A Service of Our Living Tradition

Each year, at our UUA General Assembly, the “Service of the Living Tradition” honors those who have achieved significant milestones as religious leaders and acknowledges the continuing changes within our faith tradition.

Here at UUCWI, where leadership is shared, let us take time to honor some of those who have stepped up over the past 25 years to serve this community and celebrate this community’s continuing growth. Here too, as in the larger UU movement, change may be our only constant.

Special Music: The UU Trio and Friends

June 24th will be Dennis’ last day in our pulpit and as our minister. After the service, a community potluck is planned where we can offer both Dennis and Suzanne our best wishes, share laughter, stories and memories of their 6 years on the island.

Please plan to bring a special dish to share. Desserts and beverages will be provided.

If you have pictures and/or memories you would be willing to share, please contact Terra Anderson. Thanks can be shared that day, both as part of the program, or in a written book we will assemble.

Buddhist Practices for Resilience and Renewal

Guest Speaker: Rev Florence Caplow
Some days it seems that the whole world is stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed. How can we find some balance and even joy in the midst of the challenges? Rev. Florence Caplow, UU minister and ordained Zen priest, will share some simple Buddhist practices for resilience and renewal.

Worship Leader: Becky Myrick
Musician: Eileen Soskin

They Had a Dream – Reflections from UUCWI Founders

2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of UUCWI and we will enjoy a variety of informative and celebratory events. Our soap box series opens with founders Linda Good, Christi Shaffer, and Barbara Dunn sharing inspiring stories of the small group of people who came together to pursue their dream of building a liberal religious community and the ways people of all ages gathered to worship, learn, and support one another.
Effie Brown, Worship Leader
Barbara Dunn, Guest Musician

Let’s Talk about Race

with guest speaker Shelly Tochluk, Ph.D.

From Shelly’s website: “My deepest hope is that this information can inspire people to join me on a journey of self-discovery. No one growing up in our nation can escape the racist messages that are part of our country’s foundation and current cultural milieu. It will take all of us working together for a very long time to dismantle the systems of white supremacy that support current structures of inequity. To do this we need to understand how we fit into this system and how it affects our daily lives.”

An educator, with a background in psychology, I spent ten years as a researcher, counselor, and teacher in California’s public schools. I now train teachers to work with Los Angeles’ diverse school population as a Professor in the Education Department at Mount Saint Mary’s University-Los Angeles. My personal dedication to confront issues of race developed first through my participation with UCLA’s NCAA Division-1 All-American Track and Field 4X400 meter relay team and later through my inner city teaching experiences. I currently work with AWARE-LA (Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere-Los Angeles). With this group, I co-created a workshop series that leads white people into a deeper understanding of their personal relationship to race, white privilege, and systemic racism.”

Worship Leaders: Mary Goolsby and Jane Hayes
Special Music: Ken Merrell

A Search for Truth and Meaning through Music

with guest musicians Lucie and Jim Carlson

Luci is from the Czech Republic and plays the violin. Jim is from the Seattle area and plays the accordion. This international duo known as Cricket & Snail will share their passion for music and a life built around that music.

Worship Leader: Mavis Cauffman

You CAN Teach Old Bitches New Tricks

with congregant-poets Dallas Huth and Mary Goolsby

It is difficult to teach an old dog new tricks but old bitches are amazingly flexible. Dallas has taken lessons learned and created poems that are insightful and humorous. She illustrates her life, her poetic process, and lessons learned from her bitch, Stella. Her other books of poetry are I Come from Kentucky and heart stone haiku.

Dallas lives here on Whidbey with her dog Stella, near her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She attended the Universities of Kentucky, Rhode Island, and Hawaii and earned her BA in psychology from Humboldt University in Washington. As the wife of a naval aviator she learned a lot more. At the age of 80, when she sometimes thought she knew it all, she realized she could still learn a few tricks.