"The River"
Sunday Service
October 25, 2020
10:30 am

Speaker: Kathy Roche-Zujko
Celebrant: Gorge Rodgers-Clark

"The Role of Protest Songs in Historical Activism"

Kathy R-Z will discuss and give us examples of musical compositions, their composers and interpreters, that have proven to be compelling motivators of social activism.  
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Upcoming Services at SUUF

November 1 Matt Meyer, a talented musician and ardent Unitarian Universalist, is joining us "live" from Boston with a musical service and an uplifting message of solidarity, positivity and joy. This very special program is co-hosted and joined by members of the Mount Vernon, Pasco and Methow Valley congregations, who have combined to bring you this treat! Come, settle back for a spectacular service, and say hello to your UU neighbors.

November 8 Joseph Bednarik is back this week with a talk about how to proceed following months of anxiety and the outcome of a record setting election season. It might be titled "Handle With Care", as he will share some words about living with an ending you either did or did not want. Regardless of the results, our nation will require care to maintain the values we hope to see during the next four years.
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!
SUUF is making life easier for you in these unsettling times to make your pledge or donation. Just click on the button below.

This option is also available on our website skagituuf.com.
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.
Happy October birthdays!!! Best wishes to Emily,Luca, Ritta, Judy, Connie, Donna Andrew, Brenda, Joe 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.

Special Announcement
Unitarian Universalist Association
October 2020

Dear Skagit UU Fellowship,

I hold you all in my heart in these unpredictable and volatile times. I know I am not alone in having moments of overwhelming grief for too many loved ones lost, and moments of acute fear and despair, mindful of all that is at stake in this coming election.

Sometimes it may seem that we, as religious leaders, are asked to project an aura of “calm certainty and strength.” But rather than appearing “strong,” what I believe our communities most need is our authenticity and honesty.

One thing we must be honest about is the reality that our democracy is under attack and has been for a long time. Almost daily, there are efforts, whether by policy or inflammatory rhetoric, to systematically undermine faith in our elections. Shameful examples of voter suppression and the trampling of rights are happening all across the country.

History teaches us that, in the United States democracy has never been available to everyone. Its expansion and protection have always come through struggle, organizing, and protest. This time is no different.

The first, and most important thing we can do to make sure our voices are heard is to vote in massive numbers. We launched UU The Vote with a goal of reaching one million potential voters. By late September, we had already reached 1.3 million. This week is the National Week of Action for UU The Vote and there is still time to help us reach two million voters by election day.

And we must also prepare for how we will continue to work for justice, democracy, and the protection of our loved ones and our communities after November 3rd. So much is uncertain, and rhetoric that encourages white supremacists to threaten public officials, watch polling locations, and that questions election results is dangerous.
Theological values of human dignity and interdependence
are why we know everyone needs a voice
in the matters that affect their lives.
If the results of the election are challenged, if the integrity of the election is compromised, or if there is a refusal to respect the results, we must be prepared to join in collective, moral, faithful action to defend our democracy. Now is the time to prepare to act if need be.

Will we show up in the streets, set up or contribute to a bail or legal assistance fund? Will you open your congregation building to protesters needing sanctuary from state repression, for a medic station, organize fundraisers or tap into discretionary funds to make sure frontline organizers have the money they need to move the work? It’s more important than ever that we have bold spiritual imagination and audacious leaders and communities that show a new way forward.

As Unitarian Universalists, it is important to remember that our commitment to democracy is not just political or moral, it is fundamentally theological. It grows from our affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity of every person and the Universalist understanding that we are all part of one creation, interconnected. These theological values of human dignity and interdependence are why we know everyone needs a voice in the matters that affect their lives.

Whenever I feel discouraged by the rhetoric of division, scarcity, and cruelty, I draw strength from our faith and from all of you. From the borderlands of Arizona, to the cities of Louisville, Rochester, Kenosha, Portland, and so many more—Unitarian Universalists are demonstrating that we have the courage, the heart, and the faith to meet this moment, together.

Yours in faith and gratitude,
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

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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