UUFA Greensheet

UPCOMING SUNDAY PROGRAMS 10:30 Coffee, 11:00 Service

September 9th – Water Communion and In-Gathering– Join us as we come back together and celebrate the beginning of a new church year with an inter-generational water communion. We invite you to bring with you a sample of water that represents a special place, event or memory from the past year. We’ll gather our water samples into a single container while briefly sharing the story of where it came from. Coffee and tea at 10:30 am, service at 11:00 am. A potluck will follow service. (robocall Katie, service leader Amber)

September 16th- Being Human, Under One Roof- As we ramp up for the new church year, UUFA’s minister, Rev. Don Rollins, will offer a take on what it means to be unique human beings, doing their falling-down best to live in peace and do justice. In other words, what’s at the core of our congregation? Coffee and tea at 10:30 am, service at 11:00 am. (robocall Katie, service leader Rev. Don Rollins)

September 23rd- Equinox (Amber or Roberta will lead us.) (TBA)

September 30th- TBA– Guest Speaker- Join us as we learn about the teaching program that has brought 50 families from Saudi Arabia to live in the Athens area. We’ll also hear about Saudi culture and how it interacts with American culture. Coffee and tea at 10:30 am, service at 11:00 am. (robocall Katie, service leader Wenda)

animal blessingOctober 7th- Animal Blessing- Join us as we celebrate and bless our furry, scaly or feathery friends. You are invited to bring your friends with you as long as they are are on a leash or safely contained and can handle new people, a new place and other animals. We’ll hold service in the outdoor sanctuary, weather permitting. Coffee and tea at 10:30 am, service at 11:00 am. (service leader Katie)


This coming Sunday, September 9th, the children will meet downstairs, enjoy a few stories about religions and drumming, finish decorating their drums, and fine-tune their plans for asking adults for a drumming event for the whole congregation.

Plan Ahead for CROP Hunger Walk 2018 – October 7th, 2pm
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world.  UUFA has been involved in the CROP Hunger Walk for a number of years.  We hope that families will join the walk together.  You may walk as far or little as you want.  Kids, of all ages, can ride bikes, scooters or roller skate.  More details to come, or see https://www.crophungerwalk.org/athensoh

Our Religious Explorations Programs for Three Upcoming Sundays:  September 23, 30, & Oct 7:  Helping Others Have Enough Food  The children will be introduced to the needs of people around the world and how the donations to the CROP Hunger Walk help support them.  We will also restart the local collection of canned and packages food to be given to the Athens County Food Pantry.

It’s about that time for choir to resume! I’m excited to kick off a new choir season and hope you all plan to sing again this year. One cool development is that hopefully soon we will have an OU student accompanist which will greatly increase both our enjoyment and productivity in rehearsals! Please complete this quick doodle poll letting me know if you are going to sing with us this season. I’ll be sending out information regarding our first Tuesday evening rehearsal soon.
Megan Cameron
UUFA Choir Director

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Patrick Gordon is our UUFA immediate past president. He welcomes your questions about our history.


Our next UUFA Board Meeting will be on Sunday September 16th at 9:30am (lower level) when Rev Don Rollins is with us. All are welcome.


Our next UUFA Work Day is Saturday September 30, 2018 11am-4pm-ish.  Come join us whenever you can during our work day. Every little bit helps. We’ll have work equipment, but of course if you have smallish tools for doing the following types of work, please bring them! Staple guns, weed wackers, buckets, rags, are especially useful. Possible projects: Reupholstering downstairs chairs. Wash sanctuary chairs. New straps for round table(s). Clean lower level and organize closets. Trim brush along parking lot retaining wall. Close and drain sanctuary fountain. Clean and paint cabinets in Ploghoft room. Weatherstrip entry doors by piano, under back stairs, and kitchen.


Our Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is a proud co-sponsor of the Eighth Annual 9/11 Interfaith Peace Walk, which will take place Tuesday, September 11 at 7pm, starting at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd at 64 University Terrace in Athens. Hosted by United Campus Ministry and the Better Together campaign at Ohio University, the theme of this year’s Peace Walk is “Walk for Peace, Work for Justice.”

Along with many other Athens-area faith communities and social justice organizations, we are urging our members to help us create a vision of the Beloved Community. Ohio University President Duane Nellis and United Campus Ministry Director Rev. Evan Young will offer remarks, and a Justice Choir will perform and lead us in song at the end of the walk.

Sponsors include United Campus Ministry, Better Together at Ohio University, the Appalachian Peace & Justice Network, the Athens Catholic Community, Athens Friends Meeting, Athens First Presbyterian Church, Christ Lutheran Church, the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), First United Methodist Church of Athens, Hillel at Ohio University, the International Student Union, the Ohio University Multicultural Center, the Muslim Student Association, the Office of the Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion at Ohio University, the Ohio University LGBT Center, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Southeast Ohio, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, and the Ohio University Women’s Center.


Guess what? We need a treasurer. Many thanks the Jessie Roberson, Barb Harrison, David May, Patrick Gordon, and Roberta Roberson, all of whom have been spotted helping with UUFA treasurer-like tasks. Any other volunteers? Contact Brian Richards at barinitials@gmail.com.


The maple wood floor of the UUFA fellowship hall was once the wood floor of the Ohio University Women’s Gymnasium. Kudos to the UUFA members who, circa 1970,  jumped at the chance to give that floor a new life. Let’s all take a moment of e-silence to contemplate all the woman athletes of decades past who displayed their strength on that floor.


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