Dear Ones,

As we move into the fall I want to update you on a few developments and my summer schedule.

My Summer Schedule

Having time to relax, refresh, and recharge is important for our mental, emotional, and physical health. For me, my summer vacation will be a longer version of my weekly sabbath – a time to nurture and support my wellbeing and spiritual health so that I can be a healthy minister for this congregation and the world.

I’ll be at WUUC through July 7 and then will be on vacation from July 8 – August 5. During that time if you have an urgent need please contact WUUC’s office administrator, Lori Varosh at office@wuuc.org or (425) 788-6044×1. If you have pastoral care needs while I’m away, please contact WUUC’s lay pastoral associates at lpa@wuuc.org. The lay pastoral associates are Jean and Chuck Fowler, Jan Radoslovich, Jessica Belmont, Marian Johnson, and Dan Ballard. Lori, the lay pastoral associates, or Board members will be able to get in touch with me if I’m needed.

The Power of We

Many WUUCies recently attended Unitarian Universalism’s General Assembly in Spokane. The worship, workshops, general sessions, and opportunities to connect with UUs from around the continent were inspiring. On July 7 and July 14 we’ll be having GA-inspired worship services at WUUC. We hope you’ll join us to hear what we’re bringing back. You can also watch recordings of GA worship and some workshops here: https://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/2019.

Radical Welcoming Workshop

I’m excited to let you know that WUUC and Northlake UU Church will be co-hosting a workshop on radical welcoming with UU religious educator CB Beal. CB was awarded the UUA’s Angus MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education. They will be leading the workshop on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. More details will be coming in August, but for now if you’re interested in welcoming, inclusion, hospitality, and exploring how we can expand who we are, please hold that time on your calendar.

Faith Formation Intern

This coming church year WUUC will have a six-month, ten hours/week adult faith formation intern. Our intern, Victoria Poling, will be helping develop WUUC’s programming for adult faith formation/adult religious education. This past church year we’ve been working on discerning what is needed and expanding some offerings. Victoria will help us continue that work, including helping WUUC develop structures for supporting facilitators and teachers in an ongoing manner and coordinate around Lifelong faith formation needs. 

Victoria is in training to be a Unitarian Universalist minister. She is working on her Master of Divinity degree at Seattle University’s School for Theology and Ministry. She has experience in chaplaincy and spiritual formation, as well as eight years of lay ministry leadership at her home congregation in Port Townsend. Before entering ministerial training she was a nonprofit administrator with over 12 years of experience. Her strengths include pastoral care, adult education/faith formation, worship planning, group & meeting facilitation, budgeting & strategic planning, and soothing cranky office technology (and disgruntled users of that technology).

Membership

Over the summer we’re working on revamping WUUC’s path to membership. We’re beginning with a new small group option to help folx who are newer to WUUC connect with the congregation and Unitarian Universalism. Look for more information about this in this newsletter or ask Engagement Coordinator Karen Hyams or small group leader Pamela Denchfield about this on Sunday.

I hope you have a beautiful, relaxing, and blessed summer that brings you moments of joy and renewal.

Love and Blessings,

Rev. Diana