Announcements, Announcements, Announcements
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.email@example.com and/or Sally Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.