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Rev. Joan VanBecelaere — Feeding Phony Fears

April 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday Service — 10:30 a.m.

Leader — Bambi Gordon

Speaker — Rev. Joan VanBecelaere

Title — Feeding Phony Fears

Topic — TV, social media, newspapers, and radio all seem to be in the current business of creating, highlighting and spreading fear. Fear of migrants (though we need new legal workers and they pay lots of taxes); fear of reproductive rights, IVF, and contraception (women’s rights); fear of inflation (even though it has been declining for many months); fear of LGBTQ+ folk, marriage equality and trans people (which we know are no threat to families or children); and more. Some are even spreading fear of renewable energy despite the many benefits of non-polluting sources. And a fear of the vaccines that save our lives.

Who is feeding these phony fears and how are these fear mongers benefiting? What impact is the growth of fear having on our lives, our society, economics and politics?

How does this explosion of fear affect our spiritual health and our hope for the future? And what can we do to help stop this spread of phony fear and the pain it causes?

Bio — Rev. Joan Van Becelaere is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister. She has served as the Executive Director of UU Justice Ohio and as a Congregational Life Consultant for the Ohio-Meadville District and the Staff Lead for CERG – the Central East Regional Group. Before holding this position, she was the vice-president for student services at the Iliff School of Theology, Denver CO, where she taught UU polity. She lives in Columbus OH with her spouse, Jerry, and four felines all named after Hebrew Bible prophets and kings.

Join us downstairs after service for coffee and conversation.

*Masks are optional in the building, and we fully support individuals’ choices regarding their use.*


April 7
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


All Souls UU Church
25 Church St.
Bellville, Ohio 44813
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