OUUC Weekly Update 11-22-22

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Service November 27 at 10:00 am - online and in-person

"Lessons from Gate A-4" - Rev. Mary Gear and the Pacific Western Region Staff Team

In her poem "Gate A-4”, Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye shares an account of distress, compassion, and community as she is called to interpret Arabic for a fearful traveler at an airport. As many of us take to the highways, airways, and railways this November and December, the PWR Staff has put together a worship service that touches on the themes of the poem, and questions such as Who are we called to care for? When do we answer the call to serve? Where might we be surprised by grace?

OUUC Sunday Morning Service


Meeting ID: 873 210 124

Password: 995142

Dial +1 253 215 8782

See recordings of online services here.

Thanksgiving Potluck

Join us on Thanksgiving, November 24 at 2:00 pm, for a potluck dinner at OUUC.

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No Thursday Programming this week, for Thanksgiving. Thursday dinners, classes, and Spiritual Practices return on December 1.

Challenge Accepted!

The Funding Our Future capital campaign is moving well. The Capital Campaign Cabaret – Songs in the Key of “Warm” was a fun celebration of OUUC and our campaign to keep the building warm! We have had almost $60,000 committed thus far, so we need commitments of $232,000 to wrap up the campaign.

To help spur us along, Rev. Mary and John Gear issued a challenge that they would match $5,000 of new pledges. Since issuing the challenge on Sunday, over $6000 has been donated, handily meeting the challenge! Thank you all who participated.

If you have any questions about the Capital Campaign, please visit the Capital Campaign page, where you can read the Frequently Asked Questions, and review the Building and Grounds Committee’s Reserve Study which details all of the building maintenance issues currently needed, and those we can expect in the future.

Please take time today to make YOUR commitment to OUUC and help Fund Our Future! If you have any questions, please reach out to Barry Zickuhr or any others of the Capital Campaign Committee or members of the Board.

Save the Date - Winter Solstice Spiral Meditation

Join us on Thursday, December 22 at 7:00 pm for a winter solstice spiral walk and blessing. We will mark the darkest days of the year with music, walking meditation, candles, and blessings. Weather permitting, we will be outdoors, moving inside for rain, so dress warmly.

Please check the Lost and Found!

It is quite full, and we would love for your lost items to be reunited with you. Some are in the kitchen, and there are bins in the workroom as well. Here is a little video showing off some of the things that have been left.

Lost and Found dishes video.mp4

Quick Notes

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

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

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

In the Larger Community

Learn more about the following events and others here.

Take action now to advocate for the removal of the Snake River Dams. OUUC has signed on to a letter advocating for the removal of the Snake River dams, but we can each take individual action as well. Find an action toolkit and the letter here: Snake River Dam Removal (padlet.org)

UU the Vote needs you for two more weeks - Let's GOTV in Georgia!

Now is the time to try phone banking! These phone banks are focused on turning out Black voters and voters of color and begin with training. Some are hand-dialing, and some are auto-dialing, but none use your personal phone number. Come try one or a few.

What is Restorative Justice? December 11, 7:00-8:30 pm. Produced by Collective Justice NW In this program, we will hear from people who are doing the work of restorative justice. We will also hear compelling stories of people who have been victims of violence and from people who have been perpetrators of harm and who have been greatly impacted by the restorative justice process. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2280574426 More information to follow. Contact - Steve Tilley, Justice not Jails

Feedback is open on the new Draft of Article II. Read the draft here: Microsoft Word - Retreat Full Article2 Draft Language rev .docx (uua.org) OUUC held a forum on Article II, which you can watch here: https://youtu.be/Y1ibklwqCIQ Feedback is wanted! You can submit comments on this online form: Article II November Draft Feedback (google.com)

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