We gather to create a religious community to which we can bring the fullness of our humanity - our joys and sorrows, our longing for spiritual renewal, our commitment to promote greater justice in the world and our efforts to grow in wisdom, generosity and compassion. We invite you to participate that we might journey together in this ongoing creation.
–The Reverend Arthur Vaeni
2014 proposed budget
Working with the Finance Committee, Program Council, and Minister, the OUUC Board of Trustees has developed a budget for 2014, voting to recommend to the Congregation for approval. There will be a special Congregational Meeting at 10:30 am on Sunday December 15, 2014 (between services) to vote on this proposed budget. Reduced pledge revenues required those who developed this budget to make difficult decisions. The Board believed it was important to provide our staff with a 1.2% cost of living adjustment. In order to balance expenses with revenues, the budget of many committees was reduced from 2013 levels. The Board plans to revisit the budget in June 2014, with the hopes that additional pledge or other revenue may provide the opportunity to increase our funding for programs. We greatly appreciate the work that many committee leaders and other members put into developing this year’s budget. We are also grateful for the generosity of our members which sustains the continued mission of OUUC, supporting our liberal religious community and our shared work in the larger community. View the proposed budget here.
How to get the word out
Help us help you get the word out about events, news, or announcements! Here is where you can submit articles for the Unitariana, get messages into the Wednesday announcements email, Order of Service announcements, spoken announcements at the end of services, Joys and Sorrows, and website information. Get the word out!
Fall season at OUUC
Fall at OUUC is a time of beginnings! Want to learn and explore? Children’s, youth, and adult classes are starting up. Want to get to know more people? Conversation groups and Dinners for Eight are starting up. Check out the Fall at OUUC listings for information about programs, classes and groups you could join.
OUUC Member Pages
OUUC members can now sign up online for access to the new Members section on the website. This section will include the downloadable member directory (unlocked), and will soon offer Neighborhood Maps to help locate others in the congregation along with future features. Register here, and once you have received a notification, you can enter the pages through the new Members menu item on the left.
Church directory mobile app available
Our church directory is now available to view on your mobile device! Instant Church Directory - the program we use to build our church directory - has released a free app for church members to download on their Apple and Android devices. More information can be found at www.InstantChurchDirectory.com/app. You will be asked to enter in your email address as it’s listed in our directory. Those listed in the directory are members, pledging friends, and those who have attended OUUC for at least six months and have requested that they be added. If your email address isn’t listed in the directory, let the Church Administrator know so it can be added. Once you enter your email address, you will receive a password. You will receive one password per device. For example, you will need to register both your iPhone and your iPad. Entering the password starts the download of the directory to your device, and once it has completed you will be able to search for families and members and call, email and text right from the app.
CBS News video features segment on Unitarian Universalists
A recent news report produced by CBS News looks at the shifts in attitude towards religion and spirituality and what this means for religious institutions. The 26-minute video features a long segment about Unitarian Universalism. See it here.
If you are new to OUUC or just visiting...
We invite you to visit our Searchers page to learn more about our congregation and Unitarian Universalism. You can always get to this page through the Searchers item in the menu above. Read what our members say about what life in this congregation has meant to them.
Who we are as a congregation...
The Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation has grown since our beginning in 1952 from a small and close knit fellowship into a strong, dynamic and friendly congregation able to serve our community in many ways:
- Our Sunday services provide a time of inspiration and a place for learning and reflection.
- Our minister provides leadership to the congregation and is also a voice for justice and compassion in the greater Olympia community.
- Our congregation stands with those who are homeless, providing safe shelter. Our Religious Education program provides our children and youth a religious home and community in which awareness, tolerance, and personal growth in spirituality can be nurtured and developed according to each child’s unique nature.
- Our Music program provides inspiration and spiritual experience for the congregation, the choir and the greater community.
- Our Adult Education Program fosters life-long learning and personal spiritual growth.
Who we are as Unitarian Universalists...
The roots of Unitarian Universalism lie in Judaism and Christianity. We honor these and other religious traditions but are not bound by them. We seek truth from many sources, including science and our own experiences. Unitarian Universalism encourages independent thought and belief. Unitarian Universalists do, however affirm and promote the following principles.
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Like many other UU congregations and non-profit organizations around the country, OUUC is now displaying an Amazon Shopping “widget” on the OUUC website home page, to help raise funds for OUUC programs. If you click on this new widget each time you want to shop on Amazon, OUUC will earn a 4 percent commission on your total Amazon purchase, with no added cost to you or OUUC. Your Amazon account will look exactly the same as it does now and the privacy of your purchases will remain secure. To address concerns raised by some of our members, we are including the following disclaimer that wil be displayed on our website with the Amazon Shopping widget, “Please buy local products whenever possible. However, if you do shop at Amazon.com, please start your purchase by clicking on this Amazon button (and check out within 24 hours), so OUUC can receive a commission on your purchase.”
OUUC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.
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