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  • UUA Matters: July 2019 Southern Region Newsletter To read the July 2019 Southern Region Newsletter, click here. ————————————————————————————
  • Thank You: PARES Uniform Donations To 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. ————————————————————————————    
  • September 21: Justice Cluster Retreat Save 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). —————————————————————————————  
  • Fall SGM registration opening soon Interested in joining Small Group Minsistry? The program is designed to allow UUFA members and friends to make new and deeper connections, build community within our congregation, develop our spiritual selves and beliefs, and take action in our broader community. Small groups of 10-12 people are formed that meet bi-monthly from September to May. Groups meet for 2 hours and explore a wide variety of topics chosen by the group. If you are interested, click on the link below. If you have other questions, contact Kelly Simonson (simonson72@hotmail.com). https://forms.gle/d7Uz7az4wdW3qiPo8 ————————————————————————————
  • July 28: Bring a “Sacred Snack” Bring a “Sacred Snack” on July 28! Please bring a snack, sweet or savory, that brings back good memories for you of friends or family—or both! We’ll share them, and the stories behind them, at coffee hour after the service. For further information, contact Vivian Sellers (vpsellers@gmail.com). —————————————————————————————
  • Composting Is Back Don’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). ——————————————————————————
  • July 19: Scrabble with the Rabble Scrabble with the Rabble usually meets every third Friday from 7-9 p.m. in at UUFA in the Ocean Room. All are welcome to come play; please bring a Scrabble set if you have one. For more information, Kathy Larsen (317-855-0009, kathylyndall@gmail.com). —————————————————————————–
  • Usher Volunteers Needed We are searching for volunteers to serve as UUFA ushers one Sunday every month or two.  A training session for ushers is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, August 17.   We need three ushers every Sunday.  Those who are interested might also designate that they would be available as substitute ushers–on an as-needed basis.  We would like to recruit 1) three members of a family, 2) individual adults, and 3) young adults/adolescents who have been granted permission by their parents to be placed on the usher listserv.  We have found the role of usher to be a good way to meet members of the Fellowship. Everyone is welcome! Please contact Peg Graham (peggygraham5@gmail.com) or Jim Marshall (marshall56@gmail.com) if you are interested in serving in this capacity. ——————————————————————————  
  • UUFA Welcoming Congregation Team In the 1980s and 90s when the word “welcoming” became a code word for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, the Unitarian Universalist Association launched a Welcoming Congregation Program to help us learn how to undo homophobia—and later, transphobia (prejudice against transgender people)—in our hearts and minds, our congregations, and our communities. In 2015, the UUA unveiled the Welcoming Congregations renewal program calling on each congregation to rededicate themselves to be bolder with their Welcome. To support our commitment to being a welcoming congregation the UUFA Ministry Council is forming the Welcoming Congregation Team. The charge of this team is to honor our original pledge to be a Welcoming Congregation by helping new people in the congregation understand our congregation’s commitment to this work working with the Board of Trustees and Ministry Council to ensure that we are welcoming not only in our invitation and words but also in our actions learning about the current needs and concerns of LGBTQ+ /TGQNB  people and communicate those needs to the congregation ensuring that UUFA is fulfilling the UUA’s  Annual Welcoming Congregation Renewal program More information on the Welcoming Congregations program can be found at, https://www.uua.org/lgbtq/welcoming/program. If you are interested in being part of this new team helping UUFA to be more than a banner on our website, a flag in our driveway, and a catch phrase, please contact Lee Cornell at uufa.lee@gmai.com. —————————————————————————————-
  • July 25: Trip to Moore’s Ford Lynching Marker Join 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 23: 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, 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). ———————————————————————————–
  • Register now! July 20: Criminal Justice Reform in Georgia Join Judge David Sweat on Saturday, July 20, from 2-4 p.m. as he presents “Criminal Justice Reform in Georgia.” As one of the people most responsible for the efforts in the past few years to reform the legal system in Georgia, Judge Sweat has a personal, unique perspective on this issue. Judge Sweat writes: “In the recent years, Georgia and other states have reformed processes for addressing non-violent criminal conduct.  Georgia has been a national leader in adopting changes which increase public safety and reduce expense to taxpayers. Recognizing that criminal behavior is frequently correlated to substance abuse, poverty, and mental illness, Georgia and other states have revised criminal codes and implemented court programs to address underlying causes of criminal behavior. Since most individuals incarcerated in prison return to the community, Georgia enhanced re-entry programs to reduce high rates of recidivism.  Changes in availability of criminal records has increased access to employment.” Please preregister at the Stepping Stones table or by clicking here. This event will only be held if at least ten people have preregistered. For further information, contact Vivian Sellers.(vpsellers@gmail.com). ———————————————————————————-  
  • Entries Invited for UUFA Art Exhibit on Sustainable Plant-Based Agriculture You 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 18 and July 19: Our Daily Bread What’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 Interested 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. ——————————————————————————-
  • Six Ways to Be Pro-Active about Immigration Raids in Your Community Click here to read more.   Do not forget: even if there are no raids this week, ICE and CBP continue to separate families, and they still have people locked up in concentration camps. — United We Dream (@UNITEDWEDREAM) June 22, 2019   Love Resists is a joint campaign by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. www.loveresists.org —————————————————————————————–  
  • Summer RE Volunteers Needed Can you give 1 to 4 hours this summer to support RE? We need teachers and assistants to lead our Summer Sunday School Classes UUFA’s RE Program is a cooperative venture that requires many hands to create a welcoming and fun environment for our children and youth. Try a “one Sunday” commitment (~1 hour) or if you’re called, sign up for more! Our program runs on the support of congregants like YOU. Thank you for your consideration, as well as your gifts of time and talent! Contact Kelli (dre@uuathensga.org) if you are able to assist in our Summer Program. The theme is Imagination Station! Help is needed for the following dates July 14 – Building/Engineering, July 21 – Art, July 28 – Solving World Problems, August 4 – Music Making, August 11 – Games, August 18 – Collaging *Per our Safe Congregation policy, all adult volunteers working with children or youth must have been a Member or friend of UUFA for at least six months prior to appointment as a volunteer. Exception may be given for congregants moving from another UU church where they have been a previously screened RE volunteer. ——————————————————————————
  • Diaper Donors Needed 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. ———————————————————————————-  

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