Justice Ministry Opportunities

In the larger community….

Film & Conversation:  Leaving Afghanistan, a one hour documentary about one family’s resettlement journey from Kabul to Canada. 
Friday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m., at the East Asheville Library (3 Avon Road) community room. 
To connect with volunteers and supporters of the Afghan refugees who have been in the Asheville area for over a year. UU Asheville is one of the congregations that has sponsored an Afghan Family. Tea and cookies will be served. Please RSVP to

Anne Vilen annevilen016@gmail.com

With other UUs….


What are the NEXT STEPS BEYOND LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT  of the Indigenous Peoples who lived on and cared for this land before us?

Several members of the Black Mountain UU congregation attended the powerful and moving online workshop “Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change” in February, and they highly recommend attending one of the online sessions coming up soon. 

Sessions are available on these dates:

Sunday March 12, 4:00 to 6:00 pm ET or

Saturday April 15, 4:00 to 6:00 pm ET

Created by the national project, Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples (TRR), this interactive workshop will help us to:

  • Learn the real history of our country through the voices of Native peoples, European colonists, and historians
  • Understand why this history matters to all Americans today
  • Interact and experience this history as you never have before
  • Learn to respect Native Americans’ rights, culture, and presence

Registration is limited to 60 participants, on a sliding scale from $20 to $50, minimum $5.  Please register at:  https://friendspeaceteams.org/trr

Please also let Rev. Claudia Jiménez know if you have registered for one of these sessions so we can plan a follow up conversation with the Black Mountain UU congregation. 

Adult Faith Exploration – March

All our Soul Matters Groups will be exploring this month’s theme: Vulnerability. If you are new to UU Asheville, Rev. Claudia will be offering “A Taste of Soul” to provide an experience of a Soul Matters Group. Check out our calendar below for details.

Join Revs. Cathy and Claudia for an opportunity to discuss novels (and an anthology) that invite us into covenanted, deep listening conversations about challenging issues. We will meet at noon in Sandburg Hall (bring a bagged lunch) or join us via Zoom at 7:00 PM.
Contact Rev. Claudia for the link.

This month: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Next month: May 4  – On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel by Ocean Vuong

March 16: Curious Conversations
Noon-1:00pm; bring a bagged lunch; Sandburg Hall. 7pm Zoom option. Contact Rev. Claudia for the link.
THIS MONTH: What are the Article II (2) Revisions? Why should I care?
Have you heard about the Article II study? Did you know the wording of the 7 Principles & 6 Sources are in the process of change? The Article II Study Commission has completed its two-year study. They submitted their report (PDF, 26 pages) to the UUA Board of Trustees at their January meeting. Join us for an informal conversation on the Study Commission’s recommended revisions to Article II. 
Facilitator: Rev. Claudia

March 19: 8th Principle Reflection Circles (in person)
9:30 am and 12:30 PM. All are Welcome

March 23: 8th Principle Reflection Circles (Zoom)
7:00-8:00 PM. Contact Rev. Claudia for link.

March 30: A Taste of Soul
Noon-1:00 in Sandburg Hall; bring a bagged lunch or 7PM via Zoom
Experience and learn about our Soul Matters Groups. These groups offer an opportunity for practicing deep listening and theological reflection using the monthly themes to explore meaning and purpose in our lives.
Contact Rev. Claudia for the link.
Facilitator: Rev. Claudia

Justice Ministry Film Night-Truth Tellers

Justice Ministry Film Night, Friday, March 10, 7pm


TRUTH TELLERS chronicles the lives of Americans fighting for peace, racial equity, environmental justice and indigenous rights through the eyes of Robert Shetterly, a long time activist and artist.

Truth Tellers follows down-to-earth activist-artist Robert Shetterly as he discovers and depicts scores of Americans, famous and unknown, who fight for this culture’s highest ideals. This flowing, timely work of art allows viewers of all ages to meet and learn from an array of inspiring people, past and present, who have put words into action in our country’s long struggle for racial and environmental justice.”

—Peter H. Wood, Emeritus Professor of History, Duke University, Author, Black Majority, Co-author, Created Equal: A History of the United States

 Note: This film will be shown on Zoom Only.  If you intend to view the film on Zoom, send a request for the link to Charlie Wussow by Thursday, March 9.

There will be a discussion after the screening of the film                       runtime: 58 minutes

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, One Edwin Place, Asheville, NC 28801
There is no charge for viewing the film 

Will You Be A Lighthouse?

Sunday, February 26, 2023 11am
Rev. Jake Morrill, Guest Speaker
When the night is dark, there is a choice. When the seas are stormy, there is a choice. When things are uncertain, there is a choice. When lives are in danger, there is a choice. Yes or no: will you be a lighthouse? On this Sunday, as you gather to kick off this giving season, you are asked how you will shine, and for what holy purpose. In other words, UU’s of Asheville: will you be a lighthouse?

Rev. Jake Morrill is a product of the religious education program of the Tennessee Valley UU Church. He served the Oak Ridge UU Church as Lead Minister for 19 years. A former UUA Trustee and a former Chaplain in the US Army Reserve, Jake is a leadership coach and consultant, working with companies seeking cultures of emotional maturity, able to manage relationships effectively, with depth and care. A long-time student of Bowen Family Systems Theory, he is on the faculty of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. His most recent book is The Boundaries Workbook, published by Rockridge Press in 2022. Jake and his wife Molly are the proud parents of two soccer-obsessed teenagers. His website can be found here.

Reflection on Change

laurel amabileI have been reflecting on change as 2023 gets rolling. Not only the changes in my life, family and work, but in the life of our congregation.

Change is always at work in healthy and thriving congregations. Newcomers visit and many join as new members. Some people move away—from the congregation or Western North Carolina—for their own reasons. Ministers, Religious Educators, and other members of the staff change over time. Board members serve their terms and are replaced. Babies are born, youth come of age, and people dear to us pass away. Rites of passage help us to mark these changes in meaningful ways.

As we all are aware, the COVID pandemic forced sudden change upon all of us, with disruptions and concerns causing many layers of change in our society and lingering effects in our work, school, medical and faith communities. In the midst of this context, we experienced the retirement then sudden loss of our lead minister, Rev. Mark Ward—challenging us to adapt and be open to a changing congregational landscape.

We have spent the last year re-opening our programs and services and to learning more about ourselves during this period of Interim Ministry with Rev. Cathy’s reassuring presence and skillful leadership. The Racial Justice Advisory Council and Rev. Claudia have guided us through a process of self-assessment and learning about racial justice and our role in creating the changes we want to see in the world. Our Ministerial Search Committee has been dedicating a great deal of time and energy in the search for our next settled minister.  Your Board has been committed to supporting all of these efforts as positive developments.

Wow! So much has been happening and will be happening for us here at UUCA. Ours is a healthy and thriving and changing congregation. Let us rise to the challenges and celebrate our accomplishments as we move forward in 2023 together in this Beloved Community.

Laurel Amabile, UU Asheville Board of Trustees