UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
February 5th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 06
In This Issue
We're Getting
Good at This!

Thanks to your generous donations, we had 124 items in the basket to take to Huntsville Assistance Program this month!

And bringing in food and hygiene items for our Food Basket really makes a difference.


HAP is an interfaith network of Madison County congregations providing volunteers, information, and financial resources to help those in need. HAP focuses on those who need temporary assistance. HAP provides not only food boxes but also assistance with rent/ mortgage and utility bills.


From the HAP website:

"HAP's primary goal is to help clients have a better life. This does not always mean paying their bill will be the answer. We endeavor to meet many needs whether they are emotional, financial, or spiritual. All of our clients are interviewed in person and as much time as is needed to 'peel back the onion' and get to the core of that person's particular problem is taken. We may need to refer this person for financial counseling, marital counseling, drug/alcohol addiction, or medical assistance. We are a major referral source for services available within Madison County. All persons interviewed are encouraged to find a church family regardless of their denomination preference."


Awareness Through Movement on Saturday Mornings 
UUCH Adult Religious Education has begun another series of Awareness Through Movement® classes.
Classes focus 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!
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.

You Did It!
You Saved the Chocolate!

Sales were swift last Sunday, and our Chocolate source has been given a reprieve!

Social Justice has decided to keep selling the delicious Fair Trade Chocolate--at least until Easter!

Look for it on the coffee table in the Fellowship Hall.


And 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!

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Sunday, February 8th, 2015

"'Are You My Cousin?"

Angel Hundley    


We are in the midst of an amazing revolution in family history. Thanks to advances in both DNA research and online collaborative genealogy sites, we can now figure out how we are related to almost every other human on earth. In a few years, we may have a single tree containing nearly all seven billion humans on earth. If everyone is related, what does the concept of family even mean? If we are all cousins, is the age of tribalism coming to an end? As a people of faith, can we imagine a world where we take care of all as family? 


Leading the effort to get our family discussing these issues and connecting to the big tree is author A.J. Jacobs. He is hosting a Global Family Reunion in June of 2015. His cousin and yours, Angel Hundley, has been working with him for the last 5 months on this effort. (Check out globalfamilyreunion.com, click on the "Who We Are" link, and scroll down a few faces and you'll find Angel!) Join us this Sunday as Angel shares this extraordinary project and gets us thinking about what family really means. 

This Sunday in RE

Peace Room

Chalice Children: "Valentine's Day"
Justice Room
Signs of Our UU Faith: "Worshipping Together"
Searchers and
Over-Achievers Room
Preparing for youth-led service on February 15th

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).   

"New UU" Class Continues This Sunday 


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, and you need not have attended the first session as a prerequisite for the rest. So mark your calendars now for the Sunday mornings of February 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. And Childcare is available for this event! 

justice scales Social Justice Meets  

This Sunday  


Your Social Justice Committee will be meeting this 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.

Start Cleaning Those Closets!   


The church is sponsoring its annual yard sale on April 24th, with a rain date being the following Saturday. Start emptying your drawers, garages, attics, and closets! Please make sure that clothes smell fresh as daisies and that donated items are not torn or broken. On the other hand, keep in mind that one person's junk is another's treasure! Contact Bonnie Herold (bherold51@gmail.com) with questions.

UUCH Board Report for January 2015

The Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, where we

  • Discussed plans for this year's Annual Budget Drive (ABD) and several budgetary matters
  • Discussed continuing our role as a Teaching Congregation
  • Accepted resignation of Trustee-at-Large Becky Ellingwood
  • Appointed Millicent Simmons as Trustee-at-Large upon recommendation of the Nominating Committee.
Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, February 1st, a candle was lit for:


Barbara Hitt, a Candle of Sorrow: "Please light a candle for my friend, Doris Williams, who passed away last week after a courageous 13 year fight against cancer." 


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: Millicent Simmons, 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, February 24th, 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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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.