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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
at 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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February 2019

Sunday, February 3,  10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation: Religious, But Not religious, but not necessarily pt 2 cNecessarily, Part 2. Speaker: Brent Burford. Music during the service will be performed by singer-songwriter and guitarist Rand Bishop
     We continue our presentation from November and will look at that nexus where religion, psychology, and philosophy intersect. Psychologist Jonathan Haidt looks at the moral underpinnings of liberal and conservative religious and political beliefs. Psychologist Erich Fromm, Carl Jung and others write about ultimate truths of our relationships with each other and the world. On one level these sound religious–speaking of morality, ethics, compassion, kindness, mercy–but 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.
.     Brent Burford is a recurring speaker at CCUUF over the last seven years.  Musician and songwriter Rand Bishop is a Grammy nominee and more than 300 of his songs have been recorded by such music icons as Beach Boys, Heart, Cheap Trick, Tim McGraw, and Indigo Girls.  Come join us for a morning of morning of music and discussion.
.     At our first presentation on this topic in November we looked at a video by Jonathan Haidt concerning the moral underpinnings of conservative and liberal religious and political beliefs. We will take time in this presentation to discuss it. You are encouraged to view the short video prior to the presentation. It is found at this link: https://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_on_the_moral_mind?language=en

Monday, February 4, 3:00 pm. CCUUF Board Meeting. The Board of Trustees monthly meeting. For details, contact, Mary Ann at info@ccuuf.org.

Sunday, February 10, 10:15 am. Sunday Service Presentation: Your Money and Cindy Jacobi ce.JPGYour Values. Presentation by Cynthia Jacobi.
Cynthia Jacobi will lead us in a discussion as we examine our attitudes toward money–how we spend it, how we invest it, and how we give it away–and discuss what is a healthy relationship with money. How we use money can reflect our personal and spiritual values–there is a transformative power of taking a stand with money.  Come join us for an interesting discussion of our relationship with sufficiency and true abundance.
.     Cindy is a long time member of Central Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, a local artist, and is currently a City of Newport City Council member.  She has been a board member of CCUUF and has previously given a number of presentations to our fellowship. 

Sunday, February 10, 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.

Thursday, February 14, 11:45 am. UU Ladies Lunch. (Second Thursdays of the month.) Come join us for conversation and fellowship. For information and location, contact Connie at admin@ccuuf.org

Friday, February 15, 9:30 am. UU Monthly Men’s Breakfast. (3rd Fridays of the month.) Meets at Georgie’s Beachside Grill, in the bar. Come join us for conversation and fellowship. Location: 744 SW Elizabeth St, Newport, OR 97365. http://georgiesbeachsidegrill.com/

Sunday, February 17, 10:15 am. Sunday Service Presentation: Antebellum whwiist-700x596-croppedEnslavement, Roots Blues and Racism Today. Presentation by Bill Wiist. 
    Have you ever thought “I’m a progressive minded Oregonian and I’m a UU, and yes, I’m white but I’m not a racist”? If you’re willing to take a hard, honest look at the history of racism in the U.S., racism today and their influence on you, you’ll not want to miss Dr. Bill Wiist’s presentation “Antebellum Enslavement, Roots Blues and Racism Today.” Beginning with a survey of the history of racist enslavement of Africans in the Antebellum Southern cotton agriculture industry, with roots blues music of the Jim Crow era, and illustrations of their remnants in America today, he will raise questions for group discussion to help us examine our own racism. He’ll also provide some suggestions about what we can do to become antiracist.
.     Bill Wiist has been a member of the CCUUF board, and facilitated the program planning committee for two years. He has spoken at CCUUF Sunday services on topics ranging from the influence of corporations and on democracy, Tibetan Buddhism, the science and practice of meditation, and the prevention of war. He was a faculty member and administrator at several universities, and an administrator in a large city health department. Bill produces and hosts “Billy’s Blues Hour,” a program of African American roots blues music and history that airs on KYAQ 91.7 FM at 8pm on Saturdays and 11pm Wednesdays, with program archives and podcasts at KYAQ.org.

Sunday, February 24, 10:15 am. Sunday Service Presentation: Where in the World Do bill-kucha-300x290You Fit Into Climate Change? What Works and What Doesn’t?  Presentation by Bill Kucha. 
     Bill Kucha will lead an open-minded and open-hearted interactive discussion on our personal roles in regards to the current ecological situation; and what climate change may mean to us as individuals and community. Bill will focus on the working solutions are available to us. He will present not only practical approaches to dealing with this crisis but delve into the emotional and spiritual implications as well.
Bill’s talk will be focusing on the positive aspects of climate change along with some possible solutions a individual might act on to mitigate its negative impacts. His talk will be augmented by showing slides of art work he has made and singing songs he has written dealing with the subject.
Bill is one of the founders of 350 Oregon Central Coast remains one of the most active members of the organization. More about the organization can be found at their website http://350oregoncentralcoast.org/

March  2019

Sunday, March 3, 10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation: My Long Journey to Claire Hall 2019Womanhood. Central Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship member Claire Hall reflects on her own gender transition and shares some history about the evolution and recent history of transgender identity. Claire is a Lincoln County Commissioner, a member of CCUUF, and has been a speaker at our UU fellowship on several previous occasions. 
     Celebrant for this fellowship service will be CM Hall who is a board member of Central Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and a Newport City Council member. 

Monday, March 4, 3:00 pm. CCUUF Board Meeting. The Board of Trustees monthly meeting. For details, contact, Mary Ann at info@ccuuf.org.

Sunday, March 10, 10:15 am. Sunday Service Presentation:  Phenomenal Woman. CM Hall cThat’s Me!   Facilitator:  CM Hall. 
     To honor the occasion of International Women’s Day, we will discuss phenomenal women who have shaped us and made an impact on where we are today, personally, socially, culturally. We will touch on femininity as power and patriarchy as a tool of oppression for silencing and holding women back.
     Come prepared to share a quote, reading, or memory of a woman who has shaped you. There will also be time to reflect on moments when our patriarchal and misogynistic systems have held women back and when feminists have fought back and gained power and what they did with it.
     Our facilitator for this conversation is CM Hall, a Central Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship board member and a member of the Newport City Council.  CM is a lesbian-identified bisexual feminist, interpreter, and social justice activist by way of identity and passion. CM teaches LGBTQ Studies and DeafBlind Interpreting at Western Oregon University. CM is a native Oregonian and was a longtime member and friend of the UU Congregation of Salem (UUCS) where she was 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 Board.

Sunday, March 10, 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.

Thursday, March 14, 11:45 am. UU Ladies Lunch. (Second Thursdays of the month.) Come join us for conversation and fellowship. For information and location, contact Connie at admin@ccuuf.org

Friday, March 15, 9:30 am. UU Monthly Men’s Breakfast. (3rd Fridays of the month.) Meets at Georgie’s Beachside Grill, in the bar. Come join us for conversation and fellowship. Location: 744 SW Elizabeth St, Newport, OR 97365. http://georgiesbeachsidegrill.com/  For information or questions, contact ccuuf.org@gmail.com 

Sunday, March 17, 10:15 am. Sunday Service Presentation:  Rites of Spring: Honoring vernal-equinoxthe Vernal Equinox. Presentation by Brent Burford. 
     The Wheel of the Year turns to the equinox. Many of our ancestors welcomed spring with a celebration. We will celebrate this midpoint between the winter solstice and summer solstice that marks the passing of winter and embrace the spring season of growth and potential. As children of the earth, we are subject to its annual cycles of light and life. And so we will gather to celebrate the equinox, to acknowledge the cycles of change in the natural world, and to celebrate our place in the universe and in nature. We pause to reflect on this point of balance, embracing the coming season of hope, renewal, and fresh energy.
Brent Burford is a recurring speaker at CCUUF over the last seven years.

Sunday, March 24, 10:15 am. Sunday Service Presentation: I was Lost, But Now I’m Found:  Our UU Origin Stories.  Discussion Facilitated by CCUUF Program Chair Craig Sherman.  
     A few of us in our fellowship were reared in a UU congregation. But most found our way here from another denomination or religion.  Craig Sherman will facilitate the discussion as we share our spiritual journeys to Unitarian Universalism.  

Sunday, March 31, 10:15 am.  Sunday Service Presentation: Trek on Stage.  Singer, rand w guitarsongwriter, and author Rand Bishop will  continue his December 30th presentation with more selected readings and songs from his one-man performance piece Trek on Stage. The musical work-in-progress is based on his forthcoming memoir Trek: My Peace Pilgrimage in Search of a Kinder America.
     In the Spring and Summer of 2017, native Oregonian Bishop devoted 90 days to walking the 900 miles from Southern California to the Central Oregon Coast. In his new book and musical, Bishop recounts that remarkable journey, focusing on some of the amazing fellow humans he encountered along the way.
     A Grammy nominee and BMI Award winner, Bishop has authored four published books, is an award-winning, optioned screenwriter, and a seasoned magazine columnist. More than 300 of his songs have been recorded by such music icons as Beach Boys, Heart, Cheap Trick, Tim McGraw, and Indigo Girls. Toby Keith’s version of Bishop’s “My List” topped the Country Music Singles Chart for five consecutive weeks in 2002 and became the most-played country song of that year.
    Bishop plans to publish Trek: My Peace Pilgrimage in Search of a Kinder America in the first half of 2019, after which he hopes to begin touring his one-man musical. Catch a glimpse at Rand Bishop’s Trek on Stage at the Newport Visual Arts Center, 10:15 AM, March 31st. For more information, contact Rand at nrandbishop@gmail.com
Look forward to seeing you for this music-filled last fellowship service!

April 2019

Sunday, April 7, 10:15 am. Sunday Service Presentation:  TBA.   

Monday, April 8, 3:00 pm. CCUUF Board Meeting. The Board of Trustees monthly meeting. For details, contact, Mary Ann at info@ccuuf.org.

Thursday, April 11, 11:45 am. UU Ladies Lunch. (Second Thursdays of the month.) Come join us for conversation and fellowship. For information and location, contact Connie at admin@ccuuf.org

Sunday, April 14, 10:15 am.  Sunday Service Presentation. TBA. 

Friday, April 19, 9:30 am. UU Monthly Men’s Breakfast. (3rd Fridays of the month.) Meets at Georgie’s Beachside Grill, in the bar. Come join us for conversation and fellowship. Location: 744 SW Elizabeth St, Newport, OR 97365. http://georgiesbeachsidegrill.com/ For information or questions, contact ccuuf.org@gmail.com 

Sunday, April 21, 1015 am. Sunday Service Presentation: The Thread of Memory. memory cognition_iStock-585x413Presentation by the Rev. Millie Rochester.
     Memory has been called the most wonderful ability. While it can be retentive, serviceable, and obedient, it can also sometimes be weak and bewildered; a powerful, ongoing narrative we use to understand and manage our lives. This morning, we reflect on the power of memory both to connect us with the past and to shape who we are in the present.
   Millie Rochester grew up in Maine and Northern California. Millie served as Director of Religious Education for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, Oregon for twelve years, and received her Masters of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 2003. She served as Interim Minister for Religious Education for two years in Chicago, and was Associate Minister in Clearwater, Florida, before being called as the parish minister to the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, where she served happily for 6 years. Millie moved back to the Pacific Northwest when she retired from settled ministry. 

Sunday, April 28, 10:15 am. Fellowship Annual Meeting of Members. ***Held annual_meeting_1-320x300Offsite***  Our annual meeting of member will be held at the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club, 750 SE Bay Blvd, Newport, OR 97365. Come join us for food, the annual State of the Fellowship Address, election of officers and board members, discussion of the goals of the fellowship, review of the finances of the fellowship, and approval of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.   

 

 

 

 

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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 meeting of the fellowship’s Board of Trustees is usually on the first Monday of the month at 3:00 pm. Usually held at the Newport Public Library conference room.  Contact Mary Ann at info@ccuuf.org for confirmation of location and 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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The Newport monthly UU 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.

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.