UNIverse Weekly July 10-16, 2020

UNIverse Weekly July 10-16, 2020

 July 10-16, 2020 


July Worship Theme: Spiritual Practice
July 12, 10 am, join ministerial student Liz Martin and Worship Associate Lynne Dale as they explore the summer theme, Spiritual Practice. Access the service at bit.ly/NWUUC and afterwards the coffee hour using this link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/8016042973 



Dear RE Families and Volunteers:

I wanted to provide a friendly reminder to all parents and RE program volunteers that we are currently limiting in-person activities and all RE operations are virtual until further notice. This policy is in place for the safety of all program participants and volunteers.

It has been recently brought to my attention that a child who was enrolled in a summer camp being hosted on our playground and in the Chalice House was recently diagnosed with COVID-19. For your safety and for the safety of your loved ones, please continue to refrain from using the playground equipment and being inside or on the grounds of the Chalice House. If you have concerns that your health may have been compromised, please visit one of the following sites below to locate a testing center near you:
Fulton County Testing Sites: http://fultoncountyboh.org/boh/index.php/2019-ncov/388-covid-19-testing-sites
Cobb and Douglas County Testing Sites:  http://www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com/services/epidemiology-infectious-disease/novelcoronavirus/ 

We are all looking forward to being able to reunite and enjoy each other’s company. However, we each have to do our part to continue to protect ourselves and to protect each other. I am holding you close until we meet again. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
In faith,
Adia Fields-Udofia
Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth
Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation,
Sandy Springs, GA
Cell: 470-269-4737


WE ARE SEEKING CHALICE LIGHTERS FOR JULY AND AUGUST. PLEASE SIGN UP! NWUUC welcomes children’s participation in the weekly Sunday service. Options to participate include lighting a chalice live via Zoom during the service or submitting a video to re@nwuuc.org that can be played during the service. LED lighting options can be used instead of a flame. Please use this link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050f4aaeac2f4-nwuuc


The Voice of the Poet: Music to the Universe
by Philip Rogers, D.M.A.

The voice of the poet is one of depth and universal understanding of the world
they inhabit. These expressers of past, present and future thought captivate us with profound truths that are succinctly articulated. The Library of Congress initiated the inaugural Youth Poet Laureate program in 2019 which was met with the enthusiastic artistic perspectives of many young poetic candidates out of which Harvard University student, Amanda Gorman of Los Angeles, California rose to the top.

In 2019 Ms. Gorman was united with the Boston Pops Orchestra under the
direction of maestro Keith Lockhart to collaboratively perform her Independence
Day poem. The orchestra performed the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” as Amanda narrated. Take a moment to listen to and enjoy the combined creative energy of poet and orchestra. https://youtu.be/z2XafNPqKHs

A PBS interview with Amanda Gorman explores her momentous journey to the
Library of Congress honor. Listen to her remarkable story of diligent determination to make her voice heard despite physical and societal obstacles.

Another poignant Amanda Gorman interview with Jenna Bush:

On another musical note, this Sunday’s morning service will feature the voices of soprano/alto, Dail Edwards and alto/soprano, Traci Montgomery as well as the piano artistry of Sally Mitchell.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Would you like to schedule a private meeting with Rev. Misha? Please call the main number,
770-955-1408, to set up a time.

The Care Corps is in the process of making phone calls in an attempt to touch base with all members as we continue to  practice social distancing.  How to reach everyone?  Obviously we can’t call everyone in a matter of a few weeks, but our strategy has been to at least attempt to reach out to members based on the month of your birthday or your joining anniversary.  We just started this practice in May, so if you haven’t heard from one of us yet, rest assured that your time is coming.  Remember, if you have something you want to share with us or with the congregation at large, feel free to email or call one of us—we are happy to hear from you. 
-Your Care Corps Team

Michael Cain had knee replacement surgery July 3rd and is recovering at home.  Physical therapy began Wednesday, July 8.  He’s in good spirits; cards and messages would be welcome.

Former member Beth Stokes Clinton passed away July 3.  Beth will be remembered as a talented artist, a gentle soul and a beloved member of the Northwest choir before her move to North Carolina.  Please keep Beth’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

Chrissy Haddad’s father, Dr. Craig Lichtenwalner, passed away this past Sunday at the age of 97. He had been in declining health for the past few years.  A small family service will be held on Friday, July 10th. Please keep Chrissy and her mom in your thoughts and prayers.

Jay Kiskel has a JOY to report.  His mother lives in assisted living in New Jersey and will celebrate her 98th birthday this coming Sunday. What a blessing!

Update on Marti Wilson’s nephew Ryan. He is going home this week but has a long recovery ahead of him. He has problems with walking and still has a tube in his gall bladder, but is making progress.

Kathy Miller is recovering at home following spinal surgery and welcomes cards and calls. Maria Drinkard has set up a meal plan schedule for her on the Take Them a Meal website. Thank you to all those who have already signed up, and please call Maria at 678-644-6480 if you are able to sign up for one of the remaining slots: 7/14, 7/16 and 7/18. 

Rev. Misha has been in and out of the hospital since her surgery and is currently on a clear liquid diet, but is now back home.  While offers of meals are VERY much appreciated, she cannot enjoy them quite yet.  She is grateful for all the love, concern, prayers and good wishes sent her way from all of us.  She would continue to appreciate cards of encouragement, which can be sent to PO Box 444, Clarkdale, GA 30111.

“Thank you ALL, dear friends and family, for your calls, texts, cards, flowers, emails, messages, and comments of support. I know you will understand if I respond slowly. I LOVE YOU.” -Rev. Misha

From Rev. Joan 
This was the year that I was going to do a spiritual retreat, something I haven’t done in quite a while. During this time of COVID-19 Bob and I get out for exercise and essential errands and that’s it. Still, I’ve begun to think about the ways that this time of semi confinement offers the liminal space that a retreat is intended to create.

In 1908 Arnold van Gennep, an ethnographer, published Les Rites de Passage in which he identified the dynamics of a particular form of ritual which would prove universally applicable to various situations in the life of both the individual and the life of a community. He investigated the rites of various tribes and cultures and realized that these rites were very much interrelated. He concluded: “when an individual or an entire tribe was moving from one social status to another, due to particular life crises or transitions, there were definite
phases or rites within the ceremonies that he identified as rites of passage.”

These rites of passage included the dynamics of separation, transition, and reincorporation. Now van Gennep relates this tripartite process to systems both cosmic or mechanistic as well as biologic or social. And, while a mechanistic or cosmic system will always maintain its levels of energy, a biologic or social system does not. That’s us.

I’ve just begun looking into the research and commentary on liminal space and I’m particularly interested in those outcomes of regeneration and creativity. It’s already helped me to make peace with this period of semi confinement. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, settle into your own liminal space and… be well.

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 publications@nwuuc.org.

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     office@nwuuc.org


Fulfill your Pledge?

Have you paid your 2019-2020 pledge in full yet?  Our fiscal year ended June 30 and we hope to close the books on it soon.  There currently remains about $27,400 outstanding.  We know it is easy to forget to write a pledge check when we aren’t sitting together in the sanctuary on Sundays but instead are watching our virtual services, yet the bills do not take a holiday.  

The new pledge year began July 1 and we hope you will begin paying on it as well. As you make any payments this time of year it is essential that you designate which pledge year your payment should be applied: 19-20 or 20-21.

There are several ways to make your payments.  You can either mail a check to the church, text a payment to 73256 with DonateNWUUC in the text and follow the instructions, go to our website nwuuc.org, click on News and follow the directions there to use Givelify.  Thank you for continuing to support our beloved community.

Building Progress and Financial Status 

   Photo courtesy of Dave Zenner

Photos courtesy of Larry Wallis

Building Progress

Exciting things are happening at Northwest with the building expansion!

Subramanian Hall is a tremendous addition and the vaulted ceilings make it seem even more spacious. New storage in the space will enable us to store tables and chairs for events and a new closet will accommodate coats and umbrellas.

The fire alarm and sprinkler systems are nearly complete. We can’t say these add beauty, but they are essential for our safety and had to be done.

Despite our regular updates here, the board and building oversight committee know that words are inadequate to convey the magnitude and beauty of what is happening. Even the photos we post don’t give you a true sense of how marvelous our new space is becoming.

By the end of the summer, we’ll be inviting you to sign up for a time to visit the building with a guide. Building expansion steering committee members will take you through the new spaces, explain some of the changes and answer your questions. We’ll do this in small groups, with masks for everyone’s safety and not until the contractor says it’s safe. We’ll also create a video tour to post on the NW website.

It is still important that you don’t enter the building or walk around the construction area– it’s simply too dangerous.


We are still making calls to those who made a promise of funds for the building expansion but have not yet fulfilled their pledge. We have secured no or low-interest loans from congregants for the amount authorized by congregational authority.

To complete the project, the promised funds are needed, and the time is now.

Wish List

While the construction has been going on, a number of people have offered suggestions. Some had to do with functionality and we listened to and acted upon most of those. Others are important and desirable, but do not fit into the scope of the project; still others fall into the “while we’re at it” category. We hear you. We share your desire to make Northwest the best and most attractive it can be. However, we do not have the funds to enlarge the scope of the project. We look forward to the time when the congregation can agree on how to furnish our beautiful new facility.

NWUUC Book Groupies

The NWUUC Book Groupies will  meet at 7 pm on Tuesday, July 14th, to discuss The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee who tells the harrowing story of her escape from her birthplace, North Korea, against all odds. 
North Korea is a country most of us know little about and that also makes this a particularly gripping read. We will be meeting on Zoom so, if you are interested in joining the discussion, please email Penny Raney at raneypb@cs.com, with Book Groupies in the subject line, and you will receive an email to link to the meeting as we get closer to that time.  Also, if you would like to purchase a copy of the book from our NWUUC bookstore, give Penny a call at 770 551 8817 and she will get a copy to you.

Zoom Documentary Discussion
Free Angela And All Political Prisoners
7pm on Friday, July 17th

Watch the documentary Free Angela And All Political Prisoners on your own and then join a virtual discussion on Zoom!

Free Angela Davis And All Political Prisoners is a documentary which tells the story of professor Angela Davis, whose social activism implicated her in a botched kidnapping and put her on the FBI’s Most Wanted List in 1970.

Here is a link to where you can watch it for free. https://tubitv.com/movies/472114/free_angela_and_all_political_prisoners

This event is open to all who are open to all and is not restricted to Atlanta or the United States. Feel free to invite anyone you think may be interested in joining our discussion. Please allow others to get their full thought out and that any disagreement is voiced in a civil way. At the end we will decide together the topic for the next month’s film.

Please email Adam Hicks bryantadamhicks@gmail.com to be added to the documentary distribution list. The Zoom link will be emailed out the morning of the discussion.

Parking Lot Movies? 

Northwest is considering hosting outdoor movie nights this summer and fall and we are seeking your input! We’ll be sending you a brief survey next week to gauge interest.

All movies would be projected on a big screen. You could watch and listen from your car or in lawn chairs near your car from the parking lot while socially distancing safely. We are considering having snacks or food trucks. There would be some cost per car to help support the congregation. 

Please be thinking about the following options that apply to your interest in attending:
    •    Yes I would attend any movie, any time 
    •    Yes I would attend during the week 
    •    Yes I would attend on a weekend night
    •    Yes I would attend depending on the movie selection 
    •    No I am not interested in attending 
    •    Other

IT HelpDesk

We have a new IT Help Desk that is available to help members with issues of getting on line with Zoom, Realm or our Facebook Group page.  This desk is managed by Cameron Moore, Katy Lockhart, Kuru George, David Morgen and Russ Martin.  To reach one of them email your questions to techhelp@nwuuc.org.


 July Birthdays                                            July Anniversaries


Aruna Rao-McCann                         07/01
Sean Appel                                       07/02
Kitty Meyers                                     07/02
Richard DuBow                                07/04
Josie Miller                                       07/04
Gabriel Stewart                                07/04
Dempsey Hickman                           07/06
Sarah Beth Nelson                           07/07
Sandra Niven                                   07/07
Brian Freeman                                 07/12
Beryl Grall-Petty                               07/12
Pam Zenner                                     07/12
Nick Barbagallo                                07/14
Lil Woolf                                           07/21
Shelton Chau                                   07/24
Pam Freeman                                  07/27
Shelia Manely                                   07/27
Ilene Goldman                                  07/31
Michael Manely                                07/31


Veta Tucker                      07/01/2018





Sunday, July 12, Worship Service-Virtual 10 am
Virtual Coffee 11 am


Board of Trustees 2020-2011

President                          Lil Woolf   president@nwuuc.org
President-Elect                 Lynne Dale
Finance Trustee                Pam Freeman  finance@nwuuc.org
Secretary                          Sandy Davis  board@nwuuc.org
Imm. Past President         David Stewart
Trustee at Large               Larry Wallis
Trustee at Large               Grier Page
Trustee at Large (youth)   Chloe Morgen
Ministries Team Leaders
Communications: Jenn Meunier Miller
Community: Brian Freeman 
Gardens & Spaces: Beryl Grall-Petty 
Justice: Dave Zenner 
Adult Learning Lead: Marilyn Matlock, Co-Lead: Sally Mitchell
Stewardship Lead: Cameron Moore, Co-Leads: Gwen Kahn & Melissa Niedermeyer

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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