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Sunday, August 2
"“A Fresh Look at the Navel:
Reflections on Nourishment and Hunger”

Rev. Emily Melcher

The term “navel-gazing” is often uttered with disparagement. But perhaps there’s more to the navel than meets the eye. We’ll explore the difference between narcissism and self-love, and the importance of the latter to everything we do. The Rev. Emily Melcher is an intentional
interim minister, who has served UU congregations in Vermont and Connecticut. She currently serves the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Emily is a singer and songwriter with a keen interes in the intersection of spirituality, psychological growth, and creativity.

This Week

Monday, July 27


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

FAny and all are welcome to 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.  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).or more information, contact Rob Gramenz (rgramenz@harbornet.com) or Mark Backus (backusm@harbornet.com).

Tuesday, July 28

Men’s Group
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Sanctuary

A welcoming collection of men exploring questions of masculinity, character, and wisdom. In this circle we support and challenge one another to be courageous, mindful, and present in an ever-shifting world. Those interested in learning more about this group-in-formation can contact John Hargis at flamhappy@gmail.com or 253-279-9900.

For this Men’s Group, please enter at the Sanctuary door by the parking lot. FYI, the Safe Haven AA group, that meets at this same date and time, uses the Social Hall/Kitchen door to enter for their meeting.

Friday, July 31

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

Congregational News

Stories of Promise
Lay-Led Worship Service
Sunday, September 6, 2015

Read a good book lately? Are you interested in being one of our worship service presenters for Sunday, September 6th?

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. You may be a good candidate to take part in this year's event if you:

  • Have read a good book recently
  • Would like to contribute a 4- to 6-minute presentation as part of TUUC's worship service on Sunday, September 6
  • Propose a presentation that relates your reading to our congregation's September worship theme: 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; this could relate to commitments people make to one another, or to the idea that life is full of potential and promise.

Please contact Scott Redman at scott.b.redman@gmail.com or 253-228-7391 to propose a promise-based presentation for our September 6th service. We'd love to hear your story of Promise.

Welcome, Indigo Lewis!

Join us in welcoming Indigo Lewis our new Director of Religious Exploration! Indigo has been the part-time DRE at the Vashon Unitarian Fellowship for the past 8 years, and she continues her work at Vashon as she joins us in the half-time position at TUUC. You will regularly see Indigo on the first and third Sundays of the month. She has been a UU for 15 years, and she her husband John live on Vashon with their three children.

Parking Wisdom

Aphids have returned to our parking lot Tulip tree, the large tree with the little fence around it. Aphids secrete what is called "honey dew,” a sticky liquid which makes the ground below glisten and which sticks to cars parked underneath. This honey dew can be removed with anything that gets plant sap off your car, other words, extra effort is required. So the best defense is to not park your vehicle under the Tulip tree until the little critters are no longer there.

~ Submitted by Felice Davis

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

The motor home purchased by AID Northwest as a Welcome Center for detainees leaving the immigrants' prison is simply the best. It will be parked outside the NWDC every weekday from 3:00-7:00 p.m with food, coffee, clothing, and resources available to the detainee. Staffing will be needed, especially those who speak Spanish. Call Allie at the Tacoma Community House at 253-572-9659 if you are interested in helping in this way. Short-term housing will also be needed, if any of you are interested in providing this assistance. Virginia Lane gave some toilet articles, and these are a perfect gift to the welcome center, since detainees have none when they leave. Thanks for any help you can give. By the way, the motor home is only 3/5 paid for, so any kind of donation is appreciated. AID Northwest headquarters is at Tacoma Community House.

Our two vigils in July were the usual sad events, that our government could do this to such lovely people. On Saturday the 18th, we had an extraordinary number of children. Toys for the children are another way to contribute to the
family's few minutes of joy, if any of you have any gently-used toys. The families and the children are always so appreciative and polite.

Our two vigils in August are on the 1st and the 15th, and all are welcome, starting at 1:30 p.m. and ending about 4:30.p.m.

Thank you,
Nancy Farrell

Social Justice & the Constitution

The WAmend Initiative is now!!

Help us add the initiative to our WA state ballot, by adding your signature to the 35,000 signatures the Washington
Coalition to Amend the Constitution is collecting.

You can support our team at Tahoma UU by signing a petition with Scott Redman, Joann Geron, Dianne Shaughnessy, Nancy Siburg, Nancy Farrell, Felice Davis, or Helen Sohlberg.

Update from Pierce County WAmend

Last week Pierce County submitted the most petitions turned in WA state! The 43 petitions submitted had 860 signatures! This is a big increase in our Pierce County signature collections! Help us keep our momentum by telling your friends and neighbors about the campaign. You can also go to WAmend Pierce County on Facebook, and ask to be in the group to hear about what is coming up next in Pierce County, and about our signature collecting plans at the Washington State Fair from September 9-21. The next organizing meeting will be on July 29th at First United Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Ave. at 6:30pm. Go to the alley basement meeting room. There is plenty of free parking around the church

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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