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SOCIAL JUSTICE ZOOM Meeting 7 pm, Wed. Mar. 3 rd .

All are welcome. Topics: volunteers for quintuple dip, little free libraries, consciousness team, SC Aquarium litter sweep project, and more.

Email socialjustice@uucs.org for if you have an agenda item to add and for Zoom Meeting ID and Password.

Another Quintuple Dip: Period Products in honor of International Women’s Day & Much More

Get your St. Patrick’s Day face masks here! Sunday, Mar. 14 th 3:00-5:00 or Tues. Mar. 16 th 10:00-12:00. Drive through, drop off, and you can receive a free face mask! We’re collecting for the Spartanburg Period Project, which will get our donations of feminine hygiene items to a variety of local organizations serving women and girls in need. We’re also collecting gently used children’s books for the 3 Little Free Libraries (LFL) we are supporting, as well as our regulars: food for TOTAL ministries and newspapers for Animal Allies. On Sunday only, we will host a litter sweep for the SC Aquarium project (more info below). Your participation and contributions are greatly appreciated!

Books your children or grandchildren have outgrown are great for the LFL’s. However, if you would like to purchase books to support our three Little Free Libraries serving children in African American and Hispanic neighborhoods, here are a few suggestions from our very own children’s librarian, Joyce Harrison. All are available on Amazon and most are paperback.

Hispanic Titles to consider:

  • Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States – Spanish Ed. – Carlson and Hijuelos
  • Abuela – Dorros
  • Be Bold! Be Brave!: 11 Latinas Who Made U. S. History – Reynoso
  • Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes – Thong
  • Dreamers – Morales
  • Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You – Sotomayor
  • We Are Water Protectors – Lindstrom
  • Nino Wrestles the World – Morales

African American Titles to consider:

  • I Am Every Good Thing – Barnes
  • I Need You to Know: The ABC’s of Black Girl Magic – McClain-Muhammad
  • Hair Love – Cherry
  • Full, Full, Full of Love – Cooke
  • Hair Like Mine – Perry
  • I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids – Garcia
  • Lola at the Library – McQuinn
  • The Boy Who Became King: LeBron James – Curcio

Litter Sweep: Upcoming Litter Sweeps:  Making Neighborhoods Beautiful

Spruce up nearby streets by removing litter and recording the data for the South Carolina Aquarium.  Data empowers policy changes locally and throughout our state and we all benefit from clean streets and neighborhoods.  Work independently or while wearing masks and distanced with a partner.  Data collection sheets, clipboards, pens, garbage bags and grabbers will be supplied.  Bring gloves!  Routes will be designated and on sidewalks.  Meet at the Henry Place cul-de-sac to gather materials and walk to nearby designated sites.  Return materials and filled garbage bags to UUCS when done.

Time:  3:00 – 5:00 on Sunday, March 14 th . Rain date:  March 16th from 10:00 – 12:00.  Contact Joyce Harrison (864-680-9720) for additional information.

If you’d prefer to collect litter in your neighborhood either day, please email me (Joyce
Harrison, sptbgwalker@gmail.com) and I’ll send you a data collection sheet. You can then send me a copy of your completed data sheet for inclusion in our Aquarium data submission.

A Long Strange Trip: A History of Unitarian Universalism

Wednesday evenings 7-8:30 – continuing through March 17th

This is the first adult enrichment program of the year, a Zoom watching of a video series produced by the UUA that will be facilitated by UUCS member Jim Scanlan. The series presents a history of liberal religion beginning with the early Christian era, followed by the development of Unitarian and Universalist faiths, through the merger of the two faiths to the present. We will watch 6 1-hr videos during 6 consecutive weekly sessions. After each viewing, there will be 30-min of discussion.  Wednesday evenings 7-8:30 in February, continuing through March 17th

Please join us! Email ae@uucs.org with your request to join our Wednesday evening ‘Long Strange Trip’ series.

The Social Justice Consciousness Team invites you to several upcoming movie nights! We have scheduled these movie nights leading up to the congregational dialogues. Even though we can’t gather, we can all watch the movie at the same time! Or, if it works better for you, feel free to watch the movie on your own schedule. Following the movie, we will have a short Zoom gathering where we can discuss the movie.

You should be able to find these movies on multiple streaming services or on DVDs at the library.

Monday, March 22, 7:00 pm“Just Mercy”

Available on Netflix and YouTube

Zoom link for a post-movie discussion on “Just Mercy”- 8:45 pm will be posted in the weekly ‘Happenings’ email newsletter.

 

Watching these movies as a congregation helps us do the consciousness work that is at the center of our social justice emphasis this year. We hope you can join us for the discussion. But we hope you will watch the movie even if you can’t attend the Zoom conversation.

A beautiful Christmas tree was donated to us by Merike Tamm. This tree will be part of the winter solstice and Christmas Eve outdoor services. Something we can all share, decorate and admire.

Through a cooperative effort by the Worship team, the Aesthetic team and Buildings and Grounds, the tree has been placed in the church backyard. We are asking our church family to decorate the tree with natural ornaments. Stacey Jackson will be posting decorating ideas on the church Facebook page. The RE committee has encouraged to the children to create their own ornaments. We ask that you take pictures as you hang your decorations on the tree and share it on our Facebook page.

Please do not place edible decorations on the tree, these can be hung along the fence near the Hatcher House to keep squirrels from climbing the tree to eat them.

 

Wilde Hall Kitchen Update, Nov 2020

 

The professional trade work (Electrical, Plumbing, and Exhaust Hood) is nearly complete. Installation of cabinetry is planned for December 2020. Equipping with utensils, pots and pans, serving equipment, etc. is planned for 2021 by the Hospitality Committee (Pam Stoll, Chair).

 

Wilde Hall Task Force 2017-2018 that initiated the Kitchen Project: Pam Stoll, Karen Mitchell, Mary Miles, Linda Leibel, Jan Jerome, David Hudnell, Shane Wolcansek, Roy Haynes

 

Wilde Hall Elevator Campaign

Throughout all the challenges we have faced this year, your love has lifted us higher. Even while we haven’t been present physically, work on the church facility has continued. We are closing in on a major milestone: the Wilde Hall kitchen is almost complete! A special “Thank You” to the Wilde Hall Task Force and to every person who has made this a reality. The kitchen marks a transformation for our church. Now that groups can cook there, Wilde Hall will become a center not only for church life, but community life as well.

With the completion of the Wilde Hall kitchen, the Long Range Planning team and our Board would like to share plans to move forward with the construction of an elevator. The elevator would connect the physical heart of our building, creating safe, convenient movement between Wilde Hall and the Sanctuary foyer for us all…more…

Coming in SpringA Gift Registry to stock the kitchen in Wilde Hall

Email hospitality@uucs.org for more information.

March 2021 Share the Plate Donation

Celebrating International Women’s Day
and the International Women’s Convocation (U*U)

March is Women’s History Month in the United States. UUCS honors this, in part, when we observe the UN-designated “International Women’s Day” (IWD) and recognize the work of the International Women’s Convocation (IWC). As UUCS has for several years, we will Share the Plate with IWC on March 7 and 14.

For more information, click here: Celebrating International Women’s Day

Donate to this month’s Share the Plate here:

IWC is a nonprofit partnership of U*U women working through U*U connections around the globe. It has gained special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), advancing equity for women and girls worldwide through leadership development, empowerment and awareness programs, advocacy, and resources. IWC will host several parallel events virtually at the 65th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, March 15-26, 2021.

1st Friday, November 6th

The Launch of 1st Fridays and Our New UUCS Online Fundraising Tool

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Each year, UUCS has hosted its annual Auction Event in early November. This has always been a time of great fun, good food, and lively bidding that supports the UUCS fiscal budget.

Because of the pandemic, this year’s Auction will look different.

This year we’ve decided to take this opportunity to create a revised vision for what the UUCS Auction can look like. The excitement of the auction has traditionally centered around one main event, on one night. This year, we’re taking a different approach. We’ll be releasing an updated monthly online catalog of services, events, and items for purchase. This will lead up to a main auction event in the Spring that will likely be an online version of our traditional main Auction.

Starting in November, we’ll be launching our Auction + Events fundraising tool on the UUCS website, allowing us to offer an easy way to organize items and allowing you to participate in the process from the comfort of your home. While you may browse the online catalog alone, the goal of the months ahead is to offer members and friends a platform to connect with one another, safely, while also allowing for your generosity to support the mission of our congregation.

In the months to come, each 1st Friday of every month, we’ll be releasing a newly updated list of virtual events, items for purchase, and services you can select and purchase directly through our fundraising tool.

We’ll be kicking off our first 1st Friday event coming up soon on November 6th. Stay tuned to your email and the UUCS website for more information.

We’ve purposefully planned for the initial offerings to be a sampling of the possibilities so that you can get a feel for the types of items, events, and services that could be offered. The hope is that you’ll be inspired to see how you can share your generosity, your talents, and your space with others while drawing on inspiration from past auction events. Each month, we’d love for you to add to our catalog of offerings as your schedule allows — by filling out a quick and easy online form. Together, we can all engage with other UUCS members and friends in a way that feels comfortable to each of us.

Please feel free to reach out to me at stewardship@uucs.org with any questions or ideas you may have for this new adventure.

Generous Blessings,

Brannon Carter
UUCS Stewardship Chair

stewardship@uucs.org

For more information email auction@uucs.org with your questions.

*Donations submitted for auction are tax-deductible. Items and services purchased thru auction may not be tax-deductible (www.IRS.gov).

 

 

Actually, there’s much more than that! Glendale Shoals at Lawson’s Fork Creek is a beautiful, nature conservancy, but long ago it was once a neighborhood dump. And now, when it rains, glass is unearthed and lies scattered about. This glass is a hazard to the human and animal visitors on the trail and to the creatures in the water.

One of our UUCS Social Justice goals this year is to partner with the South Carolina Aquarium’s Citizen Science Program. This month we’ll help pick up glass and litter at Glendale Shoals.

Glass Pickup Drop-In: Saturday, October 17 drop by the Glendale Shoals picnic area from 10 – 3 and pick up 50 pieces of glass. Buckets, grabbers, and some gloves will be available. If you have gloves, please bring them and plan on wearing a mask. You’ll get to see this amazing natural wonder and help promote its beauty.

Directions to Glendale Shoals: Address: 351 Broadway St., Glendale, SC

Park at the Goodall Environmental Studies Center. Cross the newly restored iron bridge. Turn left and walk the short distance along the road to the picnic shelter on the left.

Glass into Art Workshop: Stacey Jackson has ideas for us to recycle the glass into art objects (gazing balls, stepping stones, etc.). We’ll hold a workshop in the Hatcher House parking lot on Saturday, November 7th from 9:30 – 12:30. Work stations will be distanced and materials will be provided to create several works of art for our church and other local garden sites. Please bring gloves to this event. Space will be limited.

Register with Joyce Harrison: sptbgwalker@gmail.com.

Banner Update

Our four banners advertising early voting: at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium (stolen after 12 days), UUCS, Mt Moriah Baptist Church, and Bunton Institute CME, on Wofford St. These big, clear banners are all well-placed to catch attention of the many people driving by.

Banner At Krispy Kreme

Our signs andVote Now Signs banners are in place advertising early voting at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium from Oct 5-Nov 2, M-F, 8:30-5:00 plus Saturday, Oct 31st, 9:00-1:00. After the first day, votting is going smoothly, about 30 minutes in and out, a bit longer later in the day. Our banners are also up at UCS and at Mt Moriah Baptist Church.

After more than 10 years leading our music program and more than 300 Sunday services, our beloved Keith Plumley has decided it is time to step down from his role as Music Director at UUCS. Keith has organized and built up our choir, guided us all in singing week after week, and provided exceptional music through his own gifts and through a host of congregational and guest musicians for more than a decade. Irreplaceable, gentle, and the consummate gentleman, Keith will be sorely missed.

We will celebrate Keith’s ministry with us during the Thanksgiving service on Sunday, November 22. Keith has asked not to receive too much spotlight—but we will honor his faithful service.

When asked, Keith said the one gift he would like to receive from the church would be a scrapbook of memories, that he can return to read over the coming years. Please send photos, stories, and notes for Keith to Linda Leible via e-mail (president@uucs.org). Handwritten notes can be written, photographed, and a jpeg e-mailed to be printed.

Please send by Friday, November 6.

Thank you for celebrating all Keith means to us!