UNIverse Weekly February 5-11, 2021

UNIverse Weekly February 5-11, 2021

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February 5-11, 2021


“The February Theme is  Risk “

Sunday, February 7, “The Risk to Blossom”

 Join us for a youth-led worship to explore how growth and change can be risks worth taking. 
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.


Pi Day

The RE program will be celebrating Pi Day on Sunday, March 15th. RE families are invited to participate by sharing a video clip explaining how your family celebrates Pi Day followed by sharing a fun math fact and/or enjoying a slice of your favorite flavor of pie! We are voting on the best type of pie, so please don’t forget to cast your vote and include in your video what you think is the best flavor of pie. Please upload your favorite photos from previous Pi Day events to the following folder by February 28th.


Call for Chalice Lighters

We are seeking chalice lighters for 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 or 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, February 14th and Saturday, February 28th at 12:00 noon. CartUUns uses short animated clips from Disney and Pixar to explore UU values.


 Black History Month: Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Determined Intellect
by Philip J. Rogers, D.M.A.
            The establishment of Negro History Week, now Black History Month, was birthed from the historical passion of educator and historian, Carter G. Woodson.  Woodson recognized the importance of including the historical significance of black persons to that of the world history educational canon.  The following article gives a brief description of this determined intellectual scholar – the second black man to earn a PhD at Harvard University following W. E. B. Du Bois.
From: ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and HistoryEst. 1915
“ASALH is itself part of African Americans treated, as Carter G. Woodson often said, as “a negligible factor” in American and world history.  While he labored with a singularity of purpose, Woodson did not work alone.  His co-workers at the Association were many, ranging from college presidents and government officials, to celebrated poets and philosophers, to everyday folks in rural hamlets.  To explore the history of ASALH is to glimpse a people’s strivings, their institution building.  To bring that history to life in one’s imagination is to walk with giants.”
His formative years by Burnis R. Morris:
Carter Godwin Woodson was born on December 19, 1875, near New Canton, Virginia. Carter, one of nine children, said he often left the dinner table hungry and sought food in nearby woods. After he went to bed on Saturday nights, his mother washed the clothing he had been wearing so he could don clean clothes to church on Sundays.
Woodson enrolled in 1895 at Huntington, West Virginia’s all-black Douglass High School and was frequently absent because he was off working, but he studied Virgil and Caesar on his own. He tested well and received a diploma after about a year of a two-year program in 1896, in a graduating class of two. Woodson then studied briefly at Berea College in Kentucky and at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania before moving to Fayette County, West Virginia, and teaching high school in Winona.
CARTER G. WOODSON by Korey Bowers Brown:
During the dawning decades of the twentieth century, it was commonly presumed that black people had little history besides the subjugation of slavery. Today, it is clear that blacks have significantly impacted the development of the social, political, and economic structures of the United States and the world. Credit for the evolving awareness of the true place of blacks in history can, in large part, be bestowed on one man, Carter G. Woodson. And, his brainchild the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. is continuing Woodson’s tradition of disseminating information about black life, history and culture to the global community.
Known as the “Father of Black History,” Woodson (1875-1950) was the son of former slaves and understood how important gaining a proper education is when striving to secure and make the most out of one’s divine right of freedom. Although he did not begin his formal education until he was [almost] 20 years old, his dedication to study enabled him to earn a high school diploma in West Virginia, his first undergraduate degree from Berea College in Kentucky, and bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Chicago in just a few years. In 1912, Woodson became the second African American to earn a PhD at Harvard University.
Recognizing the dearth of information on the accomplishments of blacks in 1915, Dr. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).
Under Woodson’s pioneering leadership, the Association created research and publication outlets for black scholars with the establishment of the Journal of Negro History (1916) and the Negro History Bulletin (1937), which garners a popular public appeal.
In 1926, Dr. Woodson initiated the celebration of Negro History Week, which corresponded with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, this celebration was expanded to include the entire month of February, and today Black History Month garners support throughout the country as people of all ethnic and social backgrounds discuss the black experience. ASALH views the promotion of Black History Month as one of the most important components of advancing Dr. Woodson’s legacy.
Read the full account of the life and legacy of Carter G. Woodson:


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


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, Senior 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


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.

Black History Month and Roswell Roots Virtual Presentation
Saturday, February 13, 12-1 pm 

Please join Northwest member Dr. Veta Tucker on Saturday, February 13, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST for a virtual presentation and discussion on the 19th Century enslaved labor force at Smith Plantation through the particular perspective of one woman named Clarinda and her family, in honor of Black History Month and Roswell Roots.   Using available records and knowledge, this story will bear witness to the life of a woman who began her life enslaved by the Smith family but lived through the years of Civil War and Emancipation to chart her own course as Clarinda Richardson. Lecture is recommended for adults and consists of a 40 minute presentation with a 10 to 15 minute question and answer session.

To sign up for this free event please use this link.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-discussion-on-the-enslaved-labor-force-at-the-smith-plantation-tickets-139720522845

Covid Vaccine Information Update

The text notification system announced last week for Covid Vaccine information has a new number, 844-554-4024. Text VAX to this number, or visit https://discodroid.ai/vaxapp/, and the system will alert you when appointments open up in the following counties: DeKalb, Fulton, Clayton, Gwinnett, Rockdale and Newton.


  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.

Looking Toward Mountain Camp 2021
Hello parents, campers, families, and all
treasured affiliates of The Mountain,


My name is Hannah Leeper, and I am the new director for MountainCamp, having recently taken over for Megan Quattlebaum Van Der Linde.
This summer, I will be co-leading MountainCamp with Brennan Cain-Nuccio, who many of you know well from her work with MountainCamp in summers past. 

I am writing today to share the exciting news that…
Camp staff, CIT, and ASCENDER Applications are now open!  
You can find the link to apply on our website, under the Youth Programs > MountainCamp tab. This summer, we will be hiring for the following seasonal positions, as well as accepting applications for high school-age CITs and ASCENDERs:
–          Cabin Counselor
–          Outdoor Adventure Lead
–          ASCENDER Mentor
–          CIT Mentor
–          Health Center Coordinator
–          Programs Coordinator
If you know any outstanding young people who would like to get involved with MountainCamp this summer on staff or as a CIT/ASCENDER (or anyone with a medical background who would be interested in serving as a Health Center Coordinator), please encourage them to apply!

*Of note, we will be accepting seasonal staff applications on a rolling basis, and applications for both the CIT and ASCENDER programs will close on March 15th.
If you have any questions, please direct inquiries to youthcamp@themountainrlc.org.
Follow us on the MountainCamp Facebook page for updates as well.

We thank you in advance for your support as we plan for this coming summer, and your patience as we receive applications and conduct interviews. We are looking forward to safely bringing Camp back this summer!
All the best,
Hannah Leeper
MountainCamp Program Director



02/02 John Reeves
02/03 Penny Raney
02/05 Elizabeth Hickman
02/07 David Benoy
02/07 Sharon Cameron
02/07 David Stewart
02/15 Dave Zenner
02/17 Bruce Niedermeyer
02/18 Judy McKinley
02/19 Jordan Dale
02/20 Allan Sanders
02/20 Dominic Stewart
02/22 Sebastian Stewart
02/25 Ella Morgen
02/25 Larry Wallis
02/28 Deborah Ross

Anniversaries (by year joined)

02/08/1975 Hugh Fordyce
02/05/1995 Chrissy Haddad
02/13/2005 Laura Hall
02/15/2009 Karen Reagle
02/15/2009 Allen Rider
02/14/2010 Tom Godfrey
02/08/2015 Barbara Dondiego
02/08/2015 David Stewart
02/14/2016 Danny Sample
02/14/2016 Gina Sample


Sunday, February 7, 10 am Worship 
Sunday, February, 7, 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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