January 27 at 2:30 p.m.
Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship
The Schumann Club of Mobile will be sponsoring a concert at Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship on Sunday,
January 27 at 2:30 p.m. Concerts showcase a variety of music played on various instruments or sung by
musicians who enjoy performing for each other and for an audience of appreciative listeners. You are
welcome to attend.
The Clara Schumann Music Club was organized in 1894 in Mobile, Alabama, by a group of educated, middle and upper-class women who wanted to maintain a high standard in their own work and promote and encourage the culture of musical art in the area. In the beginning the club emphasized piano quartet work and later vocal music. The club took on such musical subjects as Scandinavian, German, Latin-American, and Jewish music as well as women composers, Shakespeare set to music, and sacred works.
Membership was by audition. In 1899 the club joined the National Federation of Music Clubs. The club
regularly presents piano and vocal scholarships to high school students. In 1984 the organization’s name
was changed to the Schumann Club to reflect its decision to admit men. The organization, which celebrated
its one-hundredth birthday in 1994, is considered one of the earliest music clubs in the state of Alabama.
Upcoming Exhibit and Reception
February 2nd Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship
A while back, Kate Mercer asked if Page Ellis could exhibit her artwork at our Fellowship. I asked Page and she
agreed to exhibit and asked if she could collaborate with her Sister-In-Law, Emily Ellis Richards. SOOOOO, we
are getting a "2-fer" for our next exhibit that will feature local, Point Clear artists, Page Ellis and Emily Ellis
Richards. These two are quite talented on their own and together produce some interesting, unique, organic works
of art. I hope you will all join us on February 2nd for the next art reception to view their artwork. Reception will
be from 2:30 - 4:30pm.
Christopher Sims (From the UU Fellowship in Rockford, IL)
Speaker at the Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship
Christopher is an artist who writes poetry and songs and also performs spoken word poetry.
Black Man’s Prayer (Before Entering Areas with White People)
Christopher D. Sims·Monday, June 19, 2017
Dear God, dear Universe:
Please protect me, give me guidance
as I enter these spaces with white folk
who might be scared, nervous, uncomfortable,
or even feel as if everything belongs to them.
And that includes the streets that I walk on,
the neighborhoods I stroll into, the health facilities
that I work out in, the churches I step into, and
the airports I get myself to.
Dearest God, dear Universe:
May they understand I’m just a man
who was placed here living without worry
or fear; that year after year I’m becoming
more confident, brave, and at peace with myself.
May they understand God, dear Universe
that their street, their neighborhood, their health
facility is mines, too. That they create the fear
when they think, act, or say what they do.
Oh dear God, dear Universe
I don’t want no problems with them
or the police they may call when they see me
walking through their pristine blocks listening
to hip-hop in my earphones. I’m just trying to
exercise, breathe, and make it back home. Make
it back home. Make it back home.
© Christopher D. Sims
June 19, 2017
FUF hosts celebration of a 36-year relationship in same-sex marriage ceremony
On Monday, November 14, Don Sawyer presided at the marriage of two lovely women who were finally able to publicly celebrate their 36-year relationship in a moving ceremony at the Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship. As Don said at the ceremony, "Hopefully, we are at the point where marriage is not defined by the limited views and religious sanctions of the past, but by the love and commitment of partners entering into such a relationship." Linda and Rita had been unable to marry in their home church and reached out the FUF. It is a real joy to be able to support and help provide legal sanction to loving couples regardless of sexual orientation.