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Sunday, October 26, 2014
 "Develop What?"
Rev. Dr. Linda Hart

We’ve embarked on a ‘developmental ministry’ here.
What does that mean?
What do we hope will change over these three years?

If you’ve taken some time away from the congregation, you are especially invited to come to hear what’s in store. There will be a special coffee hour downstairs, and an opportunity to take part in the first training (only half-hour!) that one element of the plan for this year.

Coffee time following Worship Service


Change for Change
in October

Tahoma UU's October 2014 Change for Change will go to Helping Hand House. The Helping Hand House programs enable families living in poverty in Pierce County to overcome challenges and obstacles that have kept them financially vulnerable. To be eligible for the programs, families must reside in Pierce County, have one child living with them and be homeless or nearly homeless. Each program is tailored to the specific needs, barriers, culture, and location of the families.

Diversion/Rapid Re-housing provides housing relocation and stabilization services and short and medium-term rental assistance from 3-12 months to assist families with children who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis.

Emergency stabilizes families with children under the age of 18 who are homeless, and helps them obtain permanent housing as quickly as possible.

Transition-In-Place provides single-family housing and intensive, individualized case management with a strong emphasis on financial literacy (budgeting and saving money), life-skills, and workforce training. Leases are in the client family's name, to support continuity in that location.

Permanent Supportive Housing provides single-family housing support, life-skills training, and intensive case management that decreases gradually as financial resources and skills improve to enable independence. Strong emphasis on workforce training and financial literacy. Program locations in Sumner. Although access is not limited to residents in a particular area, the East Pierce County location of the housing does provide a unique opportunity for families to remain in their communities of origin. Staying local can reduce the trauma, especially for the children. They can keep those support systems that may in place - like friends, school, trusted child care providers - and make the transition to stability smoother. The goal of all programs is family stability and self-reliance.

Key elements of the program, which serves 200 families a year in 40+ housing units or with rental and utility assistance:

  • Financial Literacy
  • Increased family health and stability
  • Employment
  • Life Skills
  • Strategic and forward thinking mindset
  • Preparation for Permanent Housing

Learn more about HHH at http://helpinqhandhouse.org


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 (rgramenz@harbornet.com) or Mark Backus (backusm@harbornet.com).

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 - andrea@wagunresponsibility.org

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 admin@tahomauu.com 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 jjrieber@gmail.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.
John Rieber

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 joan.benderson@nventure.com.

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:
http://pwruua.org/pacific-western-region-webinars/

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!


Community News

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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

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.


Congregational News

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 dir.are@tahomauu.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 dir.are@tahomauu.com 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 breggerjcb@gmail.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 harneydm@gmail.com

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 debbie.cafazzo@gmail.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 minister@tahomauu.com 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 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
Lisa Pedersen, Religious Exploration Coordinator: 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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