The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
June 16, 2019
Vol. 19 Issue 24
In This Issue
Upcoming Events

Thurs. 6/13
PFLAG Support Meeting
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Adult RE Room

Fri. 6/14
Church Yard Sale
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sat. 6/15
Church Yard Sale
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Spirituality Workshop
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Sun. 6/16
Soul Matters Small Group (Group D)
9:00 a.m.

Sunday Service
Rev. Ed Brock
10:45 a.m.

Sat. 6/22
Gorilla Trek Presentation
7:00 p.m.

Sun. 6/23
Search Committee Meeting
9:00 a.m
Board Room

Annual Pride Service
10:45 a.m.

Tues. 6/25 
Board Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Board Room

Soul Matters Small Group (Group A)
7:00 p.m.
Adult RE Room

Wed. 6/26
UUkulele Fun Group
5:45 - 6:45 p.m.

Council Meeting
6:00 p.m.

Thurs. 6/27
Faith in Action Meeting
5:15 p.m.
Location TBD

Sun. 6/30  
Adult RE:
Studying the Bible
9:00 a.m.
Adult RE Room

Sunday Service
Amanda Schuber
10:45 a.m.
U Ukule le  
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.
Huntsville Assistance Program 
The Social Justice Committee has a goal to collect at least 100 items each month for the food pantry. In May we collected 182 items!

Please put your nonperishable food items or personal care products donations in the basket in the church foyer for the Huntsville Assistance Program. Please, no canned corn, beans, or peas! They are currently overloaded with those items.

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee

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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, June 25 .  

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 


Newsletter deadlines are each Monday at midnight.
Any committee with newsletter announcements should send submissions to news collator Amanda Schuber at  


Office Hours:

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Monday - Wednesday - Friday 

Office Phone: 
Office Email:

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
"The Power of Love"

Sunday, June 16, 2019 
Rev. Ed Brock
This Sunday I will tell a story about the power of love. Most of the people I describe will remain anonymous for reasons that will be apparent. However, the story itself is true in all its details. This story will have several sub-themes, such as forgiveness, redemption, and renewal. This sermon will cause us to ponder questions such as:
  • Are there limits to forgiveness?
  • Are certain actions unforgivable?
  • Are some people un-redeemable? If so, where do we draw that line?
  • Can anyone really judge another person?
This sermon will also be an exploration of the power of love, as well as the possibilities of forgiveness and its ability to recreate a person's life.
 Future Services
June 23: Annual Pride Service 
 June 30: Amanda Schuber
June Worship Theme: Beauty 

This week is all about summer fun and learning through making Rainbow Grateful Chains! This session will be led by Dan McKitrick, assisted by helper Harper Goodman. The Sunday Supervisor is Michelle Clark.  
For more information on the Summer CYRE program, please contact Harper Goodman, RE Assistant, or Steve Rittenberg, CYRE Chair.
June 14 and 15
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
It's time for our annual UUCH Yard Sale! Come by the church this Friday and Saturday to get great deals on awesome items, while supporting all the great things that happen at UUCH.  
Spirituality Workshop  

This  Saturday, June 15 , from  9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m .,
Rev. Ed Brock will lead a spirituality workshop.

The workshop will consist of a series of presentations by members of the church on what spirituality means to them and how it has played a role in their lives. Also, Rev. Ed will present several models of the spirituality journey as have come down to us through important historical figures. The workshop will have discussion, interaction, and didactic elements.

All are invited. If you have further questions, please  contact Rev. Ed through the church office. 

Submitted by Rev. Ed Brock
Gorilla Trekking Presentation 

You are invited to  join Barbara and Gary Hitt for a multimedia presentation of the Mountain Gorilla Trekking trip they took to Rwanda and Uganda in 2018. The presentation will be Saturday, June 22, at 7:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall.

In addition to making a challenging climb to the top of the mountain to see the gorillas, they encountered other exotic African wildlife and met some local people, including visits to a school and a pygmy tribe. Gary is an avid bird watcher and maintains their "Life List", and Barbara is a master photographer with the Huntsville Photographic Society who documents their adventures to share with others. Drinks and refreshments will be served. 
This was offered as a Service Auction item, and if you did not sign up, it is not too late! There are still spaces available. We are asking for a donation of $25 for adults and $10 for teens, with no charge for children. All proceeds will go to UUCH. 
Contact Barbara for more information or to RSVP. If you don't drive at night, please let her know, and she will try to arrange transportation for you.        
Alabama Arise 2020 Listening Session

Alabama Arise will host a listening session on June 20 at 6:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church on Airport Road. Come share thoughts for issues and strategies that matter to you for the coming year.

Submitted by the Social Justice Committee
Annual Stewardship Drive
Celebrating Your Generosity
Highest Pledge Drive Total in UUCH History!
Last Sunday, June 2, we celebrated the results of UUCH's 2019 Annual Budget Drive. Total pledge commitments received thus far from 93 households are $220,278 -- a record high!    
We are still happy to accept new pledge commitments. Pledge forms are located in the Fellowship Hall, or you may tell us the amount of your pledge by sending an email to the church at
We want to thank each of our donors for your generosity! Your pledges have provided a financially strong basis to help search for and attract a new minister, while being able to maintain strong programming, outreach, and operations.

Special thanks to our Stewardship Meeting hosts! 
In late March and early April, Stewardship Meetings were held in member's homes to kick off the 2019 UUCH Annual Budget Drive. Members and friends attended these events, enjoying food and fellowship with each other and making pledge commitments of financial support to our church community.
The following host families generously shared their time, their food, and their homes with us this year. Our heartfelt thanks go out to each host:
Susan & Tim Coddington
Barbara & Gary Hitt
Pam & Brad Korb
Sally & Bob Locklear
Jessica & John Schulz
Diane & Bryan Walls
Jo Broussard, 2019 ABD Chair
Bob Locklear, 2019 ABD Co-chair
Our Gifts to Black Lives of UU    
Formed in the wake of several conversations among Black Unitarian Universalists in July 2015, Black Lives of UU (BLUU) is committed to expanding the power and capacity of Black UUs within our religious movement and providing support, information, and resources for Black UUs.   
We will continue to raise money for this cause during Sunday services on June 16 and June 23, dedicating our plate collection to this cause . Our contribution as a congregation will be $1200, which translates to roughly $10 per member. This is an important and pivotal time for the Black Lives of UU movement. They need our support and demonstration of commitment to them as a vital part of our religious movement, and we thank you for helping us support this important cause.
Submitted by the Board  
Annual Meeting 
Annual Congregational Meeting 
June 23 at 12:30 p.m. 
After Sunday services on June 23, we will hold our annual Congregational Meeting. Please make every effort to attend; we need a quorum for the meeting.
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 receive 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.
If you would prefer to receive the Annual Meeting materials in a different format than how you receive the newsletter, please notify Amanda Schuber in the church office (256-534-0508) as soon as  possible.
Submitted by the Board 
Adult RE: Studying the Bible    

The Bible is one of the Sources of our UU faith tradition, but its dominance in our society can make it difficult for us to see it clearly. While the Bible can be read for many different reasons, at least one reason is for the window it offers into the ancient world -- a window that may also help us understand its role in modern society. 

UUCH will offer an Adult Religious Education (RE) series in which we will discuss sections of the Bible, with an eye on both its ancient and modern functions. The series will be facilitated by Laurel Bollinger, a long-standing member of UUCH and Professor of English at UAH, where she has taught the Bible as Literature for over 15 years.

Sessions will include the following:
June 30: Genesis Creation stories  
July 28: Parables  
August 25: TBD  
Join us in the Adult RE room on each of these Sundays at 9:00 a.m. If you need childcare, please let Nancy Finley know a week before the event. Everyone is welcome.  
Sponsored by the Adult Religious Education Committee
Mini MUUsic Makers  
This summer, youth Sarah Korb and Kristyn Smith will lead a four-week music course during RE for children 5th grade and under. The purpose of this program is to introduce the world of music to children with activities that will teach rhythm, pitch, identification of musical instruments, and more. The program will be held on July 7, July 14, July 21, and August 4. It will culminate in a musical presentation during the worship service on August 11. We ask that your child attends at least 2 of the 4 classes in order to participate in the presentation on August 11.
There will be a sign-up for the class in the Fellowship Hall. Please contact Harper Goodman for more information. 
Submitted by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee  
Poetry Sunday
July 7, 2019  
The theme for this year's annual Poetry Sunday will be "Spirituality", in connection with Rev. Brock's powerful sermon series.  
Everyone is invited to participate. If you would like to be considered for sharing a poem (either a favorite or an original poem) that speaks to this theme, please email the Worship Committee by June 30. Please include your poem in your email.
Submitted by the Worship Committee 
Beyond Categorical Thinking  
August 17 and 18
Beyond Categorical Thinking (BCT) is an anti-oppression program designed to help congregations in a ministerial search process. The program, facilitated by a trainer from the UUA, includes a 3-hour workshop and a sermon at a Sunday service. Issues around race/ethnicity, gender/gender identity, visible and invisible disabilities, health concerns, and sexual orientation are addressed in the BCT program. 

By completing the program, congregations send a message to all of their members and potential ministers about their commitment to full equality and ongoing learning about anti-oppression. We are fortunate to have the Rev. Keith Kron, Director of the Transitions Office for the Unitarian Universalist Association, coming to UUCH for our Beyond Categorial Thinking program on August 17 and 18. More information will be coming soon, but put this important weekend on your calendar now. All members are encouraged to attend.
Submitted by the Ministerial Search Committee
Safety Task Force

The UUCH Safety Task Force is looking for new members to join us in developing and monitoring safe practices and emergency protocols for our building. The task force will:
  • promote a safe environment for congregants, visitors, and staff members.
  • create and monitor adequate and effective emergency procedures.
  • conduct training and drills to ensure that procedures are effective.
  • post safety information as required.
  • conduct periodic walk-through facility inspections.
  • update plans and policies as required.
For more information, please contact Property Chair Wanda Snoddy.
Submitted by the Property Committee 
Care List
This Sunday, June 9, 2019,  at our Circle of Candles:
Deborah Delacey lit a candle of joy: On Monday I had a job interview, and on Wednesday I was offered the job! I am the new 6th grade English teacher at New Hope P-8 School.  

Andy Durbin lit a candle of joy: My grandmother, Bonnie, got her test results back, and she does not have breast cancer! 
Miranda Durbin lit a candle of sorrow: My friend, Katie, was hospitalized a few days ago after her husband found her unresponsive. They though it was a seizure at first  but then said it was not. They were unable to give her a diagnosis but released her to go home. She is supposed to see her doctor this week. Please send healing thoughts.
The Delacey Tribe  lit a candle of joy : Our swimming machine, Benjamin , came in second place on 2 out of 4 races when Guntersville's Aquacats swam against Albertville. We are so proud of his sportspersonship.