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COVID -19 UPDATE: We are currently at Phase 0
This week’s two-week incidence rate in Greenville County is 1667 /100,000,
and the two-week % positive testing rate is 39.7 %
What's Happening this Week???
The monthly Board Meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 13th, at 7:00 PM. All members are welcome.

If you would like to attend, click here to contact
Jeannette Winn.  Click here for a copy of the agenda. 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
With the New Year approaching, are you looking for a rewarding role?
 
Perhaps you’ve thought about volunteering for pastoral care, but aren’t sure what’s involved or how much time it would take.  Our Fellowship, like other growing congregations, uses a layered approach to pastoral care.  So you can be involved as much or as little as you’d like to be:

1)  Caring Response Team volunteers offer practical assistance to those needing short term support in the form of meals, rides, errands, phone calls, cards, or help with memorial receptions.  Volunteers are notified only for those services they choose to provide and may respond when they choose.

2)  Care Coordinators offer a simple presence to those members going through a difficult situation (illness, loss of a loved one or family crisis).  They listen in a nonjudgmental way and suggest resources if appropriate.  Care Coordinators serve one month every year and schedule the Caring Response volunteers when needed.

3)  Rev. Lisa meets with the Care Coordinators each month to provide guidance.  She follows up in situations of serious illness or loss of a loved one.

This is a very rewarding ministry since Fellowship members deeply appreciate those who have reached out to them when they’re going through a rough patch.  It’s also a way to get to know more members in the Fellowship because shared experience creates bonds. 

During normal times, we meet with members in person and conduct regular training sessions for pastoral care volunteers.  As a result of the shutdown, we are contacting members by phone and dropping off meals or supplies on porches, to maintain distance.  We plan to resume training sessions this month thru Zoom. 

We have folders ready to go with basic information for those willing to serve as Care Coordinators.  You will be paired with an experienced Care Coordinator and scheduled for a month that’s convenient for you.  Please contact Rev. Lisa at minister@greenvilleuu.org if you are interested. 
COMMUNITY CARING


JOYS AND SORROWS
01/10/2021

 
We Extend our Loving Support: 
 
Gail Virardi, a former member of our West African drumming group "Spirit Beat," has died suddenly. She had recently returned to live in Greenville. She was an amazing human being with many talents which she generously shared with all who knew her and loved her.-Lynda Molnar

We Celebrate With:
 
While our household has been hit by COVID despite all our precautions we celebrate yet our health and good fortune. I'm tithing my stimulus check and beginning a monthly draft to GUUF. -Ward Hammond
 
 
SOCIAL JUSTICE

SC Medicaid Expansion SJC is partnering with the UU Church at Charleston to take action to achieve healthcare justice. Please join us in this two-part virtual series, “Mind the Gap: Health Insurance in SC” sponsored by The League of Women Voters. Speakers will discuss the health insurance gaps in South Carolina and how to address it. Part 1: January 12 at 7pm and Part 2: January 19th also at 7pm. To register, go to www.lwvcharleston.org  Please spread the word. We need a tsunami of advocates.  


INTERFAITH POWER & LIGHT (IPL) The right to clean air is an environmental justice issue, affecting communities of color and low-income communities at much higher rates. Join IPL on January 19th at 6:30pm ET for the 30-minute film, Unbreathable: the Fight for Healthy Air, which looks at fifty years of the Clean Air Act and the challenges we still face to ensure healthy air for everyone. This will be followed by a one-hour webinar, Unbreathable No More: The EPA and Clean Air in 2021. Sign up here for this important opportunity. 
ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
January is a great time to both look back to see what worked well (and maybe not so well) in the past year, and look forward and consider new possibilities. Share your thoughts about GUUF’s Adult Religious Exploration programming - past and potential - by taking part in the 2021 Adult RE Questionnaire. One response per person, please, but everyone 18+ in each household can share their own thoughts. You need not be a member of GUUF to take part.
 

WHITE LIES
 In 1965, UU Minister Rev. James Reeb was attacked in Selma, Alabama after leaving a restaurant. He died three days later.  Three white men were arrested, but quickly acquitted and the case was closed. No one was ever held to account for his murder.
Fifty years later, two Alabama journalists returned to Selma to investigate. It took them five years to expose the lies that kept the murder from being solved, but in the process they uncovered a wrenching story about guilt and memory that says as much about America today as it does about the past.
 
White Lies is a serialized investigative podcast released over 7 episodes on National Public Radio.   “RIVETING!”  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON THE WEB
 
Please join us for a multi-congregation Adult Religious Education class exploring the real-life implications of systemic racism.

Eight sessions on Thursday Evenings 7 pm-9 pm 
November 12-January 21 on Zoom

Led by Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper
 

 
BEING UU at HOME 
AVAILABLE ONLINE 24/7
(Eight permanent lessons-no registration required) ­­­­­
Anyone, of any age, who wants simple ways to express their UU faith in the context of home and daily life will find something of interest here.  This series offers engaging ideas and activities for individuals, families, and partners for integrating UU faith into your home and daily practice.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
More programs are under development, and we hope to share offerings from other congregations as well, so check back regularly for updates.
You can help make it happen! Email adultre@greenvilleuu.org to discover how.
UU ADULT RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION CURRICULUM SHARING AREA-WIDE IS HAPPENING NOW!
CHECK OUT THESE GREAT OPPORTUNITIES!


This is a great way to learn new things and connect with UU friends from all over!


A COURSE IN MIRACLES STUDY GROUP
Thursday afternoons, beginning January 7, 2021
Participants will use daily lessons from the
Course in Miracles Workbook
and then share their experiences and thoughts in the
weekly Zoom meetings. This class is offered
by the UU Fellowship of Statesboro, GA.
If interested, email ShariRB@aol.com to register.
 
BUILDING YOUR OWN THEOLOGY
“Building Your Own Theology, Part 1” is an 8-week course
starting Wednesday, January 6, 2021.  This week!
It runs through Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. This course is for
anyone dissatisfied with the definitionsof religion that have
been handed to them, and want to develop and articulate
their own personal faith.  

There is no charge for the course, but class size is limited to 12 for each sessionand pre-registration is required.  Register at the following links!
Time is short!  Only 5 slots in each class remain.


Choose from two different session times!
Wednesdays, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM  Register for the AFTERNOON class     
Wednesdays, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Register for the EVENING class

The classes will be a combination of presentation, group discussion, and personal reflection.
  • Liberal Religious Theological Models
  • A Spiritual Odyssey:  Your Own
  • Varieties of Liberal Religious Experience
  • Human Nature:  Some Self Understanding
  • Ultimate Reality:  Creating an Honest God
  • Ethics:  The Importance of Being Good for Nothing
  • We Are the Meaning Makers
  • Imperatives of Our Theology / A Credo 
This class is offered via ZOOM by the Unitarian Universalists of Transylvania County, NC and led by their minister, Rev. Bob Renjilian.
UUWOC
Bag of Blessings!
 
This holiday season you are invited to join in an effort to fill gift bags with classroom supplies, cleaning supplies, or Montessori materials to benefit the children at the UU World of Children.

For more information, click HERE.
 


Attractions Books!
 
The UU World of Children is selling Attractions Books for $20.  The entertainment books have been redesigned for the pandemic. There are several takeout options in there.
Please email the office at 
office@uuwoc.com 
or call 864-239-0607.

Cash or Check (made out to "UUWOC") accepted.

Click HERE for a list of Savings you get in each book.
Click 
HERE for a quick look at the companies in the book.  
 
Did You Know???
Memorial Garden Update
 
Please Note: While the GUUF property and buildings are closed to all but essential personnel and UUWOC staff and students, you can still visit the Memorial Garden if you wish to pay your respects.  Please be aware that a mask and social distancing protocols are mandatory if others are present in the garden at the time of your visit.

(updated 01/04/21)

The GUUF Gold Star is a simple way for YOU to recognize one another for volunteer service.
To make your submission to suggest a Gold Star recipient, click here or contact Lynn Bell, Volunteer Coordinator. 
Covenant Circles
Some GUUF Covenant Circles have remained active, holding virtual meetings, during this pandemic. Covenant Circle meetings done virtually have met a need for social connection and meaningful conversation. If you are interested in joining a Covenant Circle with a virtual meeting type format, we will find a spot for you.  Also, as we normally do in the Fall, if you would like to change to a different circle to meet new and different people, this is also the time to let us know of that request. 
 
Please contact covenantcircles@greenvilleuu.org with your request or with any questions regarding Covenant Circles. 
PASTORAL CARE
To reach the Pastoral Care Team, call or email
  the Fellowship Administrator, 864-271-4883 or office@greenvilleuu.org, or if out of hours, call 864-365-6177 (please leave a clear voicemail message). 

In the event of a crisis or loss of a loved one, call the minister directly,  Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, on
864-301-1477 or email minister@greenvilleuu.org.

 
If you have an emergency situation, please dial 9-1-1 for assistance.
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