UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
September 26th, 2013
Vol. 13 Issue 39
In This Issue
T-Shirt Wisdom
Got Snapshots?
100 a Month!
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
We Need Your Books!
Chanting Day
Dig in the Dirt!
Governors Work Day!
ARE Book Discussion
UU Campout!
Run, UUs, Run!
Social Justice News
Broadmor Briefing
Care List

Conversations Starters

As UUs, sometimes it's hard to talk to people about what we find so fascinating about our church and what's so special about it.  


If you have had good conversations with your non-UU friends, let us know how they got started and what the result was. Did you friend ever come to a Sunday service?   


We're looking for something that might go on a T-shirt to get people talking during a social justice activity or fundraising walk.  Send your suggestions to LaDawn Edwards: sapphirestar@live.com

Good for the Soul


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!

Broadmor Work Day Pictures Wanted

Quite a few cell phones were busy snapping away during our recent Work Day. If you are willing to share your pictures on the new Website, please send the best ones to Publicity Chair LaDawn Edwards.
bags of food
REACH 100!

Your Social Justice Committee asks that we bring non-perishable food and hygiene items for the food basket this Sunday, to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program. The basket is in the church foyer.  

Our Goal: 100 Food Items per month!

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UUCH Chalice
Sunday September 29th, 2013


"From Hope to Faith: Courage and Compassion When the Way Seems Lost"

The Reverend Alice Syltie 


August 28th marked the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Just a few weeks later, the country was stunned by the news that four little girls in Birmingham, Alabama lost their lives when their church was bombed by white supremacists. August and September also bring to mind the tragedies of Katrina and 9/11. These four events can only be described as transformational, because they changed the way we understood our world.  When you reflect on where we have been, where we are going, and where we are now, do you sometimes wonder if you have the energy to maintain the struggle?  If you said yes, you would not be alone.  As we conclude our month long contemplation of kinship, I'll share some thoughts on moving from hope to faith, when the way seems lost. 

This Sunday in Religious Education


Peace Group 

We Are Many, We Are One,  
"Congregations are Places of Caring"
Justice Group 
Holidays and Holydays,  
"UU Pilgrimage: John Murray Day"

Searchers Group   

Building Bridges,  

"The Journey Starts at Home"
Over-Achievers Group   

Building Bridges,  

"The Journey Starts at Home"


Nursery care (ages 0-3) will be provided as usual.

For more information, contact our Director of Religious Education, Erin Reid.

We Need Your Books!! 


We Have Storage, So Bring Your Books NOW--Every Time You Come to Church!!

UUCH's Giant Book Sale

is Happening

Friday, October 11th, Noon til 7pm


Saturday, October 12th,  8 am-3 pm


Please Sign Up to work a 2-hour shift at the sale--the sign up poster is at church, in the foyer.

You may also contact pamkorb@mindspring.com or the church office: 256.534-0508/uuch@uuch.org to volunteer.
And plan to stay after the Oct. 6th potluck
for a book-sorting party!

Many hands make light work!







"When I get a little money

I buy books  

and if any is left  

I buy food and clothes." 

--Desiderius Erasmus

Chant this Sunday!


ohm Humans all over the world use chanting for worship, enlightenment, mental health, peace, and prosperity. Our group, sponsored by the Adult RE program, has been meeting on the last Sunday of each month for quite a while, and new chanters are always welcome.


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 coming Sunday Morning, September 29th, 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.

If You're Free Wednesday Mornings,
Come Dig in the Dirt!


well-manicured-flowers.jpgFor the next 3 Wednesday mornings, from 9-11a.m., Catherine Hall, Pam Korb, and others will be at our new church (3921 Broadmor St.) continuing the renovation work on the front flower beds.  Most of the weeds were pulled at the recent workday, but now we want to thin out the bulbs and neaten things up before mulching with pine straw.  If you feel like digging in the dirt with us, we would love to have your help getting the flower beds clean and ready for winter.


If you'd like to join us, the following items would be useful to bring (if you have any of them):

Work gloves

Hand digging tools

Small shovels

Garden rakes

Short stools (or buckets) for sitting on

Garden kneeler pads


The Wednesday morning dirt-digging dates will be October 2nd, 9th, and 16th!  If it rains on a Wednesday morning, we will work the next morning instead (on Thursdays).


If you have time, come dig in the dirt with us!  And please feel free to bring anyone you think might like to help.

Work Day at Our Dear Old Church Property


nullIt is time to get our old church ready to sell. We will be gathering on Saturday, October 5th to clean up the Governor's Drive church property.  We'll start at 9 AM, and will finish by 1 PM.  We will mostly be clearing brush and making the grounds presentable.  It will be a fun fun time for all!  There will be jobs for every skill level--and a light lunch will be provided.  


If you have them, please bring work gloves, pruning shears, hand saws, and rakes!   


Families are encouraged to participate with their children and youth for any amount of time.  Children will be under their families' supervision for volunteer activities. Childcare with space for rest and play will be provided all morning as needed. 


If you have any questions, please contact Property chair George Fletcher at  fletcher35801@comcast.net.  

See you there!

Read About Religious Humanism--
Adult RE "Sources" Series



This year the Adult RE committee is sponsoring a series to examine our UU Sources.  On October 6th and 13th, the focus will be on "humanism" as part of the rich traditions of Unitarian Universalism.  The discussion will orient around the book Reason and Reverence: Religious Humanism for the 21st Century, by William R. Murry.

William R. Murry served as president and academic dean of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, was minister of River Road Unitarian Church, and holds a master of divinity degree from Yale University.  In this book, Murry invites a vision of religious humanism that "evokes compassion, spirituality and a language of reverence while grounded in reason, community, social responsibility, science and ethics."


Copies of the book can be obtained on-line, or for anyone who may have difficulty getting the book, we have a few to lend. Look at the coffee bar at the back of the sanctuary for a book sign-out sheet.  Please read and return within a reasonable time so that others have the opportunity to read it as well.


Jon Fox and Nancy Finley will facilitate the discussion starting on October 6th.  Meet for coffee at 6:00 p.m.; we will start the discussion at 6:15. Everyone is welcome!  If you need childcare during this time, please contact Nancy (finleyn@uah.edu) at least a week before the event.

UUCH Camp & Cook-Out! October 19th!

Sponsored by Interweave


Our beautiful Huntsville fall weather has arrived! The crispness of early morning draws forth that yearning to be OUT. So Let's do it!  


October the 19th we will have our 2nd annual UUCH Camp & Cook-Out. As we did last year, we will share in a communally prepared meal of campfire foil dinners. A veggie sign up list can be found on the coffee bar at the back of the sanctuary.  


More details will follow soon, but feel free to contact Denise Runnels (drrunnel@gmail.com) with questions in the meantime.

Run, UUs, Run!


For the 4th year, UUCH is forming a team to enter the 10th Annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run to benefit breast cancer awareness. This is an all ages 5K run/walk that takes place on Saturday October 19th. This year the men's & women's events are combined, with the race starting at 8am.   


pink awareness ribbonThe race winds through downtown Huntsville, starting and ending at Huntsville Middle School.  On a beautiful Fall day, what more could you want than exercising with friends while raising money to find a cure for an illness that has touched so many in our church community.     


To register, go to www.lizhurleyribonrun.org and sign up to join team "Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville".  Cost is $20. Registration is limited to the first 6500 people. Last year they had to close registration early after they met that goal, so sign up early. You must register by October 8 to be officially counted on our team, but you can still register individually after that date. Look for further team announcements like where to meet on race day for our annual team photo.


Please contact Becky Ellingwood (beckyel22@gmail.com) if you have any questions. 


Start stretching now. Go Team UUCH!

Social Justice News

IMS Day of Service and Unity Successful and Fun (and Very Wet!)

Despite the rain, UUCH had a dozen great volunteers turnout for the Day of Service and Unity.  We worked at 305 8th Street cleaning and organizing and at Butler Terrace with the North Alabama Medical Reserve setting up a clothes closet for residents in need.  Thank you so much to everyone who came out!

IMS Service&Unity
A Good UU Crowd for the Day of Service & Unity 


Miles for Midwives

The Social Justice Committee is promoting the Miles for Midwives Walk on November 16th, 2013.  The walk will benefit the Alabama Birth Coalition, which is an organization founded to promote the legalization of midwifery and out of hospital births in the state of Alabama.  Many rural counties in the state do not have access to obstetrical care. With a combined donation of $250 or more the UUCH can have its logo printed on the Walk T-Shirt. We will also have a table at the event with UUCH information. More info about the organization at alabamabirthcoilition.org.  Please see Gail Williams to find out how to sign up for the walk and/or donate. More information will be forthcoming.


Broadmor Briefing



The Renovation Committee has continued to talk with contractors and refine the renovation plans. Current accomplishments include:

  • Contacted and met with an architect to discuss the bathroom renovation and other areas needing design help
  • Held a follow-up meeting with a general contractor
  • Scheduled a follow-up meeting with a mechanical engineer for the sanctuary HVAC design
  • Agreed to sponsor a landscape subcommittee that will work on the existing flower beds over the next few weeks
  • Developed a tentative list of tasks to be worked by volunteers at the next Broadmor property work day 

We are looking forward to receiving preliminary plans from the architect and HVAC engineer soon!


  --Brad Korb, Renovation Committee Chair

votivesCare List 


At Our Circle of Candles on September the 22nd, we lit:



A candle of sorrow for Pam Korb. "My 95-year-old grandmother is nearing death.  Her health is been deteriorating for several months, and Thursday she decided to stop eating or drinking. Please keep my grandmother, my mother, and the rest of my family in your thoughts and prayers."


A Candle of joy for Bette Keane. "Yesterday, Sparky asked me to marry him. We are engaged! I am very blessed."


A Candle of Relief for Kathy Fisher.  "Please light a candle of relief that my son-in-law's agency was moved earlier this year from the Naval Yard. And please lift him up as he works the investigation of the case of the shootings last Monday."


A Candle of Joy for Ilene Sparks. "Wow. Today I am 92 years of age. Thank goodness, I still have all five of my senses intact. Lucky me! "


A Candle of Thanks for Tonia Betts. "Thank you to everyone who came out for the  IMS day of service and unity yesterday. It was fun, successful, and wet."


A Candle of gratitude for Pam "Chainsaw" Seigler. "Thank you to all who were a part of the 'stitches fund.' I am so grateful for the extra financial help during my prolonged unemployment."


A Candle of joy for Laurie Keller. "Since two years ago, August 2011, I have  lost 100 pounds. How? Stopped some chronic stress, counted calories, weighed in weekly and enjoyed encouragement from my TOPS Club. TOPS stands for 'take off pounds sensibly.'"


A Candle of joy for Deedee Moore. "Merry Mabon!  May we have a resplendent autumn. Only 40 days 'til Halloween!"


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 October 1st, 2013 at 7pm. Thanks for your cooperation!

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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 

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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.