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by Rev. Diana L. Smith

Greetings, Dear Ones. Our theme for the month of October is sanctuary. Sanctuaries are places of refuge or retreat, particularly in troubled times. We create sanctuary for each other and for ourselves in many different ways. Sanctuaries can be our own bodies, spaces in the natural world, built or created spaces, relationships, and communities. But […]

Theme: Vision

by Rev. Diana L. Smith

September is a liminal time of the year when seasons shift and the patterns of our lives change. Similarly, Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church is in a transitional time as a congregation. Liminal, transitional and interim times – times when one thing is shifting into another – are often confusing but they bring many gifts as […]

In the Interim: Communication is a Top Priority

by Rev. Diana L. Smith

Greetings! In August I joined WUUC as your interim minister. I’ve greatly enjoyed getting to meet many congregants, including meeting one-to-one with many congregants and lay leaders. As we go forward in the coming several months I’m looking forward to continuing to meet many more of you, building relationships, and working with you to strengthen […]

Greetings, WUUC!

by Rev. Diana L. Smith

I’m so happy to finally be with you as your interim minister. This summer I moved back to WA from Boston, MA. I actually left from Maine, where I attended a close friend’s ordination, so I really did drive from one edge of the country to the other. On the way out here I attended […]

Preparing to Depart

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

Dear WUUC community, June 24 will be my last day as minister of the Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church. Starting Aug. 15, I will serve as the Developmental Minister at the Eugene UU Church in Oregon. For me my ministry has come full circle as I began my ministry there in 1981 in campus ministry. I […]

We’ve Had a Good Run

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

How one ends a journey is almost more important than how one begins it. I learned this when traveling with youth. We would spend sometimes up to 9 months preparing for a 3-week trip. At the end of the trip, the youth would scatter at the parking lot or airport with their parents just as […]