The Weekly – April 15, 2022

“Every day is a renewal, every morning the daily miracle.
This joy you feel is life.”

~ Gertrude Stein



~ A Call to Connection ~

  • From the HUUF BOT
  • Religious Exploration Corner
  • Fellowship Engagement Opportunities
  • Climate Action Campaign
  • Caring Connection
  • Community Offering
  • Fellowship Happenings
  • UUA Offering
  • Staff Office Hours

From the HUUF Board of Trustees

Report from the HUUF Board of Trustees
on the Ministerial Search Process

Guided by the results of the Ministerial Survey, the HUUF Board—Debi Cooper, David Marshak, Sally Williams, Bek Paez, Sandy Lynn, Chris West, Cassie Brilbeck, and Montana Caouette—achieved consensus to propose the following:
1. We will conduct a formal search within UUA auspices for a new minister this spring, informed by the cautions articulated in the survey responses.
2. At the same time we will advertise locally for a role described as a Worship/HUUF Community Leader. We will be open to either option, depending on the best leadership fit for HUUF.
3. We agree with the call for a HUUF community process to reflect on HUUF’s future, with the caveat that we must wait to start this process until we have re-engaged some significant segment of our RE families.

This proposal was presented at the April 12 HUUF Board meeting. There was much discussion both with members in the room and on Zoom. Three HUUF members—Bonnie MacGregor, Margy Emerson, and Bert Taylor—expressed their opposition to the proposal. Since HUUF by-laws require consensus for decisions of this sort, the proposal was withdrawn by the Board.

David Marshak, for the Board of Trustees


April 24 is another in HUUF’s 4th Sunday series of community actions!
This Sunday we’re partnering with Food for People to help sort and bag food for those in need within our community.

Please register via the link below to join in this All Ages sacred service experience with DLRE Amy Day and Julie Ryan, Food for People’s Volunteer Coordinator, from 10:30am to 12:30pm. If you can’t stay the entire time that’s okay, come when you can!

We’ll meet at the McKinleyville warehouse facility adjacent to the Safeway parking lot.

Teen Council
Connect ~ Explore Empower!
The Teen Council meets on on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. This month, we will be merging our scheduled April 24th meeting with the Sunday Service Actions at Food for People in Mckinleyville. Teens are invited to join the All Ages efforts to help those in need within our community. Bring a friend! Volunteering is a fun and empowering experience!


 Easter: Forgiveness as Resurrection 

 Join Bonnie MacGregor, Debi Cooper, JoAnn Huffman & Rev. Peter Farriday
Sunday, April 17th at 11 am.
The traditional Christian story says God sent Jesus to be sacrificed as the price of forgiving humanity’s sins; and his Easter resurrection completes the mission by granting believers everlasting life. But Unitarian Universalism professes universal salvation – that all souls are ultimately reconciled to the Divine. Theological conjectures aside, earthly forgiveness is so essential to people’s well-being that, figuratively speaking, it can resurrect the dead and renew life. Come explore the central spiritual topic of forgiveness in a way that benefits ourselves and others in the here and now

*This service will be offered in person & on Zoom

Reserve your in person seat HERE or Join us on Zoom




 Social Action Sunday with Food for People 

Sunday, April 24th
 Join Amy Day and Food for People Volunteer Coordinator, Julie Ryan
for a day of Action Starting at 10:30 am  

-OR-  Join us on Zoom at 11 am.

Join us for another day of service as our prayer, as we partner with another nonprofit to help further its work and mission out in our community. This fourth Sunday Social Action initiative is a way for us to step further into sacred service, right relationship with those who exist at the margins within our beloved community, and to more deeply embody the principles we hold as Unitarian Universalists.

Please register via the link below to join in this All Ages sacred service experience with DLRE Amy Day and Julie Ryan, Food for People’s Volunteer Coordinator, from 10:30am to 12:30pm. If you can’t stay the entire time that’s okay, come when you can!

We’ll meet at the McKinleyville warehouse facility adjacent to the Safeway parking lot.

Sign up to participate at the food bank HERE
or Join us on Zoom

Room to Write

Join Amy Day, weekly, Mondays & Fridays at 11am on Zoom for a hosted co-writing space. 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.

New Comers’ (Virtual) Gathering!
Wednesday, April 27, 7-8:15 pm. 

For those who’ve come the Fellowship (either virtually or in-person) in the last couple of years, we wish to welcome you! Come meet representatives from our Buddhist Sangha group, HUUF Choir, Rev. Peter Farriday, the Fellowship Board of Trustees and RE (our Youth & Family Ministry program) to find out more about the programs we offer and more ways to get involved in the life of our beloved community.
(Zoom Link to follow)


CAC Presents:
A Special film screening Party 
on Zoom
Everyone is invited to our film screening party of Youth vs Gov TONIGHT! Friday, April 15 at 7 pm – Contact zoom host, Valerie Gizinski, to obtain the Zoom Link.
BYOB and P (bottle and popcorn)! This climate justice film is a documentary about the Juliana v. The United States of America constitutional lawsuit filed by 21 American youth against the U.S. government for willfully creating the climate crisis, thus endangering the constitutional rights of our youth to life, liberty, and property.
The 21 youth represent the diversity of American youth (ages, ethnicities, genders, and US states). The free screening is made available to us from Interfaith Power and Light, a national faith-based climate activist group of which the Climate Action Campaign is a member. Following the film, there will be time for a short discussion.

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

On Wednesday April 13, the HUUF Climate Action Campaign hosted an engaging webinar with community visionary Maggie Gainer and co-founder of Zero Waste Humboldt, discussing the harsh reality of plastic pollution in 2022, and how we can actively fight against it.  In case you missed it, you can watch the recording on you tube HERE 

Earth Day Weekend Activities
Celebrate Earth Day – Speak out for Climate Justice!
Please  join the Earth Day Rally
at the Courthouse in Eureka on April 22, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Bring a climate related sign, but don’t fret if you don’t have one. CAC has a few signs that you can use while you are there. CAC is a co-sponsor of the Rally that is organized by 350 Humboldt.

On April 23, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the SE quadrant of the Arcata Plaza,  there will be a flash mob style Compost and Climate Rally. CAC member Joanne McGreta will be present to share info that she has learned about home composters.

CAC will host an arts-themed table for people to create art that will be part of the national Sierra Club’s efforts for people to express their concerns about the climate and taking care of earth

Climate Action of the Month:  Speak up 
While visiting local grocery stores and questioning them about their policies on single-use plastics, I was impressed with how sensitive they are to feedback from even a single customer. Make it a habit to voice your concerns and suggestions—use the contact info below and/or talk to staff in person when you’re in the store. I’m convinced we have the power to bring about real change if we speak up.
~ Margy Emerson

Northcoast Co-op:

  • The Co-op’s Sustainability Officer, Kiya Villarreal (206-8772,, and the Co-op’s Board of directors ( are receptive to your suggestions and requests. Tell them we expect the Co-op to take the lead in this to community to completely eliminate single-use plastics that pollute our planet and all its inhabitants.            The Co-op used to have a place for writing suggestions and requests in the store. Now the Co-op requires you to go online to do that, using “going paperless” as their rationale. Tell them you don’t shop online and want to be able to register your comments in writing on scratch paper in the store—ideally posted on a board where others can see them. This helps us communicate with each other, builds community, and builds energy for change.

Eureka Natural Foods:

  • They are in the process of reinventing their bulk section in the next couple months and want suggestions! Weigh in by contacting Graig Fillmore (442-6325 x 300,
  • Their deli is offering all compostable containers, cardboard utensils, and “ocean plastics” made from plastic farmed from the ocean. ENF is looking for compostable plastic produce bags.


Continued Thoughts & Prayers for Thea
Our Beloved Thea Gast is still fighting double pneumonia. She is surrounded by her loving family and a few close friends as she continues her stay at St. Joes Hospital.
You are welcome to send cards to her home.
Love and light to Thea! 

Community Offering 

The inherent contradictions of late stage capitalism are creating wealth and income disparity greater than at any time. Fascism is rising as a mass movement. Yet, workers, organizers, students, teachers, activists, land and water protectors, social justice warriors, and others are daring to create something else – something transformative.
It is because of this emerging vibrance during a time of great crisis that we are so pleased to convene Decolonizing Economics Summit: The 3rd Annual Post-Capitalism Conference April 21-23, 2022. 

Register HERE to join us over Earth Day for this three-day virtual event anchored by the Wiyot Tribe, Cooperation Humboldt, and Cal Poly Humboldt professors

Attendance is on a sliding scale, which means you can pay what you can. If you are able to do so, we request a contribution of $25-50 so that we can pay a living wage to organizers, and provide a stipend to presenters. Make a payment here. 

Fellowship Happenings

  • 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!
Zoom links for all services are accessible on our website or HERE)
UUA Offerings 
UU@UN Intergenerational Spring Seminar
April 22 – May 1, 2022 | Hosted by the UUA Office at the United Nations
Cosponsors: UU Ministry for Earth, UUSC, Side With Love

The 2022 Intergenerational Spring Seminar will take place online April 22 – May 1. Addressing the theme “Displacement and Human Rights: All In for Climate Justice,” this event aims to instill in UU youth and adults a commitment to global engagement and the skills to take action locally for climate and migration justice. The cost to register is on a sliding scale. Registration is open through Sunday, April 10.

Seminar Details & Registration  

Keynote: Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change

We are very excited to announce that the keynote at the 2022 Intergenerational Spring Seminar will be presented by the youth-led organization Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change! Registered participants can tune in for this fantastic presentation on Saturday, April 23 at 1pm Eastern.
2022 Keynote 

Earth Day Celebration Worship Service
Friday, April 22, 2022 | 9am Pacific

Join in community to kick off Spring Seminar on Earth Day with a special worship service offered by UU Ministry for Earth! This event is open to the public, and launches 10 days of engagement with the theme “Displacement & Human Rights: All In for Climate Justice” as part of Spring for Change “Get Rooted, Get Ready!” and the 2022 Intergenerational Seminar. 
Earth Day Service

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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