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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 Programming -- January 2017

January 7-13, UUFG Campus
Hosting Family Promise Guests. UUFG will host homeless families in the Family Promise program. Please sign up today during coffee hour to help by providing a dinner item, hosting a dinner, staying overnight, or other tasks.

January 15 (Monday), 11:30 am, City Hall Plaza
Martin Luther King March. Join the UUFG contingent in this annual March in memory of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We will gather at 11:30am near City Hall for preparation and then attend the noon Holiday Kick-off at the Bo Diddley Plaza.  The March begins at 1pm from the Plaza to the MLK Center. Please wear your yellow “Standing on the Side of Love” tee (sold at the Book Cart) or another yellow tee shirt.

January 19 (Friday), 5:30 pm, UUFG Phillips Social Hall and Sanctuary
Angela King, Life After Hate. Angela King, a former white supremacist and co-founder of Life After Hate, will be coming to UUFG to discuss her story and the work of her organization. Her non-profit uses the experiences of its founders to educate, guide and counsel individuals who wish to leave a life of hate. The event will begin with appetizers and drinks at 5:30 pm in the Phillips Social Hall, followed by her presentation at 6 pm in the Sanctuary.

January 20 (Saturday), 10-11:30 am, Phillips Social Hall and Sanctuary
Book Discussion of UUFG Common Read. The UUFG Common Read for this winter is Waking Up White by Debby Irving. This book details the author’s struggle to understand racism and racial tensions. As she unpacks her own long held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuates ill-conceived ideas about race. Exercises at the end of each chapter prompt readers to explore their own racialized ideas. Two more discussions of this book will follow in February.

January 21 (Sunday)
Share the Plate with Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida, Gainesville Health Center. Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida was founded in 1971 and offers 11 health centers through the region, including one in Gainesville. Their mission is to provide comprehensive sexual health care through clinical services, education, and advocacy. For our January Share the Plate collection, we will give all non-designated offerings to Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida.

January 21 (Sunday), 12:30pm, Sanctuary
Annual Social Justice Congregational Meeting. This meeting is being combined this year with a general congregational meeting about UUFG bylaws.  The Congregation will consider organizations with which we might Share The Plate, re-affirmation of UUFG commitment to Family Promise, affiliations with other community organizations, and priorities for social justice work in the coming year.

January 22-23, (Monday-Tuesday), Tallahassee
UU Legislative Days. UU Justice Florida, the statewide UU social justice organization, organizes this annual opportunity to bring UU values to the State legislative halls in Tallahassee. Check the Legislative Tracker (uujusticefl.org/action-network/take-action) to see bills coming up in the Florida Legislature. Learn more and register to attend at uujusticefl.org (scroll down to “Coming Events”).

ONGOING ACTIVITIES
Our Social Justice Action Teams facilitate ongoing direct service, such as helping with an after-school program in Pineridge, packing weekend food for hungry students weekly, and keeping UUFG environmentally friendly. Check the Social Justice display and bulletin board in the Phillips Social Hall for a listing and contacts so that you can get involved.

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 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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