UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
August 22nd, 2013
Vol. 13 Issue 34
In This Issue
Calling Young Artists
100 a Month
Choir Practice Begins!
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
Social Justice Meeting
Directory Update
New UU in September
Interweave Potluck
UUCH has Deep Roots
Care List/Wilson Memorial
Attention, Young Artists!  

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On Sunday, August 25th, Bonnie Herold will be leading the RE class in illustrating her picture book, Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places. So the congregation can witness first-hand the talent of our young artists, Bonnie will present it via PowerPoint in the Fall. This sweet story about Peggy the Pig finding love will be made available at the Service Auction. 

In July, we collected 85 Items for the HAP Food Pantry. Thank You!
bags of food
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).  
It's Not Too Late to Join the Choir!  


Our UUCH Choir Started up Wednesday night! 


Choir will meet every Wednesday night to practice from 7:15 to 9p.m., under the Direction of the knowledgeable and kind Vanessa Miller Mantis. We are always welcoming new members, so if you feel musically inclined, please join us!


If you have questions or might need childcare to participate, contact Music Chair Susan Coddington
The Best Part of Waking Up... 


...Is Justice In Your Cup 
Fair Trade, Organic, "Kaffeeklatsch" coffee for sale!  Bags of coffee are available at the back of the sanctuary after Sunday services


Proceeds are used to help fund Social Justice projects--everybody wins!
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Sunday August 25th, 2013

"A Call to Action for Religious Liberals"
Angel Hundley

What does it mean to be a religious liberal? How is that different from a political liberal? What role should religious liberals take in the public discourse? The Reverend Paul Rasor writes, "When we know deeply that all of humanity--indeed, all life--is connected, and that each of us has inherent worth and dignity, we will not hesitate to challenge attacks on that dignity or the ways we are held together. And in so doing, we will help to heal the world."   This week Worship Chair Angel Hundley will discuss these issues and Rasor's new book, Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square.  Join us to think about our role as a religious community in Huntsville. 

This Sunday in Religious Education


Summer RE continues at CAMP UU-BE-LONG:


Book Illustration! with Bonnie Herold.

Steve Herold and Becky Ellingwood are helping, and Supervisor is Tonia Betts.
Please see the sidebar for details! 


Nursery care (ages 0-3) will be provided as usual. For more information, contact Becky Ellingwood, our RE Chair.

We're Moving! ModChalice We're Moving!


After six years of intensive work (and a whole lot of groundwork before that), a successful Capital Campaign, several visioning meetings, many Town Halls, and hundreds of hours of committee work, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville met on August 18th to consider a proposal to purchase the church building located at 3921 Broadmor Road. With a decision this significant, the Board had decided that we would only accept a supermajority (66%) vote of the members present to buy the building.  Final vote: 88% said yes!


Our new church home will require quite a bit of work before it's ready for us to move into, so stay tuned for New Property Work Days and other developments in our path forward. But this is a momentous step in the life of our community. Special thanks to everyone who made this process possible, and to the congregation for its patience, enthusiasm, and support!

Chant this Sunday! om


Humans all over the world use chanting for worship, mental health, enlightenment, peace, and prosperity. Our group has been meeting once a month, and we're starting to catch on!


Come up and meet with Deedee Moore, Theresa Miller, and other voices in learning why this practice has become universal, and find out what chants, if any, appeal to you. If you already have a chant that is especially meaningful for you, we'd love to share it. Also feel free to bring drums & percussive instruments--it'll help us keep a rhythm going!


Next class is this Sunday Morning, August 25th, and you are welcome to join. Let's meet at 9:15 a.m. and go for an hour. Contact Deedee Moore, at the church office, for more info: uuch@uuch.org.

Social Justice Committee Meets Aug. 25th


justice scales Our first Social Justice Committee Meeting for this church year will be on Sunday, August 25th at 9:30 am.  Everyone is welcome--come and help plan our fall outreach activities!  We'll have bagels.  If you have questions, you may call Tonia Betts at (256) 882-9891
Update: One more week.
Have you checked your listing in the directory?

We have posted the "old" directory info on a wall at the church. Please check your directory entry to see if it is correct, and follow the posted directions to make sure your corrections are made. Parts to check:  

  • Adult names, membership status, birthdates.
  • Phone numbers and email addresses
  • Children's names and birthdates
  • Street/mailing address, including zip code  

If you cannot make it up to the church and you have changes to be made in your entry, please email your changes before August 31st  to the church office at uuch@uuch.org

  • To combat the spam filter, please write "directory changes" in the title of the email.
  • Please include your actual Name somewhere in the email, so we know who we are changing!

We welcome additions! Just remember, if you are in the directory, you may be contacted by friends--and committee chairs!  We are hoping to have the new directory available by mid-September. 

"New UU Class" Starts September 8th


rainbow chalice What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist?  Guided by the Tapestry of Faith Curriculum, we will offer a three-part series that explores important themes in UU congregational life--our worship and theology, history, covenant and polity, faith development, social justice, and membership.  This program is particularly focused on introducing newcomers to Unitarian Universalism, but those of us who have been here for awhile will also be able to share and connect with others as we explore our own beliefs and how they intersect with the UU tradition.   


Everyone is welcome! 

So mark your calendars now for the Sunday mornings of September 8th,15th, and 22nd for this chance to learn and share. Meet for coffee or tea at 9:00 a.m.; discussion starts at 9:15.  Pam Korb and Nancy Finley will facilitate the discussion.  Contact Nancy Finley (finleyn@uah.edu) for further info.  If you need childcare during this time, please contact Nancy at least a week before the event.

Donate Your Books to a Great Cause!


BooksaleArt Save your books to donate to the UUCH book sale that will be held in October!


This is one of our major fundraisers for this church year, and we need your used books! We will announce drop off days and storage locations in the near future. However, NOW is the time to start saving and boxing up your tax-deductible books, CDs, and DVDs. You still have time to read your more recently acquired books before donating them.


We'll accept all types of books (subject only to some basic ethical considerations)...fiction, non-fiction, hardback, paperback, textbooks, children's, picture, how-to, religious, political, etc. We want your best books, your boring books, your big books, your small books, fancy books, plain books, intellectual books, silly books, any and all books you can bear to part with!

At each of our prior book sales, members and friends have collectively donated over 5,000 books. We already have several hundred books in storage, but we need thousands of books to have a successful sale. So look through your shelves and stacks, and box up what you've already read. You may end up replacing them with "new" books that you'll purchase at the sale--for a steal of a deal!

Thank you to everyone who came out to volunteer at Deep Roots last Saturday.   

We moved compost, saved seed, weeded, picked stones, and had a lot of fun!

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In our Circle of Candles on August 18th, requests for candles came from: 

Jefflyn Weed, with "prayers for Cheri Smith, who is having severe back pain."

Nancy Finley, a sorrow "for the death of Bette Yeager, who was a gracious and artistic presence in this community and will be missed."
Millicent Simmons, a joy "for my son Kevin celebrating a birthday today."
Bob & Jefflyn Weed, with a joy that "Wednesday August 21st is our 40th wedding anniversary. 40 years of unrelenting happiness!"
Bonnie Herold, who shared "Our daughter Rachel begins a new career tomorrow, she'll be teaching 7th grade science; and Bonnie will be teaching as an adjunct instructor for Athens State."
Rev. Alice Syltie, who said "David is here today and wishes to say thanks to all for the good wishes, cards, meals, and positive vibes you've sent."


Bill Wilson's Memorial Service

This Sunday, August 25th, the family of the late Bill Wilson is holding a reception and memorial "for our most beloved Father and friend to many."  The party invitation is open to all that knew Bill Wilson and who wish to come, young and old. We will celebrate his life with food, fun, poetry, memories, stories, music, old photos, and most importantly with a gathering of people.


Again, that is this Sunday, August 25th, 3:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Monte Sano Lodge, Monte Sano Mountain, Huntsville. Just tell the park gatekeeper you are there for the "Wilson party at the lodge." The menu is a potluck Summer Supper, with a focus on finger foods, summer recipes and dishes.  Sweet and un-sweet iced tea, lemonade, and bottled waters will be provided.


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. Barbara Hitt is Chair of the Care Committee, and may be reached at home, (256) 881.2531; on her cell, (256) 348.5845; or by email at bghitt1@comcast.net  

UUCH 13-14 Board Members
President: Kevin Betts     

V.P.  Denise Hunter-Gilbert 

Secretary: Bobby Hall           

Treasurer: Jerome Belcher   

Trustees: Nancy Finley, Kathy Heath, & Laurel Bollinger  

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 August 27th, 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 


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

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

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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.