February 28th 2024 Enews

TUUC Weekly ENews


Thank you to everyone who came out to our Drag Queen Storytime.  It was a fun time with singing and stories from the amazing Galactic Molasses. Gratitude for all those who volunteered during the event: Doug, Holly G, Joy, Stacey, and a special thank you to the core planning team: Karna, Remi, and Krissy. We raised just over $2100 to help a family relocate. This is a little short of our goal of $2500. If you weren’t able to make it last Saturday, please consider donating to this cause. Donate Here

Let’s give a family like the Benedicts the option to move to a safer place: Read here- New York Times- Nex Benedict

<<Tea From the Trustees>>

The phrase “Spilling the Tea” originates from the LGBTQ+ community. It has now become popular in mainstream culture for younger generations. Below we have spilt the tea, as they say.


  •  The absence of our beloved minister so she can take care of her health has many of us in our feelings. I want to assure you that your board has this. In speaking with our UUA support person, Rev Sarah Schuur, we have plans for the three main areas to address during Rev Crystal’s leave.
  • I will be reaching out to local ministers to contract pastoral care services for our congregation. Stay tuned to an update once we have someone in place.
  • Rev Schuur shared some resources for filling the pulpit on Sundays that I will share with the Worship Committee.
  • In our Minister’s absence, staff supervision becomes the responsibility of the board president. Please direct all work requests for our staff to me so I can funnel and ensure staff members are not overwhelmed with requests from multiple directions. Requests can be given to me in person on Sundays or sent to board@tahomauu.org which is the email that goes to the board president.
  • We are in need of people to serve on our Board of Trustees starting July   1.  There are 4 positions that need to be filled.  It is a wonderful way to be involved the TUUC and to learn more about the behind the scenes work of running the church.  Our bylaws state that board members should be TUUC members for at least one year and have served on a committee for at least 6 months. If you don’t have enough volunteers who meet these requirements, we may propose some candidates who are a little newer to TUUC membership. Meetings are every third Thursday at 6:30- visitors welcome. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact Alana Franklin, Cindy Hacket or David Petit.
  • We are at the point of the year where we are turning our attention to next year’s budget proposal. We hope to have the building inspection completed in the next month so that information can be used to inform this process. Stay tuned for updates.
  • General Assembly is fully online this year so the UUA is hosting regional assemblies in person and online. This event will happen in April in Denver. Details can be found here: Click Here for General Assembly

Religious Exploration (RE) Update:

TUUC’s all ages youth programming is continuing along into 2024.  The previous curriculum has ended and last Sunday (2/11) marked the beginning of a new one.

The completed curriculum was “Moral Tales”, which began in the fall of 2023.  Moral Tales introduced the children to a “moral compass” which contained various tools and guideposts for making good decisions in life.  Some of these included:  inner voice, courage, justice for all, the interdependence of life, and the golden rule.  Each week the theme was introduced by sharing a story.  These stories came from all over the world and from all spans of time.

The new curriculum is called “Faithful Journeys” and spans 16 lessons.  In these lessons, the children will learn about the UU principals as demonstrated by the telling of true stories of various people putting their faith into action.  Lessons also may include songs, games and crafts.   Please read all about it here: Click Here

Lauren’s Office Hours

Hello all,

It has been such a warm welcome to TUUC. I’m so happy to be joining such a great community. While I get settled and learn all the ins and outs of the office, I will be posting my office hours with every newsletter. With the farm coming into season, my hours are likely to change weekly, but I am always available remotely via email for any of your needs.

Week of March 3rd, 2024

Sunday March 3rd- 9AM- 12:00PM

Monday March 4th, 1PM- 5PM

Tuesday March 5th 11AM-3PM

Wednesday March 6th 9AM- 2PM

Diverse Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries 

DRUUMM is launching a special membership drive this February. We are reaching out to the hundreds of new Black, Indigenous and People of Color who have attended our programs over the last year to formally join. We’re also contacting members and White allies to help us in networking with BIPOC folks in your congregations and community. Our collective strength lies in our diversity, our shared experiences, and our commitment to effecting positive change within and beyond our Unitarian Universalist faith. Learn more HERE

Upcoming Events


Worship Service

March 3rd, 2024 @ 10:30 am to 11:45 am at Sanctuary

BIPOC UU Virtual Coffee Hour 

March 3rd, 2024 @ 12:30PM

The time has been changed to 12:30pm instead of 12:00pm.


Aplos Online Directory Training – POSTPONED

The training session previously scheduled for March 10th has been temporarily postponed. If you want to access our online member directory and were planning on attending this event, please stay tuned for the announcement of a time in the future scheduled after Sunday service. People will be on hand to get you logged in, and printed copies of our directory will also be available.

Leading Ladies Covenant Group

March 13, 2024 @ 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm at Sanctuary

Third Friday Potluck

March 15, 2024 @ 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Social Hall

Casual potluck lunch with an accompanying program. No reservations required, and everyone is welcome.

Pathways to Membership

The next Pathways class will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 8:45am to approx 12:30pm. If you became a member in the fall but missed the class, please feel free to join us! Attendees will get info about our denomination, the governance of our church, expectations of membership, activities & programs, and have an opportunity to connect with other newcomers. A continental breakfast will be served.

To Register use this link: https://app.aplos.com/aws/events/pathways_to_membership

Call or email our office if you have questions: Admin@TahomaUU.com or 253-474-4646.Attending the class is not a commitment to membership, however we hope all potential members will join us for this session.Welcome Service and Luncheon for those who choose to become members will be held on the 14th of April 2024.

Worship Service

March 17, 2024 @ 10:30 am to 11:45 am at Sanctuary

Membership Committee Meeting

March 17, 2024 @ 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at TahomaUU Library

Membership Committee Monthly Meeting on the third Sunday of each month at approximately 12:00 noon following the Sunday Service. If you have questions you can talk to Susan Kunkle. To get in touch with her contact our administrator Lauren Pederson at admin@tahomauu.com.

Adult Discussion Group 

March 19th, 2024 @6:30PM

Starting on March 19th, there will be an Adult Discussion Group on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm.  We will start by discussing the book “South to America” by Imani Perry. (“A journey below the Mason-Dixon Line to Understand the Soul of a Nation.”) Meet in the library at TUUC.How can I read the book? Purchase though uuabookstore.org or anywhere you normally buy books. The Public Library has it available to check out as a book, audiobook, or ebook. There is even a summary available on kindle.Can I attend on Zoom from my home? Yes, if you let me, Maria Figueroa, know ahead of time, I can set it up, with the caveat that this would be experimental. How often will the group meet? A total of five sessions will be offered. We can meet monthly or more often depending on who would like to participate and further input.Do I have to attend every session? NoI’m in, what do I do now? Let Maria Figueroa know, email admin@tahomauu.com, or just show up March 19th.

Board of Trustees Meeting

March 21, 2024 @ 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The Board of Trustees meets on the third Thursdays to do the work of the congregation. Meetings are open to members of the congregation. Occasionally some agenda items of the Board of Trustees meetings are addressed in executive session, and open only to board members. Meetings are scheduled to be held in person in the church sanctuary unless COVID-19 precautions prompt moving the meeting online to Zoom.

TUUC Auction: “Nurturing Our Growth”

April 13th, 2024 from 6-9pm at TUUC 

We’ve all seen how our congregation is growing. Every week there are new faces and new friends to get acquainted with; new stories to share. And with this growth comes more building use, more programs and more maintenance. Your Board of Trustees has recently increased the presence of our minister, the Reverend Crystal Zerfoss, which means more salary. Our current budget was funded and passed nearly a year ago, through the generosity of a much smaller congregation. But with the increases mentioned, our funds are being stretched to their limit.        The proceeds from this auction will help us move forward to better serve both our congregation and the community which we are part of. Your $10 per adult admission will get you your own bidding number, ample hors d’oeuvres and “finger foods” (an assortment of beers and wines will be available at an extra charge), great musical entertainment and an opportunity to get to know some of the other members of our congregation. PLUS  the chance to give back to the TUUC community as we work towards Equity in Human Rights and Justice for all!         Please consider being a part of this event; either joining us that night for fun, food and an opportunity to contribute to the fund drive or donating something valued at $25 or more for others to bid on. Better yet…do BOTH!  Use this link to go directly to the online donation form https://forms.gle/Rktb1eG3m3GV… or send an email to TUUCAuction2024@Gmail.com requesting a form be sent to you. Registration for the festivities will soon be available online; this will be very helpful to the committee for estimating the seating and food amounts. You may also use the above email to let us know you are interested in volunteering to help; many hands make light work for all. With your support a good time will be had by all!

Calling all who follow a nature-centered spiritual path!

We will be holding a meeting in the near future to discuss the possibility of reviving the CUUPS committee. The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) is an organization dedicated to networking Pagan-identified Unitarian Universalists (UUs), educating people about Paganism, promoting interfaith dialogue, developing Pagan liturgies and theologies, and supporting Pagan-identified UU religious professionals.

You can learn more here: Click Here

The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) was chartered by the Unitarian Universalist Association at the General Assembly in 1987 for purposes of enabling:

  • networking among Pagan Identified UUs; providing outreach of Unitarian Universalism to the broader Pagan community continentally.
  • providing educational materials on Paganism for Unitarian Universalist congregations and the general public.
  • promoting Pagan – Jewish & Christian dialogue; encouraging the development of theological and liturgical materials based on earth and nature centered religious and spiritual perspectives.
  • encouraging greater use of music, dance, visual arts, poetry, story, and creative ritual in Unitarian Universalist worship and celebration.
  • providing support for Pagan-identified UU religious professionals and ministerial students; and fostering healing relationships with our mother the Earth and all her children.

If you are interested in attending this meeting, please contact Chuck Hall



Volunteer Opportunities


*NEW*Adult Discussion Group

Are you interested in exploring religious or spiritual topics within our TUUC community? I am hoping to gather a discussion group that meets biweekly or monthly for a limited time, and I am hoping to find someone who can co-facilitate. My ideas for topics include: discussing a podcast e.g., “All There Is,” by Anderson Cooper about grief, or a book, e.g. “Caste,” or “South to America.” Or bring me your ideas! Contact Maria Figueroa with any interest in col-leading or participating.

Safe Parking Needs You!TUUC offers a safe place to park with basic sanitation for people who are living in their cars. We are one of four Safe Parking sites in the Tacoma/Safe Parking network and we host a maximum of five cars. We welcome all guests (and pets) to our site who have passed a background check, have a functioning vehicle and agree to our Code of Conduct designed to support positive relations between guests, neighbors and congregants. Please indicate any interest to Administrator Sharon Gold (admin@tahomauu.com) or the coordinating committee (tuuchousingsubcomm@gmail.com) We’re happy to answer questions. We could use a few more volunteers to:

1. Serve on the coordinating committee (TUUC Social Justice Committee Subcommittee on Housing Insecurity). We meet Wednesdays at 6pm via zoom.

2. Serve as a site volunteer. Site volunteers work in teams picking up trash and wiping down the porta potty and handwashing station with sanitizing wipes.

3. Organize a simple weekly, bi-weekly or monthly meal for our guests.

4. Consider serving as a Cold Weather volunteer. This would involve staying overnight in the church with guests who want to come inside out of their cars when the temperatures dip below 40 degrees. This is not a predictable event.

MusiciansOur services are richer and more inspiring with music! We want to consider all our musical resources in the congregation to support our musical ministry. If you are a vocalist or consider yourself proficient at an instrument, please let us know. You can email admin@tahomaUU.com or talk with Doug Booth.

RE & Nursery Volunteers Needed!We need volunteers to help keep our Nursery open every Sunday and to help with our Religious Exploration program for kids. If you are interested, you can fill out the form for background checks by clicking here and email a completed copy to admin@tahomauu.com. Please consider attending one of the monthly committee meetings on the 4th Sunday of each month after service. Volunteers who have had a background check done by TUUC for RE within the last year can sign up for specific dates to support RE and the Nursery click here

Technology AssistanceWe seek an age and gender-diverse group of volunteers to assist with technology at TUUC. We have a need for more sound board operators and if you have an interest in administering the Zoom service, we can also provide training. Email admin@TahomaUU.com or talk with Mikel Kirk.

Caffeine TeamThe Caffeine Team could use a few more volunteers! Time investment is minimal and the joy you bring to congregants is maximal. Training provided; success guaranteed. We’re looking for folks who will commit to one Sunday a month on a regular basis (with flexibility, of course, for travel and other kinds of fun!). Please email Administrator Sharon Gold: admin@tahomauu.com with any inquiries. Chat Chaplains and Celebrants! Celebrants assist with worship in person by helping to lead our unison readings, asking for the offering, and supporting the preacher.  Training and support to the celebrant is provided.  As TUUC transitions to part time ministry, this service will be even more needed. Chat Chaplains serve our online community by welcoming those attending via Zoom, and providing information for the service in the chat.  If you’re a regular online attender, please consider this role to keep our online community supported and safe. Contact minister@tahomauu.com for more information and to volunteer.

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This has been a particularly rough season in our lives, our communities, and the world. So in addition to folks being able to leave a voicemail or text message on our pastoral care line, BLUU is reinstituting regular office hours to serve the needs of our community. This will be a set time frame during which a Black UU or Black person who shares our values can call into our Pastoral Care Line (984-219-8710) and speak to someone directly, or leave a message to schedule pastoral or spiritual care if the staff person on call is already speaking with someone else. Please note the following office hours:

Albie Johnson, Commissioned Lay Minister:

Fridays at 11a.m. – 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. – 12 noon CT

Rev. Mykal Slack, Community Minister:

Tuesdays at 2-4 p.m. ET/1-3pm ET

Pastoral care is a model of emotional and spiritual support that can be found in all cultures and traditions. People who provide pastoral care offer support to people in their joys, sorrows, and uncertainties associated with specific life events occurring while part of the community in which pastoral caregivers serve. Spiritual care is a multi-faceted model of support in individuals’ search for meaning, purpose, wholeness, and connection in day-to-day life.


Safe Parking Donation Items *Update you can leave non-monetary donations in the large green box by the front doors (inside) at TUUC.*

The TUUC Safe Parking team hope you can help our guests with the following needs: 1. Safeway gift cards (up to $25). Guests can use these for gas and anything else Safeway sells. We give one $25 card to each new guest and may give a guest more cards depending on length of stay and need. 2. Body wipes. We do not offer showers so body wipes offer a modicum of sanitation and relief for our guests. We give a package to each new guest. 3. Sleeping bags 4. Blankets 5. Handwarmers Please direct any questions to our Administrator Lauren Pederson (admin@tahomauu.com) or the Safe Parking coordinating team (tuuchousingsubcomm@gmail.com) Thank you