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October 2021 Worship Services

Worship Theme: 2nd principle/Widening the Circle

 2nd Principle: Justice, Equity, and Compassion in human relationships


“Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations points us toward something beyond inherent worth and dignity. It points us to the larger community. It gets at collective responsibility. It reminds us that treating people as human beings is not simply something we do one-on-one, but something that has systemic implications and can inform our entire cultural way of being.

“Compassion is something that we can easily act on individually. We can demonstrate openness, give people respect, and treat people with kindness on our own. But we need one another to achieve equity and justice.

“Justice, equity, and compassion are all part of the same package. Just as the second Principle overlaps with the first, so it is related to the seventh Principle—the interdependent web of all existence.”

—Rev. Emily Gage, Unity Temple, Chicago, IL (read more from Emily in The Seven Principles in Word and Worship, ed. Ellen Brandenburg) Widening the Circle


October 3, 2021, 10:30 am

 “Becoming UU” Zoom Service and Church Camp Out Service

Campout: Rev Charlotte Arsenault

Worship Leader: Melinda Oliver 


 Church campout: “Spontaneous Creation of Worship”

 Rev. Charlotte Arsenault

Rev. Charlotte, with the help of those attending the service, will spontaneously create a worship service sure to bring joy, laughter, and inspiration as we wrap up the annual church camp out! Click HERE for a map of the campground and campsite details. Once you’ve arrived, look for the signs directing you to the service site !


Zoom Service: Becoming a UU 

 Worship Leader: Melinda Oliver

In this lay-led zoom service, members will share their stories of how they became UUs. We will also enjoy our favorite UU songs and share some jokes about being a UU.


October 10, 2021, 10:30 a.m.

“The History of The Blood Sisters”

Rev. Charlotte Arsenault

Worship leader: Lynda Doll


 At the height of the AIDS crisis, when the world was still learning the basics about the virus, many doctors and nurses were unwilling to provide the basic care needed for those infected, particularly the gay community. This is where the story of The Blood Sisters begins. Come join us as we explore this important history in celebration of Atlanta Pride month. 


October 17, 2021, 10:30 a.m.

“Justice and Inherent Worth and Dignity” 

David Sweat

Worship Leader: Burger Vaughan


The American Justice System has inflicted injustice on people of color and

marginalized individuals for centuries. How do we make that system

recognize the inherent worth and dignity of all those it affects.


David Sweat has been a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of

Athens since 1983. He practiced law in Athens for 23 years before he won

election to be a Judge of Superior Court of the Western Judicial Circuit in

2002. After 15 years of active service, he retired and became a senior judge

in 2017. In his time as a judge, he worked to create programs to divert

individuals with behavioral health disorders away from jails and into

treatment. He currently works to get law enforcement agencies to partner

with behavioral health professionals in responding to individuals in

behavioral health crisis.


October 24, 2021, 10:30 a.m. 


“Fear Itself”

Rev. Charlotte Arsenault

Worship Leader: Liane Varnes


 Fear is at the center of the American experience of Halloween. Well, fear and candy that is! We know what candy gives us, but what spiritual lesson does fear have to teach us? 



October 31, 2021, 10:30 a.m.



Avril Mynard

Worship Leader: Burger Vaughan

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