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

The Gospel of One's Own Experience

Speaker: Rev. Barbara Davenport
Celebrant: Rosemary Stevens

Someone once quipped “All learning is experiential, all else is hearsay.” We’ll explore how our diverse experiences form who we are, how we see ourselves in the world, and where we feel safest being ourselves.

From Rev. Vincent Lachina:

Dear SUUF Friends, Let me take a moment to thank each of you who have made my time at Skagit Unitarian memorable and joyful. Those of you who shared such kind words at the service on Sunday were so very thoughtful and I appreciate your caring messages. I will surely hold you in my heart as dear friends. It was truly a joy and honor to be a part of your faith family. I will miss you!
With love and appreciation,
Vincent

Classes 3rd Sunday after coffee hour:

The Spiritual Brain – Science and Religious Experience Class at SUUF • Classes 3rd Sunday after coffee hour. There will be 5 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.

March 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.

Our annual Stewardship Dinner will be on Saturday May 5 at 6 p.m. There will be a sign up sheet in the coffee room in April. So put it on your calendar and save the date. We will have very special entertainment for your enjoyment.
Tom Gillespie, Steward Chairman

Men's Group starting up again March 22, Thursday, 6 p.m. Bring a thought, a nibble or a shot of good stuff. This will be a quarterly meeting. Dundas

Miriam and I will be sharing an Interfaith Passover Seder on Saturday, March 31 from 4-8 p.m. at the Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SUUF) in Mount Vernon. During the seder many faith traditions will be discussed and questions will be encouraged. Simme and I have prepared a special Haggadah (Seder booklet) which we will share together along with the traditional foods of the seder. There will be a potluck following the seder. Please contact Simme, yogaheartspace0@gmail.com or text/call 206-790-4862 no later than March 23rd to reserve a seat/s. She will then send suggestions for the potluck. Feel free to share this invitation with family and friends. Shalom and Blessings, Simme & Miriam

Helping a friend get to the World Water Forum in Brazil: Doris Brevoort is helping Susan Toch, PhD, to connect with people to facilitate her trip to the 8th international World Water Forum in Brasilia (Brazil) which starts March 18th. Susan is collecting frequent flier miles to fly to Brazil on American Airlines. More info about Susan's work on hydrology and climate change is on her nonprofit website, www.anaturalresource.com In previous years Susan has been a visitor at SUUF and would share her knowledge gained at the Forum with SUUF when she returns. Please call Doris at 206-322-2621 or email me at fieldofswans@comcast.net for more information. Thank you!

Pacific Western Regional Assembly • Join your fellow western Unitarian Universalists in Portland, Oregon, April 27-29. Registration for the Pacific Western Regional Assembly will be open through April 15. Still haven’t decided if you’re going? Take a look at the variety of workshops, dynamic speakers and other offerings via the Regional Assembly website. Got youngsters? Great! We have an exciting Kids' Camp planned for them. Got teens? Wonderful! They’ll be Making CoUUrageous Connections together. Each district will hold their annual meeting on Saturday afternoon, April 28. If you will be attending Regional Assembly and would like to serve as a delegate for your congregation, contact your board president. They have through April 20 to certify the delegates from your congregation. Hope to see you in Portland!

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:

I am happy to announce that Skagit Mediation will sponsor and deliver a FREE monthly seminar called: "EQ+CR" (Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Resolution. The objective of this non-political, non-religious seminar is to explore useful principles and techniques to de-escalate conflict and build a collaborative approach to productive conversations. Please extend an invitation to your colleagues and family members. We are facing challenging times. One of the most important and responsible things we can do to solve interpersonal conflict is to explore and improve conflict resolution skills. Everybody benefits when we develop and apply these skills. It improves communication, teamwork, even physical and mental health within our homes and organizations. Approaching conflict with a collaborative commitment generates understanding, honesty, respect, and productivity. Learn how to sustain this constructive approach in spite of conflict.

Third Wednesdays 2018, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at SUUF
Register to seminar HERE for any 2018 date.
​Jorge Manzanera, M.A.
​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 – 3rd Wednesday of each month, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. for caregivers of those with memory loss. See flyer posted in the dining room. Cheryl McRill, contact group facilitator (360) 899-4643.