Announcements, Announcements, Announcements
The sangha/meditation group that meets at Betty Jean's has chosen a name. We are the Still Mountain Rain sangha. We are open to all and you do not have to be a UU to attend. We meet from 3:30 to 5:00pm on Wed. Please be on time or come in and join the circle in honored silence. We are lead by Barbara Casey who is a dharma teacher in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition and has been ordained into the Order of Interbeing. Beginners are welcome. Please call Betty Jean for more information or directions. 253-432-4417.
SUNDAY, MAY 8, 4:00 PM
JOHN HOOVER: MOTHER’S DAY CONCERT
Puffins (PUUF members and guests) are invited to share a Mother’s Day joy or inspiration with members of the congregation in the form of poetry, art, a memory, a photograph - something tangible or intangible that honors anyone who has parented, comforted, provided, defended, taught, sustained or inspired them.
John Hoover returns to us to sing and play a Mother’s Day concert. His glorious voice and guitar music never fail to thrill and move us.
SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 4:00 PM
CLIMATE CHANGE, SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE, AND BELIEF: WHY WE (YES, UUs, TOO) RESIST NEW INFORMATION
The fourth UU principle is the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. For many UUs this includes understanding societal concerns like global climate change. Growing evidence that climate change is happening and is primarily human-caused has been met with continued skepticism by some. But such skepticism is not limited to climate change, or to people with less formal education. This talk addresses our human tendency to resist new information that challenges our beliefs.
Tom Koontz is an Associate Professor at UW Tacoma working in environmental science, environmental studies, and sustainability.
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 4:00 PM
REV. KAREN TALIESIN
How can we lift up truth and give honor even to those with whom we deeply disagree? Allowing the grace of understanding, empathy, and change to manifest itself in ongoing ways in all our relationships is perhaps our most difficult task - yet the one that may offer the very sustenance we need to survive.
Rev. Karen Taliesin is a chaplain at Seattle Children’s Hospital and a minister affiliated with East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue.
We need help maintaining our books. If this is an area of expertise or if you are just someone who is good with details, this could be a good fit for you.
Also, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
If you have not yet participated in our survey, please do so this week. The board wants to know what you like and what we can do to better meet the needs of you, our members and friends.
Or Email It Directly to Judy
Members and Friends Survey: Please help us know what you hope to see in our programs. Fill out this survey and return it to email@example.com
Survey for PUUF
December 2015/January 2016
Please fill out this survey to help us as the Program Committee and PUUF Board work to make our services meaningful for you.
What do you enjoy most about our services?
What inspires you?
What in the services is most meaningful for you?
I like a variety of speakers. _____
I prefer more consistency in speakers. _____
I prefer ministers. ______
I prefer lay leaders on a variety of topics. ______
I prefer sermons/lectures. ______
I prefer discussions. _____
What general topics would you be interested in exploring?
Would you be willing to contribute more to pay for a part time minister?
Yes __ No __
Would you be interested in having some small groups - such as chalice circles or discussion groups?
Yes__ No __
If so, would you be willing to host a group?
Yes__ No __
What day(s) and times work better for you? ______________________________
Friday, Feb. 26 we had 4 participants from PUUF at the Family Kitchen, joining with members of KUUF and First Lutheran Church. This program feeds people in the community the last Friday of each month. The next opportunity to volunteer and participate will be Friday, April 29. Contact Judy Arbogastjudy.firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Sally Murphy email@example.com if you can help.
Our 3 part series of services Standing on the Side of Love, #Black Lives Matter, and March 13 Community Conversations are just scratching the surface of becoming a welcoming community and engaging our community. Would you be interested in a small group discussion series to explore these ideas further? Let Judy Arbogast know if you are. Attached are 2 articles "Five Ways to Support Black Lives Matter" and White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack".
SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 4:00 PM
RAY GARRIDO, KITSAP IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE CENTER
There has never been a more important time to talk with our communities about what it means to be a welcoming place. Welcoming is about more than tolerance – it’s about developing a true respect and appreciation for our neighbors. It’s also about equity, and more specifically, racial equity – achieving the best and most fair results for everyone so that we all can prosper. To get there we have to be proactive and engage in conversations with our community that are not always easy, but are crucially important.
Ray Garrido is the Legal Services Director of the Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center.
SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 4:00 PM
REV. CAROL MCKINLEY
THE HOLY GIFT OF RENEWAL
JOHN HOOVER, SINGER-GUITARIST
What can we as Unitarian Universalists learn from this season of miracles? The celebrations of Passover and Easter, as well as the welcome sight of new leaves emerging from bare branches, offer opportunities to reflect on possibilities within us and among us; they speak of possibilities for new life in ourselves and our world.
Rev. Carol McKinley is an Affiliated Community Minister with the Olympia UU Congregation and serves on the Pacific Northwest District’s board and its Healthy Congregations Team. Singer-songwriter John Hoover plays and sings folk/rock and is a John Denver tribute artist.