This Week’s NeUUs

Here’s the NeUUs for February 23, 2017:

  1. February 26, 2017, 10 am: Non-rational Courage
  2. Religious Education
  3. Second Hour
  4. Clothing Drive for the Homeless Ends This Sunday!
  5. DRE Search Continues
  6. CAC Seeks Custodian
  7. Death with Dignity Discussion, February 26
  8. Last Day for Elise Aronson Exhibit in the Art Gallery, February 26
  9. Hungry Ear Coffee HouseTM Presents Little Country Giants, March 4
  10. Share the Plate Recipient Presentation: New American Pathways, March 5
  11. Congregational Meeting to Vote on the Declaration of Conscience, March 12
  12. Book Groupies Meet March 14
  13. Update from the February 20 Board Meeting
  14. Other Atlanta Area UU Events

 

  1. FEBRUARY 26, 10 AM: NON-RATIONAL COURAGE

As it has been in the past, could religion or nationality once again be used to cause people to be subjected to “special treatment?” Rational thinking might suggest that resistance to such state-sanctioned treatment might not be successful. Can we turn to non-rational sources to summon the courage to resist? We’ll explore how we might employ spirituality and other potentially non-rational sources of courage.

Service Participants
Worship Leader ~ Glenn Koller
Worship Associates ~ Hannah Cowart and Robert Kent
Musicians ~ Dr. Grace Fowler and Heng Yang
Sound Technician ~ James Underwood
Hymn Leader ~ Chrissy Haddad
Ushers ~ Marc von Mandel, Sandy Wiseman and Northwest Youth
Greeters ~ Dave Zenner and Bob Thacker
Newcomer Representative ~ Jane Echols
RE Greeters ~ Gwen Kahn and Sandra Davis
Bellwether Bookstore ~ John Wienert
Refreshments ~ Verna Barrett, Deborah Ross, Paul Ross and Sandra Davis
Nursery ~ Nancy Johnson, Dana Suite and NoShell Suite

  1. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
  • All children will be in the service through Story Wisdom and then will go to the Chalice House for Activity Time. Following Activity Time, the children in PreK-5th grade will meet for their regular RE classes.
  • PreK-2nd graders will talk about the intangible gift of mutual caring in the connections we can make with animals. While the gift is reciprocal in many ways — including responsibility, affection, and loyalty — humans have the power to name and nurture it.
  • The 3rd-5th grade class will explore the Blake covenant phrase “to dwell together in peace.” The story spotlights Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., two prophetic leaders who worked tirelessly for justice and change through nonviolence, and traces their inspiration back to Henry David Thoreau, a prophetic voice from our own Unitarian Universalist heritage.
  • The Coming of Age class (6th-8th grade) will get to know some of our congregation’s social action leaders and learn how some of our members are influenced by their faith to take action for peace and justice.
  • Our high school youth group will meet from 10 am until noon in the Youth Room of the Chalice House.
  1. SECOND HOUR (11:30 am-12:30 pm)

Sunday, February 26

  • Death with Dignity, Sanctuary

Sunday, March 5

  • Share the Plate Recipient Presentation: New American Pathways, Chapel
  1. CLOTHING DRIVE FOR THE HOMELESS ENDS THIS SUNDAY!

Thanks to everyone at Northwest who so generously donated to our drive. Many homeless veterans and  others received warm coats, blankets, underwear and so much more. Thank goodness this has been a fairly warm winter for those living on the streets. Next winter we will try for more sleeping bags, so please keep this in mind. They were requested quite a bit. Northwest had a very successful clothing drive and we will end the drive this Sunday, February 26. Thank you all for your generosity!

  1. DRE SEARCH CONTINUES

The Director of Religious Education Search Committee continues to seek qualified applicants. To date, our search has not procured the desired pool of candidates, so we have asked the board to extend Dana Poss’ contract until the end of June. This will allow our search to intersect with the time of the year when searches are most successfully conducted. Like ministers, DREs typically seek to change positions between church years. We will extend our search to the end of March with the expectation that the new DRE will start July 1. Please contact Gwen Kahn at gwenkahn@gmail.com with any questions, suggestions or feedback you may have.

  1. CAC SEEKS CUSTODIAN

The Community Assistance Center (CAC) is seeking a full time custodian for cleaning and maintenance duties of facilities, maintain related equipment and inventory, and work with cleaning chemicals. Must be able to lift heavy items. High school diploma, one year experience required. Contact admin@ourcac.org or call 770.552.4889 x251.

  1. DEATH WITH DIGNITY, FEBRUARY 26

On Sunday, February 26, please plan to attend a special Second Hour presentation in the Sanctuary by Julia Hanway, a representative from Final Exit Network. She will be talking to us about issues of death with dignity that impact our quality of life.  For example, there is the ethical or moral dimension of the right to end life on one’s own terms, the challenge of defining and achieving a “good death” given the realities of modern medical technologies and systems, the importance of planning in order to defend one’s end-of-life options and rights, the national movement to pass physician aid-in-dying laws and compassion for those who face intolerable hopeless suffering.

  1. LAST DAY FOR ELISE ARONSON EXHIBIT IN THE ART GALLERY, FEBRUARY 26

This Sunday is the last day the artwork of Elise Aronson will be in the Art Gallery. Please be sure to check it out! You can enliven your home and help support our congregation—20% of the proceeds from the sale of art goes to Northwest.

If you are a “creator” and wish to be considered for a solo, two-person or group show, please contact Helene Johnson (404.771.9832) or Kim Kendall (404.884.3584). Kim, recently moved here from Athens, is our new Gallery co-chair. Welcome, Kim!

  1. HUNGRY EAR COFFEE HOUSETM PRESENTS LITTLE COUNTRY GIANTS, MARCH 4

Come to the Hungry Ear Coffee HouseTM for our next performance on Saturday, March 4. Atlanta band Little Country Giants plays Americana music—anything from folk and bluegrass to blues and jazz. The group is based on the songwriting talents of Russell Cook and Cameron Federal. Cameron and Russell say they found the backdoor into folk music and American music through the Grateful Dead!

Our Sanctuary becomes the Hungry Ear Coffee HouseTM on the first Saturday of each month. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Music starts at 8:00 pm. $5 is the suggested donation at the door. Canned goods for the Community Assistance Center (OurCAC.org) in Sandy Springs are always welcome.

Please bring cash to express your appreciation for the musicians and to purchase merchandise and     refreshments served during the break. BYOB, bring a friend, tell a friend, and be ready for a night to remember at the Hungry Ear Coffee House!

  1. SHARE THE PLATE RECIPIENT PRESENTATION: NEW AMERICAN PATHWAYS, MARCH 5

Please join us after the service on March 5 to hear a representative from New American Pathways, our March Share the Plate recipient, discuss their work and how we can get involved. New American Pathways is an Atlanta-based organization dedicated to the successful resettlement of refugees and immigrants.

  1. CONGREGATIONAL MEETING TO VOTE ON THE DECLARATION OF CONSCIENCE, MARCH 12

At the February meeting of the Northwest Board of Trustees, it was decided that the congregation has a historic and important opportunity to respond to the climate of fear and oppression that is growing in our  country. Following the service on March 12, we will hold a congregational meeting to vote on endorsing a Declaration of Conscience drafted by the UUA and UUSC.

  1. BOOK GROUPIES MEET MARCH 14

At 7 pm on Tuesday, March 14, join the Northwest Book Groupies in the Art  Gallery to discuss Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks’ The Secret Chord. Set in Second Iron Age Israel, this unvarnished saga of ambition and betrayal follows the life of the enigmatic King David of biblical fame as told by his courtier Nathan. Brush up on the stories of David and Goliath, David and Bathsheba, and more. As one reviewer wrote, “David is interesting, not for his status as the most beautiful man in art history, but rather for his matrix of contradictions . . . the Bible’s ultimate Machiavellian.”

Copies of The Secret Chord are available in our Bellwether Bookstore. Contact Penny Raney to learn more.

  1. UPDATE FROM THE FEBRUARY 20 BOARD MEETING

Your Board of Directors met on February 20, 2017. We had a great meeting full of progress on old items and new ideas that will be coming your way soon. Here is a snapshot:

NWUUC Declaration of Conscience

As published in the last newsletter, the UUA and UUSC have created a Declaration of Conscience in response to the current climate. The Board of Directors has drafted and declared overwhelming Board support for a NWUUC Declaration of Conscience. We are planning a Congregational Meeting to vote on congregational support of this Declaration. All should receive the congregational meeting materials soon and more information will be included in the March newsletter. 

Pledge Campaign & Capital Campaign

Members and friends can expect to start seeing some communication regarding our Annual Pledge Campaign (set to kick off on March 12) and our much anticipated Capital Campaign. The Annual Pledge Campaign sets the stage for our next program year and is the foundation of all of the wonderful work we do at NWUUC. The Capital Campaign will propel us forward by funding improvements and expansions to our facilities that have been discussed for years. The Board is incredibly excited that plans are coming into fruition and delighted that Mani Subramanian has agreed to chair the Capital Campaign.

Expansion Plans

The Expansion Committee has really hit the ground running! They have been meeting, hosted a Second Hour program and built a “Building Expansion Survey” to help generate ideas and gather concerns. The committee hopes that all members and friends complete the survey by the end of March. The renewed energy and positive reinforcement from the congregation have been incredible! 

Updates on Hungry Ear Coffee HouseTM

As discussed in our last meeting summary, an Ad Hoc Committee has been established and is working hard. The committee consists of Bob Thacker, Marty Bush and Kester Chau. If you have any ideas or comments, please feel free to reach out to them!  

NW keeps the technological momentum going with website and Realm enhancements!

We are overwhelmed with awesome new technological advances!  Check out the NEW “From the Board” menu on nwuuc.org. On this menu you’ll find valuable information such as the monthly updates (like this one!) and expansion plan updates. As if that’s not enough, keep an eye out for instructions on how to set up text giving to Northwest from your cell phone! This is a new giving feature that has gained popularity with many organizations and nonprofits recently.

Answer the call to duty!

Our Nominating Committee is getting geared up now. If a committee member reaches out to you regarding a position, we encourage you to take the leap and consider getting involved! Serving this loving community is a rewarding experience and new volunteers lead to new ideas. 

Director of Religious Education Search

Our DRE Search Committee is still working hard to find a permanent leader for our Religious Education program. To help with the search and put the it more in line with the church calendar, we are hoping to extend Acting DRE Dana Poss’ contract through the end of June. Like you, we continue to be grateful for all that Dana is bringing to our program during this transition.  

Sexually Safer Congregation Policy Training

We are moving forward with an annual congregational training on our Sexually Safer Congregation Policy. We are exploring the possibility of inviting a member of the Religious Institute to Northwest for a program in conjunction with this training and will keep you updated as this develops. 

The Religious Institute is the national organization that developed the framework for Sexually Safer Congregation certification and offered an extremely valuable training at Northwest two years ago setting the stage for the development of our new policy.

We closed our meeting with a motivational reading from Board Member Dave Zenner that highlighted the optimism with which we can all approach life. Northwest plays a pivotal role in creating and maintaining that optimism for so many of us. We hope you all join us in anxious anticipation for our bright future together!

  1. OTHER ATLANTA AREA UU EVENTS

In the coming weeks, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta has a number of programs that may be of interest to Northwest members. All events will be held at UUCA, 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta.

  • February 25: The Love Supremes at the Underground Coffeehouse

UUCA’s own performing group, The Love Supremes, performs on Saturday, February 25 at the Underground Coffeehouse. Blending their three distinct voices to create soulful, mellifluous pop harmonies, the Love Supremes—Mareia Dangerfield, Sharon Glass and Sonya Tinsley-Hook—shape unique arrangements of songs that focus our minds on peace, justice, and love for humankind. Their joyful and eclectic “songbook of love” features tunes from a far-reaching and diverse array of artists such as the Beatles, the O’Jays, Lenny Kravitz, Tears for Fears and Bob (and Ziggy!) Marley. Doors open at 7 pm; music begins at 7:30 pm. Suggested donation is $10 and refreshments will be available for purchase.

  • March 24-25: Join social justice leaders, ministers and other concerned individuals on March 24-25 for a transformational event: Faithful Resistance: Sustainability & Resilience in 2017. This workshop will cover multi-site ministry, courageous conversations about race, leadership team development, and more. Keynote speaker Bree Newsome, activist from South Carolina, will share her story of resilience in social justice ministry. Learn more and reserve your spot here.