Sunday: Action on Food Insecurity & Flowers!

UUFA SERVICE THIS SUNDAY February 23, 2020. “Action on Food Insecurity” Indivisible Appalachian Ohio (IAO) founder and president, Liz Shaw, is an experienced organizer who has presented on the national, state, and regional levels about rural issues such as broadband, food insecurity, and outreach to low-income populations.

Liz will talk this Sunday morning primarily about IAO’s food insecurity efforts and how people can support those efforts. She’s willing to answer other questions about her work as well. Indivisible Appalachian Ohio is a non-profit (501(c)4) dedicated to serving our communities and advocating for Appalachian Ohioans to our elected officials.

As a special treat this Sunday, the UUFA Choir will sing “Peace Chant,” an inspirational choral by Jerry Estes that is fresh and unique, with a world music sound.

Liz Shaw was featured on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and has received the Jenco Award, the United Campus Ministry Social Justice Award, the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network Democracy Award, and an Emmy for her work on the Our Town historical documentary series. Liz has been an organizer since high school, and has provided leadership in successful campaigns to defeat an ill-advised Department of Energy nuclear dump, prevent corporal punishment in North Carolina day cares, and repeal the Ohio public union busting Senate Bill 5 for which she was recognized by Senator Sherrod Brown and Vice President Biden. Coffee 10:30am, Service 11:00am. 184 Longview Heights Road, Athens, Ohio 45701

CHILDREN THIS SUNDAY: Flowers! This Sunday, February 23rd, science teacher Richard Thieret will lead the children in an exploration of another aspect of our Seventh Principle. First he’ll explain the Seventh Principle–“Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part”–and then he’ll introduce the children to flowers in all their botanical glory. Children will then create their own “mostly anatomically correct” flowers. Adults welcome to join us anytime!

HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Christie Truly, volunteer coordinator for Ohio Health Hospice in Athens, will speak briefly about hospice volunteering before the service on February 23rd. There are opportunities to visit hospice clients and their families in their homes, and there are also tasks to accomplish in the office. Hospice volunteering is a very meaningful way to support our neighbors at the end of their lives.

UUFA BOARD MEETING The next UUFA board meeting will be on Saturday, February 29th, from noon until 4pm. All members are welcome to attend. 

SUPPORT THE GATHERING PLACE  The Gathering Place (for those who aren’t familiar with this essential local service) is a peer recovery support organization for those in the Athens area who live with mental illness or a co-occuring mental health and substance use disorder. During the month of February, the Gathering Place is collecting personal care items for people transitioning from a hospital or rehab setting back into the community. Please collect items such as shampoo & conditioner, toothbrushes (singles preferred, not multipacks,) soap/body wash, lotion, etc. and place them in the box near the door of the Fellowship. Travel sizes are welcome too! Questions about this drive? Please contact suusanw.uu@gmail.com

FUTURE SUNDAYS & EVENTS – Subject to change—your ideas welcome. If you have an idea for a service, but don’t want to plan all the readings and music, we’ll do that planning for you!  The next programming committee meeting is online via Zoom on Friday, February 21st at 6pm. All welcome to participate. To participate, download Zoom and ask us for the Zoom invitation in advance. – Katie, Brian, Susan & Wenda.

Sunday, March 1st: Transgender Theologies by delfin bautista (Yale Divinity School graduate)

Sunday, March 8th: Rev. Don Rollins

Sunday, March 15th: TBD

Sunday, March 22nd: Spring Equinox & Music by the UUFA Choir

Sunday, March 29th: Nate Kojun Hayes

Sunday, April 5th: Andy Ray

Sunday, April 12th: Rev. Don Rollins

Sunday, April 19th: Earth Day, organized by Wenda with Music by the UUFA Choir

Sunday, April 26th: Indigenous People History with Susan W.

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