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  • Thank You: PARES Uniform Donations July 16, 2019To all who donated to the Fall PARES Uniform Donation Drive, thank you so much. At present, over 50 pieces of clothing have been donated for the school uniform exchange for the onset of the 2019-20 school year at Alps Road Elementary School. Want to be involved with PARES? Opportunities are available on both an ongoing basis and for one-time events. Contact UUFA PARES liaison Caryl Sundland (csundland@netscape.net or 706.425.8575). As the result of a vote at the May 20, 2018, Annual Meeting, UUFA is in partnership with Alps Road Elementary School through the Clarke County School District’s Adopt-a-School Program. ————————————————————————————    
  • July 12: Lights of Liberty Vigil July 16, 2019The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team invites you to join members of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition on Friday, July 12, as Athens becomes one of the points of lights during  “Lights for Liberty – A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps”. Where: UGA Arch When: 6:45pm, Friday July 12 (more info on the FB event and below). https://www.facebook.com/events/659428207870864/ For further information, contact Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————–
  • September 21: Justice Cluster Retreat July 16, 2019Save the date for the 2019 Justice Cluster Retreat on Saturday, September 21, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. All members of the UUFA Justice Cluster groups are invited: Social Action Committee Racial Justice Team Green Sanctuary FREE (Food Responsibility and Ethical Eating) Sanctuary Movement Team Our Daily Bread Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens PARES (Partnership with Alps Road Elementary School) We will be setting goals for the 2019-20 program year and figuring out what justice looks like at UUFA. Not a member of any of these Justice Cluster groups but interesting in justice?  Come on down!  🙂 For further information, contact Hilda Kurtz (hldkrtz@gmail.com) or Karen Solheim (uufa.karensolheim@gmail.com). —————————————————————————————  
  • July 25: Trip to Moore’s Ford Lynching Marker July 3, 2019Join members of the Racial Justice Team on July 25 in visiting the historic marker at Moore’s Ford to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the lynching four African Americans. At Moore’s Ford Bridge on the Apalachee River, four African-Americans–George and May Murray Dorsey and Roger and Dorothy Dorsey Malcom (reportedly 7 months pregnant) – were brutally beaten and shot by an unmasked mob on the afternoon of July 25, 1946. The lynching followed an argument between Roger Malcom and a local white farmer. These unsolved murders played a crucial role in both President Truman’s commitment to civil rights legislation and the ensuing modern civil rights movement. In 1998, a biracial memorial service honoring the victims was held at Moore’s Ford Bridge. We will leave from the UUFA parking lot at 9:30 a.m., to travel to the marker located at on Highway 78, six miles east of Monroe, at Locklin Road at the Oconee County line. For more information, contact Racial Justice Team Chair Connie Bruce (connie.l.bruce@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————-
  • July 11: Trip to Lemuel Penn Historical Marker July 12, 2019Join members of the Racial Justice Team on July 11 in visiting the historic marker of Lemuel Penn to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his murder. On the night of July 11,1964, three African-American World War II veterans returning home following training at Ft. Benning, Georgia, were noticed in Athens by local members of the Ku Klux Klan. The officers were followed to the nearby Broad River Bridge where their pursuers fired into the vehicle, killing Lt. Col. Lemuel Penn. When a local jury failed to convict the suspects of murder, the federal government successfully prosecuted the men for violations under the new Civil Rights Act of 1964, passed just nine days before Penn’s murder. The case was instrumental in the creation of a Justice Department task force whose work culminated in the Civil Rights Act of 1968. We will leave from the UUFA parking lot at 9:30 a.m., to travel to the marker located at Georgia Highway 172 and the Broad River Bridge at the Madison/Elbert County border. For more information, contact Racial Justice Team Chair Connie Bruce (connie.l.bruce@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————-  
  • Entries Invited for UUFA Art Exhibit on Sustainable Plant-Based Agriculture July 1, 2019You are invited to submit an art work for display in “Eat Your Vegetables,” an exhibit celebrating plant-based agriculture at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens (UUFA) gallery.  The show will take place in October and November 2019 and is sponsored by the UUFA’s Food Responsibility and Ethical Eating (FREE) group.  Submissions are invited in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, collage and photography. The focus of the show is sustainable plant-based agriculture: fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains.  Possible subjects include (but are not limited to) small-scale vegetable growing operations, community or home gardens, farmers markets, family meals, grocery stores, still life arrangements of vegetables, herbs and/or fruits, etc. A prize of $100 will be awarded for the entry judged to be best in show.   UUFA receives a 20 percent commission on any sales. Please contact Mark Hodges (markhodges4427@gmail.com, 706-850-8387) by September 15 to enter an art work in the show. Space is limited, so each artist will be able to enter one submission for consideration.  We will arrange for a time in the first week of October to receive entries to the UUFA at 780 Timothy Road, Athens. All artwork to be hung must be wired. Further information about the show is available from Mark Hodges at the same address and phone number shown above. —————————————————————————–
  • July 23: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition July 3, 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, July 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). ———————————————————————————–
  • July 7: Social Action Committee July 10, 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, July 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. —————————————————————————–
  • July 18 and July 19: Our Daily Bread June 23, 2019What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, July 18, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, July 19, 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 June, click here. Questions? Contact David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com or 706.338.2798). Our Daily Bread outreach is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————–
  • July 21: Sanctuary Movement Team June 23, 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–June 16–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. ——————————————————————————-
  • Composting Is Back July 12, 2019Don’t put your pizza crust, cookie crumbs or green salad scraps in the garbage after Coffee Hour or Pot Luck.  COMPOST THEM!  The Green Team has restarted composting at UUFA.  Look for the compost pail (and maybe a friendly Green Team member waving a “Compost Here” sign) just outside the kitchen door.  What can you compost?  Any food scraps except meat and excessively greasy stuff.  Composting reduces waste, saves landfill space and enriches dirt.  Do Mother Nature a favor and COMPOST. For further information about this or any other Green Sanctuary initiative, contact Liz Weaver (ejsweaver@gmail.com). ——————————————————————————
  • PARES Uniform Donations Needed July 16, 2019 What:   Uniform Exchange (for students at Alps Road Elementary School); When:  collecting now for the 2019-20 Academic Year; What:    gently used clothing sizes 3 T through 9, collared shirts (royal, navy, or light blue), pants, shorts, or skirts (khaki, navy, or black) Not a fan of shopping?  Monetary donations accepted. How:     Deposit donations (clothing or monetary) in designated container under the sanctuary entrance table.  Checks should be made payable to UUFA with PARES in the subject line. Questions?  Contact UUFA PARES liaison Caryl Sundland (csundland@netscape.net or 706.425.8575). As the result of a vote at the May 20, 2018, Annual Meeting, UUFA is in partnership with Alps Road Elementary School through the Clarke County School District’s Adopt-a-School Program. ________________________________________________
  • 2019-20 Causes of the Month June 21, 2019The Social Action Committee is pleased to announce the following 2019-20 Causes of the Month: July–Nurses Clinic, August–Economic Justice Coalition, September–Food to Kids, October–The Ark, November–The Cottage, December–Community Support for Families in Crisis, January–Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, February–Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens and Our Daily Bread, March–Dignidad Inmigrante En Athens, April–to be determined by Green Sanctuary, May–Imagination Library, June–Sweet Olive Farm, and July–U-Lead. In addition, UUFA’s Partner Church in Okland, Romania, will be the recipient of Share the Plate contributions on fifth Sundays during the 2019-20 program year (December, March, and May) So far, this program year (July 1 until now), over $21,000 has been given to the 2018-19 Causes of the Month. Want to help set criteria how Causes of he Month are selected?  Want to help refine the Cause of the Month selection and voting process? Your input is needed.  Contact SAC Chair David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com). ——————————————————————————–
  • Diaper Donors Needed June 27, 2019 Many thanks to all who have contributed to the Sanctuary Movement Team’s Diaper Drive. The need for diapers for immigrant families in the Athens area continues, so the Diaper Drive continues. Sizes needed are 3, 4, and 6. Please place the diapers you bring near the CANtribution basket. Questions?  Contact SMT member Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com) The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————————-