Summer Vespers: Beauty That Moves You

Join us for Summer Vespers, July 1st at 6:30 PM led by Michelle and Steve Reines. Our summer theme is “Art that moves you.” They will share poetry and music that inspires them and grounds them during this time of physical distancing. Watch for your Vespers email for the zoom link. Contact Rev. Claudia if you would like to share art that moves you at a future Vespers. 

General Assembly: No Vespers June 24

There will be no Vespers June 24. Go to uua.org/ga to see what’s happening at General Assembly this week. General Assembly invites UUs from all over the country and abroad to gather virtually to learn and do the work of the association. Join us for vespers again on July 1 as we continue with our summer theme “Beauty that Moves Me.” Michelle Reines will be our Vespers leader. See you then!

Orange bug chomping on a green leaf.

Summer Vespers: Beauty That Moves You

Vespers & Program next week, June 17
Join us June 17 at 6:30 PM  as Vespers leader John Bloomer shares a poetry reflection as part of our summer Vespers focus “ Beauty that moves you.” The summer Vespers theme is an invitation to share art, music, poetry or dance that inspires you or makes you smile. Contact Rev. Claudia if you would like to share art that moves you at a future Vespers. 

After Vespers Program:  TED Talk  Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers by Steven Pinker, 18 minute video followed by open discussion (break out groups if needed).

Summer Vespers Begins June 3, 6:30 PM

Mindfulness for All Ages
Our first Summer Vespers will be hosted by the Martin family: Anna, Langdon, Eliza, and Lucille. We will be thinking about mindfulness. How do you stay grounded and present in these challenging times? Look for the ZOOM link in the Worship eNews, Monday, June 1. Vespers will continue into the summer. Please contact Rev. Claudia if you would like to facilitate a future Vespers. 

Photo: Melissa Askew, Unsplash.com

Animal Blessing Vespers May 27, 6:30PM

Our first Animal Blessings ZOOM Vespers will be at 6:30 PM, May 27. Mary Ann Somervill.

will be our Vespers leader in partnership with co-host Rev Claudia. We look forward to meeting your pets. We are aware that new pets have been welcomed into some UUCA homes, and we look froward to meeting them. If you would like to remember a beloved pet that has died, you are welcome to share a picture with the group. See you at Vespers!

Vespers will continue during the summer.Yeah! Our focus will be “Art & Spirituality.” Vespers leaders will be invited to share and reflect on art that inspires them. It may be original or not, and can include music, poetry, painting, dance or other artistic expression.
Contact Rev Claudia if you are interested in participating at faithdev@uuasheville.org

Earth Community Circle to Host Vespers at 6:30 PM and a Forum at 7:00 PM May 20

Earth Community Circle will host Vespers inviting us to reflect on our 7th principal and the call to care for our planet and each other.  Vespers will be followed by a forum at 7:00 pm with Climate Citizens Lobby and Sierra Club discussing EICDA- Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Join us! Zoom link will be available in the Worship e-News, Monday May 18.

An Animal Blessings ZOOM Vespers will be offered May 27, 6:30pm co-hosted by Mary Ann Somerville.

 And, contact Rev. Claudia if you would like to facilitate a future Vespers or have ideas for Summer Vespers…what can that be like?

Join us for Wednesday Vespers!

This week’s Vespers will be hosted by Lead Minister Rev. Mark Ward. Join us at 6:30 PM, May 13. We will be exploring further our monthly theme of Thresholds. What thresholds have you crossed, and how have they changed you? Zoom link available in the e-News.

Mark your calendars…

May 20 Earth Community Circle hosts Vespers followed by a forum with Climate Citizens Lobby and Sierra Club discussing EICDA- Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act

May 27 Animal Blessing Service… we look forward to meeting your furry friends (or feathery, etc.)

And, we welcome your ideas for what Summer Vespers could be like. Share your thoughts with Rev Claudia faithdev@uuasheville.org

 

Wed Thing Vespers Continue Though May 27

Zoom Vespers Wednesday May 6 at 6:30 will be hosted by Rev. Claudia. Our May theme is Thresholds. We will be using a beautiful children’s book “The Day You Begin” by Jacqueline Woodson to explore life’s transitions. All ages welcome.

Mark your calendars, an Animal Blessings Vespers will be offered May 27 co-hosted by Mary Ann Somerville.

Earth Day Zoom Vespers, April 22, 6:30pm

Vespers on April 22, Earth Day, will be hosted by Rev Claudia and John Bloomer. All Ages Welcome. Meeting link will be provided in the Worship e-News. Be on the lookout! And, contact Rev Claudia if you would like to facilitate a future Vespers. We have openings for the month of May. One of the Vespers will be an Animal Blessing Vespers so we can meet your beloved pets. We know some of you have taken in new pets during this time. We’d love to meet them!

ALL AGES Wednesday Thing Zoom Vespers: April 8

Wednesday Thing Vespers, April 8, 6:30 pm will be hosted by Nancy Bragg and EJ Haack. Participants of all ages will explore spring as a time of liberation, being free, hopeful, and nurturing new life. It is especially self-nurturing to do this now, within the current context of our collective struggle. Be ready to move your body and draw – so have a blank piece of paper and pencils, markers or crayons ready! We will interact in small groups of 4 or 5.  Zoom link will be in the Worship e-news.

 

Wednesday Thing Vespers Live at 6:30pm

Live Wednesday Thing Vespers this Week
Join Rev. Claudia and MaryAnn Sommervill for a midweek time of reflection and connection during a live Wednesday Thing Zoom Vespers at 6:30 PM. There will be a time for breakout groups and conversation. If you have a chalice have it with you so we can light our chalices together. If you are interested in being a reader, helping craft future Vespers, or have questions about using Zoom, please contact Rev. Claudia.
 

Here’s your Wednesday Thing Vespers Zoom Link:

https://zoom.us/j/521307658
Meeting ID: 521 307 658

If this is your first Zoom meeting, the link will prompt you to download and run the Zoom software; then connect you to the meeting.  Click “Join Audio Conference by Computer.” This one minute video shows you what to do: https://www.youtube.com/embed/vFhAEoCF7jg?rel=0&autoplay=1&cc_load_policy=1  


If you want to call in instead of using a computer, dial (253) 215-8782 or (301) 715-8592.  Enter Meeting ID  521 307 658 when prompted.

If you want additional information, go to the Zoom help page at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697.

Wednesday Thing, March 4

No meal will be provided, but we still have great programming!

Vespers: Begins at 6:30pm and programming begins at 7 pm. Programs: Multigen – Fibre Friends (Sandburg Hall); General Assembly Information with Kim Collins (RE4); Creating Your Own Memorial with Rev. Mark Ward (Sanctuary).

Please Note: We will not be offering dinner as part of The Wednesday Thing in the month of March but folks are welcome to bring their own food and share a meal together in Sandburg Hall. Vespers will still begin at 6:30 and programs at 7:00.


Coming Soon at The Wednesday Thing
March 4: Create Your Own Memorial w/ Rev. Mark Ward How we hope to be remembered at our deaths is not the first thing on most of our minds. But for those left behind, it can be a great comfort to know what our wishes are. Lead Minister Rev. Mark Ward and Pastoral Visitors will lead a workshop on how to plan for a memorial service and other arrangements at or near our deaths.  

March 4: General Assembly Information Session w/ Kim Collins Come find out more about the UUA General Assembly happening this year in Providence, Rhode Island in June. Have questions about GA? Interested in serving as a UUCA delegate? Join us!


March 11: Cultural Competency Talk w/ Members of the UUCA Board Come talk with members of the board about the Intercultural Development Inventory, the continuum of cultural competence, and ways we can use these big words to ponder the possibilities of widening our welcome to those who step through our doors!

March 25: Hidden History of Asheville Some of Asheville’s racial history is hidden away, and some of it is hidden in plain sight. Patton, Vance, Merrimon, and Dickson. Who were the people behind the names? Join local educator, Betts Conti, in a discussion about how we as a community are affected by who and what we choose to remember. Middle school youth, high school youth, and adults will find this program fascinating and informative.

Wednesday Thing February 26

Dinner–Vespers–Great Programs! Be Sure to RSVP by 10am Tuesday Morning, February 25
Dinner is at 5:45pm
Suggested donation for dinner is $10 per person, $20 per family or pay as you are able. Vespers by The Reines Family, begins at 6:30pm and programming begins at 7 pm. Programs: Multigen – Black History Month Trivia with Brett Johnson (SH); Minister Transition Talk with the Board (S). Childcare will be provided in RE Commons. Dinner is pizza and salad from Del Vecchios.

RSVP for dinner here

Black History Trivia!
Come celebrate Black History Month with a fun, interactive, and educational multimedia trivia challenge! Don’t worry if you don’t know much…we’ll divide into teams, learn, and have fun. Led by Brett Johnson in Sandburg Hall.

Please Note: We will not be offering dinner as part of The Wednesday Thing in the month of March. Folks are still welcome to bring their own food and share a meal together in Sandburg Hall. Vespers will still begin at 6:30.

Wednesday Thing, February 19

Dinner–Vespers–Great Programs! Be Sure to RSVP by 10am Tuesday Morning, February 18
Dinner is at 5:45pm Suggested donation for dinner is $10 per person, $20 per family or pay as you are able. 

Vespers with Rev. Claudia begins at 6:30pm. Programs begin at 7pm: Multigen –Drumming with Will Jernigan; Cultural Competencies Conversations with UUCA board Pres. Ryan Williams; WWII and the Flaming Chalice-Learn how WWII gave birth to the Unitarian Service Committee (USC), Sharps’ War and the flaming chalice logo. Dinner is soup and salad from Loretta’s Cafe.

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Wednesday Thing, February 5

Dinner–Vespers–Great Programs! Be Sure to RSVP by 10am Tuesday Morning, February 4
Dinner is at 5:45pm

Suggested donation for dinner is $10 per person, $20 per family or pay as you are able. Vespers with Elizabeth Schell begins at 6:30pm. Programs begin at 7pm: Storytelling with David Novak (SH), Green Sanctuary Re-accreditation Kick Off (Sanctuary) Dinner is soup and salad from Loretta’s Cafe.

Master Storyteller David Novak Presents: String Stories
Join UU storyteller, David Novak, for a telling experience. We will tell stories with shoestrings and string figures inspired by oral traditions. David is a remarkable speaker who brings stories to life and engages audiences of all ages.  You won’t want to miss this!  And you have to pay a lot of money to see him anywhere else!

Green Sanctuary Re-Accreditation Kick-Off Program
Come learn about the 5 Action Plans we have identified (Earth Awareness Landscape, Religious Education, Net Zero Campus, Alternative forms of Transportation to reduce our carbon footprint, & Environmental Justice).  Help us brainstorm and fine-tune our plan!  Where can your talents fit in to help?  FMI contact Wink Zachritz.

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The Wednesday Thing, January 29

Dinner–Vespers–Great Programs! Be Sure to RSVP by 10am Tuesday Morning, January 28
Dinner is at 5:45pm
Suggested donation for dinner is $10 per person, $20 per family or pay as you are able. Vespers begins at 6:30pm. Programs begin at 7pm: Multigen Fibre Friends (SH), Odyssey (Sanctuary), UU the Vote (RE 4) Dinner is soup and salad from Loretta’s Cafe.

RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd5lx3i4Y9lGYa018ECn2x0k-pe4VIyYYtLzoY8OTVlH_YMmA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Wednesday Thing January 22

Dinner–Vespers–Great Programs! Be Sure to RSVP by 10am Tuesday Morning, January 14


January 15 Dinner is at 5:45pm.
Suggested donation for dinner is $10 per person, $20 per family or pay as you are able. Vespers: Led by Elizabeth Schell, begins at 6:30pm. Programs begin at 7pm: Multigen Dance with Lisa Zahiya (SH), TED Talks with Noel Yovovich (Sanctuary) Dinner is pizza and salad from Delvecchios. RSVP for dinner here.

Wednesday Thing January 15

Dinner–Vespers–Great Programs! Be Sure to RSVP by 10am Tuesday Morning, January 14


January 15 Dinner is at 5:45pm.
Suggested donation for dinner is $10 per person, $20 per family or pay as you are able. Vespers: Led by Rev. Mark, begins at 6:30pm. Programs begin at 7pm: Multigen Banner Making for MLK Jr. March (SH), Intercultural Development Inventory with Ryan Williams (Sanctuary) Dinner is soup and salad from Loretta’s Cafe. RSVP for dinner here.

Next Wednesday Thing, January 15

Dinner–Vespers–Great Programs!

Be Sure to RSVP by 10am Tuesday morning, January 14
Dinner is at 5:45pm

Suggested donation for dinner is $10 per person, $20 per family or pay as you are able. Vespers at 6:30: Led by Rev. Mark Ward. Programs at 7pm: Intercultural Development Inventory program with Board; UU Journeys (for newcomers); Multigen: Banner making for MLK, Jr. Day March. Dinner is soup and salad from Loretta’s Cafe.

Get all the details on The Wednesday Thing Page.

Next Wednesday Thing, January 8

Dinner–Vespers–Great Programs!

Be Sure to RSVP by 10am Tuesday morning, January 7
Dinner at 5:45pm; Vespers at 6:30; Programs at 7

Suggested donation for dinner is $10 per person, $20 per family or pay as you are able.  Dinner is soup and salad from Loretta’s Cafe.

Vespers: Led by Rev. Claudia begins at 6:30pm. 

Programs begin at 7pm: Multigen Spiritual Practice- Being Fair or Just – UUCA value of Justice (SH); Peacemakers-(21 Ed); Parents Supporting Parents-(23 Ed). 

Get all the details on The Wednesday Thing Page.

The Wednesday Thing – LAST ONE OF THE YEAR!

LAST ONE OF THE YEAR! 

Dinner–Vespers–Great Programs!

Be Sure to RSVP by 10am Tuesday Morning, December 17
December 18 Dinner is at 5:45pm

Suggested donation for dinner is $10 per person, $20 per family or pay as you are able. Vespers: Led by Blue ridge Spirits CUUPS celebrating Yule, begins at 6:30pm. Programs begin at 7pm: Pageant Rehearsal – no experience necessary! We still need people, wise or not! (S) Dinner is soup and salad from Loretta’s Cafe.

Mid-week multigenerational gathering for food, fellowship and fun; spiritual growth and community.

Get all the details on The Wednesday Thing Page.