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Spiritual Arts

  • March 7: Flux & FlowMarch 7: Flux & Flow
    So much is in flux in our world; and the social, political, and environmental realities seem to be ever-mutating. As the world changes dramatically in most every way (climate, demographics, political mood, business models, and more), a bold new strategy must emerge to bring about change on a personal, communal, and planetary level. Interim Minister Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will explore how we might embrace our role as positive change agents.
  • March 14: Loved into BeingMarch 14: Loved into Being
    Beautiful are the blessings offered freely and unstintingly, from one human to another, from one generation to another. Unitarian Universalist Association President, the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, offers her thoughts on generosity as a sustaining and transforming value for our time.
  • March 21: Covenant — Lighting the Way of CommunityMarch 21: Covenant -- Lighting the Way of Community
    Unitarian Universalists are sometimes asked, since we don’t share a creed or set of beliefs, what holds us together? In a word, covenant. UUs have agreed to a general set of principles that get us started in a general direction, but the force that lights our path along the journey is covenant. Interim Minister Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will talk about what holds us together even in this time of separation.
  • March 28: Widening the CircleMarch 28: Widening the Circle
    Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) have raised the consciousness of our faith movement since the nineteenth century, yet Unitarian Universalism remains a predominantly white religious community, impoverished by our inability (or unwillingness) to widen our practices and keep our promises. Interim Minister  Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will explore the long-term cultural and institutional change called for in the UUA’s challenge called Widening the Circle.

Worship Services Below Include Video Links

  • February 28: Buried TreasureFebruary 28: Buried Treasure
    The Biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann says, “Telling parables was one of Jesus’ revolutionary activities, for parables are subversive re-imagining of reality…These stories haunt us and push us in directions we never thought we would go.” Interim Minister the Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz examines a story from the past that could ...
  • February 21: Black Empowerment, White Privilege, and GadfliesFebruary 21: Black Empowerment, White Privilege, and Gadflies
    https://www.facebook.com/uufaga/videos/1321973791536757 When the Unitarians and Universalists merged in 1961, they brought together over a century of diligent work for racial justice, yet in 1969, Unitarian Universalism was almost destroyed by a conflict that led most of the black delegates to General Assembly and many white supporters to walk out in protest. Many ...
  • February 14: Side with LOVEFebruary 14: Side with LOVE
    https://www.facebook.com/uufaga/videos/280009023462995 What if to “side with love” meant making bold, faith-full choices? This Valentine’s Day worship service brings together UU leaders from across the country to offer hopeful, moving, challenging reminders about what we, as Unitarian Universalists, are called to do and BE, in the world. Participants include Dr. Takiyah Nur ...
  • February 7: Moving within a Time of TransitionFebruary 7: Moving within a Time of Transition
    https://www.facebook.com/184926198077/videos/762974801270061 As if the world hadn’t been in enough transition already, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens is simultaneously in the midst of ministerial transition. If we were a symphony, what kind of movement would this one be? Interim Minister Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will have a look into how a ...

Ministry

  • Ministry Council Update
    UUFA Ministry Council February 18, 2021 Our next meeting is March 18 at 7:00 PM  “Committee of Committees/Leadership Council” meeting and budget In the past, the MC has been involved in discussing budget needs with committees and the committees have submitted a budget request. Another approach we might consider is to ask the committees ...
  • Mondays: Drum with Palms of Fire
    Drum with Palms of Fire Monday nights, 5-6 p.m. virtually HERE  with limited spaces on the patio. Learn West African rhythms and rhythms of the African diaspora. Play for fun, for worship services, and out and about in the community. Contact UUFA Music Director, Amber Fetner, to reserve a spot on the ...
  • Virtual Choir
    Have you ever wanted to try choir but didn’t have time? Try out virtual choir! You can participate every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Only the people in your living room can hear you sing, so no need to be shy! Join by clicking here.  Email Amber (musicdirector@uuathensga.org) UUFA Music Director, to ...
  • March 2: Worship Arts and Celebrations Team
    You are invited to attend virtually the next meeting of the Worship Arts and Celebrations Team (WACT) on Tuesday, March 2,  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 ...
  • January 2021 Ministry Council Notes
    UUFA Ministry Council January 21, 2021   Chalice Lighting and Opening Words  Opening words by Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road: Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.   Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune Henceforth I whimper  ...

Lifespan Religious Exploration

  • 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

  • March 20: Spring Equinox Worship & Opening Celebration
    This program, beginning at noon, will include singing, spiritual practices, a keynote speech, and setting intentions for a beautiful Spring for Change – Season of Sacred Activism. Click here for more information and registration for this program sponsored by UU Ministry for the Earth.
  • UUA General Assembly 2021: Registration Now Open
    The UUA Board of Trustees passed a resolution making the 2021 UUA General Assembly a 100% virtual event. Let’s reach record-breaking attendance on June 23-27, 2021. General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, where we conduct business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, and lean ...
  • UUA Matters: March 2021 Southern Region Newsletter
    To read the March 2021 Southern Region newsletter, click here. Subscribe to the Southern Region e-newsletter if you haven’t already.
  • UUA’s 30 Days of Love: January 17 to February 15
    This year marks the ninth anniversary of the UUA’s 30 Days of Love campaign.  It is a period for intentional action, service, education, and reflection running from Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday to Valentine’s Day focusing on how we might deepen the connection to our faith at this time.
  • UUA General Assembly: Now Accepting Applications for GA Volunteers
    We are now accepting applications for General Assembly (GA) Volunteers! Virtual volunteers have the option of receiving complimentary GA registration. Those with anti-racism/anti-oppression and/or conflict management training, moderation experience, or previous General Assembly experience are especially sought. Volunteers typically work 20 hours, including trainings. Some will work before GA and others will ...

Governance

  • What’s Up with the Board – February 2021
    At its February 2021 meeting, the UUFA Board gathered with Rev. Lisa to consider and vote on near-term and long-term issues. Highlights follow. First up was the Transition Team’s report and the Board’s vote to extend Rev. Lisa’s contract through August 2022 when a new settled minister will arrive. We accepted the ...

Governance

  • Let It Be a Dance: Grounding
    I don’t know about you, but my anxiety has been much more obvious, both to me and to others, during this past year. During a UUA Southern Region webinar around the theme of “trauma,” I realized why there seems to be so much anxiety not only for me but also ...
  • UUFA Board Reflections Video
    https://youtu.be/9SQstSJJgIk
  • 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 ...

Communications

  • Can You Help? Info Needed!
    DRE Kelli McConnell’s sister and her family are relocating to Athens from Nashville, Tennessee, to provide additional support to Kelli as she undergoes treatment. If anyone in the UUFA community has property for rent or could provide any leads for a comfortable and safe place, please be in touch with ...
  • March 10: 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, March 10, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., by clicking here. Questions? Contact Herb West.
  • Codes to Phone In to Listen to Sunday Morning Worship in December
    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. ...
  • 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  
  • 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 the Congregational Administrator with any questions or concerns.  

Fellowship

    • UUFA Spotlight Volunteer for March – Deb Brenner!
      The fabulous Deb Brenner is being honored as our UUFA Spotlight Volunteer for the Month of March. Ten years ago she was pleased to serve on the Ministerial Search Committee welcoming Rev. Allison to our Fellowship. For many years, Deb has been a committed member of the Social Action Committee. She ...
    • March Cluster Recognition
      With spring on its way, we are delighted to honor the work of the Landscape Subcommittee. Our outdoor gathering spaces are lovely and welcoming to all because of the attention that this group has given to them. Activities of the committee include trimming shrubs and trees, weeding, spreading mulch, deadheading ...
    • March 6: Scavenger Hunt!!
      Here’s a family-friendly hour of fun for all those who miss our lovely UUFA building and grounds and for those who are still trying to get the lay of the land during the time when we can’t gather there in person! Rev. Lisa will host a virtual scavenger hunt, showing ...
    • Joys, Sorrows, Milestones — Winter 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 ...
    • Welcome — Pathway to Belonging March 20
      Are you new to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens? Are you curious and want to find out more about the UUFA and UUism? Would you like to find out how to get involved and find out what is going on at the Fellowship? Come to a quick romp through our ...
    • 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

    • Wednesdays: Diaper Drive and CANtribution Collection
      You are invited literally to drive by UUFA (in the parking lot) EVERY Wednesday, 3-4 p.m. to drop off diapers for the Athens immigrant community and/or nonperishable food items for the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank. Please remember the food bank does not accept expired food. Please read the UUFA Phase ...
    • February 28 to March 7: UUFA Family Promise Week
      The UUFA will again be supporting Holy Cross Lutheran Church in hosting Family Promise families during the week of February 28 – March 7. This upcoming week of hosting will take place at Milledge Avenue Baptist Church at 1690 S Milledge Ave in Athens.  As before, there will be very ...
    • February 8-22: Nominate a 2021-2022 Cause of the MonthFebruary 8-22:  Nominate a 2021-2022 Cause of the Month
      Nominations are open for UUFA members to nomination organizations to be on the ballot as a 2021-22 Cause of the Month.  Nominations will be accepted now through February 22. Click here to read further information and to access the nomination form. UUFA members will vote on the nominations from March 8 through ...
    • April 9-11: All-Virtual Intergenerational Spring Seminar, All In for Climate Justice: Food Equity and Sustainability
      Are you ALL IN for Climate Justice? Do you want to build intergenerational organizing? Register Now for the 2021 Intergenerational Spring Seminar! April 9-11. Register by March 18 for the 2021 all-virtual Intergenerational Spring Seminar, All In for Climate Justice: Food Equity and Sustainability, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the ...
    • March 7: 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, March 7, 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, ...
    • Mondays in March: BLM Demonstrations
      The UUFA Social Action Committee (SAC) invites you to join members of SAC and the local Indivisible group in staging Black Lives Matter demonstrations on the corner of Alps and Baxter Streets from noon until 1 p.m. every Monday in March. Join with sign or without. All are welcome! For additional information, contact ...
    • Nominees and Voting Information for 2021-22 Causes of the Month
      UUFA members are invited to vote for the 2021-22 Causes of the Month for UUFA’s Share the Plate program. Online voting will be open from March 8 to March 28 at midnight. Watch for additional announcements! Members will have an opportunity to vote for up to 12 organizations. The following organizations have been nominated.  ...

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