Information about upcoming events is listed below. For more details, please contact office@uuithaca.org.

Choir Rehearsals
Thursdays 7 – 8:30 pm in the Annex

Choir rehearsals will be every Thursday in the Annex starting at 7 pm and the choir will sing at the last service each month. For more information, contact our Choir Director, Jayne Demakos at choir@uuithaca.org.

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Women’s Circle
Monday January 30 at 7 pm RESCHEDULED DATE

The Women’s Circle generally meets on the fourth Monday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm (though the meeting will be on the fifth Monday in January). All who identify as women are welcome. Anyone is welcome to bring a poem or a reading.

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Men’s Group
Monday January 30 at 5:30 pm 

The Men’s Group will gather for discussion and Pizza on January 30, 2023 at 5:30 pm in the Arch Room.  All who identify as men are welcome to join.

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Adult Religious Exploration
Sunday February 5 at 9 am in the Annex

The Adult Religious Education (ARE) Team offers pre-service presentations held on the first and third Sundays of each month of the church year. Coffee and treats are served starting from 8:45 am, with the presentation (including discussion and Q&A) running from 9:00 – 10:15 am. The Annex can be accessed through the garden entrance to the church on Aurora St. or through 208 E. Buffalo St for elevator access.

February 5: The Camino to Santiago: A Pilgrimage or a Long Hike?

Have you ever heard of the “Camino” in Santiago, Spain and wondered what motivates people to walk this 500-mile journey? Join Kathy and Richard Sholtys in a narrated slideshow to hear what led them to take this trek, why they continue to walk, and how it has changed their lives. 

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Board of Trustees Meeting
Wednesday February 15 at 6:30 pm

The Board of Trustees meets on the third Wednesday of each month. The meeting takes place in the church parlor and through Zoom. All FUSIT members are invited to attend this meeting. Ten minutes are set aside at the beginning of the meeting for congregation feedback. 
Please join us to learn more about church happenings.

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LGBTQ+ Small Group
Wednesday February 15 at 6:30 pm

This Small Group is especially for FUSIT’s LGBTQ+ community. Meetings typically follow the same general format and structure as other Small Group Ministries at FUSIT. Gatherings take place on the third Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  All who identify on the LGBTQ+ continuum are welcome.  Come enjoy this opportunity for fellowship and community within our larger FUSIT community, in a safe, confidential and nurturing environment. 

For more information, please contact office@uuithaca.org.

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Adult Religious Education
Seeking Truth in Today’s Complex-and Often Manipulated Media World
Sunday February 19 at 9 am in the Annex

FUSIT member Cyndy Scheibe is a Dana Professor in Psychology at Ithaca College teaching child development and media literacy for more than 35 years. She is also the founder and co-director of Project Look Sharp, a media literacy initiative working with teachers and librarians around the world. In addition, she coordinates the media literacy minor at the College. Cyndy will discuss how we can navigate the news, the internet, advertising, and political messages without feeling like our heads are going to explode. Are there some sources we can trust, and others that we should stay away from? With social media algorithms, deep fakes, and AI Chatbots, can we ever tell what’s real and what’s not? And how do our own experiences, attitudes, and biases influence what media messages we believe and what we choose to share? We’ll explore these questions, and how the media literacy skills of inquiry and reflection can help.

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Congregational Conversation
The Future of Social Justice at FUSIT
Sunday, February 19 from 12 – 1:30 pm
FUSIT Parlor

Please join us as we continue our discussion about Social Justice at FUSIT. We are so appreciative to everyone who showed up last month to help us begin our conversation about reimagining the ways that we support important social justice initiatives in our community. Continue the conversation and help us shape future programs and partnerships, find out how you can get more involved, and share your ideas and enthusiasm.

For more information contact the Ministry Visioning Team (mvt@uuithaca.org). Bring your ideas, your passions for this work, and bring your leadership skills. 

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Blanket Making Workshop for The Advocacy Center
Sunday February 26 from 12 – 2pm
FUSIT Annex

The Advocacy Center of Tompkins County offers free, confidential support for people who have experienced sexual, domestic, or relationship abuse. FUSIT continues to support the Advocacy Center in the important work that they are doing. This month we are offering an opportunity for people to come together and make small fleece blankets for individuals who find themselves in need of the Advocacy Center’s services. We are looking for donations of pieces of fleece that are at least 50 x 36 inches, as well as volunteers to sew or tie these pieces into small blankets. No sewing experience is required.

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Women’s Circle
Monday February 27 at 7 pm

The Women’s Circle meets on the fourth Monday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. All who identify as women are welcome. Anyone is welcome to bring a poem or a reading.

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Pub Theology 
Tuesday February 28 at 6:30 pm

Join us at Liquid State Brewing for an evening of good fellowship and conversation at our favorite local brewery (owned by FUSIT members!). We will gather at 6:30 pm and reflect together. Non-beer and non-alcoholic drink options available! 21 and over please. Bring your friends! Hope to see you there! Pub Theology takes place on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 620 West Green Street, Ithaca.

Events for Children

Family Play Time
Tuesday, February 7 from 12 – 2 pm
FUSIT Arch Room

Come in out of the cold and connect with other families during this open, unstructured playtime.

Free Kids Yoga
Wednesday, February 8 from 5:15 – 6:15 pm
FUSIT Arch Room

Join us for a free yoga class especially designed for kids. Ages 5-10 welcome. Caregivers are invited to drop your child off and pick them back up, or stay and join in the fun

Love Month Crafts and Cookies
Sunday, February 12 from, 12 – 2 pm
FUSIT Annex

Join us for a celebration of Love month as we make love themed crafts and decorate cookies together just in time for Valentine’s Day celebrations. This event is free and open to the public.

Movie Night
Friday, February 24 from 5:30 – 8 pm
Arch Room

Drop your kids off, or stay and join us, for a movie night, complete with dinner and snacks!

Movie Night Registration

Music for Little People
Thursdays from 12:30 – 1:15 pm

Free and open to the public each Thursday in February. Emily Richards will offer weekly baby music classes for children 3-5 years of age with parents. We will meet upstairs in the Arch Room. Sing, play, dance, explore instruments, and connect through music. 

Our Whole Lives (OWL)
The First Unitarian Society of Ithaca (FUSIT) and the First Congregational Church of Ithaca (FCCI) are excited to offer the Our Whole Lives comprehensive sexuality education program during the school year 2022-2023.

OWL for Grades 10-12

We are thrilled to offer OWL to our 10-12th graders beginning in March!
For additional details, such as dates, times, and location, please click the registration link below.