Sunday Service Previews

November 29, 2015:
10:00 am - Worship Service: “What Mends Us When We are Broken” 
Rev. Amanda Aikman

How do we address the brokenness of ourselves and our planet without ourselves being broken in the process? Let us seek together for the wellspring of faith and renewal. This is an interactive service involving a simple ritual to help us contemplate paths to personal and group healing.

11:30 am - Reflection and Action Hour:
“What Mends Us When We are Broken” with Rev. Amanda Aikman

Please rejoin Rev. Aikman in the Sanctuary to explore healing and self care.

Bio:  The Rev. Amanda Aikman has served Unitarian Universalist churches in Washington State since 1994.  She is currently the consulting minister of South Fraser Unitarian Congregation in Surrey, BC.  She has won over a dozen national sermon contests in the US, including a Templeton competition for works on science and religion, and the Borden sermon contest (which came with a $10,000 prize.  That was a good day.)  Amanda is a playwright, with 16 short plays – mostly comedies – produced in the Seattle area since 2002, as well as two documentary plays produced with grants from the UUA.  Her full-length drama, The Peregrine Sonata, was produced by Driftwood Players in Edmonds, WA in 2012.  She is currently developing a series of chancel plays for use in Unitarian Universalist worship.

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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 .


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

October 25, 2015

We have updated the "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQs) document.   This version is dated October 25, 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


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


30 People/10 Seconds Each

2015 Auction

Thank you to all who make the 2015 Growing Together in Community a huge success.

2015 Auction Catalog


Open Positions

We have the following open position.  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 .


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.


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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