The Weekly 9/9/2022

“Tomorrow belongs to those of us who conceive of it as belonging to everyone; who lend the best of ourselves to it, and with joy.”  
~  Audre Lorde“



  • HUUF Leadership Opportunities
  • Lifespan Religious Exploration
  • Sunday Services & Fellowship Engagements
  • Climate Action Campaign
  • Caring Connection
  • Fellowship Happenings
  • HUUF Halloween Fest 2022!
  • From the UUA: Ingathering Message from Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
  • Staff Office Hours

HUUF Leadership Opportunities

Join the HUUF Leadership Team

Three board opportunities are currently available for service starting in September.
HUUF’s Board will be an integral part of our transition and growth.
This is an amazing opportunity for HUUF members to help guide our beloved organization while upholding the values that we represent. 

Collaborating and learning while deepening Fellowship relationships is a spiritual practice. 

Please contact Sylvia Shaw for more information: 707-599-1563,

Lifespan Religious Exploration

Coming of Age Retreat Program

The Coming of Age Retreat Program’s mission is to provide retreat experiences for youth that will further the depth of the Coming of Age Programs at their respective congregations. The purpose of the retreats and of the Coming of Age Retreat Program is to help our youth integrate their childhood into their emerging adulthood, with a clear sense of themselves and their place in the Unitarian Universalist Church and in the world.

Retreats will help youth:

  • Explore their own spirituality;
  • Have a deeper understanding of Unitarian Universalism;
  • Appreciate and continue the lifelong process of values and calcification;
  • Recognize and accept responsibility for decision-making;
  • Explore their options for service, both to their church and to the community;
  • Deepen their relationship with other youth and adults;
  • Come to a positive understanding of their personal capabilities and unique qualities;
  • Test themselves against their own preconceived limits; 
  • Solidify their commitment to Unitarian Universalism.

Questions: Please contact Danielle Stubblefield @ for more information if your teen would like to get involved. If cost is a limiting factor, please reach out to Amy Day regarding partial scholarships.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) human sexuality education returns!  

Bek Paez and Jodi Smith will be starting up an extended cohort for the 7th-9th grade age group beginning at the end of this month.
Parents’ Orientation will be Sept 27th, 6-7:30 pm.
Weekly sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 at HUUF
Sign-up sheet and detailed registration costs will be posted to the HUUF website SOON! In the meantime, if you have any questions, you may contact Bek @

Sunday Services & Fellowship Engagements 

 Gathering of the Waters 
Sunday, September 11th
11 am at HUUF

with Worship Leader: Berti Welty

You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.”
― Alan Watts


Each fall our Fellowship officially reconvenes with a Gathering of the Waters ceremony. Our various experiences, insights and gifts are blended to rebuild our community.

Each person will have a chance to pour a small amount of water (real or virtual) into a common vessel. While doing so each one will fill in the following sentence:
“This water from ______ symbolizes ______ which I bring to this community.”

Join us in person 

OR… Join us on ZOOM

All Fellowship Potluck and Squash Derby

On September 11th, following the Gathering of the Waters Service. We’ll get a chance to socialize, reconnect with people we have not seen for awhile, dine on delicious food and have a zany Squash Car Derby.

Drop your ready-to-serve potluck dish in the kitchen prior to the service. Assistance with set-up and clean-up is greatly appreciated.
THE DERBY RACE: Each team will build a race ‘car’ with oversized zucchini squash as the base.  You will drill holes for the axles and mount wheels. You can decorate it anyway you wish.  You can use the materials provided or make one at home prior to the event.  Each team will consist of a parent and child, two children/ youth, two adults, or any combination of 2 or more people.  We will put a cardboard ramp on the rolling slope of the playscape and see whose race squash goes the furthest.  Come be a part of the fun.

The Ministry of Welcoming

You can help us create an easeful and welcoming atmosphere each Sunday by signing up for one or more of the following….
Pre-Service Greeter (2) ___________________    Sign Up HERE 
Pre-Service Chair/Canopy Set up (3) ________   Sign Up HERE 
Coffee Set Up (2) ________________________    Sign Up HERE 
Post -Service Cup Washers(2) _____________    Sign Up HERE 
Bring Flowers  __________________________    Sign Up HERE 

Yoga & Art at the Fellowship!
Mondays, 5:30-6:45 pm,
Sept. 12-Oct. 3
The best of all possible worlds coming together at HUUF!
Jamie Kessloff will be offering an outdoor, gentle & accessible yoga practice for adults.  A sweet, Nature-infused experience designed to reset your nervous system and replenish you deeply.

At the same time, in our CARE building, Ms. Debbi Kallish will be offering another Magic Monday session for our artists aged 5-12.  You can sign your young creative one up ahead of time by going here. 

Both of these classes are lovingly sponsored by our Fellowship Engagement and RE programs.  Donations welcome and gratefully accepted, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
4 Sessions left!- Join Jamie or Debbi on 9/12,  9/19, 9/26 and 10/3

In Person at HUUF
September 14h, 7-8:30 pm 
Open Soul matters Sharing Circle
with Margy Emerson and Joanna Welch: 
This twice-monthly,  in-person group will meet inside the CARE building  from 7-8:30 pm. Please feel free to stop by and check it out. No long-term commitment needed.  Come as you are and when you can.  We welcome you.
The second and fourth Wednesdays of each month (next meeting -9/28)

 Social Action Sunday: Coastal Clean-up Day 

September 25, 10:00am
Coastal Cleanup Month is one of the largest cleanup events of the year. The Northcoast Environmental Center is Humboldt County’s coastal cleanup coordinator, and each year the organization inspires hundreds of volunteers to pick up thousands of pounds of trash. This month, we at HUUF will serve as a site host – joining community members from all around our region to participate in one of many cleanup efforts taking place every weekend of this month.

You may join us from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arcata Marsh, on South I Street for an opportunity to express our values in the larger world. Come for part or all of this important action. Cleanup supplies will be provided, but if you have any of your own gear (gloves, a clipboard, trash grabbers) that you would prefer to use, feel free to bring it. Find out more or sign-up at


Click HERE to access all Fellowship Engagement listings


Climate Action Campaign

HUUF’s Climate Action Campaign
Monthly Meeting This Sunday!

Due to a time conflict with the Gathering of the Waters potluck, Climate Action Campaign will meet from 7-8 pm instead of the usual 1pm schedule 

Join Sue Mossman and other CAC members
on  Zoom at 7pm, Sunday 9/11

ALL Are Welcome to attend! These monthly discussions are centered on what actions  we, as individuals and as a congregation, can take to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate crisis.


Join 350 Humboldt and Fridays for Future for a global climate march on September 23, 5pm at the Arcata Plaza for speakers, live music, and a march. The time is now. It is not too late to fight for our future. Together we are unstoppable.

CAC will be there with our climate banner and placards.

Caring Connection

Our deepest condolences to Beverly Morgan Lewis who is mourning the loss of her husband David. David Lewis passed away on Sunday, September 5. Beverly is embracing her personal and contemplative space to sit with this deep loss. She will reach out when she’s ready, if support is needed. Cards are welcome. No call please.

Sending Love and Light to Tracy Jordan French who is mourning the passing of her older sister Beth. Beth passed away last week. She was Tracy’s only sibling. Tracy is in Santa Rosa indefinitely while managing the estate details. Cards are welcome.

Fellowship Happenings

  • Grounds Work Day! 
  • Join us in the garden on Saturday, September 10. Fall is beginning to feel like it’s just around the corner, bringing sunny and warm weather that weeds love. And we’ll be pulling them out from our grounds, too, this coming Saturday, September 10, from 10 am to 1 pm. We’d be so happy to have you join us! Besides weeding this is a good time to mulch, getting our beds ready for the coming rains, if we’re so lucky. The unusual rain this summer brought a flush of grass, so our beds are in need of edging; and as always, we’ll continue our efforts to discourage hungry deer. If you can spare only an hour or two, please come – that is a great help. many thanks, the Grounds Committee
  • Board Meeting -Tuesday 9/13 – 7pm at HUUF: The HUUF Board of Trustees will hold their monthly meeting IN PERSON at HUUF on September 13. The meeting begins at 7pm. As we continue to forge through this time of transition there is much business to discuss. All are welcome to attend these monthly open meetings.
  • Next All Congregation Meeting! Sunday, September 18:As announced in the HUUF September Newsletter, we have an important congregational meeting coming up – However, the date of this meeting has shifted slightly. Please mark your calendars and plan to join the meeting on Sunday September 18 directly after Service at 12:30. Your attendance is a key component to supporting our consensus structure. 

HUUF Halloween Festival

Our beloved Halloween Festival looms upon us – in theory, at least.  This wonderful and whimsical community offering has always been one made almost entirely possible by the energies, imagination and vast creativity of folks like YOU.  Our projected date to put this well-loved event on would likely fall on Saturday, October 29.  Much work needs to be done in the interim to make that a reality, and at present, we have no dedicated volunteers for this year’s event.  If you would like to be involved in helping to make this year’s festival come to fruition – an idea for a song, skit, craft, sacred observance or would like to help set up, clean up, or make some cupcakes – We welcome you!  Please note that the format for this sweet offering is, by no means SET in stone.  What we create this year depends entirely upon who shows up to craft this vision into life!  So, please bring your ideas and inspiration to our first Halloween Festival Team Meeting happening Thursday, Sept.15, 5:30 – 7:00 pm on Zoom.

Please, sign up for that Zoom event by going here.

From the UUA

An Ingathering Message from Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

Staff Contacts

OFFICE – Congregational Administrator, Bridgette Garuti, on campus: 9:30-4:00 Monday-Wednesday, available by email only on Thursdays.

DLRE – Amy Day, on campus: Tuesday and Thursday on vacation during the month of July

TECH – Anna Bressers,  available by email