UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
August 28th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 38
In This Issue
Food Basket
Calendar Notes
Coffee Orders
Worldwide UUs
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
What do YOU say?
Broadmor Briefing
Care List

canned goods  

We Can Do It!

The food & hygiene items you bring to fill the basket at the church are donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP). Our goal is 100 items per month--and for the past few months, we've been exceeding our goal! 

All donations are welcome and appreciated!

Here are some ideas for supplies that HAP needs: macaroni and cheese, pasta and sauce, dry beans and rice, boxes of cereal,

bars of soap, canned meat, peanut butter!

Thanks in advance!

To read more about the Huntsville Assistance Program, please visit their website.

Calendar Notes

This year, the Music Committee will be meeting the 1st Wednesday of every month, at 5:30 p.m., at the Panera restaurant on Airport Rd.


Choir Practice is each Wednesday night beginning at 7:15 p.m., here at the church.


Interweave Potluck & Game Nights will be held the 3rd Friday of each month, here at the church, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Coffee Orders for the Summer Months

Fair Trade coffee is available during the summer months by order only. If you would like to purchase Kaffeeklatsch coffee to benefit the Social Justice program, place your order on Sunday, and the coffee will be available the next Sunday. Please write your order on the notebook at the back of the sanctuary, specifying regular or decaf and indicating whether you want your coffee in whole bean or ground for drip, French Press, or espresso. Please see Kathy Heath or Tonia Betts if you have any questions.

With Fair Trade products, everyone wins!

The Church of the Larger Fellowship
presents an online worship service three times a week, not only for the benefit of its members but also for members of other congregations who can't make it to church because of distance, illness, disability, or other reasons.

The services are Sundays at 8 p.m. and Mondays at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (All times are Eastern.) Go to questformeaning.org and click on the "Live Worship" link at the top of the page.


The CLF offers ways to connect  with others, including joining a small group online, meeting other members locally, and participating in classes and in social justice work. To learn more about the Larger Fellowship, go to clfuu.org

UUA Moves
The Unitarian Universalist Assoc. has moved from their long-time address on Beacon Street. The new address is
24 Farnsworth St.
Boston MA

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UUCH Chalice
Sunday, August 31st, 2014

"The Ties that Bind and Blind: Reflections on Morality, Religion, and the Difficulties of Being Human"

Denise Gyauch, Intern Minister


Our Unitarian Universalist principles reflect an understanding of human beings that is both individualistic (worth of every person, acceptance of one another, free search for truth and meaning, the right of conscience) and collective (democratic process, world community, and the web of all existence). Recent works in the new field of moral psychology mirror this "duplex" view of the human animal and attempt to shed some light on why decent, reasonable people so often fail to get along with each other. What might moral psychology teach us about how better to live our values in the world? The topic for this sermon was the choice of the highest bidder at the UUCH Service Auction last November.  


Water Communion Ceremony    

Don't forget to bring back some water from a place that refreshed your spirit this summer. Perhaps it was somewhere far away, or a refreshing moment in your own home.  We will blend the various waters we bring during our Water Communion Ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 7th.

This Sunday in RE: Summer Blast!


3 - 2 - 1 ... Blast Off! Our Children and Youth Summer Religious Education Program continues its flight this Sunday!


Big, Fun, RE Set-Up Day! With Erin Reid and the Big, Bad, RE Inspector! 


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 eereid@hotmail.com).  

What Do You Say After You Say
"I'm a Unitarian Universalist"?


Talking about our empowering, noncreedal religion can be complicated.  Can you speak clearly and concisely about your chosen faith when asked?  Have you taken time recently to illuminate for yourself the complex elements of your personal beliefs?  As we become more visible in our community, more people may be asking you about Unitarian Universalism.  Join Adult RE for a three-part series which provides resources to guide us in our "Articulation of Faith."  Through a series of easy and engaging exercises and personal reflection, this course can equip us to communicate about Unitarian Universalism and our specific place in it.  Great for BOTH long-time UUs and for newcomers.


This series begins on September 14th, and continues on the 21st & 28th. In order to accommodate more people, the class time has been changed from morning to Sunday evenings, from 6:30-8:00 p.m


The goal of this series is not only to learn to express our ideas about Unitarian Universalism to others, but to also help each of us explore more deeply our individual thoughts and beliefs. Many times when we learn to articulate our values, we are able to live them more completely and deepen our own path. Don't miss this opportunity to have meaningful conversations with fellow UUs. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come.


Meet for coffee or tea at 6:15 p.m.; discussion starts promptly at 6:30. Nancy Finley and Denise Runnels will facilitate the discussion.  Contact Nancy Finley (finleyn@uah.edu) for further info.  Please let Nancy know at least a week ahead of time if you will be needing childcare for these classes.

Broadmor Briefing


We had a great volunteer workday this past Saturday! Almost 40 people showed up to contribute a few hours towards getting our new facility ready. We painted inside and out, cleaned pews and pew cushions, removed dead trees, and arranged furniture and other items within the church. The efforts of the many volunteers definitely proved that "many hands make for light work," especially when moving pews!


Our general contractor, Lee Builders, along with our architect, Greg Kamback, continue overseeing the north hall bathroom renovation, RE Wing window replacement, and supply water line installation. The majority of the work is complete in those areas with the finishing details in process now. The next big task will be the installation of the vinyl composite floor tiles in the RE Wing. That will occur once the RE Wing windows have been trimmed out and painted in the next week or two.


--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, August 24th, candles were lit for: 


Pam Siegler: "Thank you for your energy, care, prayers, meals, food for green smoothies, care shawl (especially warm in the hospital), and my wonderful new juicer.  My whole heart smiles for you."


Lydia Goodman: "Larry and I celebrated our 59th anniversary on Thursday, August 21."


Glen and Michelle Clark: (Joy) "We are thankful for 6 wonderful years with our beautiful and talented Haley.  Happy Birthday!"

(Concern) "Thoughts for Glen's father who is recovering from a stroke and for our trip to visit."


Katie Smith and Matt Jordan: (Joy) "I (Katie) finally have a diagnosis."

(Sorrow) "EDS is a difficult disease, but we are learning how to live with it."  


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

While Care Chair Barbara Hitt is traveling, Kathy Heath will be handling Care Committee calls. Kathy may be reached at kheath@comcast.net or by calling 256.457.1753. 


UUCH 14-15 Board Members


President:  Denise Hunter-Gilbert

Vice-President: Angel Hundley 

Secretary: Bobby Hall           

Treasurer: Jerome Belcher   

Trustees: Becky Ellingwood, John Fox, & 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 Denise Hunter-Gilbert, no later than one week prior to the meeting, i.e. the Tuesday before. You may leave a copy of your request in her Mailbox at the church office, or contact her at UUCHBoardPresident@uuch.org.

Notice: Next UUCH Board Meeting will be on
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
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: Denise Hunter-Gilbert 

Editorial Board: Laurel Bollinger, Kathy Heath 


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Admin. Office Hours: Monday 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Thursday 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Friday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.   


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 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 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.