OUUC Weekly Update 6-17-20

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Service June 21, one online service at 10:00 am

“Compassionate Fatherhood” – Worship Arts Team

Join us for Online Worship.

Listen to recent sermons here.

From Rev. Mary - Centering and Re-centering

Recent events have shown us once again the need to reckon with our racial divide, how our history has impacted black, indigenous and people of color and continues to do so now. Examining our culture and institutions is the work that we are called to now, centering the voices of those who have been sidelined for so long.

As Unitarian Universalists gather next week for our virtual General Assembly (GA), one of the topics for discussion will be dismantling white supremacy in our faith tradition. For more information, please check out and follow the UUA Commission on Institutional Change. The Commission will be presenting more about their findings and proposed changes during GA next week. What we receive their report and what we do with the recommendations will define who we are now and into the future. Read more....

Mid-Week Meditation

midweek meditation 6-17-20

Midsummer Online Auction June 20-28

OUUC’s all-important fundraiser, the 2020 online Auction, kicks off in just a few days—it starts THIS VERY SATURDAY! The Auction will take place entirely online, and gets a jump-start with a Zoom performance by The Merry Shakespeareans on Saturday, June 20, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Tune in (Zoom link below) for hilarious skits, auction insights, and real, non-digital door prizes delivered safely to real doors—including yours. To qualify for a door prize, simply register for the auction. Click here for a demo on how to register. Want to participate in the bidding, but need a little financial help? Contact Reverend Mary and ask about the Community Fund.

Questions about getting registered, placing a bid, or finding the catalog? Sharon Love will be available to provide any assistance you may need on Thursday, June 18 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. (see Zoom link below). Drop in anytime during the Zoom meeting. Or, just send an email to auction@ouuc.org and let us know the help you need. We'll get you set up!

Make sure you have these dates on your calendar:
• June 18, Auction Registration Zoom Drop-In, 3:00 – 5:00 pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88505935334?pwd=ek9pZEYxbnRMc0NieU5pNXFYRFZqdz09
• June 20 “Opening Night” 5:00 – 6:00 pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87475592712
• June 20 - 28 Online Auction Bidding is Open https://www.ouuc.org/midsummer-online-auction/

Your bids can make this auction a brilliant success. Questions? Contact Melanie Ransom.

OUUC Realm Tips

Church Events are now available by logging into your Realm account. Just click on the Event tab when accessing your Realm account from your PC or from the Connect – Our Church Community app. Find the Zoom links to Sunday services and more. Would you like to learn more about OUUC Realm? Information is available here or by contacting church staff.

Think Global, Act Local

Many of us are looking for ways to fight racism and support the work of justice. One way those of us who are white can be allies is to financially support local organizations doing anti-racism work. Please consider supporting Media Island International here in Olympia. Executive Director, Shawna Hawk, is a black woman running a non-profit working to support women of color. Several of us at OUUC met with Shawna last Fall and are honored to have this connection. The Mission Statement of Media Island International is this:

MII is a cultural, educational and networking center, whose focus is to support women of color in their leadership while working with other like-minded individuals and groups who do conscious social justice activism. MII also chooses to support education, organizing, and movement building, as well as independent progressive investigative journalism. You can find more information at the MII website. You can donate on the website or by sending a check to:

The Women of Color Leadership Movement, c/o Shawna Hawk, 816 Adams St SE, Olympia, WA 98501.

Quick Notes

OUUC staff will be attending the virtual General Assembly next week so we may be a little slower than usual in answering email.

New member photos and bios are available here.

Seeking Volunteer Tech Stewards - Are you a person with tech skills who is looking for a way to serve OUUC? The Online Tech Team is looking for new members. Please reach out to the Online Tech Team lead, Michael Kyer to find out more.

Community Pantry Donations Accepted! Toilet paper, diapers, and wipes, and a broad assortment of food items contributed by OUUC members and friends will help replenish the shelves at the Food Bank, Family Support Center, and other local organizations. The Community Pantry is organized by United Way of Thurston County and the Community Foundation. Many thanks for your support.

The Administrator’s Zoom door will be open for office visitors on Wednesdays from 2:00 – 2:40 pm. (If you are asked to wait in the Zoom waiting room it is because another church member is visiting the office.) Please stop by!

The Virtual Bulletin Board is a place for members to share information about events in the larger community, ask for recommendations, and share resources. Email the church office to sign up.

Read This Week in Religious Education here.

See a list of online meetings that you might attend here.

Ways to Give - Did you know you can donate to OUUC by text message? Just text "OUUC" and "amount" to 73256. You can also donate online by visiting our secure online giving page.

In the Larger Community

Juneteenth Celebration in Lacey - North Thurston students and their supporters invite others in the community to join sign waivers to celebrate Juneteenth, which commemorates June 19, 1865, when the last remaining slaves were set free in Texas and mark a significant milestone in this country's history. Sign up here.

Learning Right Relations - Join us this Sunday, June 21 from 1:00 - 3:15 pm for a screening of The Indian System, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild and historian Dr. David Nichols. Click here to register for this event. This is truly a powerful moment in US history, with many people waking up to the pervasive oppression that has been a daily reality for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color for centuries. We know that the roots of these injustices go deep and are a part of the Code of Domination and part of something called The Indian System.

Register here. Download a flyer below.