UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
October 8th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 41
In This Issue
Coming up
October 17th!
Liz Hurley
Ribbon Run
pink awareness ribbon  
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!  
We Can Do It!
bags of food
Thanks to Your generous donations in September,
 Social Justice took 156 food and hygiene items to the Huntsville Assistance Program!

Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP) is an interfaith network of Madison County congregations providing volunteers, information, and financial resources to help those in need. HAP focuses on those who need temporary assistance. HAP provides not only food boxes but also assistance with rent/ mortgage and utility bills.

So please continue to help fill the baskets in the foyer and fellowship hall with non-perishable food & hygiene items.
All donations are welcome and appreciated!
UUCH KnitWits
Set Schedule

Our UUCH Needlework group, the KnitWits, will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall from 6-8:00 p.m. on October 16th and again on November 20th. The KnitWits lend their talents to both Social Justice and Care Committee projects. Come join the fun, whether or not you know a "purl" from a "treble-crochet!" All are welcome!
Wonderful Wednesday Suppers Start Oct. 21st!
 
Swing into fall and enjoy warm UUCH fellowship at the Wonderful Wednesday Supper on Wednesday, October 21st. Serving 5:30-7:00 p.m. The menu includes homemade spaghetti sauce (turkey & vegetarian), spaghetti noodles (wheat & gluten free), garlic bread, tossed salad and dessert.
 
Family-friendly pricing: ages 6 and younger are free, ages 7-12 are $2, age 13 and older are $5. Family maximum: $15.
 
Childcare and creative children's activities will be offered at 6:30 for families staying to attend Adult RE or choir activities. Do yourself and your family a favor! It couldn't be easier so don't try to resist, just come join the fun!
 
Hosted by your UUCH Hospitality Committee: Betsy Applegate, Fran Alexander, Audrey Fox, Lydia Goodman, Kathy Heath, Cherie Smith, & Jefflyn Weed.

Save the Date!
Our 4th Annual Camp-out & Campfire is set for Saturday, Oct. 24th!

More information is coming soon, or you can ask Denise Runnels (drrunnel@gmail.com) for info.
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.
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. UUCH Adult RE will host a book study on this in January, but you can order the book now from the UUA Bookstore! For more about this program, see the website.
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.

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Sunday, October 11th, 2015
 
 
"Letting Go"
The Reverend Alice Syltie    
 
Our theme for October is "Letting Go" and the question to consider is, "What does it mean to be a people of letting go?" Sometimes letting go is a choice, and sometimes it is forced upon us. With any change, however, we are assured of the need to let go of something. We might let go of people, places, things, ideas, dreams, or identities. The late Unitarian Universalist minister, the Reverend Forrest Church, wrote, "When cast into the depths, to survive, we must first let go of things that will not save us. Then we must reach out for the things that can." How might your life be different if you allowed yourself to let go in some places, and reach out to embrace in others?
This Sunday in RE

giving heart We continue our shared journey with Heart Talk for Kids with all ages, this week focusing on Session 3: Feelings. 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.
 
Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education for Youth begins soon. There will be a mandatory meeting on October 18th for parents who would like to enroll their youth in these classes. For more information, please see the article below.

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.
From Your Minister

Our theme for October is Letting Go. Here are some thoughts on the topic:
 
What Does It Mean To Be A People of Letting Go?
 
When cast into the depths, to survive, we must first let go of things that will not save us. Then we must reach out for the things that can.
--The Reverend Forrest Church
 
All [of us] must leave room for the acts of the spirit.
--Ursula K. LeGuin
 
We cling. You name it, we've wrapped our grasping fingers and anxious hearts around it: success, safety, society's standards of beauty, personal desires to be accepted, perfectionism, duty, fear, grudges, hurts, hopes, stuff, shame, and privilege. Whether the object of our grasping is good or bad is not, as we learn, truly the issue. It's the grasping itself. That's the real problem. Holding on too long and too tightly is never good for the soul. So our faith pleads with us, "Let it go!"
 
But here's the twist: Our faith follows that up quickly with "Let it in!" This spiritual dance takes a two-step. As Forrest Church puts it, letting go must be followed up by reaching out. Or maybe it's better to say opening up. Indeed, the tragedy of grasping so tightly is not simply that we anchor ourselves to that which burdens us, but that we end up shutting out that which is trying to save and feed us. Letting go is ultimately about letting in. It's really about making room.
 
And the great gift of Unitarian Universalism is its claim that this is what "salvation" is all about. With all due respect to our orthodox Christian brothers and sisters who see salvation as a process of becoming cleansed or purified, we join with those who see it as a journey of remaining open. To some the world may appear a place chock-full of temptations to keep out, but to us the world is full of gifts, second chances, and new starts, desperately trying to get in! However, because of our clinging, there is no room.
 
All of which means that letting go is really an act of faith. Yes, it takes strength, resolve, discipline, and courage. But mostly it requires we believe that, once we release our grips, life will not leave us empty-handed.
 
So friends, do you believe? Do you trust that making room will be worth it? Do you have faith that letting go will be met with a life-giving coming in? This month, let's find out. 
 
May we all be blessed by this spiritual two-step!
 
In Love and Hope, 
Rev. Alice
Welcoming Diversitychalice hands
Did You Know?
--Laurel Bollinger, Board President

Please remember that the aisles within the sanctuary need to be kept clear, so that those with mobility impairments can reach the Fellowship Hall or the handicap-accessible bathrooms outside the sanctuary. We could be so much more welcoming if we just move conversations into the pews rather than clustering in the walkways after services! Thank you!
UUCH Service Auction 2015
Time, Talent, and Treasure from Your Favorite Business?
 
Of course, our Service Auction is a time for members and friends to share their own time, talents, and treasures. Buying and providing services is a wonderful way to have a great time, get to know other UUs, and support the church financially. We are also blessed each year with donations that come from businesses patronized by UUCH congregants. Do you go to the same cleaners regularly? Have a well-loved restaurant where they know you by name? Have a favorite masseuse? Please ask these business owners that know you well to donate a gift certificate or item for our service auction. We will publicize them several times in our newsletter and can provide a donation letter if one is needed. Just contact Bob Locklear at boblocklear@mac.com or 512-731-7726 if more information is needed. It only takes a minute to ask and is a great help in supporting the church!
 
Photos, photos, calling all Service Auction Event photos! Do you have photos of previous years' Service Auctions? How about photos of events that you hosted or attended? We're looking for photos to help with our publicity. Send them to Alice Dilbeck at amdilbeck@gmail.com. Thanks for your help!
Starting October 18th: R U a "New UU"?
 
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.
ARE Film Discussion--The Moral Matrix:
Breaking Out of Our Righteous Minds
 


Food, film, fellowship--you will find it all on Wednesday, October 21st at UUCH! Following Hospitality's Wonderful Wednesday Supper, UUCH Adult Religious Education will present a short video featuring Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.

Jonathan Haidt is a Professor of Ethical Leadership at
New York University with an academic specialization in the psychology of morality and the moral emotions. In his TEDTalk video, "The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives" (18 minutes) he tries to help us understand more about the evolution of our moral roots. His hope is that we can learn to be more civil and open-minded, and develop some moral humility in our discussion of politics and religion

We will gather from 7:00-8:15 p.m. for a showing of the video and a discussion of these ideas and how they might relate to the principles of UU. This video is guaranteed to inspire a lively discussion and will hopefully challenge us to expand our thinking about our own moral righteousness. Nancy Finley, Ed Bernstein, and Denise Runnels will facilitate.
 
Childcare will be provided. Great spaghetti dinner before. What else could you need for a complete mid-week pause for your enlightened self? Contact Nancy Finley, finleyn@uah.edu for further information.
dancing skeleton Friday, October 30th! UUCH All-Church, All-Ages
Halloween Party! 
 
Ghosts & Goblins, Creatures & Critters, Kids & Adults--come one, come all to our all-church Halloween Party! Friday, Oct. 30th, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 
 
The Halloween Party is an all-ages party, for children and adults alike, sponsored by the Children and Youth RE Program. We'll have dancing, a cakewalk, and "best costume" contests. Favorite dance tunes for all generations will be provided by the Music Machine DJ. Fun for everyone!
 
Watch for sign-ups for bringing Halloween snacks, making spooooky cakes for the cakewalk, and helping with set-up and clean-up. For more information contact Jessica Zelaya, RE Chair (256.322.2210 or asuriai@yahoo.com).
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. OWL2015
 
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/.
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At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, October 4th, candles were lit for:

Howard Williams, a candle of Joy: "Gail and I celebrated our 34th anniversary yesterday. Oh Happy Days!"
 
Kathy Fisher, candles of Sorrow and Joy: "My little cat I've had for 15 years died Monday. Many thanks to Rose Deverzley for going to the vet with me.
"The husband of a college friend took his life after receiving a bad diagnosis.
"Today is my middle child's 41st birthday--Blessed Be, Noel!
"My daughter traced my mother's family line back and discovered we are directly related to 'Old King Cole' of nursery rhyme fame. Delightful!"
 
Rose Deverzley, candles of Sorrow and Joy. "Thank you to UUCH for sending the nice card in memory of my Molly cat. And thanks to everyone who sent me messages and cards of concern and support."
 
John Czachurski, a candle of Sorrow: "My mother-in-law's Alzheimer's continues to progress and we recently transitioned her from a memory-care unit to full nursing home care. Also, in late summer, we learned that my aunt has Alzheimer's."
 
The Clark and Watkins family: "A candle of Joy for our new son Virgil Emerson, who was born Wednesday, September 23rd in a beautiful home birth. We are so grateful to have him safely out in the world with us after a long difficult journey of a highly monitored pregnancy.
 
"And a candle of Sorrow and Joy in remembering our first son, Wendell Lyle, who was stillborn last year on October 5th. As we prepare to celebrate the one year anniversary of his birth we feel both joy that he existed in this world and sorrow that he isn't with us today."    
 
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.