To learn more and possibly join, contact Lisa Carroll. The Artemis Circle meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. The spirit circle is not a support group but a meeting of women who are supportive and respectful of each other, through structured sharing. Next meeting is Oct. 12 in the Program Building.
Contact Wini Atlas. The Social Justice Council invites any UUCF member to nominate an organization to become a Share the Plate recipient for one month in 2018. Organizations must be not-for-profit and working to dismantle systemic oppression. Full details and links to the process and application can be found here. Application deadline is Oct. 6. Follow-up interviews for those organizations selected for consideration will be scheduled in late October or early November.
Over the next several weeks, we’ll have a special collection basket in the Commons on Sunday mornings for donations to benefit victims of the recent hurricanes. These collections will be administered by the Unitarian Universalist Association and UU Service Committee (UUA/UUSC) and will benefit either local non-profits serving marginalized groups or UU congregations and their members hit hard by the storms. For more information on the Harvey fund, click here. Information on the Irma fund is here.
The Endowment Fund Committee is accepting applications for grants to fund projects that support UUCF or the broader community. Priority is given to requests that best reflect UUCF’s strategic goals and strategies. For example, in recent years, grants have been made to purchase new pulpit furniture, refurbish the room formerly known as the Bride’s Room to showcase artifacts from our partner churches, support Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions community outreach and support youth attendance at General Assembly. For more information about the grant request process, click here or contact Steve Gold. For a grant request form, click here. Deadline for submitting applications is Oct. 17.
Many people have asked UUCF staff about forming a group of rebuilding volunteers. The Unitarian Universalist Association and the UU Service Committee (UUSC) are forming partnerships with local charities and assessing ways to help poor and marginalized populations traditionally most vulnerable in these tragedies. Once they form those partnerships and a volunteer infrastructure, UUCF will communicate about how to get involved. In the meantime, here are ways to help now. You can also state your intention to help by filling out this UUSC volunteer form.
The September Share the Plate recipient is the Northern Virginia Mental Health Foundation, which provides grants for holistic mental health treatments to NOVA residents and works to raise public awareness and acceptance of mental health issues.