The UNIverse Weekly February 14-20, 2020

The UNIverse Weekly February 14-20, 2020

   February 14-20, 2020


February Worship Theme: Courage

Feb 16, Lay leaders John Maynard

and Lynne Dale: Reflecting on Darwin
Feb 23, Rev. Misha Sanders and Cameron Moore: Stewardship Kickoff

The Order of Service for February 16, 2020
Read OOS here


Religious Education Schedule for this week:
February 16
Nursery: 9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
RE K-5: RE Class 10:15 – 11:30
(Spirit Play, World Religions, and Popcorn Theology)
OWL K-2: 10:15 – 11:30 Chalice House Chapel
Younger Youth: RE Class
Older Youth: RE Class
Playground/Activity Time: 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.




NWUUC welcomes children’s participation in the Sunday services as Chalice Lighters. Please sign up your child or youth to be a chalice lighter at least once each semester so NWUUC can honor them. Here is a link to sign up:


We are in need of volunteers from 11:30-12:30 during playground/activity time for March.  Please consider signing up at least once each semester. Here is a link to sign up:




NWUUC – Music for the Masses Series


Mattiwilda Dobbs (1925-2015)



In Rigoletto at the Met 1956                                At La Scala Opera House in 1953


Coloratura soprano, Mattiwilda Dobbs was born the fifth of six daughters to Irene and John Wesley Dobbs, community leaders in Atlanta’s Auburn Avenue district.  She was given the name of her maternal grandmother, Mattie Wilda Sykes.  Her sister, Dr. Irene Dobbs Jackson, professor emeritus of French at Spelman College, named after their mother, gave birth to the future Atlanta mayor, Maynard Jackson.


Mattiwilda began piano lessons at the age of seven and sang in the First Congregational Church choir of Atlanta.  While attending Spelman College to study vocal performance her unusual talent and quality of voice persuaded her father to fund further studies in New York after graduation.  She then won the Marian Anderson Award in 1947 among other scholarships and a John Hay Whitney Fellowship, which enabled her to study in Europe.  Her exceptional vocal gifts and musical skill enabled her to be fully recognized for her talent not in the United States, but rather in Europe and Australia and cross rigid racial barriers to become an internationally known opera star and the first black opera artist to perform in Rossini’s, L’Italiana in Algeri at La Scala in Milan, Italy in 1953.


One of Ms. Dobbs’s early admirers in Europe was American impresario, Sol Hurok, who arranged her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1956 just as he did for contralto, Marian Anderson in 1955.  Ms. Dobbs was then the first black singer to be offered a long-term contract with the company until 1964.  Following her Met debut as Gilda (pronounced Jilda) in Verdi’s Rigoletto November, 1956 she remained for eight seasons performing 29 performances of six roles, including Zerbinetta (Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos), Oscar (the pageboy in Verdi’s, Un ballo in maschera), Olympia (Offenbach, The Tales of Hoffmann), Zerlina (Mozart, Don Giovanni), and Lucia (Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor).  


Ms. Dobbs’s first husband, Luis Rodriguez Garcia de la Piedra, a Spanish journalist, died of a liver ailment after 14 months of marriage — days ahead of her performance before Queen Elizabeth in 1954.  Ms. Dobbs later married Bengt Janzon, an opera executive at the Royal Opera in Stockholm and also her manager.  They resided in Sweden from 1964 until his death in 1997.  


After a long and storied European and Australian career, Mattiwilda Dobbs Janzon returned to America, retired from the opera stage, taught voice at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she then retired before returning to Atlanta and passing away in 2015.


Would you like to schedule a private meeting with Rev. Misha in her office? Please call the main number, 770-955-1408, to set up a time.
If you have a joy or sorrow you would like to have shared in the UNIverse please call or email Lil Woolf at 404-276-6189 or

Rev. Joan Davis continues to improve after her knee surgery last week. 
She is home recuperating and would enjoy cards and emails of love and caring.  Joan’s address can be found in Realm, but her email is

If you are going through difficult times and would like emotional support or are in any situation where support and caring are needed contact:

Rev. Misha Sanders, Minister, 770-955-1408 
Rev. Joan A. Davis, Community Minister, 404-275-0236
Maria Drinkard, 678-644-6480
Karen Edmonds, 770-851-1354
Linton Hopkins, 678-938-8858
Valerie Johnson, 470-209-9864
Lil Woolf, 404-276-6189

(770) 955-1408    Office Hours M-F 9 am to 5 pm



Building Expansion Steering Committee
Please join us after the service on Sunday, February 16, 11:30 am, in the sanctuary for the first of our regular Q&A sessions sponsored by the BESC—Building Expansion Steering Committee.  As we get deeper into the construction we want to be sure all members are kept up to date on our progress. 

Calendar Reminder  

Please remember to submit all on-campus meetings and events to the NWUUC calendar. This is especially vital as we begin our expansion project and need to coordinate campus use with our contractor and renters.
Requests are easy to make — simply fill out a form at with your contact info, the event name, event description, date, time, and room(s) needed.

Building Expansion
Building Progress and Schedule – IMPORTANT
The work is beginning and for the time being, the area behind our building will be off limits. An emergency route will be established but must not be used except in an emergency.
Please respect the tape, signs, and warnings placed by the contractor to keep us all safe.

  • The Japanese Maples, boulders and other sculptures in front of the sanctuary will be moved to a temporary location and replaced after the construction is finished.
  • Stakes will be put in place for the foundation
  • Grading
  • Confirm tree removal – only those that absolutely must be removed

Fellowship Hall

  • Protect trees with Tree Save Fence in immediate areas
  • Relocate Time Capsule
  • Remove all concrete pavers
  • Grading
  • Relocate parking lot lights attached to trees slated for removal

Storage during construction 
During the construction, the room we now use for the Art Gallery will be used for storage. We have moved tables, chairs, and the many items stored by Sai Baba as well as many items from our attic to make way for the construction. 

As we approach the actual construction, it is essential that everyone understand these important matters regarding SAFETY  – 
There will be materials and equipment on site for the duration of the project. The contractor will have a staging area in the parking lot for materials and equipment. It is imperative that every person respect the boundaries, fencing, and signs that will be in place during the project. The materials and equipment will, understandably, be objects of curiosity, but we must not enter the spaces that are restricted.
Children – We have an abundance of curiosity at Northwest, and we do encourage it in our children. This is one time that we need to take care that curiosity doesn’t cause dangerous situations. During the construction, if anyone observes a child crossing the fencing installed by the contractor, or otherwise heading toward what might be dangerous, we ask that you step in to protect the child.
Storage – Some items will need to be moved during at least part of the project. Sai Baba, our long-time and very important tenant, has many things stored in our large closets. These items, and others, will be moved to the Art Gallery. We do not anticipate that the entire Art Gallery will be needed. However, the functioning of this space will be impacted temporarily.
Parking – The staging area for the contractor will require the use of some parking spaces. Given our typical use of the spaces, for ourselves and renters, we do not anticipate running out of space.

 Information regarding the building expansion project will regularly appear in the weekly news.

Dining for Women
Sunday, February 16, 5-7 pm


Mary Perloe will be hosting our next potluck Dining for Women.   
Address: 7655 South Spalding Lake Dr., Sandy Springs
Phone: (404) 217-8201

Here’s the program we will be learning about and supporting this month:

Project Title:  Seeds of Resilience: Building Women-Owned Legume Seed Systems in Malawi
Location:  Malawi
Grant Amount:  $45,000
Grantee Website:

Areas of Impact:  Agriculture, Economic Sustainability, Environmental Sustainability, Gender Equality, Health

Mission of Shared Interest: Shared Interest mobilizes the resources for Southern Africa’s economically disenfranchised communities to sustain themselves and build equitable nations.

Project Summary: This project addresses the dire shortage of quality seed, which contributes to ongoing, poor agricultural productivity, malnutrition, and soil degradation among Malawian smallholder farmers. The grant will help women entrepreneurs and smallholder farmers multiply and distribute climate-resilient, protein-rich legume seed to increase farmer productivity and improve livelihoods.

If you’d like to prepare a local recipe, a few can be found here:

It is not necessary to prepare one of the local dishes!  Please bring any dish you think we will enjoy!

Please reply to Fran Wolff,, whether or not you can join us and what you’d like to bring.

Looking forward to seeing you soon! 

Luunch Buunch
Wednesday, February 19, 11:45 am, Founders Room, Chalice House

Bring on the Learning Revolution

This is a continuation of last month’s session with Sir Ken Robinson. He brings us another humorous presentation about how life is changing from a linear process to an organic process. What does that mean? Does college really begin at kindergarten? We discover more differences between the younger-than-25 group versus the older-than-25 group. He makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

LUUNCH BUUNCH is an informal lunchtime gathering of visitors, friends, and members who would like to get better acquainted in a relaxed environment. Reservations are not required, and everyone is invited.  It is an opportunity for us to share experiences and discuss topics of interest.

Due to the construction underway in the main building we will meet in the Founders Room in the Chalice House at 11:45 am and bring your lunch if you wish.  Come as you are.  We begin with introductions and personal updates, and the program will end at 1:15 pm. You may come late or leave early, as your schedule dictates.

Upcoming Mountain Events

Please check the bulletin board in the lobby and The Mountain notebook on our Community table for info on upcoming Mountain events such as Summer Camp (filling up fast), Music Week (April 12-17), Easter Weekend (April 10-12) and many other upcoming events.

UUCA Coffeehouse
Jessica and Quincy McCrary perform at the UUCA Coffeehouse
Saturday, February 22 at 7:30p
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta (UUCA)


Quincy and Jessica McCrary are a husband and wife duo who have recently relocated to the Atlanta area from Los Angeles.

Quincy is a singer-songwriter who has worked with industry icons such as Michael Jackson, Andre Crouch, Kanye West and Jack White.  In 2013 he won a Grammy award for Best Latin Alternative album with Quetzal, a Chicano rock band who inspire positive social change through music.  In 2019, Quincy’s debut album Cornerstone was featured on Los Angeles’s NPR station KCRW, Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Jessica is a Berklee College of Music alumni who studied performance under Livingston Taylor and jazz with George Duke who praised her for her interpretation of his ballad ‘So I’ll Pretend’.  She’s graced the stages of Lincoln Center, opened for Little Richard at the Democratic National Convention, performed at the JVC Jazz Festival, and held a residency as a Champagne bar torch singer in Hong Kong.  

Music starts at 7:30p, with an Open Mic between sets. 

Suggested donation for Admission is $10, but no one will be turned away. 

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta (UUCA) is located at 1190 West Druid Hills Drive NE, Suite 150, Atlanta, GA  30329.

Presented by UUCA Performing Arts Coordinating Team (PACT)

Do you know of an Earth friendly product or non profit you’d like to see at Northwest?
The NWUUC Earth Day Plant Sale & Fair is looking for Vendors!  We will be selling 10×10 booths to local businesses and nonprofits that align with our seventh UU principle.  If you know of an entity that would be a great fit, please contact Katy Lockhart at with your ideas.  The event will be held April 26 in the Northwest parking lot.


We would like to increase the number of people who are familiar with the sound system. It isn’t difficult, and you can be proud of an acquired new skill.

No prior knowledge of sound systems is required, training is provided at no charge and can be tailored to fit your schedule.  You will learn to execute the start-up and shut-down checklists under supervision and there is plenty of time for questions and answers.

Exactly what will you learn?   You will gain familiarity with the names and locations of the various controls and how to set up the microphones. After a few cycles, you will be competent and comfortable with executing the checklists.  You will be able to identify and correct commonly occurring problems. Think of it as learning to operate a TV. 

What are the obligations of an operator?  There is no obligation to become a regular operator, although you would be welcome if you desire to volunteer, and you may change your mind at any time. There is plenty of flexibility in swapping days with other sound system operators. 

How do you sign up?  Just express an interest to any of the sound board operators on any given Sunday, or contact Larry Wallis at 770-394-5764 or

A volunteer is needed to help in the office once a week for a couple of hours.  The hours are flexible and the work involves light administrative duties such as opening mail, copying, scanning, filing, etc.  Please contact Beryl Grall at if you are interested.  Many thanks.

February Donate the Plate

Abundant Love Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Abundant LUUv)


Our February Donate the Plate contributions will benefit Abundant Love Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Abundant LUUv) which serves and promotes our liberal faith in the West End community of Atlanta.

ln February of this year, Abundant LUUv will celebrate two years of worship and community building in the West End, in the heart of an African American neighborhood which is now changing quickly. Fortunately, Abundant LUUv arrived soon enough to form a congregation appealing to people of color but which is welcoming to all.

Our assistance will help this emerging Atlanta congregation – which is committed to the mission of providing an open, accepting place where people may be authentic – pursue that mission with more resilience and boldness.


 Birthdays                                     Anniversaries
02/02 John Reeves
02/03 Penny Raney
02/05 Elizabeth Hickman
02/07 David Benoy
02/07 Sharon Cameron
02/07 David Stewart
02/15 Dave Zenner
02/17 Bruce Niedermeyer
02/18 Judy McKinley
02/19 Jordan Dale
02/20 Allan Sanders
02/20 Dominic Stewart
02/22 Sebastian Stewart
02/25 Ella Morgen
02/25 Larry Wallis
02/28 Deborah Ross


02/08/1975 Hugh Fordyce
02/05/1995 Chrissy Haddad
02/13/2005 Laura Hall
02/15/2009 Karen Reagle
02/15/2009 Allen Rider
02/08/2015 Barbara Stewart
02/08/2015 David Stewart
02/14/2016 Danny Sample
02/14/2016 Gina Sample





 Sunday, February 16
10:00 am Worship
11:30 am Transformational Study Group, Chalice Hours Chapel
11:30 am  BESC Q&A in the Sanctuary
5:00-7:00 pm Dining for Women, home of Mary Perloe
Tuesday, February 18
7:00 pm Board Meeting, Founders Room
Wednesday, February 19
11:45 am Luunch Buunch, Chalice House, Founders Room
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal


Board of Trustees 2019-2020
President                     David Stewart           
President Elect            Lil Woolf             
Finance Trustee          Pam Freeman         
Secretary                     Vacant          
Trustee at Large          Katy Lockhart              
Trustee at Large          Larry Wallis          
Trustee at Large          Chloe Morgen
Imm. Past President    Hannah Cowart  
Ministries Team Leaders

Adult Learning             Marilyn Matlock         

Adult Learning             Greg Pattison
Communications         Joe Keller  
Community                  Kristan Wagner            
Community                  Brian Freeman
Gardens & Spaces      Beryl Grall
Justice                         Dave Zenner                
Stewardship                Cameron Moore 
Worship                       Vacant

Rev. Misha Sanders, Senior Minister
Rev. Joan Armstrong-Davis, Community Minster
Adia Fields-Udofia, Religious Education Director
Dr. Philip Rogers, Music Director

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