UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
November 7th, 2013
Vol. 13 Issue 45
In This Issue
Fair Trade Chocolate!
Interweave Potluck
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
Harry Potter Night!
Service Auction
Pageant Preview
Christian Sources
Social Justice News
Chalice Circles
Welcome New Members!
Chaplain Kline
Broadmor Briefing
Care List
Fair Trade Chocolate is back!
Equal Exchange Logo
This Sunday, Equal Exchange fair trade chocolate will again be for sale in the back of the sanctuary.

Be sure to try some of the samples during coffee hour this weekend!  


In addition to the yummy chocolate bars, we will be selling hot cocoa, baking cocoa, and chocolate chips for the upcoming holiday baking season and cool weather.  Proceeds are used for social justice projects, and our congregation's purchase of Equal Exchange products supports UUSC.


we also have
Fair Trade, Organic, "Kaffeeklatsch" coffee for sale!  
With Fair Trade products, everyone wins!

Interweave Potluck & Game Night

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UUCH's Interweave is an Outreach Group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) peoples and their friends and allies. On the 3rd Friday of each month, we hold a "Potluck and Game Night" to eat, play, and have a good time in a "safe zone" for the LGBTQ. We hope that our allies will come out and join in the fun so that we have a good mix of LGBTQ and A's participating. Everyone is Welcome.

This Month's Potluck/Game night will be held Friday, November 15th, from 6:30-9pm, here at the church. 

Contact Denise Runnels for more information.

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Sunday November 10th, 2013

"Strong Enough to Bend: An Army Chaplain's Spiritual Roots & Journey" Chaplain (Major) J. Nathan Kline and
the Reverend Alice Syltie


On this Veterans Day weekend we welcome 9th generation Veteran, Nathan Kline, as our guest speaker.  Chaplain Kline has been an active duty Army chaplain for ten years. He has served two combat tours with the Army and the Marines for a total of 27 months.

In keeping with our theme of Rootedness, Chaplain Kline will share how his call has taken him outside of the comfort zone of his conservative Christian roots, to serve as chaplain for people of all faiths, in times of combat and of peace.  Many of you have met Nathan, as he has been attending services at UUCH while stationed at Redstone Arsenal for advanced schooling
. To read more about Chaplain Kline, please see the article below.
This Sunday in Religious Education


Peace Group

We Are Many, We Are One

"Native Americans Have Taught Us Many Things."  


Justice Group

Holidays and Holydays

"Wampanoag Thanksgiving" 


Searchers Group

Building Bridges

"Judaism 2: People of the Law" 


Over-Achievers Group

Building Bridges

"Judaism 1: The Birth of the Abrahamic Tradition"  


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

For more information, contact Erin Reid, our Director of Religious Education (256.694.6786 or eeried@hotmail.com).  

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All-Church Movie Night,
THIS Saturday, Nov. 9th!


Alohomora!  Join all ages for a screening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, on Saturday, November 9, at UUCH.  We will gather in the castle great room at 6 pm with snacks and treats; show time is 6:30 pm.  Costumes and themed refreshments are encouraged. Hitch up your Hippogriff or your broom and come on out for an evening of magic!  All are invited!


This event is sponsored by the Children and Youth RE program. Contact DRE Erin Reid for more information at eereid@hotmail.com.
Community Construction Zone Ahead!

The UUCH Service Auction will take place on Saturday, November 16th at the church. On that evening, the sanctuary will be transformed into a Community Construction Zone. The services and events that are sold at the auction provide a great way for you to meet and socialize with other members.  

You can host an event, or simply attend an event. Either way, you have great opportunities to deepen your bonds of community.


Special Notice: You have been selected for promotion to deputy construction supervisor. Yes, that's right--we need volunteers to work as table monitors, spotters, and runners. We also need people to help with setup and cleanup. If you can volunteer to help, please sign up on the poster in the foyer or talk to Eleanor Schweinsberg.

We need your donations! If you've been intending to make a donation, now's the time to do it. The deadline for donations is this Sunday, November 10th.
Donating is easy! There are three ways to do it: 
  1. Paper--Fill out a paper donation form and drop it into the box in the foyer.
  2. Email--Send your donation info in an email to stevendherold@gmail.com
  3. Online--Donate online at www.CommunityAuctionServices.com/register/uuch2013

Don't miss the food, the fellowship, and the fun on Saturday, November 16th. The doors open at 6PM. Door prizes will be awarded during  the evening. You must be present to win. No need to get a sitter--childcare will be provided.

See you there!

  Christmas Pageant Preview!


Christmas BellsThe Annual Christmas Pageant will be performed during the Worship Service on Sunday, December 15th, 2013. Children who participate in the pageant should:

  • be at least 4 years old (we have parts for adults too!)
  • be able to attend a short rehearsal during RE on Sunday, December 8th
  • be able to arrive at church early (10:00 a.m.) on the day of the pageant (Dec. 15th) for a quick run-through
  • be able to supply simple costume items (e.g., bath robes, etc.--no sewing or elaborate costuming required)

If you'd like to be part of this exciting production, please come to RE on Sunday, Nov. 17th , when we will be choosing parts.  Parents should plan to come downstairs and confirm children's participation following the service.   You may also contact Erin Reid at (256) 694-6786 or eereid@hotmail.com. THERE ARE PARTS FOR EVERYONE!

Adult RE "Sources" Series:
Christian Teachings


The Adult RE "Sources Series" to examine our Six UU Sources continues in December with our source that draws from Christian teachings. Our previous sources workshops have been very interesting with lively discussion, and you are encouraged to join us even if you have missed these earlier workshops. We will base this discussion on Zealot, by Reza Aslan, a book exploring the historical Jesus through both biblical and extra-biblical sources. Aslan presents the historical Jesus as a political radical executed for sedition, whose apocalyptic vision centered on social justice and equality. The book has received both high praise and high criticism, depending upon the reviewer--let's see what it has to say to Unitarian Universalists!


You can find both print and eBook versions of the book at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, or if you are unable to get a copy for yourself we will have a few on the coffee bar at the back of the sanctuary that can be checked out. Of course, we should have ample talking points even if you can't get the book read before the discussion.  Dr. Laurel Bollinger and Denise Runnels will facilitate this discussion.  Dr. Bollinger has taught courses at the graduate level in the Bible as Literature, and looks forward to this conversation! We will meet Sundays December 8th and 15th at 6pm. Please contact Nancy Finley at least one week before the discussion if you need childcare.

justice scalesSocial Justice News!


Food Basket:


In October, we donated 75 food and personal care items to the Huntsville Assistance Program.  Thank you everyone!  Let's keep up the great work! 


Miles for Midwives Walk:  

Your 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.


About Registration: Go to alabamabirthcoalition.org and click "Get Tickets" for the Huntsville walk.  Admission includes live music, lunch for the whole family (provided by local restaurants), kids' activities, door prizes & vendors!  Call Anna Bertone at 919-428-6918 with any questions.


We will have a table at the event with UUCH information. Please see Gail Williams for more info on how to sign up for the walk, donate, or participate.

Holiday Hiatus: 

There will be no Social Justice Committee meetings in November or December--we will meet again after the holidays in January.

News About Chalice Circles
From Rev. Alice


stained glass chalice This month we are talking about what it means to live a life of Rootedness.  While I am considering this theme as I prepare sermons, I am sharing information on the theme with our Chalice Circle Facilitators.  Therefore our Chalice Circles are also talking about living a life of Rootedness.  Chalice Circles provide an opportunity to further explore the monthly theme through a variety of resources.  When the members of the Chalice Circle come together they share thoughts and ideas about the theme with others who may offer a very different perspective.  As we develop the ability to listen respectfully to one another, while owning the freedom to speak our truth, we deepen our understanding of ourselves and others. 


Our Intern Minister. Denise Gyauch, is joining me in organizing Chalice Circles and training the facilitators.  We currently have three Chalice Circles. When there are empty chairs in a circle, the facilitators will let us know.  If you are interested in joining a chalice circle, please speak to either Rev. Alice or Denise, or send an Email to Revaluu@gmail.com.   We would be happy to try and organize more, if there are those of you looking for a place to listen, share, and explore theological themes.   

Welcome to Our Newest Members!


On Sunday, November 3rd, the members of UUCH welcomed several new members into covenant with us during a brief ceremony.  The nine new members who participated in the ceremony were Anna and Peter Bertone, John Hamilton, Tim Klug, Megan Lewallen, Meagan Lykins, Dan Nielsen, Jay Stark and Nick Wilbourn.


Four other recent new members (Tom Meier, Sandy Moore, LaDawn Edwards and Steven Lewallen) will be welcomed during an upcoming Sunday service.


We appreciate the commitment that our new members make to support our church community with their gifts of time, financial support, talents, and themselves, as we all work together to fulfill the mission of this church.


The UUCH covenant that members make with each other is as follows:

We, as members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville, covenant to work together to create a supportive, affirming, sustaining community that inspires and challenges each of us to become our best selves. To further our goal of creating such an intentional community, we promise each other to:

  • Affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every member of our community, valuing our differences and supporting each other in a free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • Listen to one another with the intent of understanding, and speak to one another with respect and kindness, so that all may be heard;
  • Recognize that forming an intentional community may at times require us to place the needs of the community above our own needs;
  • Foster caring relationships by assuming the best intent in others, disagreeing in love, and empowering one another to speak for ourselves;
  • Affirm the work of the church to the best of our abilities, valuing the work of others, and supporting those who voluntarily accept leadership roles in the church;
  • Promote an environment where all people feel safe, both physically and emotionally;
  • Use the energy and support we thus create to bring our vision of justice, equity and compassion in human relations into our wider community, our nation, and our world.
A Little More about
Chaplain (Major) Nathan Kline


In 1998, Nathan graduated magna cum laude from Florida KlineSouthern College, majoring in English, Religion, and Philosophy.  In 2003 he was awarded the Master of Divinity, with honors, by The Divinity School, University of Chicago.  Nathan served as a student pastor of the United Church of Hyde Park, a single congregation comprised of members whose denominations are United Methodist, Presbyterian USA, or United Church of Christ.  While teaching World Religions and Comparative Ethics at Prairie State College, Nathan ran a consulting business working with religious and government leadership throughout Metropolitan Chicago and around the world.  


In addition to time in Iraq and Germany, Nathan currently serves as Brigade Chaplain for the 30th Air Defense Artillery Brigade and Schoolhouse at Fort Sill, OK.  He is the Army's selectee for Advanced Civilian Schooling in World Religion and will be the World Religions instructor at the Army's Chaplain Center and School academic years 2015-2018.


Chaplain Kline's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with (1OLC), the Army Commendation Medal with (1OLC), the Army Achievement Medal with (1OLC), the Iraqi Campaign Medal with 2 Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Airborne (Parachutist) and Combat Action Badges.  


Nathan and Dawn, his wife of 18 years, have three children: Benjamin, Jared, and Sophia Grace.  

UUCH Participated in CASA TEMP$


Thirteen volunteers from UUCH participated in the CASA TEMP$ activity this past weekend and winterized 3 homes in the Huntsville area. The volunteers included Betsy Applegate, Kevin Betts, Sara Cline, Alice Dilbeck, Will Garrison, Brad Korb, Meagan Lykins, Cee Massengale, Erica Mendoza, Denise Runnels, Nick Wilbourn, Gail Williams, and Howard Williams. In addition, Pam Korb was instrumental in preparing for this event. Many thanks to these volunteers for giving up their Saturday morning to help the less fortunate in our community!

ModChalice Broadmor Briefing


The Renovation Committee is excited to announce that UUCH signed a contract last week with an architect, Greg Kamback with Bird and Kamback Architects. Mr. Kamback will design, solicit bids, award construction contracts, and oversee the construction of remodeling the bathrooms near the sanctuary and replacing the windows in the RE Wing and Fellowship Hall. The sanctuary bathrooms will be remodeled to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines for wheelchair access and the window replacements will include energy efficient windows and replacement of the rotten fašade beneath the windows. Mr. Kamback will also provide recommendations on flooring replacement and a color palette throughout the facility, and for making the foyer more welcoming.


The Renovation Committee met with the newly formed Aesthetics Team (A-Team) to get that team kicked off. The A-Team will work with the architect and the Renovation Committee to make recommendations on paint colors, flooring patterns & colors, and other aesthetics aspects of the renovations occurring at the Broadmor facility.


We also continued discussions with an HVAC design engineering firm and a general contractor.


--Brad Korb, Renovation Committee Chair

Care List  


At our November 3rd Circle of Candles, candles were lit for both joys and concerns. 


For Sherri Messimer:

"Paul Anderson is doing well in Jordan.  Misses everyone and sends his love."


For Anonymous: 

"Thanks to Brad Korb for organizing UUCHers to winterize three houses for CASA yesterday."


For George Fletcher:

"Candle 1--Thank you to Jo Broussard for bringing me jello and fruit pops and medicine;Candle 2--Thank you to Barb and the Care Committee for the mac and cheese and crackers and soup;Candle 3--Thank you to Vanessa Mantis for the delicious homemade soup. I would not have made it without the love and support of my friends. Thank you."


For Jack and Echo Long:

"Jack is glad to be out of the hospital (again). And we spent a lovely 4 days in the Smokey Mountains."


For the Justice Group, a joy:

"The Justice Group is building and altar for Dia de los Muertos.  Please stop by to see the beautiful structure."


For Kathy Fisher:

"Sorrows; Tomorrow is the second anniversary of Mother's passing.  We were always best friends. And one of my precious four-year-olds lost her daddy yesterday and my heart aches for her and her mother." 

"A Joy: Our family is expecting a new baby this summer.  Mother and Daddy's 10th great -grandchild." 


For David and Laurel Bollinger:

"Concern for Matthew Bollinger, who recently had an MRI to try to learn why his foot isn't working properly."


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 Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at 7pm. Thanks for your cooperation!

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The Unitarian Universalist Church,

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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.

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