OUUC Weekly Update 11-29-22

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Service December 4 at 10:00 am - online and in-person

“On Refuge” - Rev. Mary Gear

In this month of holidays and holy days, we explore the spiritual theme of refuge. What does it mean to offer refuge–to ourselves and each other? Where do we find refuge?

OUUC Sunday Morning Service


Meeting ID: 873 210 124

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See recordings of online services here.

Happening This Week

Funding our Future

The Funding Our Future Capital Campaign is approaching the halfway mark already! Our members have really stepped up to help keep our church warm and welcoming well into the future. Thanks to George Lanning's gift giving us a huge head start we only need $293,000 to complete the Campaign, and we’ve already raised $115,845! That leaves us only $177,155 left to go.

Rev. Mary reminded us that this campaign is very achievable. The UU Church of the Palouse in Moscow, Idaho recently raised $1.68 million dollars for the renovation of their church - and their fundraising came from a smaller congregation than OUUC. Their example inspires us to step up and Fund Our Future!

If you haven’t made your commitment yet, please go to the Capital Campaign Giving Page on Realm. If you have any questions about the campaign, you can visit the Funding Our Future page or contact Barry Zickuhr, the Capital Campaign Committee chair.

The Capital Campaign Committee and the Board would like to thank the people who have already committed to Funding Our Future. Names published only by permission:

Ann and Ken Yeo, Bob and Sally Brennand, Rev. Eric and Kathryn Ness, Gary and Sandra Worthington, Ginny Taylor, Gregory Robinson and Karmel Shields, Mark Gray, Helen Henry, Jack and Karen Jackson, Denys & Nancy Curtiss, Jean Phillips, Mary Welsh and Jeff Goltz, Joyce Steckler, Miriam Lorch, Polly Taylor, Linda Crabtree, Rich Kalman, Roger Nielsen, Sally Alhadeff, Holly Porter, Tami Black, Tim and Melanie Ransom, Joe Joy and Susan Southwick, Elizabeth Rodrick, Frank and Aurora Winters, James and Brian Trujillo, Barry and Zibby Zickuhr, John and Rev. Mary Gear

Holiday Happenings

Save the Dates

Greening the Church - Saturday, December 3, noon - 4:00 pm. Stop by to help decorate the Sanctuary and Commons with holiday greenery.

Choir Concert "A Feast of Carols" - Saturday, December 17 at 2:00 pm at OUUC.

Choir Concert "A Feast of Carols" - Sunday, December 18 at 7:00 pm at OUUC.

Winter Solstice Worship Service - Sunday, December 18 at 10:00 am (online and in-person).

Join us on Thursday, December 22 at 7:00 pm for a winter solstice spiral walk and blessing. We will mark the darkest days of the year with music, walking meditation, candles, and blessings. Weather permitting, we will be outdoors, moving inside for rain, so dress warmly.

Christmas Eve Services - Saturday, December 24 at 5:30 pm (online and in-person) and 9:00 pm (in-person).

Christmas Day Service - Sunday, December 25 at 10:00 am (online and in-person).

New Year’s Fire Communion Ritual, outdoors, at OUUC on January 1, 10:00 am. We’ll say goodbye to 2022 and set intentions and receive blessings for entering 2023. All ages are welcome.

Update to OUUC Covid Guidance

We’ve been at this for almost 2 ½ years now and we know we’re all weary of the pandemic. Some of us are being very careful, some of us have returned to pre-pandemic activities, and some of us are in between. At OUUC, we remain committed to taking care of each other with acknowledgment of those among us who are most vulnerable. This month the Health & Safety Task Force at OUUC revisited the OUUC guidance to make sure we are as welcoming and as safe as we can be. Toward that end, we’ve updated the OUUC guidance to reflect these things:

- Masks are optional at OUUC in groups of 10 people or less with consent. “With consent” means that the group discusses everyone’s comfort level and if anyone asks for masks to be worn, then everyone will wear them. Masks are always welcome.

- We recognize that OUUC has an ongoing responsibility to provide a safe working environment for staff and that we will follow the labor practices outlined in state guidance.

- The (very long) written guidance is no longer relevant, so we will no longer be using the OUUC Pandemic Manual. Instead, all OUUC guidance is in the Phased Re-opening Guidance.

You can find the latest OUUC guidance here.

The Task Force agreed to meet in January after the holidays to see how things are looking and to evaluate the option for masks optional with consent in more gatherings at OUUC.

We won’t require masks at OUUC forever, just for a bit longer.

Thank you for caring for each other and for your patience.

Rev. Mary

Ministry Programs

Drop-In Discussion Group, Tuesday, December 6, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, on Zoom

Join Rev Sara for a discussion on the November theme we’ve been exploring: Accountability. All are welcome, register here.

Or just join the Zoom call:


Meeting ID: 864 5792 3284

Quick Notes

Church Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

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

COVID Phase: Low. Please see our Phased Reopening Plan for information.

New Support Group - Interest has been expressed in having a support group for parents of trans, non-binary, or otherwise gender non-conforming or gender queer kids or youth. If you are a parent who would like to join a group such as this for the purpose of mutual support, celebration of our kids, and helping each other figure it all out, please email Rev Sara.

In the Larger Community

Learn more about the following events and others here.

Healing Both Sides of Harm, December 11, 7:00-8:30 pm. Join Collective Justice and Multifaith Coalition for Restorative Justice for a virtual panel discussion on restorative justice principles and practices. In this program, we'll hear from people doing the work of restorative justice, from victims of violence, and from perpetrators of harm. Want to attend or learn more about restorative justice and accountability? Visit bit.ly/HealingBothSidesOfHarm

UU Women's Book Club - Sunday, December 4, 4:00 pm Pacific on Zoom. Join members of the UU Women’s Federation on the first Sunday of each month to read some of the latest award-winning books as we interpret how they can be tools for social justice. The UU Women's Book Club will allow an entry point into our priority issues and support individuals looking to build on their understanding to be better allies and co-conspirators. This Month’s Read: Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want by Ruha Benjamin.

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.

2022 World AIDS Day Interfaith Service - Thursday, December 1, 10:00 am Pacific

Live Stream:



Visibility is the focal theme of the service, emphasizing the vital importance of seeing the marginalized within the marginalized of those living with HIV. The service will feature reflections from the marginalized within the HIV+ community- including Black women, long-term survivors, formerly incarcerated persons, persons of transgender or nonbinary experience, and other community members.

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