A Caring Community Recap

A Caring Community Recap

Thanks to everyone who attended and helped make the Sunday, March 24 service a success. WUUC has many caring community committees we hoped everyone got to learn more about in the service. The leads of each team that presented in the service have explained what their group does below for review.

Written by Liz Ligon SCRT:
As a congregation and a community, we strive at WUUC to be a safe space, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and to promote a culture of consent and accountability for our actions. We want people to be able to let down their guards while they are here, and be their full, authentic selves without fear of judgment, harassment, or sexual harm. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to guarantee 100% safety in any community, and the Safer Congregations Response Team is here to respond promptly and meaningfully if someone is no longer able to feel safe in this space because of someone else’s behavior toward them, whether because of harassment, sexual overtures, being touched without consent, or even sexual assault. We will provide you with the support you need, talk with the offending party, and craft a response with the goal of restoring your and the community’s sense of safety.

Written by Susan McBain, Cares and Concerns:
The Cares and Concerns Team is here to provide you with help and support when you most need it. If you’re having surgery, are ill, need transportation, or just need an occasional visit until you’re up and around again, we can help. We can arrange transportation to and from your medical appointments and assist with meals while you are recuperating. We can even visit you if you’re in rehab or when you get home from the hospital if you would like. You will talk to me, Susan McBain as Team Leader, and I will find out what help you need. Then I will coordinate with other team members to support you. If you would like meals delivered, we can accommodate your dietary preferences and needs. We will keep your situation confidential, and we’ll be careful to respect your needs without intruding on your privacy. The easiest way to reach me is by sending an email to cares@wuuc.org. Please reach out to the Cares and Concerns team at any time if there is something we can do to support you. And you can also use that email to join the team! We can always use more members. Team members sign up only for what they want to do, usually just a few times a year. It’s tremendously rewarding to offer help directly to someone in your community. 

Written by Lori McConnell – R&R: 
“What is the purpose of the Relationships & Resolution (R&R) group?  Is it a conflict resolution team? Or a group of Mediators? R & R team members have training that allows them to work in teams of 2 to help people improve communication with others, with a focus on strengthening our covenanted community. Team members have no training in conflict mediation– in fact to do the work they don’t really need to know the details of a conflict. The work of R&R is to get people past the details of the conflict, away from trying to prove who is right and wrong, and move their relationship toward one of empathy and a desire to understand the other people in our covenanted community.  Their work is to get people past “shunning” someone they disagree with and to move back into community with that person. R&R works with one person at a time, intentionally, until those involved can move out of the “Right/Wrong” dichotomy and into understanding and empathy. Only once people are able to empathize with and understand one another are they invited into communication with each other.  R&R is then available to facilitate that conversation– but not as long as it stays in a “conflict” mode.”
LPA written by Marian Johnson:
Lay Pastoral Associates (LPAs) offer emotional and spiritual support by providing a listening ear without judgment. Our conversations will be confidential. Although we can’t “fix” the situation, sometimes a compassionate presence in times of need can ease the burden. We all need that sometimes. Send an email to lpa@wuuc.org and one of us will get in touch with you as soon as possible. Also, you can talk to one of the LPAs during our Compassionate Connection Circle after the Sunday worship service. One of us will be over in the choir area if you would like to talk. The LPAs are here for you at any time when you need someone to listen. If you would like more information about pastoral care and our Care Team, please visit the WUUC website, select “Resources” and then “Need Help?” or follow this link: wuuc.org/pastoral-care/. Our minister, Rev. Dan Lillie, is also available for pastoral care if you’d like to talk with him. You can request an appointment by emailing revdan@wuuc.org.

Racial Justice Task Force (RJTF) Endorsement for Article II March 2024

Racial Justice Task Force (RJTF) Endorsement for Article II March 2024

In June 2024 the General Assembly (GA) of the UUA will vote on final approval of the Article II proposal. It will require a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the 2024 GA delegates to adopt the revision as the new Article II of the UUA bylaws. If the vote fails, the process ends and a similar proposal cannot be considered for two years.

You can read the final proposed revision of Article II here.
You can read the amendments that will be placed on the final agenda here for GA in June.

WUUC Racial Justice Task Force offers the statement below in support of the proposed revisions to Article II. 

Our faith is a Living Tradition, which has evolved over the years to meet the needs of our changing world and it’s been almost 40 years since the last significant revision to Article II. After careful consideration, the WUUC Racial Justice Task Force is endorsing the final proposed revision to Article II, and additional amendments, with confidence for the following reasons: 

  • The updates reflect WUUC’s mission to support racial justice efforts, as clearly stated in the statement on the WUUC website. “WUUC reaffirms our commitment to eradicating racial injustice.” 
  • The revised Article II also explicitly calls out Justice and Equity as core values, which is essential for promoting a fair and just society. In addition, we especially support the amendment that adds the following to the Equity value: Equity calls us to listen, understand, respect, and respond to one another.
  • We believe that these changes continue to be timely, given the ongoing systemic injustice and violence that disproportionately affects marginalized communities.  
  • We also recognize that underrepresented UU groups have expressed concerns and called for changes to make our faith communities more welcoming. By incorporating the spirit of the 8th principle and revisiting our practices of diversity and inclusion, we are taking concrete steps towards dismantling racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions, including our faith communities. 
  • We acknowledge that language is never perfect. The UUA has solicited feedback from many UUs to refine the proposed changes. We believe that modernizing the language will speak more clearly to a younger, broader audience, including the specific values (interdependence, pluralism, justice, transformation, generosity, equity, peace, and reason.) 
  • Regarding the additional two values proposed in the amendments:
    We support the addition of Peace with the expectation that it won’t be used to push back on healthy discussions and action when there is conflict.
    We support the addition of Reason with the expectation that it won’t be used to discredit people’s stories and lived experiences. 
  • Change can be challenging, at the same time we firmly believe that social justice requires us to evolve and adapt to new ways of thinking and speaking. We are confident that these changes will help us create a more just and inclusive community. 

Your WUUC Racial Justice Task Force  rjtf@wuuc.org

More resources on the Article II revisions:

Article II Study and Amendment Process | UUA.org

New Article II Congregational Resources from the Field | UUA.org

WUUC Welcoming Congregations Renewal

WUUC has successfully completed the UUA recertification process required to renew our status as a Welcoming Congregation. This is a public declaration of our ongoing commitment to LGBTQ+ welcome and inclusion in and beyond Woodinville.

Congratulations to our WUUC Welcoming Congregations team, Jean Fowler (fernhaven@comcast.net) and Jane Flood (matterofwills@gmail.com)! This took significant investment of thought and time over the past year to make it happen.

The Welcoming team:

·       Helps everyone feel like they belong

·       Extends a warm welcome to LGBTQ+ visitors

·       Models and promotes allyship

·       Bring’s LGBTQ+ people fully into our community

·       Dispels myths and stereotypes

·       Supports straight families of LGBTQ+ people

Learn more by joining the welcoming@wuuc.org email alias or contacting Jean or Jane.

Totes to Go April 2024

Totes to Go April 2024

Spring is here and we’re about ¾ of the way through the school year. Totes has been doing very well, filling our basic list and adding a few extras the school has requested. Serving 15 kids who are at risk of missing meals on weekends takes a large part of our community and we are grateful to everyone who has supported program. A couple of requests and a new way to support Totes: we need a new “sponsor” for the granola bars. We need some of the heavy-duty plastic grocery bags you may get when you forget to bring your re-usables. And if you hate shopping but would like to support Totes, you can now donate money – just mark your check to WUUC ‘Totes’ on the memo line or mark an envelope with cash.

Thanks so much for your support of Totes to Go. Questions and comments? Contact Grace Simons or John Hartman, co-coordinators.

Call for Delegates to Virtual GA 2024 – Thursday – Sunday, June 20-23

Call for Delegates to Virtual GA 2024 – Thursday – Sunday, June 20-23

The Board is looking for WUUC members interested in representing WUUC as a delegate at the Virtual 2024 UUA General Assembly (GA) to be held June 20-23rd, 2024

This year’s GA theme as excerpted from the UUA GA website:  “Love Unites, Stories Ignite” celebrates the profound impact of love as a binding force that transcends boundaries and fosters connections within our faith community and beyond.  Our faith has always been rooted in the power of storytelling, and this year we’ll explore how our stories can ignite change, inspire compassion, and help us build a more just and equitable world. Through storytelling, we share our experiences, our dreams, our struggles, and our triumphs. It is through these stories that we can find common ground, deepening our understanding of one another and the world around us.

WUUC is eligible to send three delegates.  If you are interested in serving as a delegate or have questions about being a delegate, please email the Board at board@wuuc.org.  Deadline for submitting your name for consideration as a delegate is March 15th.  Delegates will be elected at the Congregational Meeting on 4/21/24.

The responsibilities of a WUUC delegate to General Assembly include the following:

1)  Familiarizing yourself with the business items on the GA agenda and staying adequately informed to make a knowledgeable voting decision,

2)  Notifying the WUUC congregation of those items that require a delegate vote, 

3)  Attending GA business meetings and casting your delegate vote.

This year’s GA will be virtual only, held online.  Virtual attendees will enjoy robust programming and access to the Delegate Participation platform for participation in the business meetings and voting.  The final business agenda is expected to be available to congregations by May, 2024.  There will be many opportunities to inform yourself about the business items on the agenda prior to the start of GA.  This year, delegates will be voting on adoption of the proposed revisions (and 4 qualified amendments) to Article II of the UUA Bylaws.  The 2024 GA Schedule is available here: General Assembly Schedule | General Assembly | UUA.org.  

Registration options are available for virtual participation.  Full virtual registration includes access to the GA app, as well as workshops, lectures, worship and witness opportunities.  For voting delegates, there is also a business-only virtual option. Although a delegate can register for the business-only virtual option, we encourage assigned delegates to register for the full virtual experience. WUUC will reimburse the full $315 registration fee for virtual participation if requested.   Complete registration information is available at this link.  General Assembly Registration | General Assembly | UUA.org

Virtual participation requires high-speed internet access and a desktop/laptop computer. Smartphones and tablets can be used as supplemental screens for streaming video, voting, or chatting, but they do not accommodate a complete user experience. You will also need a webcam if you want to be seen during Zoom Sessions when speaking. Headphones are recommended.

Further information regarding being a delegate at the General Assembly can be found at Delegate Information for General Assembly | General Assembly | UUA.org.  WUUC Board member(s) will be available to help you in any capacity where you may need assistance.  Thank you for considering this important opportunity to serve our WUUC community.

Your WUUC Board of Trustees