Announcements-The Beacon Blog

Our weekly email newsletter, The Beacon, brings news and announcements of Cedars UU church every Friday.  

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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:


Register NOW for Cedars All-Ages Retreat

Better Together! Cedars All-Ages Retreat 
Friday, March 20-Saturday, March 21
Seabeck Conference CenterSeabeck WA

Registration is NOW open!

Come celebrate the community we share, and deepen our connections. Join us overnight Friday through Saturday, or just come for the day on Saturday.

We have activities planned for all ages, including a Friday night campfire with...Read More »

Annual Elders Tea

Friday, February 14 
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Cedars Center

The Cedars Pastoral Care Team cordially invites you to attend the Elders Tea as an honored elder, a long-term Cedars member, or a supporter of our Cedars elders.

Cedars members believe it is important to respect our Elders. Who is an Elder? We use the word in the tribal sense: an...Read More »

Cedars Social Justice

Let’s Talk
Immigration Issues: Then and Now
February 16, after Sunday Worship Service
The Island School Library

Do you have an immigration story to tell? Are you a friend or family member of an immigrant? Do you have questions about current policies or the Tacoma Detention Center? Share stories and get information as you...Read More »

Black History Month

Sunday, February 2, 10:00 a.m.
The Island School

Rev. Zackrie Vinczen, Minister
Mike Cox, Worship Associate

In 1966, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the Ware Lecture at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. In this lecture, Dr. King stated, An older order is passing away, and a new order is coming into being. He...Read More »

Cedars Annual Event Sales Are Coming!

Donate an Event for the Sale!

Last year Cedars women and friends took a fund-raising field trip to FareStart for lunch and learning.

One of Cedars’ most anticipated fundraising activities is the Annual Event Sales. Events go on sale on March 1, 2020 following Sunday Service, so donate your event now!

Create your...Read More »

Save These Important Dates in March!

Cedars Event Sales Sign-Up
Sunday, March 1 after Sunday Worship Service
Sunday, March 8 after Sunday Worship Service

Cedars Members and Friends are designing events and registering/donating them now. You will be able to sign up for the event(s) in which you wish to participate on March 1 and March 8. See more information in this...Read More »

RE News

Sunday, January 26
RE Classes

Grades 1-4 will continue with picture book stories and related activities. The stories will be a series from Hebrew and Christian scriptures. The story this week will be Cain and Abel, and the leader is Linda Andrews, assisted by Brian Leekley.

Grades 5-8 will broaden their exploration of important issues often labeled Big Questions....Read More »

Movies That Matter (Free)

From the Ashes
Thursday, February  6, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Bainbridge Public Library

From the Ashes presents compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what is at stake for those working in the U.S. coal industry, as well as for the economy, people’s health, and the global climate.

After the film, join a community discussion with Phil Rockefeller, former State...Read More »

RE News

Sunday, January 19
RE Classes

Grades 1-4 will continue with picture book stories and related activities. The stories will be a series from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. They will start with the story of Adam and Eve and go all the way through the Easter story.
Grades 5-8 will broaden their exploration of important...Read More »

Tuesday Night Meditation

Change of Meeting Schedule
No Meeting on January 21
Resume on January 28

The Cedars Meditation Group will not have a meeting on Tuesday, January 21, so group members can attend Fran and David Korten’s talk at The Traveler.

Beginning on Tuesday, January 28, we will use Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life for...Read More »

Special Collection

Sunday, January 26
Summer in January at Fishline and Helpline!

These agencies will be the recipients of our Special Collection on Sunday, January 26th. Fishline in Poulsbo and Helpline on Bainbridge Island both provide emergency services for residents of those areas. These services include help with food, finding shelter, transportation, utilities, employment,...Read More »

Something Huge and Wild

Sunday, January 19, 10:00 a.m.
The Island School

Rev. Amanda Aikin , Guest Speaker
Penny Brewer, Worship Associate

Seventeen-year-old long distance swimmer, Chris Cox, was swimming off the California coast when she gradually became aware of a huge creature keeping pace with her. A powerful cross-species bond was created. Can we call it love?

...Read More »

The 5th Principle

Sunday, January 26, 10:00 a.m.
The Island School

Rev. Zackrie Vinczen, Minister
Emily Mockett, Worship Associate

For over two centuries, our Unitarian Universalist forebears in North America have upheld the use of the democratic process and right to conscience within our congregations. In this service, we will explore the origins of this tradition and the...Read More »

Reflections on a South African Experience

Tuesday, January 14
7:00 p.m.
The Traveler on Winslow Way
Bainbridge Island

Hear Fran and David Korten talk about their remarkable recent 3-week experience in Cape Town and Johannesburg, which included an international conference and engagements with university students and faculty, intimate conversations with some of South Africa’s activist-leaders, and visits to...Read More »


Sunday, January 12
RE Classes

Classes will resume on January 12 with a new series of lessons in each class. These will build on the fall’s review of different religions.

Grades 1-4 will continue with picture book stories and related activities, led by Bonnie Yocus. The stories will be a series from the Hebrew and Christian...Read More »

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