OUUC Weekly Update 8-5-20

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Service August 9, one online service at 10:00 am

"To Everything a Season" – Victoria Poling

This is a season to embrace a commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression work. As an entire church we can speak with one strong voice. Let this be a time when we begin a spiritual practice of justice-making, coming together creatively to learn and to serve one another with grace.

Victoria Poling recently completed her Master of Divinity at Seattle University and is a UU Ministerial Aspirant. Her ministry of creative healing includes spiritual direction, outdoor rite of passage journeys, preaching, and spiritual deepening workshops for sustaining long-term justice work. She lives in Seattle and is a member of Quimper UU Fellowship in Port Townsend, WA.

Join us for Online Worship.

Listen to sermons here. See recordings of online services here.

From Rev. Mary - “Different Voices”

This Summer we have been blessed with many different voices leading worship. I so enjoy hearing the many perspectives, stories, and experiences of our guest speakers. Having guests is one way to broaden our minds and open our hearts. If you attended the service last Sunday, you experienced a magnificent story and reflection from CB Beale, whose identities and life experience are quite different from mine--- and what a beautiful service! One of the gifts of this time is that leaders like CB can join us virtually.

I am also grateful that we are able to support the religious leaders who are in formation. Read more....

Do you have questions about things at OUUC?

Maybe you're wondering about the Pathways model that is in Sara's column (check out the rest of the newsletter!) Or wondering about whether your favorite events will be happening this church year. Or maybe you are wondering about what shared ministry looks like now. Please plan to attend a virtual Q&A session with Rev. Mary, Sara, and Rev. Carol on Sunday, August 16 at about 11:30 am. We'll have a short "coffee hour" after the service, then gather as a large group again for a discussion and to hear your questions. We'll do our best with answers. You can email your questions now to Rev. Mary.

Direct Action Workshop

Dear OUUC Members & Friends,

The workshop below is intended to help those who feel compelled to protest now to do so as safely as possible. I agree with Rev. Nancy that it can be dangerous now due to the virus and to unexpected escalating violence. I am not advocating protests as we each have to make that decision for ourselves. This is to help those who wish to take the risk. If there are particular issues that you are concerned about and wish to discuss, please do reach out to me at minister@ouuc.org.

Thank you,

Rev. Mary

Saturday, August 8 at 10:00 am-noon on Zoom Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee from the Northlake UU Church in Kirkland, WA, will be offering a Direct Action Workshop Part I. Topics include what direct action is, what is non-violence, and what physical steps you can take to protect yourself and others (some call this Peacemaker Training). Read more....

Quick Notes

Teen to Adult Reading for the Revolution: join Sara for a discussion of "How to Be An Anti-Racist" by Ibram X Kendi on Monday, September 14 at 5:30 pm. Register.

Here is another film/discussion suggestion from The Environmental Action Team - Hidden Pacific. Sign up. It is a 40 minute documentary about Marine Sanctuaries. You must log on to the link above and sign up for the movie. The presentation time is fixed: August 13 at 4:30 pm. There is no charge. The film has not been shown publicly as yet, so we have not reviewed it. The trailer looks pretty good.

Read This Week in Religious Education here.

We gather to begin another church year with the ritual of water communion on September 13. Since we will not be co-mingling our water in person, let’s share images of our water adventures this Summer, even if it is from our kitchen tap. Please send your photos to communitylife@ouuc.org. We’ll share our images during our water communion service on September 13.

You can access an archive of Thursday evening services and Mid-week meditations here. The Thursday evening services will resume on August 27.

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

YWCA’s Rise Against Racism is a free, month-long challenge of learning, un-learning, and reflection – a free, virtual campaign to help adults and older teens learn about anti-racism, clarify personal, actionable antiracism goals, and participate in a learning community focused on social justice. Participation will include: • Learning material and self-guided reflection prompts, sent to you via email on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week. • A Closing Webinar for all participants will be held Friday, September 4 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. The webinar will open a space for discussion around our learning journey as individuals, and share our personal action plans for accountability and relationship building. By the end of Rise Against Racism (RAR), you will not only be better equipped to participate in dismantling racism, but you will create a personal action plan to keep you accountable to your commitment to anti-racism work. For more information and to register, contact ywca@ywcaofolympia.org. OUUC members and friends participating in Rise Against Racism may wish to meet together to discuss their learning; contact Rev. Carol McKinley.

Olympia Racial Justice Town Hall Series - The last two virtual town hall meetings offered by the Olympia City Council will be Thursday, August 6, and Thursday, August 13, at 4:00 pm.

The goal of the virtual town halls is for the community to learn and understand issues at the center of institutional racism and the opportunities for positive change driven by the Black Lives Matter movement. Attendees will be able to submit questions live through a moderator during the event. Registration for the virtual town hall meetings is on the city’s website. Recordings of the two previous town halls are available there as well.

The Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation (UUWF) is looking to hire an Interim Executive Director. Please see the document below if you are interested/available. This is a remote position that can be located anywhere.