• Construction Moving Ahead Despite Paper, Rock, and Rain!

    Construction is coming along – just a bit slower than hoped. Paper – in the form of county approval was delayed. Rock – was found toward the bottom of the huge hole necessary to accommodate the large storm water management structures required. Rain – has slowed work a few days.  None-the-less – we are making progress!

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Iva King (ivaking@bellsouth.net or 770-328-7928) or Herb West (herbwest48@gmail.com or 706-614-5644).  They are UUFA’s representatives who interact regularly with the contractors and the architect.  For recent updates, click here.

  • Can You Help?

    The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team (SMT) in conjunction with the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition of Athens (ISC) needs your time, talent, and treasure in supporting local immigrant families in crisis!

    Click here (https://goo.gl/UtwYhG) to read more and to sign up to help.

    The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster.


  • UUFA Women’s Lunch on Wednesdays

    The UUFA Women’s Lunches are now on Wednesdays!Image result for lunch

    Same place:  Jason’s Deli — Same time:    11:30 a.m. You are invited to attend!


  • May 20-27: UUFA INHA Week

    Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, GA. Helping Those In NeedThe 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.

    May 20-27 is the week that UUFA provides support for IHNA at Holly Cross Lutheran Church.

    Needed are meal preparers, dinner and evening hosts, overnights hosts, and IHNA Day Center hosts.

    For more information, contact UUFA IHNA Coordinator Mark Hodges (markhodges4427@gmail.com).

    Support of IHNA is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster


  • TOMORROW evening! Come Scrabble with UUs!

    Every third Friday, all are welcome to come play and bring your own set.

    For more information, Kathy Larson, 317-855-0009, kathylyndall@gmail.com.


  • Love Resists: Resist the Criminalization of Poverty– Learn How to End Cash Bail

    On any given night in the United States, more than 450,000 people who have not been convicted of a crime are locked up in jail simply because they don’t have enough money to pay bail. Universalism means no one is disposable and interdependence means that none of us are truly free as long as people are in jail.

    Join us on Tuesday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. EST for a webinar to learn how the cash bail system criminalizes people for being poor.
    Click here for more information including registration.


    Love Resists is a joint campaign

    by the Unitarian Universalist Association

    and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.


  • UUFA Men’s Breakfast

    Men of UUFA meet twice weekly for breakfast and conversation from 9-11 am on Tuesdays at Panera and Thursdays at Cracker Barrel.


  • UUA Matters: May 2018 Southern Region Newsletter

    To read the May 2018 Southern Region Newsletter,

    click here.


  • Hello, UUFA Families!
    Thanks for tuning into this week’s Religious Exploration update! We are preparing for RE Sunday, which is coming up on May 20th. On RE Sunday, we honor the volunteers who make RE great and we reflect on the fun we’ve had over the past year!!

    Any children who want to participate in RE Sunday– either by lighting the Chalice, ringing the bell, or by saying a word or two about their RE Experience, are welcome! Please connect with Kelli ASAP if your child or youth wants to participate!! We will also be honoring those kids who are moving from 5th to 6th grade, as well as our Youth who are graduating from High School

    Harry Potter Sunday School Because we are unable to offer Hogwarts Summer Camp, we will offer Hogwarts Sunday School this summer! Stay tuned for details and tell your friends, this summer is sure to be magical!! 
    RE Visioning Retreat – Saturday, June 2, in the morning We’re planning an RE Visioning Retreat that will be open to the congregation. Included in the conversation will be a review of the COSM survey, the World Cafe, and brainstorming for the 2018-19 RE program year. Stay turned for more information.

    Click the link for details, but here are the basics:

    Register before July 31st for the early-bird discount—$20 less per adult (or $170 for the weekend).

    There is no charge for UUFA children and youth (below age 18)! We have scholarship money available for any and all children and youth who want to attend!! We hope this will inspire families to join us for a weekend of fun and fellowship!

    That’s all for now, hope to see you on Sunday at 10:30!


  • UUA Matters: Get Out the Vote Project Grants Available

    The Fund for UU Social Responsibility is offering grants of up to $500 for 2018 Get Out the Image result for get out the voteVote projects! Unitarian Universalist congregations can support the democratic process in many nonpartisan ways this year:

    • by supporting voter registration drives.
    • providing nonpartisan educational materials or forums for voters.
    • by helping registered voters get to the polls.

    The application deadline is rolling between March 15 and November 1. Learn more at UUFunding.org.


  • New to UUFA, Sat., June 16

    The next New to UU & UUFA will be held on Saturday, June 16, 8:45 am – 12 pm.

    Newcomers to UUFA and Unitarian Universalism are invited to attend and learn more about us. Participants briefly share their religious journey, and learn about the history and development of Unitarian Universalism and UUFA. You’ll meet Fellowship leaders, including our minister, Rev. Alison Eskildsen, and get information on programs, activities and services at UUFA.

    The morning begins with a continental breakfast and ends by noon. Child care can be arranged with advance notice.

    A sign-up sheet is on the Visitors Table in the foyer.

    You can also sign up by contacting or calling the Fellowship office (uufa@uuathensga.org) or by contacting Larry Dendy, chair of the Membership Committee (ldendy@uga.edu, 706-546-0431).


  • New Construction Details

    Expanding Our Vision! Now that construction has begun, I want to tell you about some of the exciting details of what is occurring and decisions on which our committee continues to work.

    During the past two weeks CloverLeaf Group construction has made a lot of progress!
    • Installed erosion control and tree fence (to protect as many trees as possible).
    • Removed the glass foyer and exterior brick around the old main entrance.
    • Installed temporary walls in fellowship hall and foyer, and began removing exterior walls.
    • Removed a portion of the front paving.
    • Started installing underground storm water pipes and huge concrete structures.
    • Removed trees within the new parking area off Cheatham Road.

    Progress was slowed a bit when a backhoe hit the UUFA water line. It was not where we thought it was! College Pro and CloverLeaf worked hard to rectify the problem ASAP.

    Within the next 30 days, CloverLeaf expects to accomplish the following:
    • Finish removing concrete block walls at the front of building.
    • Complete installation of the underground storm pipes and structures.
    • Level and prepare the building pad.
    • Rough in mechanical, electrical and plumbing in slab and pour concrete slab.
    • Pour pier footings/set anchor bolts for the steel structures.
    • Grade new parking lot.

    The tentative construction schedule is posted on the temporary wall in the Fellowship Hall (or click here for more detailed information).
    CloverLeaf has also promised they will put a temporary window in that temporary wall soon so we can watch their progress!
    A word about our trees – College Pro, the company that is doing all of the site work, is also a landscape company. They were so concerned about our trees that they asked Roger Moore and me to walk the perimeter of the construction area with them. They wanted us to understand that some trees outside the actual construction area will sustain unavoidable root damage. Significant root damage kills a tree, as does grading which raises the level of soil around a tree. However, when Roger looked at those trees, he found that they are already not very healthy; having grown so close together and competing for sunlight, they have just a few branches at their tops.

    On a brighter note – Roger also reported that when he stood at the end of the planned new parking lot, he could not see the sanctuary. Therefore, we’ll not likely see the parking lot when looking out the sanctuary windows. We will still have many trees providing summer foliage!

    Aesthetics- Barb Schell and the EOV Aesthetics subcommittee have been working hard to assure that our building is beautiful as well as functional. The full EOV Committee has confirmed their recommendations to have Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) in the new Gathering Hall/Fellowship Hall area. The LVT will have the look of wood flooring. A stone-look LVT will be installed in the RE Hallway. The carpet chosen for the new multipurpose room, conference room, and offices is a blend of grey and cream colors. The new carpet in the sanctuary will be a darker multicolor that coordinates nicely with our current turquoise pews but does not limit future color choices. (In case at some future time the pews are reupholstered.)

    What else can I tell you?
    • A decision has been made to not move the pews toward the back of the sanctuary. The pews will remain at the front and the 60+ additional seating capacity will be attained with flexible seating at the back.
    • Carol-Lee Baker has a subcommittee working on the best way to utilize funds specifically donated to update the kitchen.
    • John Olive reports that Capital Campaign pledges now total $1,330.500, and folks have already paid $915,857. The construction loan will be signed soon. However, since so many pledges have now been paid, he does not anticipate needing to draw on that line of credit for another few months. The less we borrow the less interest we will have to pay!
    • The Aesthetics sub committee is in the process of choosing paint colors for accent walls.
    • Lee Cornell and the UUFA Communications Team are developing ways to use monitors in the new Gathering Hall to keep us informed of happenings within the fellowship.
    • Some folks have expressed interest in having a patio outside the two new double doors that will connect the Fellowship Hall and the playground area. That is not currently in the budget, but with donated labor, Roger Moore, who heads the Landscape subcommittee, would love to see it happen.

    Another Workday! Since we don’t want to keep all the fun to ourselves, the EOV committee is proposing another work day in the near future. (The turnout when we asked for help in March was amazing.) There are some additional items that could be done, mostly outside, to assure that our 25-year-old spaces look as good as our new spaces. Stay tuned!

    Herb West and I are the EOV representatives that interact regularly with the contractors. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact one of us!

    Iva King, EOV Building Project Chairperson, ivaking@bellsouth.net; 770-328-7928.  Herb West, herbwest48@gmail.com; 706-614-5644


  • PARES–Partnership: Alps Road Elementary School

    Want UUFA to adopt Alps Road Elementary? Vote at the May 20 Congregational Meeting!
    You are invited to become a part of a proposed new UUFA initiative:  PARES!

    Essentially an adopt-a-school program, our partnership with Alps Road Elementary School will offer both specific and flexible volunteer opportunities.

    PARES–Partnership: Alps Road Elementary School–To find out and sign up for more general and specific volunteer opportunities, click here.

    Those present at the May 20 Annual Meeting will be voting on the UUFA’s adopting Alps Road Elementary School.

      Questions? Contact UUFA PARES Program Liaison Caryl Sundland: csundland@aol.com or 706.425.8575


  • May Volunteer Spotlight: Gaybriel Jones

    Thanks to Gaybriel Jones, folks at UUFA get to view and purchase members’ handiwork – jewelry, cards, ornaments, hats, scarves, poetry books, and more – on display each Sunday in our very own Rolling Market. Nowadays Gaybriel shares market hosting duties with Wendy Lamb. About twelve years ago as a Finance Committee member, Gaybriel helped bring the market, which had started earlier thanks to Bob and Karen Covi, back into use. Not only do we get to share our talents, but also the Fellowship receives 20% of the sales.


  • UUFA Trip to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum

    The National Memorial for Peace and JusticeAre you interested in joining other UUFA folks in going to the visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum that recently opened in Montgomery, Alabama?

    If so, click here (https://goo.gl/forms/tE5q0QKjqXWMfVOV2).

    Lay Minister Ange Kahn is wanting to gauge interest.


  • No choir or drum on Wednesday, May 23


  • Justice Partner Update: AADM
    Athens, Ga – The Athens-Clarke County Library will be the new home of the End the School to Prison Pipeline’s latest initiative – support services for the county’s most disadvantaged students. Designed for teens who may have been suspended, expelled or dropped out, it hopes to address needs unmet at school. Among the services provided, students can expect reading and math tutoring sessions for middle school and high school, self-improvement workshops, and apprenticeships. In collaboration with ACC Library, Everday Readers Literacy Program, Athens Clarke County School District, and AADM volunteers this program will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 9: 30 am to 12: 30 pm.
    African American students are particularly hit hard by zero tolerance policies. In Georgia, roughly two-thirds of students suspended or expelled were African American despite the fact the group accounts for less than 40 percent of public high school students. Not surprisingly, research indicates that these kinds of disciplinary actions dramatically increase the likelihood that a student will drop out, be held back, sent to alternative schools or enter the juvenile justice system.
    To prevent the inevitable cycle of incarceration and state supervision, the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement has assembled a team of advocates to work with local teens that get neglected or often left behind.
    For more information or to volunteer, please contact (706) 389-4129, visit aadmovement.org or email jasminejohnsonedu@gmail.com
  • Have You Registered Yet?

    For the UUFA Congregational Retreat at The Mountain, September 21-23, 2018, that is!

    Things you need to know:

    –The Mountain has held prices the same; adult price remains $190 for 2 nights lodging and 6 meals.

    –If you register before July 31st, the early-bird discount is $20 per adult, so $170 for the weekend.

    –All children and youth ages 0-17 are FREE.

    –The commuter fee for the day on Saturday is $50; this includes all meals and programming.

    –Scholarships are available for all adults. See Kelli McConnell, Amber Fetner, Vivian Sellers, or the retreat table in the sanctuary for applications.

    –The deadline for scholarship applications to be turned in to the box in the sanctuary is July 21st.

    You can register online at The Mountain website: (http://themountainrlc.org/event/2018-uufa-congregational-retreat/ or call Rachel Kinback’s office at The Mountain (828.526.5838 , extension 218). She’ll be glad to help you.

    This time, we’ll be the only group on top of Little Scaly Mountain, so we’ll have plenty of space to “Make Room for Creative Connections.”

    If you want to donate to the scholarship fund, please see Heather Jensen, Amber Fetner, Kelli McConnell, Herb West, Myrna Adams West, or Vivian Sellers, the retreat planning team. Several UUFA folks have already volunteered their time and talents to provide workshops during the retreat. Some of these are: a yoga class, tai chi, hikes, a drumming workshop, and family-friendly activities with Kelli and other volunteers.

    Rev. Alison and others will create worship services each night and Sunday morning; If you have an idea for something you’d like to have or to facilitate at the retreat, please let Vivian Sellers know. Come on! Sign up! It is a place full of magic and mystery, and you’ll be with kindred spirits!

    Let’s have the largest group of UUFA folks at The Mountain we’ve ever had.1n 2016, there were about 90 of us; let’s make it 100 in 2018! Email Vivian Preston Sellers at vpsellers@gmail.com if you have questions or ideas.


  • May 17 and 18: Our Daily Bread

    What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, May 17, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, May 18, from 11:30 to 1 to serve the meal. Interested? Questions? Contact David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com or 706.338.2798).

    Our Daily Bread Community Kitchen serves breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday and a sack meal on the weekends. Annually, this program provides more than 60,000 nutritious meals with gracious hospitality to men, women, and children in need and offers a gateway to other transformational services. Partnering with more than 70 volunteer groups. Our Daily Bread in Athens has served meals seven days per week, 365 days per year since 1989.

    Our Daily Bread outreach is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster.


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