OUUC Weekly Update 1-3-23

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Service January 8 at 10:00 am - online and in-person

Our guest speaker will be Rylee Uhrich.

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

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Tiny Little News Show Jan 2nd, 2023

Ministry Programs

The Green Bin: What Goes in the Compost Bin and What Doesn't

OUUC has a long history of recycling and composting. We also encourage our members to do the same at home. Lately, there's been some confusion about what is compostable, and what is not. Thurston County Solid Waste has composting requirements that may be different from other parts of the country or parts of Washington where you lived before. You can watch their short 2-minute video here.

OUUC also has the allowed materials posted on its green composting bins in the kitchen and in the Commons. It's important for us at OUUC and at home to put only allowed materials so that contamination does not happen and the systems can run smoothly. Thanks!

Building the World We Dream About

Join us for the 3rd part of the Building the World We Dream About class, focused on Unpacking Whiteness, on Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm in person and on Zoom.

Register here.

Gentle Yoga Class

OUUC choir member June McKenzie will be offering an 8-week in-person Gentle Yoga Class beginning January 11 and ending March 1. The 75-minute class will start at 11:00 am, end at 12:15 pm, and meet at church.

This Gentle Yoga Class is not chair yoga, but it is for anyone from beginner to experienced. The moves are slower, and the poses are held longer. Each class will focus on breathwork, alignment, and relaxation. Each class will end with deep relaxation. The only equipment you need is a yoga mat—a light blanket and pillow are optional.

June has been teaching yoga for 20 years in a variety of settings—with women in hospitals, youth detention centers, and drug and alcohol treatment programs. Her background and studies have been in Hatha, Yin, Kundalini, and Anusara yoga practices.

Register here.

Quick Notes

The Virtual Bulletin Board in OUUC Connect (Realm) is a place for members to share information about events in the larger community, ask for recommendations, and share resources. Email to sign up.

How can you know when there is an action coming up for faith in action? How do we organize in response to emerging justice issues and needs? We have a Faith in Action Alert List in OUUC Connect (Realm), as an opt-in group for FIA announcements. Join this group if you want to get these alerts. Email to sign up.

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

In the Larger Community

Learn more about the following events and others here.

The UUA Worship Web is offering a music event via Zoom on Tuesday, January 10. Rev. Erika Hewitt, the UUA's Minister of Worship Arts, and Paul Vasile, Executive Director of Music That Makes Community, invite you to come to play, sing, and learn with them in a live, hour-long webinar. Advance registration is required. Learn more here.

Join The Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd for a renewing day of building community through congregational singing, learning, and fellowship on Saturday, January 21 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. We’ll be led by Paul Vasile and Elizabeth Schroeder of Music that Makes Community, a non-profit organization working to empower and liberate communities through singing. For over 15 years, they have developed and shared transformative leadership practices with musicians, clergy, educators, and lay leaders throughout the United States and Canada.

Winter 2022 Cascadia Chalice Lighters Call - The more than $900,000 the Chalice Lighter community has given since 1990 to help our neighbor congregations grow and thrive is vital. The Winter 2022 Cascadia Chalice Lighters Call will go to two different recipients. Please support these worthy causes with your generous donations.

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