Articles, Reflections, & Announcements

 

Take a Break

By Helen Rivers

This election night, you are invited to take a break. Join us from 7:30-9:30 on Tuesday, November 3rd for a break from checking our phones, checking the numbers, and waiting for results as we hold space for one another.

This drop-in space will include time for readings, reflections, humor, and open discussion to offer you a moment to pause.

All are welcome.  To join, click here.

Hosted by UUCT’s Justice-Centered Parenting Circle


Post-Election Vigil & Community Gathering

Join UU the Vote on Thursday, November 5 at 8pm ET for our post-election vigil and community gathering.

No matter the results of the election, we look forward to gathering together to acknowledge the toll of this past year on all of us and celebrate the gifts of community.


Quarterly Financial Results

By Dan D’Arcangelis

Due to the uncertainty around the pandemic, the board will be providing a quarterly review of the church’s finances. The short version is – overall things look OK so far this fiscal year.

Pledge income has been within expectations – thank you and keep it up! Non-pledge income has been well below budgeted amounts, particularly facility rental income. We are expecting a payroll tax credit authorized by the CARES act that should more than offset the shortfall in non-pledge budgeted income. Expenses have been a bit below the budgeted amounts.

A more detailed discussion of our first quarter financial results can be found here for those interested:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1EeZAfoeg-_d6X9QQ_JsdwN8EcrrwHRkJXUawhs6d14E/edit?usp=sharing


Centering BIPOC Voices: Book Group

By Robin Gray

November and December Selections Centering BIPOC Voices: Book Group

In a society that continually disposes of those deeper in the margins, it is a critical disruption to intentionally center them.  

– Whitney Parnell, founder/CEO of Service Never Sleeps

We will continue disrupting “the way things are” by accompanying Kiese Laymon on the journey of his life in November. Heavy: An American Memoir will lead us through a childhood with a very difficult mother* and a society that taught him to hate his own body. We’ll gather at 3:30 PM on Saturday, November 14 to share reflections.

On December 12, at 3:30 PM we’ll consider Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolpho Anaya. First published in 1972, the book follows a six-year-old boy who befriends a curandera, or native healer, who comes to live with his family. The book was well reviewed by critics. It was placed on many English literature high school reading lists. However, it has been challenged and banned in schools and libraries by those who object to its explicit language and anti-Catholic content.

As always, everyone who has read the book is welcome at the book group discussion. Contact Robin Gray (robingray021@gmail.com) to be on the distribution list for the Zoom address.

* You may wish to avoid this memoir if it will recall previous trauma.


We want YOU!

By Dan D’Arcangelis

UUCT’s Manual of Policies and Procedures calls for an ad-hoc audit committee to perform an internal review of our financial accounts and procedures every two years. The board is looking for volunteers to do this important work. A financial background is not necessary and there is a checklist from the UUA to help ensure a thorough review.

While this is a significant project, prior volunteer auditors tell us that it can be done by one person, or alternatively a small committee. Members performing these audits cannot be serving on the finance committee or serving in positions directly related to UUCT’s finances.

So are you detail oriented and willing to review our financial records and interview our treasurers? If so, please let the board know – email uutallahassee@gmail.com.


Register Now for Upcoming Screenings of The Condor and the Eagle

 

Friday, November 6th

3-5:30pm PT / 4-6:30pm MT / 5-7:30m CT/ 6-8:30pm ET

REGISTER HERE  —  DONATE HERE (suggested $1-100 sliding scale; avg. $25)

SIGN UP TO CO-HOST WITH YOUR CONGREGATION / ORGANIZATION: HERE

Co-hosted by Bull Run Unitarian Universalists, Prince William Conservation Alliance, Williamsburg JCC Indivisible, Earth Rise Indivisible, Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ), Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun, Earth Justice Team, Citizens Climate Lobby, Prince William Chapter, Mothers Out Front, and the Greater Prince William Climate Action Network.

Thursday, November 19th

5:30-8pm PT / 6:30-9pm MT / 7:30-10pm CT/ 8:30-11pm ET

REGISTER HERE  —  DONATE HERE (suggested $1-100 sliding scale; avg. $25)

SIGN UP TO CO-HOST WITH YOUR CONGREGATION / ORGANIZATION: HERE

Co-hosted by North State Climate Action, and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, GA

ABOUT THE FILM – WATCH THE TRAILER 

The Condor & The Eagle premiered in October 2019 at the Woodstock Film Festival, was selected by 28 world-renowned film festivals and has won 8 awards including Best Environmental Documentary at the 2019 Red Nation Film Festival.

Witnessing the overwhelming and terrifying current political climate, many are looking for answers or a form of immediate sacred activism to aid in this rapid need for change. As world climate scientists predict unprecedented global catastrophes, The Condor & The Eagle film features frontline Indigenous women leaders deploying unparalleled global response. The documentary offers a glimpse into a developing spiritual renaissance as the film’s four protagonists learn from each other’s long legacy of resistance to colonialism and its extractive economy on an unexpectedly challenging and liberating journey, which will forever change their attachment to the Earth and one another.