Justice Seekers at Home

Thank you to all who volunteered to participate in the Reclaim Our Vote Project. The postcard kits will be delivered soon. We appreciate all our postcard writers!

The opportunity to be engaged continues. Below is an invitation from our partner UU Justice Ministry of NC: Forward Together. It is a great way to advocate from home and meet UUs from all over the state.

Introducing Friday Action Hour. Every week Forward Together receives many important calls to action from their justice partners. In recognition of how overwhelming this can feel, the UU Justice Ministry of NC has created a space where UUs from across the state can gather every week to do this work together. All you have to do is show up and they’ll have a list of easy, impactful actions ready to go. Along the way, you’ll be accompanied by good justice music, fellowship, and support if you need it. Join other UU congregations and meet fellow UUs committed to justice work. Every Friday at 11:00 am on Zoom. The Zoom link is shared in the UUCA e-NEWS or you can contact Rev Claudia at faithdev@uuashevile.org

A learning opportunity from the UU Living Legacy Project:
As the 2020 election draws near, the UU Living Legacy Project is offering a monthly online series focused on voting rights. In these sessions, we’ll be exploring what we can learn from the Voting Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s to apply to challenges we face today in these unprecedented times.

Mark your calendars now!
WHEN: Last Tuesday of every month starting May 26 until Election Day 2020!
TIME: 7:30 pm Eastern; each program is 60 minutes followed by informal discussion time.
MODERATORS:  Dr. Janice Marie Johnson, and the Rev. Carlton E. Smith
REGISTRATION: http://www.uulivinglegacy.org/votingrights.html


Postcards for the Reclaim Our Vote Project being prepared for shipping at Forward Together.

Animal Blessing Vespers May 27, 6:30PM

Our first Animal Blessings ZOOM Vespers will be at 6:30 PM, May 27. Mary Ann Somervill.

will be our Vespers leader in partnership with co-host Rev Claudia. We look forward to meeting your pets. We are aware that new pets have been welcomed into some UUCA homes, and we look froward to meeting them. If you would like to remember a beloved pet that has died, you are welcome to share a picture with the group. See you at Vespers!

Vespers will continue during the summer.Yeah! Our focus will be “Art & Spirituality.” Vespers leaders will be invited to share and reflect on art that inspires them. It may be original or not, and can include music, poetry, painting, dance or other artistic expression.
Contact Rev Claudia if you are interested in participating at faithdev@uuasheville.org

EVERYONE Can Come to General Assembly This Year

You don’t have many excuses now.  The Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly will be online, making it accessible and affordable to all.  Dates are June 24-28.  UUCA has funds, so we will definitely pay the full registration ($150) for all 12 of our delegates, and we’ll keep paying registrations (or partial registrations if you don’t need the full $150) for non-delegates until the money runs out.  First come, first serve.  Contact Ryan Williams, Board President, to be a delegate.  Contact Linda Topp to get in line for registrations without delegate status.

Why do this?  Because it’s interesting!  It’s educational!  It’s exciting!  It’s a convenient way to take workshops from other UUs who are doing what you’re doing!  It’s encouraging/heartwarming/amazing to discover all those UUs from all over the world! There is special programming for youth and young adults! You can time-delay the workshops as they will be accessible to registrants later!  You can sing in the choir! (Sign up fast—the choir will fill up quickly.) Hear amazing, inspirational speakers! (Naomi Klein, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Dina Gilia-Whitaker, Jean Mendoza, Natalie Martinez, Howard Bryant, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, Rosemary Bray McNatt, Elías Ortega, John Buehrens)

Don’t have the time?  How about sampling the free stuff?  Without registration, you can attend:

  • General Sessions – in which the business of the Association is conducted.
  • Synergy Bridging Worship – a celebration of treasured worship elements, rites of passage, and brilliant contemporary musical performances.​
  • Service of the Living Tradition – a worship service that honors fellowshipped and credentialed religious leaders; remembering those who have died, recognizing those who have completed active service, and welcoming those who have received fellowship or credentialed status in the past year.
  • Sunday Morning Worship – the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship

By the way, that Sunday Morning Worship service will be UUCA’s worship service on Sunday, June 28 at 10:00am.  It’s the perfect win-win—give our worship service team a break and join thousands for a UU worship service!

All the information there is can be found on the UUA’s website.  Go for it!

Linda Topp
Director of Administration