One of the things I appreciate about being a UU is our willingness to question previous doctrine and tradition, and adapt to what is needed here and now. Check out the latest issue of UU World, Stitching a Layered Faith, for stories of how the UUA and UU organizations are addressing changes outlined in the Widening the Circle of Concern report from the Commission on Institutional Change. “This ability to grow, change, and adapt is a fundamental expression of our living tradition” (from “Embracing an Ethic of Love” by Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray). “Unitarian Universalist programs seek not only social justice in the wider society, but cultural transformation within” (from “Change from the Inside Out” by Elaine McArdle). If you have not had a chance to read the WCOC report, it’s available in full online and there are hard copies available at the church. See for yourself what issues are being discussed and considered.
Join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary On the Divide on June 29th. The film follows the story of three Latinx people living in McAllen, Texas who, despite their views, are connected by the most unexpected of places: the last abortion clinic on the U.S./Mexico border. As threats to the clinic and their personal safety mount, our three characters are forced to make decisions they never could have imagined.
The rights of child-bearing folks are under increasing threat in our country. “On the Divide is a slice of what is happening around reproductive rights on the ground.” Join us for a compelling look at the complex issue of personal reproductive choice and its impact on people’s lives.
Our own Erika Jackson Kirkendall has deep family connections to the community of McAllen. She will help us lead an in-person discussion after the showing. If you would like to make arrangement to view the film remotely, please contact email@example.com. Additional participation details to follow closer to the event.
We invite you to come join the Golden Girls for lunch the last Thursday in June, the 30th, at 11:30am. All women are welcome! We will again eat at McMenamins Tavern on the Square. The address is 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell. We will be eating outdoors under cover and with heat lamps if needed.
We will have good conversations and deepen our friendships so mark your calendars for June 30th and plan to be with us! Watch for the reminder closer to the date.
Teaching music has resulted in many unspoken rewards for me. However, I always kept in the back of my mind, what a Los Angeles teacher once wrote in the L.A. Times. She said, “Get your lovin’ somewhere else!”
In my early years, I gave young children piano lessons at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where I was part of the Young People’s faculty. Many teaching skills needed to be developed such as choosing music suitable to their age and developmental stage. At the same time, I was studying music education at a local university.
My favorite school district was in Long Beach, CA where they had a very well developed music program, because of the consultants in the music department who had an outstanding vision of what a school music program could be. I was a traveling vocal music teacher, visiting classrooms in K-6.
Classroom music was important, but it was in the glee clubs that selected students learned the value of hard work as they prepared 2- and 3-part songs for festivals and PTA programs. They learned the importance of perseverance and cooperation in achieving a higher musical goal. Every spring, the L.A. philharmonic performed for 5th and 6th graders. These classes were given special listening lessons to prepare them for the concert experience. Important listening skills were developed.
My volunteer work began when I moved to Kirkland in 1991. I discovered our new church and began to participate in the choir. The group needed a soprano so I sang with them until they needed an accompanist. Later on, I served on the music committee when the church was ready to hire a choir director and accompanist. I also helped the search committee discover our beautiful grand piano.
To me, a life in music reflects the ultimate source of spiritual and transcendental experiences. I feel much gratitude for having made a small contribution this source. Perhaps not very practical, but ESSENTIAL.
By Leslie Morton The Rummage Sale will be on Friday and Saturday, June 3-4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The main set up and donation day is right after services on Sunday, May 29. This is unfortunately Memorial Day weekend (if you have ever tried to schedule something at church you will understand!).
On that Sunday we will take everything out of the sanctuary, set up tables for the sale and start setting up donated items. We will need lots of volunteers that day and every day that week and on the sale days. If you haven’t volunteered before, have no worries; the job isn’t complicated and there are plenty of people around to help you. We will also need volunteers for after the sale to put the church back together in time for Sunday services on June 5.
What do we take for the Rummage Sale? Almost anything: clothing, shoes, books, crafts, toys, holiday, household, bikes, yard, and of course Boutique items (higher-end everything). This year I really want to encourage people to bring as much “soft goods” as possible; clothing, linens, shoes, purses and accessories.
If you have any questions, please reach out to one of the Rummage Sale team members: Dewey Millar, Linda McCrystal, Johnna Ebanks, Tevina Flood and Leslie Morton (firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-891-4285).
We need this to be successful for the church coffers and for our garages/basements/closets!