Sunday, October 22 • 10:30 a.m.
Speaker: Jonathan Prescott

The Art Of Listening

Listening opens the door to understanding, healing, and love. When we offer our wholehearted attention, we give one of the greatest and rarest human gifts. Join Jonathan Prescott for a discussion about how to during these difficult times.

Celebrant: Jorge Manzanera
Hospitality: Pat Young, Peggy Bissell

Great Housekeeping News! After hearing that John Vieira, our faithful custodian, is moving to Oregon, Jim Heard and Dundas Winn have volunteered to team up and clean. We welcome another pair of volunteers to clean once or twice a month. Two do more than one; many do more than two.

Board meeting October 24, 6:30 pm at SUUF

Next Monday, October 23, at 6:30 p.m., we will be showing "Countdown to Zero" at Burlington Public Library Rotary meeting room. This documentary was produced for Global Zero by the team that also produced "An Inconvenient Truth". If you missed this movie in Anacortes last month, I urge you to attend, and please tell your friends about it too. After the movie, we will continue our conversation about what actions we can all take, to help reduce the threat of nuclear war. Most prominent right now is the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017, S. 200 and HR. 669. We have postcards ready for you to send to Senators Murray and Cantwell, and Representative Larsen, with your own personal messages to urge them to cosponsor and support this important legislation. We will answer questions and discuss other options for other actions as well. I hope to have a meeting soon, of all of us planning for future activities, and screening some more movies. Stay tuned. Thanks to all of you for your encouragement and good work. Tracy Powell

The Spiritual Brain – Science and Religious Experience Class at SUUF Class Title-Why do we have a spiritual brain? Lecture 2 Lecturer: Andrew Newberg, MD director of research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. It is undeniable that many people classify certain feelings and experiences as "spiritual". People talk about feeling God's presence or experiencing a peace that goes beyond any physical explanation. However, do these spiritual experiences-or these perceptions of spiritual experience-have a purpose? Do they exist because they do some good for the individual or even for the species as a whole? Why do we have a brain that is capable of spirituality? Many great philosophers and theologians have pondered these questions from a religious or spiritual perspective, but in this lecture, you will consider them from a neuroscientific and evolutionary perspective as well. Classes (third Sunday) after coffee hour. There will be 24 classes of 30 minute lectures followed by 15 minutes of discussion. The lectures are on DVD's For more information, contact Nancy Miller at (425) 754-6138 or email her at nmiller115@aol.com

Books at SUUF • The Fellowship has two libraries. One in the dining room with paperback and hardcover novel, etc. for sale at bargain prices. Also sometimes CD’s and DVD’s and videos. The second is in the office and is overflowing with great books, CD’s DVD’s videos on many subjects. Many are donations from members and friends. Just sign your name on the sign out sheet, take it home, read and return.

A Message from Rev. Barbara Davenport:

Thank you all for your warm welcome and generosity toward Najla Mohamedlamin, our guest speaker last Sunday, October 8. She was touched and grateful. Given all she has been through, being raised in an Algerian refugee camp, her spirit remains so optimistic for the goal of self determination for the Sahrawi people to be able to vote on regaining their West Sahara land. The plight of her people is one of the most underreported humanitarian abuses facing the world. I wouldn’t be surprised if, in the future, Najla becomes a leader of her people. And just think, SUUF has played a role, not only in furthering Najla’s dreams and hope but in addressing the refugee crisis and in promoting world peace. Keep in mind this sobering statistic: Some 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes by conflict and persecution, the greatest displacement since WW2. As she mentioned in her talk on Sunday, her goal is education and advocacy for her West Sahara displaced people, some 200,000 who now live in a Refugee camp in Algeria. Her goal is to complete her education and return to her camp to advocate for self-determination. She would like to set up a library in her Algerian Refugee Camp focusing on women’s health issues. Materials need to be in Arabic.I’m trying to connect with Planned Parenthood International for assistance. If anyone knows of speaking opportunities for Najla’ please let us know. Her best day is Sunday since she works and goes to school during the week, but with advanced notice other times are possible. Here’s Najla’s contact information: Checks can be mailed directly to he at Najla Mohamedlamin, 2623 G St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Her email is: nmasisa@gmail.com. To learn more about Najla’s people and life in the refugee camp go on line to Sahrawi Algerian Refugee Camp. Blessings and love , Rev. Barbara Davenport

CRE INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES! Look for opportunities to get involved with our children and their religious education. Team teach with one of the teachers this fall! We'll do all the work; you get to know the kids, or donate quality musical instruments to our program. Kelly will make more announcements at church.

Opportunities for Stewardship at SUUF • On the entry table is a green book full of opportunities! Take a look, take a form and join in the fun. Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship runs on volunteers. Your help is appreciated and invited! There is also a hospitality sign-up by the kitchen window. Other opportunities exist. Please speak with anyone on the Leadership Council.

Member information handouts are available with UU Principles, SUUF history, bylaws, and more! Please see Laura Herman.

Covenant Circle Group • We welcome newcomers at Haggen’s on Division in Mt. Vernon on the first and third Thursday of each month for discussion at 1:30, and for lunch on the second Thursday at 1 pm. On the second Thursday of each month, lunch at a different place, meeting at 1 p.m. Call Joy for location. We welcome new opinions to the group. See you at 1:30. Questions? Call Joy Lindberg at 424-8090 or email her at joylindber@aol.com.

Opportunities for Stewardship at SUUF: On the entry table is a green book full of opportunities! Take a look, take a form and join in the fun. Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship runs on volunteers. Your help is appreciated and invited! There is also a hospitality sign-up by the kitchen window. Other opportunities exist. Please speak with anyone on the Leadership Council.

Our renters:

Healing and Intention Drum Group - Every second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. - Rev. Elke Siller.

Dances of Universal Peace on the second Sunday of each month here at SUUF from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information contact Aarti Cathy Wooten (360) 629-9190 or jstplnfolk@gmail.com Donation $5 to $10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Info on entry table. The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from the many spiritual traditions of the earth to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and recognize it in others.

Meditation for Everyone Monday nights 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. presented by Tom Under (new) Buddhist teacher. Just drop in. Everyone is welcome. See flyer on bulletin board in the dining room.

Our Revolution Skagit • November 5th meeting, 2 to 4 p.m. at SUUF. Come and join others concerned about political issues. This group is an offshoot from Skagit County for Bernie Sanders.

Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting at SUUF – 1st Thursday (new day) of each month, 10 to 11:30 a.m. (new time) for caregivers of those with memory loss. See flyer posted in the dining room. Cheryl McRill, contact group facilitator (360) 899-4643.