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Summer Wonder

It’s summertime and many in our congregation, including most on our board members, are away, so I’m spending my summer days pondering what’s ahead. TUUC is at the point of New Beginnings. We have a newly settled minister, Linda, three new board members, and clearly defined goals  — engagement, social justice, and financial stability. Oh … Continued

Partners in Transformation

About a year ago, the Tahoma UU Congregation entered into a partnership with the Vashon Island Unitarian Fellowship. Our minister, Linda Hart, works with their Board and provides worship service support to the community at Vashon. Both congregations are supporting, and receiving the benefits of, Matt Aspin’s ministerial internship. In early April, the Boards of … Continued

How Will We Then Thrive?

Spring is here. We enjoy more light each day. We see buds and new growth in forests and parks, gardens, and backyards. Our wonderful corner of Cascadia is feeling new energy and creating this year’s version of what it means to be the rain-soaked, ocean-fueled, mountain-encircled, salmon-growing jewel that we call home. Spring is here. … Continued

Calling Rev. Dr. Linda A. Hart as Settled Minister

On Sunday, March 5, 2017, the membership of the Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation voted to call the Reverend Dr. Linda A. Hart to serve as the settled minister of our congregation. Linda accepted the congregation’s call, agreeing to continue her ministry at TUUC (helping us to laugh, dance, and be fantastic). The congregation’s vote affirms … Continued


Happy! Lucky me. Lucky us. I get to share the good news that the Rev. Dr. Linda A. Hart is a candidate to become the settled minister for the Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation! In late January, a Task Force of five TUUC members convened conversations in which about 70 congregants: discussed their experiences during Linda’s … Continued

Our Vision of the Future

Like most organizations, the Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation has written statements of vision and mission. Through a series of #fUUtureFaith conversations that Rev. Linda Hart facilitated last winter and spring, we affirmed these statements, which convey our view of the future of Unitarian Universalism in Pierce County. To paraphrase: We sustain an enduring Tahoma Unitarian … Continued

“… the epoch of belief … the epoch of incredulity”

November 2016 seems likely to feature prominently In the story of our communities. We’ve been rocked by an election campaign and election results that that seem both shockingly unprecedented and reminiscent of some of the darkest chapters of our history. Dickens’ famous opening sentence about “the best of times … the worst of times” builds … Continued

“And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so?”

  “And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so?” This question is the opening line of Raymond Carver’s “Late Fragment,” a poem that seems to reach out to me every few years. Earlier in 2016 I heard this line as the culminating “bonus” question in a commencement address at the Harvard … Continued

Sharing Stories

I’ve been thinking about stories. In part because I’ve been reading stories and essays about stories. (Thank you John Barth and Wendell Berry.) But also because I’m part of the team of Tahoma UU Congregation members who will be sharing from the pulpit during our (fairly) annual “What I Read This Summer” worship service on … Continued