Upcoming Justice Meetings & Events

Justice
  • Tues., Mar. 28: Sanctuary Movement Team Potluck Dinner and Discussion

    ​Want to learn more about how Immigration became such a contentious issue in the United States? The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Group is sponsoring a potluck supper and discussion of the book Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal by Aviva Chomsky on Tuesday, March 28, at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

    The book can be purchased locally at Avid Bookstore for $16, and it is also available through other sources for the same price.  For more information, contact Mark and Janet Hodges at 706-850-8387 or markhodges4427@gmail.com.

  • March 26 Town Hall Meeting: Final Draft of the Resolution on Racial Justice

    You are invited to attend a town hall meeting on Sunday, March 26, from 10:05-10:50 to give feedback, ask questions, and comment on the Racial Justice and Equity Resolution created by the Exploring Racial Justice (ERJ) Task Force. The final draft of this Resolution can be found at https://goo.gl/0yyuEk. The ERJ Task Force has been busy gathering feedback from numerous individuals; from ‘cluster’ groups at UUFA, such as Small Group Ministries, Choir, and Drum Circle; and through Open Feedback Sessions and Online Feedback.  We have worked diligently to produce a Racial Justice Resolution that the entire congregation (we hope) will feel comfortable to adopt at the Congregational Meeting on May 21.

  • Input Wanted for 2017-18 Causes of the Month

    Causes of the Month for 2017-18 To Be Considered Soon

    Do you have an idea of a local organization that should be one of the 2017-18 Causes of the Month?

    Do you have questions about how the Causes of the Month are elected?

    Contact SAC (Social Action Committee) chair David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com or 706.338.2798) with your ideas by April 15 or with your questions any time.

  • April Cause of the Month Conversation

    Join a representative from Upper Oconee Watershed Network on Sunday, April, from 10:05-10:50 in the Fellowship Hall to learn more about the April Cause of the Month.

  • Time and Talent Opportunity: What’s Cooking?

    What’s cooking?

    Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, April 20, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, April 21from 11:30 to 1 to serve the meal. Interested? Questions? Contact Michele Simpson (mtsimpson145@gmail.com or 706.546.1471)

    Our Daily Bread Community Kitchen serves breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday and a sack meal on the weekends. Annually, this program provides more than 60,000 nutritious meals with gracious hospitality to men, women, and children in need and offers a gateway to other transformational services. Partnering with more than 70 volunteer groups, Our Daily Bread in Athens has served meals seven days per week, 365 days per year since 1989.

    Our Daily Bread outreach is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster.

Justice
  • March 13: Black History Bowl Benefit Concert

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  • Happening in March

    SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE: Be the Change You Want to See in the World! You are invited to become a member of the UUFA Social Action Committee (SAC)!  How? Attend our next meeting on ​March 5 at 12:30 p.m.. in the administration office.

    Want to know what transpires between SAC meetings? Join the SAC listserv at http://lists.uuathensga.org/listinfo.cgi/social_action-uuathensga.org This listserv will let you know what transpires not only within SAC but also in the local Athens area in terms of social action.  Everyone is encouraged to sign up!

    CAUSE OF THE MONTH: The Causes of the Month Share the Plate for March is ​Samaritan Counseling. Hear a representative from this organization during the worship services and join in the Cause of the Month Conversation (10-10:50 a.m.).

    Causes of the Month for 2017-18 To Be Considered Soon  Do you have an idea of a local organization that should be one of the 2017-18 Causes of the Month? Do you have questions about how the Causes of the Month are elected? Contact SAC (Social Action Committee) chair David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com or 706.338.2798) with your ideas by April 15 or with your questions any time.

    ATHENS AREA EMERGENCY FOOD BANK ​ CANtributions​: “We’re #​4 we’re #​4? For the ​first month of competition among the twenty-five area faith communities CANtributing to the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank, UUFA ​is in FOURTH PLACE with our total CANtributions of 188! Many thanks to everyone who CANtriubted! A Can a Day Keeps Hunger Away! For 2017, you are encouraged to bring a can a day to UUFA:  365 cans in all! The wicker basket as you enter the sanctuary is willing and able to receive your CANtributions of either nonperishable food items or monetary donations.  Tuna, saltines, pork and beans, and green peas are always needed. Not a fan of grocery store shopping but still want to CANtribute? Donate any amount of money (designated as Food Bank), and savvy SAC shoppers will convert your cash or check to cans.

    CAN YoUUr Birthday! How can you CAN YoUUr Birthday? Whenever you celebrate your birthday, bring enough nonperishable food items to match every year you are celebrating. For example, turning 60? Bring 60 cans!  Turning 16? Bring 16 cans. The wicker basket as you enter the sanctuary is willing and able to receive your CANtributions whether you are celebrating your birthday or not! Not a fan of grocery shopping, buy a grocery card (See John Olive) and donate it to the Social Action Committee (SAC), and SAC’s savvy shoppers will shop for you. All CANtributions will be donated to the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank.

    FREE (Food Responsibility and Enjoyable Eating) Save the Date:  Wednesday, ​March 8 The FREE (Food Responsibility and Enjoyable Eating) group will be serving our monthly dinner on Wednesday, ​March 8, at 6:30 pm in the UUFA Fellowship Hall. Suggested donation is $6 – $12 per adult (which does not cover wine) and $4.00 per child. The suggested donation has been increased this program year so that FREE can contribute a  local, in-season for the monthly meal UUFA provides for Our Daily Bread. For further information about FREE, contact Kate Blane (raya_mead@yahoo.com, ​or 706.248.8057).​

  • Navigating the Wilderness of Race- A Community Event

    Covenant Presbyterian Church is hosting a three-part series on the power of race and how to move closer to what Martin Luther King, Jr. called the Beloved Community. Nibs Stoupe, recently retired pastor of Oakhurst Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Ga, and an award-winning author on race in America, will facilitate the first two interactive workshops on March 12th and 19th. The March 26th workshop will be led by local human rights leaders who will offer opportunities to get involved in community efforts to counter racial injustice. All workshops will run from 3-4:30 p.m at Covenant PC (1065 Gaines School RdAthens, GA 30605).

  • April 1: Fifth Annual Chess and Community Conference

  • April 2: Social Action Committee

    You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Social Action Committee (SAC) Sunday, April 2, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the front office.

    Can’t attend?  If you would like to know what transpires in the UUFA SAC, send an email to UUFA_Social_Action_Committee-subscribe@yahoogroups.com to join the listserv. This listserv will let you know what transpires not only in the UUFA SAC but also in the local Athens area in terms of social action. Everyone is encouraged to sign up!

    For more information, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com).