Announcements-The Beacon Blog

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Announcements posted in the Beacon newsletter appear on this page in chronological order as posted.  New announcements are posted every Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. Here are our latest items:



Ho! Ho! Oh No! Did the Grinch Steal Our Holiday Cheer?

November 25
10:00 a.m.
The Island School

With Jan Forrest, Guest Speaker and Marsha Gladhart, Worship Associate

For some of us, the November-December holidays are a naturally cheerful time of year. But for many of us, the “grinches” in our collective lives make cheerfulness impossible. Come share your grinchy (or not so...Read More »

Elder's Holiday Tea

Wednesday, December 5
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Cedars Center Large Conference Room


It is important for us in Cedars to respect our Elders.  Who is an Elder?  We use the word more in the tribal sense than the way it is often used in Christian ecclesiology.  An Elder is someone...Read More »

The FareStart Adventure

Cedars women and their friends shared lunch together last week in a Seattle restaurant that focuses on poverty and training initiatives. The visit was organized as a fundraiser for Cedars, but was also an opportunity to learn about the FareStart restaurant program as well as the Solid Ground and Real...Read More »

What Is White Fragility?

December 7
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Cedars Center Large Conference Room

We will also be having a second discussion in The Island School library following after the service on December 9.

“In this groundbreaking and timely book,  antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility. Referring to the defensive...Read More »

Moving Into the Sun

Due to a generous donation, Cedars will now be included in the Kitsap Sun’s religious advertising page through the year.  Also, we will run a 1/12 page ad in their paper and online editions on November 22, 23, and 24.

Special thanks go to Rick Blythe, Carolyn Kempkes, Bonnie Yokus and Patsy Campbell...Read More »

Thanksgiving: The Lesson of Salmon-Boy

November 18
10:00 a.m.
The Island School   

With Rev. Thomas Perchlik, Interim Minister and Jenny Weaver, Worship Associate.

This week we will recall the historical and mythical feast of 1621 by recounting the Salish story of Salmon Boy. The story helps us reflect on how gratitude, or thankfulness, is more than...Read More »

Climate Change and Energy Forum

Local Businesses Combat Climate Change 

 Saturday November 17, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Eagle Harbor Congregational Church

Climate change is a global problem, but solutions start right here at home on Bainbridge Island.  Local business leaders will share how they are working to prevent and prepare for climate change. Tony D’Onofrio (T/C), Els Heyne...Read More »

Cedars Justice Network News

JUUstice WA Fall Legislative Conference
Cedars Center Conference Room
Sunday, November 18, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

The Cedars Justice Network invites you to join us for the JUUstice Fall Legislative Conference. We will meet in Cedars Center and join this online conference from the comfort of our conference room.

The JUUstice WA...Read More »

Prepared Cedars Taskforce

Prepared Cedars Taskforce has a commitment to the safety of all who attend services at The Island School and events at Cedars Center.

PCT Report:

  • We are actively recruiting persons to join us as Safety Leaders (SLs).  There will be a training session on December 2 in the library after service.
  • We are...Read More »

Food Drive-Sunday, November 18

Thanksgiving will soon be here.   Our November Special Collection on Sunday, the 18th, will carry forward our Cedars’ tradition of holding a holiday food drive for Helpline and Fishline. Kids are at home more during the holidays and, boy, do they get hungry.  Let’s do our best to...Read More »


CCBG has chosen a book for December written local author, Seattleite Robin Diangelo.  Her new book, White Fragility, speaks to the challenges faced by communities like Bainbridge Island and Cedars UU when the subject of race is at the center of the conversation.

Book discussion on Friday, December 7
1 –...Read More »

Racial Justice Event

Racial Justice Unpacked

Saturday November 17,
10:00 – 1:00 p.m.
18732 Division Ave. NE Suquamish, WA

Tools for helping professional, lay leaders and activists, a deliberate dialogue.

Link to Tickets

...Read More »

JUUstice Washington News

Our new organization merging NW UU Justice Network and WA UU Voices for Justice wrapped up its 2018 Justice Summit during the afternoon of October 20th with a new UU state action network for Washington State, JUUstice Washington, firmly in place.

The day brought a lot of excitement for the new organization,...Read More »

Letter from a Friend

Dear Cedars Congregation,

Over a period of months early this year, the Cedars UU Congregation was a place of spiritual peace and community for us as we faced a difficult personal journey.  We have since returned to our home congregation at Allegheny UU in the Pittsburgh PA area.  Last week our...Read More »

Meditation Group

Next Meeting on Tuesday, November 13

“Meditation is about relaxing with the truth…The goal in meditation isn’t to “fix ourselves”, but rather to see ourselves as we are….If you take even five minutes to meditate…then you are acclimating yourself to the practice of bringing mindfulness and awareness into ordinary moments of...Read More »

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