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 by co-ministers Revs. Barbara & Jaco ten Hove and others, 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 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 02-20-2017)


February 25, Saturday, at the UU Church in Eugene, OR
Gather with fellow Unitarian Universalists from around the region for an annual festival of liberal religion. Saturday’s activities will include a forum for the three candidates for UUA President, workshops, combined choirs, UUA moderator Jim Key, worship, and a brief annual meeting. Participants are invited to stay for the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service at The UU Church in Eugene. Registration fees: Adults $75, Youth $25 (hot lunch buffet included). Check here for registration and lodging info:


Sunday, March 5, 2017PNW-Music-Festival-2017
Worship Service

4:00 p.m.
Shorecrest Performing Arts Center
15343 – 25th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA

This year’s clinician will be renown Unitarian Universalist composer Elizabeth Alexander who will lead the Festival Worship Service featuring the Mass Choir on Sunday, March 5th, 4:00pm at the Shorecrest Performing Arts Center. The worship service is open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken.
Contact: Chris Smellow  (

Three sessions led by retired UU minister and Cedars member, Barry Andrews
March 6, 20, and April 3, Mondays, 7–9:00 p.m. at Cedars Center
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 10, 2017
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Cedars Center

On most 2nd Friday evenings from 6:00 p.m. friends or members of Cedars, who have agreed beforehand, share stories of their spiritual journeys during a potluck dinner and discussion.
Childcare can be arranged in advance; carpooling is encouraged.
Mary Clear Padilla, coordinator at

Firday, 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


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 April 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


 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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