May 25, 2022

This Week at EUUC

Sunday Services

May 29, 2022

Hallowed Ground at the Point of Departure

Joseph Bednarik in person in the EUUC pulpit 

ONE SERVICE @ 10 a.m. onsite and
live-streamed
on our EUUC YouTube Channel or on the EUUC Facebook page

  June 5, 2022

Becoming Who We Are

Rev. Eric Kaminetzky in person in the EUUC pulpit

ONE SERVICE @ 10 a.m. onsite and
live-streamed
on our EUUC YouTube Channel or on the EUUC Facebook page

 

Hallowed Ground at the Point of Departure – May 29 with Joseph Bednarik

Somewhere on Earth we will take our leave, as have billions of ancestors before us. The place where we die — our point of departure  — can become hallowed ground for our loved ones. With reverence and respect, this Memorial Day sermon approaches various sites of hallowed ground to marvel at what was constructed to honor those points of departure, from makeshift markers to towering monuments.

Sunday, May 29 at 10 a.m. – Sign-in for a Seat at Our Onsite Sunday Service

We only have room for about 60 people, so registration is required. You can find our registration form HERE.

You will be required to wear a mask and observe social distancing while in the EUUC building (if you are over the age of 2 years old).Chapman Hall

By signing in, you will attest that you are up to date in your COVID vaccinations (meaning you have received all doses for which you are eligible, including boosters) or you have a medical exemption from a primary care medical professional licensed in Washington State. You will also attest that you do not currently have any possible COVID symptoms such as:
● fever or chills
● cough, sore throat, congestion or runny nose
● new shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or fatigue
● new loss of sense of taste or smell
● nausea, vomiting, or diarrheaI
You will affirm that, within the past 5 days, you have not knowingly been in close physical contact (6 feet or closer for a cumulative total of 15 minutes) with:
● Anyone who recently tested positive for COVID-19, OR
● Anyone who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (and has not tested negative for COVID-19)
To protect the vulnerable in our congregation, we ask that people (regardless of revaccination status) who spent extended time with a COVID-19-infected person delay attendance on site for 5-days post-exposure.

Happening This Week

  • Sundays at 10 a.m. Sunday service live-streamed on our EUUC YouTube Channel at EUUC YouTube Channel or on the EUUC Facebook page 
  • Sundays immediately following the service, Coffee, Community, and Conversation on Zoom. Click here to join. 
    How do I use Zoom? Click here if you need some help.

Please also check your email for announcements two (2) hours prior to the event.

Watch A Previous Sunday Sermon

You can watch one of our latest Sunday sermons on YouTube or Facebook. See below for some of the links to various aspects of the last service.

GATHERINGS

Seabeck Retreat

Friday, May 27 at 4 p.m. through Monday, May 30 at 12 p.m.

EUUC has been invited to join members of East Shore Unitarian Church at their Seabeck Retreat in May. The featured speaker is Music Director Eric Lane Barnes, who will also be working with EUUC starting fall 2022. Total capacity of 250 people, outdoor dining options, and extensive COVID prevention practices including vax proof and masking. For more informaiton, visit https://esuc.org/event/seabeck-2022-inside-out/

The Covenant & Practice: How We Believe – A Path to Membership and Deepening

Thursdays, June 2, 9 and 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. on Zoom

This is a three-part program for those who want to deepen their faith and explore becoming a member of EUUC. This class is also for members of EUUC who want to refresh their knowledge and practice of Unitarian Universalism.
The Covenant and Practice is led by our ministers, Rev. Eric Kaminetzky and Rev. Cecilia Kingman, our Membership Team, and other guests who help us bring our faith tradition alive. There are brief readings and videos to watch on your own prior to each session. To sign up for these classes, fill out our online registration form, with “The Covenant & Practice” in the class name text box: https://euuc.org/adult-enrichment/registration/

 

MORE INFORMATION

From the EUUC Racial Justice Committee

Upcoming free events of interest:

An online event, on June 1 at 5 p.m., sponsored by the African American Policy Institute, is looking at intersectionality:    Indivisible: Why Race, Gender, and LGBTQIA+ Justice Cannot Be Separated Tickets, Wed, Jun 1, 2022 at 8 p.m. | Eventbrite

A community event celebrating the Black arts community; part of Crosscut’s Black Arts Legacies project, at Langston Hughes Center on Thursday, June 15, at 6:30 p.m.  Black Arts Legacies Celebration Tickets, Thu, Jun 16, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. | Eventbrite

Bridging the Gap: Juneteenth and the 4th of July, A Community Conversation, Wednesday, June 29, at 6 p.m., Everett Center for the Arts and virtual.  Crank’d Up Consulting (crankdup.co)

Come join us at the Westgate corner, 95th Pl. W. and Edmonds Way, Edmonds, to protest for Racial Justice.  We will be there every Saturday from 12 to 1 p.m.  This week marks the second anniversary of George Floyd’s death.  Make a sign and we’ll see you there.

 

From the EUUC Advocates for Women Committee(A4W)

Abortion and reproductive rights are under attack with new laws limiting a woman’s legal right to choose. From May 25 to June 17 you can help women receive accurate reproductive health information while protecting their anonymity. Join A4W in raising funds for I Need an Abortion (ineedana.com). They developed a simple website that asks a woman to answer 3 non-personally identifiable questions to receive information on providers, laws, and resources relevant to their individual circumstances. To give, visit euuc.org, and select Advocates for Women.  Also read “Supreme – But No Longer Esteemed – Court.”

From the EUUC Democracy Action Team

“Vote Rocks” Hiding Party: Join us in hiding “Vote Rocks” at City Park on June 10 at 2 p.m. Bring your own and/or rocks will also be provided. democracy.rsvp@euuc.org.

Sustaining Our Democracy Act (S4239) Introduced: The Sustaining Our Democracy Act would provide significant federal resources to help states and local governments support election administration, including training poll workers and increasing access to early voting and voting by mail. S4239 was introduced to the Senate on May 18. Here are 2 websites to check out:  Congress.Gov and Amy Klobucher.

Sunday Service Links – May 22

Our Mama Earth by Melanie DeMore on the EUUC YouTube Channel  or the EUUC Facebook page

May Sunday Offering – Reclaim Our Vote 

The Reclaim Our Vote campaign is the Sunday Offering cause for May.  The Reclaim Our Vote Campaigns are a project of the Center For Common Ground (CFCG).  CFCG, founded and led by people of color, is a non-profit and non-partisan organization.  It seeks to create a more just and inclusive democracy by protecting the right to vote, combating voter suppression, and promoting active voting.  It works in nine states: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, and Arizona.  Campaigns include postcards, phone banking, and establishment of community-based, grassroots-led Democracy Centers. Please see this video for examples of how members of the CFCG in Roanoke, Virginia, are working to reclaim the vote. 

As always, if you have an organization that you wish to nominate for Sunday cause, we invite you to fill out the online Sunday Cause nomination form

The EUUC Building is Now Open for Small Meetings Within Specified Guidelines 

Reading the Guidelines and Submitting a Calendaring Request are Required

We are now allowing small groups to meet on the church property, both inside and outside, provided that Covid safety protocols are followed to ensure that everyone can participate safely. If you are interested in having your group gather, you must review and follow protocols for onsite and/or outdoor guidelines (two different documents), and make a calendar request to use an indoor or outdoor meeting space. Many thanks to our Task Force on Reopening in helping to shape these protocols. A sign-in sheet will be provided to all leaders upon requesting a meeting space.

If you need to go into the building for any other reason, and you do not have a key, please contact the office before going to the building so we can arrange a time when someone is there. Please enter through the main doors. There is a sign-in sheet on the Welcome Desk, along with hand sanitizer and masks. You must sign in and wear a mask at all times when you are in the building. We love you!

Multi-Platform General Assembly 2022

Reimagining Radical Faith Community

June 22 to 26, online or in-person, Portland, Oregon

As we come together in a large group environment, attendees will have a wide range of comfort levels around physical proximity and touch. We will invite in-person attendees to put a red, yellow, or green sticker on their name badge to let people know your personal comfort level. The choices are:

  • Red Sticker – 6 feet apart
  • Yellow Sticker – 3 feet apart
  • Green Sticker – within 3 feet
Please secure other peoples’ permission before engaging in any physical acts of greeting, support, or affection. As Unitarian Universalists, we prioritize body autonomy and demonstrate respect for individuals’ rights by creating and supporting a high-consent culture at our gatherings.
Thank you for helping to make our community safe.

EUUC would like to know if you wish to attend General Assembly (GA) in June, 2022, either online or in-person.
Please email our Congregational Administrator to let us know if you are considering attending.


EUUC Endowment Committee’s GoGA Fund Available for Delegates to General Assembly

EUUC Social Justice Stipends Available

The GoGA fund will help pay EUUC members’ registration if they become delegates to General Assembly. Please let the Congregational Administrator know if you are interested in becoming a delegate. Attending GA is a great way for our newer members to gain a rich understanding of our UU common ground and for longtime members to connect with the ideas and energy of UUs across the country.

The EUUC Social Justice Council is offering stipends to help with costs of attending General Assembly. We ask that you attend social justice-related workshops or events, and report back to the council or the congregation (oral or written). Youth, members, and staff are invited to apply. Please email socialjustice.rsvp@euuc.org to request an application.

The Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly is the annual gathering and business meeting of our member congregations. In 2022, we will have the option of meeting online or in-person. For those who enjoyed the convenience and accessibility of remote participation, General Assembly will continue to offer virtual attendance with robust programming and enhanced delegate discussion tools. For those who have been missing the physical experience, GA 2022 will also feature face-to-face interactions, hanging banners, a browsable exhibit hall, meals with friends old and new, local site attractions, and more!  Registration is open now and required for all participants.

Open to the public: General Sessions, Service of the Living Tradition, Synergy Bridging Worship, and Sunday Morning Worship will be streamed live and publicly accessible; registration is not required to view or attend these events. The GA Exhibit Hall in Portland, Oregon, will be open to the public following the Sunday Morning Worship.

Virtual GA Registration

Do you enjoy the convenience and accessibility of remote General Assembly participation? GA 2022 again offers virtual attendance with robust programming and enhanced delegate discussion tools. Virtual Registration is now open!

Dormitory Reservations available now

The General Assembly Office has contracted with Portland State University (PSU) for dormitory space for GA Attendees. Dorm reservations will be available for 4-night or 5-night packages, between the dates of Tuesday, June 21 and Sunday, June 26. Individual meal passes can be purchased for the on-site dining hall, which offers a variety of allergen-free and dietary friendly options and to-go meals.

The dormitory reservations are available now. See  UUA Housing Page.

EUUC Family Worship Resources

Beloveds, welcome to this collection of spiritual resources lovingly prepared for your personal use. We understand that deep emotions surround this prolonged pandemic and our continued physical distance from one another. It has been profoundly difficult for some of us to miss the embodied experience of worship as a community gathered together, and yet, we have continued to gather and to worship together digitally. This collection of worship resources has been designed for you to embody worship wherever you are: to embrace individually, gather together as a family, speak and sing aloud, or read silently.  We invite you to use these words and rituals as a means for meaning-making that is most nourishing to you. These offerings are collected to be accessible to people of all ages and meet you where you are. May you know that you are held by the web of life, a vast love that will not let you go.

How to Access Live-Streaming on Facebook

To access live streaming of Sunday services or other meetings hosted on the EUUC Facebook page, you do not need a Facebook account. Anyone can watch and listen. For those unfamiliar with Facebook, here is how to access the EUUC on-line services.

  1. Open your web browser and type in the web address facebook.com/euuc.org or click on that same address in our Sunday Service email which you will receive around 8 a.m. (2 hours before the 10 a.m. Sunday Service)
  2. Scroll down our Facebook page. If you see a pop-up window asking you to Log In or Create New Account, click on “Not Now” just below “Create New Account”
  3. Our Sunday service is often near the top of the EUUC Facebook page. You will usually see someone who looks like a minister, either Cecilia, Eric, or a guest speaker. Click on that video. You should be able to adjust the size of the picture and the volume by using the icons (little symbols) on one of the corners of the picture

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