Upcoming Justice Meetings & Events

  • Time and Talent Opportunity Apr. 20-21: 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 21, from 11:30 to 1 to serve the meal. Interested? Questions? Contact Karen Solheim (justice@uuathensga.org or 706.202.7515).

    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.

  • Cause of the Month Input

    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.

  • UUFA Justice Partner, Interfaith Hospitality Network Training Apr. 25
    Training for New Volunteers and a Great Refresher for long term volunteers. Bring your family as kids make great hosts along with parents. We will be serving a light dinner, courtesy of Phil Hale, of BBQ sandwiches, slaw, pickles, chips, and moon pies! So call the church office at Covenant Presbyterian – 706-548-2756  to reserve your BBQ sandwich! Tuesday, April 25th at 6:30 – 7:30 pm at Covenant Presbyterian Fellowship Hall. Questions about this training? Call Susan & Randy Parish 706-850-0835. Questions about IHNA at UUFA?  Contact Julie Sapp (jvsapp@yahoo.com).
  • Sanctuary Movement Potluck and Discussion May 23

    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 book discussion on Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

    Book for discussion is Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire by Margaret Regan. The book is available for online ordering through Avid Bookshop and Beacon Press. Contact: Julie Vesper Sapp at jvsapp@yahoo.com.

  • May 4: SAC Co-Sponsoring Honoring the Ancestors Vigil and Rally

    On Thursday, May 4, 2017, the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, Fred Smith, co-chair of the Athens Area Black History Committee, and various community leaders will meet 5:30 pm at the UGA Arch to honor our ancestors whose remains were discovered at UGA Baldwin Hall. Organizers encourage local citizens to join them at the Arch and to bring positive signage and vernations. After guest speakers pay their respects, facilitators and local residents will walk peacefully to Baldwin Hall– site of Athens’ oldest known slave cemetery (1810 to 1858) for a libation ceremony and vigil. The libation ceremony was chosen to be held on this date to also bring awareness to Athens jubilee which occurred May 4, 1865.

    This vigil will include an African ritual heritage, the libation ceremony.  There will be community guest speakers. The organizers’ overall goal is to honor the lives of these individuals and their contribution to the Athens we all live in today. Many community leaders believe the bodies should have been buried with their free ancestors in one of Athens’ historic African-American cemeteries, not in Oconee Hills with their slave masters and their masters’ descendants.

    The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement will stand with the Athens Area Black History Committee hosting a vigil and rally for the slaves still buried there and the slaves removed in 1938, 1943, and most recently 2016.  The Vigil and Rally will encourage respect, peace, unity, love and dialogue. Supporters and special guests include Alvin Sheats President of the local NAACP Chapter, Fred Smith co-chair of Athens Black History Bowl, Mansur Buffin UGA Student,  Linda Davis, Broderick Flannigan of Flannigan Studios and more.

    This ceremony is our community’s way of becoming a part of the act of finally putting these unfortunate souls to rest in a place without the weight of the chains of slavery on their backs.

    The UUFA Social Action Committee (SAC), part of the Justice Cluster, will be a co-sponsor of this event.

    You are invited to attend.