Our Plan for Summer Pastoral Care

A Plan for Summer Pastoral Care The Westside UU Congregation’s Board of Trustees has contracted on a temporary basis with Rev. Kari Kopnick to serve as an on-call congregational pastoral care chaplain through the summer as we plan for the 2022-2023 church year and beyond. This care is appropriate for those who have lost a loved one or experienced a medical or other crisis. The WSUU Congregational Pastoral Care Chaplain is available to hold confidential, pastoral counseling and spiritual presence for WSUU members. She can also officiate weddings or memorial services. You can reach Rev. Kari at kari@wsuu.org (or whatever

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Celebrate AANHPI Heritage Month 2022

Celebrate AANHPI Heritage Month – this month there are several free and low cost opportunities to learn about Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander history and culture in our region. Join Westside’s Roseanne Lorenzana at some of these events. “Volunteering for Empire” Sat 5/7, 3:00PM  (free, includes admission to the museum) Seattle Asian Art Museum Presentation and discussion centered on the memorial plaque located in Volunteer Park and was recently removed due to concerns about its accuracy. University of Washington Department of History professors Vicente Rafael and Ileana Rodriguez-Silva will discuss the wars and their connection to Volunteer Park

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GA 2022 Ware Lecturer – Ibram X. Kendi

Every year, a distinguished and influential speaker is invited to address those attending General Assembly. This year, the lecture will be delivered by best-selling author and professor Ibram X. Kendi. Dr. Kendi will deliver the lecture at 4 p.m. Pacific on Saturday, June 25. In-person registration is required to attend the event in Portland, Oregon. In-person or full virtual registration is required to live-stream the event on June 25, or access the video on-demand when it is posted. According to the UUA, “Kendi is the author of five straight #1 New York Times bestsellers, including How to Be an Antiracist and the National Book Award-winning Stamped From The Beginning:

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Tips and Suggestions for Online Auction Bidding

Take a few moments to explore this website’s features you might appreciate. For example, check out the tabs at the top of the homepage, such as “List of Event Dates” – you might save or print it to keep it handy. Click on “Donors” to see who you recognize in the photos and the local businesses supporting our Auction. On items you want to bid on, click on the Star next to the FB and Twitter symbols under “Next Item”, and then you will have a shortcut to see your starred items via the Online Auction Catalog’s title page “Show

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It’s time to Identify our 2022/2023 Board of Trustees!

Westside’s Nominating Committee (Simon Knaphus, Cara Mathison, and Steve Burrows) invites you all to help us create the next slate of WSUU Board and Nominating Committee Members!  All members of WSUU are eligible to serve on Westside’s Board of Trustees and Nominating Committee. The Board and  Nominating Committee will both have open positions. If you are interested in a more complete description of each role, draft position descriptions can be provided to you. A board with a variety of lived experiences and identities is a strong board, so please think widely in considering potential nominees. A few qualities sought across

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Aid for Ukraine

Donations for Ukrainian Refugees As we all watch the tragic events unfolding in Ukraine, we are reminded of the interdependence of our world. This is especially true for us at Westside because our Transylvanian partner church is located in Romania, right next to Ukraine. Refugees, primarily women and children, are fleeing the war in great numbers to countries adjoining Ukraine, including Romania. Often they arrive with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.We have an opportunity to support the efforts of the Hungarian Unitarian Church to minister to the urgent needs of these refugees. Donations can be made through the International Women’s Convocation

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Board Update 3.11.22

Beloved Community, As promised in our discussions this weekend, the Board would like to provide more context around the mutual agreement of Rev. Christopher’s transition out of his ministry with Westside UU. We will focus on the Board of Trustees ministerial supervision process in this communication.  In the fall, the Board designated Laura Pierce and Marco Deppe as leads to work regularly with Rev. Christopher in a supervisory capacity with the goal of nurturing the health of our congregation, building collaboration, supporting effective leadership, responding to issues or concerns together and mutual respect of open communication. Supervision of our minister

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Ideas for Swing into Spring Auction Donations

Do you need a little inspiration to help you choose what you would like to offer for this year’s auction? You’re in luck! Below you will find a long list of ideas brainstormed by the auction committee with the help of some other wonderful members. If you feel overwhelmed at the prospect of taking on one of the events or services or maybe you’re excited but don’t have good space to hold an event, consider reaching out to your fellow congregants to partner. Many people have done this in the past and it works very well! Haul things to Goodwill,

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Voting Starts Soon for our 2022 GA Delegates!

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Participants worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. It will be June 22 – 26 and it will be both online and in-person in Portland, Oregon. Anyone may attend! Delegates vote on our behalf, but everyone is encouraged to attend GA! Information about financial aid can be found here. Our GA Delegate Policy, which was new and improved last year, charges the Nominating Committee with presenting the congregation with a slate of Delegates to vote on. This replaces the informal policy

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