weaving the threads of community

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spiritual arts

  • Please Reflect If you have thoughts about what you found meaningful or challenging about a worship service, you are invited to share your thoughts.  Please take a moment to fill out a reflection form located on the credenza as you enter the sanctuary, leaving your completed form in the basket provided. For further information, contact Lee Cornell, Lay Minister for Spiritual Arts (uufa.lee@gmail.com). ———————————————————————————–
  • Seeking your WONDER-full stories Call for stories! DRE Kelli McConnell is looking for a few adult or teen storytellers to share a story with the congregation about when, as a young person, they were filled with wonder (awe, disbelief, magic, bewilderment, fascination, surprise) for the October 20 service. If this strikes a chord, please contact Kelli at dre@uuathensga.org. ———————————————————————————–
  • Worship in October Services on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. All-Fellowship Theme: Wondering October 6 – The Beloved Land  Members of the Muscogee Creek nation consider themselves in sacred relationship to the land we walk upon. Is that our relationship, too? Service led by Rev. Alison Eskildsen. October 13 – Driven by Curiosity  Curiosity may kill cats, but it drives humans forward. Service led Rev. Alison W. Eskildsen with the Chalice Choir. October 20 – Wonder  An all-ages service led by Kelli McConnell with musical guest Jasey Jones. October 27 – The Great Unknowing  Pondering life’s eternal questions. Service led Rev. Alison W. Eskildsen with the Chalice Choir. ————————————————————————————
  • Rev. Alison included in the Monthly Publication from the UU Church of the Larger Fellowship Click here to read and/or listen to a brief article on “play” by Rev. Alison in the September issue of Quest, the monthly publication of the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF).  CLF is a worldwide Unitarian Universalist congregation that “meets” online and connects UUs who are isolated geographically or by living situation.  Some members of UUFA have been or still are members of CLF, which may have been their entry point into Unitarian Universalism. ————————————————————————————-
  • Worship Arts Committee News You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Worship Arts Committee (WAC) on Tuesday, October 1, beginning 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. In addition, if you have thoughts about what you found meaningful or challenging about a worship service, you are invited to share your thoughts.  Please take a moment to fill out a reflection form located on the credenza as you enter the sanctuary, leaving your completed form in the basket provided. For further information, contact Lee Cornell, Lay Minister for Spiritual Arts (uufa.lee@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————–

denominational affairs

  • October 23: Love Resists–Join our Community Kickoff to End the Money Bail System Click here to learn more about the community kickoff to end the money bail system, which keeps people in jail, pre-trial, for weeks and even years—away from their families, friends and communities—before they see a judge and which traps people in debt, can mean a loss of custody of children, stable housing, employment, and more. The money bail system relies on dangerous and often biased presumptions about Black folks, People of Color, and poor people who have been accused of breaking laws and serves only to criminalize the poor and decimate families and communities.   Love Resists is a joint campaign by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. —————————————————————————————-
  • Chalice Lighter Call for Georgia Mountains UU Church   Click here to read about the Fall 2019 Chalice Lighter Call for the Mid-South geographical area. ————————————————————————————
  • October 16: Create Climate Justice Webinar You are invited to participate in the What’s Next Webinar planned for October 16. Click here to read more. Create Climate Justice is a joint campaign of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the UU Ministry for Earth (UUMFE). —————————————————————————————–

governance

  • Get on Board (October) The Board passed a motion to appoint a youth representative to the Board for a one-year trial period. This person is to have a voice but no vote. Barb Schell met with Lee Cornell and the Youth Group to discuss this proposition. The Board is thrilled that the youth responded with great enthusiasm! Lee is working with the group to select a member. Stay tuned for an update on this exciting change to the Board! In other news, the Board is exploring the idea of solar panels at the UUFA as well as ways to improve our Endowment Resources for the congregation. Finally, we have approved our Strategic Plan for the year. Click here to read the plan. (Click the headline above first!) Respectfully submitted, Michelle Swagler, Secretary, UUFA Board of Trustees ————————————————————————————
  • UUFA Sponsors a Candidate for UU Ministry On behalf of the congregation, the UUFA Board of Trustees voted to become the congregational sponsor for Michelle Leebens-Mack, fulfilling just one of many requirements to her becoming an ordained UU minister. Michelle has proven herself time and again to be a valued leader of this Fellowship. Over the years she has created and organized our Small Group Ministry program, been a Lay Minister, chaired committees (Communication, Membership, and Partner Church), and participated in numerous worship services. She also joined several Fellowship members on a pilgrimage to Transylvania, and she attended an international UU conference in Nepal. A regular General Assembly attendee, Michelle also serves on the board of the UU Partner Church Council. Given this broad commitment, the Board has full confidence in her character and suitability to become a UU minister. Michelle hopes to serve Unitarian Universalism as a chaplain, perhaps in a hospital setting. Michelle currently works as a Registered Nurse and has begun coursework to complete a Masters in Divinity at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. I hope you join me and the Board in wishing Michelle well in her studies and other requirements for becoming a chaplain. Each congregation has the responsibility to nurture future ministers from among its members. I am thrilled that the Fellowship will contribute in this way to our UU professional leadership. If you feel called to UU ministry or want to know more, please don’t hesitate to ask Michelle or me, Rev. Alison Eskildsen, about this. ________________________________________________________________

  • A Board Member’s Reflections In October, we are contemplating “Fulfilling the Promise through Wondering/Questioning.” Those two words – wondering and questioning – capture essential themes for us UUs. I think of questioning first. After all, it represents what brought me, and likely many other members, to Unitarian Universalism in the first place. Growing up a Presbyterian in Greenwood, South Carolina, I began questioning all that Protestant doctrine as a pre-teen, in part due to the presence of evil in the world. How could a benevolent God allow so much suffering? Before long, thanks to a liberal local Baptist congregation, I questioned the Trinity, and then the idea of God itself. I considered myself an unorthodox Christian for a couple of decades. A move to New Hampshire in the 1980s finally put me near a UU congregation full of members who were also questioning. It felt like a homecoming. Since then, I have found more UU congregations in New Hampshire and South Carolina. Moving to Athens in 2007 following my husband Bill’s death brought me to UUFA where my questioning continues amid others who prefer principles to doctrines. Of course, as a new Board member, I have lots of fresh questions. While questioning cleaves to the more intellectual side of UUism, wondering makes room for both curiosity and astonishment. And joy. For example, the joy in discovering more varieties of religious experience so welcome at UUFA. The almost indescribable impact of our choir and drum circle. The powerful worship that fills Sunday mornings.  The creativity which fills our programming for children and youth. The commitment of volunteers to practice social justice while helping to make sure that programming flourishes. Central to wondering this year is envisioning how we will make the Fellowship’s expanded and re-visioned physical space a resource for enriching the congregation’s life and for welcoming more community interaction. Board members welcome your wonderings. Susan Curtis Thanks to Myrna Adams West for her October Writing as a Spiritual Practice prompt which  offered jumping off points on wondering for this column. ————————————————————————————–

exploration

  • November 2: Living While Dying Film & Discussion Join Rev. Alison W. Eskildsen and John Muthe in a viewing and discussion about living with terminal illness. A discussion follows. Georgia health directives, living will forms, plus other information and handouts will be available. Meet in the Eskildsen Room at 10 am on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Questions? Contact Rev. Alison.
  • October 13: Join us for “We Laugh, We Cry”–Session 4 of the “Come, Come, Whoever You Are” Series Wanting to get to know folks here? Don’t know what’s going on? Let’s talk! This Sunday, October 13, at noon, Carol-Lee Baker–the Lay Minister for Fun and Fellowship– and Kelly Simonson–coordinator of the Small Group Ministry program–lead a conversation about the many ways UUFA supports folks in making connections with others while having fun. Ask questions, get answers! Childcare is available in the nursery from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. for each session! For further information about this series, contact Vivian Sellers. ———————————————————————————–
  • 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 2: Living While Dying–A Film and Discussion Led by John Muthe and Rev. Eskildsen, this session from 10 a.m. to noon explores the topic of how our end days can best be spent. The film chronicles the end of life for several people; John and Rev. Alison will lead a discussion following the film. Please register at the Ways to Engage table, or let Vivian Sellers know you are planning to attend. ————————————————————————————  
  • October 6: Session #3 of “Come, Come, Whoever You Are” Join Iva King and Vivian Sellers for “Wake Now My Senses,” a conversation about Exploration for children, youth, and adults here at UUFA. We’ll discuss the “Sunday School” for children, Youth Group  and other activities for those folks in middle- and high-school as well as offerings for adults. You’ll find out how those are chosen and how volunteers create these events as well as being able to ask questions about what “Exploration” means around here. The session will be held in the Heritage Room from noon until 1:00. Grab a cup of coffee and some snacks after the service, and come on down! If you’ll need child care, please let Vivian Sellers know at vpsellers@gmail.com. ————————————————————————————-

fellowship

    • October Spotlight Volunteers of the Month: Kathy and Scott Mason Congratulations to our October Spotlight Volunteers–Kathy and Scott Mason! Kathy’s work with the membership committee and with Pastoral Care heightened her awareness of the need for an easily updatable church directory.  The Masons feel that “names and faces are important” for all members to know one another and to create a welcoming environment.  With Scott’s photographic skills, the directory is becoming a valuable resource for all of us. Thank you, Kathy and Scott, for your valued contributions by connecting the Fellowship! ~ Volunteer Recognition Committee ————————————————————————————
    • Thanks to volunteer help at September 28 workday (Click here to see pictures of the day!) Our UUFA workday, Saturday, September 28, was a big success with cleaning inside and out.  There is now such a clear view outside the sanctuary windows that we can again see Bob Clements’ wonderful metal sculpture. Please thank these folks (pictured) for all their hard work:  Susan Brown, Sarah Cook, Gary Crider, Marguerite Holmes, Iva King, Larry King, Jim Porter, Karen Porter, Vivian Sellers, David Sweat, Liz Weaver, Harold Weber, Marie Weber, and Rosemary Wood along with Carol-Lee Baker for another deep cleaning of the kitchen and Herb West for valiantly hauling the big green chipper with his truck!   ———————————————————————————–

    • 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, 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”   Sunday, October 6, 2019 Sandie Storer shares a Sorrow that there are homeless in Athens, and a Joy, that many individuals and organizations serve their needs. John Olive and Deb Brenner visited John’s brother Martin who is suffering from dementia and a weak heart. He was basically unresponsive during their visit, but John believes Martin recognized him by placing John’s hand in his mouth.   Sunday, September 29, 2019 Sharon Carty announced , “I’ve tried all my life to finish my education to become a psychologist. My joy is that I am now a junior at Arizona State University online. Thank you, Universe!”   Sunday, September 22, 2019 Andy Case wishes to remember his friend, Joe Odom, “a kind, giving, caring soul who never missed a chance to help others in need and offer a laugh. While not a UU, he lived in Athens for 10+ years including as a police officer in Clarke County and fought and won a battle to ensure the officers in the 80s had gender and sexual orientation training. Namaste, Joe.” _____________________________________________________
    • November 2: Living While Dying Film & Discussion Join Rev. Alison W. Eskildsen and John Muthe in a viewing and discussion about living with terminal illness. A discussion follows. Georgia health directives, living will forms, plus other information and handouts will be available. Meet in the Eskildsen Room at 10 am on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Questions? Contact Rev. Alison.
    • 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. ———————————————————————————-  
    • 2020 Save the date! Retreat! Retreat! Save the date!  Mark your calendars!  Our next UUFA Fall Retreat is less than one year away! From October 2 to October 4, 2020, we will be at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center near Highlands, North Carolina for a wonder-filled, inspirational, fun, and friendship-forming weekend surrounded by the beauty of Little Scaly Mountain. So…save the date, save your pennies, watch for more information, and we hope that you all can come. Anyone interested in being part of the planning for the retreat, contact Carol-Lee Baker, Lay Minister for Fun and Fellowship, at carlee1945@gmail.com or 706-483-2314. ———————————————————————————-
    • Serving Items in the Kitchen PLEASE stop by the card table in the Fellowship Hall to see if any of the items that have been left in the kitchen might belong to you.  There are several water bottles, serving plates and a very pretty glass bowl.  Some of the items have been there for a long time and all will be cleared out this week.  Thanks for checking.  For information contact Carol-Lee Baker at carlee1945@gmail.com  or 706-483-2314. ————————————————————————————-
    • Ready for UUFA Membership? Are you ready to become an official member of the UU Fellowship of Athens? If so, we want to include you in the New Member Ceremony on Sunday, October 13. Please contact Michelle Leebens-Mack or  Larry Dendy of the Membership Committee to communicate your interest. To become a member, we ask that you attend a “New to UUFA” orientation session or meet with Rev. Alison Eskildsen; then you may sign a Covenant of Membership form. To sign that, please contact us or pick one up at UUFA’s Welcome Center at the entrance to the Fellowship. Completing these steps puts your becoming a member in motion. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Rev. Alison (or Michelle Leebens-Mack). __________________________________________________
    • October 8: Second Lookers At the September meeting, Roger Bailey, Rosemary Woodel, and Glen Ames shared their memories of times and places in their lives, evoking memories of listeners. At the October 8 meeting, all Second Lookers are invited to share a memory, perhaps a trip, a favorite food, or a holiday. Bring a photo that might illustrate that memory. 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). ————————————————————————————-  
    • Have you registered in Realm yet!? Do it! (Click here for more information.) Set up your account and update your privacy settings in Realm. (Already done this? Skip down to review all your options in Realm.) Register: Click on the link in the invitation email to register. If you haven’t received an invitation email, contact Shaye in the office (uufa@uuathensga.org). NOTE: the email will come from notifications@onrealmmail.org and have subject line of “Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens: Join our online community!” Search or check your spam folder if you don’t see it in your inbox. Change your privacy settings. After logging in, click on your name in the top right corner of the screen; then click on “Manage Privacy” from the drop-down menu. Choose “everyone” and click “SAVE” or contact Shaye in the office to change it for you. This allows your contact information to be shared with everyone in the online directory and group lists on Realm. Set up access on your smart phone! Click here for links to Realm Connect app or search in the ITunes or Google Play store. Install the app and sign in with your email and password. NOTE:  All of your information is secure and only accessible by approved staff/volunteers, and your contact information and group affiliations can only be seen by other UUFA members and friends. The information should never be shared outside of UUFA and never used for solicitations of any kind. Realm Options (log in first at onrealm.org/UUFA). Finding Others in the UUFA community. There are several ways to find others in Realm. Search — Begin typing a name in the search bar at the top of the screen to the left of your name. You’ll see choices populate below the box. Choose the one you want. Very helpful if you only remember a first or last name! Online Directory (automatically updates when a new member/friend is added or someone updates their information) — On left menu bar, choose “Directory” to scroll through a list of members and friends. Click on a name to see other information about the person depending on the choices they’ve made in their own privacy settings. NOTE: Ideally, you will see the groups a person is in, their birthday, as well as basic contact information. Names without any information either haven’t claimed their account in Realm, or changed their privacy settings. 3. PDF Fellowship Directory and Care Ring Directories (these static files are only updated a couple of times per year) – Choose “Groups” from the left menu, click on the first group “Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens,” then click on the tab “Files”. These lists contain only basic contact information, but no group memberships or other personal information. NOTE:  Any information on either the online or PDF files should never be shared outside of UUFA and never used for solicitations of any kind. Manage your pledge and online giving. Managing your giving is easy! Click on the “GIVING” tab on the left menu. Click on “+GIVE” to make a one-time gift online or set up recurring giving. Realm uses Vanco, a secure online payment processing center, to process your online gifts. When it’s time to pledge, click on “+PLEDGE” to enter your pledge. Contact Shaye in the office for assistance. ———————————————————————————-    
    • October 13: Film Fans It’s time for fans of films to gather this Sunday, October 13, for a movie outing.  We’ll see Judy at Beechwood Theater showing at 4:15.  We’ll meet in the lobby about 4:00.  Feel free to join us, and we’ll see you there. For more information about Film Fans, contact Carol-Lee Baker at carlee1945@gmail.com or 706-483-2314. —————————————————————————————
    • October 19: IG Film Coco, Soup Potluck and Campfire Everyone is invited to join us on Saturday, October 19 at 4:00 in the Eskildsen room for our IG Film Series – we’ll start the Pixar animated film Coco at 4:15.  Coco is a wonderful story about a young boy who is searching for the truth (about himself and about his family) – it is set in Mexico on the Day of the Dead (end of October) and if you haven’t seen this beautiful film, I highly recommend it! It is a treat for the eyes, ears and heart! We will enjoy popcorn during the movie and afterwards folks are invited to stay for a Soup Potluck (please RSVP here) and a community bonfire. If you can’t make it to the movie, you are still welcome to join us for the potluck and bonfire on the back lawn (or just come for the film). Photo Credit: Disney Pixar ————————————————————————————–
    • October 6: Opening Reception for “Eat Your Vegetables” Art Exhibit From October 6 through November 30, the UUFA Art Gallery will present “Eat Your Vegetables,” an exhibit celebrating sustainable plant-based agriculture. The show is sponsored by the UUFA Food Justice Group and will feature the work of Athens area artists, including UUFA members.  An opening reception for the exhibit will take place Sunday, October 6, at 3:00 in the UUFA Welcoming Hall. For more information, contact Mark Hodges at markhodges4427@gmail.com or 706-850-8387. ————————————————————————————
    • October 3: Roy Zimmerman Coffeehouse Concert Enjoy music, coffee, and treats, Thursday, Oct. 3rd in the Fellowship Hall, 7:00-9:00 with SUUSI favorite, Roy Zimmerman. Roy Zimmerman’s signature blend of heart and hilarity has never been more necessary. It’s laughter and encouragement for progressive-minded people who need a lot of both. $20 suggested donation -or pay what you can. ————————————————————————————-
    • October 6 — Sunday Hospitality Helping Hands Needed We’re short on kitchen help this Sunday, October 6. If you can pop in for 20 or 30 minutes, that would be a great help. Thank you! For more information about Sunday Hospitality contact Carol-Lee Baker, Lay Minister for Fun and Fellowship at carlee1945@gmail.com. ————————————————————————————  
    • October 25: Homebrew Hymn Sing! (Click to RSVP online!) On Friday, October 25, from 7-9 p.m. at UUFA, come sing a song with me! Gather with fellow beer enthusiasts for a fun evening of beer tasting and singing of a few of our favorite hymns. We will taste a few brews, many brewed at home by members of the Athens League of Extraordinary Zymurgists (ALEZ for short), and between beers, we will sing hymns from our UU hymnals, no doubt better and better as the evening progresses. Non-alcoholic beverages, beer samples (for those 21+, bring your photo ID), and light palate cleanser snacks will be available. All proceeds benefit the UUFA Expanding Our Vision Capital Campaign for our beautiful upgraded building. Suggested donation $10-20, as your budget allows. Checks should be made out directly to UUFA with “Homebrew Hymn Sing” on the memo line or cash at the door. Contact Pinkie (uupinkie@gmail.com) for more information. Click here to RSVP in advance. We want to make sure there are enough samples for everyone! ————————————————————————————-
    • October 18: Scrabble with the Rabble Scrabble with the Rabble usually meets every third Friday 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, kathylyndall@gmail.com). —————————————————————————–
    • RSVP now! October 23: Virginia Carver’s 90th Birthday Party! UUFA friends are invited to join in the celebration of Virginia Carver’s 90th birthday party on Wednesday, October 23 from 4:30-7 p.m.in the Fellowship Hall. RSVP by October 14 to vmcarver265@gmail.com or 706-543-6881. ————————————————————————————-
    • Get to Know Each Other at These Recurring Events Weekly: Tuesdays & Thursdays: Men’s Breakfast Men of UUFA meet twice weekly for breakfast and conversation from 9-11 am at Panera Bread. Wednesdays People’s Lunch: All are invited to the People’s Lunch Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. at Jason’s Deli. Please join us! Wednesdays Potluck: Wednesday potluck is a 35-year tradition at UUFA. All are welcome! Just bring a dish to share (homemade or purchased) at 6 p.m. and enjoy good food and interesting conversation. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages are available. Hope to see you there! Thursdays Women’s Breakfast: You are invited to join us for Thursday for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at Em’s Kitchen on Hawthorne Avenue. Come and enjoy conversation and coffee or a morning meal. For more information, contact Carol-Lee Baker (carlee1945@gmail.com, 706-483-2314). Thursdays YoUU Can Dance! Everyone is welcome to practice dance with an assortment of music. Whatever your level of dancing is, you’ll fit right in! Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the Ocean Room. For more information, contact Sandie Storer (ss6204656@gmail.com). Monthly: First Sundays: Let’s Get to Know You  Join Rev. Alison, a member of the Membership Committee, and other newcomers for an informal opportunity to ask questions, learn a bit about UUFA, and share what you might be hoping to find here. Feel free to drop in the Conference Room with your coffee or tea after the service. The Conference Room is the second door on the right as you enter the Fellowship through the main doors. Grateful Thread: Handwork and Conversation We would like to propose a group for anyone who likes to crochet, knit, quilt, tat, weave… anything to do with threadwork. We mainly want to meet socially as we do our threadwork; however, if anyone is interested in learning a new skill, Valerie will teach crochet and Lindsay will teach knitting. Any other member of the group is welcome to teach as well. We would also like to provide items for the Rolling Marketplace, with an emphasis on donating things for charities (such as hats, gloves, scarves for the homeless). We could also work with other groups at UUFA to coordinate this effort.. This fun group will be meeting on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. Hope to see you there.  We’ll be meeting in the UU Heritage Room (fka “the sofa room”). 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). Third Fridays: Scrabble with the Rabble usually meets from 7-9 p.m. in at UUFA in the 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, kathylyndall@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————-    
    • Thursdays: UU Can Dance! Dancing–a great way to unwind at the end of the day! On Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the Ocean Room, dance however you wish with an unlimited playlist of music to your liking. An excellent ballroom dancer will be available to guide and encourage. The dancing will include ballroom, freestyle, country line dancing, whatever your fancy. Hope to see you there. For more information, contact Sandie Storer (sandra_h_storer@yahoo.com). ————————————————————————————
    • Grateful Thread: Handwork and Conversation We would like to propose a group for anyone who likes to crochet, knit, quilt, tat, weave… anything to do with threadwork. We mainly want to meet socially as we do our threadword; however, if anyone is interested in learning a new skill, Valerie will teach crochet and Lindsay will teach knitting. Any other member of the group is welcome to teach as well. We would also like to provide items for the Rolling Marketplace, with an emphasis on donating things for charities (such as hats, gloves, scarves for the homeless). We could also work with other groups at UUFA to coordinate this effort.. This fun group will be meeting on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. Hope to see you there.  We’ll be meeting in the UU Heritage Room (fka “the sofa room”). ——————————————————————————
    • Thursday Breakfast You are invited to join us for Thursday Morning UUFA Women’s Breakfast.  We meet at 8:30 at Em’s Kitchen on Hawthorne Avenue to enjoy conversation and coffee or our morning meal. For more information contact Carol-Lee Baker (carlee1945@gmail.com or 706-483-2314). ————————————————————————————–

    justice

    • Bilingual? Help needed… click here for more info. from the Sanctuary Movement Team: If you are bilingual please consider volunteering at one of the public schools in town next week during their parent/teacher conferences. Many parents are in need of an interpreter, and volunteers are needed! Click here for a list of where and when volunteers are needed.  ————————————————————————————–  
    • CANtributions Update Because of your generosity, UUFA is in FOURTH PLACE in the friendly competition among 25 Athens-area faith communities.  As of the end of September, UUFA with its CANtributions of 1626 items is only 518 items out of third place. Please remember your CANtributions on Sunday morning or any time you attend UUFA. The wicker basket just outside the sanctuary doors is willing and able to receive your donations of nonperishable food items, which are given to the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank. Pork and beans, dry pasta, and fruit juices are especially needed. Not a fan of shopping?  Please label your check or cash donation with the words “Food Bank” and 1-8016. For further information, contact Barbara Leissner (leissnerbarbara@gmail.com or 706.227.1397) This initiative is hosted by the Social Action Committee, a part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————————–
    • Christmas Angel 2019 Can you be a Christmas Angel? UUFA will again participate in the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) gift program for needy children. Each holiday season many children in foster care receive few, if any, gifts over the holidays. Due to the generosity of its members and friends, UUFA has successfully participated in this program for over 20 years. The Social Action Committee is taking the lead this year in UUFA’s participation in the Christmas Angel Project. Please click here (or go to https://goo.gl/forms/ymrf6SdmskEPIcO33) by October 27 if you would like to sponsor a child or children. Please note that  special requests such as for the age or gender of the child(ren) cannot be accommodated. The deadline to deliver gifts to UUFA is Sunday, December 1.  Please make sure the name tag you are given for your child is clearly affixed to the gift bag. For further information, contact Connie Bruce (connie.l.bruce@gmail.com or 706.254.7822). The Christmas Angel Project is being sponsored by UUFA’s Social Action Committee, a part of the Justice Cluster. —————————————————————————————–
    • Diaper Donors Needed Many thanks to all who have contributed to the Sanctuary Movement Team’s Diaper Drive. The need for diapers for immigrant families in the Athens area continues, so the Diaper Drive continues. Sizes needed are 1,3,5,6,and 7. Please place the diapers you bring near the CANtribution basket (to the left before entering the sanctuary). Questions?  Contact SMT member Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com) The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————————-
    • January 28: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition at UUFA Interested in immigration issues? You are invited to attend the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held on Tuesday, January 28, from  7-8:30 p.m. at UUFA.   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). ———————————————————————————–
    • 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 (vpsellers@gmail.com). ——————————————————————————————-  
    • November 16: Justice Fest 2019–Save the Date 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. ————————————————————————————————–
    • October 17 and 18: Our Daily Bread What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, October 17, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, October 18, 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 October, contact David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com or 706.338.2798). Our Daily Bread outreach is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————–
    • October 20: 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–October 20–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 https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/uufa-sanctuary-movement-team/join. Need more information?  Contact Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com or 706.546.5237) or visit http://www.uua.org/immigration/witness/partners/newsanctuary. The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————-
    • October 20: Green Sanctuary Team Meeting The Green Sanctuary Team will meet on Sunday, October 20,  at 12 p.m. on the patio off of the Fellowship Hall to discuss our ongoing projects, which include composting at UUFA, restoring our UUFA natural habitat, and working toward climate justice by increasing our use of sustainable electricity. Join the team if you want to help or have a green passion of your own. For more information, contact Liz Weaver at ejsweaver@gmail.com. ————————————————————————————
    • October 21: 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 Monday, October 21, from  7-8:30 p.m. at the UGA Catholic Center (1344 S Lumpkin Street).   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). ———————————————————————————–
    • October 22: Get Your Skate On As part of the UUFA PARES (Partnership with Alps Road Elementary School) initiative, please join us on Tuesday, October 22. ———————————————————————————
    • October 27: Justice Partner AADM Poverty and Racism Discussion and Oxfam Hunger Banquet On Sunday, October, 27, from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., UUFA Justice Partner AADM (Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement) will host a community discussion and simulation on the impact and intersection of poverty and racism at the Athens-Clarke County Library (2025 Baxter Street).  You are invited to attend. By attending this event, you will participate in a poverty simulation, learn how you can help to end poverty and use advocacy to dismantle the systems, policies, and practices that keep people trapped in poverty. Click here  for further information. ————————————————————————————    
    • Please Don’t Donate Expired Food While the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank welcomes your donations of canned and non-perishable food items, please note they cannot distribute expired food. Please check the expiration dates of your items before bringing them to donate. You might want to consider eating the food yourself, since some canned goods are edible after their expiry date. Alternatively, empty the contents (some can be composted) and recycle the packaging. If you know a farmer in the area, sometimes they will accept expired canned goods to feed to livestock, as well. The wicker basket as you enter the sanctuary is always ready to receive your unexpired, non-perishable food items and/or monetary gifts. Contact the office if you have any questions or concerns (uufa@uuathensga.org, 706-546-7914). ————————————————————————————
    • Pride Thank You Thank you to all who contributed to making UUFA’s presence at the 2019 Athens Pride Festival a success.
    • UUFA Justice Partner–AADM–July 15 Newsletter Click here to read the latest newsletter from the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM), a UUFA Justice Partner. ————————————————————————————-

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