Rev. Manish Mishra MarzettiAs the new church year begins in the midst of a global pandemic, and as a new vision for UUAA emerges, we know one thing for certain: our ministries are vital, and they will never be the same again. Please take time to read this letter to the UUAA community, where Senior Minister Reverend Manish Mishra-Marzetti reflects on creativity, sustainability, and depth in the pandemic era.

Registration is open for an adult class exploring BIPOC (Black Indigenous Person of Color) Humanists. The class consists of five independent sessions. Each session will center a cultural expression of humanism by black, indigenous and people of color or the work of a single BIPOC humanist. You can join one, a few, or all the sessions. Examples of people the class may center include humanists Bridgette Crutchfield, Sincere Kirabo, Ijeoma Oluo, Dr. Anthony Pinn, Mandisa Thomas, Candance Gorham, and Ashton Woods.

Classes are held via Zoom from 2:00 to 3:00pm on Oct 10, Nov 10, Nov 14, Dec 12, Jan 9 and Feb 13.,

Facilitator: Joshua Berg, Intern Minister, Northwest UU Congregation, Southfield, MI

Learn more or register...

amberbelandThe UUAA community welcomes Rev. Amber Beland as an intern for the 2020-2021 congregational year.  Rev. Amber’s doctoral internship will focus institutionally on healthy communication, healthy relationships, and healthy conflict within a congregational context.  She is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and an ordained minister in our tradition, having served our congregations in Annapolis, MD and the Church of the Larger Fellowship. Over her  year-long field placement with us, she will be meeting with select congregational groups and individuals to learn more about UUAA as a congregational ‘system’ and community.  Please read more about her on our staff page. Her email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

chalicesingerchaliceUUAA has been fortunate to have beautifully produced music in our virtual Sunday Services. The Aug 30th service featured a video of Alleluia Chimes. (Click here or on the image to listen), the latest in a series of musical trial efforts by our UUAA musicians, as the music ministries gear up to collaborate virtually this year. Special thanks to Rick Witten (organized and conducted the initial trial), Jim McCargar (helped with research and communication), and the Music Ambassadors team (assisted with strategy and reflection, recruitment, information, and tech support). About 60 musicians from the Chalice Sparks children’s choir, Chalice Bells handbell choir, and Chalice Singers Choir took part.

UUAA's Director of Worship and Music, Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout says he chose this piece for its familiarity and approachability. "We wanted both to offer a rewarding experience to the participating musicians, and learn as much as we could to improve our virtual music process ahead of the coming music-making season." Each musician in the video submitted their own recording, singing or ringing to a guide track. theresa rohlck and Glen Thomas managed collection and initial organizing, Mike Halerz took the project home with editing, production, and artistic design of the video. Thanks to all!

singleEnergyTile30 new inscribed tiles have been installed in UUAA's re-configured Energy Plaza representing $500 in donations over the past 2-years. This made possible 30 additional solar panels on the roof of the Social Hall. Thank you donors!

UUAA now has 102 rooftop panels, plus the ten panels that form the dual-axis tracking solar array  in the front prairie. Read more about our energy projects...

Because nearly 10-years have passed since the first Energy Plaza tiles were installed, congregant Debra Golden generously updated the appearance of the original tiles (and added a bit of color to some!) while the new ones were being added.  Thank you Debra!

As the church continues toward its goal of Net Zero in offset of use of fossil fuels, we hope more congregants will donate a panel for placement on the ample and open south-facing roof.  Want to help? Follow this link to support our renewable energy projects...

Thank you to many UUAA congregants who have emailed and phoned about our Prison Books program.  Unfortunately the program is inactive at the moment...our storage area is locked, our volunteers are sheltering in place, and the prisons are not accepting books because of COVID-19 precautions. You can let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like to be added to our email group (used only to provide news and find volunteers for our work).

At our congregation's 2020 Annual Meeting in May, the Board of Trustees introduced a draft set of statements for UUAA's mission, vision and purpose. The statements were created by members of the Board, Vision Leadership Team, UUAA staff, and our Vision 20/50 consultants. They were endorsed by the Board in May. Please watch for information on how all congregants can provide feedback on the statements. Members will vote on adoption at a later congregational meeting. Please take time to read and think about these draft statements of UUAA Mission, Vision and Purpose.

 

 

 

In care for our community's health our building is completely closed. Our online community is alive with activities and ready to welcome you!

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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.