Articles, Reflections, & Announcements



By Carolyn Pardue

Missing a meal by choice (fasting) is very different than missing a meal because there is no food in the house. And it has a very different effect on one’s self esteem,
especially if one also has to tell their children, grandchildren or elderly family members that there is no food in the house.

Manna on Meridian is one of numerous food pantries in our area doing great work.
UUCT has been a supporting member of Manna since its inception.
The third Saturday of the month (before payday), the churches of Manna, combine the
food and monetary donations from our churches. Vounteers pack grocery bags of dried goods, bread is purchased, fruit and produce are purchased. In addition, at least two of the churches in the coalition have gardens which are staffed by volunteers (and by some of our guests) contribute. A more recent partnership with Leon Fruit and Nut Exchange has provided Manna guests with free citrus during citrus season, as have new and developing partnerships with some farmers and with other non profits who advise when they have “extra” to share. Manna is different….Manna has chosen not to participate in Second Harvest’s wonderful program. The reason: many of Manna’s guests are/were from member churches. Unnecessarily, church members were often embarrassed they needed help. It was determined that there are others who, when in need, will not ask for help if they must put their name on a list, even when the list is necessary. —- So Manna works diligently to have the donations (food and money) to provide a more anonymous pantry.

YOUR CONTINUED (monthly) support of Manna is so important to so many (185
families served last month).  A donation box for shelf stable pantry items is located on the veranda of UUCT.  A list of regularly needed items can be found on our Community Care page.

If you choose to make a financial donation, any check should be made out to Manna
on Meridian and be mailed to our church or left in the drop box by the office door at Faith
Presbyterian. In your memo line write “UUCT” This program involves great volunteers from our and they other member churches –it provides assistance to some wonderful families.

The continued support of Manna church members is crucial.
Missing a meal should only be a choice.  Thank you.

PS… We do list BOGOS on the UU Sharing page most weeks that highlight where
BOGOs are on some of the Staples and Specialty items.


Centering Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Voices: A UUCT Book Group

By Robin Gray

The first two books have been selected and a regular meeting day and time chosen. Centering BIPOC Voices will meet on the second Saturday of the month at 3:30 p.m.

September’s book is How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi. In October the book under discussion will be The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal Divide by Zerlina Maxwell.

The books were selected by people attending a planning meeting for the book group. In coming months the whole group will be choosing and announcing selections two months in advance to allow people plenty of time to get the book and read it.

Members and friends of UUCT are always be welcome to join the group — as long as they’ve read the book. To join the discussion on September 12 at 3:30 p.m. and receive more information about the group contact Robin Gray (


Food for Thought — a healthier you, a healthier planet!

By Linda Oaksford

Food For Thought – a healthier you, a healthier planet will start up in September. If you would like to be a part of this group, which will meet once a month, please email Linda Oaksford at  She will then send you a link for the zoom meeting.  Although a specific date has not yet been set, we’re leaning towards the second Thursday evening of each month.  For more information please see the article in last week of The Meridian, or just email Linda.