The UNIverse Weekly March 13-19, 2020

The UNIverse Weekly March 13-19, 2020

  March 13-19, 2020


March Worship Theme: Freedom and Responsibilty
March 15, Rev. Misha Sanders
The Faith of Katherine Johnson

The Order of Service for March 15, 2020
Read OOS here

Wipe, Wipey Wipe, Wipey Wipe Your Hands

In light of the need to be proactive with the spread of the coronavirus, we are going to be putting hand wipes at the front doors of both buildings. 

Now that cases of the virus have been reported in Fulton County, we should all be more careful to disinfect our hands when we arrive for services on Sunday morning and when our children enter the Chalice House.  When we go through the food line during coffee hour we should be consciously using tongs to pick up food and not grab with our fingers as many of us often do.  


We don’t want to cause panic but we do want to be prepared to keep this virus and all the flu viruses at bay. Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Religious Education Schedule for this week:

 March 15th
Pi Day will be rescheduled when services resume.
Nursery: 9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
RE K-5: Activity Time 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Playground/Activity Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m.
OWL: Class Canceled
COA: RE Class Canceled
Older Youth: RE Class Canceled


Please join us for Pi Day on March 15. Youth will be serving delicious slices of pie in exchange for donations to support the RE program. This is one of the annual traditions that many RE families and members of the congregation look forward to every year. Your participation is appreciated.

Potluck and Game Night CANCELED

Please join us for a potluck at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28th. Please bring a Tex-Mex dish and a game. 



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 and April.  Please consider signing up at least once each semester. Here is a link to sign up:






Congregational Art: A Unifying Tool
by Philip J. Rogers, Director of Music
            The overarching vision of the music and arts ministry of Northwest is to focus on using our artistic expression as a support of the covenant reality within the Northwest congregation.  The singing and/or playing instruments of Northwest Passage Band or the Voices of Northwest is designed to encourage, enlighten and give hope to any and all who experience our art.  The youth pageants serve as an extension of the Unitarian Universalist message through our young people as a message of love and acceptance for all.  Our ultimate purpose as artists is to “edutain” with purpose for positive and inclusive thought and action.  We desire that the congregation enjoy the music and art and encourage congregants to clap and sing along and hopefully discuss the context of our expressions following our Sunday gatherings.  
            The “All Music Service” scheduled for Sunday, March 22 is designed to introduce new music, enhance recently introduced music and showcase thematic favorites that have encouraged and given hope over the past months.  During these turbulent times our music is designed to counter the current national and international season of personal attacks on anyone who disagrees philosophically or culturally with anyone else.  The delineation of those considered as “Other” has caused many to discard their sense of humanity and attack other human beings because they look, act, speak, express and love differently.  Through our music and the arts, we aspire to enhance the beauty of the human experience however it is expressed because each of us is called to lovingly unify “by whatever means necessary” as poignantly coined by the late Malcolm X.  Our means is through the beauty of creative art.
            We thank you for joining us each week as we seek to encourage and enlighten through diverse artistic means.  The incorporation of a new audio-visual system with projector and remote screen in the newly expanded sanctuary will serve as a critical artistic messaging tool for sermons, lectures, music presentations and congregational meetings.  Its multimedia purpose will allow us as Music and Religious Education teams to enhance how we communicate through audio-visual artistry for aural and visual impact.  We are here to serve and encourage and we thank you for your continued support.  
“Namaste! I bow to the divine in you.”


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.

This week we mourn the loss of two beloved members of our community.
Bob Thacker died Saturday, March 7, following a bicycle accident where he sustained a traumatic brain injury.  Bob served NW as a regular Sunday greeter and as a joyful member of the Voices of Northwest choir. The memorial for Bob scheduled for Saturday, April 4 at 2 pm has been postponed.  Please keep his wife Susan in your hearts.

Founding member Joyce Buis, mother of Elizabeth Hickman, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 10, in her home surrounded by her loving family.  Information about a memorial will be forthcoming.  Please keep Elizabeth and her children Cole, Wesley and Joy in your hearts.

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

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



 Congregational Meeting

Sunday, March 29, 11:30 am in the Sanctuary

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.

Report from the BESC
Building Progress and Schedule  

Last week the builder was finally able to pour the cement for our expansion! The cement needs to be left to cure for seven days.
Please continue to regard these areas as off limits and remember it is not safe to “take a look.” Our top priority is the safety of each and every person.  
As part of the expansion, some trees needed to be removed. We will be replacing the trees and also planting some bushes. The week of 16th, the trees and shrubs will be delivered, and their spots prepared. Volunteers are needed to come to Northwest to cover the roots of the new trees and get the shrubs in the ground. The date will be either the 18th or 19th, next Wednesday or Thursday. Please let David Stewart know if you can come play in the dirt!
Art Gallery 
We will need to relocate the items in the storage closet at the back of the sanctuary to the Art Gallery very soon. The Art Gallery will not be suitable for the meetings that are typically held there but space in the Chalice House is available.
Areas where items will be stored are taped off and marked. Volunteers will soon be needed to relocate items in the storage room.
Fulfilling Pledges  
There are just over $100,000 in pledges which remain unfulfilled. Now is the time to make final payments to the building fund as the expenses are ramping up quickly.
Three members have pledged to give Northwest interest-free loans for the building project. The total of these loans is $25,000. If you are able to lend NWUUC funds for this project, you will be repaid in 10 years or less. Please consider making this type of loan.

Yellow fencing has been put up at the back door next to the bookstore and everyone is advised to not disturb it or to open that door.

Thank you from the BESC:
Constance Dierickx
Kristen Fowks
Hannah Cowart
Dave Zenner

NWUUC Annual Pledge Campaign
Architects of Our Legacy: Let’s Dig In 
February 23 – March 29.
Northwest is in the middle of our annual pledge campaign! This year’s theme is Architects of Our Legacy: Let’s Dig In. We have an ambitious (but very doable) goal of $250,000. Additionally, we’d love to see time, talent, and/or financial participation from all of our members and friends.

Currently, we are at $94,664 with only 33 pledge units turned in. This is a great place to be!

In the lobby on Sundays, you will find blue pledge forms on the pledge table, next to our terrarium of dirt and pledge progress tracker. Please be sure to fill out and turn in your form as soon as possible. 

Please visit or email Cameron Moore at with any questions. 

March Documentary Night


For documentary night we will be watching Winnie. Winnie Mandela speaks about her extraordinary and controversial career, from her early life to her marriage to her ongoing efforts to end apartheid. After the film we will break out into small discussion groups. We will do multiple rounds of small group discussion, then close out the night with a whole group discussion.

This event is open to all who are open to all.  Please allow others to get their full thought out and ensure that any disagreement is voiced in a civil way. At the end we will decide together the topic for the next month’s film. Thank you and hope to see you there!

Dining for Women

Sunday, March 15, 5-7 pm

Judy McKinley will be hosting our next potluck Dining for Women


Address: 5200 Riverview Rd, Sandy Springs GA 30327  Phone: (404) 217-8201

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

Project Title:  Reproductive Healthcare Expansion to Guatemala’s Western Highlands
Location:  Guatemala
Grant Amount:  $50,000 (over two years)
Grantee Website:

Areas of Impact:  Gender Equality, Health

Mission of Women’s International Network For Guatemala Solutions (WINGS)
WINGS provides quality reproductive health education and services to underserved, primarily rural Guatemalan youth, women, and men. 

****If you’d like to make a local recipe, some can be found here:

Judy will be making Tommy’s Margaritas!

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

Luunch Buunch
Wednesday, March 18, 11:45 am

DNA vs. The Book of Mormon

For more than 170 years The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has declared The Book of Mormon to be a scriptural and literal history. It recounts the story of an Israelite family who immigrated to and fully populated the American continents. The Book of Mormon teaches that these Israelites are the principal ancestors of modern-day Native Americans. Jesus, after His death and resurrection, is said to have visited this once-great Israelite civilization in the Americas.

New discoveries in DNA research currently allow scientists to test this historical claim. Thousands of Native Americans from more than 150 tribes have been tested to determine their ancestry. The results question the validity of the ancestry claim. We observe how leaders and scholars of any established institution are likely to react to scientific evidence undercutting the validity of the institution.

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

Meet in the Founders Room at 11:45 AM and bring your lunch (optional). 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. Our program source is a video DVD titled “DNA vs. The Book of Mormon”.

Let’s Boogie!

Mark your calendar for March 21 and break out your boots and hats as we pull out our dance floor for a BOOT SCOOTIN BOOGIE!

More details coming soon—for now, contact Hannah Cowart if you can help with decorating, set up, breakdown, snacks/beverages, adult bar or childcare.  Please notify Adia Fields-Udofia by March 17th if you will need childcare ( Children will be welcome on the dance floor!

CUUPS Ostara Ritual

Sunday, March 22, 11:30 am
The Vernal Equinox is upon us, celebrated by earth-centered religions as Ostara, the rebirth of the earth at the time of equal day and night. At Northwest the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) will celebrate this sacred event on Sunday, March 22 at 11:30 am. All are welcome to attend and renew the balance in their lives.  

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 12-17th: for more information on Music Week click here), Easter weekend (April 10-12th) and many other upcoming events.

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

The administrative office needs a volunteer who can be in the office 1-2 hours, maximum, one time per week, each week of the year to do light office duties.  Duties would include opening mail, copying, scanning, filing, etc.  Please contact Beryl Grall at if you are able to help.  Many thanks.

March Donate the Plate

Southern Center for Human Rights


Our selected recipient of our March Plate Donation is The Southern Center for Human Rights. SCHR works for equality, dignity, and justice for people impacted by the criminal legal system in the Deep South. SCHR fights for a world free from mass incarceration, the death penalty, the criminalization of poverty, and racial injustice. The work of SCHR includes:
Representing those facing the death penalty:

SCHR has represented hundreds of people facing the death penalty, winning reversals and establishing precedents on appeals, obtaining life verdicts at trials, and standing by clients and their families and bearing witness at executions. SCHR has won five cases before the United States Supreme Court. 
Ending human rights abuses in prison and jail conditions:
SCHR has won court orders requiring county, state, and federal governments to end egregious human rights abuses in jails and prisons throughout the South. 
Making real the Constitutional right to counsel:
SCHR has brought attention to deficiencies in legal representation of the poor through articles and reports, testimony to committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and state legislatures, and in appearances before various audiences and the media.
Stopping illegal, unconstitutional, and inhumane criminal justice practices:
SCHR has won court orders requiring officials in the criminal justice system to stop illegal, unconstitutional, and inhumane practices. 
Challenging the political exploitation of crime and violence:
SCHR’s work has helped reframe the debate about crime and punishment in a way that reduces the incentives for politicians to exploit crime and violence for political gain. 


 March Birthdays                                     March Anniversaries
Becki Gregory 03/01
Tammy Clabby 03/07
Nancy Johnson 03/08
Paul Ross 03/09
Jay Kahn 03/14
Thomas Vinton 03/14
Steve Stern 03/19
Jax Bush 03/20
Rebecca Cabral 03/23
Harper Bush 03/27
Robert Thacker 03/29
Cole Hickman 03/30


Beryl Grall-Petty 03/10/1985
Jay Kiskel 03/20/1988
Lissa Newman 03/12/1999
Becki Gregory 03/08/2009
Deborah Ross 03/26/2013
Paul Ross 03/26/2013
Sheree Meyers 03/13/2016
Morning Washburn 03/05/2017




 Friday, March 13
7:00pm Documentary  CANCELED
Sunday, March 15
10:00am Worship
11:00am Pi Day, Lobby CANCELED
11:30am Transformational Study Group, Chalice House
Tuesday, March 17
7:00pm Board Meeting Founders Room
Wednesday, March 18
11:45am Luunch Buunch, Founders Room
5:00pm Care Corps Meeting, Founders Room
7:30pm Choir Rehearsal


Board of Trustees 2019-2020
President                     David Stewart           
President Elect            Lil Woolf             
Finance Trustee          Pam Freeman         
Secretary                     Sandy Davis         
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         Vacant 
Community                  Kristan Wagner            
Community                  Brian Freeman
Gardens & Spaces      Beryl Grall-Petty
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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