Announcements, Announcements, Announcements
After a bruising and frightening election season, we are finally on the other side. How can we heal our own spirits and our relationships with the "others" around us? How do we go forward from here, individually and collectively? Where and how do we find the courage and strength to be engaged with our political system as Unitarian Universalists? Rev. Florence Caplow will guide us in this service on Nov. 13 at 4 pm.
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016
"The human mind and what we've achieved with it is remarkable. But it does not come close to what we can do, be, see, and heal with our hearts. The only way to change someone's mind is to connect with them from the heart."
Wise words, these, but how many of us can imagine being able to connect with those whose values seem opposed to our own? How do we keep our spiritual composure during troubling times, or when our personal lives are turned upside down by illness or other calamity?
Spiritual intelligence has been defined as the "ability to behave with wisdom and compassion, while maintaining inner and outer peace, regardless of the situation." Come join us and together we will seek to regain our spiritual balance.
We will be joined by Dennis and Bonnie O'Hanlon, who will provide music for the service.
Reverend Florence Caplow and Share DeWees will lead the service.
In September, Rev. Florence Caplow traveled to Standing Rock in North Dakota with PUUF friend Share DeWees and four others. On this Sunday before Indigenous People's Day come to be inspired by stories from this historic gathering of indigenous people and all races standing against the "black snake" - the oil pipeline that threatens the Missouri River.
Rev. Florence Caplow is part of the ministerial team at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend, and will be speaking regularly at PUUF in 2016-17. [usually on the 2nd Sunday of each month, with a few exceptions]. She is also an ordained Soto Zen priest, and the author of The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women.
Rev. Florence Caplow wil present the first of her monthly services at PUUF. She is assistant minister at Quimper UU Fellowship as well as a Soto Zen priest and teacher, and spent many years as a conservation biologist. "We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving." JK Rowling. In this service we will address the UU First Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
Our long search for a more central location has finally been completed. Starting on September 11, we will be meeting at the Agnus Dei Lutheran Church, 10511 Peacock Hill Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Your Board of Trustees has been warmly welcomed by Agnus Dei staff and volunteers and we have hopes that this will be a happy new residence for us. Agnus Dei is not only more centrally located and with good parking, it has a piano and projector and a great kitchen that we may use. We hope that you all like the new space as much as we do.
On September 11, at our first service at Agnus Dei, we will celebrating our annual in-gathering and water communion with Rev. Bruce Bode, minister of Quimper UU Fellowship of Port Townsend.
Our PUUF board of trustees has been warmly welcomed by Agnus Dei staff and volunteers and we have hopes this will e a happy new residence for us. Agnus Dei is more centrally located for our congregation and has ample parking. The room we will use has a piano and a kitchen and the building has child care facilities, as we grow. We hope that you will all like our new home as much as we do.
Rev. Bruce Bode, minister of Quimper UUF will lead us in celebrating our annual in-gathering and water communion. You are invited to bring a small amount of water from a place or experience that holds a special significance in your life, or simply speaks to your gratitude for the water that flows in your tap each morning. During the ceremony you water will join that of others' in our congregation's bowl.
Singer/guitarists Dennis and Bonnie O'Hanlon will provide our music.
Dear Members and Friends of PUUF;
Last Saturday our Board of Trustees, along with Becky Brown and Amy Wilkerson, met for a board retreat. Thank you to Gary and Anne Culbertson for sharing their home with us for the day and to David Allen for moderating our discussions and keeping us on track. Our purpose was to discuss where we are and where we are heading as a fellowship along with some more specific goals for this year. Please contact me or any member of the board with reactions, comments, and/or ideas. I welcome your feedback.
Who are we? We are an emerging congregation with intent of becoming a full member of UUA; welcoming to all; believing in “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”; accepting of all journeys of spirituality; non-dogmatic; nonjudgmental; community members; built on a long UU tradition/history.
Where are we now? We are stable, [mostly aging] small congregation/fellowship; we are currently addressing the needs of our congregation; we are getting information out to the community but want to increase the ways we do that; we have a community outreach with our collections for Backpack for Kids and wonder if we could be doing more.
We are currently meeting on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 4:00 pm. Do we want to continue these times?
Where are we going? If we wish to grow how can we align what we are doing with different age groups/demographics/interests/community?
Last year the board invested time and energy in making sure the bylaws reflect current and best practices. Those were accepted at the June general membership meeting. This year the Board Members will spend time investigating and studying all aspects of a possible part-time minister. This will include research on requirements to move forward; financial needs; and resources available for us. We welcome input from all members.
Other things we will work on are developing protocols for the way we do things (enabling new participants to help), the ways we communicate, and the ways we can better serve our members. We are blessed with a growing community of members and friends, a board that is able to work together, and an interest in growing our fellowship.
It takes many hands and hearts working together to build a fellowship. I hope you will join the conversations and the work of building PUUF to meet the spiritual and social justice needs of our local community.
PUUF board president
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Come enjoy good company and good food while we pay a special tribute to the life of Al Johnsen, artist and philosopher, who was a charter member of PUUF and a dear friend of Gig Harbor potters. If you have one of Al's works of art, please bring it or a picture of it, or bring your good memories and stories about Al.
We will meet at Hobie Denny's home and will provide you with the choice of hamburger, salmon burger, or veggie burger.
Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert and a beverage of your choice. Please let Hobie know how many will be in your party and what type of burger each person wants. PLEASE NOTE: This is in place of our July fellowship meetings.