Save the date!  The Womyn's Retreat 2019 has been scheduled for Sept 27-29, 2019.  Enjoy workshops and classes, spending time with other UU ladies or just getting back to nature!  The retreat will take place at Camp Copneconic in Fenton (45 minutes N or AA). 

Have a skill and want to lead a workshop? Please fill out this survey and we will get back with you. https://goo.gl/forms/8n9mVHI2OTVkhFPi1 

Keep checking this website as there is more information to come...

SmallChaliceThe Immigration Action Coalition volunteers are delighted that so many in our beloved UUAA community have expressed interest in helping make our asylum-seeking guest feel at home. The first step for all volunteers is training. Training covers building safety, confidentiality and cultural sensitivity among other topics. Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/AsylumTrain1 for a training session Saturday, March 16th from 1-3pm at UUAA. Note that you can select "I can't make it that day but want to help", to get on the volunteer email list.

Thanks to all of you for keeping our migrant guest in your thoughts! While we have only been together a short time, our guest is understandably relieved to be out of detention and will continue attending her immigration hearings.

Please remember to help keep our guest's identity private. Do not post photos or any information about her identity. This will help keep the rest of her family safe.

A volunteer said on Monday "There’s so much hurt in the world, and once in a while, you get an opportunity to ease a small piece of it; this was such a day and time for all of us."

More about the Immigration Action Coalition at UUAA...

Be sure to complete your recognized congregational team's yearly summary in our 2018-2019 Annual Report. The deadline is Monday, April 15 at 5:00pm. Reports will be published online as a link on the 2018-2019 Annual Meeting and Annual Report page. Instructions for submissions are linked to that page.  Each group needs to provide their own editing, so please proofread and edit before submitting. Reports with a word count over 300 will be returned for further editing. Send each report as a Word file to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Early submissions are welcome. Thank you!

On Monday, March 11th the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor will be actualizing our congregational commitment to immigration justice by posting bond and offering on-site residency to a Honduran asylum seeker. This young mother, who arrived in the United States in December with what the media has referred to as the ‘migrant caravan,’ has known profound violence and tragedy and has traveled a long way seeking safety. On the other side of that long journey, which has led this individual from Honduras to detention in Michigan, our community is ready, quite literally, to help save a human life.

Our posting of financial bond will allow this individual the opportunity to be released from detention, and begin the process of healing and finding hope, as well as mentally and logistically preparing for a formal asylum hearing.

The needed financial and logistical commitment on our part may be shorter or longer term, depending on the speed of the legal process, and we need our community to join together in generously making real the resources that are necessary for this important work. We know, at a minimum, that we need to fund the bond and pay for food, clothing, and other expenses. We also need volunteers who can companion and offer rides to this individual, especially Spanish speakers, as critical social and medical services are engaged.

To financially contribute, please follow this link and select “Sanctuary – Immigration Action Coalition” as the fund you are donating to. To volunteer time/energy/skills in support of this effort please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  UUAA has an immense heart and an abiding, embodied commitment to justice. Thank you for being a part of, and helping create, the depth of that commitment, which form the seeds of the change that our world so desperately needs.

On behalf of the UUAA leadership,

The Reverend Manish Mishra-Marzetti, Senior Minister
Mr. Erik Stalhandske, President, UUAA Board of Trustees
Ms. Cheryl Valentine, Chair, UUAA Immigration Action Coalition
March 10, 2019

inclusionThis congregation is very proud of our Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry (AIM) and all of the many ways our community strives to be more inclusive. An article titled "The Spectrum of Inclusion" in the March issue of UU World magazine focuses on neurodiversity inclusion in UU congregations and mentions our AIM program achievements and the ways that UUAA includes children on the autism spectrum in our Spiritual Growth & Development classes. Our ministry team was interviewed for the article. You can read the electronic version of the article by following this link.

 

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.

If you attended the January Congregational Meeting, you probably took part in the first warm-up exercise for UUAA's visioning project. The UUAA Board of Trustees has been organizing for a congregation-wide discussion and discernment of our purpose and vision.  As we look forward a full generation, what will our beloved community be like?  How will we experience UUAA? What would we see, hear, smell, touch, taste 20 years from now? What is the difference that we want to make in this world? Everyone's input will be needed. Follow this link to see results of the January exercise and updates on the visioning project...

UUAA's Jackson Social Welfare Fund (JSWF) is now accepting proposals for 2019 grants. This is the 64th year that JSWF has provided funds to a range of nonprofit organizations; This year they expect to distribute $29,500. The funds are from an endowment created by the 1955 bequest of George L.and Bessie Jackson to further First Amendment rights and peaceful conflict resolution. The JSWF Committee is always looking for creative new proposals on these issues. To learn more or to download a Request for Proposals, follow this link.

 

The following are 2019 dates of all-congregation events.

  • April 6-7: Installation of Rev. Manish Mishra Marzetti
  • April 13: Annual UUAA Auction
  • June 2: UUAA Annual Meeting and Election of Officers

auctionMichiganSmallestThe Annual goods and services auction is coming up-- April 13th at UUAA. The theme this year is "Smitten by the Mitten", honoring our pleasant peninsula.Wear your favorite Michigan themed clothes. You can follow this link to more auction information and to buy tickets.

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.