The Weekly – 5/6/2022

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.”
~ Maya Angelou



~ A Call to Connection ~


  • From the HUUF Board of Trustees
  • Religious Exploration Corner
  • Fellowship Engagement Opportunities
  • Climate Action Campaign
  • Caring Connection
  • Fellowship Happenings
  • Community Bulletin
  • Staff Office Hours

HUUF Board of Trustees

HUUF monthly BoT meeting
Tuesday, May 10 from 7-9pm. 
All are welcome to attend! The meeting will likely convene in person at HUUF . You can contact David Marshak to confirm this on Monday May 9. A Zoom link will be provided if there is a change of plans.Click  HERE  to view the agenda

Canvass Letter 

By now, most of  you have received our upcoming fiscal pledge request.
Your pledge promises are an essential part of the budget development plan for the upcoming fiscal year.  We are grateful for any contribution you are able to make. Please fill out your pledge form and return it to the office at your earliest convenience, or simply fill out the online form HERE.
There are also many ways to give beyond a financial promise- Please consider volunteering for one of HUUF’s many committees. Together we are better!




Magic Mondays!!! 
May 2 – 24, 3-5 pm
in the Care Building classroom

For those who haven’t had the privilege yet, Debbi Kallish is a lifelong artist who has spent extensive time and training in the land of youth and education.  She has a passion for child-centered, curiosity-driven learning and play-based exploration.

For the month of May, she will be hosting a small group creative space for youth ages 5-12.  Parents are welcome to accompany their kiddo, or drop off as need be. Children can expect to work with a variety of mediums – from paper to wire to natural materials, paint, etc.  Depending on the interests and skills inside the group, the curriculum will flow according to their wants and needs.

Also included in this donation-based offering will be an accompanying story time and snack. Drop-ins welcome, but we would ask that you pre-register your interest with us ahead of time if you would like to participate.
SIGN UP to participate in the magic!
Contact Amy for additional information or needs:


 The Many Modes of Millennium Mothering 

 Join Rev. Peter Farriday and Rev. Tom Lewis
Sunday, May 8th at 11 am.
In our newborn millennium, many aspects of personal mothering (and fathering) are practically the same as in ancient times, while others are totally new. Also new is the collective need to protect and care for Mother Earth and all her offspring in holistic, sustainable ways – and thus birth a new civilization.

*This service will be offered in person & on Zoom

Reserve your in person seat HERE
or Join us on Zoom

 HUUF in Transition:
Special Congregational Meeting to Discuss the Path Forward 

 Join Guest Facilitator Ursula Bischoff, JD, MSW, PhD
Sunday, May 15th at 11 am.
In lieu of the usual Sunday Service, we will be holding a special congregational meeting. We hope to begin a deep reflection process that builds cohesiveness, energy, and clarifies the direction of who we are now and where we want to go. The meeting will be facilitated by Ursula Bischoff, a professional organizational consultant recommended by Humboldt Area Foundation. Please join us as we engage in this important process of discovery. Attendees, both in person and on Zoom, will be given allotted time to share their opinions and vision.

*This service will be offered in person & on Zoom

Reserve your in person seat HERE 
or Join us on Zoom

Room to Write Mondays & Fridays at 11am on Zoom
Dedicate more time to the craft and practice of putting words on the page!  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. Bring whatever tools (laptop or journal) you need to write.

A Day of Peace – Postponed

Due to the inclement weather forecasted for Saturday May 7,
the Day of Peace event has been postponed.
Please stay tuned as we look to reschedule all the amazing activities, and more for an upcoming event date in June.

In Person Soul Matters Sharing Circle
*Schedule change
Our final (in person) Soul Matters circle will be held Saturday, May 14th from 10-11:30 am. We are meeting earlier than our regular 2 pm meeting time because Marianne Pennekamp’s celebration of life is at HUUF that afternoon.
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.




Join the
HUUF Climate Action Campaign
for their next monthly meeting
Sunday, May 8th at 1pm on Zoom
All Are welcome to Attend!
The CAC “Action of the Month” for May will focus on Composting

For those who could not attend the Youth vs Gov screenings in April, see the follow up webinar conversation with the filmmaker Christi Cooper of Barrelmaker Productions, and two of the 21 young plaintiffs from the case who are now in their early 20s. The conversation with all is so encouraging, and we are pleased to share the recording with you.

Kudos to Joanne McGreta McGarry for her composting demo at the farmers market on April 23. Twenty five people signed up to get home composters that are offered for sale at reduced cost for Arcata residents.


Remembering Marianne Pennekamp 

A Celebration of Life  – Saturday, May 14, 2022

Two o’clock in the afternoon

Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

24 Fellowship Way, Bayside

Limited seating ~ RSVP HERE or access Zoom link

*Please dress for indoors or outdoors.

Memories & Music – Saturday, May 14, 2022

Seven o’clock in the evening

Arcata Veterans’ Hall ~ 1425 J Street

Zoom link:
Meeting ID 863 4059 3245

*Mask required for all events. Carpooling appreciated.

– Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 1 o’clock in the afternoon

A Special Showing of : “Marianne: One Immigrant’s Journey”  followed by a Question & Answer session with filmmakers Amy Uyeki and Joy Hardin.

Freshwater Grange, 49 Grange Rd., Eureka, CA 95503

The film is also available online at Vimeo:  (password: Marianne)

We also look forward to an autumn concert to Benefit for the Marianne Pennekamp Memorial Scholarship Fund


Fellowship Happenings

  • HUUF May Newsletter now online:  The May edition of the printed monthly newsletter is now posted on our website – Click HERE to view it.
    • Note: There are several significant statements in the Newsletter this month. Please take time to read these important messages related to the May 15 Congregational meeting.
  • Coming Up: May 13 – A very special Audubon Society Event at HUUF – “Birdsong is Music” with cellist Doug Carroll, 6:30 – 8pm, Friday, May 13 on the HUUF patio . Event Flyer will be posted next week- Save the Date! (Reservations are required – please call or text 707-267-4055 and provide your name and number of attendees. In case of rain, the program will be held inside the Fellowship, where attendees must be masked and only 45 people can be accommodated.)
  • Coming up: May 14 – Remembering Marianne Pennekamp – There are multiple events and opportunities to share in celebration of our beloved Marianne’s life . See the Event flyer HERE – Seating is by reservation Sign up HERE
  • Retreat Planning Zoom meeting – Sunday, May 15 at 4 pm: All are welcome to help plan our All Fellowship Retreat to be held August 12-14 at the Mattole Camp and Retreat Center. Come with your ideas. Questions? Berti Welty, 707 476-0654,  Join the Zoom meeting HERE.
  • Coming up: May 21 -Listen to the Birds While Beautifying Our Grounds-The Grounds Committee invites you to enjoy the spring songs of our feathered friends while we water, mulch the beds, lop up Himalayan blackberries and dig up pesky weeds on Saturday, May 21, 10 am to 1 pm. ~ Thanks from your grounds committee

Community Bulletin 


Sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Eureka

Friday May 20 – Monday May 23, 2022

Stay one to three nights or come for the day

Forty-five minute Centering Prayer meditations throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. Meals in silence or with discussion as you wish. Pre-recorded evening inspirational talks followed by discussion.

Enjoy nature and the river.

Meals and snacks provided by participants.

Fee: $35 a night.

For a brochure about the event, registration form, as well as Covid considerations please contact Elizabeth Harper-Lawson 707 445 1726 or Cat McAdams 707 445 8596

Staff Office Hours

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

DLRE – Amy Day, on campus: Tuesday and Thursday

TECH – Scarlett Tripsmith,  available by email

MINISTER – Peter Farriday, : 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.
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