January Newsletter





January 2020 Newsletter

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JANUARY 2020 WUUC NEWSLETTER

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In this Issue:

Theme: Integrity
In the Interim
What’s New in RE
Climate-Friendly Resolutions
What’s the Board Up To?
Totes to Go
Seminary for a Day
Got comments on or questions about this newsletter? Please email office@wuuc.org

Integrity

Theme: Integrity

The January 2020 theme for worship, RE, and small groups at WUUC is: What Does It Mean to be a People of INTEGRITY? Our monthly themes and resource materials come from Soul Matters Sharing Circle, a network of Unitarian Universalist congregations. A small sample of thoughts about integrity from Soul Matters: Integrity stems from the Latin word “integer” which means …
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In the Interim

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Questions for Reflection in the New Year

Questions for Reflection in the New Year
Image by Susan Cipriano from Pixabay.
By Rev. Diana L. Smith
Dear Ones,
It has been a rich, full month. The busyness of early and mid-December, with its holiday parties and gift finding and giving, its many pulls that stretch our minds and hearts thin, is coming to an end. We’ve passed the longest night of the year, taking from it what we could, whether deepening and meditation, comaraderie and fun, …
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What’s New in RE

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Happy Holidays, WUUC!

Happy Holidays, WUUC!
(Photo Courtesy of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary)
By Bridget Laflin
Director of Religious Education
This time of year always gets me thinking about family. And like many people, my extended family lives far away from me. My parents and siblings all live halfway across the country, and I find myself getting nostalgic. When I miss my family, I am so grateful for my friends and specifically my church community. A church community really can …
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Notes 4 Earth

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Climate-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions

It is challenging to make and keep New Year’s Resolutions but the planet needs our help. Instead of going on that exercise plan (which only lasts two weeks anyway):) how about resolving to invest your energy in clean-energy solutions for 2020? Here are some suggestions:
1. Choose public transportation whenever possible over driving solo to a …
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What’s the Board Up To?

By Terry Santmann
Board Secretary
At its latest meeting, the Board was joined by Bridget Laflin, Donna Johnson, Karen Hyams, Chick Sweeney, Erika Kirkendall and Jan Radoslovich (representing the Worship Committee, Religious Education, and Membership) to address the Board regarding full community, multi-generational worship, which is now being held once a month. Various guests offered their reasons for supporting multi-generational worship. Implementation of this model …
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Totes to Go

Totes to Go - Jan.

By Grace Simons
Happy New Year! We begin 2020 with a last-minute call for support for the January Totes delivery. At this writing, we still need quite a few items, including peanut butter, juice packs and snack packs for this month’s delivery. We’re packing later than usual (Jan. 5) because of the schools’ winter breaks. Just to review, our Totes to Go program …
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Seminary for a Day

Join us for Seminary for a Day on Saturday, Jan. 25 at First Unitarian, Portland. This year’s spiritual theme is entitled, “Spiritual Practice for Difficult Times.” This year’s keynote presenter will be Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies, senior minister of All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC, a large, dynamic and multicultural congregation in our nation’s capital. Rob is a …
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Seminary for a Day

Upcoming Events

January Calendar: https://wuuc.org/calendarevents/2020-01/

Peace Circles for Racial Healing, Sun. 1/5

Peace Circles for Racial Healing [p2]
A series of Peace Circles for Racial Healing facilitated by Fernell Miller continues on the first Sunday of every month. Each Peace Circle will cover a different aspect of racial healing and will be independent of the others. You can attend them at any time in any order.
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Community Conversation, Sun. 1/5

Join Hilarie Cash and D.D. Hilke for an open, evolving Community Conversation at noon Sunday, Jan. 5 in the sanctuary. The moderators intend to encourage conversations where participants share what’s on their minds in a space that is experienced as safe, welcoming and productive by participants. Feel free to bring a snack or bag lunch. Questions: hilariecash@gmail.com or d2athome@comcast.net.

Community Meal, Wed. 1/8

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On the second Wednesday of each month from 5:45-6:30 p.m., the RE Committee is hosting a community meal in the sanctuary, immediately prior to the parent support group. It is an opportunity to support the younger parents in our community by giving them a night off from cooking and child care. And having dinner together is a great way to get to know different members of the congregation. Everyone is welcome. If you attend we ask that you consider bringing a dish to share, and/or stay to help clean up after the dinner while the parents go to their meeting. Please contact Bridget Laflin, DRE (bridgetdre@wuuc.org) with any questions.

Interfaith Blood Drive, Tue. 1/14

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Please consider being a blood donor during the Interfaith Blood Drive on Jan. 14, 1-7 p.m. (dinner break: 3-3:45 p.m.) at Cottage Lake Presbyterian Church, 18350 NE Woodinville Duvall Pl, Woodinville. Contact Dewey Millar for an appointment – not required but recommended for priority if there’s a crowd – at dewmillar@gmail.com (425) 867-1781.

Witnessing Whiteness, Wed. 1/15

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Witnessing Whiteness meets the third Wednesday of every month in Portable 2 , from 7-9 p.m. Tackling individual, cultural and systemic racism through ongoing study and action. All learners and levels welcome. Our goal is to develop a knowledgeable, tenacious, dependable and forgiving SOCIAL JUSTICE LENS that informs and guides our thinking and doing as anti-racist, anti -bias activists.

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Camp Unity Meal, Sat. 1/18

We will serve our January meal for Camp Unity on Saturday, Jan. 18. Look for more details on the menu ingredient needs nearer to that date.

Conversations for Liberation, Sun. 1/19

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Unitarian Universalism, like our world, is at a moment of great power and potential. And so, WUUC’s Ministries Council has decided to engage WUUC in Conversations for Liberation, which we’ll hold after worship on Jan. 19, 2020. We’ll start as a large group and then break into smaller groups to discuss these questions: When is a time that you felt …
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Youth Lobby Day, Fri. 1/24

Youth Lobby Day
On Friday, Jan. 24, youth from all over Washington are gathering in Olympia. They will receive training on lobbying, have a chance to speak with our senators and representatives, and meet lots of other youth interested in similar topics. We hope to take several youth from WUUC to Olympia for this event. Additional information can be found at www.youthlobbyday.org. If you have any questions, please contact Bridget Laflin (BridgetDRE@wuuc.org)

Men’s Breakfast, Sat. 1/25

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Men of all ages gather to converse and eat breakfast on the fourth Saturday, at 8:30 a.m. at Haggen Grocery cafeteria, 17641 Garden Way NE, Woodinville. Information/RSVP: Brad Hull, bkhull@gmail.com.

Town Hall Meeting, Sun. 1/26

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2020-2021 Budget presentation.

Golden Girls, Thu. 1/30

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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, June 29 for food and fellowship at the Olive Garden, 11325 NE 124th St., Kirkland. 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 ditzlers@gmail.com.

UPCOMING SERVICES

Integrity and Disunity

Integrity and Disunity
– Raphael Mills Warner Integrity is defined as a sense of wholeness and unity. But what does integrity look like in a world that feels divided and chaotic? Join us Sunday as our guest preacher, Raphael Mills Warner explores this topic. Raphael Mills Warner is a Utah native who recently arrived in the Pacific Northwest. He received a Master of …
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Living Out Our Faith

Living Out Our Faith
– Reverend Diana L. Smith
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Soft Heart, Strong Mind

Soft Heart, Strong Mind

– Reverend Diana L. Smith
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Mending the Tapestry

Mending the Tapestry
– Reverend Diana L. Smith
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