OUUC Weekly Update 1-3-18

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Services - January 7, services at 9:15 and 11:00 am

"A Year of Environmental Justice" – Rev Eric Posa


Listen to recent sermons here.

Annex Update -

The “For Sale” sign will be going up on the Annex property on Thursday, January 4. The listing will be handled by Spence Weigad of Virgil Adams Real Estate Inc. In preparation for the sale, the Annex has been cleaned and the plywood covering the windows has been removed. If you happen to drive by, you may notice lights on - part of the marketing and security effort. The initial asking price arrived at by the Negotiating Team was judged too low by our realtor. After he consults with his peers we will let you know the final listing price in our update next week. This is good news for OUUC. This could well mean we net more than originally anticipated when we voted on sale of the property. If you have questions, contact one of the members of the Negotiating Team—Jerald Dodson, Linda Selsor or John Tafejian.



The agenda for the January 11 meeting of the Board of Trustees is available here.

The Books Beans and Brownies Fundraiser is Coming February 24!

This event features an enormous book sale, wonderful music acts in the Commons throughout the day and coffee and brownies for sale throughout. This annual event benefits homeless services in our community and has raised $10,000 to $14,000 annually for local providers. 2018 recipients will be Interfaith Works Homeless Services (Emergency Overnight Shelter, Warming Center -- if opened -- and the Care Center), and Family Support Services, which operates Pear Blossom and serves the needs of families.

Sunday start bringing your books to donate to church! Leave them in the Religious Education wing close to the drinking fountains. We will be distributing collection boxes after services next week. By placing them at your workplace and in the community, you will help us make this another fun and impactful event!


Workers needed to sort books. Take a shift Sundays from 9:00 am - Noon, or Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6:00 – 8:00 pm, January 9 through February 20. Sign-up in the Church Commons on Sundays beginning January 7 or contact Yvonne Ashenhurst, volunteer coordinator for the sale.

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 9 - Ricardo's Restaurant, 676 Woodland Square Loop SE. - Contact Meliz Maatta or Susan Bakke.


Guy’s TGIT meets on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. January 4 - Hoh River Brewing, 2443 Mottman Rd SW. - 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

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. Dr. Robin DiAngelo is a former Associate Professor of Education. She is a two-time winner of the Student's Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington. Her scholarship is in White Racial Identity and Race Relations. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in issues of race relations and racial justice. She was appointed to co-design the City of Seattle's Race & Social Justice Initiative Training. She has numerous publications and books, including, “What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy. Her work on White Fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and been featured in Alternet, Salon, NPR, PBS, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate and Colorlines. 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.