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March 1 at 10:30 a.m.

"What We Choose"
Rev. Dr. Linda Hart

Do we create our path or do we follow the one already laid out? With the guidance of a story by Kevin Brockmeier, we'll design our own answers to that question.

Social time following the service

Register by this Sunday, March 1st for Three UU Church Retreat
This Sunday after worship service, meet with one of our UU neighbors from Saltwater who will join us during coffee time, before the Art Gallery Opening, to answer questions about our Three UU Church Retreat. Meet by the Chalice following worship service.

Three UU Church Retreat May 1-3, 2015 Seabeck Conference Center
Calling all Unitarian Universalists from around the South Puget Sound! You are invited to an all-ages retreat with the Saltwater, Tahoma, and Olympia congregations at Seabeck Conference Center, May 1-3, 2015, on the shores of the Hood Canal. This retreat is an opportunity for us to get to know one another better, relax, and engage more deeply with our faith. Full time registration includes meals, lodging, a guest speaker, other workshops, and fun activities. Partial scholarships are available to those who volunteer. Registration is available online at: For more information, join the discussion by the Chalice after service this Sunday, or see the February Dialog, or speak with Susie Maharry, Director of Adult Religious Exploration.

“Diversity” Wabi-sabi Art by Bill Havens

Our newest art show in the Mary Boze Art Gallery is a collection of Wabi-sabi art created by Bill Havens. Please join us for an opening reception on Sunday, March 1st following the morning worship service.

“Wabi-sabi is a Japanese view of art that finds value in the imperfect, handmade, uncomplicated, and spontaneous. Wabi implies simplicity, fresh, and made by nature or man. Sabi can mean solitary or quiet or patina of age. In Wabi-sabi you learn that beauty is not out there to be discovered,but is right here in the moment.It encourages us to dance in

themoment and allow our being and actions to follow the natural flow of life. It appreciates and accepts complexity while at the same time valuing simplicity. It is a way that is natural and brings you close to the real world. It is an intuitive way of feeling that nothing lasts, nothing is finished, nothing is perfect. Wabi-sabi revels in the transitory and elevates the humble. Messiness, decline, and decay aren’t mistakes, they are an art form. Different viewpoints stimulate different ways of perceiving art. Wabi-sabi encourages you to experiment, mess about, and personalize.” ~ Bill Havens


Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation (TUUC)
1115 South 56th Street
Tacoma, WA 98408
253 474-4646


We are searching for a loving, caring person to guide our children's religious exploration program. This is a permanent 20 hour/week position open to those whose philosophy is in line with our Unitarian Universalist principles and values. Candidates need to have balanced experience working with children, youth, and families as well as experience coordinating with adult volunteers. A background in some form of teaching is a plus. We want someone committed to their own growth and development and willing to attend continuing DRE education training and webinars. Salary is in line with Unitarian Universalist Association compensation guidelines.

Our church is a growing, dynamic community with a new minister who is lighting up our congregation. Our staff is energized by her presence. The children's program is expanding and is supported by a strong, enthusiastic group of volunteers.

For further information and application guidelines, please see learn more at Note that we routinely conduct background checks on all staff and volunteers who work with our children.

This Week at TUUC

Friday, February 27

Last Friday Sandwich Making
5:30 p.m., Kitchen and Social Hall

Sandwich making at the church begins at 5:30 p.m. Participants often donate sandwich makings and fruit. After sandwich assembly, some of the group distribute the sandwiches and fruit at the Rescue Mission from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Our partners with this project are the West End Kiwanis, Temple Beth El, and Wilson High School Key Club. For more information about this monthly food ministry, contact Betsy Maier or Felice Davis.

Saturday, February 28

Seattle University presents Search for Meaning Book Festival

This annual festival exploring the human search for meaning is in its sixth year and will present over 55 national and international authors presenting their works. This year’s festival features authors, Krista Tippett, host of On Being, and Paul Vallely, biographer of Pope Francis.

Wednesday, March 4

Adult Religious Exploration
Sumi Painting

Facilitator: Bill Havens
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Tahoma UU Congregation Sanctuary

The paintings of Bill Havens are currently hanging in the Mary Boze Sanctuary Art Gallery, and now Bill will provide a unique hands-on experience for all of us to

create our own artwork. As he describes it, "Sumi painting is a meditative process where you get in the mood by rhythmic grinding of the ink. We study our subject. We love our subject. We know our subject. We put all reference material away and then paint from our heart and mind. We use our whole body to project our feelings." Bill Havens and Barbara Madsen will bring all the materials, so everyone can paint a masterpiece. We will meet downstairs in the Social Hall.

Thursday, March 5

Yoga in the Sanctuary
6:00-6:45 p.m.

Join our regular Thursday night yoga group.

Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
7:00-8:30 p.m.

Come sing a song with us

Saturday, March 7


Puget Sound Unitarian Universalist
Music Festival Gala Concert

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church
911 Stewart Street, Seattle, WA

Featuring works by Brian Tate

Free Admission, Donations Gratefully Accepted

Participating Choirs

Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church
East Shore Unitarian Church, Bellevue
Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church
Evergreen Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Church Congregation
Northlake Unitarian Church, Kirkland
Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Saltwater Church, Des Moines
Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church
Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation
The Unitarian Universalist of Whidbey Island
Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church

Sunday, March 8

“What I Think About When I Think About Peace”
Guest Speaker: Rev. Jim Anderson

The UU goal of “world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all” is a wonderful principle — especially now. However, like ending racism, homelessness, and child abuse it is pragmatically unrealistic. This sermon will explore the evolution and genetics of peace and violence, and it will make more balanced and realistic observations about peace in the world, in Tacoma, and around the dining room table.

Tacoma will come together in solidarity to support the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March. The march will start on the East side of the 11st Street Bridge, and end on the West side with speeches. Hosted by YWCA Pierce County and Tacoma Urban League. In Partnership with Tacoma Stands Up.

Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation Presents

Jim Scott and A Pete Seeger Songfest
Remembering Pete Through His Songs


Sunday, March 8, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
Tahoma UU Congregation Sanctuary
General Admission — $15 Suggested Donation

We’ll honor Pete Seeger, singing many of his well-loved songs such as “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” and many more. All interested singers welcome, no experience necessary, only a love of music!

Led by guitarist and composer Jim Scott, who knew Pete well, and collaborated on many projects with the folk legend, we'll raise our voices for the causes Pete championed, and remember the great contributions to our American heritage Pete made in his 94 years of life. Pete’s legacy of poetry and song guide and inspire us, and we hope you’ll join us for this special afternoon of music and community!

Jim Scott brings a warmth and authenticity that turns any size audience into an intimate gathering. His lyrical melodies, well-crafted words, guitar mastery, and humorous surprises moved Pete Seeger to call him, “Some kind of a magician.” Known to many as guitarist with the Paul Winter Consort and co-composer of their celebrated "Missa Gaia / Earth Mass," Jim is a prolific composer in his own right. His much loved "Gather the Spirit" and other songs are in the UU hymnbooks.

For more about Jim Scott, visit

Congregational News

FISH Food Bank Drive

Historically, food banks enjoy a surge of kindness during the winter holidays, but see a drop in donations immediately after the Christmas season. After Christmas, the need does not go away. Families, children, and the elderly are still hungry. You can help. Please bring non-perishable food items and drop them off in the box in the hallway outside the sanctuary. Thank you.
~ submitted by Christine Stalnaker **/

Auction News!

Christmas presents you received but don’t want or need?

Organizing your belongings in the new year and have unwanted items? Save them to donate to the Tahoma UU Congregation Annual Auction — Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 25th!
~ Submitted by Sheila Whybrow,

Sunday Service Flowers

Members and friends may contact Joan Bregger if they wish to provide flowers in the sanctuary on a particular Sunday. Persons who volunteer to donate flowers or plants may contact Joan at or by telephone at 253-761-9038. Joan will need to know which Sunday the volunteer will cover and whether the flowers are in honor or memory of anyone or commemorate an event. The name of the donor and the person, people, or event honored or remembered will appear in the appropriate Order of Service unless arranged otherwise.

All the “flower person” needs to do is to notify Joan by Wednesday before the desired Sunday, bring the flowers to the church between 30 and 15 minutes before the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, and arrange to remove the flowers after the service. Tall ceramic vases, if needed, are in the cabinet next to the book sale cabinet in the sanctuary.

If desired, receipts for the purchase of flowers or plants may be submitted to the Tahoma UU Administrator, Libby Ball, for a tax deductible donation document.

Currently, all Sundays are available for your floral donation. Please contact Joan if you wish to provide Sunday flowers. If unable to reach Joan, please contact Church Administrator, Libby Ball, at

Social Justice & Community News

Advocates for Immigrants and Detention Northwest

The next meeting of AID Northwest, a group of lawyers and concerned citizens involved with issues at the prison, will be at St. Leo's on March 18 at 9:30 a.m. The March program will provide the perspectives of other groups and their approaches for advocating for detained immigrants at the Northwest Detention Center. Come to the meeting and learn...

  • What happens at the vigils?
  • How are students at UPS working to get the detainee stories told?
  • What exactly does NWIRP do at the NWDC?
  • What does the Nothrwest Detention Center Resistance Group do?

The next vigil will be on Saturday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome. If you would like more information on any of these events, don't hesitate to contact Nancy Farrell at 253-952-0571 or by email at Our March Change for Change at TUUC will go for telephone cards for detainees. These telephone cards are the only way detainees can contact the outside world, and they are vital. The Northwest Immigrants Rights Project is in charge of these cards, and their website is for more information on their excellent work.

AID NW Volunteer Visitor Training
March 21, 2015 11:00 a.m. ・ – 2:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church of Tacoma 621 Tacoma Ave So Room 202 ・ – Tower Entrance, North of Church Entrance


  • 11:00 – 11:15 Welcome, Ice Breaker and Introductions
  • 11:15 – 12:00 Overview of the Northwest Detention Center and History of the AID NW
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Lunch Break Video: “Volunteer Listening Skills for Detention Visitation Programs”
  • 12:30 – 1:15 Building Active Listening Skills
  • 1:15 – 2:00 Panel of AID NW Volunteer Visitors – Q & A A light lunch will be provided (Suggested donation - $5.00)

Please RSVP via email at or voice mail at (253) 572-9659.

If you would like more information on any of these events, don't hesitate to contact Nancy Farrell at 253-952-0571 or by email at

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

Come Join Your Fellow Tahoma UU Congregants 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 Kitchenonce 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 or 253-566-4334.

The Moondancers Covenant Group is sponsoring a children’s book drive through the Africa Library Project to support Michelle Harper Kowalczyk, a Tahoma UU member for the past three years, who is now serving in the Peace Corps at an elementary school in rural South Africa.

The goal is to establish a school library for Enkathweni Primary School by collecting 1,000 new or gently used children’s books during the months of March and April. We are seeking alphabet books, beginning chapter books, and reference books (dictionaries and atlases) for the library. Paperback books are preferred because of lower shipping costs. Some good sources for purchasing gently used books are Value Village where buying four books entitles one to a fifth book free. All Goodwill stores offer a 20% discount on all purchases (including books) to those over 55 every Wednesday. Here are some cultural tips for selecting books:

  • The local culture is VERY suspicious of witchcraft and magic. Avoiding these topics will be ideal.
  • British English and religious themes are both acceptable in this culture.
  • English is their second language, so aim low when choosing book levels (grade 7 might read at a US grade 4 level). Poetry, alphabet books, and early reading books are highly encouraged!
  • Books highlighting African culture and diversity are highly desirable.

There is a box for book donations in the church foyer and in the central hallway downstairs. Change for Change during the month of April will be dedicated to cover the cost of shipping the books to Africa and the purchase of additional gently used books. Please direct any questions to Joan Benderson at

Coming Soon Dates & Events

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 11:45 a.m.

A special Congregational Meeting has been set for Sunday, March 15, 2015, at 11:45 a.m., in the Sanctuary of the Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation at the request of the Board of Trustees.

The business to be considered at the meeting shall be limited to voting on moving funds from our Reserves to balance the 2014 Operating Budget.

Per the Bylaws only those who have been members of the Congregation for a period of thirty days prior to March 15 and have made an identifiable financial contribution or pledge of record for this year may vote. Those who have obtained a waiver may also vote.

Please add this congregational meeting to your personal calendar, so we can ensure a quorum for this special meeting.  

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 8:30 a.m.—12:00 noon

If you are interested in becoming a member of our Tahoma UU Congregation, or learning more about Unitarian Universalism, please join us at our Spring Pathways to Membership class on Saturday, March 28th. These classes are typically offered once in the spring and once in the fall. Attending the class is not a commitment to membership, but we hope all potential members will join us for this session. Pathways to Membership is a great way to learn more about our congregation as well as to meet and become well-acquainted with some of the people in our church community.

Save the Date! Charting Our History
Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Join Linda to create a comprehensive time line of the history of Tahome UU Congregation! As a first step in revisiting our mission and covenant, we’ll join together in telling the history from all the way back in the 19th century to this year. Who have we been? Who are we now? What treasures are there in the past that we can polish up and display? And are there skeletons? I wonder what they look like?

We hope to make this a family friendly event (special time line for kids!), so do plan to bring everyone!

Questions? Want to help? Get in touch with Linda!

Volunteering for General Assembly?

Interested in offering your volunteer time for General Assembly in Portland, June 24-28? Volunteer forms will be available on March 1st on the UUA website at:

l Contribute 24 (not all contiguous!) hours of volunteer time for GA, and receive a free registration!

Rev. Linda Hart’s Office Hours
Mondays through Wednesdays: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
To Schedule an Appointment: Email 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 to reach our Church Administrator, Libby Ball.

Staff Email Addresses
Rev. Linda Hart, Developmental Minister:
Susie Maharry, Director of Adult Religious Exploration:
Anne-Marie Davidson:
Lisa Pedersen, Religious Exploration Coordinator:
Libby Ball, Church Administrator:

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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