A Church Year Like No Other

            It’s happening. School supply sales. September and October calendar pages filling up. In the midst of thunder storms and heat, we can’t help but think about cooler nights, autumnal colors, and campfires.

And your Board of Trustees has more than that on its mind. It will be a church year like no other. Just as we begin our search for a new Lead Minister, we lose the man who brought us to this point. We are bereft. We look back and feel emptiness. Ahead is murkiness, obscuring the figure who will join us as we move purposefully into our future.

At the end of the 2020-21 church year, everyone in the congregation was phoned to help identify seven committed individuals, representing some of the variety in our membership, to be our Ministerial Search Committee (MSC). They’ve been studying the UUA guidelines for accomplishing this daunting task. On August 20, we are all invited to join them at a workshop with Rev. Keith Kron, the person at the UUA who helps ministers and congregations find and fall in love with each other. After that workshop, the MSC will never be far from our thoughts as they conduct surveys and conduct small group gatherings to ascertain both who we are and what we’re looking for in terms of our next faith leader. In other words, the MSC is charged with clearing away the fog and bringing into focus the right person for UUCA.

Something else that will be engaging our energies this year is racial justice. The Racial Justice Advisory Council (RJAC) submitted its Summary Report to the Board late last spring. At its August 9 meeting, the Board voted to “accept all the recommendations from the RJAC as submitted” in that report. The Board also committed to “offer guidance/direction” for realizing those 18 Recommendations. One major activity will be studying an 8th Principle to be added to the current 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism. An 8th Principle Task Force is forming to guide our congregation to “affirming and promoting” this Principle in the covenant between us and all the other congregations in the UUA.

This year is so full of promise, y’all! But promises are empty without actions to move from fine words to meaningful achievements. Each of us is called upon to create the UUCA of radical love and justice for all. We are who we’ve been waiting for to make a better world. Roll up your sleeves!

Mary Alm, UU Asheville Board of Trustees

 

Labyrinth Walk

What? Walk our NEW canvas labyrinth in the Sanctuary! Finger labyrinths will also be
available.
When? Wednesday, August 24, 7pm – 8pm
Why? The labyrinth is a divine vehicle for transformation found in many cultures around the
world. It has only one path in and out – no wrong turns nor dead ends. The path becomes a mirror
for where we are in our lives. The rhythm of walking, placing one foot in front of the other,
quiets the mind, relaxes the body and refreshes the spirit. 
Come walk with us and take your Soul for a stroll.
Chuck Hunner, CUUPS member, will facilitate the labyrinth walk. CUUPS is the Covenant of
UU Pagans.

UU Justice NC Reproductive Justice Event

Thursday, August 18, from 7pm – 8:30pm. 
Join UU Justice NC and our statewide partners Pro-Choice NC and The Carolina Abortion Fund
for this special event. We’ll hear analysis about the current state of abortion rights in NC and the
stakes of the mid-term elections, learn how we can support our state and local reproductive
justice partners, and review the brand new Repro Justice resources developed by our national
Side With Love Team for UU congregations. Register Here.

Notes from the Garden with Kate!

Hello, landscape and garden enthusiasts!

The landscape crew is working apace to keep things weeded and planted and generally spruced up.

Our goal is to eventually have no “open” ground. We have quite a few open areas that are currently covered with nothing but mulch, and as great as the mulch is for the soil, it is also a perfect spot for weed growth. In order to reduce our weeding time, we are looking to plant groundcovers and other plants to reduce the surface area as much as possible.

So over the next few months, we hope to be adding beautiful groundcovers to the landscape to beautify and reduce the workload. Eventually, we would like to replace the open grass areas with gardens but that project is down the road a bit! We are always looking for donated plants.

In the meantime, we will be adding plants to the beds in front of the building to enhance our welcoming entrance. If you are interested in talking with me further or have questions or better yet, suggestions, please contact me (katejerome2020@gmail.com). Or even better, come volunteer with our landscape group on the first and third Saturdays of the month, 8-10 am.

Water Ceremony

Sunday, August 28, 2022, 11am In-person and YouTube
Rev. Cathy Harrington, Interim Lead Minister and Rev. Claudia Jimenez, Minister of Faith Development