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UUFF Email – Week of August 31, 2014

August 28th, 2014 · News

**IN THIS ISSUE**

1. Rev. Jim’s contact info
2. Save the Date! Ministry Start-Up Retreat: September 12-13th!
3. Attention Choir Members Past, Present and Future…Sept 17th Reunion!
4. “Love Reaching Out”- UUA Outreach Initiative
5. Upcoming 11 am Services
6. Religious Education Happenings
7. Nursery Services available 9:45 am – 12:15 pm. We are actively seeking teens for paid nursery positions!
8. UU Buddhist Fellowship meets Sundays at 10 am in far east side of Annex building
9. Adult RE – 10 am on Sundays in the Sanctuary
10. Office Hours- Office Closed Monday, Sept. 1 for Holiday
11. Calendar for Upcoming UUFF Meetings and Events
12. NEW September 2014 Beacon Link
13. OUTSIDE EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
a. BIG BAD GINA concert here at UUFF on Friday, September 26th!! Details to follow.
b. Nuba Mountain Fundraiser- Through OMNI

1. Rev. Jim Parrish’s new contact info:
Howdy all. Most of you should have received Rev. Jim’s latest E-Minute, but I just wanted to make sure that his most recent contact information is known. Email address is RevJim@fayettevilleunitarian.org and “home/professional” phone number is 479-439-1415, so besides calling the office, this number is available to call or leave a message directly to Rev. Jim.

2. Save the Date!
Susan Smith from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) will facilitate the Ministry Start- Up Retreat, which will be held on September 12th and 13th.
All interested member congregants are invited to come on Friday evening for input into the direction UUFF will be taking. On Saturday morning, all leaders, staff, and others interested in participating will be involved. Saturday afternoon the board, members of the staff, and the minister will attend. Susan Smith will stay to share the pulpit with Reverend Jim on Sunday morning. More detailed information about time and content will be coming soon. Please make sure to save those dates.

3. Attention Choir Members Past, Present and Future
The Choir will be having a reunion on September 17 at 6pm to reminisce, eat, laugh and sing. We will also practice a piece for Sunday, September 21st.
We hope all people interested in UUFF music (whether you can sing or not) will join the Choir on these dates. Former Director, Jan Groh will be our fearless leader for this first Sunday. Please join us and tell others about the reunion. We want the rafters to raise!

4. “Love Reaching Out”
HELP WANTED:
Are you on fire for UUFF and/or UUism? Do you think / feel / believe we have a message begging to be spread to our larger community? Are you willing to try new things developed by the UUA & provide feedback on them? Do you have the time to attend a webinar, read a 41-page study guide, and help implement 3 pre-planned workshops for our congregation? Are you ready to volunteer? Contact Shawna Thorup (mrsthorup@gmail.com) to get more details on helping UUFF beta-test UUA’s new outreach program, “Love Reaching Out.” Our final goal is to provide the Board with suggestions for how UUFF can improve UUFF’s perception in Fayetteville (& beyond) and further its mission.

5. Upcoming 11 am Services
8/31:
Gene Vinzant and Shawna Thorup will lead a service honoring the life and legacy of Unitarian Universalist Pete Seeger. Join us for an upbeat time of singing the songs that helped change our country and world for the better.

Sept. 7: “Ingathering Water Communion – Our Journey is Renewed and Refreshed” (Intergenerational). Please bring water or a symbol of your summer journey to share, something that represents a kindness or act of compassion you did or witnessed. Tell us how you took your religious values into the world to make even a small difference, and we’ll gather again as a community of compassion and change! Led by our Minister, Rev. Jim Parrish.

6. Religious Education Happenings
* Religious Education classes start on September 7!
If you are not already registered for the 2014-2015 school year, please do so, so that we can have current information from each family. Please see or contact Gini Gottman ginigottman@gmail.com if you have questions or if you’re not sure whether you’re registered. Go to http://fayettevilleunitarian.org/faith-development/children-and-youth/ for links to the registration form and permission slip.

* Razorback football season is coming up, and the RE program could use your help with our game day parking program! It’s easy and fun, and kids are welcome. Sign up on the RE bulletin board, or see David Edwards or Gini.

* If you have any interest in being a friend to the RE Committee, please see Gini! You don’t have to commit to being a member of the committee or to attending the meetings. If you want to donate one hour of your time during the upcoming year, we will find a fun job for you!

7. Nursery Services available 9:45 am – 12:15 pm. As teens have a tendency to grow up and move on, we are now actively seeking teens for paid nursery positions! If you know a high school student who likes kids, needs a little extra money, and would like to add to their resume, send them to Rose Netherland or Marty Smith! We are seeking responsible teens for the nursery during church hours on a regular, rotational basis. The hours include Sundays 9:45 to 12:15 and occasional extra hours for special events. For more information please contact our Personnel Chair, Marty Smith, at memarty22@gmail.com

8. UU Buddhist Fellowship meets Sundays at 10 am in far side of annex building

9. Adult RE will meet at 10 am Sunday in the Sanctuary
Our Journey to Digital Dystopia: discussion, continued – Led by Spencer Dailey

Last week’s ARE discussion investigated the moral questions surrounding the censoring of libelous content online and the pros & cons (and the scope) of increased surveillance in the Digital Age. A hypothetical question was raised: “If everyone’s conversations and communications are collected in the name of stopping a catastrophic terrorist event, and then shared indiscriminately with law enforcement agencies to pursue other crimes: is this practice still acceptable? What side effects could this have on society?”

Just in the past week, many great stories have broken with respect to this question. Here is one, which helps illustrate the “chilling effect.” From the Pew Research Center:
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/26/facebook-twitter-snowden-nsa-revelations-pew

For those that have time and interest — there is an excellent documentary, available on Netflix, called “Terms and Conditions May Apply,” which explores many of the same issues in depth. What’s telling is that it was published just before the Snowden leaks began (it’s still extremely relevant, however). Observations from the film could make for great talking points for discussion at Sunday’s ARE.

Here are a few examples brought to light in the documentary:
1. In 2012, public demonstrations were stopped before they took place in the UK. People were planning on dressing up like Zombies and attending the Royal Wedding. These people were arrested and held for more than 24 hours — charged with “Disturbing the Peace” though they had committed no crime. The government discovered these peoples’ intentions through NSA-like programs that sifted through communications indiscriminately.
2. A man who was writing a crime-TV-series drama “Cold Case” was outed for murdering his wife when his Google search habits were made public (even though he was simply researching a screenplay).
3. All participants/users of Facebook and Google services explicitly agree to terms which allow this data to be mined and retained by our governments — even to prevent crime.

10. Office Hours
Monday: CLOSED for Labor Day

Tuesday/Wednesday: 12-3 pm
Thursday: 12-4 pm

11. Upcoming Meetings and Events
Mon. 9/1, ALL DAY, Office Closed for Labor Day
Tu. 9/2, 6:15 pm, Finance Committee Mtg, UUFF
Sat. 9/6, 10 am, Women’s Wisdom Circle, Sanctuary
Sat.9/6, 3 pm, Home Football Game, UUFF lots cleared by 1pm!!
9/12-13, Ministry Start-Up Retreat, UUFF- Save the Date

12. NEW September 2014 Beacon is Online at http://fayettevilleunitarian.org/wp-content/uploads/September-2014-Beacon.pdf

13. OUTSIDE EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
a. BIG BAD GINA concert here at UUFF on Friday, September 26th!! Details to follow.
b. Nuba Mountains Fundraiser- Through OMNI

The Omni Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology will host a Nuba Mountains fundraiser on Saturday, September 6, 7:00 pm, at the Omni Center, 3274 N. Lee Ave., Fayetteville, phone 935-4422. Sam Totten will tell about his trips to the Nuba Mountains to bring supplies to the people there being attacked by their own government, the Sudan. See his brief narrative below, and reference to Art Hobson’s column.
Sam Totten is a retired professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He is also a world-renowned scholar of genocides around the world. His studies of these genocides, including interviewing survivors and witnesses in refugee camps in Chad, Sudan, and other warring places, drove him also to act directly to relieve those who were suffering. Thousands of Nuban people are in danger of being killed, perhaps tens of thousands. Sam Totten is taking food, water, and medicine to them, and he asks our help.
The Fundraiser is sponsored by the OMNI Center and is being organized by Gladys Tiffany, Dick Bennett, and Art Hobson. Each of Sam’s trips costs about $10,000. Because we hope to raise at least half of the expenses for one trip, we have set $5000 as our goal. So we seek significant donors who will give $1000, or $500, or $100. But smaller gifts are welcome.
HOW TO SEND MONEY
Make checks to OMNI Center. Write Nuba Mts. People or just Nuba Mts. on your memo.
Send your checks to Dick Bennett, 2582 Jimmie Ave., Fayetteville, AR, 72703, or to 3274 Lee Ave., Fayetteville, AR, 72703.
Or donate via www.omnicenter.org.
At this homepage, click the green “Donate” button on the top right. At the next page, click “Network for Good” to donate directly and securely, or click “Donate” to donate via PayPal.
Designate your donation for “Nuba Mountains people.”
NUBA MOUNTAINS RELIEF –PORTRAITS
September 6 – OMNI Center
: At the fundraiser for people of the Nuba Mountains in Sudan, local portrait artist, Amy Edie, will be creating portraits–an 11×14 keepsake drawing– for an additional $25 donation as part of the fundraising. She will be available in OMNI’s Library from 6 until 7 for a maximum of 10 portraits. Register early for your portrait by calling OMNI at 935-4422.
Bring a photo; or she can also draw from a cell phone photo. The portrait, a black and white sketch, makes a great gift for Christmas. Finger snacks and drinks will be available starting at 6:00 (Amy is a highly skilled portraitist. I have enjoyed her excellent work for many years. Dick)
Volunteers to help at this welcome, supportive event-within-event are welcome. Contact Gladys (gladystiffany@yahoo.com), copy to Dick (j.dick.bennett@gmail.com).

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