July 30, 10 am: Being an Ally: Race and Social Justice

During the past year, amidst controversy regarding UUA hiring practices, there has been vigorous debate about the use of the term “white supremacy” and the Black Lives of UU. During this service, Dr. Shan Mukhtar (PhD in Race and Ethnic Studies, Emory University) and David Morgen will discuss how we, individually and as a congregation, can be valuable allies for people of color.

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July 2017 UNIverse

Summertime! In July, Northwest shifts to a lighter schedule, but there are still plenty of opportunities to come together for worship, service, education and fun! Read the July UNIverse to learn what’s happening this month and come join us!

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July 2, 10 am: Seeing It Differently

For resolution of some problems in our lives and in the world, tangible actions are required. Solution to other issues, however, can be as simple as seeing them differently. We’ll explore how breaking the myopic view can serve as a solution to personal problems and how we as UUs can employ a broader-spectrum view – seeing it differently – as a tool to help heal our hurting world.

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Blessing of the Animals

All pets offer us a Yes – if we’re willing to take them up on the invitation. They offer us a Yes to embracing our sweet and oft-forgotten child self. They offer a Yes to finding our inner wellspring of courage and compassion. They’re a Yes to experiencing the beauty and breadth of human emotion. They’re a Yes to play, a Yes to responsibility, a Yes to the mysterious and amazing birth-life-death cycle that we share with all living things.

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June 18, 10 am: From Father to Son

In his acclaimed book Between the World and Me, American author, journalist, and educator Ta-Nehisi Coates writes to his 15-year-old son, “I tell you now that the question of how one should live within a black body, within a country lost in the Dream, is the question of my life, and the pursuit of this question, I have found, ultimately answers itself.” As UUs, how are we helping – and how are we doing harm – in the struggle for racial justice? What questions might we ask ourselves and seek answers to together in this faith community?

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June 11, 10 am: This Land Is Your Land

National, state and local parks are a few of the places that we might visit on a summer vacation or simply an afternoon off. Yet, many of our country’s protected and preserved natural recreation areas are not so protected. Climate change, water usage, nearby development and even well-meaning summer tourists and explorers are all creating threats. How might we enjoy our land and water today while ensuring that future generations can do the same?

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