UUFA Greensheet

UUFA This Week:
THIS TUESDAY 7pm-8pm CHOIR OPEN HOUSE

Thinking about joining the choir? Join us at the UUFA Choir Open House. Our Choir Director is Megan Cameron at mccpurple@yahoo.com. Refreshments provided. New voices welcome. Bring friends. Childcare possible. From the Facebook event located herehttps://www.facebook.com/events/902737616780827/

THIS SUNDAY:

October 21st – Drums & Masks: All Hallows Eve.  Our UUFA Religious Explorations children will guide us in this musical, rhythmic, and artistic adventure. If you have a drum, you’re welcome and encouraged to bring it along. We’ll be making personalized masks for ourselves in this intergenerational extravaganza, which will include displays of our children’s many talents.  (Service leaders: Our RE Children.)

FUTURE SUNDAYS:

October 28th – Samhain. Today we’ll enjoy our annual Earth-centered ceremony in remembrance of those who have passed the veil into the Mystery. Members, friends, guests, and visitors are encouraged to bring photos and share stories about loved ones who have passed.  (Service leader Roberta)   P.S. Our UUFA Choir will makes its 2018-2019 debut this Sunday with an extra poignant song.

November 4th – The Revolutionary Dr. Jé R. Hooper BFA., Pratt Institute ‘07 MPS., Pratt Institute ‘10 M.Th., Union Theological Seminary ‘15 D.Min., New Seminary School of Interfaith ‘17 Ph.D Candidate, Ohio University will grace us with his presence. Jé R. Hooper is the founder of FrequencyHouse Productions, Upcoming Ethical Leader and a recent, Ph.D Interdisciplinary Arts candidate at Ohio University. His work promotes the intersections of art, justice, and religious ethics in efforts to obtain social equity. As a clergy person, he skillfully engages congregations in trans-linguisticism, performative preaching, and affect theory involving onomatopoeic communication. He is best known for his recent works, entitled “Moving Upon the Face of the Deep” featuring Dr. Cornel West, “The Black Sacred Communion” within Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and the latest collaboration with his life partner, Storäe Michele, “the listening heart.” He is finalizing his film, “Humanitas: A Conscious Coloring of Kindness” which partially funded by the Mossler Fellowship. In the past year, Dr. Hooper has spent many weekends flying around the USA at the invitation of Ethical Culture congregations….we’re lucky he’s committed to staying in Athens and joining us November 4th. Title of his talk coming soon. (Service leader Wenda)

November 11th – Rev. Don Rollins will join us as usual on the second Sunday of every month. Potluck will follow. Stay tuned for more information.

November 18th – National Donation Sabbath by Katie Evans. National Donor Sabbath is an interfaith celebration of life and thanksgiving. It is a special time for congregations across America to learn about the critical shortage of organs and tissue and to celebrate the greatest blessing of all, life. Organ and tissue donation helps restore health, sight and mobility. We’ll talk about giving hope to the more than 100,000 people in need of lifesaving organ transplants and the hundreds of thousands more in need of corneas and tissue.

November 25th – by Brian Richards One of the promises of the internet was the free proliferation of knowledge. That promise is becoming more and more a reality. In this informational session, we’ll discuss several potential sources for FREE online and smartphone learning platforms which cover a large variety of topics and mediums. So much information, so few clicks away.

December 2nd – by Susan Westenbarger 

December 9th – Rev. Don Rollins will join us as usual on the second Sunday of every month. Potluck will follow. Stay tuned for more information.

December 16th – Yule Intergenerational Service 

December 23th – NO SERVICE THIS SUNDAY MORNING (We’ll meet Christmas Eve instead.)

Christmas Eve Service – December 24th – Come sing Christmas Carols this special evening with the UUFA Choir as we usher in Christmas.

December 30th – How to Actually Achieve your Resolutions by Brian Richard.

FROM Our UUFA PRESIDENT

The Board has been making slow but steady progress on several long-term projects. We have a new RE Teacher. We are  continuing our Minister and Choir Director positions. We reviewed the financials. We also looked at a process to send thoughts to the Programming Committee. We discussed upcoming speakers. Nothing too exciting this month, but we are glad to be making progress.  – Brian Richards, UUFA President

NEXT BOARD MEETING

Our next UUFA Board Meeting will be 10am Sunday, November 11th in the Ploghoft room. All members welcome to attend.

PROGRAMMING & RE COMMITTEE NEWS

Once a month, we want to bring leaders from around our community who are engaged in work similar to our principles and purposes, to come and talk with us about their work. The goal here is to help us connect with others helping to make the world a better place.

Our next meeting Programming & RE Committee meeting will be online at 7pm on Thursday Nov 17th via Zoom. Members of that committee are Katie Evans, Brian Richards, and Wenda Sheard. Others are most welcome to attend. Contact wendasheard@yahoo.com if you wish the Zoom meeting ID.

Exciting RE News: We have hired a second RE teacher, Skylar. Stay tuned for a photo and bio about this wonderful and enthusiastic young woman. Skylar and Maggie (the RE teacher who started with us last year) will each be with us as much as the busy OU schedules allow.

UUFA & THE WIDER COMMUNITY 

(A column about how our efforts, our pledges, our building, and our donations support the wider community—submissions welcome!)  Many thanks to Fred, Lois, Natalie, Charlie, Liam, and others participated in the 2018 Crop Hunger Walk along with members of other faiths. The Walk raised awareness about food insecurity and also raised over $400 for the cause.

UUFA TRIVIA  – One upon a time, we had sleepovers at the UUFA. Some with children and families, some with teens. If you’re thinking a sleepover might be fun in this day and age, speak up, ok?

HOW TO SUBMIT ITEMS FOR THE GREENSHEET

Please email items to wendasheard@yahoo.com and put “Greensheet” in the subject line. New ideas, new columns, announcements, artwork, photographs, biographies, joys, sorrows, birthdays, anniversaries, and whatnot all welcome for possible inclusion in the Greensheet. Deadline for each week: noon on Tuesday. Thanks!

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