OUUC Weekly Update 1-10-23

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Service January 15 at 10:00 am - online and in-person

“On Power” - Rev. Mary Gear

We explore the spiritual theme of “power” on this weekend when we celebrate the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

OUUC Sunday Morning Service


Meeting ID: 873 210 124

Password: 995142

Dial +1 253 215 8782

See recordings of online services here.

There will be a Board of Trustees listening session at 11:30 am on Sunday. Please join us online or in the Sanctuary.

Happening This Week

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Happy New Year!

Our Capital Campaign is on the home stretch. With the new year comes the time for a renewed commitment to OUUC. The generosity of our members has gotten us to within $80,000 of our goal of $544,500. If you haven't had a chance to make your commitment, help us get there by donating to the campaign today.

If you have any questions about the campaign, please see the Funding Our Future page, or contact Barry Zickuhr, Capital Campaign Committee chair.

The Capital Campaign Committee and the Board would like to thank these recent donors. For the full list of donors, please visit the Funding Our Future page. Names shared only with permission:

Anne Hundley and Tom Hoffer, MEliz Maatta, Debbie Brasher, Janet and Warren Dawes, Linda Selsor and Charlie O’Neill, Barb Carey, Karin Landsberg, Steve Tilley and Chris Parke, Anne and Bill Gernhardt, Anne Kohlbry, Susan and Paul Bakke, and Alicia Riegel.

Ministry Programs

Faith in Action Opportunities

UU activism, Youth Climate Summit, an opportunity to learn about economic justice, Environmental Action Team guest speaker, and Interfaith Advocacy Day.

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Gentle Yoga Class

OUUC choir member June McKenzie will be offering an 8-week in-person Gentle Yoga Class beginning January 11 and ending March 1. The 75-minute class will start at 11:00 am, end at 12:15 pm, and meet at church.

This Gentle Yoga Class is not chair yoga, but it is for anyone from beginner to experienced. The moves are slower, and the poses are held longer. Each class will focus on breathwork, alignment, and relaxation. Each class will end with deep relaxation. The only equipment you need is a yoga mat—a light blanket and pillow are optional.

June has been teaching yoga for 20 years in a variety of settings—with women in hospitals, youth detention centers, and drug and alcohol treatment programs. Her background and studies have been in Hatha, Yin, Kundalini, and Anusara yoga practices.

Register here.

Volunteer Opportunties

Thank You

“A freshly prepared plate of food served in someone’s darkest hour is one of the most powerful tools we can be using to fight hopelessness, despair, and the feeling that you are alone.” José Andrés (World Kitchen Founder)

In December generous volunteers from our congregation began OUUC’s 8th year of providing dinner each 3rd and 4th Wednesday; first for the 42 guests at the Interfaith Works Adult Shelter at First Christian Church, and now for the 62 at Unity Commons. Please contact Jo Ann Young if you would like to join this team and help address food inequality for members of our community who are experiencing homelessness.

Quick Notes

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is Thursday, January 12 at 7:00 pm. For information, contact Board Secretary, Rich Kalman. Board of Trustees minutes are available here.

The Virtual Bulletin Board in OUUC Connect (Realm) is a place for members to share information about events in the larger community, ask for recommendations, and share resources. Email to sign up.

How can you know when there is an action coming up for faith in action? How do we organize in response to emerging justice issues and needs? We have a Faith in Action Alert List in OUUC Connect (Realm), as an opt-in group for FIA announcements. Join this group if you want to get these alerts. Email to sign up.

Safety Reminder: Please lock and remove valuables from your vehicles.

In the Larger Community

Learn more about the following events and others here.

WA Youth Climate Summit

RSVP HERE. Friday, January 13, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Northwest salmon and orca conservation are intrinsically tied to a need for increased prioritization of renewable energy investments in the Columbia Basin. The event will consist of a youth-led rally with speakers at Marathon Park, Olympia, followed by an impassioned march to the State Capitol Building, where closing speeches will be given and a high-visibility demonstration (TBD) will be held. Attendees are welcome to independently schedule meetings with state legislators following the event!

Seminary for a Day on Saturday, January 28, at First Unitarian Portland, online or in-person. This year’s spiritual theme is Transcendentalism. The keynote speaker is Rev. John Buehrens. Rev. Buehrens served as UUA President, 1993-2001. A prolific author, his most recent one about our heritage is CONFLAGRATION: How the Transcendentalists Sparked the American Struggle for Racial, Gender, and Social Justice (Beacon, 2020). Saturday, January 28, 9:30 am - 2:35 pm Pacific Standard Time. Register.

The UUA Worship Web is offering a music event via Zoom on Tuesday, January 10. Rev. Erika Hewitt, the UUA's Minister of Worship Arts, and Paul Vasile, Executive Director of Music That Makes Community, invite you to come to play, sing, and learn with them in a live, hour-long webinar. Advance registration is required. Learn more here.

Join The Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd for a renewing day of building community through congregational singing, learning, and fellowship on Saturday, January 21 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. We’ll be led by Paul Vasile and Elizabeth Schroeder of Music that Makes Community, a non-profit organization working to empower and liberate communities through singing. For over 15 years, they have developed and shared transformative leadership practices with musicians, clergy, educators, and lay leaders throughout the United States and Canada.

OUUC folks are invited to join a discussion group hosted by Quimper UU Fellowship

Common Read: Mistakes and Miracles, Congregations on the Road to Multi-Culturalism

Widening the Circle Committee. Four Thursdays, February 2, 16, March 3, 16, 10-11:30 am.

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