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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. (We do not meet weekly during the summer months.)

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

For information about our congregation, contact us at info@ccuuf.org

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January 2018 Schedule

Friday, January 5, 9:30 am. North Lincoln County UU Men’s Breakfast, at the Surfrider Restaurant at Fogarty Beach. Held on the first Friday of the month. For more information, contact Brent at ccuuf.org@gmail.com

Sunday, January 7, 10:15 am. Fellowship Service.  Presentation:  The Power of ThenPowerThen-broken sandclock-croppedPresentation by CCUUF member Curt Wilkins.
We live in the present, but our past influences and shapes who and what we are. Recent research suggests that our subconscious mind runs 90% plus of our lives. Not just the autonomous circulatory, digestive, respiratory etc. systems but our personality as well. The script for all that we believe we are was “written” in the past, the back THEN. Thus we are all probably living to a great extent in the “then” and not in the present, now. And it is outside our awareness. Come join us for a conversation about living in the present and recognizing how the past shapes our lives and our personalities.

Monday, January 8, 4:00 pm. CCUUF Board Meeting. Held at the Newport library conference room. For information contact info@ccuuf.org.

Sunday, January 14, 10:15 am. Fellowship Service. Presentation:  Universalism–the UCA UnsealgrForgotten Half of Unitarian Universalism.   Presentation by  Brent Burford.
The Unitarians and Universalists merged in 1961.  We Unitarian Universalists are often familiar with and embrace our Unitarian heritage. But we often forget or are unfamiliar with our Universalist connection.  We will take a look at the history of the Universalist Church in America which was founded in 1793 and merged in 1961 with the American Unitarian Association. 

Sunday, January 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.

Thursday, January 18,  11:45 am. UU Ladies’ Lunch. Meet for lunch and conversation. If you plan to attend, sign up on a Sunday morning or email Connie at kiger@ohio.edu. Please email only if you will be attending.

Friday, January 19, 9:30 am. Newport UU Men’s Breakfast. Held on the 3rd Friday of the month. For more information, contact Brent at brent.burford@gmail.com

Sunday, January 21, 10:15 am. Fellowship Service.  Presentation: The First Principle: seven_principles_wheel_originalThe Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person.   Presentation by Brent Burford
There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm  and promote.  https://ccuuf.org/about/   The First Principle of these seven is will be our topic today: The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person.  This is a Beginning of a series over the next two months during which we will discuss in turn all seven of the Principles and how they form the basis of Unitarian Universalism.
This first presentation will also discuss the Six Sources of the Seven Principles and the living traditions from which they are drawn.
Brent is a retired attorney who is often a speaker at Central Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship since moving to the coast in 2011. He is a student of religious history and often speaks on that topic at the fellowship.  He is currently the Program Chair for the fellowship. He also is a member of the Oregon Coast Learning Institute and makes presentations to that group periodically.

Sunday, January 28, 10:15 am. Fellowship Service:  Everything You Wanted to Rev-RickDavisKnow About Unitarian Universalism.  Presentation by the Rev.  Richard Davis.
     This presentation by Rev. Davis will be a question and answer format rather than a regular sermon. Have questions about Unitarian Universalism? Want to know more or dig deeper about basic principles or the ties that bind those within this denomination?  Here’s an opportunity.
     Reverend Richard R. Davis (“Rev. Rick”) became senior minister at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem in 1993. He was originally drawn to Unitarian Universalism through his interest in world religions, particularly Zen Buddhism that guides his daily meditation. The UU religious movement became his spiritual home, as it promotes free and responsible religious thought, and encompasses expressions that affirm his multi-faith theology. As Rev. Rick says, “UUism put no theological constraints on which sources could inspire me in my spiritual quest.”
      He received his Master of Divinity from Emory University, Chandler School of Theology in 1986, and was ordained in 1987 at Emerson Unitarian Church in Canoga Park, CA where he served for six years. His duties at UUCS include worship, pastoral care, community connections, outreach, administration and teaching.
http://uusalem.org/staff/reverend-rick-davis/

Monday, January 29, 5:30 pm. Stone Soup Dinner.  We rotate with other congregations in Newport in preparing a community meal. We need volunteers to prepare the meal earlier in the afternoon, to serve the meal from 5:30-6:30, and to clean up afterwards.  For more information, contact info@ccuuf.org

February 2018

Friday, February 2, 9:30 am. North Lincoln County UU Men’s Breakfast, at the Surfrider Restaurant at Fogarty Beach. Held on the first Friday of the month. For more information, contact Brent at ccuuf.org@gmail.com

Sunday, February 4, 10:15 am. Fellowship Service.  Presentation: The CM Hall cSecond Principle: Justice Equity, and Compassion in Human Relations. Presentation by CCUUF member CM Hall
     There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm  and promote.  https://ccuuf.org/about/   The Second Principle of these seven is will be our topic this Sunday.  This is the second presentation of a series during which we will discuss in turn all seven of the Principles and how they form the basis of Unitarian Universalism.
      “Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations points us toward something beyond inherent worth and dignity. It points us to the larger community. It addresses collective responsibility. It reminds us that treating people as human beings is not simply something we do one-on-one, but something that has systemic implications and can inform our entire cultural way of being.”—Rev. Emily Gage, Unity Temple, Chicago, IL
CM Hall is a lesbian-identified bisexual feminist and social justice activist by way of identity and passion. CM teaches LGBTQ Studies and DeafBlind Interpreting at Western Oregon University. CM is a longtime member and friend of the UU Congregation of Salem, Oregon and a newer resident to Newport, since December 2015. CM chairs the Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC and was a 2014 Queer Heroes honoree of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific NW for her work in the LGBTQ rights movement. In 2015, she was invited to present a TEDx Talk on linguistic access as a social justice issue. She also created a Change.org petition to add the American Sign Language I Love You handshape emoji to texting and in 2017, that emoji will be added to smartphones.
She was formerly actively involved in the UU Congregation of Salem congregation, most notably as the YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) youth advisor for eight years. She also became a national trainer for the UUA YRUU program for nine years and served on the UUCS (Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem) Board.

Monday, February 5, 4:00 pm. CCUUF Board Meeting. Held at the Newport library conference room. For information contact info@ccuuf.org.

Wednesday, February 7, 6:00-8:30 pm. Talking About Dying.  Our fellowship is hosting 4 Holly Pruetta conversation on issues concerning death and dying sponsored by Oregon Humanities.  All are invited. The facilitator for the event is Holly J. Pruett.  The event will be at the Samaritan Center for Health Education Building conference room in Newport. 
     What do we think about when we think of dying? When we think about our own dying, what do we want most? Death is part of the human experience; all of us have experienced loss, and all of us will die one day. Yet conversations about death and dying are difficult and often avoided even with our closest family members and friends.
     This is the focus of “Talking about Dying,” a free conversation with Holly J. Pruett.  This conversation provides an opportunity for participants to hear perspectives and ideas from fellow community members.  Talking about Dying discussions are made possible thanks to the generous support of the WRG Foundation Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.
   After twenty-five years as a leader in and consultant to local, state, and national6 OH-Logo-Color nonprofits, Holly Pruett now works with individuals, families, and communities to help them commemorate life’s major milestones. Certified as a life-cycle celebrant and home funeral guide, she is currently a graduate scholar in Stephen Jenkinson’s Orphan Wisdom School. After three years of organizing PDX Death Cafe, Holly recently created the Death Talk Project to promote useful, honest conversation about how we die, how we mourn, and how we care for and remember our dead. Holly is passionate about building community and believes participating in ceremony is a gift for everyone involved.

Sunday, February 11, 10:15 am. Fellowship Service.  Presentation: The Third Principle: seven_principles_wheel_originalAcceptance of One Another and Encouragement to Spiritual Growth in Our Congregations. Presentation by Mary Ann Beggs.  
     There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm  and promote.  https://ccuuf.org/about/   The Third Principle of these seven is will be our topic this Sunday.  This is the third presentation of a series during which we will discuss in turn all seven of the Principles and how they form the basis of Unitarian Universalism.
Mary Ann is a retired teacher and is the president of the board of trustees for Central Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. She also is a volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lincoln County. 

Sunday, February 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.

Thursday, February 15,  11:45 am. UU Ladies’ Lunch. Meet for lunch and conversation in Newport. If you plan to attend, sign up on a Sunday morning or email Connie at kiger@ohio.edu. Please email only if you will be attending.

Friday, February 16, 9:30 am. Newport UU Men’s Breakfast. Held on the 3rd Friday of the month. For more information, contact Brent at brent.burford@gmail.com

Sunday, February 18, 10:15 am. Fellowship Service.  Presentation: The Virginia_Gibbs-dsFourth Principle: A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning.  Presentation by Virginia Gibbs.
There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm  and promote.  https://ccuuf.org/about/   The Fourt Principle of these seven is will be our topic this Sunday.  This is the fourth presentation of a series during which we will discuss in turn all seven of the Principles and how they form the basis of Unitarian Universalism.
Virginia Gibbs is a retired professor of Spanish at Luther College, is the secretary of the board of trustees of Central Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and volunteers with Centro de Ayuda in Newport.

Sunday, February 25, 10:15 am. Fellowship Service.  Presentation: The Fifth Principle: seven_principles_wheel_originalThe Right of Conscience and the Use of the Democratic Process within Our Congregations and in Society at Large.  Presentation by Brent Burford.   
     There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm  and promote.  https://ccuuf.org/about/   The Fifth Principle of these seven is will be our topic this Sunday.  This is the fifth presentation of a series during which we will discuss in turn all seven of the Principles and how they form the basis of Unitarian Universalism.
     “In our religious lives, the democratic process requires trust in the development of each individual conscience—a belief that such development is possible for each of us, as well as a commitment to cultivate our own conscience. We could call it a commitment to the value of each person.” —Rev. Parisa Parsa, executive director of the Public Conversations Project
       Brent is a retired attorney who is often a speaker at Central Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship since moving to the coast in 2011. He is a student of religious history and often speaks on that topic at the fellowship.  He is currently the Program Chair for the fellowship. He also is a member of the Oregon Coast Learning Institute and makes presentations to that group periodically.  

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 Additional Activities and Notes

Monthly fellowship board meeting is usually on the first Monday of the month at 4:00 pm. Location varies. Contact info@ccuuf.org for location and confirmation of time.

The monthly UU ladies lunch is usually on the 3rd Thursday of the month in Newport at 11:45 am. For location and confirmation of time, contact admin@ccuuf.org.
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The Newport monthly UU men’s breakfast
is usually on the third Friday of the month in Newport at 9:30 am. For location and confirmation of time, contact ccuuf.org.

The North Lincoln County monthly UU men’s breakfast is usually on the first Friday of the month in the Lincoln City area at 9:30 am. For location and confirmation of time, contact ccuuf.org.  
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Oregon UU Voices for Justice
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CCUUF recognized by the UUA as a “Welcoming Congregation.”   On July 27, 2012, Central Coast  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship received confirmation that we have been recognized by the Unitarian  Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA)  as a Welcoming Congregation.

Our Mailing Address,  Website, Newsletter, & Donations:  Checks may be made out to CCUUF and placed in our donation box or mailed to: Craig Sherman, CCUUF Treasurer, P.O. Box 111, Newport, Oregon 97365.  Receipts will be issued upon request or at the end of the year.  Our website is at www.CCUUF.org.  To contribute activities or announcements to the 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.