UNIverse Weekly  January 15-21, 2021

UNIverse Weekly  January 15-21, 2021

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 January 15-21, 2021


Sunday January 17 “Invincible Summer” Rev. Misha 
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
-Albert Camus
Does it feel to you like the winter of our discontent will last forever?  Yes, me too!  
This Sunday, we will explore our theme for the month, balance, and our inner “something stronger” through a lens of the long overdue racial reckoning in our nation.  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is this coming Monday and we will focus much of our service on the honoring of his vital legacy.   

The login for Zoom is https://nwuuc.org/zoom/ or follow the service on our Facebook page. Stay tuned in afterwards for our Coffee Hour at 11 am.



Call for Chalice Lighters

We are seeking chalice lighters for January and February. NWUUC welcomes participation in the weekly Sunday service. Options to participate include lighting a chalice 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:


Card Shower for Sydney Kahn

Please join us in supporting Sydney Kahn as she begins her journey as a college student. Our Northwest family is invited to participate in a card shower in her honor. We will shower her with UU love and support by sending her a card with a positive message and words of encouragement as she adjusts to college life. Her mailing address has been updated in Realm. Please consider participating as she could use our support during this exciting time in her life. You can also contact our DRE, Adia Fields-Udofia at re@nwuuc.org to receive her mailing address.

RE Zoom Class K-5

Children and youth in the RE program in grades K-5 are invited to participate in a virtual RE class with High Street UU Congregation entitled CartUUns on Saturday, January 16th and Saturday, January 30th at 12:00 noon. CartUUns uses short animated clips from Disney and Pixar to explore UU values.

Zoom ID: 273 401 630
Password: HSUURE

Youth-Led Service Planning Meeting

The next youth-led worship planning meeting will be on January 17th at 12:00 noon. Students in middle school and high school are invited to participate in the planning meeting. Please join us to share your ideas. You can participate and contribute to the service behind the scenes if you would prefer not to be on camera during the service.

Zoom ID: 865 493 2315
Password: NWUUC11



Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Determined to Reverse the Racial Status Quo
by Dr. Philip J. Rogers

     The message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one based on social justice equality for black Americans.  As a 26-year-old minister in Birmingham, Alabama, King began his public involvement as a civil rights advocate to dispel years of American racial inequality.  He joined a growing list of resisters against such inequality who received brutal, life threatening pushback from those determined to maintain white superiority.  What we witnessed on Wednesday, January 6 was an internationally televised violent insurrection against racial equality in America.  Those anarchists believe the election was stolen by black voters who were historically prevented from having the right to election parity through the vote.

     The loathing of non-whites in America was demonstrated on many platforms throughout American history.  A student of racial history, King was keenly aware of Andrew Jackson, for instance, the 7th president of the United States, who signed the 1830 Indian Removal Act which led to the “Trail of Tears” during his infamous “Jacksonian Era.”  What is not common knowledge in American history textbooks is his administration’s condoning of racial hatred propaganda during regularly staged public music performances on American stages by defaming and vilifying black slaves as “black face” buffoons and inferior monkeys of limited intelligence.  Abolitionists arose to challenge these and other socially discriminatory acts and continually encountered acts of violence and death.

     One such abolitionist, John Brown, was killed at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia in 1859 with the grandfather of American poet, Langston Hughes who chose, along with other slaves, to stand up and revolt for their rights to freedom.

     Fannie Lou Hamer ran for Congress in 1964 because she was “sick and tired of being sick and tired” of continued racial voter discrimination by the American government that refused to recognize the personhood and intellect of black Americans as equals.

     Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. popularized the term, “The Beloved Community” first coined by philosopher-theologian, Josiah Royce.  Dr. Jeff Ritterman, M.D. noted:

          “The King Center was founded by Coretta Scott King to further the goals of Martin Luther King.  According to the Center,

             Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.                        

     How is King’s Beloved Community a prescription for a healthy society?  Fundamental to the concept of the Beloved Community is inclusiveness, both economic and social.  The notion that all can share in Earth’s bounty describes a society in which the social product is shared far more equally than it is in today’s world.  The Beloved Community also describes a society in which all are embraced and none discriminated against.  Economic and social justice are the twin pillars supporting the Beloved Community.

     In highly unequal countries like the United States, health outcomes and social well-being suffer.  The King Center addresses one of the key public health challenges of our time by emphasizing a fairer sharing of the social product and an elimination of poverty and homelessness.”

     In Dr. King’s final speech at a Memphis church in April 1968 he told the congregation that, “I’ve been to the mountain top….  And I’ve seen the promised land.  I may not get there with you.  But I want you to know tonight, that we as a people will get to the promised land.  And I’m happy tonight.  I’m not worried about anything.  I’m not fearing any man.  Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”  In her lyrics for the song, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, Julia Ward Howe further wrote, “His Truth is marching on.”  The truth of equal justice and freedom for all humankind is the ultimate goal.  The concept of equal justice has been scorned and embattled by lesser minds hungry for power, wealth, racial and social dominion for centuries.

     What we witnessed last Wednesday, January 6 was yet another demonstration of resistance to the idea of racial, social, economic, voter equality and justice for black and brown citizens of America – a racist proclamation that has existed in this country and internationally for centuries, but destined to be overturned.


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

Joys and Sorrows  

From Rev. Joan

Many of you this week shared a variety of feelings about the insurgency that gripped our nation’s capital last week. There was shock, anger, fear, humiliation.  Seeing the State House desecrated was deeply painful and watching our elected officials seeking cover while armed thugs sacked the chamber was shocking. And this happened on the day that saw 3,964 deaths from Covid-19, a record.  Of those two circumstances Judy McKinley wrote in the CHAT during Sunday’s worship service:  Such deep sorrow, such deep grief…

Here follow other Joys and Sorrows from this week.

Lil Woolf shared a concern for her nephew and his wife in Ohio, both of whom are dealing with Covid.  Another nephew in Virginia is recovering from the virus.
Lil also shared a joy.  An ICE detainee pen pal of hers has been returned to his home in Angola and is now a free man.  He called her on Saturday!
We grieve with Rev. Misha.  A family friend, Kyle Montgomery and his infant son Paxton, lost their lives this past week.

Maria Drinkard expressed concern about her 80 year old brother who lives in an independent living facility in Silver Spring, MD.  He tested positive for Covid, but is asymptomatic. Maria and her family are grateful for that.


We continue to ask that you keep Marti Wilson and her nephew, Ryan Wilson in mind. Ryan is still at Kennestone Hospital where he’s been for much of the past nine months. He’s now had a colostomy and multiple blood transfusions.  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

A memorial Service for former Northwest member Elizabeth Kloss will be held via Zoom on Saturday January 30th at 3 p.m. (Eastern time).  If you are interested in an email invitation please email Diane Kloss, dkloss@kent.edu.

Many NWUUC members will remember Dante Santacroce who passed away on December 29th in San Diego, CA at age 91.  Dante was a long time member of UUCA where he was the director of the Underground Theater there.  He is predeceased by his wife Mary Nell Santacroce who died in 1999.  The obituary can be found here:  legacy.com

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
Ashley Fournier Goodnight  903-278-1923
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


Office Closed Monday, January 18


The Best Thing that has happened this week:  
Our Certificate of Occupancy!!


CUUPS Imbolc Ritual

In the depth of Winter lies the hope of Spring and the Pagan Wheel of the Year turns to celebrate this phenomenon with Imbolc. Please join NWUUC Hawk’s Hoop CUUPS to celebrate Imbolc with a virtual ritual Sunday, January 31 at 12pm. 

Zoom Documentary Discussion
Forks Over Knives
7pm on Friday, January 22 

Watch the documentary Forks Over Knives on your own and then join a virtual discussion on Zoom!

This film examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by changing what we put on our fork rather than going under the knife. Here is a link to where you can watch it for free. https://tubitv.com/movies/557399/forks_over_knives
We will also have a special guest! Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, from the documentary, has agreed to join us for a Q&A! So while you’re watching the documentary, write down any questions you might have. Feel free to invite anyone you think may be interested in joining our discussion.

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. For information on the February documentary selection, The First Rainbow Coalition, see below.

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.

UU Congregations, Fellowships & Churches  


Your members and friends are cordially invited to join us for our VIRTUAL Seminary for a Day on Saturday, January 30, at First Unitarian Portland. This year’s spiritual theme is entitled, Success, Failure, and Everything In Between. 
Our keynote speaker is the Rev. Meg Riley, co-moderator of the UUA, the highest volunteer office of our movement.  Rev. Riley spent 37 years as a UU religious professional, including stints as the UUA’s Director of (then) LBG Concerns, Director of the UUA Washington Office, and Head of the Advocacy and Witness Staff Group.  
At Seminary for a Day Rev. Riley is eager to share what she has learned and reflect on how our faith’s past weaknesses, successes and failures can help us now in our pursuits of equality and justice. She will explore the topic through the lens of our work in welcoming LGBTQ+ people and the lessons that have come from that work.
Details: Saturday, January 30, 2021
12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Registration is open until 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 29th. You will receive a Zoom link via email before the event.
Below are the event links for Facebook and Instagram:
Facebook: https://fb.me/e/1OLh0trrl 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CJrCCwSBkud/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link 
If you have any questions or would like any additional descriptions please contact Kerry, kheintze@firstunitarianportland.org

Rev. Bill Sinkford | He/Him/His | Senior Minister
First Unitarian Church
1034 S.W. 13th Ave. | Portland, OR 97205 | 503.228.6389 x272

Zoom Documentary Discussion
The First Rainbow Coalition
7pm on Friday, February 12 

Watch on your own and then join a virtual discussion on Zoom!
The First Rainbow Coalition the documentary 

This film shows how the The Chicago Black Panther Party, the Latino group Young Lords Organization, and the Young Patriots organization banded together in 1969 to confront issues such as police brutality and substandard housing. Here is a link to where you can watch it for free. 


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.


  We Still Need People to Host………   

Do you enjoy Coffee Hour each Sunday?  Are you willing to host from time to time.  It is super easy (and we will train you), but without more people willing to do it we might have to discontinue.  

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. 

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 Zazzle for T-shirts, polos, and now, masks!

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



Fay Mann 01/05

Sydney Kahn 01/07

Adia Fields-Udophia 01/10

Jared Freeman 01/11

Mani Subramanian 01/11

Jamie Williams 01/19

Marti Wilson 01/25

Suzy Alford 01/27

Clarence Rosa 01/27


Nancy Tartikoff 01/09/1977

Peter Tartikoff 01/09/1977

John Reeves 01/04/1987

Rebecca Reeves 01/04/1987

Steve Stern 01/24/1993

Peg Gary 01/03/2004

Gwen Kahn 01/22/2005

Sharon Cameron 01/27/2007

Ilene Goldman 01/27/2007

Marilyn Matlock 01/28/2007

Greg Pattison 01/28/2007

Glenn Koller 01/06/2013

Darrick Alford 01/13/2013

Suzy Alford 01/13/2013

Bill Peterson 01/13/2013

Maggie Menkus 01/07/2018

Chloe Morgen 01/06/2019

Ella Morgen 01/06/2019

Sydney Kahn 01/13/2019

Michael Kuhar 01/13/2019

Grier Page 01/13/2019

Toni Page 01/13/2019


Sunday, January 17 10 am Worship 
Sunday, January 17, 11 am Coffee Hour 


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




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