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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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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:   Antebellum Enslavement, whwiist-700x596-croppedRoots Blues and Racism Today, Part 2. Presentation by Bill Wiist.
     Part 2 of “Antebellum Enslavement, Roots Blues and Racism Today” will include additional blues songs and will emphasize group discussion about racism today. Bill will give a short follow-up presentation to Part 1 with additional examples of institutional racism and examples of how to address it. For the remainder of the meeting he will provide questions to facilitate discussion about our own experiences with interpersonal racism, then facilitate a discussion about what actions we can take to address institutional racism in our community.
     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 follow up presentation on Antebellum Enslavement, Roots Blues and Racism Today.
     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 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, March 24, 10:15 am. Sunday Service Presentation: I was Lost, But Now I’m peace of mind roadsignFound:  Our UU Origin Stories.  
     A few of us in our fellowship were reared in a UU congregation. But most found our way here from another denomination or religion.  Brent Burford will facilitate the discussion as we share our spiritual journeys to Unitarian Universalism.  Please reflect on your spiritual journey and we hope you will share a five minute synopsis of that journey as we meet on March 24th. 

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:  Topic: Child Abuse CM Hall cPrevention Month.   Our speaker will be CM Hall.   Child Abuse Prevention Month is an annual observance in the United States dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse.  April has been designated Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States since 1983.  President Barack Obama in 2016 issued a Presidential proclamation stating: “During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we recommit to giving every child a chance to succeed and to ensuring that every child grows up in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment that is free from abuse and neglect.”
https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/
Our speaker for this presentation 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.

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:  Climate Disruption and You.  Facilitator: Bill Kucha.  This follow-up presentation from the February 24th talk bill-kucha-300x290entitled “Where in the World Do You Fit Into Climate Change?” will be conducted in the aboriginal spirit of the talking stick. Sitting together in a circle we will pass the stick to each other and ponder the situation we face, and share what personal steps we, as individuals, are taking or will take to address Climate Disruption.
As we live in a world where our governments have not only failed to successfully address the problem but even contributed to it by colluding with the various polluting industries which have brought it on, we are left on our own. It is incumbent upon us to create strategies to build resilience into our communities and to learn to adapt to the harsher times surely to come and in some cases already here, as well as to figure out what we can do now to mitigate and limit future damage to our environment.
Come bring your open and creative minds and hearts as we begin to weave back together our broken and ailing Earth.
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/

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. She and her life partner, Roger, met while they were in college, and this spring will celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary. Millie received her Masters of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 2003, and served congregations in Chicago, Florida, and Winnipeg, Manitoba before retiring from settled ministry four years ago and re-settling in the Pacific Northwest. She and Roger are delighted to be closer to their four children and three grandchildren. Favorite pastimes include reading (mysteries and historical fiction, especially), exploring new places (libraries and churches, especially), and being with family.

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.