UUAA's annual pop-up choir and community singing festival, is coming up!

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saturday, march 9, 2019 | 10am - 3pm (the BIG sing choir rehearsal) 

sunday, march 10, 2019 | 2:30pm - 5:30pm (the BIG sing 2019 concert and community festival) 

Each year, we build a choir with any voice that shows up to sing. Join Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout and more than a hundred voices on a common mission: build one whole concert in one rehearsal! 

This year’s theme: Singing the Journey - songs of travel; songs of motion; songs that take us where we want to go; songs we follow, wherever they lead. 

E5C246D3 B126 4E9F ACE7 8E102A03A571Matt Meyer joins the worship and music teams at UUAA for a collaborative residency March 2nd and 3rd. Matt has been blessed to have performed with Ysaye Barnwell (of Sweet Honey in the Rock),  Pete Seeger Emma’s Revolution, Peter Mayer, Jim Scott, Nick Page, The Halalisa Singers, Samba Tremeterra, and Bloco de Afrobrazil. He has a degree in hand drumming from Berklee College of Music and has studied abroad in Cuba, Ghana, and Central America. Matt has a long background of activism and organizing for social and economic justice, and is a founding organizer of the Lucy Stone and Margaret Moseley Cooperatives, the Greater Boston Chamber of Cooperatives, and the Boston Cooperative Investment Club. 

chaliceflameThis winter congregants and staff at UUAA have been in conversation about what matters to us in our Sunday services. Two documents are available that show some of this ongoing conversation.

- On Sunday, December 9, 2018, the UUAA community participated in a "question box" Sunday service, submitting questions that reflected on what felt spiritually important or pressing to them at the time; issues that they might be actively wrestling with. 250 congregants of all ages submitted questions. Some were read and answered in the service (audio recording available using this link). The 250 submissions were categorized and summarized in this document titled "Our Spiritual Questions".

- Over the fall of 2018, the UUAA Worship Team met together in several sessions to articulate and clarify the values that they collaboratively seek to hold and bring alive in our Sunday services. In the document "Sharing Our Values" they give voice to their shared vision for UUAA services that are inclusive, collaborative, beautiful, meaningful, relational and moving.

 

barnThe Mindful Eating Team is sponsoring a presentation, Farms and Open Space: Preserving Rural Washtenaw County, featuring the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission's Natural Areas Preservation Program, members of the Legacy Land Conservancy, local farmers, and Argus Farm Stop. This Mindful Eating community outreach event will be held at 7:00pm at the Westgate Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library.

 

If you attended the January Congregational Meeting, you probably took part in the first warm-up exercise for UUAA's visioning project. The UUAA Board of Trustees has been organizing for a congregation-wide discussion and discernment of our purpose and vision.  As we look forward a full generation, what will our beloved community be like?  How will we experience UUAA? What would we see, hear, smell, touch, taste 20 years from now? What is the difference that we want to make in this world? Everyone's input will be needed. To learn more or see results of the January exercise, follow this link...

UUAA's Jackson Social Welfare Fund (JSWF) is now accepting proposals for 2019 grants. This is the 64th year that JSWF has provided funds to a range of nonprofit organizations; This year they expect to distribute $29,500. The funds are from an endowment created by the 1955 bequest of George L.and Bessie Jackson to further First Amendment rights and peaceful conflict resolution. The JSWF Committee is always looking for creative new proposals on these issues. To learn more or to download a Request for Proposals, follow this link.

 

The following are 2019 dates of all-congregation events.

  • March 10: The Big Sing 2019
  • March: Listening session on Absentee Voting
  • April 6-7: Installation of Rev. Manish Mishra Marzetti
  • April 13: Annual UUAA Auction
  • June 2: UUAA Annual Meeting and Election of Officers

Time to start thinking ahead to this year's auction-- Save the date Saturday, April 13, 2019. The theme this year is "Michigan", honoring our pleasant peninsula. If you have a donation to offer (services, dinners, cottages, babysitting...) follow this link to the auction information and fill out a donation form.

solarpanelsThe Climate Action and Green Building committees invite you to become a part of the landscape of renewable energy at UUAA by making a donation to add to the number of solar panels on the church roof (and having a tile with your inscription added to the Energy Plaza).

You can pick up a Sustainable UUAA brochure from the literature rack in the entryway or follow this link for more information and a downloadable donation form.