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February Is Black History Month at UUFG

This February, our Fellowship supports Black History Month by offering opportunities for you to learn, reflect and grow.

These events include

  • four Saturday evening movie offerings
  • "Common Read" discussions of Emancipation Betrayed
  • a Sunday service dedicated to Black History in Florida, including a "Share the Plate" offering benefiting the Human Rights Coalition of Alachua County
  • Wednesday evening showing of Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Please join us.

For Zoom link information, please contact the UUFG Office ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Black History Movie Nights

Four Saturdays: February 6, 13, 20 & 27, 7:00 pm on Zoom

In February, we share four Saturday evening films to celebrate Black History Month!

February 6 , 7:00 pm: Mudbound -
a 2017 film depicting two World War II veterans – one white, one black – who return to rural Mississippi each to address racism and PTSD in his own way.

February 13, 7:00 pm: Loving -a 2016 American biographical romantic drama film which tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

February 20, 7:00 pm: One Night in Miami -a 2020 American drama film about a fictionalized meeting of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke in a room at the Hampton House in February 1964, celebrating Ali’s surprise title win over Sonny Liston.

February 27. 7:00 pm: I Am Not Your Negro -a 2016 documentary film based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript ‘Remember This House.’ Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as his personal observations of American history.

UUFG Common Read

Sunday, February 7 and 21, 3:00 pm on Zoom

Join our ongoing discussion of Paul Ortiz' Emanicpation Betrayed: the Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920. We began our discussion on January 31, but you're welcome to join us on February 7 (Chapters four through six) and February 21 (Chapters seven through nine and the Conclusion).

Sunday Service

Sunday, February 21, 11:00 am

We welcome guest speaker, Dr. Paul Ortiz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, and Director of UF’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Project, Dr. Ortiz will speak on the topic of his award-winning book, Emancipation Betrayed, the focus of our Common Read.

We'll also "Share the Plate" with the Human Rights Coalition of Alachua County, a local organization that collaborates with affected individuals and communities to assist them with developing ways to achieve their goal of receiving basic human rights.

Popcorn & a Movie

Wednesday, February 24, 7 pm: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

This documentary mixes archival footage and photos with interviews to revisit the Black Power movement in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. It charts the group’s origins, its media significant events such as cofounder Huey Newton’s release from prison and the police raid in Chicago.

For Newcomers: an Introduction to Unitarian Universalism

Over the course of the year, we offer a monthly class is for visitors and newcomers to our Fellowship -- or anyone interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism.

These "in person" classes are on hiatus because of the coronavirus situation, but we look forward to resuming them soon.

However, if you are interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism and our Fellowship, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , our membership chair.

UUFG's Campus Closes in Response to COVID-19

Know this: UUFG is not closed. Only the building is.
Our community is caring and alive.
We are not bound by brick and mortar walls.
Please reach out and care for each other as often as possible.

~ The Rev. Carol Thomas Cissel (adapted)

March 13, 2020

Dear UUFG Beloved,

After deep thought and careful consideration, it is my job to inform you that the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville is canceling all group meetings at this time.

This letter and upcoming phone calls will notify our members and friends.

We are working towards using online tools and social media platforms to stay in touch. We hope to be streaming Sunday services and continuing the work of the Fellowship via Zoom meetings. We will be helping you access these tools as ways we can be in community.

The UUFG staff will work both in the office and remotely from home as needs demand.

Our decision was made after considering information from the UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association), the CDC (Center for Disease Control); several local organizations (including other Gainesville liberal faith communities and the University of Florida), just to name a few.

We have decided it is only responsible to act in the same way that those groups have, by taking actions to protect staff, members, friends.

What does this really mean?

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