This Week’s NeUUs

Here’s the NeUUs for May 25, 2017:

  1. May 28, 2017, 10 am: Memorial Day: For Whom?
  2. Religious Education
  3. Second Hour
  4. Momentous Results From May 21 Congregational Meeting
  5. Monthly Garden and Spaces Work Parties to Begin
  6. Book Notes
  7. RE Needs Two Classroom Leaders For 2nd Hour
  8. Upcoming RE
  9. Northwest 201, May 28
  10. Northwest Senior Network, May 28
  11. Come to the Hungry Ear Coffee HouseTM, June 3
  12. Other Atlanta Area UU Events



Some of us have personal memories of people lost in the armed services; we grieve for the fallen. Others have not lost a loved one in the service of our country. How can we all find deeper meaning in the celebration of Memorial Day?

Service Participants

Worship Leaders ~ Letitia Sweitzer and Michael Cain
Worship Associate ~ Lily Alford
Musician ~ William Fowler
Story Teller ~ Christina Branum-Martin
Sound Technician ~ James Underwood
Ushers ~ David Self, Sandy Wiseman and Northwest Youth
Newcomer Representative ~ Jane Echols
Greeters ~ Charlotte Alyea and Sharon Reynolds
RE Greeter ~ Christina Branum-Martin, Director of Religious Education
Bellwether Bookstore ~ John Wienert
Refreshments ~ Verna Barrett, Deborah Ross, and Paul Ross
Nursery ~ Nancy Johnson, Dana Suite and NoShell Suite


This Sunday is a worship service honoring Memorial Day. Children of all ages join the congregation for the beginning of the worship service and Story Wisdom. Christina Branum-Martin will share a story and then the children will be sung out for activity and 2nd Hour RE. Following the service:

  • Activity time for all ages will be Outdoor time with watermelon and popcorn
  • Games and Contests, fun for all ages
  1. SECOND HOUR (11:30 am-12:30 pm)

Sunday, May 28

  • Northwest 201
  • Northwest Senior Network

Sunday, June 4

  • No Second Hour

The meeting began on a very positive note with the establishment of a greater than 40% quorum through a combination of members in attendance and proxies. Board President Kristen Fowks and Reverend Terry Davis delivered encouraging reports on their annual accomplishments and then discussion moved quickly to the hot topic items on the agenda requiring congregational votes: approval of the minutes from our last meeting, Fellowship Hall expansion, Sanctuary expansion, a change to our Bylaws, the slate of 2017-2018 leadership positions and our 2017-2018 Budget. 

Board President Fowks described the process taken to arrive at the building expansion vote in detail and Capital Campaign Chair Mani Subramanian proudly announced that 50% of the projected funds required for the expansion have already been identified through verbal commitments of members. A tried and true facilitation method was then used to manage what was anticipated to be in depth discussion of the proposed expansion plans. Three separate microphones gave any interested members and friends the opportunity to speak for the building expansion, against the expansion or to obtain procedural clarification. After 20 minutes of discussion, members voted in favor of the Fellowship Hall expansion (Yes – 80, No – 3), and in favor of the Sanctuary expansion (Yes – 79, No – 2). 

A vote in favor of the proposed change to the bylaws (Yes – 69, No – 14) also generated engaged discussion among those present.

Lastly, motions were carried in favor of the final items on the agenda: 2017-2018 leadership positions and the 2017-2018 operating budget, before Board President Fowks closed the meeting.


Your Gardens and Spaces team is launching a new program of monthly Saturday morning work parties. These will be different from the big Spring and Fall workdays.
Team members and friends will meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 7:00 to 12:30. If you would like to join the team or just drop in to help out as your time allows please come by on the morning of June 10th, rain or shine, for our first 2nd Saturday. Bring your coffee and your breakfast if you like, and as usual, come when you can and leave when you must; all help is appreciated. The early start is for early risers and those who wish to beat the heat. Others may wish to come later. Some may want to stick with their project into the afternoon. For more information ask a team member or email


Come by Bellwether Bookstore Sunday mornings to get some good suggestions for your summer reading. Plenty of gently used books are available at $1 and $2 and some important new books would love to spend some time with you.

The Northwest Book Groupies will be on vacation until fall. Happy summer reading!


Can it be you? Please email Christina if you can support the RE program this Sunday.  It will be a lightly attended day and lots of fun to be had by all.  Christina will lead the activities but additional adult support is needed.  


The Spring RE year will end with the Animal Blessing service next Sunday, June, 4th.  Summer RE will continue into the summer with Spirit Play for ages PK – 5th.  MS and HS will learn many cooperative games over the summer.  All ages will enjoy the decorating phases of the RE Art Car each Sunday it isn’t raining.  

  1. NORTHWEST 201, MAY 28

Northwest 201 offers Northwest members and friends the opportunity to explore deeper connections with the activities of NWUUC. During Second Hour on May 28, we will focus on how we work together to make this a beloved community to which we want to belong and which we are eager to support. We will hear from leaders of several Ministry Teams, as well as from representatives of our Religious Education program for children and youth. These leaders will shine a light on the many ways we sustain the warm and supportive nature of “Our Home in the Woods,” and will offer ideas on how you can make those deeper connections that add so much value to the Northwest experience. Whether you’re new to Northwest or a long-time member or friend, all are welcome!


During Second Hour on Sunday, May 28, Sharon Cameron will lead a discussion on democracy, community and the changes in our America we think we understand and others don’t. The discussion will be based on ideas from the book Move Our Message, How to Get America’s Ear.

Also the Northwest Senior Network will have as a guest Hala Agha, a representative of Empowering Refugees Atlanta. ERA helps new refugees to Atlanta get assimilated while offering a moving and meaningful experience for people who want to help them. Hala will tell us about how we can get involved with the organization this summer and provide us more information about the dinner we have scheduled for Saturday, September 30, in our own Lobby at Northwest.


Join us at the Hungry Ear Coffee HouseTM on June 3 for more great music and good times. Jimmy Robinson is a guitarist, composer and vocalist from New  Orleans and has been recording and touring for over 40 years. He has received critical and praise for his unique virtuoso approach to the guitar and his compositional skill. He tours the world, opening concerts for everyone from Chick Corea, Bela Fleck, to Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Lily Kiara is a folk-pop singer-songwriter, based in Amsterdam. She plays songs that have evolved into individual vignettes and stories which hook the listener into rapt attention, concerning human rights intertwined with personal journeys. Her latest CD has been released in the U.S. by Zip Records. 

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Music starts at 8 pm. Donation of $5 is suggested at the door. Canned goods for the Community Assistance Center ( in Sandy Springs are always appreciated. Please bring cash to support the performers and to purchase merchandise and refreshments during the break.


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.

May 27: Heart Hunters comes to the Underground Coffeehouse stage on May 27. Heart Hunters is the current name for the duo formed by Brianna McGeehan, a Portland, Oregon native, and Drew de Man, who grew up in Georgia. Their voices blend in richly hued harmony, wrapping themselves around songs of love and loss, spiritual yearning and social justice. Their luscious harmonies are often decorated with South American drum or pedal steel, reflecting their sojourn in South America and immersion in the Andean culture. An open mic session between sets provides an opportunity for local musicians to share their talents. Refreshments (wine, soft drinks, bottled water, snacks) will be available. Doors open at 7 pm; music is 7:30-9:30 pm. Suggested donation is $10.