Our Community Auction – our church’s biggest fundraiser  begins Oct 28!


Registration Closes This Sunday!

Registration is filling up quickly, please be sure to go online and complete your registration before the September 23, 2018 Deadline. *Late registration will result in an additional $25 fee. Reserve your spot soon to be a part of this annual gathering at Camp ‘n Sid Sen on Lake Coeur d’ Alene. The retreat is held September 28-30. For more information and to register go to uuspokane.org.  We now have over 50 campers signed up from across Idaho, Montana and Washington!

2nd Harvest “Big Build”

Please join us on Saturday, September 29th, to participate in the 2nd Harvest”Big Build” where a team from our church helps assemble Bite to Go Kits. Lots of fun and a great family activity! To sign up or for more information, contact Pat Warpenburg at 509-710-5354 or pat.warpy@hotmail.com.

Vespers is moving! 

Vespers is moving the the second Wednesday of the month.  If you would like more information regarding this meditative candle lit service please contact Anna Morrison at amorrison20@hotmail.com.

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.

Path to Membership

All those interested in officially joining the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane are invited to attend Path to Membership classes directly after 2nd service on November 4th and 18th, 12:30 to 2:30. Lunch is provided at the first class, and childcare is available. Registration forms will be available in the Sunday Focus starting September 23rd through the month of October. For any questions, please call Johnna, co-chair of the Path to Membership team, at 509-720-9299.

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. ~ Erin Rosenkrance, Communications Manager

 Meditation Class Continues

The nuns from the Tibetan Buddhist Sravasti Abbey outside Newport are teaching in our chapel each Monday from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Beginners and drop-ins are always welcome! The classes include two meditation sessions, homework, discussion/questions, and reflection on the book Working with Anger, written by the Sravasti Abbess — though it is not necessary to have the book or to have read it. Contact Susan Virnig, susan@newstories.org for more information.

Giant Yard Sale to benefit Sravasti Abbey

Many of you know that the nuns from Sravasti Abbey have taught meditation at our church for 10 years as of this fall. Some of you also know that the nuns rely on the kindness of others for their food and daily life. A portion of the proceeds from this yard sale will be given to the nun’s medical fund. It’s also a chance, for those interested, to learn more about cohousing and tour the site where half a dozen church members or regular attendees at our Meditation Class are working together to build their own neighborhood based on values of sustainability, intergenerational community and shared responsibility. For more information contact Susan Virnig susan@newstories.org or 535-3998.  Haystack Heights Cohousing Giant Yard Sale Sat. Sept. 29, 9am-4pm. 907 E. 8th Ave.

The South Asia Cultural Association (SACA) of Spokane presents an evening of Indian Classical Music:

RAGA THARANGA “Melodious Waves”

Saturday,October 6th, 2018 6 PM – 9 PM
Light Indian vegetarian dinner available for purchase starting at 5:00 PM
Unity Spiritual Center
2900 S. Bernard Street
Spokane, WA 99203
Contact Sreedharani Nandagopal at sacaspokane@gmail.com or (509) 467-5558

  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 

Third Thursday Book Group.
September 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.  The read  for September is “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow-a  lengthy read; the biography of an important, brilliant patriot. For more information, to join the group: please contact Donna Borden Rhodes at dbordenrhodes@comcast.net. New readers are always welcome. The book selection for October is “Brain on Fire-My Month of Madness” by Susannah Cahalan.

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.


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.

Yoga for Every”Body”

Our weekly yoga class will resume in mid-September if you have questions please contact Instructor: Jimmie Allen Mobile: 509-919-0709 E-mail: tragiclyhip2002@yahoo.com.

Lending Library Up and Running

Volunteer extraordinaire Tom Schmidt has sorted, organized and updated the books and materials in the UUCS Lending Library, located in the RE Wing. Thanks to Tom, we’ve got an extensive variety of titles to borrow and read. Instructions for borrowing are displayed on the shelves, and books are stamped with the UUSC address stamp. Be sure to return these stamped books to the library, NOT the book tables in the Friendship Hall.

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/

Tuesday, September 18 Coffee and conversation 1:00-3:00

Wednesday, October 3 Lunch on the town TBD 12:30
Saturday, October 13 Potluck 12:00-3:00
Wednesday, October 17 Coffee Social Jewett House 2:00-4:00 CDA
Tuesday, Oct. 23 Coffee and conversation 1:00-3:00

Social Justice Events are also posted in the church on the bulletin boards.


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

September 23, 2018
Nursery Care for Sunday Services
Religious Education for Children and Youth
Nursery Care for Sunday Services
Sunday Worship
Young Adult Stone Soup
September 24, 2018
Problem Solvers
Meditation Group