2019 UUA General Assembly

Spokane was selected by the UUA to host the annual General Assembly in 2019. The dates for the 2019 General Assembly are June 19th through June 23rd. More information will be communicated in the next 18 months. There are many ways to be involved, if you have any questions please contact Stephanie Samson at stephaniesamson@comcast.net.

Host a General Assembly Delegate in Your Home June 2019

Exciting times are ahead when the annual UU Association General Assembly comes to Spokane June 19-23. Being a home host is an excellent opportunity to support and be a part of this event. Money raised from offering our homes helps our church with expenses of hosting GA and will contribute to our General Fund. For more information and to volunteer, look for a table in the Friendship Hall on Sundays during September. You can also email webmaster@uuspokane.org.

Candles of Care

Kindling our Candles of Care each Sunday is an important part of how we create community. In order to assure a timely response, please submit any requests by calling the church office during office hours Monday through Thursday (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.), or sending them via email to our Communications Manager at commanager@uuspokane.org.  We cannot guarantee requests submitted after Thursday will be included during the following Sunday’s services, but will try. If not, we will mention the request on the following Sunday.

 Buddhist Meditation Class 

The nuns from the Tibetan Buddhist Sravasti Abbey are engaged in a 3 month silent retreat and there will be a break from mid-December thru mid-January. Beginning January 14, student-led meditation classes will be held each Monday from 6:30-8pm in our chapel through the end of March. Beginners and drop-ins are always welcome! Each class includes two meditation sessions, homework, discussion/questions, and reflection on the book, A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives by Thupten Jinpa, PhD.— though it is not necessary to have the book or to have read it. Contact Susan Virnig, susan@newstories.org for more information.

 Parent Night Out!

Take an evening to yourself on the second Friday of every month, when you can drop the kiddos off at church for an evening of fun activities. Childcare is available from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., with a pizza dinner provided. Space is limited to 15 kids, so sign up for the next Parent Night Out now, here!


  Programs and Activities

Kerdcera Dojo

The Kerdcera Dojo means, “The practice of heart and mind,” and meets in our chapel each Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof and Dr. Candace Schmidt guide participants in the practice of logic and Emotional Intelligence techniques.

UU Women 

UU  Women’s 2nd Tuesday Lunch

Check the Weekly Focus for time and location.

Third Thursday Book Group

December 20th. 1:00 p.m. A time to choose the reading list for 2019, talk about good reads and celebrate the holidays. New readers are always welcome. Please contact Donna Borden Rhodes at dbordenrhodes@comcast.net for more information. The book selection for January is Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean.

UUCS Men’s Breakfast Meeting

The UUCS Men’s Group meets for breakfast on the third Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the dining room of the Summit Tower at Rockwood South, 2903 E 25th Ave, Spokane. Gordon Diddens 408-966-8448 or gadiddens@gmail.com.


The second Wednesday of every month the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane hosts Vespers, a 90 minute reflective service that begins at 6:30 pm in the Chapel. Join us as we share readings, songs and our thoughts. We also invite you to bring a brown bag dinner to enjoy a meal together at 6:00 pm. If you would like more information regarding this meditative candle lit service please contact Anna Morrison at amorrison20@hotmail.com.


UU101 is held the 2nd Sunday of each month, from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the UUCS -Cummings Room.  We meet with people new to Unitarian Universalism or new to our church, to talk about our principles, worship service, activities, and any other aspects of our church. We also answer questions about how to join the church, the requirements for membership, and when membership classes are offered. We welcome anyone who has questions or wants to learn more. The meeting is tailored to those in attendance. Contact MaryAnne Winniford, mawinniford@gmail.com.

Memoir Writing

Memoir Writing meets the second Sunday of each month 9:15-10:45 a.m. in the Potter room. Open to all writers, with an emphasis on memoir writing. Bring any new writing you’d like to work on and/or share. Contact: Wesley Schantz, wesley.schantz@fulbrightmail.org.

Spokane LGBTQ Senior Group Formed

All are welcome, for more information please contact Nancy Avery at 509-385-1447.  For more information you can reach me at NancyTavery@comcast.net or 509-3845-1447. ~Nancy Avery, PRIDE Team Leader.

Upcoming LGBTQ+ Events

Unless indicated otherwise, all Spokane events are held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane (UUCS) at 4340 W. Fort George Wright, a welcoming congregation; these are NOT “church” events.   Note the addition of events in Coeur d’ Alene, every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Lunch OUT On The Town is every 1st Wednesday.  Additional “popup” events are posted on our “Spokane LGBT Seniors” Facebook page here:  https://www.facebook.com/SpokaneLGBTSeniors/

Saturday, Dec.15                       Potluck 12:00-3:00
Tuesday, Dec. 18                       Coffee and conversation 1:00-3:00

Wednesday, January 2              Lunch on the town TBD 12:30
Saturday, Jan. 12                      Potluck 12:00-3:00
Tuesday, Jan. 22                       Coffee and conversation 1:00-3:00

Circle Suppers Sign-Ups Happening NOW!

Are you looking for deeper connections with people you see at church?
Sign up for a new monthly Circle Supper group to ‘create community’!
• Signup for theme-based Potluck Circle Supper Groups in December on sheets near the Welcome Table.
• Circle Supper Groups will meet in January and February, break to sign up for a new theme and group in March, and then re-start with a new themed group for April and May.
• You can participate in one or both of the January/February or April/May Groups
Questions? Contact Ann-Scott Ettinger, bark4snow@comcast.net 

Social Justice Council meeting has been changed to the  SECOND Monday of each month at 6:30.  For more information please contact Dian OBrien

Social Justice Team will meet on the SECOND Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Social Justice Blanket Drive

Blanket Drive – clean and/new blankets, and sleeping bags are needed for this winter. Blankets will be distributed through Outreach Center, House of Charities, Blessing Under the Bridge and Bridgits Cloak. Pam Davies 714-0531.

Crosswalk Volunteers Needed  

The Social Justice Coordinating Council is looking for a small group of people who would be willing to provide dinner for about 20 youth on the first Tuesday of each month at Crosswalk. The group could cook the meal at Crosswalk, or bring it from home. UUCS has provided a monthly meal for many years. Crosswalk is the only licensed emergency shelter serving runaway and homeless youth in Eastern Washington. Please contact Nancy Avery for further information or to get involved.  NancyTavery@comcast.net 509-385-1447

CENTER for JUSTICE: Many services available incl. LFO’s, restoring drivers’ licenses; housing and clearing records. No walk-ins, must have an appointment. Center for Justice, 35 W Main #300. For more information please call 509-835-5211.


Here’s what’s on the church calendar in the next few days. To see the details, just click the event.

January 23, 2019
Weekly SUUNday Focus Deadline
Board of Trustees
Trans People Support Group
January 24, 2019
Kitchen Rental
Mixed Choir Prep
partner church meeting
Transgender Support Group (Private)
Mixed Choir Rehearsal