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spiritual arts

  • September 20 — Phone In and Listen to Sunday Morning Worship
    Not a fan of technology?  Just in a listening kind of mood? You are invited to phone in to listen to the Sunday morning worship service. The dial-in access code does change from week to week. Phone Number: +1.888.958.7272 Access Code:  814459603
  • September 6 – May I Have This Dance with You?:  Women’s Suffrage–Dancing in the Right Direction
    As we recognize the 100-year anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, we honor those who have led the charge. We have progressed, but we still have work to do. https://www.facebook.com/uufaga/videos/347364729780995/ (NOTE: the video may not be viewable immediately at this link. Often FaceBook checks ...
  • September 13 – Leadership, Followership, and Membership: Let it Be a Dance
    How does a functioning community, a moving organism, adapt to welcome new people, new ideas, and new dance steps? Today we will welcome new members to the Fellowship, and our interim minister, Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz, will speak on the importance of leadership, followership, and membership.
  • September 20 – The Importance of Being Wrong
    In the dance of humanity, knowing the right steps (and avoiding stepping on toes) is key to keeping the organism moving. In today’s polarized world, making sure we’re right about things seems more important than ever. Interim Minister Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will dig into the premise that we may ...
  • 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.

Lifespan Religious Exploration

  • September 19: Stuffed Animal Sleepover!
    Stuffed Animal Sleepover + Pet Food Drive All species of stuffy, fluffy animals are invited to our Stuffed Animal Sleepover at UUFA on the weekend of September 20! Folks are welcome to drop off their animals (and pet food for donations) on Saturday, September 19,  between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There ...
  • Connections with Small Group Ministry (SGMs)
    Searching for ways to stay connected to the Fellowship? Wanting to deepen your relationships with other members? Craving more meaningful conversations? Look no further! Join the Small Group Ministry (SGM) Program for the 2020-2021 year. Groups consist of 8-12 people who meet 1-2 times a month for the academic year. Registration will be open ...
  • 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. ————————————————————————————–

  • 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. ——————————————————————————-
  • A Note from Rev. Lisa
    Remember summer days spent in the library, cool and quiet as a tomb? I whiled away many hours browsing the stacks as a kid and even as an adult. My seminary’s library had concrete block study carrels deep in the bowels of the building that felt almost like bunkers. I still remember when I got my first ministry job in a UU Fellowship, and the outgoing interim was giving me a tour of the office. When she included a lament about the slow internet I said, “Internet? I’m not sure I’ll really be using that very much while I’m at work.” Her eyes widened a bit and she said, “Um, I find it’s really helpful for sermon preparation, at least.” I waved her off. “Oh, I just go to the library for that.” Just as I couldn’t imagine a time when I’d see the internet as part of the essential infrastructure of congregational work, I couldn’t begin to conceive a time in which that stalwart community institution, the library, would be closed for public health reasons. And may I say how grateful I am, especially now, for a solid internet connection at home and at the Fellowship and even in my pocket (via my phone). Still, for those of us who remember the quiet, the cool, even the smell of the library, the fact that you can carry around a virtual library on your Kindle doesn’t quite replace the wonder of browsing those colorful spines, in their fascinating, interconnected-by-tens organizational scheme. Can I still slake my curiosity and love of reading without the library? Of course I can. (I do indeed love my Kindle.) I recognize that having information online makes it much more accessible to a global community. What about people in congregations, who love the bustle (or the quiet) and even the smell of the building, and who see the physical space as an essential part of staying connected? I should admit that I’m one of you, who loves not just the experience of congregational life but the practice of sharing it with others. And, much as it would have been inconceivable to me just a few months ago, it seems that right now we need to find ways to keep the human connection alive and vital without gathering in person inside a beloved building that represents the love, sweat, and bold financial stewardship of many. As I begin this interim ministry with UUFA I aim to seek out the ways we can connect with each other, our neighbors, and maybe even some people around Athens and beyond who can’t physically join us even in the best of (that is, non-pandemic) times. I look forward to meeting virtually, and when it’s safe for everyone, meeting in person, too. I have a boundless curiosity about UUFA, and I’m eager to know the people who made this Fellowship the vibrant place it is. Drop me a line at revlisa@uuathensga.org, or get in touch with the Transitions Team. I look forward to many creative connections with you!

denominational affairs

  • UUA Matters: September 2020 Southern Region Newsletter
    To read the September 2020 Southern Region newsletter, click here. Subscribe to the Southern Region e-newsletter if you haven’t already.
  • The Mountain Matters: – Late Summer Harvest & Online Offerings
    Click here to read the latest from The Mountain. Learn more about The Mountain and other program offerings. The Mountain was founded by Unitarian Universalists in 1979 as a nonprofit camp and conference center. This is an ecologically conscious retreat and learning center serving congregations, businesses, schools, and other Unitarian Universalist and community groups. Interested ...
  • The Mountain Matters
    Click here to read the latest from The Mountain. Learn more about The Mountain and other program offerings. The Mountain was founded by Unitarian Universalists in 1979 as a nonprofit camp and conference center. This is an ecologically conscious retreat and learning center serving congregations, businesses, schools, and other Unitarian Universalist and community groups. Interested ...
  • UUA Matters: August 2020 Southern Region Newsletter
    To read the August 2020 Southern Region newsletter, click here. Subscribe to the Southern Region e-newsletter if you haven’t already.
  • UUA International Office: Act Globally Summer 2020
    Act Globally Summer 2020 Engaging with global Unitarian/Universalism in action Click here to read more.

governance

communications

  • September 17: Let’s Communicate.
    The Communications Team invites creative, techy, and fun people to work with getting the UUFA word out! Join us virtually on Thursday, September 17, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Questions? Contact Herb West.
  • Scam Emails NOT from Rev. Lisa
    Beware of a scam email currently making the rounds. This time it appears to be from Rev. Lisa. It is not! Please note all official UUFA addresses end with “@uuathensga.org“. Click here to reach Rev. Lisa by email.or by phone at 706-546-7914, ext. 3 (you may enter the extension number ...
  • September 13: Book Group Meets
    At its September 13 gathering beginning at 1 p.m., the UUFA Book Group will be discussing Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox.  You are invited to attend. To join the Book Talks on second Sundays, go to the Stay Connected page. Book Talks has met at UUFA for over twenty ...
  • 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  
  • October 6: Worship Arts and Celebrations Team
    You are invited to attend virtually the next meeting of the Worship Arts and Celebrations Team (WACT) on Tuesday, October 6,  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 services. You ...

fellowship

    • October 2-4: Mountain Gathering
      Grab your outdoor gear and join your UUFA friends for fun and a great escape at The Mountain. We’re going October 2-4 for our small, distanced, and IN-PERSON gathering, arriving sometime on Friday and heading back home after lunch on Sunday. The early bird price of $170.00 per adult ends ...
    • October 11: 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 at the next Getting to Know UU ...
    • A Taste of Transylvania
      In October 2015, 12 members from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens went on pilgrimage to the Homorod Valley, to the home of Unitarianism in Transylvania.  While touring historical sites, we toured the traditional cuisine.  Our host, wife of the minister in Okland, Eva Kelemen, guided us to try foods ...
    • September 13: Getting to Know UU Fellowship of Athens
      So glad you are reading this Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens (UUFA), announcement.    Are you curious to find out more? Are you new to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens? Are you new to UUism? Do you have questions about the worship service? Drop-in and meet some long-time members, meet others who are exploring, ...
    • Thanksgiving-the Okland Way
      For many people in the United States, Thanksgiving is an important holiday.  Because of our religious pluralism, with many people not celebrating the Christian holiday of Christmas, Thanksgiving is the holiday for getting their family together.  For weeks in advance, we begin planning the event and what we will lovingly ...
    • October 17: You’re Invited! New to UUFA Orientation
      You’re Invited! We are so delighted that you have been a part the UUFA community and are interested in finding out more. Please join us for the New to UUFA orientation is Saturday, October 17. a completely virtual program. RSVP here. This program will be led by our minister–the Rev. Lisa Romatum Schwartz–and ...
    • Okland (Our Partner Church) Updates
      Our dear friend and Okland church partner, Eva Keleman, wrote with an update on the lives of their family.  She describes their life “like a rollercoaster” with “a lot of uncertainty.”  Since Levente’s death, the family will need to move out of the parish house in Okland, the family’s home ...
    • October 2-4: Mountain Gathering, Mountain Getaway
      Tired of your current surroundings? Escape to The Mountain! Join us for a refreshing, relaxing, fun weekend October 2-4, connecting with UUFA friends (at a distance, of course) surrounded by the beauty of Little Scaly Mountain. All necessary COVID precautions will be taken. The folks at The Mountain have adapted their ...
    • 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 ...
    • September 8: Second lookers
      Second lookers will meet virtually via Zoom on September 8 at noon. We’re looking forward to meeting our special guest, Rev Lisa Schwartz.  Connect with us on the Stay Connected page. Second Lookers (second Tuesday each month at noon) is a chance for men and women who have retired from jobs but ...
    • Spotlight Volunteer of the Month of September- Nancy MacNair
      The Volunteer Recognition Team is delighted to recognize Nancy MacNair as our Spotlight Volunteer of the Month for September for coordinating the ongoing diaper drive for our local immigrant families. As a member of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition, she was moved by a discussion of a need for a diaper ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 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 ...
    • October 4: 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,  October 4, 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 ...
    • September 19: Chalice Film Series Discusssion
      On Saturday, September 19, at 4 p.m., you are invited to engage in a discussion of the Netflix documentary ​Disclosure. Not all representation is created equal. Disclosure is an unprecedented look into 100 years of transgender images on screen, showing how Hollywood’s projections affect the ways people see trans people and how trans people see ...
    • September 20 and 22: UU the Vote AthensSeptember 20 and 22:  UU the Vote Athens
      The Economic Justice Coalition (EJC) with help from the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) will be registering voters and helping with absentee ballot applications on September 20 and 22 and would welcome your help. Masks and social distancing required. Click here  to view locations and times and to volunteer. The Economic Justice Coalition (EJC) ...
    • September 23: UU the Vote–Gather the Spirit
      Join us for the last UU the Vote virtual mobilization before Election Day. At our Gather the Spirit event, on Wednesday, September 23, at 7:30 p.m.we are unlocking the full power of our community and our values to go All In during the UU the Vote Fall push. Click here to ...
    • September 27 to October 4: UUFA Family Promise Week
      The UUFA will be supporting Holy Cross Lutheran in hosting Family Promise clients during the week of September 27 to October 4. This upcoming week of hosting will again take place at the facility provided by the Athens Church of Christ at 3720 Mars Hill Road.  Families have their own ...
    • September 27: Alphabet Family Gathering
      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.
    • September 27: UU the Vote–Friends, Family and Faith Text Bank to GA Voters
      Text bank with the New Georgia Project on Sunday, September 27, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Click here to register to participate. UU the Vote is a non-partisan faith initiative, in partnership with broader justice movements, to engage our neighbors, educate our communities, mobilize voters, and rally around key ballot initiatives. Join ...

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