The UUAA building and office closed Tuesday, June 21 at 5:00 pm until Sunday, June 26 at 9:00 am. On Sunday the building is open 9am - noon for the 10 am Sunday service. There will be no social hour following the service. The UU General Assembly is in Columbus, Ohio this week, and UUAA staff is attending so that they can connect with the wider denomination. The building will be open as usual Monday, June 27 at 9:00 am. Questions? Contact Interim Administrator Ed Lynn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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uualogo2014UUAA had a large, awesome delegation at UU General Assembly (GA) in Columbus, OH, this week. If you weren't able to go in person,you can stream events (over a high speed Internet connection) from this link.
Events and workshops that were recorded have links on that page.
And you won't want to have missed the wonderful Sunday worship service led by our own Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, along with River Road UUC's Rev Nancy McDonald Ladd. Follow this link to the video recording.

Great News for SGD!

CassandraHartleyRev. Gail and the SGD Team are delighted to announce an exciting addition to the UUAA staff. Cassandra Hartley will join us in July as our part-time Assistant Minister for Spiritual Growth and Development. 

Cassi graduated with her M.Div. from Detroit Ecumenical Theological Seminary and will be ordained into Unitarian Universalist ministry by the Farmington UU Church on June 12th. She has a deep passion for faith formation and has worked in several congregations, including an internship at the Church of the Larger Fellowship that focused on family ministry. Cassi is the mother of three young children (Emerson, Fionn, and Miren). She and her family have been members of UUAA since 2013.

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The Board of Trustees is very excited to announce that Reverend Dr. Douglas E. Wadkins has been hired to serve as our Interim Senior Minister beginning in August. Rev. Wadkins has deep experience in UU interim ministry. He comes to us from his previous successful interim ministry post in Bloomington, Indiana. Visit his web site www.douglaswadkins.org or the ministerial transition page to learn more about him.

The long awaited new parking lot is now paved and both entrances should be available on Sunday, June 19th. Lines still need to be painted and a new light post installed, but we are almost done. If you have questions, please contact Interim Administrator Ed Lynn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    

Notes smExpress your appreciation for Rev. Gail R. Geisenhainer, as she retires from UU ministry on 8/2/16:

The Geisenhainer Music Fund was established as a very fitting tribute to the 8 years Rev. Gail has carefully nurtured our UUAA music programs. Please consider contributing to this fund as your special  thank you and farewell to Rev. Gail. Although the fund has surpassed the initial goal that will fund the purchase of a new piano, additional contributions are needed for the music community outreach arm of the fund!

Read more about ways to say "thanks" by clicking this link.

The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) 2016 conference will take place in the Netherlands from Sunday, July 17 through Saturday, July 23. The theme will be Winds Of Change: Global Connection and Climate Change. What should be a faithful response to the threatened physical environment known as home? What spiritual responsibilities are shared as part of an interdependent web of existence? The ICUU is a network of member groups around the world working to inspire and support each other in building spiritual community.

DoveInEntrywayThe stained glass dove crafted by the late Milt Kemnitz greeted everyone who came through the door Sunday January 3rd. The dove's warm glow brings light and color and meaning to its new entry hall location. The stained glass piece, which had been hanging in a window of the sanctuary, had fallen into disrepair. Barb Hall from the Arts & Aesthetics committee had the idea to not just re-frame the dove, but also back light it and hang it in our entry hall, where it is even visible from the parking lot when approaching the church entrance. Ed Lynn, our Interim Administrator coordinated the needed re-painting of the entry hall while Barb Hall and Vivian Wilson led the dove effort for the A&A committee, which includes Barb, Vivian, Eppie Potts, Bob Peyser and Neal Foster.

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A recommended reading: Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by Eric Foner. "With lucid prose and careful analysis, Eric Foner tells a story that is at once unsparing and inspiring. For anyone who still wonders what was at stake in the Civil War, there is no better place to begin than Gateway to Freedom," James Oakes, author of Freedom National.

QUUest Bookstore will be open BETWEEN SERVICES ONLY beginning Sunday, January 3, 2016  to enable bookstore staff to participate in the congregation activities that often begin soon after the close of the second service.