January 2019 WUUC Newsletter


Reverend Diana L. Smith
As I write this, it’s Dec. 21. In some ways, the new year with its theme of possibility is the furthest thing from my mind and heart. And yet. And yet it is Dec. 21. It’s Solstice. One of my favorite times of the year. This is our shortest day in 2018. We will have 8 hours and 24 minutes …

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Dear WUUC Friends,

Hello! I couldn’t be more excited to be chosen as your new Director of Lifelong Learning! I am very much looking forward to starting the New Year at WUUC and meeting all of you. In the spirit of getting to know one another, allow me to introduce myself.  I live in Shoreline, WA with my husband, Jason, …

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What’s Up With the Board?

At its most recent Board meeting of Dec. 20, the Board discussed the following:

• DD Hilke and Hilarie Cash presented to the Board a proposal for congregational conversations to follow-up from the Listening Circles. DD and Hilarie will facilitate these open-ended conversations, the first which is expected to be organized in the next few weeks.

• Starting Feb 2-3, WUUC will …

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WUUC Tai Chi – Winter/Spring 2019

The format for Tai Chi at WUUC has changed. Join us for the following opportunities:

Thursdays, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Learn the Yang Family Essential Form (22 movements)

Thursdays, 6:00 to 7:00 PM Learn the Yang Long Form (108 movements)

The Yang style Tai Chi is practiced while standing and moving in slow motion.  It is gentle on the …

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Help Provide a Meal for the Homeless

By Lauren Soliday
The Dec. 30 meal for the homeless was sponsored by local Troop 44537, a Brownie Girl Scout troop with 17 third-grade girls.  They provided a lasagna dinner with rolls, salad and some veggies. Our own Shannon Naugle is one of the leaders of this troop.

I have reserved the date of Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 for the next full community meal …

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Join us on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. at the home of Lane Owsley and Alaine Davis for a meeting of the WUUC Nonfiction Book Club. Alaine and Wendy Condrat are co-hosting this meeting. We will discuss “Educated” by Tara Westover.

I am far from the first critic to recommend Tara Westover’s astounding memoir, “Educated,” but if its …

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The January schedule for Inquirers classes:

Jan. 6: Worship & Liturgical Year
Jan. 13: Campus Tour & Orientation
Jan. 20: Q&A with the Minister
Jan. 27: Social Action & Community Service


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 jpeg to office@wuuc.com.

White Privilege 101 [p2]

White Privilege 101 is held on the first Sunday of the month at 11:30 a.m. in Portable 2. Facilitators share experiences and understandings,  and provide history and definitions for the curious and questioning regarding racial justice and anti-racist action. We welcome those new or returning to this work as well as those eager to share their journey — including rewards …

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Shall we talk? Join Hilarie Cash and DD Hilke for Open, Evolving Community Conversations You are invited to participate in an open-ended, experimental series of conversations.  If you are yearning for authentic conversations about WUUC and our community, please join us in creating and evolving just such opportunities. We invite you to bring forward into these conversational spaces whatever is on your …

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Interfaith Blood Drive [os]

Please consider being a blood donor during the Interfaith Blood Drive on Jan. 15, 1-7 p.m. (dinner break: 3-3:45 p.m.) at Cottage Lake Presbyterian Church, 18350 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd., Woodinville. Contact Dewey Millar for an appointment – not required but recommended for priority if there’s a crowd – at dewmillar@gmail.com  (425) 867-1781.

Soul Matters [L]

“Soul Matters” is a small group gathering where participants offer sacred space to each other to experience the themes of each month on the UU calendar, not just talk about them. Its content challenges our minds and helps us connect our faith to our daily living. Soul Matters offers the gift of spiritual connection and supports our journey of reconnection …

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Auction Item: Chuck's Wild Life [s,k]

An evening presentation of wildlife and landscape photographs by outstanding wildlife photographer Chuck Fowler. Additional audience members welcome with a $20 donation to WUUC. RSVP to Chuck, fernhaven@comcast.net. Light refreshments will be served.

Dances of Universal Peace [s]

The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from the many spiritual traditions of the earth to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and recognize it in others. Sponsored by: http://seattledancesofuniversalpeace.org/index.htm

Audubon Advocacy Training to Support 100 Percent Clean Energy [s]

Join Audubon Washington, Eastside Audubon, and Pilchuck Audubon for a two-hour program dedicated to strengthening our advocacy and political influence on climate policy in the very important legislative districts where we reside. In 2014 the National Audubon Society released a report finding that Climate Change threatened half of all North American Bird species. For us, these birds are a symbolic …

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Men's Breakfast [os]

Men of all ages gather to converse and eat breakfast on the fourth Saturday, at 8:30 a.m. at Haggen Grocery cafeteria, 17641 Garden Way NE, Woodinville.

Information/RSVP: Brad Hull, bkhull@gmail.com

Auction Item: Chuck Bean's Nepal Trekking & Travel Slideshow [s]

Chuck narrates a slideshow including Katmandu and remote villages in addition to trekking in the Himalayas. Yes, we got pictures of wild Red Pandas. Peanut Sandheko and other snacks provided.

Congregational Town Hall: Budget Preview [s]

Get your first look at WUUC’s preliminary budget for 2019-2020 at 11:30 a.m.

Golden Girls [os]

Golden Girls cordially invites you to join them for lunch on the last Thursday of each month.

We will gather at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 to share a delicious lunch and good conversation at one of our favorite places, Izumi Japanese Restaurant, 12539 116th Avenue NE, Kirkland. We hope you will join us.  Do watch for the e-mail reminder closer to the date and RSVP then so we will know how many will be at our table.

Questions?  E-mail Stephana at ditzlers@gmail.com.

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


Upcoming Services

Reflections on Immigration: A Service of Readings and Music

– Donna Johnson, Dan Ballard, Rachel Eddy and Winny Schnitzler, WUUC Members

Where Do We Go From Here? Deep Remembering, Forgiveness, and the Open Question of Reconciliation

– Reverend Diana L. Smith

The Demands of Inner Truth: A Full Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Service

– Reverend Diana L. Smith

What’s a Church For? (Part 1)

– Reverend Diana L. Smith