OUUC Weekly Update 10-18-17

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Services - October 22 services at 9:15 and 11:00 am

"White Supremacy Teach-In #2" - Sara Lewis, Rev. Carol McKinley, and Rev. Eric Posa

Living Our Covenant - Stewardship 2018

THANK YOU to all of you who have already made your pledge for 2018! Add YOUR name to support OUUC in its many ministries that help to change the world. If you missed them, you can listen to Rev. Posa’s “Value Our Congregation” sermon or watch video testimonials from members and friends who are ‘Living Our Covenant’. All OUUC members and many friends received pledge packets in the mail. But if we missed you, or you are new, Stewardship information is available online, at the Stewardship Table in the Commons, or in the OUUC office. If you need more information or you would like to talk to a Visiting Steward before you make your pledge, please contact Jeff Goltz or Christine Parke. Or both!

Living Our Covenant - Stewardship 2018

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In the Interim

Upcoming Events:

October 20 – Congregational Meeting to vote on sale of Annex property (Friday night)

October 22 – White Supremacy Teach-In, Part 2 (Sunday, 12:30-2:00 pm)

October 24 – Policy What? Governance at OUUC (Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 pm)

November 4 – Conversation in Transition (Saturday, 9:00 am-12:30 pm)

I’ve said already, but it bears repeating: it’s a busy few weeks coming up at OUUC, particularly this next week. A recap: Read more....


OUUC's former Director of Religious Education, Sierra-Marie Gerfao will be serving for the next two years as the first-ever Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship Intern Minister (until June 2019). The UUCF is an organization for Unitarian Universalist Christians throughout the United States. In her role, in partnership with the UUCF's Executive Director Jake Morrill, she will be assuming the ministerial responsibilities of the organization from pastoral care to leading worship and administrative ministry. She is especially eager to develop her voice as a public theologian after graduating from Yale Divinity School in May 2017 (and Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work in August 2018). Best wishes in your ministry, Sierra-Marie! Contact Sierra-Marie.

Social Groups

YUUNG (Age 21-31ish) - Church and Lunch (Every last Sunday). Come to church, sit with the young adults. Contact Ryan Baye.

PUGs (Powerful Unitarian Universalist Gals) - All women are welcome to join us for fellowship and conversation. Wednesdays 10:30 - Noon, PUGs at OUUC meets in the Youth Room. You may bring a beverage in your own container. - Contact Pat Sonnenstuhl.

Ladies Unitarian Social – All women affiliated with OUUC, and their guests, are welcome at Lady Unitarian Social Hour. We meet weekly on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:00 pm to share conversation and refreshments. Please feel free to drop in at any of our weekly gatherings. October 24 - Ben Moore's, 112 - 4th Ave W. - Contact Meliz Maatta or Susan Bakke.

Guy’s TGIT meets on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. October 19, West Side, 1815 Harrison NW. - Contact Bernie Brady.

MUGs (Mighty Unitarian Guys) meets for eclectic discussions every Thursday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 am at Traditions Cafe in downtown Olympia. Men of all ages are welcome. - Contact Jim Lengenfelder.

In the Larger Community

CIELO and Immigrant Stories of Olympia - Wednesday, October 18, 7:30 - 8:45 pm, Olympia Timberland Library. Charo Garcia de Portaro will share her own story of immigration to the Olympia community and talk about her work with CIELO an organization that promotes community, self-sufficiency, and leadership of Latinos and other underserved people in the South Puget Sound area. Contact Frances Tanaka.

Wouldn’t it be a hope-inspiring thing, if Jewish Israeli Settlers and Arab Palestinian Activists could come together for a civil discussion? It will happen at 7:00 pm, Sunday, October 22 at the Evergreen State College. The public is invited to hear what they have to say about their efforts toward mutual understanding and peace, and about their organization, which brings Jewish settlers and Palestinian activists together in the West Bank Territory. This free event will be held in Purce Hall, Lecture Hall 1. Contact Rich Kalman.

Reyna Grande will be discussing her book, The Distance Between Us, at The Washington Center for the Arts on Thursday, October 26, at 7:00. This book is a memoir of Grande's life in Mexico as a small child after both of her parents have left to work in the United States and then of her experience when she and two of her siblings join their father to live in the United States. This talk is sponsored by the Timberland Regional Library as part of their Thurston County Reads Event. Contact Frances Tanaka.

Interfaith Works has published a General Election 2017 Candidate Questionnaire! Housing, homelessness, community policing & climate change are among the highlighted issues. See the questionnaires here.

The League of Women Voters of Thurston County annual luncheon and silent auction is on October 28 at 11:30 am at the Red Lion Inn. Noah Purcell, WA State's Solicitor General, will make a presentation, Washington Takes A Stand. Lifetime Citizenship Awards will be given to Brad Shannon, Editorial Page Editor, and Meg Martin, Director of Interfaith Works Overnight Emergency Shelter. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or online at lwvthurston.org/luncheon.