UNIverse Weekly February 12-18, 2021

UNIverse Weekly February 12-18, 2021

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February 12-18, 2021


The February Theme is Risk.

Sunday, February14,   In 2021, the annual 30 Days of Love celebration centers 4 themes from a Widening the Circle of Concern, a report from the Commission on Institutional Change, a UUA Board-commissioned group charged with researching, reporting, and making recommendations for transforming white supremacy and other oppressions in the institutional history and practices of the UUA and its 1,000+ congregations and covenanted communities.

This Side With Love Sunday worship service lifts up those themes: Living our Values, Hospitality & Inclusion, Educating for Liberation, and Restoration and Reparations. What if to “side with love” meant making bold, faith-full choices? What if it were even a little bit scary? This worship service brings together worship leaders and musicians from across the country to offer hopeful, moving, challenging reminders about what we, as Unitarian Universalists, are called to do, and BE, in the world.  

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 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.


Mattiwilda Dobbs Janzon (1925-2015): Atlanta’s International Opera Star
by Philip J. Rogers
            The risk that it took for a black classical singer to launch an opera career in 1950s America was enormous.  Courage is not a strong enough word to describe it.  Mattiwilda Dobbs, however, was raised in a home where courage and risk were the norm.  Her father, John Wesley Dobbs, was convinced that he and others were required to take the risk and demand racial equality in Atlanta.  Mr. Dobbs was an Atlanta political and social justice advocate who spent his adult life fighting for the rights of black American citizens in the city of Atlanta and imparted that mindset and the commitment for excellence, equality, and public service to his six daughters.  These young ladies were taught to purposefully break down barriers of race and class with their intelligence, character, and sense of style.  Mattiwilda’s sister Irene married minister Maynard Jackson and together they raised a highly intelligent and courageous son, twice Atlanta Mayor, Maynard Jackson, Jr.  Mattiwilda, the fifth born daughter, set her sights on pursuing a professional performing artist career in what was then the characteristically white arena of opera performance and succeeded beyond her wildest dreams.



Mattiwilda Dobbs, Wikipedia:
Mattiwilda Dobbs was born on July 11, 1925, the fifth of six daughters born to Irene and John Wesley Dobbs, who were leaders in the African American community of Atlanta’s Auburn Avenue area. Like her sisters, she began piano lessons at the age of seven, sang in community and church choirs, and attended Spelman College, where she began to study voice. Naturally shy, she was so nervous at her first solo appearances that she had to lean on the piano for support, but her unusual talent and quality of voice persuaded her father to fund further studies in New York. She studied with Lotte Leonard and won a Marian Anderson Award, among other scholarships, and a John Hay Whitney Fellowship, which enabled her to study in Europe.
Dobbs’s coloratura soprano was praised for its freshness and agility, as well as for the beauty of its tone. After winning the International Music Competition in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1951, she sang in major festivals and opera houses throughout Europe, including La Scala in 1953. Her American debut was in 1954 at a recital in New York.  She sang the role of Gilda in Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto for her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 1956. Although Marian Anderson, a black opera singer from Pennsylvania, had preceded her to that stage in 1955, Dobbs was the first African American woman to be offered a long-term contract by the Met where she sang twenty-nine performances, in six roles, over eight seasons.
Although she remained close to her family and performed in Atlanta several times, personal as well as professional considerations prevented Dobbs from making the city her home. She lived in Spain with her first husband, Luis Rodriguez, who died of a liver ailment in June 1954, fourteen months after their wedding. She then married Bengt Janzon, a Swedish newspaperman, just before Christmas 1957. Her family attended the wedding, but because of the stir an interracial marriage would have caused in the segregated South, the ceremony was held in New York, and the new couple made their home in Sweden. Bengt Janzon did not visit Atlanta until 1967.
Following the example set by African American performer and activist Paul Robeson, Dobbs refused to perform for segregated audiences. In Atlanta she could have performed in African American churches or colleges, but she was not able to perform for a large integrated audience until the Atlanta City Auditorium was desegregated in 1962, when she was joined onstage and given a key to the city by Mayor Ivan Allen Jr.
In 1974, after retiring from the stage, Dobbs began a teaching career at the University of Texas, where she was the first African American artist on the faculty. She spent the 1974-75 school year as artist-in-residence at Spelman College, giving recitals and teaching master classes. In 1979 Spelman awarded honorary doctorates to both Dobbs and Marian Anderson.  Ms. Dobbs continued her teaching career as professor of voice at Howard University, in Washington, D.C. She also served on the board of the Metropolitan Opera, the National Endowment of the Arts Solo Recital Panel and continued to give recitals until as late as 1990 before retiring and returning to Atlanta until her death in 2015.
Mattiwilda Dobbs sings “The Doll’s Song” form the Tales of Hoffman by Offenbach- LIVE!


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

From Rev. Joan
Please keep in mind those in our congregation who are ill, hospitalized or recovering, as well as those grieving a loss.  Your prayers, healing thoughts, cards and emails are welcome. 

We were delighted to have Rev. Christina Branum-Martin and daughter Elissa do our Chalice Lighting this past week. Rev. Christina has been ill over the past week or two but is feeling better this week.   
Again, we congratulate Chloe Morgen on her acceptance to Bryn Mawr College for the next academic year!
Also keep in mind…
John Wienert             
Hugh Fordyce is continuing to feel better this week following a recent hospitalization.
Kevin Coleman, our NWUUC custodian, was at the hospital recently with his younger daughter who had a seizure and is in the hospital as of this writing. 
Kathy Frost suffered a fall while walking the Chattahoochee River trail last week.  She fractured her elbow and will need surgery this week. 
Barbara Holmes, the mother of Barbara Mondego, passed away recently following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease ultimately succumbing to COVID-19 in her final days. Please keep Barbara and her extended family as well as husband David Stewart and their three boys in mind. 
As always, mailing addresses for all of the above can be found in the REALM database.  
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


Office Closed Monday, February 15


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

NWUUC Book Groupies
Tuesday, March 9 at 7 pm

We will discuss Girl, Woman, Other – the 2019 Booker Prize Winner by Bernadine Evaristo, the first black author to win this award. The multiple characters are all black British women dealing with what it means to be alive in a fragmented modern world in which racial, tribal and class divides have complicated issues of identity from age to race to sexuality and class.

If you would like to join us for the discussion of this book, please call Penny Raney to be included on the Zoom list – 770 551 8817. Also, if you would like to purchase this book from our bookstore 100% of the profits go to NWUUC and the book can be ordered through the same telephone number.  

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


Friday, February 12, 7 pm Documentary Night
Sunday, February 14, 10 am Worship 

Sunday, February, 14, 11 am Coffee Hour 
Tuesday, February 16, 7 pm Board Meeting


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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