Upcoming Events: September 2020

Daily Check-Ins: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am

Members are hosting a Daily Check-in via Zoom for anyone who wants to join. Every weekday (M-F) 9:00-9:30 am. Keep connected with church members during this time of social distancing; to share joys, concerns, and needs with one another. Log into Zoom room 569 071 839.

The Big Questions in Philosophy: Thursdays, 7:00 pm

We have all pondered seemingly unanswerably but significant questions about our existence—the biggest of all being, “Why are we here?” Philosophy has developed over millennia to help us grapple with these essential intangibles. There is no better way to study the big questions in philosophy than to compare how the world’s greatest minds have analyzed these questions, defined the terms, and then reasoned out potential solutions. Once you’ve compared the arguments, the final step is always deciding for yourself whether you find an explanation convincing. Led by Alan Carter.

East Shore Reads The Color of Law: September 3-24, 7:00 pm

In The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein argues with exacting precision and fascinating insight how segregation in America—the incessant kind that continues to dog our major cities and has contributed to so much recent social strife—is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal levels. Mark Norelius, who is leading this book group says, “I found myself amazed to learn that our government’s laws and policies have played a huge role in the segregation that exists to this day in our communities. This segregation has led to many of the discriminatory practices that are woven into the fabric of our country. It is important for me to know how we got here. How did the race issues we are experiencing and learning about in the media come to be? I hope we can deepen our understanding together of this important issue.” Classes will take place on four consecutive Thursdays. Pre-registration is required.

Family Orientation for Children and Youth Fall Programs: Thursday September 10, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday September 13, 4:00 p.m. 

Please join Amanda Uluhan and the Children and Youth Programs Planning Team for a casual orientation meeting to kick off fall programs! We’ve got a lot of great things on the calendar to share and want to connect with you to co-create them, and more! Join us on Zoom in September:

East Shore Gets Out the Vote Letter Writing: Friday, September 4, 10:30 a.m.

For those who don’t feel comfortable with lots of handwriting, letter writing via Vote Forward, is also going well. Most members doing this are using their own supplies of paper, envelopes and stamps, although Kristi Weir is happy to print and deliver letters to you, and others are willing to donate stamps, if obtaining the supplies or using a printer, is a challenge for you. The next letter writing event is on Friday, September 4, 10:30 am via Zoom. Contact Geri Kennedy, Laurie Wick or Kristi Weir if you’re planning on participating, and please keep Geri updated on how many letters you’ve prepared to help us keep track of our successes.

Family Covenant Circle: Sunday, September 6, 12:30 p.m.

The ESUC Family Covenant Circle is a group of East Shore families with children 0-18 where the adults are seeking to share and support one another in the journey that is family life. We talk, listen deeply and really connect in a leader-led small group discussion. Topics range from spiritual parenting to smart phones to issues of our children’s health and our own. Currently we are meeting by zoom every other Sunday. Families of every stage and configuration are welcome. For more information contact Martin Cox.

Upcoming Cooking Classes: Fridays in September, 4:30 p.m.

Amanda Strombom, president of Vegetarians of Washington and coauthor of the Veg-Feasting Cookbook, gives free plant-based cooking classes, to aid people who want to reduce their consumption of animal foods and increase the amount of wholesome plant-based foods. Many people are feeling a need for comfort foods in these troubling times, so in this series, she will demonstrate that comfort food doesn’t need to be unhealthy! Register for these free cooking classes – Amanda will send you the Zoom link after registration.

  • September 11th: Pancakes and other breakfast foods – Pancakes are traditionally made with eggs, but bananas and apple sauce both give a moist texture. Amanda will show how to make your own vegan pancakes from scratch and talk about other healthy breakfast alternatives.
  • September 18th: Vegan Mac n Cheese and pesto pasta – Cheese sauce and pesto are two delicious sauces that usually contain dairy products. Amanda will demonstrate how to make them both vegan while maintaining the delicious flavor.
  • September 25th: “Bangers and mash” and chocolate pudding – An English tradition is to eat sausages (bangers) with mashed potatoes. Amanda will make a healthy mashed potato recipe, and show a selection of vegan sausages to go with it. She’ll follow this up with a chocolate “pudding”. 

Board Listening Circle: Saturday, September 12, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Please join Board members to let them know what is on your mind. Our minds and ears are open. Please note, the September Circle was moved back one week to accommodate the holiday weekend.

Social Distance Soul Saturdays: Saturday, September 12, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 pm

Be sure to pick up goodies and supplies for online/offline engagement with East Shore children and youth programs! Throughout the year, we’ll offer fun, social-distance, drive-thru friendly pickups. You’ll get what you need for each seven week cycle of programming.

We’re kicking off the fall on September 12th from 10am-2pm. You’ll find Blessing of the Backpacks stickers and Water Communion jars (open to all ages of congregants!) Find us in the Upper Parking lot at East Shore.

Sign up here for a time slot to drop by East Shore for September’s Social Distance Soul Saturday.

Next cycle starts on Halloween! So stay tuned for details about October 31st’s Soul Saturday from 10am-2pm! We’ll have a hauntingly good time.

Save the date for Saturday December 5th from 10am-2pm, too, for gingerbread house kits and winter solstice goodies.

Open to All Ages: swing by to pick up a jar of water for the water communion from East Shore between 10:00 am—2:00 pm on Saturday, September 12. Find us in the Upper Parking lot at East Shore.

Religious Exploration Kick-Off Water Communion: Sundays, Starting September 13, 9:30 a.m.

We invite you to join us for fall at our new programming time! Kick off for the fall with our very own water communion. Classes on Sunday mornings are for ages 3-8 and ages 8-12, with positions available for youth helpers. Be sure to pick up supplies on September 12 at Social Distance Soul Saturdays.

Sunday Services, In-gathering Water Communion: Sundays, Starting September 13, 10:30 a.m.

Join us for our annual in-gathering at a brand new service time this Sunday. We invite ESUC members and friends to send in digital photos (no videos) of water that has significance to you! It could be the backyard birdbath, a nearby stream you often walk by, the beach where you walked together or sat beside over the course of the last few months. Even the kitchen tap at Grandma’s apartment – whatever. And we’ll create a meditation or musical meditation of some sort of liturgical mélange as part of the service. Email your photos to music@esuc.org by September 4th.

Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote Screening: Sunday, September 13, 2:30 pm

This hour long documentary is a recent follow-up to Suppressed: The Fight to Vote that includes new information about voter suppression that is pertinent to 2020 and the upcoming election. After the screening, you will hear about what you can do to work against attacks intended to suppress the right to vote in America. The event is open to everyone, so please spread the word. You have time to participate in the Flash Stance and make it home to watch Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote!

Parent & Caregiver Meetup: Mondays, Starting September 14, 8:15 p.m.

Parents & caregivers are invited to join a Zoom call led by Leta Hamilton to connect, recenter & offer support to one another. We will have themed calls each week. The first Monday will always be a guided meditation. Second Mondays are education & remote learning challenges. Third Mondays are open discussions with a favorite beverage intended for laughter & deeper personal connecting. Fourth Mondays will feature an inspirational book or video to uplift our spirits & offer hope. Please join us on Mondays from 8:15-9:05pm. Sign up here to receive the Zoom meeting link.

Gather: Family Programs with Amanda & LeAnne: Wednesdays, Starting September 16, 6:15 p.m.

Come circle round the table and share and learn together. We’ll spend six weeks at a time uncovering and growing ourselves as a family unit. This is a time to be intentional about play, creativity, and cultivating joy in our relationships. From September 16-October 28, we’ll talk about each week about our family rituals and activities, and share in a variety of fun, community building activities and conversations. Be sure to pick up your supplies on September 12th at social distance Soul Saturdays from 10am-2pm. For Saturday supplies pickup, sign up here.

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ECAM Presents: UU’s, Citizens’ Climate Lobby & Carbon Pricing: Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 p.m.

Both East Shore and UUA have endorsed the Energy Innovation and Dividend Act–EICDA (HR 763), a bill Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) supports. Join us via Zoom to hear how this all came to be. Why you (or a teenager in your family) might want to join a local chapter of CCL? Gwen Hansen of the Bellevue chapter will highlight the pluses of being a member. It is a unique grass roots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Zoom Room: 980 1531 1852

Wednesday Wind Down: A Midweek Service for All Ages: Wednesdays, Starting September 16, 7:00 p.m.

We’ll kick-off the year with a new midweek service to wind down and rejuvenate. For the fall, we’ll start with an aloud reading of Book 1 of the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Get your copy to follow along. Grab your PJ’s and a favorite stuffy, or tune in while you’re making dinner at home. No cameras necessary for this Zoom service. It’ll be sure to delight your aural senses alone. All Ages are welcome! 

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Middle School & High School Youth Group Kick Off: Fridays, Starting September 18, 6:30 p.m.

Join as we kick off fall quarter with middle school and high school youth groups, both happening at a new time on Friday Nights from 6:30-9:00pm. Doug Strombom and Alex Langrock are leading up our virtual youth groups, and other volunteers are needed. Each call will offer break out rooms for age and activity-based small groups. On the 1st and 3rd Fridays, we’ll play Dungeons and Dragons and JackBox games. On 2nd Fridays, we’ll focus on world issues and social justice, starting with voting and elections. On 4th Fridays, we’ll have an intergenerational fishbowl dealing with fun, engaging, and relevant “pick your-brain” topics. On 5th Fridays, we’ll have a movie night (November). You don’t have to turn on your cameras, and you can still have fun on Zoom! Be sure to pick up your youth group supplies on September 12th at social distance Soul Saturdays from 10am-2pm.

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Women’s Perspective Discuss Fake News & Misinformation: Sunday, September 20, 3:45-5:30 pm

What is “Fake News” and how can you make sure you aren’t spreading in? Women’s Perspective invites all those who identify as women to join us for this program focusing on misinformation and how to check facts before spreading.

Meaningful Movies Bellevue Presents Slay the Dragon: Tuesday, September 22, 6:00 pm

This coming fall, Meaningful Movies Bellevue will host its screenings on Zoom. Join other movie fans every fourth Tuesday of the month with the first movie on September 22. Save the date so you can watch Slay the Dragon, a 2019 documentary film about gerrymandering in the United States. “Doors” will open at 6:00 pm so you can make sure you get connected in time for the 6:30 start. The film focuses on a secretive, high-tech gerrymandering initiative that threatens to undermine American democracy. A panel discussion will follow that includes speakers from Fix Democracy First, League of Women Voters, and FairVote WA.

Ancestral Waters Screening & Discussion: Wednesday, September 30, 5:30/7:00 pm

The Earth & Climate Action Ministry team (ECAM) invites you to join in a discussion of the 2019 documentary film Ancestral Waters on September 30 at 7:00 pm. We encourage people to watch this film (81 minutes long) via Native Daily Network here between now and September 30. For those of you who prefer, members of ECAM will show the film starting at 5:30 pm just before the discussion which begins at 7:00 pm. Speakers from 350.org will give a short presentation on the impact and significance of the Liquefied Natural Gas project in Tacoma. We will then have a facilitated discussion around Puget Sound Energy’s plans and influence, tribal rights and environmental racism. If you want to learn more about what this project means for the Puget Sound region, come join us! Meeting ID: 940 3653 3094

Growing in Wisdom and Grace: Pathways to the Center: Thursdays, October 1-November 19, 7:30-8:30 pm

Join Ann Carden as she helps you better understand the place at the core of each human soul in communion with the mystery and wonder of life through eight weekly sessions.

  • Re-viewing the Journey: “You can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending.” C. S. Lewis
  • Care of the Self: Body-Mind-Spirit: “To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear” Buddha
  • Mindfulness Meditation: “The mind must be developed by you alone. Reading someone else’s blueprint … will not transfer realizations to you. You have to develop them yourself.” Dalai Lama
  • Journaling: “We draw out of the jumbled mass of our life experiences, the thin and elusive connective threads that carry our potentials toward a fuller unfolding.” Ira Progoff
  • Dreams: “The royal road to the unconscious.” Sigmund Freud
  • Relationships: “It is in the shelter of each other that the people live” Irish proverb
  • The Creative Arts: “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso
  • Service: “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, I can do, or any kindness I can show, let me do now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” Quaker proverb.

Limited to 10 participants. Register here.