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Interim Minister Search Committee Asks and Updates: 

Search Approved!

By Annette Pearce

A Congregational Voting Meeting was held on April 11, 2021 for the purpose of voting on the Board’s recommendation to hire an Interim Minister for 2 years.  This was approved in two separate motions.  The first motion was to hire a person to serve as Minister to UUCT, and the second to engage in search for a 2-year interim minister.

The UUCT Interim Minister Search Committee is presently working on the UUA application.  Members of this Committee are:  Natalie Binder, Aun-Drey Brown, Kerry Burner, Ed Oaksford, Annette Pearce, Kay Stuart-Tilley, Ila Womack, and Linda Wright.  If you have any questions, please contact a member.

 


Interim Minister Search Committee Asks and Updates:

Tallahassee Rocks!

By Kerry Burner

Hello Fellow Congregants! One of the things we’re wanting to include in the search portfolio is a link to a google map that has pins in it placed by congregants. This approach to sharing cool local and nearby things Tallahassee has to offer is a dynamic and modern approach to attracting a minister.

The starting map has a lot of familiar places –  please add to it!  If you need technical support or simply want to add a location without doing the “pin thing” please email Kerry Burner at kerry.burner@gmail.com

Share with our prospective Minister what makes Tallahassee unique and desirable!  Think in particular about how our town embodies and fosters our UU principles as you add pins relating to your own experiences. Where do you commune? Where do you volunteer? What groups do you connect with?

If there’s something pinned to the map that you believe should not be pinned for any reason, please email the committee by contacting Kerry Burner at kerry.burner@gmail.com.

Use the link below to add your pin!

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1F63vXLUY01ZtoCCwVstg6tancQun1qJm&usp=sharing

 


Invitation to the UU Drawdown Ecochallenge

By Ed Oaksford

Project Drawdown is a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, graduate students, PhDs, post-docs, policy makers, business leaders, and activists who have come together to map, measure, and model the best available solutions that can cumulatively reverse global warming within the next 30 years.

The Drawdown Ecochallenge is a customizable and solutions-oriented engagement program focused on reducing carbon in the atmosphere. The actions within this Ecochallenge connect to solutions highlighted in Project Drawdown’s work – research that maps, measures, models, and describes solutions to global warming that already exist. Participants choose actions, complete those actions, and track and share their progress using a robust online platform. When they check off their completed actions, they earn points and see the real-time impact of their actions. The combination of collective action, camaraderie, and friendly competition makes change a little easier — and a lot more fun.

The Drawdown Ecochallenge website platform provides tools and inspiration to turn intention into action and gives participants a fun and social way to think about and act on proven solutions to reverse global warming.

Drawdown Ecochallenge is free and open to the public. Participants can join an existing team, create a new one, or join the Community team. Team captains can set the dates and length of their team’s participation based upon their own goals, timelines, and initiatives. It is recommended that groups and individuals participate for at least three weeks in order to turn their actions into new habits that can be sustained long-term.

The UU Ministry for the Earth has initiated a nation-wide effort to engage as many UU’s as possible in a “UU Drawdown Ecochallenge” for our entire denomination. The ecochallenge has been running since March 19th and will be continuing through June 30th. If folks in our congregation join in, as several in our congregation already have, we will all collectively see just how much can be done to reverse global warming. Granted, we will be starting a little late, but that should be no deterrent to our getting involved.

What better time to make a statement for the environment than during Earth Month. Details will be spelled out in more detail during the coffee hour after our Earth Day Sunday Service on April 18th.

If any of you want to get engaged before that time just email Ed Oaksford at etoaksford@gmail.com and he’ll provide you all the information you need to join and get yourself set up on the UU Team.

 


Earth Day Service – Restore Our Earth

By Ed Oaksford

The theme of this year’s Earth Day is Restore Our Earth, and in that vein, Sunday’s service on April 18th will focus on the ecosystem services our planet graciously provides.

Healthy ecosystems provide services that are the foundation for human well-being including most significantly, our health. Ecosystem services are the benefits people obtain from ecosystems: provisioning services such as food and water; regulating services such as flood, pest, and disease control; cultural services such as spiritual and recreational benefits; and supporting services, such as nutrient cycling, that maintain the conditions for life on Earth.

Climate change and other environmental degradations have broken our natural systems, leading to new and fatal diseases as well as a breakdown of the global economy. But just as climate change and coronavirus painfully remind us of the harm we’ve caused, our ability to Restore Our Earth reminds us of the opportunities that lay ahead.

We must Restore Our Earth, not just because we care about the natural world, but because we live in it. Every one of us needs a healthy Earth to support our jobs, livelihoods, health, and happiness. A healthy planet is not an option — it is a necessity.

In Sunday’s service on April 18th, several members of our congregation will reflect on various ecosystem services that benefit our lives, how humans have affected them, and what we can do to restore them.