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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Who are you?
Scott Redman

"What they are in their thought world determines how they act.... Having thought  a person can bring forth actions intothe external world and thus influence it "

These ideas, from the first paragraphs of a book by one of the foremost evangelical thinkers of the 20th century, may ring true for Unitarian Universalist thinkers.

But what might we do with these words and how should we live?

Coffee time following Worship Service

Third Sunday Bible Study 9:15a.m. in the May Sarton Room

It's hard to believe/ but we  are  beginning our fifth year of Unitarian Universalist Bible study here at TUUC! Join us  on  the third Sunday of  each month for lively discussions/ looking for relevant gems from this ancient source of  wisdom. We  use the Revised Common Lectionary/ a three-year cycle of  Bible read­ ings used by  many Protestant churches1  to select the passages we  read each month. A dedicated core group takes turns facili­ tating the discussion. All  are  welcome/ please join us!

 

"The Beethoven  Project"
Tahoma UU Congregation Sanctuary Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2:30p.m.

February 8, 2015, 2:30 p.m.
April19, 2015, 2:30p.m.

Juilliard graduates collaborate to present "The Beethoven Project"

Robin McCabe, pianist and long-time member of Washington State Music Teachers Association, and Maria Larionoff, violinist,will present all the sonatas by Beethoven for that medium in a series of three concerts. Ta homa UU Congregation will sponsor this series on: October 19,2014, February 8,2015,and April 19,2015 at 2:30 p.m.

The duo has played together for over 5 years, performing at the Univer­ sity of Washington, Benaroya Hall, and throughout the state. Among their repertoire are sonatas by Brahms, Ravel, Faure, Saint-Saens, Pro kofieff, and Mendelssohn. The Beethoven Project was performed last season in Seattle and next season they take it to Tacoma. They plan to issue a recording of it in the near future.


This Week at TUUC

Monday, September 15

Monday Night Meditation, TUUC sanctuary, 7-8:45pm.

Anyone who is interested is welcome to join us on Monday evenings for meditation in the Vipassana tradition. On Monday, September 15, 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. All are welcome. 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).

Wednesday, September 17

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. 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

Want to understand more about the assertions about I-594? Here is a website devoted to fact checking between assertions about 594 and the opposition: http://backgroundcheckfacts.com/

The phone bank our congregation is hosting works to reach and educate voters about this initiative, and to ensure that supporters vote on election day. Training, materials, and snacks provided. Please bring a mobile phone and laptop if possible.

Please contact 594 organizer Andrea Carey if you have any additional questions - andrea@wagunresponsibility.org

Thursday, September 18

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.

Friday, September 19

Third Friday Potluck,Friday,,Noon in the  SocialHall

Bring a dish to share at this monthly lunch gathering, and this month hear a program from our very own Linda Hart.

Divided by a Common Name
During her six years serving a Unitarian congregation on the outskirts of London, Linda Hart learned a lot about crossing cultural boundaries and how groups that sound similar can actually be quite different. Drawing on history/ research on church life in both countries and day-to-day experiences of living abroad and serving a congregation, this presentation seeks to provide insight into what might divide ourUU and UK communities and w hat draws us together, as we loo k to our neighbors across the pond.

This program will be repeated as an Adult Religious Exploration class on Wednesday/ December 312014 at 6:30 p.m.

Intrepids Game Night 6:30 p.m. Social Hall & Kitchen

We will play the usual poker and Pictionary, depending on number attending. Bring your favorite finger food snacks and beverages; coffee and tea provided, in the Social Hall. Join us for building community at the (poker) table!

Fran will be there at 6:00 p.m.1 so early arrivals are welcome, and she will bring her famous home-made Red Velvet Cake! Any questions/ email Fran Mclaughlin at ta­ tooshie@gmail.com (preferred) or call before 9:00p.m. at 253-359-4314.

Adults-only event. Entry via kitchen door. No signup required. Join us for an evening of camaraderie and friendly competition.

Saturday, September 20

Autumnal Equinox Observance 6:00  p.m., Wildwood Park

What is it about  autumn that  stirs  the  depths  of longing  and nostalgia?  Why do we remember the dead particularly as darkness  descends  on the world? How did our ancestors  make mythic sense of the transition from  summer to winter?  The Greek myth "The  Descent  of Persephone" illuminates the archetypal energies of this  time  of year, crystallizing and deepening our human experience of autumn. Join us for storytelling, song-making, drumming, fire, and s'mores to observe  the  present turning of the  wheel.

Meet at Wildwood  Park, 1101 23rd  Ave., SE, Puyallup, WA, 98374. We will be meeting at Shelter  #10. Stay  left, all the way down to the  parking lot and the  water  towers  and the shelter  is just  to the right.

Drum Circle 6:30 - Sacutuary


2015 Pledge Drive - Watch Your Mail!

The annual Pledge Drive begins this month with a target ending date of Sunday, October 12. We will be sending out information to each of you about pledging and providing you with the 2015 Pledge Form.

Please let this be the piece of mail you open and respond to. Let your excitement about our new minister and the new Coordinator of Religious Education be reflected in your pledge. Let your commitment to TUUC and the value it has for you be reflected in your pledge.

Cynthia Hammer and Gayle Rieber are the Co-chairs of the Annual Pledge Drive. Feel free to ask them any questions you have about the pledge drive and remember to give them your quotes sharing what you value about our Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

Let’s make this our best Pledge Drive ever!

Cynthia Hammer and Gayle Rieber, Co-Chairs of the annual Pledge Drive

Planning for our New Church Year

Along with dreaming about what the new church year will hold, we're in the midst of planning for our Annual Tahoma UU Pledge Drive. Our pledges and contributions make it possible for us to plan and fund the church programs that enrich our lives.

Our Annual Pledge Drive will take place this year between Sunday,October 5 and Sunday,October 11From Sunday, October 5 through Sunday, October 11, we will host a series of events to ensure all of your questions are answered

  • Sunday,October 5-Breakfast with Q&A
  • Three TBA Weekday Times- Fireside Chats with Q&A
  • Sunday,October 11-Lunch with Q&A

You will have the opportunity in September to sign up for one of these October 5th-11th gatherings.

As we prepare for the Pledge Drive, we'll share more information about how your pledge makes it possible for us to plan next year's budget, and explain how you can determine an appropriate amount to pledge.

In September, we'll provide guidelines on Fair Share Giving, modeled on the UUA's Fair Share Giving guidelines, and hope you will join us in pledging as a Fair Share Giver.

2014 Pledges

Also watch your mail for your 2014 Pledge Payment Statement. Please check your statement and ensure your payments are up to date. You’ll recall that we adjusted our budget partway through the year to account for staffing changes, and some membership gains and losses. We are counting on complete pledge payments for the rest of the year to balance our expenses for the remainder of the calendar year.

Thank you for your support of our Tahoma UU Congregation through your pledge payments.


Community News

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.

Helen Sohlberg

Peoples Climate Marches in Washington State

UU Voices for Justice is one of the first  co-sponsors  of the People's Climate March in Seattle, at 1pm in Westlake Park. You can RSVP on our new web­ site and write  a note to offer  or ask for a ride. You can also post directly  to Facebook to let your friends  know you're  coming.  Look for our banner  and let's gather as UU's!

There are several others  around the state. Attend  one near you and bring your congregation's banner. You can also RSVP using the link above and adding  a note about  where you will be attending. Let's get our UU voices out there!

  • Spokane has a great Facebook page. They are gathering Sept. 21st 1:30pm, 5th and Browne
  • In Palouse/Pullman it's Sunday, September 21. 2:00 PM Pullman-Moscow Chipman Trail,starting at Pullman trail head at Quality Inn parking lot,1400 Southeast Bishop Blvd,Pullman, WA 99163
  •  There is a People's Climate March Portland on Sept 21 from 3 to 5. Tom McCall Waterfront Park (south bowl) SW Naito Parkway & SW Madison.
  • In Walla Walla it is September 21. 1:30PM March starts at Reid Center at Whitman College and goes to Pioneer Park

Climate change knows no borders, defense of the Salish Sea is without bounda­ ries. September 20, 1PM There is a Peace Arch border crossing at Blaine. It is a part of the worldwide People's Climate Marches and it honors the International Treaty to Protect the Sacredness of the Salish Sea to be signed 9/22 by Coast Salish Nations. It will call for cross-border action by citizens and politicians to de­ fend the Salish Sea from a juggernaut of new coal,oil and LNG export projects.

Unlocking the Immunity to Change

Online Course through EdX and Onsite Study Group with Linda Hart
First Onsite Meeting: Monday, September 29, 7:00 to 8:30p.m.
Online Course: September 16- December 15, 2014,your computer and schedule

Have you heard about the online educational platforms like EdX and Coursera that offer opportunities to take classes for free from major universities like Har­ vard,Stanford,Berkeley, Princeton, and,yes, the University of Washington?

Have you enjoyed an online class,yet wished there was a way to engage in face to face discussion in real time? Here's your chance to take one of these online classes, Unlocking the Immunity to Change, at your home on your own schedule, and participate in an onsite study group from our congregation with Linda Hart.

Is there a change in your life that you've tried to make over and over again -­ stop procrastinating? lose weight? be a more responsive parent? -- but have not yet succeeded? This online course provides an opportunity to examine the dy­ namics that underlie the urge to change and what may be blocking you. In addi­ tion,this process can be used to examine institutions and organizations who are seeking change.

Robert Kegan, a professor of psychology at Harvard,and his colleague Lisa Lahey, a consultant who works with organizational development and change, are collaborating to teach a process they callUnlocking the Immunity to Change. The free  online course  information and sign  up can be found  here: https://www.edx.org/course/harvardx/harvardx-gse1-1x-unlocking­ immunity-2726#.U  UU7  ldUrU

Sound interesting to you? If you'd like to try this 16-week course and meet with other Tahoma UU members and friends,simply sign up online for the course, then let Linda know that you'd like to participate with our local study group

Immigration Reform and Northwest Detention Center Updates

The next AID Northwest meeting for issues concerning the Northwest Detention Center will be at St. Leo's Church on September 17, 2014, at 9:30a.m. Present­ ing at this meeting will be Peg Bowden, author of A Nation of Hard Edges, telling of her work in Nogales with the surge of youth from Central America and Mexico. Peg Bowden will also be speaking at Parkland Lutheran Church at 1:00 p.m. on September 16, and again at Immanuel   Presbyterian Church at 7:00 p.m on September 17.

The next vigil for families and loved ones of detainees will be at 1:00 p.m. on September 20. Join members of our Tahoma UU Congregation, as well as congre­ gants from other Pacific Northwest District UUA churches,and offer support to families of the detainees. Food of any kind is welcome, since many of these fami­ lies drive from long distances for their brief visits.  For more information, contact Nancy Farrell at: nfarrellwa@gmail.com

Nancy Farrell

Unlocking the Immunity to Change
Online Course through EdX and Onsite Study Group with Linda Hart
First Onsite Meeting: Monday, September 29, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Online Course: September 16 - December 15, 2014, via your computer on your schedule

Have you heard about the online educational platforms like EdX and Coursera that offer opportunities to take classes for free from major universities like Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton, and, yes, the University of Washington? Have you perhaps enjoyed an online class, yet wished there was a way to engage in face to face discussion in real time? Here’s your chance to take one of these online classes, Unlocking the Immunity to Change, at your home on your own schedule, and participate in an onsite study group from our congregation with Linda Hart.

Is there a change in your life that you’ve tried to make over and over again - stop procrastinating? lose weight? be a more responsive parent? - but have not yet succeeded? This online course provides an opportunity to examine the dynamics that underlie the urge to change and what may be blocking you. In addition, this process can be used to examine institutions and organizations who are seeking change.

Robert Kegan, a professor of psychology at Harvard, and his colleague Lisa Lahey, a consultant who works with organizational development and change, are collaborating to teach a process they call Unlocking the Immunity to Change.

The free online course information and sign up can be found here:

Sound interesting to you? If you’d like to try this 16-week course, and meet with other Tahoma UU members and friends, simply sign up online for the course, then let Linda know that you’d like to participate with our local study group.


Congregational News

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 dir.are@tahomauu.com to volunteer to lead a class.

Gallery Curator

We are looking for someone to coordinate the shows in the gallery space in the sanctuary. This does not need to be an artist but someone who loves art. The artists will hang the art. What we need is someone to create the calendar and the schedule. There are several artists that are willing to assist with the jurying process. Please contact Patty McPhee at 206-919-4938 if you have interest or ideas for this job.

2104-2015 Chalice Circles

September is sign-up month for the 2104-2015 Chalice Circle Season.

Chalice Circles will begin this October 2014 and will meet monthly through May 2015 (the May meeting is a social gathering). Chalice Circles are small groups of no more than ten people who come together to learn about each other through deep listening and thoughtful discussions. Chalice Circles are open to both members and non-members and are a wonderful way for new people to become acquainted with our TUUC community and for current members to get to know members who may only be a familiar face in our growing community.

This year’s discussion topics are compassion, boundaries, trust, spiritual experience, calling, play and resilience. The topics and some of the readings will be taken from “Soul to Soul” a book written for Unitarian discussion groups. It is not necessary to purchase the book as the readings will be provided and the discussion will be facilitated by a trained facilitator. There is no advanced preparation for participation. All you need to do is sign-up and show-up. Signing up for a Chalice Circle indicates that you are committed to attending as many of the eight sessions as is reasonably possible barring any unforeseen circumstances.

The Chalice Circle format provides opportunities for participants to be listened to without interruption. When one person is sharing the other participants have an opportunity to practice deep listening, which increases our empathy and our ability to step out of ourselves and be completely present to each other. Chalice circles are led by facilitators who have participated in past Chalice Circles, who have attended a facilitators training, and who meet monthly with the Director of Adult Religious Education, Susie Maharry to prepare for each session. Please email Susie at her new email address dir.are@tahomauu.com for more information.


Coming Soon Dates & Events

Wednesday Night Adult Religious Exploration

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Video Clips of 2014 UUA General Assembly with Discussion

Wednesday Night Adult Religious Exploration is a drop in class from 6:30 – 8 p.m. No registration is required. 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 Libby Ball at admin@tahomauu.com  Wednesday classes will resume on September 24. Please join us in our celebratory kick off session on Wednesday September 24 in the Sanctuary. We will be serving $1 per slice Pizza beginning at 6:00 p.m. The class will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 4, 2014  –  Religious Explorations Programs Day with Dana Regan from the PNWD Office

Sunday, October 5 - Sunday, October 12, 2014 - Tahoma UU Congregation Annual Pledge Drive

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 2014 Justice Summit

Co-Presented by NW UU Justice Network and UU Voices for Justice at Olympia UU Congregation

Saturday and Sunday, October 11 - 12, 2014, Tacoma Artists Studio Tours

The weekend for Tacoma studio tours has been changed from November to October 11th and 12th this year. Brochures for the October tour will be in the entry hall beginning Sunday, September 7th. Get some friends together and plan to see some local artwork and to see the studios where it is produced. Come out and support our visual artists -- including members of our congregation. Contact Betty Ragan at 253-759-5706 or by email at oresappragan@yahoo.com for more information.

~ submitted with Betty Ragan

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 2:30 p.m., “The Beethoven Project”, Sanctuary
Hold the date for this special concert. More info coming soon.

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

Mark your calendar for March 20-22, 2015 and come join the fun! More details coming soon. Watch for announcements coming in early October. Email tuucwomensretreat@gmail.com for more information or to ask questions.


Staff Email Addresses

We are beginning to implement new staff email addresses. These email addresses are now active:

Stay tuned for further updates as we implement other new email addresses.

The previous email address for the Church Administrator, admin@tuuc-wa.org is still active, and is currently forwarding to the new email address, admin@tahomauu.com, so your rest assured your messages will be forwarded while the previous email address remains active.

Please change your personal email address books to include these new email addresses. We will include these new addresses as we produce new publications.

Church Office Hours

To best serve the needs of the congregation, the regular church office hours are Sundays before and after Worship Service, and Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Church Administrator, Libby Ball, will typically be onsite during these office hours. Church office hours may vary to accommodate church events, so please call ahead, if you need to confirm the church will be open at a specific time.

 Please note, the Church Office will be closed on the following dates:

  • Sunday, August 31, 2014 – Church Office Closed
  • Monday, September 1, 2014, Labor Day– Church Office Closed
  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014– Church Office Closed

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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