Leader: TBD
Email: TBD
Other Gun-Related Legislation in Ohio
  • SB 199: Armed forces active duty member-handgun-conceal carry/obtain

    Primary Sponsors: Senators Uecker and Gardner

    Status: Has already passed the Senator and is in 3rd Committee hearing in House. Opponents are not being given own hearing but lumped in "all testimony". Up for possible vote.

  • HB 452: Concealed carry in places of worship

    Primary Sponsor: Rep. Vitale

    Status: 1st Hearing

  • HB 529: Tactical medical professionals firearm training

    Primary Sponsors: Reps. Retherford and Hagan

    Status: 2nd Hearing

  • HB 518: Elected official can carry concealed weapon into government facility if concealed license holder

    Primary Sponsor: Rep. Vitale

    Status: 1st Hearing


UU Peacemakers Network Appeal for Syria

Experts warn of a “humanitarian catastrophe” unfolding in war-torn Syria. The UN Secretary General noted “Four out of five Syrians live in poverty, misery, and deprivation.” The World Food Program (WFP) an independently funded UN agency recently ran out of funds for its Syrian relief program.  A Special Offering is currently scheduled for Sunday ______ __, 2015.

If donating by check please put WFP/USA-Syria in the memo line.   To make a donation by phone, please WFP/USA at 202-627-3737. You can also donate online, but a contribution there will go wherever it is needed so a check that specifies a gift “for Syria” is better.
1.      Either a “Special Collection for Homeless Syrians” or a “Share-the-Plate Offering” would help the desperate situation in the Middle East.  It would both feed the Syrians and the provide jobs for grocers in the host countries, especially Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, who sell food for World Food Program vouchers.
2.      The U.N. World Food Programme, headquartered in Rome, is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. It is part of the UN system but does not get any portion of UN dues or assessed contributions.  Their programs are funded by voluntary contributions, largely from governments.  As a UN agency, private donors cannot receive tax deductions for contributing to it.
3.      The entire World Food Programme is not facing a shortage of funding. However, WFP funding is not fungible, as monies designated for one country cannot be reallocated to another. So the funding for Syria is urgently needed.  It requires $64million month to feed the 6.8million Syrians that it reaches.
4.      Contributions from your congregation should go the World Food Program/USA, hereafter called WFP/USA.  The WFP/USA is a tax-deductible, 501-c-3 IRS certified private charity, headquartered in Washington, DC.  It works with the UN WFP by providing contributions through fundraising.  (Other UN agencies work the same way: UNICEF, for example, makes all the policies about its program, delivers its services, but the US Fund for UNICEF provides funding for them and provides tax-deductions for US contributors.)
5.      In order to make sure that your funding goes to homeless Syrians, please write “for Syria” in the memo of any check.  From your congregational offering plate, please make out a check to:
World Food Program USA
Attn: Development Department
1725 I Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20006
6.      To make a donation by phone, please WFP/USA at 202-627-3737. You can also donate online, but a contribution there will go wherever it is needed.  For now, most gifts go to Syrians, but a check that specifies a gift “for Syria” is better.
7.      Please indicate, if the check is from a UU Congregation, who the contact person is and how to reach him or her in the event of a question.
We greatly appreciate tall congregations that joined UU congregations across out denomination giving hope to Syrian children, women and men for a better life in a peaceful country.


UU Peacemakers Network (see January alert)

The UU Peace Making Network Team has been working with the UUSC on the Middle Eastern refugee crisis and seeks to expand its work on issues involving Ohio UUs.
Frank Carpenter, Minister Emeritus, St. John’s UU. Cinci. email seeks information from UUJO members about  the peace issues challenging our congregations.  There has been some interest in Ohio peace makers about repeal of the AUMF. If aware of interests in the war status of the USA / national security state. The GUARDIAN commentator Trevor Timm on “The greatest trick Obama ever pulled was convincing the world America isn’t still at war.” See article.

In the past the UUPMN has addressed drones and of course now we are all tracking the peace dimension of Black Lives Matters.

In 2010 the UU General Assembly passed the Statement of Conscience, CREATING PEACE, the founding document of the UU Peace-Making Network.  UUPMN website:

Please share with Frank by email what the UUPMN should be doing in 2015.



  • UU Peacemakers  Rev. Frank Carpenter, Cincinnati

  • UU United Nations Office

Help Increase the Peace (HIP) Workshop – Cincinnati, OH  February 16-18, 2013  Three full days, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A new program to bring peace-skills training to youth in Cincinnati

Sponsored by the Peace Churches of Cincinnati (an informal network of peace church congregations meeting about quarterly since 2008:; and in cooperation with the Avondale Youth Council (providing work and volunteer opportunities for teens, while exposing them to community involvement). AYC liasons are Mr. Ozie Davis III and April Cummings-Perry, of the Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation:

An ongoing program of Help Increase the Peace (HIP) Workshops in Cincinnati, Ohio, to train youth ages 12-18 in peace-making and leadership skills. In response to urban violence, the HIP Workshop will provide “at-risk youth” with skills and experiences to protect themselves and act as “change agents” in their homes, schools and communities. In addition, HIP helps to overcome barriers of race and class, by building understanding and solidarity among youth of diverse backgrounds. Developed in 1991 and now used around the globe, Help Increase the Peace (HIP) is a strong, time-tested program. Avondale/Walnut Hills is an ideal setting to begin the trainings; redevelopment is occurring, and historically, this area has experienced urban violence, from the race riots of the late 1960s and to ongoing gun violence today. After this February 2013 training, we will have a diverse group of trained youth facilitators; they could offer more workshops in Cincinnati at much lower cost than the initial training. The program is self-replicating. Participants can become facilitators and train more participants, and so on.

The initial HIP Workshop will train thirty (30) youth, ages 12-18. We aim to combine 15 members of the Avondale Youth Council with 15 youth from the Peace Church congregations; at least half will be “at-risk youth.” HIP Workshops are easy to replicate, and we plan to expand the program to other neighborhoods in Cincinnati.