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February Special Events!


Paul Hartman’s photography exhibit, A Lightmonkey Show The exhibit runs through March in the Clements Gallery. Paul explains his title: “Einstein coined the term ‘lichtaffen’ or lightmonkeys to dismiss photographers of his day, who he thought were unimaginative and did nothing but copy light.” See how his exhibit goes far beyond Einstein’s description.

Linnentown Documentary Showing & Panel Discussion “Linnentown: Urban Renewal, White Supremacy and the University of Georgia” by Alex Benoit will be shown in the AWE room at UUFA at 10 am  on February 3, followed by a presentation about Athens Reparations Action (ARA) and time for questions.

Assembling Bags of Love All are invited to contribute items towards the making of 50 to 100 Bags of Love, kits to be given out to unhoused folx in the Athens area. Donations accepted through Sunday, February 4 when all ages are invited to assemble bags in the Fellowship Hall following the service. 

The 1619 Project: What White History Does Not Teach Us continues through March. Hosted by the Racial Justice Team, the February showings and discussions begin February 4. Later sessions are

  • 3rd Episode “Capitalism”– February 14 (Wed.) & 18 (Sun.)
  • 4th Episode “Music” – February 28 (Wed.) & March 3 (Sun.)
  • 5th Episode “Fear”– March 13 (Wed.) & 17 (Sun.)
  • 6th Episode “Justice” – March 27 (Wed.) & 31 (Sun.)

Wednesday sessions begin at 6:45 p.m. and Sunday sessions at 9 a.m. All are invited to attend. For details and childcare information see www.uuathensga.org/1619uufa or contact the Racial Justice Team through justice@uuathensga.org

Instrumental Jam  Session with Neil Golden and Mike Merva on Thursday, February 15 at 7 p.m. is open to all.

Healing Service Rev. Pippin and the Pastoral Care Team invite all to a Healing Service on Sunday, February 18 at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. We will gather to nam e and to hold space for all that needs healing in our lives and hearts, as we share music, readings and images that bring comfort, strength and hope. If you wish to share a reading (or have it read) or an image that gives you hope or comfort, please email them to pastoralcare@uuathensga.org by Wednesday, February 14.


Let’s Get Together in February!

Virtual Only – V       Multi-platform – MP

All are welcome at these UUFA meetings and events!

Sunday Mornings

Sunday Services, 10:30 a.m. – MP

Sundays following the worship services, Community and Conversation, 11:30 a.m. – MP


Fun and Fellowship

For Everyone

Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. – Community Potluck  Enjoy social time followed by a potluck dinner. Please bring enough food to share.

Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m. – Family Dinner Night ~ First One of the New Year! Want to enjoy food and fellowship with our congregation? Come to our first family dinner of the new year! Dinner is provided all are welcome! Please RSVP by February 1 to Kahla Childers with the number of people attending and any dietary preferences.

For Adults

Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.  – Coffee Hour at Panera Bread Two groups usually meet in the restaurant. 

Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. – Coffee Hour V Drop in to check in! Get the link to join from the group in Realm/Connect. Not in Realm? Speak to someone at the Welcome Desk on Sundays or call the office to learn more. 

Feb. 11, 11:30 a.m. – Getting to Know UUFA  Newcomers are welcome after the service in the AWE Room.

Feb. 14, 6-8 p.m. – Young Adult Valentines Party Are you between the ages of 18 and 36 and feeling sweet this Valentine’s Day? Come join the Young Adults  for a cookie decorating party in the Ocean Room. Bring a friend, bring a partner, come alone- all young adults are welcome!  For more or to share dietary restrictions please contact yya@uuathensga.org

Feb. 25, 7 p.m. – Alphabet Family This group for folx who identify anywhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum gathers virtually on fourth Sundays.

Feb. 26, 2 p.m. – Grateful Threads This is a social group at UUFA for knitting, crocheting, sewing, or any other thready craft you have. Meets most fourth Mondays, 2-4 p.m. at UUFA.


Seeking Justice

Need more info? Visit uuathensga.org/justice or contact Justice@uuathensga.org.

Mondays, 12:30 p.m. – Athens Demonstration, Alps at Baxter

Feb. 1, 5 p.m. – Racial Justice Team  This group is exploring the 2021-22 UUFA goal of “engaging in dismantling white supremacy including the intersectional aspects of environmental and economic injustice.” Meets most first Thursdays. Get the link to join from the group in Realm/Connect. Not in Realm? Speak to someone at the Welcome Desk on Sundays or call the office to learn more.

Feb. 5, 12 p.m. – Social Action Committee MP  Be the change you want to see in the world. Meets most first Sundays. Get the link to join from the group in Realm/Connect. Not in Realm? Speak to someone at the Welcome Desk on Sundays or call the office to learn more. 

Feb. 3, 10 a.m. – Linnentown & Panel Discussion  AWE Rm Details under Special Events above.

Feb. 18, 4:30 p.m. – Food Justice Team  All who eat are invited to attend the next Food Justice Team meeting, on the most third Sundays and sometimes in person for lunch. Get the link to join from the group in Realm/Connect. Not in Realm? Speak to someone at the Welcome Desk on Sundays or call the office to learn more. 

Feb. 25, 12 p.m. – Peace Advocacy Team  (MP)  The team  explores projects to create more peace at home, in our schools and community, and the world. Join us! Meets most fourth Sundays on-site in the UU Heritage Room and virtually. Get the link to join from the group in Realm/Connect. Not in Realm? Speak to someone at the Welcome Desk on Sundays or call the office to learn more. 


Exploring

Children and Youth are invited to participate in religious exploration sessions on first, second, and third Sundays. On February 25 they will worship in the sanctuary.

✻ For Children Highlights in February include Our Whole Lives (OWL) for grades 4-6 (the class is full!), the Feb.  2 Family Dinner at 6:30, Mystery Friends (register before Feb. 4), helping pack the Bags of Love on Feb. 4, and signing up to take part in UUFA’s music program . Contact Dir. of Religious Exploration Kahla (DRE@uuathensga.org) to receive updates.

 For Youth  Contact Coordinator Meredyth (YYA@uuathensga.org ) to receive updates.

 For Young Adults

Feb. 1, 6 p.m. – YYA Heritage Room Get-together  Contact Coordinator Meredyth (YYA@uuathensga.org ) for more.

Feb. 14, 6-8 p.m. – Young Adult Valentines Party Are you between the ages of 18 and 36 and feeling sweet this Valentine’s Day? Come join the Young Adults  for a cookie decorating party in the Ocean Room. Bring a friend, bring a partner, come alone- all young adults are welcome!  For more or to share dietary restrictions please contact yya@uuathensga.org

✻ For Adults

Feb. 4, 9 a.m. – Writing as a Spiritual Practice (MP)  WSP is facilitated by Myrna Adam s West and explores UUFA’s monthly worship theme through various written genres. First Sundays onsite in the Heritage Room and virtually. Myrna provides prompts for thinking and/or writing about the theme before the session. Please contact her ahead of time at WSP@uuathensga.org if you wish to attend so that she can send you the suggested prompts and the link to join virtually. However, you may attend even if you have written nothing. The group offers a safe space for sharing written or spoken thoughts.

Feb. 4 & 18, 12:30 p.m. – Historical Jesus Book Discussion  Heritage Room and virtually. Do you want to learn more about the historical Jesus? Based on historical research, much is now known about his life and his teachings and how they fit into the context of his time. In this group, we will read and discuss various perspectives by scholars about the historical Jesus. We will not address Christian theological questions; those are matters of faith, not history. Paul Gurian, who has led similar groups before, facilitates. In February the group will discuss The Historical Figure of Jesus by EP Sanders. Contact Paul through the group on Realm or through the directory for more information. Get the link to join from the group in Realm/Connect. Not in Realm? Speak to someone at the Welcome Desk on Sundays or call the office to learn more. 

Feb. 11, 1 p.m. – Book Talks (V) meets second Sundays  Get this year’s book list and link to join virtually from the group in Realm/Connect. Not in Realm? Speak to someone at the Welcome Desk on Sundays or call the office to learn more.  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. Book Talks has met at UUFA for over twenty years! The tradition continues.

Feb. 13, 12 p.m. – Second Lookers MP Meets second Tuesdays. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy coffee, tea, and desserts provided. Known as the “Second Lookers,” these folx are interested and interesting older members of the Fellowship who have retired from jobs but most certainly not from life. All are welcome at this monthly meeting to get together and share information, discussion, and special speakers! This year’s coordinators are Pat Adams and Martha Phillips. If you need more info or have a suggestion of an interesting topic or person to explore, reach out through secondlookers@UUAthensGA.org Get the link to join virtually from the group in Realm/Connect. Not in Realm? Speak to someone at the Welcome Desk on Sundays or call the office to learn more. 

Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m. – Calculate Your Carbon Footprint in the Fellowship Hall following the service

Feb. 18, 2 p.m. – Goddess Group (MP) meets third Sundays The group is a circle of persons who identify as female that gathers monthly to study “Thealogy,” the feminine aspect of the Divine. Meets most third Sundays. The group uses curricula designed by the UU Women’s Federation and other women-centered organizations and individuals to explore their inner goddess. They engage in ritual, conversation, sharing, and caring as a ministry to each other and others within the greater community. Contact lead facilitator Myrna Adam s West (goddess@uuathensga.org) for more information and specifics about the gatherings and other activities. Get the link to join virtually from the group in Realm/Connect. Not in Realm? Speak to someone at the Welcome Desk on Sundays or call the office to learn more. 

Feb. 18, 4 p.m. – Healing Service. See Special Events above for details.

*Coming in March! Adult OWL (Our Whole Lives). Learn more and register here.  Sessions will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 2nd & 4th Wednesdays in March and April.


Making Music

Questions? Contact Music Director Amber Fetner.

Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. – Palms of Fire Drum Circle, under the guidance of am ber, focuses on West African drumming although other musical traditions and instruments are also explored. No prior drumming experience is necessary, and you don’t even need to bring a drum.

Wednesdays, 7 p.m. – Chalice Choir in the Sanctuary (and virtually) We sing many different kinds of music and welcome all singers. If you’re thinking about trying it out, please e-mail am ber Fetner (md@uuathensga.org). Get the link to join virtually from the group in Realm/Connect. Not in Realm? Speak to someone at the Welcome Desk on Sundays or call the office to learn more. 

For Everyone

Feb. 15, 7 p.m. – Instrumental Jam  Session with Neil Golden and Mike Merva. Open to all ages and abilities.


Planning Ahead

Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m. – Worship Arts and Celebrations Team meets the first Tuesdays. All are invited to attend a meeting whether you want to observe, give feedback or input, or are considering participating in planning and conducting worship services. You do not have to join the team to attend the meeting although this group always welcomes new members. Join virtually here.

Feb. 20, 7 p.m. – Board of Trustees  In keeping with the fifth UU Principle, “the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large,” UUFA offers members a chance to visit its monthly Board meetings, held either virtually using Zoom or in-person at UUFA on third Tuesday nights.  If you have something you wish to share with the Board, there is a brief time at the beginning of each meeting to speak. After that point, all visitors will be muted. If you would like to visit or speak at a meeting, please let the Board Secretary, Sarah Cook, know at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Click here for more information about your UUFA Board of Trustees.

Other News

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Nominate an Organization as a 2024-25 Cause of the Month Now Through Feb. 26

Healing Service at UUFA Coming up Feb. 18

The 1619 Project: What White History Does Not Teach Us

Reflecting on This Month’s Theme: Justice & Equity

Intergenerational Musical Opportunities at UUFA