The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
January 31, 2019
Vol. 19 Issue 5
In This Issue
Upcoming Events  
Thu. 1/31
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Fri. 2/1
Awareness Through Movement 
10:00 a.m.

Sun. 2/3   
New UU Class
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. 
Adult RE Room

Sunday Service
10:45 a.m.

First Sunday  
Potluck Lunch
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

CYRE Teacher and Volunteer Enrichment
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
RE Area
Girl Scout  
Troop Meeting   
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 
Justice Room

Soul Matters Small Groups
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
[Group B]

Choir Rehearsal 
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Thu. 2/7
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Fri. 2/8
Awareness Through Movement 
10:00 a.m.    

Sun. 2/10
New UU Class
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.  
Adult RE Room
Sunday Service
10:45 a.m.
OWL Parent Meeting   
12:45 - 4:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
Music Committee Meeting
12:30 - 1:30 p.m
Class Room 
Huntsville Assistance Program 
canned goods
227 food items were recently collected and taken to the Huntsville Assistance Program for distribution. 

The Social Justice Committee  has a goal to collect at least 100 items each month for the food pantry. 
Please put your nonperishable food items or personal care products donations in the basket in the church foyer for the Huntsville Assistance Program. 

They run low on cereal, canned fruit, mac and cheese, peanut butter, instant mashed potatoes, Hamburger Helper-type meals, and canned veggies -- but not green beans or corn.
They are always grateful for our donations. Thank you for your continued generosity! 

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee
UUkulele Fun Group
The UUkulele Fun Group is open to everyone, regardless of skill level.
The group meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 5:45 p.m.
Girl Scouts at UUCH

We are living the Girl Scout way at UUCH and looking for friends to join us! Girl Scouts at UUCH meet biweekly to enjoy adventures, friendship, and fun together.

Contact Harper Goodman for more information.
UUCH Choir

The UUCH choir practices on Wednesdays in the Choir Room. Our start time has changed to 7:00 p.m. Whether you know how to sing or would like to learn, we would love for you to join us! If you plan to attend but cannot, or if you have other inquiries, please contact Pam Siegler at 931-307-4994 or via email .
Awareness Through Movement
The Feldenkrais Method of Awareness Through Movement class will start again with lessons that  use small, gentle movement, imagination, and sensing. Mats will be provided, but feel free to bring anything you might need to make yourself comfortable lying on the floor. If you are unable to lie on the floor, please let us know, and we will make an accommodation for you.
This Adult RE class, led by Sally Locklear, is drop-in, with no experience necessary. Everyone is welcome. 
We meet each Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the Adult Religious Education Room.
For further information, contact Adult RE chair Nancy Finley

Sponsored by the Adult Religious Education Committee
 From the 
Property Committee

Want to learn a new skill? We are looking for you! We do not discriminate on any basis whatsoever -- including  tool ownership. Feel free to come in disguise!

The  Property Committee needs the occasional help keeping the lights on in the church. Literally, we need people to help change light bulbs.

Come help on one project with no long-term commitment required. Or, for those who want to work with a team, we do have a few bigger projects, such as painting Rev. Ed's office and replacing boards on the playground fort.  

If you are interested in learning more, talk to Wanda Snoddy, Brad Korb, Tim Miller, or Jeanne de France. For those who are introverted, you can also email us.

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UUCH 2018-19
Board Members
Susan Coddington  
Vice President: 
John Schulz

Nancy Finley

David Bollinger 

Ed Bernstein
Theresa Miller

Nick Wilbourn
Interim Minister:
The Rev. Edward L. Brock

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 Susan Coddington  no later than one week prior to the meeting (i.e. the Tuesday before). You may text or call her, or send a copy of your request via email. The next board meeting will be Tuesday, February 26.

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

Interim Minister:

The Rev. Edward L. Brock

Board President:  

Susan Coddington    


Nick Wilbourn 


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Office Hours:

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


Office Phone: 256-534-0508

Minister's Email:



Sunday Services are held 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Children's Religious Education held concurrently. Nursery available for ages 3 years and under.


For more info on any event, contact the church office.

Upcoming Service
Sunday, February 3, 2019 
" Spirituality in the Key of Life"
(Part 1)
The Reverend Ed Brock
Over the years, I have noticed that UU congregations struggle with understanding the value and place of spirituality. Considerable effort goes into whether UUs should be religious, not religious, anti-religious, spiritual, agnostic, undeclared, or any other variation thereof. Alternatively, much discussion has focused on whether social action is a surrogate for spirituality. Is there a way to cut through a polarized and confusing debate to a meaningful and productive discussion of the matter?
Over the last 20 years, much research (from people without an agenda) indicates that spiritual practices can have very positive mental, emotional, and physical health benefits. This research may provide a clue for a path forward beyond the polarized debates within and beyond our religious group.
In this sermon series, I will share some experiences leading me to conclude that this is an important issue, how research from unexpected places confirms the value of spirituality, and how UUs might make use of this information.    
On the first Sunday of each month, we Share the Plate during the offering, Share our Lunch with each other during Potluck, and Share our Bounty by filling the food basket! Please don't forget to bring non-perishable food and hygiene items for the food basket, to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program. All donations are welcome and appreciated. 
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE)

All ages will continue their lessons on INreach/OUTreach, exploring how to create wonderful welcome at church and extend it beyond our walls.  N ursery care (ages 0-3) will be offered as usual.
For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, or Steve Rittenberg, CYRE Chair.

CYRE registration is open! All families, new and returning, should register each year.  Click here to register!
Future Worship Services
February's Theme: Trust
Spirituality in the Key of Life (Part 2)
Rev. Ed Brock
Visiting UU Minister
Youth-Led Service    
stpWe Share the Plate* with   
Faith in Action Alabama
  STP logo
This month, we Share the Plate with Faith in Action Alabama (FIAAL). FIAAL is a 501(c)(3) statewide nonprofit organization with branches in Huntsville, Birmingham, Mobile, and Montgomery. FIAAL stands in witness with people across faiths and races, working to achieve systemic change by creating pathways of opportunities for all Alabamans. One of its current aims is solving the problem of mass incarceration.

Potluck Lunch
This Sunday, February 3, is our next potluck lunch. Please bring a dish to share as we gather in the Fellowship Hall following the service. There are tent cards located on the island in the kitchen you can use to describe your dish.
Come and join your UUCH friends and family for a delightful lunch. We look forward to dining with you!
Hosted by the Hospitality Committee
"New UU" Class Starts This Sunday
What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? Guided by the Tapestry of Faith Curriculum, we will offer a three-part series that explores important themes in UU congregational life - our worship and theology, history, covenant and polity, faith development, social justice, and membership. This program is particularly focused on introducing newcomers to Unitarian Universalism, but those of us who have been here for a while will also be able to share and connect with others as we explore our own beliefs and how they intersect with the UU tradition. Everyone is welcome!
Mark your calendars now for the Sunday mornings of February 3, 10, and 17 for this chance to learn and share. Meet for coffee or tea at 9:00 a.m. in the Adult RE classroom; discussion starts at 9:15. Pam Korb and Nick Wilbourn will facilitate the discussion.
Contact Nancy Finley for additional information. Childcare will be provided.
Sponsored by the Adult Religious Education and Membership Committees
Forum on Predatory Lending

The public is invited to a forum on predatory lending at Good Shepherd UMC on Tuesday, February 12. For more information, see the flyer below or read more online.

Submitted by Social Justice Committee
OWL Parent Meeting
Sunday, February 10
Sexuality Education for Youth

The CYRE program is planning two OWL classes to begin Sunday, February 17 , for grades 7-9 (ages 12-15) and grades 10-12 (ages 15-17). OWL offers a beautiful curriculum, aligned with UU values, for building holistic identity and sexuality awareness in young people. OWL fosters authenticity, safety, comprehensive understanding, and self-worth and, in general, provides the tools a young person needs to make healthy choices about relationships and sexuality.  Each class will be led by a committed team of trained facilitators. 
A mandatory parent orientation meeting will be held following the church service on Sunday, February 10, for parents/guardians of young people who wish to participate in the program, or who are considering participation. We will take a good look at the curriculum's values, topics, format, and schedule. The parent meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall starting around 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be provided by the CYRE Committee, with the actual meeting beginning at 1:00 and ending by 4:00. Childcare will be provided in the RE area. This meeting is for parents and guardians only.­ Youth must have signed permission from all parents/legal guardians to participate in OWL.
OWL class size and the number of families we can accommodate at the orientation are limited.  Please RSVP to DRE Erin Reid by February 8.
Read more about OWL here.
Here are some OWL testimonials from UU youth around the country:
"I think I got a wonderful sex education at church. I am so thankful my parents put me in the program.  It's nice to be able to say I attended a church that made me proud of my sexuality and not ashamed of it." (Carrie Duncan Newman, Des Moines, IA)
"People never BELIEVE me when I say that I took an in-depth sexuality education course at my church in eighth grade, and that it was awesome." (Alex Calvin, UMBC)
"OWL was the best church year of my life." (Lynn McCann, Westford Academy)
"OWL saved my life!!!" (Olivea Effie-May Wooden Virta, Santa Fe, NM)

Sponsored by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee
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!
Even if you didn't participate in the Guest at Your Table program, please consider giving to the UUSC in an effort to advance human rights for all.
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 online here.
Thanks for your contributions!

What Are 
Soul Matters Groups?

UU "Soul Matters" Groups are a way to feel truly engaged in our church, to deepen connections with others in our spiritual community, and to enhance our personal journeys to wisdom and meaningful lives. We currently have four groups running at UUCH, and we encourage more people to participate in the program. Those who have participated often say it is the most meaningful thing they do at our church!
Soul Matters Groups are designed as a companion program to a congregation's worship and religious education ministries. Congregations using Soul Matters have monthly themes, such as "compassion", "forgiveness", or "truth", which are integrated in all aspects of the church. Being a part of a Soul Matters Group allows you to go deeper in the themes that are being discussed in worship or in children's curriculum in an intimate, small group setting.
What do you do in a Soul Matters Group?
Each month, participants are given packets that contain resources for individual exploration, including questions, exercises, readings, music, and videos on that month's theme, and they can choose how they want to engage with the topic before meeting with the group. Participants then come to the group to discuss the theme. You take it at your own pace; there is not a lot of required reading, but there are plenty of materials to engage you through the month. You spend as much, or as little, time as you wish with the materials before the meeting.
Groups typically meet once a month at the same time, and meetings are usually 90 minutes long. The format is designed to make sure that everyone who wishes to speak is heard, and that we listen to one another without debate, judgment, or interruption. Questions provide opportunities for the group to explore the theme together. Trained facilitators guide the group through the format and help to make sure that the environment is a welcoming and moderated space for all to share and learn.
How can I join a group?
We are currently adding some new Soul Matters Groups. If you are interested in participating or learning more, please contact Nancy Finley.
All-Ages Pickup Choir 
Want to be part of a choir but don't have the time? The UUCH Music Program hosts a pickup choir opportunity for all ages. Many children, youth, and adults want to express themselves through music but can't come to regular Wednesday night choir practice. The UUCH All-Ages Pickup Choir offers a flexible, multi-generational alternative. 

On February 24anyone who wants can attend a short rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. in the Music Room. The pickup choir will run through the song a few times and then enjoy sharing the musical message with the congregation that same day.
Music will be accessible and interesting for all ages and skill levels, starting at four years old.

For more information, contact Pam Siegler, Music Director.
Care List
This Sunday, January 27, 2019,  at our Circle of Candles:
Theresa Miller lit a candle of joy: My sister, Lois, had a successful surgery for her abdominal aortic aneurysm this week. She still has many more serious health concerns, so please add her to your prayers or other good energies that you may send. 
Mary Ann Conklin lit a candle of sorrow: Sunday was Holocaust Remembrance Day. Let us never forget the horror that hatred and prejudice can bring.   
Miranda and Andy Durbin lit a candle of sorrow and joy: Andy's step-grandfather, Bill, is still in the hospital for pneumonia. Miranda's coworker, Deb, has an upcoming custody hearing and has a good shot of gaining custody of her grandson and getting him out of the foster system for good!