January 20, 2021

This Week at EUUC

Sunday Services

January 24, 2021

ONE ONLINE SERVICE @ 10 a.m. live-streamed on the EUUC Facebook page

“A Little History”  by Rev. Eric Kaminetzky 
  January 31, 2021

ONE ONLINE SERVICE @ 10 a.m. live-streamed on the EUUC Facebook page

“The Inauguration of Imagination”  by Joe Rettenmaier


Happening This Week

  • Sundays at 10 a.m. Sunday service live-streamed on Facebook
  • 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.

Activist Circle

Saturday, January 30 from 10 to 11 a.m.

If you are involved in Social Justice work, e.g., protests, vigils, etc., and want to join in community with others from EUUC for support and inspiration, come join our (on-line) Activist Circle. We are planning to meet monthly, starting on January 30. Contact Pam Iverson or the EUUC office for details.

Watch Last Sunday’s Sermon!

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

Lobby Room – featured bills this week

With the legislature in full (virtual) swing, it’s time to contact our legislators to support priority justice bills moving forward such as those listed below:

  • Protecting the Pregnant Patient Act SB 5140 which helps ensure medically appropriate care during miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies
  • Healthy Homes and Clean Buildings HB 1084 – Buildings are the second-largest source of greenhouse gases in Washington; indoor air pollution causes serious health issues.
  • Law enforcement accountability HB 1092 – This bill requires reporting, collecting, and publishing information on law enforcement interactions with their communities.

Visit our Priority Legislation page for actions you can make now on these bills and others. Some actions take less than a minute (we’ve timed it). (1/20)

From Your Racial Justice Team

Actions for this week (1/20):

12th Annual UUA 30 Days of Love  began on January 17 and ends on February 14.  Each week there is a theme to address white supremacy and other oppressions within Unitarian Universalism and lift up bold, courageous actions for intersectional racial justice.  There is a variety of materials for all ages, with weekly themes, such as living our values and educating for liberation.  Go to Love@uua.org for details.

An 8th Principle, focusing on dismantling racism in ourselves and our institutions, has been proposed for Unitarian Universalists.  The Racial Justice Committee supports the adoption of this principle.  Learn more here and at a Zoom meeting on Sunday January 24 at 1:30 p.m. 

The Living Legacy Project, a UU group that provides pilgrimages to important civil rights sites, is providing a series of on-line concerts and programs.  Learn more at Virtual Living Legacy Programs – Living Legacy Project (uulivinglegacy.org)

Since racial equality has not been achieved, we are still protesting at the Westgate corner every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 1 p.m.  Make a sign, wear your mask, and come join us.

Book Discussion with Advocates for Women

Thursday, February 11 at 3 p.m.

Advocates for Women will hold a  book discussion on “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth”, by Sarah Smarsh. Smarsh grew up on a farm in Kansas, and provides a personal look into the lives of the working poor of America’s heartland. For more information, send us an email.

Racial Justice reading circles

The first Reading Circle will discuss Ibram X. Kendi’s book, “How to Be An Antiracist”. The central message of the book is that the opposite of “racist” isn’t “not racist.” The true opposite of ”racist” is antiracist, and  “racist and antiracist are not fixed identities.” We will explore themes from the book and what it can teach us about how we approach our work, relationships, and lives. Facilitator is Michelle Harper Kowalczyk.  The group will meet on January 21 and 28, and February 4 and 18 from 5:30 to 7:00, and we hope you can commit to attending all 4 sessions.

A second Reading Circle, led by Pam Iverson and Ginger Alonzo, will be an introductory-level discussion of “So You Want to Talk About Race”, by Ijeoma Oluo. The author discusses race in contemporary America, including how to talk about issues of race. Topics include Affirmative Action, cultural appropriation, intersectionality, micro aggressions and the school-to-prison pipeline. This Reading Circle will meet Sunday, January 31, and Sunday, February 7, at 2 pm.

Click here to register for any or all of the above courses or email adultenrichment.rsvp@euuc.org.

Mystery Friends

Mystery friends is an EUUC tradition where children and Youth are paired with an adult to foster new family friendships and inter-generational relationships within the congregation. In years past, Mystery Friends corresponded with their matches by leaving letters, cards, and small gifts for each other on Sundays at church. This year Mystery Friends will do weekly exchanges through the mail for the month of February. Once participants are matched up, then you will receive the address of your friend and can send them weekly items addressed to “Mystery Friend” during the month of February. On Saturday, March 6th at 2:00 pm, we’ll gather on Zoom for a Reveal Party to meet your Mystery Friend. Email family ministry at familyministry.rsvp@euuc.org to sign up to participate. (1/14)

Take action – Catholic Health to control 80% of hospital beds in our area

The Virginia Mason – CHI Franciscan merger is proceeding and will result in >80% of hospital beds in the greater Seattle area falling under the jurisdiction of Catholic doctrine. This will jeopardize access to birth control, plus care during pregnancy emergencies and at the end of life, especially for vulnerable populations. Please write letters now to the Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission to demand a review! This link provides templates for your letters and the relevant addresses. (1/13)

Sunday Offering for January – Unitarian Universalist Association’s Disaster Relief and Resources

Our Disaster Relief Fund is part of a covenant—a covenant between the UUA and congregations, between congregations who give generously and those in need, and with our community partners. Through aiding our congregations, their members and their community partners, we are able to embody our faith and values.  Staff from all five UUA regions and the Stewardship and Development department work together to expediently review applications and disburse funds. Congregations and recognized UU non-profit entities receiving grants will have discretion to disburse the grant in the way they choose. Currently they are giving priority to congregations and other related Unitarian Universalist organizations who are responding to the crisis with systemic, collaborative approaches, such as partnering with local organizations to provide assistance in the congregation’s local community to people who are at significant risk to health and livelihood because of COVID-19.”  Online donations can be made here. Click for more information.

Sunday Offering Nominations

The Sunday Offering committee would like to welcome nominations from EUUC members who have personal knowledge of a charity involved in COVID-19 relief work or organizations that are struggling as a result of the pandemic. They must be tax exempt (501c3). The committee is particularly interested in supporting groups that are not receiving large grant or foundation donations and for whom our contributions would make a difference. Nomination forms can be found online at the EUUC website here  or email us. (1/13)

Newcomer’s Connection: Meet Some of Us

1st Sunday of each month from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on Zoom

We know it can be challenging for visitors to get to know us during COVID. Beginning in 2021, visitors to our community are invited to join us for a smaller, informal visit where you will meet a few members of our community and have a chance to ask questions. To sign up to attend Newcomers Connection, email membership.rsvp@euuc.org or fill out the online registration form, so you can receive a Zoom link for the session. The next Newcomers Connection Zoom visits are scheduled for:  February 7 & March 7. (12/23)

Please Give Now To Support Our Mission

  1. Click here to give online.
  2. Send a check made out to EUUC: mail to Edmonds Unitarian Univeralist Congregation, 8109 224th St. SW Edmonds WA, 98026

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.

Sunday Service Music Links: (January 17, 2021)

 Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson, sung by the Stanford Talisman

Love Once Again Break Our Hearts Open Wide  by Jason Shelton

Mississippi Goddam by Nina Simone

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