UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
June 11th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 24
In This Issue

T-Shirts Are Here! 


If you ordered a SOSL T-shirt, please pick it up after church in the fellowship hall this Sunday!

We CAN Reach 100!


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).


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."


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

Fair & Delicious  

EE Choc Bar

After the worship service every Sunday, your Social Justice Committee is in the Fellowship Hall, selling Fair Trade chocolate from Equal Exchange! There are a variety of yummy flavors, and ingredients include a clear conscience! Plus, proceeds are used to help fund Social Justice projects!

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Sunday, June 14th, 2015

"Hosea Ballou: The Father of American Universalism"

The Reverend Barry Whittemore        


"What are the historical roots of Universalism in America? How did it develop? What does that have to do with me today? Perhaps because I have always been a historian, these questions directly inform my primary religious identity as a Universalist."


The Rev. Dr. Barry Whittemore served as an active UU minister from 1999-2013. Currently he is a Lecturer at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, where he teaches American, Appalachian, and Religious History. 

This Sunday in RE

Sun Prints!  
Making art with the sun!
With Theresa Miller & Erin Reid.


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) or Jessica Zelaya, RE Chair (256.322.2210 or asuriai@yahoo.com)

Hold the Date: July 18th
Broadmor Property Work Day! 


raking leaves We need your help! Your Property Committee will be hosting a property work day at our Broadmor facility on Saturday, July 18th, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon--and your help is needed!


There will be tasks for every skill level both inside and outside our property. Some examples of outside tasks include invasive privet removal, gutter cleaning, pine needle removal, and weeding. Some inside tasks include painting, cleaning out of storage areas, light bulb replacement, and minor plumbing repairs.


Like all homes, our church home needs regular care and feeding, so come out on July 18th to help care for our new facility and enjoy fellowship with your church family.

Virtual General Assembly!
Register by June 19th!


Our UUA is making GA 2015 the most accessible GA yet, with Virtual GA: live-streamed, premium workshop content, access to mini-assemblies on the proposed bylaw amendments and the proposed Statement of Conscience on Reproductive Justice (delegates may propose amendments), and a chat room for off-site participants. 


The streamed workshops include: 

  • Talk the Walk: Speaking Justice in the Language of Our Faith
  • GA Talks: Multigenerational Worship and Community Ministry
  • Choosing, Telling, and Bringing Stories to Life in Worship
  • Commit2Respond: Growing Young Adult Leadership for Climate Justice
  • Accessibility & Inclusion Ministry: The AIM Program Experience
  • From iChurch to Beloved Communities
  • Class Diversity: Exploring our Past, Building our Theologies
  • Congregational Polity and the Myth of Congregational Autonomy
  • E-Giving: Contributions for the 21st Century

Our General Sessions, worship services, and the Ware Lecture will be accessible without registration. 


Learn more and register here .

votives Care List 


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, June 14th, candles were lit for:


Nancy Stetson and Jerome Belcher, a candle of both sorrow and joy: "Nancy is home after minor knee surgery and doing well."


Nancy Finley, a candle of joy: "Becky Ellingwood is out of the hospital in New York. She is starting physical and speech therapy here in Huntsville. She thanks all of you for your cards and support, and hopes to be back to church in a few weeks."


Alice Dilbeck, a candle of joy: "Anne Rutledge is back in our midst! And a joy to have Kathy Fisher back with us, and to have Nancy Finley here and Becky Ellingwood on the road to recovery."


Kathy Fisher, a candle of joy: "I am so delighted to be playing for church again after more than six months! Thank all of you for your support, comfort, encouragement, and well wishes! And thank you, Catherine Hall, for rising to the challenge for half a year! I appreciate your work and your willingness from the bottom of my heart!"


Bobby Hall, a candle of joy: "Good to see Kathy Fisher back at the piano!"


Catherine Hall, a candle of joy: "Welcome back to Kathy Fisher! I'm so glad you've recovered and are back at piano."


Lydia Goodman, a candle of concern: "Please keep my great-granddaughter Nikki in your hearts and prayers; she had surgery yesterday. She had an accident on the ATV and had her foot crushed. She was visiting in Foley, Alabama. She can't put weight on it for two months. Thank goodness she would rather have her nose in a book anyway."


Jay, Rebecca, Aaron and John Michael from Oklahoma, a candle of joy: "We are visiting Alabama to celebrate our grandmother/great-grandmother's 90th birthday. We are happy to see cousins, aunts and uncles and great uncles as well as great-great uncles. (Grandma had seven brothers and sisters. Five are still living. Grandma was the oldest.)

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.

The next UUCH Board Meeting will be held
Tuesday, June 23rd, 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 


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


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.