work in Progress|
|13 January 2002||Bryant Brown||read "Words are Just Words"|
|9 December 2001||Hans LeGrand||Fear|
|11 November 2001||Dorle and Dieter Gehrmann||Rissho Kosei-kai|
Women's rights issues and adopting an infant girl
Kosei-kai. The Rev. and Mrs.
Gerhmann, the newest members of the UU Frankfurt Fellowship will
feature their experiences with their personal contact in Japan with the
Rissho Koshi Kai Buddhists, a six million member "sister" to the UUA.
Through a small group process which teaches simple truths on the
emotional as well as the cognitive level, this group has not only
developed a large and influential church body in Japan, but they have
also studied and practice ways to make a real difference in approaching
DEC 01 at 5 PM in
the Chapel of Patrick Henry Village, near
Winter Solstice Walk to the Night Tree, 22 December 2001. The Kaiserslautern UU Fellowship will celebrate the Winter Solstice on Saturday, 22 December by taking a 40 minute walk into the high forest to a spreading evergreen, which will be decorated with food for the birds, deer, boar, rabbits, mice and foxes in the area. Please RSVP to John Keating/Elizabeth Malone at +49-6301-31353 or email@example.com and bring a holiday bread or dessert, and house shoes. Maps and help arranging reasonably priced rooms in a local Gasthaus available.
Life as a Work in Progress, 27 January 2002. Essayist Phil Simmons, in the November/December 2001 UU World writes that only by "building a house of peace in the present moment can we be made whole." We'll talk about living every day to the fullest. Read Article
Mystery, 28 April
2002. "[W]e have magazine articles telling us the six ways to
find a mate, the eight ways to bring greater joy into your life, the ten
elements of a successful family, the twelve steps toward spiritual
enlightenment. We choose to see life as a technical matter.
A Thumbnail Guide to Ethics, 10 March 2002. How conscious are we of how we make our ethical decisions and process ethical dilemmas? Do we make our decisions based on what we think is right? Does the decision have to serve the most people? Is it more important to try to predict the outcome of a decision? Is it possible at all to find situations that are comfortable in any of these ways.Past Topics
Liberal Religion For
Our Time, 24 February 2002. "The Universalist principle is to unite
the many into one," writes
Silence, 24 March 2002. "Emptiness, like silence, like love, is not something we choose, not something we reason our way into, but rather something into which we fall, something in which we find ourselves." Another of Philip Simmons' essays will be the pivot point of the Adult RE meeting for March. Read essay.Past Topics
Let's Hear it for Silence, 12 May 2002. It is a noisy world in many ways. Many religious traditions teach of the value of silence. In a recent adult religious education session, some aspects of quiet were discussed. This talk will explore some more. Read Let's Hear It For Silence.
Since 911 . We
hear the world changed on 11 September 2001. Some things, like our need
for each other stay the same. Read Since 911.