UU View Archive

11. Service Week 2/7/2021

Please join us Sunday February 7th at 11am ET for

Searching for Walden's Instagram

By Matthew Pargeter-Villarreal

Description: Henry David Thoreau is a much celebrated figure in Unitarian Universalist history. His rugged determination that led him to renounce the world and move to a small cabin where he would write Walden has served as an inspiration to generations of future Unitarian Universalists, although he may not seem to have much in common with the endless stream of social media influences that we see today. Join Matthew Pargeter-Villarreal for a discussion of how the two are more alike than they appear to be different.

Matthew Pargeter-Villarreal is a recent Masters of Divinity graduate from Brite Divinity School with a concentration in Sexual and Gender Justice and a Candidate for Ministry with the UUA. He also served as a Chaplain at Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth, TX. Matthew and his husband, Gabriel, are currently living in Comfort, TX.

Service Leader: Mike Holland

Special Musician: Penny Brewster with Warren Riley

Storyteller: Jamie Thomas via video

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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Passcode: 385674

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If you would prefer, you can instead go to our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/uufranklin/.   
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 14th - Gregory Carrow Boyd
Feb 21st - Greg Greenway
Feb 28th - Rev. Dr. Clyde Grubbs
March 7th - John Snodgrass
March 14th - Freeman Owle

Feb 5th - Rose West
Feb 8th - Mike Holland AND Robert Kasten
Feb 15th - Tom Reisdorph
Feb 19th - Bill West
Feb 20th - Gene Brown
Feb 24th - Randy Martin
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

Come spread wood chips, be outside, have fun, see friends, we need YOU.
This Wednesday at the Sanctuary - 1pm
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.

/ 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.

First is a music selection from Warren -

This is fun. A very unusual dramatization of various vocal works some opera some not. Produced on risers with orchestral and personal interaction.  
Don't try to follow a story. It is just a collection of vocal music. If you dislike the one playing skip ahead to the next.

Lastly a joke submitted by Warren - 

A middle-aged UU man was grocery shopping and a 20 something blonde catches his eye. She looks very familiar, but he can't remember where he met her. He moved in to speak with her, but she speaks first, "Hi - I think you're the father of one of my children." The guy freaks out. He says, "I've only cheated on my wife 3 times - in Vegas 5 years ago, in Orlando 4 years ago, and in Seattle 3 years ago. You look familiar, but I just can't remember. Who are you?" She says, "I'm your son's Sunday school teacher at All Souls UU."

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!!
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