OUUC Weekly Update 7-1-20

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Service July 5, one online service at 10:00 am


"The Tragic Gap” – Rev. Mary Gear


Join us for Online Worship.


Listen to recent sermons here.

From Rev. Mary - Overflowing!

The OUUC choir sings a song by Brian Tate called “Overflowing:”


Overflowing. Overflowing. My heart is growing in gratitude.


My heart is overflowing this week with gratitude to the OUUC Auction Team--WOOHOO! And to each of you for your participation in the auction and your generosity. So many of you donated items, which were extra creative this year. And, many more of you bid on items. The response was overwhelming and so much more than we imagined. Thank you for your commitment to OUUC and how we can be a force for love and justice in the world. Overflowing in gratitude. Read more....

Mid-Week Meditation

mid-week meditation 7-1-20

Summer Spiritual Practice

We know that some of you have come to love the Thursday evening services and Rev. Mary’s Mid-week meditation. We’re taking a break over the Summer, but you don’t have to go without some spiritual grounding! You can access an archive of Thursday evening services and Mid-week meditations here.


The Thursday evening services will resume on August 27 with a Music & Meditation service offered by Rev. Mary and Megan Johnston on Celtic harp.


Stay well and stay connected!

Your Attention is Needed!

Members of the OUUC Environmental Action Team are very concerned about two issues coming before the Port of Olympia Commissioners this month. The first is the Commission's decision on an option-to-lease 200 acres of forested land near the Olympia airport for warehouse development. The second is the Commission's decision whether to support further study of a major airport in the county. Both decisions will have long-lasting impacts on climate change goals and local environmental resources. See the following articles for more information. Article 1. Article 2.

Congratulations! We did it!

Below is the detail of what we raised in our first ever all online auction. This exceeded all of our expectations.

Raise the Paddle: OUUC Outreach $13,340
All other Auction Items: $22,309
Expenses: $1,856
TOTAL: $33,793

Many thanks to all of the donors and bidders. Special thanks to the Auction Team:

Sharon Love, Linda Crabtree, Brian Walsh, Bob Sundstrom, Karen Jackson, Jeff Goltz, Mike Harbour, Kelly Thompson, Mary Ann Thompson, Tami Black, Gail Gosney Wrede, Carol Williams, Sally Alhadeff, Ann Rockway, Anne Radford, Ryan Baye, Martha Guilfoyle, John Gear, Wendy Tanner, Curtis Tanner, Chris Parke, Steve Tilley, Riley McLaughlin, Tim Ransom, Michael Kyer, Leslie Romer, and Julie Rosmond.

If you have comments or suggestions about the auction, please email Melanie Ransom. Thanks and congratulations!

Quick Notes

Travel the Changes Hearts and Transforms Lives returns! Four sessions were canceled in March when we pivoted to an online church. Now those sessions will be offered on Zoom. To attend, register before July 6. Full descriptions and the registration link are here.


Online Office - Do you have questions about how to make online donations, check your pledge status, or use the directory? Maybe you just want to check in about a current project you are working on. 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

Are you learning to be in solidarity with Black Trans Lives? Come learn from this free webinar on July 8 at 4:00 pm. Advanced Registration required. What: Discussion of Black trans folks in queer organizing.

Who: Zahara Green & Carmen Wilson

When: July 8 at 4:00 pm

Where: Zoom (register here)


New Puyallup Co-housing Group Forming - Cohousing is a type of intentional community composed of private homes supplemented by shared facilities. The community is planned, owned, and managed by the residents, who also share activities that may include cooking, dining, gardening, socializing, and governance of the community. A new group is forming around 17 acres in Puyallup that ultimately may be home to both multi-generational and senior community homes. Interested in being part of the creation? Check out www.puyallupcohousing.org or contact Anne-Marie Davidson.