This Week at TUUC
Monday, October 20
Monday Night Meditation, TUUC sanctuary, 7-8:45pm.
Join us on Monday evenings for meditation in the Vipassana tradition. 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. All are welcome. You can enter the sanctuary using the stairs next to the
parking lot. On Monday, October 20th, Audrey facilitating — Gina Sharpe: The Power
of Forgiveness - Forgiving Ourselves.
For more information, contact Rob Gramenz (email@example.com) or Mark Backus (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wednesday, October 22
WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility Phone Bank, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Social Hall
Wednesday Nights Until Election Day
Volunteer with the WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility and others from our Tacoma community to help pass Initiative 594, requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales.
Tahoma UU Congregation members voted to endorse I-594 last December,and the City of Tacoma endorsed the initiative this past
week. Phone bank volunteers educate voters and ensure supporters vote on election day. Please bring a mobile phone and laptop if possible This is your opportunity to join others from our Tacoma community, and help inform voters about this initiative.
Please register to volunteer for the phone bank at: http://action.wagunresponsibility.org/page/s/volunteer?source=site-navbar
Questions? Visit: http://action.wagunresponsibility.org
Please contact 594 organizer Andrea Carey if you have any additional questions - email@example.com
Wednesday Night Adult Religious Exploration
6:30-8:30 p.m., Sanctuary
"The Hebrew Bible" Part 3 of 4
Facilitator: Chris Meyer
Part 4: October 29, 2014, 6:30 p.m
"The Hebrew Bible/ sometimes called the Old Testament is the sacred scripture of the Jew~ and is a foundational document for Christians and Muslims. In addition to being important for three great religions/ the Hebrew Bible is very influential in secular culture. Yet many people know very little about the Hebrew Bible/ and do not know how to begin reading it
The Hebrew Bible is a collection of ancient literature/ written over several hundred years by writers with different belief~ agendas/ and political orientations. The Hebrew Bible contains myths/ legends/ histo~ Jaws/ stories/ poet~ wisdom/ and fiction. Some of the writing is very beautiful even in translation. Many of the stories show subtlety and psychological insight and still have meaning even for us today. The Hebrew Bible is fascinating literature/ even for those of us who are not believers.
We will read selections from the Bible. After each selection we will consider some questions: Who was the writer? What was the writers agenda? What was the historical context of the passage? We will use the work of scholars to help us understand difficult selections. In some cases we will consider the effect that certain selections have on the modern world. In the second session we will consider the Exodus from Egypt the story of escape from slavery. Then we will look at the story of King David as a historical novel. I hope this class will help participants to find their way around the Hebrew Bible and to have a better understanding of what they read. Final!y,
I hope to convey some of my own appreciation and enjoyment of the Bible to
those in the class.
~ Chris Meyer
Chi!dcare provided upon request to firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-474-4646.
Addictions Ministry Exploratory Meeting 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Library
The Board of Trustees and the Program Council are going to assess the interest congregants may have in our Congregation developing an addictions ministry. We have done this program in the past and would like to start it again. The UUA encourages congregations to have this ministry and there are many UU churches across the country that have started them. In our area, both the Olympia and Shoreline congregations have had addiction ministries of quite awhile and will be available to help us. Other big congregations such as Portland have them. We would like to join this effort.
Most addictions deal with the areas of alcohol, legal (prescription), and illegal drugs. Addiction can, however, be other areas such as food, gambling, and smoking among many others. We will develop our approach based on directions suggestions and ideas from you.
Addiction can be an individual issue or one involving family members and friends. It is one of the things that happen to people in our society; it is not something to be ashamed of but rather a force that traps many of us. Please attend one of our sessions or contact John Rieber at 253 752-6496 or email at email@example.com. There will be two exploratory sessions, and you may attend one or both meetings:
Also on Saturday, October 25, 2014, 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the Social Hall.
Everything we do is confidential. I look forward to your interest and help with this important effort.
Thursday, October 23
Yoga, 6:00 - 6:45 p.m., Sanctuary
Yoga resumes weekly gatherings on Thursday nights.
Women’s Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Choir Rehearsal this week for women who want to add their voices to singing for our Sunday worship services. Interested? Contact Rafe Wadleigh, Music Director, for more information.
Lay Pastoral Ministry Webinars
October 23, November 20, and December 18, 2014
The Lay Pastoral Care Team invites any interested congregants to participate in these upcoming webinars, and they are open to anyone who wants to attend. We know
several members in the congregation may be interested in joining our
Lay Pastoral Care Team, and these webinars will be one prerequisite to become a
member of the team. The webinars will be held in the church library on the dates
listed. For more information, contact Joan Benderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lay Pastoral Ministry Webinar by Pacific Northwest District —UUA
This is a three-part webinar exploring ideas and possibilities for lay pastoral ministry in
our congregations presented by the PNWD of UUA, and led by Rev. Lois Van Leer and
Rev. Peg Morgan.
October 23, 2014, 7:00-8:15 pm
First Session: Setting Up Your Program
We will review some of the major questions and concepts you will want to consider
in setting up a lay pastoral program. This will include clarity on how it fits with
your congregation’s mission and other care programs, spiritual and theological
foundations, who it reports to, what to call it, making the program visible, and
a few other important questions!
November 20, 2014, 7:00-8:15 pm
Second Session: Ministry of Presence
How does lay pastoral ministry differ from social work or therapeutic context? What is
the ministry of presence, and what skills are required?
December 18, 2014, 7:00-8:15 pm
Third Session: Considerations for Managing Your Program
This session will speak to issues of recordkeeping, legal and ethical practices and
boundaries, provision of resources and referrals, on-going education and training, and
care of the lay pastoral team.
This series is ideal for Lay Pastoral Ministry teams to attend together. For groups
attending from one site on one computer connection, the fee is $15.
Participants are able to ask questions and add comments via the chat box.
To see other webinars from PNWD-UUA, visit:
Saturday, October 18
Addictions Ministry Exploratory Meeting 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the Social Hall
Drum Circle 6:30 - Sanctuary
The Beat is back! All ages and skill levels are welcome to join the Drum Circle on Saturday evenings. Families or individuals -- everyone bring your special rhythm! Bring your own hand-drum or just grab a piece of percussion from our bucket o’ boom. Guaranteed to lose all inhibitions within the first five minutes. Facilitated by John Hargis, private drum teacher and restless musician. Come be a part of our 2014 Circle of Celebration. Dancers are most welcome!
WAmend and People are People
WAmend is still active in the campaign for a Congressional resolution to amend the federal constitution so that corporations are not people. You can use your influence by contacting your congressional representatives to support SJR 19 and HJR 119 which deal with campaign finance reform. While we did not get enough signatures on the WAmend state initiative, the drive is still very much alive with volunteer help.
Pacific Lutheran University will host a free public screening of the award-winning
documentary "Sweet Dreams" on Oct. 28. A Q&A session with its director, Academy
Award-winner Lisa Fruchtman, and ice cream provided by Tacoma’s woman-owned
Ice Cream Social will follow.
Sweet Dreams is the story of female survivors from both sides of Rwanda’s 1994
genocide who defied devastation to form the country’s first all-female drumming
troupe—and later to open its first ice-cream shop,Inzozi Nziza (Sweet Dreams). In
chronicling the women’s journey of independence, peace and possibility, Sweet
Dreams interweaves intimate, heart-wrenching stories with joyous and powerful
music to present a moving portrait of a country in transition.
Other films have documented the atrocity of the Rwandan genocide. But Sweet
Dreams tells a new kind of story about a remarkable group of women who dared to
dream of new possibilities for themselves and their country.
What: Film screening of Sweet Dreams, followed by Q&A with director,
Lisa Fruchtman, and an ice-cream social.
When: 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 28.
Where: Anderson University Center Regency Room, PLU campus.
Admission: Free and open to the public.
2014-2015 Chalice Circles
The topics and some of the readings for this year's Chalice Circles will be taken from "Soul to Soul" a book written for Unitarian discussion groups. This year's topics are: Compassion, Boundaries, Trust, Spiritual Experience, Calling, Play, and Resilience. Chalice Circles begin in October 2014 and will meet monthly through May 2015.
Chalice Circles are open to both members and non-members and are a wonderful way for new people to become acquainted with our Tahoma UU community and for current members to get to know other members better.
Most groups are filled., but we still have a few openings in these groups:
- Third Wednesday of the Month from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
- Second Tuesday of the Month from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in West Tacoma
Contact Susie Maharry at email@example.com for more information.
Adult Religious Exploration Class Leaders Needed
Do you have a special knowledge or skill that you would like to share with the congregation? The Program Advisory Committee is looking for teachers for our Wednesday Night Classes. Please contact our Director of Adult Religious Exploration Susie Maharry at her new email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer to lead a class.
2014-2015 UUA Common Read
Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the PublicSquare
by Paul Rasor
The 2014-15 Common Read invites Unitarian Universalists to explore and claim our contribution, as religious liberals, to the pressing moral and ethical debates of our contemporary world. In this
book, Rasor asserts that conservative Christianity is not the only valid religious voice in our national social policy.
A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. A Common Read can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversation.
Look for upcoming announcement of our discussion tentatively scheduled for the first Wednesday in November.
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 email@example.com 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 Libby Ball at Admin@TahomaUU.com.
Coming Soon Dates & Events
Supper Club, Tuesday, October 28, 6:00 p.m.
Join your Tahoma UU friends for an evening of good food and great conversation.
No reservations needed as we try the cuisine of new restaurants and old favorites.
Join us this month for a huge selection of Vietnamese specialties,
recommended by Bob and Virginia Lane.
Meet old friends and new and join in the fun of Supper Club ! For more information, contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, November 22, 2014 - Virtual Legislative Conference with UU Voices for Justice
Save the Date for the Annual Tahoma UU Women’s Retreat: March 20 - 22, 2015
Members of the Tahoma UU Congregation's Women's Retreat Committee will be greeting you on two Sundays in October: October 5th and October 12th.
They will have registration forms for the 2015 Retreat: "Moving Towards Center" March 20-22, 2015 at the Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way
Registration deadline is December 5, 2014 More info? contact Debbie Cafazzo: 253-686-8656 or email@example.com
Save the Date for General Assembly in Portland, OR June 24-28, 2015
For more information: www.uua.org/ga/
Linda Hart’s Office Hours
Mondays through Wednesdays: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
To Schedule an Appointment: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-584-0966.
Meetings with Linda are available for members and friends.
Church Office Hours
Regular office hours are Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.,
and Sundays, before and after worship services. Hours may vary to accommodate
church events. Call 253-474-4646 or email email@example.com to reach our Church Administrator, Libby Ball.
Staff Email Addresses
Rev. Linda Hart, Developmental Minister: firstname.lastname@example.org
Susie Maharry, Director of Adult Religious Exploration: email@example.com
Anne-Marie Davidson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Pedersen, Religious Exploration Coordinator: email@example.com
Libby Ball, Church Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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