OUUC Weekly Update 1-17-18

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Services January 21, services at 9:15 and 11:00 am

"Everything We Know about Church is Wrong" - The Reverend Eric Posa

Listen to recent sermons here.

What is Realm?

Rev. Eric Posa shares information on our church software, Realm. Realm sign-ups start this Sunday. Bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone to church - and we'll help you sign up! Find out more here.
What is Realm?

This Sunday! Seeing the Racial Water: A Workshop with Robin Diangelo

January 21, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, OUUC Sanctuary. Seeing the Racial Water: A Workshop with Dr. Robin DiAngelo. Cost: OUUC members and students: $10; general admission: $15. Registration is necessary, Sign up here. Join us to explore these questions: how does race shapes the lives of White people? What makes racism so hard for White people to see? How can we identify common White racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity?

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.

Books, Brownies, & Beans needs your books!

We want to be awash in your donations, overwhelmed with books to sort. Every book is a contribution to our commitment to help the homeless in our community. Please bring them to the Religious Education wing sooner rather than later. Where else can you put a collection box? Who else can you ask if they have books to donate? If you know someone who would love to donate but finds it hard to do the physical work of boxing them up, let Sally Brennand know and we'll send people to pack and transport books and provide a tax receipt! Sign up sheets for book sorters and bistro entertainers are now available in the Commons.

There's a Great Regional Assembly Coming Up

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.

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 23 - The Westside Tavern, 1815 Harrison Avenue NW. - Contact Meliz Maatta or Alice Curtis.

Guy’s TGIT meets on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. January 18 - Top Rung Brewing, 8345 Hogum Bay Ln NE. - 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 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.