weaving the threads of community

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spiritual arts

  • Worship in May Services at 10:30 am unless otherwise noted below. Worship in May Click here for this week’s Order of Service. All-Fellowship theme: Connections May 5 – Celebrating Unitarian Identity  Accused of heresy 200 years ago, the liberal William Ellery Channing responded to orthodox theologians by owning the title “Unitarian”. Service led by Rev. Alison W. Eskildsen with guest musicians. May 12 – Cultivating Community  Vital congregations cultivate healing and wholeness among their members. Led by Rev. Alison W. Eskildsen, this Mother’s Day service includes a Child Dedication Ceremony. May 19 – Voices of the Youth  Service and music by the Fellowship’s Youth Group. May 26 – Pigs in the Temple, Pigs in the Barn  Revered and reviled, we’ll root out divine and human connections to the humble pig. Service led by Rev. Alison Eskildsen with the Chalice Choir. ————————————————————————————–
  • May 7: 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, May 7, 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). —————————————————————————————
  • May 12: Child Dedication Opportunity Ready to Dedicate a Child? If you would like your child or children to be dedicated during the service on Sunday, May 12, 2019, please contact Rev. Alison (rev.eskildsen@uuathensga.org). Please notify her on or before Sunday, May 5. We dedicate children newly born, newly adopted, or new to Unitarian Universalism. This naming ceremony celebrates new life into the world and/or into the care of our community. Can’t make this date? Another date will be offered in the fall. Please let Rev. Alison Eskildsen know if you have a particular date in mind that works well for your family. _________________________________________________  

  • 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

  • The Every Day UU: Now and Then Dear UU Congregation, We are writing to you to invite you to submit stories for our collection, “The Every Day UU: Now and Then.” As part the UU History Renaissance Module, we were required to create a final project that would connect with what we had learned in the course. It became evident to us that although we have numerous stories that document the achievements of some UUs, many voices are missing. In addition, we noted that there are certain famous UUs that attract our attention for the huge efforts they made. But we don’t have a collection of stories about UUs, who in living their faith, make small differences every day. Moving forward we thought it would be great to begin this process of sharing stories about our congregants from the past and present. What are we looking for? Each submission should be between 300-500 words submitted as a Word Document. You may submit as many stories as you like. Please include details about the person and when and where the story took place. Please provide a picture of the person if you can. The deadline for the initial collection of stories will be June 30, 2019. Depending on the interest in this project, additional collections may be requested in the future. We envision this collection being used in several ways. Church committees may choose to read a story as inspiration at the beginning of a meeting. Religious Educators may find stories that would work for A Time for All Ages. Congregants might read a story each day as a spiritual practice. Please send all stories, photos and release forms to storiesforUU@gmail.com We look forward to receiving your stories. Click here for release form and sample stories. Sincerely, Joanne Dingus Director of Religious Education, Newport News, VA Twinks Hastings, Children and Youth Ministries Director, Brewster, MA ——————————————————————————-
  • Create Climate Justice Create Climate Justice is a joint campaign of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the UU Ministry for Earth (UUMFE). Click here to read more. ———————————————————————————–
  • ICUU Save the Date ICUU COUNCIL MEETING & CONFERENCE MONTRÉAL, CANADA 26 October – 1 November 2020 The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) is a network of Unitarian, Universalist and Unitarian Universalist organizations. 22 national full member groups comprise the voting members of the Council. Provisional and emerging groups represent Unitarians from more than a dozen more countries.   ——————————————————————————–  


  • May 19: Annual Congregational Meeting On May 19, all are invited to a pizza & salad lunch immediately following the Sunday service! Then stick around for UUFA’s Annual Congregational Meeting at 12 Noon (Check in begins at 11:45 a.m.). There are important items on the agenda for congregational vote. Please plan to attend and lend your voice to the good works of UUFA. If you missed yesterday’s email with the supporting documents and agenda for the meeting, click here (click on the headline of this post first). In order to vote at the Annual Meeting, individuals must be “Active Members” of UUFA: defined in the bylaws as those who have signed the membership book at least four weeks in advance of the meeting, and have made a financial contribution of record during the previous 12 months. (See Article II, Section 2.1 of the UUFA Bylaws.) Regardless of voting eligibility, everyone is welcome to attend! ——————————————————————————
  • Get On Board, 4/9/2019 At its April 9, 2019 meeting, the UUFA Board of Trustees accomplished the following. The Board discussed: the book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo; the pledge drive needs for the 2019/20 budget; the ministerial review process; and UUFA rental policies. Actions approved were: to authorize the Board President or Vice President to sign summer camp temporary employment contracts consistent with previous years’ staffing, if needed before the next scheduled Board meeting. These reports were accepted and discussed as necessary: Treasurer’s Report; and notice from the Nominating Committee that the slate of nominees for elected positions in 2019/20 is ready for posting. Future agenda items are: proposed budget for 2019/20; plans for the May 19 Annual Congregational Meeting; UUA General Assembly delegates; and UUFA financial review by Internal Audit Task Force. Events in April and May: — Sunday, April 28, 9:20-10:20 a.m., Budget Town Hall — May 19, 12:00 noon, UUFA Annual Congregational Meeting (right after pizza lunch!) The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, May 19 — save the date! To read the adopted March 12, 2019 Board minutes, please click here — March 12, 2019. The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is Tuesday, May 7, 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
  • Nominations for Board and Nominating Committee Members Announced PRELIMINARY SLATE FOR MAY 19, 2019 CONGREGATIONAL MEETING For Board of Trustees: President (affirmation of 2019-20 appointment from current Board membership) – Barbara Schell; Secretary — Michelle Swagler; At Large member of the Board of Trustees (3-year term) Jean Bleyle; At Large member of the Board of Trustees (3-year term) Lyndall Tunnell; At Large member of the Board of Trustees (3-year term) Clela Reed; At Large member of the Board of Trustees (1-year term, filling vacant position) Susan Curtis; For Nominating Committee: Member of the Nominating Committee (2-year term) Diane Bridges; Member of the Nominating Committee (2-year term) Rich Rayburn ——————————————————————————

  • On Congregational Meetings On Congregational Meetings The 2019 Congregational Meeting is Sunday, May 19, 12:00 pm. UUFA traditionally has its annual meeting in late May, near the end of the program year. We use this occasion to make the decisions that require approval of the entire Fellowship: the next budget, elections of officers and committee members, and changes to our policies. Whatever business may be presented, our annual meeting is part of a continuous lineage extending back to the Puritan roots of the Congregationalist churches of 17th century New England. The theological and administrative independence of an individual congregation was a novel idea first introduced during the Reformation. And while the early American instances were not as fully democratic as they would later become, the seeds of the principle of full congregational sovereignty were already evident in Massachusetts in the 1630s. (Source: Conrad Wright, Congregational Polity, Skinner House, 1997) Like those early New England churches, our Fellowship is a voluntary association. We define our mission, write our own bylaws and policies, determine who will be our minister, and set the covenant of our membership. Even our connection to Unitarian Universalism is up to us. In practice this means that everything of importance is under the direct control of our members. UUFA has been a thriving organization for 65 years. We are a caring community, we provide opportunities for personal and spiritual growth, and we work together for the greater good in Athens and beyond. The annual meeting is an opportunity to connect to our mission and assert our independence. I hope everyone will make a special effort to attend and participate on May 19. –Bob McArthur, President, Board of Trustees


  • MAY 12: Forum Kicks Off Compost Comeback After a hiatus of several months, composting is returning to the Fellowship kitchen.  On May 12, the Green Sanctuary Committee (Green Team) will resume collecting compost after Coffee Hour and pot lucks. Not sure what to compost?  Come to the May 12 Forum (9:30-10:20 a.m. in the Eskildsen Room) and hear Suki Janssen, director of the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department, talk about do’s and don’ts of composting and recycling.  Then at Coffee Hour, look for the new composting receptacle near the Gathering Hall door to the kitchen. ————————————————————————————


  • Care Connections Ange Kahn is recovering at home after an operation to repair her ham strings.  Phone calls and cards are welcomed.  She and her dog would greatly appreciate volunteer “walkers”! ———————————————————————————–
  • Care Connections Wilma Harrington had knee surgery on May 6. She will be at home for the next 4-6 weeks and would appreciate cards. ————————————————————————————-

  • Lifespan Development Cluster Recognizes SGM Leaders In May, Iva King–Lay Minister for Lifespan Development–is recognizing two volunteers:  Kelly Simonson and Melanie Hennings–co-coordinators of Small Group Ministry (SGM) for the past year. Small Group Ministry was begun in 2006 with the aim of fostering deeper connections between members in a small-group setting. Members of SGMs commit to meet regularly and share their thoughts, stories, and perspectives. Kelly and Melanie make time to be active at UUFA in many ways. You may have seen the photo of them painting a room together during our recent renovation! They have done a great job as co-coordinators of SGM this year, organizing group sign-ups, assigning members to the groups, providing facilitator training, and helping resolve any issues that arise. Melanie has been a member of UUFA for 13 years and Kelly for about 10 years. Their involvement with SGM began as SGM participants. They particularly valued the parents’ SGM group, and when a coordinator was needed, they stepped up! There are currently approximately 80 members in six groups, and Kelly and Melanie would like to see the program expand and involve more young people. As our UUFA congregation continues to grow, joining an SGM is a great way to connect with people in a deeper way. All are encouraged to sign up in August when registration opens. Kelly says that the program practically runs itself thanks to the efforts and experience of the current facilitators and members, but we know that its success is also a result of strong leadership and commitment from Kelly and Melanie. —————————————————————————————
  • Third Thursdays: Membership Team Meetings Friendly Faces at an Open Door! The Membership Team is looking for helping hands and friendly faces to help the UUFA become a more welcoming place – to match our new Welcome Hall! The Membership Team meets the third Thursday each month at 5:30. We’d love for you to join us! Can’t make the meeting?  You can still help by helping to host a New to UU brunch at the Fellowship. Do you have talent in graphic design?  We hope to develop a new Welcome Brochure and could use your help. Are you available to greet newcomers one Sunday a month? For further information, contact Michelle Leebens-Mack (leebensmack@gmail.com or , 706-410-6454). ——————————————————————————
  • Congratulations to Carol-Lee Baker, Our May Spotlight Volunteer If you have attended just about any activity at the Fellowship in recent years, you have seen Carol-Lee. This month we are focusing on her leadership in making the UUFA kitchen much more functional and attractive with added storage, an ice maker, and the gleaming, appropriately sized stove hood. The kitchen update demanded innumerable contacts with contractors and help from UUFA volunteers as well as hundreds of hours cleaning everything and assembling the new storage. Now all of us can enjoy the sparkling kitchen resulting from Carol-Lee’s commitment and hard work. Thanks, Carol-Lee! ——————————————————————————–
  • Ready for UUFA Membership? Are you ready to become an official member of the UU Fellowship of Athens? If so, we want to include you in the New Member Ceremony on Sunday, May 5. Please contact Michelle Leebens-Mack or  Larry Dendy of the Membership Committee to communicate your interest. To become a member, we ask that you attend a “New to UUFA” orientation session or meet with Rev. Alison Eskildsen; then you may sign a Covenant of Membership form. To sign that, please contact us or pick one up at UUFA’s Welcome Center at the entrance to the Fellowship. Completing these steps puts your becoming a member in motion. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Rev. Alison (or Michelle Leebens-Mack). __________________________________________________
  • May 19: Photos Taken for the UUFA Photo Directory On May 19, Scott Mason will take pictures in the Fellowship Hall after the service of the Green and Silver Care Rings .  The Blue and Yellow Care ring members who did not have their pictures taken previously may also request Scott to take their pictures.  These pictures will be used to create a new UUFA Photo Directory. If you have a photo you’d like to use, log in at https://onrealm.org/UUFA and follow the prompts to upload a photo to your profile. Haven’t registered yet for Realm? Email UUFA Congregational Administrator Shaye Gambrell (uufa@uuathensga.org) to request an invitation. For further information, contact Kathy Mason (kkmason@aol.com). ————————————————————————————-
  • May 5: New Member Recognition Ceremony and Coffee On Sunday, May 5, new members to UUFA will be received at a New Member Recognition Ceremony during the worship service and at the coffee hour thereafter. For further information, contact Kathy Mason (kkmason@aol.com). ———————————————————————————–  

  • Saturday, May 18–Pizza on the Patio! To celebrate the end of a great year here at UUFA, RE is hosting a Pizza Party on the Patio on Saturday, May 18, at 6 p.m. A $5-10 donation per family is requested, but please come regardless of your ability to pay. We welcome all and look forward to seeing you there!  We need to know how much food to order, so please RSVP here for the Pizza Party!! ————————————————————————————-
  • 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”). ——————————————————————————
  • May 14: Bob Clements Gallery Talk for Second Lookers Second Lookers will meet at noon on Tuesday, May 14, at the Fellowship. Bob Clements will lead a gallery talk about his exhibit. Bring a brown bag lunch. 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). ——————————————————————————-
  • May 4: Coffee House & Art Market UUFA Coffee House–-happening Saturday, May 4 from 5 to 7 p.m--a time for sharing with family, friends, and the larger community! Join us for a variety of libations, treats, and talent. This year we want to also share visual arts along with our musical talent!  Admission is free, but donations WILL GLADLY BE ACCEPTED for support of programs at UUFA Have art to sell? If you have original art to sell, join the art mart which will be happening concurrently with the coffee house. A percentage of sales will go to the UUFA.  Interested? Contact Barbara Schell (bschell@benau.edu0, 706 540-7908) by April 20. Or drop art off at UUFA Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. or Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Welcome Hall. ———————————————————————————    
  • CANCELLED–Scrabble for May Cancelled for May, 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 or kathylyndall@gmail.com). —————————————————————————–
  • Inaugural Art Show: Paintings by Robert Clements Robert Clements’ beautiful paintings make a fitting inaugural art show in our new gallery space. Originally from the Pittsburgh, PA area, Bob taught at the University of Georgia for 25 years from 1969 until 1994. There, he won the University’s highest awards for his teaching and research. He has written four editions of Emphasis Art and 60 articles and directed several art grant projects. He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and his graduate art degrees from Pennsylvania State University. Bob is a multidisciplinary artist whose paintings capture beauty in Southern landscapes. He is also a strong supporter of public art, beautifying Athens through commissioned sculptures such as those outside the Athens-Clarke County Library and at Argo Apartments. Thank you, Bob, for sharing your talents with us. ——————————————————————————
  • 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. ——————————————————————————


  • April 28 through May 5: Next IHNA Week The UUFA will again be supporting Holy Cross Lutheran Church in hosting several homeless families for the week of April 28 to May 5 as part of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens.  This week comes fairly soon after our last support week, but it is our last until the end of summer. If you would like to volunteer for one of the support positions, please go to the following web site and sign up. volunteersignup.org/Y3WEX If you have not volunteered for the IHNA program previously, we will arrange for you to participate in a brief and helpful training session. Thanks for your continuing interest in this program! For further information, contact Mark Hodges (markhodges4427@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————–
  • CANCELLED: May 19: Sanctuary Movement Team This month’s meeting has been cancelled, so that all may attend the UUFA Congregational Meeting. In order to be current on immigrant justice issues, you are invited to attend the next meeting of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition on May 28.meeting. Click here for more information. 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. ——————————————————————————-
  • Diaper Drive 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. from the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition: “You all are wonderful – imagine the burden this takes off the shoulders of young families who are struggling with so many other issues including the deportation of their husband/father. If UUFA is still generously donating diapers, we need sizes 3, 4, 6,and newborn.  Another baby is on the way!” 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. ———————————————————————————-  
  • May 1: May Day Rally The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team invites you to participate in the following May Day Rally: The rally is part of Dignidad Inmigrante’s push for the Driving Without Fear campaign, in support of the immigrant community who are unable to attain licenses, yet at risk of deportation for the basic necessity of driving. We invite you to show the ACC Government that you support this campaign and help bring awareness to the community. FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/421738451994636/ When: May 1st, 4:30 to 6:30 pm Where: Meet at the corner of Prince and Pulaski (where the St. Joseph’s Catholic church used to be) What: March from there to the UGA Arch, see you there! —————————————————————————————-
  • May 16 and May 17: Our Daily Bread What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, May 16, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, May 17, 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 May, click here. Questions? Contact David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com or 706.338.2798). Our Daily Bread outreach is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————–
  • May 18: Below Baldwin–Chalice Film Series (Click for more info.)   ——————————————————————————-
  • May 28: 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, May 28, 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). ———————————————————————————–
  • May 4: AADM (UUFA Justice Partner) Event The UUFA Social Action Committee invites you to participate in the following event hosted by the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM), a UUFA Justice Partner:   Click here for more information. —————————————————————————–
  • MAY 8: PARES Appreciating Teachers and Staff As part of our partnership with Alps Road Elementary (PARES) program, showing appreciation for the teachers and staff, UUFA will be providing some breakfast foods this Wednesday, May 8.  As we did last year, we will provide muffins, scones, and apples.  There are 65 staff members. Food would need to be dropped off at the Fellowship Tuesday afternoon for delivery to the school early Wednesday morning. If you would like to participate by making a dozen muffins or buying some apples, please contact Carol-Lee Baker (carlee1945@gmail.com or 706-483-2314). —————————————————————————–

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