Articles, Reflections, & Announcements

Let the Power of the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program™ Work for You – presented by Big Bend Area Health Education Center

By Mariann D’Arcangelis

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program™ (DEEP™) is a Medicare-approved, evidence-based diabetes self-management education (DSME) program for people with prediabetes or diabetes. Increasing access to DEEP is essential to ensure that people with diabetes and prediabetes can acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to reduce complications resulting from diabetes, such as kidney failure, amputation, vision loss, heart failure, and stroke.

There are six consecutive weeks of classes held Tuesdays from 5:30 pm to 7:30 beginning  August 11 through September 15.  Each class covers a different topic. Morning classes available on request. Call Mariann D’Arcangelis at 850-692-2845 with questions or for more information click here.


Voting Action Notes

By Susan Fleming

Have you watched the short (37 min) film that will be referred to during the Sunday service on August 9th?

Watch using the link below and zoom in for the discussion during and after the service.

 Suppressed: The Fight To Vote – FULL FILM • Feat. Stacey Abrams • BRAVE NEW FILMS   






UU the Vote: Faith, Love and Action, Together

By Susan Fleming

Feeling overwhelmed by the many appeals for help prior to the upcoming election in November?  How can you personally help get out the vote and reduce the likelihood of voter suppression?

The Social Justice Committee at UUCT is collaborating with the Unitarian Society in Northampton, Massachusetts and UU the Vote. We have some safe, easy and affordable options for you. If you can do one option or more of these, it would we a great help.

Option #1 involves writing 20 postcards using the tools and materials from Reclaim Our Vote. We will provide you with the postcards, names and addresses to send them to, instructions and even the stamps. The cost of each packet of materials is $7.50. If you do not have the time to write 20 postcards, please contribute to help others who have the time but not the available money to participate.

Option # 2 is spreading the word and getting five other people to write 20 Reclaim Our Vote postcards. They don’t have to be affiliated with UUCT. These can be any people you know who could be willing to help Reclaim Our Vote.

Option # 3 is to work with the UUA and the New Florida Majority to use their technology to make telephone calls. This involves speaking with minority citizens to ask important questions and encouraging them to vote.

To volunteer or get more information, please contact Janet Temkin ( or Susan Fleming (


Big Bend Environmental Forum Hosts the 13th Biennial Primary Election Candidates’ Forum

By Steve Urse

The forum will be presented by WFSU and livestreamed at: and August 6, 2020 6:00PM – 8:30 PM.

This candidates’ forum will feature the races for the Leon County Commission At-Large and Tallahassee City Commission Seats 1 and 2. Citizens will be able to submit questions covering environmental, energy, sustainability, and growth management issues. The event will be moderated by Tom Flanigan, WFSU-FM.The Big Bend Environmental Forum is a coalition of 15 conservation, community, smart growth, and sustainable organizations working to protect and improve the communities in the Big Bend Region. For a list of member organizations, see



By Carolyn Pardue

As the heat climbs and self quarantining continues, there is a need (by me, anyway) to be able to see friends and do some good works.

The following two projects are available for 10 people each.  If more than 10 want to help, we will find other worthy projects or we can continue with these — there is no limit to what we can do — only how many can do it at a time

MASKS AND A GOOD ATTITUDE ARE REQUIRED.  SOCIAL DISTANCING will be strictly adhered to –  prefer if people come to the veranda via the sidewalk on the right (as you face the church) – we will try to remember to leave on the other side.

August 12 on the Veranda 9:30-11am (earlier time is to keep us from overheating).  Light breakfast/brunch will be available.  We will be (again) making the double bags needed by Manna on Meridian to provide groceries for the third Saturday food pantry.  IN ADDITION,  many from our church and others have contributed toiletries that need to be divided and put in zip lock bags for easy distribution.  Both projects are very easy and allow time for talking and, hopefully, a lot of laughter.

August 19 on the Veranda 9:30-11am (earlier time is to keep us from overheating).  Light breakfast/brunch will be available.  We will address and write postcards encouraging people to vote and vote by mail.  This is CRITICAL at this time.  Susan Fleming is working diligently with members to write cards every week.  IN ADDITION to our meeting, please let Susan know how many cards you will write at home .

Please let me know which date(s) you will join us so I can keep a good count  Again, if more than 10 want to help, we will find other worthy projects or we can continue with these — there is no limit to what we can do — only how many can do it at a time.


Women’s Lunch Bunch – Noontime Zoom

By Linda Wright

Beginning August 19 the Women’s Lunch Bunch will gather on Zoom. Mark your calendar now for the third Wednesday of every month at noon. Contact Linda Oaksford in advance for the Zoom link to join.

Meet with others in our community for a casual gathering with no particular agenda. Bring something to eat or drink, or not. This is a purely social time, a way to meet with folks you don’t know already, or folks you do know but want to know better.

As the hymn by Jim Scott encourages us to do:

“Gather in peace, gather in thanks,
Gather in sympathy now and then.
Gather in hope compassion and strength

Gather to celebrate once again.
Gather the spirit of heart and mind.”
© 1990  Jim Scott