Nurture Your Spirit ~ Help Heal the World
Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society is a welcoming congregation that supports lifelong spiritual growth, fosters reverence for nature, promotes justice and serves the local and global community. Childcare and Religious Education classes are available September through June, and chlidcare is available for all ages in July and August. Our Newcomers section is designed to help you learn about SUUS and what to expect when you visit. For directions, click here. To read our Weekly News, click here. To take a virtual tour of our space, click here.
Office Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 9:30AM - 4:00PM; Thursday 9:30 - 4:30. Office Closed Monday & Friday.
"Love is the spirit of this church and service its law.
To dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love and to help one another."
Services begin at 10AM in July & August
July 5, 10:00AM "Christian Roots of the USA and the UUA" The Fourth of July celebrates American Independence and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. How did Christianity affect this document and our nation? What are the Christian roots of our own Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)? And finally, what does this mean for us now in a pluralistic country and faith community? Speaker - Kayla Parker, ministerial intern at UU Church of Meriden.
July 12, 10:00AM - Rev. Lyn Oglesby.
July 19, 10:00AM "Thirty Persian Birds and Us" A day after the end of Ramadan, a month-long holy period for Muslims, we will explore a classic piece of Persian Sufi Literature, "Conference of the Birds". Thirty Birds set off on a quest to find a renowned leader and make a surprising and profound discovery. Come learn about their journey, and how it relates to our own. Speaker, Kayla Parker.
July 26, 10:00AM -
July 26, 10:00AM "How is your heart?" In a world that doesn't get any easier, how is your heart? We'll give ourselves some space to step back, take a breath, and check in. Speaker, Sierra-Marie Gerfao is a writer, scholar, activist, and a candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry working on her Master of Divinity at Yale Divinity School and her Master of Social Work at Yeshiva University. She's a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and a former professional religious educator, including for a short time at SUUS. Her most important ministry is her family. Her wife and children send their regards!
Childcare for all ages is available in the nursery during the services.
Special activities are planned each week throughout the summer.
Religious Education News
Congratulations to our Youth and Adult volunteers who came out on Easter Weekend to be of service at a shelter in New York City. This annual event is organized by the good folks at First Congregational Church of Madison (on the green). We have worked with them on this and other projects in the past. We joined a group from First Parish (UU) from Sudbury, MA. The Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP) program is run out of the Quaker Meetinghouse on 15th St in Manhattan. A great experience for everyone!
What We Believe (In 30 Seconds)
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Connecting With UUs
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GENERAL ASSEMBLY HIGHLIGHTS
Cornell West electrifies General Assembly in the 2015 Ware Lecture
“We begin with a critical self-inventory. If there’s white supremacy in me, then my hunch is that you’ve got some work to do.”
Dr. Cornel West brought thousands of Unitarian Universalists repeatedly to their feet at the 2015 General Assembly Ware Lecture Saturday night. West, a Beacon Press author known internationally for his oratorical flourish, challenged the audience to “sacrifice something precious in the name of integrity.” He took “timid” megachurch leaders, politicians, Wall Street figures, and others to task, suggesting that present times require “moral resolve.” To read more, click here.
A Sacred Public Witness: Commit2Respond to Climate Change
With impassioned calls to action for climate justice, the 2015 General Assembly public witness event Saturday featured First Nations leaders who are at the frontlines. The service emphasized the struggle of the Lummi people of Washington, who are fighting to stop the largest coal terminal in North America from being built on their sacred waters and lands. To read more, click here.
Shoreline UU Society Congregational Covenant
Accepted by the Congregation at the 02/08/2015 Meeting
To ensure our community is a safe and inspirational place where we welcome all, embrace diversity, and support individuals, we the members of Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society commit to the following:
1. Act with good will and assume good intentions
2. Listen deeply and appreciatively
3. Speak with care and loving kindness
4. Be willing to be changed
5. Stay in relationship even in disagreement and respect one another’s points of view
6. Participate in our democratic process
7. Bring concerns to the appropriate people, encourage and assist others in this process as needed
8. Respect the roles, responsibilities and abilities of members, leaders, staff and minister as we work to live our mission and to serve needs greater than our own
9. Enrich our community by freely sharing our strengths, our talents and our resources
10.Support each other when we fall short of this covenant, and help one another to return to covenant
This covenant is a living document. It can be reviewed by the congregation at any time in the future and adapted to fit changing needs and circumstances. It represents a commitment to thoughtful, active participation in the life of this religious community.