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Music Notes: September 2022

AUUMM Conference I spent five days in Ann Arbor in mid-July for the annual Association of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries (AUUMM) conference. I attended my first such conference four years ago in Portland, and learned quite a lot about the role and purpose in...

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RE-Flections: RE IS BACK!

Thank you to everyone who helped build the new playground. It has been used and loved by children already, and I am sure that it will continue to be loved for a long time to come. A special thank-you to the engineering team that put together the geodesic climbing...

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Embracing the Future: East Shore Auction 2022

East Shore holds an auction every year in November to build community and raise money for the church. This year we are Embracing the Future with both an online and a live event! We will still be managing the auction online, including the catalog and the bidding, so...

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Women’s Perspective Fall 2022 Activities

Your Women's Perspective Ministry Team has many activities in store for the fall: September On Wednesday, September 21, 10:00 am women from East Shore and other local UU congregations will meet (outdoors at ESUC's campus) to plan our joint strategy to address the...

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E Ala E Mural At East Shore

East Shore is blessed to receive and display the “E Ala E” Mural in the Sanctuary. It is the culmination of a collaborative process between Guatemalan Social Artist, Melanie Schambach, and hundreds of contributors across the country. East Shore members and friends...

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Join Women Helping Women

Women-Helping-Women (WHW) is a group that Laurie Wick started in 2008 influenced by hearing Nicholas Kristof and Sheryle WuDunn speak about their book 'Half the Sky'. We have grown to125 women, mostly from East Shore but not all.  Pre-pandemic we always had at least...

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COVID Protocols at East Shore

With the new guidelines from the CDC, the Staff Leadership Team updated our Covid Protocols. Please review them before coming on campus here. We will no longer be checking vaccine cards, though we do strongly encourage all to get the vaccines and boosters. We will...

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Board Buzz: GA Takeaways

Dear Beloveds of East Shore, I wanted to share some takeaways that I and other Board members and staff had from this year’s UUA General Assembly in Portland, Oregon. For those who don’t know, the General Assembly is an annual conference where UU’s gather in-person and...

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Women’s Perspective Update August 2022

Your Women’s Perspective Ministry Team has planned a year full of activities to connect East Shore women to one other and to our larger sisterhood. Those who identify as women as well as those who support women’s issues are welcome! Our Theme for 2022-23: Reproductive...

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Seeking Facilities Volunteers

In the months following our return to on-campus activities, we have discovered there are holes left where wonderful volunteers used to be.  In addition, our caretaker staff has been reduced from two to one which impacts coverage and labor available, especially on the...

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Congregations for the Homeless

Congregations for the Homeless (CFH) is a non-profit dedicated to helping Eastside men who are experiencing homelessness as they move towards independent living.  Each month a CFH shelter rotates from one Eastside congregation to another.  East Shore hosts the...

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August 2022 Share the Plate

The Share the Plate collection on August 14 will be for NWAAF, the Northwest Abortion Access Fund.  This is an abortion fund usually serving Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. Since the recent Supreme Court decision, their work has become even more crucial, and...

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Remove federal dams on lower Snake River!!

According to Washington Environmental Council: “The Snake River has been named America’s #1 Most Endangered River of 2021. Once the largest salmon producer in the Columbia River Basin, today Snake River salmon runs are at the brink of extinction. The loss of salmon is...

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Supreme Court’s impact on Indian Country

The recent overturning of Roe v. Wade has so many of us questioning the wisdom of our current Supreme Court. Their overturning of settled law in this, and other instances, threatens the hard-won freedoms for all Americans. It has also had unsettling impacts on some of...

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Preparing for Rev. María Cristina!

It was only two months ago when we voted unanimously to call Rev. Dr. María Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa to be our next settled minister. At the time we did not know any specifics as to when she was going to be moving and beginning her position at East Shore. We would...

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Community Mural Project

The Community Mural Project got off to a big start in June. This project is the brainchild of amanda alice uluhan, Director of Religious Exploration, to brighten the learning environments in the Education Building. In collaboration with LeAnne Struble and Doug...

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Being More Welcoming

As a Membership Professional I am often asked “how can we be more welcoming?” It’s a complex question that will always have an answer because I truly believe we can never be TOO welcoming! Since I arrived, I have helped implement many small, but impactful changes. In...

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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