October 12-18, 2018
The Order of Service for Sunday, October 14
Sunday, October 14, Tikkun Olam
Rev. Jonathan Rogers
Tikkun Olam means to heal or repair the world. What can this movement and philosophy teach us about acting for love and justice in the wider world? Join us first in service to learn about the radically loving and inclusive tradition of Renewal Judaism, and then in the streets as we march for love and inclusion in the Pride Parade.
Sunday, October 21, Leveraging Privilege (@ The Mountain)
Rev. Jonathan Rogers
TBD (@NW) Michelle Bishop
A counselor at The Mountain last year gave me this definition for privilege: a privileged identity is one you don’t have to think about. Each of us has identities both of marginalization and of privilege. How can we use the ways in which we have privilege to make our world better for everyone?
Sunday, October 28, BCT
Guest Speaker, Eddy Carroll, UUA Transitions Department
Beyond Categorical Thinking (BCT) is a program designed to promote inclusive thinking and prevent unfair discrimination during a congregation’s search for a settled minister. Unitarian Universalism has often been at the forefront of acceptance in ministerial leadership, and this program is a big part of why. Please help us to continue to lead the way by joining us for Saturday’s BCT workshop and the Sunday morning BCT service. (See article in “Of Interest” section below).
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. Jonathan Rogers, Minister, 770-955-1408
Rev. Joan Armstrong Davis, Community Minister, 404-275-0236
Maria Drinkard, 678-644-6480
Linton Hopkins, 678-938-8858
Lil Woolf, 404-276-6189
Care Corps Announcements
A memorial service for Barbara Peterson will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, October 13th, at Northwest. Barbara was a dear friend, member, and trustee of our congregation. Please keep her husband, Bill Peterson, and their family in your thoughts.
Workday for Gardens and Spaces
Saturday, October 13, 9 am-1 pm
NWUUC members and friends meet monthly to work on various projects for repair, maintenance, and improvement. Contact the Gardens and Spaces Ministry Team Leader John Hagler (email@example.com) for details.
Barbara Peterson Memorial Service
Saturday, October 13, 3 pm
Barbara was born on June 6, 1951 in Elmore County near the city of Wetumpka, Alabama. Her parents were Clifton and Agnes Bozeman Hollonquest. She was raised partly in Alabama and partly in Indianapolis, Indiana. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Purdue University and then a law degree from Northwestern University with a concentration in Tax law. She was married to William Theodore Peterson on March 28, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has worked in the corporate world, first in Chicago, Illinois then in in Evansville, Indiana and lastly in Atlanta, Georgia. She received an award for chairing one of the insurance trade associations in 2011. She volunteered since retiring in 2015 including serving on the board of directors at our church and helping out with the Boy Scouts of America in an underprivileged neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia.
Barbara loved dogs and raised three rescue dogs from puppyhood to maturity, Duke who lived to be 15, Dakota about 10. We adopted Romeo in 2009 and he is still a healthy but mischievous dog at age 10. The association for the prevention of cruelty to animals was her favorite charity to support.
She also made occasional contributions to the Alliance Theater, the Southwest Atlanta Arts Alliance, the Shakespeare Tavern, and the High Museum of Arts.
She is survived by her husband Bill, sisters Nell and Tina, brothers Gerry and Daryl, step children Zenaida and Zephaniah and many loving nieces nephews and friends.
EARTH MINISTRY SECOND HOUR
PART TWO: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A GREEN SANCTUARY
SUNDAY OCT. 14, 11:30, CHALICE HOUSE CHAPEL
You don’t have to be a member of the Earth Ministry team to join in part two of the conversation on how Earth Ministry and the Northwest congregation fulfill our covenant to being a Green Sanctuary. We will further discuss options for plans on specific projects in four areas of focus: Worship and Celebration, Religious Education, Sustainable Living and Environmental Justice.
Do you know how a rain garden decreases storm water runoff? Come watch a video on rain gardens. Do you know how to teach a young person in Religious Education how to weave a mattress for a homeless person from single use plastic shopping bags? Come see how it’s done. We will also talk about how inspiring it is to meet with other sustainability conscious faith congregations or to work as partners for cleaner water with a community organization.
In September’s “Part One” we took a backward look at becoming a Green Sanctuary in 2011. In this October Second Hour, we will focus on being green in 2018.
For more information contact: Tom or Linda Couch, Earth Ministry Co-Team Leaders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, October 14, Noon
We hope you will join us in living our message of justice and equity in the world this Sunday after worship, when we will be heading downtown to march in the Atlanta Pride Parade! Atlanta area UUs will congregate behind First Methodist; we recommend folks take MARTA to the Civic Center station and then walk toward Ivan Allen Blvd. to find us. Additional directions and a map can be found here. See you there!
Carpool To The Mountain
There will be a sign up sheet on the Community Table in the lobby Sunday, Oct.14, for anyone who wants or needs to carpool to The Mountain. This is a great way to share life stories on the way as well as help with saving our environment. There will also be a sheet of directions to The Mountain from Atlanta, what signs to look for, etc. Don’t depend on GPS. It has been known to take a roundabout route! If you aren’t going to be at NWUUC Sunday and would like to share the ride leave a message for Penny Raney at 770 551 8817.
LUUNCH BUUNCH DISCUSSES
“THE SURPRISING HABITS OF
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 11:45 am
How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies “originals”: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure.
“The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,” Grant says. “You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.” Adam Grant comes to us via the TED TALKS series.
Come as you are. Reservations are not required. Bring your lunch and convene in the Art Gallery at 11:45 am. We’ll begin with lunch, introductions, and personal updates, and the program will end at 1:15 pm. You may come late or leave early, as your schedule dictates.
BEYOND CATEGORICAL THINKING
Please join the Ministerial Search Committee on Saturday, October 27, as we participate in the Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop offered by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) for congregations involved in the search for a new minister. The Search Committee invites all congregational leaders, members, and friends to participate in this workshop. We will meet in the lobby at 9 am Saturday for coffee and other refreshments, then begin our workshop at 9:30 am in the sanctuary. We will finish by noon.
The Beyond Categorical Thinking program is designed to promote inclusive thinking and help prevent unfair discrimination in the search process for a new minister. This program includes a three-hour BCT workshop Saturday and a Sunday morning service with Eddy Carroll, a facilitator trained by the UUA. In the workshop our members will:
Consider the hopes, expectations, and concerns they have for a new minister
Learn more about the ministerial search process, and
Explore how thinking categorically about people sometimes interferes with choosing the best candidate.
Come on Saturday, October 27 at 9 am in the sanctuary to participate in this UUA-sponsored workshop, led by Eddy Carroll and members of our Search Committee. Childcare will be provided.
The selection of a minister is important. The Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop is another opportunity for everyone in our congregation to be a part of that process. This experience will provide guidance for the search committee in its work.
The transition to working with our Launchpad partners continues to grow and take on new aspects each week. One of the major benefits of this partnership will be expanded hours during which folks can reach the office by phone, and that should be set to begin at some point next week. The NWUUC phone number is currently getting ported between telecom providers, so it’s taking some extra time, but this way we can keep the same number we have always had. In addition to daily social media content that Launch is posting to NWUUC accounts, Launchpad will begin posting the NeUUs to our Facebook page on Thursdays to provide consistent messaging and information. We are continuing to improve processes to ensure that Congregational Events are publicized on the NW calendar and our weekly publications; if your event is not showing up where it should, please let us know via the email@example.com email address, or in an email to Rev. Rogers. Behind the scenes, we are creating new processes for bill payment, payroll, supplies ordering, and other areas of congregational life that need to function well. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or the Board if you have any questions or concerns. -Rev. Jonathan
Ministerial Search Committee Survey
As part of our search for the next settled minister for Northwest, the search committee is putting together a detailed packet of information about our congregation that prospective ministers will read in order to determine whether they wish to be considered for our position. That packet asks for some detailed information about our history, our current community, and our aspirations for the future.
In order to complete that work we need input from you. In the coming weeks, we’ll host some discussions during Second Hour and in other small group settings, but the primary method through which you can provide us with your wisdom and guidance is by filling out the survey we have put together.
We need your response by October 15 to give the committee time to incorporate your feedback into the packet, which needs to be completed by the beginning of November.
Please take some time and provide us with thoughtful responses to these questions: http://bit.ly/mscsurvey18
RE This Week
Photo courtesy of Nancy Johnson
Nursery available during worship, coffee hour and 2nd hour
Children in worship through Story Wisdom
RE Classes till 11:30 am
Activity Time available for those participating in 2nd hour till 12:30 pm.
Mark Your Calendars
YOUTH TO JOIN IN THE PRIDE PARADE – October 14
All youth are invited to march with fellow UUs in the Atlanta Pride Parade. We will head to the parade on MARTA and join hundreds of others from the Atlanta UU cluster congregations. It will be a fun day!
CHILDREN ARE FREE AT NWUUC RETREAT – October 19-21
There is big news to share. The Mountain Scholarship Fund has just decided to extend full scholarships to ALL children for the upcoming NWUUC retreat. Please consider registering the whole family today. We have a fun children’s and youth program in the works. Come enjoy the weekend with us. Here is the registration link.
CALL FOR CHALICE LIGHTERS
NWUUC welcomes children’s participation in the Sunday services as Chalice Lighters. Please sign up your child or youth to be a chalice lighter at least once each semester so NWUUC can honor them. Here is a link to sign up:
Questions? Concerns? Please contact the DRE, Christina Branum-Martin
Time to start planning our annual Holiday Bazaar, to be held in early December.
Do you want to be part of making it happen? Northwest needs you (I need you!)
Contact Helene Johnson at 404-771-9832, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also let me know if you would like to have a “booth” in the Bazaar.
OFFICE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR NEEDED
Do you appreciate a tidy office space? Are scheduling and calendar coordination important to you? Can you tolerate being shown pictures of Rev. Rogers’ dogs in the middle of the week? Then we have just the position for you! Northwest is seeking an Office Volunteer Coordinator who will work directly with the minister to recruit and train folks for the expanded needs of our office volunteer role. To get more information or discuss this position further, please talk with Rev. Jonathan Rogers or email him at email@example.com.
SOUNDBOARD TRAINEES/OPERATORS SOUGHT
Expand your horizons. Learn a new skill. You can become proficient and confident at operating our sound system. Our pool of soundboard operators has shrunk, and we need more operators in the pool. Time commitment is one Sunday per month, and there is plenty of flexibility in swapping to accommodate unexpected events. No prior experience required. Training is supplied at no cost to you. (Sorry, no mileage or food reimbursement). We have checklists for startup and shutdown of the system. You can learn and explore to whatever depth you wish. Contact any of our sound board operators for a no-obligation trial run or contact Larry Wallis at 770.394.5764 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NWUUC RETREAT AT THE MOUNTAIN
Our theme this year is setting the stage for our congregation’s future – NWUUC 2022: Dialogue on Diversity in Our Congregation. On Saturday morning NWUUC’s ARAOMC ( Antiracism, Anti-Oppression, Multicultural Committee) will lead us in a dialogue on understanding the systems that manifest racism, monoculturalism, tribalism, and other oppressions that exist in our society. After lunch there will be opportunities to learn about and participate in spiritual practices like yoga, meditation, hiking, crafts, and 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. $190/per adult for the two night weekend room and meals, youth and children 17 and under are FREE this year! For more information, see The Mountain notebook on the community table in the lobby or call 828-526-5838. See Mani Subramanian if you would like to know about scholarships for the weekend.
Modern Folk Duo
Saturday, October 27
in the UUCA Sanctuary
Modern-folk duo Friction Farm is a husband and wife team of traveling troubadours. Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay combine storytelling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes, and quirky observations. From ballads to anthems each song is filled with harmony and hope.
Friction Farm’s lyrically rich, harmony-driven songs have earned them spots as Kerrville New Folk Finalists and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists. They are winners of the South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competition and have performed as official showcase artists at the Southeast, Southwest, and Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conferences.
Performing internationally and throughout the US, Friction Farm feels at home on the road and on stage. Audiences lean into their stories, laugh at their humor, are inspired to do a little good in the world, and sing along once in a while. Hear the harmony and hope of their sound at www.frictionfarm.com
Music 7-9 pm with an Open Mic in the middle. Sign up for Open Mic when the doors open at 6:30. Admission donation $10, but no one will be turned away. Location: 1190 West Druid Hills Drive, Suite 150, Atlanta, GA 30329.
A Coffeehouse Production of the UUCA
Performing Arts Coordinating Team
Saturday, October 13, 9 am-1 pm Workday for Gardens and Spaces
Saturday, October 13, 9 am coffee and refreshments, Workshop to follow
Saturday, October 13, 3 pm-5 pm Barbara Peterson Memorial Service
Sunday, October 14, 10-11 am RE Classes, Erichsen Room
Sunday, October 14, 10 am-11 am RE Classes, Chapel
Sunday, October 14, 10 am-11 am Tikkun Olam Rev. Jonathan Rogers, Sanctuary
Sunday, October 14, 11:30 am-1 pm Earth Ministry, Chalice House Chapel
Sunday, October 14, Noon Pride Parade (off site)
Tuesday, October 16, 6:30-8:30 pm Board Meeting, Art Gallery
Wednesday, October 17, 11:45 am-1:15 pm Luunch Buunch, Art gallery
Wednesday, October 17, 7:30-9:30 pm, Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary