UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
June 6th, 2013
Vol. 13 Issue 23
In This Issue
Why Fair Trade?
Looking for Love
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
ARE "Sources" Class
Summer RE is YOU
Care List
Coffee & Chocolate: Why Pay More?

Remember, Fair Trade products help ensure that:

1) Unjust labor practices, such as child slavery, are not used.

2) Farmers and workers are paid fair wages and have a voice in the organization to which they sell their products.

3) Environmental sustainability is held as an important goal.


Your Social Justice Committee is selling Fair Trade chocolate from Equal Exchange.  There are a variety of yummy flavors, and the proceeds will be used to help fund social justice projects.


We now also have Fair Trade, Organic, "Kaffeeklatsch" coffee for sale!  These items will be available at the back of the sanctuary after Sunday services.

Empty Basket Looking for Love.
The Social Justice Committee's goal is to collect and donate 100 items per month. Can you pick up an extra canned good, nonperishable food item, or personal care product next time you are out shopping?  Please do, and put it in the basket in the church foyer to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).  
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UUCH Chalice
Sunday June 9th, 2013

"The Multicultural Heart"   

The Reverend Alice Syltie and Pam Siegler

There is a theory that music is a living harmonious force within the universe.  Pam Siegler, who directs the Huntsville Feminist Chorus, believes music from every culture has a power to connect every heart in love.  This Sunday we will experience music from various cultures as an expression of joyful praise. Portable percussion instruments are welcome and encouraged! Come be a part of the living harmony.

This Sunday in Religious Education

Summer RE continues at CAMP UU-BE-LONG:   

This week, follow the Wandering Chalice with Becky and Abby Ellingwood!


Nursery care (ages 0-3) will be provided as usual. For more information, contact Erin Reid at 256-694-6786 or eereid@hotmail.com

Adult Religious Education:
 Exploring Our UU Sources
Our Sixth Source: "Spiritual Teaching
of Earth-Centered Traditions"

June 9th & 16th, 6:30 p.m.


We are off to a terrific start exploring our UU Sources! Our first class was great fun, with over twenty people in attendance. We are ready now for a more in depth look at each of the sources.   


rainbow chalice We begin this Sunday with our Sixth Source.  Rev. Syltie and Carey Snowden will facilitate a class to explore "Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature." Earth based spirituality draws from pre-Christian and modern pagan religions, Native American spirituality, and our own transcendentalist forebears.  In contemporary expression it pulls together threads from feminist theology and the environmental movement. 


Everyone is welcome, and childcare will provided.

Summer RE: What's Your Specialty? 


hand drawingheartThanks for stepping up! Our summer calendar is nearly filled, although we still have opportunities for a few more who would like to teach--or help!  



Don't be shy! We have room for the sharing of your gifts! We invite you to sign up to lead a session that shares a special talent, hobby, skills, or learning area of yours. Leaders will prepare a topic/activity that is adaptable to children ages 4 to 12. We can benefit from your expertise, and you'll benefit too.This is what multi-generational community is all about!   


For the next month, we'll have a poster standing in the church lobby where you can sign up for a summer Sunday session. Or, you can contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, at eereid@hotmail.com

What's a joy to you can be a joy to others. 
Come on down with the children to play!
votives Care List 


In our Circle of Candles on June 2nd, requests for candles came from: 


Pam Siegler, who announced "Congratulations to Erin Reid. She graduated from Spalding University last Saturday with a Master of Fine Arts Degree."


When you fill out a Circle of Candles form to be read during the service, please indicate on the form if you do not want your concern mentioned in this newsletter.   


If you have pastoral care needs, please contact the Reverend Alice Syltie at revaluu@aol.com

UUCH 12-13 Board Members
President: Kevin Betts     

V.P.  Denise Hunter-Gilbert 

Secretary: Bobby Hall           

Treasurer: Matt Jordan  

Trustees: Jerome Belcher, Nancy Finley, & Kathy Heath 

Do you have an Agenda Item for the Board?  
The Board respectfully requests that all agenda items for the meeting be submitted to Board President Kevin Betts, no later than one week prior to the meeting, i.e. the Tuesday before.You may leave a copy of your request in his Mailbox at the church office, or contact him at

Next UUCH Board Meeting will be on June the 25th, 2013 at 7pm. Thanks for your cooperation!

From the Overlook is a publication of

The Unitarian Universalist Church,

2222 Governor's Dr. Huntsville, AL 35801

Minister: The Reverend Alice Syltie

Board Pres: Kevin Betts 


Editorial Board: Laurel Bollinger, Kathy Heath 

Newsletter deadlines are each Monday at midnight!
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Admin. Office Hours:  

Monday 9am- 1pm; Thursday 9am-12pm ; Friday 10:30am-2pm     

Office phone: 256.534-0508, email: uuch@uuch.org 

Minister's Phone: 256.539-9607, email: revaluu@aol.com

Web: www.uuch.org 


Sunday Services are held 10:45am to 12 noon;  

Children's Religious Education held concurrently.   

Nursery available for age 3 years and under.

For further info on any event, call the church office:
256. 534-0508.