UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd, Huntsville AL 35810  
January 22nd, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 04
In This Issue
Food Basket
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
It's Happening!!
New UU
SoulCollage Redux
Social Justice
ARE Spring Schedule
Care List
Remember the Basket!

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).


Awareness Through Movement on Saturday Mornings 
UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically. We have started another series of Awareness Through Movement® classes.
The class focuses 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.

Everyone is welcome! 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 is led by Sally Locklear. Wear comfortable, loose clothing, and bring a bath or beach towel to use as head support for comfort in side-lying.

These classes are being held in the Fellowship Hall on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., continuing until further notice.
For information, contact Denise Runnels If you need childcare for this event, please contact Denise at least a week before the event.

Fair Trade is Good for Everyone!

Your Social Justice Committee is once again selling Fair Trade chocolate varieties from Equal Exchange, including Cocoa powder!  

EE Choc Bar

Remember, Fair Trade products help ensure that:

1) Unjust labor practices, such as child slavery, are not used.

2) Farmers and workers are paid fair wages and have a voice in the organization to which they sell their products.

3) Environmental sustainability is held as an important goal.

Plus, proceeds are used to help fund Social Justice projects, and our congregation's purchase of Equal Exchange products supports the UUSC!

Equal Exchange Logo  

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015

"'The Check's in the Mail'  

--and Other Stories"

The Reverend Alice Syltie

and Angel Hundley  


Is there really anything wrong with a little white lie? What does it mean to be totally honest? Is it ever appropriate to keep a secret? This Sunday we will consider whether or not it is possible to be a person of integrity, and yet not always tell the whole truth. 

This Sunday in RE
Creative Service Day! Children and youth will prepare for our annual youth-led, multigenerational worship service on February 15th with a craft in honor of Valentine's Day and our commitment to the transforming power of love. 

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). 
This Saturday Night!
Come to the Fellowship Hall this Saturday night for good food and fun!       

The 2015 UUCH Annual Chili Cook-off
will be held Saturday, January 24th!
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and judging begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each for those 13 and older;  
Kids 3-12 are $3 each, with a family cap of $15. Admittance is free for the Chili Entrants!  
Advance ticket purchase is not necessary.

Chili cooks, please pre-register by contacting
Audrey Fox:
audrey.fox@gmail.com or 256.417.6197.
King George
King George dares all pretenders to knock him off his Throne!  
Entertainment is being organized by Susan Coddington, so if you'd like to participate in the open-mike part of the evening, please email susan.coddington@rteamworks.com.

If you'd like to help decorate and set up for the event, meet Audrey at the church this Saturday morning (Jan. 24th) at 11:00 a.m.

Who will win the coveted Red Ladle?

"New UU" Class 


rainbow chalice What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? Guided by the UU Tapestry of Faith Curriculum, this three-part series explores important themes in UU congregational life, such as worship, theology, history, covenant, faith development, social justice, and membership.


This program focuses on introducing newcomers to Unitarian Universalism, but those who have been at UUCH for a while 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 February 1st, 8th, & 15th in the Adult RE Classroom for this chance to learn and share. Meet for coffee or tea at 9:00 a.m.; discussion starts at 9:15. Nick Wilbourn and Nancy Finley will facilitate the discussion. Contact Nancy Finley (finleyn@uah.edu) for further info. If you need childcare, please contact Nancy at least a week before the event.

SoulCollage®--Find Your Creative Self


Many of you enjoyed this workshop in October, so Denise Runnels is bringing a cache of images, cards, and tools for this creative workshop that will help us make the most of our UU source that is personal experience. We will meet Monday evening, Feb. 2nd at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, and create until 8:30 p.m. Ask Denise Runnels (drrunnel@gmail.com) if you have any questions!


Tumbled in a rich living collage, images constantly speak to us: in dreams, through art, and in our interpretation of the everyday world. Join us for an evening of imagery and inspiration as you start or continue building your own personal deck of evocative 5 x 8 cards.


Move from your linear language-based left brain into your creative image-based right brain... even if you have never done art or would not describe yourself as creative! Simply place and glue images you choose from those available.


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

justice scales Social Justice News 


Your Social Justice Committee will be meeting on Sunday morning, February 8th, at 9:30 a.m., in the Fellowship Hall. We'll be planning events and working on our bulletin board. We'll have bagels! Please call Tonia Betts (256.882.9891) if you have questions.

UUCH Adult Religious Education for Spring 2015 


The Adult RE Committee has many varied events scheduled for the new year at UUCH! Watch for these Upcoming Events in March and April:

  • UU Parenting Class led by Rev. Alice Syltie and Intern Minister Denise Gyauch.
  • UU Common Read, a discussion of the book, Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religious in the Public Square, led by Jon Fox.
  • Ted Talk Video Discussion: "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion" led by Gary Hitt and Ed Bernstein.

Come and join us in our beautiful new Adult RE Room and Library. Everyone is welcome!   

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, January 18th, candles were lit for:  


Jessica Zelaya: "I would like to ask for thoughts and prayers for my aunt, for whom I am a primary caregiver. She fell last Sunday and has been admitted to a transitional rehab facility to recover. I hope she will be able to return home to our care soon, and in time to meet her great-great-nephew."


From Rev. Alice: "A candle of overwhelming gratitude for all the ways you were present for me, Janet, my brother Keith, and our extended family, as we mourned my mother's loss and celebrated her life."


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 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.

Next UUCH Board Meeting will be on
Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Thanks for your cooperation!

From the Overlook is a publication of

The Unitarian Universalist Church,

3921 Broadmor Rd. Huntsville, AL 35810

Minister: The Reverend Alice Syltie

Board President: Denise Hunter-Gilbert 

Editorial Board: Laurel Bollinger, Kathy Heath 


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Admin. Office Hours: 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri.

For Wednesday access, please call in advance. 

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

Minister's 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.