Vouchers & Their Effects on Public Schools

Come join our Service this Sunday, August 21st, 11am by Zoom or in person wearing an N95 or KN95 mask.

Attorney Lucy Schwallie, a local attorney who practices education law, was the lead attorney on an amicus brief arguing against the validity of Ohio’s school voucher program.

In light of the controversy surrounding the opening of the first charter school in Athens, we’ve invited Schwallie to speak about vouchers and their effects on public schools.

Members and Friends: Judging by the response to our Facebook event, we expect a crowd. If you can come early to help greet folks and set up, that would be great. Thanks!

For information on the current controversy in Athens, see the first issue of the new independent newspaper in Athens, here: https://athensindependent.com/proposed-charter-school…/.
To read the brief that Schwallie and others filed in the federal case, see https://www.facebook.com/messenger_file…


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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All members, friends, and newcomers are welcome to attend our Welcome & Orientation Session on Monday, August 22nd from 7-9pm at the UU Fellowship Building. We are thrilled with the large number of new folks interested in our fellowship. More people are most welcome.

If you plan on attend attending please email wendasheard at yahoo.com to let us know to expect you, and so we can notify you of any unexpected changes.

Remember to bring a KN95 or N95 mask in case we meet inside the building.  Thanks.


NEXT SUNDAY AUGUST 28th 11:30am, OUTDOOR LUNCHEON (weather permitting) with ALYSSA & ROBERT

Two of our newest members, Robert and Alyssa, will be bringing our UUFA kitchen to life again on Sunday August 28th for an 11:30am OUTDOOR LUNCHEON with beans and cornbread and whatever side dishes y’all bring.

Signups for set-up and clean-up crews will start circulating this Sunday. For now, here’s a photo of their enthusiasm.



The UUFA needs your ideas as we seek to plan out the next five years. Below are the three strategic plan goals the fellowship’s executive committee created, to help guide members and interested parties as we plan for our congregation’s future. If any of the three statements below pique your interest, and you want to be part of the discussion, please contact UUFA president Richard Thieret at rthieret at gmail dot com:

  1. UUFA will increase the use of the building by the community in concordance with UUA’s seven principles.

  2. UUFA will grow the congregation in strength and community.

  3. UUFA will continue to improve its Sunday offerings.



The UUA’s intersectional justice priorities and where to find more information, from:  https://sidewithlove.org/actioncenter

  • Climate Justice (inclusive of Indigenous Sovereignty and Climate Resilience) with Create Climate Justice
  • Democracy and Electoral Justice (inclusive of Voting Rights and Electoral Participation) with UU the Vote
  • Decriminalization (inclusive of Racial Justice and Immigration Justice) with Love Resists
  • LGBTQIA+ and Gender Justice (inclusive of Reproductive Justice and Abortion Access) with UPLIFT Action.



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



The next UUFA programming meeting will be SUNDAY, September 11th at 1pm by Zoom. All members and friends are welcome to attend.



Aug 21 Attorney Lucy Schwallie School Vouchers in Ohio
Aug 28 Alyssa & Robert Beans & Cornbread Outdoor Luncheon (weather permitting)
Sept 4 Brian Richards The Science of Sleep
Sept 11 Ingathering & New Member Ceremony Led by Susan & Richard
Sept 18 Alyssa & Wenda The 7 UU Principles with Arts and Crafts
Sept 25 TBA New Moon Circles