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Winter Newsletter 2017
ISLAND PASSAGES
Weaving a World
  by Rev. Dennis Reynolds

From the President

Updates from the Board

Community Spirit
UUCWI Concert Series
Worship
Committee on Ministry
Religious Exploration
Membership
Leadership Council
UUCWI Art Gallery
Library News
Care and Connections
Social and Environmental      Justice Council
Adult Programs and Social    Circles

UUs Beyond UUCWI

Board & Program Chairs

UUCWI Values, Covenant, and Principles

 
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        Weaving a World
          by Rev. Dennis Reynolds

Though the weather on January was sunny, the beginning of 2107 seemed a bit grey for those of us who would describe ourselves as progressives. The upcoming inauguration of President Trump, his proposed cabinet, and the unfolding Congressional agenda seem to indicate the unraveling of decades of progress.

We fear that we are witnessing the dismantling of environmental protections, full inclusion for LGBTQ people, women’s reproductive rights, due process for immigrants, protection of freedom of religion, voting rights for all, and the commitment to the climate of mutual respect that is needed to foster an inclusive multiracial nation. 

As I seek how I might respond, I have found inspiration in a story shared recently by Michael Meade, the renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. 

Not so very long ago, Meade tells us, in deep hidden cave not far from here, a very, very old women working tirelessly to weave a sacred tapestry that depicts the story of all creation. The holy woman steps away from her loom to attend to a pot of sacred seeds, that she is called to help germinate. These seeds hold the potential for new life.

When she returns to her loom, she finds that a huge dog has latched on to a loose thread and is rapidly unraveling her intricate, beautiful tapestry.

 Though she is clearly disappointed, this wise elder wastes little time in mourning the loss. After feeding her own hungry dog, she begins again the task of creating the world story that she dreams of and longs for.     

From amongst all the hundreds of stories in his repertoire, Meade chose to share that story, because, for many of us, this feels like a time of great unraveling. Yet, we need to remember that, no matter what, we must continue to engage in the task of creating the world we truly long for.       

Despite life’s set backs, the work continues, for the task of dreaming and creating the world of our dreams is endless. And each subsequent re-weaving has the potential to be more beautiful than that which has come before.

This January, though my New Years Resolutions still include better diet and more exercise, I am answering the call to deepen my resolve to do more in response to the unraveling. 

Though my actions may seem small, Meade’s story reminds me that each individual thread becomes part of something greater. And there are things we can do from here on Whidbey. In just the next few weeks, I plan to be part of the following: 

  • As the Congregation divests itself from its accounts with Wells Fargo Bank, in part because of its funding of the Dakota Access Pipeline, I will seek to ensure that my own investments and financial dealings are consistent with my values.  
  • On January 20, here at UUCWI, we will expand our discussion about how we can continue to grow our capacities as a healthy congregational community that supports all of us as we change and grow.
  • On January 21, I will travel to Seattle with others from UUCWI to support the Womxn’s March.  
  • I resolve to broaden my understandings of my own privilege by enrolling in an on-line workshop titled Healing from Toxic Whiteness offered by a group called Compassionate Action. 
  • I am also seeking to deepen the practices that sustain and ground me by beginning a six-month Mindfulness Mastery program being offered by my Buddhist teachers.   

Each of us brings our own unique interests and skills. I invite you to make your own list as, one thread at a time, as we each do our part in weaving and reweaving the great story of all creation. 

From the President


 President’s Column

                       What? I’m an adult and you want me to go to camp?                                                          YES! 

Are there times you feel exhausted, like you just want to throw in the towel, go home, and stay there? Do you sometimes feel like your valuable life energy is being spent on stuff you don’t care about, and the word you use to describe yourself is “crispy”? Do you simply want a change of scene and meet some new people without having to go far, far away? I will whisper a solution in your ear… Eliot Institute.

When my son, Ben, was around seven or eight (almost 30 years ago!!), I took him, for the first time, to a UU camp called Eliot Institute. I had been going to the UU Congregation in Corvallis for a year or two and was somewhat involved but not really passionate about the UUs. I admit it! Belonging to a UU congregation wasn’t a complete sell for me, partly because I saw the normal day-to-day struggles in the group and was not too interested in being involved in that part. I was in a Master’s program at the time when someone told me about a group of UUs who got together from all over the Pacific Northwest at a place called Seabeck. It sounded like a perfect opportunity to meet UUs from beyond the four walls of our church building, and one that had lots of activities for Ben, so he’d get something, too.

That began about five years of going regularly. Eliot Institute is a semi-structured venue that has a theme speaker, discussion groups, family style dining, lots of workshops, and group activities, as well as playful events (and some serious ones) in the evening. This is a setting in which you can challenge yourself to grow in ways you want. It will be a challenge, because there will be times you will be at loose ends, or disappointed by the theme speaker, or feeling out of it, or just plain exhausted. Whatever your issues are, you will have a chance to have a little look at them, but there is something in the community that has a magic about it. It’s as if it will let you drop into those places, and if you allow it, the people will be there with hugs as you climb out.

For the more intellectually minded, the opportunity to attend the lectures of the theme speaker will give you fodder for your thoughts (whether you like what you hear or not). Then you’ll be able to discuss ideas in the small groups after that presentation each day if you so desire, but they are not mandatory. I recently went to Winter Eliot and met some inspiring people. In fact, one has written a book I’m going to suggest we study as a group (more on that later). I came back with renewed friendships of people from all those years ago who still go to Eliot, and new friends who amazed me with their knowledge, charm, or plain old silliness. 

While there are a few people from our congregation who go regularly to Eliot, including our own Rev. Dennis and Suzanne, hopefully, more people from our congregation will discover the restoring beauty of the Eliot Community. Ask me, or others who have been, about Eliot or check out their website.

http://www.eliotinstitute.org/

~ Sarah Richards, UUCWI Board President 

Updates from the Board

The Board recently sent the following letter to Wells Fargo Bank and its local branches,
giving notice that UUCWI is closing its Wells Fargo account: 

Community Spirit


 UUCWI 2016-2017 Concert Series 


Saturday, February 4, 7:30 p.m. at UUCWI

Emerald City Players

Featuring: Rachel Mathews, piano; Adrianna Hulscher, violin; Ingrid Mathews, violin;
Annie Chang Center, viola; Michael Center, cello. 

Tickets: $20/$5 for students.
Email reservations: concerts@uucwi.org

Tickets will be available after services, at the door (unless sold out), Moonraker Bookstore in Langley, and Habitat for Humanity in Freeland. Cash or check only, please.

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Friday, March 17, 7:30 p.m. at UUCWI

Prokofiev & Beethoven: Sonatas to Welcome Spring

Featuring: Teo Benson, his wife Paula, and Nola Allen

More details to follow

Worship

Thanks to so many of you who were generous with your time and thinking and responded to our 2016 Worship Survey.  At least 42 of you participated.  While not a majority, it is statistically significant, and we believe the responses are reflective of the broad range of opinions held by our congregants.  Our last survey was eight years ago, and the responses look very similar this time, reminding us that you come through our doors with many different religious histories that result in different expectations. 

If any of you wants to see the comprehensive document of every response, please just ask.  Meanwhile, here is what I heard, and how I interpreted your remarks.  

About half of our responders come to Sunday services to forget problems, to feel inspired and uplifted, to learn to engage life “better.”  The words “a spiritual experience” were recurrent.  A few emphasized seeking a sense of community, shared learning, and building friendships.  The rest want to be stretched out of complacency, to leave inspired by some thought or poem or musical piece, to look differently at our lives, and be more compassionate to those around us.  The word “intellectual experience” was oft repeated.  Rev. Dennis calls this the charge to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.  

Music was the number one favorite element identified, specifically singing together and listening to the wonderful variety of music our special musicians provide.  The sermon/homily was called out by 13 people. Ten people said it is ALL important. “I appreciate and expect all of these elements in meaningful services.”  And emblematic of how one person’s delight is another’s bane, we heard from five people that Joys and Sorrows were their absolute favorite part of the service, while another equal number find Joys and Sorrows tedious and distracting, wishing it would be conducted only occasionally or perhaps at the end of the service.  

Sermon topics suggested were wide ranging: how to link spiritual practice with community action; practical aspects resulting from the (im)morality of climate change, like how our children will live in the future without access to cheap and abundant fossil fuels; more diverse perspectives on the spiritual beliefs, cultures, rituals, music, people of world religions;  how to LIVE our affirmation and covenant of right relations; how to live and die gracefully; how to maintain objectivity in the light of such polarizing times – “we can get a little self-righteous and can stand some reminders that we are not God's elect any more than the evangelical right.”  I think it was most beautifully captured in these specific comments: I’d like speakers to provide intellectual challenge… I want the sermon to move me, to examine my beliefs, intentions, and abilities… I like variety… I consider it a good service if I pull out my journal because the speaker said something that I want to explore.

We also received some requests for more facilitated after-service conversations to provide opportunity to explore what we are thinking, wondering, hoping.  One suggested we strive to become a “Free-Thinker Friendly” congregation for humanists.  Several requested more silence and reflective time during the services to internalize and ponder messagesAnd most of you said the balance of what we are currently doing is probably just fine:  “I so enjoy the diversity, the focus of all the services, the imagination and dedication and care displayed in all services – meaningful and impressive… at least some element always touches me.” 

So what do YOU make of these responses?  I’m reminded of that old adage “you cannot please all the people all the time.” Is this diversity a joy for you or a burden?  

We – the Worship Committee – are always open to your comments and suggestions.  Our intention is to provide speakers who do cover your wide range of interests.  We have invited people from Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Quaker, and UU traditions, as well as people from universities, justice advocates, authors, and thinkers.  You can help us by embracing our reality – that what one person loves another probably does not. Sometimes it may be just your presence on a Sunday morning that makes someone’s day. And such is the beauty and the challenge of UUs. :-) 
In partnership - Terra

Committee on Ministry 


UUTalks
A New Adult Program 

A fabulous evening of food, friendship and conversation has been planned with you in mind. Ever wonder just what all the talk about “Healthy Congregations” is? The Committee on Ministry has planned a fun-filled evening to satisfy your curiosity, and feed your mind and your body all at the same time. 

Please, join us this Friday, January 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for a potluck, a presentation by the Committee on Ministry, and an evening of exciting conversation centered on the much sought-after, but sometimes elusive, concept of a healthy congregation. 

This scintillating kick-off evening is just the beginning. More events offering a variety of topics and formats are planned. Potlucks, speakers, slide shows, videos and, of course, exciting UU Talk! 
 

UUCWI Committee on Ministry
Rev. Dennis Reynolds, Sara Heath,
Larry Morrell, Mary Goolsby 

 
Religious Exploration

So many projects, so many holidays, and so little time with the children! Just so you know: the Spirit Play classroom is ready and waiting, and we always welcome and look forward to the children's coming here. In the month of December, there were many ceremonies and traditions with "light" as the theme, and the class focus for the last month was to illustrate that with stories, poems, and art activities. 

Looking forward, we're ready to begin a new calendar year with more traditional practices from our sources as Unitarian Universalists. We hope to see you there!

~Joann Roomes

Membership

In 2016, UUCWI has welcomed many new friends and 19 new members. Our most recently joined members are Lenore Norrgard, Tabitha Pierzchala, and Lisa Siders-Kenney. Here is a little bit about who they are. Please welcome them!

Lenore Norrgard moved to Whidbey this summer; she left her heart in the Puget Sound 20 years ago when she moved away to study art and pursue filmmaking. She is pastoral leader of Circle of the Living Earth-AIWP, a shamanic congregation she founded, and provides shamanic healing, training, counseling, and consulting. She has a Clinton office. Her current project is the film AMERICAN UBUNTU: A healing story for our times. You can learn more about her private practice at http://lenorenorrgard.com.

Tabitha Pierzchala has been a UU since 2009 when she joined Paint Branch UU Church in Silver Spring, Maryland.  She has been attending UUCWI off and on since she retired from the Navy in 2014 and moved back to Whidbey Island. Currently, she works for the Navy, as a civilian, in energy conservation at Naval Base Kitsap. In 1992, Tabitha was initiated into Wicca and has been a Priestess in the Georgian tradition of Wicca since 2000.  She is currently a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, and spends some of her free time meditating with trees and gardening. 

Lisa Siders-Kenney has attended UUCWI since her move to Whidbey in 2012. She and her husband, Tom, moved here to be closer to family after living 20 years in Cincinnati. A native of Montana, Lisa is a project-based, multi-media artist. Some of Lisa’s art reflects her experience of living with the death of her daughter.  In a newer work, Lisa uses a fascinating collection of flowers that represent love and loss. It will be exhibited in the sanctuary at UUCWI in late May/early June. Lisa is active with the choir and often lends her capable hands to various design and production needs at UUCWI.

PLEASE:  All friends and members are encouraged to check their personal information for accuracy in our online directory. Occasionally errors/typos are found in addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. Have you recently moved? Changed your contact information? Do we have your photo? If you would like help making such changes, Suzi Pengilly, UUCWI administrator, can help.

~Gaye Simpson

Leadership Council

The Leadership Council met in a day-long retreat recently, discussing a number of issues relative to the work of the committees represented. 

One of these was the appointing of new church historian Katy Shaner, who will be collecting documents and information to compile a permanent record of our congregation's progress over the years. If you have interesting data or memories related to UUCWI, please see Katy.

We also wish to honor and recognize our long-time members. Christi Schaffer will be compiling a list of people who have been with the congregation for a significant number of years, and we will be considering ways in which their voices can be heard more prominently.

We heard a presentation by the Committee on Ministry regarding their Healthy Congregations project. There will be a series of events for all congregants to enjoy, enhancing communication skills and understanding new ways of viewing diversity of opinions.  

~Laurie Riley

PLEASE NOTE: laurie@laurieriley.com is my new email address. Please omit old ones from your records.

UUCWI Art Gallery

January/February Exhibit at the UUCWI Art Gallery
Light and Stone 

The black and white photography of Marsha Morgan and the stone sculpture of Sue Taves are featured in the foyer Art Gallery at UUCWI during the months of January & February. Each local artist explores shadow and contrast and the interplay between shape and pattern.

March/April Exhibit 

Lisbeth Harrie Pastels and Portraits

 Saturday, March 4, at Joan Gerteis' home
Visual Arts Committee Annual Retreat
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Light and Stone
UUCWI Library News

Our recent inventory of the Library collection revealed not only a considerable number of ‘missing’ books, but an even larger number of books actually on the shelves though not in our catalog!

Your library Committee will be adding records for the books-on-the-shelves-but-not-in-the-catalog over the coming weeks, and we’re hoping that, now that the busy holiday season has passed, you will perhaps take another look on your shelves for some of the books you checked out but have forgotten to return.

Here are some titles that we added in December after completing the inventory.  More will be coming soon. Consider taking a look at them!

Annie Dillard Reader
by Annie Dillard.
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 1994.

Essays, poems, and short stories by a Pulitzer Prize winner. The collection features a new version of Holy the Firm, on the search for God in everyday life. By the author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.  Shelved under Literature Essays Poetry

Art of Happiness : Handbook for Living
by Dalai Lama.
New York : Riverhead Books, 1998.
One of the world’s greatest spiritual leaders teams up with a psychiatrist to share, for the first time, how he achieved his hard-won serenity, and how readers can attain the same inner peace. Shelved under World Religions & Religious Thought.

American Religious Humanism
by Mason Olds.
Minneapolis, MN : Fellowship of Religious Humanists, 1996.
Shelved under Humanism.

 100 Questions that Non-Members ask about Unitarian Universalism
by John Sias from interviews with Rev. Steve Edington, UUA.
Nashu, NH : Transition Pub., 1994.
Shelved under Unitarianism Universalism

 101 Reasons I’m a Unitarian Universalist
by Ed Searl and Jeff Briere.
Royal Nonesuch Press, 2008.
Shelved under Unitarianism Universalist

  Love is the spirit of this congregation and service is its practice.  



Care and Connections 


The aim of the Care and Connections program is twofold: to provide practical assistance to congregants in need of help, and to deepen connections within our UUCWI community. We can always use more volunteers to help with home maintenance, yard work, pet care, house cleaning, rides to Sunday services or other appointments, meal preparation, and more. Email Donna Davis at donna.maria.davis@gmail.com or sign up at the Care and Connections table in the foyer on Sunday mornings. Let us know how you'd like to help. It makes a world of difference to those in need, and gives meaning to those who help.

Circle Groups are back! Congregants meet at UUCWI or in each others' homes to discuss topics related to politics, aging, philosophy, writing and poetry, women's issues, and more. Enjoy deep discussion and make new friends. Sign up on Sunday mornings in the foyer or email Donna Davis at donna.maria.davis@gmail.com.

Thirty-four UUCWI members, friends, and guests celebrated Christmas Day with a delicious potluck after the morning service. An enthusiastic team of volunteers helped transform the sanctuary into a winter wonderland (thanks in no small part to Katy Shaner's beautiful Christmas decorations and aesthetic expertise!), and clean-up was quick and easy with so many willing hands. The Care and Connections team would love to host more regular potlucks — let us know if you'd like to help us organize them!

Social & Environmental Justice Council
 

Social and Environmental Justice Council (SEJC) Stood Strong for Standing Rock
Much effort this fall focused on supporting the Standing Rock Sioux in their mission to protect their water from fossil fuel contamination.  Rev. Reynolds was part of a local UU delegation, reported in UU World, who travelled to South Dakota to join the endeavor. We have raised money in support of the water protectors and Oceti Sakowin camp, the UU Interfaith Yurt, and the ministry of Rev. Fasson.  One SEJC member spent almost a month on site collaborating with the Bismarck-Mandan UU Fellowship to educate the public, encourage local faith leaders to stand with them, building the yurt, participating in direct actions, and supporting the camp in a variety of other ways.

Moral Mondays
Judy Kaplan has launched a program to use social and other media to inform and persuade. 

Collaborations
SEJC has collaborated with other groups who share UU values:   
 

  • We found an appropriate location for a plaque acknowledging the previous inhabitants of the ground upon which we meet and dedicated the plaque with ceremony. We appreciate the assistance of the Grounds committee.  
  • We were involved in the planning, marketing, and tech support for the Faith and Climate Conference. Our committee also gave two presentations. This event was the first regional interfaith climate conference, held in Seattle, on October 8 at the University Christian Church.
  • Along with UUCWI’s Earth Spirit Circle group, we planted cedar trees to replace those removed due to disease at UUCWI.
  • Together with South Whidbey Break Free, we continue to support Stoni Thompson, one of the 52 arrestees.
  • We are working with UU Voices For Justice to plan and establish goals for the 2017 legislative session.
  • We joined Whidbey Stands with Standing Rock in three efforts: two demonstrations in front of banks invested in the pipeline and a well attended Teach In at UUCWI on December 1.    

Dedicated Offering 
Due to the on-going generosity of this congregation, we collected $2134.00 to support four different organizations doing work reflective our values.

Communication
We continue to supply UUCWI E-News with articles and event information.

Respectfully submitted,
Gary and Dianna Piazzon, co-facilitators

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.

Stay tuned!  In the next few weeks, the Committee is going to conduct a brief survey (yes--another survey!) to determine interests in, and availability for, Adult Programs, so that we can offer agreeable programs at times convenient for congregants. 

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 admin@uucwi.org or Rev. Dennis at minister@uucwi.org. Please be aware that there are curricula and resources for courses available on the Unitarian Universalist Association's website www.UUA.org. 

Adult Programs Committee
Laurie Riley, John Long, Mavis Cauffman, Rev. Dennis Reynolds, and Suzi Pengilly.

 

EvenSong 

EvenSong is held on the second Wednesday of the month. 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!


 

A Unitarian Universalist Perspective on A
Course in Miracles

Facilitated by Laurie Riley

Fridays, 
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 Tuesdays of each month,  5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at UUCWI. Details at http://www.icelu.com/mindful/M_at_UU.html

 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 Fridays 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 minister@uucwi.org

 
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 jelcy@jelcy.com
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

rgrichards7@icloud.com

UUs Beyond UUCWI 

 The 55th Annual Meeting of the UU Pacific Northwest District 


The UU Church in Eugene 
Saturday, February 25, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Letter from Diane Brinson, Pacific Northwest District, Administrative Specialist

Dear PNWD Congregational Administrators, Presidents and Ministers:

I hope your 2017 is off to a good start.  As promised in the December 23 notice, District Assembly registration is now open!

Please share the District Assembly information far and wide in your congregation. I have also attached publicity to pass along to your newsletter editor. This includes both a detailed piece and a shorter blurb. Full event details are posted on the District Assembly page. From this link you can find the day’s schedule, lodging options, business meeting materials, etc.

The 55th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest District will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017at The UU Church in Eugene, 1685 W 13th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Check-in and on-site registration begin at 7:30 a.m.

Registration:
Register and pay at the same time! Our new system allows you to do both on the same site. Register today. Fee: Adults $75/Youth $25

Program:
The PNWD board is hosting a forum for the UUA presidential candidates. UUA Moderator Jim Key will facilitate the forum and all three candidates will be present.

Workshops:
There are two sessions scheduled and attendees will have the opportunity to select from eleven workshops. Options include sessions on board leadership, enlivening church music, small congregation worship, beloved community, inspiring giving in congregations, RE programming for small groups, UUA happenings, community organizing, and others. An afternoon choir session also offers an opportunity to rehearse a song that will be performed in the 5:00 closing ceremony.

Business Meeting Materials:
Nominating Committee slate
2016 Business Meeting minutes

Agenda and additional materials will be posted as they come available.

Delegates: In mid-January we will send presidents and ministers the link to certify their congregational and ministerial delegates.

Lodging:
A block of rooms is available at the Hilton Home2 Suites by Hilton Eugene Downtown University Area, 102 W 11th Avenue, 541-342-3000  for $119 per night. Book before January 25 using group code “UUC” to get this reduced rate. Lodging is also available at many other nearby hotels.

Hope to see you next month in Eugene!

Kind regards,
Diane

 WhaleCoast Alaska 2017

Have you ever dreamed of visiting Alaska? If so, WhaleCoast Alaska 2017 is for you! Four Alaska UU fellowships invite you to experience our eco-cultural and spiritual program next summer! See Alaska through the eyes of local UUs in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Seward, and Sitka with friendly homestays and unique tour activities. See wildlife, including moose, bears, caribou, whales, bald eagles, seals, and otters. Visit Denali National Park. Experience Native Alaskan culture. Forget the cruise ships – our program is the best way to visit Alaska! Tours led by Dave Frey, member of the Fairbanks UU congregation and Alaska travel expert. Find out more about this Alaskan trip of a lifetime before our tours sell out! Complete information at www.WhaleCoastAK.orgContact info is: dfrey@whalecoastak.org or call 907-322-4966. We would love to share our Alaska with you!

Dave Frey
WhaleCoast Alaska
675 Gold Vein Rd
Fairbanks, AK 99712
(907) 322-4966

www.WhaleCoastAK.org

 

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

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:
Suzi Pengilly - admin@uucwi.org


Choir Director:
Mavis Cauffman - mgc@whidbey.com
2016-2017 Committee Chairs
 
Adult Programs:  Suzi Pengilly
Auction: 
Building and Grounds: Gene Berg (Contact)
Care and Connections: Donna Davis (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 
Music: Lida Siders-Kenney (Chair)
Nominating: Mary Goolsby, 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
                      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.

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 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      
www.uucwi.org
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