We were fortunate to have with us, once again, Rev. Bruce Bode from the Quimper UU Fellowship, our mentoring
congregation. Before the service even began, we enjoyed some music and song by Laurie Stuart, shown at the left. She in the intern minister at Quimper.
This was our Ingathering Water Ceremony to celebrate the beginning of a new church year. We each brought a small cup of water from a place cherished in our hearts, poured this water into a common bowl and left a card describing what the water meant to us. You can listen to Susan Dearth's remarks below.
Share DeWees chaired a group that spoke to us about "Diversity in a Welcoming Community," asking us "Do We Walk the Talk." Sue Redkey explained the Welcoming Congregation Program to us, emphasizing that we must take specific steps to qualify. Teri Wolf, a member of Tacoma UU Congregation, sang a special song she had written, "Another Chance." Sue Redkey and Kathy Knowles then focussed on whether we walk the talk, and Share finished with overall comments about the program. Overall, it was an excellent kickoff to our Welcoming Community Program.
Instead of a normal Sunday service, we enjoyed a picnic at Kathy Knowles' house in Olalla. Attendance was very good, as was the food and the socializing. The weather started out cloudy and cool, but the sun came out and warmed us all. The photos below tell the story.
We watched three videos, loaned to us by Rev. Bruce Bode, which cover the beginning of Unitarianism in this country.
1. Famous Founders: Priestley and Jefferson
2. William Ellery Channing: Unitarian Christianity
3. Theodore Parker and the Second American Revolution
Liz Huddle introduced the videos and Leif Bentsen led a discussion following.