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February 1 at 10:30 a.m.

"To Stand Under a Sky: Prayer fo UUs"
Rev. Dr. Linda Hart

What does it mean to pray? This service considers dimensions of the attitude of prayer and what it might offer to us for our lives

Social time following the service

Please bring non-perishable food items for FISH Food Bank


Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation (TUUC)
1115 South 56th Street
Tacoma, WA 98408
253 474-4646


We are searching for a loving, caring person to guide our children's religious exploration program. This is a permanent 20 hour/week position open to those whose philosophy is in line with our Unitarian Universalist principles and values. Candidates need to have balanced experience working with children, youth, and families as well as experience coordinating with adult volunteers. A background in some form of teaching is a plus. We want someone committed to their own growth and development and willing to attend continuing DRE education training and webinars. Salary is in line with Unitarian Universalist Association compensation guidelines.

Our church is a growing, dynamic community with a new minister who is lighting up our congregation.  Our staff is energized by her presence. The children's program is expanding and is supported by a strong, enthusiastic group of volunteers.

For further information and application guidelines, please see learn more at Note that we routinely conduct background checks on all staff and volunteers who work with our children.

This Week at TUUC

Monday, January 26

Meditation Group - 7:00 - 8:45 p.m., Sanctuary

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, and you may wish to dress warmly for the sit, as the sanctuary can be cool. For more information, contact Rob Gramenz ( or Mark Backus ( Safe Haven AA Group Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Social Hall Tuesday, January 27, 2

Tuesday, January 27

Supper Club, 6:00 p.m.,
Offsite at Eleven Eleven, 1111 South 11th St.

Join your UU friends at Peterson Brothers 1111 – or the Eleven Eleven. Located at 1111 South 11th St., this is a fun neighborhood joint that makes excellent sandwiches and attracts an eclectic crew of guests. We meet at 6 p.m. No reservation required. Just bring your appetite and be ready for great conversation and outstanding food. Questions? Call Diane at 253-475-4475.

Reflection and Healing Circles: You're Invited
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Sunday, February 1, 2015, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Sanctuary

This month marks one year since our previous minister left our congregation. Some of us might be experiencing difficulty around renewed memories of that time as "anniversary" dates roll past. Some of us might have felt challenged all year long in coping with the painful remnants of that time. And some of us might simply wish to stand in witness to the pain and healing of fellow congregants.

To any or all of these ends, the Committee on Ministry invites you to attend one of two Reflection and Healing Circles on Tuesday, January 27, 6:30-8:00 p.m., or on Sunday, February 1, 12:00-1:30 p.m., in the sanctuary.

We will support each other in laying down our shared and individual burdens and in inspiring each other toward healing and renewal within the cradle of our beloved community.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact CoM members Jo Anne Geron (253-278-5466) or Kathy Crabb (253-973-2218), who will be facilitating the circles.

Wednesday, January 28

Everybody’s Talking About TED
Facilitator: Jolinda Stephens
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Tahoma UU Congregation Sanctuary

This is our second, in a series of six, Adult Religious Exploration classes offered in conjunction with Rev. Linda Hart’s Developmental Ministry theme, “Habits of the Heart”. Join us on the Fourth Wednesday of each month from now until May 27th as we watch a TED Talk specifically selected by Rev. Linda Hart.

This month we will watch "The Danger of the Single Story" by Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. We often believe that we're the possessor of the single true story of what happened, and of course that's not the case.

How do her reflections assist us in hearing each other's story, broaden our own understanding, how do we choose among the stories or craft one that encompasses multiple views?

After we watch the TED Talk, Jolinda Stephens will facilitate a guided conversation using the small group ministry format. We come to open our hearts and share our feelings. We use “I” statements and avoid personal agendas or judgments. We practice deep, sacred listening. This is an open, drop-in class.

Thursday, January 29

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.

Come sing a song with us

Friday, January 30

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.

Congregational News

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

Auction News!

Christmas presents you received but don’t want or need?

Organizing your belongings in the new year and have unwanted items? Save them to donate to the Tahoma UU Congregation Annual Auction — Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 25th!
~ Submitted by Sheila Whybrow,

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

Social Justice & Community News


January 25-January 31

A series of fun and educational events sponsored by
University Unitarian Church and its Climate Action Team

Free and open to the public - All events are at 6556 35th Avenue NE, Seattle

Learn More

The events are as follows:

Sunday, January 25, 7 p.m.
Kathleen Dean Moore, speaker and Rachelle McCabe, pianist. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Tuesday, January 27, 7 p.m.
Years of Living Dangerously  Episode #5 (True Colors). Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Wednesday, January 28, 7 p.m.
Yoram Bauman, Stand-up Economist. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Friday, January 30, 7 p.m.
Climate Monologues by Sharon Abreu. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, January 31, 1-4 p.m.
Climate Action Festival: Resources for Change

Rochelle and Eli Gandour-Rood are planning to attend the inaugural Fleagle Lecture on Sunday, and invite other Tahoma UU members and friends to join them with our UU neighbors to the north at University Unitarian in Seattle.

Are You Concerned About Racism in Tacoma and Nationally?

At the end of her sermon on Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday, Linda offered to convene a group to explore how Tahoma UU Congregation and its members and friends might address the issues raised the killings of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner among others.

All are welcome to participate in these conversations whose goal is to discover practical actions that can be taken, how our white members and friends can be effective allies to the black community, and what education we need and how to get it.

A date will be set very soon and publicized widely.

Sign up on Sunday or contact Linda ( to sign up or for more information.

Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest Meeting

Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest AID NW opened two units in the last year that can sleep up to seven people coming out of the immigration detention center. The apartments serve as an alternative to detention for some and as a safe place to transition to other housing for others. A two-bedroom house recently opened. Can you help us make this a safe, comfortable space? There are still lots of furnishing and supply needs from pillows to lamps. Learn more.

Washington Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice

Your Senator is on the Senate Ways and Means Committee which Tuesday afternoon held a hearing on the Governor's revenue proposals. Please email your Senator today in support of cap and trade and capital gains tax. Contact information for your Senator is here .

Volunteer lobbyist Kelly Thompson and I both testified. We were two of 14 people to voice support. Five others testified against and one was basically in support, but complained about one aspect. The proposed capital gains tax would tax capital gains in excess of $50,000 per year ($25,000 for singles) at a rate of 7 percent. It would generate about $800 million per year in new resources and would be paid by less than 1 percent of Washingtonians.

Here's a sample email:

Dear Senator,

As a person of faith and as one of your constitutes, I write to urge your support of the Governor's revenue proposals. The cap and trade proposal would not only add much needed revenue to fully fund Basic Education but it is also a proven way to reduce pollution. Many states, most notably California, and other countries have used this method successfully to reduce carbon pollution.

The capital gains proposal would add a very small tax to the wealthiest among us and raise nearly $800 million. In the past few years the legislature has cut the social safety net by $12 billion. We are very hopeful that you will work together to ensure that everyone can have basic needs met.

As I'm sure you are aware, study after study has shown that Washington State has the most regressive tax system in the country. Quoting from coverage of a recent study in the Washington Post: "Washington was the most regressive state, based on their analysis of a number of factors. ... For the bottom fifth of earners there, the bite that state and local taxes take of their incomes is seven times as large as the bite taxes take out of incomes for the top 1 percent."

According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Washington is rated a negative 12.6 and Florida the state closest to us is rated a negative 9.5. We lead the other states on the bottom by a considerable percentage. We who lead the nation in so many life-giving things need to rid ourselves of this distinction.

Unitarian Universalists join leaders of all the major religions and Christian denominations in knowing that we must live in such a way that all might thrive. We recognize that our fate is bound up with the fate of all. It is a moral imperative that we place the tax burden on those who are the beneficiaries of our economic prosperity, not on the poor. If we revise our taxes to be more equitable, there will be enough revenue to meet our responsibilities to educate our children. At its core allowing low-income people to suffer so that others can live in great luxury is immoral. Here is a link to the legislative priorities for this session for Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice. It will give you a brief overview of what we selected at our Legislative Conference.

WAmend will spearhead another initiative drive in 2015 to get big money out of politics. Helen Sohlberg is looking for individuals be leaders and activists for this campaign in 2015. Visit the website for more info, then see Helen to talk about how you can play a role.

Coming Soon Dates & Events

“The Beethoven Project”
Tahoma UU Congregation Sanctuary
Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2:30 p.m.

Robin McCabe, pianist, and Maria Larionoff, violinist, will present all the sonatas by Beethoven for that medium in a series of concerts. The series is sponsored by Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and upcoming dates are:
Sundays February 8th and April 19th at 2:30 p.m.

The duo has played together for over five years, performing at the University of Washington, Benaroya Hall, and throughout the state.

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

In the Gallery . .

There will be a new art exhibit going up midFebruary. The artist is Tahoma UU’s own Bill Havens. The show is titled "Diversity" and will feature his Sumi, Oils, and Watercolors. The art in the current show will be taken down on February 18th, and can be picked up by owners following the Sunday service on Sunday, February 22nd. If you have questions, or ideas for future shows, call Patty McPhee at 206-919-4938. ~ submitted by Patty McPhee

Annual Women’s Retreat
March 20 - 22, 2015
"Moving Towards Center”
Dumas Bay Centre, Federal Way

There’s still time to sign up for the Annual Women’s Retreat. You can register for two nights, one night, or just come for the day on Saturday.

The early registration date (and discount price) has come and gone, but you can still join us if you register now.

Registration forms are available in the church foyer, or e-mail committee chair, Debbie Cafazzo, for a form at

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, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 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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