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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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September 2018

Sunday, September 30, 10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation:  Celebrating Our banned books week 2018 60C.jpegFreedom to Read.  Presentation by retired academic librarians Emilia Lacy and Janet Webster whose careers were marked with rapid technological changes, new roles for libraries and 1st Amendment rights. 
     Banned Book Week takes place annually at the end of September. Members are encouraged to look up “Banned and Challenged Books” on line. There are sure to be some of your favorites. The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom has published a list of challenged books every year since 1990. Please come join the conversation around censorship and how it can affect our daily lives. Janet and Emilia will talk about the librarians’ perspective in the US and want to hear about your favorite Banned Book.
     Cynthia Jacobi will be celebrant. 

October 2018 

Monday, October 1, 3:00 pm. CCUUF Board Meeting. The Central Coast UU Fellowship Board Meeting on October 1, 2018 will meet in the Newport Library conference room on the lower level of the library from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. For details, contact, Anne at asigleo at yahoo.com

Sunday, October 7, 10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation:  What Has Inspired You! What Has Inspired YouFacilitated by CCUUF Program Chair Craig Sherman. Where do you refresh your energy, determination, beliefs? A story to tell, a speech, a song, poem, myth, verse, an excerpt from history or a short video that moves you. Come to fellowship prepared to share what you find moving or inspiring. We’ll discuss each as it applies to you, as it applies to us.
If what you want to share is a video on YouTube or a TED Talk which you want to show of from which you want to show an excerpt, forward to Craig at ccuuf.programs@gmail.com and to arrange to have it played at the fellowship during this service. If the piece is over five minutes, select a 5 minute segment and give Craig the start and stop times to edit it down to 5 minutes. 

Thursday, October 11, 11:45 am. Ladies Lunch. (Second Thursdays.) For info, contact Connie at admin@ccuuf.org 

Sunday, October 14, 10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation: National Coming Out Day.  Claire Hall and others will share their experiences.  Celebrant:  CM Hall.
National-Coming-Out-Day_ss_498376102-790x400National Coming Out Day is an annual LGBTQ awareness day observed around October 11. Founded in the United States in 1988, the initial idea was grounded on the most basic form of activism being coming out to family, friends and colleagues, and living life as an openly LGBT person. The foundational belief is that homophobia thrives in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance, and that once people know that they have friends and loved ones who are LGBT, they are far less likely to maintain homophobic or oppressive views.

Sunday, October 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. And maybe someone will bring one that you will want to take and read.

Friday, October 19, 9:30 am. UU Breakfast. (3rd Fridays.) Meets at Georgie’s in the bar. 

Saturday, October 20, 1:00 pm. The Canterbury Forum. The topic is: “May I Die Now? Canterbury 10-20-18Death with Dignity: Law, Ethics and Religion.”  The Canterbury Forum, the recently instituted public forum for discussing issues of religion and society from a progressive perspective, is now four programs old. Moving forward, we will continue our mission to inform, delight and foster mutual understanding.
    This is the second meeting of the fall season of Canterbury Forum which begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 20th at the Waldport Community Center, 265 NW Hemlock St. (Hwy 34).   The presentation will focus on issues that may arise with the Oregon Death with Dignity statute. Our panel to discuss these issues are The Rev. Dr. Judith Jones, Brent Burford, and Ginny Hafner. Dr. Jones is the vicar at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Newport and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Waldport. Brent Burford is a retired Texas attorney. Ginny Hafner, a retired school counselor with a continuing interest in grief counseling, has personal experience with the application of this Oregon Statute.

Sunday, October 21, 10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation: May I Die Now? Part II. Oregon20death with dignity -LogoPresentation by Brent Burford.  We will continue the discussion of the topic of the 10/20/18 Canterbury Forum presentation. The forum’s topic is “May I Die Now? Death with Dignity: Law, Ethics and Religion.” The presentation will focus on the spectrum of issues that arise when a person considers assisted suicide as permitted in Oregon under the Death with Dignity statute which was passed 20 years ago.   Brent is one of the panelists on the Canterbury Forum’s presentation on this topic. Members are encouraged to attend the forum on Saturday afternoon as preparation for our discussion of the topic at the fellowship on Sunday morning. The Canterbury Forum will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20th at the Waldport Community Center, 265 NW Hemlock St. (Hwy 34) in Waldport. 

Sunday, October 28, 10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation: November election. Issues of concern. Presentation by CCUUF member Gary Lahman

Monday, October 29, 5:30 pm Stone Soup Dinner. Our fellowship volunteers to prepare and serve stone soup community dinner on a recurring basis. To join in the effort, contact Craig at ccuuf.programs@gmail.com. (5:30 is the time dinner is served, volunteers are needed earlier for food preparation.)

November 2018

Sunday, November 4, 10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation: Spirituality for crossed fingersSkeptics. Or, Crossing Your Fingers During the Apostles Creed. Speaker: Brent Burford. “I don’t believe in God, but I miss him,” writes English author Julian Barnes. Many make their way from traditional religious churches to a Unitarian Universalist congregation because of a decision to reject certain theologies or aspects of our prior traditional churches. Maybe you feel it is time for religion to give up the view of God as a Santa Claus-like figure. Maybe concepts such as Original Sin or Atonement don’t resonate any more. But then what is left of a religion when those are removed? What does that religion then look like?
Even though you may have rejected key theologies of your prior church, are there still many aspects of religion that still are attractive and for which some of you yearn? What are those? Does liturgy or song still resonate or feel meaningful? Do the ethical components of your prior church still feel right even though you’ve rejected certain theological bases? We’ll wrestle with what spirituality looks like for Skeptics. 

Monday, November 5, 3:00 pm. CCUUF Board Meeting. For details, contact, Mary Ann at info@ccuuf.org.

Thursday, November 8, 11:45 am. Ladies Lunch. (Second Thursdays.) For info, contact Connie at admin@ccuuf.org

Sunday, November 11, 10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation.  Global Warming.   global warming 180705110027_1_540x360Presentation by CCUUF member Walter Frick.
Follow a meteorologist in understanding climate change science and dismissing hoax arguments. Walter Frick is a former U.S. Air Force Weather Officer and career atmospheric and aquatic modeler.CarbonDioxideCO2

     In 1970, in graduate school of meteorology at the Univ. of Texas Austin (weather officer training program), Walter was introduced to the “Elsasser diagram” as a tool for quantifying the radiation-temperature-water vapor balance in the atmosphere. In 1958 the long-term measurement program for CO2 began on Mauna Loa mountain, Hawaii. The resulting measurements (the “Keeling curve”) has since shown a pronounced increase in CO2. The presentation will discuss the principles and ramifications of atmospheric warming.

Sunday, November 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. And maybe someone will bring one that you will want to take and read.

Friday, November 16, 9:30 am. UU Breakfast. (3rd Fridays.) Meets at Georgie’s in the bar.

Saturday, November 17, 1:00 pm. The Canterbury Forum.  The topic is: “Religious Canterbury 11-17-18 solid yellow background no presenter namedPerspectives on Immigration and Immigrants”.   The Canterbury Forum, the recently instituted public forum for discussing issues of religion and society from a progressive perspective, is now four programs old. Moving forward, we will continue our mission to inform, delight and foster mutual understanding.
     This is the third meeting of the fall season of Canterbury Forum which begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 17th at the Waldport Community Center, 265 NW Hemlock St. (Hwy 34). 

Sunday, November 18, 11:00 am. Thanksgiving meal. This Sunday we will have our Thanksgiving cornucopia Blog-2-1024x735yearly Thanksgiving meal.  It will be a potluck. This yearlypumpkin chalice 2c7bf647bb1008b0473e6c4088275192 fellowship meal on the Sunday before Thanksgiving is a tradition for our fellowship. It will be held at our usual meeting room on the second floor of the Visual Arts Center on the Nye Beach Turnaround in Newport. For more information, contact CCUUF president Mary Ann Beggs at info@ccuuf.org 

Sunday, November 25, 10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation:  Religious, But Not Martin_Buber_portraitNecessarily. Speaker: Brent Burford. We will look at that nexus where religion, psychology, and philosophy intersect. Philosopher Martin Buber, psychologist Erich Fromm, and others write about ultimate truths of our relationships with each other and the world. On one levelErich_Fromm_1974 these sound religious–speaking of compassion, kindness, mercy–but they 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.
We tend to define a skeptic, atheist, or agnostic by what they are not (i.e., a nonbeliever) or by what they do not believe in (a-theist). But what if we turn this around and describe this as a positive–what are you when you are a careful skeptic? In what ultimate truths do you believe. We will look at several writers wrestling with that question.

December 2018

Sunday, December 2, 10:15 am. Sunday Service. Presentation: Samaritan House Family samaritan house logo_smShelter and those in need in Lincoln County. Speaker is Lola Jones, Executive Director of Samaritan House. Established in 1988, Samaritan House is a nonprofit helping those in need in Lincoln County. It provides transitional shelter, case​ management, and support services to assist families in achieving self-sufficiency and stable housing. The Samaritan House shelter program currently serves homeless families with children under the age of 18. Lola Jones, Executive Director of Samaritan House​ ​Family Shelter, will explain the organization​’​s goals and needs.


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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 fellowship board meeting is usually on the first Monday of the month at 4:00 pm. Usually held at the Newport Public Library conference room.  Contact Mary Ann at info@ccuuf.org for location and confirmation 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.