Programs For Adults


The programs on this page are for Cedars members & friends from the Bainbridge Island and Greater Kitsap communities, and most programs are also open to guests. Programs are developed and presented  in collaboration with the Cedars Activities Team.

Sunday Services (at 10 a.m.) are held at The Island School, 8553 NE Day Rd, Bainbridge Island. Many smaller events and activities happen at our Cedars Unitarian Universalist Center (offices and general meeting space) 284 Madrona Way, Suite 128 in Winslow. (See map.)

Map of the Cedars UU Center on Madrona Way.

Find locators for contact people listed below via the Cedars Online directory located on the menu tab “Community” on the front page of this website or can be accessed by clicking here (you must be a registered Member or Friend).

Or contact the church office at Changes/additions may occur after publication; watch for our weekly eBeacon newsletter,  Facebook or meetup for late breaking news.


Cedars Activities At-A-Glance

(updated 03-14-2017)




Friday, March 17, 2017

7:00 p.m.
At the home of Richard and Sally Wilson
The book for Spirituality Book Group’s next meeting), is The Way of Individuation, by Jolande Jacobi (1967 or 1983).  She was a student of Jung.  This 150-page book makes the core of Jungian thought accessible to the general reader. It explains Jung’s vision of the path that human beings must follow to attain full selfhood.” It is a translation from the German.

The book is hard to get at a reasonable price.  If you have trouble getting it, or prefer, read any another book about Jung/Individuation.  Possibilities include Boundaries of the Soul, by June Singer, or Ego and Archetype by Edward Edinger. Contact: Mary Romeo

Mondays, March 20, and April 3, 2017
7–9:00 p.m.
at Cedars Center
Three sessions led by retired UU minister and Cedars member, Barry Andrews.
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (121-180 CE), a Roman emperor and author of a classic text of Stoic philosophy, were not originally intended for publication, but are essentially a series of dialogues he had with himself on the art of living mindfully and in accordance with nature.

Participants are encouraged to purchase a copy of the book or check one out of the library. There are numerous editions available, but many of them are older translations and difficult to read. Barry recommends a modern translation, such as Meditations, Penguin Great Ideas series, translated by Maxwell Staniforth, which is the paperback edition he will be using.

Aurelius believed that happiness can be ours if we put the past behind us, leave the future to Providence, and live a life in the present with faith that we have what we need to find contentment and inner peace. “Fear not,” he says, “that life will someday end; fear instead that a life in harmony with nature may never begin. Do this and you will be worthy of the cosmos that bore you and no longer a stranger in your own land, puzzled by common everyday occurrences as if you had never seen them before and dependent on others for every little thing.”
Contact: Barry Andrews

Friday, March 24, 2017

1:00-3:00 p.m.
The home of Betty Petras
The Cross Cultural Book Group’s March selection is “No-No Boy“–to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of “Executive Order 9066” ordering the incarceration of those of Japanese descent.

What do you remember; how did your family and community react to the leaving/returning of the Japanese; could it happen again and if so, how would you react?

No-No Boy, by John Okada.  University of Washington Press, 2014.  (New edition with a foreword by Ruth Ozeki.)  Because it’s a university press book, Eagle Harbor Books cannot give a  group discount, and must charge $24.34.   If you have a Frequent Buyer account, it will count toward that.

No-No Boy tells the story of Ichiro Yamada, a Japanese American male and former student at the University of Washington, returns home in 1946 to a Japanese enclave in Seattle. He has spent two years in an American internment camp for Japanese Americans and two years in federal prison for refusing to fight for the U.S. in World War II. Now home, Ichiro struggles with his parents for embracing American customs and values and he faces ostracism from the Japanese American community for refusing to join the U.S. military and fight Japan when many in his community did.” –

The CCBG meets every other month for discussion of the chosen book. There is no requirement for attendance other than having read the book. Contact Barbara Golden at

Sunday, March 26, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Grace Episcopal Church
8595 NE Day Rd., Bainbridge Islandchoir

Come support our Cedars Choir as they represent us at the annual Interfaith Music Festival.

Ann Strickland, music director of Grace Episcopal Church is the guest conductor this year.  Ann will be leading the musicians and the congregation in several group numbers. Also featured will be the Dances of Universal Peace under the direction of Elizabeth Dequine and Margaret Lily Celestino.

Please join us for a beautiful evening of spiritual music as musicians from many denominations share their musical gifts.

For more information, please contact Carole Glenn at


April 20 and 27, Thursdays, 7:30–9:00 p.m. at Cedars Center
Two sessions led by Cedars member Alan Miller, retired professor of Comparative Religion

Confucianism and Daoism together can justifiably claim to be the core of ancient Chinese wisdom. As philosophies of life both remain practical and accessible today. The Daoist classics, Daode Jing and Zhuang-zi continue to be read both in Asia and increasingly in the West. This class will explore Daoist notions of non-violence, egoless action, mystical experience, and the ideal human character (the Sage). It will also consider some basic ideas of Confucianism, against which Daoism tends to define itself.
Contact: Alan Miller

Date & Time TBD by each team
Cedars Teams gather for a potluck twice a year; once in May and again in October. Date, place, and time will be determined by each team sometime during those two months.
Potlucks are social events with the goal of getting to know team members better and to have a good time together. Contact your Team Leader, Audrey Blair or Sally Wilson at


CEDARS SISTER SPIRIT — Discovering Joy in Challenging Times
 Friday (Evening), May 12 and Saturday, May 13, 2017
Seabeck Conference CenterShift-Happens-Again-Logo

Mark your calendars! Cedars Sisters Retreat is scheduled for Friday evening, May 12 and all day Saturday, May 13th. This years theme is: Again…Shift Happens: Discovering Joy During Challenging Times. Watch for flyers, email notifications, and announcements in the eBeacon as we get closer to the retreat date. Contact the Office or Betsy Minkoff

The Cedars Social Action Committee will again lead a community service day in the spring. Stay tuned to the eBeacon  and flyers for details on how you can participate in doing great work to help our greater community.


Continuing Programs:

See our link to the Cedars Affinity Groups to see even more community activities

Weekly Meditation

Tuesday evenings, each week, 7:30-8:45 pm; Cedars UU Center, 284 Madrona Way, #128, Bainbridge Island.

Please join us for meditation and dharma discussions every Tuesday evening. Perfect for beginners and experienced meditators.

$5 suggested donation.  Please contact Channie Peters.  All are welcome.

Dinner Connections

Saturday evenings at selected homes.  Cedars Dinner Connections provide an opportunity to enjoy a social evening as we get to know new friends and deepen our connections with those we already know. Everyone participates in providing a prearranged part of the meal. The hosts are gracious, the food delicious, and the conversation delightful.

Sign up at Sunday services or contact Sheryl Hamm at least a week ahead of time.

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