April 1, 2022

“We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
~  unknown author



~ A Call to Connection ~


  • Religious Exploration Corner
  • Fellowship Engagement Opportunities
  • Climate Action Campaign
  • Caring Connection
  • Fellowship Happenings
  • UUA Offering
  • Staff Office Hours


Our next in person Soul Matters circle is happening again Saturday, April 9 @ 2-3:30 pm.
Our regular facilitator, Alison O’Dowd, has graciously put together a sign-up sheet for us, so we can make the necessary preparations.
Please, take a moment to RSVP if you can attend!

Childcare is also available during that time, so please, be sure to let us know if you’ll have a young one with you.
One final note:
Alison will be away on an epic adventure with her family this month (yay!), so DLRE Amy Day will be filling in as facilitator.


With Liberty and Justice for ALL (??!!) 

Join Rev. Tom Lewis
Sunday, April 3rd at 11 am.
America has a reputation as the greatest democratic system in history. And emigrants still wait years to enter this land of the “free” and “just”. But two core moral blots have been ignored for centuries and are unresolved: 1) genocide against Native Peoples and confiscation of their lands and property; 2) the kidnapping of Africans to be sold as property and enslaved for life. How can we as UUs affect the beginning of a just reconciliation of these national wrongs?*This service will be offered both in person and on Zoom

Reserve your in person seat HERE
Join us on Zoom

Responding to the Aesthetic Call: Awakening the Artist Within 

Join Pat McCutcheon & Laura Phelan-Shahin
Sunday, April 10th at 11 am.

In this interactive hybrid service, Fellowship members Laura Phelan-Shahin and Pat McCutcheon will lead an exploration of “the aesthetic call.” Is there an artist within everyone? Is this something that everyone can awaken to? This service will break down the myth that art is only something that a few talented humans can do, explore how all are artists, and begin to find an infinite number of ways to express that “there is more, open that door.” This subject will be explored creatively through music and poetry.

*This service will be offered both in person and on Zoom

Reserve your in person seat HERE

OR –Join us on Zoom


Creativity with Laura Phelan-Shahin MA, LMFT

Previously on Zoom the third Friday of each month, this engagement offering will now be shifting to an in person participatory experience! Stay tuned to learn more as the new format unfolds – We will keep you posted as to the new date and time – Zoom meetings have been suspended while Laura prepares for this new in-person Creativity offering.

Room to Write

This online co-writing cohort has moved to Monday and Friday ONLY 11-12:30 via Zoom.  No more Wednesday sessions!

Join Amy Day, weekly on Mondays and Fridays at 11am on Zoom for a hosted co-writing space. For those who want to dedicate more time to the craft and practice of putting words on the page. We’ll do a (very brief) check-in, then mute ourselves and work for 75 minutes or so on our individual projects, then come back together at the end for a brief check-out. Please note: At present, this is NOT a critique group, simply a co-working space, so please don’t bring writing you want to have read aloud and receive feedback on. Do bring whatever tools (laptop or journal) you need to write.



Given the climate crisis, and skyrocketing cost of fossil fuels, Americans are looking for ways to become independent of Russian oil and gas. Community solar microgrids provide such potential. CAC is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the 350 Humboldt presentation:

How a Solar Microgrid Can Ensure Energy Independence - Infographic

with Matthew Marshall, ED of Redwood Coast Energy Authority APRIL 4 at 7 pm.

Join the Zoom meeting HERESolar Micro-Grid Talk Flyer

CAC Monthly Meeting ~ SUNDAY, April 10
All are welcome to join our monthly meeting
April 10, 1PM on
Thanks to Pat Car for arranging to have David Loya, the Director of City Development for Arcata, to meet with us for a brief overview of the Gateway Plan. This will be a nice opportunity to hear David Loya speak and ask questions in a smaller and more intimate format. The Gateway Plan (GP) seeks to develop housing for up to 3,000 new residents who are expected in the coming years due to increased Cal Poly Humboldt enrollment, climate refugees, and tele-workers. The plan considers the climate crisis, the global existential issue of our time, along with the need for increased, reasonably priced, housing in Arcata for low to moderate income families. He will describe how the GP will address the construction, infrastructure, and transportation issues of this project.
Here is the link to
*Also, on the CAC April agenda will be CAC member, Bruce Maxwell, who will speak about the Pedal Power Bicycle Fest that will occur in May in Eureka at the Jefferson Center.

Thank you Margy Emerson for your “I Can Drive 55” letter in the March 24 edition of the North Coast Journal and mentioning CAC’s “Drive 55 Keep Earth Alive” campaign. Margy has also seen to it that our bumper stickers can be obtained at Solutions, All Under Heaven, and Eco-Groovy Deals on the Plaza in Arcata.If you have received the April newsletter online, be sure to read on page 11 the second half of Margy’s Climate Action of the Month article that was printed on page 8 for the list of grocery stores to contact to express your concerns about the use of plastics.

PLASTIC POLLUTION: More Serious Than You Think — What YOU Can Do

CAC and Zero Waste Humboldt (ZWH) are jointly sponsoring this ZOOM presentation by Maggie Gainer on Wednesday, April 13, 7 pm – 8 pm. Maggie Gainer, co-founder of ZWH and a nationally recognized environmental consultant and trainer, has had many years of experience with issues of waste management. In this webinar, we will learn about the harsh reality of plastic pollution in 2022, and how we can actively fight against it.

In preparation for Maggie Gainer’s webinar presentation. Maggie recommends that we view  PLASTIC WARS at  https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/plastic-wars/
54 minutes (released March 2020). This PBS Frontline documentary reports the results of NPR journalist-researchers investigations on the fight against plastic pollution. About the film, Maggie says that it is eye-opening for most people who believed all the recycling hoopla.
~ Thank you Tracy Jordan French for organizing this presentation. 


Beloved Fellowship member, Thea Gast, is currently at St. Joseph Hospital with pneumonia.
We’re sending love and healing thoughts.
Although Thea will not be accepting visitors or calls at this time,
she would appreciate cards:
Please send to St Joseph’s Hospital – room 2224 or to Thea’s home


Beloved Fellowship member Nancy Cook is in Hospice Care
Please keep her in your hearts &  send love and light in her direction


Celebrate the Life of Marianne Pennekamp


 We will gather together 
Saturday, May 14th ~ 1 pm at HUUF
to honor the life of our beloved friend
~ Save the Date ~


Fellowship Happenings

  • Please Join Us April 2 for Gardening, Fresh Air and Camaraderie! We invite you to gather with us to tend to our beautiful landscape, This Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. We’re putting up exclusions around some of our vulnerable plants to protect them from deer, weeding, and mulching, while we catch up with each other and enjoy the early spring. Rain cancels, with the following Saturday, April 9, as our back up. Come for an hour if that’s all you can spare; you’ll be warmly welcomed! ~ Your Grounds Committee
  • Acknowledging the Power of Words: Congratulations and Thank You to Pat McCutcheon (Kiev, 2022) and Pat Carr (Impact) for their powerful poems published in two consecutive issues of the North Coast Journal on March 10 and 17 that express the soul wrenching horrors, sadness, and despair over the war in the Ukraine. 
  • Rev. Peter’s time away: During this next week, Rev. Peter will be taking a few brief days off, travelling out of the area from March 31 – April 7 . He will be unavailable for his normal drop in office hour on March 30th, April 5th, and April 6th. He returns to his seat and regular availability on April 8.
  • Playscape Planting Work Party: Thanks to the dedicated leadership of our beloved Berti Welty and many the helping hands volunteers within and outside of HUUF/RE, our ever evolving natural playscape is nearing completion! On Saturday April 9, there will be a playscape planting party- If you’re interested in lending a hand, please contact Berti to find out more.
  • Spring Cleaning Give Away! Cena Marino has many useful items: lamps and lighting, single size mattress, a hide-a-bed loveseat plus other vintage and utilitarian goodies. All free for the taking! Contact Cena by phone or text at 707-616-3906 to view items or collect your treasures!
  • Coming Up! CAC’s monthly meeting returns: After a brief pause in March due to a scheduling conflict, the regular CAC meeting will resume in April, on 4/10 at 1pm via Zoom. Look for the Zoom link and meeting details in the designated CAC area of the Weekly.


UUA Offering 


Sunday, April 10 at 1pm PT.
Register now!

When we organize, we build power in our communities for justice, accountability, and healing. In the last two years, UU the Vote has built new networks of spiritual and political communities to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate.

With UU the Vote 2022 we’re organizing on the state and local levels to fight for fair elections, advance voting rights, protect abortion access, and resist the targeting and criminalization of Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities.

There is so much at stake in the 2022 midterm elections. Together, our communities can address the current threats to our democracy and human dignity. Join us!


Staff Office Hours


OFFICE – Congregational Administrator, Bridgette Garuti, office@huuf.org: on campus: 9:30-4:30 Monday-Wednesday, available by email only on Thursdays.

DLRE – Amy Day, comm@huuf.org: on campus: Tuesday and Thursday

TECH – Scarlett Tripsmith, it@huuf.org:  available by email

MINISTER – Peter Farriday,  minister@huuf.org : Open hours on campus: Tuesdays from 11am – 1pm  and  Wednesdays from 1:30 – 4:30.
General availability: 11:30am – 6pm M-F when he doesn’t speak that coming Sunday; or M-Th 11:30am – 6pm on weeks he does.