The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
January 18, 2018
Vol. 18 Issue 3
In This Issue
Fri. 1/19
Awareness Thru Movement Class 
10:00 a.m.

Sat. 1/20
25th Annual Chili Cook-off and Open Mic Hot Time   
5:30-9:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Sun. 1/21
Unitarian Universalist  
Common Read
9:00-10:30 a.m.
Adult Religious Education

Worship Service
10:45 a.m.

Wed. 1/24
The UUkulele  
Fun Group
5:45-6:45 p.m.
Adult Religious Education Room

UUCH Choir Practice
7:15-8:30 p.m.
Music Room

Thu. 1/25
Faith in Action Alabama (FIAAL) Dinner/Meeting
5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. hosted by Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville.
HAP Collection! 
 We had another great HAP collection--161 items!
The Social Justice Committe e has a monthly goal to collect at least 100 items during each month for the food pantry. THANK YOU for all of your continued generosity!   
Please put your nonperishable food items or personal care products donation in the basket in the church foyer for the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).  
Thanks for all you do!  

The UUCH choir practices on Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. in the Choir Room. Whether you know how to sing or would like to learn, we would love for you to join us!
The UUkulele  
Fun Group

The Ukulele Fun Group occurs every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. and is open to everyone, regardless of skill level.

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UUCH 17-18  
Board Members
Laurel Bollinger

Denise Runnels

Nancy Finley

Greg Howard

Susan Coddington
Kathy Heath

Lynsie Lamitie

Ex Officio:
Reverend Alice Syltie

Do you have an Agenda Item for the Board?  
The Board respectfully requests that all agenda items for the meeting be submitted to Board President Laurel Bollinger, no later than one week prior to the meeting, i.e. the Tuesday before. You may phone her at home or send a copy of your request to
President@uuch.orgThe next UUCH Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 23rd.

The Overlook is a publication of The Unitarian Universalist Church, 3921 Broadmor Rd. Huntsville, AL 35810


The Reverend Alice Syltie

Board President:  

Laurel Bollinger   

Editorial Board:  

Susan Coddington 

Kathy Heath 


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Office Hours:

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  
Monday - Friday


Office phone: 256-534-0508
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Sunday Services are held 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon; Children's Religious Education held concurrently. Nursery available for age 3 years and under.


For further info on any event, call the church office:

Upcoming Service

Sunday, January 21, 2018
The Path of Right Intention 
The Reverend Alice Syltie   
Do your goals ever get in the way of your intentions?  Or another question might be, is it possible to be intentional about how we achieve our goals? These are the questions I am asking myself, as I continue reflecting on our theme question for January, "What does it mean to be a people of intention? " It is my intention, or perhaps my goal, to share the fruits of my reflection with you on Sunday.  
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education (CYRE)
All CYRE groups will meet in thei r rooms to continue Tapestry of Faith curricula on "Living Our Principles."
Nursery care (ages 0-3) will be offered as usual.
If you haven't already, please register your child/youth for this year's CYRE program. For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair.
Time to Return 
Guest at Your Table Boxes
Now that we are through the holidays, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) Guest at Your Table program is wrapping up and it is time to return your Guest at Your Table boxes! 
There are three ways you can return your contribution to the UUSC: 
  1. Bring your box to church and place it in the basket in the Fellowship Hall (cash or check; if cash, provide the information on the side of the box)
  2. Send a check directly to UUSC at UUSC, PO Box 808, Newark, NJ 07101-0808
  3. Donate on-line at
Thanks for your contributions!
25th Annual Chili Cook-off and  
Open Mic Hot Time  
Saturday, January 20th

singing chili Who, me, win the coveted red ladle? Yes, you, on Saturday, January 20th!
Queen Fran Alexander won the 2017 "Best in Show" Coveted Red Ladle (blind tasting). Bring your hot talent, chili, and side dishes to this fun evening!
See the Fellowship Hall poster or online to register your chili, sign-up to decorate, and offer to bring your favorite chili side dish: cheese, sour cream, crackers, salads, cornbread or rolls, and desserts.
Open mic entertainment is an important part of the evening! Contact Susan Coddington ( or 256-520-3940)  to be part of the show. 
Saturday set list:
9:00 a.m. Decorate and setup
4:30 p.m. Chili judges arrive  
5:00 p.m. Chili judging begins, doors open
5:30 p.m. Chili buffet opens
6:30 p.m. Hot talent at the hot mic
Admission is $5 each for those 12 and older; children 3-11 are $3 each; family max $20. (Free admission for Chili Chefs)
Master-minded by Fran Alexander, hosted by Hospitality
Unitarian Universalist Common Read   
Sunday, January 21st
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  
Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry , edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017), is the first book to center the stories, analysis, and insights of Unitarian Universalist religious professionals of color . They explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities. It is a joint project of the Committee for Anti-racism, Anti-oppression, and Multiculturalism of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA) and Skinner House Books.
Come join our local discussion of this exciting book. Brad Korb and Shiela Burrow will facilitate the conversation. Everyone is welcome; c offee and snacks will be available, so come early to enjoy. There will be several books available for loan in the Fellowship Hall for those who wish to borrow one.  
This discussion is sponsored by UUCH Adult Religious Education (RE). Contact Nancy Finley or Shiela Burrows for further information at If you need childcare, please let Shiela or Nancy at least one week in advance. Hope to see you there.  
Faith in Action Alabama (FIAAL) Dinner/Meeting
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Faith in Action Alabama (FIAAL) dinner/meeting is going to be held Thursday, January 25th from 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. [5:15-5:45 p.m. dinner; 5:45-7:30 p.m. meeting] hosted by Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville.
FIALL is a 501c3 statewide, non-profit organization with branches in Huntsville, Birmingham, Mobile and Montgomery. FIALL stands in witness with people across faith and race, working to achieve systemic change by creating pathways of opportunities for all Alabama residence.  
If you plan to attend, or for more information, please contact UUCH Social Justice Committee, Gail Williams or Michelle Clark
Awareness Thru Movement Class 
For a healthy New Year, join our Awareness Through Movement (ATM) class.
These classes focus on gentle movements that can assist us in being more comfortable and pain-free in our everyday activities. Come learn how to use the core of your body to improve movement, balance, and chronic pain.
Everyone is welcome! Classes, led by Sally Locklear, are drop-in with no experience necessary . Wear comfortable, loose clothing and bring a bath or beach towel to use as head support for comfort in side-lying.
ATM is held on Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m.
For more information, contact Nancy Finley at UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically. J oin us!
Care List
This Sunday, January 14, 2018, at our Circle of Candles:
The Worship Committee: a candle of joy; A HUGE thank you to Susan Coddington for hemming several new alter cloths for us. We are excited to continue to enhance our worship aesthetics in the coming months.  
 Jo Broussard: a candle of joy; Dayomine (pronounced Day-me-on) Owens, my grandson reaches his 21st birthday on January 20th. I am so proud of his past and future accomplishments!  
Theresa Miller: a candle of sorrow; My sister, Lois, who has had a leg amputated, has injured her good leg with a spill from her wheelchair in December. Healing is slow and she needs to undergo a skin graft to help it to heal. Prayers and love are appreciated for her and son, Jim, who is her caretaker.
Suzey Delancey: a candle of joy; Our sweet oldest boy is now 12 years old! Happy Birthday, Ritchie!  
Suzey Delancey: a candle of sorrow; Our President has deeply disappointed, yet again, with his horrible, unprofessional conduct.