A Thank You Letter from Our Partner Church in Transylvania

A thank you letter and annual report  from our Unitarian friends in Torockoszentgyorgy was sent to us by  Rev. Emese Finta.   The Christmas card and calendars did not arrive until mid January – we will all need to get started earlier on our cards next year.  The ‘tea parties  mentioned are village winter  social gatherings for the entire village, although organized by the Unitarian women’s group.  (95% of the village are Unitarians.)  ‘Isten áldjon” means God Bless You, a traditional closing.  “Magdika Bodor” (is an English speaking villager and former star interpreter for our pilgrimages) who is working with Rev. Emese on English conversation

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Photographer/Slideshow Creator Sought

June 11th is the RE Celebration service and we’d love to find a creative soul to work with us to create a slide show of photographs of all Westside’s volunteers, RE classes (and children and teachers).  Are you interested in either creating a slide show (with music) or taking photographs or both parts of this project?  I’d love to talk with you!  Please contact me at dre@wsuu.org.

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March 12 Multi-generational Service – Seeking Volunteers

“Greed” is the Topic for Sunday, March 12, 2017 Multi-generational Service. All children will be in service except for the Nursery and Story Time children. We are looking for children in 5th grade or older to act as Greeters, and help with collecting the offering (in the baskets).  For this service we encourage children to bring non-perishable food as offerings for the West Seattle Food Bank. Adults are also invited to bring food March 12th for the West Seattle Food Bank.  Please contact Cynthia at dre@wsuu.org if your child can be a Greeter at the door to the sanctuary that day (we

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Minister’s Musings Among the Mountains Feb. 10 2017

“Give me a break…” “Give me a break” is a phrase I’ve heard for years. There’s even an old TV show based on the expression. It aired from 1981 to 1987. A song called “Gimme a Break” has been sung by various bands. Its entomology is uncertain but probably has American origins. It generally means an expression of disbelief. If I were to announce at church that I was going to start running marathons people would justifiably say “oh, give me a break…I don’t believe it.” This Sunday I’m doing what is going to be an unusual Valentine’s Day service.

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“Sharing the Islamic Sufi Faith” Chalice Chapel and Follow up Conversation, Sunday Feb. 12

Children ages 5-14, will go from service after the story for all ages, into Chalice Chapel, our Sunday Children’s Worship Service held instead of RE classes that day.  Only the Nursery and Story Time classes will be offered.  Sally Jo Gilbert de Vargas will lead this Chalice Chapel.  She has studied and practiced Islamic Sufism under Imam Jamal Rahman from Bangladesh for over 12 years.  She has been ordained as a Cherag (Universal Worship leader) with Sufi Order International.  Sally Jo has been a public-school teacher for over 30 years. She actively promotes interfaith understanding and social justice issues at

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PNW UU Music Festival – March 4-5 at Shorecrest Performing Arts Center

The 2017 PNW UU Music Festival presents: “No Ordinary Song: Music for a Divided World” Sunday, March 5th 4:00 PM at Shorecrest Performing Arts Center – 15343 25th Ave NE Shoreline, WA This year’s clinician is Unitarian Universalist composer Elizabeth Alexander who will lead the Festival Worship Service featuring the Festival Choir on Sunday, March 5. The worship service is open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken. 200 musicians from all over the Pacific Northwest will come together for fellowship, fun, and to work with Ms Alexander to learn exciting new Unitarian Universalist music for worship. There

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From Rev. Alex…

I have been working with the Church Council of Greater Seattle about responses to the election. There is conversation about what it would mean to become a sanctuary congregation. This is what the coordinator wrote in part: “Our training on the specifics surrounding Sanctuary congregations will be on Sunday, February 12, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Avenue NE in Seattle.  This is geared to congregations that are considering becoming (or continuing to be) sanctuary congregations.” I plan to attend but it would be wonderful if Westside had more folks who would go over

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The Mindful Journey and Religious Exploration – Cynthia Westby Dir. Religious Exploration for Children and Youth

What is spirituality? Answering this question helps guide me in my work. For me spirituality is about nurturing relationships with mystery, self, others and the world to experience and realize our interconnectedness. It is also about nurturing love and kindness; as we appreciate our interconnectedness, our oneness, we understand that what happens to one person or part of the world, affects us all. Teaching, storytelling, walking in nature, are all spiritual practices that cultivate awareness of these relationships and our interconnectedness with all of life. Spiritual practices like these, ‘wake up’ our awareness of our relationships. Mindfulness, wondering, questioning, and

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Informal Half-Year Report from Rev. Alex

Dear Seattle Westsiders, You’ll be getting a half year ‘state of the congregation’ meeting this coming Sunday after service. I won’t be able to be with you. I will be on the Oregon coast with Debra and family while we celebrate her birthday. I’ll be on vacation next week but will lead Wednesday meditation group and some prior scheduled meetings. We know how difficult transitions in life can be. It’s very challenging to change ministers and have a long look at how the congregation looks and feels. Anxiety is always present during transition times. There’s always worry about finances, whether

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