UNIverse Weekly  October 9-15, 2020

UNIverse Weekly  October 9-15, 2020

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 October 9-15, 2020 


October Worship Theme: Grief
Please join us this Sunday as we join Unitarian Universalists all over the nation in the UU The Vote worship service, created by leaders of our Unitarian Universalist Association.
“For Unitarian Universalists, this is faithful, moral action because democracy and the right of all people to have a voice and a vote are at the very heart of our Seven Principles. This work is about the inherent worth and dignity of every person; it is about restoring right relationship with the planet; it is about our commitment to justice and equity for all people. We are called to courageously embody the deepest values of our faith with our hearts, bodies, and spirits while building toward an abundant future in which all are free and flourishing.” – Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

The login for Zoom is https://nwuuc.org/zoom/ or follow the service on our Facebook page. Stay tuned in afterwards for Coffee Hour.  



WE ARE SEEKING CHALICE LIGHTERS FOR OCTOBER and NOVEMBER. 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


Music of the American Experience
by Philip J. Rogers

     As we approach the election of our next president, senators, congress persons, state and city officials it seems only appropriate to focus on some of the music that will help encourage us along the way.

     Composer Gene Sheer composed a piece that has been performed over the past fifteen or so years. Opera mezzo soprano Denyce Graves recently performed his “American Anthem” during the tribute ceremony for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Today I will share the recorded performance of this work by my colleague and friend, opera baritone Nathan Gunn.


     Ray Charles is renowned for his rendition of “America, the Beautiful” which we share for you as well along with the historic performance of “God Bless America” by mezzo soprano Kate Smith.

Ray Charles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CILIBlQ2D0Q&feature=share

Kate Smith: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwPkhbmSoJQ&feature=share

     May you be inspired to “keep hope alive” as we cast our ballots over the next several weeks and on November 3rd.


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 continues to make phone calls in an attempt to touch base with all members as we are still practicing social distancing. If you haven’t heard from us yet, rest assured your time is coming. However, we are placing calls based on birthdays and joining anniversary dates.  If you have never put your birthday into the Realm system, we’ll never know when to wish you a happy birthday!  Now is the time to learn how to use Realm and to be able make your own calls to friends you have been missing on Sundays.  If you need help with accessing Realm, please send an email to the Tech Team at techhelp@nwuuc.org and one of our friendly tech gurus will call to help you. 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. If you don’t want your joy or sorrow made public that is ok, too. You can trust our confidentiality.

Your Care Corps Team

From Rev. Joan

Each Sunday, during our virtual worship service we lift up the Joys and Sorrows which members and friends of Northwest have shared with our Care Corps team. We also invite those logged in to go to the CHAT box at the bottom of their screen to share a bit of what’s going on in their lives. 
From Penny Raney: John Wienert is doing a little better in his recovery from his fall. Keep sending healthy healing thoughts and prayers!

With THANKS to all of you who share in the work of keeping community,

Your Care Corps Team.

If you have a joy or sorrow you would like to have shared in the UNIverse please call or email Rev. Joan Davis at 404-275-0236 or joanarmstrongdavis@gmail.com.

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


Coffee Hour

Do you enjoy coffee hour each Sunday?  Are you willing to be a host from time to time?  From the beginning of our virtual Sundays we have been fortunate enough to have Liz Martin as our coffee hour host,  (thank you, Liz!) but now that she is back into intense seminary studies she isn’t able to be the host each week. 
It’s pretty easy if you have any tech skills at all, so don’t be shy!  Send your name to our IT Helpdesk at techhelp@nwuuc.org and one of us will get back to you with how-to instructions.

Patio Pavers 

Determined work warriors for the past two weeks: John Hagler, Allen Rider, David, Dominic and Gabriel Stewart, Larry Wallis and  Morning Washburn.  Many thanks to all of you for doing the final stretch of hard, tedious labor to make our patio beautiful.  While there is no work party planned for this coming weekend, we will assess whether it is needed the following week.

Send us your pictures!!

At the worship service several weeks ago we had a slide show of pictures of US! It was great to see recent photos of many of us in our homes and elsewhere.  It was so well received that we’d like to continue it for a while longer, so we ask that you upload your photographs of what you have been doing this summer, whether they are pictures of you coping during quarantine, or taking a vacation away or both.  Please send pictures that include you, your families, friends and your pets in them so that we may share our collective joy. 

We want to include as many people as we can.  Please continue to upload your photographs to this Google drive link, https://forms.gle/9HmcXuR3RkEMU2fN9. If you are not able to access the drive, you may email pictures to this email address, webmaster@nwuuc.org.

IT Help Desk


If you need help using Zoom to log into the service or a church online meeting, logging into Realm, our webpage Nwuuc.org or into our Facebook Group page, we have a team of experts who can help.   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. One of them will respond with answers.

Shop NWUUC Merch

Check out Northwest’s new merchandise shop at www.zazzle.com/store/northwestuuc for T-shirts, polos, and more!

If you’re interested in submitting merchandise designs, please email Cameron Moore at stewardship@nwuuc.org.

Zoom Documentary Discussion
A Class Divided
7pm on Friday, October 9th

Watch the documentary A Class Divided on your own and then join a virtual discussion on Zoom!

The film profiles the Iowa schoolteacher Jane Elliott and her class of third graders, who took part in a class exercise about discrimination and prejudice in 1970 and reunited as adults to recall the experience.

Here is a link to where you can watch it for free. https://youtu.be/1mcCLm_LwpE
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 email list. That way you will be able to receive updates on future events as well as the zoom link and password, which will be sent out the morning of the discussion.

NWUUC Book Groupies

The NWUUC Book Groupies will not be meeting in September but we will resume our monthly meetings, now on Zoom, at 7 pm on Tuesday, October 13th, to discuss White Fragility, the NY Times best seller by Robin DiAngelo and published by our UU Beacon Press. “DiAngelo explores how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.” This is a short book so, for extra “credit” or if you have already read it, we are recommending Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a memoir developed through a series of letters from the author to his son. This is an exceptional book written in Coates’s usual insightful style. 

UUCA Men’s Retreat at The Mountain-October 23 – 25

You are invited to join your fellow UUCA men as they gather spaciously for their annual Fall Retreat at The Mountain. Fresh air, open vistas, hiking, time in nature and brotherhood awaits you.  This weekend promises to be an enjoyable time during the peak Fall season in the NC mountains. 
The Mountain is following all best practices for keeping our guests healthy during this time. The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center remains vigilant about offering a safe and hospitable experience. COVID-19 health measures can be found on their website.
Registration Fee includes: Lodging, meals including dinner on arrival through lunch on departure and use of assigned facilities.

Cost: $190 per person
Note: In The Mountain’s efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus every participant will be given their own private bedroom, unless you inform us of the desire to be paired with another attendee as roommates. There is no additional cost for this private room upgrade.  
To register, click on this LINK.  For more information, contact Sven Lovegren: sven.lovegren@uuca.org


The Mountain, our UU Retreat and Learning Center outside Highlands, NC, is a wonderful resource during this pandemic time of isolation, etc. Please consider supporting their programs, some virtual, some on the mountaintop!

Understand White Privilege and Become an Anti-Racist 
Sep 23 – Oct 28


The Mountain, our UU Retreat and Learning Center outside Highlands, NC, is a wonderful resource during this pandemic times of isolation, etc, Please consider supporting their programs, some virtual, some on the mountaintop! I am taking the Understand White Privilege and Become an Anti-Racist which started September 23. There are 62 people taking this Zoom seminar and there is room for more  so you can still sign up. -Penny

A Six-Week Series on Wednesdays from 12 noon – 1:30 
Acquire guidance and answers to these questions and more:
• What is white privilege?

• Why is it so difficult for white people to talk about racism and how can we do better?

• What is the difference between a racist, a non-racist and an anti-racist?

• How can each one of us authentically become an anti-racist?


October Birthdays                                October Joining Anniversaries 

Ed Kilbourne  10/01
Karen Reagle  10/07
Hannah Johnson  10/09
Charlotte Alyea  10/11
Eileen Taylor  10/11
Cathryn DuBow  10/13
Helene Johnson  10/13
Gus Newman 10/13
Tony Barbagallo  10/14
Edward Lawrence 10/17
Quinn Page  10/18
Lynne Dale  10/19
Kathy Frost  10/21
Benjamin Manely  10/22
Alison Williams  10/23
Laura Hall  10/31
Penny Raney  10/22/1978
Michael Manely  10/28/2004
Shelia Manely  10/28/2004
Deborah Andrews-Gautney  10/30/2011
Helen Borland  10/18/2014
Harry Trendell  10/19/2014
Peggy Emrey  10/11/2015




Sunday, October 11, 10 am Worship  

Virtual Coffee 11 am 



Board of Trustees 2020-2021

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, Minister
Rev. Joan Davis, Community Minister
Adia Fields-Udofia, Religious Education Director
Dr. Philip Rogers, Music Director




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