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Sunday, November 29

"Grace in Motion"
10:30 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Linda A. Hart


Synonyms for grace include agility, beauty, dignity, ease and poise. While we may feel able to offer grace in the form of compassion and kindness, how do we know it in our bodies? Do you feel your own grace? We'll explore the grace of our hearts and the beauty of our bodies. Yes, even yours.

Tahoma UU Congregation Website
Photographers Needed for New Website

Photographers Wanted Thru November 30, 2015

To make our new website more inviting and vibrant, we need a variety of images. We got some pictures in late August, (thank you, John Froschauer!) but we need many more. If you can volunteer over the next 3 weeks, please contact Susan Kunkel and you'll be sent the list of suggested scenes that would provide a compelling impression of our congregation, its programs, and building. Susan Kunkel Susan. kunkel@q.com

This Week

Tuesday, November 24

United in Thanksgiving


Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Gathering

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
5941 South 12th Street, Tacoma WA 98465

Join us as we come together in peace
and community at Thanksgiving
to explore, reflect, and give thanks for our blessings.

For more than a quarter of a century,
this annual service has brought together people of many faith traditions.
The gathering will include participants from the
Bahá'i, Buddhist, Catholic, Center for Spiritual Living,
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Jewish, Muslim,
Native American, Protestant, Sufi, Unitarian Universalist,
and other faith traditions.

A reception and fellowship time will follow the service.

For more information please call 253-426-1506 or email sandyw@associatedministries.org. www.AssociatedMinistries.org

Thursday, November 26

Thanksgiving Dinner with
your Tahoma UU Friends

Thursday, November 26, 2015
3:00 p.m, Appetizers
4:00 p.m. Dinner
Social Hall

Join your Tahoma UU Congregation family for Thanksgiving fellowship in the church social hall on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th at 3:00 p.m. for appetizers and 4:00 p.m. for dinner.


Maryellen Martinez is hosting the dinner, and wilI be collecting names on Sunday of those who plan to attend. You may also email Maryellen at mmartin98498@yahoo.com to let her know you'll attend. Maryellen can also be reached by phone at 253-267- 1016, however, email is the best way to contact her.

Let Maryellen know your e-mail address, telephone number, how many people you'll be bringing, what dish(es) you'd like to bring, and what duties you're volunteering for. If there are two of you, for example, please bring two dishes. Two turkeys and at least one ham are needed.

Pleaselet Maryellen know if you can help with set up or clean up, or if you'd like to co-host the dinner.

Last minute attendees are always welcome.

Friday, November 27

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

Sandwich making at the church begins at 5:30 p.m. Participants often donate sandwich makings, typically lunchmeat and cheese, along with fruit, while our project partners typically provide peanut butter and jelly. After sandwich as a 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 family read, or a compelling read for yourself. Kiwanis, Temple Beth El, and Wilson High School Key Club. For more information about this monthly food ministry, contact Betsy Maier or Felice Davis.

Tahoma UU Religious Exploration

Religious Exploration "Wrangler"

What is the "RE Wrangler?

The "RE Wrangler" is the new mash-up of the "RE Greeter" and "DRE for the Day" volunteer positions. The RE Wrangler is present on the Sundays that our DRE, Indigo Lewis, is not; the 2nd, 4th and very occasional 5th Sundays of the month. Identifiable by the brightly colored clip clipboard, it's the wrangler's job to ensure a smooth transition from the children being sung out of service, to their arrival in the RE classrooms. In addition the wrangler will help visitors find their appropriate classes and double check that all classrooms have adult assistants. So when you see that brightly colored clipboard, please stop and give that person a sincere thank you for a very important job.

Upcoming Religious Exploration Activities for K-8
Dates Activity
Sunday, November 29 No RE classes; Nursery and Supervised Card Making
Sunday, December 6 All Classes Caroling at Altera Wynwood
Sunday, December 13 K-8th grades Congregational Meeting
Sunday, December 20 "Star of Wonder" pagent without prepraration
Full community worship service in Sanctuary
Sunday, December 27 No RE classes: Nusery and Supervised Movie


Wanted: Cardmakers

On Sunday, November 29th, we are taking a break from our formal RE classes to make holiday cards for the residents of Alterra Wynwood, the senior housing development where RE will be caroling on Sunday, December 6th.

We need three adults to supervise this relaxe, craft morning of card making. All materials will be supplied.

This is a great opportunity to support RE without teaching.

Contact Indigo Lewis at Dir.RE@TahomaUU.com to sign up

Youth Advisor Opening

Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation is an active liberal church with a growing high school youth program. We are seeking a lead Youth Advisor to oversee the current program and, in conjunction with the Director of Religious Education and Minister, guide its evolution towards integration of worship, leadership development, social action, education and community building

The position calls for a candidate with nerves of steel, a heart of gold, and a mind like a diamond. Our dream candidate is an empathetic soul who likes and respects youth, and has prior experience working with youth in an organized setting. The Youth Advisor should have the confidence to allow youth to explore the limits of their abilities and the wisdom to step in and provide guidance when it's needed.
We want someone who knows how to have fun and has the energy to keep up with the youth. The Youth Advisor's first priority must be the safety of the group and individual members. Strong communication skills are also a must. The ability to build trust with the group and maintain its confidentiality is crucial to making this position work.

All applicants are welcome, and must be willing to have a background check. Applicants should either have a Unitarian Universalist background, or agree with the UU Principles.

A flexible schedule, including Sunday mornings and several weekend overnight activities during the year, is required. Applicant must have own transportation.

This is a part-time position averaging 20 hours per month (approximately
5 hours per week) beginning immediately and ending mid June.  Salary of

Send a resume and a letter explaining why you are the right person for this position to: dre.re@tahomauu.com and put "Youth Advisor Search" in the email subject line, or use this postal address:

Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1115 S. 56th Street
Tacoma, WA 98408

Upcoming Events and Congregational News

Holiday donation drive for Treehouse

Help bring a joyful holiday season to foster kids in our community through our Holiday Donation Drive. As you plan your holiday giving, please consider adding a couple of additional gifts of new warm clothing, toys for toddlers to teens, or cash donations to pay for special activities. Place your unwrapped gifts in the collection box in the lobby on the following Sundays:

Sunday, November  22
Sunday, November 29
Sunday, December 6
or by Friday, December 11.

All donations will go directly to Treehouse.For more information about Treehouse, visit treehouseforkids.org. Sponsored by the RE Committee. Contact Christine Chansley with any questions.

Art Gallery Reception
Sunday, November 29, 2015,
12:00 Noon

Following worship service on Sunday, November 29th, join us for a reception with our own member artist, R. J. Lane. Bob's paintings currently grace the sanctuary walls. These paintings include works he created last winter when a dock dispute kept container ships loaded and moored not far from shore and provided artistic inspiration. Many of the paintings were created plein air meaning they were painted outdoors, a benefit for artists wishing to work in the natural light of their subjects. Bob Lane's artistic work first appeared at the church in 1985 in a pamphlet designed to introduce the congregation to their new church home. Lane is a member of Tacoma Urban Sketchers and Plein Air Washington Artists.

"Landing in Wonderland"
Sunday, December 6, 2015, 10:30 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Linda A. Hart

Alice found herself in Wonderland, a place that was familiar but somehow all wrong. Things didn't add up the way they should, didn't function as she had expected. Our lives can be that kind of Wonderland sometimes, too. We'll reflect together on how to find the place that is Wonder-filled in the midst of the topsy-turvy.

Meditation Returns December 7

"Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It's a way of entering into the quiet
that's already there­ buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day."
Deepak Chopra

Beginning Monday, December 7, Alexa and Steve Arnold will be continuing the weekly meditation group. Join us for 30 minutes of sitting or walking meditation in the sanctuary. Each week we will also have a topic for discussion related to meditating as a way to expand our knowledge and connect with one another. This group is for everyone, whether you've never meditated or meditate sometimes. This group is also open to any ideas or topics anyone may wish to share. Please e-mail alexa.aviles220@gmail.com
with any questions or comments. Namaste.
Annual Congregational Meeting for 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015, 12:00 Noon
Tahoma UU Congregation Sanctuary

On Sunday, December 13, 2015, beginníng at noon, we will conduct our annual Congregational Meeting. In accordance with the Bylaws, we have the following business to conduct:

  • Receive report from the President of the Board of Trustees
  • Present our budget for January - June 2016
  • Adopt the budget for January - June 2016

Please plan to be part of this longstanding UU tradition of self governance.

Per the Bylaws, only those who have been members of the Congregation for a period of 30 days prior to December 13 and have made an identifiable financial contribution during 2015 may vote. Those who have obtained a waiver may also vote.

Please note: There will be two information sessions for discussion about the budget and meeting agenda before the Congregational Meeting. Please attend one of those sessions if you are interested in a deeper discussion of the budget.

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, December 6, 2015, Noon-1:00 pm., Sanctuary

Social Justice

Developing Spiritual leadership for Black Lives Matter
with Organizer, Educator and Author Chris Crass

Saturday, December 12,10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
University Unitarian Church,6556 35"' Ave.NE, Seattle WA 98115

Join us for a dynamic and interactive workshop on using our spiritual superpowers  of prayer, ritual, song ,and community to act with courage against racism and for Black Lives Matter.

Utilizing story sharing, small, and large group discussion:

  • We will focus on how we can help create supportive and healthy leadership and culture that enables more and more of us to be effective racial justice leaders in these times, in our congregations and our communities.
  • We will explore ways we can deepen our collective internal understanding and commitment to anti-racism, as well as strengthen our external work for racial justice and racial equality.
  • We will talk about the challenges and opportunities we experience as we take bold and public stands to counter oppression.
 image from http://www.chriscrass.org/
Workshop is $5-25 and includes lunch. Please RSVP @ Bit.ly/chriscrass. To learn more about Chris Crass visit chriscrass.org

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.

Immigration Social Justice"

The RV "Welcome Center" outside of the Northwest Detention Center is in real need of back-packs and funds.

There have been as many as 20 detainees released in an afternoon, and their backpacks are depleted. Used backpacks and small suitcases you no longer need are just fine, and can be delivered to the NWDC any weekday afternoon between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Volunteers, especially those speaking Spanish, are very much needed, as well.

There were 92 visitors to detainees on Saturday afternoon. Two families, each with several children, got dressed up in their finest to say good-bye to their father, being deported this week. The children were especially serious after their visit. only peripherally distracted by toys and snacks What future do they have without their father and earner? What does this do to families?

The next vigil at NWDC is at 1:30 p.m. on November 21, 2015, and the next AID Northwest meeting is at St. Leo's on November 18 at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to both. There is also a walking protest to the prison at noon on November 21, starting from UW at Pacific and 19th, and all are welcome to this event, as well."

Submitted by Nancy Farrell

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
National Conference Call on Syrian Refugee Crisis

Thursday, December 3, 2015,
12:00-1:15 p.m, Pacific

This informative briefing will cover current advocacy opportunities, how we can make our communities more welcoming by addressing the culture of fear and hostility towards Muslims in the U.S., regardless of their immigration status, and provide an overview of the resettlement process. The call will also be recorded and posted online.  For more information, visit http://www.uuscorg/refugee-calls.

Speakers include:

  • Rachel Preed, VP and CP01 UUSC
  • Laura Griffin, Program Coordinatorfor Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service
  • Jen smyers.Director of PolicyandAdvocacy, Immigration and Refugee Progra, Church World Service
  • Ranwa Hammamy, MinisterialIntern. Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universa/ist Church, Walnut Creek CA
  • Catherine Orsborn. CampaignDirector, Shou/der2Shou/der
  • PamelaSparr, Associate Director for Justice-Building, UUSC Moderator

Associate Director for Justice-Building,,
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Challenging Injustice, Advancing Human Rights

Submitted by Nancy Farrell

Note: The UUSC—UUA Refugee Crisis Fund will be the recipient of Tahoma UU Congregation’s December Change for Change donation


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, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Hours vary to accommodate church events. To confirm church schedules, please call 253-474-4646 or email admin@tahomauu.comto 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
Indigo Lewis, Director of Religious Exploration:Dir.RE@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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