What’s in Your Spiritual “Junk Drawer”?

Come join our Service this Sunday, May 15th, 11am by Zoom or N95/KN95masked/vaxxed in person. Your choice!

Do you have a “junk drawer” in your home–a drawer or two, a box stuck in a closet, full of the miscellaneous bits ‘n’ bobs that collect over time. And how about our “emotional baggage”? How many of us carry around at least a modicum of guilt or shame over things we’ve said or done in the past. How does holding on to all this stuff–the physical stuff and the interior stuff–affect our spiritual lives? Sunday’s presenter, Susan Westenbarger, definitely does not have all the answers, but wants to explore these questions in the context of Unitarian Universalism to help find a renewed sense of peace and balance. Please join us!

MASKS! NOTE: Our board is still requiring vaccination cards and kn95 or equivalent masks (NO FABRIC MASKS) of folks entering the building for Sunday services. 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 or get vaccinated, 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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Looking for a safe space to talk about mortality and end-of-life planning? You’re welcome to attend the Southeast Ohio Natural Burial Working Group’s first Death Cafe, to be held outdoors & socially distanced at the Unitarian Universalists Fellowship of Athens on Sunday, May 15th 3-5pm. Donations accepted.

LIMITED to the first 30 people who register. But, there’s still plenty of room!  To register, send an email to SEOhioDeathCafes@gmail.com, saying you will be attending the May 15th Death Cafe. Refreshments will be served.

You don’t need to wear your face outdoors, but you’ll need to wear a good one (KN95 or N95) if you go inside the building to use the restrooms.


It’s not too late to participate in this year’s UUA General Assembly June 22 – 26, 2022! GA is being offered online as well as in person in Portland, OR. UUFA has not yet designated anyone to be our representative and vote on our behalf on UUA issues. Even if you’re not sure about the voting part, registrants have an opportunity to participate in lots of interesting conference sessions. And there are *two* amazing and renowned speakers this year too! Both Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist and the National Book Award-winning Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and adrienne maree brown, author of Emergent Strategies. I bet a lot of us have one or more of these titles on our bookshelves (or our “To-Be-Read” lists!)

If you are interested in participating in GA this year, take a look at https://www.uua.org/ga and talk to Susan W. (suusanw.uu@gmail.com / 240-305-0860) or another member of the Board to find out more. (PS. Almost forgot to mention . . . The Fellowship will pay the registration fee!)


I’d like the congregation and readers of our newsletter to see the ‘Thanks’ we received from Beth Casebolt regarding UUFA’s contribution to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2022. Beth is our regional support person in the Central East Regional Group which UUFA belongs to, and has provided advice to the board in years past. I believe this is our 17th year as an Honor Congregation, having paid the designated pledge to UUA in full.   (Editor’s Note: WordPress, where we create, email, and post this Greensheet newsletter, is having technical issues that prevent the upload today of the kind note. We’ll try again next week.)
Susan Westenbarger (she/her)



From wildfires to floods, climate disasters impact our communities.  How do we cultivate community care in response to climate disasters?  

Join a conversation on Fostering Local Climate Resilience through Disaster Response and Community Care  to:

  • learn about climate forced displacement in our communities
  • connect with resources available for UU congregations to respond to climate disasters, including the UU Trauma Response Ministry and the UUA Disaster Relief Fund
  • make a plan and take action to build resilience in your community.

Thursday, May 19 at 6pm ET –  7:30pm ET 

From wildfires to floods, climate disasters impact our communities.  How do we cultivate community care in response to climate disasters?


  • Rev. Karen Hutt, Unitarian Universalist Trauma Response Ministry;
  • Halcyon Westall with the UUA Disaster Relief Fund and Faithify;
  • Rachel Myslivy, Side With Love Climate Justice Organizer; and
  • Rev. Cynthia Cain
to better understand the threats to your community and the resources available to help UUs show up for their communities. Register now!

Beth Casebolt :: she/her/hers
CER Communications Consultant and Operations Manager

Schedule a phone or zoom meeting at calendly.com/bcasebolt

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