Phase 2

If you receive an email from me, you may have noticed the addition to my signature:

Our building is closed but our hearts are open.  Join us online for Sunday worship at 10 am; info at

That’s the reality of things for now and will be for a while.  Although Thurston County has moved to Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start Washington Plan , the recommendation is that congregations continue to meet virtually if possible.  And, so we will continue to gather for worship virtually for the time being.

If you saw the worship service last Sunday, you saw three of us perform the ritual of bridging for Brisa Sabel, and there was a fourth person behind the camera.  We took precautions like wearing masks and distancing as much as the camera would allow.  We were careful to talk through in advance what we were each comfortable with and how to take care of each other.  We spent time talking through and practicing the ritual so it would be as meaningful as possible.  I am grateful to Sara Lewis, Riley McLaughlin and Brisa for sharing this special ritual with the congregation.

In the weeks ahead, we will consider each circumstance to determine if it is safe and makes sense to gather in compliance with the health recommendations.  And, mostly we continue to gather online via Zoom.

I have been so impressed with how quickly and passionately OUUC has embraced technology to stay connected.  Thank you!  See you online!

Blessings on your week,

Rev. Mary


The Mid-week Meditation is Be Still, Life by OHARA Hale.

With gratitude to Enchanted Lion Books for permission to share this beautiful book with you.