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- December 3, 2021Join the phonebank to UUs December 6 at 7. Join the phonebank to UUs December 9 at 2. Join the action in DC – December 13 at noon. Click here for more information.
- December 6: BLM Demonstration December 2, 2021The UUFA Social Action Committee (SAC) invites you to join members of SAC and the local Indivisible group in staging Black Lives Matter demonstrations on the corner of Alps and Baxter Streets from noon until 1 p.m. every Monday in December. Join with sign or without. All are welcome! welcome! For additional information, contact Iva King.
- December 11: Justice Partner (AADM) Event November 10, 2021Athens Black Market College Square, Downtown Athens December 11 from 12 to 5 p.m. sponsored by the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, a 2021-22 UUFA Justice Partner For further information, click here.
- CANtributions–Bring ‘Em On! November 26, 2021As UUFA continues gradually to “gather anew,” please remember your CANtributions on Sunday mornings or any time you attend UUFA. The wicker basket just outside the sanctuary doors is willing and able to receive your donations of nonperishable food items, which are given to the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank. Pork and beans, dry pasta, and fruit juices are especially needed. Not a fan of shopping? Donations of checks (with the word “CANtributions” in the memo line) or cash placed in the wicker basket are gladly accepted, or give on Realm, choosing “Donations for Cans/Diapers” from the pulldown menu. For further information, contact Diane Bridges.
- December 14: UUFA Justice Partner (AADM) Event November 18, 2021For more information about this event, click here. The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) is a 2021-22 UUFA Justice Partner. For further information, contact Deb Brenner, UUFA AADM liaison.
- Thank You, Christmas Angels November 22, 2021Thank you to all who donated money or purchased gifts for children in foster care. This year, we sponsored 23 children. A special shout out to Connie Bruce for coordinating UUFA’s participation in this year’s Christmas Angel project.
- UUFA Diaper Drive November 22, 2021The Sanctuary Movement Team invites you to contribute diapers for immigrant families in the Athens Area. Your diaper donation can be placed in the diaper donation basket right before you enter the sanctuary. Please contact Congregational Administrator Shaye Gambrell (706-546-7914) to make sure someone at the Fellowship can receive your donation if you are dropping it off other than on a Sunday morning. Want to cut back on your carbon footprint and donate to this cause instead? Click here and choose Donations for Cans/Diaplers, and then “diapers” from the memo drop down box. Questions? Contact Sanctuary Movement Team member Nancy MacNair.
- December 4: Lynching Remembrance Ceremony November 26, 2021The UUFA Racial Justice Team (RJT) invites you to participate in a lynching remembrance ceremony planned by John Vodicka, who shares the following: The lynching remembrance ceremony will be held on December 4, 2021, to call the names of Aron Birdsong, Wes Hale and George Lowe. The three African Americans were lynched on December 4, 1921, 100 years ago, by an Oconee County posse/mob. The event from noon-1 p.m. in Watkinsville. We’ll gather as near to actual lynching site as we can. The killings happened along Lampkin Branch Creek, off of Hwy 53, across from the entrance to Harris Shoals Park, just west of downtown Watkinsville. We’ll gather at the site to remember these three victims of mob violence, place homemade markers with their names and date of death, and gather soil from the site. The remembrance vigil will begin at Harris Shoals Park just off Hwy 53. When you turn onto the road leading into the park, there is a parking area immediately to the right. Park there. Just beyond the parking lot is a covered picnic shelter. We’ll assemble at the shelter. From the shelter we can either walk or carpool about 150 yards across Hwy 53, up a short dirt driveway and down a path to Lampkin Branch Creek. It is there we’ll plant the markers with the names of the three lynch victims, place flowers and gather soil at the site. Please arrive at Harris Shoals Park at 11:45 a.m. on December 4. We’ll begin the service at the shelter at noon, then make the trek to the lynch site. We should be finished by 1 p.m. For further information, contact RJT member Iva King.
- November 20: UUSJ 2021 Social Justice Activist Roundtable November 21, 2021You Are Invited to the Social Justice Roundtable UUSJ wants you, and the Social Justice Chairs, Lay-leaders, Ministry Coordinators, Volunteers in Key-Roles, and others actively engaged in social justice making that you know, to join together to share information, ideas, concerns, and successful practices. This free event is a chance to learn from your peers and focus on the nuts and bolts of social action work in our congregations. Together with Rev. Morn’s address, this roundtable with Rev. Pippin Whitaker of the Commission on Social Witness constitutes a symposium, of sorts. Click here for more information.
- December 5: Social Action Committee November 15, 2021Be the change you want to see in the world. You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Social Action Committee (SAC) Sunday, December 5, beginning at noon virtually. Click here to connect to this meeting. Can’t attend? If you would like to know what transpires in the UUFA SAC, join the SAC listerv. 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 Caryl Sundland.
- December 9: Racial Justice Team November 15, 2021You are invited to join the next meeting of Racial Justice Team on Thursday, December 9, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. This group is exploring the 2021-22 UUFA goal of “engaging in dismantling white supremacy including the intersectional aspects of environmental and economic injustice,” and your insights are valued and needed. Click here to join via Zoom, or join via the Stay Connected page. The Racial Justice Team is currently meeting the second Thursdays of each month. For further information, contact Lay Minister Kate Blane.
- December 2: Justice Partner (AADM) Event November 10, 2021For more information about this event, click here. The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) is a 2021-22 UUFA Justice Partner.
- Build It Together: Family Promise and Habitat of Humanity and You! October 31, 2021Family Promise has formed a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity, and a remodeling project on two quadruplex units for Family Promise to use as transitional guest housing is underway. Groups of four to six volunteers of every skill level are needed. Please contact UUFA Family Promise Coordinators Fran Cawthon or Becky Parker if you would like to help. Click here for more information about how you can be involved with UUFA’s working as a host congregation with the Family Promise of Athens organization.
- November 28 through December 5: UUFA Family Promise Week November 12, 2021UUFA will once again be hosting–along with Holy Cross Lutheran Church Family–Promise families November 28 through December 5. The host facility will be Milledge Avenue Baptist Church located at 1690 S. Milledge Avenue. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR EACH DAY: Morning Host, 7:00-10:30 AM Midday Host, 10:30-2:00 Afternoon Host, 2:00-5:00 Evening Host, 5:00-8:00 Evening Meal Preparer, for the 10 guests plus the evening host, served family style Overnight Hosts (2), 8:00 PM-8:00 AM UPDATE From Nathan Byrd, assistant director: We are now down to two families (ten guests total) and we plan to continue with only two families for the time being. Family Information Tina and Jared Nevaeh (18) Tivann (17) Tiriyana (15) Kiriyana (15) Jayon (11) Jaleb (10) Food preferences are instant grits, oatmeal, cinnamon toast crunch, frozen turkey or egg and cheese croissant, blueberry waffles w/syrup, any kind of chips with dip, microwave lunch/chicken pot pies. Allergies are pork, beef, mushrooms and red dye 40. They have their own transportation. Nadia Faith (11) Food preferences are pepperoni pizza, ranch, ham, macaroni and cheese. Allergy to mushrooms. The family has their own transportation. To sign up to help, click here. If you have not received FP training, it is available by clicking here. Many thanks to all of you for your interest and commitment to Family Promise. We appreciate your participation in this invaluable community program. Please contact UUFA Family Promise Coordinators Fran Cawthon or Becky Parker with any questions or concerns.
- June 27: Alphabet Family November 10, 2021Do you identify anywhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum? Then come join us for fun and fellowship on June 27 from 6-8 p.m.! To join this meeting, click here. For further information, contact Ynza Morningstar.
- May 23: Alphabet Family November 10, 2021Do you identify anywhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum? Then come join us for fun and fellowship on May 23 from 6-8 p.m.! To join this meeting, click here. For further information, contact Ynza Morningstar.
- March 7: Social Action Committee November 10, 2021Be the change you want to see in the world. You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Social Action Committee (SAC) Sunday, March 7, beginning at noon virtually. Click here to connect to this meeting. Can’t attend? If you would like to know what transpires in the UUFA SAC, join the SAC listerv. 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. The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. —————————————————————————————
- Wednesdays: Diaper Drive and CANtribution Collection November 10, 2021You are invited literally to drive by UUFA (in the parking lot) EVERY Wednesday, 3-4 p.m. to drop off diapers for the Athens immigrant community and/or nonperishable food items for the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank. Please remember the food bank does not accept expired food. Please read the UUFA Phase One Opening Guidelines, which include wearing your face mask and distancing physically. For further information, contact Diane Bridges. Not a fan of driving or shopping but still want to give? Monetary contributions are gratefully received. Give here; choose “Diapers &/or Cans” and then note any appropriate memo for your gift.