The Winter is with us, along with the early dark and their friend melancholy. Our instincts are to rest and hide during this season, to hibernate until the Sun returns. However, our church life seems to get busier in the Winter. It seems counter-intuitive that a community-based church, that requires us to continually show up in social spaces,  would be busier in times of hibernation and slower in the most pleasant months of the year.

I wonder if it is this way because our purpose is to provide comfort and a place of rest for those who are being battered by the cold,  ever-present rain, the early dark, and Winter melancholy. We show up to help those in need and we come for rest when we need it. As volunteers, we also must stay home and rest occasionally, to renew ourselves so that we can be present for others when we return. May we find a balance of being in community, serving others in need, and taking time to hibernate in the comfort of our own warm private dens this Winter. May we find ways to both remind each other of the need to be in community and to take time for renewal.

In this newsletter you may find ways to serve and connect, their are other opportunities in ASJ, Worship, and etc. and you can find them by checking out the full WUUC monthly newsletter. Keep reading to sign up for Winter programming. You may also sign up and see these offerings and more on our website. As always, please stay in touch about your faith development needs, constructive feedback, and encouragement. Please email corrections to me via dll@wuuc.org, I am happy to edit this newsletter.You may email me at dll@wuuc.org.

Warmly and Fondly,

 

Rev. Jaelynn Scott

 

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Calendar Highlights

Announcements

Help Wanted

How to Register for Adult+Child

How is it going in your child’s class?

What are they doing in there? Preschool-12th Grades

Youth Specific Programming and Announcement (6-12th Grades)

Adult Programming (ages 16+)


Calendar Highlights (Dec-Feb)

Please see the church calendar for times, locations, and the most up-to-date information.

December 2017

2: PNW Anti-Racist Activist Network (offsite)

3: Inquirers-UU History

3: Re-gifting Fair

8: Jennifer Rodger’s Recital!

9: Holiday Decorating/Family Night

10: Inquirers-Pastoral Care

17: Inquirers-Membership

21: Solstice Labyrinth Walk

24: The Night the Animals Talked Christmas Celebration (During Morning Worship)

24: Inquirers-Q & A With the Minister

24: Christmas Eve Meditative Service (Evening)

24: YRUU Youth Group Reunion

31: Burning Bowl Service

January 2018

7: Inquirers- Q & A with the Minister

14: Inquirers- Campus Tour

19: Return Guest at Your Table boxes

21: YRUU Leading MLK Service

21: Inquirers- Worship

28: Inquirers- Social Action & Community Service

28: Multigenerational Social Justice Assembly during Service

February 2018

4: Inquirers- UU History

11: Inquirers- Pastoral Care

9-11 Leadership Development CON at WUUC: YRUU

11: Kenny Wiley Multigenerational Racial Justice

11: Bakesale

18: Inquirers: Membership

25: Inquirers-Faith Development

Coming in March: K-1 Our Whole Lives (TBA) Stay Tuned


Announcements

  • Re-gifting Fair: We will hold our re-gifting fair right after the service. This is an opportunity for our children to shop for family and friends for 25 cents, 50 cents, and a dollar. What we need: gently used quality items for the children to purchase and gift wrappers to help the children wrap their gifts. If you can help, please contact Rev. Lo. You may bring your items for donation any time up to and including Dec. 3.
  • Guest at Your Table Boxes: I hope your weekly Guest at Your Table ritual is going well. We ask that you return the boxes to the church on or before January 21st. We will also be offering our special collection to Guest at Your Table
  • Our choir director, Jennifer Rodgers, conducts her first doctoral choral recital on Friday, December 8th and would love to see you there!  A beautiful variety of music exploring the voices of necessity.  7:30 pm at 7400 Woodlawn Ave, NE in the Green Lake neighborhood.
  • We will be offering K-1st Grade OWL in March/April this year. Please stay tuned for more information. If you are not registered and are interested in enrolling your little one, you may email me at dll@wuuc.org and we will send you information when registration opens.
  • Nursery-5th Grade Sign-in Process: Thank you for being patient as we transitioned our sign-in process. The report I am hearing is that it was a bit annoying in the beginning but that the spreadsheet created by our REALL team member is easier to navigate than last years. We are still working out the wrinkles with non-registered regulars and inviting those who are regulars to provide their safety information to us as soon as possible. This process is a bit easier to manage in regards to recording in the database. Again, thank you for your patience and your feedback.

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Help Wanted

Nursery Volunteers:

Youth Nursery/Preschool Workers: $10 a shift + opportunity to work extra hours for more.

Adult Worker-once a month commitment, spend time with our newest community members and enjoy the experience of holding a baby!

Spirit Play: Our Montessori-based classroom has been a hit with our Kindergarten-2nd-grade children. We are in need of another Spirit Guide, we can orient you to the classroom and have you observe a few classes before jumping in. Let me know if you are interested.

3rd-5th Grade: Symbols and Stories. Explore myth and religious art with our 3rd – 5th graders with an in-house innovative and fun curriculum written by Larisa Harris.

REALL Committee: Want to be a part of the visionary team that shapes the program for our children and youth? We are looking for REALL committee members for the Spring 2018 year. This commitment requires monthly meetings, once a month desk check-in duties, ongoing liaison duties with a specific classroom, and a passion for faith formation. Please email Pam Green for more details and to let us know you are interested.

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Registration for Adult, Child, and Youth Programming

Returning families, please complete our abbreviated form here.

New families, welcome to Soulful Exploration at WUUC! Please provide your child’s information here. (Nursery-12th grade) We ask that you visit us twice and register before attending the third time. Your registration helps us keep your child safe, keep track of your child’s participation, and keep you updated on programming. Register here.

Adults please see the Adult RE section and register there.
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How is your child’s class going? This is what we are hearing…

Nursery/Pre-School: We are doing well, our children are learning to be in community with the loving care of our adults and youth. The youth’s skills in taking care of children are being carefully nurtured by their loving supervisor, Jen Ikeda. We are struggling with scheduling, however. We could use the help of parents in this room if each parent committed to coming into the Nursery and helping one Sunday every 3 months our problems would be solved. The curriculum is going well, it is still a challenge keeping toddlers on one side of the classroom for curriculum and very little ones on the Nursery side of the room.

Spirit Play: The new curriculum is a hit, our new Spirit Guides are still learning the many facets of managing a Spirit Play classroom. The volunteers have really taken ownership of this classroom and the kids are beginning to get used to the routine and are more engaged in the material than last year. We are working to make the stories accessible to very little ones, and to have them tell the stories on their own time.

Symbols and Stories: The children seem to be enjoying the curriculum. Each time I enter the class and observe I notice that their engagement has increased over last year. Behavior is still an issue, we are gently inviting our children to pay attention when another is speaking and to not distract others. We understand that it is hard to sit still sometimes, we invite them to stand and move around, just not to cause a distraction. Larisa’s curriculum is educational and engaging, the art projects are unique and fun, and the myths that we learn will stay with us for a long time.

Jr. Youth: The Black-ish curriculum created by the Jr Youth advisors under the leadership of Alaine Davis is a hit. Our youth are asking good questions, asking to see more of the series, and learning lots about the experience of being marginalized in America. We have many 6th graders in this group and that makes it difficult to balance the developmental needs of all in the room. We are hoping our 6th graders rise to the occasion and step into their new roles as Jr. Youth, learning from our 8th graders and participating fully in the classroom.

Sr. Youth: The Sr. Youth have chosen to focus on homelessness for their project this year, ending in a big project involving a possible trip. Stay tuned for more details as they focus in on their topic this year. The group is very large and the attendance is quite regular. They are learning to take care each other lovingly with all of their different needs, its a challenge in a large group but they are stepping up to the plate. It really feels like a family of 15 high school siblings, which is messy, and yet, so rewarding.

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Curriculum for Soulful Exploration for Children (Nursery-5th Grades)

Nursery

The WUUC Nursery strives to be a warm, welcoming, and safe place for children. In the nursery, your children will be invited to join in the opening Sharing Circle ritual, play with other children under the supervision of the nursery caregivers, and join the closing circle. The nursery opens at 9:45 am. Children of visitors are welcome.


Preschool (caterpillars)

Chalice Children delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist faith. It strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share. Early childhood (the years between ages 2 and 5) is filled with curiosity and wonder. In a group setting, with loving adult guides, young children can engage in spiritual seeking, develop their openness to sharing, and experience the benefit of a supportive community. Their time in Chalice Children can set a pattern for the rest of their lives and bring lasting benefits.


Spirit Play (K-2)

Spirit Play is a Montessori style classroom where the children hear and tell stories of our Unitarian Universalist faith, making meaning through wondering and art within the values and culture of Unitarian Universalism. The class fosters a spiritual community of children, where each child’s unique learning style is valued and supported.

The Stories use inclusive language and include our Seven UU Principles (called promises in this class), UU liturgical lessons and worship traditions, and the Six Sources of our faith:

  1. Transcendent wonder and awe inspired by the “spirit of life” known by many names
  2. Wisdom in historical world religions and in native and earth-centered traditions
  3. Traditional stories specific to our Jewish and Christian heritage
  4. Words and deeds of women and men who use justice, compassion, and love to build a better world
  5. Humanist teachings that heed the guidance of reason and the results of science
  6. The interdependent web and our part in it

Spirit Play helps children find a religious language that they can use to explore existential questions such as: Who am I? Where did I come from? What is my purpose? What are my gifts? How do I choose to live my life? What happens when I die? Why am I lonely and sad sometimes?


SYMBOLS AND STORIES (3-5)

Mythology can be found throughout folk and religious traditions throughout the world. Mythology has been the holder of the most sacred and unique aspects of culture and religion. Symbol similarly holds the heart of culture and religion through the visual arts. This year we will explore the myths and symbols from around the world and reflect on how they compare and inform Unitarian Universalism.
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Registration for the above classes:

Returning families, please complete our abbreviated update form here.

New families, welcome to Soulful Exploration at WUUC! Please provide your child’s information here. (Nursery-12th grade) We ask that you visit us twice and register before attending the third time. Your registration helps us keep your child safe, keep track of your child’s participation, and keep you updated on programming. Register here.


Youth Specific Programming and Announcements (6th-12th Grades)

JRUU Jr. High Unitarian Universalists (Grades 6-8)

 

Black-ish is a television show currently in Season 3 on ABC.  The show addresses issues of race, what it means to be Black, and how young people develop an identity. We will use this show as a springboard to discuss issues of race, racism, and identity, our focus for this church year in Junior Youth (6th-8th grade).

 

YRUU-Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (Grades 9-12)

Sr. Youth meet weekly on Sunday evening for fellowship, worship, sharing, justice work and fun. This year our youth will be focusing on project-based, social justice learning. The group chooses a project around environmental justice, racial justice, LGBT equality, or some other relevant justice topic. In 

2017-2018 the focus is on homelessness. Together, they formulate a project plan, learn about the political landscape surrounding their chosen justice issue, and complete the project by the end of the school year.

This year’s project will be focused on our service project for the year where we will do mission work in the US around the topic studied through the course of our church year.

Returning families, please complete our abbreviated update form here.

New families, welcome to Soulful Exploration at WUUC! Please provide your child’s information here. (Nursery-12th grade) We ask that you visit us twice and register before attending the third time. Your registration helps us keep your child safe, keep track of your child’s participation, and keep you updated on programming. Register here.

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YRUU Conferences

  • Leadership Development CON will be held at Woodinville UU Church on Feb 9-11th. Rev. Jae will speak in the YRUU class on how we all can host and participate in this LDC CON.
  • Spring Con 2018 will be held March 23rd-25th and is also going to be at Camp Cispus. We have elected to have this Spring’s conference at Cispus because it better suits a variety of our community needs. It is also earlier this year because of prior reservations at Cispus and our desire to not overlap with the Regional Gathering at the end of April. Registration is not open yet.

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Adult offerings (16+) for Winter 2017

Winter 2017

Path to Wellness: Health Information and Coaching with Katherine Batts, PA-C

Meeting at WUUC Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 starting 2/7/18.  Set your health goals and work with a certified physician assistant/ life coach/hypnotherapist, Kathy Batts to achieve your goals.  Look at your blocks find a way to get around them.  Learn how mindfulness will help in all parts of your life.  Explore health strategies, nutrition, myths and more.  Bring your friends and family. 

Wednesdays 7pm-8:30 pm

WUUC- Library

Feb 7, 14, 21, 28. March 7, 14, 28. April 4, 11, 25. May 2, 9

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Tuesday’s with the Ministers: UPDATED

Centering:  We will be using the UUA common read and the accompanying study guide:

Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017), centers the stories, analyses, and insights of a number of Unitarian Universalist religious professionals of color as they explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities.

(Sanctuary) February 6, 13, 20. 6:30 pm-7:30 pm.

Please order and read the book before the first class.

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Group Spiritual Direction Part II: Participants will continue the work of learning to guide each other through our spiritual lives. This series of spiritual direction will allow participants to practice doing and receiving spiritual direction. This class is especially geared towards those who would like to train to be facilitators of the process. Preferred prerequisite: Spiritual Direction Part I, however, newcomers will be accepted on an individual basis.

February 27. March 6, 13, 20, 27. 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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The Artist’s Way

The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today-or perhaps even more so than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. (juliacameronlive.org). This class will continue exploring the book together with engaging activities to inspire an artistic life.  New participants are welcome. With Larisa Harris.

February 13-April 10, 2018 in P1A from 7pm-9pm

 

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Pondering the BIG Questions-Are you curious?

The Greek philosopher Socrates is often attributed to having proclaimed that “The Unexamined life is not worth living.” This group strives to inspire deep and thoughtful dialogue exploring, questioning, and re-examining the mysterious, and perhaps unanswerable, BIG questions of life. Time will be given for both silent contemplation and engaging discussion.

The 3rd and 4th UU principles, acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations and a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, are all about exploring and deepening what we believe and building community in the process.  This is not a formal class.  All participants are encouraged to contribute ideas for discussion topics to the facilitators.

Starting mid-January.  Space is limited. Let us know if you are interested in taking this class and your availability below! We will determine time-based on your interest and availability.

Participants are asked to commit to attending the entire 8 sessions if possible. 

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Witnessing Whiteness for Beginners

A new session for beginners will be offered this Spring. Please let us know if you are interested and your availability by filling out the form below.

Our goal is to develop a knowledgeable, tenacious, dependable and forgiving SOCIAL JUSTICE LENS that informs and guides our thinking and doing as anti-racist, anti -bias activists. Meeting together , learning from one another, challenging each other, studying together (readings, social justice dvd’s, guest accountability guides of color) prepares us to do the critical ally-ship work so urgently needed everyday , all day long  . Being conscious of our unearned white skin privilege, our deeply rooted sense of white superiority, and how we have benefitted from and continue to benefit from systems of white supremacy are essential to reaching our goal of developing a knowledgeable, tenacious, dependable and forgiving SOCIAL JUSTICE LENS.

All are welcome!

The ongoing class for those who are continuing will meet the third Wednesday of every month in Portable 2 , from 7-9 pm.

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Join us in an exciting new curriculum!

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education for Older Adults (50+)

Workshop dates:  12 consecutive Thursdays, starting January 25, 2018 (no class on April 19)

Time: 7 – 9 PM

Location: Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church, Portable 2

Register below by Sunday, January 21st

Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Older Adults facilitates your exploration of sexuality through values, wisdom and experiences you’ve gained over your lifetime. Designed to improve your understanding of healthy relationships, sexual scripts you learned as a child and teenager, age-related changes, sexual health, sexual identity, communication issues, and other fascinating topics.  Class conversations are required to be completely confidential. Humor and fun are encouraged. This is sexuality education like you’ve never had it before!

Natalie Meitzner and Chuck Bean are the co-facilitators, both OWL certified.

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Building the Fusion Coalition (closed)

Book Club, 4th Sunday of the Month, 12:35 – 2:00 pm (in P1B)

Session 4) Sunday, December 17 – 12:35 pm:          Dark Alliance

Session 5) Sunday, January 28 – 12:35 pm:              The Creature from Jekyll Island

Dr. King was gunned down on April 4, 1968, just as he was beginning to articulate the need and platform for a Poor People’s Campaign. 50 years later Reverend Barber has resurrected the national call for moral revival through a broadly diverse fusion coalition, and the Unitarian Ministers Association has moved to sustain this new campaign with active sponsorship.

Supporting the New Poor People’s Campaign begins with a conversation about the disparate impact of powerful institutions on disenfranchised populations, including the justice system, establishment media, and our economy. Each session of this five-month guided book club will be organized around the study of one book and one movie which examine dominant institutions from the perspective of the institutionally disenfranchised, followed by a discussion of ideas and solutions through peaceful speech, political unification, and loving reconciliation. Our objective will be to build a coalition bound by a foundational understanding of the daily struggle under institutional disenfranchisement and to prepare our community for vanguard mobilization behind Reverend Barber and the Unitarian Ministers Association in the coming year.