pacific western region -- uua
"...There is certainly a lot going on in the world these days - from the pandemic to the people in the streets to the upcoming U.S. presidential election to continued battles over efforts around fossil fuels and climate change and so much else. And, with even just the pandemic part of that whole mix, our discomfort and stress levels can certainly rise..." Continue reading on page 4
How well do you know about how the Unitarian Universalist Association is organized? The Pacific Western Region, whose newsletter can be subscribed to here, serves roughly the same number of congregations as the other regions - which are much smaller geographically! These are the staff members who serve our region, and these are workshops and trainings offered.
Early Summer 2020 | Covers June 21st through August 2nd
please e-mail newsletteR@evergreenuu.org for a print copy
new zoom link for sunday services
from the minister - on page 4
Table of contents
EUUF Info ......................................2
Connection Page ...........................3
From the Minister .........................4
Mission Planning Team ................5
Full Week Faith .............................6
Children & Youth ..........................7
Evergreen's Offering ......................8
UUA, Holidays and Days of Observance ....................................9
Calendar & Board of Trustees News...............................Back Cover
There is a new Zoom link for Sunday Services! Click here to join Sunday services at 10:30 am.
You can also find the link on the EUUF homepage and in the weekly update email each week.
connect with us!
connecting needs with resources
June 22nd - August 2nd
Sunday Worship Service
Join Zoom Meeting
1607 4th St.,
Marysville, WA 98270
Please check with the Office Admin via email for in-person office hours
MINISTER Pastor Tom
BOARD PRESIDENT Fred Haist firstname.lastname@example.org
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
OFFICE ADMIN Alli Curtis
RELIGIOUS EDUCATOR Mari Budlong
covenant circles -- an invitation
Like our public Facebook Page!
haiku by Marilyn Bosckis
Weeks in quarantine,
seeing friends only on Zoom --
life in small boxes.
early summer 2020
So much has changed in so little time! Some of us may have new needs but fewer ways to share; some of us may have new ways to share and support, but confusion or challenges in knowing how to connect to those in need. Please fill out this survey as often as you would like to share how things are going for you, your needs as well as what you have to offer. We'll be working to connect those of us in need with those of us who can offer support, and checking in with those of us who are struggling.
statement from the board of trustees on racial justice
Setting up automatic
Pledge payments online
pastoral associates are available by phone or e-mail, or they can set up a zoom visit with you. contact them at email@example.com
Are you a member of a Covenant Circle?
These meet monthly to help foster small group fellowship, and community and offer friendship to help combat isolation and loneliness during these days when we have to socially isolate from one another.
We have groups that meet during the day/evening and on Saturday and Sunday after church. Please send me an email, text or call if you would like to consider joining a Covenant Circle.
Sue Gaskin Scsg103@comcast.net
Covenant Circle Coordinator 425-220-4678
Are you on Facebook? We have a private Facebook group called Evergreen UU Community--join us!
If you plan on setting up automatic pledge payments via debit/credit card or through a checking account for the coming church year starting July 1st, it is encouraged that you try setting up automatic payments through the online giving page on our website. It's a wonderfully convenient system that allows you to have your own profile where you can view your giving history, manage your payment methods and set up recurring or one time donations.
Remember that the church year you have pledged for starts July 1st, 2020 and ends June 30th, 2021.
If you've tried and can't figure it out, you can either send in an ACH withdrawal authorization form, or contact Alli Curtis, the office administrator to set it up by phone. She is usually in the office on Mondays from Noon until 5pm. (360-659-6621) If you can't remember what you pledged for the coming year, feel free to send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the aftermath of the brutal murder of George Floyd, the Board would like to acknowledge our Congregation’s support of the protests taking place locally and all over the country to promote racial equality, and our commitment to be an active part of the movement for change for a future that is free of injustice for all.
As we reflect on our core values of Justice, Community, Integrity, and Courage, and our commitment to promoting the beliefs of inclusivity, a more just world, and racial equality, we recognize our responsibility to transform our anger, outrage, grief, and sorrow into courageous resolve and positive action.
We believe it is our time to answer this call: to create a vision of what is possible together. It is time to speak out, to organize, to participate, to stay informed, to promote voting rights and pledge energy and resources to this effort.
Let Evergreen’s voice be heard. Let our impact be felt. Let our resolve make a difference.
In May and June, we have been engaged in the third segment of our Mission Planning journey, Motivating Vision. Pastor Tom guided us more deeply on a path of introspection and personal discovery in order to encourage expressions of aspiration for Evergreen’s future - where we want to go together in the future. This ongoing conversation has provided opportunities for us to envision new possibilities… what it is that we value and what the next 30 years could look like; to consider not necessarily what we see for the future but how we see, and perhaps make a shift in perspective based on our examination of what is nourishing us in our UU experience and faith; to participate in spiritual practices to open ourselves up to deeper awareness of what sustains us; and opening our hearts to listen to the concerns and fears and hopes of others in the larger community around us.
In this time of isolation, we have also had an opportunity to reflect on the state of our lives, our vulnerabilities, the world around us, and what the future might hold in a post-Covid environment. How will we emerge from that experience? Can we use that reflection to re-imagine the landscape of our lives and the future of Evergreen in our lives and the community in which we live? When we cross the threshold of the post-Covid era, how might we manifest our Core Values and Bedrock Beliefs in a more robust and genuine way? How might we celebrate our joy in life again through our generosity to each other and to those who might need us in the larger community? These are all additional portals for exploring visions for Evergreen’s place in the horizon not yet seen.
We encourage you to take advantage of the experiences being offered this summer to cultivate awareness, to build capacity to imagine what is possible, and to challenge us to act in this moment:
Individual Spiritual Practices
Listening Prayer Triads
Practicing Reading Sacred Text
The Planning Team will continue to gather Visions submitted by the Congregation and Friends throughout the summer months and publish them anonymously in the Weekly Update. At the end of the summer, these submissions will be compiled for discussion and synthesis at a series of Focus Groups before presentation to the Congregation. Please plan to add your voice to the vision of possibility and promise for Evergreen’s future.
Please submit Visions by email to the Planning Team:
from the minister
THE MISSION PLANNING TEAM
Please contact any of us with questions or concerns. We welcome your input and your participation.
Ann Kelleher • Karen Winchell • Nancy Miller
Marijo Duprey • Sally Malan • Laurel Nisler
Meet with Pastor Tom
NEWS FROM THE MISSION PLANNING TEAM
As we address the future direction of this congregation, we promise to:
listen with our hearts,
think with creativity and imagination,
stay open to and respectful of new ideas and concepts,
consider limitless possibilities, and
honor the values and beliefs of the Fellowship; and
ready to accept others without judgment, go to the extremes of diplomacy, and offer the maximum generosity,
prepared to laugh at ourselves and laugh with each other, and
eager to try, fail, learn, and try again.
We’re working on getting going with Slack and are sending invites out. You can watch a two-minute intro video that describes Slack here. (Although the video is designed to appeal to businesses, it should give you the idea.)
To schedule a phone/virtual meeting, go to calendly.com/therevtombozeman. Or, if something urgent comes up, you can always call/text him at 774-353-0523.
Our Part of the Interdependent Web
My dear folks,
I am excited for this coming congregational year at Evergreen!
There is certainly a lot going on in the world these days - from the pandemic to the people in the streets to the upcoming U.S. presidential election to continued battles over efforts around fossil fuels and climate change and so much else. And, with even just the pandemic part of that whole mix, our discomfort and stress levels can certainly rise (as a single person living by myself, I can certainly attest to that - I don’t think I’ve hugged anyone else since March).
And, yet, to see - and be among - people who are striving for much-needed societal change is wonderfully inspiring. And, as our Visioning conversations continue to deepen, I'm thrilled by the vividness that I am hearing in what folks are coming up with. You should check out the #visioning channel in our new Slack space!*
I’m really glad that the Planning Team and Board decided to extend our Visioning time a bit, as I can see the conversation deepening as we sit with the hopes, dreams, worries, and fears of our neighbors in Snohomish county - and how our experiences of Unitarian Universalism could have something to offer them. This search for our own enthusiasms can be challenging but is so worth it.
As we continue that conversation as a Fellowship, the worship services that I lead will start looking at our experiences of living in this particular part of the world - our relationships to this western-Snohomish-county-sized corner of the Interdependent Web in which we live. After all, we are people with bodies that breathe air and eat food and do all sorts of different things to interact with our environment - even when we’re stuck at home. Our embodied, here-and-now experience of the world is a powerful place from which to live, to act, to be.
At the same time, the Safety Team is looking at how to ensure the safety of the congregation in the midst of a pandemic. Even as we prepare for the eventuality of joining together in small groups, we know that worship services are one of the least-safe settings with the current public health crisis.
So, we are exploring and initiating new and different ways for us to gather and communicate (including the above-mentioned triads and Slack). I’m quite looking forward to the next few months with you all.
Books / Poetry
Read with Pride Northwest (list of LGBTQ authors)
Black Pacific Northwest Collection (list of books curated by Portland Library)
Where Would I Be in an Evergreen Tree? by Jennifer Blomgren
All in a Day by Nikki McClure
Wheedle on the Needle by Stephen Cosgrove
A Lot of Otters by Barbara Berger
Blueberry Shoe by Ann Dixon
Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
Ella the Elegant Elephant by Carmela D'Amico
The Absolutely True Story of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Captain Fantastic - R
Martian Child - PG
Raspberry Magic - Not Rated
Butterfly (about Julia Butterfly Hill) - R
The Humble Warrior pose can help us tune into our sense of awe and empowerment at the revolution taking place through protests while keeping us grounded in our own power. This video demonstrates a flow to move into and out of the pose; this video does not have Humble Warrior, but gives a great foundation for trying the pose using a chair.
Craft / Activity
These coloring pages by the Cascadia Art Museum are based on works of art, many of them from our bioregion.
This exercise is a series of questions to help us explore, realize and know what we know about where we live.
Songs / Music
A Tribe Called Red
Black Belt Eagle Scout
Channel Q (LGTBQ+ radio station)
Promoting & Preserving Local Artists
History Link- Queer Musicians; Northwest Indians
Pastor Tom has given homework to the congregation - to think about Evergreen twice a day, hold the congregation in our hearts. Maybe we can frame it as a hope - twice a day, try something like this: with hand on your heart, say or think "I hope the best for Evergreen."
Children & Youth
Classes and Fellowship activities are now on Zoom. Our dedicated adults help keep the space safe and allow us to move into breakout rooms for smaller group discussions.
This summer we're following the Sing to the Power curriculum found in the Tapestry of Faith portion of the UUA website.
We're updating some of the stories to make the content relevant and updated; some choir members are contributing recorded audio.
We also offer storytimes, Family Fellowship, game playing, Lego building, crafting/art and other gatherings to keep ourselves connected to each other.
These resources and ideas are tied to the theme and offer ways for you to engage with the worship series throughout the week.
Q: Why was the strawberry sad?
A: Its mom was in a jam.
We recognize the following people as contributors to our program. Thank you!
Thank you for helping make our RE program a success!
explore throughout the week
playing with the season
Amy Sells Haist
a time to laugh
Q: What do you call a rabbit with fleas?
A: Bugs Bunny.
Q: What's a tornadoes favorite dance?
A: The Twist.
view from Little Mountain Park, Mt. Vernon, WA
UUA news, holidays & days of observance
*NEW* Racism / White Privilege Discussion Group - July 3rd and 17th; August 7th from 7 - 8:30 pm
What is Racism? What is white Privilege? Let's get together on Zoom to begin discussing the tough questions, raise our consciousness and understanding through reading, documentaries, films and conversations and come up with ways to support the Black Lives matter movement. Meeting information here
*NEW* EUUF Writer's Night - Second Wednesday (July 8) from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Join in an evening of sharing your written works. Non-writers are welcome; the last part of the meeting will be dedicated to workshop / sharing writing techniques, methods and inspiration. Join Zoom Meeting. Contact Orient Coleman or Jen Broadway for more information. Evergreen Writers!
Ears soft, voices bare, writes ripe.
A zoom set. Shall we?
Big Questions - 2nd and 4th Fridays, July 10 and 24 from 7 - 9 pm
Join here to discuss fundamental questions in philosophy. The questions take the Socratic form, “What is …?” What is justice? What is truth? What is it to be spiritual? All are welcome. Contact Desmond Smith for more information.
Book Discussion Group - Every 4th Wednesday, 7:15 - 8:45 pm
June 24th - Upheaval by Jared Diamond; July 29th - Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk. Contact Michelle Valentine for more information.
listening triad -- a testimonial
Our participation in the Triad experience has become really important to all of us. Our initial meeting with Pastor Tom was helpful in guiding us in forming our meeting structure and exploring our approach to the concept of prayer and how we would create ours to intertwine with our Triad discussions and reflections. Since we are not able to “listen” to the conversations of folks in the community - as the original goal of the Triad activity had been planned - but are reading articles instead to "hear" the author’s voices, we devote some time at the beginning of each meeting to exploring the concept of listening and silence itself in order to help us attend to the messages that are contained in the written word. We are discovering the importance of listening to what is unsaid as well, and to the possibilities that may be uncovered through silence. We have been using a multi-disciplined approach through music, poetry and other readings to frame our intentions for each session, and to try to approach our understanding of what we are reading through resonance…thinking, feeling, listening with all of our senses. Our prayers are born from those intentions at the beginning of each meeting and then again at the close from the awareness of what we discover through the reading and reflection of the articles. We are finding this experience to be truly unique...a spiritual journey with current social issues and community context and Fellowship visioning…with trusted companions.
Do you have an Evergreen event, activity, or meeting to host virtually? First, check the website calendar for availability and then click the Reserve Zoom button at the top of the page. Fill out the form, and our Office Administrator, will schedule the room and send you hosting information. Check out this video on how to do all that.
reserving the zoom room
Our denomination’s General Assembly is typically expensive to go to (often one $1,000 including travel and lodging and registration) - but this year it is entirely online. AND there are full scholarships available to cover the $150 registration cost.
If you’d like to attend but could use a scholarship to cover the cost, all you need to do is:
put the $150 registration fee on a card
attend at least three sessions
before July 10, submit your registration receipt and one paragraph stating what you got out of attending that could help strengthen Evergreen
have the $150 reimbursed
General Assembly is a remarkable experience and getting a taste of it so simply is a great opportunity. I hope that you’ll take part!
UUA Virtual Prayer Vigil - The UUA held a virtual prayer after the killing of George Floyd.
"We Shall Be Known" by the How We Thrive virtual choir invites us to join in the #UUtheVote movement and in our "UU community to create a future defined by love, justice, and faith."
Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene Carruthers
From the UUA website: "This 21st-century activist’s guide to upending mainstream ideas about race, class, and gender carves out a path to collective liberation."
In this article by Otto O'Connor, we are called to recognize that many of the rights those in the LGTBQ+ community now hold were successes won by women of color, specifically "a Black transwoman named Marsha P. Johnson and a Latina named Sylvia Rivera" who responded to police violence. We will find intersectionality at every turn because life is more complex than categories and labels, boxes and check marks. As Rev. Crumpler says in the e-mail that shares the UPLIFT blog, "That first Pride was a liberation march decrying customary police raids in gay and lesbian bars in every city in America, jailing people without cause and threatening to destroy their livelihoods...May the Pride of 2020 be a Pride that harkens back to the Black freedom struggle that preceded it. May the Pride of 2020 be the Pride where our white lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities join the queer black and brown led Black Lives Matter movement marching to defund the police and dismantle capitalism and white supremacy in all its forms. May the Pride of 2020 be the Pride of the future."
Is there a program you'd like to offer? Contact Desmond at email@example.com.
Find more details on our website! www.evergreenuu.org/adult-programs
Subscribe to the Weekly Update and check the Evergreen website calendar for the most updated information.
Amazing Opportunity: Go To General Assembly For Free!
new board of trustees
upcoming meetings & Events @ Evergreen
2019 Meeting minutes were approved
2020-21 budget was approved
Slate of candidates (listed above) was affirmed
List to the Congregation for annual approval or amendment was ammended and approved.
1. These Environmental Causes:
limitation of coal trains
prevention of downgrading air and water standards
land use impacting water rights and fishing rights
2. These Human Rights Issues:
concerns about immigration detention centers
promotion of migrant worker rights
racial, sexual orientation and gender equal rights
Black Lives Matter movement
concerns about violations of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
3. These Threats to Democracy:
Board of Trustees
Board Vice President – Ann Kelleher to serve a 3-year term beginning July 1, 2020
Board Secretary – Sally Malan to serve a 2-year term beginning July 1, 2020
Board Member at Large – Marilyn Bosckis to serve a 2-year term beginning July 1, 2020
Board Member at Large – Tom Gaskin to serve a 1-year term beginning July 1, 2020
Leadership Development Committee
Ann Atkinson to serve a 2-year term beginning July 1, 2020
Sue Pace to serve a 2-year term beginning July 1, 2020
Chuck Taylor to serve a 3-year term beginning July 1, 2020
submission deadline for Late summer newsletter: July 26th
date range: August 2nd Through september 20th
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highlights from the annual congregational meeting
MOST of our offerings, including Covenant Circles, Youth and Family Fellowship, RE for Children & Youth, Committee and Board meetings, and social gatherings, have moved online -- please check the website calendar for information about when they are happening and who to contact for joining information. You can also keep up to date with goings-on by subscribing to the Weekly Update.