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April 19 at 10:30 a.m.

Commit 2 Respond: Cherishing Our Blue Boat Home
Rev. Dr. Linda Hart and Jolinda Stephens

The earth has changed and is changing. With 97% of scientists in agreement
about climate change, the question facing us is what can we do now to both
contribute to helping our environment and to adapt to the new eco-system
that we live in and will live in.

Linda Hart and Jolinda Stevens invite you to join in reflection on our response. We'll be making a table of love for earth and you are invited to bring objects, pictures, and symbols of what we love most about the planet.

What to bring? Anything symbolizing what gives you joy and hope, and/or what you most hope will last for thousands more years, would be a wonderful thing to bring. You will take it home again with you.

Social time following the service

Donation Deadline is Thursday, April 16

Up, Up, and Away!
Annual Church Auction
Saturday, April 25, 5:00—8:00 p.m.

What beguiling items are you donating? What wonderful events will you host?

Complete a donation form for each item you are contributing,.Email your form to Sheila Whybrow at Deadline for donation forms is Thursday, April 16th.

Auction Dinner at 5:00 p.m., $5 per person or $10 per family
Join the fun and support our congregation!

This Week at TUUC

Monday, April 13

Monday Night Meditation,
TUUC sanctuary

Any and all are welcome to join us on Monday evenings for meditation in the Vipassana tradition.  This Monday, April 13th, Rob 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. On cold days you may want to wear warm clothes for the sit.  You can enter the sanctuary using the stairs next to the parking lot.  For more information, contact Rob Gramenz ( or Mark Backus (

 Wednesday, April 15

Adult Religious Exploration
Journey of the Universe
Facilitators: Nancy and Chris Meyer
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Tahoma UU Congregation Sanctuary

April 15 and April 22

Don’t miss this epic story of our role as humans in this awe-inspiring universe by acclaimed author and evolutionary philosopher Brian Swimme.

In this movie, Brian Swimme shares his infectious curiosity about life’s biggest questions. Using his skills as a masterful storyteller, he connects such big picture issues as the birth of the cosmos to the invisible frontiers of the human genome and to our current impact on
Earth’s evolutionary dynamics. Through his engaging and thoughtful observations you will discover the profound role we play in this intricate web of life.

This one-hour documentary will be shown in two consecutive sessions on Wednesday, April 15th and Wednesday, April 22nd.
Chris and Nancy Meyer will facilitate the discussion about this engaging film. Journey of the Universe won the 2012 Northern California Emmy© Award for best documentary.

Thursday, April 16

REMEMBER: Auction Donation Deadline is Today

Tahoma UU Congregation Member to Appear on UU Talk Show!

Jolinda Stephens will appear on the national UU talk show, this Thursday, April 16, 8:00am. She will be discussing the ministry of UU Voices for Justice and her experiences with the Northwest Detention Center Resistance.

Go to at 8:00 a.m., April 16th, or any time after that.

The VUU is hosted by Rev. Meg Riley, senior minister of Church of the Larger Fellowship, and Rev. Joanna Crawford, minister at Live Oak UU in Texas, with regulars from around the country.

Yoga in the Sanctuary
6:00-6:45 p.m.

Join our regular Thursday night yoga group.

Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Friday, April 17

Third Friday Potluck12:00 noon
Tahoma UU Social Hall

In April the program for Third Friday Potluck gathering will be Nancy Meyer, one of our own members, and she will speak about her years of protest for various causes. Have things changed today? Perhaps you have something to add? The date is Friday, April 17, and time is 12:00 noon for potluck lunch. No reservations required

We're Still Marching

Marching in the Arc of Justice Conference 
Friday Keynote: the Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed

Congregational News

Sunday Service Flowers

Members and friends may contact Joan Bregger if they wish to provide flowers in the sanctuary on a particular Sunday. Persons who volunteer to donate flowers or plants may contact Joan at or by telephone at 253-761-9038. Joan will need to know which Sunday the volunteer will cover and whether the flowers are in honor or memory of anyone or commemorate an event. The name of the donor and the person, people, or event honored or remembered will appear in the appropriate Order of Service unless arranged otherwise.

All the “flower person” needs to do is to notify Joan by Wednesday before the desired Sunday, bring the flowers to the church between 30 and 15 minutes before the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, and arrange to remove the flowers after the service. Tall ceramic vases, if needed, are in the cabinet next to the book sale cabinet in the sanctuary.

If desired, receipts for the purchase of flowers or plants may be submitted to the Tahoma UU Administrator, Libby Ball, for a tax deductible donation document.

Currently, all Sundays are available for your floral donation. Please contact Joan if you wish to provide Sunday flowers. If unable to reach Joan, please contact Church Administrator, Libby Ball, at

Tahoma UU at Tacoma Music Playhouse
to Celebrate Rafe Wadleigh

Our Music Director, Rafe Wadleigh, has a lead role of Che Guevara in the
upcoming production of Evita at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. If we get a group
of 10 or more, we can buy tickets for $25 each, however, we must reserve all
the tickets and pay for them at the same time. The box office reports tickets
are going fast. A good date to reserve group seating is Friday, May 1. If you
want to join the group, email Gayle Rieber at or
phone her at 253-306-4354 by Wednesday, April 15.
What’s the sound of 20 hands clapping?

South Sound Classical Choir Spring Concerts 2015

The South Sound Classical Choir is offering its Spring Concerts, featuring music of Mozart, Copland, Paulus, Brahms, Whitacre, and others.

Jack and Joan Bregger and Nathan Finch are members of the choir and have FREE tickets! Please contact one of them for tickets, or look at the table in the rear of the sanctuary. We hope to see you at one of the performances!

Dates and venues:

Friday, April 24, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
2306 Milton Way, Milton

Friday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.
Puyallup United Methodist Church
1919 W. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup

Sunday, April 26, 3:00 p.m.
University Place Presbyterian Church
8101 27th St. West, University Place

Sunday, May 3, 3:00 p.m.
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1001 N. J St., Tacoma

Social Justice & Food Ministry

FISH Food Bank Drive

Historically, food banks enjoy a surge of kindness during the winter holidays, but see a drop in donations immediately after the Christmas season. After Christmas, the need does not go away. Families, children, and the elderly are still hungry. You can help. Please bring non-perishable food items and drop them off in the box in the hallway outside the sanctuary. Thank you.
~ submitted by Christine Stalnaker


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

Come Join Your Fellow Tahoma UU Congregants 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 Kitchenonce 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 or 253-566-4334.

Social Justice & Literacy


The Moondancers Covenant Group is sponsoring a children’s book drive through the Africa Library Project to support Michelle Harper Kowalczyk, a Tahoma UU member for the past three years, who is now serving in the Peace Corps at an elementary school in rural South Africa.

The goal is to establish a school library for Enkathweni Primary School by collecting 1,000 new or gently used children’s books during the months of March and April. We are seeking alphabet books, beginning chapter books, and reference books (dictionaries and atlases) for the library. Paperback books are preferred because of lower shipping costs. Some good sources for purchasing gently used books are Value Village where buying four books entitles one to a fifth book free. All Goodwill stores offer a 20% discount on all purchases (including books) to those over 55 every Wednesday.

Here are some cultural tips for selecting books:

  • The local culture is VERY suspicious of witchcraft and magic. Avoiding these topics will be ideal.
  • British English and religious themes are both acceptable in this culture.
  • English is their second language, so aim low when choosing book levels (grade 7 might read at a US grade 4 level). Poetry, alphabet books, and early reading books are highly encouraged!
  • Books highlighting African culture and diversity are highly desirable.
  • Africa Access Review has excellent sugestions

There is a box for book donations in the church foyer and in the central hallway downstairs. Change for Change during the month of April will be dedicated to cover the cost of shipping the books to Africa and the purchase of additional gently used books. Please direct any questions to Joan Benderson at

Social Justice, Climate Initiatives and Democracy

News from WA UU Voices for Justice

The Carbon Tax Initiative and Get Big Money Out of Election Initiative are gathering signatures.

WA UU Voices for Justice endorsed both of these initiatives at our November Legislative Conference. Now it's time to get behind them with volunteer signature gatherers and other help. Here are some events to find out more and links to sign up. If we truly want to get money out of politics we need to volunteer to gather signatures for both of these initiatives. Big Money is betting they can't get the signatures needed without Big Money.

Carbon Tax Initiative Kickoff - Saturday, April 11, 1:30 pm, University Unitarian Church. Join and UUC's Climate Action Team to learn more about the initiative and how to gather signatures.

Big Money Out of Politics Kickoff - April 25 in both Seattle and Spokane Seattle has an all day event and Spokane's event starts at 1:00 p.m. with exciting speakers and training. For details Check out our Initiatives page.

The THE INITIATIVE is coming!!

Helen Sohlberg reports I-735 has now been filed and numbered for the Washington Coalition to Amend the Constitution.

Several TUUC members have expressed interest in helping, and more are needed. This initiative is directed to the WA Legislature, and if passed by the voters, the Legislature must act. The initiative is to memorialize the US Congress from our state to amend the Federal Constitution, so that corporations are no longer considered individuals with powers of unlimited political contributions. Seventeen states have already taken action.

See Helen Sohlberg for more information about the campaign, and volunteer. Please join a team for Tahoma UU Congregation in carrying a petition!

Coming Soon Dates & Events

“The Beethoven Project”
Tahoma UU Congregation Sanctuary
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2:30 p.m.

Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation presents Robin McCabe, pianist, and Maria Larionoff, violinist, in the final of a series of three concerts featuring all the sonatas for piano and violin by Beethoven. Both musicians have performed internationally with critical acclaim.

Tickets available at the door. Suggested donation: $20 for adults, and $10 for students

Reception with the artists following the concert

Save the Date! Charting Our History
Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Join Linda to create a comprehensive time line of the history of Tahome UU Congregation! As a first step in revisiting our mission and covenant, we’ll join together in telling the history from all the way back in the 19th century to this year. Who have we been? Who are we now? What treasures are there in the past that we can polish up and display? And are there skeletons? I wonder what they look like?

We hope to make this a family friendly event (special time line for kids!), so do plan to bring everyone!

Questions? Want to help? Get in touch with Linda!

Volunteering for General Assembly?

Interested in offering your volunteer time for General Assembly in Portland, June 24-28? Volunteer forms will be available on March 1st on the UUA website at:

l Contribute 24 (not all contiguous!) hours of volunteer time for GA, and receive a free registration!

Rev. Linda Hart’s Office Hours
Mondays through Wednesdays: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
To Schedule an Appointment: Email 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 to reach our Church Administrator, Libby Ball.

Staff Email Addresses
Rev. Linda Hart, Developmental Minister:
Susie Maharry, Director of Adult Religious Exploration:
Anne-Marie Davidson:
Lisa Pedersen, Religious Exploration Coordinator:
Libby Ball, Church Administrator:

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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