Saying yes energizes me April 12, 2024 by Carolyn Kerns - I love my chosen communities. Cedars is one of the most important communities to me. You may have noticed that I say YES to many things in our Unitarian Universalist Congregation. From social action, to teaching the next generation about our values. From the… more
Enjoy Spring and Summer with Friends March 8, 2024 by Carolyn Kerns - We have brought back our annual Hosted Event Sales. People in the congregation are offering events and gatherings as a way to build community and raise some funding for Cedars. You will find something for everyone, including: Themed Dinners Mahjong… more
Article II of the UUA Bylaws: Purposes, Values and Inspirations February 16, 2024 by Carolyn Kerns - Every 15 years, Unitarian Universalist Congregations are asked to review Article II of the UUA Bylaws. Last June, delegates to General Assembly overwhelmingly (86%) voted to further explore the Purposes, Principles (Values) and Sources (Inspirations). This year, we will be… more
Small Event Fundraising for Cedars January 19, 2024 by Carolyn Kerns - We are bringing Hosted Events back again this year! The objective is to provide creative and enjoyable opportunities for Cedars people to know and appreciate each other better while helping with fundraising to support the congregation's ongoing operation. Sponsors (like you)… more
Cedars’ Congregational History  January 5, 2024 by Carolyn Kerns - The Bainbridge Island Review is currently celebrating 100 years of publishing history and has invited the sharing of locally significant memories from the period. This is especially relevant to Cedars, because we can be thankful for the newspaper error that… more
A New Year Opportunity  January 5, 2024 by Carolyn Kerns - Cedars has been supporting Super Suppers on Bainbridge for many years. Once per month, we partner with Congregation Kol Shalom to serve a healthy, hearty meal to people at the Eagle Harbor Congregational Church. It has become such a success that the… more
Christmas Eve December 29, 2023 by Carolyn Kerns - Webster Hall was filled with carol-singing and candlelight last Sunday evening as we gathered for a special Christmas Eve Service in which Rev. Zackrie helped us recognize and appreciate the present-day significance of the original nativity story. more
New Year Opportunities December 29, 2023 by Carolyn Kerns - Many people make resolutions on New Year's Eve. One poll found that 37% of respondents made one in 2022. Another survey found that the average resolution lasts 3.74 months. The poll also revealed that just 8% of respondents stick with their goals for… more
Donations: Women & Children Experiencing Domestic Violence December 14, 2023 by Carolyn Kerns - At our Christmas Eve gathering, Cedars will collect donations of new socks, underwear, and pajamas (all sizes) for women and children. We will also collect VISA and Safeway gift cards. They will be donated to the YWCA Alive Shelter whose… more
Super Supper Sign-Ups December 1, 2023 by Carolyn Kerns - Cedars, in partnership with Kol Shalom, offers Super Supper dinners on the last Tuesday of each month. Super suppers are a free meal for those in need provided by members of the Bainbridge Island Interfaith Council. We now have a… more
December Special Collection December 1, 2023 by Carolyn Kerns - Cedars holds a Special Collection monthly for community outreach as a way to educate our congregation about the work of various nonprofit organizations that reflect our values and to channel our generosity in support of them.  On December 10th, the… more
Love at the Center December 1, 2023 by Carolyn Kerns - Five months ago, the congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association voted to move forward with more discussion and discernment regarding changes to Article II of the UUA Bylaws. These are more commonly referred to as the Seven Principles and Six Sources of… more
Social Action Highlights of 2022 January 18, 2023 by Admin - The committee merged the Social Justice Network and Social Action Committees into one Committee. The focus for the Committee for 2022 was to restructure the committee, reinstitute monthly Special Collections, and offer monthly opportunities for the congregation to gather around… more
Cedars Booth at Pride July 5, 2022 by Carolyn Kerns - On July 17th, Bainbridge Island is holding a pride celebration at Waterfront Park and Cedars will be there hosting a reading booth!  Come see us at the festivities to grab a refreshment and relax in our comfy reading tent. We… more
Join the Bainbridge Island Climate Smart Challenge! May 2, 2022 by Admin - Bainbridge Island is working to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2025, and you can help! The new Climate Smart Challenge will be a fun way to identify key actions you and your family can take to help implement our Climate Action… more
You can be a Climate Changemaker! May 2, 2022 by Admin - Changemakers are energetic, ardent advocates for environmental values making a world-changing difference, especially addressing the challenges of climate change. Join them in taking an hour per week to call or write friends, utilities, newspapers, and representatives with a bunch of… more
Safe Gathering at Cedars March 15, 2022 by Carolyn Kerns - Now, and going forward, Cedars will begin following the guidelines for Houses of Worship as a result of our Governor’s actions and an Island School Task Force review. What does this mean?   Masks are optional, but we will still welcome… more
Volunteer Work Day at the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial March 3, 2022 by Carolyn Kerns - Cedars members and friends were there, joining with more than 120 others for the volunteer workday on February 19th. Bainbridge Island's Japanese American Exclusion Memorial was beautified for the upcoming Day of Remembrance that will mark the 80th anniversary of… more
Disposable Mask Recycling February 25, 2022 by Carolyn Kerns - The Green Sanctuary Committee and the Social Justice Committee have teamed up to offer disposable mask recycling. Cedars has purchased a box through the Terracycle program in which we will collect disposable masks which will be sent to Terracycle where… more
Parent Chalice Circle Forming February 4, 2022 by Carolyn Kerns - Would you like to meet regularly with other Cedars parents? Our Parent Chalice Circle is a new venture of the Cedars Faith Formation Committee. The idea is to create a space where parents, grandparents, and caregivers can meet to share… more