Thoughts to Change Your Thinking about God and Time

Come join our Service this Sunday, October 2nd, 11am by Zoom or in person wearing an N95 or KN95 mask. We recommend in-person attendance for this Sunday if that’s possible for you.

This chat will be a series of points Brian finds mind-blowing about how people have thought about God and time. Please come with your own mind-blowing thoughts.  – Brian Richards

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. Some choose to stay masked.

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Sunday October 9th:  “Elephants and Embryos” — world premier reading of a play about genetic engineering, God, and cloning.  Service Leader: Richard Thieret, who is seeking volunteer readers. Parts available: Mary (lab director who clones herself), Joseph (a mysterious Uzbek), Daniel (hopeless guard of the gate), Ester (zoo representative), four lab techs  (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John), sound effects person, narrator, and, briefly appearing, Adam and Eve.

Sunday October 16th: Mickey Hart returned to the Athens area last September to serve as the director of UCM Center: For Spiritual Growth & Social Justice. Mickey, who has lived most of his life in Athens, oversaw the programming and development of Ohio University’s LGBT Center for 12 years. During his years in Athens, he served on the UCM Board of Directors for nine years giving him insights into the history of the organization and institutional memory at a time when there was a void due to staff transitions in recent years. Mickey will discuss some of the past, present, and future of UCM Center. He will share his approach to the work of the organization, recent changes, program updates, and more.  Service Leader: Barb Harrison

Sunday October 23rd: One of our favorites, Nate Kojun Hayes, who always attracts a large audience of people who leave refreshed and happy. Blurb forthcoming.

Sunday October 30th: Samhain Service, with Alyssa and Robert.



We thank Sam Spofforth for letting us know that his father, John Spofforth, died last weekend at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center at the age of 91. Service details will be announced later. John Spofforth designed and built the brick of our fellowship building, our grove, our columbarium, as well as other places of beauty around Athens.

UU CONFERENCE, Registration $25-$125, October 6-8th. Virtual or In-Person:

Post-Imperial Futures: Addressing Legacy and Living Into Promise

Imperialist ideology and practice is threaded throughout U/Uism, as well as other religious traditions now practiced in North America. From the a/theological justifications of our founding fathers to the faith’s everyday practices of money and leadership, the legacy of Empire and its desire to dominate and mark out Otherness has us participate in harmful colonial enterprises. This conference, sponsored by Meadville Lombard Theological School and the Unitarian Universalist Association’s International Office, convenes scholars and activists to equip lay leaders and ministers with resources and practices to live into the promise of radical, post-colonial, and faithful futurities.

Conference activities are all online with select multiplatform sessions offered on Friday, October 7, at Meadville Lombard’s downtown Chicago campus.

Please note: The registration for in-person attendance closes on September 30, and for online attendance closes on October 6 at noon.  Registration Link:

All times are Central Time. The Zoom link will be sent in the registration confirmation email.

Thursday, October 6, 2022
  • 5:00-5:30 pm Welcome and Centering: Dr. Elias Ortega
  • 5:30-6:45 pm Keynote Address: Lisa Asedillo; Moderator: Dr. Pamela R. Lightsey
  • 6:45-7:00 pm Closing Remarks: Alicia R. Forde
Friday, October 7, 2022
  • 10:00-10:30 am Welcome and Centering
  • 10:30 am-12:30 pm Unlearning Labs I (pick one):
    • How to Decolonize Preaching: Rev. Dr. Lis Valle-Ruiz [Multiplatform]
    • What solidarities matter? What the Invasion of Ukraine Tells Us about Imperialism, Anti-blackness, and Occupation: Rachel Freed, Ervin Malakaj, Fatima El-Tayeb; moderated by Dr. Beverly Weber [Online]
    • How to Liberate a Text: Colonial Legacies and Decolonial Practice of Reading the Bible: Dr. Jin Young Choi [Online]
  • 12:30-1:30 pm Break/Lunch on your own
  • 1:30-3:30 pm Unlearning Labs II (pick one):
    • Archival Histories, Archival Justice: John Leeker [Multiplatform]
    • Decolonizing Listening Practices in Pastoral Care: Dr. Mindy McGarrah Sharp [Online]
    • An Imperialist Faith? Case Studies of UUs in Hawaii and Philippines: Rev. Fred Muir [Online]
  • 3:30-4:00 pm Personal Reflection Time
  • 4:00-5:00 pm Regathering & Conversation Circles: Alicia R. Forde
  • 5:00-6:00 pm President’s Reception (In-person only)
Saturday, October 8, 2022
  • 10:00-11:30 am Welcome & Keynote Panel: Post-Imperialist Futures; Featuring: Rev. Dr. Tink Tinker, Dr. Danika Medak-Saltzman, Rev. Theresa Ninán Soto; Moderator: Dr. Kate Lassiter
  • 11:30-11:45 am Break
  • 11:45 am-12:30 pm Conversation Circles
  • 12:30-1:00 pm Closing Worship

For those who are participating in person on Friday:

COVID Protocol
  • Proof of vaccination is required (including eligible boosters), with exemptions as needed. Please bring your ID and your vaccination card to campus.
  • Masks are required.
  • Disinfecting wipes and additional masks will be available. Please use them.
  • Facilitators and participants should take all recommended precautions before traveling. We strongly encourage travelers to purchase travel insurance and have a contingency plan should you contract Covid or monkeypox during your time in Chicago.


As promised during last Sunday’s New Moon Service, here’s the link to the UUA article about ways to nurture spirituality in our lives:


The next UUFA board meeting will be SATURDAY October 8th at 10:30am by Zoom. All members are welcome to attend.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 9th, 1pm, ZOOM-only
UUFA PROGRAMMING MEETING – More people, more music, more ideas all welcome!

All members and friends are welcome to attend. Just show up!  Zoom link will be in next week’s Greensheet.


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