UUFA Greensheet

THIS SUNDAY:

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, with Diana Ray.)   P.S. Our UUFA Choir will makes its 2018-2019 debut this Sunday with an extra poignant song.

Religious Explorations for Children October 28th –
This Sunday the children will brainstorm about planning their future RE Sunday mornings together, including themes, crafts, music, explorations, and possible guest speakers and field trips. We’ll do the love bowl as usual, and learn more about the UU  Principles. Each child will leave with a specially illustrated page of the UU Principles.

FUTURE SUNDAYS:

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.

UUFA & THE WIDER COMMUNITY 

(A column about how our efforts, our pledges, our building, and our donations support the wider community—submissions welcome!)  For decades, our fellowship building has hosted a Wednesday night AA meeting.  Because Alcoholics Anonymous is just that, anonymous, we don’t usually talk about it. But it’s important to note that our AA friends take good care of our building and do good work for the larger community, and our UUFA building is part of that. Thanks to all who help our building help the larger community.

UUFA TRIVIA  – One upon a time, the UUFA fellowship closed at the end of the Ohio University academic year, and didn’t open again until the beginning of the next OU academic year. That’s part of the reason the building was built without air conditioning. If you have an idea about someone funding an air conditioning system for the fellowship, please let us know. Imagine, if we had air conditioning, we might be able to rent the building for weddings and other events in the summer, thus recouping the cost of the air conditioning.

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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