Adult Faith Exploration – June

Welcome! Our Soul Matters theme this month is Delight. Soul Matters Groups will have their final meeting of the year this month. New groups will be organized to begin in September. Be on the lookout for an e-mail early in August inviting you to join a group. Might you be interested in being a facilitator? Training will be provided. Contact Rev. Claudia for details

Delight Questions:
What age has been most full of delight for you?
What is the oddest thing you delight in?
What summer activity delighted you most as a child?
What word delights you when you say it?
Has delight ever helped you survive something difficult?
Have you faked delight in the past year?
Who taught you the most about cultivating delight?

Faith Development Calendar
June 12 – Adult Faith Exploration Planning Team; 4PM via Zoom; Contact Rev. Claudia for link

June 15 – Facilitator Celebration, 7PM, Sandburg Hall

June 29 -The Soul Matters UU Writers Group will be discussing Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer Sandburg Hall; noon, bring a bagged lunch; Rev. Claudia will bring dessert.

Spiritual Deepening Groups
Covenant of UU Pagans – CUUPS.
Contact: Sherry Lundquist
Buddhist Sanhga –  meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:30 pm in Sandburg Hall; Contact: Sequoyah Rich, or Stef Garvin
Soul Matters Groups – Conversation Groups, UU Writers Group and Creativity Matters group explore monthly themes Sept.- June. New groups form each Sept. Contact: Rev. Claudia

Justice Ministry Calendar

Important News
8th Principle Passed! At the Annual Meeting on June 4, 2023, the 8th Principle passed with a vast majority of proxy- and in-person votes.Passing the 8th Principle is an important step in a lifelong process as we work towards collective liberation. We will discuss next steps and what this means for our congregation in the fall. The Racial Justice Advisory Council created this pamphlet documenting our journey to this important vote.

UU Avl Events
June 16 – Justice Film Night- Upriver, Downstream and Unbreathable-The Fight for Healthy Air 7PM, Zoom Only;
Zoom only. If you wish to view the films, request a link from Charlie Wussow at– No films July & August

June 25/26 – EAC Book Study: The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture, by Mary Pipher. In person Sunday, 9:30-10:45 am, 23 Edwin Parlor; Zoom, Monday 7-8:15 pm (contact Sunita for zoom link; Section 4: Resilient Coping

July 9/10 – EAC Book Study: The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture, by Mary Pipher. In person Sunday, 9:30-10:45 am, 23 Edwin Parlor; Zoom, Monday 7-8:15 pm (contact Sunita for zoom link; Section 5: The Transcendent Response

Community Events & Beyond
June 8 – Webinar: Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Renovations for Houses of Worship 7-8PM; hosted by Creation Care; Click here to register!

June 8– “More or Less in Common: Environment and Justice in the Human Landscape”, 1 pm. Get details about this webinar offered through the Harvard Radcliffe Institute here

June 8 – The Sentencing Project offers “50 Years and a Wakeup: Capping Maximum Sentences” a webinar,3:30 pm. Get details and register here

June 8th – 7:00pm: Statewide Virtual Reproductive Justice Working Group Meeting

June 8 – Join Moms Rising for a teach-in about the Second Amendment, 8:30 pm virtually. Go here for details and to register. 

June 11th  10:30am: WNC Adults & Teens: Know Your Reproductive Rights

June 12th – 18th – “Juneteenth Celebration” in Asheville. Get details about the events offered here

June 15th – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Walk, 5-7 pm, at Carrier Park. Get details here

June 15th– Leicester Reads Together: Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisisby Beth Macy, at the Leicester Public Library, 6 pm

June 21-25 – UUA General Assembly, Pittsburgh, PA

June 21 – The Brennan Center offers “The Supermajority: How the Supreme Court’s Hard-Right Turn Is Wreaking Havoc on Democracy”,2 pm Get details and your ticket here

June 22 – “Intersection of Faith, Religion, & LGBTQIA+ Identity” virtual panel discussion, offered by the Wake County Library,2:30 pm. Go herefor details and to register. 

June 26– Showing of the film “Racist Roots”, 7 pm, in person at Congregation Beth Israel, 229 Murdock Avenue in Asheville. Get detailsand RSVP here.  An opportunity to learn about the Jewish perspective on and origins of North Carolina’s death penalty Please be sure to watch Racist Roots, a 25-minute film (here is the link to watch: created by the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, beforehand and come ready to hear a panel discussion moderated by NCCADP Executive Director Noel Nickle. 

June 29th– Learn how you can become part of the Clean Energy Generation at this webinar, 2:30 pm. 

July 1 People’s Power Coalition Day of Outrage;  TimeTBA  Join labor, community and faith organizations  for a “Day of Outrage” to protest against the attacks imposed by supermajority in the State Legislature. 

September 24th – Save the Date for this year’s Hunger Walk. Get details from 
this eblast eblastsent out recently. 

October 17th – Save the Date for Pisgah Legal Services’ 13th Annual Justice Forum with Mathew Desmond.