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The Thing about Democracy
         by Rev. Dennis Reynolds

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        The Thing about Democracy
                       by Rev. Dennis Reynolds

The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion.  ~Molly Ivins

Democracy can get messy—very messy. The rancor of the Presidential election is becoming more embroiled and conflicted, in spite of our hopes that things might calm down a bit after this year’s bitterly contested primaries. Those on the right can seem too convinced of their rightness, the left too idealistic, the centrists too connected to the systems of power. The volume of the far from civil discourse seems increasingly loud and harsh. 

The “them” with whom we disagree seem increasingly unreachable. Some of us have taken to avoiding watching the news and unfriending folks on Facebook whose opinions seem too harsh and divisive.  No doubt many families’ summer reunions will have big gaps in the conversation, as some just choose to not talk about “it.” It is messy, yet being in the midst of such messiness is necessary.  That “it” we call democracy needs us to stay engaged.

It would be easier to ignore it all and step aside if the level of discord were limited to the national scene. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Contests on down the ticket are being categorized in the context of the presidential debates, and the rancor at that level seems to some to give license to increasing verbal hostility.

Discord surfaces at those family reunions, some of it coming from political differences and some from within the family itself. Initially small conflicts can lead people who truly care for each other to become estranged and distant. 

It happened in my family when two of my three kids had not talked to each other for over six years.  It took the shared grief over the loss of their beloved grandmother to get them in the same room together and for them to remember that the bond of love that connected them was so much greater than the dispute that had divided them.

Sometimes differences surface here in our family of choice we call “a congregation.” That was the case last spring when differences arose about if and how to plan for our future. It happens from time to time, too, over how best to honor the beauty of our building and sacred grounds, and how both might be used.  It surfaces periodically as we explore how individual initiative is integrated with our desire to speak with one voice.  

This gathered community of “like-minded people” is seldom of one mind, and things are “not neat, orderly, or quiet.” It does indeed get confusing. 

Yet, this discord—this disagreement—means we are actually listening to the voices of one another. Honest disagreement, when expressed with love and sensitivity, is the antidote to acquiescence and isolation. It is the core work of community and a sign of health and vitality.  It is making the “spirit of love” we affirm here each Sunday real.  Sometimes it does require a bit of relish for, or at least acceptance of, confusion.

Such is the work of a beloved community.

Updates From the President

 President’s Column

Been gone so long, I don’t know if I’m welcome

Some of you travel for long periods, or you have homes in another state, you might have been housebound due to an illness, or, like me, your work keeps you away for a season. Our beautiful church and community are but a distant memory when you are unable to get here. Does it feel like you are forgotten? That you might have let people down, and now you don’t want to face them? Can you jump back in with unabashed puppy joy when seeing the people you have missed?

Each year, during our In-gathering Service (next Sunday, Sept. 11), we come to remember our bonds with each other and our community. But, how can those bonds be maintained during the times we are gone? Do you simply drop out? Do you rely on e-news to keep you up to date? Do you go to other UU churches to keep yourself tuned up? Are you on a committee but lose touch with the work of the group? Is it hard to feel like you are part of the community when you reenter? Are you coming back after being gone because you burned out, and you are treading gingerly on the pathway in?

I came back this Sunday, and people were surprised to see me. I’ve developed a reputation for being unable to come to services due to my work (which is often true). But, after recognizing me and the surprise on their faces passed, a wide smile would spread and arms opened. It felt good to see that, feel it, and be surrounded by the affection. The structure of the service is predictable, and I find it comforting when I’ve been gone, worrying I won’t feel at home when I walk through the door. But, it is home. I know the melodies of the hymns, the pacing of the ceremony, and the cadence of the voices. I don’t know all the people; there are so many new ones who have come with fresh faces with lots of stories I have yet to learn. And yet, it was wonderful to see my old friends and acquaintances. Much needed brief touch-ins were made to take care of some issue or another.

You wouldn’t think that the President of the congregation would be writing this sort of an article. You’d think the person holding that office would be there most of the time and completely plugged in. But, I’m thinking this is exactly the right situation for our group, because the other thing I noticed today were the extremely well-functioning activities. There were greeters at the newcomers table and the door with Orders of Service pressed into each hand going by. There was a wonderful service with each person doing her and his part with precision and thoughtful attention. There were refreshments; there were tables with several lists being staffed with smiling-faced people. There was a discussion group, an art opening, and an evensong singing practice. There were people serving food and cleaning up. There were less formal interactions like a discussion of an issue related to our grounds, library issues, and the website. The place was full of competent people engaging with each other. This is the kind of home it is a delight to return to, one that is embracing, active, and enough the same that a sense of comfort is implicit. It is one in which the President is only one cog of many in the amazing wheel of congregation life.

This is truly a welcoming congregation, and you make it that way.

~Sarah Richards, President, UUCWI Board of Trustees                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Updates From the Board

In-Gathering Service Salmon Luncheon 
Sunday, September 11, 2016, after the Service

Join us for our annual In-gathering Service and Water Communion followed by a salmon potluck.  Each year, we gather to mark a new church year with feasting and ritual. 

To participate in the water communion, or gathering of the waters ritual, we invite each of you to bring waters from on or around Whidbey Island that have deep significance for you or that you find sacred. The waters may be from your rain barrel, your art studio, a beloved lake or a favorite beach, or maybe from your kitchen. Such waters can represent special events or our special connection to our island home. 

After the Service, you are invited to our Annual Salmon/Potluck Lunch. This long-standing UUCWI tradition is great fun for all ages. UUCWI provides salmon, drinks and dessert.  Please bring a potluck dish to share (adequately insulated - there is very little refrigerator or oven space in our kitchen). Paying  $5/person or $10/family will help defray the cost of the salmon.  Please RSVP to if you have not already signed up.

Your RSVP helps us plan our salmon order; you can pay at the lunch. But even if your plans are uncertain, and you cannot let us know in advance — please come! We seem to always have plenty of food. 

This year’s potluck will feature a “Committee Fair.” You can visit tables where various UUCWI committees will have representatives to let you know about their activities.  Visit five committee tables and get a card stamped to redeem your dessert!  You are especially encouraged to visit the Membership Table to learn about our online directory.

~ Dave and Mavis Cauffman, John Long, Katy Shaner and the entire potluck team!

Community Spirit

In Harmony

UUCWI is hosting three concerts this year: November 5, The Alder String Quartet; February 4, The Emerald City Chamber Players; and March 17, Teo Benson, his wife Paula, and Nola Allen. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend! 

Our choir rehearses two Tuesday evenings each month (September through May this year) and sings at one service each month.  Choral experience and music reading ability are nice, but not required—all you need is a good ear and the ability to match pitches; we'll help with the rest.  Membership in UUCWI is not required.  Choir is a great community—we work hard, have fun, enjoy each other’s company, and learn some beautiful music.  For more information, contact Mavis Cauffman or check our website:

~Linda Good and Mavis Cauffman


Greetings from your Worship Committee.  As we are planning this new church year, we hope you will be as excited as we are by the speakers we have invited, the topics Rev. Dennis will explore, and some of our “home-grown” services that are perennial favorites.  We are even busy planning a Christmas Pageant, something we’ve not done for several years. 

We are always endeavoring to provide service experiences that reflect our UU principles of love for the people and the world around us, diversity of thought, inclusiveness of faith and perspective, respect for those with whom we disagree.  Services are designed with intention to soothe us when we need it—and challenge us when we are feeling complacent.  We know there is no “one size fits all” service for us UUs, so we are constantly challenged to provide enough variety that every one of you can find what fits your particular style and need.

This fall, we have the approval of our Board of Trustees to present to you a survey so you can influence future planning.  We will invite you to suggest speakers and topics and to tell us which elements of services you most appreciate.  We are curious what makes a service meaningful to you, and how we can know we are delivering the “spiritual” and “humanist” qualities you seek.  Mostly, this is an opportunity for you to tell us what’s on your mind regarding Sunday morning services.  We welcome your responses electronically when we e-mail the survey, in writing if you prefer a paper survey, or even in the form of a personal interview with any member of the worship committee.  Thank you for caring enough to help us provide more services that are relevant for you.  Effie Brown, Mavis Cauffman, Sara Heath, Ron Roesler, and Katy Shaner, with committee chair Terra Anderson.

~Terra Anderson

Religious Exploration

The CRE Committee is up and running...or maybe strolling.  We have met numerous times via Glip, an online conversation which can be received on the web site or via email. It has functioned very well for us, in communicating needs, information, and planning.  We also met in person, after a recent service, and clarified some of our wishes, plans, and expectations.  While all of us have varied and interest-filled lives, we are all committed to making the Religious Exploration as meaningful as possible.  We may continue the Friday night game times and add some outdoor activities to our program.  We realize that continuing and consistent attendance on Sundays is not necessarily a reality for our congregation or for any congregation. However, Joann is committed to remaining as a Spirit Play teacher, with Judy as her most reliable substitute when Joann cannot be at church. Sally has agreed to be with older students when needed. Rhonda and Corinne have agreed to help as needed and/or to assist with child care.  It is heartwarming to have these wonderful people to carry on with the valuable learning opportunities for the children in our midst!

~Joann Roomes


The UU101 Class will be offered on Sunday, October 9. All who are interested in learning more about UUCWI and its history, as well as how one can become a member, should plan to attend!  It will be offered in the sanctuary just after the coffee and refreshments, as usual.

The Membership Committee is eager to welcome any members or friends who would like to join the committee. Being on the Membership Committee is a good way to get to know more folks within the congregation. Our work involves helping new people find connection and a sense of belonging within UUCWI. Join us on the second Wednesday for our regular 10:00 a.m. meeting in the church office. Gaye Simpson ( is the chairperson.

Leadership Council

The Leadership Committee consists of the conveners of each of our committees and teams. This group will meet quarterly, beginning on September 19 at 6 p.m. The purpose is to deepen connections among committees to strengthen and support our respective work. If you are in a leadership position in UUCWI, please attend, or send someone from your team. For more info, please email Laurie Riley at

UUCWI Art Gallery

                                                                   All New Birds!

by Frances Wood
September and October

The new artwork of local naturalist, writer, newspaper columnist, and bird enthusiast Frances Wood is featured in the foyer Art Gallery at UUCWI throughout the months of September & October. 

Frances says this about her All New Birds! series:

Ok, so the birds aren't new, but these paintings and prints are. It’s an endless task—painting all my favorite birds. There are 10,000 species worldwide, about 600 in Washington State and over 200 on Whidbey Island. For four decades, I’ve tried, using watercolor and ink, to show the lightness, flightiness and uniqueness of these ethereal creatures.

The bird portraits are the result of two driving forces within me: first, to portray individual species correctly with an ink drawing; and second, to use the flowing nature of water-color to suggest the bird’s movement, the way we actually see birds in nature. 

Often we only catch a flash of red on the head of a Downy Woodpecker as it alights on a tree trunk, or see that iridescent speculum on the Mallard’s wing or, perhaps, a quick glimpse of brilliant yellow on the Meadowlark’s chest. I hope that these images will help bring those moments into focus and remind us of the glory awaiting us just outside our windows.

Besides being an accomplished artist, Frances is the author of four books, including Brushed By Feathers: A Year of Birdwatching in the West, and she is an award-winning newspaper columnist with a bird-watching column featured regularly in local papers. After years writing about birds and local history, she enrolled in the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts’ Whidbey Writers Workshop where she attained an MFA in creative writing. Following in the footsteps of her grandfather who published several novels more than 50 years ago, Frances is pursuing her interest in writing young adult historical fiction. 

Frances makes her home on Whidbey Island with her husband, and she continues to write and paint within a mile of the cabin where her grandfather crafted his first novel many years ago. She reflects, "Daily I marvel at the beauty of the natural world and the large variety of wild birds that share our lives."

~Sandy Welch

Building and Grounds 

Facilities Committee (aka Building and Grounds):   Maybe you noticed that this quarter we installed a new sound mixer and cabinet in the sanctuary, cleaned rain gutters, installed parking lot lights, removed three trees of great concern, painted picnic tables, and chipped lots of branches and debris.  On Third Saturday Work Parties, we gathered debris, pulled unwanted plant growth, mowed, weeded, and raked. In the next few months, you may notice the installation of benches near the entry and in the meditation garden, fill dirt leveling parking areas, new gravel in the parking and driveways, tree planting, and the usual cleaning and maintenance activities.  We will seek bids on future exterior painting and on installing gutter helmets.  

Our building and grounds belong to you, our members.  Please help maintain them just as you would your own home. Working together creates bonds and friendship—and helps you feel true ownership and membership. 

Thanks to: 

Gold medal winners (participated in 8 or more BAG activities)                                  Silver medal winners (participated in at least 4 activities)

Terra Anderson                                                                                                             Sally Elder
Chris Bell                                                                                                                      Linda Good
Tom Buxton                                                                                                                   Mary Goolsby
Dave Cauffman                                                                                                            Judy Kaplan
Charlie Knutila                                                                                                              Joann Roomes
John Long                                                                                                                     Katy Shaner
Larry Morrell                                                                                                                 Gaye Simpson
Mark Simpson

                                                            Bronze medal winners (participated in at least 2 activities)

                                                                             Clara Beier                  John Kron
                                                                             Mavis Cauffman          John Leaser
                                                                             Lois Chowen               Gary Piazzon
                                                                            Joan Gerteis                Conrad Romberg
                                                                            Jane Hayes                  Richard Hayes

                                                                             Hiller West                   Mary West

~Gene Berg, Chairman, Buildings and Grounds

UUCWI Library News

More 'new' books have recently been added to our library collection that you will surely want to take a look at.  Here are a few of them:

Myss, Caroline. Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing
Based on fifteen years of research into energy medicine, Dr. Myss’s work shows how every illness corresponds to a pattern of emotional and psychological stresses, beliefs, and attitudes that have influenced corresponding areas of the human body.  Shelved under Science & Religion (middle classroom).

Adyashanti. The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment.  
“Full awakening comes when you sincerely look at yourself, deeper than you’ve imagined, and question everything,” teaches Adyashanti.  This book is your invitation to join Adyashanti for an honest investigation of what you really are and how to live once you discover it. Shelved under Spirituality.

Mathews, J. Jennifer. Radically Condensed Instructions for Being Just As you Are.
This book explores the gap between the theory and practice of Nonduality.  It describes how nondual philosophy can bring us into profound contact with the beauty and poignancy of present-moment experience.  Shelved under Spirituality.

Glassman, Bernie and Rick Field. Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master's Lessons in Living a Life that Matters. 
Zen is not just about what we do in the meditation hall, but what we do in the home, the workplace, and the community.  That’s the premise of this book: how to cook what Zen Buddhists call “the supreme meal” –life.  It has to be nourishing, and it has to be shared.  And we can use only the ingredients at hand. Shelved under Spirituality.

Braden, Charles S.. Spirits in Rebellion: The Rise and Development of New Thought.
This book presents the definitive history of the New Thought movement.  A veritable mine of information concerning the early development of the philosophy out of the ideas of Phineas P. Quimby and Warren Felt Evans. Shelved under World Religions - Religious Thought (Middle classroom).

For other titles of possible interest you can search our catalog of holdings at

Care and Connections 

Circle Groups-Revitalized! A large number of congregants are looking forward enthusiastically to attending a regular circle group for friendship, deep connection, and discussion. Plans are currently underway for forming these groups, each of which will have a different purpose, some of which may be: discussion of personal matters chosen by the group, discussion of social justice issues, politics, UU philosophies, aging in place, end-of-life issues, health, and much more. The overwhelming majority have requested meeting once a month at members' homes. 

There are sign-up sheets in the foyer on Sunday mornings. If you do not attend on Sundays, please contact Laurie Riley at to sign up to be part of a group. 

Can you Assist? Sometimes people in our congregation need help. If you can offer rides, help at home, pet care, etc. on an occasional or regular basis, please contact Donna Davis at

Auction News

The Auction is Coming!

Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!

BE IT PROCLAIMED throughout the Kingdom that Saturday, the 29th day in the month of October in the year of two thousand sixteen, shall be declared as UUCWI Auction Day.

A Great Feast and much merriment will take place in the Hall, and fabulous offerings shall be auctioned both aloud and silent! All who attend are invited to garb in suitable attire (costumes are optional of course, and a costume advisory staff is available). 

Volunteer assistance of every kind is sought for this most festive event! Please contact Laurie at or Larry at

What do we auction? Anything you can offer that someone will appreciate and which has auction-able value... use your imagination! Be creative!

Events and items may include: theme dinners, parties, weekend getaways, or whatever you can dream up to host! Air miles or time share vacations that you may not be using! Beautiful works of art, sculpture, jewelry, and crafts of value! Yard work, landscaping, computer help, home improvements, and other things that you may be good at and which others need help with!  Tickets to WICA or Benaroya Hall or other cultural places/events! Entertainment for events and parties! 

Your donation ideas are due the beginning of October. Please contact Dallas Huth at  

SAVE THE DATE: October 29! 

Refreshments Committee

This is one of the goals of the relatively new coffee and refreshment committee. A committee of five (happy to welcome more) check the monthly sign-up calendars on the kitchen door and help to coordinate the flow of coffee and refreshments for our Sunday services. Our goal is to get you to sign up to bring refreshments, and we will follow-up with an email reminder and help out where needed. 

If you have never brought refreshments and wonder what you need to do, or even if you have and would like a refresher, there is a guideline handout available at the kitchen door as well.

The committee likes to party, too, with get together potlucks and coffee chats! This is a great way to help out, get to know each other better, and have fun.

Enjoy the coffee and refreshments. Thanks from the Coffee Refreshments committee: Jane Hayes, Mary West, Marie Luczyk, Rhonda Salerno and Katy Shaner

Internet Communications Committee

UUCWI's new website has been up and running since June. Hopefully, all have had a chance to become familiar with the new site. If you see any errors, or information that needs updating, please let UUCWI administrator Suzi know at

Like our old website, the new site allows members and friends access to our Directory of Members and Friends. To gain that access, go to the Members menu on the website and select Directory.  To get a password, go to the Directory home page and enter your email address (the one you provided the membership committee) and your first name, but leave the password blank.  The password will be sent to your email address. Save this password; only one will be issued.  If you don’t receive the password, check you spam folder or contact our administrator, Suzi ( You may be using an email address different from the one that you originally provided to the membership committee. We will need to correct this discrepancy. 

Social & Environmental Justice Council

What Has  SEJC been up to?  The Social Environmental Justice Council has not been idle this last quarter!  

Outreach: We have continued our Moral Ground Series linking justice issues with those working on them. The most recent of which was the Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code and SKYPEd with the producer. It will be featured at the FCAC (see below). Our kick off event for fall will be “Gen Silent” featuring the aging LBGTQ population’s formidable struggles.

Collaboration:  SEJC participates consistently with Washington UU Voices for Justice.  UUCWI, in support of PFLAG, again walked in Langley’s Queer Pride Parade. We promoted Island County’s restorative justice efforts, i.e. Drug and Juvenile Court Mentoring programs. 

We provided critical support for “Break Free”’s International Day of Action. Roughly a dozen UUCWI members participated, with two members were trained in a direct action if called. We proudly displayed a bold new banner proclaiming “UUs for Climate Justice.”

Several members were integral to Break Free South Whidbey; supporting member Stoni Thompson was arrested and now faces trial.  We strive to be good allies with local tribes raising funds for, and promoting, Lummi Nation’s Totem Pole Journey 2016 and the Lummi Youth Academy. We presented the film Doctrine of Discovery in the effort to get the Pope to revoke its cruel precedence, and we conducted a ceremony, attend by 25, to acknowledge and honor the pre-colonial inhabitants of the land upon which UUCWI gathers.  We are contributing to, and will be present at, the first interfaith Climate Action Conference in the region on October 8.  We continue to promote the several important initiatives which will be before the public this November. We also sent delegates to GA 2016.

Communication:  We have consistently contributed to the weekly Enews and continue to contribute to the NW UU Justice Network.  

Dedicated Offerings: The amazing UUCWI congregants donated a total of $1405 for a diversity of groups this quarter.  Thank you. Thank you.

Please note: SEJC is in the process of changing the day we meet to make participation more accessible. 

When Actions are our prayers miracles can happen!  
~Patrick Mazza defendant Delta 

Adult Programs

Engage. Express. Explore.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. 
~Mahatma Gandhi

UUCWI programs for adults give us the chance to go deeper— intellectually, socially, ethically, and spiritually. Workshops, covenant groups, classes, and discussion groups are all avenues for Unitarian Universalist experiences beyond our Sunday services. All are offered within the context of a supportive, spiritual, and open community.

To develop UUCWI’s Adult Programs, we have convened an Adult Programs Committee with members Laurie Riley, John Long, Mavis Cauffman, Rev. Dennis Reynolds, and Suzi Pengilly.  Proposed fall/winter offerings include those listed below. Some are described in more detail farther down in this section. Others will be described in forthcoming literature. 

Classes/Discussion Groups

  • Building Your Own Theology        Rev. Dennis Reynolds
  • What Moves Us in Music               John Long
  • A Few Great Sermons                    John Long and Mavis Cauffman
  • UU101                                              Membership Committee and Rev. Dennis Reynolds
  • SEJC Film Series                           Gary Piazzon
  • EvenSong and EvenSingers         Mavis Cauffman
  • Circle Groups                                 Laurie Riley
  • Contemplative Practices               Rev. Dennis Reynolds and Suzanne Reynolds 
  • Course on Miracles                        Laurie Riley
  • Meditation                                       Tim Clark and Sally Elder
  • Middle Eastern Dancing                Laurie Riley
  • UU Hikes                                         Charlie Knutila and Clara Beier
  • UU Common Read                         ??? (We need a facilitator!)
Social Circles
  • South End Coffee/ Langley           Dennis Reynolds
  • Lunch Brunch/Freeland                Jelcy Romberg
  • North End Dine Outs                     Ruth Richards

For more details, visit the Adult Programs Committee Table at the Committee Fair to be held in conjunction with our In-gathering Salmon Potluck, September 11, 2016. Also, keep an eye on our website and upcoming E-News for program developments.

If you would like to teach a class or moderate a discussion group, please fill out the form in the foyer to the left of the office door. The form is also available electronically. If you have an idea for a course, contact me, Suzi, at or Rev. Dennis at Please be aware that there are curricula and resources for courses available on the Unitarian Universalist Association's website 


On Wednesday, October 12, EvenSong services will return to UUCWI.  These are quiet, reflective evening services of harp music, readings, simple songs, and some silent meditation - all in a setting of low light and candles.  Mavis Cauffman will coordinate these services, as she did in their earlier incarnation between 2009 and 2014.  You are invited to enter in silence and join in this simple, community spiritual practice.  The services will be on the second Wednesday of each month beginning at 7:30 pm.  The service will end before 8:30.  All are welcome!


If you would like to become more familiar with the songs to be sung at EvenSong, you're invited to short informal sessions after the service on the first Sunday of each month. We'll sing through these lovely, simple songs and rounds such as I Know This Rose Will Open, Meditation on Breathing, There Is a Love, Heart of the Mother, Ubi Caritas, May There Be Peace, and more.  Grab a cup of coffee and gather in the front classroom at about 11:15 for half an hour of singing.  Contact Mavis Cauffman with any questions.

A Unitarian Universalist Perspective on A
Course in Miracles

Facilitated by Laurie Riley

10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at UUCWI
A miracle is a change within oneself that turns everything around.

In this ongoing class, we will explore the intent of the course, what it does and does not represent in regard to the religious affiliation many assume it contains, how it interfaces with a UU point of view, how we can apply it in our lives, and what the word “miracle” really means.

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Conversation 
First and third Mondays of each month,  4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at UUCWI. Details at

 All are welcome!

Middle Eastern Dancing for Fun and Exercise
Join a group of outrageously fun-loving ladies on Tuesday mornings for an hour of laughter, movement, and a big dose of embodying the feminine. It's easy and healthy! 

Classes are on Tuesdays from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at UUCWI. Drop in - no registration required.
Social Circles
Check with the event contact, E-News, or our UUCWI Calendar for scheduling updates.

The South End Coffee Klatch
1st Saturday of each month
10:30 a.m. to 12ish
South Whidbey Commons on 2nd street in Langley

Open to all members and friends of the Congregation
Contact: Rev. Dennis at

Second Sunday Lunch Brunch
2nd Sunday of the month
11:45a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Freeland China City
Open to all members and friends of the Congregation for
informal talk and getting to know one another better.
Contact: Jelcy Romberg at
Hey Nenders!!!
North End Monthly Dine-outs

4th Sunday of the month
6 p.m. somewhere in Oak Harbor
Open to all members and friends of the Congregation
Contact: Ruth Richards

Other News 

Shabbat Gatherings
with Rabbi Ted Falcon

Through worship, teaching, counseling and speaking, Rabbi Ted shares the spiritual gifts of Judaism, while appreciating that it is only one of the authentic spiritual traditions of the world. With gentleness and humor, he deeply affirms the integrity of each individual being.  

Rabbi Ted will be leading Shabbat gatherings at UUCWI at 7:00 p.m. on second Fridays every other month beginning in September (September 9, November 11, January 13, March 10 and May 12).  In addition to deep wisdom, there is always beautiful and meaningful music.  These services offer inspiration to all who attend.  

We are here with purpose. Our lives have meaning.
~Rabbi Ted Falcon

Pacific Northwest Fall Youth Conference: October 21-23, Randle, WA


UUCWI Board & Program Chairs

2016 Board of Trustees

Sarah Richards, President
Laurie Riley, Vice President
Clara Beier, Secretary
David Davis, Treasurer
John Long, Trustee
Teri Wright, Trustee
Richard Hayes, Trustee
Contact Board members at UUCWI voice mail 360-321-8656

Dennis Reynolds   541-517-7325

Sally Elder  360-675-3314
Our minister and chaplain are available for rites of passage ceremonies (including ceremonies of commitment or union) and pastoral visits.

Suzi Pengilly -

Choir Director:
Mavis Cauffman -
2016-2017 Committee Chairs
Adult Programs:  Suzi Pengilly
Auction: Laurie Riley and Larry Morrell (Co-chairs)
Building and Grounds: Gene Berg (Contact)
Care and Connections: Laurie Riley (Chair)
Children's Religious Exploration: Aaron Taggert (Chair)
Internet Communications: Sarah Richards
Finance: David Davis (Chair)
Leadership Council: Laurie Riley (Chair)
Library: Joan Gerteis (Chair)
Long Range Planning – open
Membership: Gaye Simpson (Chair)
Ministry: Sara Heath (Chair)
Music: Linda Good (Chair)
Nominating: Mary Goolsby, Chris Bell, Sara Heath 
Refreshments: Katy Shaner (Chair)
Social and Environmental Justice: Gary and Dianna Piazzon (Co-chairs)
Stewardship: Gene Berg (Convener)
Visual Arts: Christi Shaffer and Dallas Huth (Co-chairs)
Worship: Terra Anderson (Chair)

UUCWI Values,Covenants, and Principles

How we treat one another is guided by our Covenant of Right Relations:
Love is the spirit of this congregation and service is its practice. This is our great covenant:
to dwell together in peace, to seek truth in love, and to help one another.

To keep this covenant we make the following promises:
We warmly welcome all.
 We speak with honesty, respect and kindness.
 We listen compassionately.
 We express gratitude for the service of others.
 We honor and support one another in our life journeys, in times of joy, need and struggle.
 We embrace our diversity and the opportunity to share our different perspectives.
 We address our disagreements directly and openly, and see conflict through to an authentic resolution.
 We serve our spiritual community with generosity and joy, honoring our commitments.
 We strive to keep these promises, but when we fail, we forgive ourselves and others, and begin again in love.

1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;   
2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our
4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within
                       our congregations and in society at large;
6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Newsletter Information

This newsletter is published quarterly; in December, March, June, and September. UUCWI Committee Updates, news, announcements, events, and other items of interest to members of the congregation should be submitted in writing to  Suggestions for articles and information of interest to the whole congregation are both welcomed and encouraged. Items may be edited as needed.
"A Welcoming Congregation"

Worship Services are held every Sunday, 10 a.m. in our Sanctuary
Located at 20103 State Route 525 in
     Freeland, WA 98249
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