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  • May 20-27: UUFA INHA Week May 17, 2018

    Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, GA. Helping Those In NeedThe Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, Inc.  is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide immediate shelter and guidance to homeless families with children, due to the impact of misfortunes upon their lives. Once accepted into our program, IHNA provides food, shelter, daycare, and transportation as needed.

    May 20-27 is the week that UUFA provides support for IHNA at Holly Cross Lutheran Church.

    Needed are meal preparers, dinner and evening hosts, overnights hosts, and IHNA Day Center hosts.

    For more information, contact UUFA IHNA Coordinator Mark Hodges (markhodges4427@gmail.com).

    Support of IHNA is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster

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  • UUFA Trip to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum May 10, 2018

    The National Memorial for Peace and JusticeAre you interested in joining other UUFA folks in going to the visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum that recently opened in Montgomery, Alabama?

    If so, click here (https://goo.gl/forms/tE5q0QKjqXWMfVOV2).

    Lay Minister Ange Kahn is wanting to gauge interest.

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  • Can You Help? May 17, 2018

    The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team (SMT) in conjunction with the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition of Athens (ISC) needs your time, talent, and treasure in supporting local immigrant families in crisis!

    Click here (https://goo.gl/UtwYhG) to read more and to sign up to help.

    The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster.

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  • Side with Love: May Day–Migrant Caravan is Locked Out at the Border. Please Call. May 8, 2018

    Our community members in the #RefugeeCaravan have made it to the border and are currently camped out at the port of entry and need our support.

    Call San Ysidro Port Director Sidney Aki at (619) 690-8830 to demand that CBP do its job and begin to process asylum claims for the women and children of the refugee caravan.

    Unitarian Universalists were at the border to welcome the caravan on Sunday, offering legal support, food and witness. Hundreds of you have signed up to open your homes to families seeking asylum — like Rev. Jill Cowie of Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church who spoke this morning on NPR saying “We’ll still be there if it takes a long time. My doors will be open.”

    This May Day, we honor all who labor, all who strike, all who migrate, and all who know that when hate tries to close or borders, we open our hearts and our homes.

     Like Rev. Jill, we are ready to open our doors and welcome those seeking refuge here. Call San Ysidro Port Director Sidney Aki at (619) 690-8830 and tell CBP to do its job and start processing their asylum claims immediately.
    In solidarity,
    Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen
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  • May 4: Justice Partner (AADM) Event May 8, 2018

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  • Justice Partner Update: AADM May 3, 2018
    Athens, Ga – The Athens-Clarke County Library will be the new home of the End the School to Prison Pipeline’s latest initiative – support services for the county’s most disadvantaged students. Designed for teens who may have been suspended, expelled or dropped out, it hopes to address needs unmet at school. Among the services provided, students can expect reading and math tutoring sessions for middle school and high school, self-improvement workshops, and apprenticeships. In collaboration with ACC Library, Everday Readers Literacy Program, Athens Clarke County School District, and AADM volunteers this program will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 9: 30 am to 12: 30 pm.
    African American students are particularly hit hard by zero tolerance policies. In Georgia, roughly two-thirds of students suspended or expelled were African American despite the fact the group accounts for less than 40 percent of public high school students. Not surprisingly, research indicates that these kinds of disciplinary actions dramatically increase the likelihood that a student will drop out, be held back, sent to alternative schools or enter the juvenile justice system.
    To prevent the inevitable cycle of incarceration and state supervision, the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement has assembled a team of advocates to work with local teens that get neglected or often left behind.
    For more information or to volunteer, please contact (706) 389-4129, visit aadmovement.org or email jasminejohnsonedu@gmail.com
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  • May 9: Dinner Sponsored by FREE May 17, 2018

    Please join us in the Fellowship Hall this Wednesday, May 9, at 6:30 pm for the monthly FREE dinner.

     We will be serving pizza, salad, and dessert.
     The suggested donation is $5 – $7.
    FREE is contributing a CSA to a local low income family with the funds raised.
    Questions?  Contact Kate Blane (raya_mead@yahoo.com).
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  • May 17 and 18: Our Daily Bread April 10, 2018

    What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, May 17, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, May 18, from 11:30 to 1 to serve the meal. Interested? Questions? Contact David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com or 706.338.2798).

    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.

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  • May 10: Sanctuary Movement Team May 10, 2018

    Interested in immigrant justice within the Athens community and ways you can help?

    Join us for the next gathering of the Sanctuary Movement Team on second Thursday of the month–May 10–beginning at 5 p.m. in the old sofa room.

    To join the Sanctuary Movement Team listserv, click here or go to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/uufa-sanctuary-movement-team/join.

    Need more information?  Contact Karen Solheim, UUFA Justice Lay Minister (justice@uuathensga.org or 706.202.7515) or visit http://www.uua.org/immigration/witness/partners/newsanctuary.

    The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster.

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  • May 6: Social Action Committee (SAC) Meeting May 8, 2018

    Be the change you want to see in the world. You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Social Action Committee (SAC) Sunday, May 6, beginning at noon in the old sofa room.

    The 2018-19 Causes of the Month will be decided at this May meeting.

    Click here to nominate a 2018-19 Cause of the Month.

    Can’t attend?  If you would like to know what transpires in the UUFA SAC, join the SAC listerv here: http://lists.uuathensga.org/listinfo.cgi/social_action-uuathensga.org 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).

    The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster.

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  • May 14–Common Read Discussion–Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry May 15, 2018

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    On two Mondays in May (7 and 14), Karen Solheim and Vivian Preston Sellers will lead discussions around the second of the books chosen by the UUA as Common Reads.

    Sessions will meet in the Ocean Room from 7-8:30 p.m.

    Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry is a book of essays by UU ministers and a religious educator about their experiences as people of color within their ministries. Powerful, surprising, horrifying at times, their experiences expose as side of Unitarian Universalism that has remained hidden for many years.

    Need a copy of this book?  Visit the Social Action Committee table on Sunday mornings.

    Register for one or both sessions by emailing Vivian at vpsellers@gmail.com.
    We hope to see you for what promises to be a powerful discussion.

    Questions?  Contact Vivian Preston Sellers, Lay Minister for Lifespan Development.

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  • UUFA Receives UGA NAACP Award May 10, 2018

    Last evening, the UUFA was honored at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the UGA Student NAACP Chapter Awards Ceremony.

    UUFA was among five nominees for Outstanding Community Advocacy Group. Four UUFA members were there to accept the award.

    “We are so proud!” said Deb Brenner, an active member of the UUFA Social Action Committee, and board member of Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) board member. She also serves as AADM’s Sticker Campaign Manager.

    Rev. Alison said, “You have all shown exemplary commitment to justice–the award is well-earned. Congratulations!”

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  • PARES Opportunity: Gardening Help Needed May 17, 2018
     Image result for green thumbDo you have a green thumb or want to learn how to grow one?
    Alps Road Elementary School wants to start a garden.
    Interested?  Questions? 
    Contact Caryl Sundland (csundland@aol.com).

     

     

     

     

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  • PARES–Partnership: Alps Road Elementary School May 10, 2018

    Want UUFA to adopt Alps Road Elementary? Vote at the May 20 Congregational Meeting!
    You are invited to become a part of a proposed new UUFA initiative:  PARES!

    Essentially an adopt-a-school program, our partnership with Alps Road Elementary School will offer both specific and flexible volunteer opportunities.

    PARES–Partnership: Alps Road Elementary School–To find out and sign up for more general and specific volunteer opportunities, click here.

    Those present at the May 20 Annual Meeting will be voting on the UUFA’s adopting Alps Road Elementary School.

      Questions? Contact UUFA PARES Program Liaison Caryl Sundland: csundland@aol.com or 706.425.8575

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  • PARES May 4 Career Day May 17, 2018

    Do you have expertise in any of the following areas?

    Energy
    Hospitality/tourism
    Human Services, especially nurse or doctor
    Architecture
    Manufacturing

    Finance
    Arts
    Community helpers, especially firefighter (+ truck)
    If you would be willing to share your expertise at Career Day the Alps Road Elementary School on May 4 or if you have questions, contact PARES Coordinator Caryl Sundland (csundland@aol.com or 706.425.8575). Interested in helping with PARES in other ways? Click here:  https://goo.gl/forms/UiorsSxsoZtHG3LQ2
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