Sharing Our Post-Election Joys & Sorrows, With Music

Come join our Service this Sunday, November 13th, 11am by Zoom or in person wearing an N95 or KN95 mask.

Sharing Our Post-Election Joys & Sorrows. During this service, our pianist, Barb Harrison, will lead us in songs of hope and sorrow.

We’ll ask ourselves: What do the election results all mean? Where do we as Unitarian Universalists go from here?  We’ll acknowledge our UU fifth principle: the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process. We’ll learn about the “UU The Vote” movement with its “Love Faith and Action” motto, and its November 10th positive update located here:

Lastly, we’ll look to our hearts and minds for next steps in our commitments to make the world a better place for ourselves and others.

MASK NOTES: Our board is still requiring KN95 or N95 masks (NO FABRIC MASKS, and no surgical masks, either) 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 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 if they wish.

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The UFA board has continued to modify and improve our strategic plan. Today, November 12th, we met with our strategic plan consultant, Mark Bernstein, for his guidance. We will soon have specific action items for interested members of the congregation to act upon.

Head’s Up: The UUA, our national organization, is reviewing the seven principles and six sources that form the core of our faith. Please check out the proposed changes at


The next UUFA programming meeting will be TOMORROW Sunday, November 13th at 1pm by Zoom. More people, more music, more ideas all welcome! All members and friends are welcome to attend. Zoom Link for Programming Meeting:
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This Tuesday, November 15th 7pm-8:30pm via Zoom

Come join Cheryl Cesta, StarMary Castro, and Wenda Sheard for an informal session on end of life planning. During the first half hour, we’ll give an overview about natural burial, including burial options, death doulas, how to talk with loved ones, and home funerals.During the session, we’ll give you access to our Google Drive that includes planning documents, links, and resources including the following:

  • Your Green Burial Planning Guide by the Green Burial Council
  • Ohio Appointment of Agent for Disposition of Body After Death
  • “Getting Your Affairs in Order” Information from the National Institute on Aging
  • Homestead Burial Permit Application and Instructions from the Ohio Department of Health
  • Our in-progress List of Local Resources to Help with Natural Burial including Shrouds, Shrouding Boards, Willow Wicker Baskets, and Excavating Services
  • Hints for Discussions with Funeral Directors
  • Green Burial Guidebook by Elizabeth Fournier
  • Form for Planning Your Own Obituary and Memorial Service
  • Our own Packet of Information on Natural Burial

At the end of the session, we will solicit feedback on how to improve future DYI End-of-Life Planning sessions we hope to hold in person.

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Do you have a closet filled with items needing a new home? Handcrafted items you want to send charitably into the world? Want to buy gift items whilst simultaneously supporting two local non-profit institutions?

Announcing the UUFA & UCM Center Fun Raising Auction. (UUFA has long been a supporting congregation of UCM Center; three of our members currently serve on the UCM board.)

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
United Campus Ministry Center

Admission: $5 donation at door
Where: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens
Description of auction items sought and sold:
  • Items from your home
  • Handmade items
  • Art
  • Plants, garden products
  • Food, if sealed/covered

How to Donate:

Drop off at the UUFA from 10:30 a.m. – Noon on Sundays Nov 6, Nov 13, Nov 20, and Nov 27.

Drop off at UCM Center (18 N. College Street) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Nov 17 & 18, Nov 21 & 22, and Nov 28 & 29.
(Heavy/bulky items best delivered to the UUFA if possible.

Request a pick up: Text Richard Thieret (Board president of UUFA) at 740-818-4775 or Barbara Harrison (Board Chair at UCM) 740-707-6197

* Please tag your item with your name and description of the item. Please add the estimated value (if known).

Donors may pick them up any unsold item at end of the auction if in attendance. Items not sold or picked up that evening will be dispersed in a charitable manner.



The memorial service for John Spofforth, the artist who built the brickwork on our building, our columbarium, and our grove, will be held on Sunday, November 27, 1:30 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens.



The next UUFA board meeting will be SATURDAY December 10th at 10:30am by Zoom. All members are welcome to attend.