UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
June 25th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 26
In This Issue

We CAN Reach 100!

Our donations totaled 72 items in May--Let's make it 100 for June!

Huntsville Assistance Program representatives say that donations have fallen off and they need our help more than ever, so please check your pantry, and/or pick up an extra item on your next shopping trip. Suggested donations: macaroni and cheese, pasta and sauce, dry beans and rice, boxes of cereal, bars of soap, canned meat, and peanut butter!

Thanks in advance!

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!

T-Shirts Are Here! 


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

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Sunday, June 28th, 2015

"A People of Revelry"

Angel Hundley         


The worship theme for this month, chosen nearly a year ago, is revelry. And yet the news today is full of reasons to feel defeated and sorrowful. Some of us may not feel like reveling in life right now. But perhaps this is just the time when we need to recharge our spirits through revelry. Our faith rightly reminds us we have a duty and responsibility to ease the burdens of others, to bend the arc toward justice. But it also reminds us that we have a duty to joy, even a duty to plain old "useless" fun! Which, of course, is not really useless. Joy, celebration, play, and revelry are a means of replenishment. We will have nothing to give, if we don't make room for getting filled up.


Come get filled up with us this Sunday. You are invited to join us for a joyful service fit for a people of revelry!

This Sunday in RE

multi-paint-cans.jpg Painting T-Shirts!

With Jessica Jackson, LaDawn Edwards, Jessica Zelaya, and Natalie Lambert! Parents: Children should probably wear old, paint-friendly clothes! 


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)

UUA "Common Read" Book Discussion,
Hosted by Adult RE
this Sunday Evening


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.

Please join us, whether you finish the book or not! 

UU Social Justice Encourages Your Support of "Dining With Friends"


On a warm evening in May of 1999, several dozen close friends gathered in Huntsville for dinner. Their goal: to raise money for the ever-increasing number of clients coming to the AIDS Action Coalition for care. After a few hours of stories and laughter, wine and dessert, this group of supporters raised $7,000.


Since that time, Dining With Friends has grown into one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the Tennessee Valley, with hundreds of supporters (including UUs) attending small parties and a huge dessert reception each year. Thanks to people like you, Dining with Friends has raised more than $1 million to support the essential services provided to the North Alabama community by Thrive Alabama, formerly the AIDS Action Coalition.


Your support through Dining with Friends is a key component to our ability to provide life-changing services to people in North Alabama. Thanks to you, each year we help over 2,500 people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.


Thrive Alabama is hosting this year's Dining with Friends Dessert Reception (Theme: "Old Hollywood") on Saturday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. at The Westin at Bridge Street. To learn more about how you can help-by donating, or by attending or hosting a party, please go to thrivealabama.org.


votives Care List 


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, June 21st, candles were lit for: 


Barbara Hitt, a candle of love and farewell: "Our dearly loved long-time member Anne Rutledge is moving to Florida to live with her daughter. Anne is a retired history professor and a published poet. We will miss you, Anne!"


Ken and Lydia Hines, a candle of joy: "Our brother Richard is recovering well from surgery for esophageal cancer.  We will return to northern Ohio to assist him during chemotherapy."


Kathy Fisher, a candle of sorrow: "The daughter of one of my classmates was killed in a car wreck on Wednesday, just days after our sweet and happy 50th reunion. Please lift Sonny Harrell and his wife up in your thoughts and prayers."


Cheri Smith, a candle of concern: "My brother Jeff came through surgery for his liver transplant, but now his kidneys have failed and he is on dialysis. He is breathing on his own. Prayers are still needed."


Eleanor Schweinsberg, a candle of sorrow: "I am saddened by the death of my sister-in-law Helen at age 93. She was the last of my siblings. I have known her for almost my entire life."


Daisy (formerly "Abi") Nielsen, a candle of sorrow: "My Granddad died, and he was buried in the National Cemetery of Alabama."


Dan Nielsen, a candle of gratitude: "I am grateful to my father, Lenny Nielsen, for his lifelong caring."


Barbara Hitt, a candle of sorrow:" Susan Coddington's father passed away this past week. Please keep Susan and her family in your thoughts."


Lynne Abbott, a candle of concern: "I have concern for my granddaughter Isabelle who is now 11 days old but isn't eating and has an irregular heartbeat. Other than that, she's doing well and growing more beautiful by the day."


Ed and Paulette Bernstein, a candle of joy: "We welcome Ed's daughter, Juliet, and Grandmother Maddie to visit us today."


Reverend Alice, a candle of joy: "I am joyful to have spent a wonderful 3 1/2 weeks in Rome, Italy, sharing time with my daughter Janet, my grand-kids, and Federico and his family and friends."


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, July 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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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.