Celebrating Our Work Together! Dinner 6PM, Vespers 7PM

Celebrating Our Work Together! Dinner 6PM, Vespers 7PM

Rev. Claudia invites us to celebrate our
accomplishments in this final Vespers of the congregational year. 
Join in for food & fellowship at 6:00 PM;
Vespers 7:00 PM – Guest Musician Steve Lapointe. 

And, wear your dancing shoes! 
There will be a short salsa dance class at 7:40PM in the sanctuary so you are prepared to dance during Vespers. And of course just enjoying the music is fine, too.
Please RSVP https://forms.gle/gRdFxQDFTH4nM9Ep8 


Justice Ministry Calendar – April

UU Avl & UU Justice Events
April 12 – UU Justice NC’s Friday Action Hour –  11:00 AM every Friday Sign up for the Zoom link & weekly Friday Action Hour promo email here.

April 10 -Interfaith Organizing to Get Out the Vote – Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, Congregation Beth HaTephila and Carolina Jews for Justice discuss ways to expand voter registration, education, and turnout in the November general elections, in person, 4 – 6 pm. Get details and register here.

April 12 – Justice Ministry Film Night  “The Smell of Money” 7 PM, Sandburg Hall (in person only), Details here

April 13 –  Clothing Swap to support Reproductive Justice. How it works:
1.Buy a ticket! (avlclothingswap.com)
2.Drop off clean clothing/shoes before April 13 at The Regeneration Station (Clothing should be in good, clean condition. Bring 1-20+ items: Adult clothing and shoes only)
3. Come to shop the swap and raise money for reproductive justice: Saturday, April 13, 1-4 pm, The Regeneration Station
Follow us on instagram! @avlclothingswap

Community Events & Beyond
April 11 – A More Perfect Union offers “Election 2024: What We Can Do Together” 2 pm. Get details and register here

April 11 – The Workers Circle and the Center for Common Ground offer “How to Be An Effective Advocate, 7 pm. Get details and register here

April 17 – You Can Vote Virtual Kickoff, 6 pm. Get details and register here

April 17 – “No News is Bad News” forum with representatives from 5 local media, in person, 6:30 pm, in the Ferguson Auditorium, AB Tech. Get details and register here

April 24 – VoterRiders webinar to review the voter ID laws in NC and all the ways VoteRiders is available to help, 11 am. Register here.

April 25 – This is the date for this year’s “Dining Out for Life” to support the WNC AIDS Project. Get details about this important fundraiser for WNCAP here. Learn about being an Ambassador at one of the many participating restaurants here.

April 28- May 3 – Climate Justice Summit, The Mountain UU Retreat Center. Throughout the week we will engage in conversations about global climate change and pragmatic responses — individually, regionally, and globally. With musician Joe Jencks.

Justice Ministry Calendar – March

UU Avl & UU Justice Events

March 8 – UU Justice NC’s Friday Action Hour –  11:00 AM. Understanding the Forces of White Christian Nationalism – This Friday, we will watch and discuss the recent Laura Flanders Show episode examining the “toxic brew of patriarchal White Nationalism and messianic faith” with the creators of the new documentary, “God & Country”. Join us for this important gathering that will help us become more skilled in recognizing and combatting white christian nationalism in our communities, and during the 2024 Election. Sign up for the Zoom link & weekly Friday Action Hour promo email here.

March 6– Reproductive Justice Vespers. Details & RSVP

March 8 – Justice Ministry Film Night: Union Maids, 7PM Sandburg Hall; Zoom option, Contact Charlie Wussow at mnpopi@icloud.com. Check out the trailer and find more details here

March 12 – Justice Ministry Council,
Monthly meeting; 6:00-7:15 PM, Sandburg Hall. All are welcome. 

March 14 – Revs. Audette & Claudia will host a “UU the Vote Launch” watch party. 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET We enter the work of UU the Vote 2024 grounded in the current political and spiritual conditions of our faith and national community. The work that is needed in 2024 will require us to anchor in our power and connect authentically to mobilize UUs, voters, and our local communities. You’ll learn about the electoral work of State Action Networks (like North Carolina!), their partners in key states, and more! Rev. Lisa Garcia-Sampson, Executive Director of UU Justice Ministry NC will be a featured speaker at this event. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Rev. Claudia faithdev@uuasheville.org

March 20 – Blood Drive @UUAvl. Details here.

March 26 – Reproductive Justice Ministry team meeting. 6:00 PM; RSVP Contact Rev. Claudia faithdev@uuasheville.org

Community Events & Beyond 

March 13 – Lunchtime Webinar: Organizing for Reproductive Freedom. Details here.

March 19 – The NC Justice Center offers its “2024 Legislative Agenda Briefing”, noon. Get details and register here for this virtual event. 

March 23 – Indivisible Asheville WNC offers its monthly canvassing event, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Get details and register here
Planning Ahead
April 13 –  Clothing Swap to support Reproductive Justice. Details TBA.
April 25
 – This is the date for this year’s “Dining Out for Life” to support the WNC AIDS Project. Get details about this important fundraiser for WNCAP here. Learn about being an Ambassador at one of the many participating restaurants here

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Faith Exploration – April

The Soul Matters April theme is “the gift of interdependence.” Our Soul Matters Groups will be exploring this theme through conversation, art and writing. Below are a few questions to consider from this month’s packet.

What aspect of nature did you connect with most meaningfully as a child? A dog? A horse? A tree? The ocean? Lightning bugs? The rain? A path in the woods?

Do you think age impacts the way we care for the interdependent web?
Do you think age impacts the way we connect with the interdependent web?

Has a beloved young person ever altered the way you think about your relationship with nature or the planet?
Do you feel that “sacrifice” has a central role to play in addressing the climate crisis?
When was the last time you became thoroughly absorbed in the curiosity of understanding another creature’s life?

How has the place where you live shaped the way you understand and approach life? And yourself?

Faith Development Calendar
April 7 –  Meditation Circle; Buddhist Sangha; 10:15 AM, RE 6
April 9 –  Buddhist Sangha; 7:30-9:00PM; Sanctuary
April 23 –  Buddhist Sangha; 7:30-9:00PM; Sanctuary
April 25
– An Opportunity for Connection: A Taste of Soul. Curious about the Soul Matters Groups here at UU Avl? Join Rev. Claudia to learn about these groups as you explore this month’s theme: the gifts of equity and justice. In person, April 25, noon-1PM. To register contact Rev. Claudia faithdev@uuasheville.org

April 28 – Small Group Ministries Facilitator Meet-Up, 10:15 AM, 23 Edwin, Parlor
May 1 Dinner, 6:00PM & Vespers, 7:00PM – Celebrating Our Work Together! Final Vespers of the Congregational Year) RSVP


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; 1st Sunday Mediation Circle, 10:15AM.
Contact: Duanne Bigelow duanelbigelow@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 Calendar – February

UU Avl & UU Justice Events
Feb 28 – Join the Reproductive Justice Ministry team to discuss future projects including planning the March 6 Reproductive Justice Vespers; 6:30 PM; 23 Edwin, Parlor. Questions? Contact Rev. Claudia faithdev@uuasheville.org

UU Justice NC’s Friday Action Hour – Every Friday, 11:00 AM. Join via this Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/91029655107 and sign up for the weekly Friday Action Hour promo email here.

February Project: UU Animal Ministry AVL Chapter
Our February project is a community drive for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate! Details here. Donations will be collected all four Sundays in February!  Look for the Brother Wolf box in Sandburg Hall.  THANK YOU!

March 6– Reproductive Justice Vespers. Details & RSVP

March 8 – Justice Ministry Film Night: Union Maids, 7PM Sandburg Hall; Zoom option, Contact Charlie Wussow at mnpopi@icloud.com. Check out the trailer and find more details here

March 12 – Justice Ministry Council,
Monthly meeting; 6:00-7:15 PM, Sandburg Hall. All are welcome. 

March 14 – Revs. Audette & Claudia will host a “UU the Vote Launch” watch party. 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET We enter the work of UU the Vote 2024 grounded in the current political and spiritual conditions of our faith and national community. The work that is needed in 2024 will require us to anchor in our power and connect authentically to mobilize UUs, voters, and our local communities. You’ll learn about the electoral work of State Action Networks (like North Carolina!), their partners in key states, and more! Rev. Lisa Garcia-Sampson, Executive Director of UU Justice Ministry NC will be a featured speaker at this event. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Rev. Claudia faithdev@uuasheville.org

March 20 – Blood Drive @UUAvl. Details here.

Community Events & Beyond 

Feb 28 – Common Cause NC and two partners are offering “Advocacy Training”, 6 pm, to monitor the canvass of elections. Get details and register here.  

Planning Ahead
March 2 – Good Trouble WNC is offering a presentation on the upcoming election with Professor Chris Cooper from Western Carolina,3:30 pm, at  UU Asheville. Details and RSVP here.

March 2
 – Save the Date for the “Moral March on Raleigh” from the NC Poor People’s Campaign. Get details from this release.

March 11 & 13 – The YWCA is offering a 2-part in-person Racial Justice workshop. Get details and how to register here. 

March 19 – The NC Justice Center offers its “2024 Legislative Agenda Briefing”, noon. Get details and register here for this virtual event. 

March 20 – Blood Drive @UUAvl. Details here.

March 23 – Indivisible Asheville WNC offers its monthly canvassing event, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Get details and register here

April 25 – This is the date for this year’s “Dining Out for Life” to support the WNC AIDS Project. Get details about this important fundraiser for WNCAP here. Learn about being an Ambassador at one of the many participating restaurants here