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Central Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

A welcoming and liberal spiritual  community in Lincoln County, Oregon since 1984.  Visitors Always Welcome.

From September through May, we meet weekly Sunday mornings at 10:15 am, at the Visual Arts Center, 2nd Floor, Nye Beach Turnaround, 777 Northwest Beach Drive, Newport, Oregon.

A map to our location can be found here: https://ccuuf.org/map/

For more information about our congregation, contact us by email
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info@ccuuf.org or by phone at (541) 224-8818.  A calendar of our upcoming events is always found on this webpage www.ccuuf.org  

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September 2018

Sunday, September 2.  We do not meet.  We do not meet weekly during the summer months. We resume weekly fellowship services on the Sunday after Labor Day, on Sunday, September 9th. 

Sunday, September 9, 10:15 am.  Sunday North Cascades NP Diablo Lake and peaks -- the best photo 7-26-18 IMG_4991Service.  Presentation:  Blending of the Waters: An Ingathering Service. Facilitated by CCUUF board member Sue Wilkins.
Welcome back to a brand new church year! (Bring water if you feel so moved; if not, we will have plenty of extra at the service.)  Please join us for our Blending of the Waters service.
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e first Sunday after Labor Day is the kick-off of the church year for this congregation as it is for many Unitarian Universalist congregations.  This ritual involves members and visitors bringing small amounts of water to the service, taken from special places they have been over the summer, or is otherwise significant or symbolic in some way. Each can pour the water into a large bowl and share with the congregation where it is from and the meaning it has for them.

Thursday, September 13, 11:45 am. Women’s Lunch. (Second Thursdays.) For info, contact Connie at admin@ccuuf.org 

Saturday, September 15, 1:00 pm. The Canterbury Forum.  The topic is “Coming Out is Canterbury Sept 15 2018 Coming Out is HolyHoly: LGBTQ in the Church.”  The Canterbury Forum, the recently instituted public forum for discussing issues of religion and society from a progressive perspective, is now four programs old.  Moving forward, we will continue our mission to inform, delight and foster mutual understanding. 
     The first meeting of the fall season of Canterbury Forum begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 15th at the Waldport Community Center, 265 NW Hemlock St. (Hwy 34).  Our September 15th topic is “Coming Out is Holy: LGBTQ in the Church.” The presentation will focus on what people of faith need to know to be compassionate allies to the often marginalized, bullied, or abused members of gender identity or sexual orientation minorities. The presenters are retired school administrator and current PFLAG Chair, Jeanne St. John, Ph.D., and the Rev. Dr. Gavin Shumate, Episcopal priest and Newport medical doctor.   
     Topics for the other two fall programs will be “May I Die Now? Death with Dignity: Law, Ethics and Religion” (October 20th) and “Religious Perspectives on Immigration and Immigrants” (November 17th). All meetings this fall will be held at the Waldport Community Center at 1 p.m.

Sunday, September 16, 10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation:
!Sarajevo!  sarajevoPresentation by CCUUF board member Anne Sigleo
Sarajevo, founded in the 15th century, was long a trade crossroads and a haven for Muslims, Serbs (Serbian Orthodox), Croats (Roman Catholic) and Jews. Tragically, after the death of Tito and the end of communism, tribal frustrations exploded with each group fighting for dominance. The breakup of Yugoslavia threw Sarajevo into chaos in the early 1990s. After a three and a half year siege and major destruction, most of Sarajevo has been rebuilt. Although some older people miss communism, the younger generation is embracing their former religions and trying to reclaim a spirit of religious and ethnic tolerance. Based on a village homestay, dinners and talks with local families, member Anne Sigleo will share recent observations of Sarajevo today.

Sunday, September 16, 10:15 am.  The Monthly Book Exchange. Bring a book you have finished and find it a good home with someone else in the fellowship.  And maybe someone will bring one that you will want to take and read. 

Friday, September 21, 9:30 am.  UU Breakfast. (3rd Fridays.) Meet in Newport at Georgie’s Beachside Grill in the bar. 

Sunday, September 23, 10:15 am. (Pancake breakfast at 9:30!) **Note change in time and venue for this Sunday Service.** Presentation: Fall Equinox: A TimAutumnal-Equinox-676x353e of Transition. Facilitated by CCUUF Program Chair Craig Sherman.  Pancakes will be served starting at 9:30 with Rand Bishop strumming and singing songs for us. The service will start at 10:15 with Connie Esmond Kiger as celebrant.  **The breakfast and service will be held at the Meeting YURT at the day use area of Beverly Beach State Park—Directions: Turn off Highway 101 and proceed bearing left downhill to the first left turn. Parking is free in this section.**
We will have an overview of ancient celebrations of the growing dark, the approaching time of harvests. Share your thoughts on the transitions in your life, carefree summer turning into school, off to college, leaving home, seeing your kids leave home, starting a new job, becoming a parent, retiring, divorce, and the lessons learned.
The ancient Druids in celebrating this solstice would make an altar out of dried grass or leavings. Bring warm clothes, coats, sweaters, pants to make an altar to share with a local charity for this coming time of cold. If you have produce to share for free or a price bring them along also to honor this time of harvest.

        Our Fall
The robin and the whale
Are fleeing back down south
Grandma’s been a canning
To feed our winter mouth
But this afflicted summer
Our land’s been a burning
Pray all then this day
That balance is returning
The searing sun is ebbing
Now light and dark share time
The maple’s turning orange
In autumn’s annual rhyme
Western land is tinder
Southern rivers flood
Our air thick with smoke
Sunsets’ the color of blood
Cause this afflicted summer
Our land’s been a burning
Pray all then this day
That balance is returning
Nature’s goal is balance
Eco terrorist a hurricane
Our eyes look fondly back
When we’d relied on rain
Uplands baked and cracked
Patterns out of whack
Our western lands been burning
And Gaea’s wearing black
For this cursed summer
Our land’s been a burning
God deflects back to us …
Will balance to be returning.
Craig Sherman 2018

Sunday, September 30, 10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation:  Celebrating Our banned books week 2018 60C.jpegFreedom to Read.  Presentation by retired academic librarians Emilia Lacy and Janet Webster whose careers were marked with rapid technological changes, new roles for libraries and 1st Amendment rights. 
     Banned Book Week takes place annually at the end of September. Members are encouraged to look up “Banned and Challenged Books” on line. There are sure to be some of your favorites. The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom has published a list of challenged books every year since 1990. Please come join the conversation around censorship and how it can affect our daily lives. Janet and Emilia will talk about the librarians’ perspective in the US and want to hear about your favorite Banned Book.
     Cynthia Jacobi will be celebrant. 

October 2018 

Monday, October 1, 3:00 pm. CCUUF Board Meeting. The Central Coast UU Fellowship Board Meeting on October 1, 2018 will meet in the Newport Library conference room on the lower level of the library from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. For details, contact, Anne at asigleo at yahoo.com

Sunday, October 7, 10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation:  What Has Inspired You! What Has Inspired YouFacilitated by CCUUF Program Chair Craig Sherman. Where do you refresh your energy, determination, beliefs? A story to tell, a speech, a song, poem, myth, verse, an excerpt from history or a short video that moves you. Come to fellowship prepared to share what you find moving or inspiring. We’ll discuss each as it applies to you, as it applies to us.
If what you want to share is a video on YouTube or a TED Talk which you want to show of from which you want to show an excerpt, forward to Craig at ccuuf.programs@gmail.com and to arrange to have it played at the fellowship during this service. If the piece is over five minutes, select a 5 minute segment and give Craig the start and stop times to edit it down to 5 minutes. 

Thursday, October 11, 11:45 am. Ladies Lunch. (Second Thursdays.) For info, contact Connie at admin@ccuuf.org 

Sunday, October 14, 10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation: National Coming Out Day.  Claire Hall and others will share their experiences.  Celebrant:  CM Hall.
National-Coming-Out-Day_ss_498376102-790x400National Coming Out Day is an annual LGBTQ awareness day observed around October 11. Founded in the United States in 1988, the initial idea was grounded on the most basic form of activism being coming out to family, friends and colleagues, and living life as an openly LGBT person. The foundational belief is that homophobia thrives in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance, and that once people know that they have friends and loved ones who are LGBT, they are far less likely to maintain homophobic or oppressive views.

Sunday, October 14, 10:15 am. The Monthly Book Exchange. Bring a book you have finished and find it a good home with someone else in the fellowship. And maybe someone will bring one that you will want to take and read.

Friday, October 19, 9:30 am. UU Breakfast. (3rd Fridays.) Meets at Georgie’s in the bar. 

Saturday, October 20, 1:00 pm. The Canterbury Forum. The topic is: “May I Die Now? Canterbury 10-20-18 solid yellow backgroundDeath with Dignity: Law, Ethics and Religion.”  The Canterbury Forum, the recently instituted public forum for discussing issues of religion and society from a progressive perspective, is now four programs old. Moving forward, we will continue our mission to inform, delight and foster mutual understanding.
    This is the second meeting of the fall season of Canterbury Forum which begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 20th at the Waldport Community Center, 265 NW Hemlock St. (Hwy 34).   The presentation will focus on issues that may arise with the Oregon Death with Dignity statute. Our panel to discuss these issues are The Rev. Dr. Judith Jones, Brent Burford, and Ginny Hafner. Dr. Jones is the vicar at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Newport and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Waldport. Brent Burford is a retired Texas attorney. Ginny Hafner, a retired school counselor with a continuing interest in grief counseling, has personal experience with the application of this Oregon Statute.

Sunday, October 21, 10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation: Samaritan House Family samaritan house logo_smShelter and those in need in Lincoln County.  Speaker is Lola Jones, Executive Director of Samaritan House.  Established in 1988, Samaritan House is a nonprofit helping those in need in Lincoln County. It provides transitional shelter, case​ management, and support services to assist families in achieving self-sufficiency and stable housing. The Samaritan House shelter program currently serves homeless families with children under the age of 18. Lola Jones, Executive Director of Samaritan House​ ​Family Shelter, will explain the organization​’​s goals and needs.

Sunday, October 28, 10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation: November election. Issues of concern. Presentation by CCUUF member Gary Lahman

Monday, October 29, 5:30 pm Stone Soup Dinner. Our fellowship volunteers to prepare and serve stone soup community dinner on a recurring basis. To join in the effort, contact Craig at ccuuf.programs@gmail.com. (5:30 is the time dinner is served, volunteers are needed earlier for food preparation.)

November 2018

Sunday, November 4, 10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation: Spirituality for crossed fingersSkeptics. Or, Crossing Your Fingers During the Apostles Creed. Speaker: Brent Burford. “I don’t believe in God, but I miss him,” writes English author Julian Barnes. Many make their way from traditional religious churches to a Unitarian Universalist congregation because of a decision to reject certain theologies or aspects of our prior traditional churches. Maybe you feel it is time for religion to give up the view of God as a Santa Claus-like figure. Maybe concepts such as Original Sin or Atonement don’t resonate any more. But then what is left of a religion when those are removed? What does that religion then look like?
Even though you may have rejected key theologies of your prior church, are there still many aspects of religion that still are attractive and for which some of you yearn? What are those? Does liturgy or song still resonate or feel meaningful? Do the ethical components of your prior church still feel right even though you’ve rejected certain theological bases? We’ll wrestle with what spirituality looks like for Skeptics. 

Monday, November 5, 3:00 pm. CCUUF Board Meeting. For details, contact, Mary Ann at info@ccuuf.org.

Thursday, November 8, 11:45 am. Ladies Lunch. (Second Thursdays.) For info, contact Connie at admin@ccuuf.org

Sunday, November 11, 10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation.  Liberation Theology. liberation-theologySpeaker: Brent Burford. What is Liberation Theology? A movement arising out of 20th Century Christianity, how does it connect with the UU principles and goals?
— Liberation theology is a movement in Christian theology, initially developed by Latin American Roman Catholics, that emphasizes liberation from social, political, and economic oppression. It attempts to interpret religious views and goals through the plight of the poor–working toward a just society, bringing about social and political change, and aligning themselves with the working class. The initial theology of liberation has expanded over time to include other movements including feminist liberation theology. We will talk a look at these and look at how closely such movements align with UU principles.

Sunday, November 11, 10:15 am. The Monthly Book Exchange. Bring a book you have finished and find it a good home with someone else in the fellowship. And maybe someone will bring one that you will want to take and read.

Friday, November 16, 9:30 am. UU Breakfast. (3rd Fridays.) Meets at Georgie’s in the bar.

Saturday, November 17, 1:00 pm. The Canterbury Forum.  The topic is: “Religious Canterbury 11-17-18 solid yellow background no presenter namedPerspectives on Immigration and Immigrants”.   The Canterbury Forum, the recently instituted public forum for discussing issues of religion and society from a progressive perspective, is now four programs old. Moving forward, we will continue our mission to inform, delight and foster mutual understanding.
     This is the third meeting of the fall season of Canterbury Forum which begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 17th at the Waldport Community Center, 265 NW Hemlock St. (Hwy 34). 

Sunday, November 18, 11:00 am. Thanksgiving meal. This Sunday we will have our yearly Thanksgiving meal. Potluck. 

Sunday, November 25, 10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation:  Religious, But Not Martin_Buber_portraitNecessarily. Speaker: Brent Burford. We will look at that nexus where religion, psychology, and philosophy intersect. Philosopher Martin Buber, psychologist Erich Fromm, and others write about ultimate truths of our relationships with each other and the world. On one levelErich_Fromm_1974 these sound religious–speaking of compassion, kindness, mercy–but they are written for a larger audience that transcends religion. We’ll see what we think of these efforts to make these (not quite) religious writings a call to action for a secular world.
We tend to define a skeptic, atheist, or agnostic by what they are not (i.e., a nonbeliever) or by what they do not believe in (a-theist). But what if we turn this around and describe this as a positive–what are you when you are a careful skeptic? In what ultimate truths do you believe. We will look at several writers wrestling with that question.


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 Additional Activities and Notes

Our Mailing Address, Website, Newsletter, & Donations:
–Checks may be made payable to “CCUUF” and placed in our donation box or mailed to: CCUUF Treasurer, P.O. Box 111, Newport, Oregon 97365. Receipts will be issued upon request or at the end of the year. For questions, contact info@ccuuf.org 
–To contribute activities or announcements to our email newsletter or to add or remove people from emailing list, please contact admin@ccuuf.org
–We are a Welcoming Congregation. All are equally welcome regardless of race, background, gender, or sexual orientation.
–Our website is at www.CCUUF.org. For questions or comments concerning the website, contact ccuuf.org@gmail.com

Monthly fellowship board meeting is usually on the first Monday of the month at 4:00 pm. Usually held at the Newport Public Library conference room.  Contact Mary Ann at info@ccuuf.org for location and confirmation of time.

The monthly UU ladies lunch, starting with the July 2018 lunch, is moving to the 2nd Thursday of the month in Newport at 11:45 am. For location and confirmation of time, contact Connie at admin@ccuuf.org. RSVP requested if you are going to attend.
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is usually on the third Friday of the month in Newport at 9:30 am. For location and confirmation of time, contact ccuuf.org@gmail.com.

Oregon UU Voices for Justice.  Contact or join Oregon UU voices on social issues at: http://www.uuvoicesoregon.org/.

CCUUF recognized by the UUA as a “Welcoming Congregation.”   Since 2012 Central Coast  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has been recognized by the Unitarian  Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA)  as a Welcoming Congregation.