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  • September 8: UUFA Justice Partner (AADM) Event Click here for further information.
  • August 28: UUFA Justice Partner (AADM) Event
  • Act Globally Summer 2019: Engaging with Global Unitarian/Universalism in Action Click here to read the latest newsletter! ————————————————————————————–
  • September 15: Deadline to Submit to 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. —————————————————————————–
  • August 27: 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, August 27, 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). ———————————————————————————–
  • September 7: Quarterly Connections You are invited to join in the next Quarterly Connections on Saturday, September 7, from 9 a.m. to noon.  This session will focus on being inclusive and welcoming. All are encouraged to attend.    For planning purposes, click here to RSPV, or contact Lee Cornell (uufa.lee@gmail.com). —————————————————————-
  • September 1: Social Action Committee (SAC) 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, September 1, beginning at noon in the old sofa 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! For more information, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com). The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. —————————————————————————————
  • September 10: Second Lookers Second Lookers meets September 10 at UUFA. Second Lookers (second Tuesday each month at noon) is a chance for men and women who have retired from jobs but most certainly not from life! We are interested and interesting older members of the Fellowship who gather to catch up with each other over brown bag lunches and coffee followed by either a guest speaker or other program. For more information, contact Hester Meyers (706-548-4182, rhmeyers@uga.edu). ———————————————————————————  
  • August 25: Fourth Sunday Lunch — Congregational Potluck! On August 25, we’ll have a congregation wide potluck immediately following the service for our Fourth Sunday Lunch. If you wish to participate, please bring a dish. Suggestion: if the first letter of your last name begins with A – F, please bring a salad or a side dish; G – M a main dish; N – Z a dessert. Please bring your dish, ready to serve, to the kitchen before the service. We can warm if necessary. We also need 4 folks to help set up and 4 to help clean up. For more information, please contact Carol-Lee Baker (carlee1945@gmail.com or 706-483-2314) or visit her in the kitchen. —————————————————————————–
  • August 25: Partner Church Team Meets UUFA has been in partnership with the Unitarian Church in Okland, Romania, for over 25 years. Members from our congregation have cherished their visits to this little village in the Székely Land, an ethno-cultural region in eastern Transylvania.  Our Fellowship has enjoyed a number of visits by the minister, his family, and the youth of Okland. Our friendship has developed as the family of their minister, Levente Keleman, has grown.  Rev. Kelemen has been struggling with cancer for the past couple of years and will be undergoing more chemotherapy. Supporting the Kelemen family and their community during this difficult time from afar is hard.  We would like to send messages of love and support. Please stop by the Partner Church Team table after the service to write or sign cards to Rev. Kelemen, his wife Eva, their children (Tas, Elod, and Kincso), and the Okland community. The Partner Church Team will meet Sunday, August 25, after the worship service in the Kleiner Heritage Room.  Please grab a plate of food and join us to plan our next year of connections with our Unitarian roots! Questions: contact Michelle Leebens-Mack (leebensmack@gmail.com or 706-410-6454). —————————————————————————–
  • September 8: Book Talks Begins With “Becoming” by Michelle Obama 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, CLICK HERE. This group will have its first 2019-20 gathering on  September 8, 2019,  discussing Becoming by Michelle Obama. A single sentence catches the blend of what makes Michelle simultaneously admirable and adorable.  Recalling her teenage friendship with Jesse Jackson’s daughter, she says “Santita and I were all for strengthening the character of black youth across America, but we also needed rather desperately to get to the shopping mall before the K-Swiss sneaker sale ended.” If you want lunch, bring your own brown bag. If you have any questions, call Clarissa Finco (706-543-6064) or email clarissa.finco@gmail.com. ————————————————————————————–
  • September 8: One More Chance to Discuss the UUA Common Read Come talk with others on Sunday, September 8, from 12:30 until 2, after the Activities Fair, about Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment, the UUA Common Read Selection for 2019. “At a time when racial justice, environmental justice, and economic justice are seen as issues competing for time, attention, and resources, Justice on Earth explores the ways in which the three are intertwined.” A request was made that we reprise this discussion, and Dan Everett and Kate Blane have graciously agreed to facilitate this again. Six folks must  register ahead of time to make the discussion happen, so, sign up at the Ways to Engage table or contact Vivian Sellers at vpsellers@gmail.com to be sure that we can offer this. You can obtain a book through the UUA bookstore online or through any other bookstore. ——————————————————————————
  • Thank you for your CANtributions! Thank you to all who contributed to our CANtributions last week! They were gratefully received by the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank! The wicker basket as you enter the sanctuary is always ready to receive your nonperishable food items and/or monetary gifts. ————————————————————————————
  • Joys, Sorrows, Milestones – August 18 In keeping with our experimental “Sharing Our Joys, Sorrows, and Milestones” procedure, the following people asked to have their notes from the service on Sunday, August 18, 2019, shared with you. Mark Williams and Susan Andrews recently celebrated their 25th anniversary together. In addition, their daughter Heather McMichen recently gave birth to their first grandchild. Alice Woodruff completed all her cancer treatments and she feels great! She offers thanks to Rev. Alison and all the other members and friends who helped during the treatments. Deb Brenner invites you to join a ‘peer connections meeting’ she facilitates for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) every 4th Tuesday, 6-7:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, Dougherty Street entrance. She adds, “If you experience any form of mental illness disorder, you are invited to the group on Tuesday, August 27. Annette Bergins shares, “We have welcomed a long lost nephew, Eddie Wiggins, to our family. If he comes to visit in Athens, I’ll bring him to UUFA and introduce him to all.” Sage Hylton-Lemons-Link shares, “Our rescue kitten is healing and gaining weight now that her eye wound is much better.” If you see any of these people in the coming weeks, feel free to respond as you feel moved. _________________________________________________
  • August 24: RE Parents and Children Ingathering Please join us on Saturday, August 24, for a pre-program-year kick off event for families!  We will mix and mingle and enjoy fellowship while also taking some time to connect about the needs and expectations families have for the coming program year. Please join us from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. RSVP here!  Light snacks and activities for children will be provided. This event is open to anyone with children or youth who are involved in the RE Program at UUFA or who would like to become involved. Questions? Contact Kelli McConnell dre@uuathensga.org. ——————————————————————————-
  • New Joys and Sorrows Plan We’re Changing Things Up! During our Sunday morning services, we frequently include a time to share significant personal joys, sorrows, or milestones. We generally consider that sharing such feelings and events in our lives helps build connections between us and helps us care for one another.  However, we also realize that not everyone comes forward to share; some come forward frequently to share; and some share a little too much information. Also, we hear occasional announcements or partisan political expressions for which this ritual is not really intended. Planning the timing of the whole service is also difficult since we don’t have any idea how many people will come forward on any Sunday. For many years, we have accepted these challenges, but as the Fellowship has grown and the Joys and Sorrows time becomes longer, the Worship Arts Committee has reflected and debated on a variety of new approaches. We’ve developed a new procedure similar to what many other UU congregations use. We hope this will meet our community and connection goals, continue to give people a chance to share what’s going on in their lives, and perhaps encourage wider participation. Here’s the Plan If you wish to share a joy, sorrow, or milestone, you may pick up a new “Sharing Our Joys, Sorrows, and Milestones” card when you enter the sanctuary. On Sunday, August 18, a card will be included in every order of service, but on successive Sundays, they will be located at the two Centering Stations located at the back of the sanctuary and on the credenza at the back. The card will prompt you for basic information including whether you want us to share your joy, sorrow, or milestone on our website so that those not present can learn of it and/or whether you want someone to follow up with you later. The card includes several lines for you to BRIEFLY and LEGIBLY write what you wish. During the offering (the Sharing Our Gifts time), the cards should be placed in the offering plates along with your financial contribution. The ushers will remove them and give them to that Sunday’s Worship Assistant for reading later in the service, if possible. The writer will be recognized by name and may stand or wave so that others can put a face to the name. All cards will later be given to the Rev. Alison Eskildsen, the Rev. Don Randall, and the Pastoral Care Team. This is an experiment we’ll try for several months. If it seems to be meeting our needs, we’ll continue it. If not, we’ll consider something different. No one right or wrong way exists to share our lives with the community, but we recognize that some will be unhappy with the change, and we know others will be very happy we’re making this change. Please let members of the Worship Arts Committee know what you think, but please wait a few weeks before you do. Give the change a chance, please. Rev. Alison and Worship Arts Committee ________________________________________________
  • August 24: Remembrance Day for Bettina Rose Hughes Jason Hughes is hosting a remembrance day for his mother, Bettina Rose Hughes, beginning at 1 p.m., Saturday, August 24, at his home (1111 Creek Bridge Dr, Watkinsville, GA 30677, 706-705-1254). All friends of Bettina Rose are invited to attend. She was a member of UUFA who passed away earlier this summer. —————————————————————————–
  • UU Women’s Federation August Newsletter Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation Click here to read the August newsletter. ————————————————————————-
  • Love Resists: We Are Building Power toward Ending All Detention and Deportation Click here to read to read about what you can do now to work towards ending detention and deportation. Love Resists is a joint campaign by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. —————————————————————————————-
  • UUA Matters: August 2019 Southern Region Newsletter To read the August 2019 Southern Region Newsletter, click here. ————————————————————————————
  • September 3: Worship Arts Committee (WAC) – Would you like to have input into what happens during worship services on Sunday? – Is there a topic you would like someone to address during a service? – Are you interested in helping plan worship services or in assisting with some of the parts of a worship service? If your answer is “yes” to any of the above or if you have other questions about worship, please attend the next meeting of the Worship Arts Committee (WAC) on Tuesday, September 3, at 6:30 p.m. Anyone is 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 WAC although this committee always welcomes new members. For further information, contact Lee Cornell, Lay Minister for Spiritual Arts (uufa.lee@gmail.com). —————————————————————————————
  • September 1 to 8: Next Family Promise (fna IHNA) Week The Athens program to support homeless families in transition has changed its name from Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens (IHNA) to Family Promise, which is the name of the national organization with which IHNA was affiliated. The UUFA will again be supporting Holy Cross Lutheran Church in hosting several homeless families for the week of September 1 through September 8 as part of Family Promise of Athens. If you have not volunteered for this program previously, we will arrange for you to participate in a brief and helpful training session. Please use the following link to indicate when you’re able to volunteer:  volunteersignup.org/Y3WEX Thanks, as always, for your commitment to this worthy local cause! For further information, contact Mark Hodges (markhodges4427@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————–
  • Mountain Matters: August 2019 Click here to read the latest newsletter from The Mountain.     ————————————————————————————–
  • Fall SGM Registration Starting Now The Small Group Ministry (SGM) 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, go to uuathensga.org/education/small-group-ministries/ for more detail about the program, sample discussion topics, and more;  click here to sign up (Click the headline of this blurb to make the links active!) If you have other questions, contact Kelly Simonson (simonson72@hotmail.com). ————————————————————————————
  • Adult Exploration Team–Join Us! Have you enjoyed discussions, classes, or one-time events here at UUFA? Are you interested in formulating ideas for classes, experiences, and discussions for older youth and adults here at UUFA? Do you already have ideas??? Join the Adult Exploration Team! We meet occasionally to bring forth ideas and to begin the process of making them come to fruition. Many of the details are handled outside of the meetings. Contact Vivian Sellers at vpsellers@gmail.com for more information, or sign up at the Activities Fair on August 11. ————————————————————————————-

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