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  • June 5: Explore Plant-Based Cooking May 29, 2020 Another way to “Stay Connected”–Explore Plant Based Cooking Join Kate Blane for a half hour of exploring plant-based salads and snacks.  Click the link on our Stay Connected page on Friday, June 5, at 9:30 a.m. to join! Kate’s offering will be an interactive discussion for you to share recipes, shopping tips, and current information around a plant-based diet. All are welcome! ————————————————————————————-
  • June 1: Voting for 2020-21 Causes of the Month Opens May 28, 2020All members of UUFA are invited to vote for the 2020-21 Causes of the Month. Online voting will be open from June 1 (8 a.m.) to June 14 (midnight). A paper ballot, to be returned by snail mail to UUFA by June 12, is also available for voting. This new procedure for selecting the 2020-21 Causes of the Month for UUFA’s Share the Plate program expands voting to all UUFA members rather than just those individuals attending a given Social Action Committee meeting. If you have questions about the 2020-21 Cause of the Month voting process, please contact Deb Brenner. ————————————————————————————–
  • May 29: Explore Plant-Based Cooking May 27, 2020 Another way to “Stay Connected”–Explore Plant Based Cooking Join Kate Blane for a half hour of exploring tofu and tempeh.  Click the link on our Stay Connected page on Friday, May 29, at 9:30 a.m. to join! Kate’s offering will be an interactive discussion for you to share recipes, shopping tips, and current information around a plant-based diet. All are welcome! ————————————————————————————–
  • More Ways to Help the May Cause-of-the-Month: the Athens Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program (DPIL) May 23, 2020We celebrate teaching reading and helping children, the future, develop a love for books with our May Cause of the Month–the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) coordinated by United Way of Northeast Georgia. This is a program started by Dolly Parton some 25 years ago (12 years in Athens) and is now in 4 countries and has distributed over 100,000,000 books to children between the ages of newborn and five years old. Your money contributions are wonderful; each $31 we contribute to United Way of NE Ga. finances one child in Athens for one year, that is, an age appropriate book sent to them, in their name, to their home once a month. What can you do beside contributing money but that is probably just as important? Click here to read about helping new families enroll their children in the DPIL Program. Another great way to contribute is to get your neighborhood association (or civic group or bridge club etc.) to commit to sponsoring all the Athens children born to parents (or grandparents ?) in the group to be sponsored by that group and enrolled in DPIL. Pictured are Emily and her daughter A.H. in Timothy Estates up the road from UUFA. The Timothy Estates Neighborhood Association has decided to insure that all children born in their neighborhood are enrolled in the DPIL program! A.H. is and, as you see, enjoying this gift. Please share what you are doing to help DPIL in Athens, our Cause of the Month, to Adrien and Ed Helm (706-850-7730) or check with them about ways you can get your neighborhood association to join what Timothy Estates is doing. —————————————————————————————-
  • May 31: Green Sanctuary Team May 23, 2020The Green Sanctuary Team will be meeting on Sunday, May 31, at noon virtually. You are invited to attend. For further information including how to connect to this meeting, contact the Green Sanctuary Team Chair Mark Williams. To join the Green Sanctuary Team email list, click here to sign up. —————————————————————————————
  • June 7: UU the Vote Georgia May 23, 2020Meet and Greet with Georgia Equality  Sunday, June 7 at 1 p.m.  Join us  for our regular Georgia Power Hour on Sunday, June 7, at 1 p.m. Georgia Equality Outreach Organizer, Shannon Clawson will join us to talk about what’s at stake in Georgia and how our team can make a difference in 2020. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet one of our newest partners. Let us know you’re coming! RSVP here. For more information, contact UUFA UU the Vote Georgia liaison Paul Van Valkenberg. ———————————————————————————
  • May 31: UU the Vote Georgia Power Hour May 23, 2020Phonebank for Immigrant Justice with Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights Sunday, May 31 and June 7, 1:00pm – 2:00pm In our Georgia Power Hour gathering, we’ll be introduced to GLAHR and their work building a base of Georgia voters to mobilize against the 287(g) program. This program uses local law enforcement to act as ICE  agents and targets our immigrant community. Join us for a phone bank training to call Cobb County voters. There is an upcoming sheriff’s race in Cobb County and we want folks to vote love in this critical election. For this training you’ll need a computer with Chrome or FireFox and a phone. Download the Chrome or Firefox browsers using these links: Download Chrome Download Firefox Let us know you’re coming! Click here for additional UU the Vote Georgia information about upcoming events. For more information, contact UUFA UU the Vote Georgia liaison Paul Van Valkenberg. ————————————————————————————-
  • June 20: Chalice Film Series Discussion May 18, 2020On Saturday, June 20, at 4 p.m., you are invited to engage in a discussion of the film Pay It No Mind:  The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson. Marsha P. Johnson was a revolutionary trans activist, Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, prostitute, starving actress, and Saint, as well as a downtown NYC fixture from the 1960’s through her too-soon demise in 1992. Johnson persevered through a life embodied by her middle initial P, which stood for “Pay It No Mind.” This film was selected because of UUFA’s Welcoming Congregation Renewal process and because of June being Pride month. All participating in the discussion are asked to watch this 55-minute film prior to the June 20 discussion. For further information about the discussion, contact Morgan Henry. To receive connection information for the virtual discussion, sign up here. —————————————————————————————–
  • May 31: Georgia UU the Vote Build Power Hour! May 18, 2020 In most Georgia counties, voters designated as inactive will not receive mailed ballot request forms. Let’s make sure eligible voters have the ability to vote in the upcoming primary election on June 9! Sign up for the Georgia UU the Vote “Build Power Hour!” Every Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m., UUs from across our state are gathering to text voters, share tips and stories, and get real-time tech support on the voter contact software. Didn’t make it to the training? No worries! Sign up now and we’ll get you started! Plus ones welcome! Share this link to invite your friends and congregations to the “GA Build Power Hour.” Let’s get to work! In love and solidarity, Nicole Pressley Resources Quick Text Tutorial (8 mins) Video recording of April 19th Training  ———————————————————————————–
  • May 24: Alphabet Family Gathering May 28, 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.! For further information, contact Morgan Henry. ———————————————————————————-
  • May 24: Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team May 28, 2020You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Welcoming Congregation Team on Sunday, May 24, from 5 to p.m. The Welcoming Congregation 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. For more information including receiving meeting login credentials, contact Morgan Henry. For more information about the UUA Welcoming Congregation renewal, click here. Stay for the Alphabet Family Gathering thereafter. ————————————————————————————
  • May 22: Explore Plant-Based Cooking May 28, 2020 Another way to “Stay Connected”–Explore Plant Based Cooking Join Kate Blane for a half hour of exploring easy plant-based recipes, nutritional tips, and meat substitutes.  Click the link on our Stay Connected page on Friday, May 22, at 9:30 a.m. to join! Kate’s offering will be an interactive discussion for you to share recipes, shopping tips, and current information around a plant based diet. All are welcome! ————————————————————————————–
  • May 17: International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia May 18, 2020Part of the renewal process to be Welcoming Congregation is an annual recognition and celebration of the Welcoming Days of Observance. These days and seasons are important to LGBTQ+ / TGQNB* communities because they bring visibility and affirmation after generations of invisibility and erasure. These days remind all that “All of who you are is sacred. All of who you are is welcome.” One of the Welcoming Days of Observance is May 17, the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia to raise awareness of violence, discrimination, and repression of LGBT communities worldwide. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, certified a UUA “Welcoming Congregation” in 1996, affirms and supports all sexual orientations, gender alignments, and intersex variations by publicizing these special days and bringing visibility to these communities after generations of invisibility and erasure. View the UUA Five Practices of Welcome Renewal. For more information about the UUFA Welcome Congregation Team, contact Lee Cornell. *Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus / Trangender, GenderQueer, Non-Binary ————————————————————————————–
  • May 16: Justice Partner–AADM–Conversation May 18, 2020Join members of the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM), a UUFA Justice Partner–on Saturday, May 16, at 12:30 p.m. for a very important online (Zoom) conversation on COVID-19 impact on the Black Community and Justice for Ahmaud. This will air live on Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) Facebook page. For further information about AADM, contact UUFA liaison Deb Brenner. ————————————————————————————-
  • Nominees and Voting for 2020-21 Causes of the Month (Click here for links to websites of the nominated organizations.) May 27, 2020 A new procedure for selecting the 2020-21 Causes of the Month for UUFA’s Share the Plate program invites all members of UUFA (rather than just those individuals attending the Social Action Committee meetings) to be part of the voting process. Online voting will be open from June 1 (8 a.m.) to June 14 (midnight).  A paper ballot will also be available to use for voting.  Watch for additional announcements! Members will have an opportunity to vote for up to 12 organizations. The following organizations have been nominated. Click on each name to visit organization’s website. The Ark The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement Athens Queer Collective Books for Keeps (BFK) Circle of Friends Animal Society (COFAS) The Cottage Dignidad Inmigrante en Athens (DIA) Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Athens Economic Justice Coalition (EJC) Food 2 Kids/Food 2 Tots Friends of Advantage Friends of Brooklyn Cemetery Georgia Conflict Center Hands In! HEART Music Sandy Creek Nature Center Support for Immigrant Families in Crisis (SIFIC)  Sweet Olive Animal Sanctuary UUFA’s Partner Church Wheels of Hope If you have questions about the 2020-21 Cause of the Month voting process, please contact Karen Solheim. ————————————————————————————-
  • Ways to Help the May Cause-of-the-Month: the Athens Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program (DPIL) May 23, 2020On Sunday, May 3, the May Cause of the Month was introduced–the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL)— with the promise of sharing more information about and ways to become involved with this Cause. One way is by providing treasure to help expand the number of children, newborn to five years old, who can be enrolled. Giving $31 provides for one child getting an age-appropriate book once a month for one year sent to them at their home while $155 provides for one child for five years.  Of course, any amount given helps. The good news is that the Athens program coordinator, United Way of Northeast Georgia, has increased its funding so that over 40 percent of the approximately 7000 eligible children in Athens can be enrolled. The GREAT news is that United Way presently has funding to enroll about 400 more children!  Mark Madison, director of the DPIL with United Way of Northeast Georgia spoke during the service on Sunday.  Mr. Madison invites our help in recruiting more families and enrolling children to utilize the funds that DPIL Athens now has available. A family just needs four pieces of data to enroll on-line:  name of child, birth date, name of parent or guardian, and home address along with an optional email address. FYI–The beginning of every month is the best time to enroll a child because usually some slots have just opened up due to some enrolled children just turning 5 years old, the date when their DPIL books stop coming–(Their fifth birthday present from DPIL is the book Kindergarten Here I Come!). Please share the program information including how to enroll widely. If you see a family with an infant in a store or out and about, you can ask them if the child is enrolled in DPIL.  If they say no, please tell them about the program. You are invited to watch a five-minute video from PBS interviewing Dolly Parton If you do any of the above (such as contributing money or helping children to enroll) and/or need further information, please contact UUFA Social Action Committee members Ed Helm or Adrien Helm. ——————————————————————————————-
  • Our Daily Bread May 2020 Update May 28, 2020Hunger is a real and persistent problem for many in the Athens area. Our Daily Bread is a non-profit organization that has provided breakfast and lunch meals to those in need each weekday. Our Daily Bread is part of Action Ministries, and meals had been being prepared and served at Athens First Baptist Church. In the non-Covid-19 world, as part of UUFA’s Justice work, a group from our Fellowship has been volunteering with Our Daily Bread for almost 23 years! Will Sheahan, Dan Everett, Kate Blane, and Lois Shenkel were some of the earliest volunteers with ODB, and in the past, they along with many others prepared meals (at UUFA) to serve 150-200 people each third Friday of the month. Will and Lois did most of the cooking for the first 14 years. Will and Kate shop for the food from the Athens Area Food Bank, and Kate makes it a priority to buy fresh produce as part of her commitment to food responsibility and ethical eating. With sheltering in place, things have changed:     24        neighbors tested for COVID at the free clinic    650       hygiene kits donated (450 already distributed)  1500       Chick-fil-A gift cards from AFUMC distributed  4728       lunches served curbside   Read latest update from Our Daily Bread including current needs. For further information about this Justice Cluster initiative, contact David Jarrett. —————————————————————————————
  • May 15: Explore Plant-Based Cooking May 21, 2020 Another way to “Stay Connected”–Explore Plant Based Cooking Join Kate Blane for a half hour of exploring easy plant-based recipes, nutritional tips, and meat substitutes.  Click the link on our Stay Connected page on Friday, May 15, at 9:30 a.m. to join! Kate’s offering will be an interactive discussion for you to share recipes, shopping tips, and current information around a plant based diet. All are welcome! ————————————————————————————–
  • UPLIFT – Join Us for a Virtual #DecisionDay! May 21, 2020Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court heard three cases that could either take away existing LGBTQ+ employment protections or affirm that existing federal law does protect LGBTQ+ people. We know this is a pivotal moment for our community, as well as a difficult environment for everyone. So we’re inviting you to join us on #DecisionDay* for our Virtual National Rally that will be followed immediately by our Virtual Town Hall. The rally will provide a chance for us to gather together as a community to react and support each other, while the Town Hall will feature experts providing analysis of the opinion, how it will affect our lives, and what still needs to be done. RSVP to #DecisionDay Events The Court must affirm that all LGBTQ+ people should be able to work hard and support themselves and their families without fear of discrimination at work — protections already affirmed by multiple federal courts and agencies for many years. We will also need to continue our work for full federal nondiscrimination protections. So RSVP, and let’s come together as a virtual community for #DecisionDay! —————————————————————————————
  • May 17: Georgia UU the Vote Build Power Hour! May 18, 2020 In most Georgia counties, voters designated as inactive will not receive mailed ballot request forms. Let’s make sure eligible voters have the ability to vote in the upcoming primary election on June 9! Sign up for the Georgia UU the Vote “Build Power Hour!” Every Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m., UUs from across our state are gathering to text voters, share tips and stories, and get real-time tech support on the voter contact software. Didn’t make it to the training? No worries! Sign up now and we’ll get you started! Plus ones welcome! Share this link to invite your friends and congregations to the “GA Build Power Hour.” Let’s get to work! In love and solidarity, Nicole Pressley Resources Quick Text Tutorial (8 mins) Video recording of April 19th Training  ———————————————————————————–
  • June 7: Social Action Committee Meeting May 18, 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, June 7, beginning at noon virtually. For more information including connection details, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett. 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! The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. —————————————————————————————
  • June 2: Worship Arts and Celebrations Team May 18, 2020You are invited to attend virtually the next meeting of the Worship Arts and Celebrations Team (WACT) on Tuesday, June 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m. You are welcome to attend a meeting whether you want to observe, want give feedback or input, or are considering participating in planning and conducting worship services. You do not have to join WACT although this group always welcomes new members. For further information including connection information, contact Lee Cornell (uufa.lee@gmail.com). ———————————————————————————–
  • May 1: Car Caravan May 3, 2020The Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition, of which the UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team is a part, invites you to social distance and participate in a May 1 Car Caravan. We will meet on the parking lot in the back of the Georgia Square Mall at 4:50 p.m. and we will head towards downtown Athens at  5:15 p.m. from the Dignidad Inmigrante en Athens Team: Let our voices be heard and our spirit of the struggle lift us up so that we can demand justice for the 11 million undocumented workers that are living in the shadows while they feed and build this nation. This is why we are raising our voices and saying ENOUGH! We are essential not illegals. We are part of the engine of this country not a public charge. And while COVID19 does not discriminate, the government does. ————————————————————————————–    
  • May 3: Social Action Committee Meeting May 3, 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, May 3, beginning at noon virtually. For more information including connection details, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett. 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! The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. —————————————————————————————
  • May 26: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition May 28, 2020Interested in immigration issues? You are invited to attend the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held virtually on Tuesday, May 26, 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  ———————————————————————————–