June 2017 WUUC Newsletter

June 2017 WUUC Newsletter

Introduction to Theme for June: Joy

Introduction to Theme for June: Joy

By Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
“Joy is not in the circumstance, but in the response. The sun rises every day, like it or not. Being entranced by it is a choice.” Rev. Peggy Clark. Peggy’s life and ministry is all about justice. Every kind of justice from climate justice to racial justice to economic justice and everything in between. She marches, protests, writes her representatives, …

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The Transformative Value of Vacation

By Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
The sun and warm temperatures arrived not a second too soon. Both the clergy and lay leaders are exhausted. The political anxiety in the country and in the world has taken its toll. We want respite, a time out, reassurance, and renewed perspectives. We want a break from it all. My sabbatical gave me respite, time out, reassurance, and renewal. …

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Dear Parents of Children and youth in Soulful Exploration at WUUC:

By Reverend Jamil Scott
As our church year comes to a close, I want to take this time to review our time in Soulful Exploration and share the scope & sequence for RE programming in 2017-2018. I am so very thankful to all of our volunteers who helped our program run smoothly this year. It is not an easy feat to transition the management …

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Long-Term Growth Task Force Update

Long-Term Growth Task Force Update

During the congregational meeting on May 21, Chick Sweeney, chair of the Long-Term Growth Task Force, provided a status update on the task force’s findings. For those who were unable to attend, or for those who did attend, but want to refer back to the information, the PowerPoint presentation that Chick used may be found using this first link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B12S-wvfjHrMV2trbzEzVUpEMWM

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To A Welcoming Lobby

By Karen Hyams
We’ve formalized our procedure for promoting your WUUC events on-site. The procedure document lives here if you need to look it up and covers Farmer’s Market Easel displays Lobby Displays Sanctuary Displays The Visual Arts Ministry, with approval of Building & Grounds, intends to help people publicize their projects while still keeping our lobby uncluttered and welcoming to all, especially newcomers. Please read the new guidelines; displays not following the guidelines will be removed.

Tai Chi in the Sanctuary

Tai Chi in the Sanctuary

By D.D. Hilke
Starting again Wednesday, June 7, we will offer Tai Chi in the sanctuary on: Monday evenings (7:30 – 8:30) Wednesday mornings (8:00 to 9:00) Newcomers are welcome. We are currently reviewing Section 1 of the Yang Family Long Form. No experience or special skills are necessary. There is no charge.  Come to one session or both or …

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Let's Make a Statement

Let’s Make a Statement

By Leslie Morton
WUUC will once again be marching in the Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25. We will march as a religious group that welcomes, supports and affirms lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and families. We are asking that everyone wears a yellow Standing on the Side of Love t-shirt (purchase info coming soon) and we also encourage positive signs (more info coming soon).

This is a great event. Let’s have a huge group and really make a statement.

For more information, contact Leslie Morton at mortonmarler@hotmail.com.

Zen Retreat Features Rev. James Ford

Zen Retreat to Feature Rev. James Ford

By Janine Larsen
The WUUC Zen meditation group is co-hosting a 3-day Zen Retreat featuring the Rev. James Ford, Roshi, July 14-16, at University Unitarian Church in Seattle. In addition, Rev. Ford (a UU minister as well as a Zen priest) will offer a Dharma Talk and Q&A about Buddhism and lead meditation at WUUC on Thursday evening, July 13, …

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Opportunity Coming This Fall:

Empowered Ministry: Creating a Culture of Right Relationship with Rev. Cat Cox

Empowered Ministry: Creating a Culture of Right Relationship with Rev. Cat Cox

Conflict is part of any community; what if we could transform conflict into an opportunity for deepened spiritual awareness and creating a conflict-resilient culture in our beloved community?

Starting this October, Rev. Cat Cox will bring us a 5-week teleclass in collaborative covenant-based communication. In this class, up to 30 participants will commit to meet for five Monday evenings from Oct. 16 through Nov. 13, 2017 for meaningful work together.

Please contact Janet Putnam at oboejanet@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

If you are planning an event, please send the details including title, short and long description, date/time/location, contact information, and (optionally) a royalty-free image to office@wuuc.com.

Family Night! [wb]

Family Night! Sat. 6/3

Please join us for the next WUUC Family Night.  Bring your family’s favorite games to share. There will be activities for children of all ages and it’s a great opportunity for the adults to catch up while the kids play.

The games and socializing will start at 4:30 p.m. and we will have a potluck dinner starting around 5:30 p.m. If your last name begins with A-N please bring a main dish to share.  If your last name begins with O-Z please bring a side dish to share.  Also feel free to bring drinks to share. Please RSVP on the sign-up sheet.

Volunteer Appreciation Lunch [s,k]

Volunteer Appreciation Lunch, Sun. 6/4

For all that you do, we want to say thank you… The Religious Education & Lifelong Learning volunteer appreciation luncheon will be held Sunday, June 4 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Mark your calendars! Childcare will be provided. Just bring your lovely selves and we will provide lunch. The REALL team is preparing and serving lasagna and a garden salad. 

If you have dietary restrictions please email Dave Blomberg, david@paradiselake.net, and we will arrange alternate menu options for you.

The Gathering: A Time for Reflection, Revival, & Resistance hosted by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Sun. 6/4

Livestreamed event at the home of Leslie Schmidt and Jim Jasinski. Leslie and Mollie will provide refreshments for those who RSVP. Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II & Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove will co-host a monthly program to equip communities with resources for faithful reflection and public action on moral issues. “The Gathering” will include an introduction to a moral issue, immersion …

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Circle Supper [os]

Circle Supper, Sat. 6/10

Terry Santmann has graciously offered to host the June Circle Supper at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10. To sign up nearer to the event, visit https://sites.google.com/a/wuuc.org/circle-supper/ For information on future Circle Suppers, contact Bay Le Sage, 360-668-3569

Gender Justice Assembly [s]

Gender Justice Assembly, Sun. 6/11

Please join us in supporting our Senior Youth at their Gender Justice Assembly beginning after service in the sanctuary at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, June 11. There will be a light lunch provided (Taco Bar). Our youth have embarked on a research project around gender justice and would like for the WUUC community to join them as they present their findings and lead us in a community learning activity. 

 Childcare will be provided.

ASJ Movie Night: 'I Am Not Your Negro' [p2]

ASJ Movies with Meaning: ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ Suns.  6/11&18

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends — Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind …

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WUUC Nonfiction Book Group [L]

WUUC Nonfiction Book Group, Fri. 6/16

Join us on Friday, June 16 at 7 p.m. at WUUC for a discussion of the Nonfiction Book selection: The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey. All who read the book are welcome! Contact Alaine, alaine.davis@yahoo.com to RSVP.

Litha [s,fp,k]

Litha, Sat. 6/24

Join us for a Midsummer celebration of the life-giving warmth of the sun and abundance of the earth.  We will gather for a ritual dance and release the energy invested in our Beltane tree through fire.

Summer Solstice mandala by Bart Everson, https://www.flickr.com/photos/editor/19278748661.

Meet the Artist, Sun. 6/25

Christine Helen Olson’s original work is on display in the WUUC foyer. Facebook: christineolsonart Instagram: christineolsonart

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Mostly Monthly Potluck [s,k]

Mostly Monthly Potluck, Sun. 6/25

Mostly Monthly Potlucks are held most months on the fourth Sunday. Last names: H-S Main dishes T-Z sides A-G desserts. Please, everyone chip in on set up and clean up. If someone would like to volunteer to be the lead, that would be most appreciated. If you are unable to bring a dish to share, then trust that sharing yourselves with us is more than enough (a little tuna noodle casserole goes a long way!!)

For more information contact Leslie Morton.

For a complete list of the groups that meet regularly at WUUC (Buddhists, NAMI, etc.) as well as classes, committee meetings, and circle supers view the calendar on our web site.


Upcoming Services

Flower Communion

Flower Communion, 6/4

— Reverend Lois E. Van Leer

Bridging and Transition Service

Bridging and Transition Service, 6/11

– Reverend Lois E. Van Leer


A Father’s Day Celebration

A Father’s Day Celebration, 6/18

– Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
Is there anything more complicated than a mother-child relationship? Yes, a father-child relationship! Today we make our way through the intricacies of these relationships.

A Celebration of the Senses- All 10 of Them!

A Celebration of the Senses – All 10 of Them!, 6/25

– Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
Aristotle gave us the original 5: sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. Come and engage these and 5 more!