Register by May 29 for this workshop that will be held on Saturday, June 4 from 10:00am to 2:30pm in the Fahs Chapel. This is an engaging workshop for both newcomers and long-time members and is a prerequisite for signing the membership book. Taught by a Unitarian Universalist minister and the welcome ministries coordinator, topics include the history of Unitarian Universalism and this Congregation, how this Congregation is governed, how to get involved, and the meaning and responsibilities of membership. Participants are also given and chance to share their spiritual experiences.

The Community of Writers invites the Congregation to attend the Spring Reading of writings authored by members. The reading will be held in the Jackson Chapel from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Enjoy a presentation of dramatic and entertaining writings ranging from poems, stories, memoirs, and personal essays. Join the writers afterward for conversation over coffee, tea, and pastries. Everyone is welcome.
Questions? Contact Mary Lund at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Kathy Edgren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Rebecca Manery at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Curious about General Assembly (GA)? Going or not sure about signing up? Hear from prior Interweave participants to get the inside story. Share your ideas for Interweave programming for next fall. Join the Interweave Circle conversation on GA and planning for next year at at 10:45am in the Brown Room. 

Questions? Contact Joan Burleigh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

There will be several financial items for approval at the Sunday, June 5 Congregational Meeting. These include the approval of capital projects: 

  • $55,000 for the installation of new a drain system along the south wall of the SGD wing, building repair, and the rebuilding of the retaining walls, 
  • $65,000 for the installation of a new air conditioning chiller,
  • and $89,100 for a new piano. 

Also to be considered at the June meeting will be a proposal for the Congregation to cancel the loans from Jackson Endowment Fund (note: not the Jackson Social Welfare Fund) and the Endowment for a Liberal Church. In 1997, the Congregation voted to borrow money from these accounts to help fund our new home - in essence, to borrow money from ourselves. Our financial health has improved dramatically since these loans were made, and it no longer makes financial sense to retain them. 

A Q&A session will be held on Sunday, May 15 at 1:00pm in the Fahs Chapel to answer any questions you have on these subjects or any other financial matter of the Congregation.

Questions? Contact Ed Lynn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Let's all get together for a monthly senior dinner and hope the May 5lowers are out as well. Meet at the Gourmet Garden at 6:00pm. No reservations required, so just come at the last minute. Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Coming of Age (COA) program is seeking members of the Congregation who would be interested in participating as this year's COA Council of Elders. The initiation weekend event will happen on Saturday, May 14 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. It involves a communal dinner, bon5ire, and addressing questions from the COA class. Interested in serving? Contact Vilma Mesa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday, May 3.

Sunday, June 5 from 11:30am to 1:30pm
All are invited to attend.

A proposal to change the name of one or our classrooms in the lower level of the SGD wing from the Thomas Jefferson Room to the Viola Liuzzo Room was presented to the BoT on behalf of the Challenging Racism group with support of the Social Justice Council.

 The First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor (UUAA) is hiring a Director of Spiritual Growth & Development to guide and enhance the current programming.
 

An enthusiastic audience of more than 60 UUAA members and outside community members were better able to visualize the victim – offender mediation practice at the heart of Restorative Justice through a reading of the Canadian play, Tough Case by David S. Craig about a 16-year-old boy who has vandalized the home of an elderly widow and then, in an attempt at restorative justice, must confer with her on how to heal the harm he has done.

June19

Mark your calendars now for the JUNE 19th GOODBYE GAILA family party that will follow the single 10 am service. There will be family fun, food and fond farewells. And there will be music. This will be our formal all-congregation celebration of Rev. Gail's ministry. A smaller party will follow her last Sunday service on July 31st.

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

A Geisenhainer Music Fund has been 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 to Rev. Gail.

And contribute a "Note of Gratitude" to add to our Symphony of Gratitude-- pick up the note paper at the Geisenhainer Music Fund table after services.

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

Ele's Place is a center that helps grieving families in the community. They gather in the UUAA home three days a week in the Spiritual Growth and Development (SGD) wing. In the rental contract with Ele's place, UUAA has agreed to help maintain the privacy they promise these grieving families.

To ensure this privacy, all are asked to enter by the main door to the UUAA building on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings and to not enter through the SGD lower entrance. All are encouraged to use rooms in the main building and not to visit or use rooms in the lower SGD wing during this time frame. Those groups that are scheduled in the upper SGD wing may use the main entrance to access rooms.

Let us help to provide an example of the core value of "Community" by providing a welcoming and safe environment where all feel valued and cared for by honoring the privacy that these grieving families at Ele's Place have requested.

Questions? Contact office administrator Debby Casamatta at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Save the date! On May 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm our congregation will ordain our Assistant Minister, Lindasusan V. Ulrich to the Unitarian Universalist ministry. More information will be posted here over the coming weeks.

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.

Gateway to Freedom book cover

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.