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  • Staff Holiday Appreciation – Show Your Love!

    Staff Holiday Gifts

    Please show your appreciation to our amazing staff who work to enrich lives by providing beautiful music, creating unique learning opportunities, juggling myriad administrative needs, caring for children, and keeping our facilities welcoming.

    If you are able this holiday season, please place a financial donation (cash or check) in the gift-wrapped collection boxes located on a table in the Fellowship Hall or Sanctuary entryway. You may also mail your donation to UUFA. Please indicate ‘Staff Holiday’ on your check or cash envelope. Donations will be divided between the Music Director, Religious Educator, two Nursery caregivers, Administrator, and Custodian.

    Donations will be collected from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.

    Help make it a wonderful new year for our staff!

  • Your Invited to Scrabble: Third Fridays

    ScrabbleNovember 17:  
    Scrabble with the Rabble

    All are welcome to come play and bring your own set. For more information, Kathy Larsen, 317-855-0009, kathylyndall@gmail.com.

  • UPDATE: UUFA Thanksgiving?! Are YoUU Interested!?

    UPDATE: We are getting RSVPs!  If you’ve already emailed that you’d like to attend, we’ll get back to you asap. It’s not too late. Read on!

    Who is interested in attending a potluck at UUFA on Thanksgiving Day?

    Join your UUFA friends for a Thanksgiving under the pyramid! Gather around noon and celebrate and eat all afternoon if you wish! Come one, come all! Bring just yourself or your friends and family. And lots and lots of food!

    Feel free to bring a favorite CD to play, as well, if you wish.

    If you are interested in attending, call or email Shaye in the office (uufa@uuathensga.org, 706-546-7914) with the number of folks you are coming and what side dishes you are willing to bring. If you are willing to supply a turkey, let us know, too. If anyone is willing to help coordinate a set-up and clean-up crew, please let us know as well.

  • October 2017 Ministry Council Notes
    At its meeting on October 24, the Ministry Council began its work on establishing goals for this program year.  At its next meeting, this group will look at the six goals that were established to look at any gaps and to discuss about which goals should be intention and how communication fits into these goals.  In preparation for the 2018-19 program-year budget, members of the Ministry Council also discussed what additional staffing is instrumental for various program areas.  In addition, this group also discussed changing the language surround money for Fourth Sunday lunches, landing on the following:  Donations Welcome, and If you are visiting, please be our guest for lunch.  Lay Ministers Herb West, Hilda Kurtz, and Karen Solheim volunteered to be members of the Charter Review Team along with Reverend Alison Eskildsen.
    The next meeting of the Ministry Council is scheduled for November 21. 
    Please let your Lay Minister know if you have anything for discussion at this meeting.
  • Wednesday night potluck cancelled for Nov. 22

    Resumes Nov. 29. For more information, contact Clarissa Finco.

  • Small Group Ministry Mid-Year Enrollment Opens Soon!

    The mid-year enrollment period provides an opportunity for participation in SGM to newcomers to UUFA, as well as current UUFA members and friends who missed the fall enrollment period. This year, interested folks will sign up in December to join a group in January, to complete the SGM year which runs through May or August, depending on the wishes of the group. Mid-Winter Enrollment is not for those already settled in a group who wish to move to another. Not all current groups will be available to join, as some groups are currently at maximum numbers. Mid-year enrollment will occur December 1-31, 2017.

    If you need more information about SGM, and to enroll, please see the UUFA website page at http://uuathensga.org/education/small-group-ministries/ . This page will allow you to learn about the SGM program at UUFA, to understand its requirements and expectations, and to enroll by clicking on the red “Here” near the bottom of the page. If you’d prefer to enroll on paper, see the Stepping Stones table after services during December, or come by the UUFA office during office hours (T-F, 10-4) to get a copy from Shaye Gambrell. If you have questions, please contact Vivian Preston Sellers at vpsellers@gmail.com.

  • November 29: Honoring Jeannette Rankin Fund Founders

  • November 17: Justice Partner Participation

    The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement will hold a protest rally at the UGA Arch on Friday, November 17, to publicize the second discrimination complaint filed against a Downtown Athens bar. The rally will begin at 5:30 and end at City Hall on College Avenue and include prominent local figures and political candidates such as Tim Denson and Ovita Thornton  in addition to Grady Martin, Mariah Parker, Beto Cacao, and others.

    Click here to read more.


    UUFA’s Social Action Committee officially adopted AADM as a Justice Partner at its October 2017 meeting.

  • Standing on the Side of Love:

    Two weeks ago, the second season of Fortification, a podcast about the spiritual lives of organizers and activists was launched, this time in collaboration with Auburn. Fortification is an opportunity to hear from people within and across faith and spiritual traditions to talk about some of the questions facing organizers, communities and institutions in these times.

    The newest interview features author, speaker, faithful activist, and public theologian Brian McLaren.

    Be sure to subscribe on iTunesGooglePlay and SoundCloud to get the episode and stay up to date with our next one in two weeks.


    Click here to read more or go to https://goo.gl/E4kpp2.

  • December 3: Christmas Angel Project Gifts Due to UUFA

    Christmas Angel Project 2017 Update

    UUFA is once again participating in the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) gift program for needy children.

    Reminder:  The deadline to deliver gifts to UUFA is Sunday, December 3.  Please make sure the name tag you are given for your child is clearly affixed to the gift bag.

    Each holiday season many children in foster care receive few, if any, gifts over the holidays. Due to the generosity of its members and friends, UUFA has successfully participated in this program for over 20 years.

    For further information, contact Connie Bruce (connie.l.bruce@gmail.com or 706.264.7822) or UUFA Congregational Administrator Shaye Gambrell) (uufa@uuathensga.org, 706-546-7914).

    The Christmas Angel Project is being sponsored by UUFA’s Social Action Committee, a part of the Justice Cluster.

  • UUFA’s Palms of Fire, Nov. 13, African Perspectives Event

    The Fellowship’s very own drummers will add their talent on the drums to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of WUGA’s longest-running local program, African Perspectives.

    WHERE: The Foundry

    WHEN: Monday, November 13

    TIME: Live show and taping from 7-8:30 pm; African Dance Party from 8:30-9:30; Palms of Fire perform about 7:30 pm.

    From the African Perspective invitation:

    Akinloye Ojo will host a special production of the program, which will be broadcast at a later date. Dance to the African rhythms, with guest performances by UGA African Students Union dancers, the African Fellowship of the Church of Nations choir, and Unitarian Universalist Palms of Fire drumming group.

    Continue dancing after the show for a $100 prize dance contest with three judges using a wild card song. The free show is to celebrate the longest running local program on WUGA with donations made in cash or by check to Chess and Community and to Kenyan Girls’ Educational Fund, Inc.

    More information at 706-542-9842.


  • UUA 2017-18 Common Read

    side by side covers of the two 2017-18 Common Read selections: Daring Democracy and Centering

    TWO Books have been chosen for the 2017-18 Common Read

    Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017), centers the stories, analyses, and insights of a number of Unitarian Universalist religious professionals of color as they explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities.

    Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Wantby Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen, (Beacon Press, 2017) lifts up the importance of democracy itself. It examines the anti-democracy movement that has led to the Trump presidency, then offers a vision and call to action to save our democracy and to take our civic life to a place it has never been.
    Download the discussion guide.

    Book discussions will occur in the first part of 2018.

    Order your copy of each book now by clicking here or going to https://goo.gl/forms/kEZ3SwMLdmqGTvvb2.

  • EOV Update

    UPDATE: We’re moving forward! The Mayor and ACC Commission unanimously approved our Special Use Permit! No need to do an expensive sidewalk along Timothy Road. We are very thankful to Josh Koons of Koons Environmental Design for developing and guiding the landscape plans through the ACC permitting process. The EOV Project Committee continues to work with Houser Walker Architects and Cloverleaf contractors refining the Design Development plans for the building. The first round of pricing by Cloverleaf came in over budget, but that is not unusual. We remain confident that with due diligence, and willingness to make trade-offs, construction will begin Spring 2018.

  • Green Care Ring Holiday Meet and Greet Dec 2, 2-4pm

    This event is an opportunity to members in the Green Care Ring. We will share ways we can support each other and get acquainted with others in our care ring community. Refreshments will be provided by the care ring coordinators: Kathy Mason, Liz Weaver, and Cara Andrews. We will meet at the Creekside Community cottages Clubhouse (off Jimmy Daniels Road).

  • Save the Date–December 2: Justice Partner Participation

    You are invited to participate in the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) Sticker Campaign on Saturday, December 2, 2017 beginning at 3:45 pm.

    About the Sticker Campaign:
    We are once again going to the downtown businesses to request that they post our sticker on their outer door or window. Our goal is 100% participation!
    We’ll meet at World Famous, 351 N Hull St, Athens, GA 30601, at 3:45 pm, where Debra Brenner, Project Leader, will give out assignments and instructions, along with a dialog you can use when addressing employees.   After an hour or hour and one-half or so, we’ll meet back up at World Famous again for a debriefing, sharing experiences, handing in of \ assignments, and time to enjoy a bit to eat if you’d like.
    For further information, contact Debra Brenner.  dbrenner@uga.edu.
    UUFA’s Social Action Committee
    officially adopted AADM as a Justice Partner at its October 2017 meeting.
  • November 27: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition

    You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition on Monday, November 27, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Oconee Street UMC.

    This group is called to do the following:

     –Cultivate relationships with undocumented immigrant families and individuals – this is the foundation of what directs us

    –Support legal aid defense funding – ALCES and the Latin American Association

    Partner with Community Support for Families in Crisis Due to Deportation/ Detention by providing financial support, becoming a Buddy, advocating for detainees, providing transportation, or becoming a temporary guardian

    This group meets the fourth Monday of every month.

    For further information, contact UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team Chair Chase White:  robert.chase.white@gmail.com or 864.238.1870.

  • Nifty Gifty 2017: YoUU Need This!


    Nifty Gifty Needs YoUU! We Need Volunteers to Help With NIFTY GIFTY! Crafters, Decorators, Helper Elves! Sign Up Online:https://goo.gl/RX996c

  • UUA Matters: Southern Region Newsletter November 2017

    To read the November 2017 Southern Region Newsletter, click here or to go https://goo.gl/GGLoEc.


  • Nifty Gifty Needs YoUU!

    We Need Volunteers to Help With NIFTY GIFTY! Crafters, Decorators, Helper Elves! Sign Up Online: https://goo.gl/RX996c
    or email Kelli (dre@uuathensga.org).

In general, more timely announcements will be presented here on the uuathensga.org/news page, but longer articles and columns by members, friends, and leadership, as well as monthly updates from Social Action Committee and others, will appear on the uuathensga.org/Tapestry page.

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