Gentle Climate Conversations

Come join our Service this Sunday, July 3rd, 11am by Zoom or in person. Weather permitting, we’ll be outdoors on the playground side of the building.

What’s your climate change style? Do you utter primal screams about climate change? Do you, for survival purposes, block it from your mind?

This Sunday, in an effort to heal ourselves from a recent barrage of bad news, we’ll talk about an alternative, which some experts believe is the best way to proceed with regard to climate change—-gentle conversations with family, friends, and others.

Today’s talk is based on the book Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, an evangelical Christian with a reputation for speaking effectively to reluctant audiences about climate change. The talk will include hopeful news from the latest available Climate Reality Leadership Corps presentation, information from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, and your thoughts as well.

Service Leader: Wenda Sheard, who is a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

MASK NOTES: Our board is still requiring vaccination cards and kn95 or equivalent masks (NO FABRIC MASKS) of folks entering the building for Sunday services or to use the restroom when we have outdoor events.

We have many folks who truly appreciate us flipping the “usual narrative.” Usually Zoom is for those who are at risk where in-person places are not safe for them. At the fellowship, we’re doing Zoom for anyone who doesn’t want to wear a nk95 or n95 mask or get vaccinated, thus keeping the fellowship safe for the most vulnerable.

We do, however, allow our presenters to unmask when speaking in the front of the fellowship. Some choose to stay masked.

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UUFA’s Wenda Sheard and Michelle Wilson, who is a former president of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta, both spoke with WOUB-TV reporters after our service. The segment, about the responses of area churches to the US Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, June 24th, starts at minute six of this issue of the NewsWatch program:

“NEXT SUNDAY, July 10th: “Come to the Hills” A Quiet and Contemplative Trip to Ireland

Join Nate Kojun Hayes on Sunday, July 10th, as he shares stories, essays and thoughts about his recent journey to Ireland to scatter his mother’s ashes on the mythical Hill of Tara.”

Kojun will share reflections on the logistics and heavy emotions of traveling with ashes of a loved one and how we need to be very careful not to remain in a place of grieving for too long, and what to do if we ever find ourselves in that frightening and dark place.

Kojun says, “So many of us think of light as life, but I hope there is a light behind all of it, including death. Maybe the darkness of death that so many of us fear is no darkness at all; maybe it’s the end of our delusion of separateness from the light.”



Through the years, our UUFA Executive Committee has tried to do a June mailing to let pledgers know what is left on their pledges before the end of the fiscal year.  Between some unexpected challenges and a flood of outreach activities, I am unsure whether we will manage that this time around.  AND … We have about two weeks to go until the target “close” of the annual UUFA Pledge Drive.  The Executive Committee will meet July 9 to assess the fiscal state of things for the coming 2023 fiscal year (which begins July 1, 2022).  If you have not yet returned a pledge form, please do.  Pledges provide some basis for the Executive Committee to project the resources available to devote to UUFA business.

Pledge forms were sent out via “snail mail” with stamped and addressed envelopes.  Forms are also available at UUFA; or you can return them via email to:   Frankly, you can just send the name(s) of the member(s) and the level of support to that email address. Or leave your form on the piano or the front table in the sanctuary.   Or just give the form to some Executive Committee member at service.  We will gladly accept support whenever you deign to provide it, but pledges allow us to plan Fellowship commitments for the coming year.  As the new Executive Committee assumes leadership and responsibility for forging the future of UUFA, let’s get their year off to a rousing start by helping them to know the resources with which they have to work!  Thanks for your time, attention and support.

Jessie Roberson

P.S.  This will likely be my last attempt to shake loose those last few pledges (Hooray!!)