Led by Rev. Jim Parrish. Though we are not able to gather in-person this year, we can and will still come together in fellowship to hold one other in love and unified strength as we remember and celebrate the lives of our departed loved ones. If you didn’t get a chance to send in a picture of the folks/pets you want to remember in community this Sunday, don’t worry. There will be a time in the service for you to say their name(s) and show a picture on zoom if you wish to do so. You can find the zoom info/link to join in your latest weekly email (go to uufayetteville.org and click on “This Week” section).
The Beacon – Our Fellowship Newsletter
Led by Rev. Jim Parrish. In the 1800’s, the Transcendentalist Club influenced U.S. society with Abolition of Slavery, equal rights for Women, creation of Public Education, realization of the importance of our Ecology, and many other progressive stances that are still important today. Is Transcendentalism important today? How might it change us, society, and our world? Please see your latest UUFF weekly email (can be accessed also at uufayetteville.org in the “This Week” section) for link/info to join this online service. To view the order of service, click HERE.
UUFF member, Melly, will be speaking.
This Sunday, we joined with hundreds of other UU congregations around the nation for a joint service aimed at mobilizing our communities to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate in the 2020 elections. Speaker is UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray. There was a line-up of powerful, prophetic UU voices as we explore the intersections of faith, justice, and democracy in this collective virtual service.
Our first UU principle speaks of everyone’s worth and dignity. Science tells us that joy and laughter can help with both self worth and self dignity. UUFF Choir is here for it!! Renée Janski and choir are also very excited to present their first recording project! Join us this Sunday!
Click HERE to view the Order of Service.
As many know, we have a large population of Marshallese from their Island nation here in NWA. They came to escape the old, continuing destruction visited on them by U.S. nuclear testing, and todays continued environmental degradation of their islands. Many came to work in the NWA poultry processing industry, and they have stayed a cohesive cultural people while slowly integrating into Arkansas life. With Covid-19, and the poultry industries careless attitude towards its workers, the Marshallese were hit hard by the virus. It spread from workers to the community with heartbreaking results in sickness and deaths, and economic disaster. Albious Latior, a Marshallese community organizer who has spoken at UUFF several times about his people, reached out to NWA churches and non-profits to get help for his people, and the results have been gratifying. Pastor Clint Schnekloth of Good Shepherd Lutheran and Albious put together a highly successful fundraiser to aid Marshallese families. We as UUFF, and I assume a number of UU individuals, contributed to this effort, so we were thanked with this wonderful performance in our Sanctuary.
There is a lot more to be done to help the Marshallese and others affected by this pandemic, and we’ll step up to do our part as individuals, and community. And we appreciate that when a community like the Marshallese is grateful for help given, they will share such a wonderful thank-you in song! Kommol tata!