weaving the threads of community

wondering with AWE

  • Tragedy in Las Vegas

    I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling incredible grief and horror after waking up to the news coming out of Las Vegas, Nevada. I expect your heart, like mine, has broken at the very idea that something like this is possible. Our hearts will break again as the names of victims are shared, knowing each name represented a life, and each life ended much too soon. And our hearts will break further as memorial services begin.

    It is difficult to comprehend the intent of someone willing to engage in acts of terrorism and mass murder. It is difficult to imagine the despair families and friends of concert goers must be feeling if they don’t know yet whether their loved ones survived. It is difficult to absorb the fact that at least fifty people died and over four hundred transported to hospitals for treatment. But it is not difficult to want the madness to end. It is not difficult to want the dying to end.

    I also know it is not difficult to give thanks to the emergency personnel and volunteers who help those in need, even at risk to themselves. And, I hope it is not difficult to pause and give thanks for the gift of life we enjoy, knowing it may be taken from us at any moment.

    As we mourn this latest national tragedy and seek some meaning from it, let us remember to reach out to loved ones for comfort. Let us reach out to those who might need professional assistance and help them receive it. Let us work together to do all we can to prevent future mass murders.

    Sunday’s services at 9 & 11 am on Oct. 8, will offer comfort and hope.

    Rev. Alison Eskildsen

Ministry Notes

  • Ministry Council Reflections

    At its September 19, 2017 meeting, the Ministry Council …

    …Discussed establishing Ministry Cluster and team goals for the 2017-2018 program year.

    …Discussed the ongoing process of updating existing or creating new Team/Committee charters.

    …Discussed the idea of term limits for team/committee leadership and membership. This is one item that will be discussed at the next Leadership Council meeting on November 11, 2018.

    …Discussed roles for Lay Ministers emerita/emeritus.

    …Reviewed the recent Open House held on August 26, which, with 14-15 guests in attendance, we deemed successful. Several guests have returned to services and/or other activities.  We discussed ideas/suggestions for the next time we hold an Open House for the larger community.

    …Discussed the need for better communication of Ministry Clusters, Teams/Committees, and activities with participants in the New to UUFA classes.

    …Decided to arrange the Ministry Council agenda by priority, as suggested by Rev. Dan Hotchkiss in Governance and Ministry.

    …Made a renewed commitment to the exchange of meeting notes/minutes between Ministry Council and the Board of Trustees, and the communication of a summary of Ministry Council notes to the congregation via the UUFA Website and Tapestry.

    …Approved the Social Action Committee’s request to raise funds for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) renewals.

    For more information or to share ideas for UUFA’s programs, ministries, and activities, please contact any of the members of the Ministry Council (Minister, Music Director, Coordinator of Religious Exploration, Lay Ministers).

    Submitted by Herb West, Lay Minister for Spiritual Arts and note taker on September 19

  • Child Dedication on Sunday, Nov. 19

    Child to Dedicate?

    If you would like your child/ren to be dedicated during the Sunday, November 19, 2017, worship service, please contact Rev. Alison (rev.eskildsen@uuathensga.org). We dedicate children newly born, newly adopted, or new to Unitarian Universalism. This naming ceremony celebrates new life into the world and into the care of our community.

    Can’t make this date? Another date will be chosen in the spring. Please let Rev. Alison Eskildsen  know if you have a particular date in mind that works well for your family.

membership & volunteers

  • New to UU & UUFA Nov. 4
    The next New to UU & UUFA is scheduled for Saturday, November 4, 8:45 – 12

    Newcomers to UUFA are invited to learn more about us.

    The ‘New to UUFA’ class introduces recent visitors and newcomers to each other and to leaders, as well as to Unitarian Universalism and the Fellowship. Participants will receive information about programs, activities and services at UUFA.

    The class begins at 8:45 a.m with a coffee and breakfast treats and ends by Noon. Child care can be arranged with advance notice.

    A sign-up sheet is at the Visitors Table in the foyer. You can also sign up by e-mailing or calling the Fellowship office (uufa@uuathensga.org) or by contacting Larry Dendy, chair of the Membership Committee (ldendy@uga.edu, 706-546-0431).

  • Revised: ERJ Task Force Recognized for Accomplishments

    In October the Connections and Outreach Cluster chaired by Hilda Kurtz celebrates the volunteers of the Exploring Racial Justice Task Force. Led by Deb Brenner, the ERJ Task Force members – Ange Kahn, David Jarrett, Nancy MacNair, Karen Solheim, Heather Jensen, Susie Weller, Caryl Sundland, Helene Marotta, Irene Muthe (in memorium), John Muthe, Greg Davis, Steven Pottier, and Ryan Vander Plaats – were active in the Fellowship and in the community.

    At UUFA the ERJ invited and sometimes facilitated discussion about how to understand white privilege and how to orient to racial justice as a moral and spiritual challenge. The ERJ designed and facilitated a workshop at the September 2016 Mountain Retreat and led discussions in team members’ Small Group Ministry groups about the congregational read, Waking Up White, by Deborah Irving.

    ERJ members also drafted a resolution on racial justice which they shared throughout UUFA groups and then incorporated Fellowship members’ feedback into the final wording. At the May 2017 Congregational meeting UUFA members voted to approve the document titled “A Resolution: Racial Justice and Equity.”

    ERJ members also met individually with members who had responded to an ERJ straw poll on using a Black Lives Matter banner at UUFA. After discussions, the Social Action Committee obtained a Black Lives Matter banner and has used it within UUFA as well as at marches, protests and events in the community.

    The ERJ joined others in the Social Action Committee to represent the Fellowship at public events such as a July 2016 rally at City Hall and the MLK parade in January 2017. Deb Brenner joined the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement’s downtown sticker campaign, canvassing downtown businesses to ask them to post a sticker on their front windows indicating that they do not discriminate. Deb remains involved in the sticker campaign and was recruiting volunteers recently at the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement event organized in response to the Charlottesville violence.

    In honor of the members of the ERJ Task Force, during the October 22 services the Volunteer Recognition Committee will make a donation to the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement.

  • October Volunteer Spotlight: John Olive

    John Olive’s decades at UUFA have been filled with volunteering as he has shared lots of time and a wide range of talents. In addition to heading the UUFA Board in 2005, more recently John served as Treasurer and then Assistant Treasurer for several years. Part of his work supporting the Finance Committee and fundraising is making grocery cards available in the Fellowship Hall following services. Watch for him too singing in the choir and, when acting talent is demanded, appearing in recent years as Scrooge in the children’s production of “A Christmas Carol” and as Shakespeare’s characters in an enthusiastic Enjoyable Entertainment performance. John currently serves the EOV Building Project Committee as EOV Project Treasurer.

  • Spotlighting September Volunteers: Myrna and Herb

    Myrna Adams West and Herb West care for the Fellowship:
    They care for the ministry – both serving as Lay Ministers (Myrna now emerita), WAC volunteers, choir members, and mainstays of the BlUUgrass Folks; Myrna leading the Writing as a Spiritual Practice and Goddess Groups, and Herb earlier on the Stepping Stone SupportTeam.
    They care for our heritage – Myrna heading the 60th anniversary celebration in 2014 with Herb supporting the effort.
    They care for effective governance – Herb as Board President (2011-2012) and both now working with the Leadership Development Team.
    They care about our future – both having served on the EOV Steering Committee with Herb chairing the Capital Campaign. He is now representing the Ministry Council on the new Building Project Committee.
    –And we can depend on both Myrna and Herb to be hard at work during activities like last month’s Spiffy-up.
    Why not take a moment in September to thank Herb and Myrna for their year-round commitment!

    — The Volunteer Recognition Committee

  • Service after the Service!?

    Interested in being more involved with what is happening at UUFA?

    On Sunday mornings, visit the Stepping Stones table to sign up for the various opportunities at UUFA.

    At other times, take a look at the “Service after the Service” bulletin board (last one on the left) to view the various activities at UUFA for which you can sign up.

     

    Questions?

    Contact any of your lay ministers;

    names are listed on the back cover of your order of service and on the UUFA website.

fellowship

  • Tai Chi Flow Classes Ongoing

    Come join us for some Tai Chi and Qigong! Tuesday nights at 6pm. in the Sanctuary. Includes self-massage, breathing exercises, and simple moves for meditation, balance, and fitness. You don’t need to know anything about Tai Chi, just follow along! Join in anytime. Contact Jackie or Bill Pierson – birdfeathr@gmail.com or 706-850-0713.

  • Second Lookers Upcoming Meeting

    Second Lookers meets this month at noon on Oct. 10 at UUFA. All are welcome. Bring a bag lunch and catch up on news and conversation since last meeting in May! For more information, contact Hester Meyer or Sally Randall.

  • Enjoyable Entertainment Events Available

    We have tickets available for two family events:

    The Picnic and Tour of Sweet Olive Farm on October 28 11 to 1:00 and
    Munchkins and Munchies on November 25 4 to 6:00

    We also have a few tickets available for the following events:

    Game Night on November 17 7 to 9:00
    Cowboy Grub and Sing-a-Long January 5 6:00 PM
    Cranium and Gourmet Ice Cream January 13 2 to 4:00
    People, Poetry, Prose, and Pie January 20 7:00 PM

    Please contact me directly if you would like to get tickets. ~ Carol-Lee Baker (carlee45@yahoo.com, 706-483-2314; be sure to leave a message!)

  • New Member Ceremony, Sun., Oct. 8

    Are you ready to become a member of UUFA?

    If so, the next New Member Ceremony will be held during worship services on Sun., Oct. 8, 2017. Please stop by the Visitor Table to sign a Covenant of Membership form. This starts a process of making your commitment of time, talent and treasure to UUFA.

    Larry Dendy, chair of the Membership Committee, will get in touch with you about including you in the New Member Ceremony after receiving your Covenant. After filling it out, just leave it at the Visitor’s Table.

    Not yet ready to join but want to know more about UUFA? Then also stop by the Visitor’s Table to sign up for the next ‘New to UUFA’ class to be scheduled in November or December. It will begin at 8:45 am with coffee and conversation.

     

  • 4th Sunday Lunch–Romanian dishes!

    Soup

    Sour-Cherry Soup (Meggykeszoce)

    Main Dishes

    Meat

    Chicken Paprika (Csirke Paprikas) & Rice/Egg Noodles (Levesbe)

    Pork, Cabbage, and Potato Goulash (Szekely Gulyas)

    Vegan

    Potato & Vegetable Goulash (Vegetáriánus Gulyas)

    Squash & Bean Goulash (Vegetáriánus Gulyas)

    Vegetarian

    Potato & Egg Casserole (Rakett Krumpli)

    Sides & Salads

    Beet Salad (Gellert Salata)

    Cauliflower (Sult Karfiol)

    Cole Slaw (Kaposztasalata)

    Tomato & Cucumber Salad (Paradiscom Uborka Salata)

    Eggplant Spread (Zakuska)

    Desserts

    Assorted Cakes, Cookies, & Pastries

    *A $5 donation is asked for the work of the UUFA.

expanding our vision

  • Expanding Our Vision Building Update

    We passed an important milestone October 5th when the Athens Clarke County Planning Commission decided to recommend approval of UUFA’s Special Use Permit. Thanks to the careful planning done by Koons Environmental Design, and the EOV Committee’s contact with neighbors, there was no opposition to expansion of our parking. They also voted to not require us to put in a sidewalk along Timothy Road which is a huge relief!

    However, those recommendations must be ratified by the Mayor and Commissioners November 7th. If you know your commissioner, you may want to express your interest in this project and request his or her endorsement.

    Houser Walker Architects have now moved into the Design Development phase of their work. The EOV committee is working with them and the CloverLeaf contractors to further define architectural details and the costs associated with various finishes, etc. Our committee will share an EOV Progress Report Sunday, October 29th during Forum time. Please mark your calendars and plan to be with us that day to see updated drawings!

    Iva King, EOV Building Project Chair

  • EOV Building Project Milestones

    We have signed a Letter of Intent for the Clover Leaf Group to partner with us, Houser Walker Architects, and Koons Environmental Design as we finalize building plans. This local construction company is experienced in aligning pre-construction decisions with budgets. Andy Hogan, their CEO, and Drew Wren, the Project Manager, will be valuable partners as we move forward.

    Josh Koons submitted the required Special Use Permit to the Athens Clark County Planning Commission September 1st. This is the first of several steps prior to approval by the Mayor and Commissioners November 7th. We are planning to have an Open House soon to which we will invite neighbors along Rambling, Cheatham, and Timothy Roads. We need to assure them that our project will not have negative impact in terms of storm water run-off and will greatly improve on-site parking.

    The first actual physical step toward construction occurred last week when GeoHydro Engineering did three 20’ borings near the current UUFA main entrance. Preliminary reports indicate ground holds no impediments to laying the foundation for the building expansion there.

    Last, but certainly not least, we’ve learned that the building project can be completed without the fellowship needing to move out of our building! CloverLeaf has a plan for phasing that will close off portions of the building while allowing us to continue with most activities in other areas. We will need to be flexible and willing to accept some inconvenience, but we’ll not need to incur additional costs to rent space elsewhere. Yea! — Iva King, EOV Building Project Chair (ivaking@bellsouth.net).

Board Notes

  • Money Minds Wanted

    Are you afraid of numbers? Do you regularly avoid looking at your bank account? Do you make foolish decisions around spending your money?

    If you said “No” to the above, then please say “Yes!” and join the Finance Committee.

    The Finance Committee (FC) meets once a month (3rd Mondays) to check in with the Treasurer and Bookkeeper to monitor and guide our income and expenses. Once a month they take a turn at counting the offering during a Sunday service. You do NOT need to be an accountant to join the FC.

    Please contact Rich Rayburn, FC Chair, about your interest in participating in this important work for the Fellowship.

  • Board Notes: Truth, Honesty, and Authenticity

    October, 2017, Rosemary Wood, Board of Trustees, Member-at-Large

    “It is the honest to God’s truth.” In my youth, that is how we punctuated our most important truths. We really knew little of the truth, only our truths, and that was all that mattered in our world, a world of middle-class whiteness. I frequently hear people, white, older people, speak about the joys of a childhood in the 1950s. The truth — we are only speaking of the white 1950s. We didn’t worry about little things like going to the University of Georgia, as long as our grades allowed. But, across town, there were kids our age who assumed that they would never go to UGA. They were not the “right” color. Did my friends and I worry about the inequity and prejudice they faced. We might have, to some degree, had we thought about the problems of others, but we had our own problems — could we talk our parents into letting us have the car tonight, could we fix our hair like Carmen’s on American Bandstand, would he ask her out, or as our gender truths existed in the 1950s, would she accept, if he asked her out? Just a world of worry. That was the 1950s, and that was our truth.

    By the time I graduated from high school in 1965, an age of enlightenment was upon us. It had been there for quite some time, but, you know, we were teenagers and we were busy with other things. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., took the stage, my awareness began to peak, and I began to experience a stirring of compassion for my African-American friends. (Even today, I had to think about what to call my African-American friends — black, African American, friends, brothers and sisters? I’m still tethered to my white world.)

    In 1966, I openly and warmly welcomed the first African-American employee to our office. Looking back, I was thinking what a wonderful person I was, not to be a bigot, but was that for her or for me? In truth? She was more aligned with who I was than any of the other women in our office. She was born in Athens, so was I. She was early 20s, I was late teens. She had a college degree, I was working on my degree. Yet, even though we enjoyed our convivial conversations, at the end of the day, she went to her neighborhood, I went to mine. I still have warm and caring feelings about her. I used to see her occasionally around town, and we would chat, and still we would go our separate ways.

    Just a few years ago, I had the opportunity to welcome an African-American woman to our neighborhood. When I saw that she was looking at the unit next door, I rushed out to say hello and by doing so, “let her know” that I would have no problem with her living next door. Again, was this liberal, non-biased display for her or for me? She was a wonderful neighbor. She did all the right things, things I have recently realized were “white culture” things. It was only when she could not sell her unit and allowed her sister and her sister’s family to move in that I saw the difference, in them, certainly not in me! The sister only lived there a couple of months. Perhaps she saw our complaints for what they were — cries of “Don’t change our world.” She and her family lived, or as my former neighbor said in chastising me, “walked in life” differently. The sister and her family moved out, a middle-aged, white couple bought the unit, and we are back in a world we know and understand . . . a white world, where we don’t have to change . . . a world reminiscent of the 1950s.

    The issue with my neighbor and inspiration from the pulpit have led me to question my truth. I have looked back over the years and wondered, was I a welcoming spirit or was I simply attempting to present myself as a welcoming spirit? One is true, the other is pretentious, and so I ask, what is my truth?

denominational affairs

  • UUA Matters: General Assembly 2018

    Program Proposals Now Being Accepted!


    You are invited to submit a program proposal for the 2018 UUA General Assembly – June 20-24 in Kansas City, Missouri. We are especially looking for proposals that address the 2018 theme All Are Called! All proposals must be submitted by Wednesday, November 1 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Learn more about the proposal process here. Submit a proposal here.

    General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates.

  • Heads Up from UUFA Partner Church Committee

    Table linens embroidered by the ladies of our partner church in Okland, Romania, will be available for viewing—and purchase!–after the 11 o’clock service throughout the month of October. Look for Heather Kleiner by the long bench.

    The UU Partner Church Council informs us that the bi-annual international  UU gathering in February has been relocated from Northern India to Katmandu, Nepal.

    Details are forthcoming. If you are interested in attending the ICUU conference, please contact Michelle Leebens-Mack.(leebensmack@ hotmail.com).

  • Opt in: UUA Southern Regional Newsletter

     

    Come, come, whoever you are!
    Our Southern Region staff wants to reach our leaders and readers in more meaningful and useful ways. Over the years, we have received lists of email addresses for our newsletter from district leadership and event records, and from incomplete data provided by congregations on my.UUA.org. Our old addresses are disconnected from the identities and interests of our newsletter readers. We will continue to send our newsletter to everyone on our old lists until January, then only to current leaders and folks who opt in.
    OPT IN to continue receiving our emails

    FYI–The UUFA Church ID number is 3031.

  • UUA Matters: October 2017 Newsletter–Southern Region

    To read the October 2017 newsletter, click here or go to https://goo.gl/CyPDDV.

     

     

  • October 2017 Partner Church News

    Click here or go to https://goo.gl/hoCAyv.

  • Hurricane Recovery Funds

    Hurricane Disaster Relief

    If you would like to donate to  assist with recovery efforts following the disastrous storms in Texas, Florida, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, please follow this link to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s website where details are posted.

  • UUA Matters: Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund

    HURRICANE IRMA RECOVERY FUND

    The UUA has established a Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund to assist congregations in repairing any damage and to respond to the needs of their members and their community’s efforts to get back on its feet.

    Click here or go to https://goo.gl/wzxFqF for more information.

  • UUA Matters: Southern Region Newsletter: Early September Edition

    Click here to read the latest edition of the UUA Southern Region newsletter.

  • UUA News Alert: UUA, UUSC Leaders are Appalled by Decision to End DACA

    UUA News Alert

    The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), and Thomas Andrews, President and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), issued a statement in response to the Trump administration’s announcement to end the DACA program.

    Go to https://goo.gl/JJNtmK to read.

  • UU conference in India!

    Registration is open through Nov. 30 for The International Council of Unitarian and Universalists’ (ICUU) 2018 Conference in the Khasi Hills of India.  Join us for learning and inspiration, worship and conversation.  We will hear from several keynote speakers, each speaking not only to the unique expression of Unitarian/Universalism in their faith community but also about how we bridge the differences of our faith expressions and how to become a stronger, more united voice for religious freedom in our world.  The event will be held 11 FEBRUARY – 15 FEBRUARY 2018 in Shillong, India.

    Registration information can be found here – http://icuu.info/node/176 Registration through Nov. 30 is $300, and Late Registration through Jan. 15, 2018, is $350. Accommodation reservations are separate and sent to you once you have registered. The costs range from $72 – $448 USD depending on the type of room you choose. Please note all rooms are subject to availability. Air Travel/Transportation costs are the registrant’s responsibility. If you are at all interested, please contact Heather Kleiner at hkleiner@uga.edu (706-769-0525) or Michelle Leebens-Mack at leebensmack@gmail.com (706-410-6454) ASAP! Active members of the UUFA may receive partial financial support.

  • UUA Matters: UUA President Condemns Directive Banning Transgender People from Military Service

    UUA NEWS ALERT

    UUA President the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray issued a statement in response

    to Donald Trump’s directive banning transgender people from entering the military.

    Go to the following to read more:

    https://www.uua.org/pressroom/press-releases/uua-president-condemns-directive-banning-transgender-people-military

  • UUA Matters: Southern Regional Newsletter–Mid-August Edition

    Click here to read the latest edition of the UUA Southern Region newsletter.

     

Forum

  • Conversations that Matter

    We are living in turbulent and confusing times. More than ever we need to respectfully listen to each other while learning and appreciating new ideas other than our own. This is especially true in our UUFA spiritual community. Recent feedback to surveys has indicated that some individuals are reluctant to voice their opinions. Others decline to speak up when their views are perceived to be at odds with majority views

    On October 29, 12:20 p.m. a new opportunity for deliberative dialogue is offered in the form of Conversations that Matter. These conversations will occur on the 5th Sunday of the month at the Fellowship following the Sunday service.

    The purpose of Conversations that Matter is to create a safe and effective process for UUFA members to explore differing perspectives on “hot topics” within the fellowship. Although conflict is challenging for many, we believe that we can create a deliberative approach for civil discourse. Learning to do that more effectively within our group will enable skills for civil discourse in the world. The expectation is not that everyone will agree, but that each participant has a voice and is better informed about different views or possible actions and attendant consequences. We intend to work towards a grass roots vehicle where ideas come from a variety of sources.

    The focus of our inaugural Conversations that Matter is the following: What do we mean when we say that we use democratic processes here at UUFA? This is focus is prompted by the 5th UU Principle: The right of conscience and the use of democratic processes within our congregation and in society at large. We are starting with this topic as it seems fundamental to effective deliberative discussion and decision making about UUFA issues. If we can have frank dialogue about what we believe should happen, we will build important groundwork for tackling divisive issues that face our fellowship.

    The discussion will be facilitated to ensure a deliberative dialogue approach that will help us move beyond a debate (where winning is the purpose) and discussion (where no particular outcome is expected). Deliberative dialogue moves to understanding a problem and reaching a decision that is best for everyone. “Deliberation happens when a group of people work on a problem as if solving it is up to them and no one else, and when they recognize that they and others will be living with the consequences, both good and bad, of the choices they make” (http://connect.ala.org).

    Please join in Conversations that Matter, October 29, 12:20 p.m. in the Couch Room (or a larger room depending on attendance).

  • Forum Folks Needed

    Do you have good ideas? Do you know people?

    If so, you are invited to become a member of the 2017-18 Forum Committee to help plan, promote, and introduce next year’s Forums.

    Need more information?  See any member of the current Forum Committee:  Kate Blane, Frank Boardman, Gary Crider, David Jarrett, or Karen Solheim.

    Ready to join?  Contact Karen Solheim (justice@uuathensga.org or 706.202.7515).

Education

  • Building the World We Dream About
    You’re invited to attend the next session of this religious exploration curriculum on Monday, October 23, from 7-9 p.m. Additional meeting dates:  Monday November 6 (7-9 p.m.) and Saturday, November 18 (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This series of classes is facilitated by Hilda Kurtz and Vivian Preston Sellers.
  • UUFA Art in the Foyer

    “What the Refugees Left Behind”

    Photographer William (Bud) Newton writes, “I took these photos in the mountains near Behramkale/Assos, Turkey, in October of 2015. It was during the height of the refugee’s flight towards Europe from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. These photos show some of what was left behind in the refugee camps and on the shores of the Aegean as they made the journey to Lesvos, Greece.”

    Photos on display through October 2017 at UUFA

  • Ideas Needed

    Do you have a burning desire for some topic or book to be discussed at UUFA? Is there a UUA Curriculum you’d like to see presented? Do you have other ideas for workshops and events for adults and older youth here at UUFA?

    If so, please send ideas to Vivian Preston Sellers at vpsellers@gmail.com or speak with her after services on Sunday. And if you’d be willing to be a presenter of such topics/workshops/discussions, even better!

  • Dive into the Sermon: A Sunday Small Group Ministry Group

    Inspired to go deeper? Ever want to talk about ideas and feelings generated from the Sunday Service? You are invited to join a Small Group Ministry group that will meet once monthly following the 4th Sunday Lunch. At these gatherings, you will have the opportunity to join a dialog on the theme of the service, beginning with the questions posted in the order of service. No registration required.

    Group will meet from 12:30 – 2:30 in Sofa Room. All are welcome! Group Facilitator: Michelle Leebens-Mack, leebensmack@gmail.com, 706-410-6454.

    The upcoming September topic is “To Forgive.” Join Us!

  • Sermon Discussion Group After the Service

    Dive into the Sermon Inspired to go deeper? Ever want to talk about ideas and feelings generated from the Sunday Service? You are invited to join a discussion group that will meet once monthly following the 4th Sunday Lunch. At these gatherings, you will have the opportunity to join a dialog on the theme of the service, beginning with the questions posted in the order of service. No registration required. Group will meet from 12:30 – 2:30 in Sofa Room. All are welcome! Group Facilitator: Michelle Leebens-Mack, leebensmack@gmail.com, 706-410-6454. September’s topic is “To Forgive.” Join Us!

  • Family Fun Day – Everyone is Family at UUFA – Sun. Sept. 17th

    Family Fun Day at UUFA…Everyone is Family at UUFA!!


    We invite “kids” of all ages to attend our Family Fun Day at the Fellowship.
    Sunday, September 17 from 12:30-2:30.


    We will have pizza, games and fun for all. Please RSVP with the number of folks attending to Kelli McConnell ( dre@uuathensga.org ) before September 15th.
    All are welcome!  Questions? Contact Kelli McConnell

    Reserve a T-Shirt to Tie-Dye!!

    We are excited to unveil our Love Calls Us On T-Shirt to
    commemorate the upcoming Program Year! T-Shirts will be printed on soft white cotton and are available in both youth and adult sizes. If you want to tie-dye your shirt, please join us at our Family Fun Day tie-dye table!

     

    If you are able, donations of $10 per shirt will offset the cost of printing. Everyone who wants a shirt can have one. Donations are appreciated, but not required.

    Reserve your size here: https://goo.gl/forms/FfyamdYMzCznErVx1 or email Kelli McConnell (dre@uuathensga.org) with the size(s) you need.

  • Small Group Ministry Registration opens in August!

    WHAT IS SMALL GROUP MINISTRY? This program provides an opportunity to establish new and deeper relationships with one another and to find a place to enrich our spiritual and life exploration and growth. Small Group Ministry (SGM), sometimes called Covenant Groups or Chalice Circles in other UU congregations, allows people to get to know a small group of UUFA members or friends while discussing questions and issues of deep significance.

    The groups typically meet twice a month at either UUFA or in group members’ homes. SGM is intended to give participants a chance to get to know others in a manner different from the experiences of committee work, Sunday service, and other Fellowship activities. To participate, one MUST register during the times set aside for that; this year’s fall registration will occur from August 13-27. Even if you were a member of a group last year, registration for this program year is required.

    For more information, speak with Vivian Preston Sellers or any SGM facilitator, or go to the SGM page on the UUFA website: http://uuathensga.org/education/small-group-ministries/. More information concerning how to register will come in August.

  • Adult Religious Exploration for Fall

    Interested in broadening your religious and/or spiritual knowledge? Then sign on to take one of the four Religious Exploration offerings for Fall, 2017, aimed at older youth and adults. The selections offered are: “Building the World We Dream About,” a social justice-focused class; “The Historical Jesus,” a class focused on evidence of Jesus’ life; “Governance and Ministry” book discussion, focused on how UUFA gets things done and how that is reflective of Unitarian Universalism; and “In a Word,” a discussion group about the language surrounding religion and worship, led by our minister, Rev. Alison Eskildsen.

    For more information on the classes—meeting dates, location, content, and how to join the class—see the UUFA website page: http://uuathensga.org/education/adult-education/

  • Fall Adult Religious Exploration Offerings
    “Building the World We Dream About” —8 sessions, facilitated by Hilda Kurtz and Vivian Preston Sellers.
    This is a UUA-developed curriculum that “supports Unitarian Universalists and congregations to build the multicultural world of beloved community we dream about by cultivating participants’ knowledge, skills, and capacity to address issues related to race, ethnicity, and cultural identity.” Though developed as a curriculum tailored to the experiences of young adults, the facilitators will adapt the sessions for all age groups, incorporating information and activities from the 24-session original curriculum. The classes will begin in September, and continue through October. More information is available at http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults, though the format for each session will be slightly different than that online. Please let Hilda (hldkrtz@gmail.com) or Vivian (vpsellers@gmail.com) know if you are interested, or sign up on Sundays in July and August at the Stepping Stones table.
    The Historical Jesus book discussion—1st and 3rd Mondays, beginning in September, 7:00-8:30 PM; facilitated by Steven Pottier.

    Steven will base the class on the book The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed, which is available from Amazon, or from the bookstore of your choice. The class will follow the definition from Wikipedia: “The term “historical Jesus” refers to attempts to ‘reconstruct the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth by critical historical methods,’ in ‘contrast to Christological definitions (‘the dogmatic Christ’) and other Christian accounts of Jesus (‘the Christ of faith’).’ It also considers the historical and cultural context in which Jesus lived.”

    Please let Steven at spottier@uga.edu, or Vivian Preston Sellers at vpsellers@gmail.com, know of your interest in the class, or sign up at the Stepping Stones table after services on Sundays in July and August.

    Governance and Ministry book discussion, facilitated by Lee Cornell and Jane Mayer; October 7th & 21st; Saturdays, 9 am – noon.
    UUFA employs a policy based governance model that empowers and enables our members and staff to do the nitty-gritty work of ministry and service. Join Lee (Past President and Lay Minister Candidate) and Jane (Lay Minister Emerita and Past President) as we explore our governance past, how we developed our current model, how congregational size impacts governance and ministry, and how the dynamic interactions of governance and ministry work together to help us realize our Mission and Vision.

    While useful for leaders, these discussions will be adapted for anyone who wants to understand the governance model currently in place at UUFA, how we came to this model, and how it will evolve as we grow our community. The group discussions will pull from materials in the book Governance and Ministry, available from the UUA bookstore (http://www.uuabookstore.org/Governance-and-Ministry-Second-Edition-P17796.aspx). A few copies will be available to borrow from the UUFA library during the class for those unable to the purchase the book.

    Contact Lee at uufa.lee@gmail.com, or Jane at jmayer1953@gmail.com , or sign up at the Stepping Stones table after services on Sundays in July and August.

    “In a Word”— Reverend Alison Eskildsen will facilitate.
    Religious language can be both a curse and a blessing. Which is it for you? Join Rev. Alison on the 3rd Saturday of the month, at 9:30 am, from September through May, to explore the various meaning and impact of words used in religious or spiritual contexts. We’ll explore words such as faith, worship, sin, grace, prayer, and more, to discover what emotional, intellectual, or spiritual value they may have (or not have) for diverse Unitarian Universalists.Brief readings will be assigned for each session, primarily taken from Fluent in Faith, by Jeanne Nieuwejaar, published by the UUA’s Skinner House Books. To express your interest in participating or to ask questions, please contact Rev. Alison (rev.eskildsen@uuathensga.org).

  • SGM Registration Opens August 13th!

    WHAT IS SMALL GROUP MINISTRY? This program provides an opportunity to establish new and deeper relationships with one another and to find a place to enrich our spiritual and life exploration and growth. Small Group Ministry (SGM), sometimes called Covenant Groups or Chalice Circles in other UU congregations, allows people to get to know a small group of UUFA members or friends while discussing questions and issues of deep significance.

    The groups typically meet twice a month at either UUFA or in group members’ homes. SGM is intended to give participants a chance to get to know others in a manner different from the experiences of committee work, Sunday service, and other Fellowship activities. To participate, one MUST register during the times set aside for that; this year’s fall registration will occur from August 13-27. Even if you were a member of a group last year, registration for this program year is required.

    Registration will begin August 13th, after the service, both online and on paper. Paper registration forms will be available at the Stepping Stones table in the Fellowship Hall after services August 13, 20, and 27th, or from the UUFA office during the week (usually from 10-4, T-F). To register online during those weeks, go to the UUFA Website page listed below, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on the words in red print “here during the enrollment period.” Registration will end at 5 PM on Sunday, August 27th, in order for groups to be formed prior to the beginning of September.

    For more information, speak with Vivian Preston Sellers or any SGM facilitator, or go to the SGM page on the UUFA website: http://uuathensga.org/education/small-group-ministries/.

  • Religious Exploration Offerings for Fall, 2017

    Adult Religious Exploration Offerings for Fall, 2017

    “Building the World We Dream About” —8 sessions, facilitated by Hilda Kurtz and Vivian Preston Sellers.
    This is a UUA-developed curriculum that “supports Unitarian Universalists and congregations to build the multicultural world of beloved community we dream about by cultivating participants’ knowledge, skills, and capacity to address issues related to race, ethnicity, and cultural identity.” Though developed as a curriculum tailored to the experiences of young adults, the facilitators will adapt the sessions for all age groups, incorporating information and activities from the 24-session original curriculum. The classes will begin in September, and continue through October. More information is available at http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults, though the format for each session will be slightly different than that online. Please let Hilda (hldkrtz@gmail.com) or Vivian (vpsellers@gmail.com) know if you are interested, or sign up on Sundays in July and August at the Stepping Stones table. The dates will be confirmed by July.
    The Historical Jesus book discussion—1st and 3rd Mondays, beginning in September, 7:00-8:30 PM; facilitated by Steven Pottier.

    Steven will base the class on the book The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed, which is available from Amazon, or from the bookstore of your choice. The class will follow the definition from Wikipedia: “The term “historical Jesus” refers to attempts to ‘reconstruct the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth by critical historical methods,’ in ‘contrast to Christological definitions (‘the dogmatic Christ’) and other Christian accounts of Jesus (‘the Christ of faith’).’ It also considers the historical and cultural context in which Jesus lived.”
    Please let Steven at spottier@uga.edu, or Vivian Preston Sellers at vpsellers@gmail.com, know of your interest in the class, or sign up at the Stepping Stones table after services on Sundays in July and August.

    Governance and Ministry book discussion, facilitated by Lee Cornell and Jane Mayer; October 7th & 21st; Saturdays, 9 am – noon.
    UUFA employs a policy based governance model that empowers and enables our members and staff to do the nitty-gritty work of ministry and service. Join Lee (Past President and Lay Minister Candidate) and Jane (Lay Minister Emerita and Past President) as we explore our governance past, how we developed our current model, how congregational size impacts governance and ministry, and how the dynamic interactions of governance and ministry work together to help us realize our Mission and Vision.
    While useful for leaders, these discussions will be adapted for anyone who wants to understand the governance model currently in place at UUFA, how we came to this model, and how it will evolve as we grow our community. The group discussions will pull from materials in the book Governance and Ministry, available from the UUA bookstore (http://www.uuabookstore.org/Governance-and-Ministry-Second-Edition-P17796.aspx). A few copies will be available to borrow from the UUFA library during the class for those unable to the purchase the book.
    Contact Lee at uufa.lee@gmail.com, or Jane at jmayer1953@gmail.com , or sign up at the Stepping Stones table after services on Sundays in July and August.

    Ongoing Groups: no need to sign up!

    Political Discussion Group—ongoing, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Sundays each month; facilitated by Paul Gurian and Joey Freeman; meets in the rainbow room.
    One doesn’t really need to “sign up” for this group, which will meet 3 times each month at 12:30 to discuss the current political landscape. Paul is a former political science professor at UGA who specializes in presidential election cycles; Joey is a long-time member of the discussion group.
    Writing as Spiritual Practice—ongoing; Myrna Adams West facilitates; 1st Sundays at 9:15 am in the couch room near Rev. Alison’s office
    This group offers an opportunity to explore spiritual expression through various genres. Each Sunday the topic for the worship services will relate to that month’s theme, not as a series, but just another angle on a subject to deepen the exploration of that particular theme. The suggested prompts for Writing as Spiritual Practice assignments will follow the monthly worship themes.
    Book Group— ongoing,; 2nd Sunday each month, September through May; facilitated by Clarissa Finco; meets in the office around the conference table.
    The book group meets each month to discuss a book, fiction or non-fiction, chosen by the previous year’s group to read and discuss. Book titles will be available on the bulletin board or online.
    Goddess Group: ongoing, meets the 3rd Sunday of each month, usually from 1:30-3:30. Facilitated by Myrna Adams West.
    The Goddess Group is a circle of women who are exploring their inner goddess through appreciation and participation in the arts, everything from crafts to fine art, to gardening and nature walks, to singing and dancing and drumming, to reading and writing, to cooking and sewing. The group formed following study of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s curricula about thealogy (the study of the feminine aspect of the Divine, i.e. the Goddess), “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven” and “Rise Up and Call Her Name.” Ritual, conversation, sharing, and caring are part of the group’s ongoing ministry to each other.
    Forum: ongoing; presentations occur the 2nd and 3rd Sundays each month from September to May, between the first and second services (from about 10:10 until 10:45). The forum team facilitates these presentations.
    The Forum is an adult lecture and talk-back featuring a vast array of topics. Previous Forum topics include SPLOST issues, global climate change, our UU Transylvanian Heritage, happiness, creativity, and more.

spiritual arts

  • Sunday Slide Volunteer Needed

    We are looking for one more volunteer to make the hymn lyrics slides for Sunday morning. Can you spend an hour a month making slides for a Sunday?
    We will be meeting after the 11am service on Oct. 22nd to share tips. E-mail Amber Fetner, musicdirector@uuathensga.org if you are interested.

  • Sun., Oct. 8, Bring a Stuffed Animal for a Blessing

    Bless your stuffed animal (or mineral or vegetable)!

    During the Sunday services on Oct. 8, we’ll have an alternative to a live animal blessing. No matter your age, if you’d like some stuffed comfort item to be blessed, bring it with you to the Fellowship that morning.

    Questions? Contact Rev. Alison or CRE Kelli.

  • Audio-Visual Training, Sun., Oct. 15

    Sunday services and other events are enhanced by everyone’s ability to hear what’s being said and see any graphic elements being displayed during the service, such as hymn lyrics. To make that possible an Audio-Visual volunteer helps out at each service.

    If you would like to learn how to run our A-V system and join the Audio-Visual team, Lee Cornell will host a training after the 11 am service on Sunday, Oct. 15th.

    If you have questions, please notify Lee and feel free to attend the training. Please consider contributing to the success of our Sunday services by volunteering your skills and talents to this team.

  • Tragedy in Las Vegas

    I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling incredible grief and horror after waking up to the news coming out of Las Vegas, Nevada. I expect your heart, like mine, has broken at the very idea that something like this is possible. Our hearts will break again as the names of victims are shared, knowing each name represented a life, and each life ended much too soon. And our hearts will break further as memorial services begin.

    It is difficult to comprehend the intent of someone willing to engage in acts of terrorism and mass murder. It is difficult to imagine the despair families and friends of concert goers must be feeling if they don’t know yet whether their loved ones survived. It is difficult to absorb the fact that at least fifty people died and over four hundred transported to hospitals for treatment. But it is not difficult to want the madness to end. It is not difficult to want the dying to end.

    I also know it is not difficult to give thanks to the emergency personnel and volunteers who help those in need, even at risk to themselves. And, I hope it is not difficult to pause and give thanks for the gift of life we enjoy, knowing it may be taken from us at any moment.

    As we mourn this latest national tragedy and seek some meaning from it, let us remember to reach out to loved ones for comfort. Let us reach out to those who might need professional assistance and help them receive it. Let us work together to do all we can to prevent future mass murders.

    Sunday’s services at 9 & 11 am on Oct. 8, will offer comfort and hope.

    Rev. Alison Eskildsen

  • Share your time & talent with the Worship Arts Committee!
    – Would you like to have input into what happens during worship services on Sunday?  
    – Is there a topic you would like someone to address during a service?  
    – Are you interested in helping plan worship services or in assisting with some of the parts of a worship service?

    UUFA’s Worship Arts Committee (WAC) meets generally on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Sofa Room.  Anyone is welcome to attend a meeting, whether you want to observe, give feedback or input, or are considering participating in planning and conducting worship services.  The next meeting is Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 6:30 pm.

    You do not have to join WAC, although this committee always welcomes new members.

    If you would like to be a Worship Assistant who works with Rev. Alison or a guest speaker in presenting a service, you may participate in a training session for Worship Assistants in the near future.  Please contact Herb West, Lay Minister for Spiritual Arts at the email below.

    You can share your thoughts about our Sunday services by
     attending a meeting
    – speaking with a committee member, Rev. Alison, or Lay Minister Herb West
    – by sending us an email

     

  • *New* Dance and Move at UUFA

    Do you like to dance? Leigh Harvey will be teaching West African Dance in the sanctuary (with our drummers) Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 September 6th-October 26th. She will also be teaching responsive and creative movement “Dancing with our Hymns” in the Rainbow Room on the same nights, 6:45-7:15. E-mail Leigh with questions, beedancer@gmail.com and get muuving!

  • Music Ministry
    We Are What We Sing
    Our theme for this month -which will be the basis for our yearly theme- comes from the song “Love Calls Us On” by UU minister and composer Jason Shelton.  Jason has often quoted Dr. Mark Noll, a Christian Historian, in saying, “We are what we sing.”
    Our songs define what we value, who we are, and who we are becoming.  They inspire us to action and comfort us when we need encouragement.
    How does love call you to respond to the world’s needs?  What songs lift you up and soothe your spirit?  
    If you are looking for more inspiration, consider connecting with music at UUFA.  New choir and drum circle members are always welcome, and we have some new activities this fall:
     
    Community Choir *New*
    Come sing songs of hope and justice with UUFA choir members and members from the community once a month at UUFA,
    The next date is Wed. Sept. 13th, 7:30-9:00 (Join us at the FREE (Food Responsibility and Enjoyable Eating, $5-10 donation) dinner before choir 6ish-7:30 for more fellowship.)
    We also have regular choir rehearsal every Wednesday, 7:30-9:00.  The choir sings two Sundays/month at both services.
    Drum & Dance! *New*
    Leigh Harvey will be teaching West African dance steps to the rhythms we are learning in drum circle, Wednesdays in Sept. and Oct, 5:30-6:30
    E-mail Leigh if you have questions about dancing, beedancer@gmail.com
    New drummers are always welcome too!  E-mail Amber with questions about drumming.
    Dancing the Hymns *New*
    Leigh will also be leading creative movement in the RE wing Wednesdays in Sept. and Oct. from 6:30-7:30
    E-mail Leigh if you have questions about creative movement, beedancer@gmail.com
    Singing Meditation
    Our exploration of singing as spiritual practice will be at the home of Kathy Stege this month on Sunday, Sept. 17th, from 5:00-7:00pm.  Bring a potluck dish to share.  E-mail Amber for directions or to learn more musicdirector@uuathensga.org.
    Maybe you have other musical gifts to share?  Let me know about it!  Please talk to me during fellowship hour or send me an e-mail.  Tell me what music moves you!
  • My Journey Through Tai Chi

    About 2 years ago Bill and I took Tai Chi Easy at OLLI, and it has changed our lives! After the class, we decided to lead a practice group at UUFA. So we nervously started a class, and people actually came! Since then, Bill and I have been learning more about Tai Chi and Qigong. We both practice nearly every day, and have taken more classes and workshops. Last year we went to a week-long Qigong workshop in Florida with Roger Janke. I have been learning a longer more traditional form, the Yang-style 108 moves. I am currently working on level two of an on-line study course in TaijiFit that includes many classes taken by video conference, self-study, and a three-day workshop in Santa Barbara, CA.

    I really appreciate each and every student, whether you came once or twice and checked it out, or you have come to nearly every class, it’s wonderful to have you there. I look forward to seeing some of you again, and to meeting new students. I am grateful for the opportunity to try out things as I learn more about Tai Chi and Qigong. It’s been a wonderful journey and I feel like it’s just beginning.

    I am currently leading Taiji Flow, it’s a follow along Tai Chi that’s set to music (a little like Zumba, but it’s Tai Chi). You don’t have to know anything or learn anything, just come and enjoy.

    This fall, in addition to a class at UUFA, I will be leading a class at the Winterville Community Center, Wednesday mornings at 10:00, beginning September 20th.

    Classes at UUFA will be starting up again on September 19th, class will be every Tuesday at 6pm. There’s no charge, but we do accept a donation which we give to UUFA to cover use of the room and utilities. We’re meeting in the Sanctuary, which is nice as you can look out at the trees, and the carpet feels good on your feet. Bill usually brings a quote or a reading, and maybe an original ink painting or calligraphy to class. You don’t need to know anything or memorize anything, just come. It’s a moving meditation that’s fun! What are you waiting for? come join us!

    For more information contact birdfeathr@gmail.com or 706-850-0713

  • Offsite Singing Meditation & Potluck Sept. 16

    Join us for a potluck and singing meditation at the home of Kathy Stege. Singing meditation is the spiritual practice of singing and silence. No musical experience required! Sept. 16, 5-7 pm

    RSVP to Amber, musicdirector@uuathensga.org

  • Art in the Foyer August & September

    Jennie Snare Paintings: “I arranged the objects of these still life paintings in front of a window in the upstairs of my home. I was inspired by the light coming in which gave the set up a life it would not have had otherwise.”

Justice

  • Christmas Angel 2017

    Can you be a Christmas Angel?

    UUFA will again participate in the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) gift program for needy children. 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. The Social Action Committee is taking the lead this year in UUFA’s participation in the Christmas Angel Project. Please click here (or go to https://goo.gl/forms/ymrf6SdmskEPIcO33by October 29 if you would like to sponsor a child or children.

    Please note that  special requests such as for the age or gender of the child(ren) can ot be accommodated.

    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.

    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.

  • November 5: Cause of the Month Conversation

    Please join the Cause of the Month Conversation on Sunday, November 5, from 10:05-10:50 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall to learn more about The Ark.

  • November 5: You’re Invited–UUFA 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, November 5, 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 (daviduufa@gmail.com).

    The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster.

  • December 16: Visit to Stewart Detention

    Join members of the UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team on a visit to El Refugio and Stewart Detention Center on Saturday, December 16.

    El Refugio is a hospitality house located in Lumpkin, GA – right outside the gates of Stewart Detention Center whose purpose is to serve the family and friends of men detained and, thus, separated from their loved ones.

    Click here to sign up.

    For more information about this visit, please read the El Refugio Visitor’s Manual: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-sojNRbRJ4wd0E0UWRZcm9NbDdyMGJhUnRMclN1X1hFRTM4/view?usp=sharing

    Questions?  Contact Chase White (robert.chase.white@gmail.com or 864.238.1870).

    The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster.

     

  • Meatless Mondays…Coming to UUFA!?
    Please join the UUFA Food Responsibility and Enjoyable Eating (FREE) Team in Meatless Mondays or choose other diet explorations such vegan before six or weekday vegetarian.
    We have a goal of having 100 members and friends commit to living lower on the food chain!
    FREE will have a table in the Fellowship Hall most Sundays.  Please stop by, and select your level of diet exploration OR click here (or go to https://goo.gl/forms/RF1IYjkAXmRludIf2) to participate electronically.
    What we eat three times a day has a tremendous impact on our bodies and our global society and environment.
    Living lower on the food chain can add pleasure and satisfaction to our daily 3 squares.
    Questions:  Contact Kate Blane (raya_mead@yahoo.com).
    FREE is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster.
  • UUFA Cooks!

    What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, October 19, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, October 20, 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.

  • Can you CANtribute?

    As of September 30, UUFA is in FOURTH  place in the friendly competition among the 25 faith communities who CANtribute regularly to the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank.

    With our year-to-date CANtributions of 1423 items, we are 2570 items out of first place! 🙁

    However, we are only 306 items away from third place!

    Targeted donations for October include saltine crackers, rice, and boxes of instant oatmeal/grits.

    The wicker basket as you enter the sanctuary is willing and able to receive your CANtributions.

    Not a fan of shopping?  Savvy Social Action Committee (SAC) shoppers will convert your monetary donation to nonperishable food items.  See any member of SAC.

  • Sanctuary Movement Team: You’re Invited Oct. 12

    Join us for the next gathering of the Sanctuary Movement Team on second Thursday of the month–October 12–beginning at 7 p.m. in the sofa room.

    To join the Sanctuary Movement Team listserv, click here or go to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/uufa-sanctuary-movement-team/join

    Need more information?  Contact Chase White (robert.chase.white@gmail.com or 864.238.1870) or visit http://www.uua.org/immigration/witness/partners/newsanctuary.

  • #ReviveLove with Black Lives of UU

    On September 30th, in Atlanta, join ‘Black Lives of UU’ on the road tour as they partner with ”Standing on the Side of Love’ and Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost for the #ReviveLove Tour – Political & Spiritual Sustenance For Movement!

    What began during a post 2017 UUA General Assembly gathering this past June has grown into the #ReviveLove Tour, offering Black organizers and movement supporters a space to recharge, replenish & build together in love.

    For more details, go to http://www.blacklivesuu.com/revivelove/

    Black Lives of UU provides information, resources and support for Black Unitarian Universalists and works to expand the role & visibility of Black UUs within our faith. For more on BLUU, go to http://www.blacklivesuu.com

  • October 18: Wednesday Dinner sponsored by FREE

    To

    Please RSVP:  click here or go to https://goo.gl/forms/lg5IuffJOs1RX8dD3.

  • October 8: Carver Cards Are Coming!

    One-of-a-kind collage cards by UUFA member Virginia Carver will be for sale on Sunday, October 8.

    All proceeds will be used to purchase food items for the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank.

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