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UUCA WEEKLY for 12 - Deadline is July 1 at 5 pm

Please use this form to submit your announcements. Please note that we are not taking requests for inserts during this time. 

Project Phoenix Straw Voting Results

As shared at the June 30 Board Donuts & Discussion, a total of 220 straw votes were cast for the five options outlined for UUCA's space needs. 87 votes were cast via an online survey and 133 votes were cast as dots on the option posters in UUCA's reception area. 

As a reminder:
Option 1: sell 2650 North Druid Hills and search for other property.
Option 2: do the minimum work required to meet code and move into 2650 NDH.
Option 3: do additional work at 2650 NDH and keep the sanctuary building.
Option 4: do additional work at 2650 NDH, demolish the existing sanctuary building and build a new sanctuary and additional space. 
Option 5: demolish both 2650 NDH buildings and design/build from scratch.

Option 4 received 61% of the votes.
Option 3 received 21%.
Option 2 received 10%.
Options 1 and 5 each received 5% or less of the votes. 

With 82% of the votes for Option 4 and Option 3, participants in this straw vote process expressed a clear desire to pursue an aspirational path for UUCA's new home. 

2650 North Druid Hills Charette (Design Visioning Meeting)
On July 2 twenty UUCA congregants and staff spent four hours with our architects, Collins Cooper Carusi, to envision how new space at 2650 North Druid Hills under Design Option 4 might be used. CCC will use the collective information to further develop Option 4 as part of the Financial Feasibility Study with Coxe Curry. Many thanks to religious education representatives (June Lester, Jane Mengel), audio visual and performing arts representatives (Michael Dangerfield, Mria Dangerfield), social justice outreach representative (Natalie Snedden), board leaders (President Christian Harden, President-Elect Jennifer Thilo), board members (Jen Bain, Sharon Glass, Jon Johnson, John Duggar), Project Phoenix design team members (Pam Kilmer, Bill Mengel, Hoke Smith, Carl Pelizza, Carol Ann Arvan), Project Phoenix Steering Team Co-Leads (Dave Spierman, DeAnn Peterson), Rev. Taryn Strauss and Office Administrator Travis Vaughn for contributing their time and talent to this intense exercise in sharing and collaboration. 

Dance it Out at UUCA
Wednesday, July 17
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Are you stressed? Spiritually drained? Frustrated with those news headlines?
You're invited to Dance it Out at UUCA! This one-hour all-ages dance party is all about shaking your booty to relieve your stress. The rules are simple: Show up. Meet new friends and say hey to the old. Dance. Head home.

Dance it Out at UUCA
Wednesday, July 17
7:00: Arrive and chat.
7:30-8:30: Dance! 
8:31: Good night till next time.
Minimal snacks and La Croix will be provided. BYO any other libation.
Questions? Comments? Email Kate Sweeney at
Help the Homeless dinner at Clifton Ministries
July 30th at 5:45pm at Clifton Ministries Shelter

Join us in serving the guests at Clifton Ministries shelter by either contributing food or serving dinner there. Please remember, when you sign up, we are RELYING on you so if your plans change, let us know ASAP. Thank you so much for your continued support!
Contact Natalie Snedden.

Women Empowered July Meeting

July 27, Saturday, 10:00 am in Social Hall
Come hear about the exciting plans for the new year that you won't want to miss. Also, if you've heard about chair yoga but don't know what it is, Nina West will be leading and teaching us in this fun activity that anyone can do.

Backpack and School Supply Drive

Month of July
Help students at John Lewis Elementary School start off the year with new school supplies! The Principal has requested the following supplies: new school bags, hand sanitizer, notebooks, paper towels, binders, Clorox wipes, binders, folders, pencils & pens. 

Please drop off supplies in the bin in the Social Hall on Sundays and at the Front Desk Monday-Friday. 

Dave Soleil performs at the UUCA Coffeehouse

Saturday, July 27 at 7:30pm

Known for his signature guitar that says, “This Machine Destroys Hate,” Dave Soleil is a folk singer/songwriter writing music to change our world. From inspirational songs to the cold hard truth, his music gets compared to musicians from Ani DiFranco to Woody Guthrie. He has performed at numerous venues from the "Power To The Polls" Women's March Anniversary in Atlanta to street corner protests to political house parties. Poignant, strong and unapologetic, Dave Soleil brings resistance music to life for a new generation. 

Music starts at 7:30p, with an Open Mic between sets. Sign-up for Open Mic when doors open at 7pm. 

Suggested donation for Admission is $10, but no one will be turned away. 

Presented by UUCA Performing Arts Coordinating Team (PACT)

For more information on the artist visit


Inquirers from 11:30 – 12:30 in Room 1, topic this week is Worship and Liturgical year.  

Sunday RE

Turning Points in UU History 
Turning Points in UU History from 11:30 - 12:30 in the Sanctuary.

Starting July 7, join us for Turning Points in UU History, a six-session exploration of turning points and controversies in our history that will delve into the complexities of these historical moments, how they shaped Unitarian Universalism, and how they relate to our faith today. Each session will reflect on the sides involved in the controversy, putting participants in the shoes of those who lived through it. While there is some overlap in content between this series and other UU history sessions Adult RE has offered, Turning Points in UU History will take historical understanding to a deeper level to the moments when we struggled to define who we are as a movement. The series will be led by Jim Kelley assisted by Frank Casper and Kim Green, all long-time UUCA members.

Read More.
There are no Community Classes scheduled for the week of 7/7/19.

Looking Ahead:

Month of Meditation
Thursday, July 11, 10-11am in the Social Hall

In this meditation series we will learn a basic seated meditation practice with a different focus each week. Seated meditation will be either in chairs or on the floor, depending on individual
preferences and abilities. In addition to the one hour weekly class, participants will be asked to commit to a regular daily practice at home of 15 minutes per day and encouraged to keep a meditation journal. 

Anyone who is interested in beginning/establishing a meditation practice or who has an ongoing practice will be welcome.
Attend as many sessions as you are able.

To register, please send an email to Nina West c/o
Our Caring Community

Lay Minister on call beginning July 7 is David Hanna.

Please keep Julie Weisberg and Howard Rees in your hearts.   Julie and Howard are in Atlanta visiting Julie’s mother who is currently at  Emory Decatur Hospital  and soon to be transferred to hospice.

Please keep Gordon Love in your thoughts, wishing him a speedy recovery after his surgery on July 3rd. Cards  are welcome.

This Sunday's offering will go to UUCA. If you are unable to attend Sunday's service, you can make a gift by texting "UUCA" and the dollar amount you would like to give to 73256. Remember to select GATP, Pledge, or Contribution in the drop down menu.

NOW HIRING! Share the job postings widely!

We're Hiring for 2 Positions: DLRE and Children and Youth Music Director

We are hiring a DLRE - Director of Lifespan Religious Education, and a Children & Youth Music Director. Here are the links:
Job Posting for DLRE - Director of Lifespan Religious Education:

Job Posting for Children & Youth Music Director:

Please share with experienced educators in your communities.

Ens & Outs July 4th Celebration with Gwen Bergen

July 4th (Thurs.) downtown Decatur, GA
Join Ens & Outs for an evening picnic, band concert, and fireworks in Decatur. For more information and to SIGN UP contact Gwen at

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Toastmasters Regular meetings cancelled for 6/25 & 7/2
Tuesdays at 7:30 pm in Sanctuary
The Toastmasters meeting on 6/25 is the annual Officers Installation & Social at a local restaurant, and the 7/2 meeting is Executive Committee Only Meeting (room location TBD). Regular meetings resume on 7/9. 
If you'd like to donate flowers on Sunday, please sign up using this form or sign up in the Sanctuary. 
Upcoming Sermons
Sermon Series

Sunday, July 7
Rev. Mykal Slack
Minster for Worship and Spiritual Care of BLUU

Sunday, July 14
"A Feminist Fandom"
Rev. Marti Keller

Sunday, July 21
Gerald Robison

Sunday, July 28
Whitney Young Jr. Society

Sunday, August 4
Annual Lay Minster Service

Sunday, August 11
Rev. Taryn Strauss

Sunday, August 18
9:30 am & 11:00 am

Check out announcements, past sermons, and events at other local UU Congregations. 

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Meetings & Events
Microagressions and Microsolidarities at Emory 
July 9

Month of Meditation 
July 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Turning points in UU History
July 14, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Help the Homeless Dinner at Clifton Ministries
July 30, 5:45 pm
Rev. Taryn Strauss
Acting Senior Minister

Nicole Pressley
Director of Communications

Next Gen: No June party, come in July! 

Due to a conflict with Rev. Makar's Goodbye/Good Wishes Celebration on Saturday, June 15, there is no Next Gen UU Party for June. Please make plans to attend our Next Gen party on July 20 at 7:30. Join our mailing list ( for all the details. 

UUCA Pastoral Care

UUCA is a loving community that provides support and care for each other through both the best and the most difficult of times. For pastoral care needs or assistance, call the UUCA Pastoral Care line at 404-634-5130 or e-mail and you will be contacted by our lay minister of the week or another member of our pastoral care lay ministry team.
 If you would like to submit an item for UUCA WEEKLY, please complete the Event & Announcements Form. 

Submissions for UUCA Weekly are due TUESDAY at 5:00 pm prior to first publication date. Holidays or other circumstances may require earlier submission.

TaiChi Easy Practice & Tutorial

Jul 25, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
In this session we will practice the 5-form and 9-form: sitting, standing and walking. There will be time to concentrate on movement as the group wishes. Bring your questions and insight. For pre-class questions, contact


Aug 15, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

No previous drawing experience is required for this class. All are welcome. This is another class in a periodic series that incorporates some gentle yoga and drawing. Participants learn and experience some gentle yoga as a way to focus and relax as well as to consider how space, both inner and outer, defines us as we define it.

There is a small materials fee to cover the cost of supplies, approximately $4, to be paid on the day of the class. All materials will be provided in the class.

To register contact NINA WEST c/o


Aug 22, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Come join us for a gentle yoga session. The class will accommodate various physical abilities in a chair and/or on the floor. Wear comfortable clothes. Bring a mat if you use one. For information contact: NINA WEST, c/o
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