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  • April 6: Getting Grassy March 22, 2019Grab your garden gloves and Get Grassy with Green Sanctuary as we install native grasses in our UUFA landscape on Saturday, April 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. For further information, contact Liz Weaver (ejsweaver@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————-
  • April 5: Support UUFA Justice Partner AADM March 22, 2019On April 5, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) will host a public demonstration to bring awareness to multiple reports of racial discrimination from Athens community members. The demonstration will take place at the Steps of City Hall and end at the University of Georgia Arch. Demonstrators will march together and community members will share their experiences of discrimination. All are welcome to attend to learn about local issues of racial discrimination. Click here for further information. Also needed is assistance with creating signs and a few volunteers. In addition, if you would like to share an experience of racial discrimination or to learn more about this event, please contact athensantidiscrimination@gmail.com or visit www.aadmovement.org. For information about other AADM April events including the campaign for a citizens policing advisory board, click here. ————————————————————————————-
  • March 25: PARES Opportunity March 22, 2019 The Alps Road Elementary School kindergarten team is planning a garden work afternoon on Monday, March 25 at 3 p.m. Any and all volunteers welcome! No background check needed. UUFA participates in the Athens-Clarke County’s Adopt-a-School Program by being in partnership with Alps Road Elementary School. Questions: Contact UUFA PARES liaison Caryl Sundland  ((csundland@aol.com). —————————————————————————————
  • April 23: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition March 21, 2019Want to participate in immigrant justice in the Athens area? You are invited to the next meeting of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held on Tuesday, April 23, from  7-8:30 p.m. at Oconee Street UMC. The Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition, comprised of members of some 15+ faith communities serving the Athens area, is dedicated to offering hospitality, safety, and opportunities for all immigrants, regardless of status, to participate fully in our shared community.   This group traditionally meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. For further information, contact UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team member Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com). ———————————————————————————–
  • March 26: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition March 18, 2019Want to participate in immigrant justice in the Athens area? You are invited to the next meeting of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held on Tuesday, March 26, from  7-8:30 p.m. at Oconee Street UMC. The Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition, comprised of members of some 15+ faith communities serving the Athens area, is dedicated to offering hospitality, safety, and opportunities for all immigrants, regardless of status, to participate fully in our shared community.   This group traditionally meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. For further information, contact UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team member Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com). ———————————————————————————–
  • Participate in PARES March 18, 2019 You are invited to attend the Spring Fling on April 11 at 6 p.m. at Alps Road Elementary School.  There will be food and drink, photos of children and adults, and dancing on the Magic Carpet. Save the dates for other PARES participation: May 3   Career Day         May 8  Alps Got Talent May 10 Field Day About the PARES Program: At the May 2018 Congregational Meeting, UUFA voted to participate in the Athens-Clarke County’s Adopt-a-School Program by being in partnership with Alps Road Elementary School. UUFA is the first nonprofit organization in Athens-Clarke County to participate in the Adopt-a-School Program! Questions: Contact UUFA PARES liaison Caryl Sundland  ((csundland@aol.com). ——————————————————————————————
  • April 19 and April 20: Our Daily Bread Time and Talent Opportunity March 18, 2019What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, April 19, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, April 20, from 11:30 to 1 to serve the meal at First Baptist Church. 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. To sign up to serve and/or to cook in April, click here. Questions? Contact David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com or 706.338.2798). Our Daily Bread outreach is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————–
  • April 21: Sanctuary Movement Team March 18, 2019Interested in immigrant justice within the Athens community and ways you can help? Join us for the next gathering of the Sanctuary Movement Team on third Sunday of the month–April 21–beginning at noon-ish in the conference room. To join the Sanctuary Movement Team listserv, first click the headline above and then click here or go to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/uufa-sanctuary-movement-team/join. Need more information?  Contact Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com or 706.546.5237) or visit http://www.uua.org/immigration/witness/partners/newsanctuary. The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————-
  • CANtributions Needed! March 13, 2019Please remember your CANtributions on Sunday morning 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. Because of your generosity, UUFA is in SECOND PLACE in the friendly competition among 25 Athens-area faith communities.  🙂 As of the end of February, UUFA with its CANtributions of 560 items is only 65 items out of first place! Pork and beans, dry pasta, and fruit juices are especially needed. Not a fan of shopping?  Please label your check or cash donation with the words “Food Bank” and 1-8016. For further information, contact Barbara Leissner (leissnerbarbara@gmail.com or 706.227.1397) This initiative is hosted by the Social Action Committee, a part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————————–
  • April 7: Social Action Committee (SAC) March 18, 2019Be the change you want to see in the world. You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Social Action Committee (SAC) Sunday, April 7, beginning at noon in the Eskildsen Room.  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! FYI–SAC meetings are usually held the first Sunday of the month. For more information, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com). The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. —————————————————————————–
  • March 16: Athens Area Black History Quiz Bowl March 18, 2019As a sponsor of the Seventh Annual Athens Area Black History Quiz Bowl, the UUFA Social Action Committee invites you to attend this event: Seventh Annual Athens Area Black History Quiz Bowl Saturday, March 16, beginning at noon Elizabeth G. King Gymnasium * 440-4 Dearing Extension * Athens, GA 30606 Free and Open to the Public ————————————————————————————–
  • UUFA Justice Partner–AADM–Updates March 21, 2019 Click here to read the March 2019 newsletter from the Athens Anti Discrimination Movement, a UUFA Justice Partner.   Click here to read the AADM response to Saulters settlement and campaign for a citizens policing advisory board.   ————————————————————————————–
  • March 9, 9-11 a.m.: Hands On Habitat Help Part 2 at UUFA March 13, 2019The work to restore our UUFA habitat continues this Saturday from 9 – 11 a.m. Meet in the new parking lot. We need folks to help cut and carry the invasive plants damaging the beautiful woods. At the workday in February, we saw a happy hawk, hidden jasmine, and a wonderful salamander! It is helpful to have your own work gloves and water bottle. Other tools and such will be on hand. For further information, contact Elizabeth Weaver (ejsweaver@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————
  • 03/04 and/or 03/07: White Fragility Video & Discussion March 7, 2019A showing of Robin DiAngelo speaking about White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, based on her book by that name. A discussion facilitated by Rev. Alison Eskildsen and Karen Solheim will follow. If you have questions, please contact Rev. Alison. WHEN: Monday, March 4 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, and/or Thursday, March 7 from 10 am – 12 Noon (While the format of each session will be the same, all are welcome to attend both.) About the book: The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively. ________________________________________________
  • March 23: Chalice Film Series–Iron Jawed Angels March 13, 2019 Join us on Saturday, March 23, in the viewing  the second film in the Chalice Film series–Iron Jawed Angels. This film depicts fiery American suffragette Alice Paul who lights a fire under the older women’s leaders in Washington, DC, when President Wilson refuses to give all women the vote. Paul, however, is prepared to go to prison for her cause. The movie begins at 4 p.m. in the Eskildsen Room followed by discussion led by Pam Chubbuck. Save the dates for other movies in the Chalice Film Series.  All begin at 4 p.m. March 23, Iron-jawed Angels April 13, Chasing Coral May 18, tbd For further information, contact Hilda Kurtz (connections@uuathensga.org). ——————————————————————————————
  • March 17: Sanctuary Movement Team March 18, 2019Interested in immigrant justice within the Athens community and ways you can help? Join us for the next gathering of the Sanctuary Movement Team on third Sunday of the month–Sanctuary 17–beginning at noon-ish in the conference room, just off the Welcome Hall. To join the Sanctuary Movement Team listserv, first click the headline above and then click here or go to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/uufa-sanctuary-movement-team/join. Need more information?  Contact Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com or 706.546.5237) or visit http://www.uua.org/immigration/witness/partners/newsanctuary. The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————-
  • March 14 and March 15: Our Daily Bread Time and Talent Opportunity March 18, 2019What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, March 14, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, March 15, from 11:30 to 1 to serve the meal. 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. Questions? Contact David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com or 706.338.2798). Our Daily Bread outreach is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————–
  • 03/03: Social Action Committee (SAC) March 4, 2019Be 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 3, beginning at noon in (Eskildsen Room (fna Multipurpose Room). 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! FYI–SAC meetings are usually held the first Sunday of the month. For more information, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com). The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. —————————————————————————–
  • March 13: Dinner Prepared by UUFA Food Justice Group FREE March 14, 2019FREE (Food Justice and Enjoyable Eating) will be providing dinner for the second Wednesday potluck at the Fellowship. Join in the food preparation (4:30 p.m.) and/or the meal (6:30 p.m.). Our next monthly meal will be Wednesday, March 13, at 6:30 pm in the UUFA Fellowship Hall. Suggested donation: $5-$10 per adult (which does not cover wine) and $4 per child. (The suggested donation enables FREE to buy more local, in-season dishes for the meal, as well as additions to the monthly meal UUFA provides for Our Daily Bread). For planning purposes, please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/lkqGEiO8y1COyhzx2. FREE is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————-
  • Can you CANtribute? February 28, 2019As of January 31, 2019, UUFA is in THIRD PLACE in the friendly competition among 25 Athens faith communities to the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank! With our 211 CANtributions, we are only 89 items out of first place and 54 items of second place! The wicker basket as you enter the sanctuary is willing and able to receive your donations of nonperishable food items, and cash or checks are also welcome. Please put the following in the memo line of your check donation: “Food Bank” and 1-8016. Current targeted items are peas, saltines, and cereal. Could you consider a CANtribution of one item a day? Or every other day? Or consider a birthday challenge (bring one item for each year you’re celebrating)? For further information, contact Karen Solheim, SAC member. This initiative is hosted by the Social Action Committee (SAC), a part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————————–
  • Justice Partner Opportunities February 28, 2019     Click here to read the latest from the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, a UUFA Justice Partner.       ————————————————————————————
  • March 26: UUA 2018-19 Common Read Discussion March 20, 2019You are invited to attend the discussion of the UUA 2018-19 Common Read:  Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment. Tuesday, March 26, 5 to 6:30 p.m. (Please note time change.) For further information, contact Kate Blane (raya_mead@yahoo.com). ————————————————————————————