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  • December 7: Nifty Gift Elves Needed UUFA elves are busy preparing for our Holiday Craft Extravaganza – Nifty Gifty, where kids can make gifts from the heart to give to family and friends during the holiday season. We’ll need lots of helper elves on Friday before (set up) and on Saturday to make this event a hit! Nifty Gifty is held on Saturday, December 7, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Fellowship Hall.  Love to make crafts? Are you a creative gift wrapper? Love to decorate? Share your time and talent and join the festive fun by signing up for one or more Nifty Gifty jobs! To be an Elf, email Kelli or visit the sign up sheet in the Fellowship Hall Online sign up is here: ————————————————————————————–
  • Joys, Sorrows, Milestones – Fall 2019 Recently Shared In keeping with our experimental “Sharing Our Joys, Sorrows, and Milestones” procedure (click on the 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. Sunday, November 3, 2019 Nancy MacNair shared that she turned 82 on October 22, and “spent a glorious 5 days at the beach in Florida with all of my children, who totally spoiled me.” Ed Helm was happy to report a local citizen’s group is moving closer to bringing the Rufus Montcrief Memorial obelisk from the museum in Montgomery, Alabama, to Athens, where Montcrief, sadly, was lynched in 1917.   Sunday, October 27, 2019 Michelle Leebens-Mack thanks UUFA for supporting her as she pursues her “leap of faith” in becoming a UU Chaplain. She shares the exciting news that she has met an early milestone by being recognized as an Aspirant to UU ministry by the UUA. “Thank you again and again and again!” Aline Robolin shared her her daughter and her husband have tried to conceive three times without success. They are trying again and hopes we’ll join our prayers with her own for their success this time. Mary Anne McGuire, a former member of UUFA, fell recently and broke her hip. Hip replacement surgery will take place this week. Karen Solheim asks that we keep Mary Anne in our thoughts and prayers. Herb West and Myrna Adams West are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Mountain Light UU Church in Elijay. They are founders of that congregation.   Sunday, October 13, 2019 Barbara Leissner’s sister has a terminal illness. Please keep her in your prayers and remember the family. Nancy MacNair thanks the anonymous donor of 174 diapers left recently for the Interfaith Sanctuary Committee to distribute. Lee Cornell had the opportunity to attend a facilitator’s training for OWL (Our Whole Lives human sexuality curriculum) for youth in 7-12th grade. He writes, “I am so glad I answered the call to minister to our community as a youth mentor. I feel so blessed!” Kelly Simonson shared that she and her boys LOVED the service on identities (September 29). Carter and Lennon very proudly showed the posters they made during the service at PRIDEfest. Lennon said “It doesn’t matter who you love, just that you are a human.” Penny Oldfather just returned from the 6th reunion of the Liberal Religious Youth (LRY) of Tulsa, OK, at All Souls Unitarian Church. “We have been close for more than 60 years and helped shape each other’s becoming. Thirty people sang their hearts out” _____________________________________________________
  • More Furniture for Sale! (Click here to see pictures.) UUFA members and friends, In the process of adjusting to our new spaces, we continue to refine the furnishings. As a result, these items need new homes. There are 8 sturdy, white folding chairs. The upholstery on the 8 conference chairs needs cleaning, but otherwise they are in good condition. There are also 10 pieces of nicely framed modern art. Make a donation to the capital campaign, any amount that you feel is appropriate, and these items can go home with you! Items not sold will soon go on Craig’s list or be donated. Please contact Barb Schell or Iva King if you wish to make an offer on these pieces or the red sofas. All of the pieces can be seen in the Heritage room. Buyers are responsible for moving them. ————————————————————————————  
  • November 09: Quarterly Connections You are invited to join in the next Quarterly Connections on Saturday, November 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.  This session, we will be having a cafe-style discussion on UUFA’s programmatic activities.  Are we doing enough? Too much? Too many things overlapping? Too spread out? Not offering something the community needs? All are encouraged to attend.    For planning purposes, click here to RSVP, or contact Lee Cornell ( —————————————————————-
  • November 10 Forum: UUFA Solar Panels and Climate Justice Next year we expect to have solar panels installed on the UUFA roof, courtesy of a generous donation by a UUFA couple. Come explore the proposal, the installation, and the cost savings expected. Can we also illuminate our UU spiritual values through this project, combing our passion for the environment with our calling to serve social justice in our community? Join speakers Kate Blane and Dan Everett in exploring these ideas. The Forum is held on second and third Sundays from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. in the Eskildsen Room. ————————————————————————————
  • November 10: “Life After Deaf” Publication Party On November 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., UUFA member Noel Holston hosts a publication party for his new book, a memoir titled Life After Deaf. The book will be published in November by Skyhorse Books. The event includes a reading and a time for questions and answers. Noel writes, “Only a handful of UUFA members are as hearing-impaired as I am, but I’m guessing many members know someone who would benefit from the lessons my adventure has taught me.” ————————————————————————————-
  • November 10: Book Talks Discusses “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean Book Talks is an informal group that meets the second Sunday of the month after the service to discuss books selected by the members. While reading the monthly selection ahead of time is desirable, don’t stay away if you haven’t finished the book or haven’t read it at all. Your comments are always welcomed. For a complete list of all the books chosen for this program year, go to If you want lunch, bring your own brown bag. If you have any questions, call Clarissa Finco (706-543-6064) or email November 10, 2019, The Library Book by Susan Orlean  At the center of the book is a seven-hour fire that raged through the Los Angeles Center library in   1986, destroying or damaging more than a million volumes. As the author reminds us, “People have been burning libraries for nearly as long as they have been building libraries. ————————————————————————————–
  • November 10: Ethics of Eating Join guest speaker Judy Bradberry on Sunday, November 10, at noon and explore how food choices impact our health, the environment, and animals and learn how new technologies in food science are changing the way we eat! Participants will learn how each of us can make a difference in making this world a better place… one bite at a time. The presentation will last 90 minutes. Lunch before the presentation will be provided for participants by the Food Justice Team at UUFA, so registration is a must, and a minimum of 10 registrants is required. Please register by clicking here or  at the Ways to Engage table. For further information,  contact Vivian Sellers ( ——————————————————————————————-  
  • November 10: Film Fans to See “Harriet” Film Fans will be gathering this Sunday, November 10, to see Harriet at Beechwood theater at 4:15 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to come!  We’ll gather in the lobby about 4:00.  Hope you can join us. Film Fans is a Fun and Fellowship activity. For more information contact Carol-Lee Baker ( or 706-483-2314). ————————————————————————————–
  • November 12: Second Lookers Second Lookers will gather on Tuesday, November 12.  Deb Brenner and John Olive will read and sign for us–don’t know what yet, just not Shakespeare, Deb said.  Come prepare to be entertained by our talented Fellowship friends. Bring a brown bag or such at noon on Tuesday, November 12. For further information, contact Hester Meyers. ———————————————————————————-  
  • November 14 and November 15: Our Daily Bread What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, November 14, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, November 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to serve the meal at First Baptist Church. Our Daily Bread Community Kitchen serves breakfast and lunch Monday through 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 August, contact David Jarrett ( or 706.338.2798). Our Daily Bread outreach is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————–  
  • November 16 – New to UUFA Orientation A New to UUFA newcomer orientation will be held on Saturday, November 16, 8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Newcomers to UUFA and Unitarian Universalism are invited to attend and learn more about us. Participants briefly share their religious journey, and learn about the history and development of Unitarian Universalism and UUFA. You’ll meet Fellowship leaders, including our minister, Rev. Alison Eskildsen, and get information on programs, activities and services at UUFA. The morning begins with a continental breakfast and ends by noon. Child care can be arranged with advance notice. A sign-up sheet is at the information station in the Welcome Hall. You can also sign up by contacting or calling the Fellowship office ( or by contacting Michelle Leebens-Mack, chair of the Membership Committee ( ________________________________________________
  • November 16: Justice Fest 2019 You will not want to miss Justice Fest 2019! Hosted by the Athens Economic Justice Coalition (a UUFA Justice Partner) on Saturday, November 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at UUFA, Justice Fest will feature the UUFA Chalice Choir and Palms of Fire, the UUFA Drum Circle. Fenwick Broyard, Director of Lifespan Religious Education for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta will be the keynote speaker.  In addition, Lee and Fred Smith, Sr., will receive the Dr. Ray MacNair Lifetime Achievement Award. Your donations at this event are tax deductible in that EJC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For further information, click here. ————————————————————————————————–
  • November 17 Forum: Born Intersex–We Are Human! In this PG 13 presentation, Mx. Anunnaki Ray Marquez–gender/Intersex activist, educator, speaker, and UUFA member–will do his TEDx Talk live for us followed by Q and A. He will educate about intersex 101 while including how intersex children’s human rights are being violated as well as his journey in achieving the first intersex birth certificate in Colorado September 2018. The Forum is held on second and third Sundays from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. in the Eskildsen Room. ————————————————————————————
  • November 17: Green Sanctuary Team Meeting Green Sanctuary Team will meet on the patio after the service on November 17, 2019. We will share progress on projects and anything else that comes up. For more information, contact Liz ( ————————————————————————————-
  • November 17: 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–November 17–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!forum/uufa-sanctuary-movement-team/join. Need more information?  Contact Nancy MacNair ( or 706.546.5237) or visit The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————-
  • November 17: UUFA’s Partner Church Team All are welcome to invited to join the Partner Church Team on Sunday, November 17 at noon. We are excited about supporting our youth to the 2020 International Youth Pilgrimage and Camp. We will also be discussing our support of students through our partner church in Okland, Romania, sharing updates and hopefully pictures from our sister church. Please grab your coffee and find out more. Questions? Contact: Michelle Leebens-Mack ( ————————————————————————————–
  • November 19: 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, November 19, from  7-8:30 p.m. at Oconee Street UMC, 595 Oconee Street, Athens.   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 ( ———————————————————————————–
  • November 21: Scrabble with the Rabble This month Scrabble with the Rabble meets Thursday, November 21,  from 7-9 p.m. in at UUFA in the Fellowship Hall (or 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,  The change to Thursday evenings may become permanent. Let Kathy know your preference! —————————————————————————–
  • November 23: Athens Rising–The Sicyon Project Athens Rising: The Sicyon Project will be shown at UUFA on Saturday, November 23, from 4-6:30 p.m. This first full-length documentary in an ongoing series (now there are two!) from local filmmaker James Preston celebrates the creative class in the Classic City.  Featuring dozens of performances from the living rooms, backyards, and unconventional venues throughout Athens, Georgia, the film takes a deep look at music, dance, food, stand-up comedy, strange theater, visual art, and the origins of AthFest. The movie would be rated R for language. James will be on hand for a Q and A following the film. Donations toward future projects would be welcomed. For further information, contact Vivian Sellers. ———————————————————————————-  
  • November 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.bin the UUFA Fellowship Hall. For further information, contact Morgan Henry. ———————————————————————————–
  • November 24: Fourth Sunday Lunch–YoUU Are Needed! The menu for the next Fourth Sunday Lunch, which will be held on November 24, will be a macaroni and cheese bar with a variety of toppings or mix-ins, salads, bread, and desserts.  The mac and cheese, salads and bread will be provided.  You are asked to bring the mix-ins for mac and cheese and desserts.  We also need helping hands with set up and clean up.  Please sign up at the Ways to Engage (activities) table in the Welcome Hall. There will be more information there, or contact Carol-Lee Baker ( or 706-483-2314). ————————————————————————————-  
  • November 24: Interfaith Thanksgiving Service On Sunday, November 24, at 4 p.m., at the Piedmont College Meeting House, 595 Prince Ave. Athens, 30601, join Rev. Eskildsen and members of the UUFA Chalice Choir for the 4th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship service. Come support our connections with the community! Donations will be collected for the Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition. Questions: Contact Rev. Eskildsen   ______________________________________________
  • UPLIFT: Uplifting LGBTQ+++ Dignity, Liberation, and Equity In and Beyond Unitarian Universalism! Click the headline above and then, here to read the latest blog. ——————————————————————————————

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