OUUC Weekly Update 1-10-18

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Services - January 14, services at 9:15 and 11:00 am

"The God of MLK" – Rev Eric Posa

Listen to recent sermons here.

Let's Do Lunch!

Stay after the 11:00 service this week for a light lunch, followed by the Soul Matters Open Circle. January's theme is Intention. You need not stay for Soul Matters to be welcome to lunch. (Like this idea? Volunteers will be needed to put on lunch in February and March. Sign up to help by contacting either Sara Lewis or Bonnie Guyer Graham.)

Two Ways to Help the Homeless

Thursday, January 25. Volunteers are needed to help with the annual Point in Time homeless census. In addition to fulfilling the mandate to count our houseless neighbors, the census is an opportunity to create stronger relationships and provide much-needed goods and services to Thurston County’s homeless population. Here are ways you can help in this one-day event: 1- Cash donations for hot lunch, extra socks, and other necessities. Drop $$ off at the Family Support Center, and mark them for” PIT.” 2- Roving Census Takers at designated locations, 6:00 am – 9:00 pm. Training is provided. For more information and to volunteer, contact Faith Addicott, City of Olympia’s Homeless Census Manager.

The High School group will be packing care packages for people experiencing homelessness on January 21 at 12:30 pm. They are seeking donations of the following before then: Socks, hats/gloves/scarves, batteries, chemical hand or toe warmers, band-aids or other small 1st aid supplies, unscented small toiletries, small tissue packs, small snacks (such as granola bars), cough drops, and chapstick. Donations can be dropped off at the Director of Religious Education's office.

The Board Line

Beginning the search for a new settled minister

On December 10, 2017, your board of trustees convened a congregational linkage session to discuss the upcoming search process for OUUC’s new settled minister. The meeting, open to all who wished to attend, was the second in the board’s newly-established series of congregational linkage meetings, held after second service on Sunday mornings. Many in the congregation participated in this meeting, as did all members of the board and the Rev. Eric Posa.

The first step in the meeting was distribution and discussion of the document The Search for a Settled Minister: Important Information for the Congregation. That document quoted the OUUC bylaw that outlines the process for establishing a ministerial search committee and discussed the roles of the congregation, board, and ministerial search committee, as well as important timelines in the search process.

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The Books Beans and Brownies Fundraiser is Coming February 24!

Books, Brownies, & Beans raises money for our community's homeless and YOU can help! 1) Sign up to sort books in the Commons; drop-in sorters are also welcome. Shifts are Sundays 9:00 am-noon and Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 - 8:00 pm. 2) Sign out a donation box today and put it at work, at school, or at the gym to collect books from friends and acquaintances. 3) Donate books and help them find new homes. Leave them in the Religious Education wing close to the drinking fountains. 4) Try out some new brownie recipes or dig out your old favorites. Brownie sign-up sheets will be available later this month. With all of us working together, we can make a big impact on our wider community.

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. January 16 - Skep & Skein, Suite B14, 2106 Harrison Ave NW. - Contact Meliz Maatta or Alice Curtis.

Guy’s TGIT meets on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. January 11 - Cascadia Homebrew, 211 - 4th Ave E. - 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

On January 14 there is a silent meditative Peace Walk to Honor Martin Luther King's values. The event is hosted by Interfaith Works. The march begins at Marathon Park along the Deschutes Parkway at noon.

The four districts of the UUA’s Pacific Western Region will gather April 27-29 in Portland, OR for the 2018 Regional Assembly. Speakers include civil rights activist, the Rev. Dr. William Barber; Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, advocate for women’s, immigrant, civil, and human rights; and the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, newly elected UUA president. Programming includes workshops, worship, district meetings, and an optional social justice activity. Registration is open. Watch the PWR website for full details. More information is available here.

On Tuesday, January 23, Equal Rights Washington will be hosting our annual Lobby Day in Olympia. Together, we will tell our stories to legislators from all corners of the state - this is one of the most effective ways to support our goals to advance and protect the rights, dignity, and safety of all LGBTQ Washingtonians. Will you join us for ERW's 2018 Lobby Day? With your help, we will continue to make strides toward a more inclusive and equitable state.

Seminary for a Day will be returning to First Unitarian Church in Portland on January 27. Dr. Robin DiAngelo will offer our keynote presentation, “Seeing the Racial Water” -- as well as a follow-up afternoon workshop. Additional afternoon workshops on such topics as Lectio Divina, Writing As a Spiritual Practice, Anti-Racism and Spiritual Organizing, Sacred Movement: Tai Chi & QiGong, and many more, offered by local clergy and other Unitarian Universalist teachers, will make this a rich and rewarding day. Register online for the stand-alone morning session, or the full day.

The Dispute Resolution Center is seeking nominations for the 2018 Evan Ferber Peacemaker Leadership Award. The DRC welcomes and encourages members of the community to submit nominations for this award, which annually recognizes individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in promoting civil discourse and civic harmony. To view and download the nomination form click here. Please provide as much information as possible on your nominee, their community involvement and why they are deserving of the award. Please submit nomination forms to Dispute Resolution Center, Attn: Joe Sanders, P.O. Box 6184, Olympia, WA 98507. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, February 28.