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UUCA Weekly eNews May 24-30
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STAFF AND BOARD REFLECTIONS
As We Begin to Say Goodbye
Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Associate Minister

When my departure from Asheville was announced in November, it seemed so very far away that I didn't put much thought to it. On Christmas Eve walking into the late service, Mark and I looked at each other, realizing at the same time that it would be our last Christmas service together. But we both shook it off and quickly said, "nope, we're not going to go THERE yet, it's too soon!" and moved on.
    And now, seemingly all of a sudden, it's the end of May and the "lasts" are coming fast and furious.  Read more....
 For the Week of May 27-June 2, 2018
For Pastoral Emergencies: 828-771-6279
Building Manager: Clyde Hardin (clyde.d.hardin@gmail.com)

 
Sunday, May 27, 9:15am & 11:15am
Beginning the End
Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Associate Minister
New Member Sunday

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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 10 and under can be signed into child care for Play Day. Nursery & Pre-K will operate as usual and children can be signed in before the service or after Time for All Ages. 
 
.                      Following the Services in Sandburg Hall 
                   See articles for most listings further down the eNews.
  • Visit the Earth and Social Justice Ministry table and find out more about 1) the Isaac Dickson Food Pantry Drive, 2) the proposed solar panel project.
  • Learn more about The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, become a volunteer and sign up for this year's Gathering in October. 
Next Sunday, June 3, Single Service 10am
Music Sunday
UUCA Annual Meeting,
11:30am
 (S)
Annual Meeting Materials and Link for Proxy/Absentee Voting
OUR CHANCE TO CELEBRATE AND SAY GOODBYE
Honoring Rev. Lisa
Please help us honor our Reverend Lisa Bovee-Kemper! It is hard when someone leaves and we sure will miss Lisa and her precious family. Let’s do all we can to show them our appreciation with support for their next chapter through financial gifts of love and gratitude. If you would like to give a monetary gift to thank Lisa for her years of commitment to UUCA, please drop your love gifts by the office or into the offering baskets before June 6. Make sure to include “for Rev. Lisa” on the check or envelope. Note that these donations will not be tax-deductible.
 
June 10 will be Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper’s last day 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!​
THE WEEK AHEAD
New Member Sunday
THIS Sunday, May 27, Both Services

Join us as we celebrate our latest cohort of new members during our last New Member Sunday service until next fall. We will introduce and welcome our new members during both services. 
ASURJ (Asheville's Showing Up For Racial Justice)
Monday, May 28, 6:30-8:30pm (RE C)

See article below, in the Drop-In section of this eNews.
Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy
Book Discussion led by Holly Cunningham
Tuesdays, May 29-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. Six UUCA members took part last year in a book study led by Joy McConnell at UUCA and found the book and discussions very meaningful. This summer Creation Care Alliance will sponsor an interfaith discussion of the book led by intern Holly Cunningham. Sign up here or by emailing Holly  Drop-ins are also welcome. Location: First Baptist Church CB221, 5 Oak Street, Asheville, 28801.
WEDNESDAY THING, May 30
5:30-6:10pm – Dinner (Sandburg Hall)  
(suggested donation $7/person, $20/family) RSVP Here.
6:10-6:35pm – All Ages Worship; 6:35-8:30pm-Programs: PARTY!  Bring desserts to share.  MultiGen Choir Rehearsal (S); Enlightenment NOW (23 Ed Parlor).  Childcare begins at 6:30pm.  Last WEDNESDAY THING until the Fall!
Enlightenment Now! Session 3
Wednesday, May 30, 6:45pm (23 Par)

Join us for the third of three sessions on Steven Pinker's book Enlightenment NowWe will explore its last four chapters: 20 (The future of progress, 21 (Reason), 22 (Science), and 23 (Humanism). Anyone who has read these chapters is welcome to participate. FMI, please contact Sally Beth Shore or Bruce Larson.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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! 
    We're filling in the schedule now, so email Kim to get your preferred date!
Hospitality Help Needed For RE on Thursday, May 31, Dinnertime!
We have a special volunteer appreciation event planned to close out the year, and we could use your help! We are looking for folks to help with the RE Volunteer Appreciation event on Thursday, May 31 from 5:30-7:30pm. We will need help getting the room set up as well as clean up and dishes. We currently have no one signed up to help with this. If you can help, please email Kim ASAP and let us know you can help!
Organizational Meeting of New to U Fundraiser Volunteers
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 UUCA, please join us. Come and learn how you can help! If you would like to volunteer but can’t come to the meeting, please contact Karen Waters.
    Information about jewelry-scarves donations will be coming soon….
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 MINISTRY
Snack Collection for Isaac Dickson Food Pantry Continues Through May
The IDES food drive is in it’s final week. There’s still time for you to donate.  Please place your donations of PowerBars, Applesauce, Fruit Cups, Tuna or Chicken Snack Packs, Instant Oatmeal, Vienna Sausage, and Microwave Mac and Cheese in the large donation box in Sandburg Hall. The Homeless and Hunger Committee thanks all of you that have so generously donated. Sally Carlson/280-2002.
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.
COMING SOON
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 knit and crochet 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.
FAITH DEVELOPMENT: TAKING IT HOME

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 creativity.

VIDEOS

Creating Music Within Nature’s Creation

Six Amazing and Surprising Artists

Creativity and the Everyday Brain - On Being
“Explores the differences and interplay between intelligence and creativity. Unsettles long-held beliefs about who is creative and who is not… [and reveals] connections between creativity and family life, aging, and purpose.”

INTRIGUING ACTIVITIES

The Creativity of Sewing Your Life into a Sweater

Nature shoes

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
Sunday, May 27 is an RE Play Day!
Paid childcare staff will be available for ages 0-10 year-olds this Sunday. Kids in nursery-4th grade can enjoy free play on the playground or games indoors. Please be sure to sign in your kids with the child care staff prior to the service (or come down after Time for All Ages to do so). 5th graders and older can attend the service with their families or help with the play day for young ones downstairs.

Thank You Teachers!
Please turn in your curriculum binders so we can get them ready for next year. There is a bin in RE Commons near the red counter where you can turn them in. Please write your name on a sticky note and put it on your binder so we can track what's been turned in.

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.
UU EVENTS BEYOND OUR WALLS
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. 

DROP-IN GROUPS-NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Sunday Silent Unguided Meditation ON HIATUS UNTIL SEPTEMBER

Show Up For Racial Justice (ASURJ)
Every Monday, 
6:30pm (RE C)
UUCA's Anti-Racism Group and Asheville SURJ invite you for a conversation about what it means to move from being an ally to an accomplice. FMI: Elizabeth Schell.

Sing-a-Long
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.

Peacemakers
2nd Wednesdays, 6:40-8:30 (JH) 

Please gather with Peacemakers for our second discussion of Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry. On June 13 we are reading pages 127-184. The book consists of largely independent essays and responses, so prior participation in unnecessary. If this will be your first time, please contact  Bruce Larson/683-5548 for an important handout.
  • July 11. Discuss pp.185-214. Our practice is Feeling for Peace.
Choir Rehearsal Every Thursday 7pm (S) WILL BEGIN SUMMER HIATUS ON JUNE 5

Earth Community Circle
3rd Wednesdays, 
6:35pm (JH)
In our regular monthly meeting, we will discuss current and future projects, including planning for the solar panel system for the roof of Sandburg Hall. Please join us to get involved. 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
S-Sanctuary
SH-Sandburg Hall
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