UUFA Connections


  • March 26 Town Hall Meeting: Final Draft of the Resolution on Racial Justice

    You are invited to attend a town hall meeting on Sunday, March 26, from 10:05-10:50 to give feedback, ask questions, and comment on the Racial Justice and Equity Resolution created by the Exploring Racial Justice (ERJ) Task Force. The final draft of this Resolution can be found at https://goo.gl/0yyuEk. The ERJ Task Force has been busy gathering feedback from numerous individuals; from ‘cluster’ groups at UUFA, such as Small Group Ministries, Choir, and Drum Circle; and through Open Feedback Sessions and Online Feedback.  We have worked diligently to produce a Racial Justice Resolution that the entire congregation (we hope) will feel comfortable to adopt at the Congregational Meeting on May 21.

  • March 28: Sanctuary Movement Team Potluck Dinner and Discussion

    ​Want to learn more about how Immigration became such a contentious issue in the United States? The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Group is sponsoring a potluck supper and discussion of the book Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal by Aviva Chomsky on Tuesday, March 28, at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

    The book can be purchased locally at Avid Bookstore for $16, and it is also available through other sources for the same price.  For more information, contact Mark and Janet Hodges at 706-850-8387 or markhodges4427@gmail.com.

  • March 24-25 Workshop–Faithful Resistance: Sustainability & Resilience in 2017.

    Since the election, so many people are wondering…what can we do to bring more justice and peace to our world?

    During this empowering event, keynote speaker Bree Newsome will share her story or resilience in social justice ministry in addition to workshops on how to handle multi-site ministries, conversations about race, leadership team development, and so much more.

    The purpose of this event is to empower leaders with skills to build sustainable and resilient communities committed to liberation.

    Friday, March 24, 2017 – Saturday, March 25, 2017
    the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta | Atlanta, GA

    Ticket price: $90

    You can purchase your ticket here: www.tinyurl.com/faithfulresistance

    For more information:  https://www.facebook.com/events/382018165471159/


  • April 1: Fifth Annual Chess and Community Conference

  • April 2: Social Action Committee

    You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Social Action Committee (SAC) Sunday, April 2, 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, send an email to UUFA_Social_Action_Committee-subscribe@yahoogroups.com to join the listserv. 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).

  • Important Congregational Meetings Upcoming

    SAVE THE DATE: May 21, 2017, Annual Congregational Meeting

    The 2017 Annual Congregational Meeting of the members of UUFA will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017, right after our single Sunday service. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. We will hear about programming, get the latest update on facility expansion, and vote on leaders and topics that will guide us into the coming year.

    Prior to the May 21 Congregational Meeting, there will be discussion opportunities at several Congregational Town Hall Meetings:

    Sunday, March 26
    ERJ Town Hall, 10:05-10:50 a.m., to discuss a Resolution on Racial Justice & Equity
    EOV Town Hall, 1:00-2:15 p.m., to discuss facility changes and funding

    Sunday, April 23
    Budget Town Hall, 10:05-10:50 a.m., to discuss the budget for the next program year

    Sunday, April 30
    Town Hall, 10:05-10:50 a.m., to continue discussion of topics relevant to the Congregational Meeting on May 21

    In May, members will receive a ...

  • March 26: Racial Justice Workshop

    Covenant Presbyterian Church is hosting a three-part series on the power of race and how to move closer to what Martin Luther King, Jr. called the Beloved Community.

    Nibs Stoupe, recently retired pastor of Oakhurst Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia, and an award-winning author on race in America, will facilitate the first two interactive workshops on March 12 and 19.

    The March 26 workshop will be led by local human rights leaders who will offer opportunities to get involved in community efforts to counter racial injustice.

    Workshops will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

    For further information click here and/ or contact Susan Rathbun: smrathbun25@gmail.com.

  • Save the Date: April 22–Justice Partner Community Living Wage Cookout

  • April 2: Foyer Art Exhibition Opening Reception

    The April-May ethical eating art display in the UUFA foyer features the artwork the young students of Athenian Broderick Flanigan.

    Broderick held a workshop centered around healthy eating, and the students painted a tomato (Andy Warhol-esque).  Other art from students in other workshops will be displayed.

    Please join us for an opening reception on Sunday, April 2, at 12.

    This exhibition is sponsored by UUFA FREE (Food Responsibility and Enjoyable Eating), a part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster.


  • Town Hall on March 26 discussed building project

    The EOV Building Team has been at work reviewing options for revising the conceptual building plans to fit a project budget of approximately $1.75 million. Meanwhile, the Capital Campaign Team has been discussing strategies for closing the remaining gap between the current $1.25 million campaign commitments and the goal of $1.3 million. There is a plan to borrow up to $500,000 as part of the final project budget to replace the existing mortgage that expires early next year.

    At the Town Hall on Sunday, March 26, the Building Team provided an opportunity for the congregation to hear about the progress and process of finalizing the building plans, to ask questions, and to offer comments. More information will be forthcoming soon, and additional opportunities for congregational feedback will be scheduled and announced.  Please put Sunday, April 30, at 10:05 am, on your calendar–this will be a Town Hall when the building plan ...

  • Budget Drive & Capital Campaign Updates

    Annual Budget Drive Exceeds Goal, but unexpected budget increases arise. The drive for pledges for the 2017-2018 budget year, which begins July 1, has exceeded its original goal of $300,000 by $4,000 as of March 22.  Meanwhile, the Finance Committee is grappling with a challenging budget process because of some unforeseen increases in projected expenses, such as staff compensation and health insurance, and building utilities. Pledges from a few members who have not yet pledged would help alleviate the stress of cutting program funds to meet these critical needs.

    Capital Campaign Nears Goal As of March 24, commitments to the Campaign total $1.254 million.  In the past month, 31 households have increased their original commitments and 10 more new commitments have been made.  The Challenge Fund was successful in reaching its dollar-for-dollar match!  The Capital Campaign Team is still pursuing some other possible sources of funds.

  • A note from Sabbatical Road, by Rev. Alison


    During my first month of sabbatical I found myself needing to do four things:

    • Finishing up a few projects, like budget recommendations and staff contract renewals
    • Letting go of being involved and having an opinion on everything (!)
    • Preparing for my overseas pilgrimage to Ireland
    • Cleaning out my office (mostly)

    Although seemingly unconnected, these activities were necessary steps in my process of separating for the sabbatical. For seven years I’ve been involved on a daily basis with some aspect of the Fellowship. My involvement can’t be turned off as easily as a faucet. And I know your activity, the bubbling life of the Fellowship, can’t be stopped while I’m gone, either. Nor should it. This is one reason why sabbaticals aren’t short–it takes time for the process of letting go, the going, and then readying for the return.

    Before fully leaving (mentally, emotionally, and physically), I had to finish up a project or two. This was as ...

  • Interfaith Symposium with Rev. Alison

    Join Rev. Alison Eskildsen, Imam Adel Amer, Rabbi Eric Linder, and Pastor Paul Baxley for a panel presentation about their faith traditions. “A Conversation In Abraham’s Tent” is this year’s Schwartz Symposium at Congregation Children of Israel.

    WHEN: Thu., Apr. 27, at 7 pm.

    WHERE: Congregation Children of Israel, 115 Dudley Drive, Athens, GA 30606 (near the ACC Public Library).

  • Did you enjoy Killick and Beto’s music last Sunday?

    Download their album the art that gives us strength to face the tyrant  at:  https://killick.bandcamp.com/album/the-art-that-gives-us-strength-to-face-the-tyrant

    100% of our proceeds from this album will go to Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition (www.athensimmigrantrights.org) to provide relief for families facing deportation and help for primary needs such as food, housing, or power bills. AIRC also conducts informational forums to promote a better understanding of the migrant community in Athens.
  • Help with April 15 UUFA Seder?

    It could be held Saturday, April 15, starting around 6PM. I would be happy to lead the Seder but I need others to step up and prepare the food and sell tickets and set up and clean up. We usually sell tickets to pay for the food but someone need to cook it and help prepare the Seder Plates. We have some excellent UUFA Haggadahs to use. If you want this to happen and are wiling to help, contact David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com), Chief Athens Jewnitarian

  • New to UUFA Class, April 8

    Are you a recent visitor or newcomer to UUFA and want to learn more about our Fellowship or Unitarian Universalism? If yes, please attend the ‘New to UUFA’ orientation on Saturday, Apr. 8, at 8:45 am.

    You’ll meet some Fellowship leaders, learn a little about the history of Unitarian Universalism and UUFA, and get information about Fellowship programs, activities and services.

    The class begins with a continental breakfast 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).

  • Update on Gini Carter

    Please send cards and notes to concern to Gini Carter who suffered an aorta dissection around Christmas. She is still dealing with its effects, recently going into Emory Hospital on March 18th. Send cards and notes to her home address: 690 Covered Bridge Road, Hoschton, GA 30548

  • April 2: Foyer Art Exhibition Opening Reception

    The April-May ethical eating art display in the UUFA foyer features the artwork the young students of Athenian Broderick Flanigan.

    Broderick held a workshop centered around healthy eating, and the students painted a tomato (Andy Warhol-esque).  Other art from students in other workshops will be displayed.

    Please join us for an opening reception on Sunday, April 2, at 12.

    This exhibition is sponsored by UUFA FREE (Food Responsibility and Enjoyable Eating), a part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster.

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