UNIverse Weekly August 26-September 1, 2022

UNIverse Weekly August 26-September 1, 2022

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August 26-September 1, 2022


Sunday, August 28, 2022 “Holy Now: A Water Communion Service”

What a beautiful, jam-packed weekend of Ingathering we just had!  In the spirit of keeping that joyous momentum going, please join us for our first in-person Water Communion in three years!  It will be so wonderful to share this ritual of connection together.  As in previous years, you are welcome and encouraged to bring with you a small container of water.  It may be from places you have traveled over the past three years, or symbolic of those places.  It may be symbolic of places you wish you had traveled, but the global pandemic halted your plans.  It may represent places you have traveled or wish you could have traveled for occasions of sorrow and grief.  It may be right from your kitchen tap and represent nothing more than gratitude for having clean safe water at home.   Just come with water.  And if you forget?  Well, we will have enough to share!  Besides, your body is mostly water anyway, so if you just show up well-hydrated, YOU will be enough!  

We will be in-person in the sanctuary, as well as online in our Zoom room or follow on our Facebook page. 


Nursery: Open from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

RE: Please join us the Chalice House after the service for RE classes and playground and activity time.

Grades PK-5

RE classes will begin for grades PK- 5 at 11:20 a.m. and will end at 12:00 noon. Parents should walk their children to the arts and crafts room located in the lower level of the Chalice House. Playground and activity time will take place from 12:00 noon – 12:30 p.m. All children should be picked up from the playground no later than 12:30 p.m.

Grades 6-12 (RE Class 11:00 – 12:00 noon)

Middle School and High School students will meet immediately after the service at the front entrance to the Chalice House. RE Teachers will meet you there and walk you into the building. This age group will be meeting in the upper level of the Chalice House.

Playground/Activity Time Volunteers

Come play with us! Volunteers are needed for playground and activity time. If you are interested in volunteering after the service, please contact the Director of Religious Education, Adia Fields-Udofia, at re@nwuuc.org

Chalice Lighter Registration

NWUUC welcomes children’s participation in the weekly Sunday service. Options to participate include lighting a chalice in the sanctuary, via Zoom during the service, or by submitting a video to re@nwuuc.org that can be played during the service. An LED candle can be used instead of a flame. Please use this link to sign up: Chalice Lighter Fall Registration Link


The Beginning of the Next

by Philip J. Rogers, D.M.A.


A Reading from SINGING The Living Tradition, #733

[A portion therefrom]


May this house be truly

a place of meeting-

meeting one with another

in warmth and joy and


meeting one with another

in courage and love and trust.


May all who enter here

Trust one another so surely

That they dare to share the deep fires

That burst into anger

As much as the sweet springwaters

That swell into laughter;

The slow erosion of wounded tears

As much as the soaring song.


May the rain fall lightly on this house,

The sun shine warmly,

The winds blow softly,

And bless it

As a place of joy and peace.


-Ellen B. Karpeles


May it be So!!


Reserve Your Space at the Retreat, October 21-23

Time to plan your trip to The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, NC, for our congregational retreat October 21-23.  This is a great opportunity to connect again with fellow congregants amid the breathtaking autumn colors and vistas from the top of our mountain.

Saturday morning our minister Misha Sanders will lead us in a workshop – The Art of Connection.  There will be other activities for the children.  After lunch there will be opportunities for hiking, crafts or just relaxing! There will also be time to practice your talent for our popular Saturday night talent show, followed by a campfire and yummy S’mores. 


Registration is available on The Mountain website under retreats or through the Mountain calendar page. Registration deadline is October 7, but spaces go fast so don’t wait to register!  

www.themountainrlc.org   828-526-5838 


Questions – call Penny Raney 770-551-8817.



Northwest will be hosting our first ever Death Cafe. The goal of Death Cafe is to increase awareness of death as a means of helping people make the most of their finite lives. This is not a bereavement support or grief counseling group; rather, it is a group directed discussion with no agenda, objectives or themes offered and no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action. The topics are determined by the attendees. If you are wondering or concerned about or otherwise interested in talking more about death, then please join our Death Cafe facilitated by Larry Helferich and Ashley Fournier-Goodnight on Sunday, 09/11 at 11:30 in the Chapel of the Chalice House.





Are you looking for ways to engage or re-engage with our beloved community?  

Wow do we ever have JUST THE THING!   

Questions about any of these roles?  We have plenty of volunteers and staff folks who would LOVE to talk to you about the expectations.  

Please reach out to Rev. Misha via email at minister@nwuuc.org.  

We’re already excited to have you on board and cannot wait to work together with you to make this beloved community even more of a collaboration of love and joy!

 Attention All Creative Makers!

“POSTPONED.  Due to illness the event will be rescheduled in late September or in October.



Creative Makers Market at Northwest!  If you create original work in any material (wood, clay, fabric, metal, photography, jewelry, etc.) we invite you to participate in our Market.  You will be provided with a table with tablecloth.  Work will be on display in Subramanian Hall and, weather permitting, on the patio.  You will be responsible for your own sales, 15% of which will go to Northwest.  Please send a description of your work (photo/s would be nice) to Helene Johnson  helenejohnson299@gmail.com and/or Nancy Johnson thenancyhelene@aol.com)


Virtual Documentary Night


We will have a Virtual Documentary Night in honor of Back to School Month on August 28th from 7 to 9 pm. This event is in collaboration with  No Lost Generation. They are a student-led refugee advocacy organization from George Washington University in Washington, DC. They work to support those affected by global refugee crises and are particularly concerned with increasing access to education for displaced and refugee youth.  We are meeting to talk about the documentary, Refugee Kids. This short documentary follows students at a New York City summer program for children seeking asylum from the world’s most volatile conflicts. Here is a link to where you can watch it for free. https://www.pbs.org/video/refugee-kids-one-small-school-takes-on-the-world-eftfat/ Here is a link to where you can RSVP.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-documentary-night-tickets-399830302197 You can check out our Community Documentary Night website for more details.  https://documentarynight.wordpress.com/ 


We will have a Special Virtual Documentary Night on September 11th from 7 to 9 pm. This event is in collaboration with Voices of Reentry, a Massachusetts based organization that invites formerly incarcerated people to tell their stories and, through storytelling and community dialogue, engage the public in conversation about the role we can all play in welcoming returning citizens back into our communities. We are meeting to talk about their new documentary, Voices of Reentry. This documentary weaves together the stories of formerly incarcerated people and the community members who support them, with historical footage and expertise to provide a rich, nuanced portrait of the harms of mass incarceration and the challenges of successful reentry. We will have a special guest from the film join us for a Q&A at the end of that night! Their film is in the final stages of completion and will be ready in mid-August. So, we will be some of the first to watch it! If you RSVP before mid-August, you will be sent an email later with a link and password once the film has been completed and made available.  Here is a link to where you can RSVP. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-documentary-night-tickets-394640589627 You can check out our Community Documentary Night website for more details.  https://documentarynight.wordpress.com/ 


We will have a Virtual Documentary Night on September 18th from 7 to 9 pm. We are meeting to talk about the documentary, The Gig is Up. This is a documentary about the real costs and false promises of the current gig economy that supports apps from Uber to Amazon and more. Here is a link to where you can watch it for free. https://tubitv.com/movies/654449/the_gig_is_up Here is a link to where you can RSVP.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-documentary-night-tickets-398673090947 This is also a Voting Night where we brainstorm and decide as a group what we will watch the following month, so please come with recommendations. If you need any ideas, you can search through the flyers HERE on our website, which have documentaries sorted by monthly holidays and other subjects. You can check out our Community Documentary Night website for more details.  https://documentarynight.wordpress.com/ 

Womenspirit 2022: October 5-9, 2022

​We recognize and celebrate the four ages of Woman: the Maiden, whose curiosity and boundless energy propel her towards discovery; the Mother, whose endurance and nurturing comfort all; the Warrior, whose passion and strength protect what is vital for the greatest good; and the Crone, whose wisdom and patience bring a wise perspective to us all. Each passage teaches us and those around us.

​All women are welcome at UUWomenspirit, regardless of sex assigned at birth.  Here, we believe and affirm that transgender women are women.  While we recognize that we are still learning and growing, we aim to be a welcoming and inclusive place for all women who wish to celebrate the Feminine Divine.


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. 

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,

Ashley Fournier-Goodnight, 903-278-1923

Brian Freeman, 404-626-0298

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




Gwen Kahn 08/01

Jordan Goldman 08/03

Michael Dierickx 08/04

Harry Trendell 08/07

Kristen Fowks 08/09

Ashley Fournier-Goodnight 08/10

Jenn Miller 08/10

Chrissy Haddad 08/13

Hannah Cowart 08/16

Anne Bennett 08/17

Hugh Fordyce 08/21

Ben Sellers 08/25

Jill Benton 08/31

Anniversaries (by year joined)

Judy Seaman 08/21/2005

Kathy Spears 08/09/2018


Sunday, August 28

10:00am Virtual and in person Worship

11:00am Virtual and in person Coffee 

7:00pm Virtual Documentary Night

Wednesday, August 31

12:00pm Final Newsletter Article Deadline 

7:00pm Voices of Northwest rehearsal



Leadership 2022-2023

Board of Trustees 

President: Allen Rider  

President Elect: Tony Barbagallo

Secretary: Marilyn Matlock 

Finance: Grier Page  finance@nwuuc.org

Trustee at Large: Cameron Moore

Trustee at Large: Jill Benton

Youth Trustee at Large:  Robert Niedermeyer

Immediate Past President: Lynne Dale


Ministries Team Leaders

Communications: Lil Woolf   

Community Co-leads: Judy McKinley and Kat Benoy

Gardens & Spaces Co-leads: Richard Goodnight and Larry Helferich

Justice: Dave Zenner

Learning: Veta Tucker 

Rentals: Beryl Grall-Petty

Stewardship Co-Leads: Gwen Kahn and Melissa Niedermeyer 


Rev. Misha Sanders, Senior Minister  

Rev. Joan Davis, Community Minister joanarmstrongdavis@gmail.com

Adia Fields-Udofia, Religious Education Director  re@nwuuc.org

Dr. Philip Rogers, Music Director  music@nwuuc.org




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