weaving the threads of community

Click here for a printer-friendly version.

wondering with AWE

  • Taking Time to Play Wondering with AWE by Rev. Alison W. Eskildsen The Fellowship’s theme for September is Creativity. As I do for each month’s theme, I research the topic to get ideas for directions I might take with the 3 or 4 services I lead each month. A number of articles I reviewed connected creativity with play. One article discussed the need to make space for creativity, physical and temporal. Where you do your creative work matters. For some, outdoors is best. For others, indoors in an uncluttered, comfy room is best. I find when I’m working on a service that moving around my home and office give me different perspectives and a different creative energy. Sometimes change alone can prompt more creativity or a new insight. Besides physical space, having free time to allow for unbidden inspiration is crucial. Daydreaming is a perfect example of how unfocused time fosters creativity. Out of nowhere come solutions to problems or new ideas. I find going for a walk, taking a shower, even mindless housecleaning may prompt a creative idea. Our brains need rest, time to make connections between disparate things which give rise to invention, insight, and inspiration. Do you take time to play? What is your playground? This month, share with me and others how you make space and time for creativity in your life. Blessings, Rev. Alison _____________________________________________________________

spiritual arts

  • Chemical or Dust Sensitivity? If you are particularly sensitive to paint or dust, you might consider taking a sabbath from your sabbath this Sunday, Sep. 9! We hate to suggest this but because there has been a lot of progress on our renovation during the week, if you find you are particularly sensitive to particles and volatiles in the air, you might want to stay home this Sunday. We’ll be gathering for worship in the Fellowship Hall and seating will be in the round–something new! So if you aren’t especially sensitive, we hope to see you at 10:30 am. _______________________________________________________________
  • Frank Boardman: UUFA’s September Spotlight Volunteer Frank Boardman’s smile greets Fellowship members and friends many a Sunday as he ushers them into the sanctuary. Frank also co-facilitates two Small Group Ministry groups and has a very long history of making sure the Forum found relevant speakers and welcomes attendees. Frank’s leadership includes serving as Board President in 2003 and participating on the Conversations that Matter team.
  • Worship in September All-Fellowship theme: Creativity September 2 – Words of Wonder: Spirituality Through Poetry  Writing poetry is a spiritual practice. Seven UUFA poets share their works, accompanied with music and visuals. September 9 – Circle of Community  Experience the creative community as we circle together for worship in the Fellowship Hall during Sanctuary renovations. Service led by Rev. Alison Eskildsen with music by a UUFA band. September 16 – Killing Creativity  The shameful ways we unwittingly prevent creativity from flourishing. Service led by Kelli McConnell, Rev. Alison Eskildsen, Amber Fetner and the Chalice Choir. September 23 – Creativity in Our Spiritual Journeys  Service led by Michelle Leebens-Mack. September 30 – Inspiration: Where Does It Come From?  Like breathing, creativity comes naturally to humans. But what lights that spark of inspiration? Service led by Rev. Alison Eskildsen with the Chalice Choir. Forum on hiatus during construction.

ministry

  • Sunday Services Continue at 10:30 am To minimize the number of changes going on due to construction, Sunday worship services will continue to be held at 10:30 am through the winter holidays. Forum continues to be on hiatus until construction is complete. In the recent past, worship was shifted to accommodate two service hours, but this fall we hope to avoid doing that. During the fall the congregation will be polled for input regarding when to hold various services and other programming on Sunday morning. Stay tuned for information on that in the coming weeks. ——————————————————————————
  • Step Into UUFA this Fall For the next few Sundays, the ‘Stepping Stones’ table in the Fellowship Hall will be staffed with people offering various classes and activities for you to consider joining. Small Groups, Circle Suppers, Adult Education classes, Sunday Hospitality, Enjoyable Entertainment ideas & hosts, and more will be at the table. Signups at the table will continue into early September. Many activities will be available for ongoing sign up. ‘Stepping Stones’ is UUFA’s metaphor for encouraging you to step into the life of the Fellowship. Participating in some activity will help you meet new people and get to know one another. Visit the table if you want to learn more about the many activities taking place at UUFA this Fall. ________________________________________________

lifespan religious exploration

    • Tai Chi Flow Classes starting September 11th, 6 pm Tai Chi Flow classes are starting up again, Tuesdays at 6 pm, starting September 11th. Come and try some fun Tai Chi and Qigong moves! No experience necessary, just come and follow along. Questions? contact Jackie Pierson – birdfeathr@gmail.com or 706-201-1193————————————————————-
    • Books about Religion, a discussion group Last year, we had a group that read and discussed The Historical Jesus by Helen Bond, and another that discussed How Jesus became God by Bart Ehrman. Both were interesting and engaging. This year we will have an ongoing group to discuss additional books about religion (not necessarily about Christianity). We will start with an excellent book, Beyond Belief: the Secret Gospel of Thomas by Elaine Pagels. Paul Gurian will facilitate. After that, the group will choose another book, and someone familiar with that book to facilitate. We will meet every Monday evening from 7:30 until 9:00, beginning on September 17. We will meet in the Ocean Room (first room on the right as you walk in the outside door). Everyone is welcome. Diverse spiritual or religious beliefs will enhance the discussions. ——————————————————————————
    • Registration is open for Small Group Ministry!! It’s time to register for Small Group Ministry (SGM) again for the upcoming year. Registration for Small Group Ministry (SGM) is open now until September 9th. Please sign up to join a group, explore topics more deeply, and make connections at the fellowship. We’d love to have you! Please fill out your registration online (click on the headline of this announcement first and then CLICK HERE) look for a paper form at the Stepping Stones table. SGM is a great way to connect with other members of the UUFA community in a deeper way and to explore the content of services with other people. Get to know your community and have fun meeting others. For more on UUFA’s SGM program, go to http://uuathensga.org/education/small-group-ministries/ ——————————————————————————
    • Athens Men’s Circle New UU Member Rob McMaken has been involved in Athens Men’s Circle for almost 10 years. They meet weekly from 7:30 to 10:00 and follow a format developed by the ManKind Project. Rob is offering to lead two Intro to Men’s Work evenings using the ManKind Project format. Try it out on September 19 and 17, from 7:30pm to 10:00pm at the UU Fellowship. To ask more about it or to RSVP (required), email robmcmaken@gmail.com or call 706.202.9621. Also, read about MKP at https://mankindproject.org/mens-groups/ ——————————————————————————
    • Religious Exploration needs YoUU! This is a call for Volunteers for the 2018-19 Program Year in RE. There are many opportunities to help ~ from Sunday School Class Leaders, to Children’s Worship Service Assistants and Song Leaders. You can help the UUFA Religious Exploration Program by joining our RE Committee or by collaborating on our Events Team – this team helps us plan and execute family-friendly, seasonal events. We need helpers to help us prepare props and get crafts ready – these are more one-off volunteer roles. Click below for more information and to sign up! The RE Program is only as strong as our volunteer-base. Thanks for considering helping us making 2018-19 a great year for our children and youth! Click on the headline above and THEN Click here for more info and to sign up!  ——————————————————————————-

    fellowship

    • For Breast Cancer Survivors Are you a breast cancer survivor? June Warfield is planning a ” survivor’s morning coffee” to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month. If you are a survivor who regularly attends UUFA, please email June at jlw@wittsend.com, or call her on 706-395-6105. She’d like to include you on the guest list! ________________________________________________________
    • Caring Card Corner On Sunday morning during Joys and Sorrows, do you ever think, I really want to send a card to ….but then somehow you never manage to get that card to the mailbox? We have put together a box that contains everything you need to get a card ready to drop in the mailbox. This box which contains cards, pens, postage stamps and a member directory, will be on a card table in the Fellowship Hall every Sunday. Then we will mail the cards on Monday. Please visit this table and write a card to let a fellow member know that you care. ——————————————————————————

    • Sunday Hospitality Opportunities Each Sunday there are several opportunities in which folks with helping hands can participate. 1. Making coffee ( easy and everyone seems to enjoy it) – need one person 2. Making or buying a food item to contribute – need a couple of people 3. Help with clean up ( pretty easy for a normal Sunday) – a couple of people It would be wonderful to have a team for each week so that we know that it is taken care of. Training for coffee making and clean up will be provided. The past couple of years we’ve had some outstanding volunteers and they are probably willing to continue, but we don’t want them to have to be responsible every week. We just have to cover 3 Sundays a month because 4th Sunday is lunch and different teams do that. Please let me know what you are interested in doing. Thank you so very much, Carol-Lee carlee1945@gmail.com 706-483-2314. ——————————————————————————–

    • UUFA Dance Party! Get your dancing shoes on!!!! On Saturday, Oct. 13 (6:30-10pm), join us for an all ages dance party to celebrate our new space. There will be music from across the decades, light refreshments will be available with casual seating for fellowship, and an entertainment space will be setup for young and old alike with games and movies for those needing a break from the dancing and noise. Please contact Lee Cornell (uufa.lee@gmail.com) or Carol-Lee Baker (carlee1945@gmail.com) if you can help with setup, cleanup, or provide refreshments. ———————————————————————————
    • UUFA Wednesdays–The People’s Lunch In the spirit of inclusivity, the UUFA Wednesday Women’s Lunch has changed its name to The People’s Lunch. All are invited.  Same place:  Jason’s Deli — Same time:   Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. Please join us! ——————————————————————————  
    • UUFA Women’s Lunch on Wednesdays and Breakfast on Thursdays UUFA women gather for lunch each Wednesday at Jason’s Deli at 11:30 a.m., and for breakfast at Em’s Kitchen on Hawthorne at 8:30 on Thursdays. You are welcome at either or both of these gatherings each more. For more info, contact  Carol-Lee (carlee45@yahoo.com ) ——————————————————————————
    • 2nd Lookers back on Sep. 11 Second Lookers begins meets again on September 11, 2018, at 12 Noon. If you’re an adult wishing to take a ‘second look’ at life, please join the group. Bring your own bag lunch and be together to talk or enjoy an occasional program or activity. Gatherings generally last an hour. The group will usually meet at the Fellowship, but occasionally will be scheduled at Talmage Terrace & Lanier Gardens, or elsewhere. Check the UUFA calendar for location. To be added to the list of people who receive advance postcard notices, please contact Sally Randall at (706) 769-7540, or Hester Meyers at (706) 548-4182. ——————————————————————————
    • New to UUFA, Sat., Sep. 8 The next New to UU & UUFA will be held on Saturday, Sep. 8, 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 Michelle Leebens-Mack, chair of the Membership Committee (leebensmack@gmail.com). ——————————————————————————-
    • Tickets for Enjoyable Entertainment Events this Sunday EEE tickets are available this Sunday. There are five events for the first half of the program year. 1. Recognize the Famous Voice – game with prizes – Oct. 28, $15.00 2. Belgian Waffle Brunch at UUFA Celebrating our new spaces! Nov., 10, $10.00/5.00 3. Nifty Gifty for Adults A Beading Bonanza! Dec., $15.00 4. Wines and Tapas From Down Under A delightful evening Jan 18, $50.00 5. Meditative Doodling and Mid Morning Munchies Jan. 19, $15.00 Tickets will be sold at the Stepping Stone Table. Bring your check books! ——————————————————————————
    • Coming Attractions! UUFA Film Fans — We are initiating a movie group for members and friends here of UUFA. Current thoughts are that we would see movies at either Cine or Beechwood on the second Sunday of the month at the 4:00 or 5:00 showing. We’ll also set up a list serve so that individuals can contact other Film Fans to go together at different times. Please contact me if you are interested. Carol-Lee Baker carlee1945@gmail.com 706-483-2314. This is a Fun and Fellowship activity. —————————————————————————–
    • Scrabble with the Rabble Meets every third Friday from 7-9 pm in the Fellowship Hall at UUFA. All are welcome to come play and bring your own set. For more information, Kathy Larsen, 317-855-0009, kathylyndall@gmail.com. —————————————————————————–
    • 4th Sunday Lunch returns in October Due to construction and sanctuary relocation issues, UUFA will NOT hold a 4th Sunday Lunch in September 2018. On October 28, 2018, the UU Partner Church Committee will host its annual Hungarian feast–so please plan to attend! ________________________________________________
    • UUFA Retreat News! The biennial UUFA Congregational Retreat is a little over a month away, and we have met our goal of 100 registrations! There are a very few more beds available for housing, so if you have been meaning to register, do it quickly! The Mountain’s deadline for registration is September 7. Folks who have registered by that date will receive an information packet by email with workshop offerings, a schedule, and Mountain information about what to expect and bring. This will be a great time for “Making Room for Creative Connections.” For information about the retreat, see http://uuathensga.org/fellowship/all-uufa-retreat-2018/ For registration, see at http://themountainrlc.org/event/2018-uufa-congregational-retreat/ ——————————————————————————–

    expanding our vision

    • Cloverleaf Construction plans to complete the building by October 1st ! There’s still lots of work to be done as you can read below. First, though, please be aware of the continuing disruptions in the next couple weeks. The kitchen will be unavailable Monday Sept 24 through at least Wednesday Sept 26 for renovation work. Work in the old parking lot, including removing and repaving the sidewalk next to the RE hall, will be done in the next week or two. This will occur during the week so as not to disrupt Sunday service.  During the week, we may need to enter the building through the playground into the Fellowship Hall. Please wipe your feet so as not to track dirt onto our new flooring! Use of the new Cheatham Road parking lot, sidewalk to the building, and new entry plaza and new front doors will be unavailable, even if finished, until the whole project is completed and we have received our Permanent Certificate of Occupancy. Your patience is much appreciated during these final weeks of construction. Please contact Iva King (ivaking@bellsouth.net) or Herb West (herbwest48@gmail.com) for more information or if you have questions or concerns. **Below are the details CloverLeaf is working hard to complete by the end of September! Inside our new and old spaces: Staining the door and window trim and baseboard. Installing remaining flooring in Welcoming Hall. Repairing the ceiling, painting ceiling and walls, and replacing flooring in the kitchen. Making sure the two new restrooms are functioning properly. Installing film to reduce heat and glare coming through the glass of the pyramid. Sanctuary renovation: The curved walls and carpet have been removed. Lots of holes in the concrete floor have been opened up to re-route heating and air ducts, and to run conduit for the new Audio Visual booth (see cut out portion in front of ladder in photo on left). Relocating the theatrical lights to brighten the front of the stage. Installing video monitors in the curved wall on either side of the choir “loft” and on the rear wall for the choir to see what the congregation sees! Building a required fire-rated vestibule between the Welcoming Hall and Sanctuary (see photo on right). Upgrading lighting and sound. Installing new carpet. Re-installing the pews OR replacing the pews with movable chairs (see separate email for more information on exploring this possibility). Exterior Permeable surface in new parking lot has been installed (see photo on left). Remainder of new parking lot to be paved, perhaps tomorrow (Friday Sept 14) weather permitting. Concrete plaza in front of new main entrance to be poured tomorrow (Friday). Reconfiguration and resurfacing of old parking lot.

    justice

    • Mountain Matters: September 2018 Volume 10 | September 6, 2018 Fall Updates & Volunteer Opportunities This issue focuses on the ways that volunteers make a difference at The Mountain and some of the opportunities available for volunteering in the coming months. Also, some current giving opportunities you won’t want to miss! Visit our Website From Nominating Committee This is the call for self-nominations to Mountain Board of Trustees and Nominating Committee! For more information about these two ways of sharing your time and talent, please contact Nominating Committee co-chair, Tandy Scheffler (865) 310-0189 by Sept. 25th.  For more information…. Volunteers–The Heart of The Mountain! Needing a change of scenery?  Wanting to mobilize your body and do good for others? Looking to cultivate some good karma? If the answer to these questions is YES–then consider arranging a volunteer stay at The Mountain! Volunteering at The Mountain is a wonderful, budget friendly way to enjoy this special place. Here is how it works…. Continue reading… Volunteer Work Weekend II Back by popular demand! Our second Volunteer Work Weekend of the year will be on Sept. 14-16. It’s a perfect time of year to volunteer at The Mountain! Work Weekend, part 2, is coming up on September 14-16, and have we got a fun bunch of projects to tackle! Register today… Silent Auction 2018 Begins Soon Plans are under way for our 2nd Spirit of The MountainSilent Auction event. You can help us reach and exceed our $3,000 goal by donating items and bidding on others. We are currently seeking your donation of vacation property rentals and hosted B&B getaways. We will start the bidding on these “big ticket” items next week, with onsite bidding in October and November. Continue reading… It’s Annual Appeal Time! The Mountain is about to reach the 40 year mark–with preparations for our 40th Thanksgiving Weekend well under way. After four decades of enriching thousands of people’s lives, creating a strong and supportive community, and caring for our precious natural setting, we can be grateful. The Mountain has a bright future, thanks to you. Here are some highlights for us to celebrate … Continue reading & Click HERE to Donate. Stable to Classroom Project We have a $10,000 Matching Challenge for you! Imagine this rundown stable being converted to a dynamic classroom space we are calling the Living Learning Laboratory…It will take at least $25,000 to realize this vision and you can help. Double your gift today! Continue reading… Still Time to Win a Week at Camp! Win a gift certificate for one week of 2019 traditional MountainCamp for a kid in your life–-a $625 value! $60/ticket or $200/4 tickets. Winners will be notified by phone call and email within 24 hours of the drawing on Oct. 15th, The Mountain’s Birthday! All proceeds benefit the Mountain Campership Fund. For more info… The Mountain’s Wish List The Mountain benefits greatly each year from In- Kind Donations of needed new or used-in-good condition equipment, maintenance and office supplies, furnishings, and farming tools that often are beyond our annual operating budget. Check out our updated Wish List to see if there are any items that you may have to donate! The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center | (828) 526-5838development@themountainrlc.org | www.themountainrlc.org STAY CONNECTED  ‌  ‌  ‌ MAKE YOUR GIFT TODAY
    • UUWF September Newsletter News – September 2018 UUWF Calls for Careful Scrutiny of the Nomination to Supreme Court Based on what is known already about nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and the desire of the President to install a conservative majority in the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), the confirmation hearing on the second Trump administration pick for the Supreme Court may likely negatively impact the right to safe and legal abortion nationwide, and access to other reproductive health services for years to come. Read more here.   Thank You from the Women’s March The UUWF is committed to supporting organizations that align with our values. We recently made a donation to the Women’s March, who will use the funds to “…continue building a community of women and allies who are working to dismantle the systems of oppression and more forward into a shared future where all women are able to thrive.” Mark your calendar for the next annual women’s march on January 20, 2019.#OfficialWomensMarch2019   Become a Certified Leader for Social Change This is no time to be casual in our justice work. We are in a time of change, and we need to have trained leaders in our communities. The new Sustainable Leadership for Social Change certificate program begins this November at the Rowe Center in Massachusetts. This program is geared to train new social activists, to support those already immersed in the work of justice, and to explore how we sustain this work. The curriculum will emphasize coalition and fusion work, sustainability and resiliency, strategy development and adaptability, healthy group decision making and collaborative leadership. A two-year certificate program with two weekend workshops and two week-long intensives each year. (Nov. 11-16, 2018 & May 5-10, 2019, Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 TBD) Find out more: The Rowe Camp and Conference Center 22 Kings Highway, P.O. Box 273 Rowe, MA 01367 www.rowecenter.org or (413) 339-4954 Do You Know Someone Who Should Be Honored? Universalist Clara Barton is best known for her work in organizing nursing services during the Civil War and, later, founding the American Red Cross. She did not start this work until she was over forty — in an era when many women died before reaching that age. Our Clara Barton Sisterhood was created in her name as a way for local women’s groups, congregations, and individuals to honor women aged 80 and over for their contributions to their congregations and communities. Learn more here.   UUWF Newsletter UUWF went green in 2010 and began publishing our newsletter, the Communicator, on our website, saving just under 35,000 pieces of paper and $9,000 a year. In 2015 we move to a new format once again, with e-mailed News being sent out on a more regular basis. Subscribe Now!   ——————————————————————————————-
    • Love Resists: Restore Voting Rights to 1.4 Million People and Resist Mass Incarceration This Fall Two key ballot initiatives—one in Ohio and one in Florida—will create justice in those states and strategically push forward this movement in other states as well. Click here to read more. www.loveresists.org Love Resists is a joint campaign by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

    • Can you help? IHNA Volunteers Needed Thank you to all UUFA members and friends who helped with our IHNA week–August 19 through 26. The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, Inc.  is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide immediate shelter and guidance to homeless families with children, due to the impact of misfortunes upon their lives. Once accepted into our program, IHNA provides food, shelter, daycare, and transportation as needed. More IHNA volunteers are needed as UUFA co-hosts four times per year at Holy Cross Lutheran: meal preparation, evening hosting, overnight hosting, hosting Sunday at the Day Center, assistance in moving families, and/or van driving. Interested in becoming a volunteer with IHNA? Need more information about IHNA? Contact UUFA IHNA Coordinator Mark Hodges (markhodges4427@gmail.com). Support of IHNA is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster —————————————————————————–
    • DACA Dollars Still Needed Can you contribute towards someone’s DACA renewal fee? The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team thanks all who already contributed financially to the DACA renewal fee of $495.  So far, enough has been collected to sponsor SEVEN renewal fees!   From U-Lead Co-Director JoBeth Allen:  “We are doing 2-3 DACA renewals each week and your financial support is crucial for these young people.  For SEVEN people, you have provided safety, work permits, and drivers licenses.”  Many thanks to everyone who already contributed! Can you contribute towards a seventh or even eighth DACA renewal fee?  Please write your check to UUFA with DACA in the memo line. Every dollar counts! Click here for more information about DACA renewal.  For further information about this SMT initiative, contact Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com).  The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————————–
    • October 6: Justice Retreat–You’re Invited Are you passionate about justice?  Want to know more about justice work at UUFA? Have questions about justice work? Have answers about justice work? You are invited to the UUFA Justice Retreat on Saturday, October 6, from 9 a.m. to noon.   Questions?  Contact Hilda Kurtz, Justice Lay Minister (hldkrtz@gmail.com). For planning purposes, please click here to RSVP.   —————————————————————————————
    • September 12: UUFA CotM Fundraiser–You’re Invited The UUFA Social Action Committee and the Sanctuary Movement Team invited you to attend this Cause of the Month (U-Lead) fundraiser and Athens Premiere of The Unafraid. Wednesday, September 12      Cine THE UNAFRAID is a feature length documentary that follows the personal lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. Shot in an observational style over a period of four years, this film takes an intimate look at the lives of Alejandro, Silvia and Aldo as they navigate activism, pursuing their right to education, and fighting for the rights of their families and communities. Come early to enjoy food from The National and stay afterwards for a panel discussion with the Directors.  
    • September 16: Sanctuary Movement Team Interested in immigrant justice within the Athens community and ways you can help? Join us for the next gathering of the Sanctuary Movement Team on third Sunday of the month–September 16–beginning at noon-ish in the interim admin room (old sofa room). To join the Sanctuary Movement Team listserv, first click the headline above and then click here or go to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/uufa-sanctuary-movement-team/join. Need more information?  Contact Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com or 706.546.5237) or visit http://www.uua.org/immigration/witness/partners/newsanctuary. The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————-
    • September 2018 PARES Update   Tutoring Opportunities Available! Interested in tutoring at Alps Road Elementary School?   1.  Send completed background check for to UUFA PARES liaison Caryl Sundland know.  Click here for the background check form. 2.  Attend a to-be-scheduled tutor training. August 29, 2018:  Alps-UUFA Mixer Thanks to everyone from UUFA who attended this event at Alps Road Elementary School to meet and greet faculty and staff.  Desserts from UUFA were provided earlier that day to faculty and staff. Save the Dates for Alps Road Elementary School Activities at which UUFA will be participatory: November 13–Academic Carnival, 6 p.m. in the cafeteria April 11–Spring Fling, 6 p.m. in the cafeteria May 3–Career Day, early in the morning Other volunteer opportunities If you have not done so already, please click here to sign up to participate in other ways at Alps Road Elementary School throughout the year. About the PARES Program: At the May 2018 Congregational Meeting, UUFA voted to participate in the Athens-Clarke County’s Adopt-a-School Program by being in partnership with Alps Road Elementary School. UUFA is the first nonprofit organization in Athens-Clarke County to participate in the Adopt-a-School Program! Click here for more information about the CCSD’s Adopt-a-School guidelines. Questions? Contact UUFA PARES liaison Caryl Sundland (csundland@aol.com or 706.425.8575). PARES is a congregation-wide initiative sponsored by the UUFA Justice Cluster. ————————————————————————————
    • September 25: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition You are invited to the next meeting of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held on Tuesday, September 25, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Oconee Street UMC. The Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition, comprised of members of some 15+ faith communities serving the Athens area, is dedicated to offering hospitality, safety, and opportunities for all immigrants, regardless of status, to participate fully in our shared community.   This group traditionally meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. For further information, contact UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team member Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com). ———————————————————————————
    • September 26: Dinner Sponsored by FREE Please join us in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, September 26, at 6:30 pm for the monthly FREE (Food Responsibility and Enjoyable Eating) dinner.  We will be serving Buddha Bowls!  The suggested donation is $5 – $7.   Click here (https://goo.gl/forms/hFJYS94HLHql6G9G2) to RSVP. With the proceeds raised, FREE will subsidize an individual’s shopping at the Athens Farmer’s Market. Beginning in October, FREE dinners will be held the third Wednesday of the month.   Questions?  Contact Kate Blane (raya_mead@yahoo.com). FREE is part of the Justice Cluster. ————————————————————————————–
    • September 9: Athens Pride Festival Sunday, September 9 2-7 p.m.    downtown Athens Once again, UUFA will be participating in the Athens Pride Festival. Help person the UUFA table?  One hour shifts are available! To RSVP, contact Karen Solheim (UUFA.KarenSolheim@gmail.com or 706.202.7515). This activity is being sponsored by the Social Action Committee, a part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————-    
    • Side with Love! Are you out and about in the Athens community? Consider wearing your Side with Love t-shirt and letting the beacon shine even more brightly. Need a Side with Love t-shirt?  Please order by October 15 by clicking here.  Need more information about Side with Love?  Click here. FYI–In January 2018, the UUA Standing on the Side of Love campaign changed its name to Side with Love.  Since its inception, Standing on the Side of Love (SSL) received feedback from disability rights activists within Unitarian Universalism about the exclusionary and ableist language of “standing.”  Click here to read more. ———————————————————————————–    
    • Support UUFA Justice Partner AADM SEPT 8-Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion @ ACC Library 9:30am – 1:30pm  Click here to read more info and to RSVP. SEPT 12- End School to Prison Pipeline Monthly Meeting 6:30pm @ ACC Library SEPT 13-AADM Townhall on Community Policing, Race, and Public Safety @ ACC Library 5:30 – 7 pm.  Click here to read more info and to RSVP. SEPT 22- End the School to Prison Pipeline 2nd Annual Conference 9am – 4pm @ Rutland Academy.  Click here to read more info and to RSVP. The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) is a UUFA Justice Partner. For full details, click here to read the latest AADM newsletter. —————————————————————————————–
    • Support UUFA Justice Partner AADM SEPT 22- End the School to Prison Pipeline 2nd Annual Conference 9am – 4pm @ Rutland Academy.  Click here to read more info and to RSVP. OCT 3–Town Hall, Future of Community Policing, 6-8 p.m., ACC LIbrary.  Click here for more information.     The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) is a UUFA Justice Partner. For full details, click here to read the latest AADM newsletter. —————————————————————————————–
    • Thank You: Athens Pride Festival Volunteers Thanks to everyone who contributed to UUFA’s presence at this year’s Athens Pride Festival. UUFA was only one of two faith communities present.   —————————————————————————————-
    • UPDATE–UUFA Diaper Drive: A Cause You Can Really Get Behind…Again! 🙂 The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team (SMT) has recently sponsored a diaper drive. Many thanks to all who contributed! However, the need for diapers for immigrant families in the Athens area continues, so the diaper drive has been extended through September 30. All sizes are needed. Please place the diapers you bring near the CANtribution basket. Questions?  Contact SMT member Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com) The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ————————————————————————————-

    governance

    • Board of Trustees Sets Sail The Board launched our new year with a two-day retreat in mid-August.  The retreat had four principal purposes: team building, orienting new members, reviewing policies and procedures for continuing members, and articulation of Board goals. Bob McArthur’s house, Friday evening, and the Sandy Creek Nature Center, Saturday, were the venues for the retreat. Our Governance and Ministry model depends upon joint planning and goal setting.   A mid-year retreat of the Board and the Ministry Council last January established the overall theme for this program year—“Making Room For …” – and the monthly themes — e.g., “Creativity,” the theme for September – as well as four broad Fellowship goals: –Family ministry; intergenerational connectedness –Strengthening relations with the Athens community –Improving internal and external communications –More deep conversations across the Fellowship. Ministry Council and the Board then each develop specific implementation plans in their sphere of activity and oversight. Our retreat provided the opportunity to articulate how we would carry out our part of these four goal areas with additional opportunities that our new building will provide. Since the Board’s role in general is fiscal and executive, not programmatic, our support for the four goals has to do with budget and policy to assist the Ministry areas.  As the year goes on, we will review our budget priorities to ensure that there is sufficient wherewithal to advance the goal areas, will study existing policies, and consider new and revised ones.  Board members also agreed to seek out opportunities for further diversity and multicultural sensitivity training to help us work through these challenges. All in all, this promises to be a busy year as we fit into our new space and work to advance our UUFA mission and vision. — Bob McArthur, President, UUFA Board of Trustees

    Please note: the Communications Team continues to work on the formatting of this new page; send feedback to Shaye .

    To read past Tapestries, visit http://uuathensga.org/connections/tapestry/newsletter/