DECEMBER SERVICES

December 1~ “Light One, Blow One Out” [
Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
The title comes from a debate between two rabbis about how candles on the menorah
should be lit on the eight nights of Hanukkah: light one each evening, or start with
all eight burning then extinguish them one by one? This morning let’s ponder our
“fires of the spirit”, be they large or small.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion

December 8~“Pearl Harbor: Remembrance and Reconciliation”
Speaker: Mike Truex
There were many tragic events that followed the Pearl Harbor attack, yet also,
reconciliation. These events give us much to reflect on today.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

December 15~“The Journey”
Speaker: Eric Askren
Eric will share his story and how his God has, through his efforts and divine grace,
brought him to his current place in life.
Eric Askren is a Christian coming from the Wesleyan Holiness tradition of the
Church of the Nazarene. He has been in his current assignment for 11 years now as
a chaplain at the Connell Coyote Ridge Prison. His family is a music-teacher wife, 2
daughters, a cat, a dog, a guinea pig and a bunch of fish. He loves outdoor activities,
travel, and silent-alone-time.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion

December 22~“Solstice- Light one Candle and Illuminate our World”
Speaker: Diane Reed, Sharon Faletti, Mark Painter, Denise Pitts, Heidi Newsome
and members of the congregation
As we honor the solstice, let us also consider the light of our own chalice. Join us as
we illuminate the sanctuary one candle at a time, until all our flames join to light our
chalice. All are invited to share a poem or their thoughts.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

December 24~“Christmas Eve Service @ 4:00p.m”
Speaker: Alex Emig
Please join us for a Christmas Eve service of carols and Christmas readings. Bring a
few cookies to share for after the service.
Worship Associate: Vickie Fausz & Kay Scheidegger
Musician: Ellen Fillion

December 29~“Vespers”
Speaker: CUUC Members & Friends
Today we’ll open the sanctuary as a place for sharing thoughts, poetry, readings, and
music using a vespers service format.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

NOVEMBER SERVICES
November 3~ “I Think We Can” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Our program today starts with a famous children’s story—The Little
Engine That Could. Then we’ll make a number of stops (or pauses)
along the track as we contemplate the meaning and power of prayer
for a rowdy, irreverent bunch—like today’s Unitarian Universalists!
Worship Associate: Chrissie Noonan
Musician: Fran Handy

November 10~“Stones Along the Rocky Way”
Speaker: Sandra Rosenau & John Dorian
From Stone Age to New Age, the substance of our Earth has been the
foundation underneath all of humanity. We even name chunky ice
cream after the feel of pebbles under our feet! Today we discuss the
ancient spiritual relationship between Humankind and the bones of
Earth. (This is not a lecture on geology.)
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Justin King

November 17~“Food for One” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro & Gail Taff
We’ll be guests at three tables this morning—one in the 7th century
Mideast and two in today’s Northwest—for a contemplation of food
and fellowship just before Thanksgiving. We’ll also be introducing
this year’s Guest At Your Table program. May you leave church
today hungry for both food and justice!
Worship Associate: Bobi Wilson
Musician: Ellen Fillion

November 24~ “Why I Don’t Buy Into Christmas”
Speaker: Alex Emig
Back by request, come hear why I don't do Christmas.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion

OCTOBER SERVICES
October 6~ “Patchwork” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Hasidic masters (from the Jewish mystical tradition) are sometimes
credited with amazing—even supernatural—powers. They are also
supposed to have extraordinary insight into the hearts of other people,
especially those who are trying to cultivate themselves spiritually. If
such a master were to look at you, what would they see? What are you
trying to change or improve in yourself?
Worship Associate: Bobi Wilson
Musician: Ellen Fillion

October 13~“Interpreting Indian Cultures at Sacajawea State Park”
Speaker: Rebecca Hughes, Interpretive Specialist for Sacajawea State Park
Rebecca Hughes is the Interpretive Specialist for Sacajawea State
Park. A history major and graduate of Washington State University,
she acts as a speaker and historian for the interpretive center and for
the park. She is a lifelong resident of the Tri-Cities.
Learn more about how Sacajawea State Park interprets its namesake
and the indigenous people who made our area home.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Justin King

October 20~“When We Don’t Have the Words” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
When my family visited Japan a few years ago, sometimes we had to
communicate without words. It’s surprising how much we can “say”
without ever speaking! Come hear this story of our encounters with
giant beetles, foxes, and some beings called “water babies”.
Worship Associate: Vickie Fausz
Musician: Ellen Fillion

October 27~“Singing the Living Tradition”
Speaker: CUUC Members & Friends
Music communicates to us in unique ways. Our members and friends,
and our hymnal, have a rich selection of music worth sharing. Join us
as we use readings, music performance, and singing together to
explore our living tradition.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Everyone

SEPTEMBER SERVICES
September1~“Splitting Logs” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
A recent AP article notes that four out of five U.S. adults have faced or are now facing a substantial period of joblessness, poverty, or reliance on government assistance. Tough on your sense of “inherent worth and dignity”? You bet! I’ll speak to this from personal experience on this Labor Day weekend.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion

September 8~“A U.U. Version of ‘Doing the Right Thing”
Speaker: Homer Wilkins
As I listened to a college commencement address by a top-level U.S. government official entitled "Doing the Right Thing," I kept asking myself, "What would a committed U.U. do with this topic?" How would such a U.U. message differ from what this speaker was saying? This sermon is an attempt to answer that question and also to stimulate your thinking and discussion on the topic. The writings of George Lakoff provide valuable insight into the issues involved. Each year, Homer drives a circuit from Tennessee out to the west, stopping along the way at UU churches as a guest speaker. We’ve welcomed Homer to CUUC several times as a guest speaker and look forward to having him as our guest again.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

September 15~“Eagle, Zebra, Crocodile” [Listen Now]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
“9-11” (the events of September 11, 2001) had its twelfth anniversary this week. The comic strip Pearls Before Swine sheds surprising perspective on these dozen years since that day. What have we learned since then, and what do we still need to know?
Worship Associate: Denise Pitts
Musician: Justin King

September 22~“Learning the Principles by Heart”
Speaker: Alex Emig
Knowing the seven UU principles is good, but living them is better.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion

September 29~“Social Laryngitis”
Speaker: Rob Hogan
Apartheid silenced millions of voices. As a twenty year old missionary in South Africa I witnessed a journey as the oppressed found their voices once again. Years later I began a journey to find my own voice and realized just how parallel these paths were. In this sermon I share these journeys and what the voices had to say.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Justin King

AUGUST SERVICES
August 4~“Fuzzy Questions, Fuzzy Answers”
Speaker: Alex Emig
I have a vague idea that I'll be talking about Bruce Clear's sermon on
fuzziness.
Note this is a joke; the sermon is about religious ambiguity.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Justin King

August 11~“Meditation for Opening the Heart”
Speaker: Chris Murray
The Buddha taught a meditation technique for opening the heart and
developing wholesome states of mind, including unbounded kindness,
compassion, joy, and balance. Chris Murray, founder of Insight
Meditation of the Mid-Columbia, will introduce this approach to
meditation and lead us in a guided meditation.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

August 18~“Help and Wisdom from Below”
Speaker: Jim Dyson
Finding help and wisdom from unexpected sources, which may result
in change, healing, and transformation. The Text, II Kings 5:1-17 will
be used as a metaphor with applications to today's living.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion

August 25~“Mingling of Waters”
Speaker: CUUC Members & 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: Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion

JULY SERVICES
July 7~“Have you heard the one about the UU?”
Speaker: Diane Reed
From Robert Fulghum to Garrison Keilor, UUs have always been able to poke fun at themselves and take a good-natured ribbing from others. Join us for a mirthful service of irreverent UU jokes and stories.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Justin King

July 14~“Our Sixth Source: Mother Earth”
Speaker: Rev. Amy Beltaine
For millennia, Paganism and Earth-based Spirituality has been practiced and refined by hunters, farmers, indigenous people, and those who live close to the land and the sea. This Sunday we will look at some of the rich theologies, traditions, and histories that fall within the ‘Earth-Centered’ label. Then we will explore some of the gifts of these paths for Unitarian Universalists.
Amy is a Spiritual Director and Unitarian Universalist Minister. Endlessly fascinated and excited by the mystical experience of the sacred in nature and relationships. She describes herself as a woman, teacher, family member, seeker, and "Q" (as in lgbtq.)
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion

July 21~“Boobooling stories and more”
Speaker: Mike Truex
Imagination, knowledge, apathy, and Shakespeare will play roles in the stories today.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Mike, Shannon & Sean Truex

July 28~“Scavenger Soul”
Speaker: Jenny Rieke
Legally acquiring stuff without paying full price is a calling, a vocation, and a vow. Young children naturally know the value of found treasures, imbuing them with meanings informed by their rich imagination and world view. Somewhere along the way, however, we are systematically conditioned to abandon that lively relationship with found things in favor of buying new. Mindful of present & future generations of this earthly home, let’s consider the real heart of innovation: seeing with new eyes and repurposing that which has been discarded.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion

JUNE SERVICES
June 2~“The Fountain of Time” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro & Sean Truex
Our parks and monuments are a precious resource and a common trust. We
have been that they are “ours” in some important ways, but how do we act on
that sense of ownership, and make it real? Vandals take one approach. Let’s
hear about a better way today!
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion

June 9~“Poems, Prose, and Song”
Speaker: Frank Anderson
Insights, reflections, love, something ventured, … and sledding.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Mike Truex

June 16~“Get Going” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
According to some religious thinkers, the prophet Abraham planted a tree
with three great limbs: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Is our own tradition
a branch of this great tree? And if so, how? It’s a good question to ponder
on this Father’s Day.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion

June 23~“This I Believe”
Speaker: CUUC Members
Our community is a good place to share what we hold of worth and listen to
what is important for others.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Justin King

June 30~“Blessing of the Animals”
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
During our Sunday service today, we will celebrate our first Blessing of the
Animals. Your Worship Committee hopes that this can become an annual
event, but we are aware that there will be some logistics to work out as we
learn to do it well. We will start indoors then move outside together.
We ask that you only bring well-behaved pets that get along with people and
other animals. Since many people will be bringing their dogs, we encourage
those of you who have cats or other pets that may interact poorly with dogs
to bring a photo of their pet instead of bringing them. Or you might want to
bring cats and other types of pets in a carrier so all of our animals can be safe
and secure.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion

MAY SERVICES
May 5~“Friend, Why Are You Here?” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Francis David and Giorgio Biandrata were two early founders of the
Unitarian movement, back in the 1500’s. They were masters at using new
communications media to tweak the sensibilities of the religious
conservatives of their day. What fun—even the king was on their side! But
then things took a turn that I will share with you this morning.
Worship Associate: MikeTruex
Musician: Ellen Fillion

May 12~“Gifts Mama Can Use”
Speaker: Judy Zimmerman
Flowers, cards, candy or breakfast in bed come readily to mind when we
contemplate how to remember those who mother. On this Mother’s Day let’s reflect
on an unusual gift for Mama. How might institutional nurturing be a wonderful gift?
Judy Zimmerman is passionate about facilitating the creation of communities of care
in which all members flourish. She is a founding member and current coordinator of
Oregon Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice, a statewide advocacy network.
She served as Intern Minister at the UU Congregation of Salem. Before pursuing
ministry she worked as a college professor of psychology & women's studies and as
a sexuality educator. Judy graduates next week from Meadville Lombard
Theological School, one of our two Unitarian Universalist seminaries, and was
recently granted fellowship as UU minister.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Justin King

May 19~“The Strange True Story of the 7th-Day Unitarians of Transylvania!” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
The title says it all! Come enjoy another story from the early days of the
Unitarian movement.
This will be a short Sunday service so that we will have plenty of time for
CUUC’s Annual Meeting immediately after. Here’s a chance to discuss,
share ideas, and vote on matters that are vital to our congregational life.
Please plan to attend!
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Fran Handy

May 26~“What A Ride”
Speaker: Kay Scheidegger
Surely most of us have seen one version or another of the description of one's
life journey ending all worn out, with a cuppa coffee (or shotta booze) in one
hand and a chocolate bar in the other. The punch line ends with "Woohoo,
what a ride!" Recently, I experienced one of those moments of exhilaration.
Come, go for a ride with me!
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion

APRIL SERVICES
April 7~“Forgiveness”
Speaker: Alex Emig
Forgiveness is a tall order, but today we'll learn why it's an important
one.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion

April 14~ “A Vision for Building”
Speaker: CUUC Members
Who are we? What do we want to do in the world? What should we
do now to enable our vision and mission? These are timely questions
for CUUC, and we’re in the midst of formulating answers.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Fran Handy

April 21~“Giggle and Beep” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Our religious approach does not usually include missionary work that
involves going door-to door. But what if it did? How would you
share the good news? What would you wear? Would you be serious
or light-hearted in your approach? Most important: why would you
ever do such a thing in the first place? Let’s give some thought this
morning to what—if anything—our religious “mission” might be!
Worship Associate: Scott Wilson
Musician: Justin King

April 28~ “Poems, Prose, and Song”
Speaker: Frank Anderson
Insights, reflections, love, something ventured, … and sledding.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Mike Truex

MARCH SERVICES
March 3~ “Build a Better Front Porch” {Listen Now]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
If people came to your door trying to convert you to their religious outlook, how would you respond? Could you give a short talk that succinctly expresses your take on the Unitarian Universalist approach? Do you have a “front porch sermon” of your own? If not, you can borrow mine until yours is ready! (Please also see the description of our Saturday, March 2 Vision Workshop, also in this newsletter.)
Sandra Rosenau will share our children’s story today.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion

March 10~ “Finding Love in a Hopeless Place”
Speaker: Tana Hogan
In 2008 Tana left her childhood faith house due to spiritual abuse and civil rights inequalities. Today she will share with us how she found a path to healing and what she has discovered along the way.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Justin King

March 17~ “End of the Rainbow” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
What do you find at the end of a rainbow? Faith and begorra, that’s a fine question for St. Patrick’s Day! It’s also a good one to ask as we begin our annual stewardship campaign!
Worship Associate: Vickie Fausz
Musician: Ellen Fillion

March 24~ “Wanting, Getting and Giving”
Speaker: Diane Reed
Do we want too much stuff, or are our lives already cluttered with things we don't need? Instead of wanting and getting, what if we gave instead? Would it be enough to bring our UU life-affirming vision of love and justice into a world that so desperately needs it?
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Mike Truex

March 31~ “Cross, Gallows, Syringe”
Speaker
: Rev. Craig Moro
Some years ago, I was commissioned to do a carving for another UU church, representing all of the world’s major religions, with a flaming chalice in the center. My first challenge was to find symbols that fit each faith tradition, and I knew that some would be tricky to carve. Some like the cross should be no problem, or so I thought. I’ll share what followed in this Easter sermon.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Justin King


FEBRUARY SERVICES
February 3~“More Than One Way” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Electronic devices and software applications offer us so many “virtual” ways
to interact with each other and with a host of virtual worlds as well as our
own. Sometimes, though, we need to get down to the real flesh, blood, and
bone. Today I’ll describe how one community of young people renewed
itself by doing just that. I’ll also tell you one way to skin a cat(fish)!
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: The Truexperience

February 10~“This I Believe and This I Do”
Speaker: CUUC Members
What do you hold as important in your spiritual and religious life? How are
these values manifested in practices or actions that you include in your life?
Today a few of our members will share their thoughts on these questions
about what they believe and how this relates to what they do.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion

February 17~“Sure As Shooting” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
As sure as the shooting in our schools and public places has to stop, we need
to understand more about our strange love affair with guns. Here are some
thoughts for this weekend after Valentine’s Day.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Justin King

February 24~“What If You Gave a Party and Nobody Came”
Speaker: Stephen Patterson
The Parable of the Great Feast from the new Testament (Luke 14:16-24) is
an example of Jesus’ secular wisdom. A person throws a party, but nobody
comes. Now what? Is his social life over, or is it just beginning?
Dr. Stephen Patterson is the George H. Atkinson Professor of Religious and
Ethical Studies at Willamette University. Dr. Patterson is an historian of
religion specializing in the beginnings of Christianity. Please also see the
separate article in the newsletter about our guest speaker and his Marvin
Cain Lecture occurring earlier this weekend.
Worship Associate: Vickie Fausz
Musician: Ellen Fillion

JANUARY SERVICES
January 6~ “Happy New Year-Look Both Ways!” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Here’s a proverb from Japan: “We see the seven shortcomings of others, but overlook ten of our own.” And one from Indonesia: “We don’t notice the elephant on our own eyelid, but can spot an ant on the other side of the sea.” Sometimes it’s amazing how we see the ant but miss the elephant! I see this or that in you and in your actions. But when it comes to me...now that’s another story. Come hear the story on this first Sunday of the new year!
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion

January 13~ “Living Faith Through Action”
Speaker: Valerie Tolle
The executive director of the Experience War Project will speak. Once we found the core message we wanted to bring to the world, we do so without betraying our moral convictions. To bring message with unflinching commitment, that was an act of faith.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Justin King

January 20~ “Rod, Staff, and Comfort” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Martin Luther King spoke with a deep authority that made him America’s minister—for liberal and conservative alike. Agree or disagree, love or hate him, he touched everyone, and touched them deeply. No one could just ignore his words that prodded or pulled us like a shepherd’s staff. Let’s reflect on some of those words today as we consider the limits and constraints that make it possible to live in freedom.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion

January 27~ “Project Literacy”
Speaker: Diane Hart
The Social Justice Committee decided recently that literacy is an important project for us to tackle. Project literacy will tell us some ways we may help.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Justin King