August 2017 WUUC Newsletter


August 2017 WUUC Newsletter

WUUC’s Endowment Fund is Taking Off!

By John Hartman
In the last two weeks, WUUC’s Endowment Team has received confirmation from five WUUC members who have named WUUC as a beneficiary in their wills. This is a great start to our campaign to tap into money available from the UUA’s Legacy Challenge.  $5 million is available to UU churches nationwide to encourage them to build their …

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Spiritual Exploration – Pondering the BIG Questions

By Lauren Soliday
The Greek philosopher Socrates is often attributed as having proclaimed that “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  Here at WUUC, a new group will form this fall to inspire deep and thoughtful dialogue exploring, questioning, and re-examining the mysterious, and perhaps unanswerable, BIG questions of life.  Time will be given for both silent contemplation and engaging …

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Mingling of the Waters August 27

Mingling of the Waters August 27

Each year we begin the church year anew by bringing water that represents important places or events in our lives. Those who travel in the summer months bring little vials from places they visit. Those who stay put bring water from their taps. We each pour these waters into one large bowl to mingle. Many drops form the water of community. These are soul waters; not the waters of a travelogue. Bring or collect the waters of your hearts, spirits, and souls.

Click this link for a schedule of meetings of the WUUC Board of Trustees in 2017-18, and the topics planned at each session.

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Nonfiction Book Club - Fall 2017

Join us on Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the home of Lane Owsley and Alaine Davis for a discussion of the WUUC Nonfiction Book selection. We will meet to discuss “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance. On the checklist of modern privilege, Mr. Vance, 31, has the top four in the bag: He is white, male, straight and Protestant.  …

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Upcoming Events

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Circle Supper [os]

Linda McCrystal will host the August Circle Supper — a festive celebration of all those who have birthdays in August — at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at the WUUC sanctuary. Questions: Please sign up at

ASJ Movies with Meaning: 'Queen of Katwe' [p2]

Hosted by Bill McKenzie & Linda McCrystal. Popcorn & soda will be served. Disney presents Queen of Katwe, a movie based on a vibrant true story starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo, and directed by Mira Nair. A Ugandan girl’s life changes forever when she discovers she has an amazing talent for chess, in this celebration of the human spirit.

Camp Unity Cookout [os]

Men's Breakfast [os]

Men of all ages gather to converse and eat breakfast on the fourth Saturday, at 8:30 a.m. at George’s Restaurant, 108 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland. Information: Brad Hull,

Mostly Monthly Potluck [s,k]

Mostly Monthly Potlucks are held most months on the fourth Sunday. Last names: M-X, Main dishes Y-E, sides F-L, 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.

Golden Girls [os]

Golden Girls cordially invites you to join them for lunch and conversation on the last Thursday in  August, the 31st. 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 3305 Monte Villa Pkwy, Bothell 98021.  All are welcome! Watch for the reminder e-mail closer to the date.

Questions?  E-mail Stephana at

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

To Be Embodied

– Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
Our bodies are not mere vessels for our thoughts and hearts and spirit. They are a gift in and of themselves. Yet our culture has done so much to distort and shame all types of bodies. How do we claim our embodiedness?

Owning Our Mortality

– Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
It has been said that none of us begins to fully live until we have accepted and embraced our mortality. But if that is so, why is death so hard to talk about?

UU’s and Social Justice

– Reverend Lois E. Van Leer
Why is Unitarian Universalism synonymous with Social Justice? What are the theological underpinnings of this “faith that does justice?”


– Reverend Lois E. Van Leer & Reverend Jae Scott
Our annual Water Celebration where we bring and mix the waters of our lives. This is a full community service where all ages are welcomed to bring and add their water to the rest of the community’s.