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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

    • June 1: Worship Arts and Celebration Team
      You are invited to attend virtually the next meeting of the Worship Arts and Celebrations Team (WACT) on Tuesday, June 1,  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 ...
    • May 4: Worship Arts and Celebration Team
      You are invited to attend virtually the next meeting of the Worship Arts and Celebrations Team (WACT) on Tuesday, May 4,  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 ...
    • 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! This month of May there will also be social times incorporated! For ...
    • Drum with Palms of Fire
      Learn West African rhythms and rhythms of the African diaspora. Play for fun, for worship services, and out and about in the community. Meeting in May on Tuesday evenings from 6-7 p.m.  Click here to join virtually.
    • 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 ...

    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

    Governance

    • What’s Up with the Board: June 2021
      Both joy and a touch of sadness visited our June 8 Board of Trustees meeting as we welcomed Iva King, Karen Solheim, Sarah Cook and Robert Teskey to the group and thanked Michelle Swagler, Scott Mason, Susan Brown and Thrane Jensen as they retired from their terms after a most ...
    • More Good Regathering News! Phase 3 as of June 7
      Over the last few weeks, the impact of the COVID-19 virus has lessened.  There are significantly fewer cases, hospitalizations and deaths – in our community. Thank goodness. With new information from the CDC, the GA Department of Health, and ACC and Oconee counties, the Gathering Anew task force has begun to think ...
    • June 8: UUFA Board of Trustees 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 ...
    • What’s Up with the Board: May 2021
      The UUFA Board broke records in at least one category in recent weeks: the number of Zoom sessions! Starting in April and continuing through May, we clicked into Zoom an average of twice a week as a whole board or as the exec committee. That’s not even counting times subgroups ...
    • Sunday’s Annual Meeting Election Results Are In
      On Sunday, May 16, 2021, UUFA members submitted 99 ballots following the virtual Annual Meeting. Adding the 12 absentee ballots received, 111 members voted. One duplicate ballot was discarded. Serving on the Settled Minister Search Committee will be Tracey Brown, Todd Dinkelman, John Olive, Lee Reed, Julie Sapp, Barb Schell, and ...
    • Want to be a GA delegate? Let us know by May 1!
      UUFA’s Board would like to know if you plan to register and whether you are considering serving as one of our six delegates. Please let Vivian Preston Sellers know if you’re interested. The GA registration process is the same for delegates and non-delegates. Click here to register for GA. The registration fee is ...

    Governance

    • Celebration!
      We have come through a bad patch, a time when we huddled down, ducked people we know and – most painful – those we love. We have lived in cramped quarters. We have lived in fear of the unknown and known. Now, let us celebrate! Celebrate what we do not want ...
    • 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

    • Visual Announcements Now Available
      Did you miss the June 20 visual announcements? Click here to view.
    • More Good Regathering News! Phase 3 as of June 7
      Over the last few weeks, the impact of the COVID-19 virus has lessened.  There are significantly fewer cases, hospitalizations and deaths – in our community. Thank goodness. With new information from the CDC, the GA Department of Health, and ACC and Oconee counties, the Gathering Anew task force has begun to think ...
    • Ministry Council Update–May 2021
      UUFA Ministry Council — May 20, 2021 Our Big Picture Conversation was a reflection of how we have done as Ministry Council in the last year. We started with the Board’s appreciation that we have everything together. With the combination of Covd and losing Alison left us not knowing what to ...
    • June Spotlight Volunteer of the Month – Kathy Larson
      The Fellowship is so pleased to honor Kathy Larson as our Spotlight Volunteer for the month of June. Iva King nominated Kathy for contributing to the beautification of our UUFA landscape. Kathy has been active the last few months weeding, watering, transplanting, and planting new perennial plants. Kathy signed the membership ...
    • Returning to the Building in May: Everything You Need to Know
      Wonderful news! We are finally able to move forward in our regathering plan because COVID case numbers, positive test rates, and hospital utilization meet the requirements for Phase 2, which means up to 10 individuals inside for meetings and up to 25 individuals outside with group leaders scheduling all meetings. Learn ...

    Fellowship

      • October 2021: UUFA Congregational Mountain Retreat
        What a year it has been.  What a challenging time to be apart when we needed one another most. Fortunately, we have the opportunity this year to gather together at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center October 1 to 3 for our biennial retreat, which was postponed from last year. Every two ...
      • 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 ...
      • Joys, Sorrows, Milestones — Summer 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 ...
      • 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, ...
      • Input Needed on ACC Clean and Renewable Energy Campaign
        On May 21, 2019, the Athens Clarke-County (ACCGov) Mayor and Commission unanimously voted to adopt a resolution to commit the following: By 2035: 100% of energy needs of Athens-Clarke County Unified Government are obtained from clean and renewable sources produced on-or-for Unified Government Properties. By 2035: 100% of electricity needs of the ...
      • 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.
      • News from the Economic Justice Coalition, a UUFA Justice Partner
        Linda Lloyd, Executive Director of the Economic Justice Coalition, has hired an assistant director, Gareth Fenley. Gareth will be working with the 13 county coordinators doing voter education and registration. They will be learning about their respective county offices and how they operate. They will be organizing and training canvassers ...
      • UPLIFT: The Colors of Pride – Pride Week of Actions
        Click here to read the latest information from UPLIFT, the quarterly newsletter from the UUA’s LGBTQ Ministries, sharing LGBTQ voices in Unitarian Universalism and beyond.
      • June 6: 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, June 6, 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 ...
      • June 17: UUFA Justice Partner Event
        The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) is a UUFA Justice Partner.

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