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Central Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

A welcoming and liberal spiritual community in Lincoln County, Oregon since 1984, Unitarian Universalism is a religion welcoming science and reason while honoring mystery and wonder.  Visitors Always Welcome.

Next Service: Sunday, May 22, 10:15am

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This Sunday, May 22, join Anne Sigleo for In the footsteps of Moses and John the Baptist: Jordan in 2022

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An exploration of recent discoveries of the early sites of Christianity and the Jewish faith.

 

Music by Rand Bishop

 

Location: This program will be held virtually as a Zoom-only service.  See below for Zoom details.

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For more information about our congregation, contact us by email
at ccuuf.programs@gmail.com or by phone at (541) 224-8818.  Also, see the February NUUsletter .
A calendar of our upcoming events is always found on this webpage www.ccuuf.org
Fellowship events will also be announced on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CCUUF.org/

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In PayPal, use the Send button and type in CCUUF Treasurer or ccuuftreasurer@gmail.com or PayPal.me/CCUUF

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Due to COVID-19 health concerns, our regular Sunday services are both in person and online.  To register for ZUUM meetings, go to https://zoom.us/meeting/register/   

 

May 2022 Services & Activities

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This Sunday, May 8, join Mary Ann Beggs for The Courage to be Vulnerable

 

courageOne of the aspects of courage is to allow yourself to be vulnerable when expressing your true self. We will watch Brene Brown’s Ted talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” and share our experiences of when being vulnerable opened new insights and deepened relationships.

 

Music by Rand Bishop

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This Sunday, May 1, join Brent Burford for What is the purpose of Religion?

 

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What is the purpose of religion or a church? In particular, what is the purpose or function of a religiously liberal church? Is it just for social purposes? Is there a higher calling? If so, what is that? Let’s see if we can decide what that purpose or function is (or should be) for CCUUF and religiously liberal congregations.

 

Celebrant: Mike Broili

Music by Rand Bishop

 

April 2022 Services & Activities

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This Sunday, April 10, join CM Hall for The Rise of the ‘Nones’? What do we Believe and Why are we Still Here?

According to the Pew Research Center, as of 2021, 29% of Americans are religiously-unaffiliated, aka, the ‘nones.’ Organized religion is taking a hit in membership and the ‘nones’ continue to rise in number.

Many Unitarian Universalists are spiritual refugees who found their ‘home’ here. So what do we as UUs believe? Why do we keep showing up in this community? Are ‘nones’ the same as atheists or agnostics? Come join in the discussion of similarities and differences in belief.

 

Celebrant: Mike Broili

Music by Rand Bishop

Location: This program will be held both virtually (see below for Zoom details) and physically at the Visual Arts Center.

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This Sunday, April 3, join Lee Harmon for Existential Apologetics: Does God Exist?

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In which we demonstrate God’s existence through classical apologetics, then wonder why evil still exists in the world: An agnostic fails to prove God exists, then fails to prove God doesn’t exist.

The “nature of God” seems to be at the center of current events.  How can UU’s constructively participate?

 

Celebrant: Mary Ann Beggs

Music by Rand Bishop

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March 2022 Services & Activities

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This Sunday, March 27, join Mary Ann Beggs for Sharing Our  Art.

How we express ourselves through art and creative acts is a key part of who we are.

This Sunday, we invite everyone to share their art. “Art” is whatever your creative urges call on you to do. Do you write poetry? Play a musical instrument, make photos of your world with either an expensive camera or the camera in your phone? Do you bake? Scrapbook? Knit? Woodwork? Coloring books? Stories of how and why you are called to create will be enthusiastically welcomed, but are entirely optional.

Celebrant: Denise Ross

Music by Rand Bishop

Location: This program will be held both virtually (see below for Zoom details) and physically at the Visual Arts Center.

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This Sunday, March 20, join Virginia Gibbs for Indigenous Voices: Balancing Human Society and the Natural World.

With today’s growing concern about climate change, many people are looking towards indigenous communities, who cherish and nurture the natural world, for guidance. This coming Sunday, in search of better balance between human beings and the health of our planet, we will listen to a series of indigenous voices who describe their search for balance in the world, taking into account both traditional knowledge, and science and technology.

Is it possible to restore harmony to the earth? What can we learn from leaders in several indigenous communities that might lead to a more stable and healthy world?

After videos from Brazil, Chad and the U.S., we will discuss how we might incorporate these teachings into our lives.

Celebrant: Denise Ross

Music by Rand Bishop

Location: This program will be held both virtually (see below for Zoom details) and physically at the Visual Arts Center.

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This Sunday, March 13, join Bill Kucha for A psychological reorientation of the mind.

In this program Bill Kucha will lead a group discussion concerning the role of our beliefs in regards to our being, especially as it pertains to our health. He will do this through a series of questions designed to challenge our understanding of who we are.

 

Celebrant: Virginia Gibbs

Music by Rand Bishop

Location: This program will be held both virtually (see below for Zoom details) and physically at the Visual Arts Center.

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This Sunday, March 6, join Mary Ann Beggs and Christine Pittam for How to Bring Balance to Our Lives.

BalanceThe repair of the world is often addressing problems that result from imbalance. Many occur in society and are created and sustained over generations by an imbalance of economic, political, gender, and racial power. Living in a complex world with serious imbalances of opportunity often leads to imbalances in our emotions that negatively impact our daily lives. What can we do to manage our emotional lives so we aren’t swept up in feeling angry and hopeless? During our March 6th service we will consider spiritual practices that work to bring balance to our emotions and give us hope in difficult times.

Music by Rand Bishop.

Location: This program will be held both virtually (see below for Zoom details) and physically at the Visual Arts Center.

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February 2022 Services & Activities

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This Sunday, February 27, join Gary Lahman and Mike Broili for The Four Freedoms.

The Four Freedoms were goals articulated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Monday, January 6, 1941. In an address known as the Four Freedoms speech (technically the 1941 State of the Union address), he proposed four fundamental freedoms that people “everywhere in the world” ought to enjoy:

• Freedom of speech
• Freedom of worship
• Freedom from want
• Freedom from fear

Roosevelt delivered his speech 11 months before the surprise Japanese attack on U.S. forces in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and the Philippines that caused the United States to declare war on Japan, December 8, 1941. The State of the Union speech before Congress was largely about the national security of the United States and the threat to other democracies from world war that was being waged across the continents in the eastern hemisphere. In the speech, he made a break with the long-held tradition of United States non-interventionism. He outlined the U.S. role in helping allies already engaged in warfare.

As a group we will talk about the Four Freedoms and what they meant in 1941 and what they mean today.

Location: This program will be held at the Fishermen’s Memorial in Yaquina Bay Park in Newport (immediately north of the bridge, next to the restrooms.) The Memorial is covered, but open on the east side. Dress warmly and bring a hot beverage if you’d like.

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Words have Power2This Sunday, February 20, join Virginia Gibbs for The Power of Our Words.

This program will feature a discussion of “power.”

First we will view and discuss a personal story of how the power of words changed a young woman’s life and then allowed her to change others’ lives for the better. Then we will look at power as citizens: who has it, how do they keep it and use it, how can we use it to become better citizens as individuals and as a group.

Our Celebrant is Denise Ross.

Music by Rand Bishop.

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mindfulnessThis Sunday, February 13, join Dorothy Stern-Kucha for Loving Yourself Into Healing: A Practice of Radical Compassion.  Dorothy will share the journey of self-exploration and healing and discuss the differences between a psychological analytical perspective and one of mindfulness.

The work of Tara Branch, a psychologist as well as a teacher of mindfulness meditation, who has written Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion, will be explored as well as developing a roadmap for awakening compassion when it is needed most in the thick of our daily lives.

We will look for the instances in our lives when being mindful has brought rewards and changes.

ZJ: CM Hall

Music by Rand Bishop

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adam and eve and the snake

This Sunday, February 6, join Lee Harmon as he explores Adam & Eve and How the Snake Saved Us: Ssex and ssin and sseparation and sspirituality.  

 

From the Garden of Eden to the Ssong of ssongs, the Bible isn’t quite as prudish as you might think, as it tells of humanity’s spiritual awakening in a very human way.

 

January 2022 Services & Activities

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1st Am clip artThis Sunday, January 30, join Brent Burford as he concludes his two part series on the First Amendment.

Two key rights arise out of the First Amendment to the Constitution — freedom of religion and freedom of speech. We will spend two sessions looking at the history of these freedoms arising from the First Amendment.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…”.

Music by Rand Bishop

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MLK2This Sunday, January 16, join Virginia Gibbs for Recommitting to Martin Luther King’s Message of Hope and Justice. Virginia will lead us as we commemorate Martin Luther King’s legacy on the eve of the second Martin Luther King Day federal holiday. We will focus on a recommitment to the idea of Beloved Community that he presented.

King created the Poor People’s Movement to lead the spirit of this nation towards justice and the elimination of poverty. Today the Rev. William Barber and Rev. Liz Theoharis are key activists working to extend Dr. King’s dream into the future through the re-creation of the Poor People’s Movement.
We will hear them present a Call for a Moral Revival.

The words of other civil rights leaders will add to the discussion as we search for ways to fulfill the promise of equality written into our constitution but still unrealized.

Music by Rand Bishop

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spiritual-renewal

This Sunday, January 9, join CM Hall as she presents Renew, Recharge, Repeat.

What do you do to renew and recharge? Where and how do you take solace, get clarity, and vibrate anew? The ritual of renewal can be a spiritual practice. In this program, we will share tips on how this discipline can lead to connection and community and discuss the challenges to a routine that centers self-care.

Music by Rand Bishop

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renewalThe theme for January 2022 services is “Renewal”.

This Sunday, January 2, we will introduce this theme as part of our New Year’s celebration. We often make new year’s resolutions which are promises to work on parts of our lives that we feel need renewal and repair. Renewal is the way of the Earth.

We would do well to understand we need renewal. We can not go on endlessly. Renewal is a process of repair of body, mind, and soul. Only through self-care will we have the motivation and capacity to work to repair the world.

Join us on Zoom to learn from each other how we care for ourselves during these difficult times so we can be available to care for others with love.

Presented by Mary Ann Beggs

Music by Rand Bishop

 

December 2021 Services & Activities

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winter-solsticeThis Sunday, December 19, join us for A Gathering and Sharing Time

As we approach the winter solstice, many of us look back at the past year and ahead to the next. Come gather around the chalice flame and share with us your remembrances, the things you have learned, and what you look forward to.

Presented by Wendy Ward and Dan Gleason
Music by Rand Bishop

 

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AnnetteLeonard (Small)This Sunday, December 12, Annette Leonard will present Healing: Our Secrets.

“Fifteen years ago, my family gathered to confront my brother about what we perceived to be his drinking problem. In the course of the conversation, he tearfully told us that drinking wasn’t the problem, but a symptom. He was drinking to deal with the fact that he was sexually attracted to young girls…

“There are some things in our culture we don’t speak about in polite circles — things like incest, pedophilia, sex addiction. However, just because we aren’t talking about them, doesn’t mean they aren’t happening.

“We were ill-equipped to handle the questions my brother’s revelation raised, in part because we don’t talk about these subjects. “

As CCUUF continues our series on Healing, Annette will be talking about her family, how they navigated some of this situation, and, in particular: the subtle and not so subtle ways we kept secrets and how that impacts our healing as a family, our communities, and society as a whole.

Celebrant: CM Hall.

Music by Rand Bishop.

 

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healing1This Sunday, December 5, Madeline Rubin and Craig Sherman will explore healing.

Spirituality for skeptics is about keeping alive that connective tissue that makes us who we are and enables what we may become, even in the face of the inevitable adversity that is the human condition. Death follows life; our dreams seldom work out as hoped; and and relationships strong and lost bring pain.

We deal with this adversity by sitting next to each other. In our support for each other, we further our acceptance and firm up the connection essential to healing. Healing comes by sharing our hearts in lifted praise of the amazing earth and the astonishing lives of each other, those that came before, and those we cherish that will come after.

Music by Rand Bishop

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PantheismThis Sunday, November 21, our presentation will be Spinoza, and How Pantheism Works for Environmental Justice presented by Virginia Gibbs.

Climate change has awakened a universal search for a more meaningful and proactive relationship with the natural world. Our growing knowledge of the earth’s ecosystems has led many people to explore the ideas of pantheism, the idea that the totality of the universe is in itself God. This is a good time to learn about one of the earliest pioneers of pantheistic belief, Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza (b. 1632). This Sunday, join Virginia as she introduces us to his life and his ideas in relation to our own lives and culture. Why and how did he reject traditional teachings about God? What did he mean by the word “God?” How do Spinoza’s writings connect with the world of science and climate activism?

Music by Rand Bishop

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Indigenoous_SalmonThis Sunday, November 14, CCUUF member Anne Sigleo will present a program on Indigenous Peoples and their use of traditional native foods, particularly salmon.

 

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Brent Burford will conclude his three part series: God, Guns, Gays, & Abortion: pending & recent Supreme Court cases. We will look at hot button cases before the U.S. Supreme Court which have ethical considerations.

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This Sunday, November 7, Brent conclude the series as he covers pending cases on firearm laws and the Second Amendment.

Brent is an attorney who practiced law in Texas for 35 years. After retiring, he moved to the Oregon coast 11 years ago. Brent has given presentations on law and history at the Oregon Coast Learning Institute as well as many presentations on various topics at Central Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. He has taught adult religious education for over 25 years.

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This Sunday, October 17, join us for a discussion, Scientific Pantheism: Viewing the Natural World with Reverence.

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Scientific Pantheism is a form of spirituality in which Nature plays a central part. Its core is a reverence for the earth and the cosmos as sources of peace, solace, joy and beauty, as well as a focus for our gratitude, love, care and vigilance.

This Sunday we will explore Scientific Pantheism as a joyous affirmative approach to life and ask what role it might play in Unitarian Universalist commitment.

 

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LGBTQThis Sunday, October 10, join us as Celebrant CM Hall leads us in a discussion of Coming Out: The Future is Fluid.

Gender identity, sexual orientation, and sexual behavior are all increasingly in flux. October 11th is National Coming Out Day and in advance of that, we will discuss the expanding and dynamic identities, descriptors, and variance for those coming out today and in the future.

Music by Rand Bishop.

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brotherlyloveThis Sunday, October 3, join us as Lee Harmon leads a discussion around four controversial Bible passages to see if we can uncover the secret of brotherly love.

 

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critical thinkingThis Sunday, September 26, the presentation will continue exploring the importance of “reason” to Unitarian Universalists by discussing “critical thinking.”

Given the profound divisions within our nation and world today, which seemingly represent opposing views of reality, we struggle with the topic of critical thinking.

What is critical thinking? How is it taught? Can it be harmful?

Please join Celebrants Virginia Gibbs and Denise Ross as they try to find the answers to these questions with the help of several authors and teachers.

Music by Rand Bishop.

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Jan2021

The annual theme for our services in 2021-22 is “Repairing the World”.

This Sunday, September 19, we will focus on the Theme “Reason.” Reason has been a valued part of our religious tradition since the reformation. Reason, along with science, is under assault, a bizarre and tragic occurrence in the 21st century. Pseudo-science, climate denial, alternative facts, fake news, and lies suggest that reason doesn’t matter, yet it does. While reason is not infallible, it is an important guide and tool for repairing the world.

Join us as our celebrant Mary Ann Beggs leads us through this important discussion.

Music by Rand Bishop.

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water ceremony

Welcome Back!!

On Sunday, September 12, CCUUF will begin a new program year. We had all hoped to be coming together in person. Unfortunately, Covid is still factoring into our decisions. In the interest of protecting the immunocompromised and young children, we are postponing our in-person plans. However, Zoom is becoming second nature. We can do this!

Please join together on Zoom for our traditional Water Ceremony. Members and visitors bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them, even if that water is from the home that has been sheltering us for the last year and a half.

If we were meeting in person, we would pour our water into a common bowl as we told a story of why the water was special. With Zoom, we will simply raise our glasses high and share the same stories. “The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources…The Water Ceremony is an excellent opportunity for Unitarian Universalist congregations to express their commitment to our Sixth Principle: We covenant to affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all” (UUA.org).

 

 

 Additional Activities and Notes

Our Mailing Address, Website, Newsletter, & Donations:

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 
Newsletter. To contribute activities or announcements to our email newsletter, please contact our newsletter editor CM at editor.ccuuf@gmail.com
Emails. To add or remove your name from the email list for our Fellowship’s newsletters and our Google Groups, please contact CM at editor.ccuuf@gmail.com

Welcoming Congregation. We are a Welcoming Congregation. All are equally welcome regardless of race, background, gender, or sexual orientation.
Website. Our website is at www.CCUUF.org. For questions or comments concerning the website, contact the website administrator at ccuuf.org@gmail.com. 
Facebook. Fellowship events will also be announced on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CCUUF.org/  as well as posted on this website.

–Monthly meeting of the fellowship’s Board of Trustees is usually on the first Monday of the month. Contact our board president at info@ccuuf.org for confirmation of location and of time.

–The monthly UU Ladies Lunch, is usually on the 2nd Thursday of the month in Newport at 11:45 am. The location varies. For location and confirmation of time, contact info@ccuuf.org. RSVP requested if you are going to attend so that a reservation can be made for the proper number.  *** We are not having Ladies Lunch events at this time. ***
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–The monthly UU men’s breakfast is usually on the third Friday of the month in Newport at 9:30 am. This month it is Friday, July 23rd at the Pig ’N Pancake in Newport at 9:30am. Please RSVP to ccuuf.org@gmail.com.

Oregon UU Voices for Justice.  Our congregation is a member of 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.