Three March events related to the Congregation's leadership in renewable energy are worth noting: (1) Rev. Gail Geisenhainer provided testimony to the State Senate's Energy and Technology Committee urging lawmakers to create policies that expand clean renewable energy production;
April is Poetry Month at QUUest Bookstore. Poetry lovers, check out our great collection. There will be a chance to win a new poetry book. This year's selection is Poetry in Michigan in Poetry, a collection of Michigan poetry and photographs that has a list price of $40.
Spring Adult Spirtual Growth and Development Catalog
The Adult SGD catalog for the Spring term is now available! Register during Social Hour through March 2. Register by email at the addresses in the catalog until the day before each respective class and workshop begins. Spring Term classes will begin on Thursday, March 6.
Questions? Contact Charley Burleigh at
Intro to OUUr Faith * April 19
An Introduction to OUUr Faith class will be held on Saturday, April 19, from 10:00am to 2:30pm.
This class is an introduction to Unitarian Universalism taught by ministers with assistance from lay members.Topics include: history of Unitarian Universalism and this Congregation; how this Congregation is governed; how to get involved; the meaning and responsibilities of membership; and participants' own spiritual journeys.
Join Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewski at UUAA next Tuesday, April 22 at 7pm for a musical Earth Day Celebration! Songs, chants, rounds and jams with an Earthy groove will bring us together in reverence and celebration of our miraculous Mother Earth. All ages are welcome - join in our "Sing-for-the-Earth" Choir!
UUSC Coffee Project
A win, win, win, win endeavor - that's 4 wins. The small farmer cooperatives that grow our products are guaranteed fair prices by Equal Exchange (farmers win. That's #1 win) and Equal Exchange donates 20 cents for every pound of product to the UU Service Committee's small farmer fund, which partners with other cooperatives to build sustainable livelihoods for small farmers, many of whom are women (the UUSC and farmers win. That's #2).
The next service week will be Monday, April 21 through Sunday, April 27. Volunteers are needed to cook meals, play with children, and help overnight at this shelter for homeless families. Monetary contributions are also needed to buy supplies for the shelter.
Interweave Circle-Annual Spring Retreat * Saturday, April 26
Interweave, Social Justice Council, and Challenging Racism invite the Congregation to the 3rd annual spring retreat. Join on Saturday, April 26 from 1:00-9:00pm for worship, discernment, small group sharing, good food, music, and fellowship.
Social Justice Council, March 30, April 12, April 26
Minimum Wage Campaign: Stop by the SJC table (or the Mindful Eating table) to sign petitions to get the minimum wage issue on the November ballot. Take a petition home, get 12 signatures, and bring it back to the Social Justice table. UUs statewide have committed to getting 4,000 signatures for the ballot initiative.
Mindful Eating Coalition will sponsor "The New Food Philosophy for Health" from 1:00-2:30pm in the Fahs Chapel. Paul Krause, president of VegMichigan and a pharmacist, will speak on how food choices affect not only health, but also the welfare of the planet. This event is free and healthful snacks will be provided. Questions? Contact Donna Estry at 734-484-0913 or
SGD Teachers Appreciation Brunch * Sunday, April 27
Each spring holds a tradition to honor and thank those who serve as volunteer teachers, assistants, and rovers in the SGD Children and Youth Program. The Teacher Appreciation Brunch will take place on Sunday, April 27, from 10:30 to 11:30am in Fahs Chapel.
Join in the Social Hall at 7:00pm for a fun night of community singing to welcome back spring and sunshine. Sing and harmonize to some old favorites and learn a few new ones, too. Lyrics and chords will be projected onto a screen, so bring strummy instruments to jam along. Grab a friend and come sing.
Early Registration Deadline for Family Camp * April 30
Make Family Camp a part of your summer vacation! It's a great getaway with UU friends at West Michigan’s beautiful YMCA Camp Pinewood. This long weekend of fun is not just for people with kids, but for all members and friends of UUAA.
Registration for 2014 is now available. Register by April 30 for the early bird rate. Learn more.
Annual Reports * May 1
It is that time of the year to prepare an annual report that will be shared with the Congregation at the Annual Meeting in June. Individual recognized congregational groups are asked to include the elements listed below in each annual report:
UUAA joins with nine other UU churches across the country to examine the accessibility of the Church to people with disabilities. Join in May to hear six members who have disabilities describe their experience with accessibility in the Church. They will share the ways that Church Policies, Church structure and environment, communications, and attitudes support or hinder accessibility in all Church activities. The meeting will be held on Saturday, May 3 from 2:00-4:00pm. Questions? Contact Pauline Loewenhardt, Disability Panel discussion co-coordinator at
Challenging Racism Events * May 3, May 17, July 10
Accept Reverend Mark's challenge: Support and learn more about Detroit. Join African-American History and Culture Tour of Detroit on Saturday, May 3 and Thursday, July 10 from 9:30am-5:30pm.
Celebrate Detroit's black past with stops at historic markers impacted by Councilman Ernie Brown in 1971. Stops include Negro Baseball Site, Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project, Elmwood Cemetery, Black Bottom, Paradise Valley, the Tuskegee Airmen's Museum, and more. Lunch on your own at Steve's Soul Food on Franklin Street.
What Is the Role of a Large Congregation in the UU Movement? * May 4
The Leadership Development Team (LDT) will offer a workshop from 1:00 to 2:30pm in the Jackson Chapel on “What Is the Role of a Large Congregation in the UU Movement?”, particularly in southeastern Michigan. Terry Madden was a member of the “Leap of Faith” team that visited the First Unitarian Church of Dallas. He will lead the workshop, express his own opinions, and listen to the opinions of others. Questions? Contact Terry Madden at
Inequality for All * May 17
Join the Challenging Racism Team on Saturday, May 17, 1:00-3:00pm, for an Inequality for All film showing and discussion in Fahs Chapel.
Additional Sponsors: League of Women Voters, UUAA Social Justice Council, Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (ICPJ).
Questions? Contact Lucia Heinold at
Relax or rev up for fun activities from sun up until late at night: swimming, sailing, canoeing, paddle boats, fishing, building sand castles, hiking, mountain biking, wall climbing, ropes courses, archery, singing and dancing, bonfires, stargazing, great conversation, and more. There are counselor-led activities for kids, including nursery care for ages 4 and under. Lodging is in group cabins or in your tent or small camper.
Look for us soon at a table in the Social Hall between services to get more information. We'll also be hosting an information sharing session about Camp so you can learn more about it.
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150th Anniversary Celebration * Sept 28
On May 14, 1865, the First Congregational Unitarian Society of Ann Arbor was founded by 40 people who undoubtedly would not recognize this Congregation now. Next program year, from September 28, 2014 through May 17, 2015, we will celebrate the Congregation's 150 years as we "revere the past but trust the dawning future more".
The UUAA staff is in need of your emergency contact information in the event that something happens to you while at the church. This information is critical for everyone, especially for those who live alone or have no relatives in the area. We will place blank information forms in key locations throughout the building. The form is blue and simple to fill out. Please take a few minutes to complete one and return it to the Involvement table, the Pastoral Care table, or the church office. If you are injured or become ill, we as a congregation want to provide immediate support and care.
Khasi Hills: Still Knitting
We have completed nearly half the total sweaters needed to ensure that each of our Khasi Hills students receives a sweater. The teachers have let us know that they are mostly in need of the smaller sizes. So if you are inclined to keep knitting, please do sizes 4 and 6. The project is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Knitting-Up-a-Storm/261128913912663 and links to the suggested pattern in both a knit and crochet version. Please friend us if you haven't already.