OUUC Weekly Update 1-17-23

News from the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Worship Service January 22 at 10:00 am - online and in-person

The Sacredness of the Flesh” - Rev. Sara Lewis

On this 50th Anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision, and in the face of current threats to both reproductive justice and trans-rights, we will explore the sacredness of all bodies and a call for justice, love, and care for every body.

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

Would you like some of your church news by video? Try our Tiny Little News Show!
Jan 16 Tiny Little News SHow.mp4

Capital Campaign is ALMOST OVER!

Our Capital Campaign is almost over – we’re done at the end of January, in just a few weeks. We are very close to our goal of $544,500 but are still $63,000 short. If you haven't had a chance to make your commitment, this is the time! Please help us Fund Our Future by donating to the campaign today.

If you have any questions about the campaign, please see the Funding Our Future page, or contact Barry Zickuhr, Capital Campaign Committee chair.

The Capital Campaign Committee and the Board would like to thank these recent donors. For the full list of donors, please visit the Funding Our Future page. Names shared only with permission: Sue Langhans, Judy Talley

Ministry Programs

Faith in Action Notifications

January 28: 9:00 am-1:00 pm JUUstice Washington’s 2023 Environmental Justice Legislative Summit. Registration and info here.

Whidbey Island Native Connections Initiative's Interactive Zoom WORKSHOP: Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples

January 22, 1:00–3:00 pm online.

This is produced and hosted by the Friends Peace Teams and is open to the public.


Please take action to support Chinook Nation's bid for federal recognition. Congress has the power to restore the rightful recognition of the Chinook Indian Nation. Every single day of inaction is another day of justice denied, and the Chinook People can’t afford to wait any longer. Add your name to the petition to show your support of federal recognition for the Chinook Indian Nation.

A Teaser from the UUA's Article 2 Study Commission

The time we have all been waiting for is approaching. We’d like to share excerpts of our Article II proposal. We heard from you and over this week we will highlight where we’ve incorporated the UUA Seven Principles into our recommendations. Register to attend the January 20 & 21 Board Meeting, and look out for our report’s release in the coming week. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Volunteer Opportunties

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.

Seminary for a Day on Saturday, January 28, at First Unitarian Portland, online or in-person. This year’s spiritual theme is Transcendentalism. The keynote speaker is Rev. John Buehrens. Rev. Buehrens served as UUA President, 1993-2001. A prolific author, his most recent one about our heritage is CONFLAGRATION: How the Transcendentalists Sparked the American Struggle for Racial, Gender, and Social Justice (Beacon, 2020). Saturday, January 28, 9:30 am - 2:35 pm Pacific Standard Time. Register.

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.

OUUC folks are invited to join a discussion group hosted by Quimper UU Fellowship

Common Read: Mistakes and Miracles, Congregations on the Road to Multi-Culturalism

Widening the Circle Committee. Four Thursdays, February 2, 16, March 3, 16, 10-11:30 am.

Moments of Peace & Dying Well - Two workshops on different aspects of dying: First, we focus on the spiritual journey of dying and the limitations to completion near the end of life. Second, we explore what a good death means. In-person at United Churches of Olympia on January 20 and 21.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will offer free tax preparation in Thurston County this year for the 2023 tax season. Our IRS-certified volunteers will be preparing and e-filing tax returns at six locations in Thurston County. We welcome clients of all ages and income levels unless your return is outside the scope of our training. In most cases, your return will be prepared in one visit from start to finish unless you are missing important tax documents or identification.

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