UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
January 28th, 2016
Vol. 16 Issue 04
In This Issue
We CAN Reach 100!
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).
To read more about the Huntsville Assistance Program, please visit their website.
Time to Return
GAYT Boxes
Now that we are through the holidays, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) Guest at Your Table program is wrapping up, and it is time to return your Guest at Your Table boxes!
There are three ways you can return your contribution to the UUSC:
Bring your box to church and place it in the basket in the Fellowship Hall (cash or check; if cash, provide the information on the side of the box)
Send a check directly to UUSC at
PO Box 808,
Newark, NJ 07101-0808
Donate on-line at this link: GAYT

Thanks for your contributions!
We Want Your BOOKS!

We know UUs are Avid Readers! Save your books to donate to the UUCH Book Sale to be held in April. NOW is the time to start saving and boxing up your tax-deductible books, CDs, and DVDs. You still have time to read your more recently acquired books before donating them.
At each of our prior book sales, members and friends have collectively donated over 5,000 books. We need thousands of books to have a successful sale. So look through your shelves and stacks, and box up what you've already read. You may end up replacing them with books that you'll purchase at the sale (for a steal of a deal!).
Whenever you're ready, BOX up your books and bring them to church. Boxed books are preferred because they stack better for storage. Drop your boxes off near the door to the North Wing hall (storage wing) near the Sanctuary foyer.
We'll accept all types of books (subject only to some basic ethical considerations)...fiction, non-fiction, hardback, paperback, textbooks, children's, picture, how-to, religious, political, etc. We want your best books, your boring books, your big books, your small books, fancy books, plain books, intellectual books, silly books, any and all books you can bear to part with!
And remember, if your shelves look empty and lonely, you can always come to the sale and Buy More Books!
Awareness Through Movement!
This 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 is led by Sally Locklear. Wear comfortable, loose clothing, and bring a bath towel to use as a head support.  Classes are 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.
Good for Everyone!
Your Social Justice Committee is selling Certified Fair Trade and Organic coffee from the Kaffeeklatsch, and Fair Trade chocolate from Equal Exchange. There are a variety of yummy flavors, and ingredients include a clear conscience! Pick yours up in the Fellowship Hall after Sunday morning services!
Plan to Attend the Alabama Arise 2016 Legislative Preview  
To learn about the issues the Alabama Legislature will be addressing in their next legislative session (beginning in early February), come to the Main Library in Huntsville to attend the Alabama Arise 2016 Legislative Preview.
The event will be held Thursday, February 25th from 7-8:30 p.m. 
Discussion Topics will include: Stop and Debt Trap; Restore Voting Rights; Untax Groceries; Expand Medicaid; Ban the Box; Death Penalty Reform; and Fund the HTF.   
UUCH is a member organization of Alabama Arise and we are encouraged to attend! These sessions should prove to be very informative for everyone.

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Sunday, January 31st, 2016
"The Promise of Today
The Reverend Alice Syltie

Typically we think of promise as something in our future. Within many faith traditions, especially Protestantism, the promise of fulfillment lies in some distant future, or at least beyond our present experience. Today gets lost in the valley between nostalgia and our hopes for tomorrow. Religious scholars, however, acknowledge an emerging spirituality rising from resistance to traditional religion. This new spirituality looks amazingly like the comfortable theological home of Unitarian Universalism. What does this mean for us today?    
Sunday's service will include a ceremony to welcome several new members.   
giving heart This Sunday in RE

We continue our shared journey with Heart Talk for Kids with all ages, this week focusing on Session 10: Feelings, part 2. 

In addition, the Searchers and Transformers will be preparing for the youth-led worship on February 14th.
Nursery care (ages 0-3) will be provided as usual. 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. 
Our Shared Journey! 

The 2016 UUCH Annual Budget Drive (ABD) will start this year on Sunday, February 21st with the theme of, "Our Shared Journey!" This year we take time to celebrate some of the great things we have accomplished on OUR SHARED JOURNEY over the past few years. Then we will look at some of the places OUR SHARED JOURNEY can take us next!
Together we have done great things and will continue to do great things. Your support, my support, all of our support together is what makes great things possible through our church home.
The ABD Cottage Meetings will be held in late February through early March, in the homes of UUCH members. These Cottage Meetings are held to give you an opportunity to complete the forms for your Pledge of support while you enjoy food and fellowship with others who value and support the UUCH.
Whether you are a long-time member, or someone who only recently started coming to UUCH, your support is the key to all the great things the UUCH can accomplish. The Pledge form you'll fill out at the Cottage Meeting, along with the Pledge forms from everyone else, will be the basis for creating the annual operating budget for the 2016-2017 church year that starts in July.
SIGN UP NOW on the poster in the church fellowship hall, or  Sign up online. Several of the meetings are designated as "(CF)" (child-friendly), so your whole family can attend. Any special diets will be accommodated so that everyone is welcome at a cottage meeting. Please note any special needs on the signup form.  SIGN UP SOON!
We look forward to seeing each of you at a Cottage Meeting. 
Jason Aycock,             2016 ABD Chair
Kevin Betts,                 2016 ABD Co-chair
This Sunday!
UUA Common Read Discussion
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Each year, the Unitarian Universalist Association "Common Read" invites participant congregations to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. A Common Read can build community in our congregations by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (2014) is this year's selection. A significant part of this book deals directly with cases that are right here in Alabama, and UUCH readers will find this a challenging glimpse of justice in our state.
Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, has dedicated his legal career to defending those who are trapped by an often capricious, political, and willfully unjust criminal justice system--poor people, people of color, children, and others over whom the system has run roughshod. This award-winning book speaks to justice, mercy, and compassion--themes of concern to us as Unitarian Universalists and as human beings. It is a compelling read from a brave activist and a gifted writer that will inspire you, and will give you hope that something can be done.

Join us for discussion of this book on Sunday morning, January 31st. Coffee and snacks will start at 9:00 a.m., and we will begin the discussion at 9:15. Even if you haven't read the book, you are welcome to join us for the discussion. Everyone is invited. Please contact Nancy Finley at finleyn@uah.edu, if you have any questions.
Photo Credit: Nina Subin 
Adult RE SoulCollage® Workshop
This Coming Monday!

SoulCollage® is a creative process that requires no artistic ability. Using collage techniques, cards are designed based on intuition. The cards reflect our inner self and help us get to know ourselves better, discovering our own wisdom.
This journey begins with the first card so it is never too late to get started with your own SoulCollage® cards. The process is designed to allow each person to work as deeply and intensely as they are comfortable doing, knowing the pace is right for them.
The only skill needed is the ability to use scissors. That's it, just cut and paste images from the hundreds we've pulled from magazines to your 5" x 8" card. Come prepared to be surprised at what you find.
Denise Runnels and Nancy Finley will co-facilitate the workshop. We will meet in the UUCH fellowship hall Monday evening, February 1st, at 6:00 p.m. and create until 8:30 p.m. Check out soulcollage.com for more information about the SoulCollage® process we are following  developed by Seena B. Frost. Or ask Denise (drrunnel@gmail.com ) for more information about the process and/or the workshop.
Check Your Name!
Capital Campaign Donor Plaque Names
As promised during our Capital Campaign that raised around $500,000 and enabled us to move to our current stained glass chalicebuilding, we will create a plaque to commemorate all donors who gave a donation of record for the Capital Campaign. A paper copy of that list will be placed on the wall in the Fellowship Hall from Jan. 20th until Feb. 7th. Please check this list to ensure that your name is represented as you would like, and mark it up if corrections are needed.
If you are new to UUCH and did not participate in the Capital Campaign, it's not too late to do so! You can make a donation of record specified to be for the Capital Campaign between now and Feb. 7th and be added to the plaque. If you made a donation but do not find your name on the list, please contact Alice Dilbeck at 256-656-7419 or amdilbeck@gmail.com. Please note that Capital Campaign donations are different than those for the Annual Budget Drive, which supports annual ongoing operations.
votives Care List 
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, January 24th, candles were lit for:

Jon Fox, a candle of concern: "Monday morning, Audrey will have outpatient surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome. She will be unable to knit, crochet, or type for a while in the next few weeks."  (Update from Care--As I type this on Monday evening for the newsletter, I am happy to report that Audrey has already posted a picture of herself, smiling, on Facebook!--BH)
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, Jon 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
on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 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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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.