Living Your Values
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- August 8: UUFA Justice Partner Town Hall “Black Votes Matter” August 6, 2020 For further information about this event sponsored by the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM), a 2020-21 UUFA Justice Partner, click here.
- Black Lives Matter and UUFA–Where Do We Go From Here? August 6, 2020We find ourselves in tumultuous times with seismic shifts in opinion on such matters as “How much should our police resemble our military?” and “When calling for reform, what language should we use?” Members of the UUFA Black Lives Matter Task Force would like to know what you think about these issues. Please click here to share your response and thoughts. For further information, contact Morgan Henry.
- August 12: UU the Vote Organizing School July 31, 2020 Find out more and sign up here!
- August 2: Social Action Committee August 4, 2020Be the change you want to see in the world. You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Social Action Committee (SAC) Sunday, August 2, 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. —————————————————————————————
- August 25: Interfaith Sanctuary Coaliion July 31, 2020Interested in immigration issues? You are invited to attend the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held virtually on Tuesday, August 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For information about connecting to Tuesday’s virtual meeting, contact Karen Solheim. 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 .
- August 2: UU the Vote Georgia August 3, 2020There are 95 Days left until Election Day! Let’s make every day count! Join us on Sunday, August 2, at 2:00 p.m. to do your part to ensure everyone has a chance to vote in 2020. On the Sunday, August 2, Georgia Power Hour, we are announcing some new opportunities and new roles to get involved. Everyone’s skills and talents are important. Let’s learn how we apply them to the urgent work ahead. We have over 2300 members of Unitarian Universalist congregations in Georgia. What if each of us leverage our time and talents to fighting for free and fair elections? RSVP for the Zoom link. For further UU the Vote information that includes Georgia elections, click here. For further information, contact UUFA UU the Vote Liaison Paul Van Valkenburg. UU the Vote is a non-partisan faith initiative, in partnership with broader justice movements, to engage our neighbors, educate our communities, mobilize voters, and rally around key ballot initiatives. Join with your UU community to create a future defined by love, justice, and faith. #Votelove
- August 2: Food Justice Team August 3, 2020Do you eat? If so, you are invited to attend the next meeting of the Food Justice Team on Sunday, August 2, beginning at 4 p.m. Omnivores welcome! Among the items being discussed is a fall Blessing of the Animals worship service and World Animal Day on October 4. Click here to be connected to this virtual meeting. For further information, contact Kate Blane.
- August 23: Alphabet Family Group July 31, 2020Do you identify anywhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum? Then come join us for fun and fellowship on the fourth Sunday of every month from 6-8 p.m.! To join this meeting, click here. For further information, contact Morgan Henry.
- August 23: Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team July 31, 2020You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team on Sunday, July 26, beginning at 5 p.m. The Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team serves to help UUFA to complete the renewal of our Welcoming Congregation recognition annually through education, advocacy, and action related to LGBT/TGQNB issues. This meeting will focus on activity planning for the 2020 calendar year. To join this meeting, click here. For more information, contact Morgan Henry. For more information about the UUA Welcoming Congregation renewal, click here. Stay for the Alphabet Family Gathering thereafter.
- Athens Anti Discrimination Movement, a UUFA Social Justice Partner, Sends Gifts to Families of Deceased July 31, 2020The Athens Anti Discrimination Movement (AADM) recently sent gifts of comfort to some of the families of recent victims of racist violence: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Rayshaud Brooks. The gifts included a handmade quilted square with their name embroidered in a heart, a hand crocheted afghan, handmade soap, and a monetary gift reports Deb Brenner, a UUFA SAC member and AADM Board member. Finding an appropriate address to send the gift to, Deb reports, was a task that took many hours of research, communicating with lawyers, Facebook contacts, and other creative contacts that she was able to find. She was able to send a donation to assist George Floyd’s daughter, Gianna, which she is so pleased to have been able to accomplish. She also described her communication with Breonna Taylor’s aunt via Facebook Direct Message as heartwarming and heartbreaking. Dealing with the many emotions of recent events, sending these personal gifts has been a nice and very different way to share our condolences.
- August 15: Chalice Film Series Discussion July 31, 2020You are invited to participate in the next Chalice Film Series Discussion. The next film in this series is Suppressed: The Fight To Vote by Brave New Films (37 minutes 54 seconds). Click the video viewer below to watch the film. Connie Bruce will facilitate the discussion on Saturday, August 15, online beginning at 4 pm. The link for the Chalice Film Series Discussion is on the UUFA Stay Connected page. The Chalice Film Series is sponsored by the Social Action Committee (SAC), part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03DGjnIkTdI
- July 19: Green Sanctuary Team July 19, 2020The Green Sanctuary Team will be meeting on Sunday, July 19, at noon virtually. You are invited to attend. Click here. For further information, contact the Green Sanctuary Team Chair Mark Williams. To join the Green Sanctuary Team email list, click here to sign up. —————————————————————————————
- July 26 to August 2: UUFA Family Promise Week July 31, 2020UUFA will be supporting Holy Cross Lutheran in hosting Family Promise clients during the week of July 26-August 2. This upcoming week of hosting will be quite different than any we’ve done before due to the Covid pandemic, but the families are currently being housed at an outstanding and very safe facility provided by the Athens Church of Christ at 3720 Mars Hill Road. Families have their own apartments as well as a large common area where they eat and their children can play. The room for overnight hosts and the tables for day hosts are separated from the family living spaces. There is now very little, if any, contact between the families and the hosts and meal providers. The same true for meal providers, who bring food in disposable containers for each family unit and leave it on a table in the lobby for day hosts to distribute. We will need volunteers to —Prepare meals for three families—which altogether have four adults and nine children. (Because of the size of the famiy groups, it’s probably more important than ever to partner with another person in meal preparation) —Serve as day hosts for 3 1/4 hour blocks each day (a duty in which you’ll probably be reading a book or perusing your smart phone most all of the time…or even doing work) —Serve as overnight hosts —Drive vans in the mornings and afternoons Some of you have expressed concern about volunteering for this program due to the hazards posed by the Covid pandemic. The family members have been living at this satellite facility for a while now, and they don’t need to ask questions of volunteer hosts, so there is consequently little close contact. The men’s and women’s restrooms have multiple stalls and sinks, and the stalls and sinks are designated for families and hosts. There are plenty of hand sanitizers on-site. For anyone who is willing to drive the van, all passengers are required to wear face masks. Click here to sign up for a volunteer slot.. Click here to find out more about the Family Promise static site by watching a three-minute video. Click here for online training. For additional information including the arranging of a tour of the facility, contact UUFA Family Promise Coordinator Mark Hodges. ——————————————————————————————
- 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 16: Show Up for Racial Justice July 17, 2020 Now is the time to get to work! In partnership with Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) we are calling folks in Georgia to have values-based conversations that move the hearts and minds of community members. Join us on Thursday, July 16, 6-8 p.m. for our first national phonebank to Georgia. Click here for further information. For more information, contact UUFA UU the Vote Georgia liaison Paul Van Valkenberg. ——————————————————————————————
- UU the Vote: Weekly Update including July 18 Phonebank July 23, 2020 Bringing Our Values into the Public Square : Phonebank with Showing Up for Racial Justice Saturday, July 18th 3-5 pm ET/ 12-2 pm PT UU the Vote and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) are partnering to identify and build connections with anti-racist voters in Pennsylvania. We’re inviting white folks in PA to actively join in the urgent work of racial justice and learn what non-partisan racial justice issues are at play in the election this year. Join the July 18th phonebank! At the phonebank we’ll host a training and practice session and then dig into calls. Hear about the racial justice work SURJ has been supporting across the country and get into the practice of having values-based conversations. Let’s live out values and work towards racial justice on Saturday, July 18, 3 – 5 pm ET/ 12 – 2 pm PT. For more information, contact UUFA UU the Vote Georgia liaison Paul Van Valkenberg. Click here for additional information. —————————————————————————————-
- July 15: Our Daily Bread Help Needed July 23, 2020As you are probably aware, the Fellowship has provided meals for Our Daily Bread over the past 24 years. Due to Covid 19 crisis starting in March, we gave financial assistance to ODB to purchase restaurant vouchers in lieu of fixing meals. Recently ODB has started back primarily serving meal curbside and urgently asked us to provide one July 15. We have sufficient volunteers from our usual crew to prep the main dish on the July 14 at the Fellowship, but we need 2 to 3 additional volunteers to assemble the the meals into the containers ODB has on hand at First Baptist Church. Their kitchen has plenty of room to spread out for physical distancing. Click here to view their regulations, which include being with the age range of 17 to 70. Please contact Will Sheahan if you can help on July 15. ————————————————————————————–
- Social Action Committee Statement July 9, 2020In light of recent events, the Social Action Committee (SAC) created the following statement at their June 7 meeting. The Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens in accordance with the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Seven Principles strongly condemns all forms of White Supremacy and Institutional Racism especially violence, profiling, and discrimination against people of color. We support economic equity and respect for all people. We affirm the rights of all Americans to assemble peaceably and to protest without fear of violent oppression or unwarranted arrest or detention. For further information, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett. ————————————————————————————–