In this newsletter you may find ways to serve and connect, there 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 with your faith development needs, constructive feedback, and encouragement. Please email corrections to me via, I am happy to edit this newsletter. You may email me at

Spring Cometh!

Towards the end of winter, it is difficult to remember that the weariness of the cold and darkness will soon end. I am always pleasantly surprised that seemingly out of nowhere, a wellspring of hope and energy bubbles up in the spring. As with the seasons, so with our community, I know that we will all soon find ourselves excited about the new possibilities arising in the future for this community. It has been a challenging winter for many of us, however, I appreciate that so many of you have leaned into the challenge and are helping to plant the seeds of hope that will soon spring.

The next few years of religious education at Woodinville UU Church will likely see many changes. No professional religious educator administers a program in the same way, even when not trying, change inevitably happens. The program has seen many shifts and changes over the last two years, it is now poised for the next phase of its development. May you find the inspiration, flexibility, and love to welcome new staff and exciting additions to the religious education program at WUUC.

The work of these past two years has been exhilarating, frustrating, fun, and tedious at times. Please thank your REALL team and Transformation and Action ministry lead for their hard work. Many of the leadership in religious education will need a break and some time to be ministered to, that will require others to step up and keep the RE program running. Pam Green and the REALL team welcomes any new volunteers willing to step into leadership as we enter a new phase of the life of religious education at WUUC. Please email them here:

May the Spring bring this church steadiness, creativity, and love.


Warmly and Fondly,


Rev. Jaelynn Scott



Calendar Highlights


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 (March-May)

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

March 2018

4 Full Community Service

23-25 Senior Youth (YRUU) Spring CON

25 Trans Day of Visibility Service

April 2018

1 Easter Carnival, Child Dedication

4-6 Women’s Retreat

14 Earth Day Work Party

22 Earth Day Full Community

24-29 UUA-PWR Regional Assembly (Portland)

May 2018

12 Creating Theology Together Retreat

13 Mother’s Day Full Community

20 JRUU Last Day Party



  • Child Dedication: We will be holding a child dedication on April 1st. Please email Rev. Jaelynn and let her know if you are interested in having your child formally introduced into the WUUC community and Unitarian Universalism.
  • Easter Egg Hunt! Easter Egg Hunt, April 1st. Please email Rev. Jaelynn if you are interested in contributing stuffed Easter Eggs (plastic) for our Easter Egg hunt. We are asking for approximately 15-20 eggs per donation. We need at least 200 stuffed eggs, so 10 folks would work.

Sign up for to donate Easter Eggs here:

Please plan to prepare 15-20 plastic easter eggs stuffed with treats. Gifts, candies, money, and etc.
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Help Wanted


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.

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 2018-2019. 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.

Parent Activity Team: It would be great to get a team of 3 or 4 persons who can hold WUUC’s family activities so that staff and RE leadership can focus on faith development curriculum. This is a fun team, you get to throw parties, game nights, and special events for the RE community. If you would like to join this team, or help form the group, please email Rev. Jaelynn at


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.

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.


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


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?


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.


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.


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.



Soulful Exploration for Adults (Ages 16+)

Spring 2018

New Curriculum
Pilot Program
Creating Theology Together
Opening Retreat:
May 12th, 10am-4pm
(Followed by 3, two-hour sessions, date TBD)







Building Your Own Theology (BYOT), by Rev. Dr. Richard Gilbert, is one of the best-known titles in UU adult religious education. Partly in response to it, Rev. John Morehouse wrote a dissertation called Creating Theology Together, calling for a re-imagining of the individualized search for truth and meaning and the development of a shared theology in UU congregations. He wrote that such a shared curriculum “would begin to reinvigorate our foundational purpose and drive”. In particular, he thought, a shared theology would support a congregation in doing social justice work grounded in shared values and mission.

What’s the difference between these two curricula?

Building Your Own Theology is a learning exercise that invites individuals to identify their deeply held values, and to build a personal theology based on who they want to be.

Creating Theology Together goes further. It helps us see how our identity and theology are shaped by our lived experience.

By understanding our personal theology, we can engage and deepen our commitments in covenantal faith community. Then we can name and claim our shared theology,  to inform and shape a public theology that grounds our faithful actions in the world.  

Creating Theology Together joined the Fahs Curriculum Incubator program in April 2017, funded in part by the Fund for Unitarian Universalism. A team of religious educators, led by Julica Hermann de la Fuente, includes Rev. Katie Romano Griffin, Anna Bethea, and Rev. Kate Lore. In addition, an advisory team of lay and religious leaders deeply committed to multicultural competencies and community work are working with the writers as the curriculum nears completion, including Rev. Carlton Elliott Smith, Christina Rivera and Elandria Williams. (From Fahs Collaborative Newsletter)



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White Privilege 101

A new session of Witnessing Whiteness for beginners, called White Privilege 101, 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!

White Privilege 101 here at WUUC on April 15 in P2, 11:45-1:30 PM.

Register Here:

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Centering (One-day):  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.

 Two-hour class on April 22 from 6-8:00 pm location TBA.

For the Spring centering, contact Rev. Lois.