Articles, Reflections, & Announcements

 

Introduction of the Committee on Ministry Interim Transition Team

By Badia Askari

During the Interim Ministry two-year period, Rev. Holly will be assisted and advised by a team of UUCT congregants who are committed to supporting them in their work to position us to be fully ready for a Settled Minister. This Committee on Ministry Interim Transition Team consists of six members:

Sally Andersen, is a retired middle school teacher. She has been a member of UUCT for over 20 years and has served as a Harmony Camp Co- Director, as well as having been a member of the choir, prior Committee on Ministry (COM), Membership Committee, and Settled Minster Search Committee.

Badia Askari is a relatively new member of the UUCT congregation. She brings her enthusiasm for spiritual service and a fresh perspective to the work of the Transition Team. Badia hopes that her 18 years as an educator and her experience in facilitating spaces of creative growth and development will be of benefit to Rev. Holly and co members on this team.

Bob Deyle has been a member of UUCT since 1991. He has served in several positions on the Executive Board, as a member of the COM, Adult RE Coordinator, Personnel Committee Chair, Budget Planner, Program Committee Chair, and Worship Associate. He also has served on one settled minister search committee and one interim minister search committee. He has forgotten more about the Manual of Policies and Procedures than most people ever knew.

Carolyn DuBard, a member of UUCT for 39 years, has served on the RE, Finance and Membership Committees, the COM, and the Executive Board. She brings a knowledge of what has been and enthusiasm for what lies ahead for UUCT.

Erika Frisby has been a member since 2016. She has served as a volunteer for Religious Exploration (RE) services and with the COM since last fall. She is a Tallahassee native and has two teenage children.

Linda Wright brings enthusiasm for the ways Unitarian Universalism has evolved during her lifetime. Linda has been part of the Prison Ministry Project sponsored by the Church of the Larger Fellowship, a Beyond Categorical Thinking trainer, a Board Member of EqUUal Access, a member of the planning team for Justice G.A. 2012, a member of Allies for Racial Equity, and a R.E. teacher. She hopes that her experience with leading groups in envisioning and planning for the future will benefit the Transition Team.

 


Is Mental Illness Affecting your Life or the Life of Someone you Love? Share the Plate Partner – National Alliance on Mental Illness

By Bonnie J. Abellera

You are not alone. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Tallahassee is the Share the Plate recipient in September. NAMI Tallahassee was nominated for Share the Plate as some members in our congregation have needed its support. If you need help, you are encouraged to learn more about NAMI Tallahassee.  For others, you can support those who need NAMI’s help and resources by donating through the Share the Plate collections in September.

NAMI Tallahassee is the local affiliate of NAMI serving Leon and surrounding counties. NAMI Tallahassee is a non-profit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization for individuals living with mental illness and their families. The local organization is all-volunteer with no professional staff, so support from our congregation will help provide services in our community.

Some of the support that NAMI Tallahassee provides is through weekly or monthly sessions for recovery and resiliency-based support groups, family support groups, family-to-family courses, among others and outreach presentations that target middle and high school students, minority communities, the general public and faith-based communities. In addition to these support efforts, their Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) create an effective law enforcement response to mental health emergencies. The CIT improves physical safety for both police officers and persons experiencing a crisis. Training for CIT certification is an intensive 40 hours that describes the mental illnesses, introduces local mental health resources, and teaches verbal de-escalation skills.

For more information about NAMI Tallahassee and its services, please visit http://www.nami-tallahassee.org

 


A Call to Justice-Making

By Bob Deyle

UUCT is collaborating with a diverse coalition of Tallahassee area congregations to strive toward a more just Beloved Community through the Capital Area Justice Ministry initiative.

I have been eager to find a way to get involved with others in our community who are committed to dismantling racism and other oppressions, and I am excited by the potential CAJM offers to marshal the power of individuals and their congregations to do so.

Toward this end, UUCT’s CAJM Team Leaders will be inviting UUCT members and friends to Zoom house meetings in late September and early October to share their concerns about social justice problems facing our community and to invite them to become CAJM Network Members. Our Team Leaders will collate the list of concerns from our meetings, identify two concerns that stand out, and contribute those to a compilation from all 19 churches that comprise CAJM. If you choose to participate as a Network Member, you will then have the opportunity to vote to select the two problems that CAJM will tackle over the next year.

If you have questions about UUCT’s CAJM initiative, please contact any of our Team Leaders: Jennifer Carver, Mariann D’Arcangelis, Greg DeAngelo, Bob Deyle, Carolyn DuBard, Annette Pearce, or Janet Temkin.

 


Do you have UUCT keys?

By Adriane Pitt

In an effort to update the current UUCT key assignment log and better facilitate future key distribution, we are asking all keyholders for help.  If you currently have keys that you no longer need, please turn them in to the office at your earliest convenience.

If you are a current keyholder, we ask that you stop by to have your keys numbered and fill out the new sign out sheet.

Your Office Administrator, Adriane is in the office Monday- Friday 9:30 am – 2:30 pm.  If this window of time does not work for you, call the office (850) 385-5115 or email office@uutallahassee.org  to coordinate a time that is better for you. Your help is much appreciated!

 


New Documentary – Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

By Ed Oaksford

Excerpted from the Fall 2021 ACLU Magazine – Jay Fernandez

There’s a new documentary out that has yet to be released. It’s title is “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America”. It’s written by and features former ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson. Jeffery Robinson has spent 10 years delivering a powerful, deeply researched presentation to audiences around the country as a way to “correct the narrative about white supremacy and racism in America” The film highlights segments from his celebrated three-hour talks with archival footage, new interviews, and Robinson’s own gripping personal story.

The documentary becomes part of the wider movement for more truthful education in schools, institutions, and corporate offices, – a reckoning that syncs with the ACLU’s Systemic Equality Agenda and the UUA’s 8th Principal Initiative, both, initiatives designed to eradicate racist policies that continue to harm Black and Indigenous people.

In the film and in his work, Robinson invites each of us to interrogate how we contribute to our country’s racist legacy and what we’re willing to do to effect true change. To find out more about “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America”, click here. Keep an eye out for the release of this powerful new documentary in early 2022.

 


MPP Updates Available

By Adriane Pitt

The most recent UUCT Manual of Policies and Procedures is available on the UUCT website.

The sections updated during FY2020-2021 were: Personnel, Church Community, Religious Exploration, Management, and Finance. A GIANT shout out and many thanks to Gwendolyn Waldorf for tirelessly editing and reformatting all 118 pages.

 


Ongoing Need for Volunteers!

Kearney Center 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.