This Sunday, February 18th at 10:30 a.m.

Listening To Trees

Speaker: Victoria Poling
Celebrant: Anneliese Sherman

As some of Earth's oldest living individuals, trees have much to teach us about long-term relationships: to ourselves, to each other, and to all that there is. Drawing on poetry and science, we'll explore the solace, nourishment, and wisdom of our leafy companions.

Pacific Western Regional Assembly • The four districts of the UUA’s Pacific Western Region will gather April 27-29 in Portland, OR for the 2018 Regional Assembly. Speakers include civil rights activist, the Rev. Dr. William Barber; Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, advocate for women’s, immigrant, civil, and human rights; and the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, newly elected UUA president. Programming includes workshops, worship, district meetings, and an optional social justice activity. A day-long Professional Day designed for religious professionals is planned for Friday, April 27, before the start of Regional Assembly. Discount lodging is available at the Portland DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, site of the Regional Assembly. Childcare and youth programming will be available. Registration will open by January 4. Watch the PWR website (www.uua.org/pwr) for full details to be posted soon.

The Spiritual Brain – Science and Religious Experience Class at SUUF Classes 3rd 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 425-754-6138 or nmiller115@aol.com

Class Title—Why do we have a spiritual brain?
Lecturer: Andrew Newberg, MD director of research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.

February topic: The Believing Brain. - Lecture 16. Beliefs are important because they affect every part of our lives, and every part of our lives affects our beliefs. In other words, we must be very careful about our beliefs, constantly challenging them and questioning them, In addition, perhaps we should be more compassionate about other people’s beliefs, which are simply expressions of their brains’ best attempt at understanding the world. In this lecture, you will learn that our beliefs are shaped by the way the brain perceives, thinks, remembers and experiences emotion. You will also learn that social consensus is another important factor the influences our beliefs.

Leadership Council Change • The Leadership Council has selected Susan Wakeman as the Interim President to serve until our next Congregational Meeting in June. Susan replaced Laura Herman who has stepped down due to ongoing health issues. Thank you, Susan, for taking on this task!

Our recent speaker, Gary Giles, is presenting a concert this Sunday. It's being held at the Blaine United Church of Christ. Here is the advertisement being distributed: Gary Giles LIVE In Concert, Sunday, February 18 at 2 p.m. Come enjoy an afternoon of variety featuring the music of Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Barry White, Sammy Davis Jr., The Temptations, and Nat King Cole. Gary Giles will take you on a poetic and musical journey; one you won't soon forget! Suggested Donation $20. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit the Community Assistance Program (CAP). More information at www.eventbrite.com.

Covenant Circle Group • Bring whatever book you are reading to Haggen’s on Division Street in Mt. Vernon and join an invigorating and far-ranging discussion. The first and third Thursday of each month at 1:30. On the second Thursday of each month, lunch at a different place, meeting at 1 p.m. (Call Joy for location.) Questions? Call Joy Lindberg at 424-8090 joylindber@aol.com

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.

Activities hosted at Diversity Hall:

Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Resolution Seminar • Free to the public every month of 2018. Every third Wednesday at SUUF from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. We will explore the nature of conflict and strengthen our conflict resolution skills. It is not about politics. and it is non-religious.
Jorge Manzanera, M.A.
Certified Professional Mediator
Skagit Mediation
Office: (360) 399-6429
Cell: (360) 333-2261
https://www.facebook.com/SkagitMediation

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 • March 4. Sunday meetings 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 of each month, 10 to 11:30 a.m. for caregivers of those with memory loss. See flyer posted in the dining room. Cheryl McRill, contact group facilitator (360) 899-4643.