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Sunday, September 21, 2014

 "“Give Like You Always Wanted to Give”"
Rev. Dr. Linda A. Hart

The annual pledge drive is a time for all members and friends to reflect upon their connection to Tahoma UU Congregation and its life and future. This service will reflect on generosity and liberalism and the connections between the two. And there’ll be jokes, so be sure to come

Coffee time following Worship Service

Third Sunday Bible Study 9:15a.m. in the May Sarton Room

It's hard to believe/ but we  are  beginning our fifth year of Unitarian Universalist Bible study here at TUUC! Join us  on  the third Sunday of  each month for lively discussions/ looking for relevant gems from this ancient source of  wisdom. We  use the Revised Common Lectionary/ a three-year cycle of  Bible read­ ings used by  many Protestant churches1  to select the passages we  read each month. A dedicated core group takes turns facili­ tating the discussion. All  are  welcome/ please join us!


Robin McCabe, pianist and long-time member of Washington State Music Teachers Association, and Maria Larionoff, violinist,will present all the sonatas by Beethoven for that medium in a series of three concerts. Ta homa UU Congregation will sponsor this series on: October 19,2014, February 8,2015,and April 19,2015 at 2:30 p.m.

The duo has played together for over 5 years, performing at the Univer­ sity of Washington, Benaroya Hall, and throughout the state. Among their repertoire are sonatas by Brahms, Ravel, Faure, Saint-Saens, Pro kofieff, and Mendelssohn. The Beethoven Project was performed last season in Seattle and next season they take it to Tacoma. They plan to issue a recording of it in the near future.

This Week at TUUC

Monday, September 22

Monday Night Meditation, TUUC sanctuary, 7-8:45pm.

Anyone who is interested is 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. All are welcome. You can enter the sanctuary using the stairs next to the parking lot. On Monday, September 22, Mark facilitating.

For more information, contact Rob Gramenz ( or Mark Backus (

Wednesday, September 24

WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility Phone Bank, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Social Hall
Wednesday Nights Until Election Day

Volunteer with the WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility and others from our Tacoma community to help pass Initiative 594, requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales.

Tahoma UU Congregation members voted to endorse I-594 last December. This is your opportunity to join others from our Tacoma community, and help inform voters about this initiative. Please register to volunteer for the phone bank at:

Questions? Visit:

Want to understand more about the assertions about I-594? Here is a website devoted to fact checking between assertions about 594 and the opposition:

The phone bank our congregation is hosting works to reach and educate voters about this initiative, and to ensure that supporters vote on election day. Training, materials, and snacks provided. Please bring a mobile phone and laptop if possible.

Please contact 594 organizer Andrea Carey if you have any additional questions -

Wednesday Night Adult Religious Exploration
6:30-8:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Nuns on the Bus”
Facilitated by Susie Maharry

Sister Simone Campbell was the UUA General Assembly 2014 Ware Lecturer, and we will be watching excerpts from her presentation earlier this year. This video lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. and we will be stopping intermittently for group discussion. 

Sister Simone is one of America's most articulate and effective advocates for compassionate public policy. She is a religious leader, an attorney, and a poet who is a passionate spokesperson for immigration reform, economic justice, and health care for all. Two years ago she was instrumental in organizing the Nuns on the Bus tour as a way of drawing attention to social justice causes.

Bonus! To celebrate the opening of the Fall 2014 Wednesday Night Adult Religious Exploration season, $1 per slice pizza will be served in the Sanctuary beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Next Week:
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Sanctuary
“Unitarian Universalist History”
Presentation by Linda Hart, and in conjunction with the Fall Pathways to Membership class.

Thursday, September 25

Yoga, 6:00 - 6:45 p.m., Sanctuary

Yoga resumes weekly gatherings on Thursday nights.

Women’s Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Choir Rehearsal this week for women who want to add their voices to singing for our Sunday worship services. Interested? Contact Rafe Wadleigh, Music Director, for more information.

Friday, September 26

Last Friday Sandwich Making, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Social Hall and Kitchen

Saturday, September 27

Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
(Check-in begins 8:45 AM)

East Shore Unitarian Church
12700 SE 32nd Street in Bellevue, WA

Drum Circle 6:30 - Sanctuary

The Beat is back! All ages and skill levels are welcome to join the Drum Circle on Saturday evenings. Families or individuals -- everyone bring your special rhythm! Bring your own hand-drum or just grab a piece of percussion from our bucket o’ boom. Guaranteed to lose all inhibitions within the first five minutes. Facilitated by John Hargis, private drum teacher and restless musician. Come be a part of our 2014 Circle of Celebration. Dancers are most welcome!

2015 Pledge Drive - Signing up for Fireside Chats

Look for Gayle Rieber and Cynthia Hammer near the pulpit after this Sunday’s service to sign up for one of the pledge events—a fireside chat, the breakfast, or the lunch. Also, if you have already submitted your pledge for 2015, be sure to obtain your “I pledged” ribbon from one of them and proudly display it beneath your name badge.

You may also sign up for the pledge events online. The invitation to sign up for a slot at one of the Pledging Events went out Sept 20 from If you haven’t received our email invitation in your inbox, please check your junk email box.

The five pledge events are a way for you to get an update on our plans and activities from one of our Board of Trustees members and our minister, Linda Hart. The five events are:

  • Breakfast at Tahoma UU in the Social Hall on Sunday morning, October 5, from 8:30-10:00 a.m., (limit of 36 reservations, childcare provided)
  • Fireside #1 on Monday, October 6, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Chris George and Rob Ramsey’s home, (limit 10 reservations)
  • Fireside #2 on Tuesday, October 7, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Laura and Grant Gardner’s home, (limit 10 reservations)

    Fireside #3 on Wednesday, October 8, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Bob Hayes and Patty McPhee’s home (limit 10 reservations)

    Luncheon in the Social Hall following the service on Sunday, October 12 at 12:00 p.m. (limit of 36 reservations, childcare provided)

Cynthia Hammer and Gayle Rieber, Co-Chairs of the Annual Pledge Drive

Community News

WAmend and People are People

WAmend is still active in the campaign for a Congressional resolution to amend the federal constitution so that corporations are not people. You can use your influence by contacting your congressional representatives to support SJR 19 and HJR 119 which deal with campaign finance reform. While we did not get enough signatures on the WAmend state initiative, the drive is still very much alive with volunteer help.

Helen Sohlberg

Unlocking the Immunity to Change

Online Course through EdX and Onsite Study Group with Linda Hart
First Onsite Meeting: Monday, September 29, 7:00 to 8:30p.m.
Online Course: September 16- December 15, 2014,your computer and schedule

Have you heard about the online educational platforms like EdX and Coursera that offer opportunities to take classes for free from major universities like Har­ vard,Stanford,Berkeley, Princeton, and,yes, the University of Washington?

Have you enjoyed an online class,yet wished there was a way to engage in face to face discussion in real time? Here's your chance to take one of these online classes, Unlocking the Immunity to Change, at your home on your own schedule, and participate in an onsite study group from our congregation with Linda Hart.

Is there a change in your life that you've tried to make over and over again -­ stop procrastinating? lose weight? be a more responsive parent? -- but have not yet succeeded? This online course provides an opportunity to examine the dy­ namics that underlie the urge to change and what may be blocking you. In addi­ tion,this process can be used to examine institutions and organizations who are seeking change.

Robert Kegan, a professor of psychology at Harvard,and his colleague Lisa Lahey, a consultant who works with organizational development and change, are collaborating to teach a process they callUnlocking the Immunity to Change. The free  online course  information and sign  up can be found  here:­ immunity-2726#.U  UU7  ldUrU

Sound interesting to you? If you'd like to try this 16-week course and meet with other Tahoma UU members and friends,simply sign up online for the course, then let Linda know that you'd like to participate with our local study group

Congregational News

Adult Religious Exploration Class Leaders Needed

Do you have a special knowledge or skill that you would like to share with the congregation? The Program Advisory Committee is looking for teachers for our Wednesday Night Classes. Please contact our Director of Adult Religious Exploration Susie Maharry at her new email to volunteer to lead a class.

Gallery Curator

We are looking for someone to coordinate the shows in the gallery space in the sanctuary. This does not need to be an artist but someone who loves art. The artists will hang the art. What we need is someone to create the calendar and the schedule. There are several artists that are willing to assist with the jurying process. Please contact Patty McPhee at 206-919-4938 if you have interest or ideas for this job.

2104-2015 Chalice Circles

September is sign-up month for the 2104-2015 Chalice Circle Season.

The topics and some of the readings for this year’s Chalice Circles will be taken from “Soul to Soul” a book written for Unitarian discussion groups. It is not necessary to purchase the book, as the readings will be provided, and the discussion will be facilitated by a trained facilitator. There is no advanced preparation for participation. All you need to do is sign-up and show-up. This year’s topics are:

  • Compassion
  • Boundaries
  • Trust
  • Spiritual experience
  • Calling
  • Play
  • Resilience

Chalice Circles begin in October 2014 and will meet monthly through May 2015 (the May meeting is a social gathering). Chalice Circles are small groups of no more than ten people who come together to learn about each other through deep listening and thoughtful discussions. Chalice Circles are open to both members and non-members and are a wonderful way for new people to become acquainted with our TUUC community and for current members to get to know members who may only be a familiar face in our growing community.

The Chalice Circle format provides opportunities for participants to be listened to without interruption. When one person is sharing the other participants have an opportunity to practice deep listening, which increases our empathy and our ability to step out of ourselves and be completely present to each other. Chalice circles are led by facilitators who meet monthly with the Director of Adult Religious Education, Susie Maharry, to prepare for each session.

Please email Susie at her new email address for more information.

Tentative meeting days and times are:

  • Third Monday of the Month, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Second Tuesday of the Month, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Second Thursday of the Month, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Second Sunday of the Month, 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
  • Third Wednesday of the Month 2:00-4:00 p.m.

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 Libby Ball at

Coming Soon Dates & Events

Saturday, October 4, 2014  –  Religious Explorations Programs Day with Dana Regan from the PNWD Office

Sunday, October 5 - Sunday, October 12, 2014 - Tahoma UU Congregation Annual Pledge Drive

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 2014 Justice Summit
Co-Presented by NW UU Justice Network and UU Voices for Justice at Olympia UU Congregation

Saturday and Sunday, October 11 - 12, 2014, Tacoma Artists Studio Tours

The weekend for Tacoma studio tours has been changed from November to October 11th and 12th this year. Brochures for the October tour will be in the entry hall beginning Sunday, September 7th. Get some friends together and plan to see some local artwork and to see the studios where it is produced. Come out and support our visual artists -- including members of our congregation. Contact Betty Ragan at 253-759-5706 or by email at for more information.

~ submitted with Betty Ragan

“The Beethoven Project”, Sanctuary

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 2:30 p.m.,
February 8, 2015, 2:30 p.m.
April19, 2015, 2:30p.m.

Robin McCabe, pianist and long-time member of Washington State Music Teachers Association, and Maria Larionoff, violinist, will present all the sonatas by Beethoven for that medium in a series of three concerts. Tahoma UU Congregation will sponsor this series on: October 19, 2014, February 8, 2015, and April 19, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.

The duo has played together for over 5 years, performing at the University of Washington, Benaroya Hall, and throughout the state. Among their repertoire are sonatas by Brahms, Ravel, Faure, Saint-Saens, Prokofieff, and Mendelssohn. The Beethoven Project was performed last season in Seattle and next season they take it to Tacoma. They plan to issue a recording of it in the near future. Robin McCabe, a Puyallup native, earned her bachelor of music degree summa sum laude at the University of Washington, and her master’s and doctorate degrees at The Juilliard School of Music, where she subsequently joined the faculty. She returned to UW. to accept a position on the piano faculty. She was Director of the School of Music from 1994 to 2009.

As noted in the New York Times, “What Ms. McCabe has that raises her playing to such a special level is a strong lyric instinct and confidence in its ability to reach and touch the listener.” The Tokyo Press declared her a “pianistic powerhouse,” and a reviewer in Prague stated, “Her musicianship is a magnet for the listener.” McCabe performs regularly throughout the United States and has appeared in South Korea, Europe, Canada, South America, and the Far East. She has collaborated in concert with many distinguished artists and toured for several years as the recital partner of the renowned violinist Ruggiero Ricci, who died last year at age 94.

Maria Larionoff is a graduate of Juilliard where she was a student of Dorothy DeLay. Upon graduating she was invited to join the violin section of the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra. She was then appointed concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and was a featured soloist on numerous occasions.

She has participated in many major chamber music festivals, including the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest, the International Music Festival, the Marrowstone Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival and the Vetta Series in Vancouver, BC. She has collaborated in chamber music concerts with many distinguished artists including Emanuel Ax., Itzhak Perlman, and Lynn Harrell. She has worked with some of the world’s leading conductors, among them Sir Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez, and Andre Previn. Ms. Larionoff has served on the faculty of the UW and was the head violin coach for the Seattle Youth Symphony for many years. She maintains a busy private teaching studio in addition to her performing schedule. “An outstanding talent intoxicating in its brilliance” raved the San Francisco Chronicle at Ms. Larionoff’s solo debut. Since then she has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the Orquestra Sinfonica Carlos Chavez in Mexico City, the Oakland Symphony, the Yakima Symphony, the Port Angeles Symphony, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.

Both artists have received worldwide acclaim for their CD recordings.

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - Virtual Legislative Conference with UU Voices for Justice

Save the Date for the Annual Tahoma UU Women’s Retreat: March 20 - 22, 2015

Mark your calendar for March 20-22, 2015 and come join the fun! More details coming soon. Watch for announcements coming in early October. Email for more information or to ask questions.

Staff Email Addresses

We are beginning to implement new staff email addresses. These email addresses are now active:

Stay tuned for further updates as we implement other new email addresses.

The previous email address for the Church Administrator, is still active, and is currently forwarding to the new email address,, so your rest assured your messages will be forwarded while the previous email address remains active.

Please change your personal email address books to include these new email addresses. We will include these new addresses as we produce new publications.

Church Office Hours

To best serve the needs of the congregation, the regular church office hours are Sundays before and after Worship Service, and Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Church Administrator, Libby Ball, will typically be onsite during these office hours. Church office hours may vary to accommodate church events, so please call ahead, if you need to confirm the church will be open at a specific time.

 Please note, the Church Office will be closed on the following dates:

  • Sunday, August 31, 2014 – Church Office Closed
  • Monday, September 1, 2014, Labor Day– Church Office Closed
  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014– Church Office Closed

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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