HUUF Weekly – March 19, 2021

“When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then, winter, will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring.”     ~ Madeleine M. Kunin



~ A Call to Connection ~

  • Reflection- from Amy day
  • RE Corner
  • HUUF Zoom Opportunities for Connection
  • Climate Action Campaign News
  • Caring Connection
  • Book and Puzzle Exchange
  • Virtual Green Sheet
  • Community Bulletin Board

Reflection- From Amy day

To the Beloved Community,As the thrum of modern Life begins to bleat a tiny semblance of its’ familiar rhythm once more, I can feel the pull.  As Spring tiptoes past my window and begins to unsheathe itself before me, I can feel the pull. As the deadening winter of this last year begins to slowly thaw within and without me, I feel it.  

The call to speed up, cast out, unfetter a year’s worth of energies and ideas into the world all at once.  To say “Yes” to a million tiny, fragmented and beautiful things, all equally deserving of my precious life force.  

And yet.

The mercurial medicine of this last year has imprinted a pinprick of wisdom on my heart, “Go Slow.  Pay attention.  Choose well.”

As we move into the precipice of this next season, year & era, it can be so tempting to dive headlong back into the world we’ve been separated from for all this time.  But I want to invite us all to take some piece of this past year’s learning with us, too.

“Go Slow.
Pay attention.
Choose well.”

We are seed-bearers, you and I.  Conscious or not, we are actively setting down roots for what the culture – both of HUUF – and the larger world – will look like 6 months from now, 6 years, beyond.

And so we are asked within this transitional space, to be Intentional about what it is we are offering ourselves to.  Not just to fill the space, but to even, maybe, let it exist for a moment longer – and attuning to what it can be met with.

David Foster Wallace wrote:
“…the so-called real world will not discourage you from operating on your default settings… But [      ] there are all different kinds of freedom, and the kind that is most precious you will not hear much talk about in the great outside world of wanting and achieving…. The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day…”

As we revel in our slowly returning freedoms, I invite you to consider where you choose to expend yours’.  May the seeds you plant now bear rich and lustrous fruit in the not-too-distant future.  And may you tend well the tiny spot of Earth you’ve been granted.
That, my friends, tended well, may prove all the YES you need to honor (for now) this one wild & precious life. 

in grace & gratitude,

Amy Day (she/her)
Fellowship Engagement Coordinator


jessa 2.jpg  THIS SUNDAY!
Jessalyn Ducchi, Teacher & Owner of Sunsong Yoga
will be joining us at 10:15 to share her unique blend of movement, music, mindfulness & JOY practices for youth. Expect to be moved – physically and energetically. All ages welcome, as always.
         10:15-10:45 AM, using this link.
Make sure to drop by the HUUF campus and get the latest batch of goodies from the pink RE box out front.
Our resident craft maven, Judy Rishel has provided us with a beautiful rainbow paper craft this month, as well as sheets of “Family Kindness Bingo”, which you can play throughout the month and share at our 4th Sunday gathering on 3/28.

HUUF Zoom Opportunities for Connection & Conversation

Amy Day facilitates this 12-session series that helps participants develop regular disciplines of the spirit.  Drop in for a single session as it calls to you, or join us for the entire 12-week journey! Weekly on Mondays from 7-8:15 PM.  This week, Monday March 22, we look at the practice of Meditation.
Register to join 
Did you know you can access ALL THE ZOOM links for our current Fellowship Engagement offerings with a simple, single click on the website?  
FEC 1.jpgWhen you go to our homepage, scroll down to this image:
Click on that, you’ll be guided to the offerings page – with everything from Soul Matters to Poetry to Creativity to Anti-Racism circles scheduled throughout the week and month.
Have a look to see what resonates with you!
CLICK HERE to access ALL Engagement Links & Descriptions -ongoing & new


Join the CAC for their next meeting – THIS Sunday, March 21 at 1PM.
All are Welcome! Join us at this link
(CAC traditionally meets on the second Sunday of each month)
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CONGRATULATIONS to the CAC for receiving the honor of being selected as the 2021 Runner Up in the “Sacred Grounds” category of  the national Interfaith Power and Light Cool Congregation Competition.  
*Read more about this honor & all those involved in the April edition of the HUUF Newsletter

Caring Connection

The Caring Circle is happy to report:
Berti Welty is recovering nicely after a short hospital stay
Berti, your resilience and rebound are unmatched!

Laura Phalen-Shahin and family are all recovering well after an extraordinary car accident. All of the love and care their family has received  in the wake of that difficult and jarring incident has been greatly appreciated.

Book & Puzzle Exchange 

At this point the exchange tables could really use some love-
If anyone would like to volunteer to organize and purge unwanted items that would be VERY helpful. I believe this project has been appreciated by many, but if the condition of it continues to deteriorate we will discontinue the offering.
Book and Puzzle Exchange rules of play: (8 simple Do’s & Don’ts)
  1. Do- Enjoy this offering as a way to share and support each other while continuing to distance safely during the pandemic time.
  2. Do- Bring items of interest to occupy: puzzles or games (with all of the pieces),  deep thought provoking reads, light reads, young adult and children’s books, cookbooks, crafty books etc.
  3. Do NOT- Bring textbooks, periodicals, dictionaries, trash, used clothing, junk that you have no other use for, or random odd items.
  4. Do- Treat this space with the same care and respect you have for your own space
  5. Do NOT- Leave messes for others to clean up
  6. Do-Take the initiative if you see a mess– help by tidying up!
  7. Do NOT- overwhelm the tables or spaces surrounding with boxes upon boxes of donated items
  8. Do- plan to take away as much as you leave when bringing items .. This is an EXCHANGE not a drop off.

~ Virtual Green Sheet ~

  • March Fund-Raiser – Food for People: Help to 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. 
  • Another Opportunity to Commune with Nature! The Grounds Committee invites you all to join us as we tend to our beautiful landscape on Saturday, March 20, from 10 am to 1 pm. We’ll edge, weed, mulch and plant while we visit with each other and listen to the beginning songs of spring. Please remember to bring your masks, but we have extras if you need them. Rain cancels, with the following Saturday, Mar 27, as our back up.
  • Join Us to Learn about LifeCare Humboldt (LCH): At 2:00 PM on Sunday, March 21, Dr. Ann Lindsay will introduce the LifeCare Humboldt project to HUUF members and friends. Ann Lindsay MD was Humboldt County Public Health Officer from 1993 to 2011. Life Care Humboldt ( will be a non-profit resident-led senior “aging in place” community in Humboldt County providing a continuum of services in a safe, secure and environmentally responsible setting that supports independence, socialization, personal growth, community involvement, and intellectual stimulations. Ann will explain where the project is at this point, what is needed for its success, and how individuals can support the creation of LCH. She will also answer questions. Join Zoom Meeting: HERE
  • COMING UP – Join Us: March 28th at 11:00 AM  for next Sunday’s Service: Love’s Labor: Women’s History Here and Now – Join Karen Harris M.Div. for a celebration of the inestimable worth of the women whose care inside our homes and in services essential to our common lives – love’s labor – will be lifted up, praised and rallied behind. Click HERE for the full service description. *Zoom links for Sunday Services are now being posted on our website
CLICK HERE to Submit Green Sheet Items


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Urgent Request For Volunteers:
The Humboldt County Vaccination Center needs volunteers now, to help in numbers of ways, clerical, etc., to meet the critical need of ensuring members of our community are rapidly protected through vaccination..
Please call 707-268-2504

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