UUFA News of the Week & Beyond
- Sad news
Sadly, long-time UUFA member Jerry Adams passed away yesterday. Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife, Pat, and their family. Details on a memorial service will be shared when available.
- New Addition is Taking Shape!
Work is progressing on the addition, although problems arise that have to be resolved (typical of any construction project). The main steel structure is in place with the roof deck installed (the insulation and roofing will follow in a few weeks). Crews are in the process of framing up the exterior and interior walls.
There is still access between the Fellowship Hall and the Sanctuary through the old foyer and stained glass doors. However, the old admin office is now a demolition/construction zone and is closed off.
NOTE: Only two electrical outlets in the Fellowship Hall (both on the wall to the right of the door leading down the RE hallway) are operable because some electrical circuits had to be shut off because of the demolition.
Grading work is also being done on the new driveway and parking lot off Cheatham Road.
As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding during construction. Do not hesitate to contact Iva King (email@example.com or 770-328-7928) or Herb West (firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-614-5644) if you have questions or concerns or just want information.
- June 23: Syrian Supper Club hosted by Congregation Children of Israel
The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team invites you to participate in the following: Congregation Children of Israel is hosting a Syrian Supper Club on Saturday, June 23 from 5:30-7:30pm. This fundraiser will benefit an amazing Syrian refugee family living in Clarkston, GA.
Sponsored by World Relief Atlanta, Mouaz & Aisha came to the US in the summer of 2016 with their three young children. Mouaz has experience as a chef and worked in the hotel business in Syria. Together, they have recently catered a few Syrian Supper Clubs in Atlanta to raise awareness about Syrian refugees in America and to help supplement their income. They are currently working very hard to save money and pay back their US-bound transportation costs (all refugees are required to pay back travel costs initially covered by the International Organization for Migration). Mouaz & Aisha will make an authentic Syrian meal and discuss their journey from Syria to America. This will be followed by Q&A and dessert. All proceeds will benefit this lovely family.
Limited to first 100 guests. Recommended donation is $50 per person. Business casual attire. Doors open at 5:30pm, dinner starts at 5:45pm. To RSVP or for more information contact Liz Mendell (email@example.com or 706-627-5458). *Your donation is necessary to reserve your seat. *Free on-site babysittting provided. Please let us know number of children and age when you RSVP.
- Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council
To read the June 2018 Partner Church News, click here.
UUFA has been in partnership with the Unitarian Church in Okland, Transylvania, for over 25 years. Click here for more information about UU partnerships in Transylvania.
Michelle Leebens-Mack is chair of the UUFA Partner Church Committee. Click here for more information about UUFA’s partnership in Okland.
- Men’s Group Next Session June 25
New UUFA Member Rob McMaken has been involved in Athens Men’s Circle for almost 10 years. They meet weekly from 7:30 to 10:00 and follow a format developed by the ManKind Project. Rob is offering to lead an Intro to Men’s Work session using the ManKind Project format on Monday, June 25th from 7:30pm to 10:00pm at the UU Fellowship (Ocean Room). If you want to sign-up or ask more about it, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706.202.9621. Also, read about MKP at https://mankindproject.org/
mens-groups/ Rob also plans to offer this again in the Fall, when more people are usually around.
- DACA Dollars Needed
The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team needs your help to sponsor at least one DACA renewal fee of $495. Since January 2018, U-Lead has helped with 14 DACA applications. More applications are coming soon. 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 (email@example.com). The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster.
- Vote Now Through June 24: Athens Official Community Choice Awards
You can vote one time each day through June 24. Go to the “People & Places” category, and scroll down to “Places to Worship” where UUFA is one of five finalists in this category!!!!
- June 25: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition
You are invited to the next meeting of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held on Monday, June 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.
For further information, contact UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team member Nancy MacNair (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- July 1: INHA Training Opportunity
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.
Interested in becoming a volunteer with IHNA?
Please attend the following training sessions: Sunday, July 1, noon at Athens Church of Christ. For more information, contact UUFA IHNA Coordinator Mark Hodges (email@example.com). Support of IHNA is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster
- Chess and Community Documentary Screenings
The UUFA June Cause of the Month–Chess and Community–will host 3 public screenings of the documentary Knights to Kings: A Journey to Ethiopia. Two will be at Cine Movie Theatre on June 23 and 24 at 2:00 p.m. The main event will be held at the Historic Morton Theatre on June 28 beginning at 5:00 p.m.
The film follows 8 teenage boys from Athens, Georgia, and surrounding counties as they journey to Ethiopia.This documentary speaks to the core of positive youth identity and community intervention. The Cine screenings are free and open to the public; however, attendees must have tickets to enter. Donations, though not required, are welcomed!
A the Morton Theater, Knights to Kings: A Journey to Ethiopia will be followed by rich discussion on youth engagement and youth identity in Athens, Georgia. . Attendees will meet local non-profits and community programs that focus on youth development in the Athens area. This event aims to bring the community together to celebrate and support positive youth development, dialogue, and initiatives. Former NFL playerDunta Robinson, Director of College Factory and Athens Community Career Academy Lawrence Harris, Police Chaplin Shane Simms, young entrepreneur and business owner Beau Shell (Little Ice Cream Dude), and Classic City Knights will lead the discussion on youth identity and enrichment. Families with teenagers areencouraged to attend. This is a family-friendly event with a $10 entry fee.
About Chess & Community Founded in 2012, Chess and Community (CC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to developing leadership and promoting the success of youth in Athens-Clarke County, Ga. and surrounding areas. CC’s mission is to impact youth in the areas of academic achievement, community engagement and critical thinking, using chess as a learning modality.
Doors open at 2:00 pm at Cine Movie Theatre and 5:00 pm at Morton Theatre. To attend a screening at Cine, reserve your ticket at http://www.athenscine.com/ To attend the screening & dialogue at Morton Theatre, reserve you seat at Eventbrite: Knights to Kings For more information, contact Lemuel “Life” LaRoche, Chessandcommunity@gmail.com.
- UUFA Diaper Drive: A Cause You Can Really Get Behind! 🙂
The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team (SMT) is sponsoring a diaper drive now through July 15 for immigrant families in the Athens area. Sizes needed are as follows: newborn and 1, 2, and 3. Please place the diapers you bring under the CANtribution basket (as you enter the sanctuary). Questions? Contact SMT member Nancy MacNair (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Think of all the babies—Innocent babies—Families ripped apart by arrests for minor violations, like trying to drive to work, without being allowed to get a license; fathers, bread-winners, locked in jail, kept illegally for extra hours; kept for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement); to be sent to detention (essentially jail), six hours away in rural southwest Georgia; and then deported.
According to the Sheriff’s statistics, two men each week have been detained, from July 2017 until April, 2018. The total was about twenty men. Twenty families torn, split apart. The babies’ mothers may speak little or no English, have no jobs, income, or transportation. And they often have older children to care for. They are treated as aliens, in an alien land.
Just think of all the diapers these tiny souls require, as you ponder these numbers and the sizes needed: size “newborn”—3 children, size 1— 4, size 2— 2, size 3–1. And in total, Community Support for Families in Crisis has helped around 132 children whose parents have been detained / deported since before the Sheriff’s recent holds.
You may not be able to do much for immigrants, but you can make a difference to these families and babies if you simply contribute diapers. Please think of them and try to help. Ponder these tiny souls and their mothers in your hearts! –Coordinator Nancy MacNair
- July 8: 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, July 8, beginning at noon in interim board room.
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!
FYI–SAC meetings are usually held the first Sunday of the month; the July meeting was changed to accommodate those out of town for the Fourth of July.
For more information, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett (email@example.com).
The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster.
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.