August 2018 WUUC Newsletter



Greetings, WUUC!

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By Reverend Diana L. Smith
I’m so happy to finally be with you as your interim minister. This summer I moved back to Washington 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 Ministry Days and General Assembly …

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WUUC: A Long-Range Perspective

WUUC: A Long-Range Perspective
By Chick Sweeney & Alaine Davis
Many members of our congregation have only belonged to one church, WUUC, and have only known one minister, Rev. Lois Van Leer. For those members, this must feel like a time of great uncertainty. This situation is further complicated by questions about the circumstances of the departures of both Rev. Lois and our Director of Lifelong Learning, Rev. Jaelynn Scott. …

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New Choir Director Brings Excellent Vocal Skills

Tomlinson, Molly

Molly Tomlinson will become the new WUUC choir director, beginning Aug. 15.

WUUC Accompanist Terry Levitt first met Molly when she auditioned for choir director last year. “Both she and Jen (Rodgers, former choir director) had great references,” Terry said. “(Molly’s) extremely personable for one thing. One of the references said, ‘Everybody loves Molly.’”

The two have worked together on …

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WUUC Choir Retreat

WUUC Choir Retreat
We’ll start the new choir year with a retreat on Saturday, Aug. 19. If you’ve been thinking about singing with the choir, this is a great way to get started! If you’re a regular, we want to see your summer suntan! If you’re returning, expect a warm welcome! Our new director, Molly Tomlinson will lead us as we get a …

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Ingathering Potluck

Ingathering Potluck
Please join us for a Potluck on Sept. 9 after the Ingathering Service to celebrate the new church year and welcome Rev. Diana.

A-L Main Dishes
M-S Sides
T-Z Desserts.

Your Ministerial Transition Team: Alaine Davis, Chick Sweeney, Cora Goss-Grubs, Leslie Morton, Robin Heffelman and Chuck Bean


Calling all WUUCies

By Lauren Soliday
I’m looking for a few kind and generous folks to help feed the homeless. The August meal for the Camp Unity Eastside homeless camp will be on Saturday, Aug. 25 and will be sponsored by ___ ???____ (fill in your group or committee name here??)! Contact me as soon as possible ( to “reserve” your spot for …

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Fall Book Group

Fall Book Group
Consider joining a group that will read Ijeoma Oluo’s “So You Want to Talk About Race.” Oluo is a Seattle-ite and her book has become a best seller. She was profiled in a recent issue of Real Change. The book is meant to help people who want to talk about issues of race in America and don’t know how to …

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In the Chips

In the Chips
A Building & Grounds crew assembled alongside a chipper Saturday, July 14 to turn cuttings from trees and brush into wood chips. They include (from left): Chick Sweeney, Tom Richards, Winny Schnitzler, Kermit Sprang, John Hilke & Robert Galloway. David Simons is behind the camera.


Nonfiction Book Club, Fri. 8/3

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Join us on Friday, Aug. 3 at at 7 p.m. at the Rasor Park Campout for a for a meeting of the WUUC Nonfiction Book Club. We will be discussing “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body” by Roxane Gay. New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and …

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Dances of Universal Peace, Sun. 8/19

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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:

Men’s Breakfast, Sat. 8/25

Men's Breakfast [os]
Men of all ages gather to converse and eat breakfast on the fourth Saturday, at 8:00 a.m. at Woodinville Cafe, 14170 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd, Woodinville. Information/RSVP: Brad Hull,

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Lughnasadh, Sun. 8/5

First Harvest is upon us. Join WUUC’s Earth-based Spirituality Ministry Sunday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m., as we share our bounty, give thanks, and raise energy for the work ahead. We’ll gather at the Fire Pit area for ritual, a dance, and a potluck picnic. For more information, email Dan Ballard at: Please bring non-perishable offerings for the food bank — summer hunger is a very real phenomena, and those who need help often see less of it this time of year.

New Member BBQ, Fri. 8/24

New Member BBQ [os]
Save the date! A New Member BBQ is planned at the home of Lori McConnell & Michael Lawson from 7-9 p.m.

Golden Girls, Thu. 8/30

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, Aug. 30 for food and fellowship at Russell’s, 3301 Monte Villa Pkwy, Bothell. 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


My Accidental Zen Journey, 8/5

My Accidental Zen Journey
– Janet Putnam, WUUC Member
“Zen Buddhism speaks to liberation, to fully realizing and freely living this journey wherever we are, however we are, in whatever circumstances we find ourselves, including relationships, family life and work.” – Wendy Egyoku Nakao

Twelve years ago I joined our meditation group for stress relief and instead ended up on an accidental journey into …

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Whose Stuff Is This Anyway, 8/19

Whose Stuff Is This Anyway
– Reverend Diana L. Smith
Whether you’re an avid Spring/Summer cleaner/stuff purger or you accumulate stuff for years, come ponder with me what we can learn as we sort through stuff.

The Journey Continues

The Journey Continues, 8/12

– Reverend Diana L. Smith
The interim period is a special and wonderful time in the life of a congregation – a new part of your journey. Together we’ll consider what the interim time is and what it means to be on a journey together.

A Poetic Spiritual Journey

A Poetic Spiritual Journey, 8/26

– Chuck Bean, WUUC Member
A progression of poetic perspectives that changed how I lived my life after I encountered each one for the first time, and then again as I felt moved by them much later.