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- February 7: Social Action Committee–Join us. January 20, 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, February 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. —————————————————————————————
- January 26: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition January 20, 2021Interested in immigration issues? You are invited to attend the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held virtually on Tuesday, January 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. To connect to Tuesday’s virtual meeting, click here. 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 .
- Wednesdays: Diaper Drive and CANtribution Collection January 19, 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.
- An Opportunity for Service: UUFA Family Promise Volunteer Facilitator January 8, 2021UUFA Family Promise Volunteer Facilitator Mark Hodges is stepping away from this position. Many thanks, Mark, for your service. In participating in the Family Promise program, UUFA partners with Holy Cross Lutheran Church in hosting several Athens area homeless families four weeks a year. During each week, UUFA members and friends are asked to provide meals, serve as evening hosts, spend a night as evening hosts, or come on the final Sunday to be day hosts. The next UUFA co-hosting week is February 29 through March 7. What does the Family Promise Volunteer Facilitator do? Family Promise Volunteer Facilitator Duties: Coordinate UUFA volunteer participation in hosting Family Promise families four weeks a year in support of Holy Cross Lutheran Church Coordinate UUFA volunteer participation in assisting Family Promise “graduates” in moving into new homes Seek out new volunteers in Fellowship as volunteers for Family Promise and help them get training Promote the Family Promise cause in various ways in the Fellowship If being the UUFA Family Promise Volunteer Facilitator is a good time-and-talent fit for you, please let Karen Solheim know.
- Save the Date–February 28: UUA Common Read Discussion January 8, 2021You are invited to attend the discussion of the 2021-22 Common Read: Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry (Beacon Press, 2019). This discussion will be held virtually on Sunday, February 28, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Click here to be connected to the discussion. Click here to order your copy and/or to indicate your wish to join in the this discussion. Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Imani Perry issues a challenge to society to see Black children as deserving of humanity. She admits fear and frustration for her African American sons in a society that is increasingly racist and at times seems irredeemable. However, as a mother, feminist, writer, and intellectual, Perry offers an unfettered expression of love—finding beauty and possibility in life—and she exhorts her children and their peers to find the courage to chart their own paths and find steady footing and inspiration in Black tradition. The New York Times calls Breathe “an elixir of history, ancestry and compassion, which, together, become instruction…a parent’s unflinching demand, born of inherited trauma and love, for her children’s right simply to be possible.” For more information about the UUA Common Read book discussion at UUFA, contact Caryl Sundland. For further information about the UUA Common Read, click here.
- January 18: MLK DAY Caravan Parade January 20, 2021You are invited to join members of the UUFA Social Action Committee and the Palms of Fire Drum Circle in participating in the MLK Caravan Parade on Monday, January 18, at 3 p.m. To participate in this event, register here. For further information about the event sponsored by the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM), a 2020-21 UUFA Justice Partner, click here. Questions? Contact Deb Brenner, UUFA AADM liaison.
- January 16: Chalice Film Series Discussion January 1, 2021On Saturday, January 16, at 4 p.m., you are invited to engage in a discussion of the YouTube video 13th. All participating in the discussion are asked to watch this 100-minute video prior to the January 16 discussion. A link on the UUFA Stay Connected page will connect you to the January 16 discussion. For further information about the discussion, contact Pam Chubbuck.
- January 3: UU the Vote Phone Banking January 5, 2021The UUA Poor People’s Campaign Leadership Council is kicking us off with a phone bank to Georgia on Sunday, January 3, from 4-6 p.m. Please join Co-Chairs Rev. Beth Johnson and Rev. Abhi Janamanchi and the other Members of the Council along with UUs for Social Justice (UUSJ) who are co-sponsoring this event. They are all asking their congregational members to join them in the afternoon after worship services with this last UU the Vote phonebank to Georgia as a first collective and faithful act of hope and determination in 2021! We hope that you will too. We’ll be calling Georgia voters to make sure they have the information they need to vote on January 5th in the Senate run-off election. We’ll let people know where they can vote and what they need to have with them. We’ll provide support and encouragement to help them reach out to others they know who may not have yet voted. RSVP here now and you’ll get the info and reminders you need to participate! The UU the Vote Phonebank Squad will be providing training at the event. For further information, contact UUFA UU-the-Vote liaison Paul Van Valkenburg.
- January 3: Social Action Committee–Join in. January 5, 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, January 3, 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. —————————————————————————————
- Drop your absentee ballot in a drop box or vote Jan. 5! January 5, 2021Early voting has ended for the January 5 election. If you voted early or absentee, please make sure your vote has been processed. Check here. If you need help with this website, get in touch with Paul Van Valkenburg.