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Sunday, August
"Choices in Dying”

Guest Speaker: Chris Fruitrich,
Client Support Volunteer for Compassion and Choices
of Washington

Washington State now has a Death with Dignity Law allowing terminally ill patients to make their own end of life decisions. Besides the rules and all the necessary paperwork which act as safeguards, there are many personal factors for each individual to work through. Who is there with the expertise and caring to help? What does someone have to learn to give this help? What has been experienced by those committed to making this freedom of choice work as it should for all who want and need it? Our speaker has insights to share about all these things.

This Week

Monday, August 3


Monday Night Meditation, Tahoma UU Sanctuary, 7:00-8:45 pm.

FAny and all are welcome to join us on Monday evenings for meditation in the Vipassana tradition. We typically sit or walk in meditation for 30 minutes, listen to a recorded dharma talk, and then have a short discussion in the spirit of awareness. No previous experience or preparation is necessary.  You can enter the sanctuary using the stairs next to the parking lot.  For more information, contact Rob Gramenz (rgramenz@harbornet.com) or Mark Backus (backusm@harbornet.com).or more information, contact Rob Gramenz (rgramenz@harbornet.com) or Mark Backus (backusm@harbornet.com).

Thursday, August 6

Poetry Club 11 a.m.-Noon, offsite

Saturday, August 8

Last Friday Sandwich Making
5:30 p.m., Kitchen and Social Hall

The August 8th Intrepids hike is to the Sunrisearea at Mount Rainier where we'll do three beautiful short trails, two to lakes, and one through an interesting grove of trees. The total miles for all three trails is 6.3 miles with over 650
feet elevation gain. Carpooling from Tahoma UU at 8:00 a.m. with the usual dinner stop on the way home. Sign up required with Felice Davis atfdavis1944@gmail.com.
Hope to hear from you!

Congregational News

Stories of Promise
Lay-Led Worship Service
Sunday, September 6, 2015

Read a good book lately? Are you interested in being one of our worship service presenters for Sunday, September 6th?

We cherish a tradition at Tahoma UU Congregation of a lay-led worship service on Labor Day weekend Sunday where a few of us share reflections on books we have read in recent months. You may be a good candidate to take part in this year's event if you:

  • Have read a good book recently
  • Would like to contribute a 4- to 6-minute presentation as part of TUUC's worship service on Sunday, September 6
  • Propose a presentation that relates your reading to our congregation's September worship theme: Promise

The September worship theme -- Promise -- will be carried through Rev. Linda Hart's sermons throughout the month. The September 6th lay-led service offers us a chance to reflect on how "promise" relates to our reading experiences; this could relate to commitments people make to one another, or to the idea that life is full of potential and promise.

Please contact Scott Redman at scott.b.redman@gmail.com or 253-228-7391 to propose a promise-based presentation for our September 6th service. We'd love to hear your story of Promise.

Wanted: RE teacher for August 30th!!

Do you have a talent to share with a small, mixed age group of kids? Perhaps a passion for the 7 Principles? A desire to weed the garden? Excitement over embroidery?

Whatever it is, our kids and youth will appreciate what you bring to the table. Please get in touch with Indigo Lewis at dir.re@tahomauu.org to be scheduled today!

Have you considered teaching OWL?

OWL refers to the Our Whole Lives holistic UU sexuality education curricula that provides not only facts about anatomy and reproduction, but helps participants to clarify their values and consider gender identity, body image, friendship, and emotional development in age appropriate ways. If so, we are currently looking for folks interested in becoming trained to lead our Kindergarten/First Grade class of owlets in the spring. This training is available locally at the Eastshore Unitarian Church in Bellevue, WA on the weekend of August 28th-30th.

Deadline to sign up for the training is JULY 31st. Please contact Indigo Lewis at dir.re@tahomauu.com with your interest. A background check will be required.

Like to work with children? Join our Childcare Team!

Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation is looking for a caring, attentive, energetic, and experienced person to join our Childcare Team. This position is part-time, flexible, and approximately 6-10 hours per month. Shifts are primarily in the Nursery on Sunday mornings from 10:15-11:45 a.m., with occasional need for weekend, afternoon, or evening meetings. We are a liberal religious community and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, country of origin, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs. Must pass a background check and provide references. Pay is $10 per hour.

For more information contact Indigo Lewis at dir.re@tahomauu.com or 253-474-4646.

Coming Events

Program Council
Saturday, August 22, 2015
9:00—11:00 a.m.
Social Hall

Program Council will meet on Saturday, August 22 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Social Hall. Committee Chairs and/or representatives and anyone interested in shaping the work of TUUC are encouraged to attend. The agenda will include sharing plans and ideas for the coming program year, gearing up for the fall, and discussion about the fiscal year change and budgeting process. Program Council is tasked with coordinating the activities of six program areas: Religious Exploration, Business and Communication, Worship and Celebration, Facilities Use and Management, Membership and Ministry and Social Justice/Creating Peace.

Questions? Contact Rev. Linda Hart (minister@tahomauu.com)

Note: the Correct Date for this meeting is Saturday, August 22, 2015. This is a corrected date from the description in the August Dialog.

Annual Small Group Facilitator Training
Saturday September 12, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon

Mary Rhine and Susie Maharry will be your presenters. Tanya Baker has volunteered to provide the food and beverage for breakfast. Learn the ins and outs of small group facilitation. Brainstorm on what makes a successful group and what pitfalls to watch out for.

We will introduce the 2015/2016 Chalice Circles – Interfaith – Soul Matters Theme Based Ministry.

We are growing the program this year and we need more trained facilitators!!!

Annual Teacher Orientation for the Religious Exploration Program
Saturday September 12, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
Social Hall

All teachers for the 2015-16 church are requested to attend the Teacher Orientation class the morning of Saturday, September 12th. During our time together we will review safety, logistics, behavior management, the year’s curriculum, and our objectives & mission for the RE program. Indigo Lewis will be facilitating the morning, joined by Rev. Linda Hart. Breakfast food and drinks will be provided!

Social Justice & Food Ministry

Hospitality Kitchen
First Fridays and Third Thursdays at 8:00 a.m.

Come Join Your Fellow Tahoma UU Congregates at Hospitality Kitchen Hospitality Kitchen is a program of Catholic Community Services, located at 1323 S. Yakima Ave on the Tacoma Hilltop, that serves a free breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday for those in need. Members and friends of our congregation have been volunteering at Hospitality Kitchen once a month for the past six years.

We now volunteer twice a month on the First Friday and the Third Thursday of each month. Breakfast service is 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and lunch is from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. We are seeking a couple more volunteers for our First Fridays at Hospitality Kitchen. If you would like to join us, please contact Joan Benderson at joan.benderson@nventure.com or 253-566-4334.

Social Justice & the Northwest Detention Center

The motor home purchased by AID Northwest as a Welcome Center for detainees leaving the immigrants' prison is simply the best. It will be parked outside the NWDC every weekday from 3:00-7:00 p.m with food, coffee, clothing, and resources available to the detainee. Staffing will be needed, especially those who speak Spanish. Call Allie at the Tacoma Community House at 253-572-9659 if you are interested in helping in this way. Short-term housing will also be needed, if any of you are interested in providing this assistance. Virginia Lane gave some toilet articles, and these are a perfect gift to the welcome center, since detainees have none when they leave. Thanks for any help you can give. By the way, the motor home is only 3/5 paid for, so any kind of donation is appreciated. AID Northwest headquarters is at Tacoma Community House.

Our two vigils in July were the usual sad events, that our government could do this to such lovely people. On Saturday the 18th, we had an extraordinary number of children. Toys for the children are another way to contribute to the
family's few minutes of joy, if any of you have any gently-used toys. The families and the children are always so appreciative and polite.

Our two vigils in August are on the 1st and the 15th, and all are welcome, starting at 1:30 p.m. and ending about 4:30.p.m.

Thank you,
Nancy Farrell

Social Justice & the Constitution

The WAmend Initiative is now!!

Help us add the initiative to our WA state ballot, by adding your signature to the 35,000 signatures the Washington
Coalition to Amend the Constitution is collecting.

You can support our team at Tahoma UU by signing a petition with Scott Redman, Joann Geron, Dianne Shaughnessy, Nancy Siburg, Nancy Farrell, Felice Davis, or Helen Sohlberg.

Update from Pierce County WAmend

Last week Pierce County submitted the most petitions turned in WA state! The 43 petitions submitted had 860 signatures! This is a big increase in our Pierce County signature collections! Help us keep our momentum by telling your friends and neighbors about the campaign. You can also go to WAmend Pierce County on Facebook, and ask to be in the group to hear about what is coming up next in Pierce County, and about our signature collecting plans at the Washington State Fair from September 9-21. The next organizing meeting will be on July 29th at First United Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Ave. at 6:30pm. Go to the alley basement meeting room. There is plenty of free parking around the church

Rev. Linda Hart’s Office Hours
Mondays through Wednesdays: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
To Schedule an Appointment: Email minister@tahomauu.com or call 360-584-0966.
Meetings with Linda are available for members and friends.

Church Office Hours
Typical office hours are Sundays, before and after worship services and most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Hours vary to accommodate church events. To confirm church schedules, please call 253-474-4646 or email admin@tahomauu.com to reach our Church Administrator, Libby Ball.

Staff Email Addresses
Rev. Linda Hart, Developmental Minister: minister@tahomauu.com
Susie Maharry, Director of Adult Religious Exploration: dir.are@tahomauu.com
Anne-Marie Davidson: amkdavidson@gmail.com
Indigo Lewis, Director of Religious Exploration: re.coor@tahomauu.com
Libby Ball, Church Administrator: admin@tahomauu.com

We at Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation are a liberal religious congregation of about 200 members, plus friends, who share our lives, our values and principles, our questions, and our faith and spirituality with one another. We have Sunday services, and we have other activities and programs all week. We are one of over a thousand independent congregations that voluntarily belong to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

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