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Justice
  • Thank you: Smart Lunch Smart Kids Sandwich Making Success

    A BIG thank you to all who contributed time, talent, and lunch supplies to the Smart Lunch Smart Kids sandwich making and lunch assembly on May 28.

    Two hundred peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were made and salty and fruit snacks added to lunch bags in just over one hour!

    Please put July 16 and July 23 on your calendar to help with this initiative sponsored by the Social Action Committee.

  • Denominational Affairs: Defend Democracy and Separation of Church and State

    At this year’s National Prayer Breakfast, Donald Trump promised to “get rid of  and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment,” and now some Members of Congress and others are seeking to repeal it.

    Since 1954, the Johnson Amendment has drawn a line between tax-exempt religious organizations  and other charities, and political spending to support or attack candidates.

    Please join the UUA and other faith organizations in telling Congress not to change the current law that keep congregations from becoming centers of partisan politics. Visit faith-voices.org to add your name to the growing list of faith leaders (clergy and congregational leaders) standing up for the integrity and independence of houses of worship.

    To read more about Love Resists, click here.

  • Denominational Affairs: June 4–Rev. William Barber

    In a few weeks Rev. William Barber will be announcing dates and stops for a 2017-18 new Poor People’s Campaign tour. On June 4, the campaign is launching a monthly Sunday-evening program “The Gathering: A Time for Reflection, Revival and Resistance.”  You can sign up to view and to host a live stream of The Gathering in your community.
    Rev. Barber writes: “As we gathered to announce that I am stepping down from leadership of the NC NAACP to serve a new Poor People’s Campaign that will share this movement with other states and with the nation, we got news from the Supreme Court that out victory against voter suppression–a four year legal battle–will stand.  For me, it was a confirmation: moral fusion organizing can transform mean-spirited ‘divide-and-conquer’ politics into a Third Reconstruction for America.”
  • Denominational Affairs: June 9-Love Resists Conference Call

    Join the hosting monthly one-hour Love Resists Conscience Calls to deepen spiritually grounded justice work and build community.

    On the next Love Resists Conscience Call, we will hear from Caitlin Breedlove, Vice President of Movement Leadership at Auburn Theological Seminary, and former UUA Standing on the Side of Love Campaign Director.

    Caitlin will provide us with an overview of the political landscape, the organizing challenges and opportunities at this time, and how UUs and Love Resists can make a difference.  As is our practice on these calls we will ground ourselves spiritually and have time for small group sharing and reflection.

    Sign up here for the next Conscience Call

    on Friday, June 9, 1 pm ET/10 am PT

    To read more about Love Resists, the UUA and UUSC joint campaign, click here.

  • Denominational Affairs: Love Resists…an Overview

    One month ago the UUA and UUSC rolled out a joint campaign, Love Resists, building on the Declaration of Conscience that many of you (over 14,000) signed (if you have not yet, click here).

    At the same time over 600 UU congregations signed up for the #UU White Supremacy Teach-In  organized by UU religious educators of color with support from Black Lives of UU.

    Thousands of UUs took to the streets for the People’s Climate March and May Day and we are receiving news daily of congregations voting to become sanctuary and solidarity congregations.

    Our movement is responding to the need to ready ourselves for deep, protracted, sustainable and intersectional justice-making—inside and out.

    In this issue, we have three invitations to help strengthen your justice work, revive your spirits, build multiracial UU and multi-faith community and defend our democracy:
    1. Join Love Resists monthly Conscience Calls – next one on June 9.
    2. View/host a monthly multi-faith livestream from Rev. William Barber on Reflection, Revival & Resistance and the new Poor People’s Campaign – June 4th
    3. Sign & share a Faith Leaders Letter from the UUA and other faith organizations to Congress to Defend Democracy and Keep our Houses of Worship Non-Partisan.

    Click here to read more.

Justice
  • 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 May 18-19: What’s Cooking?

    What’s cooking?

    Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, May 18, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, May 19, 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.

  • May 28: Smart Lunch Smart Kid Sandwich Making and Lunch Assembling.
    YoUU are invited to be part of the Smart Lunch Smart Kid sandwich making and lunch assembling on Sunday, May 28, beginning at noon-ish (after the Fourth Sunday lunch) in the kitchen and Fellowship Hall as we make 200 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches lunches for the Smart Lunch Smart Kid program, which provides summer lunches to students who traditionally receive free and reduced-lunches during the school year.
    Contributions needed:  
    • peanut butter
    • grape jelly
    • individually wrapped salty snacks (pretzels, trail mix, cheese crackers, peanut butter crackers, veggie chips, etc)
    • individual fruit snacks (fresh fruit, dried fruit, fruit chips, apple sauce, fruit cups)
    • Ziploc sandwich bags
    • brown lunch bags.
    Help needed on Tuesday, May 30, to deliver the lunches between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. to the Milledge Avenue Baptist Church.
    Not a fan of “cooking”?  Monetary contributions are always need.  Please put Smart Lunch Smart Kid in the check memo line.
    Please click here to RVSP for this summer SAC (Social Action Committee Project).
    Not in town on May 28? Join us for  sandwich making, lunch assembling on Sunday, July 16 and  Sunday, July 23, beginning at noon.
  • June 4: Social Action Committee

    You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Social Action Committee (SAC) Sunday, June 4, 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, 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).

  • June 4: Cause of the Month Conversation

    Join a representative from The Cottage on Sunday, June 4, from 9:30-10:20 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall to learn more about this June Cause of the Month.