The Weekly April 22, 2022


“Humankind has not woven the web of life.

We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.

All things are bound together … all things connect.” —Chief Seattle



~ A Call to Connection ~


  • Religious Exploration Corner
  • Fellowship Engagement Opportunities
  • Climate Action Campaign
  • Caring Connection
  • Fellowship Happenings
  • Thoughtful Words: Meeting – poem by Debby Harrison
  • UUA Offering
  • Staff Office Hours

Youth Film Night!

On Friday, April 29, 7-9 pm We will be hosting an in-person screening of the newly-released documentary “Youth v. Gov”. This screening is a special event for the youth in our own community, as a way to promote awareness and empowerment among this next generation, as they confront the challenges of climate change head on.
We’ll have snacks and drinks and cozy seating galore, as we come together to explore this timely issue.

This free event is open to all youth ages 13-19.
Invite your friends!

For the safety of all gathered, we strongly recommend that attendees be fully vaccinated.

Huge thank you to HUUF’s Climate Action Campaign for making this event possible!
For more information, please contact Lifespan Exploration Director, Amy Day @

We hope to see you there!

Beyond Sundays….

Our own RE staff is delighted to bring you a month of
Magic Mondays!!! May 2 – 24, 3-5 pm
in the Care Building classroom

For those 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. More info and sign-up sheet to follow.
Please contact Amy if you would like to participate:


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 Worship Leader Debi Cooper 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 bankHERE
or Join us on Zoom

The Heart Has Its Reasons 

 Join Rev. Peter Farriday and other HUUF leaders
Sunday, May 1st at 11 am.

In many cultures, May Day is celebrated on May 1 as a festive day of togetherness and rebirth. In that spirit, several Fellowship leaders and Rev. Farriday will share some of the heartfelt reasons they support and celebrate this open-minded, open-hearted Unitarian Universalist community.

*This service will be offered in person & on Zoom

Reserve your in person seat HEREor Join us on Zoom

Playscape Dedication!
12:30pm, after Sunday Service, on May 1st 

The long-awaited dedication of our new playscape will occur following the Sunday morning service on May 1st . Come listen to how it came to be, meet some of the people who have worked on the project, and try out some of the features.
One of the youngsters in attendance will have the honor of ‘Cutting the ribbon’ to formally open the portion of the playscape that has been completed. Pat McCutcheon will bless us with a poem. And there will be music. Plus, refreshments.
When is the last time YOU rolled down a slope or slid down a slide? Maybe a tunnel intrigues you or some of your family. The climbing wall might actually be ready, as might the incredible spider. Looking forward to seeing YOU at our celebration.
~ Playscape Committee


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.


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

Whether you’ve found our Fellowship virtually or in-person in the last couple of years, we wish to welcome you! Perhaps you’re on the sidelines of involvement and simply curious? This is a chance to 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. Please Join Us onZoom!

~ Join us ~
Saturday May 7, from 2-5 pm
at HUUF forA Day of Peace

This event will be open to the whole community, with offerings from members of HUUF and beyond. We hope you can join us for this uplifting, heart-centering and deeply communal day devoted to PEACE.

…More details to follow.




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.

April 23, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the SW quadrant of the Arcata Plaza
Join the CAC for a flash mob style Earth Day Event at Farmers Market

* Come learn about home composters!

* 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!  (If you have art supplies to spare, bring them along to share!)

*We will have a legislative table and provide info and postage paid stationery for everyone to write to legislators on key climate related issues. 

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
Murphy’s Markets:
  • Just had an audit by Zero Waste Humboldt and Dave at Murphy’s (822-7665) found it a pleasure to work with ZWH. He says Murphy’s is taking a “deep dive” into ZWH’s suggestions.
  • Their bulk section was eliminated by the pandemic and they’re thinking of reviving it. They’re also undergoing a “HABA reset” and liked the suggestion of including soaps, shampoos, and cleaning products in their bulk section. This is a timely opportunity to speak your mind.
  • Dave says they will look for compostable containers for their deli. They’re currently using all plastic. Be sure to comment on this to staff when you patronize the deli.
  • At ZWH’s suggestion, Murphy’s is trying to develop a compositing program.
  • Murphy’s has a paper feedback form by the door that opens to the deli.
  • Tara at the Arcata Safeway (822-5217) listed a number of actions Safeway has taken to be more sustainable, such as using bottle boxes made of recyclable plastic, composting food, recycling, and making sure their plastic grocery bags are more than heavy enough to be reusable. They are again able to provide paper grocery bags after a pandemic-induced interruption. Safeway is looking into hard plastic recycling—for playground surfaces, etc. They accept clean, dry, clear plastic bags from customers for recycling at the customer service desk (the bin for this purpose has disappeared).
  • Contact Wendy Gutshall, the public relations head for Northern California, Hawaii, and Nevada with your comments (

On April 27 at 4:30 pm (PCT) —  As a follow up to the recent screening of Youth v. Gov, you are invited to join a webinar conversation with the filmmaker and two young plaintiffs from the film.

YOUTH v GOV follows 21 young Americans suing the US government to protect their constitutional rights to a stable climate. In this climate change superhero movie, armed with a wealth of evidence, twenty-one courageous leaders file a ground-breaking lawsuit against the U.S. government, asserting it has willfully acted over six decades to create the climate crisis, thus endangering their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. If these young people are successful, they will not only make history, they will change the future.

The webinar conversation will examine the sacred right of future generations to a livable future through the eyes of two young people of faith, and the powerful storytelling lens of the filmmaker. We’ll also hear updates on the court case.

Register for the webinar here.


Update on Thea
Our Beloved Thea Gast is in the loving care of her family, in the comfort of her home. Although she has been released from the hospital, she is now under palliative care with the support of Hospice. Cards are welcome. Phone calls and pre-arranged visits are possible with the family’s permission as Thea can tire easily. 

Fellowship Happenings

  • 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
  • Pet Sitter Needed!:HUUF friend Allison Bronkall is looking for a competent and caring pet sitter to care for her many critters over the Memorial weekend in May. You’d be invited to stay three days at the Bronkall’s home in Eureka in order to steward their 3 indoor birds, 13 chickens, plus others. Please contact Allison at for more information 
  • May Newsletter now online: Access the monthly HUUF Newsletter early! The May edition is now posted on our website – Click HERE
  • Beware! Another hacker scam is circulating: An email has surfaced that appears to be an “URGENT” request from Rev. Farriday. If this shows up in your inbox – DO NOT respond, just delete it. Check the senders email address – If it was not sent from, it is not from Peter.
– by Debby Harrison-I only become articulate
After a night’s sleep
Days of pondering
Pulling out the threads
examining each one
replacing it
in situ, in relationship.I see, sense, feel, integrate
and hopefully, understand
after unremembered dreams
unconscious vibrations
emerge as thoughts.I see a group
loving the same idealstrying so hard to
tread the best path.
Some responding to pressures
acting in service to
their responsibilities
understanding of
what is needed.
losing sight of history, process.
Some aware that without
taking the steps
building the support
the ideals feel lost
the group flounders.

Both are in pain.
Feeling overworked,
Trying so hard not to feel
slighted, angry.
Reaching for that
common thread.
Hoping for a union of

necessity and ideals,
urgency and history.

May we all meet again
after sleep, dreams
tracing those threads.
Come together in love
for the community, for
our commonality.


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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