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04Dec

    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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    20Nov
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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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      06Nov

        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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        16Oct

          Building Your Own Theology

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

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          02Oct

            Sunday, October 2nd

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

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            18Sep

              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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              21Aug

                Building Your Own Theology

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

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                07Aug

                  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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                  17Jul

                    Summer Service Project

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

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                    03Jul

                      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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                      19Jun

                        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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                        05Jun

                          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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                          15May

                            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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                            01May

                              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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                              17Apr

                                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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                                03Apr

                                  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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                                  20Mar

                                    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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                                    06Mar

                                      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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                                      20Feb

                                        BYOT: February 2022

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

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                                        03Jan

                                          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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                                          19Dec

                                            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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                                            05Dec

                                              Sunday, December 5th

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

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                                              19Nov

                                                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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                                                07Nov

                                                  Musings on Gratitude

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

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                                                  17Oct

                                                    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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                                                    19Sep

                                                      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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                                                      05Sep

                                                        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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                                                        01Aug

                                                          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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                                                          18Jul

                                                            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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                                                            04Jul
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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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                                                              20Jun

                                                                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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                                                                06Jun

                                                                  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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                                                                  02May
                                                                    Fruits and flowers

                                                                    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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                                                                    18Apr

                                                                      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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                                                                      04Apr

                                                                        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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                                                                        21Mar

                                                                          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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                                                                          07Mar

                                                                            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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                                                                            21Feb

                                                                              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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                                                                              07Feb

                                                                                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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                                                                                06Feb

                                                                                  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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                                                                                  17Jan
                                                                                    Where does hope come from, and what happens when it starts slipping away? A Detroit native shares her personal story of hope as it ebbs, flows, and evolves.

                                                                                    21 Reasons to be Hopeful in 2021

                                                                                    To help start 2021 off on a positive note, Paul Smith will share 21 insights from Steven Pinker’s new book Enlightenment Now showing how life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. Join us for a time of positive

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                                                                                    16Jan

                                                                                      Sunday Service – Bethany House

                                                                                      On Sunday, January 16th we will engage in our first service project of 2022—sorting and organizing donated items for the Bethany

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                                                                                      03Jan

                                                                                        Taking a Personal Retreat

                                                                                        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 link for our online Sunday

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                                                                                        20Dec
                                                                                          Image of rudolph

                                                                                          Christmas in Harmony

                                                                                          Please join us for a special morning of carols and stories led by Harmony’s music director, Dale Bodmer. 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 link for our online Sunday

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                                                                                          06Dec

                                                                                            More Festivus for the Rest of Us

                                                                                            There are some that celebrate Christmas, others who have Yuletide cheer, but Jeff will also discuss other holidays celebrated this time of year. 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 link

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                                                                                            01Nov
                                                                                              Marcus Aureleus statue

                                                                                              The Stoic Challenge

                                                                                              The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher’s Guide to Becoming Tougher Calmer and More Resilient teaches us how to transform life’s stumbling blocks into opportunities. Not only can we overcome everyday obstacles―we can benefit from them, too. We will conduct this service virtually via Zoom. If

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                                                                                              18Oct

                                                                                                Humanism: What it was, and is, and isn’t

                                                                                                On October 18th, join us for a historical look at Humanism, a detailed look at the Humanist Manifestos of 1933 and 1973, and how to tell if you’re a Humanist yourself. We will conduct this service virtually via Zoom. If you’d like to join us on Sunday, just email us at info@harmonyuu.org

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                                                                                                04Oct

                                                                                                  What Living in a Pandemic Taught Me about Dystopian Fiction

                                                                                                  Tim has read countless dystopian novels about people living in disastrous moments on ruined worlds, and he’s thought about many of those stories in 2020. On Sunday, October 4th he will reflect on disaster stories, isolation, and the pandemic, asking how large problems and difficult times

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                                                                                                  03Oct

                                                                                                    Belonging, Becoming, Believing and Be-Loving: Reflections on a Spiritual Home by Guest Speaker Tom Lottman

                                                                                                    Well-being is a process of keeping in balance some basic human needs of belonging, becoming, believing and be-loving. This presentation will explore these drivers in our lives and how an imbalance or distortion in these forces can impair a sense of well-being. Then we will suggest how a spiritual

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                                                                                                    20Sep

                                                                                                      Unforgivable: A Look at Cancel Culture in America

                                                                                                      Freedom of speech and allowing space for a wide range of ideas is a cornerstone of a liberal society, however tolerance for a range of ideas seems to be decreasing. Is this lack of tolerance moving us toward accountability or giving more power to the “canceled”? Julie and Rob will work

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                                                                                                      06Sep

                                                                                                        Modern Child Welfare and the Foster Care System by Doren Cook, LISW-S

                                                                                                        Doren will give a brief explanation of what events and policies shaped child welfare law and how well it’s serving at-risk children. Do JFS social workers and foster parents deserve to be vilified as they often are, or should they be considered heroes? She will also discuss her experience as

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