….Midterm Elections Approach!

Save the Date: UU the Vote All Ages Postcard Project- October 9, 9:30AM (Before Service)
We are partnering with 22 UU Congregations in NC to mail, 27,000 postcards to infrequent registered voters of the Global Majority in Cabarrus County. This is one of the three counties that will be pivotal in maintaining abortion access in our state. Thank you to all who have already claimed postcards and to all who will join us October 9. Gracias!!!And as a reminder, please make sure that all postcards are completed and put in the mail no sooner than October 14th and within a few days after that date. 

Moore v. Harper Supreme Court Case – The next major challenge to American democracy comes from North Carolina. Experts say an extreme interpretation of the Constitution by the Supreme Court in North Carolina’s Moore v. Harper redistricting case would make it even easier for state legislatures to suppress the vote, draw gerrymandered election districts, and subvert election results, among other concerns. You may not know that the “Harper” in the case is Becky Harper, a UU from Raleigh! Below are opportunities to learn more about this important case directly from Common Cause NC, a lead plaintiff in the case. 

  • Wednesday, September 28th at 7:30pmon Zoom hosted by the UU Church of Hillsborough. Register here.
  • Friday, October 14th at 11:00amat UU Justice NC’s Friday Action Hour. Zoom Link. 

Carolina Jews & UUs Faith in Action Phonebank in Partnership with the New North Carolina Project Foundation. Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 from September 15th through November 3rd. UU Justice NC is teaming up with Carolina Jews for Justice to co-host this weekly Get Out the Vote phonebank in the run up to the midterm elections. We’ll be calling voters of the Global Majority across North Carolina empowering and equipping them to Vote Love and Defeat Hate. Register Here


Justice Ministry Film Night-Border South

Friday, October 14, 7pm  In person and on Zoom

Mexico and the United States crack down on the trails north, forcing immigrants into more dangerous territory. Told against the backdrop of the North American migrant trail, ‘Border South’ weaves together migrant stories of resilience and survival from different vantage points. The film exposes a global migration system that renders human beings invisible in life as well as death.

“Gut-wrenching intimacy…BORDER SOUTH personifies the statistics of failed U.S. immigration policy.”   Dr. Peter Laufer, Chair, Journalism, University of Oregon

 “Compassionate…Vivid…We receive the message strongly that these are ordinary people expected to do extraordinary things…This is skillful film-making, not to present the migrants as heroes, but just as people with mundane plans and dreams like the rest of us.”

Charlie Phillips, The Guardian

 Note: This film may be viewed in Sandburg Hall OR on Zoom.  Viewers in Sandburg Hall MUST wear masks.  If you intend to view the film on Zoom, send a request for the link to Charlie Wussow by Thursday, October 13th. 

There will be a discussion after the screening of the film                       runtime: 87 minutes

Justice Ministry Film Night       Friday, October 14th, 7 PM
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
One Edwin Place, Asheville, NC 28801
There is no charge for viewing the film             Donations are welcome

Notes from the Garden with Kate

Natives or Not?

Common milkweed Asclepias syriaca

We constantly hear how great native plants are for our landscapes. And this is true. With our sustainable landscape goals, native plants can thrive without human input of fertilizers, pesticides and maintenance. They are often resistant to local pests and have deep root systems that allow them to thrive without additional water as well as reduce runoff and erosion.

Native plants are rarely invasive, meaning they won’t out-compete surrounding vegetation and offer wildlife food and shelter, helping preserve biodiversity and enhance the ecosystem. Most are considered pollinator plants, something we are seriously concerned with in our sustainable landscapes.

That being said, there is also a place for non-natives. While it is a great idea to add natives to your landscape as you add or replace plants, there is certainly no reason to eliminate some of the beautiful plants native to other parts of the world. Unless they are invasive, of course.

As long as we do our research and understand how a plant will behave in the landscape, we can continue to enjoy some of the more exotic-looking plants that we love. For example, common milkweed is a prime butterfly plant. But if put into a typical home landscape, it will spread uncontrollably and can make a mess of the garden.

I, for one, don’t want to give up my hostas or Japanese maples, which are certainly not native. But I will add native Carolina sweetshrub and fothergilla to my landscape. It’s a matter of perspective and knowing your plants.

Purple coneflower  Echinacea purpurea

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.