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Sunday, August 30

Rev. Dr. Linda A. Hart

A new season is upon us. Kids are heading back to school, vacations are ending, the church year is about to gear up. How do we welcome what is coming toward us?

We reflect upon change and acceptance.

Following the Worship Service:

Tahoma UU Congregation is changing its fiscal year. If you have questions about how this change will affect the church,  please join Board of Trustees members after the service this  Sunday for an informal question and answer  discussion.

More information about this shift will also be shared in the upcoming September issue of The Dialog, so watch for that article. 

This Week

Friday, August 28

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

Sandwich making at the church begins at 5:30 p.m. Participants often donate sandwich makings and fruit. After sandwich assembly, some of the group distribute the sandwiches and fruit at the Rescue Mission from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Our partners with this project are the West End Kiwanis, Temple Beth El, and Wilson High School Key Club. For more information about this monthly food ministry, contact Betsy Maier or Felice Davis.

Last Friday Sandwich Making is the recipient of Tahoma UU Congregation’s Change for Change donations in July and August 2015.

Monday, August 31


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

Any and all are welcome to join us on Monday evenings for meditation in the Vipassana tradition.  This coming Monday Rob is facilitating.  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).

Congregational News

Classroom updates

Does your inner artist love painting interior walls? Is painting walls your forte? We’re smartening up our classrooms for the new program year, and are looking for a couple of experienced painters who can work wonders with paint brushes over the next few weeks.
Contact Church Administrator, Libby Ball, at Admin@TahomaUU.com if you are interested in volunteering to create fresh classroom spaces with paint. Thanks!

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


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

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. 

This year we’ll focus on our Stories of 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. Join us to hear how some of our congregation have found Promise in the stories they’ve read

Yoga Resumes
Thursday, September 10, 2015,
 6:00-6:45 p.m.
 in the Sanctuary

Join our regular Thursday night yoga group. 

Choir Rehearsal Resumes

Thursday, September 10, 2015 
7:00-8:30 p.m. 
in the Sanctuary 


Sunday Sundaes!  
Sunday, September 13, 2015 
Water Communion Sunday 

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Sundaes! 
Do we have your taste-buds wondering what’s in store? 
Watch for Sunday Sundaes info 
in the September Dialog!

And save the date!! It’ll be yummy 


Olympia UU Congregation
Invites Tahoma UU Congregation and Saltwater UU Church to
A Powerful Workshop with Rev. Cat Cox

From Conflict to Collaboration

Sunday, September 6, 2015, 1:00—3:00 p.m. Olympia UU Congregation
2315 Division St. NW, Olympia, WA 98502

Living a spiritually grounded life is living authentically. It comes from attentive listening to yourself as well as to others, and from expressing yourself in ways others can hear — and relate to!

  • Build satisfying connections with people who matter —
  • Work effectively with your whole community —
  • Breakthrough to new solutions—together!

Bring your frustrations, challenges, and conflicts, and transform the way you see and deal with them!

  • Deepen your capacity to hear (and listen!) to your own inner voice.
  • Express yourself in ways that are more authentic, respectful — and get attention!
  • Move past the old beliefs and stuck situations that are holding you back.
  • Transform conflict into connection and creative problem solving.
  • Find solutions you can feel great about that improve your connection to others.

Stay true to yourself while building trust, open up shared understandings, and creating solutions that benefit everyone!!

Rev. Cat Cox’s Unitarian Universalist ministry is grounded in the belief that challenging situations are transformed into creative opportunities by clarifying what matters most to every stakeholder, and staying true to oneself while communicating effectively with others to build mutual respect, shared understanding, and increased goodwill. Rev. Cat’s ministry of spiritual guidance serves spiritually and ethically committed people who want to make a difference in the lives of others and the world without losing themselves in the process!

Rev. Cat has an M.Div. from Starr King School for the Ministry, and a M.A.T. in English and Education from UC Berkeley. She also holds certification from the Committed Non-Violent Communication Practitioners Program of Bay Area NVC , as well as from the Institute for Advanced Archetypal Studies.

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!

Black Lives Matter

I'm beginning to collect materials for a study group around the issues of racism in America, and am looking for a few people to partner in the project. Over the course of the year, we'll have book discussions, watch videos, as well as taking time for introspection and action.

If you're interested in being part of the planning or in taking part, please be in touch.

Linda minister@tahomauu.com

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

Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest

Volunteer orientation and training for the visitation program, post-detention  accompaniment network (P-AN) and the Welcome Center will be held on Saturday, September 12th and 19th at First United Methodist Church of 
Tacoma from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

 For additional information about AID NW, visit our website at www.aidnw.org

Community Meeting 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. 
St. Leo Church
Yakima & S. 13th Street. Tacoma

Post-Deportation Issues 

Join AID NW in a discussion of the challenges immigrants confront after they are deported. We will show a video from the Kino Border Initiative and then hear from a panel of speakers who will address the issues raised in the video in more depth and lead the discussion. 

The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is a bi-national organization that works in  Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico
Every year, thousands of migrant men, women and children are deported to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. They often arrive with only the clothes on their backs and a small plastic bag that contains their belongings. They often do not know where to turn to receive a meal, find shelter and to make a phone call. They also arrive emotionally and psychologically devastated, due to  separation from their family members or the inability to work legally in the United States.”  https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/ 

To respond to the critical humanitarian needs of these deported migrants, KBI runs three projects: an aid center that provides warm meals, clothing and personal care items; a shelter for migrant women and children; and a first aid station.

Information from AID NW submitted by Chris George 

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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