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UUCT Festival on the Green This Saturday!

By  Bonnie J. Abellera

Join in some festive fellowship and joy as we celebrate our community together again (while following the UUCT Covid safety guidelines)!

The Festival is this Saturday! We have a few slots open for musicians and to help set up for the event! The outside of the church is decorated with garland, wreaths, lights and a tree. All we need for the festival is YOU!

A few event tents will be spaced out around the property (near the Minister’s Office and on other side of sanctuary near the magnolia tree). Musicians/music or poets will participate.

Community Connection Activities for the UUCT Festival on the Green

1. Bring an ornament that includes your name and names of family members (however you wish to list them) to put on the community tree.

2. Decorate a small lunch size paper bag (or recycle a paper bag) and bring it to use as a luminaire. We will provide sand and a light. The bags can be placed in the Memorial Garden along the walls.

3. Members of groups who meet at the church can decorate ornaments at their lunches or meetings prior to the event (We have ornaments and can provide paint pens).

4. Help fill up the Manna on Meridian box – bring non-perishable food items.

5. Consider a donation to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund for use throughout the year.

6. Sit around the fire ring in the Memorial Garden for some warm fellowship.

7. Pick up a hot cider, herbal tea or cocoa on the veranda and enjoy some fellowship.

8. Dress for the weather and be as festive as you like!

All are welcome! Helpers are appreciated!

Email Bonnie Abellera at leonpta1@yahoo.com for more information or to volunteer your services.

 


S.W.I.M 2021 Going Online!

By Karen Share

Looking for a week of bliss with a diverse group of friendly and fascinating UUs? Then the Southeast (UU) Winter Institute Mid-Florida was meant for you!

SWIM is an intentional, inter-generational community of UUs and friends, including awesome people like YOU! We normally gather in South Florida December 26 through January 1, but met virtually in 2020. Traditionally it’s fun in the sun, friendship, off site trips, workshops, worship, singing, dancing, volunteering; SWIM has it all! A great time to get away and relax after a busy holiday season.

We’d love to have you with us, whether for your first time, or your 40th! For more information go to http://www.swimuu.org/home/.

 


Intentions & Impacts

By Gwendolyn Waldorf

A recent mention of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend reminded me that a neutral policy can have a racist impact.

I worked at a non-profit that sold an annual family pass; free entry for a household and any out-of-town guests. After a decade or so, family was re-defined: only household members. After the change, we encouraged the entrance staff to confirm that a group presenting a family pass represented members of a single household. One day a clerk asked the ‘household’ question of an adult with a child. The woman answered that she was a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the child was her ‘Little Sister’. The clerk said that the family pass did not cover the child. The member noted that they would not have been questioned if they had the same skin color.

I was brought in to defend the policy: “The membership information clearly stated . . . (etc.)”. The policy’s intention was not racist; but its implementation had a racist impact. Did this have a happy ending? Not really. We did not charge admission for the child. I reminded the admissions clerk that mixed-race households exist. But first, the three of us—Big Sister, Little Sister, Policy Enforcer—had a calm but totally unnecessary private conversation about The Policy (that no doubt spoiled the joy of the outing).

One aspect of working to become an anti-racist institution is considering policies, and the possibility of racist consequences. Unintentional racism happens. A well-meant intention doesn’t excuse the impact.