Mark Walz

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff has announced its upcoming programs, and all events at the church are LGBT inclusive.

Ethicurian potluck

An ethicurian is a person who enjoys good food and at the same time makes ethical food choices. The term comes from two ideas — epicurian: one who has a discriminating palate for the enjoyment of good food and drink and ethical eating, choosing foods and processing methods that are healthy and do not negatively impact others.

Over a three-month period last fall, an ethical eating forerunner course explored how food modifications and chemical additions affected those eating the food. The class investigated the environmental impact on the land and the social impact of laborers used in producing various food products. The group looked at how difficult it was to obtain healthy and tasty food in Oak Cliff and other food desert areas of Dallas. Finally, budgetary considerations were discussed.

The Oak Cliff Ethicurians will continue to explore these topics while considering possible solutions. Members will test ethical recipes with an eye to the accessibility and the budget. The group will look into community gardening, locally grown food sources, community supported agriculture shares, and other options. Potluck lunches will be enjoyed during the meetings.

The first meeting of the Oak Cliff Ethicurians will be Sunday, Jan. 15 at noon and will be held the third Sunday of the month. There is no charge.

Benefit concert

Jim Scott will play a benefit concert for UUCOC on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

In concerts and Sunday services, he speaks with passion on ecology, justice and peace. Among his work is eco-anthem “A Song for the Earth,” recorded at the United Nations. On his new CD Gather the Spirit, Scott is featured leading choral arrangements of his songs from the UU hymnbooks and other new creations.


All events at UUCOC, 3839 W. Kiest Blvd. For more information contact Mark Walz, minister. 214-337-2429.