OUUC Weekly Update 3-7-18

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Services March 11, services at 9:15 and 11:00 am

“Thoughts and Prayers: Worthwhile and Why?” - Rev. Catharine Clarenbach

Many of us have rightly called into the question the simple response of “thoughts and prayers” to violence, injustice, and oppression. Allies watch as children and youth, people of color, immigrants, women, and trans* people organize to protest and resist. Prayer has a place in the struggle, perhaps especially for allies and comrades in the struggle. It is not sufficient, but nor is it worthless.

Listen to recent sermons here.

In the Interim

March 18, after service – I’m inviting all OUUC members to a conversation, following the 2nd service. Originally, the board had scheduled this time for one of their monthly linkage meetings. But a recent discussion with lay leaders suggests we might benefit from a deeper discussion of broader issues: covenant, trust, and how we can work together to promote congregational health. I’ll unpack these issues in my sermon that morning, then we’ll gather from 12:30 - 2:00 pm in the sanctuary to explore them with one another. Read more....

From Joys & Sorrows Last Sunday – In one of the services, I shared a Joy from the Ann and Zahid Chaudhry, for this “congregation that supports its own local community activists!” Read more....

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME! – I would hate for anyone meaning to come to church this Sunday, to miss our guest sermon by Rev. Catharine Clarenbach…because they forgot Daylight Saving Time starts this Sunday! So please remember to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night.

Report on the February 25 Linkage Meeting

Your Board of Trustees held another in our series of congregational linkage meetings on Sunday, February 25. Our topic was revisiting the results of the January-February 2017 linkage meetings with the congregation, to see how those results resonated now, and to think again about the question from the 2017 meetings, “What’s your heart’s desire for OUUC now?” Approximately two dozen people attended this linkage session (including seven members of the Board and our interim minister). The group agreed that the categories and themes from the 2017 linkage sessions still resonated and largely reflected what spoke to their hearts and minds now. Read more....

Safety from Gun Violence

Inspired by the words and actions of youth at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, local students are organizing events calling on Congress to pass legislation to keep people safe in schools, on the streets, and in places of worship. Let’s support our local youth by showing up for these actions, wearing your Side with Love t-shirt!

National School Walkout, Wednesday, March 14, 10:00 am, will last 17 minutes to honor the 17 students and staff members killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Students in many Thurston County Schools are organizing walkouts; check with students or search online for schools where you can join and support student activists. March for Our Lives Olympia, Saturday, March 24, 10:00 am, Legislative Building steps. Speakers (all youth) will begin the rally, then lead a march to Sylvester Park downtown. Organizations focused on gun violence prevention will have booths in the park displaying on ways you can support this movement.

Social Groups

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. March 13 - Mediterranean Breeze 2302 Harrison Ave NW. - Contact Meliz Maatta or Alice Curtis.

Guy’s TGIT meets on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. March 8 - Oly Taproom, 313 Columbia St 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

Honoring Ann and Zahid Chaudhry - Saturday, March 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Traditions Fair Trade, 300 Fifth Ave. SW. Let’s come together and tell Zahid and Ann how much we care about them and value them. Bring photos, songs, musical instruments, poems, stories of life shared. This gathering is especially poignant in light of the fact that, after more than 15 years of being threatened with deportation, Zahid’s final immigration hearing is on Monday, March 12, in Seattle. (See details for carpooling here. If you are inspired to bring a dish to share, that would be most welcome. Facebook page.

The PWR Regional Assembly in Portland, Oregon (April 27-29) has something for people of every age. In addition to the main programs for adults, we'll have a UU Kids Camp for ages 5-14, a Youth Assembly for ages 14-18, and high-quality childcare for infants to age 4. Families can spend time together, too, sharing the experiences of the opening ceremony, the Sunday morning worship, mealtimes, and more. Because of our UU commitment to including children and youth, the PWR is covering much of the cost of the programs for young people. The registration fee is just a portion of what it costs for these engaging, inclusive, and faith-building programs. The Pacific Western Regional Assembly promises to be an experience that deepens UU identity and fosters hope and resilience in people of all ages. Register now and join us in Portland this spring!