May 2017 WUUC Newsletter


May 2017 WUUC Newsletter

Theme for May: Embodiment

By Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
Embodiment. How does each of us inhabit, embody, our bodies? Do you know anyone who actually likes their body just the way it is? Every day and in every way, we are literally assaulted by unrealistic images of what the ideal male or female body should look like in advertising, media, and the entertainment industry. And for folks who are …

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Moving Deeper into a Community of Faith

Moving Deeper into a Community of Faith

By Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
“A leader is someone in whose presence, other leaders are born.” It took me years to learn this and to understand that leadership did not mean doing everything that needs to be done. Leaders delegate. Leaders listen as well as speak. Leaders empower others to bring forth and utilize their skills. Leaders lead from the back of the room as …

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Spiritual Practices Help Us Embody Our Values

Spiritual Practices Help Us Embody Our Values

By Reverend Jamil Scott
We Wookies (WUUC community) have shown in practice and reflection that we place a high value on contemplative practice. We are a Unitarian Universalist community in our openness and acceptance of a variety of contemplative modalities and practices. We see the value of contemplative practice reflected in our committee agendas to our programs, from our worship to our social justice …

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2017-18 Budget Proposal

By Adam Fass, Board President
Dear WUUC Members and Friends, The Board is excited to present our draft budget for 2017-18. This proposal is a departure from last year’s budget. We plan to increase our spending, and we expect a sizable shortfall in 2017-18, to be paid for out of our reserves. The Board, staff and ministry leads feel that this spending increase is a …

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Honor with a Hymnal

Hello Beloved Community, Our Hymnal Collection is in need of additional books (both Grey and Teal).  During the Merry Month of May, we are offering you the opportunity to purchase a hymnal for the sanctuary to honor a person (either living or dead) or an event.  Each hymnal purchased will have a nameplate in the front identifying both the Donor …

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Planning for Growth

By Chick Sweeney
In 2015 WUUC engaged in a process that developed the “Empowered Together” vision of who we will be in the year 2022 (just 5 years from now): “ .  .  .  WUUC is successfully achieving its goal of creating a congregation focused on helping people grow, building a vibrant community and making a positive difference in the world. Community and …

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Black Liberation Series: 4th Wednesdays

Black Liberation Series: 4th Wednesdays

This series of facilitated workshops will focus on the Black Experience in America.  This series is being offered to give us opportunities to learn more about the current state of being Black in America so that  we can attempt to support our Black community.

This month the subject will be “How did we get here? A birds-eye view of events that shaped the life of Blacks in America, from slavery to the present day.”

Workshop facilitated by Lori McConnell and Rosemary Lowden.  Wednesday, May 24, 7-8:30 p.m.

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Rummage Sale Success

By Leslie Morton
Thanks to everyone involved for another successful Rummage Sale. We brought in over $5,600 which will go to the general operating budget of the church.

I want to acknowledge all of the people who participated in making this a success: Dewey Millar Linda McCrystal Margie Rockenbeck Lindsay Rogers Colleen Hall Roger Hall Natalie Mietzner Lanny Commeree Lauren Soliday Gary Soliday …

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Join in Spirit Play

An exciting new opportunity: Spirit Play, a Montessori-based curriculum for our Nursery and Preschool will come to WUUC soon.

Spirit Play training will be held on June 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with guest Joy Silver from British Columbia. If you are a current or interested teacher, woodworker, crafter or parent/church leader, you are welcome to join the training. The successful launch of this curriculum will take a community effort. Come join us if you are interested in having fun “kid-style” for a day. Please visit the RE table to complete your training application. Register:

Total Money

By Alaine Davis
We all have our guilty pleasures.  No one wants to talk about it.  We sneak around. We come up with ways to avoid discussing it while still doing what we want. We make promises, and then break them.  Join us on Friday, June 16 at 7 p.m. at WUUC for a discussion of the Nonfiction Book selection: The Total Money …

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Creative Arts Eliot Camp for UUs, Friends, Family

Creative Arts Eliot Camp for UUs, Friends, Family

Did you know that there is an arts-related summer camp run by The Eliot Institute for UUs of all ages in our area (Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Alaska, and Western Idaho) and their friends and family? Creative Arts Eliot 2017 will take place at the beautiful Seabeck Conference Center on Hood Canal in Seabeck, WA from Saturday-Wednesday, Aug. 12-16, and will …

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WUUC Welcomes Rev. Lo Back from Sabbatical

WUUC Welcomes Rev. Lo Back from Sabbatical

Festive decorations and a warm welcome greeted Reverend Lois E. Van Leer when she returned from sabbatical to the pulpit on April 9.
Photos by Ron Hammond

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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

Family Night [wb]

Family Night, 5/6

Family Night! Saturday, May 6, 4:30-7:30 p.m. at WUUC. Please join us. Bring your family’s favorite games and a dish to share. There will be activities for children of all ages (including a simple craft for the littlest ones) and it’s a great opportunity for the adults to catch up while the kids play. The games and socializing will start …

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Interfaith Blood Drive [os]

Interfaith Blood Drive, Tue. 5/9

Please consider being a blood donor during the Interfaith Blood Drive on Tuesday, May 9, 1-7 p.m. (dinner break: 3-3:45 p.m.) at Cottage Lake Presbyterian Church, 18350 NE Woodinville-Duvall Pl., Woodinville. Contact Dewey Millar for an appointment – not required but recommended for priority if there’s a crowd – at or 425-279-3731 (cell).

ASJ Movie of the Month: 'Hidden Figures' [p2]

ASJ Movie of the Month: ‘Hidden Figures,’ Fri. 5/19 & Sun. 5/21

The “ASJ Movie of the Month” for May will be: Hidden Figures Friday, May 19 & Sunday, May 21 7-9:30 p.m. in Portable 2 In the race to space between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, three black female mathematicians play a key role in launching astronaut John Glenn into outer space, making him the …

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Circle Supper [os]

Circle Supper, Sat. 5/13

Circle Suppers are generally held on the second Saturday evening of each month. Chuck Bean has graciously offered to host the May Circle Supper at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13. He plans a pork roast entrée and has room for 15 adults ages 18 and up. To sign up, visit A host is still needed for the June 10 supper. To host or for more information, contact Bay Le Sage, 360-668-3569.

Golden Girls [os]

Golden Girls, Thu. 5/25

 Golden Girls cordially invites you to join them for lunch and conversation on the last Thursday in May – the 25th.  We will be back at Russell’s, our favorite place, and will gather at 11:30 a.m. for food and fellowship.  The address is 3301 Monte Villa Pkwy, Bothell 98021.  All are welcome!  Watch for the reminder e-mail closer to the date. Questions?  e-mail

Mostly Monthly Potluck [s,k]

Mostly Monthly Potluck, Sun. 5/28

Mostly Monthly Potlucks are held most months on the fourth Sunday after services. For the May potluck, last names bring: O-Z Main dishes A-G sides H-N desserts. Please, everyone chip in on set up and clean up. If someone would like to volunteer to be the main leader, 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.

 The last Potluck for the church year will be on 6/25.

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

What Does It Mean at WUUC for Us to Embody Our Values, Ethics, and Beliefs?

What Does It Mean at WUUC for Us to Embody Our Values, Ethics, and Beliefs?  5/7

– Jerry R. Bowers, WUUC Member

What does it mean for us to embody the values, ethics, and beliefs of this church? Do we have a creed? What is our vision? Do we have any traditions? Let’s talk and explore the answers to these questions, and more.

Perspectives on Mothers

Perspectives on Mothers, 5/14

– Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
Writings from the famous and not so famous share their thoughts on mothers.


UU Black Lives Matter Teach In

UU Black Lives Matter Teach In, 5/21

– Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
There was a call put out by the UU BLM team asking that congregations participate in a teach in about white supremacy and other related issues to be addressed by our churches on April 30 or May 7. Given the short notice and plans that were already in place, we have chosen to hold the “teach in” today through music and the words of people of color.


Trans-Embodiment, 5/28

– Reverend Jamil Scott
We celebrate the brave path of embodiment that our transgender siblings traverse. Together we will envision a world that celebrates and supports the human rights of transgender persons.