weaving the threads of community

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Ministry

  • November 2: Worship Arts and Celebrations Team
    You are invited to attend virtually the next meeting of the Worship Arts and Celebrations Team (WACT) on Tuesday, November 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m. You are invited 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 ...
  • Thoughts from the Minister
    By Lisa Romantum Schwartz, UUFA’s Interim Minister Green is one of my favorite colors, so I love the lush green of high summer: Grass, trees, algae, you name it –– plants of all kinds are busy emitting this rich color I associate with growth and life. In the words of one ...
  • Worship in October
    Building a New Way through Curiosity Cause of the Month: The Ark of Athens October 3: Spiritually Promiscuous Annie Dillard used the phrase “spiritually promiscuous” to describe herself in the 70’s. Rev. Douglas Taylor finds this is a good descriptor for many UU’s including himself.  Partaking of multiple spiritual sources is part of ...
  • October 5: Worship Arts and Celebrations Team
    You are invited to attend virtually the next meeting of the Worship Arts and Celebrations Team (WACT) on Tuesday, October 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m. You are invited 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 ...

Lifespan Religious Exploration

  • Thursdays: Tai Chi Class
    Tai Chi Flow class virtually on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. with Jackie and Bill  Pierson Tai Chi Flow is a blend of Qigong and Tai Chi moves that are set to music. You don’t need to know anything or have any prior experience; just follow along and have fun. Tai Chi ...
  • Mondays: Religious Book Discussion Group
    This group now meets virtually Monday evenings from 7:30 until 9:00 p.m., and its name–Religious Book Discussion Group–implies its purpose. Currently, this group is pondering the Tao Te Ching. Everyone is welcome. Diverse spiritual or religious beliefs will enhance the discussions. For more info, contact, Paul-Henri Gurian  or Alice Rose. ————————————————————————————–

Denominational Affairs

  • October 21: Pop Up for Democracy–A Rally for the Freedom to Vote Act
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  • October 12: UUA Board of Trustees Open House
    One way the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees serves the more than 148,000 members and over 1,000 member congregations of the UUA is through open communication and transparency in its own work. To further encourage this open dialogue, the Board hosts monthly Open Houses. All are invited to attend ...
  • UUA 2021-22 Common Read
    The 2021–2022 UU Common Read is Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment by Zach Norris, published by Beacon Press. The Common Read builds community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared platform for reflection and a shared focus for action. Further, a Common Read can ...
  • December 11 & 12: COMPASS–Navigating the Paths to Liberation Together
    With so much uncertainty in the wider world, sometimes it can be hard to find one’s bearings. Join us to find our collective “compass” as we explore interdependence as a path to wholeness. This event is for lay leaders, religious professionals, adults, youth, members of congregations, and anyone else who is ...
  • November 1: Deadline–UU Women’s Federation Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley Scholarship
    The Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley Scholarship provides direct financial support to aspirants or candidates to the Unitarian Universalist ministry, or candidates in the UUA’s religious education or music leadership programs, who identify as women of color, Latina, or Hispanic. To apply, or for more information, visit their website. Application deadline is November 1.

Governance

  • October 12: UUFA Board Meeting
    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 virtually using Zoom on the second Tuesday night of each month, starting ...
  • Want to Save the UUFA Some $$$?
    from Board of Trustees President Vivian Preston Sellers and the Finance Committee: Last year, the UUFA spent over $3500 in credit-card processing fees, mostly for pledges and contributions to the Share the Plate program.  As you know, credit card companies charge for each transaction, and these charges certainly add up during ...
  • A Love Offering for Amber and Shaye!A Love Offering for Amber and Shaye!
    It’s time to celebrate! The next few months will mark the 20th anniversary of the hiring of two outstanding individuals on our staff: Congregational Administrator Shaye Gambrell and Music Director Amber Fetner. How fortunate we’ve been to have with us these two who have meant so much through the years ...
  • UUFA Bylaws: Non-substantive Editorial Corrections Made
    According to the current UUFA bylaws, the Board of Trustees shall have the power to approve typographical and other non-substantive corrections to these Bylaws – such as spelling, grammar, formatting, and punctuation – so long as the changes do not alter the meaning or intent of any phrase, section, or subsection. ...

Governance

  • Curiosity: When It Feeds the Cat…
    How would our lives be if every day everything lined up to predictable plans -ours or divine :)? Isn’t curiosity a necessary element in our lives to help us grow or improve ourselves ? Would parenting or education or playing sports or dating or aging be valuable and nurturing experiences ...
  • When Our Repertoire Might…
    In performing arts, a solid repertoire can help beginners feel comfortable and ready to execute… It can become a part of their identity until they are ready to explore new spaces, new energies, new larger audiences… Performers with mastery of their own repertoires can pull out punchlines, acting techniques, and ...
  • Bringing Our Strengths Together
    When we Board members established the 2020-2021 theme of Let It Be a Dance last winter, we didn’t anticipate that the Fellowship and everyone else would face a pandemic in 2020, now approaching its third peak of infections. The application of November’s sub-theme of Strength was anticipated quite differently last ...

Communications

  • October 15 and 23: Celebrating Amber!
    Members and friends of the congregation are invited to send notes congratulating Amber on her 20 years as UUFA’s Music Director. You may wish to just tell her how fabulous she is and how much you enjoy the music program, which includes the Chalice Choir, Palms of Fire Drum Circle, ...
  • UUFA Memorial Grove–A Way to Remember
    The UUFA Memorial Grove is a new addition to the the sanctuary, providing a place for members to put a small engraved “leaf” to remember members of the UUFA along with close family who have passed away. The grove consists of carved wooden trees with metal leaves in colors of gold, silver, ...
  • October 13: Communications Team
    The Communications Team invites creative, techy, and fun people to work with getting the UUFA word out! Join us on Wednesday, October 13, beginning at 3 p.m. via Zoom. Questions? Contact Herb West.
  • Deadline Extended to October 13 — Last Opportunity to Have a Voice in the Choice!
    If you have not yet started the survey, please use this link to open the survey ASAP and complete all questions: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PTWQ52Y Did you start the survey, but not complete it? Please go back to the original link (either Link 1 or link 4 below) and the computer you used and check that your survey ...
  • Pathway to Belonging Moving to November
    The road yet to be taken is the Pathways to Belonging program at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens (UUFA).  The Pathways program is being rescheduled for Saturday, November 20, from 1 – 3:30.  Come AND bring a friend!   Come take a tour – virtually – at this moment- of the ...

Fellowship

    • October 12: Second Lookers
      It’s October, time for the monthly meeting of Second Lookers.  Our speaker will be Art Crawley, who will speak about the Athens Chautauqua Society, its history and programs including the upcoming  performance of Three Palaces:  Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt on October 14. We will gather via Zoom at noon on Tuesday, ...
    • Reflections on the 2021 UUA General Assembly
      https://youtu.be/QaR4427K99Q The following is a transcript of the video. General Assembly Rocks! This year’s annual gathering of the Unitarian Universalist Association , its General Assembly (GA), was for the second time entirely virtual. Nine members and employees of the UUFA attended, and the consensus was that it was informative, innovative, inspiring, and invigorating. The ...
    • Recommend Spotlight Volunteers
      Know someone in our  UUFA who consistently donates their time and talents to the betterment of the Fellowship? Well,  of course you do! Please nominate that person(s) to be the Spotlight Volunteer of the Month! Use the this link or contact a member of the Volunteer Recognition Team. https://tinyurl.com/UUFASpotlight
    • Joys, Sorrows, Milestones — Summer/Fall 2021
      Recently Shared Janice Simon: Please keep my brother Steve Simon in your thoughts as he is still in the hospital after two weeks battling COVID pneumonia. Although fully vaccinated, he got very sick. He is improving but very slowly, on oxygen now at 70% versus two weeks at 100%. John Z ...
    • March 20: Welcome–Pathway to Belonging
      Are you new to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens? Are you curious and want to find out more about the UUFA and UUism? Would you like to find out how to get involved and find out what is going on at the Fellowship? Come to a quick romp through our ...
    • Stay Connected with Virtual Gatherings
      During this time of physical distancing and sheltering in place, we do not need to be isolated. UUFA is now offering a variety of opportunities to get together with Zoom conferencing. Staying connected as a congregation has never been solely about Sunday morning. We hope you will join us as ...
    • Share Joys, Sorrows & Milestones (Click for link)
      Stay In Touch! Although we are sheltering in place and keeping physically distant from each other, we need not sever all connections. Please follow this link to communicate your Joys, Sorrows, and Milestones to Rev. Lisa and the Pastoral Care Team. We’re all concerned about what’s happening, but is there something special ...
    • Have you registered in Realm yet!? Do it! (Click here for more information.)
      Set up your account and update your privacy settings in Realm. (Already done this? Skip down to review all your options in Realm.) Register: Click on the link in the invitation email to register. If you haven’t received an invitation email, contact Shaye in the office (uufa@uuathensga.org). NOTE: the email will ...

    Justice

    • Wednesdays: Diaper Drive and CANtribution Collection
      You are invited literally to drive by UUFA (in the parking lot) EVERY Wednesday, 3-4 p.m. to drop off diapers for the Athens immigrant community and/or nonperishable food items for the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank. Please remember the food bank does not accept expired food. Please read the UUFA Phase ...
    • March 7: Social Action Committee
      Be the change you want to see in the world. You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Social Action Committee (SAC) Sunday, March 7, beginning at noon virtually. Click here to connect to this meeting. Can’t attend?  If you would like to know what transpires in the UUFA SAC, ...
    • May 23: Alphabet Family
      Do you identify anywhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum? Then come join us for fun and fellowship on May 23 from 6-8 p.m.! To join this meeting, click here. For further information, contact Ynza Morningstar.
    • June 27: Alphabet Family
      Do you identify anywhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum? Then come join us for fun and fellowship on June 27 from 6-8 p.m.! To join this meeting, click here. For further information, contact Ynza Morningstar.
    • October 30: Justice Partner (AADM) Event
      Athens Black Market College Square, Downtown Athens October 30 from 12 to 5 p.m. sponsored by the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, a 2021-22 UUFA Justice Partner For further information, click here.
    • October 24: Justice Partner (AADM) Event
      For further information, click here. The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) is a 2021-22 UUFA Justice Partner.
    • Fondo Solidario–Funds Needed
      The eviction moratorium ended. ACC Water Department and other utilities ended their disconnect moratoriums. Unemployment benefits ended (and our neighbors without documentation haven’t gotten ANY unemployment benefits). The Fondo Solidario de Emergencia has been able to distribute over $500,000 to keep people in their homes with lights and running water and internet for ...
    • October 25: BLM Demonstration
      The UUFA Social Action Committee (SAC) invites you to join members of SAC and the local Indivisible group in staging Black Lives Matter demonstrations on the corner of Alps and Baxter Streets from noon until 1 p.m. every Monday in October. Join with sign or without. All are welcome! For additional information, contact ...
    • October 24: Alphabet Family Group
      Do you identify anywhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum? Then come join us for fun and fellowship on October 24 from 6-8 p.m.! To join this meeting, click here. For further information, contact Ynza Morningstar.
    • October 26: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition
      Interested in immigration issues? You are invited to attend the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held virtually on Tuesday, October 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 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 ...
    • CANtributions and Diaper Drive Collections
      Any CANtributions and diapers received at the Fellowship will reach their final destinations–the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank and the immigrant community of Athens respectively–thanks to the transporting efforts of Diane Bridges and Julie Sapp. Call Congregational Administrator Shaye Gambrell (706-546-7914) to make sure someone at the Fellowship can receive your ...
    • October 22: Deadline to register for the Athens DFCS Christmas Angel 2021 Project
      Can you be a Christmas Angel? UUFA will again participate in the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) gift program for needy children. Each holiday season many children in foster care receive few, if any, gifts over the holidays. Due to the generosity of its members and friends, UUFA has successfully participated ...
    • Share the Plate Is Alive and Well at UUFA
      Over the past eighteen years, supporting a Cause of the Month has always been an integral part of what happens at UUFA. Beginning, however, in July 2013, the congregation voted to participate in the Share the Plate program in which the undesignated offering monies are shared equally with the designated ...
    • October 15: UUFA Justice Partner (AADM Event)
      For more information about this event, click here. The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) is a 2021-22 UUFA Justice Partner.
    • October 21: Justice Partner (AADM) Event
      For further information, click here. The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) is a 2021-22 UUFA Justice Partner.
    • Ask from Citizens Advocacy
      My name is Rufus Addison. I am the Coordinator for a nonprofit organization called Citizen Advocacy in Athens. The Unitarian Fellowship has always been a great asset to our organization. We have had several members from the Fellowship to serve on our board and one of them became an advocate ...
    • October 17: Green Sanctuary Team
      Join us for our monthly Green Sanctuary Team meeting to find out what actions our church is taking to defend Mother Earth and help us plan for the future. To join meeting, click here. For further information about the Green Sanctuary Committee, contact Mark Williams. To join the Green Sanctuary Team email list, click here to sign ...
    • October 14: UUFA Justice Partner (AADM) Event
      Click here for further information. The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) is a 2021-22 UUFA Justice Partner.
    • October 14: Racial Justice Team
      You are invited to join the next meeting of Racial Justice Team on Thursday, October 14, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. This group is exploring the 2021-22 UUFA goal of “engaging in dismantling white supremacy including the intersectional aspects of environmental and economic injustice,” and your insights are valued and needed. Click ...
    • October 10: Social Action CommitteeOctober 10:  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, October 10, beginning at noon virtually. Click here to connect to this meeting. Can’t attend?  If you would like to know what transpires in the UUFA SAC, join the SAC listerv. This listserv ...
    • November 2: Election Day 2021
      Remember to vote in the November 2 election.           Athens Clarke County sample ballots           New Georgia Absentee Ballot Application           Early (Advanced) Voting beginning October 12                     times and locations       ...
    • October 21: Pop Up for Democracy–A Rally for the Freedom to Vote Act
      Click here for more information.

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