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Spiritual Arts

  • December 27 – Burning Bowl
    Led by Lay Minister Lee Cornell and Worship Assistant Leigh Harvey. Cause: The Cottage        Monthly Theme  – Interpretation Our monthly theme, Interpretation, allows us to explore stories ancient and modern and open the door to discern many points of view as we flow into this season of darkness and light.
  • December 6 – Chalica: A Principled Celebration!
    Unitarian Universalists are boundlessly curious about the world’s religions and happily celebrate many winter holidays. Fifteen years ago, a group of young adult UU seminarians began to yearn aloud for a holiday celebration that would be our own thing, not to supplant or compete with the other joyous celebrations, but to proclaim our own faith and explore its embodied practice. Our Interim Minister, the Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz, has been an enthusiastic Chalica lover for years, and she’s glad to introduce the tradition to UUFA. Cause: The Cottage        Monthly Theme  – Interpretation Our monthly theme, Interpretation, allows us to explore stories ...
  • December 13 – Stand Your Ground
    Hanukkah is a holiday rooted in armed resistance, but there’s much more to the story including a lot that is relevant to our own era. Interim Minister the Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will tell in story and song the tale of the ancient Maccabean rebellion and the deeper meanings in the magical nights that followed. Cause: The Cottage        Monthly Theme  – Interpretation Our monthly theme, Interpretation, allows us to explore stories ancient and modern and open the door to discern many points of view as we flow into this season of darkness and light.
  • December 20 – A Point of Repose
    Winter Solstice is an astrological phenomenon, a point in time marking the longest night and shortest day for people in Earth’s Northern Hemisphere. It’s also traditionally a time of spiritual quiet, of germination, of dreaming. Interim Minister the Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will explore the turn towards darkness and rest in anticipation of the next night’s traditional evening Solstice service and its celebration of the return to light. Don’t forget to pick up your December holiday bag from Rev. Lisa and Ms. Kelli the Saturday before this service – candles are included! Drive through event Saturday, December 19, from 1 ...
  • Monday December 21, 7p.m. Honoring the Dark, Welcoming the Light
    Dim the lights, cozy up to the fire, and spend the Winter Solstice with Music Director, Amber Fetner and UUFA musicians. We will rest in the darkness of the longest night and celebrate the return of the sun through music, reflection, and community. Don’t forget to pick up your December holiday bag from Rev. Lisa and Ms. Kelli the Saturday before this service – candles are included! Drive through event Saturday, December 19, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the UUFA main parking lot. Cause: The Cottage        Monthly Theme  – Interpretation Our monthly theme, Interpretation, allows us to explore stories ancient ...
  • December 24  – 6 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
    This is a service of song and story, celebrating mystery and wonder in Unitarian Universalist style. Interim Minister the Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will tell a story (no sermon), and we’ll sing the UU versions of favorite carols. This virtual candlelight service is a great way to soothe tired children AND weary adults into a peaceful holiday. Don’t forget to pick up your December Holiday bag from Rev. Lisa and Ms. Kelli the Saturday before this service – candles are included! Drive through event Saturday, December 19, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the UUFA main parking lot. Cause: The Cottage    ...

Worship Services Below Include Video Links

  • November 22: Unplug the Christmas Machine November 22: Unplug the Christmas Machine 
    Whether you love or loathe the holiday season, it’s hard to ignore it, and it seems that each year the materialistic machine encroaches a little more on a time that’s supposed to be festive, fun, and … maybe even holy. Looking for stamina to make it through? Interim Minister Rev. ...
  • November 15: God Loves the World: No ExceptionsNovember 15: God Loves the World: No Exceptions
    Universalism is, clearly, an important part of the history Unitarian Universalist faith tradition. We’re proud of our heritage of heresy, but what does “universalism” mean? Interim Minister Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will consider what relevance the concept has for the world today and what it might look like to recast ...
  • November 1: Planting HopeNovember 1: Planting Hope
    It’s been a tough year. Autumn brings deeper darkness to the Northern Hemisphere and a high-stakes election to our nation. We are grateful for our November theme reminding us of the importance of “strength and stamina.” Today is the annual bulb ceremony, and we’ll remember those we’ve lost and plant ...
  • September 27 – Whose Are We?
    There are many tales, historical and metaphorical, that describe how individuals and groups gain insight into their core identities. Interim minister Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will use a very ancient story from the middle east to explore the existential question – not “who” we are, but “whose” we are. https://www.facebook.com/uufaga/videos/2426999550938780  

Ministry

  • Phone In and Listen to Sunday Morning Worship
    Have a telephone? Listen to the Sunday Service! Not a fan of technology?  Just in a listening kind of mood? Anyone can now listen to the Sunday morning worship service live over the telephone! You do not need a “smart phone.” Any phone will do! You do not need an internet connection. Sunday, ...
  • December 1: Worship Arts and Celebrations Team
    You are invited to attend virtually the next meeting of the Worship Arts and Celebrations Team (WACT) on Tuesday, December 1,  beginning at 6:30 p.m. You are welcome to attend a meeting whether you want to observe, want give feedback or input, or are considering participating in planning and conducting worship ...

Lifespan Religious Exploration

  • October 4: First Sunday of Children’s Church
    Kids are invited to join us for Children’s Church on the first Sunday of the month, directly following the Sunday morning worship service. RE teachers along with Miss Kelli and Miss Shauna on the ukulele will be hosting a Zoom room for kids in Pre-K through fifth grades. We will ...
  • Thursdays: Tai Chi Class
    Tai Chi Flow class virtually on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. with Jackie and Bill  Pierson Tai Chi Flow is a blend of Qigong and Tai Chi moves that are set to music. You don’t need to know anything or have any prior experience; just follow along and have fun. Tai Chi ...
  • Mondays: Religious Book Discussion Group
    This group now meets virtually Monday evenings from 7:30 until 9:00 p.m., and its name–Religious Book Discussion Group–implies its purpose. Currently, this group is pondering the Tao Te Ching. Everyone is welcome. Diverse spiritual or religious beliefs will enhance the discussions. For more info, contact, Paul-Henri Gurian  or Alice Rose. ————————————————————————————–

Denominational Affairs

Governance

  • Bringing Our Strengths Together
    When we Board members established the 2020-2021 theme of Let It Be a Dance last winter, we didn’t anticipate that the Fellowship and everyone else would face a pandemic in 2020, now approaching its third peak of infections. The application of November’s sub-theme of Strength was anticipated quite differently last ...
  • August Board NotesAugust Board Notes
    by Scott Mason, UUFA Board President Some call it “being in the zone” or “getting totally focused.” Others talk about “when everything clicks.”  The experience transcends normal consciousness, leading us to extraordinarily heightened awareness, and feelings of complete confidence.  “Flow.” Runners know flow.  You stop thinking about how you’re running, your posture ...
  • August 13: Kathy Mason shares info about UUFA’s Care Ring program
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n34rnf7hC50
  • UUFA President’s Podcast with Rev. Alison
    https://youtu.be/H4OLq69AwOQ UUFA President Scott Mason interviews Rev. Alison this week!
  • Podcast 16 Let It Be a Dance
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jdvmmt9tuo

Communications

  • December Spotlight Volunteer of the Month
    Vivian Preston Sellers joined the UUFA in 2013. She served as a Lay Minister for Religious Exploration for 4 years.  She has been an usher, greeter, and Worship Assistant. She has led Adult RE offerings, and, at present, serves as the Vice-President of the Board of Trustees. Though she has ...
  • Visual Announcements Also Available
    Visual announcements are being shown at 10:15 a.m. before the Sunday morning service and immediately following its conclusion and are linked on the UUFA homepage (bottom left) to be viewed at your leisure. While the visuals announcements are not a substitute for reading the weekly enews and monthly Tapestry, they do a ...
  • December 9: 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, December 9, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., by clicking here. Questions? Contact Herb West.
  • UUFA Opening–Phase One–Everything You Need to Know!
    At its September 7 meeting, the UUFA Board of Trustees voted, upon the advice of the newly-formed medical advisory panel, to reopen the outdoors (patio, grounds, parking lot) for small meetings and events. The panel, composed of four persons in the medical field who are associated with UUFA  (Dr. David ...
  • View This Sunday’s Service Online! (Click for the link.)
    Visit this page for the live stream link on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and to watch other UUFA videos: https://uuathensga.org/videos  

Fellowship

    • December 8: Second Lookers
      Join Second Lookers on Tuesday, December 8, for some holiday fun.  Amber Fetner and Neil Golden will lead us in singing holiday songs, (perhaps we may be good enough to be included in a future Sunday service…), and Mary Jean Hartel will continue our holiday tradition of reading a holiday ...
    • Request from Rev. Lisa
      In a recent UUFA podcast, Rev. Lisa asked for you to send her the names of three to 10 people who you see as “movers and shakers” in the UUFA community. Email Rev. Lisa at revlisa@uuathensga.org. Rev. Lisa said “If YOU would consider yourself a mover and/or shaker, you can ...
    • 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 ...
    • Stay Connected with Virtual Gatherings
      During this time of physical distancing and sheltering in place, we do not need to be isolated. UUFA is now offering a variety of opportunities to get together with Zoom conferencing. Staying connected as a congregation has never been solely about Sunday morning. We hope you will join us as ...
    • 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 ...

    Justice

    • July 26 to August 2: UUFA Family Promise Week
      UUFA will be supporting Holy Cross Lutheran in hosting Family Promise clients during the week of July 26-August 2. This upcoming week of hosting will be quite different than any we’ve done before due to the Covid pandemic, but the families are currently being housed at an outstanding and very safe facility provided ...
    • Volunteers Needed for Voter RegistrationVolunteers Needed for Voter Registration
      Help with Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Applications The Economic Justice Coalition (EJC) needs volunteers to help voters register and complete absentee ballot applications. These action are being done along with an EJC Census event.  Volunteering for part of the time is fine.  Distancing and wearing masks and gloves are part of the ...
    • 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 16: Show Up for Racial Justice
      Now is the time to get to work! In partnership with Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) we are calling folks in Georgia to have values-based conversations that move the hearts and minds of community members. Join us on Thursday, July 16, 6-8 p.m. for our first national phonebank to Georgia.  Click here ...
    • 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 ...
    • November 29 to December 6: UUFA Family Promise Week
      The UUFA will once again be supporting Holy Cross Lutheran Church in hosting Family Promise families during the week of November 29 to December 6. This upcoming week of hosting will take place at a new static facility provided by Milledge Avenue Baptist Church at 1690 S Milledge Ave in ...
    • December 6: Social Action Committee–Join in.
      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,  December 6, beginning at noon virtually. Click here to connect to this meeting. Can’t attend?  If you would like to know what transpires in the UUFA SAC, join ...
    • UU the Vote Georgia Runoff Events
      UU the Vote Georgia invites you to help Get Out the Vote and make an impact on the January 5 Runoff Election. There are phone banks to join, organizing software to learn, and Election Day polling place activities to join. Want to get involved with the Georgia run off? Sign up to ...
    • December 19: Chalice Film Series Discussion
      On Saturday, December 19, at 4 p.m., you are invited to engage in a discussion of the YouTube video Whiteness: WTF? White Privilege and the Invisible Race. All participating in the discussion are asked to watch this 27-minute video prior to the December 19 discussion. A link on the UUFA Stay Connected page will connect ...
    • December 22: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition
      Interested in immigration issues? You are invited to attend the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held virtually on Tuesday, December 22, 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, ...
    • November 24: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition
      Interested in immigration issues? You are invited to attend the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held virtually on Tuesday, November 24, 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, ...
    • November 29: Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team
      You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team on Sunday, November 29, 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. To join ...
    • December 27: Alphabet Family Gathering
      Do you identify anywhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum? Then come join us for fun and fellowship on December 27 from 6-8 p.m.! To join this meeting, click here. For further information, contact Morgan Henry.
    • December 27: Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team
      You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team on Sunday, December 27, 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. To join ...

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