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Sunday, August 31, 2014

What I Read This Summer

Join us for this Labor Day Sunday tradition welcoming five of our congregation's readers to the pulpit to share a book they have found especially meaningful. Featured will be three works of nonfiction, with subjects ranging from relationships to a look at a way of life most of us can only imagine, and there will be fiction selections involving people and nature. Come hear these stories from well-loved voices.

What book did you read this summer that you’ll talk about over coffee after the service?

What book will you learn about that you’ll be inspired to explore?

Coffee time following Worship Service





Wapato Park by the play structure. Directions: Starting at TUUC, go west on South 56th St; take the third left onto South Sheridan Ave. Wapato Park will be on your right in about 0.6 miles at 6500 South Sheridan

Your own beverags and (based on the first letter of your last name:

  • A-G: Bread/Appetizer
  • H-P: Salad/Veggies/Sidedish
  • Q-Z Dessert

Salmon and hot dogs will be provided. Suggested donation $5 per person (give to Ellen or Ellie at picnic)

Contact Ellen or Ellie for more information

This Week at TUUC

Monday, August 25

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. 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, August 25th, Deb facilitating with Kathleen Dowling Singh's teaching "The Gift of Attention."
Suggested preparatory contemplation: Integrating life and practice; think of the situations in your life that seem to be obstacles to practice. Can they be reframed to become the practice?

For more information, contact Rob Gramenz (rgramenz@harbornet.com) or Mark Backus (backusm@harbornet.com).

Tuesday, August 26

Silent Protest About Family Separation - “Grandparents for Families”
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Tacoma Federal Courthouse, 1919 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma


Please join the NWDC Resistance in the “Grandparents for Families” protest led by our own Nancy Farrell and Jolinda Stephens. This downtown silent protest will raise awareness about the Northwest Detention Center, and how families are being separated, as many in our community are still unaware of the plight of detainees and their families.

Leafleting, one hour, no speeches. Bring signs. Sign Suggestions:

  • Not 1 + Family Torn Apart!
  • Don't Lock Up Children!
  • Free The Families!
  • Grandparents/Parents/Kids/Siblings for Families!

What will your sign say?

Friday, August 29

Worship Committee Meeting, 12:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Last Friday Sandwich Making, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Kitchen

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.

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

Join us for a Day of Interconnection – Innovation – Impact
East Shore Unitarian in Bellevue September 27

Have you explored the flyer you received last Sunday for the Pacific Northwest District’s Discover Day at East Shore Unitarian? Or maybe you visited the PNWD’s website http://bit.ly/pnwddiscoveryday for more information on the 24 different workshops? Perhaps one of the sessions that intrigued you is one being led by our own Linda Hart:

Are you a storyteller?  Would you like to be one? 
Linda Hart will be offering a 90-minute workshop at the PNWD Discovery Day! on September 27th that will provide an opportunity to learn some of the skills and techniques of telling a good story. Having learned the pleasures of telling a good story at a young age, Linda has honed her skills and studied with some of the best tellers around. Perspectives on the effectiveness of stories in worship and on the meanings of storytelling will be shared along with time to find your own inner storyteller and let her or him shine!

Register for Workshop C during Session 1 at 9:30 a.m., Storytelling for Worship with Linda Hart.

Flyers for Discovery Day will be available again this Sunday at church. Chris George is coordinating one carpool to Discovery Day! in Bellevue with her family van. Are you attending and want to coordinate a carpool from Tacoma? If so, please email the church administrator, so we can let others know.

Which Discovery Day! workshop allures your interest?

Immigration Reform and Northwest Detention Center Updates

Deportation Hearings - Scheduled, Pending, and Request for Phone Calls:

Miguel Angel Armenta Olabarria - Request for Phone Calls
Prior to a pending hearing for Miguel Olabarria, who is eligible for humanitarian release, please make a one-minute phone call to request his release.

Call local ICE official, Kenneth Hamilton, at 206-835-0650.
Here's a sample script:

Hello. I'm calling on behalf of Miguel Angel Armenta Olabarria (A# 076-343-950). He is living with cancer, hepatitis C, and HIV, and needs much more care than he is receiving at the Northwest Detention Center. He needs to be at home with his husband of six years, a US citizen.

This is an urgent matter, and every day that he remains in the detention center his life is at increased risk. I urge you to grant him immediate humanitarian release.

Send a similar email to Nathalie.R.Asher@ice.dhs.gov
Subject line: Release Miguel Angel Armenta Olabarria (A# 076-343-950).

Let's get Miguel released!

Omar Jurado Montano
Friday, August 29, 8:00 am.
Jolinda Stephens from Tahoma UU has been visiting Omar, who arrived in the US as a toddler, and has been twice deported. Each time he was deported, he was kidnapped by gangs and cruelly tortured. He is diagnosed with multiple problems as a result of being tortured.

Cipriano Rios and Nicolas Moreno
Monday, September 8, 2014, 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Cipriano Rios and Nicolas Moreno are both hunger strike leaders. Cipriano was a labor organizer in Mexico who was driven out by violent opposition.

Ramon Mendoza Pascual
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 1:00 p.m.
There will be a press conference at noon that the faith community is invited to attend.
See more below: “Join UU Ministers at Interfaith Blessing Service for Immigration Fast”

Join UU Ministers at Interfaith Blessing Service for Immigration Fast
September 2, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
First United Methodist Church
621 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma 98402

Our own Rev. Linda Hunt and Rev. Tandi Rogers, as well as Rev. Carol McKinley, and others, will participate in blessing Veronica Noriega's week-long fast in preparation for her husband's deportation hearing on September 9th at the Northwest Detention Center.

Vernoica’s husband, Ramon Mendoza Pascual, was a hunger strike leader in an action that made national news and had an impact across the country. Ramon fasted for more than 50 days, almost all of it in solitary confinement. Ramon and Veronica’s story was featured in an extensive, compelling article in The Nation about the hunger strike and conditions in America's immigration prisons (http://bit.ly/1qkSmA5). Now Veronica seeks to bring national attention to the plight of millions of families divided by cruel and outrageous immigration practices.

Veronica Noriega will begin her fast at the Northwest Detention Center, following the service at First United Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Avenue South. In addition, to the Interfaith Blessing Service, there is need for the visible support for Veronica during her fast. Please call/email Jolinda Stephens at 614-915-4079 or jolindast@gmail.com to find out more and sign up for a support time.

Please come out and demonstrate your support. Media coverage, including some international coverage, is expected.

Jolinda Stephens

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

Meetings with Linda are available for members and friends.

Linda has set aside time over the next few weeks for anyone who wishes to sign up to come by for a visit. A sign-up sheet will be posted this Sunday on the wall outside the Minister’s Office for anyone who wishes to schedule one of these times:

Appointments are 45 minutes long and begin on the hour.

  • Tuesday, August 26th, 2:00 – 7:45p.m.
  • Thursday, August 28th, 4:00 – 7:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 3rd, 2:00 – 7:45 p.m.

If you are unable to sign up this Sunday, but wish to schedule one of these times, please call Church Administrator, Libby Ball, in the church office at 253-474-4646 during regular weekday church office hours, Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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.

Change for Change Needs Your Ideas for Change!

Keep those ideas for Change for Change coming!

Your ideas for organizations to receive Change for Change are wanted! We collectively support community groups by giving our loose change, or specially marked cash or checks, at the weekly offering. You can help in the selection of the next groups to receive these donations.

Suggest a new group or suggest giving again to one we've supported in the past. Think of an effort you support--your time, your money, your good wishes--that we could all (okay, most; we're UUs) get behind.

Please share your thoughts with Virginia Lane. You can call 253-752-4339, or send e-mail to handelfest@yahoo.com. Your suggestions will contribute to a straw poll to be held under the auspices of the Program Council.

Virginia Lane

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 S1h-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.

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.

Click to read Board of Trustees and Program Council Highlights

Sunday Service Flowers - Summer 2014 and Beyond

During the summer months, members and friends are invited to bring flowers to share, including from your gardens. If you wish to have an acknowledgement in the order of service, please contact the church administrator by 9:00 a.m. on the Wednesday prior to the Sunday service.

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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