UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
July 2nd, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 27
In This Issue

This Sunday, July 5th, is a Sharing Sunday!

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On the first Sunday of each month, we

Share the Plate during the offering,

Share our Lunch with each other during Potluck and

Share our Bounty by filling the Food Basket!

Please don't forget to bring non-perishable food and hygiene items for the food basket, to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program--they are running low this time of year. All donations are welcome and appreciated!

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, July 5th, 2015

"The Unfinished Revolution: Reflections on Place and Privilege"

Gail Stratton, Candidate for UU Ministry 


The United States of America is a work in progress. Having just celebrated 239 years of existence as a country, there is much for which we can be thankful. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as inalienable rights are (much) more available to some among us than others. We will take a few moments to look at the dizzying pace of change going on in our state and country. How are we each a mixture of identities? How can we each live more fully into affirming the dignity and worth of each person?


Gail Stratton is both a Biology Instructor and a Candidate for Unitarian Universalist Ministry, while trying not to confuse the two! She has recently completed a two-year Internship working with the Reverend Lone Broussard at the UU Church in Birmingham and has one more year of school to complete her M. Div. degree at Meadville Lombard Theological School. She and her wife Pat live in north Mississippi where they grow flowers, hunt mushrooms, and study spiders. Both are arachnologists (yes, that is spider experts!) and have done programs from the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in North Mississippi. Gail has found Unitarian Universalism to be the life-affirming, open-hearted, and intellectually challenging religion she has long been looking for!

This Sunday we Share the Plate with Meals on Wheels! For more information on this organization, please see the article below

This Sunday in RE
Game Day!
Bring your favorite games to play with your UU friends!



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)

Chant Group Meets Next Monday


ohm Humans all over the world use chanting for worship, mental health, enlightenment, peace, and prosperity. You are invited to meet with Deedee Moore and other voices to see why this practice has universal appeal, and find out what chants, if any, appeal to you.


For the summer months, we will be meeting on the First Monday of each month, at 6:30p.m., in the Adult RE/Library room. (That'll be June 1st, July 6th, and August 3rd.) We'll chant for about an hour, maybe longer if we get into it. If you already have a chant that is especially meaningful for you, we'd love to share it. Also feel free to bring drums & percussive instruments--it helps us keep a rhythm going! Contact Deedee Moore, at the church office, for more info: 256.534.0508, or uuch@uuch.org.

This Sunday We Share the Plate* with the Meals on Wheels Program

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The Huntsville Area Meals on Wheels program operates out of the Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center on Drake Avenue in Huntsville. STPMOW  


Meals on Wheels serves Huntsville seniors age 60 or over, who are unable to cook for themselves, have no one available to cook for them, and are primarily homebound. Meals on Wheels provides one nutritious meal Monday-Friday, year round (some holidays excluded). The meals include an entree, vegetable, fruit, bread, and milk. Volunteers deliver meals to the client's home between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. There is no charge, but a donation based on income is MOWlogo suggested. Menus are planned by a Registered Dietitian. We cannot offer special diet meals. Our program delivers in the Huntsville city limits. 


To see more about this program, visit the Senior Center Website: http://www.seniorview.com/meals-on-wheels 


*When we "Share the Plate," all cash collected on the first Sunday of each month in the quarter (July, August, and September), along with any checks noted as "Share the Plate," will be halved with the Meals on Wheels program.


Thanks to your generous donations last quarter, we were able to send $625.50 to the UUSC's "Right to Water" program! Thanks in advance for your help! 

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At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, June 28th, candles were lit for: 


The Weber Family, a candle of Joy: "We are excited to be welcoming a new baby in December!"


Malcolm Goodman, a candle of Joy: "Today is Harper's twentieth birthday--no more teenagers in our household. Also I would like to welcome Harper's roommate, Melissa Knee, who is with us this morning."


Audrey Fox, a candle of Joy: "I had my routine MRI on Wednesday, my MS is stable, no new or active lesions."


Cheri Smith, a candle of Joy: "My brother Jeff is improving. He may go to rehab in two weeks. Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers."


Lynne Abbott, a candle of Joy: "Joy that I'm alive. Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of my near-fatal car wreck. So glad to be alive and here at UUCH!"


Susan Coddington, a candle of Joy: "Thank you to everyone for showing your love and support the last 6 months during my dad's illness and death. It has been a difficult time, but it was easier knowing that our church family was there when needed. Thank you all!"


Nick Wibourn, a candle of Joy: "Like many others here today, I am very glad about the Supreme Court's affirming ruling Friday in Obergefell V. Hodges--especially as I effect my own forthcoming nuptials."


Alice Dilbeck, a candle of mixed Joy and Sorrow: "Glad that Ms. Anne G. Rutledge* will no longer live alone. Sad that she will be away from us. How appropriate that, to note her leaving the state, the governor took confederate flags down from the capital grounds, and that same-sex marriages are now forever legal here. How very appropriate."


Betsy Applegate and Alice Dilbeck, a candle of Sorrow: "On the passing of Alice's mother, Mildred Dilbeck, on Tuesday. She went peacefully, with no evident pain, for which we are grateful."


Tim and Theresa Miller, a candle of Concern: "For our daughter Allie and family, who have moved to Raleigh and have encountered several issues with their new rental house, including A/C, oven, carpet, and gas not turned on. And she can't send the boys out to play--too much poison ivy! Sending her love and strength."


Sally Locklear, a candle of Concern: "Please light a candle for the families of the victims of the shooting in Charleston, as they move from funerals into their new normal."


*If you would like to have the new address for Anne Rutledge, please call or email the church office. 


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 15-16 Board Members


President: Laurel Bollinger 

Vice-President: Angel Hundley 

Secretary: Ed Bernstein           

Treasurer: Jerome Belcher   

Trustees: Millicent Simmons, John Fox, & Denise Runnels 


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 Laurel Bollinger, 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: Laurel Bollinger  

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.