UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
June 18th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 25
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).


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

Property Work Day on July 18th

  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.

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 21st, 2015

"Our Complex Selves: Reconciling Spirituality and LGBTQ Identities"

Presented by Interweave          


As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Yet, as Americans, we are sometimes conditioned to marginalize people who are perceived to be outside of "the norm." In recent years, our country has witnessed heated debates between proponents of LGBTQ equality and defenders of so-called "traditional values." These debates occur not only externally in our communities but also internally within many of us who struggle with our multifaceted identities and belief systems. Join us this Sunday as Interweave and the Worship Committee address the conflict that many of us have experienced in our lives, of sexual identity vs. spiritual identity.

This Sunday in RE

campfire/marshmellowsCamp Songs!

With Laurie Keller & Deedee Moore

Do Your Ears Hang Low, My Darling Clementine? You Have to Pay the Rent--These are the Songs that Never End!


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)

Rocket City Pride THIS Sunday!


rainbow flag The Rocket City Pride Community Festival & Equality Pride Parade are planned for this Sunday! Interweave is facilitating the UUCH booth at the festival and will have our UUCH Standing on the Side of Love banner there to carry in the parade! Come join us after church services and show Huntsville that UUCH is truly a Welcoming Congregation.  


Wear your shiny new Standing on the Side of Love T-Shirts if you have them!

Where: Historic Roundhouse Depot, 398 Monroe St NW, Huntsville, AL 35801

When: Festival begins at noon; Parade is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

Food trucks are expected to be there and if you've tried HSV food trucks you know we have some good ones. If you have any questions or are interested in helping (like goodies at the booth), ask Denise Runnels (drrunnel@gmail.com) for details.

UUA "Common Read" Book Discussion,
Hosted by Adult RE


Reclaiming Prophetic Witness by Paul Rasor (Skinner House Books, 2012) has been selected as the 2014-15 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Common Read. It points out a growing misconception that conservative Christianity is the only valid religious voice in our national social policy. The book includes insights from our liberal religious theological heritage that have bearing for us today, and calls us to prophetic, faith-based justice work.     


Rasor explores the forces and tensions that have weakened our prophetic witness in the last quarter century. He also makes a strong case for the necessity of a liberal religious presence in the public square to complement and strengthen secular voices raised for social justice. Reclaiming Prophetic Witness offers new ways to think about how to remain culturally engaged and yet able to speak and act for justice from a faith-based position. You can watch a short video of Paul Rasor discussing his book on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwQ4xhK4HAM


Angel Hundley and Jon Fox will lead a book discussion of this "Common Read" on Sunday, June 28th at 6:30 p.m. in the ARE/Library room. A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. A Common Read can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations. For more info on this Common Read, go to http://www.uua.org/re/adults/read.

Adult RE has a couple of books to circulate for anyone that would like to join the book discussion, but is unable to purchase a personal copy. Please sign out the book on the ARE "library" sheet in the fellowship hall. The book is also available at the UUA bookstore http://www.uuabookstore.org/Reclaiming-Prophetic-Witness-P17243.aspx and from online booksellers.

If you need childcare, please contact Denise Runnels (drrunnel@gmail.com) at least one week before the discussion.

votives Care List 


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


Lynne Abbott, a candle of joy: "Joy on the birth of my granddaughter, Isabelle Neves Abbott on June 10th, her daddy's birthday. And concern that she continues to do well, having been born six weeks early."


Millicent Simmons, a candle of joy: "Two college graduations this month, one granddaughter with an MA, another granddaughter with a BA. I'm so proud of them and their parents."


Cheri Smith, a candle of concern: "My brother Jeff is in surgery this morning for a liver transplant. I would appreciate prayers and healing thoughts." Note from Barbara Hitt--"I called Cheri on Sunday evening for an update, and Cheri said that Jeff did well with the surgery, and they are very optimistic."


Jessica Zelaya, a candle of sorrow: "My great-grandmother passed away Wednesday. I am so thankful that I was able to see her in Michigan just two weeks ago, and she was happy to meet her great-great-grandson."


Bobby Hall, a candle of joy and sorrow: "Sorrow that Todd Hunter-Gilbert has injured his back, and wishing him a quick recovery. I hope it was not a reaction to a Noon Phoon at Calhoun yesterday. Which brings me to the joy of thanking Todd, Denise and Quinn Hunter-Gilbert for coming to my aid during my Noon Phoon at Calhoun World Wide Flash Mob yesterday. My heat stroke might have been more severe without their assistance!"


Barbara and Gary Hitt, a candle of joy and exhaustion: "We are taking our very lively granddaughter, 5 year-old Ivy, home to Atlanta tomorrow. We kept her for 9 days while her parents celebrated their 10th anniversary in Greece. Every day was an adventure for us!"


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 


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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.