April Share the Plate: Piedmont Environmental Alliance

The April Share the Plate recipient is Piedmont Environmental Alliance, a non-profit started right here at the Fellowship that brings together people, organizations, businesses, schools, and government agencies to build a more environmentally sustainable community. In 2005, the Fellowship gave a $1,000 micro-grant to a small group of UUs to host an earth day celebration. Those funds were used to establish and host the first Piedmont Earth Day Fair. Shortly thereafter, the non-profit Piedmont Environmental Alliance was founded. The first Board of Directors was made up almost entirely of UUs and ALL the volunteers at the first couple Fairs were UUs. On April 13th of this year the 14th annual Piedmont Earth Day Fair will be held at the Fairgrounds. This event, which started in our parking lot, has grown to one of the largest in the state, with attendance regularly between 8-10 thousand. Piedmont Environmental Alliance has grown too, from an all-volunteer organization, to an established and recognized community leader with three paid staff members and a Board full of highly talented and accomplished sustainability professionals. The work of the organization has expanded beyond the fair and workshops and into the local schools. Click for more details. Let’s SHOW THEM SOME LOVE! Be generous.

Share the Plate - March 31, 2019

One week only! This week's Share the Plate recipient is Siembra NC. Siembra NC is a project of American Friends Service Committee started in 2017 to develop the leadership of Latinx immigrants to enable them to fight detention, deportation, wage theft, and other forms of injustice. Siembra builds immigrant leadership teams in Alamance, Forsyth, and Guilford counties and supports grassroots efforts across North Carolina to stop the criminalization of communities of color. For more information visit Siembra's Facebook page.

Nominations for the 2019 Jo Dawson Volunteer Service Award

Volunteerism is an essential part of our Fellowship. Each May, we honor a person, couple, or family who has made significant contributions in time and talent to the Fellowship. The Volunteer Service Award Committee will select the recipient(s) from nominations received from you, our members, supporters and friends.. The deadline for nominations is April 14. Click for full details and online nomination form. Paper forms available in the foyer.

"Dinner and a Play" Ticket Deadline is March 30 for April 6 Performance

The Fun and Games Committee is again sponsoring a Dinner and a Play program at Winston-Salem’s Theatre Alliance, and you don’t want to miss this one.  The play is Memphis , a musical that won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Book, Best Musical and Best Score.  It also won two Astaire awards and two 2015 Olivier awards in London.  It’s an upbeat play with a lot of laughs and a lot of 1950’s rock n roll.  We have reserved 20 seats for the Saturday, April 6th, 8:00 p.m. performance at the group rate of $16 plus a $.50 service fee.  We will gather at the 4th Street Filling Station for dinner at 5:30 p.m.

EcoSolutions Announces The Climate Fix Project

The Fellowship EcoSolutions group announces a new workshop series on Climate Change. Using the best seller "Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming," edited by Paul Hawken, as a guide, the project will address the most effective solutions that we as individuals, faith organizations, businesses and communities can do to reverse global warming. The Climate Fix Project illuminates ways we can overcome the fear, confusion, and apathy surrounding climate change, and take action. FREE and open to the public. Click here (https://tinyurl.com/eco-emails) to receive reminders if you are not already receiving EcoSolutions emails. We will meet the Fourth Thursday of the month, excluding June and July, from 6:30-8:00. Click to view a video on the project and learn more.

Regional Social Justice Workshop for UU Congregations

The UU Justice Ministry of NC’s “Becoming a Justice-Making Congregation” workshop will be held at the Eno River UU Fellowship of Durham from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, March 23, 2019. This workshop is designed to give UU social justice leaders and activists the frameworks, tools, and skills they need to help their congregations assess their current work for justice, engage in meaningful, relational, and transformative justice work, ground their social justice work in our shared faith and values, and increase the visibility, effectiveness, and impact of their justice work. Anyone and everyone who is involved in social justice work (including those from other faith communities in our area) are invited and encouraged to attend. More information and registration: bit.ly/SJ323.

March Share the Plate - Sunnyside Freedom School

The Sunnyside Freedom School is an intensive summer literacy K-12 program, which fosters a love for reading through high-energy activities and culturally-relevant curriculum. The "scholars" who attend gain reading proficiency and confidence, but more importantly, they are empowered to become self-directed life-long learners. For more information: http://anthonysplot.org/sunnyside-freedom-school/ All cash and designated checks (write “share” in the memo line) collected via the offering will be shared 50/50 with the Sunnyside Freedom School during the month of March.

Enjoy the Art Gallery!

Thanks to everyone who shared artwork and/or assisted with the 2019 Art Gallery and the Opening Reception. It takes the talents and dedication of many people to actualize this inspiring annual event. If you would like to purchase any of the art that is priced for sale, mark SOLD and your name on the identification card, contact the owner, whose information is on the id card, and pay for the artwork before the Gallery closes on March 31. Contact Andrea Morrison, artgallery@uufws or 276-755-3040 for more information.

Multicultural Leadership Survey

The Multicultural Leadership Team of the UU Fellowship of Winston-Salem asks for a few minutes of your time to complete this very brief survey. Think of what could make our facility and programming more equitably accessible to you or to UUFWS attendees you know whose needs are not being met. We can’t promise to make things perfect for everyone, but we want to make sure we aren’t missing anyone’s voice or experience. Please direct questions to the Multicultural Leadership Team at multicultural@uufws.org. https://uufws.breezechms.com/form/f0c306