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    Annual Flower Communion

    Join us on Sunday, June 4th for our Annual Flower Communion. Please bring a flower to represent each family

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      Spring Picnic

      Join us on Sunday, May 21st for a Spring Breakfast Picnic. We’ll meet at Schappacher Park. Harmony will provide food, water, and paper products. Please bring a camping or outdoor chair if you have one, and please RSVP by Sunday May 14th so we have a

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        Transhumanity Part II: Artificial Intelligence

        Artificial intelligence is exploding into our lives. As the products produced by AI become more and more difficult to distinguish from the work of humans, it raises many questions. Is a human mind intrinsically biological? That is, could a human mind exist in silico? What does this mean, ethically,

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          Saturday, April 15: Service Project

          Note: Because our spring service project will take place on Saturday April 15, there won’t be a service on Sunday, April 16. Our community service project will be at A Child’s Hope International on Saturday, April 15 at 9:30 AM (meet at A Child’s Hope at 9:15).  The address is 2430 E

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            Great Sermons

            After more than a decade as the Sunday Service Director, Rob will share his thoughts on what he thinks makes a great sermon, ask what you think makes a great sermon, and offer reasons why you should consider giving one (or giving one

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              Building Your Own Theology

              Join us on Sunday, March 19 for our next installment of BYOT with Paul

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                Motherhood and Knitting: Works in Progress

                In this sermon, Libby will reflect on some experiences she’s had as a mother and as a knitter. As she talks about her identities as a mother and a maker, she will encourage you to think about your own experiences with the concepts of process and progress vs.

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                  February 19th: Harmony Service

                  Starting the new year with a clutter cleanout? To support our 7th principle—caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things—Sunday the 19th is a chance to keep things from the landfill. Join us at Harmony, 10:00am for some coffee/hot chocolate, camaraderie, and to browse

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                    ❄️ No Service — Snow Day! ❄️

                    Due to rapid snow accumulation, we are canceling the service on Sunday, January 22nd. Enjoy the snow

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                      January 8th, 2023

                      Please join us on Sunday, January 8 for our first service of 2023! Due to the New Year’s holiday, our services in January will be on the 8th and 22nd (the second and fourth Sundays of the month). We will resume our regular schedule in

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                        Sunday, December 4th

                        What’s for dinner? What am I going to wear? What curfew should I set for my teenager? Should I say something; what should I say? Where’s the best place to live? Which job should I go for? How much can I responsibly spend? Which commitment do I keep? How much time and effort should I

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                          Winter Service Project: Peanut Butter Ministry

                          Join us on Sunday, November 20 to support St. Susanna’s Peanut Butter Ministry as we meet together to assemble sandwiches for the hungry of Cincinnati. Unlike in the pre-pandemic times, we will assemble sandwiches at Harmony instead of St. Susanna, so all you need to do is show up to Harmony at

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                            To Every Thing There Is a Season

                            The leaves changing colors and falling from the trees right now remind us of the shift from summer to fall. Just as each season in nature has its purpose, and no season lasts forever, so do the different seasons of our life. Harmony member Susan Wenner Jackson will explore how we can experience

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                              Building Your Own Theology

                              Join us on Sunday, October 16th for our next Building Your Own

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                                Sunday, October 2nd

                                Gretchen will give the sermon on Sunday, October 2nd. We will soon post a full

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                                  Annual Picnic

                                  Harmony’s annual picnic will take place on September 18th in lieu of our normal Sunday service. Check your email for the

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                                    Building Your Own Theology

                                    Join us on Sunday, August 21st for our next Building Your Own Theology

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                                      Guest Speaker Michael Dowd

                                      On Sunday, August 7th we will welcome guest speaker Michael Dowd to Harmony. Michael is a bestselling eco-theologian, TEDx speaker, and pro-science, pro-future advocate whose work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on

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                                        Summer Service Project

                                        Join us on Sunday, July 17th for our summer service

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                                          Curiosity, Creativity and Exploration—Live Like a Kid

                                          On Sunday, July 3rd, Jamey will give us strategies for reclaiming a child-like enthusiasm for life amidst a post-pandemic

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                                            Sunday Social Event: Picnic!

                                            For the second quarter social event, we’ll be having a picnic at Schappacher Park from 10:00am-12:00pm! We’ll provide donuts, bagels/cream cheese, yogurt, and fruit. Please bring your own drink. Email info@harmonyuu.org for more

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                                              Paths and Roads

                                              On Sunday, June 5th Tim will talk about the differences between paths and roads: two ways of moving through places, and two ways of thinking about our relationship with the

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                                                May 15: Build Your Own Theology

                                                On Sunday, May 15 Paul will lead us in another round of discussion from Build Your Own

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                                                  Sunday, May 1st

                                                  On Sunday, May 1st Gretchen will give the Harmony sermon. More details about the topic will be posted

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                                                    Service Project: GLAD House

                                                    For April’s service project, we will be putting together art kits for youth participating in Glad House services. The mission of GLAD House is to improve the lives of children and their families by breaking the cycle of addiction. Staff at the GLAD House regularly use art to engage the kids in

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                                                      Honesty is the Best Policy and Other Lies

                                                      Jeff Chambers is going to lie to you.  A lot.  And maybe, just maybe, that’s a good

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                                                        Social Event at Mason Bowl

                                                        Join us on March 20th from 10am to 12pm for our Harmony UU Social Event at Mason Bowl! Mason Bowl is located at 763 Reading Road (Mason). We will have 5 lanes reserved that morning for Harmony UU members. Bring money for your shoe rentals ($2.75/pair) and for any food items you choose to purchase

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                                                          Burnout Be Gone

                                                          Feeling burned out? After two years of Covid and a whole lotta dumpster fires, you’re not alone. Harmony member Susan Jackson may not have all the answers, but in this sermon, she’s going to share a few practical, simple, science-based burnout-busters based on the new book, The Awesome

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                                                            BYOT: February 2022

                                                            Join us for our next Build Your Own Theology discussion on Sunday, February

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                                                              Life According to Lasso

                                                              Harmony members Julie Gebhart and Rob Rogan (in absentia) dive into themes seen throughout Ted Lasso, including hope, optimism, and the power of human connection. Join us as we explore the pros and cons of hope and possible consequences of pervasive

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                                                                Harmony Holiday Song Fest

                                                                Join us on Sunday, December 19th for our annual holiday song festival. We need volunteers to sing or perform, so please email Dale if you’re willing to

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                                                                  Holiday Sing Along!

                                                                  We will hold our annual holiday sing along during the December 18th service. If you would like to lead us in song, please let Dale know what you’d like to

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                                                                    Sunday, December 5th

                                                                    Jeff Chambers is our sermon writer for Sunday, December 5th. More details

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                                                                      Build Your Own Theology

                                                                      On Sunday, Nov. 21st, we’ll have our first Build Your Own Theology course as a Harmony Community. There’s nothing for you to do prior to coming. Just show up and participate in what will surely be a lively discussion about the nature of reality, our mortality, human nature, and the

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                                                                        Musings on Gratitude

                                                                        On Sunday, November 7th, Jen will share with us her musings on

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                                                                          Amusement, Engagement, and Anger

                                                                          On Sunday, October 17th, Tim will help us think about the effects of entertainment, news, and cultural polarization in a dopamine-drenched

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                                                                            An Anthology

                                                                            On Sunday, September 19th Rob Rogan will offer a collection of several mini-subjects woven together to help us all explore how we live our

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                                                                              Free Will: Do we have it? And what if we don’t?

                                                                              In this sermon, Paul Smith will take us through a thought experiment to help us determine if we have free will, and then discuss the social and ethical implications of not having as much free will as we typically think we

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                                                                                On Happiness, Failure, and Flow

                                                                                What is happiness? Why are some experiences exhilarating and meaningful, while others are monotonous and boring? How do we create the conditions for happiness, and how might those conditions change our day-to-day experience of the world? On Sunday, August 1st Tim will consider these questions and

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                                                                                  Roll For Morals

                                                                                  On Sunday, July 18 join Jeff Chambers on a journey of fun and self-exploration as he uses modern games to become someone completely

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                                                                                    Oppressive Weight: The Intersection of Diet Culture and Patriarchy

                                                                                    In this sermon, Harmony member Julie Gebhart will explore the history of the “ideal female form” and how this ideal has been used to maintain power over women throughout recent history. Diet culture will be examined from a historical and personal lense, while listeners are encouraged to

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                                                                                      Leaning Into “Liftoff”

                                                                                      On June 20th, Jen Gillum will briefly discuss Melinda French Gates’ book The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World. Jen’s dear friend (and Harmony guest speaker) Jody O’Dell will then share some of her experiences working as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2014-2016 in Swaziland

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                                                                                        Income Inequality: An historical and ethical review

                                                                                        Paul Smith will share a brief history of income inequality, followed by a look at what three of the world’s major religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam) have to say about it from an ethical standpoint. He’ll then close with some thoughts and a challenge on what you can do about

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                                                                                          Why Go Vegan?

                                                                                          On Sunday, May 2nd, Megan will explore the three types of veganism as well as the impact of a plant-based diet on the individual and on the environment. We will conduct this service virtually via Zoom. If you’d like to join us on Sunday, just email us at info@harmonyuu.org and we’ll send you a

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                                                                                            The Awards Culture in the Entertainment Industry

                                                                                            Mass media including film, tv, and music has a strong impact on society.  Awards such as the Academy Awards and Golden Globes influence what gets produced.  There has been a mix of positive social outcomes from this as well as controversies.  Doren Cook would like to discuss her love of media,

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                                                                                              What is celebrated at Easter?

                                                                                              Three years ago, Karen Gottschall talked about the many traditions of spring that parallel Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This time, Sally will talk about what Unitarians and non-Christians see in the story of the Resurrection or, if you will, in its message of

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                                                                                                Being spiritual but not religious?

                                                                                                Fighting the oppression of organized religion, or just too lazy to get up early on Sundays? On Sunday, March 21st Harmony member Dale Bodmer will help you think through questions of spirituality and religion. We will conduct this service virtually via Zoom. If you’d like to join us on Sunday,

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                                                                                                  Camping, Cookies, and Creed: How the Girl Scout Promise and Law Reflects UU Principles

                                                                                                  Did you know that Sunday, March 7, 2021 is Girl Scout Sunday? In this sermon, Briella Chambers (she/her/hers) along with her parent Kim Chambers, will share how the Girl Scout Promise and Law reflects UU Principles. This is the final requirement for the UUA’s Religion In Life Program for

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                                                                                                    Reckoning with Infertility and Loss

                                                                                                    Alexx Cook shares her personal experience with secondary infertility and miscarriage, and how it changed her perspective on connection, grief, and mental health. We will conduct this service virtually via Zoom. If you’d like to join us on Sunday, just email us at info@harmonyuu.org and we’ll

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                                                                                                      The Social Dilemma

                                                                                                      Do you sometimes feel as though your social media platforms have completely overtaken your life, or the lives of your family? That is no accident. In this revealing sermon, Harmony members Emily and Jon King will discuss the social media landscape and the deliberate design choices behind them that

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                                                                                                        Sunday, February 6th

                                                                                                        All of you have heard of the 7 UU principles. But have you heard of the 7 mycelium pillars that could greatly benefit your life? Discover the miraculous potential of mushrooms in creating a sustainable future and improving overall human

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