Attacks on Democracy & Everyday Solutions

How can we support our UU beliefs in democracy and reproductive rights as we go about our daily lives?  How can we convince others to Vote NO on the August 8th ballot issue, which is a last-minute attempt by our Ohio legislature to let a mere 40% of voters block whatever a majority of voters might want to add to the Ohio Constitution? How can we oppose recent amendments to Ohio House Bill 68 that propose to ban gender affirming care?
Attorney and political scientist Wenda Sheard will answer questions about the August 8th Issue 1 election. She will also share stories from David Pepper’s 2021 book Laboratories of Autocracy: A Wake-Up Call from Behind the Lines, and share hints from his book published last month, Saving Democracy: A User’s Manual for Every American. The focus will be on sharing ideas about how each of us can contribute to strengthening our fragile democracy as we go about our daily lives. Each of us has more power than we realize to make change…come learn about your own powers.

Our UUFA Board recently agreed to support adding a reproductive rights amendment to the Ohio Constitution in November. A few weeks later, our UUFA board agreed to support efforts to convince Ohioans to Vote NO on August 8th. For information on the Unitarian Universalist Association’s take on legislative and other assaults on democracy, please see and, more recently,

The service will be in-person (facemasks optional) and by Zoom.

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This is Jessie Roberson; I am leading the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens’ (“UUFA”) Pledge Drive for the 2023-2024 fiscal year.  I write to ask your help as the UUFA Executive Committee works to wrap up preparations for the coming year.  As you may recall, our bylaws require all members to submit an annual pledge form and to make an identifiable contribution to maintain their membership status.  HOWEVER, what you pledge and what you actually contribute is entirely up to you.  

The budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2023, that was approved at the UUFA Annual Meeting, reflects the bare bones operation to which our Executive Committee shifted as we scrambled to adjust, given the myriad impacts of the Co-Vid 19 pandemic.  As the plague continues to wane, we plan to continue doing hybrid services; but we also hope to return to “normal” operation.  Doing services in our sanctuary is a primary focus.  Indeed, we have begun implementation of planned updates and enhancements to our delivery of Sunday services.

Having as many returned pledge forms as possible will help to expedite our return to normalcy. Imagine trying to manage your household spending without having a reasonable idea of what your income will be each month. Pledges are an essential tool that allow the Executive Committee to make a realistic assessment of the likely resources available to support the functions and services we hope to deliver to our community and our congregation over the coming year.  It is now possible to pay your pledge in cash, by check or on line.  As you may have noticed in our weekly Greensheet and/or Sunday announcements, our building hosts four or five activities per week.  The Executive Committee is trying to make our beautiful building a community asset.  Our improvements help advance that objective. 

Please take a few moments to fill out and return the pledge form attached.  You can return it in person during a service at the Fellowship, mail it (to UUFA, P.O. Box 0333, Athens, OH 45701), or return it via email by sending it to (FYI: it would be possible to pay toward a pledge using our link to, ).

The Executive Committee will look at the pledges at the end of the fiscal year (June 30 2023) and make appropriate adjustments to the budget in light of our financial support.  Of course, we will gladly accept your support however and whenever you choose to give it.  However, the Executive Committee deeply appreciates your help in finalizing the various things that need to get done.  Please fill out a pledge form as soon as you can manage it.

Thank you for your time, attention and support.

For the UUFA Executive Committee,

Jessie C. Roberson


P.O. BOX 333

ATHENS, OH 45701


We are registered for the Pride Parade on June 10, including tabling at Howard Park during and after the parade. We need to provide our own table and chairs, plus bring our brochures, etc. I’m happy to staff the table while others parade, or we can trade off or whatever.

2023 Athens Pride Parade and Tabling Registration
When: Saturday, June 10, 2023

Line-up Time: 8:30am   Alden Library

Step-off Time: 10:00am   End Time: 11:00am
Route: Court St. to Washington Ave to College St, ending at The Green.
Howard Park
Set up: 9am
End: 12pm

Table and chairs will not be provided and you must provide table coverage for set up and during the parade if your organization is participating in both.

EVENT #2: Family Fun Day

At Richland Avenue Park. Come at 11 with table, chairs, and brochures. This seems to be a show-up-and-we’ll-let-you-know-where-to-go. End time is whenever we’ve had enough. 🙂

WEEKLY EVENTS IN THE FELLOWSHIP (but contact leader before attending):

Tuesday 6:00 to 8:00 pm West African Rhythms with Lawrence Greene,  ALL ARE WELCOME, drums provided.  $15 per session. Contact Lawrence to reaffirm your attendance and to know if the session you seek to attend is still on. Text 740-444-1407.

Wednesday 10:00 am to 11:00 am Zumba with Kim Knapp Brown. ALL ARE WELCOME. No cost, donations welcome for use of building. Contact Kim to reaffirm your attendance and to know if the session you seek to attend is still on. Text 740-590-5079.

Wednesday 7pm Alcoholics Anonymous closed meeting. See for details about that meeting.

Thursday 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm, Threshold Singers, with Suzanne Perry. ALL ARE WELCOME. Must join the national threshold singers organization, at $50/ yr. Then no cost, donations welcome for use of building. Contact Suzanne to reaffirm your attendance and to know if the session you seek to attend is still on. Text 740 – 591-0303

Thursday 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Zumba with Kim Knapp Brown (outside or downstairs). ALL ARE WELCOME. No cost, donations welcome for use of building. Contact Kim to reaffirm your attendance and to know if the session you seek to attend is still on. Text 740-590-5079.



The next UUFA board meeting will be Saturday June 17th at 10:30am by Zoom. All members are welcome to attend. For the Zoom link, text Richard 740-818-4775, or contact any other board member.



The next UUFA programming meeting will be Wednesday, June 14th at 6:30pm. Contact Barb H. or any board member if you’re able to join us. More people, more music, more ideas all welcome! All members and friends are welcome to attend.


GREENSHEET DEADLINE (Hopefully Sunday 3pm)

Please email items to and put “Greensheet” in the subject line.

When we receive blurbs and descriptions of a Sunday service, we aspire to publish within 24 hours, as well as create and share a Facebook event and email the Greensheet to all with emails in our Elvanto system. Thanks in advance to all presenters and others who submit information early.

Aspirational deadline for each week: SUNDAY 3pm or before publication, whichever comes last.  Thanks!