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Events the Past Three Months

Parent Orientation Session: Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education program for 7th-9th grade

Saturday, September 6, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia WA 98502

info.. Sara Lewis, Director of Religious Education, dre@ouuc.org
Website.. http://www.ouuc.org

Admission/cost.. donations appreciated

Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas:

  • Human development
  • Relationships
  • Personal skills
  • Sexual behavior
  • Sexual health, and
  • Society and culture.

    Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.

    A Parent Orientation and information session will be held on Saturday, September 6, 9:30-12:30. OWL classes will be held on Sundays, 11am-1pm, September 2014 through May 2015.

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  • Towards Peace and Tolerance

    Thursday, September 11th, 7 pm
    First United Methodist Church, 1224 Legion Way SE, Olympia 98501

    info.. Interfaith Works, 357-7224; office(at)interfaith-works.org

    Admission/cost.. free

    On this day, we gather to remember and reflect on our common commitment to peace and tolerance-in our community, our nation, and around the world. We will be in The Gathering Place Room, upstairs. All are welcome to this interfaith service.

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    Introduction to Centering Prayer

    Saturday, September 13, 9:00am - 3:00pm
    The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

    info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595, prioryprograms@gmail.com
    Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

    Admission/cost.. $60

    Centering Prayer is a form of contemplative prayer, a prayer of being, when our hearts listen in silence. This day-long introduction covers the basics of Centering Prayer, with ample time for practicing it and opportunities to share experiences and ask questions.

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    Creative Writing For Health, Happiness And Spiritual Connection

    1st and 3rd Thursdays, September 18-December 18, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia 98502

    info.. info@ouuc.org
    Website.. http://ouuc.org

    Admission/cost.. Quarterly registration fee: $10 one class/$20 unlimited classes

    If there is a weakness common among UUs, perhaps it would be over-intellectualizing. Staying in our heads can feel safe for so many reasons, but it is not healthy. Intellectualizing can be a psychological defense mechanism. It is the opposite of an ostrich burying its head in the sand. Over-intellectualizing is like burying your body in the sand! It is time for Oly UUs to pull our creative selves out and dust them off. Make way for an OUUC Renaissance! Let's make some poetry, Baby!! Find our hidden selves in personal essays. Get creative, messy and uncomfortable with punktuation (and spelling!) Tell fantastic stories about frivolous things that reveal beauty, surprises, forests of forbidden feelings, imaginary worlds, the deep longing of emotionally unfulfilled electric toothbrushes, and truth that is not understandable by the mind. In this class students will connect to each other and their deeper selves through creative writing. In December we will create an OUUC Zine and publish selected works on the church website.

    Contemplative Meditation

    Saturday, 9/20/2014, 9:00am - 3:00pm
    The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

    info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595, prioryprograms@gmail.com
    Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

    Admission/cost.. $60

    Contemplation changes our experience of ourselves, God, and all things. Come explore connecting with your True Self through this powerful meditation. Encounter Love as you open thoughts, feelings, and perspectives in Divine Presence. Try on contemplation as a way of responding to life's challenges. Re-enter your world refreshed and renewed.

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    International Day of Peace - 5th Annual Olympia Celebration

    Sunday, September 21, All Day - see schedule
    Heritage Park, 5th & Water Streets, Olympia 98501

    info.. Terrance Zander, tezzer1.tz@gmail.com
    Website.. http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/

    Admission/cost.. Free

    Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strenthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

    Established in 1981 by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, held on the third Tuesday of September, Olympia invites you to be a part of our 5th Annual International Day of Peace Celebration.


    Kite Making & flying; Arts, Crafts and Games; Photo with your message; Theater of the Oppressed and more

  • 11:45am MUSIC FOR PEACE
    Artesian Rumble Arkestra

    Robert Satiacum, Puyallup Tribal Leader

  • 12:15pm MUSIC FOR PEACE
    Artesian Rumble Arkestra

    honoring People's Climate March

    Led by Koro Kaisan Miles

    Open Heart Open Mind Singing Bowls

  • 2:00pm ARRIVAL of the DOVES
    from Jane Goodall

  • 2:30pm DRUMS & DANCES
    River Ridge High School Taiko Drummers, Cool Water Hula

  • 3:00pm SPOKEN WORD
    Voices from the Day of Listening


    Sponsors: Global Days of Listening, Interfaith Works, Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation, Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation - Social Justice Committee, Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, Rachel Corrie Foundation, Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art, Veterans for Peace - Rachel Corrie Chapter 109

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  • The Immortal Symphonies Of Beethoven

    Mondays, September 22 and 29, October 6 and 13, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia 98502

    info.. info@ouuc.org
    Website.. http://ouuc.org

    Admission/cost.. Quarterly registration fee: $10 one class/$20 unlimited classes

    In 1802 Vienna's most acclaimed composer, Ludwig van Beethoven, revealed a physical liability that threatened to end his musical creativity: progressive loss of hearing. Fortunately he determined to (in his own words) "... seize Fate by the throat..." and, despite subsequent deafness, he composed nine symphonies that speak a universal language.

    Why do orchestra music lovers throughout the world continue year after year to pay homage to the symphonies of Beethoven? What distinctive characteristics found in Beethoven's symphonic compositions account for their universal appeal? This class will address these questions through an investigation of the life and compositional genius of Ludwig van Beethoven.The instructor, a professor emeritus of music, will provide live demonstration of Beethoven's demands upon the horn players in his symphonies. Audio-video recordings of the heroic Third Symphony, infamous Fifth Symphony and colossal Ninth Symphony will be included.

    What's In Your Medicine Cabinet?

    Tuesdays, September 23 and 30, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia 98502

    info.. info@ouuc.org
    Website.. http://ouuc.org

    Admission/cost.. Quarterly registration fee: $10 one class/$20 unlimited classes

    Have you taken a look at your medicine cabinet lately? I mean really taken a good look in there to see if you have unused or outdated prescription or over-the-counter medications? Are you unsure what to do with these medications? Many of us end up flushing old meds down the toilet or throwing them in our garbage cans. Some even toss them down their sinks.

    That's when the drugs that are designed to improve our lives contaminate our water and soil.

    Please join us to learn how to evaluate what's in your medicine cabinet. At the end of the class, you will know the dangers lurking in your medicine cabinet and, more importantly, how to dispose of unwanted medications properly. Doing this correctly will help protect everyone in your home (including your pets) and even the environment. There will be some homework between sessions.

    40 Days for Life

    Mon-Sun, September 24 - November 3, 2014, 24/7
    Planned Parenthood, 402 Legion Way SE, Olympia, Washington

    info.. For more information contact Ed at 40daysforlife@aol.com or 360-561-5548
    Website.. http://40daysforlife.com/mission/

    Admission/cost.. FREE

    40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion. It consists in 40-day, non-stop, round-the-clock prayer vigil outside abortion facilities and Planned Parenthood centers.

    More participants from Olympia's faith community are needed. Campaign kick off potluck will be held at St Michael Parish (1208 11th Ave SE, Olympia) on Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:00 pm.

    About 40 Days for Life:
    The first nationwide, coordinated 40 Days for Life effort was launched in the fall of 2007. The project has since expanded internationally to include campaigns in more than 300 cities on five continents.

    40 Days for Life is a non-profit organization under section 501c3 of the United States tax code, based in College Station, Texas.

    American Religious Traditions

    Thursdays, September 25, October 2, 9, 16, and 23, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia, 98502

    info.. info@ouuc.org
    Website.. http://ouuc.org

    Admission/cost.. Quarterly registration fee: $10 for one class/$20 multiple classes

    The political, social and cultural climate in the United States has made us more aware of the impact of religious belief and practice on the lives of all people in this country. This class will look at the past and present role of religion in America, and on the influence religion has had and continues to have on American culture.

    It will also look at religious movements that are uniquely American: the Great Awakening, and the emergence of 19th century denominations, including the Church of Latter Day Saints, Christian Science, Seventh Day Adventism, and Jehovah's Witnesses.

    We will explore our past, and our future, by asking, "How did the American experience influence religion, and how did religion influence our culture? Can a deeper understanding of our historical experience shape how we interact with other religious traditions today?"

    Transcendentalism Revisited

    Thursday, September 25, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    OUUC, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia

    info.. info@ouuc.org
    Website.. http://ouuc.org

    Admission/cost.. Quarterly registration fee: $10 one class/$20 unlimited classes

    This class focuses on Transcendentalism, with particular attention to how it has unfolded in American Literature. With handouts, the conversation will be guided around the topic using:

  • Perry Miller's one-page introduction to the topic;
  • Quotes of Mary Moody Emerson, Emerson's aunt and mentor, from Lawrence Buell's The American Transcendentalists: Essential Writing;
  • A page from Emerson's "Divinity School Address" (1846);
  • A few quotes from Henry David Thoreau's Walden and "Resistance to Civil Government" (often titled "Civil Disobedience") and a quote from "Life Without Principle".
  • Several stanzas from Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" and "Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Rocking" (his "artistic vocation" poem.) Both are online, and participants may wish to bring their own copies of these poems.

  • Day of Caring

    Friday, September 26, 9 am - 5 pm
    various, in Thurston County

    info.. vista@unitedway-thurston.org
    Website.. http://getconnected.unitedway-thurston.org/

    Admission/cost.. Free

    Day of Caring is the largest single day of volunteerism in the South Sound! We invite you to join us as we celebrate 22 years of Day of Caring in Thurston County, where volunteer teams come together to complete one-day service projects for local agencies. Last year's Day of Caring a great success, with over 750 volunteers and nearly 40 project sites, and we are looking to bring in even more agencies and volunteers for 2014 to make an even bigger impact in our community! Go to http://getconnected.unitedway-thurston.org/ to find a project and sign up by August 29.

    Peacemaking: Healing Community and Earth after War - El Salvador Experience

    Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Traditions Cafe, 300 - 5th Ave SW, Olympia 98501

    info.. Bob Zeigler, (360) 570-0848, ZeiglerBob@msn.com
    Website.. http://discover-peace.org/

    Admission/cost.. Free will offering

    Chencho Alas will speak on Central America Peace and Justice Work and Organizing from the bottom-up by focusing and building on small successes. His work on peasant empowerment has produced amazing success on healing the community and the earth and provides a model that can be applied other areas. He has worked to empower the poor and the landless in El Salvador for 50 years, combining environmental, peace and justice efforts. It is a model that could be used to heal other areas torn apart by war and for other work for justice and peace.

    Chencho is director of Foundation for Sustainability and Peacemaking in Mesoamerica (Southern Mexico to Panama) http://discover-peace.org/ . This foundation sponsors workshops for peacemakers focusing on values and principles that encourage change bottom-up and training for economic self sufficiency and empowerment. Their approach to training and development is based on Appreciative Inquiry Methodology, which is a strengths based approach that builds on the positive. Efforts include alternatives to youth gangs, defending rights of women and environmental restoration and organic agriculture.

    Story as Legacy: Recording Your Legacy

    Saturday, 9/27/14, 9:00am - 3:00pm
    The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

    info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595, prioryprograms@gmail.com
    Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

    Admission/cost.. $55 (includes workbook)

    Author Reb Zalman Schacter once asked, "Are you saved?" not in a theological sense, but in a computer sense. Have we been "saved" in the sense of "downloading" our life experiences to future generations? This highly interactive workshop will help you begin recording your legacy.

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    Breaking Free: Drawing The Line With The Addict In Your Life

    Saturday, September 27, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia 98502

    info.. info@ouuc.org
    Website.. http://ouuc.org

    Admission/cost.. Quarterly registration fee: $10 one class/$20 unlimited classes

    Built around the instructional video Breaking Free, this class is designed to help those who are dealing with the addiction of another person in their life, such as a wife or husband, parent or co-worker.

    It is critical to understand exactly what one is contending with in order to confront the challenge of dealing with addiction. This class will help participants find a way to help themselves first, and then go on to help the person suffering from the addiction get on the path to recovery.

    The goal is to help those who find themselves in this situation not to become enablers or co-dependent (or both), but to develop the tools to deal with the addict and to find the strength to build their own healthy life. The video includes several dramatizations of various personal relationships and seven different types of addiction, showing that the same circumstances exist no matter the addiction. It also includes a dramatized educational portion to teach people exactly why addiction is a treatable disease of the brain.

    The class will open with an introductory presentation of 15-20 minutes, followed by the presentation of the 45-minute video, and then a discussion period with a wrap-up of what has just been seen and experienced, questions and answers, and an open forum for comments.

    Climate Change: From Despair And Denial To Courage And Action!

    Mondays, September 29, October 6, 13, and 20, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Olympia Unitarian Unitarian Congregation, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia 98502

    info.. info@ouuc.org
    Website.. http://ouuc.org

    Admission/cost.. Quarterly registration fee: $10 one class/$20 unlimited classes

    Climate change evokes a lot of feelings, thoughts, and fears:

  • "Why does there seem to be such disagreement? What can I really believe?"
  • "If it is true, it's so overwhelming! How can I face it?"
  • "What can one person even do? I feel powerless to do much of anything."

    In this four-part series, each class building on the ones before, we will look at the problem from four critical perspectives:

    Session 1: The Scientific Perspective Facing the Facts
    Bringing together the best current available science but in a way that will be clear and accessible to all this data-filled presentation will lay the foundation for the discussions to come.

    Session 2: The Emotional Perspective Why It's So Hard to Face
    Through experiential exercises, small group sharing and discussion, we will explore why it's so hard to face this overwhelming issue... and how our painful feelings are actually the doorway to the clarity and freedom we need to go forward.

    Session 3: The Spiritual Perspective Why We Don't Face this Alone
    What are your deepest moral and spiritual beliefs? How do they shape your response to this crisis? Through large and small group discussion, we will listen for the voices of inner wisdom that have been missing in the swirl of partisan debate.

    Session 4: The Political Perspective What Is To Be Done?
    Finally, we will learn about the groundswell of action that is at last mounting at the local, state, national, and international levels, from the grassroots to the highest corridors of power. We will close with a discussion of how we can all become part of the solution, both as individuals and as a community of conscience.

  • Introduction to the Enneagram

    Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9:00am - 4:00pm
    The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

    info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595, prioryprograms@gmail.com
    Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

    Admission/cost.. $60

    The Enneagram is an important tool for understanding ourselves and others. This introduction highlights the spiritual aspects of the nine distinct worldviews of the Enneagram and will help you begin to discover or confirm your own type. Class fee includes a copy of "The Essential Enneagram" by Dr. David Daniels and Virginia Price, PhD. (revised 2009).

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    Particle Fever

    Saturday, October 4, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia 98502

    info.. info@ouuc.org
    Website.. http://ouuc.org

    Admission/cost.. Quarterly registration fee: $10 one class/$20 unlimited classes

    We will view the recent film Particle Fever, which looks at the discovery of the Higgs-boson (also known as the God particle). This discovery is one of the most important scientific discoveries of the past century. Although this film deals with highly abstract phenomena, it is presented in a manner understandable to non-scientists. The primary subject of this film is the excitement of discovery; this excitement will sweep away any math or science anxiety and will show it to be quite unnecessary.

    Most of our knowledge of elementary particles is contained within the so-called Standard Model, which explains the nature of reality and the origin of the universe. A huge problem with this accepted model has been that the central lynchpin that theoretically would hold this Standard Model together has been missing. The past two generations of both theoretical and experimental physicists have been seeking this central piece of the puzzle. This film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens.

    Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet. As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries join forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs-boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist? This question is directly addressed by the physicists in the film. In the discussion period which will follow screening the film we will look at why this is such an important discovery.

    Shuruq II - Olympia Arab Festival

    Saturday, October 4
    11 AM - 7 PM
    The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia 98501

    info.. info@rachelcorriefoundation.org
    Website.. http://rachelcorriefoundation.org/

    Admission/cost.. Free

    Shuruq II - Olympia's second Arab Festival - comes to downtown Olympia during Olympia's Fall Arts Walk. This fun-packed celebration of Arab culture features music, dance, art, a parade of Arab fashions, fabulous Arab food, educational panels and speakers, vendor and country tables, children's activities, films, and displays from all 22 Arab countries!

    Critically acclaimed music and dance ensembles including the House of Tarab and the Jafra Dabka Team from Seattle, and al-Andalus Ensemble from Portland, will perform on the main stage.

    At the nearby Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural site, corner of State and Capital Way N, an Arab Festival Cafe and Lounge will feature music, dancing, games, refreshments, and hookahs Friday, October 3, from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, October 4, from Noon-5 p.m.

    Make Shuruq II one of your Fall Arts Walk stops! Joyfully and authentically experience the food, culture, traditions, lifestyles and peoples of the Arab world and celebrate the diversity within our own community.

    Brought by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, the Olympia Arab Festival is proudly cosponsored by KAOS 89.3 Olympia Community Radio, the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation, Friends of Sabeel - North America, Islamic Center of Tri-Cities, the International Trauma Treatment Program, the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, The Olympia Food Co-op, Canaan Fair Trade, Don''t Stop Printing, and a host of individual donors.

    The Steve Korn Group

    Sunday, October 5, 3 pm
    St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 - 20th Ave SE, Olympia 98501 (at Capitol Way)

    Website.. http://www.stjohnsoly.org

    Admission/cost.. Donate as able.

    Child care available, artist reception follows - join us and pass this on to jazz fans! Seattle drummer Steve Korn is a musician's drummer. Always making the musical content and quality his first priority, Steve's versatile drumming and overall musicianship have made him an integral part of the Seattle jazz scene. Audiences across the United States, Europe and Russia have heralded his work, hearing him on several tours and recordings. Steve has released three CDs as a leader: Here and Now (1999), Pride and Joy (2000), and Points In Time (2004). All were released by Origin Records and have received rave reviews. In fact, each was nominated as Northwest Recording of the Year by Earshot Jazz. Steve won the Earshot Golden Ear Award for Northwest Emerging Artist for the year 2000. When not leading his own group, Steve regularly works with many of Seattle's finest including Mark Taylor, Greta Matassa, Marc Seales, Dave Peterson, and Jeff Johnson, among others. Steve has also been fortunate to perform with many jazz greats including Jon Faddis, John Scofield, Walt Weiskopf, Julian Priester, Larry Coryell, George Cables, Dee Daniels, Mark Murphy, Jessica Williams, Ernestine Anderson, James Williams, Jay Clayton, Pete Christlieb, Hal Galper, and Karrin Allyson. A published author and composer, Steve has contributed transcriptions to two books for the Hal Leonard Corporation (The Jack DeJohnette Collection and Drum Standards)in addition to articles for Down Beat, Percussive Notes, and Modern Drummer magazines. Steve created and coordinates the University of Washington Jazz Workshop. He holds a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Washington and is an active educator participating in music camps, festivals, and clinics throughout the year. Child care available. Artist reception follows. Join us and pass this on to jazz fans!

    Book Discussion: Behind the Kitchen Door

    Tuesday, October 7, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia 98502

    info.. info@ouuc.org
    Website.. http://ouuc.org

    Admission/cost.. Quarterly registration fee: $10 one class/$20 unlimited classes

    In Behind the Kitchen Door, Saru Jayaraman invites us to consider the political, moral, and economic implications of eating out. She describes her own awakening to the restaurant industry's widespread discrimination and oppression based on economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, and/or immigration status. Jayaraman became aware of these injustices while collaborating with restaurant workers to launch a national organization for them, called Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United). Through the personal stories of her ROC colleagues, Jayaraman gives voice to all restaurant workers who struggle to get by on low wages, with few opportunities for training or promotion. She helps us to understand the constant fear of illness, accidents, or wage theft that can leave restaurant workers without sufficient money to pay their bills. She lifts up restaurants that strive to be fair employers, and shows how the power of the customer can push employers toward fair wages and equitable treatment for those who cook, serve, and clean in their restaurants.

    Materials: Behind the Kitchen Door, by Saru Jayaraman. The adult education committee has several copies of the book available to loan to class participants. Please contact Nancy Brickell at beemers2up@yahoo.com if you'd like to borrow a copy. Please read the book prior to class.

    Fundamentals Of Tai Chi

    Tuesdays, October 7, 14, and 21, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    OUUC, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia

    info.. info@ouuc.org
    Website.. http://ouuc.org

    Admission/cost.. Quarterly registration fee: $10 one class/$20 unlimited classes

    Tai Chi is a graceful form of exercise that reduces stress and promotes flexibility and balance through a series of gentle, flowing movements. It offers the opportunity for gentle physical exercise, stretching, and meditation. Each posture flows into the next, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. This class will provide participants with an introduction to some of the fundamentals of Tai Chi movement and breathing. If you've wondered about whether Tai Chi could work for you, here's your chance to try it!

    Crisis Clinic Volunteer Training

    Fri/Sat/Sun, Oct 10, 11, 12
    6pm-9pm / 9am-5pm / 9am-4pm
    Olympia, must register for exact address

    info.. Nanci 360-586-2888 ext 103; NanciM@crisis-clinic.org
    Website.. http://www.crisis-clinic.org

    Admission/cost.. Free; registration required; http://www.crisis-clinic.org/PDF/VolunteerApplication.pdf

    The Crisis Clinic is a 24/7 crisis telephone hotline. Volunteering with the Crisis Clinic offers opportunities for service to those in need, as well as personal growth. The training is designed to enable trainees to:

  • build effective active listening skills
  • increase their ability to empathize and relate well to our very diverse caller population
  • manage anxiety and stay calm in the face of extreme circumstances and pain
  • become competent at offering useful referrals to our callers

    Training begins with an initial training weekend, followed by a 6-week in-service period that includes a series of evening workshops and a 4-hour/week mentored training phone shift, for a total of 60 hours of training.

    To qualify for the training, you must have an interview and be able to commit to the entire weekend, the workshops, plus a 4-hour weekly phone room training shift. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding Crisis
  • Values and Listening
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Active Listening Skills
  • Empowering vs. Rescuing
  • Intuition and Empathy building
  • Role Plays
  • Depression/Suicide
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Frequent Callers
  • Domestic Violence
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Information and Referral
  • Self-care, Burnout Prevention

    Registration is required. For information and an application, see the website or call Nanci at 360-586-2888 ext 103

  • "Parenting Through Times: Stories of Resilience" - Playback Theatre Performance

    Friday, 10/10/14, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Traditions Cafe, 300 - 5th Avenue SW, Olympia 98501

    info.. (360) 943-6772
    Website.. http://www.heartsparkle.org

    Admission/cost.. $7-12 suggested donation (no one turned away)

    Join the Heartsparkle Players for an evening of Playback Theatre, an original form of improvisation in which audience members tell stories from their own experience and watch them enacted on the spot. This performance will be in collaboration with Family Education and Support Services, a community organization that promotes healthy childhood development by supporting adults who care for and influence the children in their lives.

    Yoga and QiGong as Prayer

    Saturday, October 11, 2014, 9:00am - 3:00pm
    The Priory Spirituality Center, 500 College St NE, Lacey 98516

    info.. The Priory Spirituality Center 360-438-2595, prioryprograms@gmail.com
    Website.. http://www.stplacid.org

    Admission/cost.. $50

    We will do yoga poses and qigong movements as a way of prayer, of being with God. We will exercise our physical, mental, and spiritual muscles in this prayer and meditation retreat. There will be time for silence and journaling, and an opportunity to pray the divine office with the Sisters.

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    Evolution's Purpose

    Tuesdays, October 14, 21, 28, November 4 and 11, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    OUUC, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia

    info.. info@ouuc.org
    Website.. http://ouuc.org

    Admission/cost.. Quarterly registration fee: $10 one class/$20 unlimited classes

    In this class we will explore the text and implications of Steve McIntosh's 2012 book Evolution's Purpose. No longer are the principles of evolution applied to the cosmos and biology alone, but to consciousness, culture and spirituality as well.

    These principles are having an increasing impact on nearly all professions and knowledge systems. The significance of this insight is staggering and, I believe, hopeful. How we think and what we value shapes us as both individuals and cultures. What we value, need and practice creates worldviews (or reality frames) through which we experience and interpret the world. Worldviews EVOLVE from changing experience and maturation. The better we understand the deeper structural forces and underlying conditions which generate emergent worldviews, the more we discern the directions, purposes and processes of evolution.

    Many issues of the contemporary culture wars and many political and ideological struggles can be understood more effectively when seen as the inevitable friction between our current and evolving worldviews. They might be better resolved when viewed as occasions that demand our role as co-creators of evolution and as "custodians of the most powerful creative force in the universe." Steve was an original member of the Integral Institute. In 2007 he wrote an accessible and well-received introduction to integral philosophy. Drawing primarily from western thought, Steve is a lucid writer and careful thinker, who is much easier to understand than is Ken Wilber. Although convinced of direction and purpose in evolution, Steve explicitly rejects Intelligent Design or any other kind of preplanned or externally controlled evolutionary process.

    The primary method of teaching this course will be discussion, facilitated both by questions provided in advance and questions that you bring from each week's reading. In deciding whether this course would be of interest to you, you might want to look at the reviews of this book on Amazon and watch some of the many videos of Steve's work on YouTube. Please read the first 2 chapters before the first class.

    Using A Patient Advocate To Improve Your Healthcare Experience And Outcomes

    Saturdays, October 18 and 25, November 1, 10:00 am - noon
    Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia 98502

    info.. info@ouuc.org
    Website.. http://ouuc.org

    Admission/cost.. Quarterly registration fee: $10 one class/$20 unlimited classes

    You may have had the experience of returning from a doctor's appointment and wishing you had remembered to ask something important, or of hearing complaints about someone's visit with a doctor that left them confused and unsure. More seriously, care errors that are avoidable sometimes occur in the hospital setting.

    This class will give participants a clear picture of the role of a patient advocate: how to select one (paid or unpaid); what they can do for you or your loved one; how they work with the healthcare system; and how you can maintain your own physical and mental health while being a caregiver. The class format will include lecture, discussion, a professional advocate guest speaker, video selections relevant to care giving, and speakers sharing a caregiver's perspective.

    Citizenship Day - Free Legal Clinic

    Saturday, October 18, 10 am - 3 pm
    South Puget Sound Community College Building 21, Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia, WA 98512

    info.. 1-877-926-3924; email: wna@weareoneamerica.org
    Website.. http://www.wanewamericans.org/citizenship

    Admission/cost.. FREE

    Citizenship Day is a FREE legal clinic to help legal permanent residents apply for citizenship. Citizenship is a critical part of American Dream for many immigrant families, but the high cost of attorneys and fear of the process stop many eligible people from becoming citizens.

    We'll have volunteer immigration lawyers, paralegals and interpreters on hand to help eligible permanent residents successfully fill out citizenship applications (N-400s). Please visit the website to find out the pre-requirements and what to bring in order to apply for citizenship.

    Hosted by the WA State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and OneAmerica.

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