2015 Services

DECEMBER SERVICES
 
December 6 ~ “Religious Freedom: from Legends to Legacy”
 
Speaker:  Rev. Doak M. Mansfield
 
In recognition of the Jewish Festival of Lights, Maccabean recapture, and rededication of the Jerusalem Temple in 165-164 BCE. Doak will offer some thoughts on political liberty and religious freedom.
 
Worship Associate:  CUUC Members
Musicians: Mike & Shannon Truex
 
“Souper Sunday” follows our service; please bring a dish to share.
 
December 13 ~ “Unitarian Universalists, Cats and Dogs”
 
Speaker:  Alex Emig
 
Unitarians and Universalists were once two separate denominations. Today, we'll explore their differences through the lens of cats and dogs.
 
Worship Associate:  Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion
 
December 20 ~ “Light in the Dark & Angels in Hell”
 
Speaker:  Rev. Doak M. Mansfield
 
Doak will consider some meanings for the mid-winter holidays beyond the commercialism, popular cultural trappings, and myths.
 
Worship Associate:  CUUC Members
Musicians:  Mike & Shannon Truex
 
December 24 ~ “Pageant - Spirit of the Christmas Tree"
 
Speaker: CUUC Members 
 
A pageant for the season, some carols, and some cookies.  Please join us at 4:00 pm for the occasion and bring some cookies to share.
 
Worship Associate:  Shannon Hays-Truex
Musician:  Ellen Fillion
 
December 27 ~ “Looking Back, Looking Forward”
 
Speaker: CUUC Members
 
Join us as we say goodbye to 2015, sharing what we've experienced and learned this year. Then we'll look into the New Year and share our hopes, dreams and concerns for 2016.
 
Worship Associate: Alex Emig & Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion
 
 
NOVEMBER SERVICES
 
 
November 1 ~ "Keeping Sane in a Crazy World"  
 
Speaker:  The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield, D.Min.
 
Doak will consider the challenges of coping with a culture and world that tests our patience and many times confounds our hopes.  
 
‘Souper Sunday’ follows our service. Bring soup or dish to share.
 
 (Daylight Saving Time begins: turn clocks back 1 hour the night before)
 
Worship Associate:  TBD
Musician: Ellen Fillion
 
November 8 ~ "Islamic Questions"
 
Speaker:  Ahmad Qayoumi
 
Ahmed Qayoumi will speak about current topics and frequently asked questions of Islam.
 
Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician:  Mike and Shannon 
 
November 15 ~ "Honoring Skepticism" 
 
Speaker:  The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield, D.Min.
 
Doak says of his message, “Curiosity comes first and for me but doubt accompanies most assertions of ‘truth’ I confront. I’ll look at that trait in human nature.”
 
Worship Associate:  TBD
Musicians:  Ellen Fillion 
 
November 22 ~ "Reflections on Thanksgiving"
 
Speaker:  The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield, D.Min.
 
Doak says of this topic, “For me the observance of Thanksgiving is the most sacred of holidays and most UU in meaning. I’ll explain why I have these feelings.”
 
Worship Associate: TBD
Musician:  Mike and Shannon
 
November 29 ~  "Thankfulness"
 
Speaker:  CUUC Members
 
This Sunday, after the Thanksgiving holiday, we’ll take time to explore thankfulness.
 
Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician:  Ellen Fillion
 
 
OCTOBER SERVICES
October 4 ~ "The Virtue of Gratitude"

Speaker:  The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield, D.Min

Doak says of this topic, "I always cringed at Mother’s admonition to ‘Be Thankful!’ I will nevertheless offer some thoughts on the quality of gratitude as an aspect of character and the spiritual life." 

Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion

 

October 11 ~ "Can't We Get Along?"

Speaker:  Alex Emig

This sermon proposes a way of dealing with people we perceive as different.  Come find out what it is.

Worship Associate:  Alex Emig
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex

 

October 18 ~ "Blessings & Curses of the Past"

Speaker:  The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield, D.Min.

"In the northern hemisphere, the ancient ones considered this time of the year as very significant; the entrance into the shorter days and longer nights – a time of remembering and reckoning. I’ll work those notions in these reflections," Doak says of this message.

Worship Associate:  Bobi Wilson
Musician:  Mike & Shannon Truex

 

October 25 ~ "Why I Am a Unitarian Universalist Pagan"

Speaker:  CUUC Members

Thoughts on why a Pagan approach to life and spirituality is useful and applicable to the life of a Unitarian Universalist.

Worship Associate:  Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion

 
SEPTEMBER SERVICES
 

September 6 ~ "Sharing the Words and Learning the Tune"

 
Speaker:  Rev. Doak M. Mansfield
 
Our new minister, The Reverend Doak M Mansfield, begins his ministry with us with a message that gives a sense of his ideas and understanding of the Unitarian Universalist 
 
ministry. 
 
Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion
 
 

September 13 ~ "Mingling of Waters"

 
Speaker:  CUUC Members
 
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: Fran Handy
 

September 20 ~ "Spirituality and Community in a Post-Modern Culture"

 
Speaker:  Rev. Doak M. Mansfield
 
Doak will consider the difficulty in finding meanings that make sense and bless, and relatedness that nourishes and nurtures in a society where traditions are suspect and 
 
'corporatism' is enslaving. If his notions have validity, are there implications for CUUC in his analysis?
 
Worship Associate:  Diane Reed
Musician:  Mike & Shannon Truex
 

September 27 ~ "This I Believe"

 
Speaker:  CUUC Members
 
Today, a few church members will share how they respond to an opportunity to say "This I Believe …"
 
Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion
 
 
AUGUST SERVICES
 
August 2 ~ "Faith Lives in Honest Doubt"

Speaker:  Rev. Judy Welles, minister emeritus of Unitarian
Universalists of the Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania

In a religion such as ours, where we are expected to question, doubt can play a valuable role.  Yet in order not to spill over into cynicism, doubt must be balanced by faith.  Today we’ll explore the role of honest doubt in religious authenticity.

Worship Associate:  Diane Reed
Musician:  Ellen Fillion

 


August 9 ~ "Ecstasy, Then the Laundry"

Speaker:  John Roach and Zahra Khan

About our experience of finding a shared Spiritual language before marriage and what happened afterwards.

Worship Associate:  Diane Reed
Musician:  Ellen Fillion

 

August 16 ~ "Life Lessons"

Speaker:  Alex Emig

Watching my father battle a life-threatening illness has caused me to reflect on my life.  Come hear the stories behind some of the lessons he taught me.

Worship Associate:  Alex Emig
Musician:  Mike & Shannon Truex

 

August 23 ~ "Woven Threads"

Speaker:  Teri Robertson

 
Weaving old and new, our past, our future, goodbyes, and welcomes as summer begins its end.

Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician:  Mike & Shannon Truex

 

August 30 ~ "Work and Rest: The Rhythm of Our Lives"

Speaker:  Diane Reed

This sermon, by the Rev. Cathy Bowers, addresses the work/rest balance that is missing from so many of our lives. As we approach Labor Day, it offers some interesting background and suggestions for how to improve that balance.

Worship Associate:  Diane Reed
Musician:  Ellen Fillion

 
 
JULY SERVICES
 

July 5 ~ "In The Middle"

 
Speaker:  Mike Truex
 
We must deal with a wide range of situations in how we live our life.  Sometimes we feel powerful - sometimes insignificant, most of the time I think we’re in the middle.
 
Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex
 

July 12 ~ "Everything is Holy Now"

 
Speaker:  Rev. Bill Graves
 
This sermon uses Peter Mayer’s wonderful song, "Everything Is Holy Now," as a framework for exploring the history and theology of aspects of what has been called Unitarian Universalism’s most peculiar and distinctive contribution to the world’s religious agenda: 
Our Seventh Principle:  The "interdependent web of existence of which we are a part."
 
After retiring as a practicing attorney Rev. Graves attended theology school at Seattle University and was ordained into the UU ministry in 2010.  He has served as minister to UU congregations in Skagit Valley and Tacoma and in September will begin serving part time as minister of Kittitas Valley UU Congregation in Ellensburg.  He lives with his wife, Frances, on Whidbey Island.
 
Worship Associate:  Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion
 

July 19 ~ "They are us and we are ONE"

 
Speaker:  Denise Pitts
 
A discussion of the inter-related web of life; why race is a manmade construct; and the reason men have nipples.
 
Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician:  Ellen Fillion
 

July 26 ~ "My Story"

 
Speaker:  Dave Comstock
 
I will share my story and what I have learned along the way. I believe sharing our stories is key to building strong connections in our community.
 
Worship Associate:  Alex Emig
Musician: Fran Handy
 
 
JUNE SERVICES
 
June 7 ~ "Toads Do It in the Water"
 
Speaker:  Rev. Barbara Burke
 
I knew nothing about toads before I went to serve the Daytona Beach congregation as its minister.  You can imagine that moving from Seattle to Daytona was a shock.  During bike week (that's when half the motorcycles in the Southeast congregate in Daytona) the sounds of the bikes never stop.  Ditto during the auto races when they were running, an almost constant high pitched whine.  However, getting out to local lakes, swimming in the Atlantic, and living on an estuary helped us learn more about the natural world there.  I came away with an affection for pelicans, manatees, and toads. 
 
Rev. Barbara Burke was called to serve Northlake UU Church in Kirkland (WA) 25 years ago. She also served churches in Edmonds (WA), Rockford (IL) Daytona Beach, FL and Carrollton, TX.  Barbara lives in Seattle now and attends Westside UU Church.
 
Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion
 

June 14 ~ "This I Believe"

 
Speaker:  CUUC Members
 
Today, a few church members will share how they respond to an opportunity to say "This I Believe …"
 
Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion
 

June 21 ~ "Father’s Day"

 
Speaker:  CUUC Members
 
Father's Day, so we’ll take some time to hear a few members share about their fathers.
 
Worship Associate:  Alex Emig
Musician:  Mike & Shannon Truex
 

June 28 ~ "Super Hero Boot Camp"

 
Speaker:  Jordan Chaney
 
Discover your super self through the art of spoken word and performance art.
 
Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex
 
MAY SERVICES
 
May 3~“Engage the World Without Leaving Home”
 
Speaker:  Leigh Terrass
 
In this world of conflict it is hard to imagine what any of us can do to promote international peace. How can we, in the midst of our busy lives, make ‘them’ -other people living distant busy lives - like ‘us’?  Adding a family member through international exchange has rewards on all sides, far greater than people imagine.
 
Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician: Mike & Shannon Truex
 
May 10~ “What I Learned in Jail”
 
Speaker:  Jim Dyson
 
Come hear of Jim’s experience with the Benton County Jail and through his interactions with jail chaplains.
 
Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician: Justin King
 
May 17~ “Take Good Care”
 
Speaker:  Rev. Kate Taliesin
 
Rev Taliesin is a full-time chaplain at Seattle Children's Hospital and is a minister affiliated with East Shore 
Unitarian church in Bellevue.  For many people, life is described as being “crazy-busy.” This sermon focuses on using mindfulness, self-compassion, and self-care to nurture spirit and soul in an all-too-busy world.
 
Worship Associate:  Diane Reed
Musician:  Mike & Shannon Truex
 

May 24~ “What Happened to Decoration Day?"

 
Speaker:  Diane Reed
 
The origins of Memorial Day trace back to Decoration Day, a solemn day devoted to decorating the graves of soldiers. Today, Memorial Day is a "holiday" that seems to focus more on barbecues and fun than remembrance.  What are we missing?
 
Worship Associate:  Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion
 

May 31~ “Many Ways to Pray”

 
Speaker:  CUUC Members
 
More than its narrow definition as a petition for guidance or help, prayer is a way of connecting inwardly and outwardly.  According to Matthew Fox, prayer is a radical response to life’s mysteries.  In this intergenerational service, we’ll explore and experience different and unexpected ways to pray.
 
Worship Associate:  Mike & Shannon Truex
Musician:  Mike & Shannon Truex
 
 
APRIL SERVICES
 
April 5~ "Stand Your Ground or Walk Away?"
 
Speaker:  Pete Rieke
 
How have we inexplicably become a more fearful society?  More and more, many of us fear that social interactions could potentially lead to dangerous conflicts.  Many feel that they must be prepared, with weapon at ready, to respond to any situation.  This new "stand your ground" attitude replaces the previous civic norm where people are expected to "walk away" and contact the police.  Is this perception of social danger real? How should one react to people who might be dangerous or mentally ill? Is fear a growing part of a police officer’s job?  How can we work with our police departments to deescalate the tension in our streets?  When it comes to finding new ways to improve our communities, we must not walk away, we must stand our ground.
 
Worship Associate:  Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion
 
April 12~ "A Great Cloud of Witnesses"
 
Speaker:  Rev. Carol McKinley
 
Last month, more than 100,000 people gathered in Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the day voting rights marchers attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge were turned back by fire hoses, police bludgeons, and attack dogs.   That brutal response horrified millions of people who watched events live on television; hundreds of clergy and laypersons responded to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call to join the Selma-Montgomery march.  A half century later, we are still called to respond to the need to work for equality and human rights.The Reverend Carol McKinley retired in 2012 as Coordinator of Washington State Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice, our statewide legislative advocacy network. A community minister affiliated with the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, she serves as a member of the PNWD Healthy Congregations Team and the PNWD Board.
 
Worship Associate: Diane Reed
Musician: Ellen Fillion
 
April 19 ~ "Earth Day, Every Day"
 
Speaker:  CUUC Members
 
In this intergenerational service, we will celebrate Earth and our interconnections with Nature.  We will explore ways that each of us can care for, and participate in, the life of our planet.
 
Worship Associate:  Mike & Shannon Truex
Musician:  Mike & Shannon Truex
 
April 26 ~ "Sensing Our Place"
 
Speaker:  Scott Woodward
 
When we find a place that fits, we develop a relationship with the details of this home. The variations of color and intensity jump out; the different songs of birds and fixed remains of what has walked on the same path as you are now open for your inspection. All of this settles in and becomes part of this place. A proper homing develops and you begin to nurture a sub-conscious feeling for where you are. Your sense of place is established.
 
Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician: Fran Handy
 
 
MARCH SERVICES
 
March 1 ~ “Beginnings”
 
Speaker:  Teri Robertson
 
How the past comes back.
 
Worship Associate:  Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion
 

March 8 ~ “This I Pledge”

 
Speaker: CUUC Members
 
We are a self-sustaining community. Today, we will celebrate the gifts we have shared with each other and the possibilities for our future. 
 
Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician:  Ellen Fillion
 

March 15 ~ Answering the Religious Right with the Big Heart of Universalism

 
 
Speaker: Alex Emig
 
The culture war" is nothing new. Come hear how Universalists have historically responded and how they can inspire us today. 
 
Worship Associate:  Alex Emig
Musician: Fran Handy
 

March 22 ~ “Fifty Years From Now”

 
Speaker:  Rev. Connie Yost
 
Fifty years ago, many Unitarian Universalists joined with thousands of people from across the United States in the struggle for voting rights in Selma, Alabama. Rev. Yost will reflect on the civil rights movement then and now and share highlights from her recent trip to Selma as part of the UU Living Legacy project. Where will our marching in the arc of justice lead us for the next fifty years? 
Rev. Yost is a UU community minister affiliated with First Unitarian Church, Portland. She is the founder and coordinator of Friends Stay Warm, a nonprofit which provides utility assistance to farm and other low-wage workers. 
 
Worship Associate:  Diane Reed
Musician:  Ellen Fillion
 

March 29 ~ “Tamástslikt Cultural Institute”

 
 
Speaker:  Randall Melton 
 
Randall Melton will discuss the origins and purpose of Tamástslikt Cultural Institute as a tribal museum representing the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla tribes. Tamástslikt is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, located near Pendleton, Oregon. Randall is the Collection Curator for Tamástslikt Cultural Institute.  He is an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and a graduate of Eastern Oregon University with a B.S. in anthropology/sociology.   Randall has worked for Tamástslikt since 1996 and as the Collection Curator since 2004. 
 
Worship Associate:  Diane Reed
Musician:  Mike & Shannon Truex 
 
 
 
 
 
FEBRUARY SERVICES
 
February 1 ~ “Groundhog Day and Second Chances”
 
Speaker:  Alex Emig  
 
Groundhog Day is not just a day to think about whether a furry mammal will appear.  It's also a great day to examine and re-examine our lives. 
 
Worship Associate:  Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion
 

February 8 ~ “Intention is Everything!”

 
Speaker:  Ellen Kathren
 
Elijah Family Homes fosters hope, dignity, and self-sufficiency through stable housing and supportive services for families in recovery. Hear how  this mission-centered organization helps families continue on their paths towards breaking the cycle of substance abuse and poverty by aligning its intentions with God.  
 
Ellen is the Executive Director of Elijah Family Housing, one of the participants in our Alternative Gift Fair this year. 
 
Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician:  Ellen Fillion
 

February 15 ~ “Before the Numinous Stars”

 
Speaker:  Rev. Ken Jones
 
Throughout the ages, people have gazed to the heavens, particularly at night, in an attempt to find meaning and purpose in their lives.  Join us this morning as Rev. Ken Jones tells stories of some of his engagements with the magic of the nighttime sky and what these kinds of experiences offer us in our spiritual journeys.
 
Rev. Jones is visiting as a candidate for our next half-time minister.  Please join us for the service and an opportunity to visit with Rev. Jones during a pot-luck after the service.  Rev. Jones graduated from the Starr King School for Ministry in 1999.  Since then, he has served as the called minister for 8 years in Tacoma, WA, and is currently the half-time minister in Yakima, WA.  He has also served as a half-time interim minister in Hood River, OR. 
 
Worship Associate:  Diane Reed
Musician:  Ellen Fillion
 

February 22 ~ “Journeys Through Time”

 
 
Speaker:  CUUC Members
 
Join us for an intergenerational exploration of time.  Together, we will travel to the past and the future and consider the possibilities of the present.
 
Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician:  Mike, Shannon & Sean Truex
 
 
 
JANUARY SERVICES
 
January 4~“Winter Vespers”
Speaker:  CUUC Members
 
Please join us for a vespers service with readings of hopes for the New Year.
 
Worship Associate:  Mike Truex & Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion
 
January 11~ “Don’t Be Afraid of Mistakes”
Speaker:  Rev. Kevin Lawson, Intern minister with Westside UU, West Seattle
 
Fear of mistakes can hold us back from enjoying what we're doing.
We'll examine some reflections on how to lessen worry  and increase acceptance. We'll consider how we do the best we can with what we know - if we focus on an attitude of love, what might we learn about ourselves, life and the tasks at hand.
 
Worship Associate:  Diane Reed
Musician:  Ellen Fillion
 
January 18~ “Black Lives Matter:  Ferguson and the Titanic”
Speaker:  Gail Taff
 
We honor the legacy of Dr. King by using our heads and our hearts to respond to the question:  How can liberal religion help us find meaning and purpose in troubled times?  Reflecting on two very different events, we seek to take one more step toward justice.
 
Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician:  Mike & Shannon Truex
 
January 25~“This I Believe”

Speaker:  CUUC Members
 
Today, a few church members will share how they respond to an opportunity to say “This I Believe …
Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician:  Ellen Fillion