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Why I Support the 8th Principle

When I was 12 my brother went to Italy and an exchange student from Uganda came to be my big brother. 50 people in my town outraged my parents with a petition that he not come because he was expected to be black.  In college I was a counselor at a very diverse summer...

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From the Minister: UU Sources

I firmly believe all wholesome faith is a good thing. There is way too much religious intolerance in the world today. And that’s not a good thing. I am reminded of one of my professors in seminary, Jacob Needleman. He employed a powerful metaphor when discussing world...

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Board Buzz: The 8th Principle

As a member of your Board of Trustees, I am writing to talk about a “milestone” congregational initiative. The Board is to be considering this initiative to support ESUC in its journey of becoming an anti-racist church through a congregational vote on the adoption of...

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What Is Policy-Based Governance?

You may have seen or heard the term “Policy-Based Governance” around East Shore, and wondered what it means. East Shore has, for a number of years, followed the Policy Based Governance (PBG) model of polity (church governance). PBG structures how things get done in an...

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Why Do People Join?

During the Pathway to Membership, each potential new member has a chance to sit down and talk with me. I take this opportunity to talk about the privileges and responsibilities of membership and get to know what they are hoping for out of their time at East Shore. By...

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RE-Flections: Visionary Jam Board

During the April 18 worship service, we hosted a number of our kids and RE volunteers in the Sunday morning service. Not only was it a chance to celebrate who we already are as a community, it was also a chance to celebrate what we want to become. Check out the...

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Calling All Kids: Summer 2021 Program

Hey Kids and Parents! Check out what we’ve got coming up this summer. Date Time Activity Place May 30, 2021 no Sunday school no RE no RE June 6, 2021 9:30-10:30 East Shore UU Kids and Youth Congregational Vote Zoom June 6, 2021 10:30-11:30 Flower Communion and RE...

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What’s Up With Facilities?

Greetings to East Shore’s members and friends! It’s been a long time. We in the Facilities Department— Celil, Joseph and Dianne—have been working hard while awaiting your return to campus. Working on the big empty campus has given us an excellent opportunity to look...

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Add Your Photo to Zoom!

On Sunday morning, we realize not everyone wants to have their camera turned on. AND, we are asking for more of you to include a photo of yourself and/or your family. This will help build community and make connections. If you do not know how, please follow these...

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Memorial Garden Plant of the Month: Trillium 

The Memorial Garden Ministry Team would like to highlight a different plant every month so that as you stroll through the garden you may be able to recognize some of our native plants. Trillium is appropriately named because it comes in a package of threes—3 wide...

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Music Notes: “Petals”

Among the many things I enjoy at East Shore Unitarian Church is the beautiful campus. We are nestled in the middle of a sweet little forest, with a wooded walkway leading up from the lower parking lot. During a scant two-week period in April, the cherry trees lining...

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Words of Inspiration

Some Hasidim of the Maggid of Mezheritz came to him. “Rebbe, we are puzzled. It says in the Talmud we must thank God as much for bad days, as for good. How can that be? What would our gratitude mean, if we gave it equally for the good and the bad?” The Maggid replied,...

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COVID Food Relief Update: June 2021

The COVID Food Relief Fund-a-Need continues to provide much needed financial, volunteer, and supplies donations to our partner organizations. In April 2021, we donated an additional $2,000 to Backpack Meals for Kids. Along with Holy Cross Lutheran, St. Louise Catholic...

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Second Sunday/Share the Plate: May 2021

The offering on Sunday, May 9, will go to The Sophia Way. Approximately 12,000 people in King County are homeless; 40% of these are women. The Sophia Way was organized in 2008 to provide shelter, supportive services, and permanent housing for the homeless women in the...

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ECAM: The New Climate War

The Earth & Climate Action Ministry and Citizens Climate Lobby/Bellevue invite you to a virtual book discussion group on Thursdays, May 13 and 27th, 5:00-6:30. Would you like to learn more about climate politics and reality?  Come join a group to discuss the book,...

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From the Minister: Leadership

This is an excerpt from Rev. Furrer's recent sermon, What Is Leadership? After working for AT&T for forty years, Robert Greenleaf took and early retirement to establish the Center for Applied Ethics. Throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, he developed the idea of Servant...

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Board Buzz: Fresh Eyes

Is it really possible that we have been a virtual church for a whole year? Is it also possible that our community has experienced the challenges of a lifetime condensed into that one year? One of my sons asked me couple of months ago if I had ever experienced anything...

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I come to East Shore to be with warm and open hearted people, who care about the world and work to reach out and heal as many people both near and far as possible.” -Amanda Strombom