Film Night: No Time to Waste, Friday, April 9, 7pm, Zoom

No Time To Waste celebrates legendary 99-year-old park ranger Betty Reid Soskin’s inspiring life, work and urgent mission to restore critical missing chapters of America’s story.

“Touching and engaging…Nonagenarian Soskin reminds viewers of the importance of telling the complete American story – one that recognizes racial and gender discrimination and celebrates the accomplishments of African Americans – so that we, as a nation, can understand from whence we came and where we should be heading in order to create, as she states is her mission, ‘a more perfect union.’ No Time To Waste is an inspiring film that spotlights Soskin being ’empowered…by history’ and encourages others to do the same.”
~Traci Parker, Associate Professor African American History, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Author, Department Stores and the Black Freedom Movement

There will be a discussion after the screening of the film.

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Official Trailer    runtime: 52 minutes

This Little Light of Mine

Sunday, March 28, 2021  
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister

Once again as we confront times of turmoil this simple Civil Rights song rises again in relevancy. What does it have to teach us today?

Story Medicine for Racial Healing with Meta Commerse, Saturday, April 24, 10am-1pm, Zoom

Story Medicine is an Indigenous healing modality blending ritual with the written word. Medicine begins with words in Indigenous cultures. Myth and legend heal because they remind us of balance and right relationship. In Western culture, we are disconnected from our ancestral stories, and from the value of our individual story. To reclaim our story is to reclaim the lost self. This is what makes Story Medicine so transformational.

Meta Commerse is a Blues Doula. A former professor of History and English, she’s an award-winning author. Meta is a social entrepreneur, creator of Story Medicine Worldwide, a community-based healing movement.

UUCA’s Anti-Racism  Immigrant Justice Action Group is sponsoring this free three-hour workshop as we explore th

e work of becoming an anti-racist congregation. For an optimal experience, the workshop will be capped at 21 individuals. The workshop provides a taste of thetransformative work of Story Medicine. Expect to encounter community learning and healing through the sacredness of story. Meta uses memory as raw material and community resource, along with heart-centered language for what has happened to us.

Click here to register.  Limited to 21 participants.

UUCA Awards Two(!) Mel Hetland Scholarships!

Through the generous donations from UUCA members and others, a total of $5535 was donated for the Mel Hetland Scholarship in January and February.  Mel Hetland was a member of UUCA and a local educator.  When he died, UUCA members set up a scholarship in his name through the Asheville City Schools Foundation.  We are the only funders of this scholarship.

The Community Plate team learned that Emily, who received our scholarship in 2020 and is continuing with her studies, had contacted the foundation for assistance in finding support for her sophomore year. Because we received such a large sum this year, the Community Plate Committee decided to award two scholarships of $2500 each this year, one to Emily and one to a person named by the Asheville City Schools Foundation.  Thanks to the generosity of our congregation, we are so pleased to be helping two students  in 2021.

An Electrical Sabbath

List activities that your family enjoys that don’t need electricity. Choose a few for your Sabbath Day.