Thank you Matt Aspin for your wonderful words about HOPE and how to find it.
On Mothers' Day we celebrated all mothers and caregivers who have helped us along our journeys of life. We also thanked Rev. Florence Caplow for the wonderful services she has provided for us this past year, plus the services provided to us as she was an intern while we were still meeting in Burley. We will miss her dearly and know this was a very difficult decision for her but we wish her well in her new position in the midwest which allows her to be near her aging mother. Thank you Florence!
April 23 we had presenters Marty Bishop, Alan Searle, and Jeri Carey present some history about climate change and what we can do to make a difference. After the service we wrote letters to our members of Congress.
SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 4:00 PM
REV. BRUCE BODE
MINISTER, QUIMPER UU FELLOWSHIP
THE REALM AND EXPERIENCE OF MYSTERY
“The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced,” writes Aart Van Der Leeuw. This sermon will address the question of what the “realm of mystery” is and isn’t, exploring the difference between “mystery” and “puzzle” and what this distinction means for how we live.
SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 4:00 PM WENDY WOJTANOWICZ &LAUREL SHULTZ COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS of PENINSULA (CISP)THE FACE OF HOMELESSNESS
Keeping high-school-age kids in school can be a challenge, but when those kids are homeless, the barriers to success may seem insurmountable. Nevertheless, CISP succeeds as often as it does by doing whatever it takes to eliminate barriers, and never giving up, on anyone. Come hear how CISP succeeds and what we can do to help.
Reverend Linda Hart, from Tahoma UU Fellowship, presented to us. She reminded us that our job is never finished, we are always on a journey....... John Hoover returned to provide and lead us in music and Amy Wilkerson was our lay leader.
Jan. 22 at our service we were blessed with the musical talents of Bonnie and Dennis O'Hanlon and the inspirational words about the work of KIAC by Ray Garrido. Ray works with the Legal Services at the Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center. He outlined for us his agency's response to the current administrations' immigration policies. He was able to offer specific areas of need for volunteers who would like to get involved with serving the local immigrant community. KIAC serves the varying needs of families from Forks to Olympia.
Each immigrant has a story that needs to be heard. We must be willing to listen, learn, and assist however we can. Suggestions include: helping with translation services; talking to city and county leaders, asking them to be welcoming to people in our communities; write letters to editors; write letters to legislators and members of Congress; offer your skills in filling out tax forms and/or other legal forms; assist with medical and dental clinics; donate money to help KIAC grow; help those trying to start their own businesses; The ten point plan includes: increasing outreach to enable eligible immigrants to attain legal status; ; educate vulnerable populations about their rights and resources; ; help people develop readiness plans; increase resources to defend immigrants, especially minors, in immigration court; maintain or increase accredited representative resources to continue the high rate of affirmative applications; encourage city and county law enforcement to limit their cooperation with ICE; develop and propose Welcoming Community ordinances; help immigrant business owners register their businesses, file/pay taxes, and improve their business skills; ; participate in encouraging immigrant friendly state legislation; work with other agencies to develop an alert network. Contact http://kitsapiac.org if you would like to get involved in helping KIAC.
While some of our members participated in Seattle [with 175,000 friends], others were in Olympia [with 10,000 friends]..
Women's Rights are HUMAN Rights...There were so many signs and images and people, it was impossible to capture it all. The overwhelming signs of caring and peacefulness were empowering. The best news was there was not a single arrest at any of the marches in WA or WA D.C. Rallies were held on every continent of the world.
Standing on the side of LOVE for native americans, latinos, muslims, all immigrants ["If you aren't native american, you are an immigrant"], LGBTQ, women, men = Human Rights = Equal Rights
Thank you to all who attended and brought such good food. We were a small but lively group singing along with Hank and Claire. It was a most uplifting way to end the Thanksgiving weekend.