This Week at UUFP
- Let's Stay Connected! UUFP Virtual Check-in every Monday and Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 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).
- The Last Day For the 8th Principal Survey is April 14! UUFP members, there are only a few days left to complete the 8th Principle Survey! Wednesday, April 14 is the last day. The survey is very short and anonymous. Check your email and the UUFP Facebook community pages to complete the survey. Add your voice! We want to hear from everyone. Sponsored by the Anti-Racism Task Force.
- Widening the Circle of Concern Study/Action Workshops via Zoom at 7:00 pm. The UUFP Social Justice Committee will be sponsoring a vitally important series of UUA Widening the Circle of Concern Study-Action workshops: 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. To register or for more information, email Robin van Tine at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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!
- It's that time of Year Again! Spring Yard Clean-Up: Volunteers are needed with weekly yard clean-up, care, and maintenance. ALL HELP IS APPRECIATED. It's a good time for teens to volunteer to get their volunteer hours for school or for college applications. To volunteer contact Roy Schilling at email@example.com or the office (757-369-1098) for more information.
- UUFP Membership: Membership Committee continues to support the growth of our Fellowship each week by offering visitors a chance to check in with us and ask questions after Forum and Sunday morning services. For more information, contact Bobbie Schilling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sunday Morning Service: April 18, 2021, 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.: “On a Different Channel” Presented by Steve Kader - Many of us were never really mainstream or always had unorthodox ways of looking at things. Perhaps we never felt like we “fit in”. For some of us, our occupations turned out to be non-conventional or require “creative” thinking. Does that mean joining Unitarian Universalism — not exactly a “mainstream” religion — wasn’t that much of a surprise? And once we arrived at that unique place, did we embrace it or only worry about our “elevator speech”? Let’s celebrate our individual journeys, our diversity, our uniqueness, and how being so different actually brings us all together. For more information, please visit Sunday-Service. Zoom link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/920676087
- Sunday Morning Forum: April 18, 2021, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” Presented by Gary Ott, Kathryn Ozyurt, Bob Smith - “A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to the Forum.” Nope! We’re not talking about the stage musical or comedy film by that name. Our focus is much closer to home. We will ask you, our Sunday Morning Forum participants, what it is you’ve liked most about this program, thus far, and how each of us can support it for the future. Having such a rich, well-rounded educational program 52 weeks out of the year (without preset curriculum and presenters) is quite an accomplishment! A funny thing could happen to us on the way to the forum, but it’s the GREAT things that happen there and upon our departure that count! Education and Community inspire us and change lives. Join us at Forum on April 18, as our collective input is vital for this ministry program to continue thriving and fueling our mission work in and beyond the Fellowship! For more information, contact Sunday-Morning-Forum. To connect, click SundayForum
- “Reflect-Back” Discussion Group: Wednesday, April 21, 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
- Sacred Language and Sacred Translation - a new program developed by the Rev. AJ van Tine and the Rev. Lisa Garcia-Sampson, April 22, May 13 and 27 (second and fourth Thursdays) 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom at https://uuma.zoom.us/j/95467480010 facilitated by Prof. Rebecca Wheeler and the Rev. Andrew Clive Millard - As Unitarian Universalists, we are called to a free and responsible search for truth and meaning within the context of a theologically diverse and pluralistic faith community. Using the stories of our own lives, we will explore how we use sacred language to make meaning and navigate how to put our languages of personal belief into dialogue with others. Participants will engage in group activities, write credo statements, partner up for discussion, and more!
- Understand and work through our personal relationships with certain sacred/religious words.
- Transform and breathe new life into these words so that they can function either as spiritual resources in your own life or as meaningful terms your co-religionists use and you understand.
- Create space to make personal meaning and create personal credos within community and covenant.
- Come to learn about and engage with the beliefs and spiritual language of others.
- Develop the tools of translation (between religious languages) so we may more fully live into our pluralist covenant.
- Share the Basket- Beginning in July 2010, the UUFP began a program called “Share the Basket.” The UUFP shares half of all of the non-pledge portion of our collected offering with our Share the Basket partner organizations. Each week, the basket is shared with a different group. The Social & Environmental Justice Committee has the responsibility—with the Policy Board’s final approval—of selecting several organizations which focus on different issues as Share the Basket partners. We will soon be considering the current organizations as well as new organizations for 2021-2022’s Share the Basket program. The Social & Environmental Justice Committee would like to hear your suggestions for charitable organizations for this program. If you believe that an organization is worthy of nomination, but are concerned that it may not meet all of the above criteria, please go ahead and suggest that it be considered. By UUFP policy, the committee has some latitude in making the decisions about which organizations to recommend to the Policy Board (see link below). We are especially interested in partner organizations that are willing to help us recognize and remedy racial injustice. We are hoping to receive nominations from organizations that are led by and/or serving people who are BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of color) There will be nomination forms available on the UUFP website and we will be soliciting suggestions from the membership through the annual meeting in May. Thank you for your support of the Share the Basket effort, which allows us to make a greater impact on the world around us.
Organizations eligible for Share the Basket proceeds will:
1) Must be 501(C)3 non-profit organizations
2) Offer services compatible with UU principles
3) Offer opportunities to educate or engage UUFP members and friends in social justice activities
4) Have no greater than 20% administrative overhead expenses, unless a reasonable argument can be made for a higher overhead
LINK to UUFP “Share the Basket” Policy: https://uufp.org/wp-content/uploads/policies/share_the_basket_policy.pdf.
- UUFP Annual Meeting – 2021 Annual Membership Meeting will be on May 23, at 12:15 p.m., via Zoom to vote on the slate of elected positions and budget for the coming year. To connect, go to https://uuma.zoom.us/j/920676087 or you can dial-in by 'phone to 301-715-8592 or 646-876-9923 (Meeting ID: 920 676 087).
- 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/
- 2021 General Assembly Registration – UUFP Denominational Affairs is currently looking for volunteers to attend and to be our official delegates (we can send 3) for the 2021 General Assembly (GA) being held June 23-27. The 2021 GA is virtual which increases the opportunities for more of us to engage without the increased cost of travel, room, and board, etc. This is a wonderful chance to discover how our UUA works and to attend some great seminars, workshops, and worship opportunities. Please visit https://www.uua.org/ga/program for more information. Registration is $200. Register at https://www.uua.org/ga/
registration If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, email Henry Chambers at email@example.com
- 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!
- 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. - 9:30 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
- UUFP Goddess Group: Divine Landscapes: Mountains and Hills - Our discussion of Divine Landscapes continues on April 4th with the beauty and mystery of mountains and hills. The majestic heights, well-worn paths, and hidden caves have inspired cultures with tales of goddesses as part of their lands. The stories are as varied as the land itself, and we’ll share a sample of them in our meeting. There’s much to discover in these ancient formations, and we’d love to explore them with you on April 4th. This event is held on the 1st Sunday of the month at 12:15 pm online via meet.google.com/rzz-xffd-tob. Contact GoddessGroup@uufp.org with any questions.
- 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 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. via Zoom. To join click Fiber_FUUn. For more information, email email@example.com.