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News of the Week and Beyond

  • GOTV!–Volunteer Poll Driver Signup from UUFA Justice Partner
    The Economic Justice Coalition (EJC), a UUFA 2020-21 Justice Partner, needs dedicated volunteers to drive folks to the polls! To volunteer, click on any of the signup links: Volunteer Poll Driver Signup OCT 24th Volunteer Poll Driver Signup NOV 3rd For further information, contact UUFA EJC liaison Greg Davis.
  • October 15: Heather Jensen Talks about Her First Year as a Lay Minister
    https://youtu.be/aJs5mRmkbwI  
  • October 17: You’re Invited! New to UUFA Orientation
    We are so delighted that you have been a part the UUFA community and are interested in finding out more. Please join us for the New to UUFA orientation–a completely virtual program–on Saturday, October 17. . RSVP here. This program will be led by our minister–the Rev. Lisa Romatum Schwartz–and Membership Committee ...
  • Joys, Sorrows, Milestones – Fall 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 worship service shared with you. Notes from the last four weeks are posted. To share your own Joy, Sorrow, or ...
  • October 25: 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.! To join this meeting, click here. For further information, contact Morgan Henry.
  • October 25: Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team
    You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team on Sunday, October 25, 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 ...
  • November 8: Getting to Know UU Fellowship of Athens
    Are you new to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens? Are you new to UUism? Do you have questions about the worship service? …the UUFA is where questioning can be the answer! Drop-in and meet some old-timers, meet others who are exploring, and get your questions answered at the next Getting to Know UU ...
  • Unitarian Universalist: Global Changes 
    Even before a little virus rocked the world, big changes were underway in how Unitarian and Unitarian Universals connected with the global community.  The interim director of the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council (UUPCC), the Reverand Fred Muir, shared big news in the most recent newsletter.  “After five months of ...
  • Seesawing through 2020
    By Vivian Preston Sellers, Vice President, Board of Trustees Ever played on a seesaw? It was one of my favorite playground items when I was a child. I still remember the fun and yet the fear. Who gets on first and holds it still for the other person? Who gets off ...
  • Love Resists–The Power of Presence: Your Struggle Is Ours
    We’re proud to share this joint statement from the UUA and UUSC in support of congregations resisting oppression and defending democracy. Click here to read more. Love Resists is a joint campaign by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
  • Host an Organizer from New York
    The Sanctuary Movement team shares the following information: Dignidad Inmigrante en Athens is hosting an organizer from movimiento cosecha, from October 22 to November 24. Brenda Valalders is coming to Athens to support DIA for one month, and she needs space to stay. For further information, contact Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition member Beto Mendoza. The ...
  • October 30: Deadline to register for Christmas Angel 2020 (Click here for a link to sign up!)
    Can you be a Christmas Angel? UUFA will again participate in the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) gift program for needy children. Each holiday season many children in foster care receive few, if any, gifts over the holidays. Due to the generosity of its members and friends, UUFA has successfully participated ...
  • October 1: Gregg Hagedorn and Linda Landbloom on Being a Multi-Generational Family During the Pandemic
    https://youtu.be/5U-vENw0taA
  • Mondays: Drum with Palms of Fire
    Drum with Palms of Fire Monday nights, 6-7 p.m. on the UUFA patio and virtually on Zoom.           Learn West African rhythms and rhythms of the African diaspora. Play for fun, for worship services, and out and about in the community.  Contact UUFA Music Director, Amber Fetner, to reserve ...
  • Be a Polling Place Observer with Fair Fight
    You are invited to sign up as a poll observer with Fair Fight Action. Poll observers are crucial to helping ensure that Georgia voters can cast their ballots safely and have them count. Poll observers will be outside early-vote and Election-Day polling places to observe people going in and out ...
  • Text or Call Georgia Voters with Fair Fight
    Fair Fight has these opportunities to help Get Out the Vote in Georgia:   Early Voting Weekend of Action October 10 and 11 Text and Phone Bank SIGN UP HERE   Latinx GOTV Text Bank October 10 and 11 Spanish-speaking volunteers required SIGN UP HERE   AAPI GOTV Phone Bank **In partnership with Asian American Advocacy Fund and They See Blue** Training: Oct 13 Phonebank: ...
  • November 3: Hospitality Help Needed
    UUFA’s building is a polling place on November 3.  Volunteers are needed to provide water and snacks to voters in line on Election Day afternoon and evening in the parking lot of the Fellowship. Help create a relaxed voting environment. Mask and distance awareness required.  Can you help? Contact UUFA UU-the-Vote liaison ...
  • October 12: Join In–UUFA Slide Creator Conversation
    Do you have an artistic bone in your body? Do you like one font over another? Do you know the difference between cyan and magenta? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions then you are invited to the UUFA Slide Creator Conversation on Monday, October 12, from 7:15 to 8:15 ...
  • October 14: Let’s Communicate.
    The Communications Team invites creative, techy, and fun people to work with getting the UUFA word out! Join us virtually on Wednesday, October 14, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Questions? Contact Herb West.
  • Diaper Drive and CANtribution Collection
    You are invited literally to drive by UUFA (in the parking lot) EVERY Wednesday, from 5 to 6 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 ...
  • October 18 Forum:  The November 2020 Election–What You Need to Know on the National Level
    Join political campaign analyst Paul Gurian in discussing the upcoming national election. The UUFA Forum is held on second, third, and fifth Sundays from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. To join virtually, go to the UUFA Stay Connected page. For more information, contact Kate Blane.
  • October Spotlight Volunteers for the Month–Jackie and Bill Pierson
    The Fellowship is pleased to honor Jackie and Bill Pierson as our Spotlight Volunteers for the Month of October for offering Tai Chi classes for our community. The Piersons started attending UUFA in 2007. Jackie has led classes since 2016, and in 2017, Bill started playing music during them and ...
  • October 17: Chalice Film Series Discussion
    On Saturday, October 17, at 4 p.m., you are invited to engage in a discussion of the Netflix documentary ​I Am Not Your Negro. Based on James Baldwin’s unfinished book, this visual essay explores racism through the stories of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. All participating in the discussion are ...
  • October 27: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition
    Interested in immigration issues? You are invited to attend the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held virtually on Tuesday, October 27, 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, ...
  • Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition Petition…Please Sign…
    UUFA’s Sanctuary Movement Team, part of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition, urges you to sign a petition. Click here to read and (hopefully) sign the petition. 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, ...
  • October 13: Second Lookers
    Second Lookers will virtually on Tuesday, October 13, beginning at 12:30 p.m.–note the time change for this meeting. Our guest will be Martha Laird, who is a volunteer with the Democratic Voter Protection Committee of Georgia.  Martha will speak about the committee’s work on behalf of all  voters in Georgia elections. ...
  • October 13: UUFA Board of Trustees Meeting–Want to Attend?
    In keeping with the fifth UU Principle, “the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large,” UUFA offers members a chance to visit its monthly Board meetings. These are held virtually using Zoom on the second Tuesday night of each ...
  • 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. Lisa and the Pastoral Care Team. We’re all concerned about what’s happening, but is there something special ...

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