A Gift for You & Sunday Plans

FIRST, YOUR GIFT. Because the pandemic, the unrest in cities all over the USA, the unemployment of millions, WATCH THIS, with tissues. https://vimeo.com/417728813
You’ll see Unitarian Universalists from across the country joined the virtual “UU the Vote Thrive Choir” to sing the MaMuse song, “We Shall Be Known.”

“It is time now
It is time now that we thrive
It is time we lead ourselves into the well
It is time now, and what a time to be alive
In this great turning we shall learn to lead in love
In this great turning we shall learn to lead in love.”

From the video’s description on Vimeo: “The chorus for the song was the inspiration for an inspiring UU the Vote Live event, “How We Thrive,” which featured powerful words from special guests Paige Ingram from Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism; Analise Ortiz from ACLU of AZ; and Desmond Meade from the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. There were also some healing and spiritual balms from our president, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, and Organizing Strategy Director, Rev. Ashley Horan.”

“UU the Vote is a non-partisan faith initiative, in partnership with broader justice movements, to engage our neighbors, educate our communities, mobilize voters, and rally around key ballot initiatives. Join with your UU community to create a future defined by love, justice, and faith. Learn more at uuthevote.org. UU the Vote is an initiative sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association.”


This Sunday: REACTIONS & ACTIONS. We’ll start with checking in with each other, then talk about the video, above, and the new “UU the VOTE” effort, and how our UU principles might inform our reactions and actions.  Sunday, May 31, 2020, at 11:00am via Zoom.

Join by Phone:  Use your phone to dial either 312 626 6799  or  646 876 9923.
Then, when asked, enter meeting ID:  160359704

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/160359704

We Will Thrive, One Way or Another:
An Honest UUFA Programming Committee Report

We’re finding that our Zoom services are down to just a few attendees, and most of those don’t want to be on Zoom. It’s so sad that we can’t be together.

Last Sunday evening, our programming committee decided to try brief “keeping open in case people need us” Zoom services, with brief check-ins for everyone, then a video homily from the UUA, then discussion. We will discuss that “summer” plan with the UUFA board at its June 13th meeting.

After delfin bautista reached out to a couple of us by text on Wednesday (thanks!), this new idea was born: Using Sunday mornings as activism learning. And perhaps recruiting panelists so we’re sure to attract a following. Let’s discuss this at our next UUFA board and programming meetings, OK?  (June 13th and June 14th, respectively, via Zoom).

And then, via email messages on Friday after this week’s racial protests, members of the programming committee authorized a “pivot” to omit a homily this week and instead allow us time for reflection, discussion, healing on the events of the week. What a week!


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The UUFA board’s next meeting will be on Saturday, June 13th at 2pm via Zoom.  All members are invited to attend.

The UUFA programming committee’s next meeting will be on Sunday, June 14th at 7pm via Zoom.  All members are invited to attend.

FUTURE SUNDAYS  Especially if you were formerly on our pre-pandemic schedule of presenters, please let us know if you’re willing to do an interactive Zoom Sunday service.

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