Announcements
This Sunday 10:30 April 15
Living with Dementia. Speakers: Rev. Jane Dwinell & Sky Yardley The Rev. Jane Dwinell and Sky Yardley have been “Living with Dementia” since Sky’s diagnosis of probable early stage Alzheimer’s disease in the summer of 2016 at the age of 66. In the service, they share their experiences of what it is like to live with this disease. Jane is a retired UU minister and author, and Sky is a retired family mediator.

Celebrant: Rosemary Stevens

The Spiritual Brain – Science and Religious Experience Class at SUUF   Classes 3 rd Sunday after coffee hour . There will be 30 minute lectures followed by 15 minutes of discussion. The lectures are on DVD's  For more information, contact Nancy Miller 425-754-6138 or nmiller115@aol.com

April 15 topic:  In this lecture, you will explore how specific religious and theological ideas might arise in the brain and why they might be compelling to thinking creatures. You will also learn how religious ideas can derive from a variety of brain processes. These ideas can range from the practical or mundane to the very esoteric or even mystical. It may be that this entire range – all of the religious ideas that human being are capable of having – are not only related to brain functions, but are also structured and limited by what our brain can do.
Class Title-Why do we have a spiritual brain? Lecturer: Andrew Newberg, MD director of research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.
Our annual Stewardship Dinner
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the single biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet. Every August for three weeks the city of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe. Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. It is an inspiring celebration of the best performances and entertainment from every continent of our planet.
Why am I telling you this? Because, if you come to the Stewardship Dinner you will see a performance that will be part of this international extravaganza this summer.
Sign-up sheet is in the coffee room. 

 The free Annual Stewardship Dinner will be on Saturday, May 5th at 6 PM. The cuisine this year will be Italian featuring Bethany's homemade meaty red sauce and lots of garlic, Mama Mia, that's good. We will have very special entertainment, wine, laughs, music and pledge cards. In addition, Sally will be presenting an important survey that we would like you to fill out. This will give us a better idea of what you want to happen at SUUF.  Tom Gillespie, Stewardship Chairman


Skagit   Mediation   For our April communication we would like to invite you to participate in a brief survey about Conflict Resolution in Skagit County.
Also, remind you of our next seminar EQ+CR" ( Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Resolution ) on April 18th, from 5:30 to 7 pm at SUUF
(Click HERE to see Flyer) and Register  HERE  for any 2018 date.

Finally, we want to suggest a couple of interesting events in our community.
The League of Women Voters and Volunteers of America are organizing: 
Civil Discourse in the Public Arena (Click HERE to see Flyer)
  • What?   Civil Discourse Kickoff Event (Free)
  • When?  Saturday, May 5th, 2018 from 9 am to noon
  • Where? Skagit Valley College, Quall Center, 2205 West Campus Place. Mount Vernon Free Parking

Skagit Valley College is organizing: Diversity and Equity Talks, by Geena Rocero cofounder of Gender Proud (Free) 
Click HERE to see Flyer When? May 11th at 1 pm.
Where? McIntyre Hall 
Please visit and like our facebook page.   ​https://www.facebook.com/SkagitMediation  
Jorge Manzanera, M.A Certified Professional Mediator 

Covenant Circle Group  Bring whatever book you are reading to Haggen’s on Division Street in Mt. Vernon and join an invigorating and far-ranging discussion. The first and third Thursday of each month at 1:30.  On the second Thursday of each month, lunch at a different place, meeting at 1 p.m. (Call Joy for location.) Questions? Call Joy Lindberg at 424-8090    joylindber@aol.com

The Building and Grounds Committee needs a few good men (and women) to help make the improvements to the church and grounds. Talk to Garth. (Rosemary)

Opportunities for Stewardship at SUUF:  On the entry table is a green book full of opportunities! Take a look, take a form and join in the fun. Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship runs on volunteers. Your help is appreciated and invited! There is also a hospitality sign-up by the kitchen window. Other opportunities exist. Please speak with anyone on the Leadership Council.

Member information handouts are available with UU Principles, SUUF history, bylaws, and more! 


Activities hosted at Diversity Hall ( See flyers and information posted on the Renters Bulletin Board in the hall.)

Mindfulness Northwest   Cancelled. Moving class to Anacortes
Getting Started with Mindfulness and Compassion
3 Thursday evenings, May 24 - June 7, 5:45pm - 8:15pm
Location: Anacortes Senior Activity Center, 1701 22nd St, Anacortes, WA 98221
Here's a link to the event on our website (same link as last event):  https://mindfulnessnorthwest.com/event-2822989

Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Resolution Seminar  Free to the public   every month of 2018.   Every third Wednesday at SUUF from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. We will explore the nature of conflict and strengthen our conflict resolution skills. It is not about politics. and it is non-religious.
Jorge Manzanera, M.A.
Certified Professional Mediator
Office: (360) 399-6429
Cell:  (360) 333-2261

Healing and Intention Drum Group  2nd Tuesday of each month 6:30- 8:00 PM. Rev. Elke Siller. 

Dances of Universal Peace on 2nd Sunday of each month here at SUUF 6-8pm. For more information contact Aarti Cathy Wooten 360-629-9190 or jstplnfolk@gmail.com   Donation $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Info on entry table. The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from the many spiritual traditions of the earth to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and recognize it in others.

Meditation for everyone Monday nights 7:00 to 8:30 pm presented by Tom Unger Buddhist teacher.  Just drop in. Everyone is welcome. 

Our Revolution Skagit May 6, Sunday meeting, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at SUUF. Come and join others concerned about political issues. This group is an offshoot from Skagit County for Bernie Sanders.