"The River"
The theme for Sunday's sermon, "What is Spirit", is a complicated one. With so many ideas and ways of looking at a single word -"Spirit"- you almost need a roadmap. The sermon outline printed here today is helpful in following the many twists and turns this word evokes. If possible, print off a copy and bring it with you to church!. See you Sunday.
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Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
October 11, 2020

Speaker: Rev. Bruce Bode
Celebrant: Kathy Roche-Zujko

Music for Reflection/Chime

Chalice Lighting
We light this chalice to remind ourselves to treat all people kindly,
because they are our brothers and sisters,
To take good care of the earth, because it is our home,
and to try to live lives filled with goodness and love,
because that is how we will become the best BEINGS we can be.

Greeting and Congregational News/Introduction of Speaker

Opening Words

Opening Song “Gather the Spirit” by Jim Scott; performed by Alena Hemmingway and Mike Menefee of Kitsap UU Fellowship, Bremerton

Sharing of Joys and Sorrows

Reading “Poem” by Mary Oliver

The spirit
 likes to dress up like this:
 ten fingers,
  ten toes,

shoulders, and all the rest
 at night
 in the black branches,
  in the morning

in the blue branches
 of the world.
 It could float, of course,
  but would rather

plumb rough matter.
 Airy and shapeless thing,
 it needs
  the metaphor of the body,

lime and appetite,
 the oceanic fluids;
 it needs the body's world,

and imagination
 and the dark hug of time,
  and tangibility,

to be understood,
 to be more than pure light
 that burns
  where no one is –

so it enters us –
 in the morning
 shines from brute comfort
  like a stitch of lightning;

and at night
 lights up the deep and wondrous
 drownings of the body
  like a star.
       (Mary Oliver, “Poem,” from Dream Work)

Musical Interlude – “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum (with images)

When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that's the best
When I lay me down to die
Goin' up to the spirit in the sky

Goin' up to the spirit in the sky
That's where I'm gonna go when I die
When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that's the best

Prepare yourself you know it's a must
Gotta have a friend in Jesus
So you know that when you die
He's gonna recommend you
To the spirit in the sky

Gonna recommend you
To the spirit in the sky
That's where you're gonna go when you die
When you die and they lay you to rest
You're gonna go to the place that's the best

Never been a sinner I never sinned
I got a friend in Jesus
So you know that when I die
He's gonna set me up with
The spirit in the sky

Oh set me up with the spirit in the sky
That's where I'm gonna go when I die
When I die and they lay me to rest
I'm gonna go to the place that's the best
Go to the place that's the best

Sermon “What Is ‘Spirit’?”

Closing Song Spirit of Life – performed by Virtual Choir of All Souls Church Unitarian, Washington DC, directed by Jen Hayman (in Spanish and English)

Fuente de amor, ven hacia mi
Y al corazon cantale tu compassion
Sopla al volar, sube en la mar
Hasta moldear la justicia de la vida
Arraigame, liberame
Fuente de amor, ven a mi, ven a mi

Spirit of life, come unto me
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion
Blow in the wind, rise in the sea
Move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice
Roots hold me close, wings set me free
Spirit of life, come to me, come to me.

Closing Words 

Extinguishing the Chalice
We extinguish this flame,
But not the Light of Truth,
The Warmth of Community,
The Fire of Commitment,
Or the Power of Transformation;
These we carry in our hearts
Until we are together again.

Circle Song with Kathy
       From you I receive, to you I give,
       together we share, and from this we live
CRE ZOOM CHATS will occur Sunday's at Noon, directly following the Sunday services. No need to use any additional links, just click the main Zoom link sent out on Sunday mornings!
Another UU Yard-Clean up party is scheduled for this Friday, Oct. 9th at 1:30 pm.
Doris and Andra have committed to being there to finish weeding before bark-mulch comes in to keep the weeds down over the winter and spring. All are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun. Many hands make light work!
Bring your own tools, if you can. If you have none, there will be tools brought by others you can borrow.

See you there!
Attention Everyone!

SUUF will be hosting a 'round robin' singalong on Saturday night at 7pm. You're welcome to join in and sing, read a poem, or just listen and enjoy. Anyone can take their turn on ZOOM and have fun sharing their art.
We'll send the ZOOM link out on Saturday.
"See" you Saturday, October 10, for our first-ever, round-robin jam session.
Doris Brevoort
& Kathy R-Z
Reimagining Death  In keeping with the Sunday service we had at SUUF on this topic last year-- about home wakes, green burial and ecological considerations-- there was an article in Saturday 10/3/20 Seattle Times, page A7, about the building of facilities for "natural organic reduction" in the Seattle area. The article is titled "Competition emerges in human composting" .
Besides Katrina Spade and her company, Recompose, there is another company, Return Home, planning a facility, and an intentional community on Kitsap Peninsula called Windward planning to offer this service for its residents. Doris Brevoort
Doris Brevoort is hosting the Covenant Circle as a midweek Zoom meeting. Chatter and chitchat with your cherished chums at Wonderful Wednesdays at One.

Topic: Wonderful Wednesdays at One
Time: 01:00 PM

If you are interested in joining the Circle, email Doris at fieldofwans@comcast.net.

The Zoom link will be emailed to you on Wednesday.
Unitarian Universalist Association
October 2020

Dear Skagit UU Fellowship,

As I look out my window at the changing leaves, I am reminded of how constant change is. As Octavia Butler writes, “Change is the one unavoidable, irresistible, ongoing reality of the universe.” I am grateful for these words in a time like this when the need for change—and the need to practice new ways of being—is not only urgent, but exciting and promising. Because we need change—deep, systemic change across our society. And the work of this change begins within ourselves and our own congregations.

A key roadmap for the continued institutional change work we are doing at the UUA is the Commission on Institutional Change’s report, Widening the Circle of Concern. This report is critically important for all Unitarian Universalists. This is why we have made it available for purchase as a book, e-book, or for free on uua.org.

The Commission on Institutional Change (COIC) completed their report in February 2020, just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, everything that has come to pass during this pandemic has only reinforced how urgently we are in need of transformation. As the Commissioners write:

This crisis has revealed the disparities that exist at all levels for the well-being for Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color as well as for LGBTQ individuals, people living with limited economic means, and people living with disabilities. Addressing them within our faith becomes more important, not less.

The UUA is embarking on the next phase of this journey and has formed a working group to guide the implementation of the COIC report. We invite you to work together with us and imagine creative ways your congregation can take up these important practices for culture change.
Widening the Circle is joyful change work
that’s deeply rooted in our shared UU theology.
We are also excited to announce the upcoming release of a Study/Action Guide to accompany the report! Many of you are looking for ways to bring the hard work and findings of the COIC into the life of your congregation or UU community. This new guide outlines 11 sessions for a group or taskforce in your congregation to break down the various components and recommendations of the original report.

More than a discussion guide, this Study/Action Guide provides framing and helpful hints on how your community can actively participate in transformative liberation. Widening the Circle is joyful change work that’s deeply rooted in our shared UU theology. We hope that engaging this guide offers your community an opportunity for meaningful connection during this time of isolation. Many thanks to the Commissioners and professional group leaders who came together quickly to develop this additional resource.

Visit uua.org/widening to access the guide. You can sign up for an email list that will send updates on new learning opportunities, resources, and insights as we continue the work of co-creating a transformative faith.

In this season of turning and change, marked by so much heartbreak and loss, I continue to be inspired by all the ways Unitarian Universalists just like you are actively showing up for liberating change within our faith community and with our larger communities and planet. There is hope to be found in doing the work of love and justice. Everything you do, and the work we are doing together, is a great source of my hope during this time.

Yours in love,

Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray spends her days strengthening the thriving mission of this faith. In her spare time, she enjoys being with 
While you're away
Life goes on at SUUF's building

Claire and Buster Dog (sort of) are on the job Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the office. Pete is catching mice, replacing batteries, installing locks, calling plumbers, and repairing access to the underside of the building. Doris installed new signs in the reader board with info about SUUF on one side and our 7 principles on the other side. The garden party (see below) made huge improvements to our landscaping. And of course Dave and Pat who show up regularly with a weedwacker to tame the backyard and parking area weeds when they threaten to take over.
Looking good SUUF!
New reader board signs
Hello folks, writing to report that we did have a garden party on Wednesday. Helen came, pruned and up-limbed the bushes. Andra, Ray, Nancy, Doris, Helen.... combined to clean out the beds of other plants and weeds, a whopping iris form living too near the water pipe drain...took out a few older shrubs, and it all went in the pickup truck.
So, THANK YOU to everyone for the energy! We put up new signs in the sign box.... Claire took some photos for newsletter.... 
Blessings be!
Memorial Leaf for Elmyra Zehner
I have added a leaf on our Memorial Tree for Elmyra Zehner. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. You can find her leaf when SUUF opens by the ribbon I placed around it.
Tom Gillespie
Happy October birthdays!!! Best wishes to Emily,Luca, Ritta, Judy, Connie, Donna Andrew, and any others celebrating your special day this month.
News from SUUF members and Friends This space awaits a photo or poem or news or reminiscence from you, when you're ready. Email your contributions to the office.

Children's Religious Education Fall Program

I hope everyone has had a fantastic week and that we're all surviving this new school year.

The story, song, and meditation for this week encourages all of us to see trees as providers of life. It also ties into our Seventh Principle, "Respect for the independent web of all existence of which we are apart."

As discussed yesterday (9/20/20), the CRE ZOOM CHATS will occur Sunday's at Noon, directly following the Sunday services. No need to use any additional links, just click the main Zoom link sent out on Sunday mornings! I'm wanting to give children the opportunity to share Joys and Sorrows, and have a casual discussion about the week's activities.

In other news... I've been giving the CRE Room a makeover! There is so much more to do but I thought I should show everyone how different it looks already. My main goal is to get a couch or two so the space fits our growing kids (and is also more inviting to adult fellows). So far the book drive hasn't proved fruitful but the month isn't over yet so we'll just have to see...

We welcome everyone in this program, even if you don’t have kids! Each week includes stories, videos, meditations, and other activities that are engaging for all ages and there is no obligation to complete anything. I highly recommend everyone sign up! 

The program will start on Monday, Sept. 14th, and will be email based. If you are interested in joining, please use this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Rsqp-HQu9Ehb6OMSwffQgiqcf2WL43ZpV3c_0ln28Gg/edit?usp=sharing
Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SUUF)
PO Box 1203
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Here's the address above for mailing pledge checks and donations. Thank you for your continuing support!
Activities hosted at Diversity Hall (See flyers and information posted on the Renters Bulletin Board in the hall.)

Dances for Universal Peace hopes to return in 2021.
Office Administrator, Newsletter: Claire Phillips skagituu@gmail.com Hours: Tue. & Thur. 12-4 pm

Worship Team Leader: Sally Riggers suufmusic@gmail.com

Board contact: Jim Heard james.heard@skagituuf.com
Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
500 West Section St.
PO Box 1203
Mount Vernon, WA 98273