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  • Experience UUA’s General Assembly…Virtually General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Participants worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to have voting delegates.   The UUA Board of Trustees has passed a resolution to make the 2020 General Assembly a 100% virtual event. Virtual GA Registration is $150. REGISTER NOW! Click here for for information. Click here for additional information. ————————————————————————————–
  • More Scam Emails NOT from Rev. Alison Dear UUFA Members and Friends, You may have received a SCAM email from an address that includes part of my name. I did not send these emails, and they were not sent from the Fellowship. I will never ask you to buy gift cards, share financial information, or anything similar by email. And, if “patients” or members were in need of money, I would ask you to donate to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund, not to me directly. I use only two email addresses—a gmail account with no reference to my being a reverend, and an official UUFA address ending with If you received the scam email, please block that address from your email accounts and report this incident to your service provider.  You can file a phishing report using Google’s online form, to get the address/account blocked ASAP. If you receive a similar email in the future, especially one using such phrases as “Peace be with you” or “God Bless You” or anything similar, please take the steps above to report it and let Shaye know ( You can find the correct emails for all staff at I am so sorry my name is being used to take advantage of people. Stay well and safe, Rev. Alison —————————————————————————————-
  • More Ways to Help the May Cause-of-the-Month: the Athens Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program (DPIL) We 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 The 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 Meet 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 Phonebank 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. ————————————————————————————-
  • Podcast 10: WOW DANG WOW
  • May 17 Annual Meeting Results & Video The votes have been counted… … And all motions passed! 118 people voted (83 Google Ballot; 35 Absentee Ballot): Board of Trustee Nominees (116 yes, 0 no, 2 abstain) Nominating Committee Nominees (116 yes, 0 no, 2 abstain) Budget (117 yes, 0 no, 1 abstain) EOV Funds (116 yes, 1 no, 1 abstain) Thank you to everyone for adapting to the changed voting method and meeting format. It was inspiring to see all of your lovely faces on Zoom and to know our congregation is strong! Thank you! Michelle Swagler, Secretary, UUFA Board of Trustees ————————————————————————————–  
  • June 20: Chalice Film Series Discussion On 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 26: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition Interested 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  ———————————————————————————–
  • June 2: Worship Arts and Celebrations Team You 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 ( ———————————————————————————–
  • June 7: Social Action Committee Meeting Be 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. —————————————————————————————
  • May 31: Georgia UU the Vote Build Power Hour! 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 1: Membership Team Meeting–You’re Invited The UUFA’s membership team works to welcome and integrate newcomers into our community. This meeting is for the team who coordinates membership operations, and we are always looking for others to help us with the organization to all our efforts. While we encourage ALL regular UUFA attendees to constantly be warm and inviting, we have many creative ways that you, too, can get involved – when we reopen: help us serve a continental breakfast for the New to UUFA, orientation, act as a welcomer at the doorways on Sunday mornings, compile folders to welcome newcomers and folders to the New to UUFA class. Interested in supporting this effort? Contact Michelle Leebens-Mack. ———————————————————————————–
  • UUFA Solar Project Update UUFA’s solar project is going extremely well.  Solar Sun World made wonderful preparations and calculations, which are paying handsome dividends during installation. All solar panels and inverters are installed.  Wiring and hookups to the inverters and electricals in the mechanical room will be the next steps.  Once installation is complete, the system will be tested.  An internet connection will allow us to use our phones and computers to monitor electricity production.  All of this is expected to be finished before Memorial Day. Within a week or so of Solar Sun World finishing, we hope that Clarke County and Georgia Power will inspect our project.  Also, our existing meter will be reprogrammed, giving us the green light we have been waiting for. Putting all this together, we expect our solar equipment to produce electricity in early June. ——————————————————————————
  • Joys, Sorrows, Milestones – Spring 2020 Recently Shared In keeping with our “Sharing Our Joys, Sorrows, and Milestones” procedure (click on the blue link for details), the following people asked to have their notes from a recent Sunday service shared with you. Notes from the last four weeks are posted. To share your own Joy, Sorrow, or Milestone, link to the form here. Week of May 17, 2020 Mary Jean Hartel shares two joys: “First, my husband Peter had a “mild” heart attack on Sunday and returned home Wednesday with a new stent in his heart. And second, he returned home in time to make my birthday apple pie for Sunday 17th when I turn 70!!! My mom always called me on my birthday to say, “I remember the day you were born.” She always said it like it was a good thing.” Lee Cornell joyfully announces that, “After weathering a few vacations, a major home remodel, and now a global pandemic I decided there’s not much more to test a relationship with, and asked Donna Clement to marry me. She said yes! Details are evolving as life adjusts to the virus.”   Week of May 10, 2020 John Schell announced that Barb’s 70th birthday was Friday, May 8th. “She is getting ready too explode a whole new decade!” Gary and Lynn Rinker celebrated their 12th Anniversary on May 9th. Congratulations!   Week of May 3, 2020 Rev. Alison Eskildsen shared that her father, Arnold Wilbur, died one month short of his 98th birthday, in Virginia, after a brief bout with COVID-19, complicated by other health challenges. She writes, “Thank you to all who have expressed sympathy for my loss. It is comforting to have so many friends here, especially since the pandemic prevents me from being with family up north.” ___________________________________________________
  • May 24: Alphabet Family Gathering Do 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 You 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 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! ————————————————————————————–
  • Join Morning Meditations and Afternoon Social Times A Way to Start or Close Your Day Would you like to start your day off with a brief reflection time? Or close down your day with some lively socializing? We have both for you! On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, at 8:45 a.m., UUFA offers you a 15-minute Morning Meditation time of readings, music, singing, and/or silence. On Wednesday and Friday late afternoons, at 5:30 p.m., UUFA offers you a time to gather socially for Happy Hour–with or without a beverage of your choice–anything from grape juice to wine, smoothies to daiquiris, or water to whiskey. These opportunities are part of our  “Stay Connected” programming. As we continue to shelter at home, we hope you’ll stay connected by taking advantage of these offerings. To participate in these and other offerings, click on this “Stay Connected” link. Looking for something different than what’s already offered? Send a note to Rev. Alison describing what will help you stay connected. ____________________________________________________
  • UUA Matters: May 2020 Southern Region Newsletter To read the May 2020 Southern Region Newsletter,  click here. Subscribe to the Southern Region e-newsletter if you haven’t already. ————————————————————————————
  • Mountain Matters Read the latest from The Mountain. Read Mountain Musings. The Mountain was founded by Unitarian Universalists in 1979 as a nonprofit camp and conference center. This is an ecologically conscious retreat and learning center serving congregations, businesses, schools, and other Unitarian Universalist and community groups. ————————————————————————————
  • Nominees and Voting for 2020-21 Causes of the Month (Click here for links to websites of the nominated organizations.) 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. ————————————————————————————-
  • Our Daily Bread May 2020 Update Hunger 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. —————————————————————————————
  • Letting Go Practice for May A Spiritual Practice for May The all-Fellowship theme for May 2020 is “Letting Go and Releasing.” People commonly hold onto beliefs, ideas, objects, and commitments long past their best use date. What might you wish to let go of? Feel free to share what you write with Rev. Alison. __________________________________________________
  • Our May Spotlight Volunteers of the Month The UUFA Volunteer Recognition Team is pleased to recognize Peg Graham and Jim Marshall as our May Spotlight Volunteers of the Month for their contributions as the coordinators of the ushers. While they are getting a bit of a reprieve at the moment, their tireless dedication to the organization of many UUFA folks to undertake this important duty is deeply appreciated. Scheduling and communicating with the ushers, assembling the orders of service, collecting the offering, and assisting with special services is such a huge responsibility. Thank you both so much for being such a great positive team and for all you do for the Fellowship! ———————————————————————————–
  • Share Joys, Sorrows & Milestones (Click for link) Stay In Touch! Although we are sheltering in place and keeping physically distant from each other, we need not sever all connections. Please follow this link to communicate your Joys, Sorrows, and Milestones to Rev. Alison and the Pastoral Care Team. We’re all concerned about what’s happening, but is there something special you’re joyful about? Or sorrowful? Or have you reached a significant milestone? If so, please let Rev. Alison know by filling out the linked form. On Sunday morning during our virtual services, any messages you want shared will be announced. We’ll continue to post those you want posted on our collective Joy, Sorrow & Milestone page, too, so stay in touch! Be well, keep your distance, and enjoy your time at home as best you can. _________________________________________________
  • View This Sunday’s Service Online! (Click for the link.) Visit this page for the live stream link on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and to watch other UUFA videos: ——————————————————————————-

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