UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
January 23rd, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 04
In This Issue
Slow Movement
Yes We Can!
Fair Trade
Upcoming Services
Sunday in RE
Let Us Chant
GAYT Wrap-Up
Broadmor Open House
Little Gym Party!
UUA "Common Read"
Broadmor Briefing
Care List

Adult RE: Awareness Through Movement Classes Continue on Saturdays 


UUCH Adult RE focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically.  From now through February 8th, we are hosting a class on gentle movement that can assist us in being more comfortable and pain-free in our everyday activities.  Come learn how to use the core of your body to improve movement, balance, and chronic pain.  


This verbally guided Awareness Through Movement class is for anyone who wants more ease and comfort in their movements.  



Class is drop-in, no experience necessary, and will be led by Sally Locklear. Everyone is welcome.  Wear comfortable, loose clothing, and bring a bath or beach towel to use as head support for comfort in side-lying.  

Join us each Saturday morning at 10:00-11:15am.    

For further information, contact Nancy Finley at finleyn@uah.edu

If you need childcare for this event, please contact Nancy at least a week before the event.

We CAN Reach 100!

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).
Hot Chocolate for Cold Weather!
EE Choc Bar
This Sunday, Equal Exchange Fair Trade chocolate will again be for sale in the back of the sanctuary.

In addition to the yummy chocolate bars, we will be selling hot cocoa, baking cocoa, and chocolate chips. 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!
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Sunday, January 26th, 2014

"The Character of the Universalist"

Angel Hundley, Worship Chair      


When the Unitarians merged with the Universalists, the Joint Merger Commission considered an amendment to hyphenate the two denominations into one, but its members voted the amendment down. And they carefully deliberated on which name would come first.  It was decided we would be Unitarian Universalists. Unitarian is the adjective, and Universalist is the noun.


Join us this Sunday as we reflect on the heritage of the Universalists and the momentous implications of the fact that, according to the democratically-voted-upon name of our religion, we are Universalists first and foremost.

This Sunday in Religious Education


Peace Group

We Are Many, We Are One

"Cooperation Means Helping Each Other"


Justice Group

Holidays and Holydays



Searchers Group

Building Bridges



Over-Achievers Group

Building Bridges



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

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

Chanting Group Meets This Sunday


Humans all over the world use chanting for worship, mental health, enlightenment, peace, and prosperity. Our group, sponsored by the Adult RE program, meets on the last Sunday of each month, and
new chanters are always welcome. Come up and start your Sunday off with Deedee Moore and other voices to see why this practice has become universal, and find out what chants, if any, appeal to you.


Our next gathering is this coming Sunday Morning, January 26th, 9:15 a.m. We chant for about an hour. 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 helps us keep a rhythm going! Contact Deedee Moore, at the church office, for more info: uuch@uuch.org.
Time to Bring In Your Jingling Boxes!


As the holiday season ends, so does our participation in the Guest at Your Table  (GAYT) program which is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). Hopefully you were able to pick up a GAYT box and/or the Stories of Hope booklet with a white envelope inside. The Stories of Hope booklet helped put some faces to the many grassroots organizations that the UUSC supports within the United States and around the world, and helped us visualize the Guests we support through our contributions to the UUSC. Now it's time to bring them in! 


There are three ways that you can send in your contribution to the UUSC's Guest at Your Table program:


1) Bring your GAYT box or envelope to church and leave it in the basket in the foyer. Please try to bring them in by this Sunday, January 26th. 


2) Mail your GAYT envelope or check directly to the UUSC at:

Guest at Your Table


P.O. Box 808

Newark, NJ 07101-0808


3) Charge your contribution on-line at the website: https://guest.uusc.org/uuch.

An Introduction and an Invitation:
Join the Transition Team for an Open House


The Board recently created a Transition Team to facilitate the congregation's move to the new church building. From the charge to this Team:


The purpose of the Team is to support the Minister and the Board in facilitating a smooth transition to the new church building on Broadmor consistent with our covenant and mission.  The focus of the team should be on how we:

     occupy and use the new church space,

     move physically and spiritually into the new church space, and

      support positive communication to and from the congregation about these decision processes


The members of the Transition Team are David Bollinger, Lynsie Lamitie, Tim Miller, Erin Reid, Denise Gyauch, Nancy Finley (Board liaison), and the Rev. Alice Syltie (Chair). Throughout the months to come, the team will be soliciting input and coordinating decision-making around the process of moving our congregational life into our new home; we hope you will be as excited about the possibilities as we are!


To kick off our work, the Transition Team would like to invite you to an Open House at the Broadmor property on Sunday, February 16, from 2 to 4 p.m.  Please take this opportunity to explore our new campus. If you have toured the buildings before, you'll be interested to see what has already been done, and everyone will have a chance to see our work in progress and participate in envisioning our congregational life in these new spaces. Renovation Committee Chair Brad Korb will offer a brief presentation at 2:30 p.m.; the rest of the time will be open for self-guided tours, snacks in the fellowship hall, and imagining UUCH in its new home. (Parents: All ages are welcome at this event, but the Broadmor property is currently a construction site, and children will need close supervision.) Members of the Renovation Committee will be on hand to answer questions, and Transition Team members will be eager to hear your thoughts and receive your comments.   


Save the Date:

Broadmor Open House on February 16th!

All-Ages Party at The Little Gym!
Sunday February 23rd, 4-6pm


Little Gym Logo The Children's and Youth RE Program invites all church members, friends, and guests of all ages to a party at the Little Gym in Jones Valley, on Sunday, February 23rd, 4-6 pm. (The date is changed--the party will NOT be on February 2nd.) Come on out for some family fun, games, and treats! Toddlers, children, youth, and grown-ups: ALL ARE WELCOME!


Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to be barefoot in the gym. You won't believe how much fun we're going to have. We'll have a head-over-heels good time! The address for The Little Gym in Jones Valley is 2124 Cecil Ashburn Drive. Contact DRE Erin Reid at eereid@hotmail.com   for more information.

Upcoming Adult RE Discussion:
2013-2014 UUA "Common Read"


Increasingly, Americans are choosing to dine at restaurants that offer organic, fair-trade, and free-range ingredients for reasons of both health and ethics. Yet few of these diners are aware of the working conditions at the restaurants themselves. But whether you eat haute cuisine or fast food, the well being of restaurant workers is a pressing concern.


As the guest at your table campaign comes to a close the Adult RE committee invites you to join in as we discuss what it means for us to be guests at the tables in restaurants across this country. We will discuss the 2013-2014 UUA Common Read, "Behind the Kitchen Door" by Saru Jayaraman on Sunday, February 23rd.


You can find a print version of the book at the UUA Bookstore (Click Here), Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Books a Million. An eBook is also available if you prefer 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. Keep an eye out for more  details to come. And START READING! 

ModChaliceBroadmor Briefing


The Renovation Committee and Aesthetics Team met with our architect, Greg Kamback, to review his latest plans for the bathroom remodel and window replacements. We also discussed flooring options throughout the building and reviewed our plans for painting the sanctuary. We'll be meeting with Greg again later this week to review his proposal for a facility-wide color palette.


--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, January 19th, candles were lit for:


Lynsie Lamitie: "Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers for Alli's Dad. He's recovering well at home."


Kathy Fisher: "Belated happy birthday wishes to Anne Rutledge and Rose Deverzley. Also happy birthday to my daughter-in-law, who turns 33 on Wednesday.  And a candle of  sorrow for the family of one of my close classmates who died Thursday."


Cheryl Barr: "My son James called from Afghanistan. He is safe and will be home to his family in March, three months early."


Barbara Hitt: "Please light a candle of sorrow for the death of church friend and local folk artist, Wade Wharton. Those of who knew Wade will always remember him for his creativity and his gentle nature."  UUCH will have a short remembrance of Wade and show photographs of some of his artwork at the next Sunday service.


Anne G. Rutledge: "Thank you to the Care Committee and the UU children for the special tactile birthday card. I love it!"


Jeanne deFrance: "Today is Jo's birthday."  UUCH wishes you happy birthday, Jo!


Denise Gyauch: "My sweet husband David and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary yesterday."


Rev. Alice Syltie: Alice asked the congregation to please support and uplift David and their family at this difficult time in his treatment. UUCH holds you and David, and all of your family in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers, Alice.


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     

Vice-President:  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 Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 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 President: Kevin Betts 

Editorial Board: Laurel Bollinger, Kathy Heath 


Newsletter deadlines are each Monday at midnight!
Please send submissions to news collator Deedee Moore at


Admin. Office Hours: Monday 10am- 1pm; Thursday 9:30am-12pm; Friday 10am-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.