The Friends of Restorative Justice (FORJ) are about bringing change to our justice community. FORJ will present a town hall meeting on changing justice in Washtenaw County on Sunday, July 21, at 12:00pm in the Fahs Chapel. There will be discussion and a presentation on the role of the prosecutor in our community. We have been collaborating with the ACLU on this endeavor as they roll out their campaign for SMART JUSTICE, a multi-year effort to reduce the USjail and prison population by 50% and to combat racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Our efforts include educating and advocating for a progressive prosecutor's office in Washtenaw County. We welcome your views and participation in changing our justice system to provide dignity, healing, and a safe community for victims and offenders. This event will be cosponsored by Friends of Restorative Justice, Challenging Racism, and UUAA Indivisible. Questions? Contact Carolyn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We invite all our Spiritual Growth and Development (SGD) families to get a jump on registration for the 2019-2020 program year by registering children and youth for classes now. Registering early helps us get working on class lists and sizes. Please register using this link.

Learn more about the classes offered this year using this link.

 

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:

  • Grades K-3 OWL -- Our Whole Lives, lifespan sexuality education (Fall 2019)
  • Adult OWL (Fall 2019)
  • Men's Retreat 9/21-22 and Womyn's Retreat 9/27-29
  •  "The Art of Sacred Storytelling," six-session participatory seminar featuring The Moth's Satori Shakoor and the UUAA Worship Team (first class session: 11/2/2019)
  • Movie Night with Rev. Manish watching and discussing Jordan Peele's "Us" (10/4/2019)
  • Halloween celebrations at Friday Fun Night (10/25/2019) and in our services (10/27/2019)
  • 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!

 

uumenPlease join us for the 20th Annual UUAA Men's Retreat to be held September 20-22 at Judson Collins Retreat Center (45 minutes west of Ann Arbor). This year's theme will be Resilience. Scholarships are available. Signup at the Men’s Retreat table in the social hall after each service. Or register online here.

For more information, follow this link.

SugarbrookParkThe UUAA Habitat Team is excited to offer a *new* community outreach volunteer opportunity, helping support the 3rd annual Sugarbrook Park Youth Day. The event is organized by a Sugarbrook Park neighborhood parent and we have been asked to provide some helpers. The park is near a group of Habitat renovated homes and is supported in part by Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley.

Whole families can volunteer -- fun, food and games in the park for about 200 neighbors! Help set up, clean up, or oversee games and activities on Saturday, August 17th. Stop by the Habitat table in the Social Hall for details-- Or you can Sign up to help online

FarmerBillForSpotlightIt's time to "Garden for Good" with the Mindful Eating Team in the fight against hunger in Washtenaw County!  This is Season 8 or our work with the Food Gatherers Farm Project on the property of Farmer Bill Schmid (3725 South Maple, Ann Arbor), right around the corner from our UUAA facilities. All are welcome to join in this incredible service project that raises thousands of pounds of fresh produce each year for those in our community who suffer from food insecurity. We work in teams on Monday and Thursday evenings, 5:30-7:30pm, and Saturday mornings, 10am-noon. Stop by the table in the Social Hall to learn more.

BrownBagLunchThere is one more People of Color (POC) Brown Bag Lunch scheduled this Summer. We know it's a busy time of year but we hope you will be able to join us: Sunday, August 11, noon - 1:30pm. Please bring a brown bag lunch! The time will be focused on conversation and building community. Questions? Email qThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Registration is open! Come join us at the Womyn's Retreat, Sept 27-29, 2019. Enjoy workshops and classes, community, and getting back to nature!  The retreat will take place at Camp Copneconic in Fenton (45 minutes north of Ann Arbor). 

Click here for a registration form and to read more more information

Click here to download the brochure.

 

Maybe we are finally past the season of building closures for inclement weather! The UUAA operations policy for how building closure decisions are made has been updated. To read that policy or any other UUAA operations policies, follow this link.

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.

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.