OUUC Weekly Update 9-27-22

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Service October 2 at 10:00 am - online and in-person

“On Covenant” – Mary Gear

This month we explore covenant, a foundation of Unitarian Universalism. As we enter into a period of revisiting our OUUC covenant, let’s build our covenanting knowledge and muscles.

OUUC Sunday Morning Service


Meeting ID: 873 210 124

Password: 995142

Dial +1 253 215 8782

See recordings of online services here.

Sunday Forum on October 2

We have been blessed with a full sanctuary these past few Sundays. What a joy to welcome many of you back to the OUUC building and to worship in-person! We also continue to welcome visitors and newcomers.

Some of you have asked when we’ll move to two Sunday services. We want everyone to feel welcome and to make space for all who wish to worship in-person. And we want to take some time to consider the needs and ramifications of making this shift. Rest assured that we plan to continue offering at least one service online for those who prefer to participate virtually.

The staff has been talking about what two services might look like and how we’d accomplish that. We’d like to hear from you.

This coming Sunday, Rev. Sara & I will host a forum after the service at 11:30 am to present our thoughts about two services and to hear yours. We’ll hold this forum in the sanctuary and on Zoom so we can hear from everyone. We ask you to consider the community needs as well as your individual needs and desires.

We hope to see you on Sunday, in-person or online.

Thank you!

Rev. Mary


Thursday Evening Spiritual Practice - online and in-person

Join Rev. Sara Lewis for spiritual practice on the theme of "Welcome" on Thursday at 7:00 pm.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 874 3878 6949

Passcode: 297714

Trunk and Treat

Save the Date! OUUC Trunk and Treat, Sunday, October 30, 3:00 pm.

We’ll park our decorated cars, don fun costumes, and pass out candy to trick-or-treaters!

Questions, contact Rev Sara.

Quick Notes

Church Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Dead Batteries and Fluorescent Bulb Collection this Sunday!
Bring in your dead batteries and fluorescent bulbs and your friendly OUUC Environmental Action Team will be sure they are properly recycled or disposed of! It's what we do on the first Sunday of every month.

Would you like to volunteer for the Tech Team? The volunteer shifts would be primarily on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. To learn more about this fun team, contact Tech Specialist, Teresa Madsen.

How can you know when there is an action coming up for faith in action? How do we organize in response to emerging justice issues and needs? We’re forming a Faith in Action Alert List in Realm, as an opt-in group for FIA announcements. Join this group if you want to get these alerts. Contact the church office to sign up.

COVID Phase: Low. Please see our Phased Reopening Plan for information.

Safety Reminder: Please lock and remove valuables from your vehicles.

In the Larger Community

Learn more about the following events and others here.

Reparations and You Webinar - October 9, 4:00-5:30 pm. Register. Questions? Email Janie. A presentation and conversation for white people and anyone else who feels that they've benefited from the consequences of enslavement and systemic racism--and want to do something about it. Presented by Seattle's Civil Reparations Project.

TOGETHER! Thurston County is reaching out to our community to inform people about our new Host Homes Program, which will support homeless and unaccompanied youths. You are invited to the next community informational Zoom meeting. TOGETHER! Host Homes Informational Meeting hosted by Program Director, Tami Lathrop. October 19 at 6:00 pm.

From https://juustwa.org/: Join the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition in Week 2 of 7 Weeks of Action for 7 Generations, highlighting the need to pass H.R. 5444, the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act in the U.S. In Week one, we ask that you join us in calling your Congressional member and the Representatives.

Please join Interfaith Works and the Faith Action Network as we celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day with this interactive and educational engagement with author and activist Sarah Augustine. EXPLORE the history and meaning of Indigenous Peoples’ Day and how the Doctrine of Discovery continues to impact Indigenous people today through a case study of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Monday, October 10, 6:30-8:30 pm, United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave SE. This event is also available on Zoom. Register here: Current Events - Interfaith Works (interfaith-works.org)

Building a New Way: Taking the next right step - Beloved Community,

On Zoom: October 15: 9:30 am – 11:30 am Panel Dialogue session, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm Next Right Step workgroups

October 16, 10:20 am – 11:30 am Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship Service

Register Now! Building Beloved Community–an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural community–is an ongoing and transformational process. We start with knowing, honestly, where we are. We identify what the challenges are and then, we begin to map out the actions and activities of how to get where we want to be.

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