Articles, Reflections, & Announcements
Religious Equality Day Proclamation
On December 1st the mayor’s office called our HOT (Humanists of Tallahassee) VP, Devon Graham, and let her know that our religious equality day proclamation was approved!
ALL are invited to a ceremony in front of Tallahassee City Hall this coming Monday, December 14 at 9:30 AM to celebrate Tallahassee’s Religious Equality Day Proclamation.
This is an important and progressive proclamation by the City of Tallahassee suggested by Humanists of Tallahassee. It means the city reaffirms its commitment to religious equality and the right of every American to believe and worship however they see fit. While the ceremony is on Monday, Religious Equality Day is actually the following day, December 15th, which is also the anniversary of the adoption of the Bill of Rights.
Humanists of Tallahassee encourage everyone to join in for this ceremony (masked and socially distanced, of course), and PLEASE spread the word!
To view the proclamation, click here.
Send Us Your Photos!
Join us as we celebrate the children of 2020!
Please send us photos of your little loved ones born this year.
You may also send photos of children of any age that you are missing, perhaps because you cannot see them due to the pandemic or for some other reason.
These photos will be featured in a slide show during the Sunday Service on December 20th.
Please have each child’s parent or guardian complete the photo release found here and include some details with the photos, such as your relationship to the child. Are you their parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or chosen family? Let us know if this is a child you are missing because they are far away and you are unable to visit them due to COVID or some other reason. (Note: We may or may not share this information in the service but it will be helpful for us in designing the slide show.).
Thank you in advance for celebrating the children of 2020!
Please email all photos to email@example.com no later than Wednesday December 16.
UU the Vote Phonebanking
There will be four upcoming phonebanks with Black-led groups and co-sponsors from various UU state action networks including UUSJ and UUA Poor Peoples Campaign Leadership Council among others.
Dates are listed below:
- December 12, 2020 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET Internal Phonebank to our Volunteers
- December 13, 2020 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET UU the Vote & UU Congregation of Atlanta Georgia Phonebank
- December 17, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET Georgia Phonebank w NC UU Justice Ministry Forward Together & All Souls Unitarian DC Reeb Project
- December 20, 2020 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET UU the Vote Georgia Phonebank December 20, sponsored by UUs for Social Justice – UUSJ
- January 3, 2021 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET UU the Vote Georgia Phonebank January 3, Sponsored by UUA Poor People’s Campaign Leadership Council
Pick one that resonates and works best for you. You can find more details for all the phonebanks listed right here.
There is also a really fun rally – Peaches & Pride on Sunday, Dec. 13th from 7-8 pm to help us all stay energized.
When doing your online holiday shopping, don’t forget to use Amazon Smile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. The donations are made quarterly to organization’s account.
When you click on smile.amazon.com, you will be asked to sign in. If you don’t have an Amazon account, you will need to set one up. It doesn’t cost anything to set up an Amazon account. If you already have an Amazon account, go to Settings and select Amazon Smile.
It’s an easy way to support our church. When asked which charity, search and select Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee. (UUCT doesn’t work).
Centering BIPOC Voices: Covenant and Discussion
By Robin Gray
On Saturday, December 12, Centering BIPOC Voices book groups will meet to create a behavioral covenant and to discuss “We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
The covenant will grow out of our understanding of healthy communication in communities, the principles of UUCT’s Covenant of Right Relations, and suggestions from participating individuals. It will help us to integrate new members into the group and foster the culture of communication we seek to support at UUCT.
“We Should All Be Feminists” is a sort essay with which Adichie hopes to inspire a more widespread gender equality.
The January book is “Bless Me, Ultima.” Secure your copy now if you’d like to join our discussions. The February selection will be chosen at Saturday’s meeting and announced shortly thereafter to allow everyone time to locate and read the book. All our books are available in paper, ebook, and audio formats.
Church Work Day This Saturday
Join us this Saturday December 12 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!
Allies for Racial Equity
By Linda Wright
Is Allies for Racial Equity (ARE) at UUCT a group you have considered joining? If so, now would be a great time. After Tuesday, December 14 the ARE@UUCT group will be closed to new members until we have finished reading and reflecting on the book Me and White Supremacy.
If you are interested in participating in this first step of understanding whiteness and privilege, please contact Linda Wright no later than Sunday December 13.
Old Guys Lunch
The next Old Guys Lunch will be Wednesday December 16 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.
December Women’s Lunch Bunch
Come to mingle, come to jingle bells, come to chat, come to the UUCT Womens Lunch Bunch on Wednesday, December 16th. 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.
Christian Spirituality @ UUCT
After a break of several months, I am ready to relaunch Christian Spirituality at UUCT. For me, the break has offered an opportunity to re-imagine Christian Spirituality programming at UUCT.
Before there were UUs, there were Unitarians and Universalists, both of them Christian denominations. Subsequently, Unitarian Universalism has come to draw from many sources of which the Christian tradition is only one. This challenges all UUs, Christian or not, to develop a framework for religious pluralism, something that is desperately needed in today’s world. I think of Christianity (and other traditions) as a language through which I ground our UU Principles and Purposes, and which inspires me to live and grow fully into them. During the last several years, we have explored history, theology, Bible and more. We have celebrated the holy days of Easter and Christmas, and shared communion during worship in between.
Last week, a small and engaged group met to establish a regular meeting schedule. We decided on a mid-week, 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 each month 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For zoom information contact Kay Stuart-Tilley firstname.lastname@example.org
16th December 2020 Luke 2:1-20
6th January 2021 Matthew 2:1-23
20th January 2021 John 1:1-18
I hope to see you there,
Executive Board Meeting
By Steve Urse
The Executive Board will meet next on Thursday, December 17 at 6:30 pm via zoom. Congregants are welcome to attend and to address the board. To do that or to receive the agenda contact President Rod Oldenburg email@example.com.
To receive past minutes contact Secretary Kristen Eliza Coyne. Not everyone knows that members can attend board meetings and have access to things like board agendas and minutes. UUCT’s Executive Board is committed to keeping you informed and involved in our church governance. Early in 2021 the congregation will have access to a Google Docs folder with future meeting dates and relevant materials.
You may still drop off any food or toiletry donations on the veranda at UUCT and they will be used for Manna on Meridian this month. The need is always there. Manna on Meridian is next Saturday December 19.
One of our UU service projects was creating Holiday Baskets for families of Grace Mission SOAR after school program.
We had what we needed plus extras for each family. And thanks to your generousity, we should be able to provide a little cash donation to SOAR as they begin 2021.
UUCT provided 5 decorated (with lights) white baskets of food plus some holiday goodies. Decorations by Carrie Hamby with food donations from many UUCT members.
THANKS for your giving!