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spiritual arts

  • 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://www.uuathensga.org/online/  
  • Virtual Choir Returns in August! Have you ever wanted to try choir but didn’t have time? Try out virtual choir! You can participate in two ways every Wednesday at 7p.m.: Join on Zoom: This allows you to see faces, but the sound is not as good for some. Amber can also share the screen with you-for words or ...
  • August 4: Worship Arts and Celebrations Team You are invited to attend virtually the next meeting of the Worship Arts and Celebrations Team (WACT) on Tuesday, August 4,  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

  • August 8: World Cafe Two opportunities to connect: Join us for a World Cafe style conversation hosted by DRE, Kelli McConnell and Heather Jensen, our new Lay Minister of Yearning…as we explore the question What is like to (be a) parent during this pandemic? This conversation is open to our RE Families and any ...
  • July 8: Adaptive Living From Fear to Love – A virtual Learning Series at The  Mountain.   This series began with an introductory session on July 1.  Since there were over 100 participants, The Mountain has opened up the Zoom to 400! more.  The series will officially begin on July 8.  The remaining eight sessions will be held on Wednesdays at noon.  Currently, there are four attending ...
  • 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. ————————————————————————————–

  • Happy Feet for Socks of Love! Sunday’s AWE-fest felt like a love-fest! Thank you so much for being in shared ministry with me these last ten years…and for the wonderful gift of socks that will last for the next ten years! Check out the colorful, glorious array. Several socks did not identify their giver, or cards became separated from them. If you see your pair on the bottom row of this picture, please send me an email identifying them. I’d like to remember you when I wear them! (Click on the picture to see a larger, clearer image.) One wonderful pair of socks has sloths hanging around, another shows a tropical beach scene, both inspiration for my retirement. Some sport beautiful color combinations, and some feel cozily soft and fuzzy. One pair comes infused with aromatherapy! Yet others are just wild–I will wear them all proudly, and I’ll think of you when I do. With much love, fond memories, and happy feet, Rev. Alison For pictures of the AWE-fest drive by farewell, click here. Thank you, Lee Reed, for these wonderful photos.
  • Stay Connected Activities Survey UUFA Members and Friends: We hope you are safe and doing as well as possible during these challenging pandemic times. Not being together in person is person is so difficult. In addition to regularly scheduled Sunday services/activities/meetings, we have offered a variety of online Stay Connected options. Knowing that usual activities cannot resume for some time, we hope you will take a few moments to respond to five questions that will help the Ministry Council plan for future months by completing the Stay Connected Survey. ——————————————————————————-

denominational affairs

  • Side with Love Webinar Series: Taking a Deeper Look at the Breathe Act In collaboration with UUSC, Side With Love is offering an exciting new webinar series to deepen our collective activism and participation in the Movement for Black Lives. We invite you to participate in Taking A Collective Breath: Deepening our alignment with the Movement for Black Lives, a five-session series built around the elements ...
  • Have You Visited the UUA Lately? UUFA’s denomination–the Association of Unitarian Universalists (UUA)–is alive and well in this time. While the offices in Boston remain closed to all but essential staff, they are open for business virtually. If you missed it at this year’s General Assembly, take a moment to click on the video box on UUA ...

governance

communications

  • August 19: 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, August 19, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Questions? Contact Herb West.  
  • August 5: 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, August 5, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Questions? Contact Herb West.  
  • UUFA Building & Grounds Access Remains Limited For the protection of all and in keeping with UUA’s recommendations for congregations UUFA’s building remains closed. Access to the UUFA building is limited to occasional visits by staff, maintenance workers, and those producing the Sunday morning service. Please contact Rev. Alison with any questions or concerns. ————————————————————————————
  • Communications Matter: Check Early and Often! Are you just checking the UUFA News of the Week just once a week? Are you just visiting the UUFA website periodically? Are you just looking at the UUFA calendar monthly? Are you just looking at the UUFA facebook occasionally? Are you never clicking on UUFA hyperlinks?  🙁 Then you are not informed about everything ...

fellowship

    • Suzanne Reeves Has Masks Available! Free to UUFA members and friends!  If you need one, feel free to call her ((706) 850-7441). She says she has many with ribbons or bias tape that tie behind the head. She is also making some now with elastic.
    • Book Talks 2020-2021 Virtual Schedule Book Talks has met at UUFA for over twenty years! The tradition continues. For a link to this meeting online, email Shaye (uufa@uuathensga.org). For questions about the group, call or email Clarissa Finco (706-543-6064, clarissa.finco@gmail.com). This year’s books are the following: August 9, 2020 An American Marriage by Tayari Jones September 13, 2020 ...
    • August Spotlight Volunteer of the Month Is Andy Case! On behalf of the Volunteer Recognition Team (VRT), we are pleased to honor Andy Case as our Spotlight Volunteer for August. Andy’s contributions to the Committee on Shared Ministry as chair and for leading the assessment of the Lay Ministry program have not gone unnoticed. We appreciate his time and ...
    • UPDATE: Anyone have a lawn mower to donate? UPDATE! It’s another UU miracle! UUFA’s gas-powered mower was able to be repaired for a modest amount. However, the Building and Grounds Committee would like to continue this ask for a donation to be used as a back up. There is space in the shed for two mowers. Battery-powered, electric or gas-powered ...
    • August 9: Getting to Know UU Fellowship of Athens Are you new to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens? Are you new to UUism? Do you have questions about the worship service? …the UUFA is where questioning can be the answer! Drop-in and meet some old-timers, meet others who are exploring, and get your questions answered. We will meet on the second Sunday of ...
    • July 8: Adaptive Living From Fear to Love – A virtual Learning Series at The  Mountain.   This series began with an introductory session on July 1.  Since there were over 100 participants, The Mountain has opened up the Zoom to 400! more.  The series will officially begin on July 8.  The remaining eight sessions will be held on Wednesdays at noon.  Currently, there are four attending ...
    • June 19 — Farewell Drive By Details Farewell Drive-By and Socks of Love for Rev. Alison On Sunday, July 19, at 4:45 p.m. line your car up at St. Stephen’s Anglican Catholic Church parking lot to participate in the drive-by farewell to Rev. Alison and her husband Paul. They will be standing at the circle at the Fellowship. ...
    • 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. Alison and the Pastoral Care Team. We’re all concerned about what’s happening, but is there something special ...
    • Joys, Sorrows, Milestones – Summer 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 service shared with you. Notes from the last four weeks are posted. To share your own Joy, Sorrow, or Milestone, ...

    justice

    • 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 ...
    • Athens Anti Discrimination Movement, a UUFA Social Justice Partner, Sends Gifts to Families of Deceased The Athens Anti Discrimination Movement (AADM) recently sent gifts of comfort to some of the families of recent victims of racist violence: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Rayshaud Brooks. The gifts included a handmade quilted square with their name embroidered in a heart, a hand crocheted afghan, handmade soap, ...
    • August 12: UU the Vote Organizing School Find out more and sign up here!
    • August 15: Chalice Film Series Discussion You are invited to participate in the next Chalice Film Series Discussion. The next film in this series is Suppressed: The Fight To Vote by Brave New Films (37 minutes 54 seconds). Click the video viewer below to watch the film. Connie Bruce will facilitate the discussion on Saturday, August 15, online ...
    • August 2: Food Justice Team Do you eat?  If so, you are invited to attend the next meeting of the Food Justice Team on Sunday, August 2, beginning at 4 p.m. Omnivores welcome! Among the items being discussed is a fall Blessing of the Animals worship service and World Animal Day on October 4. Click here to be ...
    • August 2: Social Action Committee 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,  August 2, 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 the ...
    • August 2: UU the Vote Georgia There are 95 Days left until Election Day! Let’s make every day count! Join us on Sunday, August 2, at 2:00 p.m. to do your part to ensure everyone has a chance to vote in 2020.  On the Sunday, August 2, Georgia Power Hour, we are announcing some new opportunities and new roles to ...
    • August 23: Alphabet Family Group 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.! To join this meeting, click here. For further information, contact Morgan Henry.  
    • August 23: Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team on Sunday, July 26, 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. This meeting ...
    • August 25: Interfaith Sanctuary Coaliion Interested in immigration issues? You are invited to attend the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held virtually on Tuesday, August 25, 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, ...
    • August 8: UUFA Justice Partner Town Hall “Black Votes Matter”     For further information about this event sponsored by the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM), a 2020-21 UUFA Justice Partner, click here.
    • Black Lives Matter and UUFA–Where Do We Go From Here? We find ourselves in tumultuous times with seismic shifts in opinion on such matters as “How much should our police resemble our military?” and “When calling for reform, what language should we use?” Members of the UUFA Black Lives Matter Task Force would like to know what you think about ...
    • July 15: Our Daily Bread Help Needed As you are probably aware, the Fellowship has provided meals for Our Daily Bread over the past 24 years. Due to Covid 19 crisis starting in March, we gave financial assistance to ODB to purchase restaurant vouchers in lieu of fixing meals. Recently ODB has started back primarily serving meal ...
    • July 19: Green Sanctuary Team The Green Sanctuary Team will be meeting on Sunday, July 19, at noon virtually. You are invited to attend.  Click here. For further information,  contact the Green Sanctuary Team Chair Mark Williams. To join the Green Sanctuary Team email list, click here to sign up. —————————————————————————————
    • 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 ...
    • Social Action Committee Statement In light of recent events, the Social Action Committee (SAC) created the following statement at their June 7 meeting. The Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens in accordance with the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Seven Principles strongly condemns all forms of White Supremacy and Institutional Racism especially ...
    • UU the Vote: Weekly Update including July 18 Phonebank Bringing Our Values into the Public Square : Phonebank with Showing Up for Racial Justice  Saturday, July 18th 3-5 pm ET/ 12-2 pm PT UU the Vote and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) are partnering to identify and build connections with anti-racist voters in Pennsylvania. We’re inviting white folks in PA to actively ...

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