Weekly March 5 – 12, 2021

“We have a duty to show up in the world with meaning and purpose and commitment to doing good. And to use any privilege that we have to make positive change and to disrupt oppressive systems.”
~ Meena Harris

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HUUF WEEKLY

~ A Call to Connection ~
INSIDE THIS WEEKLY MISSIVE

  • Reflection- This week’s Reflection comes from Amy Day
  • RE Corner
  • HUUF Zoom Opportunities for Connection
  • Climate Action Campaign News
  • UU Offerings
  • HUUF/ HSU Collaborative
  • Virtual Green Sheet
To the Beloved Community,

A Reflection from Amy Day, Fellowship Engagement Coordinator, HUUF

A letter to my daughter, upon turning 9
I have been told that one of the greatest, revolutionary things I can do inside this life is to parent you well.
And though, at times, I balk at such an idea – Seriously.  Aren’t there much bigger projects that need tending in this business of changing the world?…
… I also sense the wisdom here.

And so, my darling child, I want to say to you, as you grow into the person you are called to be:

May you, firstly, sense the bedrock of my love.
To know that, even when I do it wrong, or inadequately, there is an unshakeable foundation of acceptance, compassion, care.
You are safe, beloved, chosen with me.
This love does not have to be earned.
Rather, it is a gift embedded into my being – extended freely out to you.
It is a current that flows unfettered between us both.

May you always know my body is a home for you.
And when that someday falters – my heart serves as the same.

May you remember that you are called into this world not so much to consume – to find things to keep you company, comfortable, distracted – as you go about this life – but rather, to CREATE.
To serve as a proactive and powerful force for good.

May you come to witness your own pain and discomfort not as things to be avoided or disdained, but as holy and necessary labor pains that help you birth important shifts into the Universe.

Even if you cannot see it, your work is not in vain.

Leave this Earthen campsite just a little bit better than when you first encountered it.

Do not be penned in by the limited imagination of others.
Learn another language.
Love well & bravely.
Do not be afraid to be broken open by the pain & beauty of this world.
For that which shatters, can be rendered stronger down the line.

May you know yourself – not as the special, sunbeam, gleaming spark of a single individual – but as a reflection of the larger Light which flows in and through us all.

May you feel yourself held inside that Light.
And add your own, unique glimmer to its shine.

May you be generous.
May you be kind.
May you learn to ask forgiveness & not be bound by the confining narrative of past mistakes.

May you live simply.
Amassing the type of wealth that pays dividends in the realms of the social, spiritual, experiential & living world.  Not in tiny treasures acquired for their own, fleeting sake.

May you find people who can lovingly call you on your own bullsh*t.  And inspire you to your fullness.
For them, may you do the same.

May you – as you wake up to the horrors & injustices of this world – continue to dream of a better one just beyond the known horizon – and help to walk us gently toward that space.

May you learn to rest when you are tired.
To feed yourself – body, mind & spirit – with that which nourishes you deeply.

May you live a life you can look back on and be proud of.
Not because of the many boxes ticked, nor the accolades given, but measured by the depth to which you loved the souls you touched.

It has been said that how we do one thing, is how we do everything.
And so, as I hold your tiny, growing hand in mine once more – may we remember – us both – that in this way, we brush up against the palm of the Divine.
That what we touch – touches us in return.
And that the smallest contact leaves a mark.
With each footfall, you are striking upon sacred ground.

May you revel in this, my darling.
And make your imprint well.

 

 

  Do you have a way with words?

We’d love to hear from you.
Please send your insights, poems, songs, micro-sermons & inspirations to us if you’d like to be featured inside the REFLECTION portion of our HUUF Weekly email.
Send them to office@huuf.org with “Huuf Weekly” in the subject line.

RE CORNER

All ages Gatherings in March 
Come Sing with Us!

Our next, multi-generational, online Song Circle is this coming Saturday, March 13th, from 5-6 pm.

*Bring your guitar, kazoo, or ukulele  *A favorite song or two.
*Or just your smiling face on mute. *Feel the transformative power of collective singing once again. (Even – yes! – inside the tiny vehicle of Zoom)

Join Us!

HUUF Zoom Opportunities for Connection & Conversation


HIGHLIGHTING NEW ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Our next Open Soul Matters group meets once more this Thursday, March 11th @ 10 am.
As our county shifts tentatively back into the Covid RED Zone once more, we invite you to join us IN PERSON once again, as you feel safe and able. Masks, hand sanitizing & social distancing will be observed.
Amy Day facilitates.  For more info, please drop her a line @ comm@huuf.org.
 

 

 Single Payer Healthcare 
 Why We Need Medicare for All
Join presenters Corinne Frugoni, MD and Patty Harvey via zoom for this informational session March 12, 5:30- 6:30 PM 
This presentation will address how Covid-19 has exposed greater health disparities and inequities; what single payer means for all of us; and the various options being proposed by the Biden Administration. There will be time for Q&A followed by a review of a petition to urge Governor Newsom to request the Biden Administration to allow federal dollars used for health care in our state (Medicare, MediCal, Affordable Care Act, etc.) to fund a non-profit, Single Payer Healthcare Program for all residents in California.  JOIN ZOOM SESSION HERE 
CLICK HERE to access ALL Engagement Links & Descriptions -ongoing & new
 

 

CLIMATE ACTION CAMPAIGN

CAC Seeks Your Help with Survey on Climate Action 
Submissions are due by March 15. 
  Participate in an all Fellowship survey! CAC is seeking data:
What and how much are we as individuals or families are doing to reduce our carbon footprints? How much faith inspired climate action are we already doing in our Fellowship community? Help us learn from each other about new climate action ideas.

COMPLETE YOUR SURVEY TODAYhttp://huuf.org/events/climate-action-survey/
* Anyone who has not responded to the online survey by March 15 will receive a hard copy soon via USPS with return postage provided.
— CAC will tally the results and report back to the congregation

A Challenge from CAC to YOU YOU for Earth Month

Relative to climate actions, for Earth month in April, CAC challenges each member unit to add one new effort that you are not already doing to “reduce, reuse, recycle”.  It doesn’t have to be big. It could be, for example,  sending a greeting card unsigned so it can be recycled; reusing an envelope or making one from paper printed on one side; or cooking an entire meal in the same heated oven. Decide now on a new action that you can do to protect Earth for the month of April, and let us know on the survey what you are planning to do. We will tally responses and report back to you.

Intergenerational Spring Seminar – April 9-11, 2021, Online
REGISTRATION OPEN now through March 18!Announcing 2021 Keynote: Soul Fire Farm!
The virtual keynote address is delivered by Soul Fire Farm’s Co-Founder and Farm Manager, Leah Penniman, and closes with a performance by world-renowned poet, Soul Fire Farm’s Program Manager, Naima Penniman. The keynote storytelling weaves the history and structural realities of racial injustice in the food system, with movement strategies past and present of frontlines communities mobilizing for food and land sovereignty. The virtual keynote will be followed by a live Q&A with Soul Fire Farm’s Food Justice Coordinator and Kitchen Magician, Brooke Bridges. Learn how we can help build a food system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for all members of our local and global community.

Programs will ground, connect, and equip participants to take action toward achieving climate justice through more equitable and sustainable food systems.
Find out more or register HERE

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS!
There’s a wealth of opportunities available for teens right now who are passionate about Climate Justice.
Everything from a video challenge to a trip to Italy!
Two scholarships from the CAC are available for two people, with preference given to youth, who wish to attend.
For more info, please contact Sue Mossman. 

UU OFFERINGS

Songs & Stories from Texas 
~ Your Invited ~

A FREE acoustic livestream show Friday, March 5 from 4-5PM Pacific time with UU Rev. Erin Walter, Austin TX
Rev. Erin says… “So many UUs around the country have asked about how to support Texans still recovering from the deadly power/water outages and storm here in February, and how we can prevent it from happening again, that I’ve decided to do a livestream performance about it.”

Click here for free tickets to Friday’s livestream show. It’s going to be fun for a good cause! Rev. Erin hopes to see you dancing and singing along in your Zoom square! Kids and pets welcome 🙂
While the show is free, Rev. Erin will be donating all proceeds from Parker Woodland music/merch sales and performance tips to the Texas Freedom Network  a statewide non-partisan, grassroots organization with UU roots whose work includes progressive legislative advocacy and organizing young people of color as leaders and voters.

HUUF/HSU COLLABORATIVE

 Religion & COVID Community Storytelling Project
Each year HUUF participates in an enriching HSU student volunteer/mentor collaborative. This year, as we all continue to shelter, classwork and volunteerism has taken on a unique new shape. HSU is offering an opportunity for our participation in a community story telling project. Find out more or to be paired with a student for a storytelling interview, contact Amy Day .

~ Virtual Green Sheet ~

  • March Fund-Raiser – Food for People: Food for People works to alleviate local hunger and improve the health of the community through its 18 programs and strong community partnerships. Following the sewer disaster in February of 2020 Food for People is rebuilding a food bank facility that will ensure every person in Humboldt County in need can access nutritious foods, and local children, seniors, and families can connect with services that address the root causes of hunger and poverty. Support Food for People’s efforts to feed our community by donating NOW! Please make your SAC donations to HUUF, indicating that they are for Food for People. 
  • HUUF Receives a mini-Grant! Earlier this year HUUF co-president, David Marshak applied for a mini grant through the PDC Chalice Lighters grant program. Congratulations to us! We were awarded $598 to help offset additional COVID related tech costs. Thank you David, for helping us to obtain the grant!
  • COMING UP – Join Us: March 14th at 11:00 AM  for next Sunday’s Service: Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19 – Join Lezley Troxell & guest Autumn Spears, clinical director of Evolve Youth Services and former Lead Grief Support counselor and manager of Grief Support Services at Hospice of Humboldt... The pandemic has had a major effect on our lives. Many of us face challenges that can be stressful and overwhelming. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you more resilient. *Zoom links for Sunday Services are now being posted on our website
  • Honoring women with a cool project: Connecting volunteer knitters and crocheters with breast cancer survivors to offer free “Knitted Knockers” to any woman who wants them. There is a huge demand for these handmade prostheses that can’t be met by any one group but together we can do it! Find out more HERE 
CLICK HERE to Submit Green Sheet Items

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