"The River"
This Sunday
February 3
 Speaker: Rev. Barbara Gilday
Celebrant: Anneliese Sherman
Longing For Home
In this extraordinary period of history, there are displaced people all over the world traveling as refugees or immigrants to find new homes with safety and economic security. We’ll look at:
Ghana: which, this year, celebrates 400 years of the first slaves arriving from the West Coast of Africa to the US, and invites their descendants to come home.
France: after years of French Colonialism in several African countries, history turns back on itself. Because of wars and famine, many people from these countries find themselves refugees and turn to the once Colonial power to give them succor.
US reaction to refugees and Immigrants from selected countries: What is our historical role with thee groups? What’s happening to our invitation to all the tired and hungry of the world? What are the implications of our actions in the moral core of our beings?
For the Children:   Children's Religious Education will follow the service on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sundays of each month.

Also the smaller babies room now was a speaker system installed. If you should need to leave the service, you can still hear everything in there..
Missing keys. The keys outside the office under the calendar are gone. Please check your pockets, purses, cars, etc. and return.
February 2019 services
February 10  
 Celebrant & Music: Sally Riggers
“Be My Valentine” Social
“...back by popular demand...”
It's time for another valentine party and sing-a-long. You'll have lots of items available to design that perfect valentine obect d'art! But feel free to bring creative items from home as well. The laminator will be warmed up, but only likes FLAT creations. Since tables will have a different assortment of supplies, bartering is encouraged! All this, and singing mushy love songs too! 

Please bring snacks suitable for all ages, we'll snack (and whistle) while we work. Come... and just have fun!

February 2019 Services
  
February 17
Speaker: Victoria Poling
Celebrant: Rosemary Stevens
We Owe Our Faith to a Kindergarten Teacher
Elizabeth Peabody is best known today as one of the founders of the Kindergarten movement. But did you know that she was the glue that held early Unitarians, Transcendentalists, and other liberal and radical religious Congregationalists together? She also ran a bookstore in Boston, published a Transcendentalist journal, and hosted Unitarian discussions for women. Without her, we likely would not have a UU movement today.

Please join us for this interesting third installment in our 5-part series called "UU101". The five sermons are not connected to each other, and are especially helpful to anyone interested in knowing more about our religion or are considering joining the Fellowship.


February 24
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Peter Luton
Celebrant: Jorge Manzanera
The Glory of Friends and Friendships
What makes someone a friend? They are the people who really listen to us without judgement or defensive dismissiveness. Dr. Luton will speak about how congregations are, at their core and at their best, such places... sanctuaries in which people are allowed, yea invited, to connect with their soul and share their most core hopes, dreams, fears and commitments. A miracle happens when we feel genuinely listened to, heard, seen, and affirmed as someone with inherent worth and dignity.  

General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates. The 2019 General Assembly will be June 19-23 in Spokane, Washington. Most General Assembly events will be held in the Spokane Convention Center.
The Power of We
What do we want Unitarian Universalism to be? It is a time when we are asking big questions in our faith, and GA 2019 will be focused on digging into those questions together. It is a critical chance for congregational leaders and passionate UUs to set new goals and aspirations for our religious community. Help begin to reshape our Association and our congregations in new and powerful ways.
This year’s theme is about collective power, “The Power of We,” as well as the possibility, the purpose, the struggle and the joy of what it means to be together in faithful community. In the past two years, Unitarian Universalism has recommitted to the work of liberation inside and outside our faith community. The antidote to a time of dangerous dehumanization is a love that connects us to our deeper humanity. Come to Spokane to experience what our shared faith can become when we embrace the Power of We.
Registration and Housing Open March 1
GA Registration and the GA Housing Reservation System open at 9 a.m. PST at www.uua.org/ga
Excellent Programming
GA will offer more than 100 programming selections over the course of five days. This year, in addition to Theme-Based Programming, the schedule will feature Role-Based Track Programming, including time for discussion among attendees, sharing inspiring models and stories, and concrete suggestions for how to further the work or "take it home." More programming details are available at www.uua.org/ga .
Financial Aid Available
The UUA is committed to the goal of making GA accessible to as many attendees as possible. Go to uua.org/ga in the month of March to learn about scholarships to support delegates - particularly those from marginalized groups - and volunteer opportunities (work in exchange for registration).
The Covenant Circle discusses periodical and book and news. Lately the topics have centered on major socioeconomic issues of the times. The discussion is lively and the spirit is convivial.

They meet every Thursday afternoon at 1:30 at Haggen on Division Street, except the second Thursday of the month, when they convene over lunch somewhere at 1:00. Call Joy Lindberg (360-424-8090) for further information.
Happy January birthdays!!! Best wishes to Lily, Dundas, Yolanda F, Jim, Joy, Bethany and any others celebrating your special day this month.
Nancy B. Miller is offering an interactive class on the 7 principles based on Rev. Bruce Davis , "A String of Pearls", An introduction to the UU Principles and Purposes. This class will be on the 2nd Sudays following coffee hour.
It began Oct. 2018 and will continue for seven second Sundays omitting the second Sunday in Dec.

In February Our Fourth Unitarian Universlaist Principle
"We covenant to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning." It is this search that we will explore together. Please join us.

"Free" search for truth and meaning means that I will consider many and diverse possibilites. But "responsible" search means that I will only claim the truth that is a really true for me. I will only claim the meaning that is authetically meaningful for me. In the context of the covenant or loving commitment you have toward yourself, it means leveling with yourself. It means being willing to separte from that which no longer provides meaning even if it is hard to do so.

How is it that we can create communities where a diversity of philosophies and theologies are valued?

What are these values Unitarian Universalists strive to live by and how do they interact with your evolving search ?

The UU's Seven Principles and Purposes came out of conversations in 1961 and were edited in 1984 (they continue to be revised at intervals to ensure their vitality.)

Please come and share your current thoughts on how you feel connected or not to each of the 7 Principles as they are each individually discussed.
Looking forward to your sharing and connecting.
May you be blessed with wisdom,
Nancy B. Miller
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