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Spiritual Arts

    Worship Services Below Include Video Links

    • March 28: Widening the CircleMarch 28: Widening the Circle
      Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) have raised the consciousness of our faith movement since the nineteenth century, yet Unitarian Universalism remains a predominantly white religious community, impoverished by our inability (or unwillingness) to widen our practices and keep our promises. Interim Minister  Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will explore ...
    • March 21: Covenant — Lighting the Way of CommunityMarch 21: Covenant -- Lighting the Way of Community
      Unitarian Universalists are sometimes asked, since we don’t share a creed or set of beliefs, what holds us together? In a word, covenant. UUs have agreed to a general set of principles that get us started in a general direction, but the force that lights our path along the journey ...
    • March 14: Loved into BeingMarch 14: Loved into Being
      Beautiful are the blessings offered freely and unstintingly, from one human to another, from one generation to another. Unitarian Universalist Association President, the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, offers her thoughts on generosity as a sustaining and transforming value for our time. https://www.facebook.com/uufaga/videos/435679640985299
    • March 7: Flux & FlowMarch 7: Flux & Flow
      So much is in flux in our world; and the social, political, and environmental realities seem to be ever-mutating. As the world changes dramatically in most every way (climate, demographics, political mood, business models, and more), a bold new strategy must emerge to bring about change on a personal, communal, ...

    Ministry

    • April 6: Worship Arts and Celebrations Team
      You are invited to attend virtually the next meeting of the Worship Arts and Celebrations Team (WACT) on Tuesday, April 6,  beginning at 6:30 p.m. You are welcome to attend a meeting whether you want to observe, want give feedback or input, or are considering participating in planning and conducting worship ...
    • January 2021 Ministry Council Notes
      UUFA Ministry Council January 21, 2021   Chalice Lighting and Opening Words  Opening words by Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road: Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.   Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune Henceforth I whimper  ...
    • March 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, March 2,  beginning at 6:30 p.m. You are welcome to attend a meeting whether you want to observe, want give feedback or input, or are considering participating in planning and conducting worship ...
    • Mondays: Drum with Palms of Fire
      Drum with Palms of Fire Monday nights, 5-6 p.m. virtually HERE  with limited spaces on the patio. Learn West African rhythms and rhythms of the African diaspora. Play for fun, for worship services, and out and about in the community. Contact UUFA Music Director, Amber Fetner, to reserve a spot on the ...
    • Virtual Choir
      Have you ever wanted to try choir but didn’t have time? Try out virtual choir! You can participate every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Only the people in your living room can hear you sing, so no need to be shy! Join by clicking here.  Email Amber (musicdirector@uuathensga.org) UUFA Music Director, to ...

    Lifespan Religious Exploration

    • April 11: Book Talks
      For the next meeting of the UUFA Book Talks: The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah A Zimbabwean woman is awaiting her execution on death row.  Her fate seems inevitable due to the public perception of her as a remorseless criminal.  For her appeal her lawyer tells her to write down ...
    • 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

    • April 28: Strategy Discussion–Immigration Advocacy Efforts at the Federal level and in Congress
      Please join this Zoom Town Hall with the UUSJ Immigration Action Team, immigrant-led advocacy organizations, faith partners, and fellow UUs to discuss strategies for advocacy efforts at the Federal level and in Congress. This will be an opportunity to discuss whether and how we should adjust our current priorities for FY2021-22, ...
    • April 14: UU the Vote–Democracy Today
      Join Democracy Today: A Faith Call for Justice and Democracy on Wednesday, April 14, 7-8:30 p.m. Join us for a faith-grounded discussion and call to action for democracy. On April 14, engage with theologians, organizers, and activists doing the work of racial and electoral justice. We must grapple with the white supremacist ...
    • UUA Matters: April 2021 Southern Region Newsletter
      To read the April 2021 Southern Region newsletter, click here. Subscribe to the Southern Region e-newsletter if you haven’t already.
    • Virtual General Assembly Arrives June 23! Want to Attend?
      Again this year, the UUA General Assembly (GA) will be online. UUFA’s Board would like to know if you plan to register and whether you are considering serving as one of our delegates. Please let UUFA Congregational Administrator Shaye Gambrell know if you’re interested. The GA registration process is the same for ...
    • UUA’s 30 Days of Love: January 17 to February 15
      This year marks the ninth anniversary of the UUA’s 30 Days of Love campaign.  It is a period for intentional action, service, education, and reflection running from Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday to Valentine’s Day focusing on how we might deepen the connection to our faith at this time.

    Governance

    • Beat the Budget Town Hall – Pledge Now!
      Checked your sundial lately? If your 2021-2022 pledge missed being submitted by the March 28 deadline, there is still time to help provide support for the Fellowship’s busy year ahead – coming back from pandemic challenges, welcoming everyone warmly and safely, launching a successful settled minister search, and much more. For ...
    • Virtual General Assembly Arrives June 23! Want to Attend?
      Again this year, the UUA General Assembly (GA) will be online. UUFA’s Board would like to know if you plan to register and whether you are considering serving as one of our delegates. Please let UUFA Congregational Administrator Shaye Gambrell know if you’re interested. The GA registration process is the same for ...

    Governance

    • 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 ...
    • UUFA Board Reflections Video
      https://youtu.be/9SQstSJJgIk
    • 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

    • March 21 Sunday Worship Service video now available!
      We apologize for the technical issues Sunday that prevented the live stream of the Sunday morning Worship.  You can now view the recorded video by clicking here.
    • April 14: Let’s Communicate
      Are you reading this enews post? Do you communicate on social media? Do you enjoy and use words? The Communications Team invites creative, techy, and fun people to work with getting the UUFA word out! Join us virtually on Wednesday, April 14, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., by clicking here. Questions? Contact Herb West.
    • March 10: Let’s Communicate
      The Communications Team invites creative, techy, and fun people to work with getting the UUFA word out! Join us virtually on Wednesday, March 10, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., by clicking here. Questions? Contact Herb West.
    • Can You Help? Info Needed!
      DRE Kelli McConnell’s sister and her family are relocating to Athens from Nashville, Tennessee, to provide additional support to Kelli as she undergoes treatment. If anyone in the UUFA community has property for rent or could provide any leads for a comfortable and safe place, please be in touch with ...
    • Codes to Phone In to Listen to Sunday Morning Worship in December
      Have a telephone? Listen to the Sunday Service! Not a fan of technology?  Just in a listening kind of mood? Anyone can now listen to the Sunday morning worship service live over the telephone! You do not need a “smart phone.” Any phone will do! You do not need an internet connection. ...

    Fellowship

      • UUFA Long-time Member Lois Beck Shenkel (1922-2021)
        Athens – Lois Beck Shenkel was born on October 19, 1922 in Miller, South Dakota. Lois grew up on a farm and was influenced by the hardships of the Great Depression. Lois’ life style was living below her means, donating her time and energy to helping those less fortunate and ...
      • 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
      • April Spotlight Volunteers of the Month- Sarah Cook and Susie Weller
        The UUFA Volunteer Recognition Team would like to honor Sarah Cook and Susie Weller as our Spotlight Volunteers for April for their time and talent in producing the visual announcements for the Sunday services. Sarah and her family have been involved in UUFA since 2010. She said she was lucky to ...
      • April 12: Second Lookers
        Second Lookers will meet via Zoom April 12, at noon. Our guest will be UUFA friend David Sweat, David will speak with us about the struggles the country has in dealing with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. He will  discuss how Athens-Clarke County is exploring alternative responses for calls ...
      • Joys, Sorrows, Milestones — Spring 2021
        Recently Shared In keeping with our “Sharing Our Joys, Sorrows, and Milestones” procedure (click on the blue link for details), the following people asked to have their notes from a recent Sunday worship service shared with you. Notes from the last four weeks are posted. To share your own Joy, Sorrow, or ...
      • 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 ...
      • April 9-11: All-Virtual Intergenerational Spring Seminar, All In for Climate Justice: Food Equity and Sustainability
        Are you ALL IN for Climate Justice? Do you want to build intergenerational organizing? Register Now for the 2021 Intergenerational Spring Seminar! April 9-11. Register by March 18 for the 2021 all-virtual Intergenerational Spring Seminar, All In for Climate Justice: Food Equity and Sustainability, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the ...
      • 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, ...
      • Help Our Undocumented Neighbors with Your Third Relief Check!
        Last April, the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition (ISC) (of which UUFA is a member) asked for your help to aid our undocumented neighbors who are struggling financially during the COVID-19 Pandemic crisis by donating part or all of your government stimulus checks to the Fondo Solidario de Emergencia fund (Fondo) that ...
      • April 3: UUFA Justice Partner Rally
        For more information about this event, click here. The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) is a 2020-21 UUFA Justice Partner. For more information, contact UUFA AADM liaison Deb Brenner.
      • April 17: Earth Day Saturday Grounds WorkdayApril 17: Earth Day Saturday Grounds Workday
        There will be a UUFA grounds workday on Saturday, April 17, from 9-12 as part of our celebration of Earth Day 2021. There will be a dump truck load of mulch to spread, weeding, grass to cut, a tree and bushes to plant, rocks to spread in the drain area ...
      • April 27: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition
        Interested in immigration issues? You are invited to attend the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held virtually on Tuesday, April 27, 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 ...

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