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Weekly Update, July 24

Weekly Update, July 24

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This Sunday, July 26
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Worship — 10:30 a.m. online via Zoom and Facebook Live

We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest, Wrestling with Racism Participants, Sarah Gray, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

We witness and mourn the murder of people of color. We affirm Black Lives Matter.  Join Wrestling with Racism participants as we acknowledge white supremacy and white fragility.

The following resources are being shared as an accompaniment to the Sunday service. Here are ways to continue your Racial Justice Journey:

*Add your name to the email list for Wrestling with our Understanding of Racism. Contact Ellen.Tetlow@gmail.com

 *Join the 1U Wrestling with Racism Facebook group—open to all at 1U

*Join the 21-day Racial Equity Habit-Building challenge on the Facebook page beginning August 1st

*Participate in the next book read in September. We will read and discuss “How to Be an Anti-Racist” by Ibram X Kendi.

*Read Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh

Service streamed at 10:30 a.m.: Click here for the Facebook page of First Unitarian Church of Orlando or Click here for ZoomVideo on demand at https://www.orlandouu.org


After Worship

Informal Fellowship — 11:30 a.m., Zoom

Join us for fellowship fun!

Link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/92261786137
Password:  189674


Welcome Center for Newcomers — 11:30 a.m., Zoom

Are you new? Would you like to learn more about our congregation? Join us to learn more and ask any questions you may have!

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87592586779?pwd=QW11eTVmTXhVR2xYZGlaZklZcmRaUT09 

Meeting ID: 875 9258 6779
Password:   1U

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Wrestling with Our Understanding of Racism — 11:30 a.m., Zoom

This special session of Wrestling with Our Understanding of Racism will discuss White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. Please join us as we participate in deep conversation with the hope for greater understanding, healing and spiritual development.

Link:  https://tinyurl.com/1U-WWUR-7-26

Meeting ID: 875 4710 7749
Password:   2020


Children & Youth Religious Education

Welcome to week 6 of our at-home summer RE program for families! Check the website, private RE facebook group, and RE weekly update to access the activities. RE fellowship next week will be our Family Connection & Support group (all ages) on Wednesday, July 29 at 3 p.m. and our Dungeons & Dragons group (middle school and up) on Thursday, July 30 at 1 p.m. If you would like a set of supplies for your family or to RSVP to fellowship events, respond here or contact Sarah at REcoordinator@orlandouu.org.

This Week

Friday – July 24

Moon Circle Class 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., via Zoom

The event is hosted by the Mystic Grove, the First Unitarian’s pagan affinity group and also a Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans chapter. We continue to explore UU curriculum “Becoming Women of Wisdom” but adapted for all adults.

“Imagine entering the labyrinth of your psyche, slowly following its turns in and out as you weave yourself toward the deep center of your essential knowing. As you make your way forward, you remember the past, integrate its lessons and shed its excess baggage, until you come to the present moment of possibility and transformation.”

Each session will reflect on a different decade of life either as past memories or what you look forward to in that decade in the first hour. The optional final project is your “decade story” either as a collage, collage with words, or plain text. In the second hour, we have lunar ritual inspired by that decades themes. Facebook RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/MGmooncircleJuly2020

Wednesday – July 29

Family Connection & Support Group — 3:00 p.m., Online via Zoom

Parents, kids and youth welcome. Bring an art project to show everyone and stay to enjoy some virtual drawing games! Zoom information can be found here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/642808627.

WUURL (Women UU Relishing Life) Tea at Ten Gathers on  Weds. July 29, August 5, 12 &19

WUURL (Women UU Relishing Life) Tea at Ten — 10:00 a.m., via Zoom

WUURL gathers for weekly “Tea at Ten” chats on all the Wednesdays of the month, EXCEPT for the fourth Wednesday when we meet at 11:30 a.m. Join us for casual check-ins and community during these trying times. Want to participate but not yet on the WUURL list? Contact wuurl@orlandouu.org for information, and to access current Zoom links.

Tai Chi Gathers on  Sat. July 25,   Tues July 28 &  Thurs July 30

Tai Chi — 9:00 a.m., Wadeview Park

Tai Chi for Health resumes its Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday schedule at Wadeview Park, 2177 S. Summerlin Ave., just south of Kaley near Boone High School. Social distancing is maintained and masks are required. If you need gentle exercise, join us. For information, email taichi@orlandouu.org.

Saturday – August 1

Lammas 2020 Online Ritual 7 p.m.– 9 p.m., via Zoom

The event is hosted by the Mystic Grove, the First Unitarian’s pagan affinity group and also a Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans chapter. Lammas is the point between the Summer Solstice and the Fall Equinox. Join us in celebrating the start of harvest time! Themes will include

— celebrating the bounty of the earth
— giving thanks for blessings
— preparing for the transition of harvest time (physical and spiritual)

Online ritual is at 7 p.m., and virtual potluck at 8 p.m. for those who would like fellowship time after the worship. Zoom link will be posted on the day at the Facebook event page or you can email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/MGLammas2020

Sunday – August 2

Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., via Zoom

The Mystic Grove is First Unitarian’s pagan affinity group and also a Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans chapter. First Sunday meetings are a great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend online via Zoom. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. Virtual BYO lunch to follow the meeting for those wanting online fellowship. Zoom link will be posted on the day at the Facebook event page or you can email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. Facebook RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/MGmeetingAug2020

Sunday – August 9

Movie Talk — 9:30 a.m., via Zoom

Jon Stewart wrote and directed the political comedy Irresistible.  It is available for streaming (Amazon and others).  One character in this film says “This system, the way we elect people, it’s terrifying.  And exhausting.  And I think it’s driving us all insane.” We will meet via Zoom to discuss this movie and elections, insane or otherwise.

Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 737 7749 8033
Password:  SfWpR6

We Need Your 1U Covid-19 Response Survey by August 1

As 1U addresses the changing nature of Covid-19 on our worship services, our programs and all church activities, we want to hear from you about how you are experiencing the current response as well as how you feel about steps we will need to take in coming months. Last week, you received a letter with details about the planning process, contact information and this link to a brief survey.  Please complete the survey by August 1. It takes only a few minutes and responses are anonymous. Thank you for your input as we consider how to ensure we take all proper steps to open our campus. Questions? Contact Joan Nelson at jnel123@yahoo.com.

Our Compassionate Community 

Your Care Teams

Lay Pastoral Associates provide buddy relationships of deep listening and care to be a companion with you through difficult times. Contact PastoralAssociates@OrlandoUU.org.  The Caring Circle offers practical help with rides to medical appointments, help with meals, pet care, etc. Dayle Steakley is the July contact, reachable at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

Hurricane Season is here. Contact your hurricane partner now and make plans! No hurricane partner? Caring Circle can help you get one. Email CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

Joys and Concerns

To share your joys or concerns please send an email to joysandconcerns@orlandouu.org

We affirm that the peaceful protests and all the witness against racism and white supremacy in our nation now is an opening for the possibility for reform and restructuring following the deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta.

We continue to remember those suffering from Covid-19.

Jeannie Carter shares: “My 30-year-old nephew died suddenly due to a blood clot under tragic circumstances. I’m in Fort Lauderdale helping my sister.”

But Wait, There’s More!


This past Sunday we heard from the Adult Literacy League. The Adult Literacy League has been teaching Central Florida’s adults to read and write, and to speak English for more than 50 years! They recruit, train, and support volunteers in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties to serve as one-to-one tutors and small group/class instructors to the more than 3,000 adults they serve each year.

To donate: https://www.adultliteracyleague.org/donate/  (please type “1U” in the “additional comments” section)

To volunteerhttps://www.adultliteracyleague.org/volunteer-tutor-orientation/

Becoming a Superhero Member (A monthly giving program that supports volunteers and students and allows the organization to adapt and grow): https://www.adultliteracyleague.org/theleagueprogram/

Online auction (7/25/20 and running through 8/1/20): https://www.adultliteracyleague.org/events/rbtw-2020/ and https://www.32auctions.com/adultliteracyleague.

We are also calling for nominations for the upcoming year 2020-2021. Have an organization you’d like to nominate? Fill out the form HERE.

Come & Pick Free Veggies in the 1U Garden

Ready for picking now in the 1U Garden: Peppers, watermelon, eggplant and Barbados cherries. Here’s where you’ll find ’em: Yellow and bell peppers are in beds 3 and 6. Watermelon is in bed 6 and along the north side of the perma-garden. (Think retention pond.) If you spot one, want it but it’s not quite ripe, write your name on it with a Sharpie. The cherries are in the perma-garden on a tree that crowds the left side of the brick path, about halfway back.
Want one of our raised beds for a fall garden? We’ve got space for you! Our  beds have enriched soil, an automatic watering system and a helpful crew of experienced gardeners willing to help.  Questions? Contact Rene Stutzman.

Looking to Volunteer During the General Election?

We are seeking volunteers for the upcoming elections on November 3. Once again we are joining the Supervisor of Elections Office Adopt-A-Precinct Program to serve our community and raise funds for the church. To volunteer on election day, you must be registered to vote in Orange County, FL, attend a training class, and be at your assigned polling place by 6:00 a.m. on Election Day. If interested, email Gaby at programassistant1u@gmail.com.

Vote From Home! 

If you would prefer to vote my mail due to concerns about Covid-19, The League of Women Voters of Orange County (LWVOC), a grassroots, non-partisan organization, is recommending online voter registration and requesting a Vote-By-Mail Ballot (VBM) now. Early voting and voting on election day are still options, but Vote-By-Mail provides and ensures a convenient, and safe path to ensure everyone’s voice will be heard. Click the link for more information on voting options: League of Women Voters Voting Guide.

Volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank

Are you available to help volunteer packing and sorting at Second Harvest Food Bank Sat. Aug 1 from 1-4 p.m.? Register at http://1uandmeetup.shfbcf.volunteerhub.com. A short training will be provided.  Masks must be worn as well as closed-toed shoes.

Orlando Solar Co-op Opens to All Orange County Homeowners

1U partners with the City of Orlando to offer homeowners a pathway to access affordable solar photovoltaic arrays for their homes. Orlando Solar Co-op 2020 is now open to all homeowners throughout Orange County. Since 2015, when 1U helped to launch the first solar co-ops in Florida, more than 20 1U families (1,600 families statewide) have installed solar on their homes through the co-ops. For more information, visit solarunitedneighbors.org/orlando. Contact Mary Dipboye or Michael Cohen to learn more.

Sharing news by text, blog, Facebook?  Add one more share:

Many of you are signed up for the 1U googlegroup and if you are, consider sharing justice information, meetings on line,  links of importance –by sending an email to 1UJustice@googlegroups.com. Not signed up?  Email Social Justice: socialjustice@orlandouu.org to sign up for the 1Ujustice googlegroups email list. We only need your first name and your email address.

Your Gifts Support Our Ministries

Thank you for your generosity. Here’s how to give:

1U Website – Use the Donate button on the upper right-hand section of the home page and follow the directions.

Text – Send a text to 407-456-7082 with the amount you’d like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign before the amount (for example: $50). NOTE: Do not place a space between the dollar sign and the dollar amount. Within a few minutes, you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on the link. Enter your cardholder name, and credit or debit card information. You will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, send a text with the amount you are giving and it will process automatically. For donating to Share the Plate, use the texting code: sharedplate


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