The Pioneer December 2013 Vol. 44, No. 4 - Page 5

Reports & articles members of the LGBT community. Years ago, our Society became a Welcoming Congregation through the process of presenting the UUA WC curriculum, and last spring we held the first “refresher” set of sessions, which has been updated and includes more about transgender issues. We are in the process of looking for members to lead a second set of classes this coming spring. Our intention is to continue to offer this first part of the curriculum a few more times before we move onto Part II. Keep your eyes open for announcements about enrollment, and please take part if you can. I feel blessed to be a part of this community, and honored to serve as your President. - Ginny Fuhringer Transylvanian Dinner / Trip Fundraiser Saturday, January 11, 5:30 PM from Cathie Brown and Joan O’Brien, co-chairs Partner Church Committee Our society has had a partner church in Homoródkarácsonyfalva, Transylvania for over 20 years. This wonderful partnership is mutually beneficial to both our society and their church. The USNF Partner Church Committee fosters both communication and education. It also holds several fundraising events to help fund travel opportunities between the congregations and to purchase items that may be needed by our partner church. This summer we are planning to send USNF Youth Group members and chaperones to Karácsonyfalva, Transylvania. We were able to secure a grant from the UUPC for $500, thanks to the efforts of Laurel Foster-Moore, and our tag sale netted a profit of $1,600. More funds are needed and will take a coordinated whole Society effort to make this trip happen. You can support our youth pilgrimage efforts by purchasing tickets to our Transylvanian Dinner on Saturday, January 11 from 5:30-7 PM. Tickets will be available at Social Hour through December. Donations to the youth scholarship fund can be made by writing a check to the Unitarian ?M????????9?????????????????????UM9??????????????qA????? ?????t??????)??????????()Q???A???????((