UU View Archive

10. Service Week 1/31/2021

Please join us Sunday January 31th at 11am ET for

Are We Aware

By Rev. Tracie Barrett

Description: "Are We Aware?" We as Unitarian Universalists are not immune from the issues of racism and privilege. Rev. Tracie Barrett explores our history, our present, and what our future could be as we become more aware.

Reverend Tracie Barrett lives in Winter Springs, Florida and considers herself to be a UU Evangelist, sharing the good news about our liberal faith. She is the Minister of Ritual and Liturgy for Soul Fire - a Unitarian Universalist Ministry, an experimental, experiential, ever-expansive digital ministry focused on worship and retreat functions rooted in Unitarian Universalist values. In addition to her duties at Soul.Fire, she creates and provides workshops for congregations and groups of individuals. She is also pursuing a Doctor of Ministry at United Theological School with a focus on revitalizing congregations.

Service Leader: Mike Holland

Special Musician: Mike Holland

Storyteller: Annette Watlington

Media: Gene Brown, Mike Holland

GREAT NEWS regarding Joining the Sunday Service Broadcast:

This is a recurring meeting every Sunday!

Sign in as early as 10:30 and services begin at 11:00 followed by a coffee hour post service.


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This broadcast will have a 15-20 second delay between the call and what is being displayed. 

Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook

Feb 7th - Matthew Pargeter-Villarreal
Feb 14th - Gregory Carrow Boyd
Feb 21st - Greg Greenway
Feb 28th - Rev. Dr. Clyde Grubbs
March 7th - John Snodgrass
March 14th - Freeman Owle

Jan 2nd - Sue Ann Reisdorph
Jan 8th - Janice Schroeder
Jan 10th - Danna Fewell
Jan 15th - Donn Erickson
Jan 19th - John Fraser
Our Sunday service thrives when we welcome diverse speakers and musicians. In order to keep our lineup fresh, we need you to reach out to orators and musicians alike. If you know someone who might be a great fit, please send them the appropriate form - 

General Speaker Interest Form
 - and note about UUView publication
In an effort to maintain my sanity, I ask that the following form be used for UU View feature requests moving forward:
I'm so happy to serve this fellowship as Communications Chair, but keeping all the View requests organized has been a challenge for me. Please use this form to ensure all the pertinent information is captured for me.
Moreover, I am shifting the UUView publication timeframe. Getting the view together for Thursday publication is not aligned with my schedule at all. I am going to start producing the view on Sunday evenings for publication Monday mornings. Please have any submissions for the view in by the end of coffee hour (around 1pm) on Sundays.

Looking for a mid-week hangout? Join the Wednesday night social!

By Computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09

By Phone: 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253

Passcode: 579256

Saturday's Picture Day went well! The weather was amazing, and about 20 members came through for their official picture! An impromptu outdoor, masked, hangout was had and enjoyed by all! It was so lovely to see so many beloved folks. Stay tuned for information on our next Picture Day at the sanctuary.
olunteer Opportunities with UU Franklin

Calling all UUs!

Brace yourself for a bit of a truth bomb...

Our beloved Fellowship doesn't run on pixie dust and well-wishes. I know, I know, it's shocking. 

Several key people put in hours and hours each week to ensure Sunday Services keep happening, this newsletter goes out, the grounds are kept up during this time away from our sanctuary, and that we continue to hold a place in the hearts and minds of our community. You know who they are -- Mike, Gene, Becky, Sandi, Donn, Warren, Me (Shalimar), the Mearas...
But we need more help. We want to take time away, but we can't without letting our whole fellowship down. Please, consider giving the gift of your time and talents. Training is provided, and Covid precautions are in place.

Right now we have immediate need of volunteers in these critical areas:

  1. Flowers for the sanctuary each Sunday
  2. Service leaders
  3. Storytime readers
  4. Musical Guests
  5. Leaders for contemplative dialog and spirituality discussions
  6. RE Course facilitators
  7. Social Media managers and relief UU View editors
If you've been looking for something to help keep you busy, please reach out to vicepresident@uufranklin.org and express your interest!
Remember - Love is the spirit of this fellowship, and community is its goal. Our great covenant absolutely includes service. Reach out today to help one another!

Macon County Health Covid-19 Vaccination Process (Per a 1/21/21 zoom training session) 

All NC recipients of the vaccine must be registered in the NC Covid-19 Vaccine Management System (CVMS.) 


1. Register individually. 

2. Your information will be entered into the CVMS. 

3. You will be notified of which Priority Group you are in. 

4. You will call MCHD to schedule an appointment when your Group is eligible. Registration requires: your name, residency, contact information, ethnic info, health information as needed to determine your priority. 

To register you can: 

1. Use the MaconNC.org, “Individual On-Line Registration” option. A personal email address is required for this option. 

2. Call Drake’s call center: 828 524-1500, A personal email address is required for this option. 

3. With no email address, call MCHD call center: 828-349-2517, Option 2. It will take 4-5 business days from when you register for you to receive your Priority Group determination. You are responsible for finding out which Priority Group MCHD is scheduling and you must call MCHD 828-349-2517 to schedule an appointment for your first shot. MCHD is giving 200 shots/day (both 1st and 2nd.) The process seems to be influx. Other vaccination distribution opportunities are being discussed: hospitals, Ingles, Walgreens, etc. So, we need to pay attention for other opportunities.

ew Member! Welcome Megan!

Join Me in Welcoming Megan Van der Linde -

Megan joined about a week ago after 'Zooming' in for several visits recently. We are delighted you've joined our congregation and look forward to seeing you in person when we can, and via Zoom when we can't! We know you will enrich our fellowship and we hope you will find yourself stimulated, engaged, and connected to good folks and causes here!

/ Stir Crazy
This section of the UU View is for music and jokes. These are submitted by fellowship members throughout the week. If you have a song or joke suggestion, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/5mNjmt3uBJcYpNju6
Your suggestion will be reviewed and added.
This week we have several submissions.
First, is a music selection from Shalimar - 

This track feels soooooo  UU to me



Do your thing!
Be fancy-free to call the tune you sing.
Don't give up!
That's not the way to win a loving cup.
Do your best,
and opportunity will do the rest.
Don't give in!
Capitulation is the greatest sin.
Do what's right,
what's right for you, to do with all your might.
Don't regret!
What might have been, you might as well forget.
Stand your ground,
and while you're standing there, be duty-bound.
Learn to wait,
and while you're waiting, learn to concentrate.
Make amends!
All enemies I call potential friends,
Calm your fears,
and hope to cope at least a hundred years.
Make your mark!
If need be, even make it in the dark.
Mum's the word!
My sage advice, pretend you haven't heard.

Next is a music selection from Warren -

The mechanics of a guitar concerto was difficult to execute before amplification. The guitar does not have the volume to be audible when a full orchestra is playing. Listen to the interesting ways the composer gets around this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQKrVbvUEhY  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQKrVbvUEhY  The Coffee Cantata was not Bach's only secular cantata. Here is one that features trumpets.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnhkPwFno0Y  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnhkPwFno0Y  

Lastly a joke submitted by Warren - 

Nescafe and the Lord’s Prayer 
The marketing Director of Nescafe manages to meet with the Pope at the Vatican. After receiving the papal blessing, the Nescafe official whispers: "Your Eminence, I have some business to discuss. We at Nescafe have an offer for you. Nescafe is prepared to donate $100 million to the church if you change the Lord's Prayer from 'Give us this day our daily bread' to 'Give us this day our daily coffee'."
The Pope looks outraged & thunders: "That is impossible. The Prayer is the word of the Lord. It must not be changed." "Well," says the Nescafe man somewhat chastened, "We anticipated your reluctance. For this reason, and the importance of the Lord's prayer to all Catholics, we will increase our offer to $300 million. All we require is that you change the Lord's Prayer from 'Give us this day our daily bread' to 'Give us this day our daily coffee'."
Again, even more sternly, the Pope replies, "That, my son, is impossible. For the prayer is the word of the Lord and it must not be changed."
Finally, the Nescafe Director says, "Your Holiness, we at Nescafe respect your adherence to the faith, we realize that tradition is essential to your beliefs, we fully understand the importance of the word of the Lord but we do have one final offer.

Please discuss it with your cardinals. We will donate $500 million to the great Catholic church if you could only change the Lord's Prayer from 'Give us this day our daily bread' to 'Give us this day our daily coffee'.
Please, please consider it. And he leaves.

The next day the Pope convenes the College of Cardinals.
"There is some Good news," he announces, "and some bad news!!"
“The good news is," he continues to a hushed assembly, “that the Church will get $500 million."
"And what is the bad news, your Holiness?" asks a Cardinal.
"Sadly", says the Pope, “We would have to lose the Wonder Bread account."

From the Membership Chair, Bonnie Gramlich
As a 20+ year member and as current chairperson of the Membership Committee I want to start this new year off by thanking each person who is a fellow Member. Your intentional engagement and support (in multiple ways!) of our small UU fellowship is truly appreciated. It seems especially important this year to me as I am so very grateful for having the fellowship and members and friends in my life.
If you are reading this and are not a Member but have questions about membership please do reach out to me for info. We value your interest and participation even as a visitor or friend and we want you to know we would love to have you join us! 
If you already are a Member, please consider joining our Membership Committee. I'm currently looking for assistance in a couple of ways:
The first is I would like 2 or 3 folks to be willing to sign into the Zoom Sunday service around 10:30 to welcome folks and to greet our visitors.
The second way is: I'm looking for a few more folks that have the time and interest to assist in checking in with our members by telephone during this time of pandemic. It feels right to try to reach out at this time. We do care for one another! 
So just let me know if you are interested in either way of strengthening our relationships with members and prospective members. Thank you! 
Bonnie Gramlich
bonnie.gramlich@gmail.com 828.342.0546 
This picture shows you how happy I will feel hearing from you soon!
several fireworks over a bridge. on the bridge ate dozens of people - all very small in the distnace


My name is Ivy Breivogel, and I am a senior Sociology/Anthropology student at Warren Wilson College. I was raised UU in Raleigh, NC and work at MountainCamp in Highlands. 
I'm currently conducting my Capstone research project, which is on how Unitarian Universalist religion and its members’ relationships with their religiosity are changing during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are willing to share your experience, please take this short survey! It will take about 5 minutes to complete. 
 Here is the survey link: https://forms.gle/8AVGGvm5UCGeKfCj8    
There is a question at the end to opt in to a follow-up interview. I'm looking for UUs of different ages, levels of involvement, and geographic location, so your input is important and will be very helpful! If you are willing to participate in an interview but do not want to take the initial survey, that’s fine too, just let me know! 
You can contact me with questions, comments, concerns, or anything else at ibreivogel.f18@warren-wilson.edu.
Thank you!!
The Memorial Garden is evolving as shown in this photo. Fall leaves were raked and concrete blocks moved to contour the land and to create planters for Spring flowers. Tom, Jim and Donn made the improvements on this past picture taking Saturday. 
Ideas are being sought for further improvements to the Memorial Garden. If you get a chance, stop by, enjoy the winter sun in the garden and give some thought as to what you think would make the garden more enjoyable. Please pass your ideas on to our Grounds Committee: Tricia and Tom.
We are planning another zoom circle dinner. 
• It’s easy - Everyone can participate from their own home. 
• It’s green - no fuel consumption.
• It’s efficient - no drive time.
• It’s safe - no designated drivers.
• It’s community building - get to know each other.
• It’s fun - food, drink and conversation. 
 The plan is to gather at the zoom meeting (via computer or telephone - links listed below,) at 5:00pm. We can then enjoy conversation as we consume the dinners we each prepare and the dishes we each wash. 
By Phone: 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253
Passcode: 579256
See you then. 828 524-3691 

When John Snodgrass spoke with us several Sundays ago, he mentioned how reading and discussing books together can broaden minds and build community. 
Some of us are reading the book he recommended: The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler. We will be discussing the first 7 chapters of the book this coming Saturday. All are welcome to participate in this discussion, but if you haven’t read the book, you will probably be listening most of the time and joining in the discussion of the general topics. The zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09 
In The Chalice and the Blade, Riane Eisler proposes that there are two basic models on which human society can be based: the dominator model, in which hierarchies are created and preserved via force or aggression (the status quo), and the partnership model (which is equalitarian and cooperative), with human societies falling somewhere along a continuum. Eisler's book is an attempt to argue that dominator-based societies are not inevitable and that, in fact, early human civilizations were based overwhelmingly on partnership -- quite a strong claim. She suggests that something happened that shook up civilization and caused the shift to the now prevalent dominator model. 
A free .pdf copy of the book is available at: https://archive.org/stream/B-001-001-118/B-001-001-118_djvu.txt A very interesting book, but definitely not a beach read