Articles, Reflections, & Announcements

 

You are Invited to a Dedication and Interfaith Service:
Community Remembrance Project, July 17th

By Susan Fleming

Since 2018, UUCT has been one of many churches that have had representatives come together to create a local branch of the Community Remembrance Project (CRP). This is a nationwide effort by the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) to assist communities in recognizing and honoring their known victims of lynching, including erecting a personalized monument in the communities where they lost their life.

The Tallahassee CRP is ready, after many hurdles, to erect and dedicate our monument in Cascades Park near the site of the former city jail on Saturday, July 17 at 3:00 PM. Please read about this effort and the official invitation details at tallahasseeremembrance.com.

Additionally, the Equal Justice Initiative, that is headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, is committed to changing the narrative and supporting racial justice through multiple dedicated initiatives. Read about these at About EJI and plan a trip to their inspiring museum and memorial in this pivotal area of the country when you can.

 


Farewell Gathering for Rev. Levwood & Family

Drop by the UUCT campus Sunday July 18 anytime between 4:30 and 7:00 PM to bid  farewell to Rev. Levwood and his family before they embark on their next adventure.

To offer support or donations for the event, please email uutallahassee@gmail.com.

Current UUCT Covid Taskforce Guidelines will be followed.  To view these guidelines, click here.

 


Welcome New Board Members

By Brian Lee

Many thanks to our new UUCT Executive Board members, President-Elect Katherine Alana “Kay” Stuart-Tilley and Secretary Gwendolyn Waldorf.  Also returning for second terms are VP for Finance Dan D’Arcangelis and VP for RE Kerry Burner.

These fine folks will be joining Executive Board Members President Brian Lee, Past President Rod Oldenburg, VP for Worship Terri Martin, VP for Social Justice Janet Temkin, VP for Management Bonnie Abellera and VP for Church Community Steve Urse.

We look forward to serving this congregation!

 


Why We Donate to the UUCT Mountain Scholarship Fund Every Year

by Trudy Deyle

Soon after joining UUCT almost 30 years ago, I heard about an amazing place in Highlands, NC called The Mountain for short. (It is actually on a small mountain!) Unitarian Universalists in the southeast, including UUCTers, founded this camp and conference center in 1979.

Once our two children were old enough to attend weekend conferences and MountainCamp, I understood why everyone talked about “Mountain magic.” Coming from a small, isolated UU congregation, it was an incredible experience for our children to live for two weeks in a community that is based on UU values, where they were surrounded by other UU and like-minded youth from around the southeast. They went back every year through the rest of middle school and high school, and our son was a counselor one year.

Over the years since 1979, many other UUCT youth have attended MountainCamp and conference weekends during the school year, and some later worked as camp counselors. Many UUCT adults have attended a wide variety of programs there, including congregational retreats. The UUCT Mountain Scholarship Fund exists so that any youth in our congregation who wants to attend MountainCamp or any youth or adult who wants to attend a Mountain program is able to do so.

Because of how much The Mountain has meant to our children and also to us, Bob and I give generously to the UUCT  Mountain Scholarship Fund every year.

 


Meal Service and Preparation Volunteers Needed

By Janet Temkin

If you and your family are looking for a way to give back to our community, the Kearney Center can use your help.

UUCT has signed up to prep and serve lunches on the first, third and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Kearney Center. We will be assisting with dinners on the second Monday of each month. 4-5 volunteers are needed at each mealtime.

Meal prep is a fun way to connect with others and help our vulnerable homeless population at the same time.

You can easily sign up to volunteer using the link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E084AADA72AA5FD0-kearney

Kathryn  Schroeder is now our UUCT coordinator.  Please email Kathryn at 10kmanglin@gmail.com for more information.

 


Volunteer Opportunity – Auditor

By Dan D’Arcangelis

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, within a couple of weeks. 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, lease let the board know – email ddarcangelis@gmail.com.