SPRING NEWSLETTER 2016
An Amazing Place

Updates from the President


Community Spirit
UUCWI Choir
What is Worship?
Passover Sedar
New Art Exhibit
Building and Grounds
Library News
Pulling Together, Helping Each Other
 
Social & Environmental Justice Council
Adult Programs

What's All this talk about Regionalization?

Faithify: Crowdfunding for UU Projects


Board & Program Chairs
UUCWI Values & Covenant
UU Principles

 

 
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During our January time away, Suzanne and I visited a uniquely amazing spot called Salvation Mountain.  http://www.salvationmountain.us/
It was constructed and adorned by a visionary man named Leonard Knight as a means of proclaiming to the world his deep faith in the power of God’s message of love.

The mountain was constructed from straw bales and adobe with lots and lots of donated lead-free paint. As you can see, it is a unique colorful edifice that rises three stories above the desert floor. It is located about ninety minutes south of Palm Springs on the edge of Slab City, a community of snowbirds and drifters. The colorful vividness of this man-made mountain is heightened by the contrast with its desolate surroundings.
In 2000 the Folk Art Society of America declared it “a folk art site worthy of preservation and protection”. Since Knight’s move to a care facility in 2011 and his subsequent death in 2013, a cadre of volunteers works to add fresh paint to preserve the creation. A foundation collects funds, supervises the ongoing painting process and assures a bit of expansion to fully realize Knight’s dream. It is an incredible thing to behold, both for its bold beauty, the audacity of vision and the human tenacity that led to its creation.

While I certainly do not resonate with all of the biblical proclamations painted on the slopes and interior walls, I was proud to pose before 10 foot high letters proclaiming that LOVE IS UNIVERSAL

On our first Sunday back here on Whidbey, gathered in our beautiful sanctuary, I found myself thinking of Salvation Mountain as we shared the opening phrases our Affirmation: “Love is the spirit of this congregation and service is its practice.”

This congregation and our sanctuary began as a visionary notion hatched by few folks who established a Unitarian Universalist Fellowship here on Whidbey. In time, the numbers grew and a new vision of creating a physical home for religious liberalism emerged. With time and tenacity, generosity and perseverance that vision became our sanctuary.
 
I am a bit surprised how much commonality I find between the vision that inspired the Mountain and that which led to the building of our sanctuary.   In a You Tube video I heard Leonard Knight affirm that “The whole message is simply to love each other.”  Sometimes such a message inspires an individual to build a vivid mountain in the desert. In another time and place it inspires a community to craft a lovely sanctuary in the woods.

Updates From the President

Goodbye Meri
I have been in the denial stage of grief over the loss of Meri, our amazing Admin. She brought a steady, organized, and kind hand to our office and Adult Programs organizing that will be sorely missed. Meri, I wish you nothing but the best in your new location, I know that you will thrive.
 
Meanwhile, back here we have been gathering applications for her replacement. There are a lot of qualified people applying for the job. The BOT’s personnel committee is reviewing the applications and by the time you read this I hope we will have started scheduling interviews. Until, the replacement comes on board, we all need to pitch in to take care of Meri’s tasks. Thanks to the Worship Committee for recognizing that need and being the first to step forward.
Our Planning Process:
Are you thinking about taking a trip? Unless you are a totally free-wheeling type, you usually get an idea of where you want to go, when you have free time, and how you will travel to get there. Then you’ll look at detail such what you want to do once you are there, and where you will stay. Then you’ll look at ideas for where to eat and, if you are there long enough, where you can wash your clothes. All that is part of planning and getting ready for your journey. 
 
We need to continue our planning on our journey together. We need to first decide where we are going, what our timeline might be, and how we will travel there together. It’s only later that we will decide the more intricate details. From our first attempt to plan our journey this fall we identified one of the vehicles that we have doubts about, but that doesn’t mean we will abandon our journey, right? It just means we will look at alternative means of transportation.
 
In that spirit, we will pick up the reins of the planning process buggy and continue to move forward. It is not responsible to the people who step forward and offer to put time in as leaders without also participating in the development of a new vision and idea of how we will achieve the new ideas. Watch for opportunities to be involved.
 
Website:
Our uucwi.org website is being transferred to a more manageable system. It should be ready for moving from a test mode to live in the next few weeks. It will be substantially similar to the one we have now, more significant changes will occur after we get the site moved over in its current structure.
 
The Hunt for the Treasurer:
We are continuing the work to develop financial helpers who will aide the Treasurer in handling deposits and processing expenditures. When we are successful in this we will have a couple of people trained to make deposit, one or two to process expenditures, and a Finance Committee with an active chair, as well as a Treasurer who will take up the financial reins but not be burdened with too much work. This is a process that will set up a system of checks and balances making a more sustainable financial management structure so people don’t have to be super-financial whizzes like our long-serving Tom Buxton. My dream is to have many people taking up some of the many threads that make the money system work for all of us which will make the burden easier on all.
 
Rental Policies and Rates:
By the time you read this we should have a new set of rental policies and rates in place. John Long has worked with his team to finish the documents. This will result in a transparent set of rates and rules for all of us to rely on.
 
Stewardship:
Each year we rely on each and every member to commit to the personal and financial well being of the congregation. We plan various ways to achieve that, and always are trying to figure out how to talk about money without offending or sounding like that is the only thing that matters. It is important to remember that money to an organization is like blood to a body. It flows around bringing life and energy. We need to find ways to talk about it reasonably and with great heart. To that end our Stewardship committee members are putting together a plan to help us both enjoy the process and have meaningful conversations. You heard about it on Sunday, if you want to be part of that team, please call John Long.
 
And more…
And there are so many more things going on in the work on the church that I’d like to write about, but you’d think this already too long article is WAY too long. So, come to one of the Kitchen Table Talks to discuss things that concern you and find out the inside story. They will happen each month at a different location and have at least two board members there who will answer questions and participate as individuals in the general discussion that you will bring. The first one will be at Sarah Richards’ home Sunday evening, March 20. Email president@uucwi.org to reserve your spot (up to 12 people).

Sarah Richards, President, Board of Trustees

Community Spirit

In Harmony

Why do people enjoy singing together? 
For lots of reasons -- most of which benefit us both psychologically and physically.  

"I love to hear a choir.  I love to see the humanity in the faces of real people devoting themselves
to a piece of music.  I like the teamwork.  It makes me feel optimistic about the human race
when I see them cooperating like that." ~ Paul McCartney

The BBC News wrote an article (with British spellings!) in 2013 saying that "choir singers not only harmonise their voices, they also synchronise their heartbeats".   Numerous studies show that music relieves stress and improves our brains.  Chorus America says, "The power of group singing to elevate mood and forge relationships can help people weather challenges and face life's ups and downs."*   In addition, at UUCWI the choir tries very hard to make a positive, uplifting contribution to our worship experience.

Each month (September through June) the UUCWI choir usually rehearses two Tuesday evenings and sings at one worship service.  If you would like to sing with us, check our choir website at uucwi-choir.weebly.com and talk to our choir director, Mavis Cauffman at 360-579-4053 or drop her an email (mgc@whidbey.com).

* If you want a really good book about the joys of singing in a choir, read 
Imperfect Harmony, by Stacy Horn.

 

During the opening remarks from worship leaders you have probably heard variations on the theme that “if this service isn’t your perfect idea of worship, come back next week because it will undoubtedly be different, as will the next service and the next.”     

Your worship committee believes that the beauty of our diverse membership is also our shadow.  We have folks who love the music and others who simply endure it.  Some members love an intellectually stimulating sermon while others beg for more ritual and spirituality.   Some say Joys and Sorrows are a complete waste of time; for others this is a favorite element because it enables them to feel deeply connected.  One person asked me, “Why do we bother with an Offering when so many of us pay our pledges monthly by check?”  And shortly thereafter I heard another say that he always puts a dollar in the offering basket, in addition to his monthly pledge, because “it is a ritual of giving and gratitude, a weekly reminder that no matter what is happening in my life I still have the capacity to give.”  Yes, every one of us has an opinion that probably differs from the people sitting on either side to us.  

So rather than try to walk the middle, we endeavor to offer a variety of styles of service, hoping that one will be your “perfect worship service”.  

When I first started attending UUCWI I was “very discerning” – attending only those services that I though might be interesting.  But our then minister, Rev. Kit Ketcham, challenged my assumptions about the role of worship in my life.  She encouraged me to think of it as a community with whom I engaged more than Sunday stimulation or entertainment.  Her words continued to work me until one day I realized I was coming to support my friends who were hosting the service more than I was seeking the message of any particular sermon.  And in the process I began to discover that my “lessons” for that day might appear in a piece of music, a remark made during Joys and Sorrows, or just a hug and a smile from someone I had not seen for a while.    

In a New Member Welcoming ceremony, Rev Bruce Bode quoted Rev Gary Kowalski: “People who come to Unitarian Universalism seeking spiritual goods are likely to be disappointed so long as they have the outlook of consumers in search of material goods. If their connection to our liberal faith is to grow into something more rewarding, they have to give up the consumer mindset and begin to think of themselves instead as shareholders, investors, co-owners in what happens in [this religious community] … with a joint share in the success of the enterprise.”

Are you a consumer or a stakeholder?  How would you like to support Sunday services?  Do you have an idea for a story, reading or even a sermon?  Would you like to help make the sanctuary a welcoming place – bringing flowers for the altar, greeting people at the door, preparing refreshments, arranging chairs, lighting the chalice?  The opportunities are boundless. 
Please speak to any worship leader or to Rev. Dennis. This is YOUR church and how it serves you is a reflection of how you serve it.  We want to listen and support your engagement.  ~

~ Terra Anderson on behalf the worship committee.  
PASSOVER SEDAR
AN INTERFAITH CELEBRATION
4 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016
UUCWI Sanctuary
The Jewish holiday of Passover celebrates the journey from slavery to freedom, from oppression to liberation. Our sixth UU principle includes the similar goal of peace, liberty and justice for all.  

The Haggadah (“Telling”) is the book used as a guide for the traditional Seder (“Order” or “ Arrangement”); the Passover Eve Service. It is an ancient book whose basic form and content date to the 10th century CE or earlier.

We will be using a version written by Rabbi Ted Falcon, which makes the essential and universal message of Passover - liberation from our " places of stuckness and narrow lands " to freedom - relevant at the personal, social and national levels of our lives.  Rabbi Falcon will be our guest speaker on Sunday, April 17th.

We invite you to explore these themes and learn more about the traditions of our Jewish brothers and sisters by sharing in a Passover Seder that includes story, song, ritual, and delicious food.  

Our Seder dinner will include the traditional ritual foods, wine and juice, and a planned potluck of dishes, both meat and vegetarian, that are appropriate for the holiday. Information about food choices will be available when you make your reservation. We also ask for a contribution of $5 per person or $10 per couple or family to cover ritual ingredients, printing, and common use items.

his exciting event is by reservation only and space will be limited so mark your calendar and reserve your place after church at the table in the foyer. Watch the Friday e-news for further information and contact
Rick Weiss or Allan Ament if you are available to help with shopping, preparations or clean up.
          Anne Smidt
Wendy Ferrier
Wax & Wool – New Art Exhibit in our Foyer Gallery

Our own Wendy Ferrier and local artist Anne Smidt are featured in the Visual Arts Committee’s new Art Gallery exhibit which will be on display throughout the months of March and April.

Wendy, of course, is a weaver, spinner, dyer, and knitter.  And although she says that her failing eyesight now limits her to weaving “plain weaves, set wide, mainly rugs”, we will nonetheless see in this exhibit her crocheted and knitted wool slippers, in which she also uses Whidbey Island sheepskin.  Wendy weaves three kinds of wool rugs using yarn in combination with fleece or Pendleton selvages or weaving cloth that is cut into strips of chenille.  Some of the yarns she uses are hand dyed and hand spun and she says she enjoys all these processes, especially when she can use island grown materials.

Ann Smidt works primarily with encaustics, both in paintings and three dimensional work, enjoying the spontaneity of the process. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using a medium composed of beeswax and damar resin to which colored pigments are added. The heated wax is then applied to a surface - usually wood.  Each layer is fused with a heat gun or torch.
The Building and Grounds Committee at Work
Rev. Dennis Cleaning Drainage Lines
Matt Long Cleaning Gutters

Building and Grounds Current Major Activities
with Project Leader and Expected Completion Date

(a) Parking lot lights installation, PL Charlie Knutila, D summer 2016.

(b) Tree management, PL Chris Bell, D ongoing.  We have known since we purchased this property that our Douglas Firs have a root virus that is often fatal.  We must remove them as necessary to protect our building and parking areas.

(c) Painting foyer, PL Gene Berg, D April 2016.

(d) Painting entry exterior, PL Tom Buxton, D summer 2016.

(e) Third Saturday Work Parties, PL Chris Bell, ongoing.  Clean and maintain building and grounds. 
We need the help of everyone.

Third Saturday Work Party Crew
RE class putting wood chips on pathways
UUCWI Library News

Here's some ‘new’ books that have found their way to our library shelves that you might want
to take a look at! 

Faith-Based Statements on Climate Change: a collection by Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby & Citizens’ Climate Education: Coronado, CA, 2nd ed.,  June 2015.

Learning to Float: Memoir of a Caregiver Husband.
by Allan Ament.
Booktrope: Seattle WA,  c. 2014.

Practical Compassion: A Guidebook
by Laurie Riley.
Communities for Compassion: Sedona AZ, c. 2008

For longer descriptions of these new titles or other reading material of interest be sure to visit our library website at
http://uucwilibrary.com 

Please do remember to sign the books out on the form you’ll find on a clipboard – and return them within a couple of weeks so others may read them too.  Also – do check to see if you have any ‘overdue’ books from our library on your shelves that you need to return.

 

Pulling Together, Helping Each Other

Laurie Riley

“Love is the spirit of this congregation and service is its practice…” Our affirmation states boldly that we are committed to serving one another. UUCWI has a program called Caring Connections, to provide practical help for congregants in need of home maintenance, yard work, pet care, laundry, house cleaning, ride sharing, meal preparation, and much more. Those who regularly engage in compassionate action know that helping each other gives meaning and purpose to one’s own life. Please consider joining Caring Connections. Email laurie.riley@live.com and tell us what skills you would like to contribute, and how you would like to help identify who needs them.

Social & Environmental Justice Council Quarterly Report
by Gary Piazzon

Dedicated Offerings
Sandra Shipley reports that,
due to your generosity,
 have totaled nearly $3,145!  

 
Black Lives Matter: “The House I Live In” a film concerned with the abomination of mass incarceration kicked off our Moral Ground series and introduced the public to innovative restorative justice mentoring opportunities. No New Jim Crow Seattle representatives graciously stayed for a forum following the service on the issue.

Commit2 Respond:  SEJC organized a very successful Climate Rally on the eve of the UN Climate talks in Paris. When the Delta 5 went to trial for blocking oil trains in Everett, SEJC representatives were there and helped rally moral and financial support.  

Supporting Front Line Indigenous Peoples: We helped raise funds for the filming of “The Earth is Alive” and to send  Lummi youth to the Climate Talks in Paris.  
 
Collaboration:  The Greening Congregations Coalition is growing and becoming more active. Terra Anderson, UUCWI liaison, reports they meet bi-monthly and are committed to increasing action and membership.   We collaborate with UU linked justice efforts regionally and nationally. Statewide SEJC was active in the successful I-732 the Carbon Tax and I-735 to get money out of politics efforts.  We continue to contribute to UU Voices for Justice in their lobbying efforts and have coordinated a carpool to Olympia to lobby for I-732.  We provided the opportunity for congregants to commit to Interfaith Power and Light’s Paris Pledge.  We have exciting plans for Earth/Ocean Appreciation Month.   

Communication: SEJC keeps the congregation alerted to relevant events and news related to our priority justice issues and to the success of our dedicated offerings.  We contribute articles, news and event items to the Northwest UU Justice Network...

An Invitation: It has been an exciting and productive period for the SEJC of UUCWI to see our UU principles put into loving action.  We could do so much more.  With awareness rising about previously obscure injustices there has never been a more important time to get behind efforts towards restoration of right relationships especially regarding protection of our blessed biosphere.  As poet Drew Dillinger puts it: “It’s 3:23 in the morning and I’m awake because my great, great grandchildren won’t let me sleep….. My great, great grandchildren ask me in dreams, What did you do once you knew?”    Don’t be left regretting.  

“There are a thousand ways to bend down and kiss the earth.”  Rumi  

UUCWI Adult Programs

Do UUCWI study groups, workshops or classes interest you? Adult Programs at UUCWI are designed to go deeper— intellectually, socially, ethically, and spiritually. From workshops to community service, covenant groups to discussion groups, meditation to working out—all in the context of a supportive spiritual community—UUCWI as much to offer adults beyond Sunday services. Take a look at the Spring offerings and sign-up.

Sign up soon to participate in discussing the
UUA Common Read 2015-16 titled “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson


The author writes about his personal experiences representing poor people, people of color, women and children incarcerated on death row or sentenced to die in prison.  He makes a powerful case that the opposite of poverty is not wealth, but justice. A discussion of this book will invite participants to explore and examine some of the  underlying themes in the book: justice, mercy, compassion, hope and forgiveness. He reveals sad truths about the U.S. criminal justice system by sharing individual stories, taking the reader up close to the results of unjust and soul-destroying policies and practices.

Three discussion sessions of “Just Mercy” are scheduled for the following Mondays: March 21, March 28 and April 4th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at UUCWI. If you are interested in participating please contact Corinne Ludy  (corinneludy@aol.com or Tel. 321-4371)  There is an assumption that all participants will have read this book in its entirely before attending the discussions.

The Adult OWL course Our Whole Lives - Sexuality Education for Adults will have its first session on Sunday, March, 6 from 6:00-8:00 pm. at UUCWI

If you are interested in participating contact Gene Berg gaberg678@gmail.com, or Ruth Richards rgrichards7@icloud.com to obtain an anonymous participant survey to bring to the first session.
They may be contacted for further information as well.

 
A Unitarian Universalist Perspective on the
Course in Miracles

Facilitated by Laurie Riley
Thursday, ONGOING
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, and how it interfaces with a UU point of view, how we can apply it in our lives, and what the word “miracle” really means.  We will go through the lessons in the Workbook, discuss their meanings and applications, and will look closely at the Textbook in updated format.

You will need A Course in Miracles, Volume Two: A Workbook for Students. Volume 1, the textbook, will be supplied by chapter each week in updated format, so you don’t need to buy the “big book”. (The presently published Text  - “big book” - is not the original version. The updated format combines the original version - “Urtext” -  and the currently published version, and puts both into plain English.)

If you have questions, please email Laurie at laurie.riley@live.com

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 minister@uucwi.org

 

North End Coffee Group/Coupeville
(2nd Saturday of the month)
1:00 p.m. in the cafeteria at Whidbey General Hospital

Open to all members and friends of the Congregation
Contact: Kent Vandervelde

vand93@me.com or 360-672-1131

 
Second Sunday Lunch Brunch
(2nd Sunday of the month)
at Freeland China City
11:45a.m. to 1:00 p.m. +/-
Open to all members and friends of the Congregation for
informal talk and getting to know one another better.

 
Hey Nenders!!!
North End Monthly Dine-outs

(4th Sunday at 6pm somewhere in Oak Harbor)
Open to all members and friends of the Congregation
Contact: Kent Vandervelde

vand93@me.com or 360-672-1131

 

What’s all this talk about Regionalization?

Even if you follow UU World closely, it can be challenging to keep track of what is going on in the process broadly known as regionalization. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has divided the USA into five regions, with roughly equal numbers of UUs and congregations in each.  Details, and a map, can be found at http://www.uua.org/directory/districts.  We are in the Pacific Western Region (PWR), which includes our Pacific Northwest District (PNWD) and three other districts.  The respective websites are http://www.uua.org/pacific-western and (as before) https://www.pnwd.org/

Districts and regions were given the choice of how to continue in governance.  The various regions within the UUA have taken different approaches to governance transformation and collaboration:
The MidAmerica Region shifted completely from district governance to a regional governance model.  They have no more districts. The Southern Region voted to eliminate its district governance structure altogether and, in addition, rather than having a regional governance body, relinquished all governance responsibility to the UUA Board of Trustees.

At the beginning of November, the Central East Region formalized an agreement eliminating district governance and unifying their districts’ resources. Here in the Pacific Western Region (PWR), we have chosen to follow a path we prefer to call regional collaboration. We have retained our four districts – the Mountain Desert District; the Pacific Northwest District, which includes Alaska; the Pacific Central District, which includes Hawaii; and the Pacific Southwest District.  Our districts are not going away nor are they planned to go away!  Rather, PWR districts are cooperating more closely and sharing more resources.  The decision was unanimous by all four district boards that district structures remain appropriate for the PWR given the vastness of our territory as well as our distance – physically and psychically – from UUA headquarters in Boston.

District professional staff members have a long practice of collaboration, especially in our western states. However, as a result of regionalization, our district boards now, in effect, contract with the UUA Office of Congressional Life for the services we used to employ people directly to provide.  During the past year most district professional staff positions in the PWR have been converted into UUA Congregational Life regional staff positions.  This normalizes pay grades, benefits, and supervision, as well as making a wider range of specialized skills available across all districts.  

The Congregational Life Staff serve the entire region and are coordinated by a “regional lead”, who relates to our district board in the same manner that previously, our “district executive” did.  The former district executives are now regional Congregational Life staff with specialized programmatic areas of responsibility as well as specific congregation interface assignments. Our longtime PNWD district executive Janine Larsen is one such staff person and remains our primary contact.  

The four PWR district boards have agreed to transfer funds – your district fair share contributions - in an equitable manner to the UUA to support about half of the costs of these staff, with the other half supported by your dues to the UUA.  This dual funding model is similar to the previous arrangement.  The agreement between the PNWD and the UUA is in its first year, and will be reviewed and renewable annually.
In addition, certain operational functions such as bookkeeping are being centralized. District-hired staff such as our district administrator, Diane Brinson, who have not been transferred to the UUA staff, are communicating and collaborating with their regional counterparts more than before.  Diane remains the person to call for information and assistance; the staff member to whom she refers you will likely be a UUA Congregational Life specialist and may reside anywhere in the region.

An advisory body for the UUA Director of Congregational Life, Scott Tayler, has been formed and includes representatives from each PWR district board.  Carol McKinley is our representative.
So, yes, we still have a district, an office, and district-specific staff. And yes, we are part of a PoWeRful regional collaboration. Come to the next District Assembly, at University Unitarian Church, on Saturday, March 5 to learn more, greet your regional staff, elect new board members, and engage with our PNWD neighbor congregants in learning yet more ways to expand and enrich the Unitarian Universalist experience.

Dave Cauffman, PNWD board vice-president
1/19/2016
Credits: PSWD president Jim Merrill wrote the original version of this article.  The graphic is from the PWR website.


 

Faithify: Crowdfunding for UU Projects

Have you been to www.faithify.org?  It’s a website has been developed to enable UU congregations to ask generous people for funding to enable needed worthy projects.  There is good advice provided on the Faithify website on how to go about this, and extensive FAQ.   Here’s how a Faithify project works:  The requestor needs to make their case, of course, with text, images, and/or video, and specify the funds needed.  Once that is complete, submitted, and passes review for UU relevance, the request will be active for up to 60 days.  During that time the requestor can use means such as social media to draw potential donors to the site, where pledges of donations can be made by credit card (with a 2.9% processing fee added).  If the requested amount or more is pledged, the requestor receives those funds; if less, the requestor receives nothing and the donors are not charged.  Faithify itself does not at this time request any fee.  
 
Compared to, for example, requesting funding from Chalice Lighters, there are advantages and disadvantages.  With Faithify, the requestor is completely in control of the project and how and when it is presented, and potentially, anyone, anywhere may help to fund your project.  But no one will publicize your project for you; if you don’t get enough friends, relatives, and acquaintances to go to the website and pledge, or if your presentation was unpersuasive, your project will raise no funds.  Faithify outsources all the persuasion and rounding up of donors to you.
 
Is crowdfunding charity a fad?  Who knows?  But $450,000 of funding has been pledged so far, for 119 Faithify projects.  You might like to browse the projects (which stay online forever, successful or not) to see if any current ones interest you enough to donate to them, or to learn what worked.  

UUCWI Board & Program Chairs

2016 Board of Trustees

Sarah Richards, President
Libby Roberts, Vice President
Mary Goolsby, Secretary
Clara Beier, Trustee
John Long, Trustee
Teri Wright, Trustee
Contact Board members at UUCWI voice mail 360-321-8656

Minister:
Dennis Reynolds   541-517-7325  minister@uucwi.org

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

Administrator:
admin@uucwi.org

Religious Exploration:
Gina Diamond - lifespancoord@uucwi.org

Choir Director:
Mavis Cauffman - mgc@whidbey.com
2016 Committee Chairs
 
Auction - Laurie Riley and Larry Morrell (Co-chairs)
Building and Grounds - Gene Berg (contact) Big Picture Coordinator: Toyan Copeland Landscape: Chris Bell
Caring Connections – Laurie Riley
Communications:
newsletter editor newsletter@uucwi.org
Charlie Knutila, Website Manager: wwg_chair@uucwi.org
Finance -  Open
Solutions Team – Libby Roberts
Library - Joan Gerteis (Chair)
Long Range Planning – open
Membership - Clara Beier and Gaye Simpson (Co-chairs)
Ministry - Sara Heath (Chair)
Music - Linda Good (Chair)
Nominating – Lois Chowen
Social and Environmental Justice - Gary and Dianna Piazzon
Stewardship - John Long (convener)
Visual Arts – Christi Shaffer and Dallas Huth (Co-chairs)
Worship - Terra Anderson (Chair)

 

UUCWI Values & Covenants

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.

Unitarian Universalist Principles

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
                      congregations;
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.

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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 admin@uucwi.org.  Suggestions for articles and information of interest to the whole congregation are both welcomed and encouraged. Items may be edited as needed.

 
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF WHIDBEY ISLAND
"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
360-321-8656      
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