OUUC Weekly Update 10-25-17

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Services - October 29 services at 9:15 and 11:00 am

"Semper Reformanda" - Rev. Eric Posa

Living Our Covenant - Stewardship 2018

We are wrapping up the annual Stewardship Drive for our beloved Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation. First the good news: Seventy OUUC members and friends have already qualified for invitations to one of three special Stewardship celebrations being planned for the week of November 12 to 18. That is great! The uncertain news: with 149 households pledging so far, we still have to hear from many OUUC members and friends. Have you made your pledge yet? You’ll be invited to a special Stewardship celebration in November if you make your pledge by October 29 and you: Are a NEW pledger, or Increase your pledge by 20% or more over 2017, or Indicate you are ‘Most Generously’ pledging at least 5% of your adjusted income. We are certain that OUUC has touched your life – through meaningful worship and music or an inspiring religious education class for you or your children or new and interesting friends at Dinners for Eight or participation in a social action group. You can make your pledge online or pick up a paper pledge form at the OUUC office or in the Commons, All pledges will be gratefully accepted and celebrated regardless of the amount. It will take the collective financial stewardship of nearly ALL of our members and friends to be the Congregation we want to be! Questions? Contact Christine Parke or Jeff Goltz.

How has OUUC touched your life? Your financial support makes it possible!

Living Our Covenant - Stewardship 2018

2018 Stewardship 5

B&G Annex Decision

At the Special Congregational meeting last Friday night, members present voted in favor of the following motion: “On behalf of the Board of Trustees I move that the Board be granted full authority to sell the B & G Annex property on condition that the Board determines that this property will not be needed to allow for the planned ultimate development, known as Phase II, of the OUUC Division Street site AND that the Board be authorized to establish a negotiating team for handling the sale on behalf of the congregation.” Passage of the resolution required a 2/3 majority. Of the 89 members voting, 64 voted in favor of the motion, 24 opposed and one abstained thus the 2/3 requirement was met. Read more....

The September 2017 Board minutes are available here.

In the Interim

Policy Governance Follow-Up, Rev. Linda Hart's Installation, Conversation in Transition, Semper Reformanda, Away Early Next Week.

Thanks to those of you who attended last night's info session on Policy Governance. I referenced several times in that presentation, a document published be the International Policy Governance Association, which serves as the "Source Document," or defining statement, of the principles underlying policy governance.

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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. October 31 - Vic's Pizzeria, 2822 Capital Blvd SE. - Contact Meliz Maatta or Susan Bakke.

Guy’s TGIT meets on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. October 26, Skep and Skein, 2106 Harrison NW. - 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

ARE YOU IN? Virtual WA UU Voices for Justice Legislative Conference, Sunday, November 12 by Video. Would you consider making a two-hour investment of your time on Sunday, November 12 to assist Washington State UU Voices for Justice in determining its legislative agenda for the 2018 legislative session? Are you interested in discussing UU priorities on the state’s most important issues? Would you like to know how you can easily participate and make your voice heard even if you aren’t making a trek or Olympia to testify? Let me know if you can join us at our church and other UUs from across the state for WA UU Voices for Justice Fall Virtual Conference, 1:30 to 3:30 pm Sunday, November 12 at OUUC. Contact Susan Kirkpatrick, Coordinator of UU Voices.

Reyna Grande will be discussing her book, The Distance Between Us, at The Washington Center for the Arts on Thursday, October 26, at 7:00. This book is a memoir of Grande's life in Mexico as a small child after both of her parents have left to work in the United States and then of her experience when she and two of her siblings join their father to live in the United States. This talk is sponsored by the Timberland Regional Library as part of their Thurston County Reads Event. Contact Frances Tanaka.

Interfaith Works has published a General Election 2017 Candidate Questionnaire! Housing, homelessness, community policing & climate change are among the highlighted issues. See the questionnaires here.

Wondering who is running for office? League of Women Voters did campaign forums with candidates for office in Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and the Port. Links to U-Tube are available here.

AID NW (Advocates for Immigrants in Detention NW) hosts a welcoming center for those coming out of the detention center in Tacoma. With the change in the weather and an uptick in release activity, there is an urgent need for men's jackets and men's sweaters/sweatshirts. These are for the many detainees who entered the facility in the summer and are now released in the same summer clothes. When considering items for donation remember that they are mostly young men and women ages 20-35 and having nice clothes when looking for work or housing is important to them. If you have anything to donate, contact Frances Tanaka.

Got Sixty Minutes? Join RESULTS Anti-Oppression - Discussion on Confronting the Myths of Segregation. In our effort to raise awareness of systemic oppression, RESULTS grassroots-led Anti-Oppression working group is holding another discussion on Thursday evening. This month, we are focusing on debunking the myths of segregation in America. We will be discussing the work of the acclaimed New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones via the interview, "Confronting the Myths of Segregation." These calls have proven to be enlightening and informative over the last few months. We welcome and encourage you to join the discussion. TAKE ACTION: Take sixty minutes to join RESULT volunteers and staff for our next Anti-Oppression working group discussion on the myths of segregation this Thursday, October 26 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PT. To join this discussion, login at http://fuze.me/34326078 or dial in by phone at (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34326078; please read "Confronting the Myths of Segregation" before the call. Contact Nancy Curtiss.

The League of Women Voters of Thurston County annual luncheon and silent auction is on October 28 at 11:30 am at the Red Lion Inn. Noah Purcell, WA State's Solicitor General, will make a presentation, Washington Takes A Stand. Lifetime Citizenship Awards will be given to Brad Shannon, Editorial Page Editor, and Meg Martin, Director of Interfaith Works Overnight Emergency Shelter. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or online at lwvthurston.org/luncheon.