UUFF eNews - Week of April 10, 2019
Service this Sunday- April 14, 2019
Sunday, 04/14/19, 11am Service: “Faithful to the Future: A Prophetic Partnering of Religion & Science ,” with special guest, Rev. Michael Dowd!

Service will be directly followed by a Question & Answer Session with Rev. Dowd. UUFF Justice Team will provide a light lunch for folks who wish to attend Q & A.

Given our impact on Earth's climate, the seas, and other species, humanity is about to experience what could be called "The Great Reckoning." The good news is that this may also be "The Great Homecoming: the prodigal species coming home to Reality." Science and religion cannot be enemies if we hope to avoid extinction.

Henceforth, any religious and scientific actions we take as individuals and societies will be done in the new light of climate change and ecological overshoot. What vision can carry us forward and inspire us to work together? How shall we frame the need to shed our business-as-usual outlook on life and take on a new vision that can unite us in joyful self-sacrifice and service? What vision will charge us with a sense of heroic purpose?

10am Sunday Adult Religious Education (ARE):
ARE Discussion Group: Meets downstairs. Topic: "Everything is Holy Now." Join us as we listen to this song by Peter Mayer and reflect on the ways we find a sense of the sacred in the world around us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiypaURysz4 

Meditation will be held at 10:00, followed by a short reading and discussion between 10:30 -
10:45. It doesnʼt matter what type of meditation you do, or if you have ever meditated before, you
are welcome to come meditate in the UUFF Annex building (across Storer from UUFF in the west-
nearest Storer-side of the annex). ALL ARE WELCOME. Enter through the front door.

10am RE for kids 5+ continues today! All are invited to meet in room 2 downstairs at 10am for Religious Exploration, before rejoining adults for the 11 o’clock service.

Sunday Nursery Services available 9:45 am – end of Q and A session
These important (and fun!) Sunday tasks are completely reliant on YOUR willingness to volunteer. Training is available! Please sign up via the links below OR on the clipboards hanging on the lobby bulletin board.
Announcements, Events, and Opportunities!
 Justice Team Upcoming Events & Ongoing Opportunities

For a glimpse of this year's remaining Justice Team events, check out the 2019 Justice Team Calendar

THIS Sunday, April 14th, following services : Question & Answer with Rev. Michael Dowd, eco-theologian and science evangelist. Have you experienced moral and emotional struggles over the looming possibility that civilization could very well collapse under the force of climate change? Bring your questions for a discussion with Michael Dowd, following the 11am service led by he and Connie Barlow. Light lunch available for those attending.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:  The acclaimed Glenn Harris, one of world’s leading facilitators, will present an advanced racial equity workshop on Monday, April 29th, from 9am-4pm at the Jones Center (922 E. Emma/Springdale). The focus is on actions & organizing to advance racial equality.  The workshop is free and lunch will be provided. UUFF Justice Team is one of the sponsors for this very special opportunity. Please register at the link below: https://racialequityworkshopomni.splashthat.com/

Do you want to get more involved in social justice work? Please see Rebecca Bryant or Elizabeth Hancock for info about UUFF's Justice Team, and keep an eye out for upcoming events and opportunities (such as those below) in this weekly email, our website ( uufayetteville.org ), and on the UUFF Social Justice and UUFF Discussion Group Facebook pages.
Monday, April 15th, UUFF Sanctuary, 6:00pm - All are invited to attend a lecture on evolutionary ecology by Eco-Theologian and Science Evangelist, Michael Dowd. The event is co-sponsored by UUFF and Omni Center. Please RSVP to uuff.ar@gmail.com and let us know how many are in your party and whether or not you need childcare.
UUFF's Spring Egg Hunt is scheduled for Sunday, April 21st, directly following services!
Kids of all ages are welcome to participate in the UUFF Spring Egg Hunt after services on Sunday, 4/21. Bring a basket or small bag and get ready to find some Spring Eggs!! Event sponsored by UUFF's Young Adult group. Eggs will be hidden on the grounds, with downstairs as our inclement weather plan.
UUFF New UU/Path to Membership Classes have been scheduled for April 28, May 5, and May 19, from 5-7:30pm, with dinner included and childcare available upon request! These classes, formulated especially for folks new to UU or UUFF, survey Unitarian Universalism and UUFF’s theology, history, and polity. Interested? Please sign up HERE or on the paper sign-up sheet at the Activities Table in the lobby. If you have questions, you may contact our Administrator, Fawn Smith, at uuff.ar@gmail.com or Rev. Jim at rev.jimparrish@gmail.com .
Saturday, April 27th, starting at 5:30pm (set-up at 5pm), UUFF will host "The Great Fellowship Bake-Off and Chili Contest! "
Bring your best baked "Signature Dish," to share... you know, that baked item that you are best at and most proud of, sweet or savory, and put it up against your peers in Bakery Science! We'll take a picture of the dish as it arrives to allow voting on Presentation, and appropriate samples will be made for folks to vote on flavor. Also, if you are willing, we'll AUCTION your dish to the highest bidder as a bit of a fundraiser, the winner getting the pleasure of you re-creating your Signature Dish just for them! 

And... OR! Folks who are not into baking (or like both) should bring a pot of your best Chili to be sampled, voted upon, and consumed as our supper - to balance the preponderance of sweet baked goods. Participants are to bring their own antacids. I suppose these could be auctioned as well, but be warned that chili-makers tend to be ornery.  

A Blue Ribbon Panel of "Three Unquestionably Righteous Judges" will be counting the votes and making their own judgements, and some kind of Highly Sought After Rewards/Medals/Cheap Ribbons will be handed out to designate Winners and the Not quite Winners, but pretty good in any case. Dishes will be divided into Adult and 12 and Under categories. 

Will this work? Will it be fair voting? Will the judges vote for their own Bakes? Don't know... not worried, just want to have fun and eat food together! And... You do not have to belong to UUFF to participate! 

Sign up online or at the UUFF Office or Activities Table or at Perfect Potluck! https://www.PerfectPotluck.com/GFED3435

In Competitive Peace,
Rev. Jim
For more information on specific UUFF
Programs and Events, check out the link below:
Learn more about Religious Education, UUFF Choir, Web of Life Pagan Group, Y'ALL (Young Adults Group), Chalice Circles, Circle Suppers, OWL, New UU Classes, Social Justice Opportunities, and MORE at: Groups and Programs at UUFF
UUFF Main Contact Info:
Phone: 479-521-8422
Email: uuff.ar@gmail.com
Mailing Address: 901 W. Cleveland St. / Fayetteville, AR 72701

Reverend Jim Parrish’s Schedule and Contact Info:
Call the church office at 479-521-8422 , email uuff.ar@gmail.com , call my Office Cell: 479-439-1415 , or email me at rev.jimparrish@gmail.com . I want to meet with you! Except Mondays… Mondays are my day off! Exceptions for emergencies of course.
 UUFF Weekly Office Schedule (Fawn's Hours): Tues/Wed/Fri, 10am-2pm. Thurs. 11:30am-3:30pm.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville | 479-521-8422 | uuff.ar@gmail.com| uufayetteville.org
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