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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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 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 5th PRinciple 881aba2f23af80553e9ced4cfe6eb7d4Fifth Principle: The 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 presentation is one 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 recurring speaker at Central Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship since moving to the coast seven years ago. 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.  

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.

Saturday, February 10, 2:00-4:00 pm. “Love is Love” annual festivity will be held in the Love is Love 2018 JPGcommon area at Oregon Coast Community College in South Beach. It is hosted by PFLAG-Oregon Central Coast and members of the local “welcoming congregations”, including our fellowship, have furnished food for the event each year.   All are invited to attend, and would invite some of you to arrive a few minutes early with desserts and snacks. The event includes live music by local group “Past Forward” and spoken word of the celebration of love.

 

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 Fourth 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 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 presentation is the fifth 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.

March 2018

Friday, March 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, March 4, 10:15 am. Fellowship Service.  Presentation: The 7thSeventh Principle: The Respect for the Interdependent Web of All Existence of Which We are a Part.  Presentation by Brent Burford.
     There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm  and promote.  https://ccuuf.org/about/  The Seventh Principle of these seven is will be our topic this Sunday.  This presentation is part of a series during which we will discuss in turn all seven of the Principles and how they form the basis of Unitarian Universalism.
      “Our seventh principle, respect for the interdependent web of all existence, is a glorious statement. Yet we make a profound mistake when we limit it to merely an environmental idea. It is so much more. It is our response to the great dangers of both individualism and oppression. It is our solution to the seeming conflict between the individual and the group.  Our seventh Principle may be our Unitarian Universalist way of coming to fully embrace something greater than ourselves. The interdependent web—expressed as the spirit of life, the ground of all being, the oneness of all existence, the community-forming power, the process of life, the creative force, even God—can help us develop that social understanding of ourselves that we and our culture so desperately need. It is a source of meaning to which we can dedicate our lives.”  —Rev. Forrest Gilmore.
     Brent is a recurring speaker at Central Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship since moving to the coast seven years ago. 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.

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

Sunday, February 11, 10:15 am. Fellowship Service.  Presentation: The whwiist-700x596-croppedSixth Principle: The Goal of World Community with Peace, Liberty, and Justice for All. Presentation by Dr. Bill Wiist.   
     There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm  and promote.  https://ccuuf.org/about/   The Sixth Principle of these seven is will be our topic this Sunday.  This is the final presentation of a series during which we discussed in turn all seven of the Principles and how they form the basis of Unitarian Universalism.
    Dr. Bill Wiist earned his doctorate in public health in 1975 he served as a university teacher, administrator and researcher, as an administrator in a large urban public health department, and as the executive director of a not-for-profit health organization. He has traveled several time to Santiago, Chile at the invitation of the University of Chile’s School of Public Health to help start the School’s global health program where he taught courses about global economics. Dr. Wiist is best known for his work on the influence of corporations on health and democracy, through presentations at national and international conferences, a 2010 book published by Oxford University Press, journal articles and book chapters including in two books published in 2016 by Rowman and Littlefield, International.
  In 2013 Dr. Wiist retired from his position as tenured, full Professor of Health Sciences, and Senior Scientist in the Interdisciplinary Health Policy Institute at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He now holds a Courtesy Faculty appointment in Global Health in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State.
     “The sixth Principle seems extravagant in its hopefulness and improbable in its prospects. Can we continue to say we want ‘world community’? ‘Peace, liberty, and justice for all’? The world is full of genocide, abuse, terror, and war. What have we gotten ourselves into?
     “As naïve or impossible as the sixth Principle may seem, I’m not willing to give up on it. In the face of our culture’s apathy and fear, I want to imagine and help create a powerful vision of peace by peaceful means, liberty by liberatory means, justice by just means. I want us to believe—and to live as if we believe—that a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all is possible. There is no guarantee that we will succeed, but I can assure you that we will improve ourselves and improve the world by trying.”
—Rev. Sean Parker Dennison, Tree of Life Congregation

Sunday, March 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, March 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, March 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, March 18, 10:15 am. Fellowship Service.  Presentation: The Thread of Memory.  Presentation by the Rev. Millie Rochester. 

Sunday, March 25, 10:15 am. Fellowship Service. Presentation:  Talking About 4 Holly PruettDying.  Our fellowship is hosting a 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 our usual fellowship service meeting location–the Visual Arts Center in the Second Floor Meeting 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.6 OH-Logo-Color
   After twenty-five years as a leader in and consultant to local, state, and national 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.  


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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@gmail.com.

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@gmail.com.  
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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.