Articles, Reflections, & Announcements
General Invitation to Memorial Service for Marci Whittenberger
You are invited to attend a memorial service for Marci Whittenberger who died on November 5, 2020.
We will hold the service for Marci from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Sunday, November 22, 2020, at the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park at 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee FL 32309.
Use GPS, a map, or memory to find the park. After the entrance to the park turn right on the first PAVED road marked by the sign “recreation area.” At the end of this road you will see a lake and slightly to the left you will see the pavilion where the service will be held. The entrance fee into the park is $6 for vehicles containing 2-8 passengers, single rider vehicle fee is $4.
The wearing of masks is strongly encouraged. This will be a secular humanist ceremony. If you want to present memories or reflections on Marci’s life, there will be an opportunity for this.
I have sent this invitation to about 55 people who knew Marci well, but the service is open to anyone who knew and loved/respected her. You may forward this invitation to anyone you believe might be interested in coming.
Here is the obituary for Marci which has appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat:
Feel free to forward this to those who might be interested or who do not subscribe to the Democrat.
If you have any questions about this event, please contact me, Gary, by email.
Church Work Day This Saturday
Join us this Saturday November 14 9am – 2 pm for our monthly church work day. Feel free to bring lunch or place an order with us for Hopkins Eatery. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
Hope to see you there!
Phonebanking this Sunday
Congratulations UU the Vote community! You were part of the historic efforts this electoral season to protect and expand democracy. And it’s not over.
With our partners in Georgia, we helped build a groundswell of Georgia voters that has forced an historic runoff in January for two US Senate seats. Right now, we need to double our efforts to support our Georgia UUs and their partners to carry this work forward to the January 5th runoff election.
We’ve been following the lead of the New Georgia Project and are working with our partners at Reclaim Our Vote to do voter outreach throughout the coming weeks. Join our first phone bank THIS Sunday, November 15th from 3-5 pm EST/Noon-2 pm PST.
Join our volunteer squad to learn how you can get out the vote in Georgia. We’ll be using a manual dialer so that we can leave voicemails with important voting information. All training will be included in the event. Our message will be non-partisan, providing voting information about deadlines, voter registration, absentee ballot requests, early voting and more.
Womens Lunch Bunch
By Linda Wright
Let’s all hang out at lunch time on Wednesday, November 18th to share our joys, despair, recent activities, or frustrations. We’ll 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 we’ll 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.
Helping others helps us: Manna on Meridian
Manna happens on the 3rd Saturday of each month, I will spotlight it here
today also. Reminding you that Manna does its food distribution a little
Manna chooses too not collect personal information from clients. There needs to be a place where if someone needs food and does not want to be known, they can go – Manna is that place. As a result, however, Manna cannot participate in the wonderful programs of Second Harvest, USDA and others. So everything Manna distributes has to be donated to Manna or purchased by Manna.
The more dry goods donated, the more produce that can be purchased. It is one of those sort of ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul” things. Your help is needed every single month. If you are more comfortable donating cash that can go to UUCT and the church can get it over to Manna. If you are more comfortable donating goods, wonderful. I do try to publish BOGOS on the FB page for those who don’t get a paper. If you don’t do FB and don’t get a paper, I can send you the BOGO list – just let me know.
Staples in every grocery bag include: cereal (hot and cold); pasta sauce; tomatoes/sauce; pasta; canned veggies and canned beans; canned soups; mac and cheese; canned tuna and canned chicken breast and, of course, peanut butter.
Optionals: small bags of sugar, bottles of vegetable oil, small bags of flour; toiletries, especially soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, personal hygiene for women; mustard,
Holiday time: bags of stuffing mix, cranberry (canned) sauce, cornbread mix (jiffy mix is great)
And, as always, Manna will graciously accept whatever you clean out from your pantry – there is always someone who would like it.
Manna has been providing for between 140 -160 in pre-Covid. Over summer need rose to between 180-208. These next two months, Manna will prepare for 250.
It cannot be emphasized enough the wonderful work our congregation continues to
do to help provide goods/services to our community. Thank you
Special Message from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray on Honoring Indigenous Ancestors, Experiences and Traditions
As we draw closer to the end of a year that has been full of challenges and heartbreak, I am grateful for the ways we have shown up for each other and for our communities. This year has made clear that our faith is not bound by the walls of a building. We connected with each other virtually in imaginative new ways and reached out to millions of people through UU the Vote during the historic election season.
This spirit of creativity, impact and perseverance in times of great challenge and change is critical now as we look ahead. Many hearts ache as we anticipate Thanksgiving and the winter holidays in the midst of a global pandemic. We know that many plans and treasured traditions for gathering with family and friends must be cancelled or put on hold.
This year, let us be mindful that many hearts in the Indigenous communities of New England and across Turtle Island ache on Thanksgiving Day every year. In Plymouth, Massachusetts, Indigenous people observe the holiday as a “Day of Mourning.” This year will mark the 50th anniversary of this Day of Mourning tradition, and the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth.
As a religious tradition, we cannot decide who we will be
without reckoning with the truth of who
some of our ancestors were.
In 2016, Unitarian Universalists voted to pay special attention to learning our history and rethinking Thanksgiving this year. Historically, UU ministers were instrumental in creating this U.S. holiday and the “Pilgrims and the Indians” pageant tradition that roots the holiday in an historically inaccurate and harmful colonial narrative. Many UU congregations in New England can trace their lineage directly back to early settler congregations that had a role in the genocide of Native communities. As a religious tradition, we cannot decide who we will be without reckoning with the truth of who some of our ancestors were.
I’m proud of the way we have lived into the 2016 resolution and I’m excited to announce that UUs will continue this journey by convening virtually to mark this time of year with the Harvest the Power Justice Convergence & Teach-In, November 19-26. This series of virtual events will include a diverse array of programming and many opportunities for learning and spiritual grounding to guide us as we to live into the the Action of Immediate Witness passed this year at General Assembly to Address 400 Years of White Supremacist Colonialism.
In truth, thanksgiving celebrations have a long and rich history that predates the landing of the Pilgrims and the founding of the United States. There are many, many ways that we can connect in gratitude and celebrate the abundance of the Fall harvest as a community without celebrating an ahistorical colonial origin story.
This year, let us be grateful in a genuine manner. Let our gratitude flow from our deep, ongoing commitment to justice and equity. Let our gratitude grow from the opportunities we have to be together authentically—whether virtually or in person. Please join me as we reimagine this day and gather in community to honor Indigenous ancestors, experiences and traditions. May it be a time to reflect and find meaning in how our shared values connect us.
Yours in faith and solidarity,
Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
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 (email@example.com) to be on the distribution list for the Zoom address.
* You may wish to avoid this memoir if it will recall previous trauma.
Register Now for Upcoming Screenings of The Condor and the Eagle
Thursday, November 19th
4:30-7pm PT / 5:30-8pm MT / 6:30-9pm CT/ 7:30-10pm ET
Co- hosted by The United Religions Initiative, Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, Unitarian Universalist Association, North State Climate Action, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, GA, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lima, OH, Michael Servetus Unitarian Society of Fridley, MN, Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, and many other faith-based groups.
This event will feature Indigenous religious and spiritual leaders from the North & South, Rosa Delia Quizhpe Macas, Francisco Morales, Director of the Native Roots Network Jonathon Freeman, and Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr., who will lead the after-film discussion. Film protagonists Casey Camp-Horinek and Patricia Gualinga, who have both played an important role in the fight for Inidigenous rights, will also be speaking at this event.
We want YOU!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.