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DECEMBER SERVICES
December 2~ “Rub Their Noses In It” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Here’s a sermon with a bit of everything in it. It has quails, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, garlic—and even the Great Garloo! How can we get just what we ask for, but nothing that we really want or need? That’s a good question to ask during this holiday season.
Worship Associate: Bobi Wilson
Musician: Justin King

December 9~ “The Future of Religion, and the UU's role in it”
Speaker: Dave Anderson
What do our crystal balls, tea leaves, and Tarot cards tell us about our future? Dave Anderson, Gail Taff, and other CUUC members will offer their opinions.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion

December 16~ “Let’s Hear From the Larger Fellowship”
Speaker: Alex Emig
The UUA includes the “Church of the Larger Fellowship” that enables folks not near a UU congregation to have a church community. Today we’ll hear a sermon that a minister contributed to this larger fellowship.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Justin King

December 23~ “Tis the Season”
Speaker: The congregation, young and old
As we move from the Solstice to the warmth of the holidays, we invite you to enjoy the memories, stories and carols of the season. We have some very special music planned, and bring a favorite Christmas or holiday memory (and a prop if you wish) to share. And don't forget to bring cookies for coffee hour!
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion
Please note: There will not be a Christmas Eve service this year.

December 30~“A way of life”
Speaker: Mike Truex
What do we each hold out as our philosophy for our “way of life”? Do you ponder what you want as a way of life often? Perhaps at the turn of the new year is a good time.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

NOVEMBER SERVICES
November 4~ “Holy Speech and Sacred Speech” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
What happens when free speech clashes with words or subjects that are
considered holy? One book caused an uproar back in 610 when it challenged
what most folks saw as “divine”. Another one did it in 1989. Then in 2012
came an internet video that raises some questions we all need to consider as
citizens—not only of our own nation—but also of the world.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Justin King

November 11~“On the Eighth Day, God Created…"
Speaker: Rev. Ken Jones
Consulting Minister at the UU Church of Yakima~
In the wake of the notorious "Citizen's United" Supreme Court decision in
2010, there's been a growing backlash against two questionable legal
precepts: that corporations are "persons" and campaign contributions are
"speech." Politics aside, these precepts raise some very important questions
of a religious and spiritual nature: just what is a "person," and what are
people for? What is the source of our legal rights? Are rights endowed to us
by a creator, or do we create them out of thin air?
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Fran Handy

November 18~ “Just Right” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
We’ll visit with our old friends Goldilocks (who was an old woman in the
original 1834 story, not a little girl!) and the Three Bears again as we pause
to consider the things for which we are thankful. Did you know that the Tricities
topped the list of “most secure” mid-sized cities in both 2005 and
2012? Do you really live in a place where so much is “just right”?
Worship Associate: Dave Anderson
Musician: Ellen Fillion

November 25~“Imagination Sunday”
Speaker: CUUC Members
Today we circle around our communal fire and follow our imagination into
the realms of make-believe, interconnection with all beings, and our shared
dreams for the future. Costumes and puppets will be available to use on our
journey together – or bring your own!
Worship Associate: Shannon Hays~ Truex, Mike Truex and Dan
McDonald
Musician: Shannon Hays~ Truex, Mike Truex and Dan McDonald

OCTOBER SERVICES
October 7~“Tacos and Spaghetti”
[Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Earlier this year four Connecticut police officers were arrested by the FBI for violating the civil rights of members of a local immigrant community. We are all descendants of immigrants from other lands. How do some of us decide that newcomers are no longer welcome? Special guest musician, Joseph DeMasi, will join us today. Joseph is an award-winning singer, songwriter, recording artist, and entertainer. He got his start in New York City where he shared the stage with folk music greats including Harry and Tom Chapin, Christine Lavin, and Oscar Brand. In 1992, he formed a trio performing children's music. They have recorded 4 albums and have received many awards for their music, including a Parent’s Choice Gold Seal of Excellence. Joseph also performs at UU churches across the country.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Joseph DeMasi

October 14~"This I Believe”
Speaker: CUUC Members and Friends
Our Unitarian Universalist principles include encouragement to spiritual growth and a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Today we’ll hear about the spiritual path of some of our members.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Justin King

October 21~“Hansel, Gretel and The Morlocks” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
The classic folktale allows us to explore trust between human generations, and to challenge those who would drive a wedge between us for their own purposes. Will we choose Trick, or Treat? Halloween is just around the corner!
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion

October 28~“UU Women Who Rocked the Vote”
Speaker: Amber Eustis, Vicki Fausz, Denise Pitts, Diane Reed, and Bobi Wilson
Unitarian Universalist women like Olympia Brown, Harriot Stanton Blach (daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton), Julia Ward Howe, Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony were instrumental in the women's suffrage movement. They made it possible for a large group of disenfranchised citizens to participate in American government. We'll remember their struggle and honor them by voting November 6.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Fran Handy

SEPTEMBER SERVICES
September 2~“Ox-Cart Man” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
How do your work, your family life, and your community fit together and support each other—or do they? Donald Hall’s poem Ox-Cart Man (and his children’s story by the same name) will lead us into contemplation on this Labor Day weekend.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion

September 9~"Is Your Faith Beyond Belief? How Are You Living?"
Speaker: Homer Wilkins
I think of faith as that set of presuppositions on the basis of which one lives his or her life. Many people’s stated beliefs have little if any relevance to the life they live. A relevant faith must be based on real life in this world, and in turn will make a difference in the way you live. Our U.U. principles are not so much statements of beliefs as they are guides for living. The writings of Elaine Pagels will be cited in support of these ideas.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion

September 16~“Guys Like You and Me ” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
After a summer punctuated by the staccato report of several mass shootings, it’s time to think some more about what firearms mean to those who feel a need to carry them, and also to the rest of us. I’ll share my perspective as a former gun owner and past member of the NRA.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Fran Handy

September 23~“The Mind's Eye”
Speaker: Kay Scheidegger
The plot thickens – I have several slants to explore on different views. As of the newsletter deadline, I haven’t decided which way to go…nothing remains static! So join us this morning and hear what came of it all.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

September 30~“The Power of Self – A Secular Humanist View”
Speaker: Denise Pitts
Imagine what it would be like if you had the power to make positive change; the power to improve people’s lives and to bring peace to the world. Imagine further what it would be like if that power resided not only inside of you but within us all. We have the power to help all people live a more peaceful life; we just have to acknowledge that the power is there and not be afraid to use it.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Justin King

AUGUST SERVICES
August 5~ “Confessions of a Country Bumpkin”
Speaker: Rev. Raz Mason
What makes a meaningful life? What or who has a claim on you? Sometimes
social messages about prestige and success get in our way of going after
what really matters. Raz will share about a 4-month summer adventure as a
long-haul truck driver, which helped her rediscover her origins as a “country
bumpkin.”
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Justin King

August 12~ " The Nobel Peace Prize for Pete Seeger?”
Speaker: Mike Truex
There’s a website out there promoting a Nobel Peace Prize for Pete Seeger.
Why would Pete Seeger deserve a peace prize? What should it take to get a
prize for peace?
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex, Dan McDonald

August 19~ “Church as Life Saving Station”
Speaker: Rev. Duane H. Fickeisen
Duane will reflect on his experience at Community UU Church in the 1980s,
when his engagement with this congregation saved his life. A life-saving
station must be ready to aid those who are foundering in life's storms. How
can this church be intentional about saving lives?
Duane is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister who lives in Portland,
Oregon, with his wife the Rev. Judy Welles. He became a UU and was a
very active lay leader in CUUC in the 1980s. It was here that he first
understood a calling to ordained ministry. He and Judy are the Summer
Ministers at First Unitarian Church in Portland, where they are now
members.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

August 26~ “Mingling of Waters”
Speaker: CUUC Members and Friends
The Mingling of Waters is CUUC’s traditional ritual of gathering at the end
of summer to mark the beginning of a new church year. Everyone is invited
to bring water that was collected from summer journeys and experiences
(symbolic water welcome) and combine it with the water from others. We’ll
have a chance to share the essence of our stories from this summer, the part
that has meaning to us, and reaffirm our bonds of community.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion

JULY SERVICES
July 1~ “The Gift of Sight”
Speaker: Dr. James Guzek
Blindness has particularly significant impacts to those in third-world
countries. Much of the blindness that occurs is correctable, but services are
lacking. Come hear how people in our Tri-Cities community are helping and
why they’ve undertaken this important type of outreach.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion

July 8~ " What is Idolatry?” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Idolatry is the only classic “sin” that’s mentioned by name in our statement
of UU Principles, Purposes and Sources. That should get our attention, but
what exactly does it mean? Is idolatry any form of worship that uses images
instead of sticking to words alone? Can scripture-based religions also be
practiced or promoted in idolatrous ways? Let’s dig deeper into such
questions this morning. (The problem of idolatry has been major focus for
our Interfaith Alliance meetings this year. I hope we will see many of our
interfaith friends today. Please invite anyone else whom you think might be
interested!)
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Justin King

July 15~ “Finding Connections”
Speaker: Alex Emig
What's the connection between a chicken, a pig, and a cow?
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion

July 22~ "The Story of Johnny Appleseed"
Speaker: Henry Kidwell
Johnny Appleseed wasn’t a Unitarian or a Universalist. However, the
minister who made him famous was. Come hear their stories.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

July 29~ "Faith Like a River”
Speaker: Diane Reed
Our service examines some of the contributions of the Unitarian thread of
our tradition from the noteworthy "Baltimore Sermon" of William Ellery
Channing to Thomas Elliot's summer Unitarian gatherings on Star Island off
the coast of New Hampshire.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Muscian: Ellen Fillion

JUNE SERVICES
June 3~“Is Religion Good For Your Body?” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
“…They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not
be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” You may remember these
lines from Chariots of Fire, that great movie about runners in the 1924
Olympic games. They describe the kind of religious experience that
renews our sense of physical (as well as spiritual) vigor. Do they
describe your own religious experience as well? I hope so! And I
wonder if now is a good time for our UU movement to become more
explicit in celebrating the body than it has been so far?
Worship Associate: Vickie Fausz
Musician: Elisa Garrett, Bethany Dorian and Family, Ellen Fillion
Today we will also have our Bridging Ceremony in honor of graduating
seniors April Scheidegger and Bethany Dorian.


June 10~"A Perspective on the Circle of Life!"
Speaker: Dan McDonald
Come, join us and see that we are connected: each one to our Source;
each one to each other; and each one to community. Come, learn of
this Circle, continuous and unbroken - this Circle of Life!
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex, Dan McDonald

June 17~ “Skillful Means?” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Did you know that the Buddha is said to have been a husband and a
father before he was a religious teacher? This morning I’ll share a
story of his that seems perfect for Father’s Day.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion

June 24~ "Nez Perce Stories and the Art of Creation"
Speaker: Christy Thompson
How oral traditions bring the world to life.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion

MAY SERVICES

May 6~“Bearing with Goldilocks”
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
When can “tolerance” of certain behaviors be a disservice to everyone
involved? Should the Three Bears have simply tolerated Goldilocks—
after she commandeered their bowls, chairs, and beds—without ever
speaking up? It’s the simplest stories that can sometimes teach us the
most!
Worship Associate: Denise Pitts
Musician: Ellen Fillion & Sean Truex

May 13~“Gnosis = Insight”
Speaker: Frank Anderson
The Gnostic tradition has much for us to consider.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion

May 20~
“Is Religion Good for Children?” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
That’s a question worth asking. We can be even more specific: is
your religion good for kids? Was your childhood religion good for
you? What does the child’s point of view help us to see more clearly
than we might see otherwise?
Worship Associate: Scott Wilson
Musician: Ellen Fillion

May 27~ “Wartime deeds”
Speaker: CUUC Members
Unitarian Universalists and war? Yes, Unitarian Universalists have
made their contributions during wartime. Today we’ll explore some
of the ways this has happened.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

APRIL SERVICES

April 1~“Saint Peter and His Momma”
[Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
It was bound to happen eventually. Palm Sunday and April Fools Day come
together this morning along with the task of paying honor to the serious and
the silly on the very same Sunday. Where do we even begin? How about
right at the Pearly Gates of Heaven where we find a priest and a taxi driver
who have both just died? St. Peter says to the taxi driver, “Come with me.”
You’ll have to come this morning to hear the rest of the story.
Worship Associate: Vickie Fausz
Musician: Ellen Fillion

April 8~“The Seven Veils”
Speaker: Mike Truex
Do we filter our experience of the “real world” with veils? If we remove the veils
what will be revealed?
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion

April 15~“Beautiful City” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
The book of Revelation is filled with intense imagery—both horrifying
threats and beautiful promises. It is a big favorite with many on the so-called
“Christian right” who try to steal its thunder to use for their own purposes.
Today let’s look at what religious liberals can find to treasure in this strange
and powerful book. You might be surprised!
Worship Associate: Denise Pitts
Musician: The Truexperience

April 22~“Community Focus”
Speaker: Broetje Orchards
Broetje Orchards has a unique and socially responsible way of running their
farm.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Special guest, folk musician Joe Jencks and his band
Brother Sun

April 29~“Unitarian Universalist Heroes”
Speaker: Diane Reed, Dave Anderson, Kay Scheidegger, and Henry
Kidwell
You’ll be surprised and enlightened by learning about our own Unitarian
Universalist heroes. Join us as we get acquainted with them.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

MARCH SERVICES

March 4~“Faith, Hope and Silly Little Songs”

Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Surprise! According to the Bible the first hymn was not sung in praise of
God. Rather, it was in praise of human connection—body to body—like so
many songs we sing today. Was it just a silly little song, or something more
profound? Find out this morning, when we will also hold our…
10th Anniversary Renewal of Vows as a Welcoming Congregation!
In 2002, CUUC became a Welcoming Congregation. Five years later we
renewed our covenant to embrace full participation by lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgendered people. Now after 10 years, the Washington state
legislature has voted to affirm marriage equality, and the governor has signed
the bill. Let’s celebrate by affirming our vows as a Welcoming
Congregation once again this morning! We will also dedicate a plaque in
honor of the Rev. James Stoll, CUUC minister from 1962-69 and the first
openly gay clergyperson of an established denomination.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion

March 11~“The Book of Ruth, Unpacked”
Speaker: Jean Jacobsen
In exploring this short, but meaningful book of the Hebrew Bible, we find
that the story of Ruth has something for everyone: it's a window for
understanding the history and culture of iron age Palestine and has a
message of kindness, with a happy ending.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

March 18~“Four Hundred Shekels for a Tomb” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Abraham and Sarah were travelers who came away richer from every place
they visited. Their movement—the journey itself—was sacred for them, yes.
But a time came for them to invest themselves in a sacred space to share with
future generations. Our annual stewardship season is a time for us all to do
the same.
Worship Associate: Denise Pitts
Musician: Ellen Fillion & CUUC Choir

March 25~“To Be Announced”
Speaker: Rev. Jim Dyson
Join us in welcoming Rev. Dyson as our guest speaker. He is a former
minister at Shalom United Church of Christ in Richland, one of our partners
for interfaith activities.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Fran Handy

FEBRUARY SERVICES

February 5~ “Ten Bad Reasons to Believe” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Hearsay, rumor, tradition and more: you’d better believe that these are bad reasons to believe a religious teaching—the Buddha himself is said to have said so! But you may be surprised by some of the other reasons on his list.
This morning we will also have a ceremony of child dedication. (Child dedications are an old Universalist tradition, initiated as an alternative to baptism by the Rev. Jonathan Murray well before the time of the American Revolution!)
Worship Associate: Denise Pitts
Musician: Ellen Fillion

February 12~ “Kinds of Love”
Speaker: Woman’s Poetry Circle: Sharon Faletti, Gretchen Harder, Irene Hays, Jean Jacobson, Leiloni Mahoney, Kendel Smith, Teri Robertson Some people think there is nothing that needs to be learned about love, that love is simple or easy. One way to question that premise is to explore through poetry (sometimes called the "language of love") the many kinds of love we humans encounter and enjoy.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Fran Handy

February 19~ “Eklavya” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
India’s Mahabharata is the longest epic poem in the world, more than ten times the length of the Iliad and the Odyssey combined. Eklavya may be only a “minor” character in this long account of a great civil war, but those who hear his story can never forget it, or the message that it teaches. (This morning’s order of service will feature cover art by our own Vivian Martin.)
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion & CUUC Choir

February 26~ “Is Forgiveness Always Called For?”
Speaker: Rev. Bruce Bode
The matter of forgiveness is close to the heart of daily living. What is forgiveness and what isn’t it? Does forgiving mean forgetting? Does forgiveness imply reconciliation? How does forgiveness relate to justice? What’s the basis of forgiveness? What’s the process of forgiveness?
Bruce A. Bode, a native of Lynden, Washington, is serving in his eighth year as the minister of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend, Washington. Before coming to Port Townsend, Rev. Bode was the Interim Minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, Texas (2002-2004) and the Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma (2001-2002). Prior to that, he served for twenty-two years as an associate minister at the Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a large, independent, religiously liberal congregation. One of his interests has been facilitating study groups in adult religious education on poets such as Mary Oliver, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, Robinson Jeffers, and Billy Collins.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

JANUARY SERVICES

January 1~ “Memories and Visions”

Speaker: CUUC Members and Friends
This year, Sunday falls right across the line between the old and new years. A good time to share memories of old and visions for the new.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

January 8~ “Get There By Yesterday” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Good science fiction deals in big ideas. It imagines whole worlds, their origins and their destinies, much like religious scriptures do. It suggests possibilities and alternatives to what we see around us. Let’s travel through time and space to explore some of these together.
Worship Associate: Chrissie Noonan
Musician: Ellen Fillion

January 15~ “Mightier Than The Sword”

Speaker: CUUC Members and Friends
When words manifest values, there is real power. Let’s look at what was behind the words of Martin Luther King Jr.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion & CUUC Choir
Note: Today we will collect the “Guest at Your Table” donations.

January 22~ “Why Would Amos Shame Us?”
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Amos is known as one of the “minor prophets” of the Bible, but his message is a big one. Are we big enough to hear it, and take it to heart?
Worship Associate: Denise Pitts
Musician: Fran Handy

January 29~ “Inherent Worth and Dignity”
Speaker: Guests from the local Parent, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) organization
Marriage equality and more.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion
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