UNIverse Weekly July 17-23, 2020

UNIverse Weekly July 17-23, 2020

 July 17-23, 2020 


July Worship Theme: Spiritual Practice
 July 19, 10 am
During last Sunday’s sermon Liz Martin challenged everyone to do show-and-tell this coming Sunday, when we will be in “meeting” mode instead of webinar, and having our first virtual Worship Cafe.  Come join us!   The new link is bit.ly/NWUUCworship. 

Afterwards join us for our regular coffee hour following the service at https://uuma.zoom.us/j/8016042973? using the password coffee.



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 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 Music of Summer Series:
Some Varied Arrangements of George Gershwin’s,
“Summertime” from Porgy and Bess.
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Hayward

Leontyne Price, soprano with John Williams and
the Boston Pops.


Willie Nelson and band

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

The London Philharmonic


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.  In May we started the practice of reaching out to members by month of birthday or joining anniversary. If you haven’t heard from us yet, rest assured 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.

Ryan Wilson, Marti Wilson’s nephew, was home for a short period of time but a flareup of his intestinal symptoms and an erratic heart beat have caused him to be readmitted to ICU.  He has been diagnosed with covid-19 as well.   Marti has always been so proud of Ryan as an Afghanistan veteran and her heart is heavy right now.  Please keep her and this young man in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards of caring and encouragement to Marti are welcomed.

Kathy Miller is recovering at home following cervical surgery.  She’s feeling better than expected and so lucky! She appreciates all the meals NW members brought to her during her recovery.

Rev. Misha After unexpected surgery on Sunday, Rev. Misha has been on a steady, positive road to recovery and was released from the hospital Wednesday.  She is feeling much stronger but still needs rest time as this surgery was more extensive than the one in June. She is gradually returning to a normal diet.  She is grateful for all the cards, flowers, prayers, love  and caring gestures from so many. Her cat Moxie is taking very good care of her, staying by her side.  She expects to be back to preaching on August 2nd.

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


Notary Public

Are you a notary or do you know one whose services we can use?  The members of NW who have generously offered loans to supplement our capital campaign will be signing agreements with the president of the Board and these documents need to be notarized.  If you can help please email your offer to president@nwuuc.org.  Thank you!

 On the Lighter Side

 While we are away, John McManus has continued to feed the bird population that visits our campus and has monitored the resident bluebird family as their eggs hatched recently.  When we are finally able to  return we look forward to seeing the hatchlings as adults in all their glory.


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 to 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, or 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.

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.

NWUUC Book Groupies

The NWUUC Book Groupies will meet at 7 PM Tuesday, August 11th on Zoom to discuss bestseller Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, an international wildlife scientist. You might consider this a beach read but it is much more, with some interesting historical background to be shared. Though the NW bookstore is closed at this time we have a few inexpensive copies of this book on hand so let me know if you would like a copy or if you plan to attend our meeting so we can send you the Zoom link.  Penny Raney – 770 551 8817

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.

Retreat to The Mountain for Virtual
SUUSI Week and Beyond!


Yes, it was 41 years ago that SUUSI (the Southern Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute) gave ‘birth’ to The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center. Now, and like many in their forties, we are having some mid-life issues! The Mountain had been on an especially wonderful track over this last decade and then “Wham”, the Pandemic. This pandemic is truly nothing to joke about due to the tragic loss of life, suffering, hardships of all kinds it has been causing. We can understand the wisdom of not holding beloved SUUSI in person this year. Ditto for the cancellation of MountainCamp and so many programs and retreats at The Mountain where large numbers of people gather.
In recent years, with SUUSI now taking place in nearby Cullowhee, NC at Western Carolina University, we have enjoyed getting to see many of our UU neighbors as they pass through our region. We have looked forward to folks breaking up their trips to SUUSI by staying a night or so with us and doing the same on the return home and enjoying the natural, welcoming environment that is The Mountain. This year we think we have hit upon an idea that you may want to consider as you make plans to attend Virtual SUUSI.
We are inviting you to consider coming to the REAL Mountain in SUUSI’s ‘backyard’ to enhance your VIRTUAL SUUSI experience! We have been working hard at GRADUALLY AND SAFELY reopening The Mountain for limited guests visiting for personal retreats. Lodging is available in our lodge and cabins for the week of SUUSI, July 18-25 and beyond. The Mountain has improved WiFi and so guests will be able to attend virtual meetings from any of our large meetings spaces. Between virtual sessions you can enjoy REAL hiking, Meditation Rock, the lake, fire pit, the tower, and more. All while staying connected with the SUUSI experience. Maybe plan to meet your SUUSI friends here in person together, for all or part of the time ‘Virtual’ SUUSI is in session.

We are following all COVID-19 guidelines so ‘hanging out’ may look and feel a little different but you can be together onsite here IN PERSON. Music, laughter, dancing, ‘touching’ the stars, meditating, exploring waterfalls, varied dining experiences and more can be yours while staying at The Mountain. You can make up your own recipe for a ‘blended experience’ of Virtual SUUSI and being physically onsite at The Mountain. Perhaps we can celebrate SUUSI, being together (yet apart) at The Mountain and each other’s health and well-being with a Mask-erade Party!
To book your Personal Retreat during SUUSI or any other time this Summer and beyond please call The Mountain’s office directly at 828.526.5838 

Lean more about The Mountain HERE

A More Beautiful World Week
 Formerly the Sustainability & Climate Justice Conference
September 16-21, 2020


We recognize that holding an in-person is tricky at this time. But we at The Mountain are confident that we can conduct this event with everyone’s safety and health being our top priority. Here is a link to the protocols we are implementing. Our aim is to have up to 50 in-person participants. With limiting the capacity to 50 people, which is well below 50% capacity for our campus, we will be able to gather spaciously, utilize outdoor spaces and give individuals and small parties private accommodations.
More information HERE.


 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 19, 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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