Announcements, Announcements, Announcements
Save the date: May 8 Join RESULTS members in hearing Sister Simone Campbell, known for her leadership with Nuns on the Bus campaign stops. She is an incredible speaker and has a powerful message. Contact Judy Arbogast for tickets.
Please join us Saturday, March 5 as we gather in Seattle for our District Annual Meeting. This one-day event will be held at University Unitarian Church in Seattle. The Rev. Jon Luopa, Senior Minister at University Church, will be the keynote speaker. The $55 registration fee covers the entire day’s activities, including lunch and afternoon workshops.
If you have computer skills, we are looking for someone to take Becky's place monitoring and cultivating our online presence. In addition to these emails using MailChimp, she keeps the website up to date using Weebly, monitors and forwards emails appropriately using Gmail, and adds events to our Meetup page. It sounds like a lot, but the programs are very user friendly and it requires 1-2 hours a week. Becky is looking to transition out of this role by the end of June so there is lots of time to develop skills too! Contact Judy, email@example.com to volunteer.
The meditation group that meets at Betty Jean Hedstrom's has a new lead facilitator. Barbara Casey will be leading the group with Dave Allen continuing as our back up facilitator. Dave has been facilitating the group for the last 15 months and we have all grown during his time of leading us. Many thanks go out to Dave Allen! Dave would like to step back a bit so Barbara Casey has agreed to fill that place.
Here is a short bio on Barbara:
Dharmacharya Barbara Casey received Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh seven years ago. She is the co-founder of the Peaceful Refuge Sangha in Ashland, Oregon where she has been it's guiding teacher. Barbara has led many retreats, Days of Mindfulness and has taught many classes on a variety of topics including; developing compassion, skillful communication and mindfulness practice essentials. She has continued to mentor many students throughout the US since her ordination into the Order of Interbeing in 1999. Barbara was the editor of the Mindfulness Bell for five years and continues to edit articles and Dharma talks for the publication. Recently Barbara, her husband Robert and their dog Kin, moved to Gig Harbor. Barbara enjoys walking, reading and the practice of slowing down.
We welcome newcomers into our sangha (soon to be named) and you do not need former meditation experience to attend. We meet on Weds. from 3:30 to 5:00pm. Call Betty Jean for directions, 253-432-4417 or Share 253-858-8414.
On Saturday, February 13 travel to Vashon Island to walk a beautiful path (accessible to all) lit by hundreds of luminaries - dusk until midnight
The path, lined with our lanterns, will begin at McMurray Middle School - 9329 SW Cemetery Road. The luminaries on Vashon Highway and Cemetery Road will guide you.
This event is a way to spread light and love during dark times and is a fundraiser for one of VIUF’s youth who will be joining the Seattle UUC Youth Group an Immigration Justice trip to the Arizona-Mexico Border in April (sponsored by the UU College of Social Justice and BorderLinks).
You are invited to dedicate a luminary to a person or group who has been a beacon in your life or to those you want to send hope, light, and love out to. Their name will be written on the luminary, and we will mail a card letting them know that a luminary will be lit in their honor.
You may dedicate a luminary online: www.luminariesonvashon.com, by mail: LUMINARIES/ P.O. Box 2317, Vashon, WA 98070, or at the event. Let us know what name you want written on the luminary and where we can mail the card. We can also mail you the card if you would like to present it to the recipient yourself. Suggested donation: $1-5 per luminary. More information on website. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you to walk this path:
~ alone to reflect or recharge ~ with a loved one(s) or beloved community member
~ with someone who is alone and needs to connect with the light of others
Clarissa Pinkola Estes wrote,
“One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul...The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire…. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.”
These luminaries will be our “lanterns” as we promote that which we want to “catch fire.” On the Eve of Valentine’s Day, together we will “stand up and show [our souls]” as we share our love and appreciation for those who Stand on the Side of Love. And we will send light and love out to those who need it.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 4:00 PM
REV. CAROL MCKINLEY
#BLACK LIVES MATTER
Cornel West has said: “Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” In the wake of police-involved shootings of young black men, racial and economic inequality and politics that often serve to divide us, each of us is called to confront racism in this country, and to engage in intentional work for fair and transformative justice in the communities of which we are a part.
Rev. Carol McKinley is an Affiliated Community Minister with the Olympia UU Congregations. For seven years she was Coordinator of our denominations’s statewide legislative advocacy organization, Washington State Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice. She currently serves on the Pacific Northwest District’s board and its Healthy congregations Team.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 4:00 PM
REV. BRUCE BODE
STANDING ON THE SIDE OF LOVE
MUSICIAN: CLAIRE FAVRO
On this Valentine’s Day, Rev. Bruce Bode will speak of the many meanings of our English word “love” - from romantic love to the love that inspires and propels social justice. This is the first in a series of three services where our rural, largely white congregation, will try to get our heads and hearts around the Black Lives Matter movement. We begin with love.
Rev. Bruce Bode is the minister of Quimper UU Fellowship of Pt. Townsend, which has been the mentoring congregation for PUUF since our inception.Claire Favro is a singer/guitarist who brings joy and love to her music.
Save the date: Saturday, February 27, 2016 for the Search for Meaning Book Festival. for tickets go to: www.seattleu.edu/searchformeaning The event is from 9 am to 6 pm. For the full schedule see: http://www.seattleu.edu/searchformeaning/schedule/
There will be 50+ authors at the session, including: Tracy Kidder [author of Mountains Beyond Mountains]; Suki Kim [author ofWithout You, There is No Us]; Sam Quinones [author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America].
Whether you celebrate formally or informally, welcome to the added light to our days!