UUCA Weekly eNews June 7-13
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Changing, Even When It's Hard
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister

We at UUCA rightly take pride in our commitment to social justice. Our principles, our values call us to be advocates for change to make the world more fair, compassionate, and equitable, to disrupt patterns of historic wrong that oppress so many people and endanger the Earth. Yet, nearly always, it seems, the hardest kind of change that we are faced with is not in the world, but in ourselves.
    When you think about it, that’s not surprising, since some of the toughest problems that face us are the result of deeply ingrained practices and thoughts, ways of thinking or doing things that are woven into the fabric of how things seem to work, that we don’t really even think about. Yet, that is precisely why we need to examine them.  Read more....
Staff and board members are taking a breather over the summer.  Blog posts will resume in August.
 For the Week of June 10-16, 2018
For Pastoral Emergencies: 828-771-6279
Building Manager: Bob Roepnack (

Sunday, June 10, 10am Single Service
Anything's Possible
Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper

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This Sunday in Lifespan Religious Education:  All children and youth should attend Time for All Ages with their families. After TfAA, kids and youth can come downstairs for Summer RE. Nursery & Pre-K will operate as usual and children can be signed in before the service or after Time for All Ages. 
Following the Service in Sandburg Hall 
  • Join us for a celebration to Rev. Lisa's ministry with us.
  • Purchase a solar panel (or part of one) at the Earth and Social Justice Ministry table.
  • Drop off your jewelry, scarves and trinket boxes for the New To U fundraiser in the box located on the fireplace hearth.
Honoring Rev. Lisa--It's a PARTY!!!

This will be Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper’s last Sunday in the pulpit. Please join us after the service in Sandburg Hall to celebrate her ministry at UUCA and wish her well as she begins serving as Minister to the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in South Carolina. There will be a Guest Book to sign, as well as a variety of foods and drinks to enjoy. See you there!
Volunteers Needed for New to U Fundraiser 
Monday, June 11, 
3pm (Sandburg Hall)
If you would like to help with the March 2019 sale of jewelry, scarves, and trinket boxes for the benefit of UU, join us. Note: If you would like to volunteer but can’t attend the meeting, please contact Karen Waters.
ASURJ (Asheville's Showing Up For Racial Justice)
Monday, June 11, 6:30-8:30pm (RE C)

See article below, in the Drop-In section of this eNews.
Stitch-In Night and Potluck to Support My Sistah Taught Me That, Tuesday, June 12, 6-8pm (SH)
UUCA will be hosting My Sistah Taught Me That for one of their weekly evening meetings. We'll be providing dinner and program. The "program" will be a presentation about knitting and crochet and will be followed by a big "Stitch In." Elizabeth and Rik Schell are recruiting stitchers from UUCA and their store, Purl's Yarn Emporium, to gather and connect with the girls of My Sistah Taught Me That to teach them some knitting and crocheting skills. All the tools and yarn will be provided (though if you have extra short straight needles and/or crochet hooks you'd like to donate, please be in touch with Elizabeth). If you'd like to help in any way with the evening, including cleanup, setup, preparing food, or helping with the Stitch In, please contact Elizabeth Schell/828-242-5555.
Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy
Book Discussion led by Holly Cunningham
Tuesdays, June 12-July 3, 6-7:
15pm (offsite)
Active Hope, written by Chris Johnstone and Joanna Macy, shows us how to strengthen our capacity to face the current ecological and social crises so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power. Sign up here or by emailing Holly  Drop-ins are also welcome. Location: First Baptist Church CB221, 5 Oak Street, Asheville, 28801.
Peacemakers Potluck: Centering (IV)
Wednesday, June 13, 6pm (SH)

See article below, in the Drop-In section of this eNews.
Donate Jewelry/Scarves/Trinket Boxes for the New To U Sale
Drop your items into the wicker basket at the fireplace in Sandburg Hall any time. Put small jewelry in a bubble envelope or larger jewelry in a clear bag (supplied in the cloth basket). If you know the original price of the item and/or can suggest a selling price range, please write that on a piece of note paper and include the bag.
    NOTE: For items worth more than approx. $40, please email Peter Lourekas to set up a time to meet him at UUCA.
UUCA Ukeleles; A New Women's Reflection Group
Tuesday, June 19, 6-8pm (SH)

The UUCA Ukeleles is a new reflections group open to women and those who identify as women, ages 20-120, to provide time to talk, make friends, be known, laugh and learn to play the ukelele...or not. Ever had that feeling that you don't belong? Yeah, we hear you. Be prepared for free childcare, swearing, non-judgment, silliness, support, resources and going deep - our goal is to meet at least once a month, but more if there is interest. 
    The first meeting is a potluck, so plan to bring a dish to share (future meetings are scheduled for July 10, 31 and August 14--in the fall we will move to the Wednesday Thing). Join our Facebook groupChildcare has been requested, but you must contact Kim to reserve space for your kids. Questions? Contact Kristi Miller.
Wanted: Cozy Chair for RE Library
Thanks to Kristi Miller and Erica Jourdan, RE is almost ready to unveil their new library space!  We would love to have a cozy chair in the room -- it just wouldn't be a good library without a comfy chair!  Do you have a clean, smallish chair (roughly 30 inches wide) to donate?  Ottoman optional.  Would also like to outfit the small room with a clean, like-new throw rug as well.  Please send a photo and measurements of either chair or rug to Jen.
Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Fundraising Results
We conduct several fundraisers for the Operating Fund each year.  The fiscal year ends on June 30, but all of that type of fundraising is finished.  Here are the net profits from each:
  • Annual Auction - $25,630
  • Used Book Sale (now discontinued) - $5,560
  • Equal Exchange Coffee Sales - $770
  • Holiday Craft Fair - $550
  • MANNA Pie Party, UUCA portion - $468
  • Acoustic Journeys, the first 3 concerts ever - $613
Thanks to all the amazing volunteers who have contributed much time and inspiring talent to make these happen.
Tech-Savvy People Needed to Help Congregants!
UUCA has a problem that you can help us with. We need volunteers to visit folks at their homes to help them sign in to REALM if they have not already done so AND then help them set up their new auto-debit information. For you, this task is simple.  For some of our congregants, it is not. We will be changing over to a new auto-debit system in July and we have many people who have not yet made the switch. You can help us help them. To volunteer, contact Linda Topp.
Come and Have Fun This Summer in Religious Education!
We are looking for folks to sign up to lead and assist with summer RE sessions. Have a special craft you'd like to share? Want to have fun outside in the garden? Have a simple cooking or science experiment that would be fun for a group? Right now we are especially in need of assistants for the activities we already have lined up! All you have to do is show up and be a helper--the leader will do the rest.
    We're filling in the schedule now, so email Kim to get your preferred date!
Poetry Sunday, July 29
The theme for this year's Poetry Sunday is "The 'Awe-dacity' of Poetry".
If you would like to participate, please send a poem you would like to read or perform on Poetry Sunday to Sammy Fong with the title, your name, and the name of the poet, (unless you are the author). Two-minute time limit per reader. Please also contact Sammy for questions or more information.
Earth and Social Justice Film Night: The Bail Trap
Friday, June, 15 7pm (SH)

The money bail system is broken: private companies achieve exorbitant profits by scavenging off of communities (primarily of color) living in poverty. Low-income Americans are sitting in jails for days, months, and even years for the most minor of infractions simply because they can’t afford to pay high bond amounts. The reality is that the majority of people – over 70% - are in jails for one simple reason: being too poor.  All the while, private companies are profiting in the billions each year.  This is both morally and legally wrong. Click here for more. Click here for the official trailer.
Let's Talk About Race
Sunday, July 1, 4-6pm, (Offsite: Asheville JCC, Social Hall)

Have you ever thought about how the skin you’re in informs who you are and your walk through the world? Aesthetics provide the first clue to our single stories, but we are all so much more than that. You are invited to this interactive workshop to reflect and explore our multiple identities, unconscious bias and the ways that racism and hatred hurt our humanity. Although it may seem overwhelming, take this first step to come listen, learn and support each other in creating a more socially-just and racially-conscious community. This program will be presented by Anti-Oppression Educator and Consultant, Corrie Wallace. Corrie Wallace is a parent and bilingual educator from Chicago, who also happens to be Black and Jewish. Corrie has led numerous seminars and educational workshops around the United States, focusing on diversity, equity and undoing racism. Co-sponsored by the Asheville JCC, UUCA's Earth & Social Justice Ministry and others.
Liberation Blanket Raffle for My Sistah Taught Me That
Displayed in the Sanctuary is a handmade blanket, knit and crocheted by local stitchers to support the Movement for Black Lives. The blanket is being raffled off to support the awesome work of My Sistah Taught Me That, May's Community Plate recipient. Tickets can be purchased online using the Donate button on the UUCA webpage and selecting Liberation Raffle or at coffee hour. $5/ticket or $20 for 5 tickets. A drawing for the blanket will happen at the June 24 worship service. You do not have to be present to win. Checks can be made out to "UUCA" with "Blanket Raffle" in the memo.  
      Click here to learn more about the Liberation blanket.
Thank You From the Earth Community Circle
The Earth Community Circle Committee would like to thank the congregation for approving the Campus Development project. We are accepting payment of any amount you don't have to purchase an entire panel.) Visit the Earth and Social Justice Ministry table following the service, donate online or text to give (UUAVL 73256) and select Campus Development.
MANNA Volunteer Opportunities for the Summer
Although we do not generally volunteer during the summer months (June-August), if anyone would like to help out during the summer, please let me know. The dates would be June 8, July 13, and August 10. Although I will be away part of that time, I know that MANNA has much fresh produce donated during the summer months, and Leah can certainly use help getting it ready for food banks and other groups that supply food.  Let me know as soon as possible and I will pass your names on to the team at MANNA. Joyce Birkenholz/298-6577.

June Theme: Blessing
Here are some resources for adults to assist you in your own personal journey this month, perhaps opening you to new ways of thinking about what it means to be people of blessing.

The Gentle Art of Blessing: A Simple Practice That Will Transform You and Your World, by Pierre Pradervand (Author)
“Pradervand describes blessing as genuinely wishing the best for another person through seeing their individual worth and honoring them for it... the practice of blessing has the power to create more than just a renewed perspective...explores powerfully simple way of perceiving and shaping our surroundings, showing how blessings can reflect the unconditional love and acceptance that is necessary for world -- and inner -- peace.” – Amazon 

A Wrinkle in Time Book and Movie (PG,10+) 
The blessing of hope and love defeat the darkness. Conversations to have with kids after you read/see it.

CSA as Spiritual Discipline

The blessing and spiritual practice of good, local food at home.

GRATEFUL: A Love Song to the World
  | Empty Hands Music | nimo.feat. daniel nahmod   This may especially appeal to older kids and/or the Hamilton-rap loving audience but has a great message for anyone.

Come Dressed for Play This Summer
Summer RE has lots of opportunities for both art and outdoor play. Please make sure your kids are dressed for both, and don't forget the sunscreen!

Bring a Vase on June 17
Michele Gregory will be leading RE kids in a flower-arranging workshop on Sunday, June 17 and asks that kids who want to participate bring a small vase or glass jar.

Summer Religious Education
Last summer we had several of our young people lead us in fun crafts and activities, like balloon animals, sushi-making, and blacksmithing. We'd love to do that again this year! If your child or youth has a special talent or idea they'd like to share with your help, please email Kim to get on the schedule.
Ships Ahoy! A Leadership Experience for Youth!
October 2018 to March 2019

Youth (ages 15-18) are invited to participate in Ships Ahoy!, an amazing journey into Unitarian Universalism which will prepare them for membership and leadership in congregations and the Association at large.  
This four-module youth leadership experience will be held from October 12, 2018 - March 10, 2019, and includes in-person and online sessions. Learn more and apply today! UUCA scholarships are available.
UU College of Social Justice Registration is Open
The UU College of Social Justice’s mission is to inspire and sustain spiritually centered action for social justice and we know that youth are leaders in this work. If you’re a high school-aged youth interested in deepening your understanding of social justice activism, check out our 2018 Open Enrollment Activate programs!
      This summer we are offering two Activate Youth Justice Trainings:
Activate New Orleans: Racial Justice & Beloved Community – July 15-22nd
Activate Tucson: Sanctuary, Solidarity & Immigration Justice – August 5-12th
     Registrations are due by May 31st and generous financial aid is still available! Youth can sign up now.
Great Programs at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center
The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center is just two hours' drive (more or less) from here. They have many great programs for folks of all ages. Click on the name to learn more about any of these:
MountainCamps 2018, June 10 - 21
Intergenerational Family Camp, July 22- 27
SUUSI in Cullowhee, July 15-21
Registration Open

SUUSI is the Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute,  an intentional community of UUs and kindred spirits. For over 65 years we have come together for a week in July to explore our interconnectedness, delight in the outdoors, enjoy music and learn new ways of seeing our world and each other.  Here's the catalog for the week's activities. 

Show Up For Racial Justice (ASURJ)
Every Monday, 
6:30pm (RE C)
Join us for an exploration of challenging situations and conversations around race and confronting white supremacy. Roleplay and explore ways to address these issues in your personal, family, and work life. Safe, but not necessarily comfortable space for going deeper. Collection taken weekly to support monthly accountability partner.FMI: Elizabeth Schell.

1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 
7pm (S)
Open to all who love to sing.

UUCA Buddhist Fellowship
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7pm (S)

Come early, doors locked at 7pm to begin meditation.

2nd Wednesdays, 6-8pm (SH) 
During the summer months, while The Wednesday Thing is on vacation, Peacemakers returns to its traditional potluck format. So bring some food to share as we share our thoughts about Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry. This month we are reading pages 127-184. The essays are relatively independent, so please feel free even if this is your first time.
   Peacemakers is open to all. We gather in Sandburg Hall from 6-6:15pm and potluck from 6:15-6:45pm. Discussion takes place 6:45-8pm, after which we tidy up. FMI: please contact Bruce Larson/683-5548.

Choir Rehearsal Every Thursday 7pm (S) ON SUMMER HIATUS; RESUMES AUGUST 23

Earth Community Circle
3rd Wednesdays, 
6:30pm (JH)
Join us to discuss current and future projects to decrease our congregation and personal carbon footprints and care for the earth and earth community. All are welcome!

Men's Breakfast Group
2nd Saturdays, 
8am (23 Ed)

UU Women's Connections Brunch & Program
3rd Saturdays, 
10am (SH) 
Location Key
23 Par-23 Edwin Parlor
23 Brd-23 Edwin Boardroom
JH-Jefferson House
RE C-RE Commons
SH-Sandburg Hall
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