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This Sunday, August 5th at 10:30 a.m., join Rev. Mary Rhine for worship service and "Let's Talk About Sin."

Rally with us on Friday, August 3rd at 5:00 p.m. in Tacoma at the US Courthouse with Indivisible Tacoma to "Keep Families Together." The event was posted yesterday on Facebook, so you can easily share the event and invite your Facebook friends.

Ready for a peek at our new programs and events for the fall? Click the link below for Rev. Linda’s latest blog post. 

Interested in helping to create an Autumn Equinox Celebration? Join us for a planning meeting this Sunday after worship service.

Associated Ministries and the City of Tacoma are hosting a series of events at a variety of venues, "In Our Backyard," a series of traveling community events that bring people together for a conversation about homelessness, its causes, challenges, and possible approaches. Venues vary through August 16th, and three upcoming events during next week are listed below with their event locations. 


More below about our upcoming programs, plus at the end of this ENews, a bit of UU history about Unitarian educator Sophia Lyon Fahs.

See you Sunday!


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Friday, August 3, 2018
Keep Families Together 
Friday, August 3, 2018
5:00 p.m.
US Courthouse, 1717 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402

Join us with our friends from Indivisible Tacoma and other local groups to rally to Keep Families Together! 

Here's the announcement from Indivisible Tacoma's Facebook event page:

The nationwide debate on immigration has reached a breaking point. The current administration continues to push extremist policies that have real world consequences for our community: family separations, escalated deportations, detention without trial where immigrant detainees are warehoused in private prisons.

We are calling on our community to rally at the Federal Courthouse on Pacific Ave this Friday at 5:00 p.m.

Primary elections are happening now (#GOTV) and these issues must be at the forefront of local and statewide politics, especially with the privately held Northwest Detention Center in our backyard. Tacoma is an inclusive and supportive community and we mean to keep it that way!

The courthouse is accessible by several bus routes and the light rail, plus on street parking, and the location is on flat, even ground.

Join local progressive groups and civic leaders as we rally in defense of our community. Come one, come all - Tacoma stands together!

#NotOneMore #EndFamilySeparation #KeepFamiliesTogether


Check the Facebook event page for any updates.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
In Our Backyard 
Associated Ministries and City of Tacoma Community Art Project About Homelessness
Saturday, August 4, 2018, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Blueberry Park, 7402 E D St., Tacoma, WA 98404

In Our Backyard is a series of traveling community events that brings people together for a conversation about homelessness, its causes, challenges, and possible approaches. Each event features a participatory performance created and performed by individuals experiencing homelessness in Tacoma, as well as a video art installation presenting conversations between housed and homeless residents, filmed in each other’s backyards. The project brings the experience of homelessness to the forefront, with the goal of sparking conversation and public awareness around the challenges of homelessness and the social responsibility of the community at large towards its homeless residents. The project runs from July 25, 2018 through August 16, 2018. 

Free and family friendly!
https://associatedministries.org/events/

Sunday, August 5, 2018
Worship Service on Sunday, August 5, 2018
"Let's Talk About Sin"
Worship Service

Rev. Mary Rhine
Sunday, August 5, 2018, 10:30 a.m.

Where did the concept of sin and salvation come from? Does it have meaning for us now? Let’s look at the sin of separation – from each other, our community, the world - and how our UU Faith Tradition can save us.

Autumn Equinox Celebration Planning Meeting
Sunday, August 5, 2018, 12:00 noon
Comfort Room

Please join us to help plan an earth-based spirituality community ritual and celebration to acknowledge the Autumn Equinox, Mabon. If we can get enough interested helpers, the public ritual for celebrating the bountiful harvest that summer brought to us, will take place on Friday, September 21st, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. While Tami Jackson and Susie Maharry are both happy to lead the main ceremony, we need your participation as well! For this particular ritual to go forth, we will need volunteers who can attend both the planning meeting and call the quarters, guard the circle, and much more during the ritual. We all get to help create the event! The planning meeting will happen right after the service at 12:00 noon on Sunday, August 5th, and will end by 1:15 p.m. Grab your coffee and join us in the Comfort Room at the side of the Sanctuary. Please contact Susie Maharry at dir.are@tahomauu.com with questions and to express your interest.

Monday, August 6, 2018
Meditation in the Sanctuary
Monday Evenings
7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Sanctuary

Join us for 30 minutes of sitting or walking meditation in the sanctuary. Each week we have a topic for discussion related to meditating as a way to expand our knowledge and connect with one another. This group is for everyone, whether you meditate frequently, occasionally, or are coming for your first meditation sit. The group is also open to any ideas or topics anyone may wish to share. Alexa and Steve Arnold facilitate the group.

 
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
In Our Backyard 
Associated Ministries and City of Tacoma Community Art Project About Homelessness
Saturday, August 7, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Tacoma Community College, 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma, WA 98466

In Our Backyard is a series of traveling community events that brings people together for a conversation about homelessness, its causes, challenges, and possible approaches. Each event features a participatory performance created and performed by individuals experiencing homelessness in Tacoma, as well as a video art installation presenting conversations between housed and homeless residents, filmed in each other’s backyards. The project brings the experience of homelessness to the forefront, with the goal of sparking conversation and public awareness around the challenges of homelessness and the social responsibility of the community at large towards its homeless residents. The project runs from July 25, 2018 through August 16, 2018. 

Free and family friendly!
https://associatedministries.org/events/

Friday, August 10, 2018
Knit and Kraft Circle
Second and Fourth Fridays
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Sanctuary

A knitting, crocheting, and crafting group meets on the Second and Fourth Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Bring your current project and have some company while you work. For more information and to RSVP, contact Chris Martin. Church members can access contact information for Chris via our the online directory, and friends can email the church office for her contact information.

 
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Worship Service on Sunday, August 12, 2018
"Box of Questions"
Worship Service

Rev. Dr. Linda A. Hart
Sunday, August 12, 2018, 10:30 a.m.

One of our hymns says, “even to question truly is an answer” and we'll take up a practice in many UU congregations: the Question Box service. You get the chance to write down a question that you have wondered about, and Linda will answer as many as she can during the time allotted for the sermon. Other questions may become sermons later, so don't hesitate to ask!

In Our Backyard 
Associated Ministries and City of Tacoma Community Art Project About Homelessness
Sunday, August 12, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Portland Avenue Community Center, 3513 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404

In Our Backyard is a series of traveling community events that brings people together for a conversation about homelessness, its causes, challenges, and possible approaches. Each event features a participatory performance created and performed by individuals experiencing homelessness in Tacoma, as well as a video art installation presenting conversations between housed and homeless residents, filmed in each other’s backyards. The project brings the experience of homelessness to the forefront, with the goal of sparking conversation and public awareness around the challenges of homelessness and the social responsibility of the community at large towards its homeless residents. The project runs from July 25, 2018 through August 16, 2018. 

Free and family friendly!
https://associatedministries.org/events/

Watch This Space!
Ready for a teaser of upcoming programs and events beginning in September? Check out Rev. Linda's latest blog column, Watch This Space!
Volunteer Opportunity with Associated Ministries
to Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful
From our friends at Associated Ministries and Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful:

Paint Tacoma Beautiful needs you! We have 8 more houses that still need volunteers this summer, and summer will be quickly waning. We have a lot of work to accomplish in the remaining days of summer and need all hands on deck to help get it done.

How can you help? Gather your friends, family, faith community, civic group, or coworkers to form a Paint Crew, or sign up as an individual and we’ll place you with a team! Serve for one day only, or work on a house from start to finish. Projects can take place on weekdays, evenings, or weekends.

Since 1985, Associated Ministries has organized volunteers to paint more than 2,200 houses in Pierce County for their low-income, elderly and disabled neighbors. By providing this service free of charge, we maintain affordable housing, beautify neighborhoods, and make our communities stronger!

No experience needed! We offer a 2-hour training for Crew Leaders.

Please join this FUN, community-building opportunity this summer! Sign up TODAY at www.PaintBeautiful.org.

Annual Church Camping Trip at Dosewallips State Park
Friday, August 17 - Sunday, August 19, 2018

Annual Church Camping Trip at Dosewallips State Park
Friday, August 17 - Sunday, August 19, 2018

Families, singles, couples, (and even dogs) are all invited to our Annual Church Camping Trip from Friday, August 17 to Sunday, August 19, 2018.The park is sold out, but we have a few tent sites available to share on a first come basis -- sharing means you can put up your own tent on the site. We plan potluck meals and have communal fires and take daily excursions to the river or Hood Canal. Whether you want to play group games by day, or sit around the communal campfire telling jokes and ghost stories, eating s’mores by night, this is a fun summer event. If you didn’t already purchase a site and want to join us, please contact Susie Maharry at dir.are@tahomauu.com  to get connected to a site to share.
 
P.S. For those of you who want to be on the group planning email and have already purchased a site, Susie Maharry has recently sent out the first group email. If you did not receive it, (check your spam folder first) please contact Susie Maharry to make sure we know you are coming.

For those of you not camping that weekend, we hope you'll join us for worship service on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Linda Hart!

Rummage Sale - Saturday, September 15, 2018
and
Auction - Saturday, November 3, 2018

Rummage Sale and Auction Dates Set -
Save the Dates!!


The rummage sale will be Saturday, September 15th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. right after we get back in the swing of the church year. It will be a great way to reconnect and have fun together. We need everyone’s participation to make this the most successful fundraising event possible. As you do cleaning and sorting, you may bring rummage sale donations to the church all summer. Put them in the last RE classroom at the end of the second hallway downstairs. We will need volunteers to help with the following:
- volunteers to sort in the late summer and especially the 2 weeks prior to the sale.
- people with big SUVs and trucks to pick up large items the week before the sale and to take unsold items to the identified donation center afterwards (i.e. cleanup).
- people to move collected items to the social hall the week before the sale and to sort and price all items.
- sales teams to rotate through the sale itself.
-and lots of contributions to the bake sale. More about that closer to the date.
We will need canopy tents, more folding tables, racks to hang clothes on, creative ways to display items, and ideas. It is imperative that we maximize our profits on this. If you see something clever at a rummage sale you attend or have a creative idea, share it with one of us. We welcome input (and donations) from all!!
 
The auction will be November 3rd. David Pettit will be our chef that evening. Currently we are working to establish committees. Again, there will be lots of opportunities to participate including help with procurement of donations, food (to work with David), silent auctions (there will be an email one early to include those who can’t attend as well as the one that evening), live auction, dessert dash, set up, clean up. Please, please contact one of us if you are interested in working on any of these committees. This is just the beginning of auction planning. Further details will evolve as we go through the summer.

We know these events are close together, but these dates work best with the church calendar as well as church cash flow needs. Yes, the success of these events is crucial to TUUC finances this year, They are also a fun way of reconnecting after a summer away. The rummage sale is also a great opportunity for us to get to know our community and for our community to know us better. What a wonderful way to kick off a successful TUUC year!!
 
Barbara Tripp, Debbie Tannenbaum, Rich Layman
Co-Chairs for both events

Religious Exploration Summer Sundays at Tahoma UU
We are having a lot of fun with our summer activities. Adults from the congregation are sharing their interests and passions with the kids. Coming up:
  • Sunday, August 5: Creating with clay with Patty McPhee
  • Sunday, August 12: Making Glitter Calming jars with Janet Hazleton and Laura Gardner
  • Sunday, August 19: Game Day (also the date of the Dosewallips family camp-out)
  • Sunday, August 26: Drumming with John Hargis.
Religious Exploration Volunteer Opportunities

Our RE program requires the cooperative effort of many people. All families who have children registered in the program need to contribute time to the program, and we welcome all adults, with or without children, to join in helping to lead religious exploration programs for our children and youth. When we begin registrations for the upcoming year, we will have sign-ups for classroom helpers and other volunteer opportunities. In the meantime, you might consider some of the opportunities listed below.

  • Teachers for the upcoming RE year. We are looking for people interested in working with elementary and middle school kids this year. We have a few openings left to fill and would love to talk to you about what’s involved. If you have interest in hearing more about what is involved, please contact Nancy at dir.re@tahomauu.com
  • Teachers for the Our Whole Lives lifespan sexuality education program. This year, we need people to teach the Kindergarten – 2nd grade class. The curriculum is 8 sessions and will run from January 6, 2018 - March 10, 2019. Training is required. There is currently a training scheduled November 9 - 11, 2018 in Port Orchard. Expenses will be paid. There are trainings elsewhere in the country at other times, but we would not be able to cover travel costs. Talk to Nancy or email her at dir.re@tahomauu.com
  • Summer Sundays: people to help with the classes and people to bring snack. Sign up for either (or both) at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4ba4ac28a5fa7-summer.
  • Nursery assistants: we need people who can assist Claire in the nursery on Sunday mornings. We have a list of people who rotate this responsibility. If you would like to be added to this list, please let Nancy know at dir.re@tahomauu.com or sign up at:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4ba4ac28a5fa7-tuuc
  • Someone “crafty” to help prepare for the “Blessing of the Backpacks” that will be held on Sunday, August 26th. We want to give each child something to hang from their backpack that is a symbol of their connection to this congregation and/or UU. I have a couple of ideas, but am open to your great ideas. Contact Nancy at dir.re@tahomauu.com.
Nancy Slocum
Director of Religious Exploration
Dir.RE@TahomaUU.com
Second Fridays All-Ages Game Nights Beginning in October
Mark your calendars: beginning in October, the Second Friday of every month we will be hosting an all-ages Game Night at TUUC. It will be a fun way for people to come together, get to know each other, and just have a good time. Bring your favorite game(s) and a snack or beverage to share. The first one will be Friday, October 12th.
This Week in Unitarian Universalist History
August 2, 1876
"The pioneering religious educator Sophia Lyon Fahs was born in Hangchow, China, the daughter of Presbyterian missionaries. She received an M.A. degree from Columbia Teacher's College in 1904 and a B.D. degree from Union Theological Seminary in 1926. Fahs edited curriculum materials for the American Unitarian Association and devised the innovative New Beacon Series. She was ordained to the Unitarian ministry in 1959, at the age of 82, and preached her own ordination sermon, calling for centers for teaching and resarch about religious education at seminaries. She died on April 17, 1978, at the age of 101."

Excerpted from This Day in Unitarian Universalist History: A Treasury of Anniversaries and Milestones from 600 Years of Religious Tradition by Frank Schulman
See you this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for worship service!
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