February 2023 Newsletter

February 2023 Newsletter


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 month’s winner won a copy of “Breaking and Blessings” by Sean Parker Dennison.

In This Issue:

Minister’s Musings
February 2023 – Notes from the Board
February 2023 – ASJ Update
Join a Curiosity Cluster
Continuing Zoom & Hybrid Events
Town Hall Meeting on Budgets
Pop-Up Blood Drive
Curiosity Builds Community Event
Circle Supper
Minature, Magical, Mason Jar Worlds!
Morning Sister Circle
Golden Girls Lunch
Men’s Breakfast
Youth Movie Night
Post-Service Potluck
Online Feedback & Suggestion Form

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

February 2023 Theme: Love

February 2023 Theme: Love
Passage from Soul Matters February 2023 Theme: Love Welcome to the Path of Love The path of love. It began from the beginning, for most of us. Came in the form of family. A bloodline that brought us into being, and at its best, allowed us to bloom. Then sent us on our way with courage, and a reminder tucked …

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Minister’s Musings

Lillie, Dan

The Wisdom of Groundhog Day

Greetings WUUC Community,

Every year on February 2, Punxsutawney Phil (a groundhog) comes out of his borrow in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. If he sees his shadow, it means six more weeks of winter. (This year, Phil did see his shadow, so we can expect six more weeks of winter.)

This silly tradition of having a celebrity groundhog determine the length of the season is, well, silly. But it has a special place in my heart. As a kid, I would watch the movie Goundhog Day over and over again. I’ve lost track of how many times I have seen it. In the movie, Bill Murray plays a news reporter covering Punxsutawney Phil’s appearance and prediction for winter one year. But when he goes to bed, he wakes up and it’s the same day (Groundhog Day) over and over again. (As a kid, I didn’t realize the irony at the time of repeatedly watching a movie that was about repeating). I found it so fascinating to see the same person live the same day over and over again, but in so many ways…

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February 2023 Notes from the Board

What do you actually do at Board meetings? That’s a question I’ve heard more than once, so I thought it might be helpful to write a short note each month to let you know what we are up to. First, a reminder of who is on the Board this year: myself (President), Jan Radoslovich (Vice-President and lead on the Ministry …

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February 2023 Notes from the Board

February 2023 ASJ Update

February 2023 ASJ Update
The Advocates for Social Justice will be sponsoring a Special Collection during the service on February 19th for the Communities of Color Coalition (C3). Based in Edmonds, C3 educates and advocates for social justice and human rights, especially for people of color and other under-represented groups that have been systemically oppressed. They do this through a transformational process that centers …

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Join a Curiosity Cluster

Join a Curiosity Cluster
Join a Curiosity Cluster!
Curiosity Clusters are forming now. These are book study groups of 8-10 curious folks wanting to take a deeper dive into Mónica Guzmán’s book, I Never Thought of It That Way. Clusters will begin in mid-to-late February and run for six sessions. Virtual and in-person Clusters will be available.
Please fill out this pre-registration form: https://forms.gle/wRtmJX39gSyYgSf3A

WUUC has plenty of copies of I Never Thought of It That Way! If you would like one (or more!), they are available for the discounted price of $19.00 each. Please contact May Killorin, our Office Administrator, at office@wuuc.org to obtain a copy.

Continuing Zoom & Hybrid Events

Continuing Zoom & Hybrid Events
Dear WUUC, The pandemic has been hard on all of us. Engaging with our shared community is more important than ever. To that end, we encourage all folks who plan, develop, or coordinate WUUC events to carefully consider including people who may not be able to participate in person by offering hybrid or online options …

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Town Hall Meeting on Budget – February 5th

Congregational Town Hall Meeting after the service to go over the initial Budget review. Starting at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, February 5th.

Pop Up Blood Drive – February 6 – 8th

Pop-Up Blood Drive [s]
The shortage of blood in our community continues WUUC is hosting more drives to assist in the replenishment of the supply – Feb. 6th, 7th, and 8th.

Please be a donor if you can. You can book a donation appointment here:
Book a Blood Donation Appointment

Contact Dewey if you have questions or need help signing up. Thank you all for your support.

Curiosity Builds Community
– Saturday, February 11

Curiosity Builds Community
WUUC members and friends alike are invited to Curiosity Builds Community, an all donors party and introduction to this year’s stewardship pledge drive. Join us for light appetizers, libations, music and conversation to feed your curiosity. Rev. Dan Lillie and Director of Religious Education Skylar Hopkins will share plans for the coming year. There will be time for socializing and connecting! Everyone is welcome. Event will take place Saturday, February 11 from 4-6pm at WUUC.

For those who would prefer an online option, a Zoom link is below. While you’ll need to bring your own libations and appetizers, you’ll be able to see and hear the presentations and entertainment.

Join Zoom Meeting here

Meeting ID: 832 6311 0908
Passcode: 859717

Hope to see you there!
Your WUUC Stewardship Team

Circle Supper – Saturday, February 11

If you would like to attend the February Circle Supper, now is the time to sign up. Lisa and Jon Villasenor are hosting at their house in Bothell on Saturday, February 11th starting at 6:30 pm. I hope you can make it. There are only 8 seats available, so this might be a good option for people who prefer smaller groups. They do have two dogs, but the dogs will be secured in another room. To access their house, you need to be comfortable navigating stairs. If you’re ready to sign up, please use this link.

If you’ve never been to a Circle Supper before…

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Miniature, Magical, Mason Jar Worlds! – Sunday, February 12

Miniature, Magical, Mason Jar Worlds! (n)
What: We will be creating our own individual little imaginary scenes inside adorable mason jars. Come craft and build community with us! Skylar and Jen will be leading this activity.
When: Sunday, Feb 12th, 2023, 11:45am-12:45 pm.
Who: Families with kids 2-12 years old. Where: Inside the Nursery.
Why: To be creative together while building connections and community!! How: Come all together (it’s a family event, not a drop-off).

We can’t wait to catch up with all of you while we play and craft together.
Please RSVP to Skylar ASAP: skylardre@wuuc.org
~Jen Ikeda

Morning Sister Circle – Monday, February 13

Sister Circle is a WUUC group which has met every second Monday (10-12). We are a group of women who meet (via zoom right now) to discuss a person of interest or an essay of interest every month. We have recently discussed women philosophers, women of action, NPR essays, spiritual essays, etc. The group is open to any woman at WUUC and we would love to have any interested woman join us. If you have any questions/would like to join Contact Dottie at
Morning Sister Circle [L,Z]

Golden Girls Lunch – Thursday, February 23

Golden Girls Lunch (os)
All ladies are invited to join the Golden Girls Thursday, February 23rd for lunch and fine conversation at BJ’s Restaurant and Alehouse.

The address is 7211 – 266th Ave NE, Redmond.
The time is 11:30 a.m.

We will be eating together at a table indoors in their back room. The patio is closed! Watch for the reminder closer to the date. Hope to see you there!

Men’s Breakfast – Saturday, February 25

Men of all ages gather on Zoom to converse and eat breakfast on the fourth Saturday, at 8:30 a.m.

Brad Hull, bkhull@gmail.com

Zoom Link on WUUC Calendar
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Youth Movie Night – Saturday, February 25

Youth Movie Night
Youth Group Movie Night! It’s movie night at WUUC! We are hosting our first in-person youth group event at WUUC post-pandemic. All ages 13-18 are welcome.

Please join us on February 25th from 6-8pm as we watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Snacks and drinks will be provided, please plan to wear a mask unless eating or drinking.

Post-Service Potluck – Sunday, February 29

For those with limited transportation, a potluck just after service is much easier to manage than a special trip to someone’s home.

A link to RSVP with what you will bring to the potluck is usually shared via the WUUC annouce list a few weeks before the event. Keep an eye out if you are interested.Please send thoughts and questions to Tevina Flood: tevina.flood@gmail.com
Post-Service Potluck [s]

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.

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

Numerous Zoom & in person 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.


2/5 – The Narcissism of Small Differences

The Narcissism of Small Differences
– Reverend Dan Lillie

Sigmund Freud observed a tendency in relationships and communities, that the more they have in common, the more divided they are prone to become over relatively small differences. When Unitarian Universalists discuss our values, there is much we agree about; but because of the narcissism of small differences, we tend to view the things we disagree about as bigger conflicts than they have to be. Can our awareness of this tendency lead us to a more proportionate response and a healthier way of approaching conflict?
The link to join the Zoom Meeting online service at 10 a.m. is here.

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

2/12 – Why Love?

– Reverend Dan Lillie

Love is such a big and important idea…abd actually, it’s more of a feeling than an idea. Maybe that’s why it’s easier to know what love feels like than it is to describe it. Sometimes words just seem insufficient; but for this service, I’ll try to find some words that point at what love is and why we love.

The link to join the Zoom Meeting online service at 10 a.m. is here.

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

2/19 – Courageous Conversations

– Jennifer McLaughlin (ASJ sponsored Speaker)
Jennifer McLaughlin will be our ASJ Guest Speaker for this service. Jennifer will share her life story and evolution to her work today, in particular the Courageous Conversations Workshops and how they have impacted faith communities.

Speaker Bio: Jennifer McLaughlin is the Co-Founder & Managing Partner for the Justice & Faith Collective. She has been leading race and social justice learning opportunities for over ten years, has a Master of Divinity and a MA in Social Justice & Community Organizing, and serves the city of Lynnwood as Vice-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commission. She co-facilitated the “Courageous Conversations about Race” Workshop that was held at WUUC in November/December, 2022.

The link to join the Zoom Meeting online service at 10 a.m. is here.
Meeting ID: 940 3686 1969
For audio only, call: 253-215-87

2/26 – Love and Generosity (Annual Budget Drive Kick-Off)

Love and Generosity (Annual Budget Drive Kick-Off)
– Reverend Dan Lillie
As we kick off our Annual Budget Drive, let’s continue our exploration of the monthly theme of Love by considering the connection between Love and Generosity.

The link to join the Zoom Meeting online service at 10 a.m. is here.

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