December 2022 Newsletter

December 2022 Newsletter
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DECEMBER 2022 WUUC NEWSLETTER

Monika
A Chalice Challenge: Find the chalice hidden in this newsletter (not the one above). Click on it, record your name on the resulting Google doc, and you will be entered to win a special little gift from Rev. Dan Lillie. Last Months winner was Marilyn Schmitt who won “Miles of Dream Meditations” by Vanessa Rush Southern.

In This Issue:


Minister’s Musings
New Members Join the Church!
WUUC Board – Article 2
Giving Tree – Support Greenleaf
Courageous Conversations about Race
Circle Supper
Depolarizing Within Workshop
Post-Service Potluck
Request from Membership Coordinator
Online Feedback & Suggestion Form












Got comments on or questions about this newsletter? Please email office@wuuc.org
Dec Wonder theme

December 2022 Theme: Wonder

Passage from Soul Matters December 2022 Theme: The path of Wonder Welcome to the Path of Wonder This seems to me the main problem… How can we contrive to be at once astonished at the world and yet at home in it?…

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Minister’s Musings

Lillie, Dan

Blessings in this Holiday Season

Greetings WUUC community,

This time of year always seems to sneak up on me. Every fall I know it’s coming, but October and then November seem to come and go in the blink of an eye. And suddenly it’s December.
As the days get shorter and shorter and the nights get longer and longer, we enter a season of many…

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New Members Join the Church!

New Members Join the Church!
Katherine Kelly and John Gamble

Katherine and John moved to WA state five years ago from New Mexico. They have two human children: Ezra (3) and Owen (6), and a lovely mutt, George (9). After muddling through the pandemic, they are grateful to find a church home where they and their kids can learn and grow. Katherine works as a faculty librarian at Lake Washington Institute …

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WUUC Board – Article 2

Dear WUUC, The UUA Article II Study Commission has proposed extensive changes to the UUA Bylaws, Article II – Principles and Purposes. Article II lists our seven principles, six sources, the stated purpose of the UUA, and includes statements about inclusion and freedom of belief. The Article II Study Commission (AIISC) was created by the UUA Board of Trustees after the …

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Giving Tree – Support Greenleaf Families This Holiday Season

Dear WUUC members and friends, The Advocates for Social Justice invites you to participate in the 2022 Giving Tree. This holiday fundraiser supports 11 families with 19 children living in the Greenleaf Apartments, a subsidized housing community in Kenmore. Donations will help purchase gift cards the families can use toward presents for their children and groceries for special…

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Giving Tree - Support Greenleaf Families This Holiday Season

Courageous Conversations About Race Workshop – December 3rd

Courageous Conversations About Race Workshop
This workshop is based on the work of Glenn Singleton in his book, Courageous Conversations About Race. Participants will be introduced to the racial consciousness flow chart and consider their level of conscious awareness of race, gain an understanding of the 4 agreements that set the stage for engaging in uncomfortable conversations, learn the six conditions for effective ways to talk …

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Circle Supper – December 3rd & 10th

In December Chuck Bean will host two Circle Suppers! Circle Suppers are potlucks held at a different community member’s house each month. There is a sign-up sheet in a Google Doc, and anyone who wants to attend can put their name down along with their dietary preferences and what they are bringing. The host sets the maximum size of the …

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Circle Supper [os]

Depolarizing Within (a Braver Angels workshop)

Saturday, December 10 1:00 – 4:00 PM, virtual workshop on Zoom: bit.ly/3iw4Wyo
Sunday, December 11 1:00 – 4:00 PM, In person in Sanctuary:
bit.ly/3VwdrrV

Facilitator: Ryan Nakade
Organized by John Moran, Co-Chair of the Western Washington Alliance Please register at the links above for the virtual/in person workshops!
The Depolarizing Within workshop is designed to foster skills to help lessen …

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Depolarizing Within (a Braver Angels workshop)

Post-Service Potluck – Next: January 1

Post-Service Potluck [s]
As the COVID team has adjusted the required safety measures for gatherings, it has now become possible to have potlucks in the sanctuary the way we did before the pandemic. The powers that be have all concurred that this is okay. Having done a potluck at the end of November, I would propose to hold the next post-service potluck on …

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Request from Membership Coordinator

Good news, we have new staff, new visitors, and members returning to in-person service. PLEASE remember to wear your Name Badges to help these folks learn your names. Also, returning your badges to the basket in the lobby allows the membership committee to keep track of attendance! Thanks for all you do to help our church keep growing!

Best,
Amy K. Genova
Membership Coordinator
engage@wuuc.org

WUUC Online Feedback & Suggestion Form

Dear Community, WUUC is committed to providing the best experience possible for all our congregation members, friends, and visitors. We encourage you to participate in our continuous improvement by submitting constructive suggestions regarding our church, our services, or even our website. Tell us your questions, comments, or concerns. Your feedback is a valuable part of our program. What can we do to grow and become a stronger and more welcoming faith community? Appreciation and positive feedback are also very valuable … What’s working well for you? What do you like about WUUC? Your suggestion will be reviewed promptly and considered for possible further action. You may use this link to submit your suggestion online. Anonymous feedback is permitted.

Feedback and Suggestion Form: https://forms.gle/mWgNNyma7DizrQ8K7

Alternatively, you may send your suggestion in an email directly to the Board at board@wuuc.org. Thank you for your input.
In Community,
WUUC Board

Seeking connections?

Seeking connections?
WUUC offers numerous opportunities to get to know one another, delve more deeply into spiritual topics or just gather for song or conversation. If you’re seeking connections, the first place to try is here.

December Calendar: https://wuuc.org/calendarevents/

Numerous Zoom meetings are held each week, including opportunities to grow our spirits and opportunities to connect for fun and entertainment. Please check the calendar link above for the schedule. Contact office@wuuc.org or your facilitator if you need the Zoom link to a meeting.

UPCOMING SERVICES

12/04 – “We [Still] Do Not Have to Think Alike to Love Alike”: Reflections on Evolution in Our Unitarian Universalist Faith Tradition.

"We [Still] Do Not Have to Think Alike to Love Alike”: Reflections on Evolution in Our Unitarian Universalist Faith Tradition.
– John Hilke

In my talk, I will sketch some of the past contentious times in U.S. Unitarian Universalist circles, including some during my several decades of active involvement in UU congregations. One of my conclusions from these stories and documents is that evolution is not only our part of Unitarian Universalist tradition, but critical to it. Without this evolution, many current UUs would find UUism pretty antiquated and narrow. The quote above from Francis David (1520 – 1579), King John Sigismund’s court preacher, is proof that even from the earliest days of Unitarianism, some key leaders understood that the Unitarian faith (and articulations of that faith) should evolve as our understanding of the world and cosmos evolves. Indeed, Francis David died because he would not agree to freeze Unitarian theology in its 16th century form. Hosea Balou took a similar stance in turning back efforts to create a Universalist binding creed in the late 18th and early 19th century.

The link to join the Zoom Meeting online service at 10 a.m. is here.
https://bit.ly/wuucworship

Meeting ID: 940 3686 1969
For audio only, call: 253-215-8782
Winter Wonderland

12/11 – Winter Wonderland

– Reverend Dan Lillie

Favorite things about winter? What is special in this moment? What makes this time of year unique? What do you notice? Can we find something to appreciate in each moment?

The link to join the Zoom Meeting online service at 10 a.m. is here.
https://bit.ly/wuucworship

Meeting ID: 940 3686 1969
For audio only, call: 253-215-8782
Blessed Dark

12/18 – Blessed Dark

– Reverend Dan Lillie

As we approach the longest night of the year, let’s celebrate the Blessed Dark as a source of calm and comfort, and filled with potential.

The link to join the Zoom Meeting online service at 10 a.m. is here.
https://bit.ly/wuucworship

Meeting ID: 940 3686 1969
For audio only, call: 253-215-8782
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12/24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Christmas Eve Service
– Reverend Dan Lillie

All are invited to this special holiday service filled with music and candlelight. Merry Christmas!

No service on Sunday, December 25.

The link to join the Zoom Meeting online service at 10 a.m. is here.
https://bit.ly/wuucworship

Meeting ID: 940 3686 1969
For audio only, call: 253-215-8782
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