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The President's Perspective -- September 2017

altIt will be good to be together again after missing our service on September 10 due to hurricane Irma. I hope all of you and your families weathered the storm safely with your homes intact as well. Some of us are still awaiting electricity. We are relieved that our UUFG buildings were undamaged by Irma. The grounds, however, will require a lot of cleaning up! A small work crew has already begun, and more help is always appreciated. Many of our members helped each other to prepare for and recover from the storm. It is during difficult times that we really appreciate our loving community.

Next weekend, September 22nd through 24th is “Next Steps Weekend.” We will have an opportunity to work with a consultant who will help us to be more effective stewards of our UU Fellowship. This is for learning and planning purposes; you will not be asked for donations or pledges this weekend.

Barry Finkelstein will spend Friday evening and much of Saturday meeting with key leaders of committees and governance, gaining an understanding of who we are and how we have been operating. At 2:00 Saturday afternoon all interested UUFG members are invited to an open facilitated workshop with Barry in the Social Hall. Please try to attend this 75 minute long workshop.

On Sunday please welcome Barry to our service. He will join us for the service and for our Town Hall meeting beginning at 12:30. There Barry will offer his observations and recommendations for our continued progress.

I urge you to participate in Next Steps Weekend to the extent that you are able. If you've been invited to a specific small meeting your presence there is needed. Whether or not your are involved in the small meetings, please come to the Saturday workshop at 2:00 and the Sunday Town Hall meeting after the service. When we all join together to do our parts, there’s so much we can achieve.

In fellowship,
Marilyn Roberts,

 
The President's Perspective -- August 2017

This is the time of year when we gear up for the new Fellowship year. The Board welcomes two new board members, Aaron Broadwell and Richard Curtis. We are grateful for the service of Mary Anthony and Ron Lange who completed their terms on the Board at the end of June. [Click "Read more..." to continue]

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The President's Perspective -- November, 2016

alt Dear Members,

As you know, each year the Fellowship conducts a Stewardship Drive (aka “the Pledge Drive”, or “the Annual Canvass” among others). Last year, the Stewardship Drive was a resounding success, and we received almost $20,000 more in member pledges for this fiscal year than we did for the previous fiscal year. (Once again, thank you all for your generous pledges!) [Click "Read more..." to continue]

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Social Justice Programming -- January 2017

Social Justice News -- January & February 2018

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR SHARE THE PLATE
UUFG donates all non-designated offerings one Sunday a month for ten months of each year to local organizations. Nominations are opened at the January Congregational meeting at which we consider social justice issues, and final selections are made by vote at the spring Annual Meeting. The nominating process is now started!

To make nominations for the 2018-19 church year, please send your nominations and backup information about your nominations to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by February 12. Include the name and address of the organization, brief description, website, and how you believe it fits with UU principles. Each organization must be local and have 501c3 status.

CHOOSE SOCIAL JUSTICE PRIORITIES
If you missed the Congregational Meeting last Sunday and would like to give your input on priorities for the Social Justice work of our congregation, please stop by the Social Justice table after service today or February 4. You may choose your top three choices, and include your name if you would like to be contacted.

TURN IN DONATIONS FOR UUSC
If you received a UUSC Guest At Your Table box in November, please turn in your donations now. Donations fund the worldwide social justice work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). You may mail a check directly to the UUSC at 689 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, or bring your box of collected money after service to the Social Justice table this Sunday or February 4. To learn more about the work of this UU Service Committee see their website at UUSC.org.

ALL CONGREGATIONAL READ
Our UUFG Common Read for this winter is Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. Facilitated discussions of this book began January 20 and continue on February 4 after the service at 1-2:30 pm and Saturday, February 17 at 10-11:30 am. Discussions are structured as independent sessions, so you are welcome to participate in one or all.

NEW UUFG AFFILIATIONS
At the January 21 Congregational Meeting, members voted to affiliate with two social justice organizations with which we have been working: Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Welcoming Gainesville and Alachua County. This endorsement of CCL and its Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal builds on similar endorsements by other UU congregations beginning with the BuxMont UU Fellowship of Warrington, PA and the UU Fellowship in San Luis Obispo, California. You may learn more at their website citizensclimatelobby.org and check the Facebook page for local events of Citizens’ Climate Lobby - Gainesville, FL.

Affiliation with Welcoming Gainesville and Alachua County (WGAC) makes UUFG an official part of this local coalition of religious and secular organizations dedicated to welcoming immigrants, refugees, and international visitors to the area. Through the Social Justice Council budget UUFG will contribute $35 each month toward the work of this organization. You may learn  more at their website welcominggainesville.org.

SOCIAL JUSTICE CIRCLE
The Social Justice Circle meets as an informal group for sharing ideas and support for social justice work. Meetings are the third Sunday of most months, after the service, at 12:30 pm in the Fellowship's Common Room. The next meeting is February 18.

 
The President's Perspective -- October, 2016

Two near misses (by tropical storm Hermine and by hurricane Matthew) have played up how wonderful it was to get a new roof installed on our buildings a few months back, along with relief as some cooler weather finally starts to filter down to Florida. Fall is in the air! [Click "Read more..." to continue]

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