Articles, Reflections, & Announcements

 

Monthly BIPOC Group Time Change

By Rosa Morgan and Meagan Chisholm

As a self-identifying person of color, you are welcomed to attend our monthly gathering. We are an informal group coming together to share and support our community.

Our next meeting is this Sunday December 20 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.  To join our Zoom gathering, click here.

 


UNITED IN FAITH: HONORING THE SPIRIT OF THE EARTH

The Condor & The Eagle Film Screening & Discussion

Available to watch every 15 minutes December 18-20!

Closed captioning and Spanish subtitles available.

Hosted by The United Religions Initiative, Unitarian Universalist  Ministry for Earth, and partners.

This special film screening event is an opportunity for people of many faiths, cultures, and nations to honor the Earth and its Indigenous communities. Every 15 minutes on December 18-20, view The Condor & The Eagle documentary and a pre-recorded panelist discussion with the film protagonists. This will mark the finalé of UU Ministry for Earth’s monthly film screenings of The Condor & The Eagle, so don’t miss it!

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

 


UU the Vote Phonebanking

There are still opportunities to participate in 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:

Pick one that resonates and works best for you.  You can find more details for all the phonebanks listed right here.

 


Centering BIPOC Voices: Adopts Covenant & Welcomes New Members

By Robin Gray

On December 12th, we welcomed four participants who were joining a discussion for the first time. Centering BIPOC Voices continues to welcome new members.

At that same meeting we adopted a behavioral covenant. A brief preamble to the Centering BIPOC Voices Covenant outlines the purpose of the group. The covenant is available at the link below:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wecfC9KjnsA1j_9LcBSWQ_3ZStGCOYbo/view?usp=sharing

The covenant will be shared with new participants and will guide each participants behaviors in our discussions.

 


Old Guys Lunch

The next Old Guys Lunch will be Wednesday December 30 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.

 


Christian Spirituality @ UUCT

By Kay Stuart-Tilley

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 kaystuart545@gmail.com

6th January 2021 Matthew 2:1-23

20th January 2021 John 1:1-18

I hope to see you there,

Kay

 


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.

 


This Article is for the Birds

By Ed Oaksford

You probably haven’t been by our church lately due to pandemic restrictions that have moved services online, but, if you were to drop by you’d see something a little different about our sanctuary windows.

Back in the spring when things were just getting buttoned up and closed down, the few folks that did have cause to go to our church noticed a number of lifeless birds showing up on the sidewalks next to our sanctuary windows. Thanks to those caring individuals, a little research turned up a novel way to protect migrating birds from suffering window strikes. Action was taken and our capable church sexton Les Campbell has installed what we’re referring to as “Zen Curtains”. The intent is to keep them up only during the spring and fall migratory periods to help protect bird populations migrating through our area. Installation was initiated during the fall migration (August through October) and was just completed. Since no one is frequenting church now on a regular basis, and since they look surprisingly appealing, we’ve decided to leave them up until May 31st, the end of the spring migration, before taking them down until reinstalling them in August.

Many thanks to those caring enough about our bird population to bring it to our attention, the researchers finding solutions, and installers for putting our “Zen Curtains” in place. If you get a chance to swing by the church take a look and let us know what you think.

 


Manna’s 12 Days of (After) Christmas Food Drive

By Carolyn Pardue

All donations for Manna (food, toiletries, money) are gratefully accepted and welcomed by volunteers and clients. To mix things up a bit, a couple of the churches volunteering with this program are asking memberships to participate in a “12 Days of Christmas” Food Drive beginning Christmas Day and ending January 5. Donations can be brought to UUCT veranda or call me and I will pick them up.

UUCT has been so wonderful with so much cereal and some of you have wanted to”try something new (lol)”, so our list is expanded and adds in some of the “choice items” that are most popular.

Bring any donation, if possible, in a double brown grocery bag OR a reuseable bag you won’t use anymore. Then enables Manna to use those bags again.

December 25 a box of cereal
December 26 a jar of peanut butter
December 27 a bottle of vegetable/canola oil
December 28 a can of soup
December 29 a 2 to 4 pound bag of sugar
December 30 a tube of toothpaste
December 31 a box of crackers
January 1 a can of beans
January 2 a can of chicken
January 3 a bar of soap
Janury 4 a can of tuna
January 5 a cake or muffin mix

PS: if you want to reorganize your pantry following the holidays, Manna is good for that. Just add to the bag.

As always, thank you for all you continue too do to help feed our brothers and sisters.

 


Community Care

The City of Tallahassee is partnering with the South City Foundation for this year’s Coat Drive. The South City Foundation has partnered with the Tallahassee Housing Authority for the South City Holiday Party and Toy Giveaway at the Oliver Hill Community Center on December 23rd. They are in need of new and gently used coats, hats, gloves and mittens for children and adults.

The following are the drop off sites:

The Renaissance Building: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Forest Meadows: Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm

Tom Brown Park Tennis Courts: Everyday (weather permitting) 8am – 12pm & 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Trousdell Center (pool check in table): Monday – Friday 5:30am – 7pm; Saturday 7am – 12pm; Sunday 11am – 3pm

Fire station No. 3 (South Monroe Street): 24/7

 

Special Announcement from The Kearney Center 

The Kearney Center is in immediate need of 5 Welcome Home Baskets.  If you have any finished, in progress, or thinking about contributing, contact Megan Duncan directly megan.duncan@cesctlh.org.   The list of items is attached here.

They are also looking to furnish two apartments.  If you have furniture to donate, let Megan know.

 


Support UUCT when you shop Amazon Smile

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).