Articles, Reflections, & Announcements
Sunday’s Share the Plate Partner is Grace Mission
By Ev Anderson
Grace Mission, a transformative ministry for the forgotten, is located in the heart of Frenchtown. It provides meals, clothing, coats and warm blankets, showers, laundry services, backpacks, academic services, medical prescriptions and referrals, eyeglasses and hygiene products — even assistance with securing needed documentation like birth certificates and state photo ID’s to aid employment procurement.
Give as generously as you can to this most worthy charity this Sunday.
Help Shape Tallahassee’s Clean Energy Future
By Steve Urse
Community-wide Meetings are Scheduled for Early December To create a roadmap toward our community’s clean energy future, the City of Tallahassee is hosting another series of community meetings to provide an update on the planning process and seek the community’s input on next steps. To support community-wide participation, multiple dates and venues are available (both in-person and virtual). Residents are encouraged to pick the single time and date that works best for their schedules.
• In-person: December 6 at 6 p.m. at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 4784 Thomasville Road
• In-person: December 7 at noon and 6 p.m., both at the Walker-Ford Community Center, 2301 Pasco Street
• Virtual: December 8 at noon
Clean, renewable energy means cleaner air, healthier residents, new green jobs, and a stronger, more resilient community. To chart the best pathway for our community, your input is needed on issues affecting energy reliability, affordability, equity, local job creation, opportunities for public health, benefits to the environment and more.
Why Does the 8th Principle Evoke a Journey?
By Trudy Deyle
The 8th Principle begins with the words: We covenant to affirm and promote journeying toward spiritual wholeness…
Why evoke a journey? Doing what the 8th principle commits us to doing, working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community, is something that will take time and many steps to accomplish. As with any journey, there may be bumps in the road, roadblocks to navigate around, times to be cautious and slow down, and difficult uphill periods when energy wanes.
The journey is also one that we commit to and take together with these words: We covenant to affirm and promote. For UU Explorations last month, our topic was freedom and interdependence in Unitarian Universalism. Several of our readings talked about the competing pulls in UUism between individual freedom to follow our own conscience and spiritual path and the interdependence at the heart of covenantal community.
In a transcript from a 2015 General Assembly workshop, a UUA regional staff person noted that: The independence of individual UUs is often privileged over interdependent community in our congregations. Our people therefore tend to organize themselves around individual conscience, individual discernment, and direct democracy rather than mutually covenanted collective conscience, collective discernment, and collective action.
The 8th principle commits us to collective conscience, collective discernment, and collective and accountable action. We are capable of so much when we journey and work together!
Start Planning For SUUSI 2022!
By Karen Share
Start planning your vacation; in-person SUUSI* is coming back July 17-23, 2022! We’ll be back at the beautiful Western Carolina University campus in Cullowhee, NC, the ancestral home of the Cherokee Nation. The theme next year is “Gratitude”.
For more than 70 years we have come together to explore our interconnectedness, delight in the outdoors, enjoy music and learn new ways of seeing our world and each other. Can you imagine a week immersed with UUs? SUUSI includes community time, nature programs, nightlife, worship, games, sports, youth programming, and more!
View last year’s catalog, sign up for SUUSI NUUS to keep up with announcements, and get more information at https://www.suusi.org/index.
SUUSI is a safe community, and all attendees must be fully vaccinated.
* Southeast UU Summer Institute
Celebration of John Whitton’s Life
Elinor Elfner would like all to know that a Celebration of Life for John Whitton will be held at the Elks Lodge on 276 N. Magnolia Road on Saturday, December 11th from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM.
Elinor was John’s sweetheart and partner for more than 30 years. The event will consist of attendee’s sharing special remembrances of John. The family kindly requests each attendee be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect the immunocompromised and young children in attendance. Masks are also encouraged.
To view John’s obituary, click here.