weaving the threads of community

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spiritual arts

  • New Joys and Sorrows Plan We’re Changing Things Up! During our Sunday morning services, we frequently include a time to share significant personal joys, sorrows, or milestones. We generally consider that sharing such feelings and events in our lives helps build connections between us and helps us care for one another.  However, we also realize that not everyone comes forward to share; some come forward frequently to share; and some share a little too much information. Also, we hear occasional announcements or partisan political expressions for which this ritual is not really intended. Planning the timing of the whole service is also difficult since we don’t have any idea how many people will come forward on any Sunday. For many years, we have accepted these challenges, but as the Fellowship has grown and the Joys and Sorrows time becomes longer, the Worship Arts Committee has reflected and debated on a variety of new approaches. We’ve developed a new procedure similar to what many other UU congregations use. We hope this will meet our community and connection goals, continue to give people a chance to share what’s going on in their lives, and perhaps encourage wider participation. Here’s the Plan If you wish to share a joy, sorrow, or milestone, you may pick up a new “Sharing Our Joys, Sorrows, and Milestones” card when you enter the sanctuary. On Sunday, August 18, a card will be included in every order of service, but on successive Sundays, they will be located at the two Centering Stations located at the back of the sanctuary and on the credenza at the back. The card will prompt you for basic information including whether you want us to share your joy, sorrow, or milestone on our website so that those not present can learn of it and/or whether you want someone to follow up with you later. The card includes several lines for you to BRIEFLY and LEGIBLY write what you wish. During the offering (the Sharing Our Gifts time), the cards should be placed in the offering plates along with your financial contribution. The ushers will remove them and give them to that Sunday’s Worship Assistant for reading later in the service, if possible. The writer will be recognized by name and may stand or wave so that others can put a face to the name. All cards will later be given to the Rev. Alison Eskildsen, the Rev. Don Randall, and the Pastoral Care Team. This is an experiment we’ll try for several months. If it seems to be meeting our needs, we’ll continue it. If not, we’ll consider something different. No one right or wrong way exists to share our lives with the community, but we recognize that some will be unhappy with the change, and we know others will be very happy we’re making this change. Please let members of the Worship Arts Committee know what you think, but please wait a few weeks before you do. Give the change a chance, please. Rev. Alison and Worship Arts Committee ________________________________________________
  • August 12: Free Classical Concert Cool down with a free evening classical concert with Nicholas Lindell and his musical friends on Monday, August 12, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. This concert is free, and all are welcome. A reception will follow. For further information, contact Amber Fetner (musicdirector@uuathensga.org). ———————————————————————————–
  • 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 your 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. _____________________________________________________
  • September 3: Worship Arts Committee (WAC) – Would you like to have input into what happens during worship services on Sunday? – Is there a topic you would like someone to address during a service? – Are you interested in helping plan worship services or in assisting with some of the parts of a worship service? If your answer is “yes” to any of the above or if you have other questions about worship, please attend the next meeting of the Worship Arts Committee (WAC) on Tuesday, September 3, 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. For further information, contact Lee Cornell, Lay Minister for Spiritual Arts (uufa.lee@gmail.com). —————————————————————————————
  • 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@gmail.com. —————————————————————————————-
  • August 6: Worship Arts Committee (WAC) – Would you like to have input into what happens during worship services on Sunday? – Is there a topic you would like someone to address during a service? – Are you interested in helping plan worship services or in assisting with some of the parts of a worship service? If your answer is “yes” to any of the above or if you have other questions about worship, please attend the next meeting of the Worship Arts Committee (WAC) on Tuesday, August 6, 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. For further information, contact Lee Cornell, Lay Minister for Spiritual Arts (uufa.lee@gmail.com). —————————————————————————————
  • Worship in August All-Fellowship theme: Welcoming: Bring your whole authentic self! August 4 –  Addition Complete! More Room than Ever in Our Hearts  Now that we’ve finished the renovation and expansion of our physical space, what does that mean in terms of our heart space? Service led by UU guest minister, The Rev. Duncan Teague, with the Athens band “The Moonshine”. August 11 – An Oasis in the Desert  What are you thirsting for? For a special communal water ceremony, we invite you to bring a small water sample from a special or sacred place symbolizing a personal change or meaningful event during the summer. Service led by The Rev. Alison W. Eskildsen with the Chalice Choir. August 18 – Fulfilling Our Promise to Welcome All  We promise to reserve a chair for you – whoever you are, whatever your beliefs. Service led by Rev. Alison W. Eskildsen with guest musician Ciyadh Wells. August 25 – The Power of We: Understanding Who “We” Unitarian Universalists Are  Through the lens of this year’s UUA General Assembly, we’ll look at “We Power” and where it can take us. Service led by Michelle Leebens-Mack and Karen Solheim with the Chalice Choir. —————————————————————————–

  • 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

governance

  • Get on Board — July The Board did not have a July meeting. The Executive Committee did meet, reviewed the financial report and handled business not requiring full board approval. We will be having a planning retreat August 23 and 24, 2019. The first Board Meeting of the 2019-2020 year will be on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 following the retreat. New executive officers names have been updated with the Georgia Secretary of State.  ~ Respectfully submitted, Michelle Swagler, Secretary, UUFA Board of Trustees

  • Welcome Welcome This month’s theme of “Welcoming” is one that resonates for me on several levels.  As an “Army brat”, I moved every two or three years from the time I was born until I went to college.  The ability to “make myself welcome” was a skill I had to learn young. I was always relieved to make my first friend in each new place, as that was critical to feeling welcome.  Ultimately I could tell I was in the right place by how safe I felt to be my authentic myself. That sense of searching and hoping to find welcome is one that I think is present in many individuals who come to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.  Finding that welcome, that group of people to connect with is such a relief when one is searching for a religious home.  I think it is particularly true of folks who seek us out, as they often need a place to be their authentic selves themselves, without requiring them to adhere to one doctrine, or set of beliefs. Once here, the welcome process becomes ongoing for all members. Each new program year at the Fellowship recreates the cycle of welcome. For those of us on the board, it means building strong relationships with the newly elected board members, while maintaining those with the returning members.  For our members and friends who connect through our many intellectual, spiritual and social groups and committees, it means not only welcoming new members, but keeping an ongoing welcoming attitude for those who have been around for years.  It includes welcoming those with whom we disagree.  It means welcoming each of us as we go through major life changes affecting our identity and our way of being in the world. As summer ends and the pace of activities increases into fall, let’s remember to keep welcoming each other into this special place. I leave you with this poem by Elizabeth Tambascio which I think says it well. You can sit with us. You can live beside us. You can play your music. You can listen to mine. We can dance together. We can share our food. We can keep an eye on each other’s kids. We can teach each other new languages. We can respect traditions. We can build new ones. You can ask for a cup of sugar. You can ask for directions. You can tell me when things are hard. You can tell me when beautiful things happen. We can listen to stories. We can disagree. We can agree. We can come to understandings. You can wear what you want. You can pray as you feel compelled to. You can love who you want. You can sit with us.” ― Elizabeth Tambascio   May it be so. ~ Barbara Schell, UUFA President ————————————————————————————-
  • Let Your Fingers Do the Giving!?! Securely give by text or direct link online options. No cash on Sunday morning? Left your checkbook in the car? No worries….You now will have the opportunity to give electronically by texting UUFA to 73256. (FYI–the first time you text, you will need to enter credit/debit card information to this secure service hosted by Realm, UUFA’s church accounting software company. You may only give to one fund per text.) To give to multiple funds in one transaction, click this link or enter it into your smart phone browser or computer: onrealm.org/UUFA/give  We are also now able to set up recurring donations for members and friends! For further information, contact UUFA Congregational Administrator Shaye Gambrell (uufa@uuathensga.org). For further information, contact UUFA Congregational Administrator Shaye Gambrell (uufa@uuathensga.org). ————————————————————————————

exploration

  • September 8: Book Talks Begins With “Becoming” by Michelle Obama Book Talks is an informal group that meets the second Sunday of the month after the service to discuss books selected by the members. While reading the monthly selection ahead of time is desirable, don’t stay away if you haven’t finished the book or haven’t read it at all. Your comments are always welcomed. For a complete list of all the books chosen for this program year, CLICK HERE. This group will have its first 2019-20 gathering on  September 8, 2019,  discussing Becoming by Michelle Obama. A single sentence catches the blend of what makes Michelle simultaneously admirable and adorable.  Recalling her teenage friendship with Jesse Jackson’s daughter, she says “Santita and I were all for strengthening the character of black youth across America, but we also needed rather desperately to get to the shopping mall before the K-Swiss sneaker sale ended.” If you want lunch, bring your own brown bag. If you have any questions, call Clarissa Finco (706-543-6064) or email clarissa.finco@gmail.com. ————————————————————————————–
  • September 8: One More Chance to Discuss the UUA Common Read Come talk with others on Sunday, September 8, from 12:30 until 2, after the Activities Fair, about Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment, the UUA Common Read Selection for 2019. “At a time when racial justice, environmental justice, and economic justice are seen as issues competing for time, attention, and resources, Justice on Earth explores the ways in which the three are intertwined.” A request was made that we reprise this discussion, and Dan Everett and Kate Blane have graciously agreed to facilitate this again. Six folks must  register ahead of time to make the discussion happen, so, sign up at the Ways to Engage table or contact Vivian Sellers at vpsellers@gmail.com to be sure that we can offer this. You can obtain a book through the UUA bookstore online or through any other bookstore. ——————————————————————————
  • August 24: RE Parents and Children Ingathering Please join us on Saturday, August 24, for a pre-program-year kick off event for families!  We will mix and mingle and enjoy fellowship while also taking some time to connect about the needs and expectations families have for the coming program year. Please join us from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. RSVP here!  Light snacks and activities for children will be provided. This event is open to anyone with children or youth who are involved in the RE Program at UUFA or who would like to become involved. Questions? Contact Kelli McConnell dre@uuathensga.org. ——————————————————————————-
  • 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 28 – Games, August 4 – Music Making, 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. ——————————————————————————
  • August 11 and September 8: UUFA Activity Fairs Want to get involved at UUFA? Then come to the Activity Fairs! On Sunday, August 11, the Learning (Adult Education, Small Groups, Children & Youth Classes) and Spiritual Arts (Worship, Choir, Spiritual Practices) clusters will display activities for the fall. On Sunday, September 8, after the service, Justice (Social Action, Green Sanctuary, Welcoming Congregation, FREE, and others) and Fun & Fellowship (Sunday Hospitality, Dances, Circle Dinners) clusters will display activities for the fall. At both fairs, people will be available to answer questions and provide sign ups for activities or events that interest you. For more information, please contact the Lay Ministers: Carol-Lee Baker (Fun & Fellowship), Lee Cornell (Spiritual Arts), Iva King (Learning/Religious Exploration), or Hilda Kurtz (Justice). _______________________________________________________

fellowship

  • Joys, Sorrows, Milestones – August 18 In keeping with our experimental “Sharing Our Joys, Sorrows, and Milestones” procedure, the following people asked to have their notes from the service on Sunday, August 18, 2019, shared with you. Mark Williams and Susan Andrews recently celebrated their 25th anniversary together. In addition, their daughter Heather McMichen recently gave birth to their first grandchild. Alice Woodruff completed all her cancer treatments and she feels great! She offers thanks to Rev. Alison and all the other members and friends who helped during the treatments. Deb Brenner invites you to join a ‘peer connections meeting’ she facilitates for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) every 4th Tuesday, 6-7:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, Dougherty Street entrance. She adds, “If you experience any form of mental illness disorder, you are invited to the group on Tuesday, August 27. Annette Bergins shares, “We have welcomed a long lost nephew, Eddie Wiggins, to our family. If he comes to visit in Athens, I’ll bring him to UUFA and introduce him to all.” Sage Hylton-Lemons-Link shares, “Our rescue kitten is healing and gaining weight now that her eye wound is much better.” If you see any of these people in the coming weeks, feel free to respond as you feel moved. _________________________________________________
  • Member’s Son Passes Away Our heartfelt condolences to Pat Adams, whose son Paul recently passed away.  His memorial service was held in Washington, DC. ————————————————————————————

  • August Spotlight Volunteer of the Month – Molly Williams Molly began attending services at UUFA in June 2015, coming to a “New to UUFA” orientation the first week she moved to Athens! She signed the membership book in June 2017. She has enjoyed ushering and greeting and helping out with hospitality duties for EOV events, joining the Nominating Committee last year. Molly is grateful to the UUFA community for welcoming her and for ever inspiring her to provide more and better service to the fellowship and to our greater Athens community! Thank you, Molly for doing the same for us. ——————————————————————————-
  • 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. ——————————————————————————  

  • September 7: Quarterly Connections You are invited to join in the next Quarterly Connections on Saturday, September 7, from 9 a.m. to noon.  This session will focus on being inclusive and welcoming. All are encouraged to attend.    For planning purposes, click here to RSPV, or contact Lee Cornell (uufa.lee@gmail.com). —————————————————————-

  • September 10: Second Lookers Second Lookers meets September 10 at UUFA. 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). ———————————————————————————  
  • August 25: Fourth Sunday Lunch — Congregational Potluck! On August 25, we’ll have a congregation wide potluck immediately following the service for our Fourth Sunday Lunch. If you wish to participate, please bring a dish. Suggestion: if the first letter of your last name begins with A – F, please bring a salad or a side dish; G – M a main dish; N – Z a dessert. Please bring your dish, ready to serve, to the kitchen before the service. We can warm if necessary. We also need 4 folks to help set up and 4 to help clean up. For more information, please contact Carol-Lee Baker (carlee1945@gmail.com or 706-483-2314) or visit her in the kitchen. —————————————————————————–
  • August 25: Partner Church Team Meets UUFA has been in partnership with the Unitarian Church in Okland, Romania, for over 25 years. Members from our congregation have cherished their visits to this little village in the Székely Land, an ethno-cultural region in eastern Transylvania.  Our Fellowship has enjoyed a number of visits by the minister, his family, and the youth of Okland. Our friendship has developed as the family of their minister, Levente Keleman, has grown.  Rev. Kelemen has been struggling with cancer for the past couple of years and will be undergoing more chemotherapy. Supporting the Kelemen family and their community during this difficult time from afar is hard.  We would like to send messages of love and support. Please stop by the Partner Church Team table after the service to write or sign cards to Rev. Kelemen, his wife Eva, their children (Tas, Elod, and Kincso), and the Okland community. The Partner Church Team will meet Sunday, August 25, after the worship service in the Kleiner Heritage Room.  Please grab a plate of food and join us to plan our next year of connections with our Unitarian roots! Questions: contact Michelle Leebens-Mack (leebensmack@gmail.com or 706-410-6454). —————————————————————————–
  • August 16: 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). —————————————————————————–
  • August 18: Small Group Ministry (SGM) Coffee Hour Please join us on August 18 for a special coffee hour in the Fellowship Hall after service where we will celebrate our Small Group Ministry (SGM) program.  We want people to have a chance to talk about their SGM experience, to connect and socialize with new people, to enjoy delicious snacks, and to inspire others to join.  No SGM experience needed to attend. For more on UUFA’s Small Group Ministry program, go to uuathensga.org/education/small-group-ministries. To register for SGM, click here. ——————————————————————————
  • August 24: Remembrance Day for Bettina Rose Hughes Jason Hughes is hosting a remembrance day for his mother, Bettina Rose Hughes, beginning at 1 p.m., Saturday, August 24, at his home (1111 Creek Bridge Dr, Watkinsville, GA 30677, 706-705-1254). All friends of Bettina Rose are invited to attend. She was a member of UUFA who passed away earlier this summer. —————————————————————————–
  • August 11: Film Fans Second Sunday of the month is time for a movie outing. We will be heading to Cine to see The Farewell showing at 2. We’ll meet in the lobby about shortly before 2.  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 Starting Now The Small Group Ministry (SGM) 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, go to uuathensga.org/education/small-group-ministries/ for more detail about the program, sample discussion topics, and more;  click here to sign up (Click the headline of this blurb to make the links active!) If you have other questions, contact Kelly Simonson (simonson72@hotmail.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). ————————————————————————————–
  • 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. ——————————————————————————
  • UUFA People’s Lunch All are invited to the People’s Lunch Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. at Jason’s Deli. Please join us! ——————————————————————————
  • UUFA Men’s Breakfast Men of UUFA meet twice weekly for breakfast and conversation from 9-11 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Panera Bread. ——————————————————————————

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). ——————————————————————————–
  • August 15 and August 16: Our Daily Bread What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, August 15, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, August 16, 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 August, contact David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com or 706.338.2798). Our Daily Bread outreach is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————–
  • August 18: 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–August 18–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. ——————————————————————————-
  • August 27: 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, August 27, 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). ———————————————————————————–
  • August 28: UUFA Justice Partner (AADM) Event
  • August 3: AADM, UUFA Justice Partner, Event The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, a UUFA Justice Partner, is hosting the following: ———————————————————————————————
  • August 4: Social Action Committee Be the change you want to see in the world. You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Social Action Committee (SAC) Sunday, August 4, 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. —————————————————————————–
  • 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 July, UUFA with its CANtributions of 1358 items is only 198 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. ———————————————————————————–
  • Diaper Drive 2019 Continues 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.  All sizes are needed. 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. ———————————————————————————-
  • PARES August Update 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. Want to be involved with PARES? Opportunities are available on both an ongoing basis and for one-time events.  If you are going to interact with students during the 2019-20 school year, you will need to complete a background check. Because of uniform donations, UUFA raised $112 for the Alps Road Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO).  Thanks to all who contributed. For more information, contact UUFA PARES liaison Caryl Sundland (csundland@netscape.net or 706.425.8575). ————————————————————————————
  • September 1 to 8: Next Family Promise (fna IHNA) Week The Athens program to support homeless families in transition has changed its name from Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens (IHNA) to Family Promise, which is the name of the national organization with which IHNA was affiliated. The UUFA will again be supporting Holy Cross Lutheran Church in hosting several homeless families for the week of September 1 through September 8 as part of Family Promise of Athens. If you have not volunteered for this program previously, we will arrange for you to participate in a brief and helpful training session. Please use the following link to indicate when you’re able to volunteer:  volunteersignup.org/Y3WEX Thanks, as always, for your commitment to this worthy local cause! For further information, contact Mark Hodges (markhodges4427@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————–
  • September 1: Social Action Committee (SAC) Meeting 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, September 1, beginning at noon in the old sofa 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! For more information, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com). The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. —————————————————————————————
  • September 15: Deadline to Submit to 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. —————————————————————————–
  • 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, and PARES (Partnership with Alps Road Elementary School). Please click here to RSVP. 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). —————————————————————————————  
  • September 8: UUFA Justice Partner (AADM) Event Click here for further information.
  • Thank you for your CANtributions! Thank you to all who contributed to our CANtributions last week! They were gratefully received by the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank! The wicker basket as you enter the sanctuary is always ready to receive your nonperishable food items and/or monetary gifts. ————————————————————————————
  • 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. ————————————————————————————    
  • UUFA Justice Partner–AADM–August 5 Newsletter Click here to read the latest newsletter from the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM), a UUFA Justice Partner. ————————————————————————————-
  • 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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