weaving the threads of community

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spiritual arts

  • Let Your Fingers Do the Giving!?! No cash on Sunday morning?  Left your checkbook in the car?   No worries….Beginning Sunday, April 7, you will have the opportunity to give to UUFA  by using your phone and texting to 73256.  (FYI–You may only give to one fund per text.)   For further information, contact UUFA Congregational Administrator Shaye Gambrell (uufa@uuathensga.org). ————————————————————————————
  • March 10: Altar Building Art as a Spiritual Practice – Altar Building – March 10 at 9:15 a.m. Would creating and tending a home altar be a meaningful spiritual practice for you? Ask yourself this: am I a collector? Do I collect sea glass or shells, rocks or feathers? Driftwood? Are there objects that hold meaning for me, that reflect my connection with nature, that represent the relationships I cherish with other people or teachers, that fortify my connection to ancient traditions? Do I like to celebrate? Do I decorate my home for different seasons and holidays? Do I like to keep photos or cards in a place where I can see them? Am I creative? Do I enjoy arranging flowers in a special vase or covering a table or bureau with a colorful cloth? If any of this resonates with you, please join us on Sunday, 3/10 at 9:15 in the Ocean Room to learn about how a home altar can support your personal spiritual practice. Questions? Contact Kelli McConnell dre@uuathensga.org. —————————————————————————————
  • Worship in March All-Fellowship theme: Imagination March 3 – Fulfilling Our Promise—Boldly  Like Moses escaping Egypt, what risks must UUFA take to usher in a new community and fulfill its mission? This ‘Stewardship Sunday’ service is led by Rev. Alison Eskildsen with a UUFA band. March 10 – Imagination or Reality?  Dreaming of butterflies and the meaning of life with the Daoist Zhangzi. Service led by Rev. Alison Eskildsen with the Chalice Choir. Don’t forget to spring clocks forward! March 17 – Belonging to All Creation  On St. Patrick’s Day when many feel a little Irish, connecting to Celtic religious imagination may help us save and savor the natural world. Service led by Rev. Alison Eskildsen, with special musical guests. March 24 – Pure Imagination  “If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it…anything you want to, do it. Want to change the world? There’s nothing to it…” Join Music Director Amber Fetner and Director of Religious Exploration Kelli McConnell for this magical, musical all-ages service that is all about the power of Pure Imagination. March 31 – Re-imagining Partnership  The Rev. Roger Bertschausen, Executive Director of the UU Partner Church Council, reflects on the future of UUFA’s partnership with Unitarians in Oklánd, Transylvania (RO).  

  • A Gathering of Love at Al Huda In response to the tragic terrorist killings in New Zealand, the Al Huda Islamic Center is hosting “A Gathering of Love” at 2 pm on Saturday, March 23. Members of the Fellowship are invited. Please RSVP to Rev. Alison if you plan to attend. Imam Adel Amer would like some idea of how many to expect. —————————————————————————–

denominational affairs

  • Mountain Matters–Celebrating 40 Years of Great Programs and Community   Click here to read the March 4, 2019, newsletter.  A lot is happening.     ————————————————————————————–
  • Love Resists: Four Things You Can Do to End Money Bail in Your Community Click here to read “Four Things You Can Do to End Money Bail in Your Community.”   Love Resists is a joint campaign by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. —————————————————————————————–
  • UUA General Assembly Registration Now Open Registration is now open for General Assembly to be held June 19-23 in Spokane, Washington. This year’s theme is The Power of We, and lots of opportunities to gather as justice-makers exist. Side with Love will be offering a track and a public witness, Love Resists is planning a double-slot workshop, and we’re planning a congregation-based community organizing workshop and “off the grid” networking meetings for justice organizers. Register now as rates increase May 1. General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process.  ————————————————————————————

governance

  • 03/03: Stewardship Sunday! Stewardship Sunday 2019 is March 3! The annual pledge drive to support our 2019 – 2020 budget has begun. We recently mailed a brochure and pledge form to all members and friends. Our goal is 15% above this year’s budget to fund increased building maintenance and mortgage, an expanded music program and new multicultural initiatives. We hope to have 100% participation. Please bring your filled-out pledge form to the service on March 3, or enter it directly by means of your On Realm account, email it to uufa@uuathensga.org, or call Shaye Gambrell at 706-546-7914. Help Fulfill the Promise. Bob McArthur, UUFA President ———————————————————————————

  • April 28: Budget Town Hall Sunday, April 28: Budget Town Hall, 9:20-10:20 a.m. in the Eskildsen Room.  All are welcome to this discussion of the proposed budget for our upcoming program year. The annual budget is based on pledge income — if you need more info on how to pledge, please contact the office (706-546-7914 Ext. 5, or uufa@uuathensga.org) or visit https://www.uuathensga.org/stewardship/2019-2020-budget-drive/. The budget will be voted at the Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, May 19. ——————————————————————————
  • May 19: Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday, May 19: Annual Congregational Meeting — Save the Date! Stay tuned for more information on voting at the meeting. ——————————————————————————-
  • I Imagine We Can There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.~ Ronald Reagan Last month our congregational focus was on listening.  Listening is that most important part of communication that goes beyond the head nod, or the composing of our own thoughts as we prepare to respond. Listening starts with a mindset of openness.  Such a mindset relishes the differences among us and is accompanied by curiosity and acceptance of the other person’s right to be heard.  It sometimes requires patience and self-control to stay in the moment and fully attend. As an officer of the board, and the chair of the EOV Aesthetics Committee, I can tell you that all you see in this great new space around us at UUFA is and continues to be a result of careful and patient listening. It was because we didn’t see things the same way that we needed to have extended conversations.  And it was because we listened that we ultimately found creative and effective solutions.  We should all be proud of both the process and the product that went into our new spaces. Having listened and shared our thoughts this winter season, it is time to expand from what we think and what we know to what we can imagine.  We all have aspirations for ourselves and for our Fellowship.  Turning those into reality requires inspired imagination to think big enough, and to find new ways to create the world we want to be in.  One long standing wish in this Fellowship is the desire for a more diverse congregation.  I long to find ways to gain the new insights and wisdom that come from those whose world is grounded in different experiences, whether those be differences of ethnicity, culture, race, gender identity, bodily abilities or some other way that I am not even aware of. I know from conversations with some that it requires imagination to consider how to keep the sense of safety and community we hold at UUFA if we truly open ourselves to this much real diversity.  I am an optimist. I believe that the more people who we can find to join our search for truth and meaning, and who can embrace our core principles, the richer and even safer we will find our community to be.  I say, let’s take our skills of listening, our processes of examining different perspectives and add a healthy dose of imagination. In this way we can indeed invent the world we wish to be in. May it be so. Barbara A. Boyt Schell, UUFA Vice President
  • Get On Board! At its February 12, 2019 meeting, the UUFA Board of Trustees accomplished the following. The Board discussed: safety and security measures currently in place and recommended; the need for consistent practices within a constantly revolving group of volunteers; and the orderly transition from building construction to ongoing maintenance responsibilities. Actions approved were: to establish a committee to implement Safety & Security Task Force recommendations; approve budget recommendations from the Annual Budget Drive Task Force; set the Minister’s salary and housing allowance for 2019; and appoint the Chair of the Building & Grounds Committee. These reports were accepted and discussed as necessary: Minister’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, and UUA certification verification. Future agenda items are: consideration of a staff/volunteer position for consistent building maintenance and safety practices; discussion of Board appointment to President for 2019/20; discussion of White Fragility book; and June review of the Safety & Security progress report. Events in March and April: — Sunday, March 3, Stewardship Sunday (Computer pledge stations and tech’s will be available to help with online access to our Realm system.) — Monday, March 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Video and Discussion of White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo — Thursday, March 7, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Video and Discussion of White Fragility — Sunday, April 28, 9:20-10:20 a.m., Budget Town Hall To read the adopted January 8, 2019 Board minutes, please click here — January 8, 2019. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees is Tuesday, March 12, 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

communications

  • Please Support the Annual Pledge Drive Pledges to support the 2019-2020 budget have put us 68% toward our goal. We hope to receive 100 more pledges and to increase the total by an additional $136,000. Paper pledge forms are in the rear of the Sanctuary and in the Fellowship Hall or log into your OnRealm account  or call or email Shaye (706-546-7914, uufa@uuathensga.org). We hope to have 100% participation to Fulfill the Promise. Every pledge counts. ——————————————————————————

lifespan religious exploration

  • Waltzing the Reaper at UUFA Please join us on Sunday, April 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. for a one-woman play Waltzing the Reaper, featuring professional actor Judith Gantly. The play will be followed immediately by a panel discussion and reception at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, 780 Timothy Road, Athens, GA. This free performance is sponsored jointly by the UUFA and Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Athens. Waltzing the Reaper is a deeply moving – yet humorous – play, depicting a woman’s journey of her dying process, and her last opportunity to mend a broken family relationship. The play concerns a once-vital, still witty woman, Vera, who has been resuscitated despite her Living Will. Now she must depend on a relative she never liked to get her out of the hospital to home where she can make peace with her family and die with dignity under hospice care. Judith Gantly has presented this play to rave reviews throughout the United States to audiences of medical professionals, hospice workers, caring communities and the general public. Additionally, interested participants will have opportunity to write about and share their responses to the issues and questions that are brought forth through Waltzing the Reaper. Roger Bailey, who leads the widely praised Memoir Group for OLLI@UGA, will lead this workshop on Saturday, April 13, 1 to 3 p.m. at UUFA. Never in my 10 years as a hospice chaplain have I experienced such a deeply moving presentation of what a patient and family member go through during a terminal illness as Judith Gantly’s play, “Waltzing the Reaper.” Everyone needs to see this because sooner or later this will happen to everyone. I cannot recommend this play highly enough.                                                                                                                                                                        Stimp Hawkins, M.Div. ________________________________________ Using performance arts, “Walzing the Reaper” is an inviting and nonthreatening way for clinicians, students and the public alike to explore complex, very real, and emotionally difficult issues related to end of life. It brings attention to the human-side of living with illness and facing death. Judith Gantly is truly spectacular in this one-woman show! Susan Bauer-Wu President, Society for Integrative Oncology ________________________________________
  • Register NOW for Hogwarts Under the Pyramid (July 29-August 2) Professors at Hogwarts Under the Pyramid seek magicians who wish to celebrate the wonderful world of Harry Potter for a week. Each Summer, UUFA transforms the Fellowship Hall into our own version of Hogwarts Under the Pyramid in celebration of all things Harry Potter. This Summer Camp is a fun extension of Rowling’s book series and encourages Hogwarts’ students to open their imaginations as they engage in ways that help them experience loyalty, trust-building, friendship, leadership, problem-solving, working for the common good, and other positive qualities and life skills. This year camp will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 29-August 2, for ages 6-12. In respect for varying family circumstances, we offer a sliding scale between $100-$150. Please pay what you are comfortably able to pay within the fee range, taking into consideration the number of children registered in your family, financial needs, and membership status at UUFA. Paying to the best of your ability allows us to provide quality programming and staff, nourishing snacks, and scholarships to those in need. We offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships. Contact Coordinator of Religious Exploration, Kelli McConnell with questions dre@uuathensga.org 706-546-7914. For more details on this wonderful camp experience and to register, go to https://www.uuathensga.org/education/hogwarts/ ——————————————————————————–
  • Why ARE We Here–A Chosen Faith Book Discussion Want to learn more about this UU tradition that most people choose, coming to it from other denominations or no religious upbringing at all? Want to revisit this book, and your beliefs? Then join the discussion of this book, led by Reverend Eskildsen and Vivian Sellers, organized around the six sources of Unitarian Universalism. Each one of these forms the basis for a session’s discussion. Discussions will be 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from April 3 through May 8. There are copies of this book in the UUFA office to borrow, or the books can be ordered from the UUA Bookstore (https://www.uuabookstore.org), Athens local Avid Bookshopv (either by phone or online https://www.avidbookshop.com/shop), or other online booksellers. For further information, contact Vivian Preston Sellers (vpsellers@gmail.com or 770-833-6290). —————————————————————————–
  • March 10: Book Talks–“Never Have Your Dog Stuffed” by Alan Alda You are invited to the next Book Talks on Sunday, March 10, to discuss Never Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda. “My mother didn’t try to stab my father until I was six.” begins Alda’s story.  He was the son of a popular actor and loving but mentally ill mother. This is the story of how after early struggles, he went on to achieve success in his profession. Book Talks is an informal group that meets the second Sunday of the month at 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. If you want lunch, bring your own brown bag. If you have any questions, call Clarissa Finco (clarissa.finco@gmail.com or 706-543-6064). ————————————————————————————–

fellowship

  • Care Connection Sandra Storer had a knee replacement on March 18. She is now recovering at home. Meals would be appreciated (vegetables only). Her phone numbers are 706-310-4418 or 309-922-6784. Her new address is 154 VFW Drive, Apt. B, Watkinsville, GA 30677. Please note the Pastoral Care Card box can be found on a lower shelf to the left as you enter the office suite. Anyone may feel free to put it out in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings for all to use. It is stocked with a member/friend directory, cards, and envelopes, for your use. Leave your cards on the desk in the office to be mailed the next week. ——————————————————————————
  • This Sunday–Memorial Planned for Ann Blum Sadly, long-time member of the Fellowship, Ann Blum, died at her home on Thursday, February 14, family surrounding her. A celebration of her life will take place on Sunday, March 17, at 2:30 p.m. at the Fellowship. If you would like to help with the reception, please contact Carol-Lee Baker (carlee1945@gmail.com). ——————————————————————————
  • Care Connections: Bill Horton Bill Horton has been in St. Mary’s Hospital since February 12.  After his neck surgery, he developed complications from which he is finally recovering. Bill ate his first real food, yogurt and ice cream, on Monday. He is talking and enjoys visitors. Please call St. Mary’s before trying to visit as he might be going home soon. Bill would also like to receive cards and notes of encouragement. ————————————————————————————

  • April 13: Newcomer Orientation–New to UUFA A New to UUFA newcomer orientation will be held on Saturday, April 13, 8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Newcomers to UUFA and Unitarian Universalism are invited to attend and learn more about us. Participants briefly share their religious journey, and learn about the history and development of Unitarian Universalism and UUFA. You’ll meet Fellowship leaders, including our minister, Rev. Alison Eskildsen, and get information on programs, activities and services at UUFA. The morning begins with a continental breakfast and ends by noon. Child care can be arranged with advance notice. A sign-up sheet is on the Visitors Table in the foyer. You can also sign up by contacting or calling the Fellowship office (uufa@uuathensga.org) or by contacting Michelle Leebens-Mack, chair of the Membership Committee (leebensmack@gmail.com). —————————————————————————————-
  • Let’s Make It Official Are you new to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship?  Have you attended the New to UUFA orientation and signed the Covenant of Membership?  If so, we would like to recognize you and officially introduce you to the congregation at the worship service Sunday, March 10.  If you have attended the orientation but simply haven’t signed the Covenant, please see Rev. Eskildsen or one of the Greeters at the Welcome table in the foyer to do so.   If you haven’t attended a New to UUFA orientation, our next class will be Saturday, April 13, from 8:45 a.m. to noon. Please join us; we have so much to share with you. Sign up for this orientation at the Welcome Table in the Fellowship foyer   Hope to see you then. If you have questions,  contact Michelle Leebens-Mack (leebensmack@gmail.com or 706-410-6454). ——————————————————————————
  • March Volunteer Spotlight: Lynn Rinker Lynn Rinker been a very active member of UUFA’s Membership Committee. She’s a dependable greeter on Sunday mornings, welcoming visitors and newcomers with a friendly smile and helping them fill out a visitor card and get nametags. She always helps with the New to UUFA classes, putting up signs to announce a class, arriving early to start the coffee, bringing sweet rolls for the breakfast, cheerfully greeting class members when they arrive, helping with clean-up, and doing anything else to make the class run smoothly. Lynn went through the Membership Book and compiled a very helpful roster showing when people became members of the Fellowship. She’s worked in the office with Shaye following up with visitors and getting announcements about Membership Committee activities in the Order of Service and weekly e-news. Lynn has also represented the Membership Committee at various meetings and functions and is always willing to make phone calls or send e-mails on behalf of the committee. The committee is very fortunate to have such a diligent, faithful and committed member as Lynn. Beyond her membership commitment, Lynn has often brought refreshments for events and volunteered in the nursery with her daughter Sammie Carroll. The Volunteer Recognition Team and everyone else at the Fellowship hope Lynn will visit often after her upcoming move. ——————————————————————————–
  • Third Thursdays: Membership Team Meetings Friendly Faces to 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). ————————————————————————————

  • March 27: Fourth Sunday Lunch Fourth Sunday Lunch is this Sunday, March 27! The luncheon is hosted by the UUFA Board, Lay Ministers, and Ministry Cluster Committees. Join us for some great food and fellowship immediately following the service.  Donation of $5.00 is requested. If you have questions or want to contribute food contact Carol-Lee Baker (carlee1945@gmail.com).  See you Sunday. ————————————————————————————-
  • 03/30; ReFreshing Our Okland, Romania Partnership For over 25 years, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens has been in partnership with the Unitarian Church in Okland, Romania. Through this relationship, friendships have been cultivated on both sides and a greater understanding by the United States congregation has developed into our Unitarian roots. The ministers have visited each other, groups of youth from Okland have come to the US, and pilgrims have gone from the US to Romania. So, where do we want to go in our next 25 years?  The UUFA’s Partner Church Team would like to deepen engagement and revitalize our relationship with the Okland church and community.  To do so, we have invited the Reverend Roger Bertschausen, Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council, to help guide us through a ReFresh Weekend. The key component of the weekend will be a workshop on Saturday, March 30th from 10 – 2:30.  At this workshop, we will explore what it means to be partners with someone across the globe.  We will look at cross-cultural sensitivities. What does it mean to be a good host? How can we be a good guest? How can we celebrate our relationships and moving to a relationship grounded in parity?  We will look at possible collaborative activities with the Transylvanian Unitarians such as a possible choir trip, a 2020 International Unitarian Youth Camp, and other exciting possibilities. Please join us at this event!  All are invited. Please click here to let us know you are coming! For more information, contact Michelle Leebens-Mack (706-410-6454 or leebensmack@gmail.com). ——————————————————————————  
  • March 17: UUFA Photographs The Yellow Care Ring will have their photographs taken on March 17 for the UUFA photo directory.  Scott Mason will take the photographs in the Fellowship Hall after the service.  The Yellow Care Ring Coordinators are Carol-Lee Baker, Jane Mayer, and Jane King. If Blue Care Ring members did not have their photographs taken in February, let Scott know, and he will take your photographs.  Photographs can also be uploaded by members into the Realm computer system. For further information, contact Kathy Mason (kkmason@aol.com). ————————————————————————————-
  • March 15: Scrabble with the Rabble Scrabble with the Rabble  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). —————————————————————————–
  • Grateful Thread – a new fun group 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., beginning March 11. Hope to see you there.  We’ll be meeting in the Welcome Hall in the comfy chairs. ——————————————————————————
  • 03/12: Second Lookers Gathering Second Lookers will meet on Tuesday, March 12, at noon.  We look forward to hearing from UUFA members and friends who visited the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum in Montgomery earlier in the month. 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). ——————————————————————————-  
  • Film Fans Film Fans will be gathering this  Sunday (March 10) at Cine.  There are two movies that are of interest: They Shall Not Grow Old starting at 5:15 and Everybody Knows starting at 5:30.  They both sound good and since the starting times are so close we could meet at Cine and then choose individually which to attend.  I’ll be at the theater at 5:00.  Please let me know if you plan to be there so that I know to look for you.  Carol-Lee Baker carlee45@yahoo.com or 706-483-2314.        Film Fans is a Fun and Fellowship activity.    
  • March 10: Film Fans Film Fans will be meeting on Sunday, March 10, at Cine to see either They Shall Not Grow Old (at 5:15 p.m.) or Everybody Knows (at 5:30 p.m.). Please let Carol-Lee Baker (carlee45@yahoo.com) know if you are planning on attending or if you have questions. Film Fans meet the second Sunday of each month, and the group is open to all. ———————————————————————————-
  • Starting April 9: Tai Chi Class Tai Chi and Qigong class will be starting up again on April 9, 2019! Come join us! Classes will be held on Tuesday nights at 6  p.m. in the Eskildsen room. This class ncludes self-massage, breathing exercises, and simple moves for meditation, balance, and fitness. You don’t need to know anything about Tai Chi–just follow along! No special equipment is needed; just wear comfortable clothes. For further information, contact Jackie or Bill Pierson (birdfeathr@gmail.com  or 706-201-1193). ————————————————————————————–  
  • April 27: UUFA Yard Sale WE NEED YOU!!! Please help us to have a successful sale by donating your time, muscle, and/or treasures! We will be need help picking up/taking donations to the storage unit until the Yard Sale. If you are willing to donate your truck for us to use or drive it for us, please contact Sherri Tanner (706-424-8310, sherritanner12@yahoo.com) Date of sale: April 27, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where? UUFA (We will start bringing donations from storage the Wednesday before to sort, price, and set up.  Volunteers will be greatly needed from that day until the end of the sale.) —————————————————————————–

justice

  • 03/03: Social Action Committee (SAC) 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, March 3, beginning at noon in (Eskildsen Room (fna Multipurpose 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. —————————————————————————–
  • 03/04 and/or 03/07: White Fragility Video & Discussion A showing of Robin DiAngelo speaking about White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, based on her book by that name. A discussion facilitated by Rev. Alison Eskildsen and Karen Solheim will follow. If you have questions, please contact Rev. Alison. WHEN: Monday, March 4 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, and/or Thursday, March 7 from 10 am – 12 Noon (While the format of each session will be the same, all are welcome to attend both.) About the book: The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively. ________________________________________________
  • April 19 and April 20: Our Daily Bread Time and Talent Opportunity What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, April 19, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, April 20, 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 April, click here. Questions? Contact David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com or 706.338.2798). Our Daily Bread outreach is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————–
  • April 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–April 21–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. ——————————————————————————-
  • April 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, April 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). ———————————————————————————–
  • April 5: Support UUFA Justice Partner AADM On April 5, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) will host a public demonstration to bring awareness to multiple reports of racial discrimination from Athens community members. The demonstration will take place at the Steps of City Hall and end at the University of Georgia Arch. Demonstrators will march together and community members will share their experiences of discrimination. All are welcome to attend to learn about local issues of racial discrimination. Click here for further information. Also needed is assistance with creating signs and a few volunteers. In addition, if you would like to share an experience of racial discrimination or to learn more about this event, please contact athensantidiscrimination@gmail.com or visit www.aadmovement.org. For information about other AADM April events including the campaign for a citizens policing advisory board, click here. ————————————————————————————-
  • April 6: Getting Grassy Grab your garden gloves and Get Grassy with Green Sanctuary as we install native grasses in our UUFA landscape on Saturday, April 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. For further information, contact Liz Weaver (ejsweaver@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————-
  • April 7: Social Action Committee (SAC) 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, April 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. —————————————————————————–
  • Can you CANtribute? As of January 31, 2019, UUFA is in THIRD PLACE in the friendly competition among 25 Athens faith communities to the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank! With our 211 CANtributions, we are only 89 items out of first place and 54 items of second place! The wicker basket as you enter the sanctuary is willing and able to receive your donations of nonperishable food items, and cash or checks are also welcome. Please put the following in the memo line of your check donation: “Food Bank” and 1-8016. Current targeted items are peas, saltines, and cereal. Could you consider a CANtribution of one item a day? Or every other day? Or consider a birthday challenge (bring one item for each year you’re celebrating)? For further information, contact Karen Solheim, SAC member. This initiative is hosted by the Social Action Committee (SAC), a part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————————–
  • CANtributions Needed! 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. Because of your generosity, UUFA is in SECOND PLACE in the friendly competition among 25 Athens-area faith communities.  🙂 As of the end of February, UUFA with its CANtributions of 560 items is only 65 items out of first place! 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. ———————————————————————————–
  • Justice Partner Opportunities     Click here to read the latest from the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, a UUFA Justice Partner.       ————————————————————————————
  • March 13: Dinner Prepared by UUFA Food Justice Group FREE FREE (Food Justice and Enjoyable Eating) will be providing dinner for the second Wednesday potluck at the Fellowship. Join in the food preparation (4:30 p.m.) and/or the meal (6:30 p.m.). Our next monthly meal will be Wednesday, March 13, at 6:30 pm in the UUFA Fellowship Hall. Suggested donation: $5-$10 per adult (which does not cover wine) and $4 per child. (The suggested donation enables FREE to buy more local, in-season dishes for the meal, as well as additions to the monthly meal UUFA provides for Our Daily Bread). For planning purposes, please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/lkqGEiO8y1COyhzx2. FREE is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————-
  • March 14 and March 15: Our Daily Bread Time and Talent Opportunity What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, March 14, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, March 15, from 11:30 to 1 to serve the meal. 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. Questions? Contact David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com or 706.338.2798). Our Daily Bread outreach is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————–
  • March 16: Athens Area Black History Quiz Bowl As a sponsor of the Seventh Annual Athens Area Black History Quiz Bowl, the UUFA Social Action Committee invites you to attend this event: Seventh Annual Athens Area Black History Quiz Bowl Saturday, March 16, beginning at noon Elizabeth G. King Gymnasium * 440-4 Dearing Extension * Athens, GA 30606 Free and Open to the Public ————————————————————————————–
  • March 17: 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–Sanctuary 17–beginning at noon-ish in the conference room, just off the Welcome Hall. 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. ——————————————————————————-
  • March 23: Chalice Film Series–Iron Jawed Angels Join us on Saturday, March 23, in the viewing  the second film in the Chalice Film series–Iron Jawed Angels. This film depicts fiery American suffragette Alice Paul who lights a fire under the older women’s leaders in Washington, DC, when President Wilson refuses to give all women the vote. Paul, however, is prepared to go to prison for her cause. The movie begins at 4 p.m. in the Eskildsen Room followed by discussion led by Pam Chubbuck. Save the dates for other movies in the Chalice Film Series.  All begin at 4 p.m. March 23, Iron-jawed Angels April 13, Chasing Coral May 18, tbd For further information, contact Hilda Kurtz (connections@uuathensga.org). ——————————————————————————————
  • March 25: PARES Opportunity The Alps Road Elementary School kindergarten team is planning a garden work afternoon on Monday, March 25 at 3 p.m. Any and all volunteers welcome! No background check needed. UUFA participates in the Athens-Clarke County’s Adopt-a-School Program by being in partnership with Alps Road Elementary School. Questions: Contact UUFA PARES liaison Caryl Sundland  ((csundland@aol.com). —————————————————————————————
  • March 26: 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, March 26, 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). ———————————————————————————–
  • March 26: UUA 2018-19 Common Read Discussion You are invited to attend the discussion of the UUA 2018-19 Common Read:  Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment. Tuesday, March 26, 5 to 6:30 p.m. (Please note time change.) For further information, contact Kate Blane (raya_mead@yahoo.com). ————————————————————————————
  • March 9, 9-11 a.m.: Hands On Habitat Help Part 2 at UUFA The work to restore our UUFA habitat continues this Saturday from 9 – 11 a.m. Meet in the new parking lot. We need folks to help cut and carry the invasive plants damaging the beautiful woods. At the workday in February, we saw a happy hawk, hidden jasmine, and a wonderful salamander! It is helpful to have your own work gloves and water bottle. Other tools and such will be on hand. For further information, contact Elizabeth Weaver (ejsweaver@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————

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