UUFA News of the Week & Beyond
- Need to reserve a room for an event?
You can do it yourself now online! Go to uuathensga.org/calendar. Then click on “Post Your Event.” Please let us know if you have difficulties! (email@example.com). NOTICE: Rooms have temporarily changed as construction begins in April. Some meetings and activities will need to change meeting location and/or schedule.
- The Sofa Room is now an Interim Conference Room.
- The Youth Room will soon be the Administration Office for both Shaye and Kelli.
- The Ocean Room is now an Interim Sofa & Youth Room.
- The Minister’s Office is still Rev. Alison’s office.
- The Music/Worship Room is still Amber’s hangout.
- The current Admin Office will be renovated as part of the new meeting/hallway/restroom/office space during the upcoming construction.
- April 1: 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, April 1, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster.
- UUFA World Cafe – April 13, 2018
On Friday, April 13th we are hosting a World Cafe for Families in the Fellowship Hall! We will have food and childcare provided so that parents can enjoy an evening of meaningful conversation together.
Save the date: April 13th, 2018 from 5:45 to 8:00pm.
The World Café process fosters creative and collaborative thinking – allowing new ideas, insights and questions to emerge in a way that is meaningful for participants. We would love to have your voice in our conversation, as we ask “As parents, how can we navigate this current moment in history?“ The intention is that these conversations will help steer the future of RE as we know it at UUFA.
We are currently visioning this fantastic event and are excited to hear what you have to say about how you might be most supported through the lens of family ministry!
**childcare and a healthy meal from Taziki’s will be provided for all participants!**
Please RSVP here so we know how much food to order: http://evite.me/x7zgQs8Y5c
- PARES–Partnership: Alps Road Elementary School
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.
For example, if you can supply a dessert for March 29, a night when Alps Road Elementary School faculty will be staying late for parent conferences, please click here.
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.
Want to learn more? Attend the May 6 Town Hall Meeting at 9:30 a.m.
Contact UUFA PARES Program Liaison Caryl Sundland: email@example.com or 706.425.8575
- March 27: Love Resists Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Register here.
For more information, click here
Love Resists is a joint campaign by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
- March 18: last 2017-18 Forum
Join Amber Fetner and Caryl Sundland this Sunday, March 18, at 10:10 as they present the last 2017-18 Forum: It’s Not Nice: Life and Music of Malvina Reynolds.
Forums will resume after the building expansion project. Stay tuned for exact details.
- IHNA: Read the Latest Information
Click here to read the latest information from IHNA (the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens).
IHN Athens is a coalition of Athens Area Churches and Congregations of Faith, referred to as Host Congregations or Support Congregations, that may provide shelter, meals, and support for homeless families in crisis for up to 90 days. Host Congregations, on a rotating basis, provide 3 meals a day to Network Families. Each network family is provided with their own room within the Host facility.
UUFA participates quarterly as a Support Congregation in the IHNA program with Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
For further information about UUFA’s participation with IHNA, contact Mark Hodges: firstname.lastname@example.org.
UUFA’s IHNA participation is part of the Justice Cluster.
- 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. Just contact Larry Dendy, chair of the Membership Committee to let him know your interest.
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 (email@example.com) to set up a meeting.
- UUA Opportunities to Serve
Wonderful opportunities to serve our UUA! Application Deadline March 15
Our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) offers many opportunities for deepening your faith through service.
Are you committed to the work of our Association? Do you have a calling for Denominational Leadership? We’re looking for dedicated volunteers to fill several open positions on UUA committees. All board-appointed committees have two-year terms, which can be renewed up to three times for a maximum of eight years of service.
Click here for more information.
- Common Read Discussion: Daring Democracy
Daring Democracy Book Discussion second half of the book (p 96 on). Sunday, March 25, 12:30-2 p.m. (during Fourth Sunday lunch) and/or Tuesday, March 27, from 7-8:30 p.m.
Even if you did not attend the discussion for the first half of the book, you are invited to discuss part 2!
To register for the book discussions online, click https://goo.gl/forms/7o8vZwGr3Uvy30Mk1.
- 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 ASSEMBLYFinancial 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.HOST A NETWORKING SESSION AT GAYou 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.PRESENT A POSTER AT GAYou 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.ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
- General Assembly Matters: UUFA Delegates
Registration 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?
Need more information about the UUA General Assembly? Go to www.uua.org/ga.
- Our Daily Bread: March 2018
What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, March 15, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, March 16, from 11:30 to 1 to serve the meal. Interested? Questions? Contact David Jarrett (firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- New day: UUFA Women’s Lunch
Beginning March 7, the UUFA Women’s Lunches are happening on a new day of the week: Wednesdays!
Same place: Jason’s Deli — Same time: 11:30 a.m. You are invited to attend!
- Let’s Go Hiking!
Hike in Heritage Park in Oconee County off Hwy 441 south of Bishop on April 7 from 1-3 pm. Bring friends, kids, leashed dogs for an easy walk on trails. We’ll stop to take photos, look at wildflowers, and chat. If some want to go fast and get a work out, we can break into two groups. Two hours are allotted, but if the are plenty of shortcuts if anyone needs to leave early. Meet at UUFA at 12:30 if you want to carpool. The park is 20 minutes from UUFA. No registration needed, just show up.
- March Volunteer Spotlight Recognizes Paula Keam
One of the smiling faces welcoming you into the sanctuary on Sundays belongs to Paula Keam. You will see Paula often because she happily fills in when other ushers’ schedules change. Paula can also be depended upon to help fulfill the Fellowship’s commitments to Our Daily Bread, Smart Lunch Smart Kids, and the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens. Thanks, Paula, for your steadfast volunteering!
- Condolences to former member’s family This note was sent from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Oxford, MS, this week: We share our deepest condolences for Michael and Tycho Jenkins in the recent death of Victoria Smith. Victoria Smith was a beloved friend, wife, mother, writer, and UUCO member. She died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 24th. Victoria leaves behind her husband Michael Jenkins, and son, Tycho Jenkins and many beloved friends. She will be missed deeply for her warmth, compassion and caring touch. Memorial services will be held in Kingston, New York. A celebration of Victoria’s life will be held at UUCO at a later date. Condolences may be sent to Michael and Tycho at: 107 Meadowview Drive, Oxford, MS 38655. The Smith-Jenkins family were members of UUFA for several years before moving to Oxford in 2012.——————————————————————————-
- Register NOW for 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. For more details about costs and schedules, click here or to go ahead and register, go to The Mountain website:
- Ketosis Group Interest?
I’ve thrived in nutritional ketosis (high fat/low carbohydrate diet) for 4 years. I’d like to network with other UUFA’ers in ketosis. Perhaps we could even host a Forum next year to share the good news. If interested, please contact Kathy Stege: (478-955-3422, email@example.com).
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.