The 2019-2020 Congregational Year - Rev Manish Mishra-Marzetti and the staff team provide this 'sneak peek' at things to come in the 2019-2020 congregational year ahead. Among the wonderful opportunities we have to look forward to are:

  • Grades K-1 OWL -- Our Whole Lives, lifespan sexuality education (Fall 2019)
  • Adult OWL (Fall 2019)
  •  "The Art of Sacred Storytelling," six-session participatory seminar featuring The Moth's Satori Shakoor and the UUAA Worship Team (first class session: 11/2/2019)
  • Movie Night with Rev. Manish watching and discussing Jordan Peele's "Us" (10/4/2019)
  • Halloween celebrations at Friday Fun Night (10/25/2019) and in our services (10/27/2019)
  • Building an All Souls Altar honoring our beloveds who have died (11/3/2019)
  • Our second UUAA Delegation to the US-Mexico border (11/10/2019 -- 11/14/2019)
  • Special guest musician Melanie DeMore joins us for our BIG sing weekend (5/14 & 5/15, 2020)
  • Honoring the Humanist Manifesto's 87th anniversary (May 2020)
  • Honoring our congregation's 155th anniversary (May 2020)
  • And so, so much more...!

Stay tuned for more information and event details in the months ahead!

 

uumenPlease join us for the 20th Annual UUAA Men's Retreat to be held September 21-22 at Judson Collins Retreat Center (45 minutes west of Ann Arbor). This year's theme will be Resilience. We are looking for group leaders and workshop leaders.  Scholarships are available. Registration begins in August.

SugarbrookParkThe UUAA Habitat Team is excited to offer a *new* community outreach volunteer opportunity, helping support the 3rd annual Sugarbrook Park Youth Day. The event is organized by a Sugarbrook Park neighborhood parent and we have been asked to provide some helpers. The park is near a group of Habitat renovated homes and is supported in part by Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley.

Whole families can volunteer -- fun, food and games in the park for about 200 neighbors! Help set up, clean up, or oversee games and activities on Saturday, August 17th. Stop by the Habitat table in the Social Hall for details-- Or you can Sign up to help online

FarmerBillForSpotlightIt's time to "Garden for Good" with the Mindful Eating Team in the fight against hunger in Washtenaw County!  This is Season 8 or our work with the Food Gatherers Farm Project on the property of Farmer Bill Schmid (3725 South Maple, Ann Arbor), right around the corner from our UUAA facilities. All are welcome to join in this incredible service project that raises thousands of pounds of fresh produce each year for those in our community who suffer from food insecurity. We work in teams on Monday and Thursday evenings, 5:30-7:30pm, and Saturday mornings, 10am-noon. Stop by the table in the Social Hall to learn more.

alphahouse smThe next UUAA Alpha House host week will be Monday - Sunday, June 24 - 30. UUAA needs 90 volunteers to provide food, serve meals, play with the kids, and be day hosts at the Jackson Road shelter for families experiencing temporary homelessness in Washtenaw County.. If you can't volunteer, donate! Up to $400 is needed to cover food, supplies, and support the mission of Alpha House. Sign up online at tinyurl.com/AHJun19 or sign up or donate on Sundays during Social Hour.

BrownBagLunchTwo People of Color (POC) Brown Bag Lunch gatherings are scheduled this Summer. We know it's a busy time of year but we hope you will be able to join us: Sunday, June 30 and August 11, noon - 1:30pm. Please bring a brown bag lunch! The time will be focused on conversation and building community. Questions? Email qThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

GA2019The General Assembly of the UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association) is in Spokane, WA, this year. Full information is available on the UUA web site. If you would like to take part without traveling to Spokane, please look at the opportunities to live stream some of the events at GA.

The theme this year is The Power of We - What do we want Unitarian Universalism to be? It is a time when we are asking big questions in our faith, and GA 2019 will be focused on digging into those questions together.

On Sunday, May 19th, the NEW UUAA Pastoral Care Network was introduced to the Congregation.This network approach combines the skills and strengths of the ministerial team and the congregation to provide assistance in times of need and joy.
A key element of the network is congregant to congregant care (congregants offering help to each other).

You can learn more following this link.

 

UUAA Logo New smallsizeThe UUAA Annual Meeting and election of officers took place on June 2nd, 2019. The proposed slate of officers was elected.

The membership voted (116 for, 30 against) to change our congregational bylaws and allow absentee voting for some votes at congregational meetings. The Board of Trustees will now develop and solicit member feedback on a process for distributing and casting ballots for votes the Board decides are appropriate for absentee voting.The membership did NOT approve a bylaw change to allow Proxy voting (81 for, 55 against, with a 2/3 majority needed). The UUAA Bylaws have been updated on the UUAA web site. Questions? Ask a Board member, or email the Governance Advisory Team: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Annual Meeting documents, bios for the elected leaders and the 2018-19 Annual Report are available following this link.

 

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Registration is open! Come join us at the Womyn's Retreat, Sept 27-29, 2019. Enjoy workshops and classes, community, and getting back to nature!  The retreat will take place at Camp Copneconic in Fenton (45 minutes north of Ann Arbor). 

Click here for a registration form and to read more more information

Click here to download the brochure.

 

Maybe we are finally past the season of building closures for inclement weather! The UUAA operations policy for how building closure decisions are made has been updated. To read that policy or any other UUAA operations policies, follow this link.

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

- On Sunday, January 19, 2019, a "snapshot survey" gathered comments and suggestions about Sunday services from 362 participants (we currently have 632 adult members). Participants were very positive in their remarks, especially about music and staff. You can follow this link to see the summarized results, including a link to the full (anonymized) collected results.

The UUAA Board of Trustees has been organizing and planning a congregation-wide 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. Follow this link to see results of exercises and updates on the visioning project...

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.