UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
November 12th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 46
In This Issue
We Can Do It!
canned goods 
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).
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.
Coffee & Chocolate
EE Choc Bar  

Your 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.

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! ARE also has a few copies to lend: See Nancy Finley (finleyn@uah.edu)
 for details. For more about the Common Read program, see the website.

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Sunday, November 15th, 2015
"Our Shared Story"
Angel Hundley and the Reverend Alice Syltie, featuring photographs by Barbara Hitt, and music by Alli Johnson 

Intellectually we know if we go back far enough, we are all related. What would it mean though if we really internalized and owned our shared ancestral story? How would our attitudes and behaviors change if we truly saw everyone on the planet as our family?
Join us this Sunday as we reflect on our common heritage and the rest of the story--the story we are writing for future generations to continue. What will our chapters say?
giving heartThis Sunday in RE

We continue our shared journey with Heart Talk for Kids with all ages, this week focusing on Session 7: Exploring Anger. 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.

Questions about Religious Education at UUCH may be directed to 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. 
All Aboard for Service Auction 2015!

The islands are finally in view off the starboard bow! The UUCH Service Auction takes place this Saturday, November 14th at 6:00 p.m.
If you haven't pre-registered as a bidder and let us know you're coming, please email Bob Locklear (boblocklear@mac.com ). Pre-registration will make sure you "sail in" and "sail out" on auction night.
In the meantime, make sure you, your family, and your parrot are ready for the bounty of food, drink, and treasure that awaits you! There will be silent and live auction items including many items you'll definitely not want to miss! What items, you ask? How about a "3-Night Stay on the Beach"--in a condo on Orange Beach, next to the famed FloraBama! Indoor pool, hot tubs, sauna, racketball/tennis. It even includes your first meal on the coast--$25 at The Shrimp Basket!
Items are piling up, and we're almost ready to sail! (We still need helpers to bring sweet or savory foodstuffs to stock the galley! If you can help, please click here to sign up!)

Childcare will be provided, too!
Door prizes
will also be given
away throughout the evening...but you must be present to win!
See you there! 
Beginning this Sunday:
Compassionate Communications
Adults Can Learn, Too!
stained glass chalice The youth and children of UUCH are spending their Sunday mornings learning about "heart talk," a program based on Marshall Rosenberg's model of Compassionate (Nonviolent) Communication. And now, we adults have a chance to catch up to the wisdom of the kids.

Adult Religious Education at UUCH
is offering a two-part series on Compassionate Communication using the original book from Rosenberg as our starting point. This step-by-step approach, with exercises and real examples, will assist us in our development of a new philosophical model for interaction. Sometimes we don't even know that we are using patterns that undermine the outcomes we want. This practice can help liberate us from adversarial and competitive patterns of power and communication, and replace them with non-violent ways of interacting. It potentially provides an important piece in our efforts for conflict resolution in our families, work environments, church, and even national and international relations.

There is something in this program for everyone.
So save the evenings of Sunday, November 15th and 22nd at 6:00 p.m. to join us. Erin Reid, Sara Cline, and Nancy Finley will be facilitating. Childcare will be provided. Contact Nancy at finleyn@uah.edu for further information..
Embodying the Christmas Spirit
The Alabama Hispanic Association Christmas Dinner will be held Saturday, December 12th, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., here at UUCH
candycane-burst.jpg We will need many volunteers to help spread Christmas cheer to those in need in Huntsville's Hispanic community. We will serve dinner, distribute presents, and entertain. 

There is a job for everyone!
Please put this fun event on your holiday calendar!
West Virginia UU Needs Help
The Unitarian Fellowship of Huntington, WV is trying to raise $8,000.00 by December 2nd, 2015 to help with building repair and replacement not covered by the insurance after a recent fire. Please consider visiting our UU crowdfunding site at:

We are a small congregation that operates on 100% volunteer service. All donations will be going towards the building repair, children's ministries, office supplies, and outreach. We are a member of the UUA and all contributions are tax-deductible.
votives Care List 
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, November 8th, candles were lit for:

Millicent Simmons
, a candle of sorrow: "It is with sorrow that I announce that my niece, Laurie Burns, has just been told that she has ALS disease. You may remember that she is a glass artist, and that I have sold her beautiful jewelry here at the Christmas Fair. She was voted the best glass artist in the West."
Lynsie Lamitie, a candle of gratitude and concern: "Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers for my family. My Dad is currently too weak to undergo his next scheduled chemo treatment and is in the process of building his strength back at a rehab facility. He will make the decision whether or not to continue treatment next week after speaking with his doctor."
We also lit a candle for all veterans since Veterans Day will be celebrated this week.
And we lit a candle for the victims and the families of the people who died when their plane was brought down over Egypt.

If you have pastoral care needs, please contact the
Reverend Alice Syltie at revaluu@aol.comBarbara 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
jointly with the Council, on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. December's Board Meeting is on the 15th. 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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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.