Articles, Reflections, & Announcements

 

Special Newcomer Gathering This Sunday, January 10 at Noon

Newcomers, whether you have attended one virtual service or many, please join us for a gathering immediately following the Sunday service. This will be an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for you to ask questions you might have about UUCT.

The gathering will last an hour maximum, but please come even if you cannot stay for the whole time. There will be similar gatherings the first Sunday of every month directly after the service, so if you cannot make this one, plan on attending in the future.

Important: Click here for a separate Zoom link than the Sunday service link. Log in directly after the service. The passcode for the gathering is: newcomer.

If you have any questions, please email: welcome@uutallahassee.org

– The Welcome Team (Trudy Deyle & Sally Andersen)

 


Church Work Day This Saturday

By Bonnie Abellera

Join us this Saturday January 9 from 9am – 2 pm for our monthly church work day. Feel free to bring your lunch. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Hope to see you there!


Indwellers Nature Walk

By Natalie Binder

Join us Saturday January 9 at 2 p.m. for a Nature Walk at Birdsong Nature Center.

Kids are welcome but no dogs. Normally admission is $5 but this Saturday it’s free! Social distancing and face coverings required.

Adults 25-49 are invited to join Indwellers, a new cohort group for socialization, community connection and spiritual exploration. Indwellers is inspired by the Hindu “Grihastha” stage of life. Usually translated as the “householder” stage, this stage of adulthood is focused on caregiving, citizenship, career and personal development, and deep engagement with daily life.

You can look forward to a bimonthly Zoom discussion on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, social events, and community care.

For more information, visit https://band.us/@indwellers or contact Natalie Binder.

After getting some feedback from the Indwellers and doing some research, I have created a Band page at https://band.us/@indwellers to serve as our online home. This is to connect with members who prefer not to use Facebook, keep better administrative track of the group, and give people more control over notifications.


Centering BIPOC Voices January and February Plans 

By Robin Gray

On January 9th we will discuss “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolpho Anaya. This is a coming of age story that quickly became a classic work exploring the lives of Chicanos in New Mexico. Young Antonio is presented with distinct world views – his mother, father, brothers and Ultima offer different perspectives of the future he can choose.

Bob Deyle is facilitating the discussion and plans to send questions before we read the book. If you want to join the January 9th discussion, please contact Robin Gray as soon as possible to join the distribution list.

For the February discussion we selected the duo “The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin and the documentary film “I Am Not Your Negro”.

The “Fire Next Time” is “James Baldwin’s impassioned plea to ‘end the racial nightmare’ in America.” “I Am Not Your Negro” offers a view of Baldwin’s thought through his own unfinished manuscript and interviews. I Am Not Your Negro is available on Netflix and as a rental from other streaming outlets. We are looking at having a “watch party” for the film before the February meeting date.

We meet each month on the Second Saturday at 3:30 p.m. New participants are always welcome. Contact Robin Gray (robingray021@gmail.com) to learn more.

 


Indwellers Group at UUCT

By Natalie Binder

Adults 25-49 are invited to join Indwellers, a new cohort group for socialization, community connection and spiritual exploration. Indwellers is inspired by the Hindu “Grihastha” stage of life. Usually translated as the “householder” stage, this stage of adulthood is focused on caregiving, citizenship, career and personal development, and deep engagement with daily life.

You can look forward to a bimonthly Zoom discussion on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, social events, and community care.  Join us for our next  Zoom discussion on Tuesday, January 12 at  8 p.m. 

For more information, visit https://band.us/@indwellers or contact Natalie Binder.

After getting some feedback from the Indwellers and doing some research, I have created a Band page at https://band.us/@indwellers to serve as our online home. This is to connect with members who prefer not to use Facebook, keep better administrative track of the group, and give people more control over notifications.


Old Guys Lunch

The next Old Guys Lunch will be Wednesday January 13 at 11:30 am on the veranda of UUCT. Social distancing and current facility use guidelines will be followed. We will continue meeting every other Wednesday weather permitting.

If interested in joining this group or for more information, contact John Sample.

 


Food for Thought ~ a Heathier You, a Healthier Planet

By Linda Oaksford

Our Food For Thought group gathered for over a year in person, where we shared recipes, shared meals, and discussed how by eating healthier, we are actually helping the planet, by fighting climate change, and helping the people and animals involved in food production. Last March, due to the pandemic we were advised to meet via zoom. As we head into the new year, we hope that once we get vaccinated and the virus abates, we will be able to once again share meals and meet in person.

In the meantime, on Thursday January 14 th at 7:00 pm we will have our first zoom meeting of 2021, when we will be discussing dairy. John Robbins, the grandson of the Baskin Robbins walked away from his family’s multi-million-dollar business and became an advocate for eating plant-based diets. In this short video, we will hear him discuss his reasons. In addition, Jennifer Johnson, a long-time vegan and new participant of our group, will discuss her reasons for a plant-based diet, the benefits, and offer some helpful tips to eating without dairy.

If you are not on our email list, but would like to join us, please contact me, Linda Oaksford at lloaksford@gmail.com so that you can get the zoom link.

 


January Women’s Lunch Bunch

By Linda Oaksford

Join the next Women’s Lunch Bunch gathering on Wednesday January 20 for a time to share your joys, despair, recent activities, frustrations, or celebrations.

We begin at 11:30 am. If you arrive after 11:30 you may find that we have already gone into breakout rooms, but as soon as we can will will invite you to join one of those rooms. Bring something to eat or drink, or not. If you cannot make it this month, we meet every month on the third Wednesday via Zoom. For a link to the meeting contact Linda Oaksford and she will add you to the mailing list.

 


Christian Spirituality @ UUCT

By Kay Stuart-Tilley

Join us for a twice-monthly, Zoom Bible study. While each week’s Bible passage will be the focus of the meeting, the real purpose of Christian Spirituality is to create a friendly association, to give and receive support, and to find our lives expressed in the Bible.

Our meetings will be the first and third Wednesdays of each month 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  For zoom information contact Kay Stuart-Tilley at kaystuart545@gmail.com Our next meeting is January 20 (John 1:1-18)

 


Community Care

Elder Care Services is in urgent need of space heaters for it’s clients. They can be dropped off at 2518 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32304. Visit https://www.ecsbigbend.org/needs-and-supplies or call (850) 921-5554 for more information.

The Big Bend Homeless Coalition has an immediate need for adult socks, shoes, hats, and gloves for winter.  Email volunteer@bigbendhc.org for sizes.  All donation deliveries are accepted at both main locations – HOPE Community, 2729 W. Pensacola St. and Big Bend Homeless Coalition, 325 John Knox Rd., Building A.