UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
April 16th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 16
In This Issue
Food for Good

Please don't forget to bring non-perishable food and hygiene items for the food basket, to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program.

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!

Wednesday Night Childcare!

Childcare is now being offered at our Wednesday evening church programs: choir, chalice circle, and Adult RE programs.  

If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Religious Education, Erin Reid, at eereid@hotmail.com or 256-694-6786.

Calling All Green Thumbs!


The UUCH Property Committee is organizing a new "Grounds Committee," which will be a sub-committee of Property. With spring weather now here, it is the perfect time to get this effort rolling! We hope to develop a plan that we can use to enhance our grounds--and get folks outside digging in the dirt! For questions or comments, call Tim Miller at (256) 880-6792 or email him at  tim.miller.hsv@gmail.com
Adult RE Presents: Awareness Through Movement 
Everyone is welcome!
Come learn how to use the core of your body to improve movement, balance, and chronic pain. 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 now being held in the Adult RE/Library Room, on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m.,
continuing until further notice.

(Notice: There will be no Class This Saturday,  April 18th!)

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

Social Justice 

Still Collecting Shoes Until May 1st! 


Does your family have shoes that are not being worn? Old or new, bag them up and bring them to church!  


Donated shoes will be sent to developing nations for sale by micro-businesses. These businesses provide income for families in need. In addition, HAP is paid for shoes it collects. It's a win-win "sit-shoe-ation"!


We will collect shoes until May 1st. You can place them in the food collection areas in the foyer or fellowship hall. Questions? Please call Tonia at (256) 882-9891.

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Sunday, April 19th, 2015

"Climate Change and Our 7th Principle"

The Reverend Alice Syltie, Brad Korb, and Tim Miller   

This Sunday's service will be centered around the upcoming Earth Day. In his sermon, Brad will explore the world wide climate changes that we are experiencing, what it means to the future of life on our planet, and how we must act now to minimize climate changes. We, as Unitarian Universalists and in keeping with our 7th principle, have a responsibility and an opportunity to help determine our future relationship with the Earth. In addition, Tim Miller will provide special music for this Earth Day centered worship service.
This Sunday in RE
Peace Room
Chalice Children: "Earth Day"
Justice Room
Signs of Our UU Faith: "Special Day"
Searchers Room
Toolbox of Faith: "Create Your Own Tools"
Over-Achievers Room
"Speaking Faith" 
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 Friday Night: Freedom of Speech Video Discussion, Hosted by Adult RE 

The first amendment to the U.S. Constitution states "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech." The recent news of the racist fraternity songs at the University of Oklahoma, and the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris, raise moral issues about this freedom. What are the moral and legal limitations on free speech? What is legally protected and what is not by the first amendment? "Hate" speech? Obscenity? What is hate speech, what is obscene? What is "speech"? Flag burning? Political contributions? When are we morally obligated to say something that some may find offensive, and when are we obligated not to? How can our principles as UUs guide us with important decisions concerning these issues?

Vanitha Singh, retired from the UAH English faculty and now an instructor for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UAH, has graciously agreed to give a video presentation that debates some of these issues, particularly the issues raised by the murders in Paris, followed by what promises to be a very interesting discussion.

Friday, April 17th beginning at 7:00 p.m., Gary Hitt and Ed Bernstein will co-facilitate this discussion led by Vanitha Singh. Please contact Denise Runnels with any questions about this event.

UU Yard Sale, Saturday, April 25th:

It's Crunch Time!


Give it Away! The fabulously exciting annual church yard sale is nearly upon us! Empty your closets, drawers, attics, basements, garages, work sheds, cars, and cabinets. Go for the minimalist look. Shed your shelves of doodads! Strip your walls of paintings, etchings, and mirrors! We need your stuff!


Gather it up and bring it in! Someone will be available in the north wing of the church this Saturday morning to collect your precious items (in other words, your junque). You can also deliver on Sunday morning before church. Call Bonnie Herold at 256-289-1374, or contact her at bherold51@gmail.com with questions, or to arrange other times for drop-off.


So. Much. Stuff. Want to help sort? Want to help price? Get involved, and see firsthand the astounding merchandise people are donating for this very excellent fundraiser. Please sign up to help us price next week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (April 20th, 22nd, & 24th). If the weather cooperates and we can get ourselves outside, Friday will probably be an active day of selling as well.


Sales Crew Wanted! And please, please, please, sign up for shifts at the sale on Saturday morning: 6:30-8:30, 8:30-10:30, or 10:30-12:30. The first shift will involve setting up, of course; the last will involve tearing down. A sign-up poster will be available on Sunday...or just contact Bonnie.


We Can Do It!  Let's all work together to make this another successful yard sale. And don't forget to SHOP at the sale! Saturday, April 25th!


Thanks so much!

Bonnie Herold, Yard Sale Chair 

Social Justice News 


justice scales The Social Justice Committee will meet on Sunday, April 26th at 9:30 a.m., in the Fellowship Hall. We will be discussing "Where do we go from here?" now that we are settled in at Broadmor. All voices and ears would be greatly appreciated! We will have bagels, and if you need childcare, please let Tonia know at (256) 882-9891.


Habitat for Humanity Work Day

UUCH will have a volunteer day with Habitat on Saturday, May 9th from 8:00 a.m. until noon(ish). No special skills required (other than being 18 years old!) More details will be available later. Please let Tonia know if you plan to attend at (256) 882-9891. Hope to see you there!


Thank you so much for your record donations of 237 items in March for the HAP food pantry! Also, we have collected 85 pairs of shoes so far. Keep up the great work!

Adult RE Class: "UU Parenting"

April 26th & May 3rd 


chalice w/rainbow flame Join Adult RE as we discuss how we can use Unitarian Universalist principles in our caregiving of children. Following the curriculum, "Parents/Grandparents as Spiritual Guides," we recognize there are many definitions and interpretations of the word "spiritual." Authors Bobbie and Chris Nelson encourage us, in the company of other seekers, to honor, enrich, and enhance our own spiritual growth. As our spiritual life grows and expands, it challenges and nurtures us. Our task is to open ourselves to what is happening and share it with our children. Based on the belief that children's religious education should not be restricted to Sunday school, this program brings spiritual growth into the home, where the communion and rituals of family life can support the "dynamic process of faith development."

Everyone is welcome--parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends--all those who care for the spiritual growth of children. Sundays April 26th and May 3rd at 12:15 p.m., in the Adult RE Room. Rev. Alice Syltie and Janet Vignaroli will facilitate. Childcare and pizza will be provided for the children while the adults are meeting.

If you believe that you might attend, please contact Nancy Finley at finleyn@uah.edu so we can make preparations. Hope to see you there! 

Welcome to Our Newest Members!


On Sunday, April 5th, UUCH welcomed ten new members into covenant during a brief ceremony.  

Pictured above are our new members (left to right):

Back row: Derrik Landman, Michael Carson, Michelle Clark, Glen Clark, Mari Hinckley (and Kristabelle), Ginny Leasure

Center: Kevin Geohagan, Jean Marie Geohagan (and Nora), Claudia Carson, Lynne Abbott

Floor: Emmy and Reid Geohagan, Haley and Vincent Clark


We appreciate the commitment that these new members have made to our church community with their gifts of time, financial support, talents, and themselves. We all look forward to working 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.

Unitarian Universalist WomenSpirit presents:

Stars Above, Light Below,  

A Call to Celebrate Magic


The stars are the oldest things, more ancient than the earth herself. In ancient times, the wise ones, the healers, were women. We look to the night sky above and in those lights shining, we see the wise women of ancient times. We draw from that wisdom, that light, to illuminate our own paths and the paths of those around us.


Institute--May 13-16, 2015.  

Gathering--May 15-18, 2015

Price includes all meals, lodging, and programming at The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center in Highlands, NC. http://mountaincenters.org 


WomenSpirit is an inclusive Spiritual retreat for all women 18 & older, regardless of affiliation or spiritual path. Explore the Feminine Divine through spirit-nourishing workshops and ritual, surrounded by amazing views of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. We value the worth and dignity of all women and affirm diversity.


More info: registration flyer is available at:


or contact: Registrar uuwomenspirit@gmail.com 

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, April 12th, candles were lit for:


Mona Smith, a candle of joy: "I am deeply grateful for all the care and concern this church family provided me during my long recovery. Every thought, call, card, visit, and even a couple of over-nighters, reminded me that I was not alone. Thank you. And I'm delighted to be back to worship with you in our beautiful new facility."

Jo Broussard and Jeanne deFrance, a candle of joy: "Delighted, thrilled, and full of joy that Mona Smith is back with us."


Avery Keane, a candle of joy: "Joy because I moved."


The Miller family, a candle of joy: "Our daughter, Vanessa, is recovering well from her successful gallbladder surgery. We hope that this helps to resolve some of her health issues. Sending her healing energies."


Angel Hundley, a candle of joy: "Thankful to Brett Jones for his generosity and openness today--both in sharing his story with us and donating the proceeds of book sales today to the church."


Erin Reid, a candle of joy: "Pam Siegler was accepted this week into the UUA Musician professional credentialing program."


Jason Minter, a candle of joy: "Jason and Zane Zirbel were married last month in New Orleans!"


Ilene Sparks, a candle of sorrow: 'Kutie Kat' awaits Ilene in Camelot, a fabled place where everyone is happy. She departed this life on Friday, April 10th, at 4:00 p.m."


Sarah Kinley, a candle of sorrow: "Please hold baby Oli in your thoughts and prayers. He nearly drowned this past Monday and is in a coma. Oli is the great nephew of a friend in Georgia. I heard last night he wiggled his toes after being tickled. Hoping that is a good sign."

If you have pastoral care needs, please contact the Reverend Alice Syltie at revaluu@aol.comCare Chair Barbara Hitt will be out of town for a few weeks. Please contact Care Committee members Jefflyn Weed (256-882-9604), Tim Miller (256-880-6792), or Nancy Stetson (256-650-6116), should a need arise. 
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.

The next UUCH Board Meeting will be held
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 at 6:30 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.