OUUC Weekly Update 10-4-22

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Service October 9 at 10:00 am - online and in-person

“Celebrating Our Differences” with Rev. Mary Gear

We are different and we are one. We explore this paradox and how we bridge differences in a world that seems so divided. This service includes music and a sermon requested by Atley and Sheila Ralston in honor of their OUUC annual auction purchases.

OUUC Sunday Morning Service


Meeting ID: 873 210 124

Password: 995142

Dial +1 253 215 8782

See recordings of online services here.

Happening This Week

All Young Adults, ages 18-35, are invited to join a Young Adult gathering on Thursday, October 20, 6:30 pm, following the Community Night Dinner.

Faith Development

Defund Fear Workshop and Study/Action Circle

Join Rev Sara and Anne Hundley this Thursday for a workshop on the UU Common Read, Defund Fear. You do not have to have already read the book, although it’s great if you have! October 6, 6:30 pm, in person at OUUC. Register here.

Defund Fear Study/Action Circle facilitated by Anne Hundley. First Saturdays, 1:00-3:00 pm (November 5, December 3, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3 on Zoom. Please come on into the expansive UUA curriculum for last year’s Common Read! It offers ways to integrate ideas into authentic, impactful steps or practices. This study action circle will follow the Workshop on this book that is being held Thursday evening, October 6. Participants do not need to have attended that workshop, however. More info on the book is here. Register here.

Defund Fear Workshop.mp4

Books, Brownies, and Beans

Books, Brownies, and Beans

Books, Brownies, & Beans need your books! If you need help boxing up your books and bringing them to OUUC, we've got a crew of folks who will help. Please email Susan Dodson. Volunteers are still needed! Stop by OUUC to help with book sorting--you can help before or after Sunday services, Tuesdays from 6:00-8:00 pm, and Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 am.

Books, Brownies, and Beans volunteers are still needed! Whether it's to sort books, bring brownies, or help manage a room on November 5th, please consider pitching in as we raise funds for area nonprofits. You can Sign up here or in the Commons. If you've signed up already, thank you! Volunteer co-coordinator Ryan Baye will be contacting all those who signed the pink volunteer interest sheet to confirm their participation.

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.

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 to sign up.

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

Feline Family Needs a New Home

Little girl, Brat (affectionally named), and big boy Elvis, a bonded pair, urgently need a new home. Their new indoor home will be honored with affection, gentle playtime, and showcase beauty. They are loving, elegant beings. They come with a "good-house-keeping" litter box. For information please call Lee or Beth.

In the Larger Community

Learn more about the following events and others here.

Show up for Reproductive Justice! This Saturday, October 8, 11:00 am, there will be a gathering at Tivoli Fountain in front of the Capitol as part of the Women’s March October 8th “Women’s Wave”.

Meet Farmworkers and Hear About Their Lives, October 10, 2022, United Churches of Olympia, 110 - 11th Ave SE. Washington state’s only indigenous-led farmworkers union, Families United for Justice, will be in Olympia for a meet-and-greet as part of their 7-city tour.

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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