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2014


DECEMBER SERVICES

December 7 ~ "Hello Darkness"
Speaker: Miriam Kerzner
Today we'll explore the multiple meanings of light and dark. Miriam is a member of Congregation Beth Shalom and a friend from our interfaith efforts. 
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion 

December 14 ~ "Compost Communion" 
Speaker: Rev. Amy Beltaine 
As the shortest day of the year approaches and the holiday frenzy increases in pitch, we can feel alone and cut off from our source of strength and depth of meaning. Let us gather to warm our hands at the fire of community. Together we visit the cauldron of transformation, embrace the dark and release what must be released in order to reemerge into new strength and meaning. 
Worship Associate: Alex Emig 
Musician: Ellen Fillion 

December 21 ~ "Solstice!" 
Speaker: CUUC Members 
Join us for an intergenerational service to celebrate the winter solstice and share the warmth of fire within each of us. 
Worship Associate: Mike & Shannon Truex 
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex 

December 24 ~ "Christmas Eve" 
This Wednesday service starts at 4:00 p.m. - Please bring cookies to share. 
Speaker: CUUC Members 
Join us for an evening of carols, story, cookies - and a pageant! 
Worship Associate: Jennifer Comstock, Heidi Newsome, and Mike Truex 
Musician: Ellen Fillion 

December 28 ~ "Kwanza" 
Speaker: CUUC Members 
Kwanza is a part of the holiday season, but may not be familiar to many of us. However, like the other winter traditions, Kwanza has elements relevant to everyone's lives. 
Worship Associate: Alex Emig 
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex 


NOVEMBER SERVICES

November 2 ~ “Day of the Dead – Celebrating Lives
Speaker: Rev. Garner
Today we will remember and honor our relatives and loved ones who have passed. Everyone, including children, are encouraged to bring something that a departed loved one liked – such as photos, favorite foods, books, toys, or flowers.  There will be an opportunity in the service for everyone to share. 
Rev. Garner is visiting us as a candidate for our next half-time minister who would be located in the Tri-Cities.  Please join us for the service and an opportunity to visit with Rev. Garner during Souper Sunday after the service.  
Rev. Garner has a Bachelors in Music Education, a Masters in Linguistics/English as a Second Language, and a Masters of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School, a UU seminary (2009).  She has taught school on the Navajo Indian Reservation and been a bus driver in Chicago, among other life experiences prior to entering the ministry.  She was ordained at Third Unitarian of Church of Chicago and the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale where she has served as sabbatical and intern minister, respectively.  She has been a minister at Unitarian Universalists of Coastal Georgia, Brunswick, GA.
Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion

November 9 ~ “Taking It Lightly”
Speaker: Rev. Grace Simons
We take things seriously, get bent out of shape, sometimes get bogged down and grim.  And there are plenty of reasons.  But let’s take some time to lighten up!
Grace Simons is Minister Emeritus of the UU Fellowship of Stanislaus County in California and previously served High Country UU Fellowship in Colorado.  Grace is a graduate of UC Berkeley and received her Masters of Divinity from Star King School for the Ministry.  She currently serves as a UU Ministers Association Coach and is a member of Woodinville UU Church.
Worship Associate:  Alex Emig
Musician:  Fran Handy

November 16 ~ “Urban Poets Society
Speaker: Jordan Chaney and members of the Urban Poets Society
Through soul expressions, such as poetry, the Urban Poets Society (UPS) is giving voice to youth so they can become the change they wish to see in the world.  Together with the UPS, we will explore themes of community, overcoming challenges, and love and relationships in an interactive, intergenerational service.
Worship Associate:  Mike & Shannon Truex
Musician:  Mike & Shannon Truex

November 23 ~ “The Spirit of Giving and Being Grateful
Speaker: CUUC Members
Unitarian Universalists are significant contributors to social justice causes.  These contributions include the work of the UU Service Committee, which we traditionally support at this time through the “Guest at Your Table” program.  As we move into a season focused on giving and gratitude, it’s worthwhile to consider how these actions affect our lives and our world.
Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician:  Ellen Fillion

November 30 ~ “The Alternative Gift Fair, Giving with a Purpose
Speaker: Diane Reed, Teresa Robertson, and AGF participants
Join us to celebrate the Alternative Gift Fair, which over 7 years has raised $100,000 for charities. This is the annual event where CUUC gives back to the community. We'll look at the fair's history, hear how the money raised benefits the participating organizations, and get ourselves excited for the fair on December 6!
Worship Associate:  Diane Reed
Musician:  Ellen Fillion


OCTOBER SERVICES

October 5 ~ “This I Believe”
Speakers: Alex Emig, Denise Pitts, David Comstock
Do you have an internal compass?  What is fundamentally important to you?  Today a few church members will share how they respond to an opportunity to say "This I Believe ..."
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion

October 12 ~ “The Usermon"
Speaker: Mike Truex
There is a game called "The Ungame". It poses a lot of questions, but has no definite answers. You create answers as part of the game. Makes me wonder what a "Usermon" might be like.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Fran Handy

October 19 ~ “The Second Draft"
Speaker: Chris Murray
Chris Murray will describe the basic teachings of the Buddha on the source of struggle and stress in our lives and the path to freedom from them. He'll include a brief meditation on developing kind awareness, a practice that makes the path to freedom accessible to anyone.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion

October 26 ~ "Celebrating Our Harvest Home: Celebrating Ethical Eating"
Speaker: Diane Reed
As we celebrate the last of this year's harvest, let's consider our relationship with food, farmers, farm workers, our local environment and the larger world. 
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Mike and Shannon Truex


SEPTEMBER SERVICES

September 7~ “Blind Sides and Bucket Lists”

Speaker: Kay Scheidegger
Life has its moments. Let’s see how the two title items work together. As always, I’ll be looking for congregational feedback!
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Fran Handy

September 14~“TBD”
Speaker: Jim Dyson
Jim is a former minister of Shalom United Church of Christ. He’s been our guest periodically for many years and always brings an interesting message.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion

September 21~“Finding Peace in a Troubled World
Speaker: Jim Stoffels
In a world festering with violence, war and terrorism, how can we find peace? As a nation, we sow seeds of peace not by armies and weapons, but by harmonious relationships with other nations based on policies that show concern for their welfare. As individuals, we can find peace in troubled times through faith in God, hope in the inherent goodness of our fellow human beings, and active love of our neighbor.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion

September 28~“The Story of Community”
Speaker: CUUC Members
We each have our stories that we bring with us to church. Here, they are woven together to create a community story that is more than the sum of our individual stories. Sharing with each other makes this possible. Today, we will explore what it means to be a community through our shared stories. This will be an intergenerational service.
Worship Associate: Shannon Hays~Truex
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

AUGUST SERVICES

August 3~ “The Most Precious Thing Offered”
Speaker: Ken Jones
Unitarian Universalists are often rightly proud of the work we do trying to make the world a better place. There is equally important work to be done with individuals - we don't "save souls," but we do offer healing and redemption. Our work is to better the odds of this happening.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion

August 10~ “Decisions, Decisions”
Speaker: Mike Truex
What are your guiding principles for the decisions you make in your life? Where does our religion fit in? While every decision can’t be categorized, perhaps it’s worth considering what may drive us to decide one way or another. Maybe thinking about SPOCK will help.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Fran Handy

August 17~“Fifty Years to Make a New Testament”
Speaker: Scott Wilson
Found in 1945 and fully translated by the mid~1970s, the library of scrolls found at Nag Hammadi have changed our understanding of the Bible. For the biblically literate, the "new" knowledge helps in understanding how Christianity developed and what Jesus was really about. Let's explore the New New Testament that is being proposed and the implications for Christianity and for all of us. Many sources include the Bible for good reasons that may not always be apparent to those that have left Christianity behind or have never really experienced it.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

August 24~“Life as a Star Performer in the Cosmic Drama

Speaker: Members of the Congregation
There are many literary (especially poetic) examples in which life, as well as its counterpart (death), is depicted as a human-like being. This presentation focuses on the central role of life in the history of the universe, having come "on stage" after the universe was already several billion years old. George Wald, a now-deceased Harvard professor of biology and Nobel Prize winner, wrote extensively about life and death, and also developed his own scientific, non-supernatural faith. How some of these ideas relate to our UU faith will be discussed.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex &
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

August 31~“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 is 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: Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion

JULY SERVICES
July 6~ “But Are You Happy?"
Speaker: Diane Reed
Happiness is a deep, persistent and universal desire. From
our beginning Americans have made happiness a central
piece of their national quest. When the Founders of the
nation gathered in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776 to
draft the official statement of principles upon which the new
Republic was to be built, they decided that happiness was so
fundamental that they wrote it right into the preamble!
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion

July 13~ “What if everyone cared?”
Speaker: Denise Pitts
A discussion of ordinary people who have had profound and
positive effects on the lives of others. Are you next?
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Justin King

July 20~ “Journey into Mindfulness”
Speaker: Alex Emig
We have all heard that the journey is just as important, if not
more, than the destination. Let's explore that mindfully.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician:

July 27~ “Meditations from the Mat: Yoga and Spirituality”
Speaker: Chrissie Noonan
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Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

JUNE SERVICES
June 1~“Blessing of the Animals"
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Today we will celebrate our second Blessing of the Animals. Last years’
experience taught us that the June sun can be too much for all of us
“critters”, so we’ll plan to stay inside.
We ask that you only bring well-behaved, house-trained pets that get along
well with people and other animals. Since some people will be bringing
dogs, we encourage those of you who have cats or other pets that may
interact poorly with dogs to bring a photo (or stuffed animal) to represent
your pet instead of your furry (or feathered, or scaly) friend itself. Or you
might want to bring cats and other types of pets in a carrier so all of our
animals can feel safe and secure.
We look forward to seeing you this Sunday, and to meeting some new
friends!
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion

June 8~“Ministry Transition”
Speaker: Janine Larsen
Ministry Transition.
Worship Associate: Dave Comstock
Musician: Ellen Fillion

June 15~“Build a Better Tree-house ”
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
In my last sermon as your minister, I’ll tell a Father’s Day story and reflect
on just what it is that I’ve been trying help you build at CUUC for the past
(almost) nine years.
Worship Associate: Chrissie Noonan
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

June 22~“Holistic Self-Care”
Speaker: Eric Askren
Eric Askren is chaplain at Coyote Ridge Correctional Facility. Eric will talk
with us about the spritual, physical, social, and personal issues regarding
self-care.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion

June 28~“Saving Candy Mountain”
Speaker: David Comstock, Friends of Badger Canyon vice president
David believes our local ridges (Badger, Candy, Red Mountains) help define
our sense of place, our sense of home here in the Tri-Cities. Saving these
beautiful open spaces preserves our quality of life here in many ways.
Worship Associate: Bobi Wilson
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

MAY SERVICES
May 4~“Is That Ewe You?" [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
The first of a three-part series using the same religious text in different
ways will invite us to enter an ancient story as if it was our own
dream. We’ll also meet the only pet to be found in the Bible!
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion

May 11~“Making Moms Pay”
Speaker: Dee Willis
Dee Willis, a chaplain at the Benton County Jail, has studied the
Benton superior and district courts' “time for fines” penalties for three
years by accruing data on jail inmates incarcerated only for failure to
pay fines. He has advocated for an end to these practices.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion

May 18~“The Worst Unitarian Universalist I Ever Met” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Using money, power, threats and “lobbying” to get your way at
church—does that sound like the UU way of doing things?
Sometimes we learn a lot about how to “do religion right” when
someone does it wrong!
Worship Associate: Denise Pitts
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

May 25~“Memorial Day”
Speaker: Members of the Congregation
Today, Memorial Day, we explore how those in the past were
instrumental in forming our world-view. Within your personal
experience, perhaps a parent or mentor, an author, a musician, a
politician, an activist, a minister, or someone else. Where do UUs get
their ideas and inspiration? One example would be Pete Seeger with
his positive influence on people through his songs and deeds. We’ll
feature some of his music today.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex & Sandra Rosenau
Musician: Ellen Fillion & Mike & Shannon Truex

APRIL SERVICES
April 6~ “Drum Us Up, Draw Us Out” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
The Rev. Dr. Gordon McKeeman wrote that “Ministry is a quality of relationship between and among human beings that beckons forth hidden possibilities; inviting people into deeper, more constant more reverent relationship with the world and with one another.” I’ll share more of his ideas with you this morning, along with some of my own—plus a few funny dance steps.
Worship Associate: Denise Pitts
Musician: Ellen Fillion

April 13~“Spiritual Imagination”
Speaker: Katie Larsell, ministerial intern, UU Congregation of Salem, Oregon
Imagination doesn't always get the credit it deserves in our lives. When was the last time you used your spiritual imagination?
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion

April 20~“Holding” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
The best children’s stories are some of the best stories we have. They are made to be told, retold, voiced, performed. They become part of us, much as “religious” stories do (like the Easter story that will be told in many churches today). Here is my idea for a children’s story that I would write and illustrate, if I could, a work in progress with something for the child in every one of us—and for the adult in every child.
Worship Associate: Vickie Fausz
Musician: Ellen Fillion

April 27~ “Earth Day”
Speaker: Members of the Congregation
Come celebrate Earth Day as we focus on our little corner of the planet. While we're thinking globally, let's explore the ways we can act locally. Bring ideas to share about how you care for your part of the world.
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

MARCH SERVICES
March 2~ “Altar, Pulpit, Pew, and You” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Nowadays, sermons like this one are usually the longest part of a worship service. But deep in our religious past, the longest and most elaborate part would have been what we now call the “offering”. Imagine that! And imagine how this might to connect with our annual stewardship campaign!
Worship Associate: Heidi Newsome
Musician: Ellen Fillion

March 9~“World Into Word: Why Poetry Matters”
Speaker: Poetry Group
This morning we will read poems that bring to life both the seasons of the year & the seasons of our lives. Why does poetry matter? If you have a poem you especially like, bring it along for a brief sharing time after the sermon.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion

March 16~“The Secret of Life” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
I will share that secret with you this morning. No kidding. Of course, I mean that I’ll do it to the best of my ability, but I’ll also have the help of a famous “guru” from the 1960’s and 70’s. Please be sure to share it later with anyone who’s absent today! (Some folks might still be in Spokane, attending our annual district UU assembly.)
Worship Associate: Bobi Wilson
Musician: Ellen Fillion

March 23~“Open Doors and Tactical Grace”
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Unless you grew up without TV or movies, you’ve seen this happen in cartoons a hundred times: The Big Bad Wolf is straining to get through the Three Pigs’ door, or maybe it’s Elmer Fudd, come to kill a certain wascally wabbit. Suddenly, someone inside throws the door open and the intruder flies through the house, unable to check the speed of his entry—or his exit towards the cliff out back. “Open doors” can mean not deliverance, but disaster. (This morning’s talk is delivered in memory of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq all that has followed since.)
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

March 30~"Ministry for the Church”
Speaker: CUUC Members
As a Unitarian Universalist church, we explore religion, philosophical and ethical questions, and social values drawing on many sources, including, of course, our own thoughts and experiences. The idea of coming to church is to share this exploration with others and participate in services where we’re challenged with new thoughts and feelings to consider. We may also come to be in community with others. These elements and more are part of the ministry for the church.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Fran Handy

FEBRUARY SERVICES
February 2~ “It’s Not the Groundhog” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
We discover our deepest connections by looking into the darkest of places; we find ourselves transformed when we come out into the light. Join me on the number two day of the number two month of this new year for a sermon on something we rarely discuss in church!
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion

February 9~ “Follow the Drinking Gourd”
Speaker: Alex Emig
Relationships and community are the backbone of social movements. That certainly was true for the abolitionist movement. Let's honor the journey and fight for freedom.
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Fran Handy

February 16~ “The Chi(cago) Touch” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Come visit a martial arts club in President Obama’s old neighborhood, (which is my old neighborhood, too!) What is the simplest way the diverse peoples of our country can overcome the distances that keep us far apart? Hint: look at your fingers, and what you find between them…
Worship Associate: Vickie Fausz
Musician: Ellen Fillion

February 23~ “Cosmos Sunday”
Speaker: CUUC Members
Join us as we participate in the story of the Universe and explore where no one has gone before - beyond us, but also connected to and within us. Today, we will imagine life in the Cosmos. What universal truths might we discover?
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

JANUARY SERVICES
January 5~ “How To Tie Your Shoes” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
Tying the knot in your shoelaces or the knots in your relationships: you’ve done it
the same way all of your life. Is it really possible to change your basic approach to
things that have become a habit? Is there a way to start over? The New Year is a
time for resolutions, please resolve to come today (and every Sunday in the coming
year!)
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion

January 12~ “Religion for the ‘Nones’”
Speaker: Wilbur Rees
Many folks may answer a poll asking about their religion with “none of the above”.
Perhaps this answer is a rejection of organizations, of theological positions, or of
something else perceived in religious categories. So, what is it that people can relate
to as really essential and important in religion?
Our guest speaker, Wilbur Rees, is a former minister of Shalom United Church of
Christ.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Fran Handy

January 19~ “Come Fly With Me!” [Listen Now!]
Speaker: Rev. Craig Moro
For many people, religion is about power. This could mean extraordinary
“supernatural” power, or a daily kind of power over other people. One of my best
friends was a PK—preacher’s kid—who once told me that he could pray someone to
death if he really wanted to! This may not be the kind of power we want to
experience in our religious lives, but does that mean we’re not interested in power at
all? Was power of no interest to Dr. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, or
Gandhi? Let’s ponder these questions together this morning.
•Following today’s service, the Committee on Ministry will be facilitating a short
brainstorming session. What are some of the activities you love? Which ones would
you enjoy sharing here at CUUC—either on Sunday or sometime during week?
Crafts? Yoga or Tai Chi? Movies? Books? Trying new recipes, or sharing old
favorites with others in a well-equipped kitchen? Let’s gather some ideas then meet
again next month to see how we can make these things happen right here as CUUC
explores the power of becoming a “seven-day” church community!
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion

January 26~ “Thirty Days of Love”
Speaker: Mike Truex
The Unitarian Universalist Standing on the Side of Love program has committed to a
period of intentional action, service, education, and reflection called the Thirty Days
of Love in January and February. During this time, folks all across the country spread
love and justice in truly inspiring ways.
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

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