Step Into Adult Religious Exploration!

 

We want you to be engaged in the life of the Fellowship in ways that nurture your spirit and assist in your ongoing growth and development.

‘Stepping Stones’ is our way of encouraging you to take another step down your life path. Have you taken an introductory class such as A Chosen Faith book discussion? Then try something new. If you’ve been serving on a committee but want to know more about lay leadership, take a class on congregational or church dynamics. If you would like to offer to facilitate a course, please suggest it!

Contact Lee Cornell, the Lay Minister of Lifespan Development, for more information.

For a detailed look at the some examples of levels of involvement at UUFA, please click here to view Stepping Stones Levels.

Some Stepping Stones to Consider in 2020

“Come, Come, Whoever You Are”

“Come, Come Whoever You Are” begins again on Sunday, February 9, and will continue for 7 weeks each Sunday at noon.

February 9: “Where Do We Come From?” February 16: “Here We Are Gathered” February 23: “Wake Now My Senses” March 1: “We Laugh, We Cry” March 8: “Building A New Way” March 15: ”Filled with Loving Kindness” March 22: “Gathered Here”

Please look for another brochure about this series of discussions on the Ways to Engage table for more information or go to https://www.uuathensga.org/fellowship/ membership-info/come-whoever-you-are/.

Second Sunday Book Talks

Join a gathering that meets every second Sunday of the month, September through May, to discuss a book selected by the group. This group typically meet in the conference room at 12:30. For the schedule of titles, click here. For further information,  contact Clarissa Finco (clarissa.finco@gmail.com) or the UUFA Office.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice

Myrna Adams West is facilitating “Writing as Spiritual Practice” first Sundays at 9:15 a.m. in the sofa room.  This group offers an opportunity to explore spiritual expression about the UUFA monthly theme through various genres.  Join us.  For more information, contact Myrna (myrnaaw@bellsouth.net or 770.725.5397).

Books about Religion, a Discussion Group

For the past two years, this group has had a weekly discussion of books about religion, chosen by the participants. A variety of books such as Ecclesiastes and The Islamic Jesus as well as books by Bart Ehrmann, Deepak Chopra, and Elaine Pagels have been chosen. The group decides what to read next, and someone familiar with that book will facilitate. This group meets every Monday evening from 7 until 8:30 p.m., in the Heritage Room. Everyone is welcome. Diverse spiritual or religious beliefs enhance the discussions. For more information as to what is on the reading schedule or to sign up for the group, contact Paul Gurian (PHGurian@earthlink.net).

Political Discussions

Political Discussions occur the first, second, and third Sundays of the month at noon in the Ocean Room. Non-partisan discussions are led by Joey Freeman and range across a variety of topics. Just show up!

UUA Common Read Discussions:

2019-20 UUA Common Read Discussions: This year’s selection, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, is available in two versions. UUFA youth will be reading the YA version and leading all the discussions. Adults have the choice of reading either version. Books are available at the Justice Table after services. Two dates/times/places will be made available to those who wish to participate in these discussions: Thursday, March 5, 6:30-8 p.m. Pizza and discussion at Vivian Sellers’ home. Seating is limited. If enough interest exists, another section will be opened at the same time at UUFA. Please be sure to sign up at the Ways to Engage table for food-planning purposes. Sunday, March 22, noon-1:30 p.m. (UUFA) Join us with your Fourth Sunday Lunch!

Other events:

Athens Rising: Transmittance, the second film in this series will be shown at UUFA on Saturday, April 18, from 4-6:30 p.m. This full-length documentary in an ongoing series from local filmmaker James Preston celebrates the creative class in the Classic City. James looks “through the lens of Athens’ unique organizations and institutions, the artists they inspire, and the community we create together,” according to Brent Temple. The movie would be rated PG for language. James will be on hand for a Q and A following the film.

Trip to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, sponsored by the UUFA Racial Justice Team, will be Saturday, February 22, leaving at 9;30 a.m. from the UUFA parking lot and returning at 4 p.m. Cost is $22 for ticket and travel, payable by the end of January. FYI– tickets remain valid for 6 months if you are unable to attend with the group. Please bring a bag lunch.
Please contact Connie Bruce at 706-2547822 or connie.l.bruce@gmail.com to reserve a ticket or for more information.