The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
April 5, 2018
Vol. 18 Issue 14
In This Issue
Upcoming Events

Awareness Thru
Movement Class 
10:00 a.m.

Sun. 4/8
Church Services
10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Memorial service for Anita Anderson 
(Paul Anderson's Mom) 
2:00 p.m.
Holy Cross Episcopal Church

Tue. 4/10
5:15-6:15 p.m.
Adult Religious Education Room 

Wed. 4/11
UUkelele Fun Group
5:45-7:00 p.m.
Adult Religious Education Room 
UUCH Choir Practice 
7:15-8:30 p.m.
Music Room

Thu. 4/12
Facilitator Training
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Adult Religious Education Room

Fri. 4/13
Awareness Thru
Movement Class 
10:00 a.m.

Sat. 4/14
Social Saturday Potluck
11:00-1:00 p.m
Fellowship Hall

All-ages Movie Night
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall 
In Honor of
Reverend Al ic e
 As you all know, Reverend Alice has announced her plans to retire at the end of this church year. Although she will be with us until the end of July, we plan to start celebrating her a little early, to begin the process of saying goodbye to someone who has made such an impact on our church and to allow for participation from members before we all embark on our summer vacations. 
Please mark your calendars for a celebration of Reverend Alice's legacy of service and leadership on April 22nd.
Please signup to lend your assistance to making this day memorable.

We will have an opportunity during that worship service to look back at the many gifts Reverend Alice has given our church. You will not want to miss it!
HAP Collection
canned goods

The Social Justice Committe
e has a monthly goal to collect at least 100 items during each month for the food pantry.
Please put your nonperishable food items or personal care products donation in the basket in the church foyer for the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).  
THANK YOU for your continued generosity!   
Yoga at UUCH!
Adult Religious Education is offering a beginning Hatha Yoga Class each Tuesday evening at 5:15 p.m. led by Jessica Schulz. Yoga brings inner quiet and peace of mind, something that could enrich us all.
Each class will last around an hour, so there will be time to get to your important Tuesday evening church meetings afterwards.  

Come dressed in comfortable clothes and bring a mat if you have one (we will have some extras). We will meet in the Adult Religious Education Room. For further information, contact Nancy Finley at 

Everyone is welcome!
Come Sing a
Song with Us

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!
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.
Awareness Thru Movement Class 

For a healthy new you, 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. Join us!

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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, April 24th.

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 


Newsletter deadlines are each Monday at midnight.
Please send submissions to news collator Willette Battle at  


Office Hours:

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


Office phone: 256-534-0508
email: .

Minister's email:



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, April 8, 2018
Beyond Green

The Huntsville Feminist Chorus

The Huntsville Feminist Chorus, directed by our UUCH Music Director, Pam Siegler, will sing part of their upcoming spring concert on the theme of "Beyond Green." The program celebrates our human relationship with the natural world and its many inhabitants and explores our role in stewardship and justice-seeking. In this month of emergence, this program calls us to emerge from any cocooned inaction to create and maintain right relationship with the Earth. Selections bring together an eclectic array of inspiring songs from spiritual, folk, and social justice traditions.
  This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education (C YRE)
Peace, J ustice, and Searchers rooms will continue their exploration of "Living Our Principles."

Transformers and YOUUTH will remain in the sanctuary for the special musical service on caring for the Earth and its inhabitants.

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.
Annual Congregational Meeting 
May 6th, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.
After Sunday services on May 6th, we will be holding our Annual Congregational Meeting.
This date represents a change from the calendar, for which the Board apologizes: to meet both the terms of our bylaws and the deadlines for applying for an Interim Minister, we have had to revise our planned schedule.  Please make every effort to attend; we need a quorum.

Per our bylaws, we will send electronic copies of the mailing containing the information for the meeting to all members, using your newsletter preferences as a guide. If you currently get a paper copy of the newsletter, you will receive a paper copy of the agenda and other information. If you receive the newsletter electronically, you will receive the materials electronically. Please make sure that the church office has your correct email address.

If you would prefer to receive the Annual Meeting materials in a different format than you get the newsletter, please notify Willette Battle in the church office ( or 256-534-0508) as soon as possible. Thank you!

Interim Ministry:
An Exciting Opportunity!

The UUA has developed Interim Ministry to help congregations challenge themselves to change and develop in ways they might not have anticipated--to support our role in producing the Beloved Community. We're eager to move forward with one for UUCH! Please watch this fifteen-minute video to help clarify what we might expect from our experiences with an interim minister: The Interim Opportunity  
Welcome to our Newest Members!

On Sunday, April 1st, UUCH welcomed several new members into covenant during a brief ceremony. The new members and their children are pictured above as follows (left to right):
Back (standing): Foster Perry, Dan McKitrick, Suzey Delacey, Deborah Delacey;
Front (seated): Phyllis Varney, Vally Perry, Tamara Morton, Nicole Wright;
Front (floor): Ana, Ritchie, Ben, Jeremy, Jonathan.
We appreciate the commitment these new members have made to our church community with their gifts of time, financial support, and talents. We look forward to working together to fulfill the mission of this church.
The UUCH covenant that members make with each other is as follows:

We, as members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville, covenant to work
together to create a supportive, affirming, sustaining community that inspires and challenges each of us to become our best selves. To further our goal of creating such an intentional community, we promise each other to:
  • Affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every member of our community, valuing our differences and supporting each other in a free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • Listen to one another with the intent of understanding, and speak to one another with respect and kindness, so that all may be heard;
  • Recognize that forming an intentional community may at times require us to place the needs of the community above our own needs;
  • Foster caring relationships by assuming the best intent in others, disagreeing in love, and empowering one another to speak for ourselves;
  • Affirm the work of the church to the best of our abilities, valuing the work of others, and supporting those who voluntarily accept leadership roles in the church;
  • Promote an environment where all people feel safe, both physically and emotionally;
  • Use the energy and support we thus create to bring our vision of justice, equity, and compassion in human relations into our wider community, our nation, and our world.
Last week! 
Please Help Us with the Interim Minister Application

Your Board needs to put together the application for an interim minister by April 17th. Please give us input now! Only the subcommittee working on the application will see your remarks, and we will hold them in confidence. 
Please follow this corrected link to Interim Minister Survey to provide your input. The Board will simply review the survey results in preparing our initial application for an Interim Minister.

Don't feel like you must answer all the questions, or that this will be the last time you will be asked these questions in the long-term search process!

Print versions of this survey are available in the Fellowship Hall.
Thanks for your help.
 Social Justice Opportunities Update! 

The Social Justice Committee is collecting new or gently used shoes to benefit Friends of Rescue and Funds2Orgs supporting micro-enterprises in developing countries. Bring shoes to donate to the UUCH Fellowship Hall. The Social Justice Committee will deliver the shoes to Friends of Rescue.The last day of the shoe drive is Sunday April 15th.

The youth RE assembled 125 homeless meal packs on March 25th. They were delivered to First Stop.

Also, orders for Standing on the Side of Love T-shirts will be taken soon.
The Spiritual Practice of
UU Facilitation 
April 12th
Facilitation is the art of engaging group participants in a cooperative process. It is a leadership tool essential in our Unitarian Universalist context. A group facilitator helps create a safe and comfortable environment where all participants may feel heard and valued. Regardless of the purpose for which a group gathers, facilitation taps into the energy and creativity of the group, empowering each person to give expression to their own potential. 
Join us as we learn together some of these practices in an Introduction to Facilitation class on Thursday, April 12th 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Adult Religious Education Room

Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you have led many groups or are just beginning. We can all learn more about creating good spaces for deep, productive human conversation. The class will be facilitated by Reverend Alice Syltie and Nancy Finley. Please let Nancy know if you need childcare, at least a week before the event so it can be arranged. 

Hope to see you there!
--Adult Religious Education 
 Breaking Bread Together

Breaking Bread Together feeds us in so many ways. Eating is secondary. Potlucks and Wonderful Wednesdays are about coming together in welcoming fellowship. The new Social Saturdays announced below is an excellent opportunity to enjoy each other's company! These are special times set aside to share with and enjoy each other--to share our true lives and ourselves. These are times to laugh, hug, and be real with each other and to truly connect over stories of the past, the day, our futures, and our UU faith.

Give yourself the gift of special times.

--Hosted by your Hospitality Committee

Social Saturday
on April 14th
Let's Do Lunch!
The premier "Social Saturday" will be held on April 14th, 11:00 to 1:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall at UUCH. This event is being held in response to members' requests for more "in-reach" in our church community.

There will not be any particular agenda, just a casual social time for people to get together, share a meal, and chat--maybe find out that they share a common interest, maybe one has a need that another could meet, maybe they like to eat out at a favorite restaurant but want a companion, maybe they like to go to sci-fi movies, or enjoy playing cards, or like to go hiking, or fishing, or canoeing, or bungee-jumping. Anything can happen when UUs get together!

So plan to come and join the group. It will be a potluck, of course. So cook up your favorite dish to share or drop by a store to pick up a favorite dish.

Everyone is welcome, but seniors are especially encouraged to come, and perhaps a Senior Circle will develop at UUCH. It will also be an opportunity for new members to meet some folks and feel like part of our UUCH family.

The event is sponsored by the Hospitality, Membership, and Care Committees, and if enough interest is shown, it will become a monthly event. Hope to see you April 14!
All-ages Movie Night  
April 14th at 6:30 p.m.
The Transformers and Searchers Religious Education (RE) Groups will join with the Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Program to host our  Spring All-ages Movie Night on Saturday, April 14th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will be viewing Jim Henson's The Tale of the Bunny Picnic. Join us as we watch Bean, a young bunny, learn that sometimes the littlest bunnies can make biggest changes.

We will be collecting donations for A New Leash on Life. Click here for a complete list of items.

Please bring your favorite snack to share. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the movie starts at 6:30 p.m. 
Meet Your Muslim Neighbor
Open Mosque Day

Meet your Muslim Neighbor Open Mosque Day will occur Saturday, April 21st, at 2:00-6:00 p.m. located at Huntsville Islamic Center, 1645 Sparkman Drive. Booths will be staffed to help answer common questions. Traditional foods and desserts will be available.

For more information, email
UUCH 2018 Annual
Budget Drive Concluding!

Currently, members and friends have made pledges for the upcoming year that exceeded $192,000! We continue to "Pave the Path" to an exciting future.

If you forgot to get your pledge form into us this past Sunday, it's not too late! We'd still like to grow that total a bit more for next year's budget which will be presented to the congregation in May.
Thanks to everyone who have made pledges. Remember the church fiscal year will begin on July 1st. As we are "Paving the Path" for growth and transitions, every pledge matters! All pledges, regardless of size, are important and appreciated.
John Schulz, 2018 ABD Chair
David Bollinger, 2018 Finance Chair
Care List
This Sunday, April 1, 2018,  
at our Circle of Candles:
Pete Cossaboon and Joe Rogers; lit a candle of joy: Announcing our Recent Engagement. Everyone is invited to our wedding celebration next year on April 21st. Pete is surprisingly becoming a Groomzilla.

Suzey Delacey;
lit a candle of joy: I can hardly express my continued exhilaration following last night's concert of Huntsville's Aeolian Choir of Oakwood University!

Abi Nielsen; lit a candle of joy: It is Easter! My cousin is here.

Choir; lit a candle of joy: We celebrate the life of one of our founding members, Laurie Keller. Her spirit will sing with us always.