Current Events: Stepping Outside Our Own Lives

“Current Events: Stepping Outside Our Own Lives”
   Sunday 11am EST by Zoom
January 24, 2021

Current events loom large in our lives these days. For this morning, you are welcome to bring feelings, readings, or poems to share about current events. We challenge you to explore readings or poems from people who are different from you, whose experiences of current events do not match your own.  Service leaders: the UUFA Programming Committee 

SUNDAY SERVICE Join by Phone:  Use your phone to dial either 312 626 6799  or  646 876 9923. Then, when asked, enter meeting ID:  823 6539 7153  OR cut & paste this whole string of numbers, a couple commas, and an ending number symbol into your phone and it’ll dial all that automagically: +16468769923,,82365397153#

SUNDAY SERVICE Join via Zoom:  If you’ve already download the Zoom app, then simply click on this link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82365397153


NEWS FROM (UUFA PRESIDENT) SUUSAN 
(suusanw.uu@gmail.com ; 240-305-0860)

I always enjoy our Sunday morning services, even engaging through Zoom, or just listening in on my phone. But a special highlight of our COVID-era UUFA community is the “Time Out Tuesdays” we spend with Rev. Don Rollins.

This weeknight evening online get-together is a chance for us to share of ourselves in conversation. Rev. Don usually provides us with a topic or question to get us started, but it doesn’t take much for us to pick up that subject and run off with it in all kinds of interesting directions!

Since Rev. Don supports two congregations, “Time Out Tuesdays” are only held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Our next gathering is Tuesday (duh!,) January 26, at 7:00 pm. Details on logging or calling in is elsewhere in this Greensheet. I hope you’ll join in for camaraderie and conversation! 

 

“TIME OUT TUESDAYS” 

Looking for some midweek “vespers” time with UUFA folks? Ready to do some reflecting and sharing? Join Rev. Don Rollins NOW ON THE SECOND AND FOURTH TUESDAYS, next on Tuesday, January 26th at 7pm.

TIME OUT TUESDAYS Join by Phone:  Use your phone to dial either 312 626 6799  or  646 876 9923. Then, when asked, enter meeting ID: 827 9379 7593   OR cut & paste this whole string of numbers, a couple commas, and an ending number symbol into your phone and it’ll dial all that automagically: +13017158592,,82793797593#

TIME OUT TUESDAYS Join via Zoom:  If you’ve already download the Zoom app, then simply click on this link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82793797593


MEMBER NEWS
Bob Whealey has been moved to Room 711 in The Laurels, 70 Columbus Circle, Athens, Ohio 45701.

 

THE UUFA BOARD’S NEXT MEETING will be on Saturday, February 13th at 2:30 pm via Zoom. All members are invited to attend. Contact a board member for Zoom login information.

Board Retreat: Later this month (January 2021) our UUFA board members are going on a virtual board retreat. Our UUFA board members all deserve lots of thanks for their hard work, especially given all the pandemic challenges.

 

PROGRAM IDEAS?

The UUFA Programming Committee seeks your ideas of programs for our Sunday mornings. Would you like to present during one of our Sundays?  Would you like to share music or readings?  Can you recommend a good speaker?

The committee will meet next on Sunday, February 14th at 7pm via Zoom. All members are invited to attend. Future Sundays below, subject to change. Contact Wenda, Katie, Susan, Brian, or Barb for Zoom login info.  Ideas most welcome. All information subject to change, and exact titles are likely to change. Check our website or Facebook page for the latest information.

Jan. 31st – “Generations” with Katie
Feb. 7th – Poetry Sunday with Richard 
Feb. 14th – Rev. Don Rollins
Feb. 21st – Nate Kojun Hayes
Feb 28th – “Disability Day of Mourning” with Katie
March 7th – TBD
March 14th – Rev. Don Rollins & Pledge Sunday
March 21st – TBD
March 28th – Celebrating the March 31st International Transgender Day of Visibility with Jasper Wirtshafter

 

HOW TO SUBMIT ITEMS FOR THIS GREENSHEET NEWSLETTER:  NEW FOR 2021: We’re aiming for Thursday morning publication. Please email items to wendasheard@yahoo.com and put “Greensheet” in the subject line. New ideas, new columns, announcements, artwork, photographs, biographies, birthdays, anniversaries, and whatnot that you don’t mind being public are all welcome for possible inclusion in the Greensheet. Deadline for each week: Midnight Wednesday or before publication, whichever comes last. Thanks!

Kindness in the Midst of Pandemics, Politics, and Religion (Oh My!)

Kindness in the Midst
of Pandemics, Politics, and Religion
(Oh My!)

   Sunday 11am EST by Zoom
January 17, 2021

For this service, Lois Gladchild will share a story then lead a discussion on ways we can make our voices heard in kind and effective ways. Please bring your tips and tricks for responding with intention, kindness, and compassion when we vehemently disagree with others in dealing with profound, personal topics. Thank you for your time and insights!   Brian Richards program director; Lois Gladchild facilitator

SUNDAY SERVICE Join by Phone:  Use your phone to dial either 312 626 6799  or  646 876 9923. Then, when asked, enter meeting ID:  823 6539 7153  OR cut & paste this whole string of numbers, a couple commas, and an ending number symbol into your phone and it’ll dial all that automagically: +16468769923,,82365397153#

SUNDAY SERVICE Join via Zoom:  If you’ve already download the Zoom app, then simply click on this link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82365397153

 

NEW SCHEDULE FOR “TIME OUT TUESDAYS” 

Looking for some midweek “vespers” time with UUFA folks? Ready to do some reflecting and sharing? Join Rev. Don Rollins NOW ON THE SECOND AND FOURTH TUESDAYS, next on Tuesday, January 26th at 7pm.

TIME OUT TUESDAYS Join by Phone:  Use your phone to dial either 312 626 6799  or  646 876 9923. Then, when asked, enter meeting ID: 827 9379 7593   OR cut & paste this whole string of numbers, a couple commas, and an ending number symbol into your phone and it’ll dial all that automagically: +13017158592,,82793797593#

TIME OUT TUESDAYS Join via Zoom:  If you’ve already download the Zoom app, then simply click on this link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82793797593

 

NEWS FROM SUUSAN (suusanw.uu@gmail.com ; 240-305-0860)

I suspect that everyone reading this message has heard the Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.” I further suspect that many of you–like me–are very TIRED of living in such interesting times. These times have become far too “interesting” for me! I’m tired of these times–the pandemic, the politics, the police killings of people of color, all of it. And, yet, here we are.

One thing that helps me regain my bearings is working on  understanding what is going on around me. To this end I am looking forward to the Tuesday, Jan 19, online meeting of the southeast Ohio chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ.) Lancaster resident Bill Good will be sharing info on ‘White Nationalist Groups in Ohio and the US.” My UU values call me to oppose white nationalism in all its guises, so knowing more about these groups is really important now. Please consider joining me! 
 

 

THE UUFA BOARD’S NEXT MEETING will be on Saturday, February 13th at 2:30 pm via Zoom. All members are invited to attend. Contact a board member for Zoom login information.

Board Retreat: Later this month (January 2021) our UUFA board members are going on a virtual board retreat. Our UUFA board members all deserve lots of thanks for their hard work, especially given all the pandemic challenges.

 

PROGRAM IDEAS?

The UUFA Programming Committee seeks your ideas of programs for our Sunday mornings. Would you like to present during one of our Sundays?  Would you like to share music or readings?  Can you recommend a good speaker?

The committee will meet next on Sunday, February 14th at 7pm via Zoom. All members are invited to attend. Future Sundays below, subject to change. Contact Wenda, Katie, Susan, Brian, or Barb for Zoom login info.  Ideas most welcome. All information subject to change, and exact titles are likely to change. Check our website or Facebook page for the latest information.

Jan. 24th – “Step Outside Your Own Life” with the UUFA Programming Committee
Jan. 31st – “Generations” with Katie
Feb. 7th – Poetry Sunday with Richard 
Feb. 14th – Rev. Don Rollins
Feb. 21st – Nate Kojun Hayes
Feb 28th – “Disability Day of Mourning” with Katie
March 7th – TBD
March 14th – Rev. Don Rollins & Pledge Sunday

 

HOW TO SUBMIT ITEMS FOR THIS GREENSHEET NEWSLETTER:  NEW FOR 2021: We’re aiming for Thursday morning publication. Please email items to wendasheard@yahoo.com and put “Greensheet” in the subject line. New ideas, new columns, announcements, artwork, photographs, biographies, birthdays, anniversaries, and whatnot that you don’t mind being public are all welcome for possible inclusion in the Greensheet. Deadline for each week: Midnight Wednesday or before publication, whichever comes last. Thanks!

SPECIAL LARGE Sunday Service, lots of news. Thanks for reading.

“Across our Mountains:
A Special Multi-Congregation Service

   Sunday 11am EST by Zoom
January 10, 2021

Join our Unitarian Universalist Congregations of Athens, Marietta, Charleston, and Beckley for a special Sunday Service of reflection, contemplation, and music this weekend!  Ministers Rev. Kathryn Hawbaker, Rev. Donald Rollins, and Rev. Caitlin Cotter Coillberg will offer words, music will be provided by our congregations and drawn from the resources of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and our service will be opened by our beloved regional contact from the UUA, Beth Casebolt.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 958 7848 0963
Passcode: 520
(If you use your phone, dial either 312 626 6799  or  646 876 9923 and follow the prompts to add Meeting ID and Passcode when requested.)


“TIME OUT TUESDAYS” 


Looking for some midweek “vespers” time with UUFA folks? Ready to do some reflecting and sharing? Join Rev. Don Rollins every other Tuesday, next on Tuesday, January 19th at 7pm.

TIME OUT TUESDAYS Join by Phone:  Use your phone to dial either 312 626 6799  or  646 876 9923. Then, when asked, enter meeting ID: 827 9379 7593   OR cut & paste this whole string of numbers, a couple commas, and an ending number symbol into your phone and it’ll dial all that automagically: +13017158592,,82793797593#

TIME OUT TUESDAYS Join via Zoom:  If you’ve already download the Zoom app, then simply click on this link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82793797593


HAPPY NEW YEAR Y’ALL 
As your incoming UUFA board president, I’m going to try to share a thought or two in each Greensheet. Call it a New Years Resolution if you like. I write a lot of business-y stuff for work and a lot of usually snarky things for social media, so trying to write something earnest and UU-centric will be an interesting challenge. January has already packed a lot of action to its short time with us, but what I’m looking forward to the most is our first UUFA Executive Board meeting of the new year, on Saturday, January 9, at 2:30 pm via Zoom. If you’d like to join us, or want to reach me about anything at all, I’m at suusanw.uu@gmail.com. Peace.


IN MEMORY Long-time UUFA member Andrée Cavender passed away on December 31, 2020. Our hearts are with her family and friends. Her family is planning a public memorial service at the Fellowship for September 5th. Here’s a link to the beautiful obituary that Andrée wrote for herself: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/athensmessenger/obituary.aspx?n=andre-battiste-cavender&pid=197424089

 

IN MEMORY  Phyllis Tanner, who attended the UUFA in the 1990s, passed away on December 21. 2020. Our hearts are with her family and friends. Thanks to our UUFA members, Lois and David, who attended her funeral in Coolville, Ohio. Here’s a link to her obituary: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/athensmessenger/obituary.aspx?n=phyllis-tanner&pid=197337904


UUFA IN THE OU POST 

Our immediate past-President and all around UUFA booster, Barb Harrison, recently responded to an inquiry from a reporter at The Post, OU’s student newspaper, about how our community is dealing with COVID around the holiday season. Thanks Barb for always representing us so well!  See the full article here:

 

THE UUFA BOARD’S NEXT MEETING will be on Saturday, January 9th at 2:30pm via Zoom. All members are invited to attend. Contact a board member for Zoom login information.


THE UUFA PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE 
will meet Sunday, January 10th at 7pm via Zoom. All members are invited to attend. Future Sundays below, subject to change. Contact Wenda, Katie, Susan, Brian, or Barb for Zoom login info.  Ideas most welcome. All information subject to change. Check our website or Facebook page for the latest information.

Jan. 17th – Lois G. and Brian R.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT ITEMS FOR THIS GREENSHEET NEWSLETTER:  NEW FOR 2021: We’re aiming for Thursday morning publication. Please email items to wendasheard@yahoo.com and put “Greensheet” in the subject line. New ideas, new columns, announcements, artwork, photographs, biographies, birthdays, anniversaries, and whatnot that you don’t mind being public are all welcome for possible inclusion in the Greensheet. Deadline for each week: Midnight Wednesday or before publication, whichever comes last. Thanks!

New Year, New YoUU

New Year, New YoUU”
   Sunday 11am EST by Zoom
January 3, 2021

The calendar may have flipped and January 1st may feel like a res-tart but the reality is the political, cultural, religious, economic, public health disaster that was 2020 has followed us into the new year.

As members of the larger human community, how do we create and achieve New Year’s Resolutions that go beyond inward reflection or personal growth? As members of a religious tradition that embraces human rights and social justice, how do we create New Year’s Resolutions that go beyond re-affirming our values or personal spirituality?

Join us as we explore how we can move ONWARD and OUTWARD in 2021.

SUNDAY SERVICE Join by Phone:  Use your phone to dial either 312 626 6799  or  646 876 9923. Then, when asked, enter meeting ID:  823 6539 7153  OR cut & paste this whole string of numbers, a couple commas, and an ending number symbol into your phone and it’ll dial all that automagically: +16468769923,,82365397153#

SUNDAY SERVICE Join via Zoom:  If you’ve already download the Zoom app, then simply click on this link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82365397153

 

“UU THE VOTE” OFFERS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR UUs TO JOIN IN VIRTUAL PHONE BANKING THIS SUNDAY, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE RUNOFF ELECTION IN GEORGIA:

We hope you have been enjoying this holiday season of renewal and hope. We are looking forward to the new year and to crossing the finish line in Georgia!

The UUA Poor People’s Campaign Leadership Council is kicking us off with a phone bank to Georgia on Sunday, January 3rd from 4-6 pm ET/1-3 PT. Please join Co-Chairs Rev. Beth Johnson and Rev. Abhi Janamanchi and the other Members of the Council, along with UUs for Social Justice (UUSJ) who are co-sponsoring this event.

They are all asking their congregational members to join them in the afternoon after worship services with this last UU the Vote phonebank to Georgia as a first collective and faithful act of hope and determination in 2021! We hope that you will too.

We’ll be calling Georgia voters to make sure they have the information they need to vote on January 5th in the Senate run-off election. We’ll let people know where they can vote and what they need to have with them. We’ll provide support and encouragement to help them reach out to others they know who may not have yet voted.

RSVP here now and you’ll get the info and reminders you need to participate!  The UU the Vote Phonebank Squad will be providing training at the event.

The Poor People’s Campaign is organizing around 14 Moral Priorities for the First 100 Days and a People’s Jubilee Platform for justice that centers the needs of the people. Getting out the vote of poor people targeted for voter suppression will help build the power we need to get them passed.
As the Poor People’s Campaign states: “From Alaska to Arkansas, the Carolinas to California, Mississippi to Maine, Kansas to Kentucky, the Bronx to the Border, Appalachian hollers to Apache sacred lands, people are coming together to organize their moral outrage against systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy and the false narrative of religious nationalism into a powerful moral fusion movement. There are 140 million people who are poor and struggling against these injustices in the richest country in the world. A society sick with these interlocking injustices needs a voice rooted in our deepest Constitutional and moral values to remind us of who we are and who we must be.”  All this has been intensified and exposed through the pandemic and the struggle to get economic relief to those in need is on.

Georgia is our front line now. Join us in reaching out and supporting Georgia voters on January 3rd. Please sign up today and share this invitation with your congregation and friends.

In faith and hope,
Susan & the UUA Poor People’s Campaign Leadership Council

Susan Leslie
Congregational Advocacy & Witness Director
UUA Organizing Strategy Team & UUA Poor People’s Campaign Council Liaison
sleslie@uua.org, 617-948-4607
www.uua.org/justice * www.uuthevote.org

 

UU JUSTICE OHIO

Please consider making a donation to UU Justice Ohio which does so much important work in Columbus and across the state.

Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) is a 501C3 organization that serves the 38 UU congregations and fellowships across Ohio. Our mission is to offer education, advocacy and action consistent with Unitarian Universalist liberal religious principles and to witness with and on behalf of marginalized groups and individuals.”  –   https://uujo.org/

From UU Justice Ohio:We invite you to help us in the work for racial justice, economic, and environmental justice and criminal reform.  Become part of our regular circle of monthly donors who want to expand and support the movement for justice in Ohio. And your one time donation is very welcome.  Donate online at: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/support-uujo?source=direct_link&

You can also send a check to:
UUJO
PO Box 980
Worthington, OH   43085

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM
You can also donate to UUJO with each of your purchases at Kroger.
Visit http://www.kroger.com.
Once logged into your Kroger account, look for Community Rewards in your Account menu.
Search for Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio either by name or DH050 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.

UNITED WAY
And if you want to support UUJO through your employer’s United Way program,  please contact Rev Joan VanBecelaere for the needed EIN number at info@uujo.org


THE UUFA BOARD’S NEXT MEETING 
will be on Saturday, January 9th at 2pm via Zoom. All members are invited to attend. Contact a board member for Zoom login information.


THE UUFA PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE 
will meet Sunday, January 10th at 7pm via Zoom. All members are invited to attend. Future Sundays below, subject to change. Contact Wenda, Katie, Susan, Brian, or Barb for Zoom login info.  Ideas most welcome. All information subject to change. Check our website or Facebook page for the latest information.

Jan 10th – Rev. Don Rollins

Jan. 17th – Lois G. and Brian R.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT ITEMS FOR THIS GREENSHEET NEWSLETTER:  Please email items to wendasheard@yahoo.com and put “Greensheet” in the subject line. New ideas, new columns, announcements, artwork, photographs, biographies, birthdays, anniversaries, and whatnot that you don’t mind being public are all welcome for possible inclusion in the Greensheet. Deadline for each week: Midnight Monday or before publication, whichever comes last. Thanks!

“Doing Nothing” as Resistance

“Doing Nothing” as Resistance:
a discussion on the concepts in 

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
 by Jenny O’Dell    Sunday 11am EST by Zoom

We’ll ponder the importance of doing nothing. We’ll ponder ways to shift our lives from the “attention economy” to the more-than-human world around us. We’ll ponder subtleties of resistance, starting with Diogenes’ actions of “I will participate, but not as asked, and Bartleby’s “I prefer not to” in lieu of “I refuse.”

We’ll ponder how social media prevents us from honoring the diversity inside each of us, e.g. the right to change our minds and have different identities of ourselves for different audiences, as is a natural part of being human. We’ll ponder environmentally-sustainable alternatives to progress, including escaping laterally towards each other, honoring bioregionalism, and more.

Come find fodder for your New Year’s Resolutions.

Jenny Odell’s book is one of Obama’s favorite books from 2019. “A complex, smart, and ambitious book that at first reads like a self-help manual, then blossoms into a wide-ranging political manifesto.” – New York Times Book Review

SUNDAY SERVICE Join by Phone:  Use your phone to dial either 312 626 6799  or  646 876 9923. Then, when asked, enter meeting ID:  823 6539 7153  OR cut & paste this whole string of numbers, a couple commas, and an ending number symbol into your phone and it’ll dial all that automagically: +16468769923,,82365397153#

SUNDAY SERVICE Join via Zoom:  If you’ve already download the Zoom app, then simply click on this link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82365397153

 

IN MEMORY OF SARA FOSTER

We are saddened by the recent passing of long-time member Sara Foster. Our hearts go out to her husband, Camer
on Foster, and the rest of their family. Sara’s family will not be having a service. They suggest than memorial donations go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.


THE UUFA PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE 
will meet Sunday, January 10th at 7pm via Zoom. All members are invited to attend. Future Sundays below, subject to change. Contact Wenda, Katie, Susan, Brian, or Barb for Zoom login info.  Ideas most welcome. All information subject to change. Check our website or Facebook page for the latest information.

Jan. 3rd – New Year, New YoUU

Jan 10th – Rev. Don Rollins

Jan. 17th – Lois G. and Brian R.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT ITEMS FOR THIS GREENSHEET NEWSLETTER:  Please email items to wendasheard@yahoo.com and put “Greensheet” in the subject line. New ideas, new columns, announcements, artwork, photographs, biographies, birthdays, anniversaries, and whatnot that you don’t mind being public are all welcome for possible inclusion in the Greensheet. Deadline for each week: Midnight Monday or before publication, whichever comes last. Thanks!

Christmas Eve 7pm Zoom Service

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
Thursday, December 24, 2020
7pm EST by Zoom 

Join us for a Zoom celebration of the season with music, family, and light. Bring a candle and wear your favorite holiday outfit. To help us create a festive atmosphere in a virtual world, send a photo of your holiday decorations or holiday celebrations to Katie at president-elect@uuathens.org.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE Join by Phone:  Use your phone to dial either 312 626 6799  or  646 876 9923. Then, when asked, enter meeting ID: 860 9680 7221 OR cut & paste this whole string of numbers, a couple commas, and an ending number symbol into your phone and it’ll dial all that automagically:  +16468769923,,86096807221#

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE Join via Zoom:  If you’ve already download the Zoom app, then simply click on this link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86096807221


“TIME OUT TUESDAYS” – TONIGHT!

Looking for some midweek “vespers” 
time with UUFA folks? Ready to do some reflecting and sharing? Join Rev. Don Rollins every other Tuesday, including THIS EVENING: Tuesday, December 22nd at 7pm.

TIME OUT TUESDAYS Join by Phone:  Use your phone to dial either 312 626 6799  or  646 876 9923. Then, when asked, enter meeting ID: 827 9379 7593   OR cut & paste this whole string of numbers, a couple commas, and an ending number symbol into your phone and it’ll dial all that automagically: +13017158592,,82793797593#

TIME OUT TUESDAYS Join via Zoom:  If you’ve already download the Zoom app, then simply click on this link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82793797593

 

STATE LEGISLATURE QUASHES FREE SPEECH
CHURCHES AND INDIVIDUALS RISK FINES AND MORE 

Late on December 17, the Ohio House passed SB 33. UU Justice Ohio is asking the Governor to veto this bill–see below for details of how you can help!

SB 33 blocks public witness events at infrastructure sites like pipelines, fracking sites, petrochemical sites – like the one planned for the Ohio Valley –  water treatment sites and more. It was written in response to Standing Rock protests and works to block individuals and organizations and nonprofits from engaging in or supporting public witness and protest.  

It raises simple trespass from a 4th Degree misdemeanor to a 1st Degree misdemeanor. It includes felony penalties for damage (including things like painting a pipeline), or impeding the construction of an infrastructure site – such as blocking a road at a fracking site.

Organizations and churches and nonprofits found to be ‘complicit’ (supportive) of public witness that results in trespass or damage or other similar activity can be criminally charged and face fines 10x the rate of that for individuals.  (example, if the fine is $2,000 for an individual. it would be $20,000 for the church that helped organize the public witness event or was otherwise “complicit”)  This element was removed back in Jan 2020, but then put back into the final bill yesterday.  

Please sign the petition linked below. And please send an email to Gov. DeWine asking him to veto this bill. You can try to call, too, but the phone lines have been swamped lately.

Call the Governor’s Office at (614) 466-3555

Or write  by email — https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/contact

And sign a petition at:https://forms.gle/TKqoVk482wSETeqU6

 

THE UUFA BOARD’S NEXT MEETING will be on Saturday, January 9th at 2pm via Zoom. All members are invited to attend. Contact a board member for Zoom login information.

 

THE UUFA PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE will meet Sunday, January 10th at 7pm via Zoom. All members are invited to attend. Future Sundays below, subject to change. Contact Wenda, Katie, Susan, Brian, or Barb for Zoom login info.  Ideas most welcome. All information subject to change. Check our website or Facebook page for the latest information.

Dec. 24th – Christmas Eve Service

Dec. 27th – How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy  – A UU response and discussion on the concepts in that 2019 book by Jenny O’Dell.

Jan. 3rd – TBD 

Jan 10th – Rev. Don Rollins

Jan. 17th – Lois G. and Brian R.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT ITEMS FOR THIS GREENSHEET NEWSLETTER:  Please email items to wendasheard@yahoo.com and put “Greensheet” in the subject line. New ideas, new columns, announcements, artwork, photographs, biographies, birthdays, anniversaries, and whatnot that you don’t mind being public are all welcome for possible inclusion in the Greensheet. Deadline for each week: Midnight Monday or before publication, whichever comes last. Thanks!

Our Winter Solstice Service

OUR WINTER SOLSTICE SERVICE
Sunday 11am EST by Zoom 

Please join us this Sunday, December 20th  as we observe the Winter Solstice. We are moving from the darkest night of the year into welcoming the return of the light. We pause to consider the interdependent web of which we are a part. Within this web it is important to recognize that we have individual relationships with the sun, the earth, the moon and all living beings.

As we consider our relationships within the web, individuals will be asked to  release, with gratitude for lessons learned, those things we have held during the darkness that no longer serve us. As we welcome the return of the light we’ll explore those things that we as individuals wish manifest in our lives. Please have on hand a pen, paper, a candle, matches and a container in which paper can be burned. We look forward to celebrating with you. 

SUNDAY SERVICE Join by Phone:  Use your phone to dial either 312 626 6799  or  646 876 9923. Then, when asked, enter meeting ID:  823 6539 7153  OR cut & paste this whole string of numbers, a couple commas, and an ending number symbol into your phone and it’ll dial all that automagically: +16468769923,,82365397153#

SUNDAY SERVICE Join via Zoom:  If you’ve already download the Zoom app, then simply click on this link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82365397153


“TIME OUT TUESDAYS”

Looking for some midweek “vespers” 
time with UUFA folks? Ready to do some reflecting and sharing? Join Rev. Don Rollins every other Tuesday, including this coming Tuesday, December 22nd at 7pm.

TIME OUT TUESDAYS Join by Phone:  Use your phone to dial either 312 626 6799  or  646 876 9923. Then, when asked, enter meeting ID: 827 9379 7593   OR cut & paste this whole string of numbers, a couple commas, and an ending number symbol into your phone and it’ll dial all that automagically: +13017158592,,82793797593#

TIME OUT TUESDAYS Join via Zoom:  If you’ve already download the Zoom app, then simply click on this link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82793797593 


HELP INDIVISIBLE APPALACHIAN OHIO (IAO)
MEET THE NEED TO FEED SOUTHEAST OHIO


Editor’s Note: Liz Shaw of IAO spoke to us in our fellowship building on Sunday morning, February 23rd, one of our last in-person services before the pandemic. Here is her update about hunger in SE Ohio and IAO’s plans to help.

Thousands of children were orphaned during the bomb raids of WWII, and many were left to starve. Some were rescued, placed in orphanages and given the best care possible; however, many of them could not sleep at night, fearful they would wake up homeless and hungry again. Someone gave each child a piece of bread to hold at bedtime. The bread reassured the children they would have food when morning came, and they drifted off to sleep.

There are children in our neighborhoods also unable to sleep for lack of food. This might be a new experience for them because the pandemic is ravaging their family’s financial security. Or, it might be a familiar feeling that has become worse as safety nets begin to unravel. Whatever the reasons that leave the refrigerator empty, Ohio is currently suffering some of the worst food insecurity in the nation.

The statistics are sobering. According to the Children’s Defense Fund Ohio, by the end of April 2020, more than one in five Ohio households surveyed said their children are not getting enough to eat – a rate three times higher than during the 2008 Recession. By November, the number had increased to one in four according to Feeding America. Relief agencies are struggling to keep up, and images on the evening news of endless cars in food distribution lines have become a daily occurrence.

Indivisible Appalachian Ohio began addressing food insecurity in our communities during the government shutdown in late 2018. Since then, we have helped to provide thousands of meals for our neighbors in need through our sponsorship of the SE Ohio Foodbank’s mobile food pantry as well as paid for processing of fair animals through our Pork to Pantry program.

The time has come for us to amplify our partnership with “the experts” to quickly get resources on the ground where they are needed most. To that end, IAO is launching Meet the Need to Feed SEOH, an “angel partnership” with the SE Ohio Foodbank. Due to funding often being restricted, the agency receives many calls for help that sometimes must wait. Our funds will fill these gaps by providing unrestricted resources to assist food pantries, sponsor mobile distributions, and direct services based on the SE Ohio Foodbank’s assessment of immediate needs.

Our pledge drive is now underway. While no gift of any size will be turned away, we are urging you to consider a monthly pledge for six months so the Foodbank can rely on these funds, knowing resources will be there tomorrow to provide that piece of bread to a hungry child!

Indivisible Appalachian Ohio is a 501(c)4 non-profit. Donations are not tax deductible.

Four Ways You Can Give:

  • Make your check to Indivisible Appalachian Ohio. Indicate “Food Assistance” in the memo. Mail to: Betsy Haehl, 23 Euclid Dr., Athens, OH 45701.
  • Set up a monthly pledge or make a one-time donation through PayPal. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Food Assistance.” http://j.mp/2VdzTrx
  • Use Ohio University Credit Union’s Person to Person (P2P) option. E-mail indivappohio@gmail.com with your name as it appears on your checking account along with the amount you would like to pledge or give as a one-time gift. OUCU will email you easy instructions for making a secure online transfer of funds. (We never see your financial account information.)
  • Give using Venmo. @Indivisible-AppalachianOhio


THE UUFA BOARD’S NEXT MEETING 
will be on Saturday, January 9th at 2pm via Zoom. All members are invited to attend. Contact a board member for Zoom login information.

 

THE UUFA PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE will meet Sunday, January 10th at 7pm via Zoom. All members are invited to attend. Future Sundays below, subject to change. Contact Wenda, Katie, Susan, Brian, or Barb for Zoom login info.  Ideas most welcome. All information subject to change. Check our website or Facebook page for the latest information.

Dec. 24th – Christmas Eve Service

Dec. 27th – How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy  – A UU response and discussion on the concepts in that 2019 book by Jenny O’Dell.

Jan. 3rd – TBD 

Jan 10th – Rev. Don Rollins

Jan. 17th – Lois G. and Brian R.

 

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TONIGHT 7pm & Sunday: Emerson in Winter

BULLETIN:  Rev. Rollin’s “Time Out Tuesday” is 7pm TONIGHT by Zoom.  Join us if you can. Small group, informal. An every-other-week event.  DETAILS BELOW under “Time Out Tuesdays.”

 

“Emerson in Winter, Part 1
with Rev. Don Rollins
Sunday 11am EDT by Zoom 

UUs tend to know a little about Ralph Waldo Emerson’s work, but not so much about his life. Rev. Don will lead us in the first of a two-part consideration of Emerson, the troubled genius. 

SUNDAY SERVICE Join by Phone:  Use your phone to dial either 312 626 6799  or  646 876 9923. Then, when asked, enter meeting ID:  823 6539 7153  OR cut & paste this whole string of numbers, a couple commas, and an ending number symbol into your phone and it’ll dial all that automagically: +16468769923,,82365397153#

SUNDAY SERVICE Join via Zoom:  If you’ve already download the Zoom app, then simply click on this link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82365397153

 

“TIME OUT TUESDAYS”  Looking for some midweek “vespers” time with UUFA folks? Ready to do some reflecting and sharing? Join Rev. Don Rollins every other Tuesday.  Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm.

TIME OUT TUESDAYS Join by Phone:  Use your phone to dial either 312 626 6799  or  646 876 9923. Then, when asked, enter meeting ID: 827 9379 7593   OR cut & paste this whole string of numbers, a couple commas, and an ending number symbol into your phone and it’ll dial all that automagically: +13017158592,,82793797593#

TIME OUT TUESDAYS Join via Zoom:  If you’ve already download the Zoom app, then simply click on this link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82793797593 


THE UUFA BOARD’S NEXT MEETING 
will be on Saturday December 12th at 2pm via Zoom. All members are invited to attend. Contact a board member for Zoom login information.

 

THE UUFA PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE will meet Sunday, December 13th at 7pm via Zoom. All members are invited to attend. Future Sundays below, subject to change. Contact Wenda, Katie, Susan, Brian, or Barb for Zoom login info.  Ideas most welcome. All information subject to change. Check our website or Facebook page for the latest information.

Dec. 20th – Winter Solstice Service led by Barb & Roberta

Dec. 24th – Christmas Eve Service

 

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A Season for Surviving and Thriving

“A Season for Surviving and Thriving
with delfin bautista
Sunday 11am EDT by Zoom 

During this hectic time of the year made more hectic due to the pandemic, politics, social issues, and life as a whole, delfin will help us explore how to not only survive but thrive through the rest of the year by harnessing the power of story.  delfin will share their own story of remembering and re-membering who they are and invite those gathered to create, reflect, and share their own stories of resilience.  We will share lessons lived through bloopers, trial and error, and moments of celebration that spark not only survival but wholizing thriving.   

SUNDAY SERVICE Join by Phone:  Use your phone to dial either 312 626 6799  or  646 876 9923. Then, when asked, enter meeting ID:  823 6539 7153  OR cut & paste this whole string of numbers, a couple commas, and an ending number symbol into your phone and it’ll dial all that automagically: +16468769923,,82365397153#

SUNDAY SERVICE Join via Zoom:  If you’ve already download the Zoom app, then simply click on this link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82365397153

 

November 20 was Transgender Day of Remembrance

 A Chapel service was held on Zoom which you are invited to watch (link below.) As a Welcoming Congregation, UUFA is called, as expressed by Rev. Michael J. Crumpler, UUA’s LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Director, “to do everything we can to celebrate the transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary community by dismantling any and all barriers to total equity and full inclusion in our congregations, institutions, and society at large.”


Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) News

The Annual Meeting was held via Zoom on Nov. 21. Hear the inspirational speakers on the UUJO YouTube page:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHUTwZ0RIzYhwUyTIjpozeQ/videos

It’s not too late to share your opinion on the Ohio issues that UUJO should focus on for the coming year! Vote here—Priorities Survey—https://bit.ly/35QysGm

 

“TIME OUT TUESDAYS”  Looking for some midweek “vespers” time with UUFA folks? Ready to do some reflecting and sharing? Join Rev. Don Rollins every other Tuesday. Next one? Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm.

TIME OUT TUESDAYS Join by Phone:  Use your phone to dial either 312 626 6799  or  646 876 9923. Then, when asked, enter meeting ID: 827 9379 7593   OR cut & paste this whole string of numbers, a couple commas, and an ending number symbol into your phone and it’ll dial all that automagically: +13017158592,,82793797593#

TIME OUT TUESDAYS Join via Zoom:  If you’ve already download the Zoom app, then simply click on this link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82793797593 


THE UUFA BOARD’S NEXT MEETING 
will probably be on Saturday December 12th at 2pm via Zoom. All members are invited to attend. Contact a board member for Zoom login information.

THE UUFA PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE will meet Sunday, December 13th at 7pm via Zoom. All members are invited to attend. Future Sundays below, subject to change. Contact Wenda, Katie, Susan, Brian, or Barb for Zoom login info.  Ideas most welcome. All information subject to change. Check our website or Facebook page for the latest information.

Dec. 13th – Rev. Rollins

Dec. 20th – Winter Solstice Service led by Barb & Roberta

Dec. 24th – Christmas Eve Service

 

HOW TO SUBMIT ITEMS FOR THIS GREENSHEET NEWSLETTER:  Please email items to wendasheard@yahoo.com and put “Greensheet” in the subject line. New ideas, new columns, announcements, artwork, photographs, biographies, birthdays, anniversaries, and whatnot that you don’t mind being public are all welcome for possible inclusion in the Greensheet. Deadline for each week: Midnight Monday. Thanks!

Giving Thanks

“Giving Thanks
Sunday 11am EDT by Zoom 

We say “Thank You” a lot. At the end of emails. Out of politeness. But what does giving thanks really mean? Is it the same as gratitude? And how do we give thanks during a pandemic?

SUNDAY SERVICE Join by Phone:  Use your phone to dial either 312 626 6799  or  646 876 9923. Then, when asked, enter meeting ID:  823 6539 7153  OR cut & paste this whole string of numbers, a couple commas, and an ending number symbol into your phone and it’ll dial all that automagically: +16468769923,,82365397153#

SUNDAY SERVICE Join via Zoom:  If you’ve already download the Zoom app, then simply click on this link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82365397153

 

November 20 was Transgender Day of Remembrance

 A Chapel service was held on Zoom which you are invited to watch (link below.) As a Welcoming Congregation, UUFA is called, as expressed by Rev. Michael J. Crumpler, UUA’s LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Director, “to do everything we can to celebrate the transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary community by dismantling any and all barriers to total equity and full inclusion in our congregations, institutions, and society at large.”


Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) News

The Annual Meeting was held via Zoom on Nov. 21. Hear the inspirational speakers on the UUJO YouTube page:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHUTwZ0RIzYhwUyTIjpozeQ/videos

It’s not too late to share your opinion on the Ohio issues that UUJO should focus on for the coming year! Vote here—Priorities Survey—https://bit.ly/35QysGm

 

“TIME OUT TUESDAYS”  Looking for some midweek “vespers” time with UUFA folks? Ready to do some reflecting and sharing? Join Rev. Don Rollins every other Tuesday. Next one? Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm.

TIME OUT TUESDAYS Join by Phone:  Use your phone to dial either 312 626 6799  or  646 876 9923. Then, when asked, enter meeting ID: 827 9379 7593   OR cut & paste this whole string of numbers, a couple commas, and an ending number symbol into your phone and it’ll dial all that automagically: +13017158592,,82793797593#

TIME OUT TUESDAYS Join via Zoom:  If you’ve already download the Zoom app, then simply click on this link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82793797593 


THE UUFA BOARD’S NEXT MEETING 
will be on Saturday November 14th at 2pm via Zoom. That meeting will focus on finance. All members are invited to attend. Contact a board member for Zoom login information.


THE UUFA PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE 
will meet Sunday, December 13th at 7pm via Zoom. All members are invited to attend. Future Sundays below, subject to change. Contact Wenda, Katie, Susan, Brian, or Barb for Zoom login info.  Ideas most welcome. All information subject to change. Check our website or Facebook page for the latest information.

Dec. 6th – delfin batista will join us again with their passions and ideas

Dec. 13th – Rev. Rollins

Dec. 20th – Winter Solstice Service led by Barb & Roberta

Dec. 24th – Christmas Eve Service

 

HOW TO SUBMIT ITEMS FOR THIS GREENSHEET NEWSLETTER:  Please email items to wendasheard@yahoo.com and put “Greensheet” in the subject line. New ideas, new columns, announcements, artwork, photographs, biographies, birthdays, anniversaries, and whatnot that you don’t mind being public are all welcome for possible inclusion in the Greensheet. Deadline for each week: Midnight Monday. Thanks!