Sunday Service Previews

October 11, 2015:

10:00 am - Worship Service: "Keep On, Strong Heart" -- Moral Power in the Climate Fight Dr. Kathleen Dean Moore / Climate Action Ministry

Our guest speaker will be Kathleen Dean Moore, who was a featured speaker at the UU General Assembly this past June.  Dr. Moore is a writer, moral philosopher, and climate activist, who is devoted to an unrelenting defense of the future against those who would pillage and wreck the planet.  Her growing alarm at the devastation of the natural world led her to focus her writing on the moral urgency of action against climate change and habitat destruction.

11:30 am - Reflection and Action Hour: “Discussion of Moral Power in the Climate Fight” with Kathleen Dean Moore

After the worship service the congregation is invited to reconvene in the Sanctuary for coffee and discussion with Dr. Moore relating to her sermon.

Bio: Dr. Moore comes to us from Corvallis Oregon where she has been Distinguished Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus) and co-founder and Senior Fellow of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word.  She is the author of Great Tide Rising: Toward Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change. She co-edited the book Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, which gathers testimony from the world's moral leaders about our obligation to the future.

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Religious Education at East Shore

New RE Website Please visit!

This year’s RE program will be engaging, thought-provoking and FUN! We have registration forms ready to go for families who want to register their children and youth; and for the first time, we have forms for those of you without children or youth currently in the RE program who will be volunteering as a teacher, substitute or assistant. If you would like to be a part of any of our programs this year, please fill out this form and let us know your availability and in what way you would like to be involved.

The fall program is Tapestry of Faith “Gather the Spirit,” a curriculum focused on the stewardship of water. The activities include understanding different kinds of ecosystems and how to advocate for the protection of water. The program affirms our seventh principle of the interdependent web of life. We convey the message to our children that they have moral agency and the ability to do their part as Unitarian Universalists to help protect our recourses.

The spring program is also from Tapestry of Faith and it is called “Circle of Trees,” and is on the stewardship of trees.

Please contact Aisha Hauser, Director of Religious Education at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or Dianne Upton, RE Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  with any questions you may have. Thank you and I look forward to a dynamic and exciting year!

To Register please go to "open registrations" on the "Calendar" page.

Vision Mission Update

Mark Ewert, a UUA consultant, recently conducted an assessment of congregational functioning for East Shore.  Using annual reports, budgets, personal interviews and lay leadership sessions over the course of the May 15-17 weekend, he evaluated our readiness to engage in a vision/mission process in early autumn of this year.  With the announcement of Peter’s resignation, the timing and structure of our vision/mission process will no doubt need to be reimagined.  Although this important process is not moving forward as planned, there are valuable insights in Mark’s report.  Mark’s identification of “congregational circles of engagement” and his ideas about how ESUC can improve in this regard are actionable.  He offers a framework from which we may be able to better ensure that visitors feel welcome, new members feel more strongly connected, and that those interested in deeper involvement in community life have pathways to engagement with varied levels of commitment.

We hope that you can take a moment to read through the report (click here ).  You are invited to share your thoughts or reactions with Jack Slowriver, the chair of the Vision/Mission Team and ESUC’s Vice President of the Board of Trustees.  Jack can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Administrative Updates

eBlast: The eBlast will be sent by Friday 5:00 pm.  To meet this deadline, all requests must be received no later than noon on Wednesday.  Please send the information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hours of Operation: The Administration Office hours are 11:00 am to 7:00 pm however, the Administration Building will be open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.  All buildings will continue to be opened and closed based on scheduled events. Should you have any questions, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

More Handicapped Parking on Sunday:  In response to requests, all the parking spots in the upper lot are now designated for handicapped parking on Sundays.  You may enter the upper parking lot to drop off folks and packages and then park.

We've changed the key codes! Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


2015 Auction

Have you returned your RSVP card?  Boxes are available in the Administration Building as well as the Sanctuary foyer.  It's going to be a great event this year and you will not want to miss it.



Congregations for the Homeless October Hosting: Volunteers Needed

During the month of October, East Shore hosts about 35 men from the Congregations for the Homeless Program. They will be housed in Spring Hall from 7pm to 7AM every day. During this time they will be served dinner, do laundry, take showers, work with counselors, sleep, have breakfast and pack lunches for the day. To support this activity we still need some additional volunteers to do evening hosting (2 hours), shopping, make sandwiches and provide dinners.  Please contact Den Kerlee at 206 619-5999 if you would be available to provide evening host coverage and Ed Rittenhouse at 425 830-3795 for shopping, dinner or sandwich making support.  Also, feel free to stop by and visit with the men.  They are always happy to have visitors.

Open Positions

We have the following open positions.  If you know anyone interested, please have them send their resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Communication & Membership Manager

  • Lead programs and activities to welcome and integrate visitors and new members, and supporting visitors to move into membership
  • Develop and maintain a digital presence for East Shore
  • Coordinate with Adult Programs and Religious Education to promote classes and opportunities to the general public
  • Develop and administer internal and external communications—i.e. The Beacon, website, broadcast e-mail, public relation, order of service announcements, etc.
  • Oversee Membership database and track membership statistics.
  • Provide professional leadership to the Membership Ministry Team and its programs and activities to welcome and integrate visitors and new members
  • Be available to members and seekers to answer their questions and address their needs or to connect them with appropriate people and programs

Please click here for the complete job description.


The Caretaker is an integral part of the church’s support-staff team. S/he is responsible for the cleaning, maintenance, and security of the church grounds and buildings, as well as the set-up and cleanup of worship services, meetings, and other church events. The Caretaker works in coordination with the Office Manager and with the other Caretakers on the East Shore staff. The Caretaker reports to the Director of Finance & Operations.

Please click here for the complete job description.


Board of Trustees Updates 

We're staying with a single service through the fall!

We'll continue meeting for a single Sunday worship service at 10 AM through the fall and winter. Reflection and Action Hour as well as a second RE session will start at 11:30, following a half hour social time. We're excited about the possibilities and hope that you'll let us know your feedback throughout the year. For all the details, click here to read the full announcement from the Worship Team, Director of Religious Education, and Board of Trustees. 

Beth Wilson, Board President


September 27, 2015


We have updated the "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQs) document.   This version is dated September 27, 2015.  To read it, please click here.


Our beloved minister, Peter, has resigned.  You should have received copies of letters from Rev. Peter J. Luton and Beth Wilson in the mail.   The letter are attached here (Peter's Letter  and BOT's Letter ).


In the meantime, please feel free to contact Board members with questions you may have, or email Beth Wilson (Board President) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We're working as quickly as we can to respond to questions and concerns.

Beth Wilson
Board President

Operating Fund Drive

A BIG thank you to all that have pledged. You have taken us to 97% of goal. We do want to hear from everyone. To that end, the Operating Fund Drive team is in the process of contacting everyone that has not pledged yet. Please submit your pledge card now.


Stewardship is a recommitment to the transformative power of our liberal faith.


30 People/10 Seconds Each

2014 Auction -A Great Success!

Should you need to refer to the catalogue for items bought and to be obtained in the near future, please click here.··Should you have any questions, please look up the item number in the catalogue·then contact the front office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .·

Thanks to all who made this auction a success.· It takes a village!


Located just north of Factoria at 12700 SE 32nd Street in Bellevue, Washington State, USA,  East Shore has provided a liberal religious home to people in Bellevue, Mercer Island, Seattle, Issaquah, Redmond, Sammamish, Fall City, Preston, Snoqualmie, Carnation, Renton,  North Bend and beyond since 1947.




 In the event of inclement weather, East Shore closes when  Bellevue College closes.


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