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Central Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Welcome back to Fellowship, Everyone!  Our 2022-23 program occurs each Sunday at 10:15 am.  This Sunday we will be meeting in person and by Zoom.

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.

Summer Break

Next Service: Sunday, September 10:15am

In Person and Zoom at the Visual Arts Center (VAC), 2nd floor classroom 

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We are taking our summer break.  Our next service will be September 10, in person and Zoom.  Watch this space.

 
Music by Rand Bishop
 

Location: Visual Arts Center, second floor classroom and Zoom.

 

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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 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/

If you use PayPal, CCUUF can now receive your pledge$ via PayPal!  Please note that connecting you PayPal account to a credit card can result in a charge.  Consider connecting to a bank account instead.

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 Programs

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This Sunday, May 21, we will gather for 

The Annual Business Meeting

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9:30: Breakfast Potluck – bring your tableware and a breakfast dish to share!
10:15: Annual Meeting
 
Music by Rand Bishop
 

 

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This Sunday, May 14, join Anne Sigleo for

The Andes: a natural cathedral in Patagonia

The presentation will focus on the spectacular scenery, wildlife, and comments on the indigenous people inhabiting Patagonia.

 
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Photo by Anne Sigleo
 
 
 
 
Music by Rand Bishop

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This Sunday, May 7, join Mary Ann Beggs and Virginia Gibbs for

The Path to Reconciliation

 
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To believe in justice and equality it is necessary to walk the path of reconciliation in our personal lives and as a citizen of a larger community. Empathy, deep listening, forgiveness, and telling our truth are steps on that path.
 
Let us consider how the UU principles can guide us toward reconciliation and peace of mind.
 
 
 
 
Music by Rand Bishop

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April Programs

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This Sunday, April 30, join State Representative David Gomberg for

Long Days, Contentious Issues – How the Sausage Gets Made – The 2023 Oregon Legislative Session

legislationLong hours, demanding schedule, hundreds of miles logged daily. A new Governor and a third of the Legislature is new.

Come to find out more on the current legislative priorities around the environment, tackling housing and homelessness, and how we are fighting for our coastal constituencies.

Come to discuss the national divide between the GOP and the Dems – is it that bad in our state?

Come to grapple with what role we should be playing to help on these issues here.

Our featured speaker is State Representative David Gomberg. Come and engage in a lively discussion.

 

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This Sunday, April 23, join Brent Burford for an Earth Day presentation

“Rights of Nature” Movement: Should Nature have the Right to Sue in Court?

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The rights of nature movement, which seeks to give animals and other entities in the natural world the same legal protections as human beings, is spawning laws and lawsuits.

The idea of nature having legal rights isn’t a new idea. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, in his dissenting opinion in the 1972 case of Sierra Club v. Morton, argued that environmental issues might be better addressed if lawsuits could be filed “in the name of the inanimate object about to be despoiled, defaced, or invaded by roads and bulldozers, and where injury is the subject of public outrage.

Contemporary public concern for protecting nature’s ecological equilibrium should lead to the conferral of standing upon environmental objects to sue for their own preservation.”

Join us on April 23rd at CCUUF as we take a look at the current state of the rights of nature movement.

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This Sunday, April 16, join Craig Sherman for

Pancake Breakfast and Socializing

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We will meet at the Yurt in the Beverly Beach Parking Lot at 10:15.

Here are the Directions. The Yurt shows on the map as the round building in the parking lot next to highway 101.

Bring your own plates, silverware, and cups. We will have a number of disposable items if you forget. You are welcome to bring creative menu items or customized items for your dietary requirements.

 

Menu:

  • Pancakes (gluten free option included)
  • Sliced Ham
  • Orange slices
  • Coffee  (bring your own tea)
  • Orange Juice
 
 
Music by Rand Bishop
 

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his Sunday, April 9, join Lee Harmon for

Dying & Rising Gods

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There were many nations in antiquity who celebrated Spring with stories of the gods dying and rising.
 
Join Lee Harmon in comparing the ancient resurrection stories, and join the lilies in Easter rebirth.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Music by Rand Bishop
 

March Programs

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This Sunday, March 19, join Wendy Ware for

Al-Anon Recovery

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Most of us have been affected by alcoholism in a relative or a friend.
 
Wendy will present how Al-Anon can help us by describing what Al-Anon is, what it is not and how it has supported her personal recovery from the effects of this family disease.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Music by Rand Bishop
 

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This Sunday, March 12, join Craig Sherman and Bill Kucha for

Preparing for and then Getting Back to Center

All of us have experienced the need for RESILIENCE. We cannot control all that comes our way. We can control how we live on.

Persistence

 
Although our efforts probably have had mixed results.
 
What works to prepare us for the sense of loss of: a loved one, a tragedy, a deep concern for others, a sickness, a disappointment, facing injustice? How have you found a path back to a full life?
 
You are encouraged to share your answers, your learnings. We will discuss what makes a “good” day. Rand will present examples of how music encourages emotion, can build resolve. Bill and Dorothy Kucha will share their recent loss and what they learned. Bill will share a song he wrote.
 
 
 
Music by Rand Bishop

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This Sunday, March 5, join Virginia Gibbs for

Betting on Trust

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Whether we realize it or not, issues of trust permeate our days from the time we’re born to the time we die, and it’s often what’s below the surface of consciousness that can have the greatest influence on a life well lived.
 
…The minds of our ancestors were sculpted by the challenges posed by living with others on whom they depended. Chief among those challenges was the need to solve dilemmas of trust correctly. And it’s precisely because of this fact that the human mind constantly tries to ascertain the trustworthiness of others while also weighing the need to be trustworthy itself.”
— David DeSteno
 
Music by Rand Bishop
 

February Programs

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This Sunday, February 26, join Lee Harmon & Brent Burford for the final part of their three-part series on

Does The Bible Really Say That …?

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As people often quote the Bible to prove their point, sometimes you do wonder … “Does the Bible really say that?” We will find out as we take a dive into a variety of matters people claim are from the Bible as we finish this three-part series in our Fellowship meetings on Feb. 26.

For our third session, we will look at a variety of issues members of the fellowship have requested be addressed: from abortion to slavery to divorce.

 

Lee & Brent are both recurring speakers at Central Coast UU Fellowship. They are jointly presenting this three part series.

 
Music by Rand Bishop

Location: This program will be held in person at the VAC (2nd floor classroom) and on Zoom (see below for registration instructions).

 

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This Sunday, February 5, join Virginia Gibbs for

Wintering: Embracing the Dark Times

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Wintering can be experienced in many different ways. A time of frigid temperatures. Short days and long, dark nights. Or gale winds and fishing boats defying the massive waves. Our lives may also enter seasons of wintering as we face sorrows and trauma, especially in these troubled times.
 
But wintering can also become a season for drawing inward and touching our emotional and spiritual core. We can find healing, hope and renewal in a retreat from the noise and daily drama that modern life presents. How do we each approach wintering both in nature and in our own lives?
 
 
 
 
 
 

Music by Rand Bishop

 

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January Programs

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This Sunday, January 29, join Ingrid Wendt for

Meeting What Comes

 
The public is invited to attend and participate in Newport’s annual William Stafford tribute.
Stafford is honored during January, his birthday month, throughout Oregon, the US, and internationally. He was Oregon’s Poet Laureate from 1975 to 1990. He was a pacifist and conscientious objector during World War II. Stafford’s writing challenges our ideas on patriotism, protest, and peace. Those new to Stafford will find an entrance to his enduring themes.
 
https://www.williamstafford.org/

 

Ingrid WendtOur featured presenter is Ingrid Wendt, poet, teacher, editor, and friend of William Stafford.

Among her multitudes of accolades and awards, Ingrid has served as Poet-in-Residence at several colleges and has been a three-time Fulbright Professor. Author of five books of poems, she considers herself “a citizen of the world and an activist, whose passions are to protest injustice, wherever she finds it, and to celebrate, and affirm whatever gives our lives beauty and meaning.”
 

 

Music by Rand Bishop

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This Sunday, January 22, join John Pavlovitz for

Making Peace and Waging War

John PavlovitzThese are times of tremendous relational and societal fracture. The disconnections and divisions are everywhere we look. Where are people of faith, morality, and conscience supposed to stand on days like these? Where is our rightful place as human beings committed to diversity and equity? Does our spirituality mean we are to be in the gaps between divided people, pulling them back together— or are we meant to speak and act boldly even if it means widening those gaps?

Join author and pastor John Pavlovitz for an honest conversation about the pushing and the pulling happening right now.

John Pavlovitz is a writer, pastor, storyteller, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. Over the past eight years his blog, Stuff That Needs To Be Said, has reached a diverse worldwide audience, recently passing the 100 million views mark.

A 25-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, John is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside of faith communities. His bestselling books include A Bigger Table, Hope and Other Superpowers, and If God is Love, Don’t Be a Jerk which arrived last year.

 

Music by Rand Bishop

 

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This Sunday, January 15, join Brent Burford with Celebrant Virginia Gibbs for

MLK and Letter from Birmingham Jail

 

MLKDr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 1963 letter from Birmingham jail was a response to an open letter written by eight white Alabama clergy in the Birmingham paper telling MLK that his nonviolent disobedience of the Jim Crow laws was not appropriate and he should stop and only seek recourse through the courts.

His response was essentially “we’ve waited long enough”, it’s been 100 years since the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, this is what Jesus would do, and I was hoping you eight clergy would be allies in this struggle, not my opponents.

The first portion of the presentation will be setting the stage for the letter—the lead up to the demonstrations, the emphasis on a nonviolent response to being beaten and arrested, the intentional emulation of Gandhi’s nonviolent approach, and the aftermath in Birmingham (bombings by whites including the church bombing that killed the four young girls). We will then look at excerpts from the letter from the eight clergy and excerpts from MLK’s response.

Music by Rand Bishop

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This Sunday, January 8, join Mary Ann Beggs for

Brainstorming a Better CCUUF

 

brainstormingPlease join us in person or by Zoom as we come together to brainstorm the direction of CCUUF. I’m sure each of us has an opinion!

Three years ago, reality shifted. For a year, the world stood still as most of us watched from home. For a year, we could not fellowship together in person. Zoom, something some of us had never heard of, saved us. I believe we thrived. Most of us did. Some did not. There are limits to virtual relationships. We are a smaller group today than before Covid. Happily, we can meet together in person again.

We are not the same Fellowship we were three years ago. In some ways, we’re better. Our genuine affection for each other stood the test. We came to appreciate Zoom and have retained it as part of our weekly programs. Our programs have been excellent. The energy on a typical Sunday is engaged, loving, and joyful. That’s the good news and it is very good. Unfortunately, there’s bad news as well. Many of the volunteer positions needed to run a lay-led spiritual group are unfilled, leaving our goals unmet. It’s time to reexamine our goals and ideals for our Fellowship. What better time than now.

So, where do we go from here? What do you want from CCUUF? Don’t be reluctant to chime in. For this one day only, you can make a suggestion without being appointed to a committee!

Music by Rand Bishop

 

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This Sunday, January 1, join us for

A New Year Gathering

 
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Location: This program will be held in person at the VAC only.

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 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.