UUFA Greensheet

UUFA This Week:

Thinking about joining the choir? You’re welcome to attend tonight, or wait a week for the UUFA Choir Open House. Stay tuned for more details on the Open House.  Our Choir Director is Megan Cameron at mccpurple@yahoo.com


10:00am UUFA Board Meeting (Ploghoft Room)
10:30am Coffee & Community
11:00am Service with Rev. Don Rollins
11:00am RE Program for Children
12:00pm Potluck

October 14th -“Looking Higher” by Rev. Don Rollins. 

For most of us mortals, figuring out what’s important to us is an ongoing challenge. And then things change. Don will offer some thoughts on how resetting our “sight lines” turns out to be an ongoing spiritual discipline. The service will include some information on how UUFA friends might become members of the fellowship. We’ll also have our usual Second Sunday Potluck right after the service. Please bring a dish to share.


This is your chance, children!  We’re going to be preparing the lead the “Drums & Masks: All Hallows Eve” service for the adults next Sunday, October 21st. What should we read about drums, masks, and All Hallows Eve? Should we introduce the adults to our “Love Bowl”? When and how should we drum with our drums during the service? Do you want to do a reading? What music should we include? How will we help the adults to make their own masks? What supplies should we bring upstairs for the masking-making? Lots of choices!  Today we’ll also spend some time making some masks, so we’ll be experts by next week and able to help the adults.


All are welcome to attend the next UUFA joint Religious Explorations & Programming Committee meeting, The meeting will be ONLINE this Thursday of October, October 11th.  Join us at 7pm via ZOOM. Email wendasheard @yahoo.com for the weblink, meeting ID, and instructions for joining.

The Religious Explorations & Programming Committee intends to alternate in-person and online Zoom meetings. So far this joint committee has three committed members (Katie, Brian, and Wenda), and several others who offer suggestions and help now and then. Please let us know if you’re willing to join this joint committee, or willing to offer suggestions and help now and then. Thank you!


October 21st – Drums & Masks: All Hallows Eve.  Our UUFA adults and our 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. Stay tuned for more information as our planning continues. (Service leader Wenda)

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)

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)


Many thanks to all who brought animals and photos of animals to our animal blessing last week. Our animal blessing service primarily reflects our seventh UU principles and purposes: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

For the first time in recent memory, our annual animal blessing service included no dogs. Although we missed our dogs, we did enjoy meeting Sniphy Ray, William Ray, and Shelley Snell.  (That’s assuming that animals have the last names of their owners.) Below are photos of Sniphy eating a stalk of celery, and William crawling over Natalie:


(A column about how our efforts, our pledges, our building, and our donations support the wider community—submissions welcome!)  Many thanks to all you UUFA members and friends who donate to the Athens County Food Pantry, whether on a regular or irregular basis. Your donations mean a lot to those who receive them. To everyone, please send your Greensheet editor more information about how our efforts, our pledges, our building, and our donations support the wider community. Thanks!


Our kitchen used to be a studio apartment, complete with a bathroom and kitchenette. One of our members lived there many years when he was younger. During those years, he must have been awakened sometimes by the joyous voices of little ones in the Hocking Valley Day School, located the the remainder of our basement for many years. Our current office used to be the tiny kitchen that we shared with Hocking Valley Day School.


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!