UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
September 24th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 39
In This Issue
We Can Reach 100!
foodbasket
Last month, for example, we exceeded our goal--gathering up 160 items!
Please don't forget to bring non-perishable food and hygiene items for the food basket, to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program.
Our Goal is 100 Items per Month!
All donations are welcome and appreciated!
UUA Common Read: Just Mercy

The UUA's 2015-2016 Common Read is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Author Bryan Stevenson advocates for those wrongfully trapped by the U.S. criminal justice system, including poor people, people of color, women, and children. The book speaks to justice, mercy, and compassion, timeless and important concerns for people of faith. A discussion guide for the book will be released in October, but you can order the book now from the UUA Bookstore! For more about this program, see the website.
Awareness Through Movement, Every  Saturday!

Everyone is welcome! This Feldenkrais group class is designed to improve self-awareness and mobility. The class will be verbally guided through gentle movement sequences. These new movement patterns will enable you to move with greater ease and fluidity.
 
This Adult RE class is drop-in, no experience necessary, and will be led by Sally Locklear. Wear comfortable, loose clothing, and bring a bath towel to use as a head support. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. until further notice.
 
For further information, contact Nancy Finley at finleyn@uah.edu. If you need childcare for this event, please contact Nancy at least a week before the event.
Liz Hurley
Ribbon Run
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Join the UUCH Team!
Social Justice Committee reminds us: When you exercise for a good cause, everybody wins!   
The Liz Hurley Ribbon Run 5K is Saturday, October 17th at 8:00 a.m. Meet up with other UUCHers at Huntsville Middle School to walk or run to help beat breast cancer!
 
To join the team, visit lizhurleyribbonrun.org. Click "Register Here" then "Join a Team" then enter "UUCH Ribbon Runners." Or, you can contact Jefflyn Weed or Tonia Betts (256) 882-9891.
 
This is a fun event--hope to see you there!  
Social Justice Knows What We Need

coffeecup  

Chocolate and coffee...mmmm mmm good! If you are a coffee connoisseur, the Social Justice Committee invites you to visit the coffee table in the Fellowship Hall--where delicious Fair Trade chocolate is sold--to order your Certified Fair Trade and Organic coffee from the Kaffeeklatsch. All profits go in support of our Social Justice efforts.

EE Choc Bar


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UUCH Chalice
Sunday, September 27th, 2015
 
 
"Voice Still and Small"
The Reverend Alice Syltie     
 
This is actually part two of the sermon begun last week, "One More Step: An Invitation to Discomfort." Last Sunday we reflected on the spiritual significance of the High Holy Days of Judaism and the Hajj of Islam. This Sunday we will continue the reflection with a focus on conversations happening closer to home. How might we, as Unitarian Universalists, discern the invitation to our next steps as faithful people and good neighbors in our new location?   
This Sunday in RE
 
We continue our shared journey with Heart Talk for Kids with all ages, this week focusing on Session 2: Observation. Children and youth in Peace, Justice, Searchers, and Transformers Rooms are given concepts and tools to grow in our ability to communicate with each other in empathy. In addition, Transformers (grades 7-12) begin Small Group Ministry activity and creative youth co-led activities.
 
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). Register online for the UUCH Children and Youth RE Program at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WS8LDNP. Paper registration forms are also available at the church.
chalice hands Welcoming Diversity
Did You Know?
--Laurel Bollinger, Board President

We've placed four shortened pews at the front of the sanctuary to permit seating for those in wheelchairs and for the people accompanying them. We also place chairs in some of those spaces to accommodate individuals unable to sit in the pews, and we're planning to shorten a few more pews (the UUA recommends 4 wheelchair-accessible spaces at a minimum for a congregation our size, and two shortened pews produce one space for a wheelchair). Anyone with disabilities is welcome to sit up front, and of course we all need to be mindful that not all disabilities are visible--for instance, some individuals with hearing impairments may need those front rows too. For us to be welcoming of those with differing abilities, however, let's try to reserve those pews for individuals who need them!
Friday: Have a Ball with the KnitWits
 
UU KnitWits, our socially-conscious needlework group, will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall on Friday, September 25th, from 6-9:00 p.m. Recent projects have been mats for the homeless (crocheted using plastic bags), and more recently, knitting and/or crocheting soft artificial boobies for women who have had breast cancer. Members of this group also produce shawls and blankets for the Care Committee. Everyone is welcome! You don't have to be a needlework aficionado to join us for conversation and camaraderie! 
UUs Walking for NAMI--This Saturday!

Come Saturday (Sept. 26th) morning to the NAMI Huntsville fun walk at the Lee High School Track on Meridian Street to support our UUCH walkers and enjoy a full morning of activities!   

Mix 96.9
will host a live broadcast and provide music.
9:00 a.m. Check in and warm up.
9:30 a.m. Walk begins on the track.
10:30 a.m. Suzy Friedman conducts a yoga class focused on the benefits of yoga for people with depression and anxiety. Participants should bring their own mats.
9:00 a.m. to noon Visit the Health fair in the gym with displays by local service non-profits.
 
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness by providing education and support programs for affected families.
 
Your UUCH Social Justice Committee encourages you to get involved in this cause! You can still contact Eleanor Schweinsberg  (through the church directory) to sign up as a walker or a sponsor!
Social Justice News
 
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Your Social Justice Committee is meeting this Sunday morning, September 27th, at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome, and we'll have bagels! For information or questions, please call Tonia Betts at 256.882.9891.
"New UU" Class Starts October 18th
 
What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? Guided by the UU Tapestry of Faith Curriculum, this three-part series explores important themes in UU congregational life, such as worship, theology, history, covenant, faith development, social justice, and membership. This program focuses on introducing newcomers to Unitarian Universalism, but those who have been at UUCH for a while will also be able to share and connect with others as we explore our own beliefs and how they intersect with the UU tradition. Everyone is welcome!

So mark your calendars now for the Sunday mornings of October 18th, 25th, and November 1st for this chance to learn and share. Meet for coffee or tea at 9:00 a.m.; discussion starts at 9:15. Pam Korb and Bobby Hall will facilitate the discussion. Contact Pam Korb (bradkorb@mindspring.com ) for further info. If you need childcare during these classes, please contact Pam at least a week before the event.
OWL Parent Meeting, Sunday, Oct. 18th
 
Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education for Youth
The RE program is planning two OWL classes to begin this fall for grades 7-9 (ages 12-15) and grades 10-12 (ages 15-17). OWL classes will begin November 8th. (Watch for more information on OWL for grades 5-6 and for adults in the spring). OWL offers a beautiful curriculum in keeping with UU values for building holistic identity and sexuality awareness in young people. OWL fosters authenticity, safety, comprehensive understanding, self-worth, and, in general, provides the tools a young person needs to make healthy choices about relationships and sexuality. Each class will be led by a committed team of trained facilitators.
 
A mandatory parent orientation meeting will be held following the church service on Sunday, October 18th for parents/guardians of young people who wish to participate in the program, or who are considering participation. We will take a good look at the curriculum's values, topics, format, and schedule. The parent meeting will be held in the fellowship hall starting around 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be provided by the RE Committee, with the actual meeting beginning at 1:00 and ending by 4:00. Childcare will be provided in the RE area. This meeting is for parents and guardians only. Youth must have signed permission from all parents/legal guardians to participate in OWL.  
 
OWL class size and the number of families we can accommodate at the orientation are limited. Please RSVP to DRE Erin Reid at eereid@hotmail.com by October 11th.
 
Read more about OWL at http://www.uua.org/re/owl/.
votives Care List 
 
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, September 20th, candles were lit for:
 
Rev. Alice Syltie, a candle of Concern: "For Anne Rutledge, who was in town for a week with her daughter, and ended up spending several days in Huntsville Hospital due to inhaling paint fumes while her house is being prepared to rent or sell."
 
LaDawn Edwards, a candle of Joy: "So glad to have Erin and Jessica as our fearless leaders. To be immersed in the Heart Talk curriculum in the Hall of Justice this year. I am sure I will learn a lot!"
 
Kathy Fisher, a candle of Concern: "Please keep Rose Deverzley in your thoughts and prayers. Her cat is critically ill and spent the weekend in the emergency animal hospital."
 
Kathy Fisher, a candle of Joy: "I am overjoyed to be playing this morning with the choir, my first Sunday with them since last November! Thank you to Catherine for playing while I was out!"
 
Phaedra Scarborough, candles of Strength and Joy: "We would like to light a candle of strength for our grandma who is currently standing with one foot in the next world, gathering her nerve for the next adventure. We would also like to light a candle of joy for the 95 years she brightened the world with a delight in laughter and play, and hope she finds plenty of friends to accidentally cheat with in the next life."
 
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, October 27th, 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 

 

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

 

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.