weaving the threads of community

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spiritual arts

  • Saying Goodbye to Crystal Saying Goodbye to CrystalSunday, June 30, was Dr. Crystal Wu’s last Sunday with us. We’ve enjoyed four years of Crystal’s beautiful music! Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate Crystal! Crystal and Lucas will be moving to North Carolina; Crystal has accepted a position as Associate Director of Arts Everywhere at UNC Chapel Hill. ——————————————————————————
  • UUFA Welcoming Congregation Team UUFA Welcoming Congregation TeamIn the 1980s and 90s when the word “welcoming” became a code word for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, the Unitarian Universalist Association launched a Welcoming Congregation Program to help us learn how to undo homophobia—and later, transphobia (prejudice against transgender people)—in our hearts and minds, our congregations, and our communities. In 2015, the UUA unveiled the Welcoming Congregations renewal program calling on each congregation to rededicate themselves to be bolder with their Welcome. To support our commitment to being a welcoming congregation the UUFA Ministry Council is forming the Welcoming Congregation Team. The charge of this team is to honor our original pledge to be a Welcoming Congregation by helping new people in the congregation understand our congregation’s commitment to this work working with the Board of Trustees and Ministry Council to ensure that we are welcoming not only in our invitation and words but also in our actions learning about the current needs and concerns of LGBTQ+ /TGQNB  people and communicate those needs to the congregation ensuring that UUFA is fulfilling the UUA’s  Annual Welcoming Congregation Renewal program More information on the Welcoming Congregations program can be found at, https://www.uua.org/lgbtq/welcoming/program. If you are interested in being part of this new team helping UUFA to be more than a banner on our website, a flag in our driveway, and a catch phrase, please contact Lee Cornell at uufa.lee@gmai.com. —————————————————————————————-
  • Collect a Splash of Water This Summer On Sunday, August 11, at 10:30 a.m., UUFA will hold its annual ingathering service. This includes a ceremony when you can pour a small amount of water into our common bowl, symbolic of each person’s participation in this community, as well as the start to UUFA’s new program year. During our water ceremony you’ll also have a chance to briefly write a note responding to either of these prompts: What personal or spiritual transformation within may have occurred during the summer? What personal or spiritual thirst was quenched during the summer? You may collect an ounce or so of water from your home faucet, favorite swimming hole, distant travel site, or other meaningful location. Your transformation or quenching may be in response to summer reading, a particular event or transition, a meaningful experience, a new insight, or something else. When you collect your water sample, take a moment of mindfulness to reflect on what it means to be in that location. Give thanks for the water that sustains your life, and comes from a place of meaning for your life. _____________________________________________________

  • Lay Ministry Training – Fall 2019 Interested in becoming a Lay Minister? Are you currently a leader who generously shares your time, talent, and treasure with UUFA? If so and if you’re interested in increasing your understanding of congregational life and making a deeper commitment to your own spiritual development and service to UUFA, then please consider attending the next Lay Ministry training to begin in September 2019. The class meets once a month during the program year with Rev. Alison. You’ll discuss readings on a wide range of topics focusing on congregational dynamics and areas of ministry. If you are interested in becoming a candidate or have questions about the program, please contact Rev. Alison. You may also fill out and submit the Lay Ministry Application (below). UUFA Lay Minister Charter UUFA Lay Ministry Application ————————————————————————————

denominational affairs

  • UUA Matters: July 2019 Southern Region Newsletter To read the July 2019 Southern Region Newsletter, click here. ————————————————————————————
  • Six Ways to Be Pro-Active about Immigration Raids in Your Community Click here to read more.   Do not forget: even if there are no raids this week, ICE and CBP continue to separate families, and they still have people locked up in concentration camps. — United We Dream (@UNITEDWEDREAM) June 22, 2019   Love Resists is a joint campaign by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. www.loveresists.org —————————————————————————————–  

governance

  • Get On Board, 6/11/2019 At its June 11, 2019 meeting, the UUFA Board of Trustees accomplished the following. The Board welcomed newly elected members to its final meeting of the current fiscal year and discussed: the transition to a new Board; reflections on Board service; the summer schedule for the Board; review of the Annual Congregational Meeting; CPR/AED training to be offered to members who wish to participate on the UUFA safety team (interested members please email Rev. Alison); and pedestrian walkway safety. Actions approved were: appointments to the Committee on Shared Ministry; and authorization for the Music Director and Minister to conduct a search to replace the pianist who is moving this summer. These reports were accepted and discussed as necessary: Minister’s Report; and Treasurer’s Report. Future agenda items are: naming of a new Vice President; assignment of portfolio responsibilities to Board members; review of revised Fund Oversight Committee policy; and discussion of the best use of Capital Campaign funds for mortgage reduction and building priorities. Upcoming event: Quarterly Connections, Saturday, 9/7/2019, 9:00-noon. UUFA Quarterly Connections is a time for members and friends to come together to deepen their connection in our community. Light refreshments and conversation surround time for learning, growth and engagement in the operations and activities at our Fellowship. To read the adopted May 7, 2019 Board minutes, click here. The minutes link is also on the “Board & Governance” page of the UUFA website.  Or stop by the UUFA office to read a paper copy. There will be no Board meeting in July. The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is Tuesday, August 27, 2019, beginning at 7:00 p.m. You are welcome to attend this meeting; please share any comments you have with any Board member. ~ Respectfully submitted, Barbara Teskey, Secretary, UUFA Board of Trustees

  • Nurture Our theme for July is Nurturing – to support and encourage during a period of training or development.  How appropriate!  We have a new Board of Trustees President and four new members of the Board.  Our Board redevelops and retrains itself every year.  We establish new connections and learn new skills for directing the Board and the congregation. Is UUFA a nurturing community?  I was the someone who needed nurturing when my wife, Kathy, and I first joined UUFA.  We were new to the Athens community, new to UU, and new to the Fellowship.  How did we find nurture and our place at UUFA?  We joined an SGM group (small group ministry) and its members provided what we needed.  We asked questions; we discussed the Principles and Sources; we questioned how we could integrate both our new and our older faith. UUFA is a faith journey, allowing us to search for the truth in our individual lives.  We found Forum discussions and book groups that supported our continued learning.  We also found fun and fellowship activities that met our need to find friendships in the Fellowship.  We came to feel comfortable each Sunday knowing others were interested in talking to us.  We also joined the choir, certainly a supportive, nurturing environment.  Like all members, we are part of a Care Ring.  A Care Ring is a small community of members geographically aligned.  We gather together occasionally for a social event to get to know each other.  We also may step up for those in our Care Ring who have a need for a bit of help with food, transportation, or conversation. We also provide nurture to the Fellowship when we serve.  There are so many ways that members can contribute.  The Stepping Stones is a path for involvement in the Fellowship.  In the Welcome Center the desk shows the many ways for involvement.  The list is wide, and there is room for everyone among the activities that support our Fellowship.  We follow the First Principle – the worth and dignity of every person, and the Last Principle, the interdependence of all.  I hope you find nurture in the UUFA community both personally and in reaching out to others in the Fellowship and in the Athens community. ~ Scott Mason, Board Member At Large ——————————————————————————-

exploration

  • Summer RE Volunteers Needed Can you give 1 to 4 hours this summer to support RE? We need teachers and assistants to lead our Summer Sunday School Classes UUFA’s RE Program is a cooperative venture that requires many hands to create a welcoming and fun environment for our children and youth. Try a “one Sunday” commitment (~1 hour) or if you’re called, sign up for more! Our program runs on the support of congregants like YOU. Thank you for your consideration, as well as your gifts of time and talent! Contact Kelli (dre@uuathensga.org) if you are able to assist in our Summer Program. The theme is Imagination Station! Help is needed for the following dates July 14 – Building/Engineering, July 21 – Art, July 28 – Solving World Problems, August 4 – Music Making, August 11 – Games, August 18 – Collaging *Per our Safe Congregation policy, all adult volunteers working with children or youth must have been a Member or friend of UUFA for at least six months prior to appointment as a volunteer. Exception may be given for congregants moving from another UU church where they have been a previously screened RE volunteer. ——————————————————————————
  • Register now! July 20: Criminal Justice Reform in Georgia Join Judge David Sweat on Saturday, July 20, from 2-4 p.m. as he presents “Criminal Justice Reform in Georgia.” As one of the people most responsible for the efforts in the past few years to reform the legal system in Georgia, Judge Sweat has a personal, unique perspective on this issue. Judge Sweat writes: “In the recent years, Georgia and other states have reformed processes for addressing non-violent criminal conduct.  Georgia has been a national leader in adopting changes which increase public safety and reduce expense to taxpayers. Recognizing that criminal behavior is frequently correlated to substance abuse, poverty, and mental illness, Georgia and other states have revised criminal codes and implemented court programs to address underlying causes of criminal behavior. Since most individuals incarcerated in prison return to the community, Georgia enhanced re-entry programs to reduce high rates of recidivism.  Changes in availability of criminal records has increased access to employment.” Please preregister at the Stepping Stones table or by clicking here. This event will only be held if at least ten people have preregistered. For further information, contact Vivian Sellers.(vpsellers@gmail.com). ———————————————————————————-  
  • September 8: UUA Common Read Discussion Join Kate Blane and Dan Everett on Sunday, September 8, from 12-2 p.m. as they facilitate a discussion of the 2019 UUA Common Read–Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment.  Please preregister at the Stepping Stones table or by clicking here . Books are available for sale at the Justice Table (first Sundays). Questions?  Contact Vivian Sellers (vpsellers@gmail.com). ———————————————————————————–
  • Forum on Hiatus until September 8 The Forum will return on Sunday, September 8, at 9:30 a.m. In the meantime, if you would like to be part of the Forum Folk–the UUFA Forum scheduling team–or if you have an idea for a Forum topic or speaker, please contact one of the current Forum Folks: Kate Blane (raya_mead@yahoo.com) Gary Crider (gcrider@charter.net) David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com) Karen Solheim (uufa.karensolheim@gmail.com) ————————————————————————————

fellowship

    • Usher Volunteers Needed We are searching for volunteers to serve as UUFA ushers one Sunday every month or two.  A training session for ushers is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, August 17.   We need three ushers every Sunday.  Those who are interested might also designate that they would be available as substitute ushers–on an as-needed basis.  We would like to recruit 1) three members of a family, 2) individual adults, and 3) young adults/adolescents who have been granted permission by their parents to be placed on the usher listserv.  We have found the role of usher to be a good way to meet members of the Fellowship. Everyone is welcome! Please contact Peg Graham (peggygraham5@gmail.com) or Jim Marshall (marshall56@gmail.com) if you are interested in serving in this capacity. ——————————————————————————  
    • Susan Curtis–July Spotlight Volunteer of the Month We are very pleased to honor Susan Curtis as our UUFA Spotlight Volunteer for the month of July. Susan, a member of our Fellowship since 2008, has served as an SGM facilitator and the editor of the Tapestry newsletter when members actually received it in the mail! She has participated on the Communications Team, the former SGM Coordinating and Face Time Committees, the 60th Anniversary Committee, and the Stepping Stones Support Team; and she will begin to serve on the Board this month. Lastly, she initiated the Volunteer Recognition Team in 2014. She has recently stepped away from this commitment, and her team couldn’t wait for her to do so in order for them to acknowledge her own contributions! We thank you,Susan, for your involvement and dedicated service to our Fellowship.   ————————————————————————————
    • Art in the Foyer: Works of Delores “Dee” Bocher For June and July, the works of Dolores “Dee” W. Bocher, a long-time member of the UUFA, will be on display in the Welcome Hall.  She passed away March 1, 2019. Her works include acrylics, mixed media, charcoal, ceramics, and wax sculptures. ————————————————————————————-

    • See You in September…at the Next Quarterly Connections Save the date:  Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon is the next Quarterly Connections. All are encouraged to attend. .For more information, contact Lee Cornell (uufa.lee@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————-    

    • What Is Your Family’s Favorite Treat? Please bring a favorite treat of past or current family members to share after the service on July 28. The service centers on the memories of community and communion created by sharing food with others, so please share those stories—and the foods—during the coffee hour! For further information, contact Vivian Sellers (vpsellers@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————
    • July 14: Film Fans Film Fans will be making their monthly outing this Sunday, July 14.  We’re planning to see The Last Black Man in San Francisco, which is showing at Cine at 2:45.  We’ll be meeting in the lobby at 2:30, and you are welcome to join us if you like.  For more information contact Carol-Lee Baker (carlee1945@gmail.com or 706-483-2314). Film Fans is a Fun and Fellowship activity. ——————————————————————————
    • Fall SGM registration opening soon Interested in joining Small Group Minsistry? The program is designed to allow UUFA members and friends to make new and deeper connections, build community within our congregation, develop our spiritual selves and beliefs, and take action in our broader community. Small groups of 10-12 people are formed that meet bi-monthly from September to May. Groups meet for 2 hours and explore a wide variety of topics chosen by the group. If you are interested, click on the link below. If you have other questions, contact Kelly Simonson (simonson72@hotmail.com). https://forms.gle/d7Uz7az4wdW3qiPo8 ————————————————————————————
    • July 28: Bring a “Sacred Snack” Bring a “Sacred Snack” on July 28! Please bring a snack, sweet or savory, that brings back good memories for you of friends or family—or both! We’ll share them, and the stories behind them, at coffee hour after the service. For further information, contact Vivian Sellers (vpsellers@gmail.com). —————————————————————————————
    • July 19: Scrabble with the Rabble Scrabble with the Rabble usually meets every third Friday 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). —————————————————————————–
    • Minister’s Discretionary Fund in Need The Minister’s Discretionary Fund is a restricted account that helps people meet emergencies, such as paying a power bill, getting medical equipment, paying rent, and other significant needs. Food and gas cards are also covered by this fund. Sometimes these needs are for our own members and sometimes for friends of the Fellowship. Occasionally they are for neighbors to the Fellowship. Right now we have a need that can’t be met by the existing funds. This account that directly helps people in need is NOT included in our budget. I used to only ask for the fund’s replenishment once, during the Christmas Eve service. That is no long adequate to meet the need. If you are able, please consider making a “Christmas in July” donation to support members and friends in need. Simply drop a check in the Sunday collection plate with MDF noted in the memo line, mail a check to UUFA, or click here to donate online. (Link is active when you click the headline of this post.) Choose “Minister’s Discretionary Fund” from the drop down menu. (This link can also be found at both the top and bottom right corners of the website homepage.) Thank you for helping people meet emergency needs. If you have questions, please contact Rev. Alison Eskildsen. ——————————————————————————
    • Summer Break for Second Lookers Second Lookers is on hiatus through the summer. Stay tuned for news of meetings to begin again in September. 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). ———————————————————————————–  
    • 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). ————————————————————————————–
    • Let’s Get to Know You – First Sundays 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. ——————————————————————————

    justice

    • 2019-20 Causes of the Month The Social Action Committee is pleased to announce the following 2019-20 Causes of the Month: July–Nurses Clinic, August–Economic Justice Coalition, September–Food to Kids, October–The Ark, November–The Cottage, December–Community Support for Families in Crisis, January–Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, February–Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens and Our Daily Bread, March–Dignidad Inmigrante En Athens, April–to be determined by Green Sanctuary, May–Imagination Library, June–Sweet Olive Farm, and July–U-Lead. In addition, UUFA’s Partner Church in Okland, Romania, will be the recipient of Share the Plate contributions on fifth Sundays during the 2019-20 program year (December, March, and May) So far, this program year (July 1 until now), over $21,000 has been given to the 2018-19 Causes of the Month. Want to help set criteria how Causes of he Month are selected?  Want to help refine the Cause of the Month selection and voting process? Your input is needed.  Contact SAC Chair David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com). ——————————————————————————–
    • Composting Is Back Composting Is BackDon’t put your pizza crust, cookie crumbs or green salad scraps in the garbage after Coffee Hour or Pot Luck.  COMPOST THEM!  The Green Team has restarted composting at UUFA.  Look for the compost pail (and maybe a friendly Green Team member waving a “Compost Here” sign) just outside the kitchen door.  What can you compost?  Any food scraps except meat and excessively greasy stuff.  Composting reduces waste, saves landfill space and enriches dirt.  Do Mother Nature a favor and COMPOST. For further information about this or any other Green Sanctuary initiative, contact Liz Weaver (ejsweaver@gmail.com). ——————————————————————————
    • 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 3, 4, and 6. Please place the diapers you bring near the CANtribution basket. Questions?  Contact SMT member Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com) The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————————-  
    • Entries Invited for UUFA Art Exhibit on Sustainable Plant-Based Agriculture You are invited to submit an art work for display in “Eat Your Vegetables,” an exhibit celebrating plant-based agriculture at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens (UUFA) gallery.  The show will take place in October and November 2019 and is sponsored by the UUFA’s Food Responsibility and Ethical Eating (FREE) group.  Submissions are invited in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, collage and photography. The focus of the show is sustainable plant-based agriculture: fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains.  Possible subjects include (but are not limited to) small-scale vegetable growing operations, community or home gardens, farmers markets, family meals, grocery stores, still life arrangements of vegetables, herbs and/or fruits, etc. A prize of $100 will be awarded for the entry judged to be best in show.   UUFA receives a 20 percent commission on any sales. Please contact Mark Hodges (markhodges4427@gmail.com, 706-850-8387) by September 15 to enter an art work in the show. Space is limited, so each artist will be able to enter one submission for consideration.  We will arrange for a time in the first week of October to receive entries to the UUFA at 780 Timothy Road, Athens. All artwork to be hung must be wired. Further information about the show is available from Mark Hodges at the same address and phone number shown above. —————————————————————————–
    • July 11: Trip to Lemuel Penn Historical Marker Join members of the Racial Justice Team on July 11 in visiting the historic marker of Lemuel Penn to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his murder. On the night of July 11,1964, three African-American World War II veterans returning home following training at Ft. Benning, Georgia, were noticed in Athens by local members of the Ku Klux Klan. The officers were followed to the nearby Broad River Bridge where their pursuers fired into the vehicle, killing Lt. Col. Lemuel Penn. When a local jury failed to convict the suspects of murder, the federal government successfully prosecuted the men for violations under the new Civil Rights Act of 1964, passed just nine days before Penn’s murder. The case was instrumental in the creation of a Justice Department task force whose work culminated in the Civil Rights Act of 1968. We will leave from the UUFA parking lot at 9:30 a.m., to travel to the marker located at Georgia Highway 172 and the Broad River Bridge at the Madison/Elbert County border. For more information, contact Racial Justice Team Chair Connie Bruce (connie.l.bruce@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————-  
    • July 12: Lights of Liberty Vigil The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team invites you to join members of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition on Friday, July 12, as Athens becomes one of the points of lights during  “Lights for Liberty – A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps”. Where: UGA Arch When: 6:45pm, Friday July 12 (more info on the FB event and below). https://www.facebook.com/events/659428207870864/ For further information, contact Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————–
    • July 18 and July 19: Our Daily Bread What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, July 18, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, July 19, from 11:30 to 1 to serve the meal at First Baptist Church. Our Daily Bread Community Kitchen serves breakfast and lunch Monday-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 June, click here. Questions? Contact David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com or 706.338.2798). Our Daily Bread outreach is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————–
    • July 21: 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–June 16–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. ——————————————————————————-
    • July 23: 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 Tuesday, July 23, from  7-8:30 p.m. at Oconee Street UMC.   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). ———————————————————————————–
    • July 25: Trip to Moore’s Ford Lynching Marker Join members of the Racial Justice Team on July 25 in visiting the historic marker at Moore’s Ford to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the lynching four African Americans. At Moore’s Ford Bridge on the Apalachee River, four African-Americans–George and May Murray Dorsey and Roger and Dorothy Dorsey Malcom (reportedly 7 months pregnant) – were brutally beaten and shot by an unmasked mob on the afternoon of July 25, 1946. The lynching followed an argument between Roger Malcom and a local white farmer. These unsolved murders played a crucial role in both President Truman’s commitment to civil rights legislation and the ensuing modern civil rights movement. In 1998, a biracial memorial service honoring the victims was held at Moore’s Ford Bridge. We will leave from the UUFA parking lot at 9:30 a.m., to travel to the marker located at on Highway 78, six miles east of Monroe, at Locklin Road at the Oconee County line. For more information, contact Racial Justice Team Chair Connie Bruce (connie.l.bruce@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————-
    • July 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, July 7, beginning at noon in the Eskildsen Room.  Can’t attend?  If you would like to know what transpires in the UUFA SAC, join the SAC listerv here: http://lists.uuathensga.org/listinfo.cgi/social_action-uuathensga.org This listserv will let you know what transpires not only in the UUFA SAC but also in the local Athens area in terms of social action. Everyone is encouraged to sign up! FYI–SAC meetings are usually held the first Sunday of the month. For more information, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com). The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. —————————————————————————–
    • PARES Uniform Donations Needed What:   Uniform Exchange (for students at Alps Road Elementary School); When:  collecting now for the 2019-20 Academic Year; What:    gently used clothing sizes 3 T through 9, collared shirts (royal, navy, or light blue), pants, shorts, or skirts (khaki, navy, or black) Not a fan of shopping?  Monetary donations accepted. How:     Deposit donations (clothing or monetary) in designated container under the sanctuary entrance table.  Checks should be made payable to UUFA with PARES in the subject line. Questions?  Contact UUFA PARES liaison Caryl Sundland (csundland@netscape.net or 706.425.8575). As the result of a vote at the May 20, 2018, Annual Meeting, UUFA is in partnership with Alps Road Elementary School through the Clarke County School District’s Adopt-a-School Program. ________________________________________________
    • September 21: Justice Cluster Retreat Save the date for the 2019 Justice Cluster Retreat on Saturday, September 21, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. All members of the UUFA Justice Cluster groups are invited: Social Action Committee Racial Justice Team Green Sanctuary FREE (Food Responsibility and Ethical Eating) Sanctuary Movement Team Our Daily Bread Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens PARES (Partnership with Alps Road Elementary School) We will be setting goals for the 2019-20 program year and figuring out what justice looks like at UUFA. Not a member of any of these Justice Cluster groups but interesting in justice?  Come on down!  🙂 For further information, contact Hilda Kurtz (hldkrtz@gmail.com) or Karen Solheim (uufa.karensolheim@gmail.com). —————————————————————————————  
    • Thank You: PARES Uniform Donations To all who donated to the Fall PARES Uniform Donation Drive, thank you so much. At present, over 50 pieces of clothing have been donated for the school uniform exchange for the onset of the 2019-20 school year at Alps Road Elementary School. Want to be involved with PARES? Opportunities are available on both an ongoing basis and for one-time events. Contact UUFA PARES liaison Caryl Sundland (csundland@netscape.net or 706.425.8575). As the result of a vote at the May 20, 2018, Annual Meeting, UUFA is in partnership with Alps Road Elementary School through the Clarke County School District’s Adopt-a-School Program. ————————————————————————————    

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