champagneclipartAuction 2020! People have been all abuzz around UUAA asking -- “Is there an auction this year?”  Mais Oui!  The theme this year is "A Night in Paris".  L’Auction will be March 21 right here from 4-7 pm.  So grab your baguette and put on your beret for what promises to be a "belle soiree"!

greatlakesThe Climate Crisis Action Group invites all to join in the sanctuary Thursday, Nov 21, 7-9pm to hear Andy Buchsbaum, a leader with the National Wildlife Federation. Andy will share what he's learned through his work with others as the co-founder and co-chair of the Healing Our Waters coalition. Through this collaborative effort, Andy helped secure an unprecedented $1.6 billion in federal funding for Great Lakes restoration and establish new state and federal laws to protect Great Lakes water. He won the Detroit Free Press Michigan Green Leader Award in 2014. Andy is eager to talk with concerned citizens and explore the ideas and action underway to help mitigate Great Lakes problems.

agricultureclimatechanageCan Regenerative and Biodynamic Agriculture Save the Planet?

Farming is one of the largest producers of carbon and methane, contributing to climate change. But there are solutions. Join the Mindful Eating Team on Friday, November 15, 6:30pm at the Ann Arbor District Library, West Branch (2503 Jackson Ave.) to explore this topic.

Presenters are: 

  • Hajnal Minger, local food activist and promoter of permaculture and sustainability, will address Regenerative Agriculture. Hajnal is a member of the UUAA congregation and was born and raised in Transylvania.
  • Aquillon Hetrick will discuss Biodynamic Agriculture. Aquillon is a farmer at the Community Farm of Ann Arbor. She studied Biodynamic Agriculture in Fair Oaks, CA at the Rudolf Steiner College.

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TalkingAcrossTheDivide smBack by popular demand -- In September, Reese Havlatka, from the UM Office of Student Conflict Management, gave a very enthusiastically received workshop on Conflict Management: Talking Across the Divide. Reese very graciously offered to return and continue this work together. You do not need to have attended the September workshop to come to part II. A summary will be provided at the beginning of the workshop. See the Unity Group page for more information about and materials from the September workshop.
Co-sponsored by UUAA's Unity Group and Shared Ministries Team

RootsWings300x200The late Casey Kasem used to say "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."  Echoing the idea of keeping grounded while pursuing our dream, our pledge campaign theme this year is "roots and wings." Our hope is to build on our over 150-plus-year foundation while growing to new heights.

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PPC logoMichigan Poor People's Campaign - Work in Washtenaw County and Beyond is the subject of a forum presented by Rev. Joe Summers, Eric Krawczak and John Hollingworth, from the Michigan Poor People's Campaign. They will spotlight the effects of poverty and present some of the national and local work of the PPC.Join us in the Fahs Chapel following 2nd service.

Co-sponsored by the Unity Group and Challenging Racism Group

The 2019-2020 Congregational Year - Rev Manish Mishra-Marzetti and the staff team provide this 'sneak peek' at things to come in the 2019-2020 congregational year ahead. Among the wonderful opportunities we have to look forward to are:

  • Building an All Souls Altar honoring our beloveds who have died (11/3/2019)
  • Our second UUAA Delegation to the US-Mexico border (11/10/2019 -- 11/14/2019)
  • Special guest musician Melanie DeMore joins us for our BIG sing weekend (3/14 & 3/15, 2020)
  • Honoring the Humanist Manifesto's 87th anniversary (May 2020)
  • Honoring our congregation's 155th anniversary (May 2020)
  • And so, so much more...!

Stay tuned for more information and event details in the months ahead!

 

chaliceflameThis winter congregants and staff at UUAA have been in conversation about what matters to us in our Sunday services. Three documents are available that show some of this ongoing conversation.

- On Sunday, January 19, 2019, a "snapshot survey" gathered comments and suggestions about Sunday services from 362 participants (we currently have 632 adult members). Participants were very positive in their remarks, especially about music and staff. You can follow this link to see the summarized results, including a link to the full (anonymized) collected results.

Q4 250The Vision 20/ 50 Project wants to have a conversation with you-- ALL of you. As the UUAA congregation enters a new era, we need earnest dialog about our priorities, and we need to hear your perspectives. Maybe you teach our youth; Maybe you are involved in social justice projects; Maybe you attend Sunday services but aren't involved in other activities. We need your perspectives on how UUAA can best use our money, time, space, energy, to make a greater impact on ourselves and our world. Follow this link to learn more about the Vision 20/50 project and how to get involved.

Use this link to go directly to the sign up for a small group Visioning Session. Over 160 people have already volunteered to share their ideas. New Vision Session dates were added 10/30/19. Child care is available if requested.

Visioning is best done in community, but we do want to hear from you, so if an in-person Vision Session isn't possible, please use this UUAA Online Visioning Session to make sure your perspectives are heard in this process.

solarpanelsThe Climate Action and Green Building committees invite you to become a part of the landscape of renewable energy at UUAA by making a donation to add to the number of solar panels on the church roof (and having a tile with your inscription added to the Energy Plaza).

You can pick up a Sustainable UUAA brochure from the literature rack in the entryway or follow this link for more information and a downloadable donation form.