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  • Side with Love! September 18, 2018Are you out and about in the Athens community? Consider wearing your Side with Love t-shirt and letting the beacon shine even more brightly. Need a Side with Love t-shirt?  Please order by October 15 by clicking here.  Need more information about Side with Love?  Click here. FYI–In January 2018, the UUA Standing on the Side of Love campaign changed its name to Side with Love.  Since its inception, Standing on the Side of Love (SSL) received feedback from disability rights activists within Unitarian Universalism about the exclusionary and ableist language of “standing.”  Click here to read more. ———————————————————————————–    
  • Thank You: Athens Pride Festival Volunteers September 17, 2018 Thanks to everyone who contributed to UUFA’s presence at this year’s Athens Pride Festival. UUFA was only one of two faith communities present.   —————————————————————————————-
  • Support UUFA Justice Partner AADM September 18, 2018 SEPT 22- End the School to Prison Pipeline 2nd Annual Conference 9am – 4pm @ Rutland Academy.  Click here to read more info and to RSVP. OCT 3–Town Hall, Future of Community Policing, 6-8 p.m., ACC LIbrary.  Click here for more information.     The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) is a UUFA Justice Partner. For full details, click here to read the latest AADM newsletter. —————————————————————————————–
  • October 6: Justice Retreat–You’re Invited September 16, 2018Are you passionate about justice?  Want to know more about justice work at UUFA? Have questions about justice work? Have answers about justice work? You are invited to the UUFA Justice Retreat on Saturday, October 6, from 9 a.m. to noon.   Questions?  Contact Hilda Kurtz, Justice Lay Minister (hldkrtz@gmail.com). For planning purposes, please click here to RSVP.   —————————————————————————————
  • September 2018 PARES Update September 16, 2018   Tutoring Opportunities Available! Interested in tutoring at Alps Road Elementary School?   1.  Send completed background check for to UUFA PARES liaison Caryl Sundland know.  Click here for the background check form. 2.  Attend a to-be-scheduled tutor training. August 29, 2018:  Alps-UUFA Mixer Thanks to everyone from UUFA who attended this event at Alps Road Elementary School to meet and greet faculty and staff.  Desserts from UUFA were provided earlier that day to faculty and staff. Save the Dates for Alps Road Elementary School Activities at which UUFA will be participatory: November 13–Academic Carnival, 6 p.m. in the cafeteria April 11–Spring Fling, 6 p.m. in the cafeteria May 3–Career Day, early in the morning Other volunteer opportunities If you have not done so already, please click here to sign up to participate in other ways at Alps Road Elementary School throughout the year. About the PARES Program: At the May 2018 Congregational Meeting, UUFA voted to participate in the Athens-Clarke County’s Adopt-a-School Program by being in partnership with Alps Road Elementary School. UUFA is the first nonprofit organization in Athens-Clarke County to participate in the Adopt-a-School Program! Click here for more information about the CCSD’s Adopt-a-School guidelines. Questions? Contact UUFA PARES liaison Caryl Sundland (csundland@aol.com or 706.425.8575). PARES is a congregation-wide initiative sponsored by the UUFA Justice Cluster. ————————————————————————————
  • Can you help? IHNA Volunteers Needed September 13, 2018 Thank you to all UUFA members and friends who helped with our IHNA week–August 19 through 26. The 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. More IHNA volunteers are needed as UUFA co-hosts four times per year at Holy Cross Lutheran: meal preparation, evening hosting, overnight hosting, hosting Sunday at the Day Center, assistance in moving families, and/or van driving. Interested in becoming a volunteer with IHNA? Need more information about IHNA? Contact UUFA IHNA Coordinator Mark Hodges (markhodges4427@gmail.com). Support of IHNA is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster —————————————————————————–
  • DACA Dollars Still Needed September 16, 2018Can you contribute towards someone’s DACA renewal fee? The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team thanks all who already contributed financially to the DACA renewal fee of $495.  So far, enough has been collected to sponsor SEVEN renewal fees!   From U-Lead Co-Director JoBeth Allen:  “We are doing 2-3 DACA renewals each week and your financial support is crucial for these young people.  For SEVEN people, you have provided safety, work permits, and drivers licenses.”  Many thanks to everyone who already contributed! Can you contribute towards a seventh or even eighth DACA renewal fee?  Please write your check to UUFA with DACA in the memo line. Every dollar counts! Click here for more information about DACA renewal.  For further information about this SMT initiative, contact Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com).  The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————————–
  • UPDATE–UUFA Diaper Drive: A Cause You Can Really Get Behind…Again! 🙂 September 4, 2018The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team (SMT) has recently sponsored a diaper drive. Many thanks to all who contributed! However, the need for diapers for immigrant families in the Athens area continues, so the diaper drive has been extended through September 30. All sizes are needed. Please place the diapers you bring near the CANtribution basket. Questions?  Contact SMT member Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com) The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ————————————————————————————-
  • Support UUFA Justice Partner AADM September 17, 2018 SEPT 8-Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion @ ACC Library 9:30am – 1:30pm  Click here to read more info and to RSVP. SEPT 12- End School to Prison Pipeline Monthly Meeting 6:30pm @ ACC Library SEPT 13-AADM Townhall on Community Policing, Race, and Public Safety @ ACC Library 5:30 – 7 pm.  Click here to read more info and to RSVP. SEPT 22- End the School to Prison Pipeline 2nd Annual Conference 9am – 4pm @ Rutland Academy.  Click here to read more info and to RSVP. The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) is a UUFA Justice Partner. For full details, click here to read the latest AADM newsletter. —————————————————————————————–
  • September 12: UUFA CotM Fundraiser–You’re Invited September 13, 2018 The UUFA Social Action Committee and the Sanctuary Movement Team invited you to attend this Cause of the Month (U-Lead) fundraiser and Athens Premiere of The Unafraid. Wednesday, September 12      Cine THE UNAFRAID is a feature length documentary that follows the personal lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. Shot in an observational style over a period of four years, this film takes an intimate look at the lives of Alejandro, Silvia and Aldo as they navigate activism, pursuing their right to education, and fighting for the rights of their families and communities. Come early to enjoy food from The National and stay afterwards for a panel discussion with the Directors.  
  • September 25: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition August 31, 2018You are invited to the next meeting of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held on Tuesday, September 25, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Oconee Street UMC. The Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition, comprised of members of some 15+ faith communities serving the Athens area, is dedicated to offering hospitality, safety, and opportunities for all immigrants, regardless of status, to participate fully in our shared community.   This group traditionally meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. For further information, contact UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team member Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com). ———————————————————————————
  • September 16: Sanctuary Movement Team August 29, 2018Interested in immigrant justice within the Athens community and ways you can help? Join us for the next gathering of the Sanctuary Movement Team on third Sunday of the month–September 16–beginning at noon-ish in the interim admin room (old sofa room). To join the Sanctuary Movement Team listserv, first click the headline above and then click here or go to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/uufa-sanctuary-movement-team/join. Need more information?  Contact Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com or 706.546.5237) or visit http://www.uua.org/immigration/witness/partners/newsanctuary. The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————-
  • September 9: Athens Pride Festival September 13, 2018 Sunday, September 9 2-7 p.m.    downtown Athens Once again, UUFA will be participating in the Athens Pride Festival. Help person the UUFA table?  One hour shifts are available! To RSVP, contact Karen Solheim (UUFA.KarenSolheim@gmail.com or 706.202.7515). This activity is being sponsored by the Social Action Committee, a part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————-