Summer Newsletter 2016
And then the Eagles Came...

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And Then the Eagles Came… 
by Rev. Dennis Reynolds

On May 14, a handful of us from UUCWI joined a 1,000 plus people outside the March Point Oil refineries near Anacortes to participate in an Indigenous Day of Action titled It’s In Our Hands.

We were decked out in yellow Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts and proudly unfurled our new Unitarian Universalists for Climate Justice banner.  With us were new friends from 12 Unitarian Universalists congregations from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. About two dozen old friends from Whidbey Island also warmly greeted us.

The procession that we all joined was part of a series of national and international events all organized under the title Break Free from Fossil Fuels.  On Saturday, we were led by tribal leaders and native drummers and singers. Young and old and in-betweens walked for three miles along a roadway that passes between the refineries and the tidal flats.

Looking around at all the small faces that surrounded us and reading the hope filled signs was heart warming. Here we all were together speaking with one voice. 

Looking out across the water towards the wooded shorelines, I saw one more example of what an amazing part of the planet we are so privileged to live in.  

On the other side of the road were lines of black rail tank cars, sometimes called “bomb cars,” filled with a volatile mixture of Bakken crude oil from the Alberta tar sands.  Behind them rose the refineries themselves, with dark gray plumes of toxins wafting up into the grey sky.

Though it had been many years since I had been here, this was not my first trip to Marsh Point. Nearly 60 years ago, before the refineries were built, my family had spent joyful times at a cabin on the beach that my uncle’s parents owned and loved. I remember one particular visit when my grandmother and my father had a contest to see who could eat the most delicious razor clams that had been gathered at low tide. 

During a part of this day’s presentations, a native elder also shared memories of harvesting Marsh Point clams. Those clams, he reported, are no longer edible but are foiled with toxins.

We got a whiff of such toxins, as the gathering at the end of our march was down wind from the Tesoro plant. My asthma flared-up after a relatively short exposure to those fumes.        

We had all come to this place to pay homage to the tribes whose land this once was, to celebrate the Lummi’s people recent victory in stopping a coal port on their ancestral lands and to say “no more” to continued degradation of our land and water and air, pledging to do all we can to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

We all know the truth in the science of global warming and the unacceptable catastrophic results that will come from inaction. So, we seek ways to "break free" from fossil fuels through changes in our life styles, legislative efforts, and direct actions in opposition to the industries that profit from fossil fuels.

That day we listened with respect and appreciation to native peoples who know at their very core that all life is intimately connected. As we neared the end of hours of ceremonies and speeches, a talented native woman singer took the stage and gifted us with a song titled It’s in Our Hands.

As her song filled the air, I looked up into the sky and was amazed to see nearly a dozen young eagles circling over our heads watching and listening. I remembered a teaching I once encountered from a native storyteller about how the eagle is a messenger who comes from the creator to observe the people and takes back reports of human progress. 

As the sounds swirled around me and the wings swirled above me, I knew that the messages from that day were filled with hope.

May we all hold and grow such hope.

Updates From the President

Now that I’ve been in office for almost a year, I know why people say they don’t know what is going on. There are two reasons. One is that the people in leadership positions get so busy with doing the work, they forget to report about it (that would be me). The other is that people get so much stuff to read that they don’t read our stuff (that would be you and me). If it weren’t for Suzi, and before that, Meri, and before that Mavis, and before that Sandy, we wouldn’t have any news at all; there are so many people who are busy doing wonderful things in our congregation, and they forget to write about it.

However, there are the rare few who are able to do the work and write it up so we all can know about it: Environmental & Social Concerns Committee chair, Gary Piazzon is one; Facilities Committee member and Parking Lot Lights Guru, Charlie Knutila is another; and our erstwhile Financial Wiz, Tom Buxton is a third (monthly reports and account statements count). I’m not even going to mention our Minister, Rev. Dennis Reynolds, because he writes a lot, but what is not in his writing are the details of what he is doing that is way more than what is in his epistles.
But, back to the mea culpa: if you don’t read what people write in the e-news or the quarterly newsletter, then it’s time for one of two things. Either you look in the mirror and have a frank talk with yourself about what you care about and the attention you give it, or you get onto your communication device (computer, telephone, or car for in-person), and you tell the people in various leadership positions what is going on, and why you aren’t reading their attempts to communicate. Maybe we all have something to learn, and your disclosure of your thoughts and feelings could be instrumental!

You might remember the meeting we had in November about the Long Range Planning process. Some of us thought people in the congregation knew what was going on in terms of plans and the process being considered, but we were wrong! Now, when we are planning or working on a project, we are trying to do a better job communicating. But, and here I want to be perfectly clear with you, I will make the mistake of not communicating enough again, and again. I’ll write things, I’ll read what others write, I’ll have conversations, and still, it’s not enough. So, what can be done about that? There are several options available to you: 
  • You can attend board meetings - they are open.
  • You can read the news that comes out, or read inserts in the Order of Service.
  • You can ask any of the people in leadership positions to talk about this or that project. 
  • You can ask folks to write up an article about it if you haven’t seen anything and want to know.
  • You can request a meeting to talk about your concerns.
  • You can submit a proposal for something you are interested in, as part of a solution.
  • You can call and ask me about the issue that concerns you. I may not have an answer, but I’ll have an idea of who to call or what can be done to get an answer. I will listen.
In my meditation training, I learned that part of the “way to truth” is to acknowledge the reality that you are facing. If we acknowledge that communication takes both the sender and the receiver to be successful, then both of us have some work to make it successful. Let’s kindly engage to find out what is available and discuss what is needed. We have a lot of work to do.  

~Sarah Richards, President, UUCWI Board of Trustees                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Updates From the Board
Save the Date!!!
Annual UUCWI Congregational Meeting
Sunday, June 26, 2016, after the Service 
UUCWI Sanctuary

Potluck too!

Policy Regarding Bulletin Boards at UUCWI

Postings shall be limited to bulletin boards and shall not be put on walls, windows or doors.

Large Inside Board (next to office)
    For use by Administrator and/or Minister

Smaller Inside Board
   For use by Committees and may be coordinated within Solutions Team

Outside Board
    For posting dated events at UUCWI or of interest to members.  

    Items should be no larger than 8 ½ x 11 inches and should be placed in the Administrator’s box (just outside the office door) along with a signed note.  S(he) will remove outdated postings and add new ones in relation to date of the event or as space permits.    

From your Administrator


I am your new administrator and coordinator of Adult Programs. I started mid-March, after a crash course from former administrator Meri, who was very helpful. In this position, I produce the weekly E-News, quarterly Newsletter, weekly Order of Service, support Adult Programs—and other duties as assigned! I will also be one of a few who will keep the new website updated—once it is launched. Stay tuned! I already love this job and, more importantly, I love being part of this warm, welcoming community. 

Although I have roots in Oregon, I come mostly from Boise, Idaho. I worked in historic preservation—archaeology and history—for 35 years. I retired from the Idaho State Historical Society in 2013, after 25 years with that agency. As a statewide agency, we served border to border, so I am very familiar with most of the hidden pockets of Idaho. If you have any questions, please ask me! I love to talk “Idaho.” 

In 2010, I married a Puget Sound native and moved up here full time in the fall of 2013. After commuting between Whidbey and southern Idaho for a number of years, I am very happy to now call this home. My older daughter and granddaughter live in Seattle, so I get to see them regularly. I am so happy that I get to see that little one grow up--up close. 

I thank all of you for making me feel at home at UUCWI and helping me learn the ropes. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to ask. I will try to deliver! Also, please feel free to email me ( or call; my number is 360-682-8137. I don’t get many phone calls, so I really don’t mind. And I live close to the church, so I can meet in person if needed. 

See you around!

Community Spirit

In Harmony

Next season's UU Music Concert Series is being planned by a sub-committee of the Music Committee. We are starting modestly with (only) three concerts. The first will be Nov. 5, with the Alder String Quartet, a South Whidbey group. Then, on Feb. 4, we’ll have Coast to Coast Chamber Music, from Seattle, who played during the last series in January.  The final concert will include Teo Benson and friends and is being organized by Nola Allen. The date will be early March.  If anyone is interested in helping with this committee, or in being on a list to help with the concerts, please contact Linda Good.

The Music Committee, being chaired this year by Linda, has discussed topics such as all of us learning how to maintain and care for our piano, how much to pay members of groups for special music, and keeping up with changes in the sound system.  This year, we had a pianist from Seattle, who has a summer place on South Whidbey, ask to practice on our piano. Lisa Siders agreed to open up the building and the piano for her, and the musician left a donation.  We will deal with requests like this as they come up. The music committee continues to have a close relationship with the Worship committee and with Dennis.  Mavis also communicates about choir and events, such as an event coming up in June with singers from several congregations.  
~Linda Good


Greetings most beloved members of the UU community. Your worship committee continues to seek your dreams, desires, and ideas for worship themes and speakers. Please chat with any worship leader to share your thoughts. Or...attend one of our committee meetings, 9:00 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. 

Meanwhile, we have been planning for the next worship year and have all sorts of exciting speakers scheduled.  If we have done our job well, there should be something to tickle the fancy of everyone:

    •    Swim Kanim, native activist and violinist extraordinaire;

    •    Dave Anderson who’s book, Spill, was just recently published;

    •    Rev. Katherine Jesch who, until recently, served as the director of environmental ministry for the UU          Ministry for Earth;

    •    Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow, returning to the Pacific Northwest, will speak in the fall;

    •    Cynthia Trenshaw, Rev. Bill Graves, Rev Amy Beltaine and Rabbi Olivier BenHeim will return;

    •    We have services planned featuring members Sarah Richards and Ron Roesler as well as an                    intriguing assortment of services full of music and celebration; and, 

    •  Of course, Rev Dennis will continue to regale us with stories and thought provoking reflections                      twice a month.  

~Terra Anderson


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

The UUCWI Seder, held on Saturday, 23 April 2016, was a warm and wonderful occasion.  Almost everyone read portions of the Haggadah (the book that tells the biblical story of the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt).  Allan Ament and Rick Weiss were our able and learned leaders, and there were both serious and humorous asides as well as delightful singing of songs. 

It was a potluck seder, and too many cooks turned out to be a grand thing!  We had all the traditional foods: matzo (also known as bread that has died), horseradish, gefilte fish, hard-boiled eggs, parsley, charoset (Ashkenazi and Sephardic styles), chicken soup with matzo balls (thank you, Tess), kugels, tzimmes, beef, and chicken dishes as well as some food that I personally hope will become traditions like almond-flour chocolate cakes and rhubarb crisp, all made without flour.  We all drank the required four glasses of wine (some drinking smaller glasses than others) and, needless to say, a good time was had by all. 

It is traditional at the end of a Seder to all say: "Next year in Jerusalem." That was said--and also: "Next year at UUCWI."   

~Eileen Soskin

Religious Exploration

Aside from being with the children, the best part about my work at UUCWI is using what I learned earning a Master's in a new arena: Humane Education. There are four elements of Humane Ed:

1. provide information

2. foster reverence, respect and responsibility

3. encourage compassion, creativity, and critical thinking

4. offer solutions

These four elements are the foundation of all of my lesson plans, as they completely support the backbone of spiritual exploration. During these four months working with the children, we have explored many topics. I have a large emphasis on instilling reverence and compassion, since I usually teach the under four-year-olds. I do this through play, and we are outside as much as possible. Connection to the natural world is critical in developing empathy amongst children. All my actions model what I am teaching, including the food we eat at snack time (healthy, organic, local if possible) and the resources I use for art creations (heading towards nontoxic options that don't create much waste). Some of the activities that we have done together include the senses walk where children are asked to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of nature using one sense at a time. 

I also spend a significant amount of time asking kids, "What is the solution?" It really doesn't matter whether we are discussing bullying, sibling rivalry, increasing our health, or our notion of a higher power, I am prompted to ask this question at least once during the time we are together. I want children to view themselves as solutionaries, especially as they begin to understand more about our worldly challenges. One of the other activities that I love doing is using holidays to create new rituals that reflect the UU principles, such as turning Valentine's Day into something that is less about candy and more about loving and caring for Mother Earth. 

I look forward to more time with our kids, inspiring them to discover their spiritual path and how they want to share their understanding of "truth" with the world. 

~Gina Diamond, M.Ed., Religious Education Coordinator


The Membership Committee is pleased to announce that nine new members to UUCWI were welcomed to the congregation on March 13.  The new members include:

Coreen Beckman

David Beckman

Andrea Fink

Werner Gruenert

Jane Hayes

Richard Hayes

Ron Roesler

Mary West

Hiller West

If you haven't had the opportunity to meet and welcome them, please do!

~Gaye Simpson and Clara Beier, Membership Co-Chairs



We are happy that you have chosen Whidbey Island’s UUC as your church! We urge you to get involved in ways that fit your interests and also help with the tasks which make us a strong community. 

A Few Ways to Have Fun

  • Attend a Chalice Circle dinner.
  • Join an Adult Religious Education group.
  • Take a hike with church members.(These groups organize regularly and visit some of our most beautiful natural areas.)
  • Join the choir.

Committee Involvement--The Work of Running Things

Some committees deal with the nuts and bolts of church functioning. Here are examples: 

  • Membership Committee works to make sure members, new and old, feel welcome and involved.
  • Worship Committee designs and produces the Sunday Service.

Other committees enhance our church’s setting, maintenance, and attributes. Some examples:

  • Visual Arts Committee arranges for the display of local art on the walls of our foyer.
  • Building and Grounds Committee keeps our building and grounds in tip-top shape.

Here are some recurring chores that benefit from “many hands”

  • Take a turn at providing the coffee and refreshment service after Sunday Service. (Speak with Katy Shaner.)
  • Help with grounds clean-up on the third Saturday of each month. (This event usually runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., depending on the agenda, and often includes coffee and donuts.)
  • Help with chair set-up prior to a particular Sunday Service. (Speak with Terra Anderson.)
  • Join the “heavy lifters” that drive a truck around Tuesday mornings, picking up furniture donated to Habitat for Humanity in Freeland. (Speak with John Long.) 
  • Help with caring for the children who attend the religious education classes or playtime during the Sunday Service. (Speak with Gina Diamond.)
  • Donate time to Caring Connections’ efforts to help sick or disabled members and friends. (Speak with Laurie Riley.)
  • Help other folks make burritos and trail mix Monday mornings at the church, for WIN’s "fighting hunger" programs.
UUCWI Art Gallery
Mostly Feathers 
by Govinda Rosling

May and June Exhibit

Govinda Rosling photographs mostly birds, working with a variety of lenses that enable zoomed shots, some through blinds, some by sitting and letting the birds come to her. She focuses on aspects of their life in each photograph -their quirkiness, intensity of foraging, their place in the world.
Building and Grounds 

Current Major Activities

Parking Lot Lighting - Installation of new lights is underway.  The concrete bases and buried electrical cables for five new light poles are nearly complete as I write this report.  The concrete must cure for a few weeks before the poles are installed. The lights are positioned for current and future parking and will use a small fraction of the energy while giving much greater coverage.  Charlie Knutila deserves great credit for leading this complicated and demanding project.  Thanks Charlie. 

Sound System Upgrade - The sudden failure of the old sound system brought urgency to this project.  Larry Morrell led the effort to obtain and install a new mixer and cabinet.  Way to go Larry!

Grounds management -  We have known since we purchased this property that our Douglas Fir have a root virus that is often fatal. Six have come down in the last year.  In April, a county expert walked our grounds with us to help us identify trees that put our building at risk. Chris Bell leads our efforts to keep our grounds beautiful and safe.  Thank you Chris.

Thanks to all the volunteers that show up in support.

~Gene Berg, Chairman, B&G

UUCWI Library News

Are you a book lover?   A new member of UUCWI?  Interested in learning more about various world religions or Unitarian-Universalism?   Or perhaps just someone looking for a place to make a contribution to UUCWI or become simply more 'connected' with other members of our Congregation?   

If one or more of the above applies to you, consider becoming part of our Library Committee and helping promote our wonderful collection of books and media amongst others in our congregation.  Visit our UUCWI webpage at  and our catalog of holdings at to learn more about our library. 

~ Joan Gerteis, Chair, Library Committee

Care and Connections 

Revitalizing Circle groups! We are in the process of gathering congregational input on having circles that fit your needs. Watch for announcements soon.

Here's a quote from Jane Hayes: Belonging to a circle group will be what you make it.  For me, it means getting close to people in a small group. Our little group have become true friends that we can rely on because we share the ordinary and the extraordinary in our lives when we meet in each other's homes. It is care and connection personified. We reflect. We celebrate. Our Circle is special with its own rewards, and I recommend the experience. ~ Jane

The committee is also looking at many additional ways to more deeply connect our congregation. Some ideas are: monthly birthday party potlucks for whoever has a birthday in that month; an Aging-in-Place Support Group; one-on-one friendship/mentorship; a regular, rotating One-on-One Coffee Meet for individuals to get to know each other better, and more! We need your help to organize these. To volunteer, please contact Laurie Riley at


Auction News

Planning for this year's auction will begin in late July. Volunteers are welcomed with open arms! The theme will be "A Medieval Feast" --  imagine great costumes, authentic recipes, and all the usual crazy auction fun! To volunteer, contact Laurie Riley at

Social & Environmental Justice Council

Welcome to March Point!  
by Terra Anderson

That’s how Tom and I were met, along with how-d-do’s, hugs, and a general party spirit, as we gathered to join Lummi and Swinomish leaders in a celebration of their ancestral/tribal lands and to protest the most polluting fossil fuel processing plant in our area. 

Beforehand, friends asked us why we were going – why bother driving our cars (translation: you are using fossil fuels!) to protest?  And why protest where no one is listening or even watching?  What’s the point?   Of course, we asked those questions of ourselves as well.  After all – we have been reducing our personal carbon footprint, rather aggressively, since 2004.  We don’t fly; we drive a Prius and not very many miles; we grow a lot of our own food; we shop locally.  Shouldn’t we be satisfied and pretty proud of ourselves that we are living lightly?  Well, actually, no.  While those actions may be necessary, they are not sufficient.   The personal sacrifices of two people out of seven billion won’t make a difference.  They only make us feel better.   So we realize that we need to “stick our necks out” and get politically involved.  The system has to change, and just as demonstrated by Ghandi, M.L. King, and Susan B. Anthony, we need to take to the streets to change the mind set of our fellow citizens. 

So Tom and I marched, along with Gary Piazzon, Suzanne and Dennis Reynolds, Gina Diamond, and fully 30 other friends from South Whidbey.  We joined a crowd of thousands, from elders using walkers, to families with babes in strollers. We walked, chanted, sang, prayed, laughed, cried, and silently prayed, to face a seemingly overwhelming challenge.  We chose to take a stand.  It’s time for all of us who are aware, conscious, and worried about the future to find our voices.  

Climate Change is here.  No ducking it.  We will lose island nations to rising waters leaving billions homeless.  Where will they go?  There is much work to be done – to deal with the irreparable harm that has already occurred, and to ensure we do no further harm.  And while looking inward to pray and seek right action is good, it is not enough.  Here are some of the words Robert Arthur Lewis wrote on the occasion of the WTO protests in Seattle in 1999.  They inspire me today as we face our stubborn addiction to fossil fuels.  

Why We Are Here 

Because the world we had imagined, the one we have always counted on is disappearing.
Because the sun has become cancerous and the planet is getting hotter.
Because children are starving in the shadows of yachts and economic summits.
Because there are already too many planes in the sky.

What we want, money no longer recognizes - like the vitality of nature, the integrity of work.
We don’t want cheaper wood, we want living trees.
We don’t want engineered fruit, we want to see and smell the food growing in our own neighborhoods.

We are here to defend and honor what is real, natural, human and basic against this rising tide of greed.
We are here by the insistence of spirit and by the authority of nature.
If you doubt for a minute the power of truth or the primacy of nature, try not breathing for that length of time.

Now you know the pressure of our desire.
We are not here to tinker with your laws.
We are here to change you from the inside out.
This is not a political protest.
It is an uprising of the soul.
~Robert Arthur Lewis

What Has  SEJC been up to?

Directed Offerings:  UUCWI members donated $1131 for a diverse group of local and regional organizations including: No New Jim Crow Seattle dedicated to advancing restorative justice and criminal reform; PFLAG champions of LBGQT rights and needs; Medical Safety Net of North Whidbey helps people with burdensome medical costs; Whidbey Environmental Action Network which has been successfully protecting our native biodiversity for 26 years. 

Moral Ground Ethical Action Series provided opportunities to connect the community with a diversity of justice issues including: racism (black and native American); local LBGQT issues; Island County’s restorative justice efforts; witnessing environmental restoration following dam removal of the Elwha river’s dams; and providing insight into the Week of Mass Action in May.

We once again were encouraged to Commit2Respond and did so via four programs during what we called Earth/Ocean/People Appreciation Month beginning on World Water Day with Return of the River and culminating on Earth Day with the Earth is a Live featuring news to and from the U.N. Climate talks in Paris.  

Greening Congregations Coalition- Terra Anderson, as UUCWI liaison, led the effort which included a booth and blessing of the land ceremony at Earth Day Bayview and the first interdenominational service on climate/ocean crisis.  

Communication: SEJC have been consistent contributors to the UUCWI E-News providing members with information and opportunities to engage in justice-creating action. 

Collaborations: We participated in an interdenominational regional workshop at the University Quaker Fellowship to strategize ways of promoting active involvement of the faith community in climate justice. We supported South Whidbey Break Free by showing the film Disobedience and providing the space to addresses the issue of civil disobedience as applied to climate justice. 

I-1433 Minimum Wage: Judy Kaplan was our point person for I-1433 the initiative which would phase in a $15 minimum wage.  

SEJC has had a consistent voice in, and contributed to, the goals of Washington UU Voices for Justice.

~Gary Piazzon, Co-Chair, Social and Environmental Justice Council

UUCWI Adult Programs

 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 has much to offer adults beyond Sunday services. We will soon be developing our fall curriculum for our Adult Programs. If you have an interest in a particular subject or would like to lead a course, please contact our administrator, Suzi, at, and she will work with you and others to incorporate your ideas into the fall courses.  

A Unitarian Universalist Perspective on the
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 ONGOING
First and third Mondays of each month,  4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at UUCWI. Details at

 All are welcome!

Belly Dancing the UU Way
Join a group of outrageously fun-loving ladies on Tuesday mornings for an hour of laughter, great exercise, and a big dose of re-embodying our feminine.   We gather from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the sanctuary.  Laurie Riley makes the moves “accessible” for even the oldest, most modest, and most arthritic of us!  Come give it a try.

Social Circles
Check with the event contact, E-News, or our UUCWI Calendar for scheduling updates.

The South End Coffee Klatch
Suspended for the summer!!
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


North End Coffee Group/Coupeville
Summer Sabbatical--Check back in the fall! 
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 or 360-672-1131

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: Kent Vandervelde or 360-672-1131


UU News Beyond UUCWI

Creative Arts Eliot Camp 2016 for UUs and their Friends and Family

Did you know that there is an arts-related summer camp run by The Eliot Institute for UUs of the Pacific Northwest District (Western Idaho, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska) and their friends and family? "Creative Arts Eliot" is one of four UU camps that take place at the beautiful Seabeck Conference Center on Hood Canal in Seabeck, Washington.

Creative Arts Eliot will take place this summer from Saturday, August 13, through Thursday, August 18, 2016, and will offer opportunities for UUs and friends and relatives to enjoy many wonderful aspects of a multi-generational "camp" experience while also pursuing an interest in one of six artistic or creative endeavors. Talented presenters will delight and inspire during a five-day camp full of creativity and fun with morning workshops in Photography, Writing, Ukulele, Vocal Music, Painting, and Beginning Craft Brewing (adults only for Brewing; age 12 and up for all others).

Campers choose one activity to focus on while at camp, and spend the rest of their time enjoying waterfront fun, sports, games, singing, UU community, evening programs, and numerous other planned activities including Firelight and music and an “Extravaganza” on the last night to celebrate everyone's creativity. Join us from August 13-18, 2016, for our annual Creative Arts Eliot at Seabeck! For more information, please contact the Eliot Administrator at or visit our website at


EVENT DEADLINES from the Pacific Northwest District, part of the UUA’s Pacific Western Region:
Big Faith * No Borders

Russell Lockwood Leadership School: July 23-29, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Late registrations accepted through: June 30

Youth Ministry Revival: September 23-25, Portland, OR
Early Registration deadline: July 18 & Final Registration deadline: August 31

OWL level 7-9 & 10-12: August 26-28, Portland, OR
Registration deadline: August 10

Pacific Northwest Fall Youth Con: October 21-23, Randle, WA
Details will be posted as they become available.

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

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 -

Religious Exploration:
Gina Diamond -

Choir Director:
Mavis Cauffman -
2016 Committee Chairs
Auction: Laurie Riley and Larry Morrell (Co-chairs)
Building and Grounds: Gene Berg (contact)
Caring Connections: Laurie Riley
Internet Communications:
Sarah Richards
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, 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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