UU View Archive

12. Service Week 2/14/21

Please join us Sunday February 14th at 11am ET for

"Nothing about Us without Us"

By Greg Carrow Boyd


A service on Black Unitraian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist History.

Greg C Carrow-Boyd, MEd, is a Master Credentialed Religious Educator and Aspirant for ministry. He serves on the Board of Trustees of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). In this time of physical distancing, Greg misses hugs and movie theaters. Greg also works as the Coordinator for More Than Sex-Ed, a Greater LA-based sexuality education collective that brings the UUA- and United Church of Christ comprehensive sexuality education curriculum, Our Whole Lives, to schools, home school groups and the greater community.

Service Leader: Mike Holland

Special Musician: Sandi Erickson and Greg Greenway

Storyteller: Martha Tree

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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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 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

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 the View.

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

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.) Process: 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.
Hello! 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 Computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09 
 By Phone: 312 626 6799 
Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253 
Passcode: 579256 
See you then. 828 524-3691
FET 2020 Year-end Report 
 Thanks to the generosity and foresight of some current members as well as past members, the Fellowship Endowment Trust (FET) is now a reality. Special thanks also go to Warren Riley who spearheaded the efforts to get an endowment trust established in the Fellowship bylaws. The goal of the FET is to assure the long-term survival of UUFF. It is a fund where financial gifts will last the lifetime of UUFF rather than be used for current expenses. All dividends and interest earned by the trust will be reinvested. UUFF members will continue to contribute as well as put the FET in their wills so that the funds under FET management will grow significantly over the years. Once the trust reaches a sufficient size, it will then be possible for the FET to contribute to the annual UUFF budget from the dividends and interests accrued without touching the principal. Also, if UUFF were to suffer a severe financial emergency at any time, the FET may provide funds in the form of a loan to help the Fellowship recover and prosper. The FET is managed by a committee of three members that were approved by the Fellowship board: Jim Meara (Chairman), Trish Piper (Recording Secretary), and John Fraser (Financial Secretary). Warren Riley continues to serve the FET as a fund-raising advisor. FET funds are held by Vanguard since they offer a wide variety of investment options with generally the lowest investment fees available. At the end of the year, FET had $35,754.51 invested with Vanguard. Shortly, after the beginning of the year, an additional $6,339.51 was transferred to Vanguard from a CD that was maturing. This brought the total assets held by Vanguard up to $42,094.02, including earnings from Vanguard of $353.51 for 2020. Another CD with a value of about $5100 will be maturing in April and transferred to Vanguard, bringing the total up to approximately $47,194 at that time. Jwf:1/25/2021 The Fellowship Endowment Trust Team
 - Saturday
Game night this Saturday at 6:30 (6pm for pre-game zoom dinner). Drop in for a fun-filled night!
By Phone: 312 626 6799 
Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253 
Passcode: 579256 
See you then. 828 524-3691

How do we talk to people with whom we feel no connection?
In our last discussion we explored the importance of community, of moving into "inter-being," in attaining personal fulfillment. Feeling intimately connected to people who share our values, beliefs, and world views is natural and easy. However, how do we build "inter-being" with those who hold different values, beliefs, and world views who most of us tend to see as being less smart, good, or worthy? For us humans, relationships usually start with conversation. How do we talk with people with whom we feel no connection or, even more difficult, whom we think are mistaken or misled in their beliefs and opinions?
Repeated from last week because of tech error:
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.