• EOV March 3rd Workday Needs: Boxes & boxers! Spades & diggers! Lunch!

    As we near the exciting time when work on our building expansion begins, there are things fellowship members can do to help us get ready.

    You can help move the daffodils along Timothy to the back portion of our property, so bring your work gloves!

    You can box up administrative items to go to temporary locations, so bring boxes!

    You can bring lunch for other volunteers!

    Sign up at the Stepping Stones table or call Iva King, 770-328-7928

  • Town Hall Meeting – Sunday, March 4, 10:AM

    Purpose – to Discuss Project Details and Budget

    The EOV Building Project Committee will share Good News about the latest building plans and how the construction will be phased. There will be an explanation of factors that increased the budget from $1.8 to $1.9 million as well as the excellent Capital Campaign progress.

  • March 1–Don’t miss it! Scibelli & Pacheco Concert


    Join us for at 7pm on March1 for a lecture recital on Amy Beach’s Sonata Op 34 for Violin and Piano in the sanctuary at UUFA. Presented by SERENE SCIBELLI – violin and JESSICA PACHECO – piano. (Jessica is the wife of former UUFA Pianist Robert Hjelmstad.)  Dessert reception to follow in Fellowship Hall.

    Donations for the musicians performing are greatly appreciated. A portion will also benefit UUFA’s general fund. For more information, contact Jane jamkp42@hotmail.com

  • UUFA’ers Share Memoirs Mar. 4

    On Sunday Mar. 4, at 3:00, The OLLI@UGa Memoir Writers will present a program, “Voices of Memoir” at the Athens-Clarke County Library Appleton Auditorium. These short humorous and poignant readings include: “Coffee,” “From Radio to YouTube,” “Mom and Dad Get Married,” “BLT’s and More.” A reception follows. UUFA readers: Roger Bailey, Nancy MacNair, Rosemary Woodel and Chip McDaniel.

  • Mark Your Calendars!


    UUFA Congregational Retreat at The Mountain, September 21-23, 2018.

    It’s finally the year for our congregation to head to The Mountain Retreat and Learning Centers for our biennial retreat on top of beautiful Little Scaly Mountain near Highlands, NC. We will enjoy good food, much fun, and wonderful fellowship with fellow members and friends of our congregation. Folks attending will participate in worship services, study and reflection, hikes, singing and other musical opportunities, making crafts, quiet time. We will enjoy early mornings on Meditation Rock and spectacular views from the top of the Tower. The UUFA choir will spend part of Saturday in a choir retreat, as they did two years ago.

    The weekend will begin with dinner at 7:00 pm on Friday, September 21st, and conclude after lunch on Sunday, Sept. 23rd. Costs remain the same as they were in 2016: $190 per person (double occupancy) which includes lodging and meals; however, if you register prior to July 31st, you’ll receive $20 off the regular adult price. There’s a $70 additional charge for single occupancy. For youth and children accompanying their parent(s)/guardian(s), the rate is $70.00 for those 8-17, and no charge for those under 8 years old. Commuters that come for the day on Saturday will be charged $50, which includes meals.

    Online information is available at The Mountain website:

    This will take you to a link to online registration. If you’d prefer not to register online, you may call Rachel Kinback at 828-526-5838 to do that over the phone. (She’s usually in the office Monday-Thursday.) Other folks can take your registration information as well. The Mountain no longer offers paper registration forms.
    As time progresses, you’ll be offered more information as to workshops, hikes, and other happenings during the weekend. Heather Jensen and Kelli McConnell will be planning activities and events that are child-, youth-, and family-oriented.
    Also coming in the not-too-distant future will be information about scholarships that will be available.
    We had nearly 100 participants in 2016, and I’m hoping for at least that many this year. Let’s “Make Room” for each other at The Mountain in 2018!
    Please let me know if you have ideas for things to offer during the weekend, or want to serve on the planning team. Send ideas to vpsellers @gmail.com.

  • Need to reserve a room for your event?

    You can do it yourself now online! Go to uuathensga.org/calendar (or click on the image below). Then click on “Post Your Event.” Please let us know if you have difficulties! (uufa@uuathensga.org)

  • Ready to Become a Member of UUFA?

    Are you ready to become an official member of the UU Fellowship of Athens? If so, we want to include you during one of the services on Sunday, March 18, so we can recognize you during the next New Member Ceremony.

    If you either attended a ‘New to UUFA’ orientation session or met with Rev. Alison, you can sign a Covenant of Membership form (available at the Visitor’s Table). That sets in motion plans to include you in the ceremony.

    If you have not done one of these, please contact Rev. Alison (rev.eskildsen@uuathensga.org) to set up a meeting.

  • Regional Chalice Lighters Call

    We’re pleased to announce our second annual region-wide Chalice Lighters call! This call will go to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende (a Southern Region UU congregation located in Mexico). Chalice Lighter funding, along with support from other organizations and individuals, will assist people who have been involuntary deported from the United States.

    For more information about Chalice Lighters in general or this call in particular, click here .

    This Chalice Lighter call will end on March 12, 2018.


  • General Assembly Matters
    The call of our Unitarian Universalist faith has a place for each of us. All Are Called to join us this June 20 – 24 in Kansas City to build courageous, collective leadership with tools, skills and connections.
    Financial aid for General Assembly is available in the form of working volunteer positions as well as registration scholarships and travel grants. GA Volunteers exchange a set number of hours of work at GA for a full-time GA registration. There are several different funding sources available via the General Assembly Unified Scholarship Application, including additional funding committed by the UUA Administration to the 2018 budget to facilitate the participation of People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Persons at GA. Anyone with a relationship to a Unitarian Universalist congregation or UU organization (covenanted community) is encouraged to apply. Financial Aid applications are accepted March 1 through March 31.
    You are invited to submit a proposal to host a networking session at General Assembly. Time has been set aside at GA on Friday evening for networking among affinity groups within Unitarian Universalism, for people to connect around identity, role, interest or any other dimension. Proposals are due Thursday, March 15.
    You are invited to apply to present a poster at GA on an inspiring story, best practice or a resource of interest to other GA attendees. Sessions will be selected based on how they address equity, inclusion and the GA theme. If chosen, you will need to be present for one 75 minute session where attendees can drop by to discuss with you the topic of your poster. Poster session will be scheduled daily in the GA Exhibit Hall. Proposals are due Thursday, March 15.
  • General Assembly Matters: UUFA Delegates

    Purple fountain and trees on pink cityscape backgroundRegistration for this year’s General Assembly to be held June 20-24 in Kansas City Missouri opens March 1!

    Want to put your name in nomination as one the six delegates representing UUFA? 

    Click here or go to https://goo.gl/forms/MxHmL1UxnHCPHg4L2

    Need more information about the UUA General Assembly?   Go to www.uua.org/ga.

  • March 3: Support UUFA SAC Justice Partner

    You are invited to the Athens Black Market and Small Business Summit organized by the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, a UUFA Social Action Committee Justice Partner, on Saturday, March 3, from 2-6 p.m. at Little Kings Shuffle Club (223 W. Hancock).

    Athens Black Market is designed to help support minority business owners and startups and encourage black entrepreneurship by providing a marketplace where everyday citizens can promote and develop their business ideas while serving the community.


  • Common Read Discussion: Daring Democracy

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    Daring Democracy Book Discussion

    first half of the book:

    Sunday, February 25, 12:30-2 p.m. (during the Fourth Sunday lunch) and/or Tuesday, February 27, 7-8:30 p.m.;

    second half of the book;

    Sunday, March 25, 12:30-2 p.m. (during Fourth Sunday lunch) and/or Tuesday, March 27, from 7-8:30 p.m.


    To register for the book discussions online, click https://goo.gl/forms/7o8vZwGr3Uvy30Mk1.

  • Announcing 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”.

    We are so excited to share with you that our new name, our new imagining, as the Responsive Resolution so beautifully called for, is Side with Love! You can also watch a video about our announcement here. Check out EqUUal Access’ take on the shift here.

  • March 4: Social Action Committee

    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, March 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).

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

  • March 8: Sanctuary Movement Team

    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–March 8–beginning at 5 p.m. in the 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.

  • March 7: Wednesday Dinner Provided by FREE

    Our next monthly meal provided by FREE will be Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 pm in the UUFA Fellowship Hall.

    Suggested donation: $5-$7 per adult (which does not cover wine) and
    $4 per child.
    (The suggested donation enables FREE to buy more local, in-season dishes for the meal, as well as additions to the monthly meal UUFA provides for Our Daily Bread)

    FREE (Food Responsibility and Enjoyable Eating) is part of the Justice Cluster.

  • 11 am service ONLY, 2-25, for Stewardship Sunday

    We’re ‘Making Room for You!’

    On Sun., Feb. 25, we invite you to make your annual financial pledge to UUFA for the upcoming program/fiscal year which begins July 1, 2018.

    We’ll hold only ONE service at 11 am so we can all be together and celebrate our shared commitment to the Fellowship. Parking may be tight so please consider carpooling.

    Whether you are a member or friend, we hope you will support our expanding programs and the positive impact we make on people’s lives.

    On Sun., Feb. 11, we distributed pledging information which included several priorities for our budget. If you didn’t attend that day, we mailed you information. Please take the time before Feb. 25 to consider what amount you might be able to give, based on your economic means and level of commitment to UUFA. We’re hoping you will consider at least a 10% increase in your current level. Or that you’ll make a first pledge of at least 2% of your net income.

    On Sun., Feb. 25, starting at 10 am, we’ll collect pledge forms AND/OR help you access your Realm account so you can enter it directly. Then we hope you’ll stay for the 11 am service, which will be followed by a 4th Sunday Lunch and a Dessert Reception to celebrate our collective commitment.

    You can log in to your Realm account anytime to see a record of your giving, look up phone numbers for members and friends, and check on who lives near you, and more! Just follow the link to log in to Realm. If you previously made a contribution of record and haven’t received an email invitation to set up a password in Realm, email or call Shaye in the office. If you made an account last year, but don’t remember your password? Follow instructions to make a new one on Realm’s Log In page.

    Questions about financial giving or Realm accounts? Please contact Shaye Gambrell, Administrator, or Thrane Jensen, UUFA Treasurer.

    For sample giving charts, more details about how your financial gifts will be used, and more, please go to UUFA’s 2018 – 2019 Annual Budget Drive web page.

  • UUFA Members Participate in Memoir Program

    UUFA members Rosermary Woodel, Annette Bergins, Roger Bailey, and Chip McDaniel will be reading at
    “Voices of Memoir” at 3pm, Sunday, March 4, at the Athens-Clarke County Library’s Appleton Auditorium with a reception following.

  • Realm Information!

    If you have previously registered in UUFA’s online membership website here: onrealm.org/UUFA . You may log in at any time to view your current giving, update your personal information, including uploading a picture of yourself, and, make a new pledge!

    Don’t remember if you registered or not? No worries! Go to the link above and enter your email and click “forgot password.” You will be prompted to enter your email address to have a password reset link sent to your email.

    If you have not previously registered, when you click “forgot password” and enter your email address, the system will reply “not found.” If this happens, please email Shaye (uufa@uuathensga.org) in the office to receive a new invitation to join or with any other questions or concerns.

    Realm technical support will be available on Sunday mornings Feb. 18th and the 25th in the Admin Office. Come on by if you have questions.

  • EOV Town Hall March 4th

    The Expanding Our Vision Project’s charge is to help UUFA fulfill its mission and vision by creating spaces for growth and for deeper connections among members, friends, and the community.

    Town Hall Meeting – Sunday, March 4, 10:AM

    Purpose – to Discuss Project Details

    • We are able to implement the Spring 2017 architects’ master plan.
    • We’ll have a new parking lot off Cheatham Road with about 45 new spaces that still preserves our beautiful sanctuary view out the sanctuary windows.
    • The new welcoming entrance will lead into a large Gathering Hall which will easily accommodate congregational dinners and other events.
    • Other new spaces include a multipurpose room that will seat 50 to 75, a conference room, and enlarged administrative offices close to the entrance.
    • There will be two new restrooms and a drinking fountain near the sanctuary.
    • Sanctuary improvements include better lighting, enhanced AV controls, and increased seating capacity as well as flexibility.

    • ACC requirement for sidewalks along Rambling and Cheatham Roads
    • Additional HVAC equipment to accommodate increased sanctuary capacity
    • Additional fire safety measures to accommodate increased sanctuary capacity
    • Special parking lot construction that manages storm water run-off without needing to cut a large number of trees for an enlarged retention pond.
    • Structural steel required to have clerestory windows in the Gathering Hall which complement the existing clerestory windows in our sanctuary.

    • The capital campaign commitments goal of $1.3 million goal was met and exceeded by over $10 thousand with commitments from 163 households.
    • $865,000 of those commitments have already been paid!

    • This project will cost close to $1.9 million instead of the initial estimate of $1.8 million.
    • The necessary mortgage, after all capital campaign commitments are fulfilled, will be close to $600,000. Amortized over 20 years this means about $3,800 monthly payments.

    Details and pictures – UUFA website. http://uuathensga.org/uufa/about-the-fellowship/eov/

    QUESTION? COMMENTS? Email building@uuathensga.org
    OR contact Iva King, EOV Chair 770-38-28-7928 ivaking@bellsouth.net.

  • February Volunteer Spotlight Honors Clarissa Finco

    You can share your thoughts about the book A Street Cat Named Bob on February 11, thanks to Clarissa Finco. For decades she has facilitated the September-to-May Book Talks group on second Sundays, making sure titles are selected and participants are welcomed to an invigorating conversation. Clarissa has also participated in the finance committee and counted the Sunday collection. Those lovely hats she knits for the Rolling Market also help support the Fellowship. Clarissa can be found at Wednesday pot-lucks serving as wine steward and reliably gets to Thursday lunches early to select a table for the women’s lunch. Thanks for enlivening our times together with your talents and your humor, Clarissa.

  • Art in the Foyer 2018

    Art in the Foyer for January and February, 2018: “Illuminations” by Melody Croft. Artist Statement: The paintings are a group of portraits that I have coined: Illuminations. A painting begins with someone I have seen whose appearance, character, situation, or personality interests me and then slowly transforms into a narrative. My portraits become “illuminations”. Using newspaper and magazine print, I include poetry excerpts to accomplish two goals: first, to enhance the overall image and second, to introduce the viewer to the person in the portrait. The various colors, sizes, and fonts of each letter add to the visual dynamics of the overall painting. The poetry illuminates the portrait: adding meaning to the image, which provides the viewer a way to connect emotionally and/or intellectually to the individual in the painting.

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