weaving the threads of community

wondering with AWE

  • 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

  • Child Dedication on Sunday, Nov. 19

    Child to Dedicate?

    If you would like your child/ren to be dedicated during this 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.

  • October 2017 Ministry Council Notes
    At its meeting on October 24, the Ministry Council began its work on establishing goals for this program year.  At its next meeting, this group will look at the six goals that were established to look at any gaps and to discuss about which goals should be intention and how communication fits into these goals.  In preparation for the 2018-19 program-year budget, members of the Ministry Council also discussed what additional staffing is instrumental for various program areas.  In addition, this group also discussed changing the language surround money for Fourth Sunday lunches, landing on the following:  Donations Welcome, and If you are visiting, please be our guest for lunch.  Lay Ministers Herb West, Hilda Kurtz, and Karen Solheim volunteered to be members of the Charter Review Team along with Reverend Alison Eskildsen.
     
    The next meeting of the Ministry Council is scheduled for November 21. 
    Please let your Lay Minister know if you have anything for discussion at this meeting.

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).

  • Nifty Gifty Needs YoUU!

    We Need Volunteers to Help With NIFTY GIFTY! Crafters, Decorators, Helper Elves! Sign Up Online: https://goo.gl/RX996c
    or email Kelli (dre@uuathensga.org).

fellowship

  • Your Invited to Scrabble: Third Fridays

    ScrabbleNovember 17:  
    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.

  • UPDATE: UUFA Thanksgiving?! Are YoUU Interested!?

    UPDATE: We are getting RSVPs!  If you’ve already emailed that you’d like to attend, we’ll get back to you asap. It’s not too late. Read on!

    Who is interested in attending a potluck at UUFA on Thanksgiving Day?

    Join your UUFA friends for a Thanksgiving under the pyramid! Gather around noon and celebrate and eat all afternoon if you wish! Come one, come all! Bring just yourself or your friends and family. And lots and lots of food!

    Feel free to bring a favorite CD to play, as well, if you wish.

    If you are interested in attending, call or email Shaye in the office (uufa@uuathensga.org, 706-546-7914) with the number of folks you are coming and what side dishes you are willing to bring. If you are willing to supply a turkey, let us know, too. If anyone is willing to help coordinate a set-up and clean-up crew, please let us know as well.

  • Celebrate a Second Looker’s 100th Birthday!

    All are invited to come on Tuesday, Nov 14th for the Second Looker celebration of Ethel Foster’s birthday, at noon at UUFA. Bring a brown bag lunch, and then enjoy cake and ice cream with us. Cards and notes to Ethel are welcomed!

  • Second Lookers Upcoming Meeting

    Second Lookers meets month at noon on Nov. 14 at UUFA. All are welcome. Bring a bag lunch and catch up on news and conversation! For more information, contact Hester Meyer or Sally Randall.

  • Chess-N-Checkers

    Friday, November 10, 7 pm — Bring your board and come play chess or checkers. Beginners and experienced alike should find a suitable opponent. Bring your own snacks. Alcohol free event. Kathy Stege (478-955-3422, kath22steg@gmail.com).

expanding our vision

  • 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

  • Board Notes — October

    In advance of the Conversations that Matter on democratic decision making within our Fellowship, Sunday, October 29, board members made our UU Fifth Principle the topic of our October “Big Picture” agenda item. (“The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.”) UUFA clearly satisfies the nominal requirements of “democratic process” in our annual Congregational Meetings. All members are welcome to vote; motions are published well in advance; informational Town Halls are scheduled to allow full discussions. But there is a widespread feeling, as reported by the Committee on Shared Ministry, that we are not doing enough to encourage members and friends to express their views and to engage with one another over issues that are of vital significance for our UUFA community. The board recognized that through the course of a program year, many decisions are made in various groups within the Fellowship that never reach the Congregational Meeting. Our congregational governance is layered and diffuse. How do we ensure that such decisions are made with the benefit of wide participation and are adequately publicized?

    Our discussion also noted that some of our members might be reluctant to offer their views because they feel they go against mainstream opinion. In majoritarian systems once the vote count tips in favor of one side or the other, there is a temptation to ignore the minority. But our UUFA Covenant encompasses more than simply satisfying the bare requirements of Roberts Rules. As we conduct the necessary and important business of our Fellowship, deep listening, kindness, trust, and encouragement require more of us. That is:
    We covenant to:
    • Commit time, talent and treasure to promote positive change in ourselves and in the world
    • Care for each other through deep listening and genuine kindness while assuming good will
    • Create a safe environment by respecting and trusting one another
    • Encourage each other to express our authentic selves, supporting, inspiring, and challenging each other’s quest for truth, meaning and spiritual growth
    • Nurture a diverse and welcoming congregation
    As the Conversations that Matter occur throughout the year (on fifth Sundays), we hope the many challenges of having a truly participatory community will be clarified. For more detail on the board discussion, see Board of Trustee minutes at http://uuathensga.org/uufa/board-governance/.

  • 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.

denominational affairs

  • Global Partner Reflections

    As some of you already know, the Hungarian Unitarian Church (HUC) Synod issued a formal statement partially entitled “Marriage and Family” that defines marriage as a relationship restricted to a man and a woman. This statement profoundly saddened the members of the UU Fellowship of Athen’s Partner Church Committee. We have had a relationship with the Okland Unitarian Church for over 20 years.
    The leadership of the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council, International Council of Unitarian and Universalists, and the Unitarian Universalist Association’s International Office issued a very thoughtful statement in response to the action by the HUC. They reminded us that “Our relationship to the HUC is one of a sibling and a partner, not one of control or authority.” They encourage us to remain in relationship with our partner church and they recommend that we take this opportunity for reflection.
    They, “urge North American U/U congregations and national organizations to respond to the HUC and individual partner churches with witness, honesty, and commitment, but also with humility.”

    On Mon. Nov.13 from 4 – 6 pm (Sofa Rm), Michelle Leebens-Mack and Bud Newton will provide an opportunity for any members of the UUFA and it’s partner church team to take this opportunity to reflect on the following questions:
    • Reflect with humility on the U/U journey of welcoming and inclusion. What has
    this been like for U/U individuals, congregations, and national
    organizations? There was a time, not very long ago, when many North American
    U/Us – and U/U’s in many parts of the world – would have made private and
    public statements opposing marriage equality. In what ways has this
    changed? What can we learn from this reflection?
    • Reflect on other justice struggles within U/U congregations and national
    organizations. How often have we failed? How often have we stumbled? How
    often has our impact been drastically different from our intent? How often have
    our actions not lived up to our words? What have we learned from this?
    • Reflect on strategy. What has influenced the hearts and minds of U/Us in justice
    struggles, including the struggle for marriage equality? Can strategies of
    engagement with Hungarian Unitarian churches and the HUC benefit from that
    Reflection?
    Questions? Contact – Michelle Leebens-Mack at 706-410-6454
    For more information and background to this reflection, please read:
    https://www.uupcc.org/sites/uupcc.org/files/statement_to_global_uu_community-10-27_on_website.pdf
    and
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/26/hungary-lgbt-world-congress-families-viktor-orban

  • Standing on the Side of Love:

    Two weeks ago, the second season of Fortification, a podcast about the spiritual lives of organizers and activists was launched, this time in collaboration with Auburn. Fortification is an opportunity to hear from people within and across faith and spiritual traditions to talk about some of the questions facing organizers, communities and institutions in these times.

    The newest interview features author, speaker, faithful activist, and public theologian Brian McLaren.

    Be sure to subscribe on iTunesGooglePlay and SoundCloud to get the episode and stay up to date with our next one in two weeks.

     

    Click here to read more or go to https://goo.gl/E4kpp2.

  • Standing on the Side of Love–Fortification: Spiritual Sustenance for Movement Leadership Is Back!

    Last fall we launched Fortification, a podcast about the spiritual lives of organizers and activists. It was an amazing opportunity to get to sit down with people within and across faith tradition to talk about some of the big questions facing organizers, communities and institutions.

     

    Click here to read more or go to https://goo.gl/E4kpp2.

  • Breakthrough Congregation Awarded to UUFA!

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens (UUFA) has just been recognized as one of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) newest Breakthrough Congregations!

    This recognition was made in response to our excellent Lay Ministry program that serves the spiritual growth of the Lay Ministers and serves the organizational growth of the congregation. The program was initiated at UUFA as part of a governance change to better respond to our growing Fellowship’s size and complexity. Congregations receive this award for innovations that the UUA believes is worthy of being shared with other UU congregations.

    UUFA will be featured in UU World magazine and we’ll receive a letter from the UUA President, the Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray.

  • UUA Matters: Southern Region Newsletter November 2017

    To read the November 2017 Southern Region Newsletter, click here or to go https://goo.gl/GGLoEc.

     

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

  • Small Group Ministry Mid-Year Enrollment Opens Soon!

    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 during December, or come by the UUFA office during office hours (T-F, 10-4) to get a copy from Shaye Gambrell. If you have questions, please contact Vivian Preston Sellers at vpsellers@gmail.com.

  • Nifty Gifty 2017: YoUU Need This!

     

    Nifty Gifty Needs YoUU! We Need Volunteers to Help With NIFTY GIFTY! Crafters, Decorators, Helper Elves! Sign Up Online:https://goo.gl/RX996c

  • 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!

  • 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. November’s theme is “Sharing Our Blessings.” Join Us!

  • 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

spiritual arts

  • Birthday Celebration–All are Welcome!

    You are invited to the birthday celebration of Dennis Rice on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (Yes, the birthday ends with a zero). The celebration will begin with a vocal concert given by Dennis , accompanied by Peng-Chain Chen, music student at UGA. The concert will be followed by cake, food and drinks in the Fellowship Hall until 4:14 p.m. Dennis and his family look forward to seeing you.

  • UUFA’s Palms of Fire, Nov. 13, African Perspectives Event

    The Fellowship’s very own drummers will add their talent on the drums to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of WUGA’s longest-running local program, African Perspectives.

    WHERE: The Foundry

    WHEN: Monday, November 13

    TIME: Live show and taping from 7-8:30 pm; African Dance Party from 8:30-9:30; Palms of Fire perform about 7:30 pm.

    From the African Perspective invitation:

    Akinloye Ojo will host a special production of the program, which will be broadcast at a later date. Dance to the African rhythms, with guest performances by UGA African Students Union dancers, the African Fellowship of the Church of Nations choir, and Unitarian Universalist Palms of Fire drumming group.

    Continue dancing after the show for a $100 prize dance contest with three judges using a wild card song. The free show is to celebrate the longest running local program on WUGA with donations made in cash or by check to Chess and Community and to Kenyan Girls’ Educational Fund, Inc.

    More information at 706-542-9842.

     

  • Goddess in the 21st Century

    New Goddess Group Course offering January-June 2018
    In Cakes for the Queen of Heaven and Rise Up & Call Her Name, courses from UU Women in Religion (UUWR) which have previously been offered through the UUFA Goddess Group, we have learned much about the Goddess. We have seen how she is represented in cultures around the world from ancient times into the 20th Century.
    Beginning January 21, 2018, and continuing on third Sundays through June 17, 2018, we will offer a new course entitled The Goddess in the 21st Century. In this course, developed by members of the UUFA Goddess Group, we will explore the following questions:
    1. Where did come from, how did we get to the current understanding, at least at UUFA, of the Goddess?
    2. How are we doing in teaching/learning about the feminine aspects of the divine?
    3. Is the Goddess alive and well?
    4. How is the Goddess represented in modern American culture through cinema, advertising, and other modern media?
    5. What can we learn from new images and depictions of the Goddess?
    6. How do we see the aspects of the Goddess manifested in modern women?
    7. Where do we go from here?

    We will explore these questions through video, reading, writing, discussion, art, music, crafts, foods, and other media.
    The course is open to all women of UUFA, including members, friends, and visitors, as well as women in the Athens area.
    A sign-up sheet for this Adult RE offering is available at the Stepping Stones Table in the Fellowship Hall.
    For more information, please see one of the course creators/facilitators: Myrna Adams West, Leigh Harvey, Vivian Preston Sellers, Karen Solheim, or Aleta Turner.

  • 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

  • Child Dedication on Sunday, Nov. 19

    Child to Dedicate?

    If you would like your child/ren to be dedicated during this 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.

  • October 2017 Ministry Council Notes
    At its meeting on October 24, the Ministry Council began its work on establishing goals for this program year.  At its next meeting, this group will look at the six goals that were established to look at any gaps and to discuss about which goals should be intention and how communication fits into these goals.  In preparation for the 2018-19 program-year budget, members of the Ministry Council also discussed what additional staffing is instrumental for various program areas.  In addition, this group also discussed changing the language surround money for Fourth Sunday lunches, landing on the following:  Donations Welcome, and If you are visiting, please be our guest for lunch.  Lay Ministers Herb West, Hilda Kurtz, and Karen Solheim volunteered to be members of the Charter Review Team along with Reverend Alison Eskildsen.
     
    The next meeting of the Ministry Council is scheduled for November 21. 
    Please let your Lay Minister know if you have anything for discussion at this meeting.

Justice

  • Soaps Support U-Lead and SAC

    Support U-Lead and the UUFA Social Action Committee through the purchase of handmade soaps by member Jean-Marie Buxton on Sundays in November.

    Jean is donating 100 percent of the monies collected to these two groups!

  • November 17: Justice Partner Participation

    The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement will hold a protest rally at the UGA Arch on Friday, November 17, to publicize the second discrimination complaint filed against a Downtown Athens bar. The rally will begin at 5:30 and end at City Hall on College Avenue and include prominent local figures and political candidates such as Tim Denson and Ovita Thornton  in addition to Grady Martin, Mariah Parker, Beto Cacao, and others.

    Click here to read more.

     

    UUFA’s Social Action Committee officially adopted AADM as a Justice Partner at its October 2017 meeting.

  • Standing on the Side of Love:

    Two weeks ago, the second season of Fortification, a podcast about the spiritual lives of organizers and activists was launched, this time in collaboration with Auburn. Fortification is an opportunity to hear from people within and across faith and spiritual traditions to talk about some of the questions facing organizers, communities and institutions in these times.

    The newest interview features author, speaker, faithful activist, and public theologian Brian McLaren.

    Be sure to subscribe on iTunesGooglePlay and SoundCloud to get the episode and stay up to date with our next one in two weeks.

     

    Click here to read more or go to https://goo.gl/E4kpp2.

  • UUFA Is Cooking!

    What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, November 16, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, November 17, 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.

  • December 3: Christmas Angel Project Gifts Due to UUFA

    Christmas Angel Project 2017 Update

    UUFA is once again participating in the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) gift program for needy children.

    Reminder:  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.

    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.

    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.

  • UUA Matters: Love Resists

    Will you be Law enforcement’s next target?

    Click here to read more, or go to https://goo.gl/ihiwzv. 

     

    Join us on November 14 at 7pm EST/ 4pm PDT for a webinar:

    Love Resists Criminalization:

    Mass Incarceration, Deportation,
    and Surveillance Today 

    Hear from organizers on the front lines of resisting criminalization and learn where you can fit into this growing social movement. Speakers include Fatima Ahmad, Deputy Director, Muslim Justice League (MA) and Jamila Hammami, Executive Director, Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (NY) among others.

    Love Resists is a joint campaign by the Unitarian Universalist Association
    and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
  • Sanctuary Movement Team: Buddy Needed

    from a member of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition:

    A family in the area could use a buddy.  The woman has a degenerative disease (rheumatoid arthritis) and is here with three children. Another son and her husband were detained and deported. If I understood correctly, an older son was killed in Honduras, which prompted the family’s journey. They are currently living with her sister off  Danielsville Road.

    If you are willing and able to help (getting to the Athens Nurses Clinic to see about her painful swelling joints would be very helpful), please contact Chase White, chair of the UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team (robert.chase.white@gmail.com or 864.238.1870).

  • November 15: Dinner sponsored by FREE

    For food planning purposes, please click here to RSVP.

     

     

     

  • 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

    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.

    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.

    Book discussions will occur in the first part of 2018.

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

  • 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.

  • Save the Date–December 2: Justice Partner Participation

    You are invited to participate in the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) Sticker Campaign on Saturday, December 2, 2017 beginning at 3:45 pm.

    About the Sticker Campaign:
    We are once again going to the downtown businesses to request that they post our sticker on their outer door or window. Our goal is 100% participation!
    We’ll meet at World Famous, 351 N Hull St, Athens, GA 30601, at 3:45 pm, where Debra Brenner, Project Leader, will give out assignments and instructions, along with a dialog you can use when addressing employees.   After an hour or hour and one-half or so, we’ll meet back up at World Famous again for a debriefing, sharing experiences, handing in of \ assignments, and time to enjoy a bit to eat if you’d like.
    For further information, contact Debra Brenner.  dbrenner@uga.edu.
    UUFA’s Social Action Committee
    officially adopted AADM as a Justice Partner at its October 2017 meeting.
  • 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 27: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition

    You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition on Monday, November 27, 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 meets the fourth Monday of every month.

    For further information, contact UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team Chair Chase White:  robert.chase.white@gmail.com or 864.238.1870.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

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