Justice Ministry Calendar -November

UU Avl & UU Events
Nov 17 –UU Justice NC Friday Action Hour – Living Our Values This Thanksgiving.  Join UU Justice NC this Friday, November 14th at 11:00am fora special Friday Action Hour reflecting on Thanksgiving and exploring resources to help us offer land acknowledgements, prayers/grace at the dinner table, and have meaningful conversations about this holiday. Check e-News for link.

Nov 19 – National Side With Love Worksop: Faith Out Loud – November 19th 4:00 – 5:30 PM. UUA President Rev. Dr. Sofía Betancourt invites us to remember “what symbols, messages, principles, or experiences are most central to our deep understanding of Unitarian Universalism.” During this skill up, we will take time to discuss and practice articulating our theologies of justice-making with faith-centric language that can be used in outreach, public statements, petitions, letters, and more. Register Here

Nov 19 – An invitation from A-RIJAG -Anti-Racism Immigration Justice Action Group:Asheville’s Hidden History: Early Black History and Recent Urban Renewal Impacts.Sunday Nov. 19, 2:00-3:30 pm at Congregation Beth HaTephila. Details.

Nov. 20 –  5 PM, you are also invited and encouraged to join TRANZMISSION, Rev. Audette, and our Asheville community at New Belgium Brewery, 21 Craven Street for an observance of TDOR-  Transgender Day of Remembrance

Nov. 27– Fall Book Study: A Future We Can Love by Susan Bauer-Wu, which was inspired by a conversation between the Dalai Lama and Greta Thunberg. 7:00-8:15 PM. Via Zoom. Contact sunitapatterson@gmail.com for Zoom link. To read: Part 3, Will

Nov. 30 –  Curious Conversations: Bagged lunch series to explore justice themes related to collective liberation and opportunities for action.. Join us in Sandburg Hall from noon- 1PM. Topic: Reparations: What is happening in Asheville?  Facilitator: Rev. Claudia

Looking Ahead
Dec 11
– Fall Book Study: A Future We Can Love by Susan Bauer-Wu, which was inspired by a conversation between the Dalai Lama and Greta Thunberg. 7:00-8:15 PM. Via Zoom. Contact sunitapatterson@gmail.com for Zoom link. To read: Part 4, Action

Community Events & Beyond
Nov 16 – The League of Women Voters is offering “Productive conversations without confrontation”, webinar, 7 pm. Get details and register here

Nov 18 – People’s Power Assembly, 1 – 3 pm, at the YWCA. Get details from this Facebook post

Nov 28 – Pro-Choice NC offers its quarterly (and last for 2023) update report virtually, 12:30 pm. Get details and register here

Nov 29 – Jews United for Democracy and Justice (JUDJ) “Recounting the Power Struggle between Politics, Money, Media, and Tech” with Patti Morrison, former editor of the Washington Post, 8 pm.  Register here.

Nov 30 – World AIDS Day luncheon offered by WNCAP, noon. Get details and register here.

Dec 7 – The Workers’ Circle offers :How Voting Suppression Works Today, and What We Can Do About It”, 7 pm. Get details and reserve your spot here

Dec 7 – Just Economics offers its Annual Celebration, 6 – 9 pm. The celebration is at Asheville Habitat for Humanity at 33 Meadow Rd. This event is free to attend and will include food, drinks, music, a trivia game, and a raffle. 

Dec 9 – The ERA-NC Alliance offers its annual meeting on the status of the ERA, 11 am, virtually. Get details and register here.

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Faith Exploration – November

The Soul Matters November theme is “the gift of generosity.”
Our Soul Matters Groups will be exploring this theme through conversation, art and writing. 

Below is an exercise from this month’s Soul Matters packet:

Tiny Acts of Generosity
A person notices we forgot to bring our bus pass and pays for us before we have to ask. The neighbor shovels our driveway while she does hers. The nurse takes a half hour to sit with us while we wait for the results. It wasn’t her job, and she doesn’t have the time, but she did it anyway. In simple moments like these, the world suddenly feels less cold. Our obstacle course, winner-take-all view of life gives way to something softer. The world feels like a generous place, not a dangerous place. Our whole world-view shifts. All because of a
tiny gift of generosity. Has this ever happened to you? Explore your answer with a friend.

Opportunities for Connection: Soul matters groups are recruiting participants through December.  Interested?  Sign up here. 

NEW Offering
Join Rev. Audette any Thursday at 10 am via Zoom for Life, Abundant– a weekly exploration of spirituality, science, poetry, biology & more. Zoom access information on our UUAvl website calendar.

Faith Development Calendar
Nov 1
Dinner 6PM & Vespers 7PM: Celebrating Gratitude & Generosity. Details here.

Nov 2
Curious Conversations: Bagged lunch series to explore justice themes related to collective liberation and opportunities for action. Sandburg Hall; noon- 1PM. Topic: Indigenous land acknowledgements
Facilitator: Rev. Claudia

Nov 5
UU Sangha, 1st Sunday Meditation Circle; 10-10:30AM; 23 Edwin, Parlor

Nov 13
Adult Faith Exploration  Planning Team, 4 PM via Zoom, Contact Rev. Claudia for link, faithdev@uuasheville.org. Visitors welcome.

Nov 14
UU Buddhist Sangha, 7:30-9:00 PM, Sanctuary

Nov 28
UU Buddhist Sangha, 7:30-9:00 PM, Sanctuary

Nov 30

Curious Conversations: Bagged lunch series to explore justice themes related to collective liberation and opportunities for action. Sandburg Hall; noon- 1PM. Topic: Reparations; Facilitator: Rev. Claudia

Save the Date
Dec 3
Small Groups Facilitator Meet-Up, 12:30-1:30 PM, SH

Dec 6 Dinner 6PM & Vespers 7PM:

May 5 Small Groups Facilitator Meet-Up, 12:30-1:30 PM, SH

Spiritual Deepening Groups
Life Abundant –
Join Rev. Audette any Thursday at 10 am via Zoom forLife, Abundant – a weekly exploration of spirituality, science, poetry, biology & more. Zoom access information on our UUAvl website calendar.
Covenant of UU Pagans – CUUPS.
Contact: Sherry Lundquist sherry_lundquist@yahoo.com
Buddhist Sanhga – meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:30 pm in Sandburg Hall; Contact: Sequoyah Rich sequoyahrich333@gmail.com, or Stef Garvin stef@giftsintogold.com.
Soul Matters Groups – Conversation Groups, UU Writers Group and Creativity Matters group explore monthly themes Sept.- June.  Contact: Rev. Claudia faithdev@uuasheville.org

Justice Ministry Film Night – Nov. 3

Justice Ministry Film Night: TOWN DESTROYER 
Nov. 3rd, 7 PM, In person & via Zoom.
This film explores the ways we look at art and history at a time of racial reckoning. The story focuses on a dispute over historic murals depicting the life of George Washington: slaveowner, general, land speculator, President, and a man Seneca leaders called “Town Destroyer” after he ordered their villages destroyed during the Revolutionary War. The film addresses current debates over trauma, student safety, and cancel culture. More details here.

    Variety is the Pumpkin Spice

    It’s a little after 7pm on Saturday night at The Mountain during the annual UU Asheville Retreat.  

    The ~100 attendees are gathered for the highly anticipated Variety Show. The show that was formerly known as the Talent Show, but rebranded so as nobody forgets it’s all about fun and that talent is optional. Mars and Ranier kick things off with announcements of the costume contest winners, and the bar is instantly set very high.  

    I’m doing good to remember to bring extra socks to The Mountain. Somehow these amazing folks of all ages manage to do that and show up with award-worthy costumes. You’ll just have to see for yourself, some I can’t remember the official costume names. But I can tell you there was an Old Man, a Butterfly & Catcher duo, a Nerd, and possibly a Piglet in the mix. Not pictured but important to note, the creativity extended to Chalice Woman (defending UU principles one slip of paper at a time), Cat-in-Hat, the Mario World family, and many more.  

           

             

    And that was just the first 5 minutes. Then the acts began! What a wonderful display of creativity, courage, and charisma. We had an orange-throwing song. We had a long-form entomological joke. We had singalong Harry Belafonte, Scottish dancing, devil sticks, some amazing fiddle playing, several fantastic songs, Mary helping Will with a potential medical ailment, and an all-kids original skit about empathy in the animal kingdom. And much more.

       

        

     

    Then Eliza and Nicole graced us with a song that was most befitting to sum up years of friendship, community building and joy at The Mountain:

    Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up.

    That’s right friends, the UU Asheville Mountain Retreat got rick-rolled.  

     

     

     

    Might I mention our youngest Variety Show participant? Orion brought down the house with some epic breakdancing to the Ghostbusters soundtrack theme song. 

    I have been to the mountain top, and I have seen joy in our UU community. It gives me joy to carry forward to others. And I hope you find that needed Variety wherever you are and in whatever’s happening your life right now.

    – Will Jernigan, UU Asheville Board of Trustees

     

     

     

    Mountain Highlights

    A group of 11 people gathered on a deck overlooking an expansive mountain range. Some people are holding musical instruments, some are wearing costumes. Last weekend, our family and an additional 100+ members from UU Asheville spent the weekend at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, NC situated atop 4,200 foot tall Little Scaly Mountain. The weekend was highlighted by wonderful music, amazing workshops, delicious meals, and a healthy dose of humor at the talent show all set amid centuries old white oak trees. Organizers Anna and Sandra were so organized they even found eclipse glasses!

    Some of the workshop highlights of recent years have been pumpkin carving with the Ramson family and a fast-paced game of capture the flag with Will and Ryan. The Ransom family’s ability to carve a pumpkin and teach others cannot be understated. This year was no exception: from an intricate Jimmy Hendrix to a cat perched atop a crescent moon to the classic vomiting pumpkin, all were welcome. The weather cooperated beautifully Saturday morning giving way to afternoon sunshine on the field for a multigenerational and intense game of capture the flag at the bottom of the mountain. Workshops were also rich in the arts including great sessions for kids and adults, so thank you to those leaders!

    Another highlight for parents was high quality childcare with Via and Tory allowing parents to take a well-deserved break. Via’s presence is a breath of fresh mountain air as she actively seeks engagement with children as opposed to my fatigued periodic assessment of my own child’s safety. Our 4-year-old daughter also approved of Via’s care: on Monday morning, she asked if I could please drop her off at church so she could go downstairs to play with Via. I explained it was a school day. She asked to go to church on Sunday adding, “Can you please show me where the stairs are? Because I don’t know how to get to Via.” Well done and thank you.

    In the foreground are the leaves of a tree that have turned red in the early fall. Beyond that is a sunrise through fog over NC mountains.

    UU Asheville has been coming to the Mountain for over a decade with many members of our congregation having been there during the formative years. Founded in 1979, longtime members of our congregation Larry and Nancy Wheeler were some of the first staff members in the early 1980s. When the Mountain’s financial troubles seemed insurmountable decades later, Larry helped execute a plan working with the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust permanently protecting both the Mountain’s future as a UU camp and conference center and the fragile ecosystem from future development. For their service and vision, we are eternally grateful.

    – Adam Griffith, UU Asheville Board Vice President