Weekly Newsletter 
December 03 , 2017
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Minister and Staff


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Director of Music

Nancy Arteberry
Director of Religious Education

Alan Kindler
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Maria Martinez

Gordon Matthews

Jessica Leavitt
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Robin Lonscak

Margaret Hall
Secretary of the Board

John Cook
Trustee At Large

Erin Roma
Trustee At Large

Bill Rolfes
Trustee At Large
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Worship This Sunday
December 3rd, 9:30 and 11:00 am

"The Pre-Check Attitude and the Fast Track Spirit"
Rev. David H. Messner

Meditations on the spiritual effects of the fast and the slow, and the price of each.

Our  Worship Associate  will be  Kurt Ollmann , and our  Storyteller  will be  Jake Kawatski

Music will be provided by  Kelly Blackmarr .

Also This Sunday:
  • 12:40 - 1:10 pm: Youth Choir Practice, Sanctuary
  • 1:30 - 4:00 pm: Wreath Making Workshop, Rahn Hall
  • 2:00 - 6:00 pm: Francis Bennett Event, Sanctuary
  • 7:30 - 8:30  pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place 
Minister's Column 
Rev. David H. Messner

"We got spirit yes we do, we got spirit, how about you?!"
"We got spirit yes we do, we got spirit how about you?!"
"We got spirit yes we do, we got spirit how about you?!"

They used to do this back-and-forth chant at my high school's football games to get the crowd worked up. Man, how much I hated that. The idea was to get louder and louder and somehow win with the greatest spirit. We always had to try until my voice was hoarse and I had a headache. By then, I didn't want to watch a football game at all.

I have this same feeling when a speaker, sometimes, ahem, a preacher, comes up to the microphone says "good morning" and being mock-unimpressed with the reply, says something like "We can do better than that, GOOD MORNING!"  And the People dutifully shout back "Good Morning!" And the preacher says "ah that's better." But is it really?

You can pretty much be sure that if I have shown up in your bleacher or pew, I am not there to perform for you, and if you want to rally my spirit, you'd better have some other tricks in your bag other than demanding that I shout. That's not how me or my spirit works.

Nowadays, I love my football, on television (that way I shout when I want too) and my job being in the pulpit means I get to not ask people to put on shows of enthusiasm. But still I sit with that problem of how call up and call out the spirit within us.

Consider that with me this month. What moves your spirit?  Remember the honest moments of inner animation and expansion and elevation. And what was the provocation? 
Sacred space, gentle invitation, complete vulnerability, 
generous patience, courageous sharing, wild beauty, 
stark truth, or maybe a taste of real justice? Or something inexplicable?

This month we can think about spirit, talk about spirit, sing about spirit and yes even shout about it. But most of all, I am asking us to pay attention to our own, and to learn something of the way it moves, and the power it has to move us.

Worship Next Sunday
December 10th,  
9:30 and 11:00 am

"Glimpsing The Way Things Really Are: The Spirit of Truth and the Perpetually Incomplete Story" 
Rev. David H. Messner

Navigating the fortunate and frustrating life of continuous partial revelation about ourselves, our people and our universe.
Also Next Sunday
  • 12:40 - 1:10 pm: Youth Choir Practice, Sanctuary
  • 12:45 - 2:15 pm: Second Sunday Covenant Groups, various rooms
  • 7:30 - 8:30  pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place
Children's Religious Education
A Charlie Brown Christmas in RE

In children's religious education, we kicked off the holiday season by reading A Charlie Brown Christmas and creating our very own Charlie Brown Christmas trees. Martha Weaver led the children in a retelling of the classic holiday story which reminds us that, while might feel alienated and caught up in the commercialization of Christmas, we are loved and we aspire toward peace and good will.


Look at all the opportunities to be a part of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah!

They are good and good for you.

Awaken to the Truth of Deep Presence
with Francis Bennett
December 2nd and 3rd, 2:00 - 6:00 pm both days
An Adult RE opportunity

Francis Bennett, spiritual teacher and author of the book, I Am That I Am, was a practicing Trappist and Buddhist monk for over thirty years.  During that time, in 2010, she experienced "a radical perceptual shift in consciousness," in which she discovered the abiding presence of spacious, pure awareness.

In this two-day event, Francis will guide us through the stages of awakening and describe how the practices of meditation, surrender and service give rise to those stages and ultimately bring us to a deep, abiding life of awakened consciousness.

Admission: $100 for 2 days, $65 for one.

UU Book Club
December 5th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Rahn Hall
In December only - First and Third Tuesdays of the month.  

The UU Book Club  will read both fiction and non-fiction, confronting topics like race, religious pluralism, social justice, violence, native peoples, American exceptionalism, health, gender, and the environment. 

Join the UU Book Club this December as we read our newest selection,
Centering: Navigating Race, Power and Authenticity in Ministry Click the title to learn more.  You may order your copy from our Church bookstore! Please let Caroline Hopkinson know, either by e-mail at or stop by the bookstore and sign up for the group purchase (proceeds from sales benefit the Church's operating fund.)

If you would like to join us in our readings, but can not attend book club meetings, please sign up for a weekly email. Emails can include short videos, music, articles and links that expand upon the text. You can sign up and drop out of emails anytime.  Many of our future books  will be available for sale at the UU Bookstore in Rahn Hall. For all things Book Club related, please email Kelsey Buckner at

TED Plus and Popcorn
December 8th, 6:30 pm, Rahn Hall

Yanis Varoufakis describes himself as a "libertarian Marxist," although, he says, "It is not something that I volunteer to talk about much, because the very mention of Marx switches audiences off." He teaches economic theory at the University of Athens, where he challenges mainstream notions -- arguing that after the financial crash of 2008 we need a radically new way of thinking about the economy, finance and capitalism.

He became widely known in the first half of 2015 when, as Minister of Finance of the newly formed Greek government, he was a leading, outspoken and much-discussed figure in the renegotiations of Greece's debt.

In May 2017, Varoufakis released  Adults in The Room: My Battle With Europe's Deep Establishment, a personal account of Europe's hidden agenda and an urgent wake-up call to renew European democracy.

Seeing our Racial Selves Through Film Discussion Group
The next screening: Moonlight
December 9th, noon, Rahn Hall
Rev. Dave will facilitate this screening. 

Adult Religious Education Opportunity    
Series Led by Dr. Dorothy Holmes
Saturdays:  Dec 9, Feb 10, April 7 and June 9
Noon to 3:30PM in Rahn Hall
A series of four films, Moonlight, Fences, Hidden Figures, and Get Out, followed by discussion and then fellowship. Each film will have a moderator, to set the stage, briefly, with opening reflections and framing questions. Potluck refreshments will be provided by the participants. Sign up in Rahn Hall.

Sounds and Spirits Concert
Inspiring Measures - Uncommon Collective
December 9, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Back by popular demand! A mix of music genres including holiday favorites, featuring harpist Kristin King, vocalists Trae Gurley and JJ Collins, guitarist Bill Smith, mandolin player, Cory Chambers and bassist, Marc Chesanow.

Social Justice and Action
Chair - Jim Rosch, 518-232-1005

Would you like to make a difference with people who want to make a difference doing something that really makes a difference?
The following events are coming up.

Inner City Night Shelter - Sunday, December 17 at 4:30pm we will be helping with the meal at the Shelter. We are looking for help in making sandwiches and serving the meal. If you would like to help with this worthwhile service, sign up at the Social Justice bulletin board in Rahn Hall near the kitchen.

Martin Luther King Parade - January 15th we will be participating in the parade to bring awareness of our support of "all lives matter". We need to have people sign up if they want to ride in the trolley that we have reserved for the parade. That sign up is on the Social Justice Bulletin board in Rahn Hall.

Celebrating Families - The program for families who are in an "alternative to incarceration" will begin again in January. We are looking for people who would like to help provide the meal and serve it on these Tuesdays beginning in January. The dates are on the bulletin board in Rahn Hall and we will be asking people to sign up to provide meals and service.

Backpack Buddies -  School is beginning soon and we need a lot of help to provide weekend food for families that are really struggling to make ends meet. The food that goes home with kids on the weekends helps to sustain them when there is no lunch program like they have when they attend school. We provide this service for the East Broad Street School.    Items needed:   Food, such as applesauce and fruit cups, crackers and peanut butter, cookies, granola bars or other items that do not require refrigeration and can be easily opened and eaten in single-serving sizes.

Receptacles can be found at the story corner, the narthex and Rahn Hall.   Thanks for your help!
Greening of the Church
Sunday, December 10th, after the service

This year's Holiday decorating of the Church will occur after the service on Sunday, December 10th.  All are invited to participate in this warming community tradition.  
There are still good things available from the Auction!

Proceeds from the Auction are just shy of $7200 and several items are still available:

Holiday Wreath Workshop: 3 openings at $30 ( Dec 3, 2017 1:30 PM)
Bonfire with Gourmet S'more Bar: 1 opening at $15 (Jan 6, 2018  5:30 PM)
Game Night with the Paddison's: 2 openings at $10 (Feb 10, 2018 7:30 PM)
Chef Roberto's 5th Annual Pizza Party: 1 opening at $25 (Feb 25, 2018 6:00 PM)
Beloved Trees at Armstrong:  12 openings at $12 (Late Feb to Early March)
Game Night with the Paddison's: 2 openings at $10 (Feb 10, 2018 7:30 PM)
Dog Party at Hilton Head Beach:  17  openings at $15 (March 3,2018 10:00 AM)
Spring Brunch: 1 opening at $20 (Mar 10, 2018 11:00 AM)

Interested parties should contact Donne or Bill Rolfes at

Good Stuff That Happened Last Week!

The Underground Tour; Slaves in the City, led by Patt Gunn of the Saltwata Players, was attended by about 20 of us on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.  Ms Gunn and her co-players, Rosalind and Andre presented this side of Savannah's history in a homespun storyteller style, drawing on Gullah-Geechee "folkways, foodways and spiritual practices" to educate and heal.  Learn more at

Mark Your Calendars for the Coming Week

Sunday, December 3rd  
  • 12:40 - 1:10 pm: Youth Choir Practice, Sanctuary
  • 1:30 - 4:00 pm: Wreath Making Workshop, Rahn Hall
  • 2:00 - 6:00 pm: Francis Bennett Event, Sanctuary
  • 7:30 - 8:30  pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place
Tuesday, December 5th
  • 6:00 - 7:30 pm: UU Book Club, Phillippa's Place
  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm: WRUU Volunteer Orientation, Rahn Hall
Wednesday, December 6th
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Qigong Practice, Rahn Hall
  • 6:00 - 7:30 pm: WRUU Infrastructure Team Meeting, Rahn Hall
  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm: Choir and Vocal Ensemble Rehearsal, Sanctuary
Thursday, December 7th
  • 5:30 - 7:30 pm: Environmental Issues Meeting, Rahn Hall
  • 7:30 - 8:30 pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place
Saturday, December 9th
  • Noon - 3:30 pm: Seeing Our Racial Selves Through Film, Rahn Hall
  • 7:00 - 9:00 pm: Uncommon Collective Concert, Sanctuary
Sunday, December 10th
  • 12:40 - 1:10 pm: Youth Choir Practice, Sanctuary
  • 12:45 - 2:15 pm: Second Sunday Covenant Groups, various rooms
  • 7:30 - 8:30  pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place