It’s time for a monthly dinner at Gourmet Garden at 6:00pm, Feb 3rd. Come one, come all, and join in on the interesting conversations and a few laughs as well among friends, both old and new. Questions? Contact Marie Duke

StopFoodWasteDid you know that 40% of the food grown or raised in the US is wasted? that 1 in 6 people in our country is food-insecure? that wasted food is a big contributor to climate change?

The Mindful Eating Team invites all UUAA families to take part in the STOP FOOD WASTE Challenge for four weeks, beginning Sunday, February 7.Pick up a paper lunch bag in the classroom wing or Social Hall on Sunday, January 31 or February 7. The bag will contain a calendar, stickers and a food waste diary plus tips to get you going. Four prizes will be awarded after results are turned in on Sunday, March 6. Let's work together to STOP FOOD WASTE!

alphahouse smOur first hosting week of 2016 for the Alpha House shelter for homeless families will be Monday thru Sunday, February 8 - 14th. We need about 90 volunteers to provide meals, serve and clean up dinner, play with kids, stay overnight, and to be Day Hosts. Sign up during Social Hour or go to the sign-up web site -- Questions? Contact Angela Barber

 

peccadillo poster final-copy-2Join Interweave and Challenging Racism members and friends for a potluck (6 pm) and film night (7 pm) in the Fahs Chapel. Come to one or  both as your schedule allows.  Bring a dish to share for the potluck.  The film We Were Here is a tender, multifaceted, and deeply moving documentary that tells the story of the AIDS crisis through the voices of four gay men … and one woman, all of whom pitched in, for or years, to help the sick and the dying because, as the movie makes  clear, the circumstances made it unthinkable for them to do otherwise. It is a compelling history of the major tragedy and epic struggle of our time.  Questions? Contact  Joan  Burleigh

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The Connect and Act: Building the New Movement for Economic and Racial Justice summit will be held Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 1:00 pm - 8:00pm, co-sponsored by our UUAA Social Justice Council and the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.  The event will include keynote speakers and 18 workshops. The summit will showcase a variety of existing initiatives and provide information to help attendees connect with people and campaigns that work toward concrete and meaningful change. More information is available at the Connect and Act web site. Questions? Contact Carolyn Madden or Aaron Gibson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Have you wanted to try a Chalice Circle but couldn't make the time commitment? Join a Sunday One-Time Chalice Circle from 1:00pm to 2:30pm on
 
   February 7 - What's Love Got to Do With It?
   March 6 - Empathy and Compassion
   April 3 -Inherent Worth and Dignity
 
Register to join one or mores Chalice Circle conversations by signing up during Social Hour the two Sundays prior to each session.

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.