This Week’s NeUUs

Here’s the NeUUs January 11, 2018:

  1. January 14, 10 am: The Wisdom of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  2. Religious Education
  3. Second Hour
  4. Northwest Focuses on Food Justice
  5. Ideas for the Art Gallery? Youth Work to Display?
  6. Come Out for the Second Saturday Work Day, January 13
  7. Hear the Update on Our Building Expansion, January 14
  8. LUUnch BUUnch Discusses Goals for 2018, January 17
  9. Requiem for the American Dream, UUCA, January 18
  10. Earth Ministry Provides Overview of Food Justice Focus, January 21

 

  1. JANUARY 14, 10 AM: THE WISDOM OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

The tactics used and the teachings and wisdom exhibited by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were a product of their time, but have relevance today with regard to how each of us deals with contemporary challenging social and political issues. This service will explore lessons learned from Dr. King and how we can individually and collectively utilize those teachings in our attempt to understand, survive, and perhaps start to heal our ever more divisive culture.

  1. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Children will be in the service until after Story Wisdom, then will have RE.

  1. SECOND HOUR (11:30 am-12:30 pm)

Sunday, January 14

  • Update on Building Expansion, Sanctuary

Sunday, January 21

  • Nourish: Food and Community, Chalice House Chapel
  1. NORTHWEST FOCUSES ON FOOD JUSTICE

As a way to engage in specific social justice work, your ministry team leaders at Northwest have committed to exploring food issues with you over the next several months through our Food Justice Focus. All of the ministries will be involved in this effort as we offer opportunities to learn about:

  • food insecurity – what it means, how it’s created, who suffers from it the most, and what we as a loving community can do to try to address it;
  • how we can partner with organizations such as the Community Assistance Center (CAC) and the Atlanta Community Food Bank to actively engage in service projects to assist in their efforts to alleviate hunger in our community;
  • how our food choices impact our health, our families, our communities, and our earth, for good or for bad;
  • steps others are taking in their homes, their businesses, and their communities to secure greater access for themselves and others to healthy food choices; and
  • how you can live a better life through healthy eating.

We are excited to launch this learning and outreach opportunity and hope you find it insightful, fun and engaging. Be sure to review the weekly publications beginning in January for activities coming up in the months ahead and be prepared to jump in with helping hands and open minds to Northwest’s food justice focus!

  1. IDEAS FOR THE ART GALLERY? YOUTH OR ADULT WORK TO DISPLAY?

We are planning our year of exhibits for the Northwest Art Gallery. If you would like to exhibit your work (two or three-dimensional) please let Helene Johnson know. It would help to include a jpeg or two representing what you would like to display.  In many cases, we combine several artists in the same exhibit.

For January 14 through the month of February, we are seeking artwork by Northwest’s children. If your child would like to participate, please contact Helene.

  1. COME OUT FOR THE SECOND SATURDAY WORK DAY, JANUARY 13

Gardens and Spaces’ next Second Saturday work party is January 13 from 9 am to 1 pm. If you would like to join the team or just drop in to help out as your time allows, please come by rain or shine. 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. There will be a variety of jobs with something suitable for everyone. For more information email johnleehagler@msn.com or gardensandspaces@nwuuc.org.

  1. HEAR THE UPDATE ON OUR BUILDING EXPANSION, JANUARY 14

Our congregation voted last summer to construct a fellowship hall, to expand our sanctuary and to conduct a capital campaign to finance the expansion. The steering committee charged with implementing the expansion has been working toward securing the necessary approval from the city of Sandy Springs and also toward selecting and negotiating with a contractor. A progress report had been planned for the December Congregational Meeting. Since that meeting was cancelled due to the snow, the steering committee wants to provide this second hour session to report instead. There will be time for questions and discussion.

  1. LUUNCH BUUNCH DISCUSSES GOALS FOR 2018, JANUARY 17

Most of us have survived another year. Maybe we made (or not) New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. How did we fare? Regardless, we get an opportunity for a fresh start. Come and share your memorable successes and failures, and your noble aspirations for this year. Bring your lunch and join in a discussion with members, friends, newcomers, and visitors. Get to know each other in an informal environment. We will have some fun and share recent experiences. Reservations are not required.

Convene for lunch in the Art Gallery. We begin lunch, introductions, and personal updates at 11:45 am. The topic discussion begins at 12:30 and ends at 1:15 pm. You may come late or leave early, as your schedule dictates. Participate! Enjoy the day!

  1. REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM, UUCA, JANUARY 18

On January 18, UUCA Third Thursday Cinema will present Requiem for the American Dream at 7 pm. Noam Chomsky is widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive. In this film, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality – tracing a half-century of policies designed to favor the wealthiest at the expense of the majority – while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation.

Profoundly personal and thought provoking, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time, the death of the middle class and swan song of functioning democracy. A potent reminder that power ultimately rests in the hands of the governed, Requiem is required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future.

A $3 donation is suggested for the evening, which includes refreshments and a moderated discussion. The film series is sponsored by the Peace Network. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta (UUCA) is located 1911 Cliff Valley Road, Atlanta, GA 30329.

  1. EARTH MINISTRY PROVIDES OVERVIEW OF 2018 FOOD JUSTICE FOCUS, JANUARY 21

Earth Ministry will present a short video from the Community Assistance Center (CAC) in Sandy Springs on food scarcity in our community with stories of people the center has helped. We will discuss opportunities for Northwest members and friends to volunteer to pack boxes of food for the CAC’s exciting expansion and move to a larger facility.

Following the information on the CAC, we will present Nourish: Food and Community, a video that gives an overview of issues around food that affect the environment and health with segments by experts like Anna Lappe’, Michael Pollan, Jamie Oliver and others. Join us in the Chalice House Chapel at 11:30 am on Jan. 21. For more information contact Tom or Linda Couch at tcouch4921@aol.com.