weaving the threads of community

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  • Pastoral Care at UUFA

    We Care About Our Members!

    One of UUFA’s stated missions or purposes is to care for one another. We fulfill this goal by occasionally assisting one another in our daily living, such as caring for a pet or houseplant while you’re on vacation, delivering a meal when a new baby arrives, or driving you to the Fellowship on a Sunday morning.

    We also fulfill this goal by celebrating our joys and sorrows together. We gather for memorial services and wedding ceremonies. We dedicate new life and welcome new members to our congregational community. And we take turns in the raising of our community’s children by volunteering in our religious exploration program on Sunday and for special events.

    Office, Home, and Hospital Visits

    Rev. Alison Eskildsen cares about you, too. She wants you to feel welcome to meet with her when you feel the need. She wants to affirm and support whatever is going on in your life. If your family does not know about your connection to the Fellowship or how to reach us in an emergency, please give them her contact information, Rev. Alison Eskildsen, (rev.eskildsen@uuathensga.org, 706.424.9449).

    Rev. Alison, the Pastoral Care Team, and Rev. Don Randall (drrandall5@gmail.com), will make pastoral visits to your home or hospital room. But we don’t respond if you don’t let us know when you’re in need of our presence. Please let us know how you’re doing and if we can assist you in some special way. We don’t pretend to take the place of family, but especially when you have no family, we do our best to help.

    When to Call Rev. Alison 

    Several years ago, Rev. Dr. Peter Lee Scott wrote the template for when to contact a minister. Here’s one version:

    Call the minister when

    –You don’t know me, but would like to, or you’d like me to know you better.
    –You are upset with me, or would like to express appreciation.
    –You have religious or spiritual questions.
    –You are seeking to deepen your spiritual practices.
    –You have problems with your job, children, marriage, parents, school, or anything else where a sympathetic ear might help you sort through the issues.
    –You are going to the hospital, having surgery, find out you have a serious illness or condition, or know of someone else in the congregation who has any of these experiences.
    –Someone close to you has died or is critically ill or you’re dealing with a significant loss or transition of some kind.
    –You are planning to be married, separated, or divorced.
    –You would like your child dedicated in a special blessing ceremony.
    –You are pregnant and glad you are; you are pregnant and wish you weren’t.
    –You feel ready to join the congregation, or have questions about membership.
    –You want to explore new ways to engage in congregational life.
    –You have concerns or suggestions related to congregational life.
    –You want to make a large donation to the church.
    –You just want to talk.

    Before Calling

    If you’re experiencing a pastoral emergency and need to talk to Rev. Alison, please call her! But if it is not an emergency and it’s after 7 pm, consider calling in the morning.

    Retired UU minister, the Rev. Marilyn Sewall, humorously (or not) suggested when NOT to call the minister:

    –You want to give her “the real scoop” on another member
    –You want to explain that you’ll have to cut your pledge in half because you are spending the summer in the south of France
    –You want to tell her you didn’t like what she wore in the pulpit last Sunday
    –You want to tell her that one of the reasons you are a UU is that you have always distrusted organized religion (Which must mean our’s is a disorganized religion!)

    Blessings to those who follow the ways of Rev. Sewall and Rev. Scott.

Ministry Notes

    membership & volunteers

    • New to UUFA Newcomer Orientation on Feb. 10

      If you’re a recent visitor or newcomer to UUFA and want to learn more about our Fellowship and Unitarian Universalism, plan to attend the next “New to UUFA” class on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 8:45 a.m.

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

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

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

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    • Your Invited to Scrabble: Third Fridays

      ScrabbleJanuary 19:  
      Scrabble with the Rabble

      All are welcome to come play and bring your own set. For more information, Kathy Larsen, 317-855-0009, kathylyndall@gmail.com.

    • Spring Enjoyable Entertainment Events Are Here!
      We have four fun and exciting events planned for the second half of the program year scheduled in March and April.  Tickets will be sold following each service on Sunday, January 14, 21 and 28.  Be sure you are prepared with your calendars and checkbooks so that you can get tickets for your choice of events.  Questions?  See or contact  Carol-Lee Baker at carlee45@yahoo.com, 706-483-2314  or
    • Small Group Ministry Mid-Year Enrollment

      The Mid-Year Enrollment period provides an opportunity for participation in SGM to newcomers to UUFA, as well as current UUFA members and friends who missed the fall enrollment period. This year, interested folks will sign up in December to join a group in January to complete the SGM year which runs through May or August, depending on the wishes of the group.  Mid-Winter Enrollment is not for those already settled in a group who wish to move to another. Not all current groups will be available to join, as some groups are currently at maximum numbers.  Mid-year enrollment will occur December 1-31, 2017.

      If you need more information about SGM, and to enroll, please see the UUFA website page at http://uuathensga.org/education/small-group-ministries/ . This page will allow you to learn about the SGM program at UUFA, to understand its requirements and expectations, and to enroll by clicking on the red “Here” near the bottom of the page.  If you’d prefer to enroll on paper, see the Stepping Stones table after services or contact Vivian Preston Sellers at vpsellers@gmail.com.

       

    • 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.

    • Wed. Evening Potluck – A UUFA 35 year tradition

      All are welcome at the Wednesday evening Potluck!  Just bring a dish to share (homemade or purchased) at 6 p.m. and enjoy a glass of wine, good food and interesting conversation.  Hope to see you there.

    expanding our vision

    • Come hear about the building!

      On Sunday, January 21, in the Fellowship Hall between the two services, members of the Expanding Our Vision Committee will provide a project update. This update will include information about the final building plans, a preliminary budget update, and phasing of the project throughout the coming calendar year, including how construction will affect the use of the building. This is an exciting time for UUFA. We hope many of you will come hear our news.

    • EOV Update

      UPDATE: We’re moving forward! The Mayor and ACC Commission unanimously approved our Special Use Permit! No need to do an expensive sidewalk along Timothy Road. We are very thankful to Josh Koons of Koons Environmental Design for developing and guiding the landscape plans through the ACC permitting process. The EOV Project Committee continues to work with Houser Walker Architects and Cloverleaf contractors refining the Design Development plans for the building. The first round of pricing by Cloverleaf came in over budget, but that is not unusual. We remain confident that with due diligence, and willingness to make trade-offs, construction will begin Spring 2018.

    Board Notes

    • Promise

      January marks a mid-year promise of renewed inspiration to continue our work. At UUFA, we begin the program year like the school year, at the end of summer. Our guiding theme of “Love Calls Us On” brought many together in conversation and worship throughout the autumn and into winter. In addition to Sunday worship services, UUFA hosted several community events like the Halloween Carnival and Justicefest. Members of our congregation participated in numerous smaller meetings as well. Small groups, teams and committees heeded the call of love for Unitarian Universalism. Love for our principles and the desire to grow together motivated hours of dedicated service in the fall to make the promise of UUFA, improved and expanded, closer to a reality.

      We look to the beginning of 2018 as new opportunity to continue moving to a world that is better than today. Each of us will have our own definition of “better” yet most will intersect in various ways. Unitarian Universalism allows for differences. We are not bound to follow the same credo. Our beliefs about God and the nature of reality are as many and varied as the snowflakes that fall. However we agree on many ideas. What can we do to discover our similarities and differences? We will meet and discuss and worship together. We will question and challenge. We will compromise. We will create and break down together. We will celebrate and mourn together. I promise. ~ Liz Weaver, member of the board.

    • Looking Ahead with Hope

      In my first address to the UUFA Congregation as President of the Board of Trustees, I highlighted some of the accomplishments of my predecessors. Space does not allow a full list, but each president builds upon the foundations laid by those who served previously, achieving goals that would not be possible without those foundations.

      Some of those foundations are very noticeable, like our building expansion; others seem almost invisible except to those closely engaged in the process. Governance processes generally fall into the category of “invisible work” – almost unseen (except, of course, when there is a problem).

      Prior governance work has including separating the tasks of ministry and governance. In the past, the Board was overwhelmed by the minutia of daily programmatic decisions; now that those are assumed by the Ministry Council, we have the opportunity to spend more time on process – how we work together.

      The Planning Cycle of the congregation has historically begun at the January retreat, identifying goals for the upcoming program year. That allows time to identify needed resources to highlight during our annual pledge campaign in the spring, before the program year begins in June. As far as it goes, this is a solid basis for yearly planning.

      However, one of the Board’s current goals is to transition from year-to-year planning to longer-term strategic planning. We intend to move in this direction for Board goals, and hope that we will be met with similar longer-term plans from the programmatic clusters. Deliberations about how to do this are just beginning, but will definitely include opportunities for congregation-wide conversations.

      We have spent some time learning about strategic planning in congregations from multiple sources. The second edition of Governance and Ministry (Hotchkiss, 2016) includes a three-year planning cycle in which questions and discussions in year one feed into plans for year two and evaluation in year three. While plans are being implemented and evaluated, new questions and discussions inform upcoming work. We have informally fallen into this model when considering large questions, such as the building construction, but would like to formalize it for our everyday work as well.

      The advantages of strategic planning are that it allows us to scope and focus our current work at any giving time. (I am reminded of advice given to me as a working mother “You CAN have it all. But not all at the same time.” The same is true off all the things we wish to address as a congregation.)  Articulating our current goals, while exploring “what should we do next?” in a thoughtful manner, will help us to be more effective in our collective work.

      The theme for this month is “hope,” which is fitting. We look to the future of UUFA with hope, and the belief that good strategic plans will help us to turn those hopes into realities. ~ Linda Gilbert

       

    • 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.

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    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

    • SGM Registration Extended!

      If you failed to sign up for SGM during December, a reprieve has been granted! You’ll have the next two weeks,until January 14th, to go to the website at http://uuathensga.org/education/small-group-ministries/
      for information and a chance to register. Go to the red word “HERE” at the bottom of the page for a link to the form.

    • Adult Religious Exploration 2018

      Several offerings will be available for adults and older youth during January-May, and registration will be open both online at the UUFA website and on paper at the Stepping Stones table in the Fellowship Hall after services starting December 3rd.

      Paul-Henri Gurian will facilitate two series of discussions of the book How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. The description of the book, which can be found in bookstores or online, is as follows: “In How Jesus Became God, New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman reveals how the understanding of Jesus’s divinity changed dramatically in the first few centuries of the early church. The book explains the evolution of beliefs that looked very different in the fourth century than they did in the first century. Ehrman explains how the understanding of Jesus progressed, over 300 years, from human prophet, to Son of Man, to Messiah (“anointed one”), to the Son of God, to the one eternal God (together as one with the Father and the Holy Spirit). The book is written for a general audience – for anyone interested in the dramatic historical changes in faith that developed during the first four centuries of Christianity.”

      The dates for the sessions (all Mondays) will be: Series One—January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 19; and March 5; Series Two—March 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 . Each session will be scheduled for 7:00 PM at UUFA. Paul has requested that the number of participants be limited to 10, and those people who took the fall series on the Historical Jesus book will be given priority. Contact Paul at phgurian@earthlink.net for more information.

      Also, Kate Blane and Judy Bradberry will offer a single-session discussion of The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals. The book is a 2016 publication, authored by Wayne Pacelle, President of the Humane Society of the U.S. “Pacelle highlights the interactions of economy and human treatment of non-human animals and makes the point that while economics often drives human decisions about our relationship with non-human animals, we are learning that good treatment of non-human animals is also good business.”

      Participants are asked to read/listen to the book prior to the session so that the group can share perspectives and responses to the book. Books (15 copies) are available through the Pines Library System for those who don’t want to own one. Leaders will have prepared discussion questions and attendees are encouraged to bring their own questions for discussion. Kate and Judy will offer this on two dates, February 12 and 26 (Mondays) at UUFA at 7:00 to 8:30, so that people will have a choice as when to attend—or to come to both! Contact Judy at jbradb@bellsouth.net or Kate at raya_mead@yahoo.com for more information.

      2017-18 Common Read Book Discussions You are invited to join in any or all of the upcoming discussions for the UUA Common Reads (yes, there are two books this year!). Daring Democracy—first half of the book: Sunday, February 25, 12:30-2 p.m. (during the Fourth Sunday lunch) and/or Tuesday, February 27, 7-8:30 p.m.; second half of the book; Sunday, March 25, 12:30-2 p.m. (during Fourth Sunday lunch) and/or Tuesday, March 27, from 7-8:30 p.m. Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry–Monday, May 7, and/or Monday, May 14, 7-8:30 p.m. For further information, contact book discussion facilitators Vivian Preston Sellers (vpsellers@gmail.com) or Karen Solheim (justice@uuathensga.org).

      To reserve your copy of either (or both) of these books, please go to this link: https://goo.gl/forms/QZb8alEW9anrZupw1 or visit the Justice table on Sunday mornings.
      For further information, contact book discussion facilitators Vivian Preston Sellers (vpsellers@gmail.com) or Karen Solheim (justice@uuathensga.org).

    spiritual arts

    • Who is my neighbor? Do you have a story?
      The title of the February 4 worship services is “Who is my neighbor?”  The question is especially potent given the current discussion around immigration.  
      • Should those who were allowed to come as workers and students but who stayed without government papers remain among us?   
      • Should those who came illegally into the country decades ago to provide us reasonably priced food be deported?  
      • Should those young people who grew up in our schools and neighborhoods but lacked citizenship papers be required to return to the country of their birth?  
      • Should those who came under Temporary Protected Status in the 1980s and 1990s to escape war and environmental devastation lose their legal standing?   
      • What should happen to those people who are naturalized United States citizens but are now threatened with no longer being able to bring other family members into the country?  
      • What should happen to those who come seeking asylum for persecution?

      Should everyone be our neighbor? Do you have an immigration story to tell that can help shed light on this question: “Who is my neighbor?”  

      If you have such a story you wish to share, you are invited to write a short narrative.

      Please send it to Greg Davis at rawsondavis@gmail.com or call him at 706-589-5568 for further discussion on the topic. 

      With your permission, your written thoughts may be shared during February 4 worship.

    • 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.

    ministry

      Justice

      • Who is my neighbor? Do you have a story?
        The title of the February 4 worship services is “Who is my neighbor?”  The question is especially potent given the current discussion around immigration.  
        • Should those who were allowed to come as workers and students but who stayed without government papers remain among us?   
        • Should those who came illegally into the country decades ago to provide us reasonably priced food be deported?  
        • Should those young people who grew up in our schools and neighborhoods but lacked citizenship papers be required to return to the country of their birth?  
        • Should those who came under Temporary Protected Status in the 1980s and 1990s to escape war and environmental devastation lose their legal standing?   
        • What should happen to those people who are naturalized United States citizens but are now threatened with no longer being able to bring other family members into the country?  
        • What should happen to those who come seeking asylum for persecution?

        Should everyone be our neighbor? Do you have an immigration story to tell that can help shed light on this question: “Who is my neighbor?”  

        If you have such a story you wish to share, you are invited to write a short narrative.

        Please send it to Greg Davis at rawsondavis@gmail.com or call him at 706-589-5568 for further discussion on the topic. 

        With your permission, your written thoughts may be shared during February 4 worship.

      • Thirty Days of Love

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

        Coming Soon – 30 Days of Love 2018

        Stay tuned…

      • Announcing 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”.

        We are so excited to share with you that our new name, our new imagining, as the Responsive Resolution so beautifully called for, is Side with Love! You can also watch a video about our announcement here. Check out EqUUal Access’ take on the shift here.

      • January 19: Vigil and Rally

        You are invited to attend the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition Vigil that will be held in conjunction with the rally/protest led by Dignidad Inmigrante in Athens (DIA).

        Friday January 19
        5:30pm-8:00pm
        City Hall-Downtown Athens
        The Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition has representatives from several local faith communities and works on the following:

        • Cultivating relationships with undocumented immigrant families and individuals – this is the foundation of what directs us
        • Supporting legal aid defense funding – ALCES and the Latin American Association
        • Partnering with Community Support for Families in Crisis Due to Deportation/ Detention by providing financial support, becoming a Buddy, advocating for detainees, providing transportation, or becoming a temporary guardian

        UUFA’s Sanctuary Movement Coalition is a member of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition.

        Dignidad de Immigration is one of three organizations that make up the Athens Immigration Rights Coalition.  The other two include U-Lead and Community Support.  Dignidad de Immigration is operated by undocumented Clarke County residents and is thus unable to be funded through grants.  The organization sponsors Latino Fest and, throughout the year, know-your-rights workshops for the undocumented.  It also publishes know-your-rights posters that are publicly displayed.  Most importantly, funds donated to Dignidad de Immigration are used to pay for an emergency phone hotline that helps alert the community to threats of detention.  Dignidad de Immigration is the February 2018 Cause of the Month.

         

      • UUA 2017-18 Common Read

        side by side covers of the two 2017-18 Common Read selections: Daring Democracy and Centering

        TWO Books have been chosen for the 2017-18 Common Read

        Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Wantby Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen, (Beacon Press, 2017) lifts up the importance of democracy itself. It examines the anti-democracy movement that has led to the Trump presidency, then offers a vision and call to action to save our democracy and to take our civic life to a place it has never been.
        Download the discussion guide.

        Daring Democracy Book Discussion—first half of the book: Sunday, February 25, 12:30-2 p.m. (during the Fourth Sunday lunch) and/or Tuesday, February 27, 7-8:30 p.m.; second half of the book; Sunday, March 25, 12:30-2 p.m. (during Fourth Sunday lunch) and/or Tuesday, March 27, from 7-8:30 p.m.

        Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017), centers the stories, analyses, and insights of a number of Unitarian Universalist religious professionals of color as they explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities.

        Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry Book Discussion–Monday, May 7, and/or Monday, May 14, 7-8:30 p.m.

        To register for the book discussions online, click https://goo.gl/forms/7o8vZwGr3Uvy30Mk1.

         

        Order your copy of each book now by clicking here or going to https://goo.gl/forms/kEZ3SwMLdmqGTvvb2.

      • January 22: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition

        You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition on Monday, January 22, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Oconee Street UMC.

        This group is called to do the following:

         –Cultivate relationships with undocumented immigrant families and individuals – this is the foundation of what directs us

        –Support legal aid defense funding – ALCES and the Latin American Association

        Partner with Community Support for Families in Crisis Due to Deportation/ Detention by providing financial support, becoming a Buddy, advocating for detainees, providing transportation, or becoming a temporary guardian

        This group traditionally meets the fourth Monday of every month.

        For further information, contact Karen Solheim, UUFA Justice Lay Minister (justice@uuathensga.org or 706.202.7515).

      • January 20: 2018 Social Justice Symposium

        The Social Justice Symposium will feature outbreak sessions relating to Systemic Poverty, Under/Unemployment, Immigration Reform, Affordable Housing, and Mental Health. The Symposium will also have a keynote speaker – Kristen Daniel, the Founder & CEO of Pentorship (http://pentorship.org/kristen-daniel-founder-ceo/).

        2018 Social Justice Symposium in Athens, GA
        Date: January 20, 2018
        Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm (Registration from 8:00am-8:30am)
        Location: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens
        780 Timothy Road
        Athens, GA 30606

        Contact us at sjsathensuga@gmail.com with any questions! We will see you at the Symposium!

        Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/wPhgkFBbXWRL8zLL2

      • UUFA Cooks

        What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, January 18, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, January 19, 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.

      • David Jarrett Honored as January Spotlight Volunteer

        Congratulations to David Jarrett, UUFA’s first Spotlight Volunteer of 2018! In addition to serving as Board Chair in the early 2000’s, David has shared his knowledge with the investment and finance committees. He also organized Seder observances for many years and currently works with the Forum committee. For years he has served on the Social Action Committee, most recently chairing the group. The Worship Arts Committee has benefited from his leadership as a Worship Assistant and as a Worship Leader. In addition to presenting sermons, David also facilitates sharing services, often around July 4 and late in the year.
        The Volunteer Recognition Team appreciates David’s multi-faceted commitment to UUFA!

      • Justice Cluster Recognizes Active SAC Volunteers

        In January UUFA’s Justice Cluster led by Karen Solheim is recognizing active members of the Social Action Committee (SAC). SAC is the oldest among the cluster’s groups and initiatives which include Our Daily Bread, the Interfaith Hospitality network, FREE (Food Responsibility and Enjoyable Eating), the Sanctuary Movement Team, and the Green Sanctuary Team.

        Karen and the Justice Cluster are thanking individuals who have been active members of SAC in 2017: Chair David Jarrett, Greg Davis, Caryl Sundland, Ange Kahn, Connie Bruce, Carol-Lee Baker, Jean-Marie Buxton, Deb Brenner, Ed Helm, Julie Sapp, Barb Leissner, Nancy MacNair, Rick Fyock, Sandra Storer, Virginia Carver, and Adrien Helm.

        The focus of SAC used to be on what its individual members were doing throughout the Athens community. SAC’s focus is now on initiatives sponsored by SAC in particular, and often by UUFA in general. Initiatives sponsored by SAC include activities such as the Smart Lunch Smart Kids sandwich making, the Cause of the Month Conversations, and the Share the Plate Program along with the Christmas Angel Project, CANtributions for the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank, and the Common Read Discussions.

        The members of SAC do realize that many UUFA justice warriors who do not attend the monthly meetings of SAC are a part of this congregation as are many former members of SAC; the members of SAC value those who participate in justice work beyond that of SAC and also value the overwhelming support they feel they receive from the Fellowship.

        Diane Bridges of the Volunteer Recognition Team worked with Karen to organize this month’s recognition.

      • December 16: Visit to Stewart Detention

        A few spots are open!

        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.

         

      • Jan. 14, 2018, Interfaith Service for MLK Day

        Join Rev. Alison Eskildsen and other area clergy and diverse communities for an interfaith service honoring the work and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

        WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018

        TIME: 5 pm

        WHERE: First Baptist Church, 355 Pulaski Street, Athens

        Please carpool!

        DON’T FORGET the MLK Day of Service and Parade

        Jan. 15, 3pm.

        For details click here.

         

      • 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.

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