It’s that time of year again – time for Freedom School! We have been supporting the Sunnyside Freedom School for the past few years, and they’ve let us know they’re convening as usual this summer, beginning on June 21st.

In previous years, we’ve prepared meals for the Freedom School scholars, meeting at the Fellowship to prepare healthy meals to power young minds in their learning activities. Since our Fellowship is not gathering in person yet, SAC has chosen to send a financial donation to assist with meals this year.

In addition to meals and snacks, the Freedom School is always in need of help with supplies. The young scholars are generally racially/ethnically/economically marginalized, so anything we can do to help them supports our Fellowship’s focus on racial equity..

Accordingly, SAC is asking those who are willing and able contribute by donating on the wish list for supplies here:

Anything you can do to help with this worthy cause is sincerely appreciated!

Earth Month Activities
Events listed below. [Click here for resources on how you can live more sustainably.]

EcoSolutions is bringing much needed attention to the climate crisis during the month of April. Join us for as many events as you are able and then make a commitment to accelerate your individual actions to help address this crisis.

Reverence for LifeThursday, April 1 at 7pm

Climate crisis (month) kick-off presentation: Get the facts – This multimedia online presentation via Zoom will give you the latest facts and provide solutions, both individual and collective, required to move toward a sustainable future. Presented by Terri LeGrand and Janet Loew. Click here to register.

Friday, April 2 at 6pm

Plant based First Friday Potluck – Make or buy a favorite vegetarian or vegan meal and enjoy it while chatting online with Fellowship friends. Click here to register.

Saturday, April 3 at 10am

Hike/Walk at C.G. Hill Memorial Park – Join us for this relatively easy 3 mile walk around the lake and associated trails. Bring a lunch or snack to enjoy together at the end. Masks mandatory. Click here for complete details and to sign up.

Sunday, April 4 at 9am

Forum: Renewal, the religious eco movement – Join Jim Norris and Gayle Goldsmith to view inspiring stories from the film Renewal, followed by discussion. Get inspired! Click here to attend.

Sunday, April 4 at 10:30am

Worship Service: A Reverence for Life, Our Calling to Protect and Preserve Planet Earth, Part 1 – Rev. Ed Brock will explore our role in creation and the importance of living in harmony with nature. Facilitated 30 min discussion groups offered just after the service. Click here to attend.

Sunday, April 11 at 9am

Forum: Local Resolutions for Clean, Renewable Energy – Rajesh Kapileshwari will discuss the role of local governments in transitioning to 100% clean and renewable energy. Where are we in the Triad and what needs to be done? Click here to attend.

Sunday, April 11 at 10:30am

Worship Service: A Reverence for Life, Our Calling to Protect and Preserve Planet Earth, Part 2  – Climate change is here. Rev. Ed Brock will explore our roles in responding to the crisis. Facilitated 30 min discussion groups offered just after the service. Click here to attend.

Saturday, April 17 at 9am

Service project:  Creek cleanup – EcoSolutions is organizing a UU group creek clean-up service project at Bethabara Park as part of the Great American Cleanup event. All ages 6 and up are welcome (ages 6-12 must be accompanied by parent or guardian). Click here for more details and to signup.

Sunday, April 18 at 9am

Forum: Drawdown, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming– Tim Binkley will discuss the book Drawdown, which has become a seminal text on climate solutions, drawing on humanity’s collective wisdom about the practices and technologies that can begin to reverse the buildup of atmospheric carbon by mid-century. Click here to attend.

Sunday, April 18 at 10:30am

Worship Service: A Reverence for Life, Our Calling to Protect and Preserve Planet Earth, Part 3  – Solutions to climate change exist. Rev. Ed Brock will explore what we can and should do. Facilitated 30 min discussion groups offered just after the service. Click here to attend.

Thursday, April 22 at 10am

Earth Day Tanglewood Hike and Great Blue Heron Spotting – Enjoy a brisk 4 to 5 mile hike at Tanglewood Park. We will stop along the Yadkin River to see a Great Blue Heron rookery in a tree on the opposite bank.  This hike is limited to 10 and masks will be required. Click here for details and to sign up.

Saturday, April 24 at 11am *** RESCHEDULED to May 15 ***

Family Hike at Bethabara Trails – Pam Lepley will lead a family hike followed by a picnic at the Bethabara trails. Children ages one and up are welcome. This hike is reserved for families with children. Spaces limited. Click here for details and to sign up.

Sunday, April 25 at 9am

Forum: How to Measure Your Personal Carbon Footprint – Angie Vincoli and Gayle Goldsmith will help you learn how to calculate your carbon footprint. Click here to attend.

Sunday, April 25 at 10:30am

Worship Service: The Intersections of the Climate Crisis and Injustice  – Guest speaker Rev. Karen Brammer will examine the intersection between race, class and climate devastation and the ways UUs can respond. Facilitated 30 min discussion groups offered just after the service. Click here to attend.


…and in May, join us for more!


Thursday, May 6 at 7pm

Help Defeat the Climate Crisis – Project Drawdown’s mission is to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline, thereby stopping catastrophic climate change — as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible. Join study group coordinator Gayle Goldsmith as she leads us through the Project Drawdown workbook. Each chapter deals with a different sector (e.g. electricity, agriculture, transportation,) and provides solutions to climate change with actions that can be taken today. Join here:

Tuesday, May 11 at 7pm

Ecosolutions Quarterly Meeting – After our April Sermon & Forum series on the Climate Crisis, it is time to make plans individually and as a Fellowship to implement change. Please join our EcoSolutions meeting to review the April activities and previous projects and to discuss and plan for our next steps. All are welcome. We are a fun group of about 20 active members. Join us online. Click here to attend.

Sunday, May 23 at 9am

Forum: Climate Resilience  – We are not immune to climate disasters here in the Piedmont. Just in case, be better prepared to deal with tornadoes, hurricanes, deluges and floods, extended power outages, water shortages and more.  Click here to attend.


Our Minister and Care Committee recognize the pressures many of our members endure during COVID. Here is an excellent offering from the North Carolina Department of Health Services which may be a resource for you.

Do you need to shop for groceries in this pandemic, but don’t want to risk entering the store? Fortunately, there are non-contact options: curbside pickup and home delivery. Susan Ott, the Care Committee’s Grocery Guru has compiled a guide to non-contact pickup and delivery. Susan is available to answer questions about the shopping process. For the detailed how-to guide, copy this link: or email

The Bequest Team is pleased to announce that the contract is signed, the materials have been selected and soon the work will begin on our deck! This addition to our Fellowship will be paid for from funds left to us by Smeeta Souza-Roy and Himanshu Gopalan. The Bequest Team (Herman Schmid, Jack Campbell, Suzanne Ackert, Jim Burnham and Geraldine Zurek) got a head start on construction with a socially distanced groundbreaking ceremony.. If weather permits, it should be complete by the middle of March.