This Sunday: delfin bautista on Caring for Ourselves in Volatile Political Times

THIS SUNDAY November 3, 2019, Caring for Ourselves in Volatile Political Times by delfin bautista At a time where there is much unrest and hurt due to our volatile political climate, we will explore ways to care for ourselves and each other.  Queer poet and feminist activist Audre Lorde powerfully reflected “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”  We will discuss different strategies on building our individual and collective resilience. Coffee 10:30am, Service 11:00am. 184 Longview Heights Road, Athens, Ohio 45701

Waltz Class News: The waltz class led by Lois Gladchild last Friday evening at the fellowship was a success, and thus will be repeated in the near future. Speak to Lois if you’re interested. Thank you, Lois, for sharing your talents with others!

Spiritual Growth Group News: Thanks to all who signed up. We’ll be emailing you more information soon. We expect the first meeting will be on a Sunday evening in mid to late November. Interested, but didn’t sign up? Contact Patrick McGee.

If you are thinking of joining the our UUFA congregation, please read this letter that the Committee on Ministry sent out to those who have been attending services and helping in other ways, and please let us know if you, too, are interested joining us officially:

We’re thrilled you’ve become a part of our UUFA community. We are writing you now to ask you to consider the option of becoming an official UUFA member.  If you would like to learn more about what that means exactly, our current membership covenant and current by-laws are in an attachment below. Equally important, if you are interested or have questions,one of us would be happy to take time to meet with you or have a phone conversation with you during the next few weeks, so we could answer any questions you might have about Unitarian Universalism, about our fellowship, and about membership.

The ceremony for welcoming new members is scheduled for the Sunday morning service, November 10, when Pastor Don Rollins leads the service. He would meet with interested new members the day before, Saturday, 10:00-12:00am, November 9.  Please let us know if you’re interested in learning more. We’re happy you’re a part of our community in whatever capacity feels best for you.

Saturday Nov. 9th, UUJO ANNUAL MEETING: Dear Ones, I have registered to attend the UU Justice Ohio annual meeting in Delaware (north of Columbus) on Saturday, Nov. 9. It’s an all-day event and I’d LOVE to have a traveling companion and another UUFA-er at the meeting. Please let me know if you’re interested, or go ahead and register at this link: Susan Westenbarger 240-305-0860 (pronouns: she/her)

Nov. 15th & 16th: From the UU Church of Akron’s Racial Justice Task Force: On November 15 and 16 The UU Church of Akron’s Racial Justice Task Force will be hosting speaker and facilitator Dr. David Campt.  Dr. Campt is the author of the White Ally Toolkit and former advisory board member for President Bill Clinton’s Initiative on Race.  His unique approach to handling difficult conversations has provided opportunities for folks to navigate the current unprecedented polarization of ideology without compromising values.

On Friday evening Dr. Campt will present Connection Trumps Conflict, an interactive talk.  This is free and open to the public.  A suggested $20 donation at the door is welcome.  Saturday, we host an all-day workshop intensive, Dismantling Racism One Conversation at a Time.  The fee for the workshop is $65 which includes lunch and materials.  A sliding scale is offered.

We are encouraging social justice groups, faith-based organizations, educators, diversity workers and cross-cultural organizations to attend.  More info and registration can be found at

Even if you think you are too far to bring a group to the workshop, having a representative attend will give you the opportunity to explore what you might want to bring back to your congregation.  Attached is an information packet [UUFA Editor’s Note: the pdf is attached far below].  Please feel free to distribute the information as you are able.  We hope to see you in November.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Important links: Registration and information
Facebook event page

Deb Lemire, Co-chair 330-701-6887

FUTURE SUNDAYS – Subject to change—your ideas welcome. The next programming committee meeting is online via Zoom on Friday, November 8th at 6pm. All welcome to participate. To participate, download Zoom and ask us for the Zoom invitation in advance. – Katie, Brian, Susan & Wenda.

Sunday, November 10th: Rev. Don Rollins

Sunday, November 17th: Brian Richards on Love

Sunday, November 24th: Katie Evans on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

Sunday, December 1st: Susan Westenbarger on Gratitude with Attitude

Sunday, December 8th: Rev. Don Rollins

Sunday, December 15th: Yule Service

Sunday, December 22nd: Nate Hayes

CHRISTMAS EVE, December 24th: Our special Christmas Eve service.

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