Great News for SGD!

CassandraHartleyRev. Gail and the SGD Team are delighted to announce an exciting addition to the UUAA staff. Cassandra Hartley will join us in July as our part-time Assistant Minister for Spiritual Growth and Development.  Welcome! 

Cassi graduated with her M.Div. from Detroit Ecumenical Theological Seminary and will be ordained into Unitarian Universalist ministry by the Farmington UU Church on June 12th. She has a deep passion for faith formation and has worked in several congregations, including an internship at the Church of the Larger Fellowship that focused on family ministry. Cassi is the mother of three young children (Emerson, Fionn, and Miren), and she and her family have been members of UUAA since 2013.


The Board of Trustees is very excited to announce that Reverend Dr. Douglas E. Wadkins has been hired to serve as our Interim Senior Minister beginning in August. Rev. Wadkins has deep experience in UU interim ministry. He comes to us from his previous successful interim ministry post in Bloomington, Indiana. Visit his web site or the ministerial transition page to learn more about him.

It is happening! Construction on the new parking lot began Monday, May 16, and is expected to last four weeks if the weather cooperates. The building should be fully accessible through at least one entrance during the entire project.
Week 1 - Construction on the east lot (by the classroom wing) and small west lot (by the Sanctuary)
Week 2 -  North (main) lot construction / east lot first asphalt application.
Week 3 - North lot first asphalt application
Week 4 - Final asphalt application to the entire area and all finish work completed

Parking will be tight during this period so carpooling, walking, biking encouraged!
If you have any questions, please contact Interim Administrator Ed Lynn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    
Parking Lot 5/16/16Parking Lot Construction 5/16/16

Register by May 29 for this workshop that will be held on Saturday, June 4 from 10:00am to 2:30pm in the Fahs Chapel. This is an engaging workshop for both newcomers and long-time members and is a prerequisite for signing the membership book. Taught by a Unitarian Universalist minister and the welcome ministries coordinator, topics include the history of Unitarian Universalism and this Congregation, how this Congregation is governed, how to get involved, and the meaning and responsibilities of membership. Participants are also given and chance to share their spiritual experiences.

Please plan to attend the annual meeting and election of officers on Sunday, June 5 from 11:30am to 1:30pm. The meeting materials and this year's Annual Report are all electronic this year. Please try to review the materials ahead of the meeting.

All congregants and UUAA friends are welcome and encouraged to participate. Only members can vote. Meeting agenda items:

  • a vote to spend over $50,000 on capital improvement projects
  • a vote on a "Black Lives Matter" resolution,
  • election of Board Trustees and Leadership Development Team
  • a vote on a resolution to confer Emerita status on Rev. Geisenhainer
  • a vote on whether to cancel the loan from the Jackson Endowment Fund

For more information go to the Annual Meeting web page or contact Pres. Beth Hospadaruk, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mark your calendars now for the JUNE 19th GOODBYE GAILA family party that will follow the single 10 am service. There will be family fun, food and fond farewells. And there will be music. This will be our formal all-congregation celebration of Rev. Gail's ministry. A smaller party will follow her last Sunday service on July 31st.

Notes smExpress your appreciation for Rev. Gail R. Geisenhainer, as she retires from UU ministry on 8/2/16:

The Geisenhainer Music Fund was established as a very fitting tribute to the 8 years Rev. Gail has carefully nurtured our UUAA music programs. Please consider contributing to this fund as your special  thank you and farewell to Rev. Gail. The fund has now reached the initial goal allowing purchase of a new piano. Additional contributions are needed for the music community outreach arm of the fund.

And contribute a "Note of Gratitude" to add to our Symphony of Gratitude-- pick up the note paper at the Geisenhainer Music Fund table after services.

Learn more about ways to say "thanks" by clicking this link.

The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) 2016 conference will take place in the Netherlands from Sunday, July 17 through Saturday, July 23. The theme will be Winds Of Change: Global Connection and Climate Change. What should be a faithful response to the threatened physical environment known as home? What spiritual responsibilities are shared as part of an interdependent web of existence? The ICUU is a network of member groups around the world working to inspire and support each other in building spiritual community.

DoveInEntrywayThe stained glass dove crafted by the late Milt Kemnitz greeted everyone who came through the door Sunday January 3rd. The dove's warm glow brings light and color and meaning to its new entry hall location. The stained glass piece, which had been hanging in a window of the sanctuary, had fallen into disrepair. Barb Hall from the Arts & Aesthetics committee had the idea to not just re-frame the dove, but also back light it and hang it in our entry hall, where it is even visible from the parking lot when approaching the church entrance. Ed Lynn, our Interim Administrator coordinated the needed re-painting of the entry hall while Barb Hall and Vivian Wilson led the dove effort for the A&A committee, which includes Barb, Vivian, Eppie Potts, Bob Peyser and Neal Foster.

Gateway to Freedom book cover

A recommended reading: Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by Eric Foner. "With lucid prose and careful analysis, Eric Foner tells a story that is at once unsparing and inspiring. For anyone who still wonders what was at stake in the Civil War, there is no better place to begin than Gateway to Freedom," James Oakes, author of Freedom National.

QUUest Bookstore will be open BETWEEN SERVICES ONLY beginning Sunday, January 3, 2016  to enable bookstore staff to participate in the congregation activities that often begin soon after the close of the second service.