I have a few things on my mind this week.  

First, I know that many of you are concerned about family and friends in Texas who have been affected by the storms there and the massive failure of the power and water infrastructure that we often take for granted. Our Unitarian Universalist Association and UU Service Committee are offering financial support to individuals, congregations, and organizations in the area to help those most impacted, which tends to be those who are already on the margins.  

Today I sent a donation on behalf of OUUC to the UU Service Committee. You can add your financial support in two ways: 

  1. Donate to the UU Service Committee so they can give to their partner organizations in Texas who are addressing the storm’s aftermath. Partners include Immigration and disability advocacy organizations who are helping those people with the most need.  
  1. Donate to the UUA Disaster Relief Fund so they can aid the individuals, congregations, and communities affected by the storm 

Second, thank you for the positive feedback about Sunday’s service honoring Ida B. Wells-Barnett. I am glad many of you found Wells-Barnett as inspirational as I do. I continue to be grateful for Sara, Troy, the Worship Arts Team and the Tech Team who help craft and offer transformational worship each week. 

If you’d like to learn more about Wells-Barnett, check out this video about her amazing life: Passionate for Justice: Ida B. Wells. It’s about 55 minutes long, so settle in for an amazing story.  

Last, thank you to Troy and all the creative musicians and word smiths who created our second COVID Cabaret on Feb. 13, Vaccinating Rhythm. And thank you for the generosity of all who attended. We sent $697 to the Thurston County COVID-19 Fund so they can continue to support those in our community who remain impacted by the health and economic impacts of the virus.  

Thank you for all that you do, and just as important, for who you are.  

Blessings on your week, 

Rev. Mary