OUUC Weekly Update 2-14-18

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Services February 18, services at 9:15 and 11:00 am

"Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul" - The Reverend Barry Andrews


Transcendentalism was essentially a religious movement that emerged from Unitarianism in the middle decades of the 19th century. I view the Transcendentalists—Emerson, Thoreau and Margaret Fuller among them—as living voices whose writing is addressed as much today as it was in their time to spiritual seekers such as ourselves. In Transcendentalism, I believe we will discover a uniquely and authentically Unitarian Universalist form of spirituality.


Reverend Dr. Barry Andrews is Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock on Long Island, New York. He has written books on and edited anthologies of Transcendentalist writers, including Emerson, Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller. His latest book is Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul, recently published by the University of Massachusetts Press. He and his wife, Linda, are currently retired and living on Bainbridge Island.


Listen to recent sermons here.

Diana Smith's Ordination

My dear friends,


I can’t believe how quickly the two and a half years since I moved to Boston have gone! I finished my Master of Divinity coursework in January and I’m so happy to tell you that I will be ordained on May 20th at First Church Boston, where I serve as a ministerial intern.


Ordination is a beautiful sacrament in Unitarian Universalism. It takes our theology of covenant and our polity and manifests it in how a person becomes or is declared to be a minister.


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Realm Tutorials

Getting ready to sign up for Realm and want to learn more? There are some short video tutorials available here. Bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone to church - and we'll help you sign up!


Looking forward to signing up and haven't received your Realm invitation yet? Email the Administrator to request one.

Books, Brownies, and Beans Book Sale needs volunteers!

Brownie bakers start your ovens! Brownies should be 3 x 3 squares, individually wrapped in plastic wrap or waxed paper, labeled if they are nutty brownies for those with allergies, labeled as gluten-free if they are indeed gluten-free, and plentiful. Volunteer signup sheets are waiting for your signature in the Commons. We still need help setting up the sale on Thursday, February 22 (there will be pizza!) and help on Sale Day greeting customers, tending books, and serving in the kitchen. Donate fun costume jewelry and spring scarves to the Craft Corner via Elizabeth Mooney. All proceeds will be given to local groups who serve those experiencing homelessness in our community. This is our Faith in Action—join us!


Books, Brownies, and Beans Soiree - Shelter from the Storm - Contact Steve Tilley to volunteer to set up tables, decorate, cashier, pour wine and beer, and cleanup to make the Soiree a smashing success. Available tickets can be purchased from Tom Best in the Commons between services for a donation of $5 to $50.

Social Groups

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. February 20 - Uncork and Unwind, 324 Custer Way SW. - Contact Meliz Maatta or Alice Curtis.


Guy’s TGIT meets on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. February 15 - West Side, 1816 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

Spring Seabeck Retreat - Friday, May 4 – 6, Seabeck Conference Center on beautiful Hood Canal. Charles Morris, long-time Buddhist practitioner, will cover key mindfulness concepts and lead meditations during our adult morning program at Seabeck. He will also offer an additional focused meditation session in the afternoon. Registration begins in March. More information available here.


YWCA Olympia Mission Impact Luncheon - Join us to learn more about our mission to eliminate racism and sexism to advance the social, political, and economic status of all women and girls. Wednesday, February 21, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave SE. $10 per person (scholarships available), $100 for a table. Information here.


Puget Sound Estuarium fundraiser - Laura Lowe and Mud Bay Blues. March 10, 2018, 7:00 – 9:30 pm, Elks Lodge, 1818 4th Ave. E. This is a family-friendly event. Adults – $20, 17 and under $10. Tickets – click here


The four districts of the UUA’s Pacific Western Region will gather April 27-29 in Portland, OR for the 2018 Regional Assembly. Speakers include civil rights activist, the Rev. Dr. William Barber; Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, advocate for women’s, immigrant, civil, and human rights; and the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, newly elected UUA president. Programming includes workshops, worship, district meetings, and an optional social justice activity. Registration is open. Watch the PWR website for full details. More information is available here.