September 7, 2023

This Sunday at UUCSV


Sunday, September 10, 2023

Reparations in Buncombe County/Asheville

Dwight Mullen, PhD

Dr. Dwight Mullen, retired professor from UNC Asheville, will discuss the goals, accomplishments, and timeline of the Asheville-Buncombe Community Reparations Commission. The Commission consists of approximately two dozen Black residents of Asheville and Buncombe County and focuses on both the historical injustices of discrimination (urban renewal, red-lining, private and public discrimination, etc.) as well as conditions and policies that, by design or inadvertently, continue to further disparities in job opportunities, education, income and wealth, and access to power.


Dr. Mullen taught courses in public policy, American politics, and African and African American politics at UNC Asheville, as well as serving as the chair of the Political Science department there. He has chaired panels and presented papers at the National Conference of Black Political Scientists; overseen research projects on the State of Black Asheville; and dedicated much of his professional and personal time to improving the delivery of public services to underserved populations.

Music: Sue Stone, piano & guitar for Second Sundays

Greeters: Marti Saltzman & Larry Pearlman

Can't make it? Live stream our service, or watch anytime at

RE (Religious Education)

at UUCSV with Susan E. Hicks

This week we’ll discuss identity, intersectionality, equity and allyship with IntersectionALLIES, We Make Room for All, , as read by one of the authors.

Next week we’ll celebrate homecoming with a water communion. Be sure to bring water (real or symbolic) from a place close to your heart.

Next Week at UUCSV

Sunday, September 17, 2023


Rev. Michael J S Carter

Humble or grand, home is where your heart belongs. When it is a place of shelter and love, there is no place like home. It is then, one of the sweetest words in any language. It suggests a nest where intimacy and belonging can foster identity and individuality. UU congregations celebrate "Homecoming" during the month of September to welcome folks back after the summer. We will also have our Water Communion service this Sunday as well.

REMINDER: Please bring your water from your travels and/or staycation on Sunday, September 17, 2023.

News from UUCSV Groups & Committees

Our New Look!

We have given The Current a fresh new spruce up. We hope you like it. Remember, The Current is our voice for weekly announcements and other UU and community happenings. If your announcement isn't here and on our Bulletin Board it won't get the attention it deserves. Content for The Current should be received on Tuesdays by Michael Donnan in our office: [email protected].


Member & Community Activities

Black Mountain Park Survey

Deadline - September 15, 2023

Our greenways advocacy group, Black Mountain Greenways & Trails Committee, has along with Parks & Recreation and the National Park Service been conducting a survey. The data from this survey will be used by the Town to develop a Master Plan for two properties.

The survey is gathering data for the donated properties from Mary Hemphill in 2017 and Black Mountain Ventures Company in 2022. Hemphill property is deeded to become a park. It is 25 acres with a steep ridge, wooded heavily and bowl shaped. The Venture’s property is 26 acres, floodplain and plateau that will be considered for multiple uses. Our concern is only for recreation.

The survey was developed from input during a public outreach meeting in May. Please spread the word to your congregation and ask them to fill out this online survey by September 15, 2023.

Please participate in the survey!

Many thanks,

Ann Lutz, chair

Black Mountain Greenways and Trails Committee 



Book Club Discussion

September 11, 2023

3:00 p.m. in the Portico

This is the 1st of 2 meetings to discuss David Lamotte's new book, "You Are Changing the World, whether you like it or not." You can purchase the book directly from David's website, at local bookstores, or from

(which supports local bookstores). We will have a 2nd meeting towards the end of September arranged by those who have expressed interest in coming up with a UU group action plan using the book as a guide.


Let Anna [email protected] or Deb [email protected] know if you are planning to attend. We currently have 12 participants.  


Alzheimer's Association of WNC Program

Effective Communication Strategies for Dementia Caregivers

Thursday, September 28, 2023

6:30 p.m. / Reuter Center 206

Many of us know someone who has been diagnosed with dementia. Please contact Anna (740) 706-3793 / [email protected] if you are interested in carpooling from Black Mountain or Swannanoa to attend this important presentation at UNC-A.

Communication is more than just talking and listening; it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. The Effective Communication Strategies program of the Alzheimer’s Association was designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia.

From the UUCSV Congregational Care Committee


Beyond Land Acknowledgement: Towards Reparations and Healing

Saturday, September 30, 2023

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration by September 25, 2023, is required for this event offered both in person and/or through a webinar option.

Find a list of speakers and details about the "Beyond Land Acknowledgement" conference.

Register and find out more about payment for "Beyond Land Acknowledgement"

Look here for more resources from Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples. 

For questions, contact members of the conference planning committee:

Pat Johnson, [email protected], (828) 400-4844

Maggie O’Neill, [email protected], (804)339-1712

Elizabeth Wallace, [email protected], (919) 923-7809

Maggie Moon O'Neill


[email protected]



Contact Information:

Church office: (828) 669-8050


Michael Donnan:

Office Manager Hours: Tuesday & Thursday,

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Rev. Michael J S Carter:

(Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Rev. Carter is available for pastoral care in the church office or virtually via Zoom or Skype. Please email Rev. Michael J S Carter to schedule an appointment.


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