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April Worship Theme: Mindfulness

Our theme for April is mindfulness. Mindfulness is the call to pay attention to our self, others, and the world. Mindfulness requires skill, but its practice is transformative of our self and our relationships.

April 4, 2021, 10:30 a.m.
“Speak the Peace You Want to Be” 
Rev. Avril James Maynard

Service Leader: Burger Vaughan
The goal of speech is to communicate abstract thoughts into a moment of understanding.  Words are merely tools; when they are issued with mindlessness or ignorance, they can cause great pain.  When they are uttered with intentionality they can be a balm to an injured heart.  Drawing from Buddhism, Yoga, nonviolent communication, and verbal judo, Rev. Avril will share techniques for truly expressing yourself from a place of love. 
Rev. Avril Maynard has degrees in exercise science, public health and is a recently ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister. She is trained in Traditional Yoga Meditation, and several other styles of Yoga, and has been an influential teacher in the greater Atlanta area for over 22 years. She trains teachers in Adaptive Yoga, leads employee stress management classes, facilitates several weekly meditation sittings, and does individual mindfulness therapeutic interventions at Piedmont Healthcare, Foundation Psychiatry, and Unity North Atlanta Spiritual Center. She is a busy mother, avid meditation practitioner, exerciser, and interfaith advocate.  

April 11, 2021, 10:30 a.m
“The Dangers of a Toxic Theology of Sexuality” 
 Rev. Charlotte Arsenault 


Service Leader: Fran Watkins

Anti-Asian racism, misogyny, lax gun laws, and a toxic theology of sexuality all played a fatal role in the violence that occurred in several Atlanta-area spas last month. We’ll concentrate on the question of what Unitarian Universalist theology of sexuality looks like and how it differs from toxic teachings of the subject.

April 18, 2021, 10:30 a.m. 


“Earth Science in the Space Age”
Dr. Jim Smoot


Service Leader:  Lynda Doll
Come be inspired by GMUUC’s Jim Smoot as he talks about NASA’s Earth Science work from the unique vantage point of Space.   Learn how our Earth system works and how we influence and are influenced by it.  Jim will also talk about the connection and relevance of NASA’s work to our guiding UU Principles. 
GMUUC member, Jim Smoot, is a retired Environmental Engineer.  He served as Senior Scientist and Manager at the U.S. Geological Survey; and as Senior Research Scientist and Head of Earth Science at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. JIm lives in Sautee Nacoochee with his partner Linda Harris.  
April 25, 2021, 10:30 a.m. 

"Our Transcendentalist Roots”
 Rev. Charlotte Arsenault

Service Leader: Robin Kottman

The first “U” of our faith, Unitarianism, has a rich history of serving as a fertile ground for new and emerging faiths and philosophies to spring from. Let’s dive deeper into our transcendentalist roots and our ancestors Emerson and Thoreau.


April Wednesday Night Programming

April 7, 2021, 6 pm

Town Hall Meeting


Program Leaders: Sylvia Rayfield (Executive Committee chair) and

Mary Lasris (Design Committee Chair)

Q & A session regarding “Building the Future” items.

April 14, 2021, 6 pm


"What Have You Been Up To?"

Program Leaders: Jane Threlkeld, Lynda Doll

It’s time to share what you’ve been doing while sheltering at home. Send pictures for a slide show, or just tell us what’s been happening.


Please send the pictures ahead of time and also let me know if you want to share stories.

Jane Threlkeld

April 21, 2021, 6 pm: 


“Recover Your Love of Poetry!”

Program Leader: Lyn Hopper

In this entertaining 2018 SNED Talk Lyn Hopper explores the elements and the joys of poetic expression.

April 28, 2021, 6 pm: Vespers

"The Writers in Our Midst”

Rev. Charlotte Arsenault


GMUUC is filled to the brim with gifted artists, thinkers, and writers. Tonight we will highlight the talent within the congregation as several of our folks share their gifts with us. 

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Georgia Mountains

Unitarian Universalist 

P.O. Box 630
439 S. Park Street
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Phone: 706-864-0661

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Rev. Charlotte Arsenault joined GMUUC as their contract minister in November 2013.

Rev. Charlotte's primary office hours are on Thursdays. 


9:00 AM

Sunday Services:

10:30 AM


Children’s Religious Education:

10:45 AM


10:00 AM & after church service

Rev. Charlotte Arsenault, Minister

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