First Unitarian Universalist RVA- September 6, 2019
We GROW in search of wisdom,
we CARE in support of community, we ACT in service of justice.
All are invited to join us for services!
Your theme for 2019-2020 and for September is "Humanity & Temperance"! Packet available now! (The Monthly Info Drop has also been updated with the latest information available).
Your "MONTHLY INFO DROP" contains: the theme, blog updates, monthly care team information, and bookkeeper news like share the plate.
This Sunday at First UU: September 8th
Sunday Services at
9:00 am and 11:00 am
coffee hour
10:00 am-11:00 am

Sermon by Rev. Jeanne Pupke,
Senior Minister
"A Tango for Two: Humanity & Temperance"

Rev. Jeanne will share our coming themes for this year as we consider what it means to be human and act humanely; with proportion and temperance. This is not an easy dance.
Join the walking team for September's Share the Plate Recipient, CROP Hunger Walk! First UU will have a walking team and you can join the team or donate to the cause through the article below!
Religious Education Classes

Please contact Rhonda Wingfield
The Nursery is attended by an experienced staff. During worship services, we welcome those up to 3.5 years old. A snack of Cheerios is offered. Please provide your own snack if there are allergy concerns.  
A comfortable Nursing and Changing Room is adjacent to the Nursery for those who wish to tend to the needs of the youngest ones. The worship service can be heard in this room.

Religious Education at 11:00 

PreK-K: Welcome - This is a Church of Love. Children will be engaged in songs, story and activities of welcome, as they begin a new year together. 

Grades 1-3: The First UU In-gathering Games! Come for Chalice Lighting and games with friends you may not have seen in a while.

Grades 4-6The First UU In-gathering Games! Come for Chalice Lighting and games with friends you may not have seen in a while.

Please note : the following classes will not meet:

Grades 7-8 will not meet. Students are encouraged to worship in the Great Hall with family and friends.  OWL sessions begin for members, Oct. 13. 

Grades 9-12 will not meet. Their sessions begin Sept. 29. Students are encouraged to worship in the Great Hall with family and friends.

Sept. 15 & 22 will be Multi-generational worship. The Nursery will be open; however, no RE classes will meet.

Sept. 29 Classes Meeting: PreK-K; Gr. 1-2, Gr. 3-4, Gr. 5-6, Gr. 9-12

Antiracist Group Meeting
12:15 - 1:15pm
Conference Room

Teacher's Orientation
12:30 - 2:30pm
Lower Level: Middle

Women's Sojourn Meeting
7:00 - 9:00pm
Alcove B
The Young Adult Group will begin meeting again in September. The group will include a mixture of faith development and social activities. Meetings will take place in and out of church. The group will be meeting in September on 9/8, 9/21, and 9/29. For more information please email Kellie Mattingly at
Early Week
Tai Chi
Every Monday from 6:30-8:00 pm
Libbie Hill Park

Writer's Group
Monday, September 9th
7:00 - 8:30pm

COM Meeting
Monday, September 9th
7:00 - 8:30pm

Gallery: Computer Training
Monday, September 9th
7:00 - 9:00pm
President's Hall
Petitpoint Meeting
Tuesday, September 10th
10:00am - 12:00pm
Alcove B

Membership Team Meeting
Tuesday, September 10th
5:30 - 7:30pm
Staff Area

Leadership Development
Cmte Meeting
Tuesday, September 10th
6:00 - 7:30pm

Men Meeting
Tuesday, September 10th
6:30 - 8:30pm
Alcove B

Humanist Meeting
Tuesday, September 10th
6:30 - 8:30pm
President's Hall
The Daytimers' meeting on Wednesday, September 11th will be held in the President's Hall , from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.   The guest speaker, Katie Hood,from the Alzheimer's Association will be sharing her prospective on " Healthy Habits for the Brain. " Bring a friend and your favorite dish to share for lunch and conversation.
The Joy of Writing
Wednesday, September 11th
1:00 - 3:00pm

Protest Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday, September 11th
6:30 - 7:15pm
Great Hall
UU Singers Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday September 11th
7:00 - 9:00pm
Great Hall

Men's Group 1
Wednesday, September 11th
7:00 - 9:00pm
Alcove B
6:00 pm-6:30 pm
Vespers is an intimate, contemplative, and conversational half-hour service.
Late Week
Gallery: Check In & Set Up
Thursday, September 12th
12:00 - 3:30pm
Nursery, President's Hall, Alcove B, Library

Gallery: Muscles
Thursday, September 12th
6:00 - 9:00pm
Gallery: Artist Check In
Friday, September 13th
9:00am - 5:00pm

Gallery: Data Entry
Friday, September 13th
10:00am - 8:00pm
New to UU? Check out some of our small groups at the button here!
RISC…. The power of people organized together.
Building our church’s power to do justice!

Since 2012, RISC has worked to bring together hospitals, community college and training programs, and workforce centers to create an innovative pathway for job-seekers to enter high-demand healthcare jobs.   To date, more than 40 of them have been hired by VCU and Bon Secours.  In Elementary Reading we got clear commitments from leadership in Richmond Public Schools to continue and expand Reading Mastery in the 2019-2020 school year. In addition to the current 6 elementary and 2 middle schools using the program in 2018-2019, 5 more schools have expressed interest in implementing the program next year.  With the Affordable Housing & Eviction Diversion issue this year, we met with the mayor, city council members and 30 of us spoke at two City Council meetings to ensure the passage of $2.9 million for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and funding for the new Eviction Diversion Program in the City of Richmond.

What will we tackle together this year? It’s up to you. Please help us start the new year by attending a House Meeting . Check with our justice team leaders for their house meeting dates and make sure that your voice is heard! Come prepared to share how you or your loved ones have been impacted by evictions lack of affordable housing, or problems with reading in our public schools. We will also have time to share concerns related to other problems in our community.

Justice Team Leaders : Steve Saltzberg, ; Dorothy Hollahan, ; Jeff Clark, ; Lark Washington, ; Ted Merriman, , and Lynn Pappas, .
Interested in the finances of the church? 
There are two ways to learn more and help 1 st  UU!

1) The Finance Committee for FY2020 is being formed and looking for new members. Primary duties are reviewing monthly financial statements and changes in processes. Estimated time approximately 1-1 ½ hours per month. Most meetings are via email or conferencing. 

2) Secondly, a short-term project is being planned to review current activities and one or two needed to help. Estimated time approximately 8-10 hours total. To participate in either you don’t have to be a CPA or anything like that, just know the difference between a balance sheet and an income statement and be willing to ask a lot of questions. 

Contact the Treasurer, Sally Wetzler, for more information or to sign on.  or 804-304-8455. (Please note, Sally will be traveling for the next bit of time, and will not be available to return messages until after the beginning of September -- please contact her anyway, and she will return your inquiry as soon as she returns!)
Looking ahead - Save the dates

Sparking your creative spirit through Deep Creativity
Women’s Spirituality Retreat
October 18 – 20, 2019
Richmond Hill, VA

We gather from Friday at 4 through lunch on Sunday to explore our creative spirit. Creativity flows from our inner wisdom. We will explore our creative impulse to create the world we inhabit. There is time for reflection, meditation, quiet walks in the garden and meeting new people. Richmond Hill is an island of peace in the city of Richmond. Come be refreshed, explore your creative spirit and breathe in the peace of this place.
Limited to 15 participants. To register contact Rev. Sue ,
Send a deposit of $100 to First UU RVA with Women’s Retreat in the memo line.

“Creativity is a function of the inner imagination, not of the ego. The ego does not create out of itself, but gives form and expression to the creativity which comes from within. An ego out of touch with the inner world can never be creative, but only rigid, and can only mimic creativity.”
–Gordon Cosby, “Called to Be Creative,” in  By Grace Transformed

Dismantling White Supremacy 
October 26 and November 23
9:00am - 4:00pm both days at First UU RVA
Rev. Sherman Logan, Rev. Sue Sinnamon and Elnora Allen-- facilitators.
You must attend both sessions.
Registration required –

A 21st Century Leadership Capacity A Joint Project of The Center for Assessment and Policy Development (CAPD), MP Associates and World Trust Educational Services, funded by The W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The workshop covers a number of key concepts, tools and strategies for change.
For example, the workshops help explore dominant cultural assumptions and
perspectives about what is considered normal, appropriate, desirable and/or
valid. Dominant culture narratives or norms – e.g. what constitutes a “family,”’
who is considered dangerous, intelligent, acceptable and whose perspectives are
valid – are codified in customs, laws, institutions, policies, and practices. They
reinforce stereotypes and limit fair access in terms of who belongs inside and who
remains outside circles of human concern. In addition, cultural assumptions are
part of what continue to advantage some groups and disadvantage others. And,
even when those inequities are persistent and obvious, the history and current
policies and practices that drive them often may not be. The deep investigation
and chance to “work with” these ideas can help build our capacity to identify, talk productively about and act to address white culture, white privilege and their
consequences in our spheres of influence. ( Tools for Racial Equity)

Prerequisite – Living the Pledge
The Living Legacy Project is offering two Civil RIght Movement Pilgrimages to meet the people and visit the sites where people risked everything to demand their rights. 

Note: Financial assistance is available. People of color and young people are encouraged to apply:    Financial assistance application

October 19-26, 2019, Alabama and Mississippi Pilgrimage
This eight-day Pilgrimage travels from Birmingham, AL, to sacred Civil Rights Movement sites in Alabama and Mississippi. Learn about:
  • The 16th Baptist Church bombing, Kelly Ingram Park, and the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
  • Rosa Parks, Bryan Stevenson’s lynching memorial, and Dexter Ave. Baptist Church
  • The Selma to Montgomery March, including the murders of Jimmie Lee Jackson, James Reeb, and Viola Liuzzo
  • Civil rights workers slain in MS
  • Emmett Till
  • Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, and much more
Registration is now open. Early-bird registration ends August 15, 2019, so sign-up today!  Check out our website for more information

March 25-29, 2020, Alabama-Focused Pilgrimage
This five-day Pilgrimage focuses on sacred Civil Rights Movement sites in Alabama. Learn about:
  • The 16th Baptist Church bombing, Kelly Ingram Park, and the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
  • Rosa Parks, Bryan Stevenson’s lynching memorial, and Dexter Ave. Baptist Church
  • The Selma to Montgomery March, including the murders of Jimmie Lee Jackson, James Reeb and Viola Liuzzo
  • And more of the Alabama Civil Rights Movement story
Registration for March 2020 will open soon. Watch your email, Facebook, and our website. 
We look forward to seeing you on the bus! There is still much work to do. 
Check us out on social media!
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