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  • EEE Tickets Available Sept. 30 Tickets for Enjoyable Entertainment Events will be sold again on September 30. This Sunday (the 23rd) on the Stepping Stones table there will be an information sheet that gives details for each event so that you can read and plan which ones you want to attend.  Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please feel free to email or call me at, or 706-483-2314.  Please be certain to leave a message if I am not available to answer.  I’m looking forward to seeing you at the Enjoyable Events table on the 30th.  EEE is a Fun and Fellowship Cluster activity    
  • Scrabble with the Rabble Meets every third Friday from 7-9 pm in the Fellowship Hall at UUFA. All are welcome to come play and bring your own set. For more information, Kathy Larsen, 317-855-0009, —————————————————————————–
  • Building Nearing Completion!! … But there’s still lots of work to complete! Your patience is much appreciated with continuing disruptions in these final weeks of construction. The kitchen will be unavailable Monday Sept 24 through at least Wednesday Sept 26. Due to renovation the counters etc. will temporarily be in the Fellowship Hall and elsewhere. The new Cheatham Road parking lot and concrete work is off limits until we have received our Permanent Certificate of Occupancy – Hopefully September 29th! Even after Cloverleaf finishes their work on the building, we have work to do in the Sanctuary: installation of the new AV booth and equipment by our in-house AV techs, acoustic treatments, and décor.  Temporary seating will be needed until our new chairs are delivered. The EOV Aesthetics subcommittee is in the process of getting furnishings for the new offices, conference room, Multipurpose Room and Welcome/Fellowship Hall. Saturday, September 29th – Workday! Please come help – there will be a variety of heavy and light work tasks. (We know the North Georgia Folk Festival is that day, but you can work a few hours in the morning and still enjoy the festival in the afternoon and evening!) Move items stored in the old sofa room to appropriate locations throughout the building. Move items in the Ocean Room back to the old Sofa Room and newly renovated Youth Room. Remove castle rocks from old parking lot in preparation for curbing there. Please contact Iva King ( or Herb West ( to volunteer or for more information or if you have questions or concerns!
  • Side with Love! Are 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. ———————————————————————————–    
  • Support UUFA Justice Partner AADM 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. —————————————————————————————–
  • UUFA Dance Party! Get your dancing shoes on!!!! On Saturday, Oct. 13 (6:30-10pm), join us for an all ages dance party to celebrate our new space. There will be music from across the decades, light refreshments will be available with casual seating for fellowship, and an entertainment space will be setup for young and old alike with games and movies for those needing a break from the dancing and noise. Please contact Lee Cornell ( or Carol-Lee Baker ( if you can help with setup, cleanup, or provide refreshments. ———————————————————————————
  • Thank You: Athens Pride Festival Volunteers 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.   —————————————————————————————-
  • UUFA Wednesdays–The People’s Lunch In the spirit of inclusivity, the UUFA Wednesday Women’s Lunch has changed its name to The People’s Lunch. All are invited.  Same place:  Jason’s Deli — Same time:   Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. Please join us! ——————————————————————————  
  • October 6: Justice Retreat–You’re Invited Are 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 ( For planning purposes, please click here to RSVP.   —————————————————————————————
  • Mountain Matters: September 2018 Volume 10 | September 6, 2018 Fall Updates & Volunteer Opportunities This issue focuses on the ways that volunteers make a difference at The Mountain and some of the opportunities available for volunteering in the coming months. Also, some current giving opportunities you won’t want to miss! Visit our Website From Nominating Committee This is the call for self-nominations to Mountain Board of Trustees and Nominating Committee! For more information about these two ways of sharing your time and talent, please contact Nominating Committee co-chair, Tandy Scheffler (865) 310-0189 by Sept. 25th.  For more information…. Volunteers–The Heart of The Mountain! Needing a change of scenery?  Wanting to mobilize your body and do good for others? Looking to cultivate some good karma? If the answer to these questions is YES–then consider arranging a volunteer stay at The Mountain! Volunteering at The Mountain is a wonderful, budget friendly way to enjoy this special place. Here is how it works…. Continue reading… Volunteer Work Weekend II Back by popular demand! Our second Volunteer Work Weekend of the year will be on Sept. 14-16. It’s a perfect time of year to volunteer at The Mountain! Work Weekend, part 2, is coming up on September 14-16, and have we got a fun bunch of projects to tackle! Register today… Silent Auction 2018 Begins Soon Plans are under way for our 2nd Spirit of The MountainSilent Auction event. You can help us reach and exceed our $3,000 goal by donating items and bidding on others. We are currently seeking your donation of vacation property rentals and hosted B&B getaways. We will start the bidding on these “big ticket” items next week, with onsite bidding in October and November. Continue reading… It’s Annual Appeal Time! The Mountain is about to reach the 40 year mark–with preparations for our 40th Thanksgiving Weekend well under way. After four decades of enriching thousands of people’s lives, creating a strong and supportive community, and caring for our precious natural setting, we can be grateful. The Mountain has a bright future, thanks to you. Here are some highlights for us to celebrate … Continue reading & Click HERE to Donate. Stable to Classroom Project We have a $10,000 Matching Challenge for you! Imagine this rundown stable being converted to a dynamic classroom space we are calling the Living Learning Laboratory…It will take at least $25,000 to realize this vision and you can help. Double your gift today! Continue reading… Still Time to Win a Week at Camp! Win a gift certificate for one week of 2019 traditional MountainCamp for a kid in your life–-a $625 value! $60/ticket or $200/4 tickets. Winners will be notified by phone call and email within 24 hours of the drawing on Oct. 15th, The Mountain’s Birthday! All proceeds benefit the Mountain Campership Fund. For more info… The Mountain’s Wish List The Mountain benefits greatly each year from In- Kind Donations of needed new or used-in-good condition equipment, maintenance and office supplies, furnishings, and farming tools that often are beyond our annual operating budget. Check out our updated Wish List to see if there are any items that you may have to donate! The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center | (828) | STAY CONNECTED  ‌  ‌  ‌ MAKE YOUR GIFT TODAY
  • September 2018 PARES Update   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 ( or 706.425.8575). PARES is a congregation-wide initiative sponsored by the UUFA Justice Cluster. ————————————————————————————
  • DACA Dollars Still Needed Can 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 (  The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————————–
  • UUWF September Newsletter News – September 2018 UUWF Calls for Careful Scrutiny of the Nomination to Supreme Court Based on what is known already about nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and the desire of the President to install a conservative majority in the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), the confirmation hearing on the second Trump administration pick for the Supreme Court may likely negatively impact the right to safe and legal abortion nationwide, and access to other reproductive health services for years to come. Read more here.   Thank You from the Women’s March The UUWF is committed to supporting organizations that align with our values. We recently made a donation to the Women’s March, who will use the funds to “…continue building a community of women and allies who are working to dismantle the systems of oppression and more forward into a shared future where all women are able to thrive.” Mark your calendar for the next annual women’s march on January 20, 2019.#OfficialWomensMarch2019   Become a Certified Leader for Social Change This is no time to be casual in our justice work. We are in a time of change, and we need to have trained leaders in our communities. The new Sustainable Leadership for Social Change certificate program begins this November at the Rowe Center in Massachusetts. This program is geared to train new social activists, to support those already immersed in the work of justice, and to explore how we sustain this work. The curriculum will emphasize coalition and fusion work, sustainability and resiliency, strategy development and adaptability, healthy group decision making and collaborative leadership. A two-year certificate program with two weekend workshops and two week-long intensives each year. (Nov. 11-16, 2018 & May 5-10, 2019, Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 TBD) Find out more: The Rowe Camp and Conference Center 22 Kings Highway, P.O. Box 273 Rowe, MA 01367 or (413) 339-4954 Do You Know Someone Who Should Be Honored? Universalist Clara Barton is best known for her work in organizing nursing services during the Civil War and, later, founding the American Red Cross. She did not start this work until she was over forty — in an era when many women died before reaching that age. Our Clara Barton Sisterhood was created in her name as a way for local women’s groups, congregations, and individuals to honor women aged 80 and over for their contributions to their congregations and communities. Learn more here.   UUWF Newsletter UUWF went green in 2010 and began publishing our newsletter, the Communicator, on our website, saving just under 35,000 pieces of paper and $9,000 a year. In 2015 we move to a new format once again, with e-mailed News being sent out on a more regular basis. Subscribe Now!   ——————————————————————————————-
  • Coming Attractions! UUFA Film Fans — We are initiating a movie group for members and friends here of UUFA. Current thoughts are that we would see movies at either Cine or Beechwood on the second Sunday of the month at the 4:00 or 5:00 showing. We’ll also set up a list serve so that individuals can contact other Film Fans to go together at different times. Please contact me if you are interested. Carol-Lee Baker 706-483-2314. This is a Fun and Fellowship activity. —————————————————————————–
  • For Breast Cancer Survivors Are you a breast cancer survivor? June Warfield is planning a ” survivor’s morning coffee” to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month. If you are a survivor who regularly attends UUFA, please email June at, or call her on 706-395-6105. She’d like to include you on the guest list! ________________________________________________________
  • UPDATE–UUFA Diaper Drive: A Cause You Can Really Get Behind…Again! 🙂 The 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 ( The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ————————————————————————————-
  • September 25: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition You 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 ( ———————————————————————————
  • Registration is open for Small Group Ministry!! It’s time to register for Small Group Ministry (SGM) again for the upcoming year. Registration for Small Group Ministry (SGM) is open now until September 9th. Please sign up to join a group, explore topics more deeply, and make connections at the fellowship. We’d love to have you! Please fill out your registration online (click on the headline of this announcement first and then CLICK HERE) look for a paper form at the Stepping Stones table. SGM is a great way to connect with other members of the UUFA community in a deeper way and to explore the content of services with other people. Get to know your community and have fun meeting others. For more on UUFA’s SGM program, go to ——————————————————————————
  • September 16: 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 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!forum/uufa-sanctuary-movement-team/join. Need more information?  Contact Nancy MacNair ( or 706.546.5237) or visit The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————-
  • UUFA Retreat News! The biennial UUFA Congregational Retreat is a little over a month away, and we have met our goal of 100 registrations! There are a very few more beds available for housing, so if you have been meaning to register, do it quickly! The Mountain’s deadline for registration is September 7. Folks who have registered by that date will receive an information packet by email with workshop offerings, a schedule, and Mountain information about what to expect and bring. This will be a great time for “Making Room for Creative Connections.” For information about the retreat, see For registration, see at ——————————————————————————–
  • Step Into UUFA this Fall For the next few Sundays, the ‘Stepping Stones’ table in the Fellowship Hall will be staffed with people offering various classes and activities for you to consider joining. Small Groups, Circle Suppers, Adult Education classes, Sunday Hospitality, Enjoyable Entertainment ideas & hosts, and more will be at the table. Signups at the table will continue into early September. Many activities will be available for ongoing sign up. ‘Stepping Stones’ is UUFA’s metaphor for encouraging you to step into the life of the Fellowship. Participating in some activity will help you meet new people and get to know one another. Visit the table if you want to learn more about the many activities taking place at UUFA this Fall. ________________________________________________
  • Circle Supper Groups Would you like to get together with 8-12 UU’s once a month to share dinner at one of the group’s homes? That is the idea of the circle suppers. At times, we have had 5 or 6 separate groups meeting monthly. It is another way to meet new and old UU friends in a relaxed social atmosphere. Please email Kathy and Lyndall, ( if you are interested in getting into one of the supper groups and let us know if you have any dietary needs, wants or restrictions. Be sure to tell us how many in your family want to join the groups and include your email and/or phone number. ________________________________________________
  • Religious Exploration needs YoUU! This is a call for Volunteers for the 2018-19 Program Year in RE. There are many opportunities to help ~ from Sunday School Class Leaders, to Children’s Worship Service Assistants and Song Leaders. You can help the UUFA Religious Exploration Program by joining our RE Committee or by collaborating on our Events Team – this team helps us plan and execute family-friendly, seasonal events. We need helpers to help us prepare props and get crafts ready – these are more one-off volunteer roles. Click below for more information and to sign up! The RE Program is only as strong as our volunteer-base. Thanks for considering helping us making 2018-19 a great year for our children and youth! Click on the headline above and THEN Click here for more info and to sign up!  ——————————————————————————-

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