OUUC Weekly Update 2-28-18

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Services March 4, services at 9:15 and 11:00 am

"Nothing Is Permanent" - Rev. Eric Posa

Listen to recent sermons here.

Justice is our Mission

More than 100 of you volunteered for last week’s Books, Brownies, and Beans, which resulted in approximately $10,000 (we'll have the final number in a week or so) to support the work of the Family Support Center and Interfaith Works’ homeless services. When you unloaded those boxes of books and baked brownies for the Bistro, you were acting for justice, raising money for community programs that work with people often overlooked by society. Harmon Eaton and his intrepid team of BBB planners – and all of YOU – are part of OUUC’s mission to transform lives and the world.

See highlights of the book sale in the video below.


Share the Plate

The Share the Plate recipient for March and April is Garden Raised Bounty (GRUB). GRUB's mission is "GRUB grows healthy food, people, and community. With roots in the land, we create opportunities for people to learn, lead and thrive." GRUB has several programs including GRUB school, Cultivating Community Leaders, Victory Garden Project, Kitchen Garden Project and pollination projects. Representatives from GRUB will be available to answer questions between services on Sunday, March 4.

In the Interim

As my sermon series on spirituality concluded this past Sunday, I received a request. Someone asked if I could share some of these insights in print, as a reminder for those who wish to engage their spiritual lives with more regularity. So here are two excerpts: first from my February 4 sermon about spirituality and spiritual practices, and from the February 25 sermon on everyday spirituality:

As I’ve said in recent sermons, I understand spirituality as our response to the experience of the ultimate. The ultimate can be understood as Nature, as human community or potential, as one of the great virtues or values, or as a higher power that we may know as “God.”

I suggest that any set of activities must embody at least three qualities, at least three characteristics to be worthy of being seen as a Unitarian Universalist spiritual practice: they must be ultimately focused, internally disciplined, and pluralistically expressed. Read more....

Annex Sold

The sale of the annex closed last week. Net proceeds totaling $122,098 have been transferred to OUUC's account. In anticipation of the closing, the Board voted last week to distribute the funds in a manner consistent with feedback from last month's linkage session. Read more....

The minutes from the January Board of Trustees meeting are available here.

The March meeting agenda is available below.

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. March 6 - location TBA. - Contact Meliz Maatta or Alice Curtis.

Guy’s TGIT meets on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. March 1 - Fish Brewing Company, 516 Jefferson St SE. - 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

The PWR Regional Assembly in Portland, Oregon (April 27-29) has something for people of every age. In addition to the main programs for adults, we'll have a UU Kids Camp for ages 5-14, a Youth Assembly for ages 14-18, and high-quality childcare for infants to age 4. Families can spend time together, too, sharing the experiences of the opening ceremony, the Sunday morning worship, mealtimes, and more. Because of our UU commitment to including children and youth, the PWR is covering much of the cost of the programs for young people. The registration fee is just a portion of what it costs for these engaging, inclusive, and faith-building programs. The Pacific Western Regional Assembly promises to be an experience that deepens UU identity and fosters hope and resilience in people of all ages. Register now and join us in Portland this spring!

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.

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.