UUFA Greensheet

SUNDAY June 2, 2019: Our guest, delfin bautista, will speak on Pride. Pride is a time of celebration in which lgbt people can be out and proud without shame or fear. It is also a time of reflection in which we recommit ourselves to creating a just society. delfin will explore some of the history of Pride as a way of inviting and challenging others to become accomplices, not just allies. Pride is a calling to embody solidarity with the queer community as well as within the queer community. Pride is more than a hashtag and parade; Pride is an ongoing journey of ensuring “all are equal” truly means all are equal. Coffee at 10:30am; Service at 11am.

Children are welcome at all our services. This Sunday David W. has volunteered to be with those children who wish to be downstairs during most of the service. We’re looking for a second volunteer for this Sunday.

Saturday June 8, 2019, ATHENS LGBTQ PRIDE PARADE: The UUFA Board voted to support the Athens LGBTQ Pride Parade set for Saturday, June 8, 2019, and voted to pay for insurance for the event. We encourage members to show up for the pride parade and march together under our banner. We’ll be passing out information about our UUA purposes and principals, and about our fellowship.

Saturday, June 15, 2019, River Sweep on the Hocking! (submitted by Barb H. because we’ve had UUFA members participate in the past and this is a great way to give back and share service with others:)

The Athens Soil and Water Conservation District and its local partners will host a cleanup up on the Hocking River as part of the 2019 Ohio River Sweep. As a major tributary of the Ohio River, any trash picked-up along the Hocking means a cleaner Hocking as well as the Ohio River. The Ohio River Sweep is a riverbank cleanup that extends the entire length of the Ohio River and many of its tributaries. The Ohio River Sweep is an important regional event which addresses a global problem: litter in our waterways. The Ohio River Sweep connects people to the Ohio River and encourages stewardship of this important resource.

The Ohio River Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, 2019. Volunteers are needed for this massive event. Pre-registration is not required but eagerly requested for planning purposes.  The first 100 volunteers will be guaranteed an event t-shirt. Volunteers can meet at The Athens Community Center, solar panel parking lot on East State St. in Athens, Ohio. Check-in and registration is 9:00am to 9:30am, and trash clean-up will be from 9:30am to 11:30am. A picnic lunch will follow for participants. Volunteers should wear clothes that can get dirty and closed toe shoes. Trash bags and a limited number of gloves are provided.

The Ohio River Sweep is coordinated by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) and state environmental agencies from Pennsylvania to Illinois.  Please complete the registration form at: https://www.athensswcd.org/  Contact their office at 740-797-9686 if you have any questions.

Sunday, June 16th, after Our Service:  COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY: At our recent annual meeting, we elected Marsha N. and Wenda S, to join Robin B, and Jackie W. on the ministry committee. That committee will also serve as our membership committee. There first meeting will be Sunday, June 16th after service. Meetings of this committee are closed, but you’re welcome to speak to members in advance about your ideas and/or concerns.

2019-2020 UUFA BOARD MEMBERS July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020, as determined at our annual meeting: President: Barb H., President Elect: Susan W., Board Members: Katie E.,  Brian R., Jessie R., Roberta R.. Treasury: Roberta R. with Patrick G. Sexton: Richard T., Secretary: Vacant. The secretary is an appointed position—-might YOU be interested?

WEEKLY GREEN TIP: The Earth Justice Network of environmental committees from various Athens area churches is encouraging us to publish a weekly green tip in our “Greensheet” newsletter. Here’s another green tip, from  https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/green-tips:
“Many idle electronics—TVs, DVD players, stereos, microwaves—use energy even when switched off to keep display clocks lit and remote controls working. Switch off power strips and unplug electrical devices when you’re not using them.”


June 9th: Richard Thieret will be comparing Biological Evolution with Religious Evolution. More details later.

On the Last Sundays of June, July, and August:
 We’re trying something new!  We’ll be having open discussions on Spirituality & Politics (June), Spirituality & the Environment (July), and Spirituality & Health (August.

HOW TO SUBMIT ITEMS FOR THE GREENSHEET:  Please email items to wendasheard@yahoo.com and put “Greensheet” in the subject line. New ideas, new columns, announcements, artwork, photographs, biographies, joys, sorrows, birthdays, anniversaries, and whatnot all welcome for possible inclusion in the Greensheet. Deadline for each week: Midnight Monday. Thanks!