This Week at UUFP
- Let's Stay Connected! UUFP Virtual Check-in (Monday and Wednesday Only) 11:00 a.m. to noon. Please drop in to let us know how you’re doing, to let us know what you need help with, to share good news or sad news, or just to chat. Click here to join, or Dial 1-646-558-8656 (Meeting ID: 841 4786 9284).
- Fiber FUUN is a virtual gathering of the Fiber FUUN - knit for craft; knit for comfort; bonds eternal we do weave - Gather with us, chat, create; caring friendships we conceive. This event is held every first and third Monday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. via Zoom. To join, click virtual fiber fuun, or for more information, please contact email@example.com.
- The Book Club - We are a casual group of people who enjoy exchanging books and sharing about the books that we have read. All are welcome, whether or not you have read the chosen book. Every fourth Monday at 7:00 p.m. online via Zoom. To join, click Book_Club, or dial-in 646-558-8656; Meeting ID: 990 8470 8484. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Widening the Circle of Concern Study/Action Workshops via Zoom at 7:00 p.m. The UUFP Social Justice Committee will be sponsoring a vitally important series of UUA Widening the Circle of Concern Study-Action workshops: January 20, February 3, February 17, March 3, March 17, March 31, April 14, April 28, and May 12 at 7:00 p.m. This is a UUA curriculum created for UU’s to study and create recommendations to “Widen the Circle” in their own churches. The Commission on Institutional Change of the UUA studied the problem of White Supremacy historically and presently within our own UU institutions over a three-year period resulting in their critically important document, "Widening the Circle of Concern." As the Commission concluded, “What is at stake is nothing less than the future of our faith”! Please sign up for this crucially important series of workshops recommended by Rev. Millard. Contact Robin van Tine at email@example.com to register and acquire the Zoom link! Reference the event post for additional info. The Widening the Circle of Concern document is available for free download, which includes an audio version of each chapter. It can also be purchased in published form from the UUA Bookstore. It's also available for Kindle at Amazon. Email Robin van Tine at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, to register, and to acquire the Zoom link.
- “Reflect-Back” Discussion Group - Cancelled. Will resume as scheduled Wednesday, January 27, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Unitarian Universalism has a long tradition of encouraging individuals to rely on their own experience and discernment. Many congregations provided time during the Sunday worship service itself, after a minister’s sermon, for members to “talk back” to the pulpit. While the tradition has fallen out of favor in most larger congregations, there remains a strong impulse to apprehend, reflect, criticize, deconstruct, reconstruct, and internalize a message, making it one’s own — and strengthening our bonds of fellowship in the process. If you missed the Sunday service, this might be a good way to catch up! To join in visit ReflectBackWednesdays, or for more information, contact email@example.com
- Virtual Meetings with State Legislators - Interested in a virtual meeting with your local legislator? If you live in the 92nd, 93rd, 95th or the First, Second or Third state Senate district, please contact Sandra or Robin to participate in the Legislative Collaborative Table (LCT) discussions on 6 issues to go before the next Virginia General Assembly that starts on January 13. FYI the 91st, 94th, and 96th meetings have already happened.
- Sip and Social Thursday! We’ll gather informally (and virtually) via Zoom on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. We invite you to please join Rev. Andrew for tea (coffee, or hot chocolate, or whatever you prefer) to check in with one another and chat. Click https://uuma.zoom.us/j/
384426773 to join us via Zoom!
- Sunday Morning Service, January 24, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m: "Imagine...No Religion?" Presented by Rev. Andrew Millard The Hymnbook Resources Commission appointed by the UUA to create Singing the Living Tradition was eager to include John Lennon’s “Imagine” in the new collection of hymns reflecting our Principles and Sources but couldn’t get permission to change his phrase “the brotherhood of man” to be more gender inclusive. “Imagine” remains a common non-hymnal song in UU services, but what does it mean for people in church to sing about imagining that there’s no religion? For more information, please visit Sunday-Service. Zoom link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/
- Sunday Morning Forum, January 24, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m: "Social Justice in Sci-Fi" Presented by Rachel Bevins Writers have been able to use the costume of the sci fi & fantasy genre to dress up or disguise significant issues facing the world. This includes prejudice (as speciesism), responsibility for the environment (of other planets), and respect for foreign cultures (of aliens and shape shifters). Come share your favorite examples and discuss how this phenomenon can shape our future. For more information, contact Sunday-Morning-Forum. Zoom link: SundayForum
- Upcoming UUA workshops: The Leadership Development Committee would like to invite you to a series of free workshops presented by the UUA. They are held on the second Tuesday of each month from now until May and will cover various topics such as stewardship, dismantling white supremacy within a congregation, and shared ministry. If you are interested in signing up, please contact the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org, or register at https://uua.wufoo.com/forms/
- "PORT" Winter Homeless Shelter: As in the past, UUFP will be supporting the PORT Emergency Winter Shelter Program to aid the homeless. We plan to prepare meals for them once a month, December through March. Due to the pandemic restrictions, we are not asking for volunteers to work in the kitchen this year. However, we do need financial support. If you are able to contribute, you may do so by donating to the Share the Basket Food & Shelter Ministries either online at the UUFP Website or by sending a check to the UUFP. Please note on the check that it is for the Food & Shelter Ministries. Also, we will need some volunteers to bake brownies at home to go with the dinners. If you are interested in baking brownies, please contact Bobbie Schilling. Those who wish to volunteer to help with In-take services at the sleeping sites should contact LINK of Hampton Roads, Inc.
- Volunteers are needed to help with the mowing and weekly trash take out at the Fellowship building. ALL HELP IS APPRECIATED. Please contact Roy Schilling at email@example.com or the office (757-369-1098) for more information.
- UUFP Goddess Group, Sunday, February 7 at 12:15 p.m: "Acts of Love" Our February 7th Goddess Group meeting is taking on a big topic - love. Although we get surrounded by hearts and flowers around Valentine’s Day, love takes on a myriad of forms, and goddesses are no exception. Cultures define expressions of love in many ways, and their goddesses reflect these values. We’ll look at the acts that goddesses have performed in the name of love, as well as how people have shown love to goddesses. Please join us on February 7th for learning, laughs, and (of course) love. Please join us every 1st Sunday of the month at 12:15 pm online via meet.google.com/rzz-xffd-tob. Contact GoddessGroup@uufp.org w
ith any questions.
- UUA GA 2021 WILL BE VIRTUAL! The UUA Board of Trustees passed a resolution making the 2021 UUA General Assembly a 100% virtual event. Let’s reach record-breaking attendance on June 23 – 27, 2021. Registration opens December 1, 2020. Registration for virtual GA 2021 is $200 per person. Financial support for registration as well as a payment plan are available. General Assembly registrants receive access to the 2021 Online Participation Portal, including live, simulive, and on-demand video content, the virtual exhibit hall, chat features, support, and a (new!) GA mobile app. Stay tuned! The call for program proposals will be coming soon! Proposals will be in two phases. Phase 1: Due January 15. Phase 2: Due January 29. For more information, please visit uua.org/ga, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- UU The Vote – Georgia Runoff Elections: UU the Vote is partnering with Reclaim Our Vote and Black and LGBTQ-led groups and organizing a coalition of UU congregations and organizations to mobilize and support Georgia voters. You can join in a variety of phonebanks through Jan. 3, 2021: Sunday, 1/3 at 4 – 6:00 p.m. ET, sponsored by the UUA Poor People’s Campaign Leadership Council. Here’s the link if you have questions about or would like to sign up for phone banking.
UU The Vote is also asking people who have family and friends in Georgia to volunteer for “Empower,” a relational organizing effort.
Relational organizing trains volunteers to reach out to family and friends and share personal stories about the issues that matter most to them. Questions? Please contact Sandra or Pam at email@example.com. Thank you!