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  • April 6: Getting Grassy Grab your garden gloves and Get Grassy with Green Sanctuary as we install native grasses in our UUFA landscape on Saturday, April 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. For further information, contact Liz Weaver (ejsweaver@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————-
  • April 5: Support UUFA Justice Partner AADM On April 5, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) will host a public demonstration to bring awareness to multiple reports of racial discrimination from Athens community members. The demonstration will take place at the Steps of City Hall and end at the University of Georgia Arch. Demonstrators will march together and community members will share their experiences of discrimination. All are welcome to attend to learn about local issues of racial discrimination. Click here for further information. Also needed is assistance with creating signs and a few volunteers. In addition, if you would like to share an experience of racial discrimination or to learn more about this event, please contact athensantidiscrimination@gmail.com or visit www.aadmovement.org. For information about other AADM April events including the campaign for a citizens policing advisory board, click here. ————————————————————————————-
  • Let Your Fingers Do the Giving!?! No cash on Sunday morning?  Left your checkbook in the car?   No worries….Beginning Sunday, April 7, you will have the opportunity to give to UUFA  by using your phone and texting to 73256.  (FYI–You may only give to one fund per text.)   For further information, contact UUFA Congregational Administrator Shaye Gambrell (uufa@uuathensga.org). ————————————————————————————
  • March 25: PARES Opportunity The Alps Road Elementary School kindergarten team is planning a garden work afternoon on Monday, March 25 at 3 p.m. Any and all volunteers welcome! No background check needed. UUFA participates in the Athens-Clarke County’s Adopt-a-School Program by being in partnership with Alps Road Elementary School. Questions: Contact UUFA PARES liaison Caryl Sundland  ((csundland@aol.com). —————————————————————————————
  • March 27: Fourth Sunday Lunch Fourth Sunday Lunch is this Sunday, March 27! The luncheon is hosted by the UUFA Board, Lay Ministers, and Ministry Cluster Committees. Join us for some great food and fellowship immediately following the service.  Donation of $5.00 is requested. If you have questions or want to contribute food contact Carol-Lee Baker (carlee1945@gmail.com).  See you Sunday. ————————————————————————————-
  • Care Connection Sandra Storer had a knee replacement on March 18. She is now recovering at home. Meals would be appreciated (vegetables only). Her phone numbers are 706-310-4418 or 309-922-6784. Her new address is 154 VFW Drive, Apt. B, Watkinsville, GA 30677. Please note the Pastoral Care Card box can be found on a lower shelf to the left as you enter the office suite. Anyone may feel free to put it out in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings for all to use. It is stocked with a member/friend directory, cards, and envelopes, for your use. Leave your cards on the desk in the office to be mailed the next week. ——————————————————————————
  • 03/30; ReFreshing Our Okland, Romania Partnership For over 25 years, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens has been in partnership with the Unitarian Church in Okland, Romania. Through this relationship, friendships have been cultivated on both sides and a greater understanding by the United States congregation has developed into our Unitarian roots. The ministers have visited each other, groups of youth from Okland have come to the US, and pilgrims have gone from the US to Romania. So, where do we want to go in our next 25 years?  The UUFA’s Partner Church Team would like to deepen engagement and revitalize our relationship with the Okland church and community.  To do so, we have invited the Reverend Roger Bertschausen, Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council, to help guide us through a ReFresh Weekend. The key component of the weekend will be a workshop on Saturday, March 30th from 10 – 2:30.  At this workshop, we will explore what it means to be partners with someone across the globe.  We will look at cross-cultural sensitivities. What does it mean to be a good host? How can we be a good guest? How can we celebrate our relationships and moving to a relationship grounded in parity?  We will look at possible collaborative activities with the Transylvanian Unitarians such as a possible choir trip, a 2020 International Unitarian Youth Camp, and other exciting possibilities. Please join us at this event!  All are invited. Please click here to let us know you are coming! For more information, contact Michelle Leebens-Mack (706-410-6454 or leebensmack@gmail.com). ——————————————————————————  
  • April 7: Waltzing the Reaper Join us Sunday, April 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. for a one-woman play Waltzing the Reaper, featuring professional actor Judith Gantly. The play, depicting a woman’s journey of her dying process, and her last opportunity to mend a broken family relationship, will be followed immediately by a panel discussion and reception. This free performance is sponsored jointly by the UUFA and Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Athens. Interested participants will also have opportunity to write about and share their responses to the issues and questions that are brought forth through Waltzing the Reaper.  Roger Bailey, who leads the widely-praised Memoir Group for OLLI@UGA will lead a workshop called “Writing the Reaper” on Saturday, April 13, 1to 3 p.m. at UUFA. (For more information, read the longer announcement here: Waltzing the Reaper at UUFA.)   ———————————————————————————–
  • A Gathering of Love at Al Huda In response to the tragic terrorist killings in New Zealand, the Al Huda Islamic Center is hosting “A Gathering of Love” at 2 pm on Saturday, March 23. Members of the Fellowship are invited. Please RSVP to Rev. Alison if you plan to attend. Imam Adel Amer would like some idea of how many to expect. —————————————————————————–
  • March 26: UUA 2018-19 Common Read Discussion You are invited to attend the discussion of the UUA 2018-19 Common Read:  Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment. Tuesday, March 26, 5 to 6:30 p.m. (Please note time change.) For further information, contact Kate Blane (raya_mead@yahoo.com). ————————————————————————————
  • March 26: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition Want 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, March 26, 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). ———————————————————————————–
  • Participate in PARES You are invited to attend the Spring Fling on April 11 at 6 p.m. at Alps Road Elementary School.  There will be food and drink, photos of children and adults, and dancing on the Magic Carpet. Save the dates for other PARES participation: May 3   Career Day         May 8  Alps Got Talent May 10 Field Day About the PARES Program: At the May 2018 Congregational Meeting, UUFA voted to participate in the Athens-Clarke County’s Adopt-a-School Program by being in partnership with Alps Road Elementary School. UUFA is the first nonprofit organization in Athens-Clarke County to participate in the Adopt-a-School Program! Questions: Contact UUFA PARES liaison Caryl Sundland  ((csundland@aol.com). ——————————————————————————————
  • April 7: Social Action Committee (SAC) 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, April 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. —————————————————————————–
  • Love Resists: Four Things You Can Do to End Money Bail in Your Community Click here to read “Four Things You Can Do to End Money Bail in Your Community.”   Love Resists is a joint campaign by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. —————————————————————————————–
  • UUA General Assembly Registration Now Open Registration is now open for General Assembly to be held June 19-23 in Spokane, Washington. This year’s theme is The Power of We, and lots of opportunities to gather as justice-makers exist. Side with Love will be offering a track and a public witness, Love Resists is planning a double-slot workshop, and we’re planning a congregation-based community organizing workshop and “off the grid” networking meetings for justice organizers. Register now as rates increase May 1. General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process.  ————————————————————————————
  • May 19: Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday, May 19: Annual Congregational Meeting — Save the Date! Stay tuned for more information on voting at the meeting. ——————————————————————————-
  • April 28: Budget Town Hall Sunday, April 28: Budget Town Hall, 9:20-10:20 a.m. in the Eskildsen Room.  All are welcome to this discussion of the proposed budget for our upcoming program year. The annual budget is based on pledge income — if you need more info on how to pledge, please contact the office (706-546-7914 Ext. 5, or uufa@uuathensga.org) or visit https://www.uuathensga.org/stewardship/2019-2020-budget-drive/. The budget will be voted at the Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, May 19. ——————————————————————————
  • Please Support the Annual Pledge Drive Pledges to support the 2019-2020 budget have put us 68% toward our goal. We hope to receive 100 more pledges and to increase the total by an additional $136,000. Paper pledge forms are in the rear of the Sanctuary and in the Fellowship Hall or log into your OnRealm account  or call or email Shaye (706-546-7914, uufa@uuathensga.org). We hope to have 100% participation to Fulfill the Promise. Every pledge counts. ——————————————————————————
  • March 23: Chalice Film Series–Iron Jawed Angels Join us on Saturday, March 23, in the viewing  the second film in the Chalice Film series–Iron Jawed Angels. This film depicts fiery American suffragette Alice Paul who lights a fire under the older women’s leaders in Washington, DC, when President Wilson refuses to give all women the vote. Paul, however, is prepared to go to prison for her cause. The movie begins at 4 p.m. in the Eskildsen Room followed by discussion led by Pam Chubbuck. Save the dates for other movies in the Chalice Film Series.  All begin at 4 p.m. March 23, Iron-jawed Angels April 13, Chasing Coral May 18, tbd For further information, contact Hilda Kurtz (connections@uuathensga.org). ——————————————————————————————
  • CANtributions Needed! Please remember your CANtributions on Sunday morning or any time you attend UUFA. The wicker basket just outside the sanctuary doors is willing and able to receive your donations of nonperishable food items, which are given to the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank. Because of your generosity, UUFA is in SECOND PLACE in the friendly competition among 25 Athens-area faith communities.  🙂 As of the end of February, UUFA with its CANtributions of 560 items is only 65 items out of first place! Pork and beans, dry pasta, and fruit juices are especially needed. Not a fan of shopping?  Please label your check or cash donation with the words “Food Bank” and 1-8016. For further information, contact Barbara Leissner (leissnerbarbara@gmail.com or 706.227.1397) This initiative is hosted by the Social Action Committee, a part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————————–
  • Starting April 9: Tai Chi Class Tai Chi and Qigong class will be starting up again on April 9, 2019! Come join us! Classes will be held on Tuesday nights at 6  p.m. in the Eskildsen room. This class ncludes self-massage, breathing exercises, and simple moves for meditation, balance, and fitness. You don’t need to know anything about Tai Chi–just follow along! No special equipment is needed; just wear comfortable clothes. For further information, contact Jackie or Bill Pierson (birdfeathr@gmail.com  or 706-201-1193). ————————————————————————————–  
  • UUA Matters: March 2019 Southern Region Newsletter To read the March 2019 Southern Region Newsletter, click here. —————————————————————————-
  • UUA International Office: Act Globally Winter 2019 Act Globally Winter 2019 Engaging with Global Unitarian/Universalism in Action Click here to read more. ——————————————————————————————            
  • Register NOW for Hogwarts Under the Pyramid (July 29-August 2) Professors at Hogwarts Under the Pyramid seek magicians who wish to celebrate the wonderful world of Harry Potter for a week. Each Summer, UUFA transforms the Fellowship Hall into our own version of Hogwarts Under the Pyramid in celebration of all things Harry Potter. This Summer Camp is a fun extension of Rowling’s book series and encourages Hogwarts’ students to open their imaginations as they engage in ways that help them experience loyalty, trust-building, friendship, leadership, problem-solving, working for the common good, and other positive qualities and life skills. This year camp will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 29-August 2, for ages 6-12. In respect for varying family circumstances, we offer a sliding scale between $100-$150. Please pay what you are comfortably able to pay within the fee range, taking into consideration the number of children registered in your family, financial needs, and membership status at UUFA. Paying to the best of your ability allows us to provide quality programming and staff, nourishing snacks, and scholarships to those in need. We offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships. Contact Coordinator of Religious Exploration, Kelli McConnell with questions dre@uuathensga.org 706-546-7914. For more details on this wonderful camp experience and to register, go to https://www.uuathensga.org/education/hogwarts/ ——————————————————————————–
  • April 27: UUFA Yard Sale WE NEED YOU!!! Please help us to have a successful sale by donating your time, muscle, and/or treasures! We will be need help picking up/taking donations to the storage unit until the Yard Sale. If you are willing to donate your truck for us to use or drive it for us, please contact Sherri Tanner (706-424-8310, sherritanner12@yahoo.com) Date of sale: April 27, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where? UUFA (We will start bringing donations from storage the Wednesday before to sort, price, and set up.  Volunteers will be greatly needed from that day until the end of the sale.) —————————————————————————–

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