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Sunday, September 6
"Stories of Promise”


Lay-Led Worship Service

We cherish a tradition at Tahoma UU Congregation of a lay-led worship service on Labor Day weekend Sunday where a few of us share reflections on books we have read in recent months. 

This year we’ll focus on our Stories of Promise. 

The September worship theme — Promise — will be carried through Rev. Linda Hart's sermons throughout the month. The September 6th lay-led service offers us a chance to reflect on how promise" relates to our reading experiences. Join us to hear how some of our congregation have found Promise in the stories they’ve read

Olympia UU Congregation
Invites Tahoma UU Congregation and Saltwater UU Church to
A Powerful Workshop with Rev. Cat Cox

From Conflict to Collaboration

Sunday, September 6, 2015, 1:00—3:00 p.m. Olympia UU Congregation
2315 Division St. NW, Olympia, WA 98502

Living a spiritually grounded life is living authentically. It comes from attentive listening to yourself as well as to others, and from expressing yourself in ways others can hear — and relate to!

  • Build satisfying connections with people who matter —
  • Work effectively with your whole community —
  • Breakthrough to new solutions—together!

Bring your frustrations, challenges, and conflicts, and transform the way you see and deal with them!

  • Deepen your capacity to hear (and listen!) to your own inner voice.
  • Express yourself in ways that are more authentic, respectful — and get attention!
  • Move past the old beliefs and stuck situations that are holding you back.
  • Transform conflict into connection and creative problem solving.
  • Find solutions you can feel great about that improve your connection to others.

Stay true to yourself while building trust, open up shared understandings, and creating solutions that benefit everyone!!

Rev. Cat Cox’s Unitarian Universalist ministry is grounded in the belief that challenging situations are transformed into creative opportunities by clarifying what matters most to every stakeholder, and staying true to oneself while communicating effectively with others to build mutual respect, shared understanding, and increased goodwill. Rev. Cat’s ministry of spiritual guidance serves spiritually and ethically committed people who want to make a difference in the lives of others and the world without losing themselves in the process!

Rev. Cat has an M.Div. from Starr King School for the Ministry, and a M.A.T. in English and Education from UC Berkeley. She also holds certification from the Committed Non-Violent Communication Practitioners Program of Bay Area NVC , as well as from the Institute for Advanced Archetypal Studies.

This Week

Monday, September 7


Monday Night Meditation, Tahoma UU Sanctuary, 7:00-8:45 pm.

Any and all are welcome to join us on Monday evenings for meditation in the Vipassana tradition.  This coming Monday Rob is facilitating.  We typically sit or walk in meditation for 30 minutes, listen to a recorded dharma talk, and then have a short discussion in the spirit of awareness. No previous experience or preparation is necessary.  You can enter the sanctuary using the stairs next to the parking lot.  For more information, contact Rob Gramenz (rgramenz@harbornet.com) or Mark Backus (backusm@harbornet.com).

Thursday, September 10

Thursday, September 10, 2015,
 6:00-6:45 p.m.
 in the Sanctuary

Join our regular 
Thursday night yoga group. 

Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, September 10, 2015 
7:00-8:30 p.m. 
in the Sanctuary 

Saturday, September 10

Annual Teacher and Facilitator Training Saturday

8:30 a.m. Breakfast, Sanctuary
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon Training

Join Rev. Linda Hart, Indigo Lewis, Director of Children’s and Youth Religious Exploration, Susie Maharry, Director of Adult Religious Exploration, and Mary Rhine, Interfaith Chaplaincy Student, at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast, and 9:00 a.m. as we begin our day together as a large group. We will then have separate sessions for Children’s RE Teachers and Adult Facilitators.

All RE teachers for the 2015-16 church year will have time together to review safety, logistics, behavior management, the year’s curriculum, and our objectives and mission for the RE program. Indigo Lewis will be facilitating the morning, joined by Rev. Linda Hart.

The Adult Facilitators will have an overview of the Small Group Ministry Structure at Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation, learn the ins and outs of small group facilitation, brainstorm on what makes a successful group and what pitfalls to watch for, and experience the 2015-2016 Chalice Circles – Interfaith – Soul Matters Thematic Ministry for September: “What does it mean to be a people of… Promise.” The Adult Facilitators training will be led by Susie Maharry and Mary Rhine, joined by Rev. Linda Hart.

Congregational News

Classroom updates

We’re making headway in sprucing up our classrooms for our new church year, and welcome the assistance of some additional volunteer painters.

Want to be inspired by new color in your life? Contact Church Administrator, Libby Ball, at Admin@TahomaUU.com to volunteer your painterly skills in smartening up our classroom

Like to work with children? Join our Childcare Team!

Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation is looking for a caring, attentive, energetic, and experienced person to join our Childcare Team. This position is part-time, flexible, and approximately 6-10 hours per month. Shifts are primarily in the Nursery on Sunday mornings from 10:15-11:45 a.m., with occasional need for weekend, afternoon, or evening meetings.

We are a liberal religious community and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, country of origin, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs.

Must pass a background check and provide references. Pay is $10 per hour.

For more information contact Indigo Lewis at dir.re@tahomauu.com or 253-474-4646

Coming Events


Sunday Sundaes!  
Sunday, September 13, 2015 
Water Communion Sunday 

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Sundaes! 
Do we have your taste-buds wondering what’s in store? 
Watch for Sunday Sundaes info 
in the September Dialog!

And save the date!! It’ll be yummy 


Chalice Circles 2015-2016
Interfaith – Soul Matters

This year our 2015-2016 Chalice Circles will participate in the church-wide Thematic Ministry using the resources from Soul Matters, with an over-arching “Interfaith” theme layered on top. This program is being led by Mary Rhine, who is currently attending The Chaplaincy Institute, an Interfaith Seminary and Community. When she graduates next spring, she will be a Certified Spiritual Director and ordained as an Interfaith Minister. Mary Rhine will incorporate readings from as many different faith traditions as possible into the monthly Thematic Ministry - Soul Matters themes as follows:

  • September 2015 What does it mean to be a people of… Promise
  • October 2015 What does it mean to be a people of… Renewal
  • November 2015 What does it mean to be a people of… Grace
  • December 2015 What does it mean to be a people of… Wonder
  • January 2016 What does it mean to be a people of… Integrity
  • February 2016 What does it mean to be a people of… Faith
  • March 2016 What does it mean to be a people of… Resilience
  • April 2016 What does it mean to be a people of… Revelation
  • May 2016 What does it mean to be a people of… Tradition
  • June 2016 What does it mean to be a people of… Revelry

We will have several circles, each meeting on a different night of the week or during the day, so you can choose a circle based on your availability. Susie Maharry will have signup sheets before and after Sunday Services. Or you can email her at dir.are@tahomauu.com.

Wednesday Night Adult Religious Exploration Returns

Wednesday Night Adult Religious Exploration is a drop-in class from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. No registration is required. However, if you wish to be notified of class changes or cancellations, please let Susie Maharry know you are planning to attend. If you can’t make all the sessions in a series, it is okay to miss a few. Childcare will be provided upon request by contacting Church Administrator, Libby Ball, at Admin@TahomaUU.com.


September 23, 2015 6:30—8:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Susie Maharry
Tahoma UU Congregation Sanctuary

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for set-up. Open Mic begins at 6:30 p.m

Culinary artists bring food to eat, visual artists display art to look at and/or purchase, and performing artist play music to hear. Truly sensations for all our senses! Anyone may participate and all are invited to attend.

12 Steps to a Compassionate Life
Facilitator: Mary Rhine
6:30—8:00 p.m.

Learning about compassion is one thing, but doing compassion is quite another. It starts with compassion toward yourself, and then, through deep awareness of the world around you, compassion for others. Ultimately, you may even end up loving your enemies.

Anyone interested in further developing their sense of compassion will want to attend this class. Through discussion, lecture, and journaling, participants will gain a greater understanding of compassion, and identify ways in which to practice compassion toward themselves and others, in an ever-widening circle. Participants are required to read the book, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, by Karen Armstrong.

Upcoming Services


“The Promise of Community”
Annual Water Celebration Service
Sunday, September 13, 2015

We gather as a whole church to celebrate coming into the new program year. Everyone is encouraged to bring a little bit of water to share in our water ritual. We'll lift up the places and experiences of the summer and look forward to the coming year.

“The Promise of Explorations”
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 10:30 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Linda A. Hart

Children's Religious Explorations begins this Sunday and Adult Religious Explorations starts on Wednesday. What is this all about? Why do we invite explorations? What do we get from it? Answers and more questions will be forthcoming!

“The Promise of the Future”
Sunday, September 27, 2015, 10:30 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Linda A. Hart

Our budget drive begins this week, and everyone is asked to consider what to give to the congregation. More though, what is the promise that we can live into as a community? As we start our year of exploration of the mission and vision of Tahoma UU Congregation, we look toward the future and where we might go.

Save the Date!

Saturday, October 3, 2015
5:00—7:00 p.m.

Mark your calendar for a fun pledge drive kickoff event on Saturday, October 3 from 5:00—7:00 p.m. Together we can achieve our dreams for our Tahoma UU Congregation!

Jack Bregger Chris George Pledge Drive Co-Chairs

Associated Ministries Hunger Walk

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Tahoma UU Congregation invites all members and friends to join our team of walkers for the 35th Annual Associated Ministries Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 4, 2015.

Change for Change in September will go to the Associated Ministries Hunger Walk.

Learn more . . .

Social Justice

Social Justice & Food Ministry

Hospitality Kitchen
First Fridays and Third Thursdays at 8:00 a.m.

Come Join Your Fellow Tahoma UU Congregates at Hospitality Kitchen Hospitality Kitchen is a program of Catholic Community Services, located at 1323 S. Yakima Ave on the Tacoma Hilltop, that serves a free breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday for those in need. Members and friends of our congregation have been volunteering at Hospitality Kitchen once a month for the past six years.

We now volunteer twice a month on the First Friday and the Third Thursday of each month. Breakfast service is 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and lunch is from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. We are seeking a couple more volunteers for our First Fridays at Hospitality Kitchen. If you would like to join us, please contact Joan Benderson at joan.benderson@nventure.com or 253-566-4334.

Social Justice & the Northwest Detention Center

If there are any of you who would like to participate in the Welcome Center RV at the Northwest Detention Center, it is a truly useful and joyful experience for the released detainees and all who are there to help. For 9 years, detainees were simply released to the streets outside the prison, with no help to get to the bus, no food, water, or cell phones, etc. This has all changed with the RV being there every weekday afternoon, from 3:00—6:00p.m. Faith communities are being asked to help staff the Welcome Center. If this is something that interests you, please e-mail peggylherman@yahoo.com to volunteer.

~ Nancy Farrell

Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest

Volunteer orientation and training for the visitation program, post-detention  accompaniment network (P-AN) and the Welcome Center will be held on Saturday, September 12th and 19th at First United Methodist Church of 
Tacoma from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

 For additional information about AID NW, visit our website at www.aidnw.org

Community Meeting 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. 
St. Leo Church
Yakima & S. 13th Street. Tacoma

Join AID NW in a discussion of the challenges immigrants confront after they are deported. We will show a video from the Kino Border Initiative and then hear from a panel of speakers who will address the issues raised in the video in more depth and lead the discussion.

The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is a bi-national organization that works in  Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico

Every year, thousands of migrant men, women and children are deported to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. They often arrive with only the clothes on their backs and a small plastic bag that contains their belongings. They often do not know where to turn to receive a meal, find shelter and to make a

phone call. They also arrive emotionally and psychologically devastated, due to  separation from their family members or the inability to work legally in the United States.”  https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/ 

To respond to the critical humanitarian needs of these deported migrants, KBI runs three projects: an aid center that provides warm meals, clothing and personal care items; a shelter for migrant women and children; and a first aid station.

Information from AID NW submitted by Chris George 

Rev. Linda Hart’s Office Hours
Mondays through Wednesdays: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
To Schedule an Appointment: Email minister@tahomauu.com or call 360-584-0966.
Meetings with Linda are available for members and friends.

Church Office Hours
Typical office hours are Sundays, before and after worship services and most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Hours vary to accommodate church events. To confirm church schedules, please call 253-474-4646 or email admin@tahomauu.com to reach our Church Administrator, Libby Ball.

Staff Email Addresses
Rev. Linda Hart, Developmental Minister: minister@tahomauu.com
Susie Maharry, Director of Adult Religious Exploration: dir.are@tahomauu.com
Anne-Marie Davidson: amkdavidson@gmail.com
Indigo Lewis, Director of Religious Exploration: re.coor@tahomauu.com
Libby Ball, Church Administrator: admin@tahomauu.com

We at Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation are a liberal religious congregation of about 200 members, plus friends, who share our lives, our values and principles, our questions, and our faith and spirituality with one another. We have Sunday services, and we have other activities and programs all week. We are one of over a thousand independent congregations that voluntarily belong to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

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