Muse Crossing CD Release Concert! Celebrate the trio’s new album release on Friday, November 21 at
7:30 p.m. Muse Crossing (Shawn Dohring, Michèle Voillequé, and Mark Walstrom) plays eclectic acoustic arrangements of folk, popular, and classical songs, always with an emphasis on tight vocal harmonies: Dylan, the Beatles, James Taylor, and others you might not yet know. Tickets include refreshments. Students/Seniors: $15; General: $20. Tickets are available at the door or online at Brown Paper Tickets.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Music Sunday – You Are The Music! – Bryan Baker, Luminescence Choir and special guests help get us in tune with our voices, spirits, and community.
8:30 AM Bring Your Weight in Food (open until 2:30 p.m.)
Thanksgiving is a wonderful chance to reflect on our life’s blessings and also to be mindful of those who are less fortunate than us. Please help them by donating needed staple food items to the Richmond Emergency Food Pantry (www.refp.org). REFP has indicated that the following items are always in short supply especially during the holidays:
Dried beans - Dried soup - Dry cereal - Canned tuna or chicken - Canned vegetables
- Canned fruit - Canned soup - Peanut butter - Rice - Tomato Sauce
UUCB will be collecting food through Sunday, November 23. You may bring your donations to church until 2:30 p.m. and then they may be taken directly to REFP at Grace Lutheran Church, 2369 Barrett Ave., Richmond. Thank you for your generosity and care for others in this holiday season!
8:30 AM Childcare Available - Skytown Building
9:45 AM Parent Discussion Circle - R.E. Building, Room 3, R.E. Building, Room 4
10:00 AM Youth & Children's Choir Rehearsal - Meditation Room
11:00 AM Children's Classes - R.E. Building
11:00 AM Youth Groups - Chrysalis Room, Meditation Room
12:15 PM Teacher Reflection Circle - Family Ministry Office
Personal Theology – James Baraz, “Buddhism as a Path to Happiness,” 10:00 a.m., Fireside Room
Humanist Connections – Lee Lawrence, “Awe and Wonder,” 12:30 p.m., Safir Room
Audible Light CD Release – Free Milestone Celebration & Mini-Concert on Sunday November 23, 2:00 p.m., Fireside Room. Poetry put to music on the CD: mostly Rumi with one sung poem each by Naomi Shihab Nye, Marcia Falk, Adam David Miller, and Emily Dickinson. Invite anyone who might enjoy beautiful, meaningful poetry put to music. The Audible Light trio, Phoebe Anne Thomas Sorgen, Nicole Milner, Edie Hartshorne.
ACTIVITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Thanksgiving Worship and Dinner – Come join members, friends, and visitors at 12:30 p.m. for worship in the Fireside Room. Dinner will be served at 1:00 p.m. UUCB will prepare and serve Roast Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Gravy, and Cranberry Relish. Participants are requested to bring a vegetable dish, salad, dessert, or beverage to share. Deadline for sign-up is Monday, December 1 at 5:00 p.m. Use the handy online reservation form at http://uucb.org/upcoming-events.html (second article) or sign up at church on Sundays (sign-up sheets by the office). Adults: $20, Youth and Children: $15. Don't miss it!
Sunday Sundown Meditation - Begin or end your week with a Sundown Meditation Service, starting up again in November. This is a great way to reinforce this spiritual practice with others in the Fireside Room as we silently contemplate the sun slipping behind the mountains. Note that times vary with sunset:
Nov 30, 4:30 p.m.
UUCB will hold a Calendaring Summit for Chairs/Representatives of UUCB committees and groups on Sunday, December 7, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room. In an effort to be more thoughtful and intentional about the UUCB calendar, reduce tension and anxiety about calendar conflicts, and build transparency and trust around scheduling, the Coordinating Team (CT) and staff are trying out a new approach to scheduling for 2015.
Worship at UUCB
Sundays in December
September—May Worship at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Summer Worship at 10:00 a.m. May 18 - August 31
December’s Theme: “Stories”
Sunday, December 7: The Last Straw - an Intergenerational Worship service that features the epic journey of Hoshmakatu the Camel who is called to carry the gifts of the Magi. Hoshmakatu is an old camel who was never particularly thoughtful or generous of spirit. Come to learn the interesting reasons why he goes and the life-changing things he learns on the way. QUESTION: We all get 'set in our ways' from time to time. What has the power to get us to live lives larger than we previously thought?
Sunday, December 14: Holiday Wars - Every year just before Christmas religious conservatives announce there is a 'War on Christmas!' Christmas, they claim, is being dishonored and shortchanged because it isn't allowed to reign supreme over other religious holidays. But there is something we all lose in this holiday hoopla. This is an open letter to conservative talk show host Bill O'Reilly. QUESTION: Is there tension between Christmas and other cultural winter holidays and, if so, what is at the heart of that tension?
Sunday, December21: The Straight Skinny on the Fat Man in Red - Who is Santa Claus? St. Nick? The jolliest of all Christmas ambassadors? What have we been told about him and what's really true. What's important for us to know as we try to separate fact from fiction? QUESTION: Does a story have to be 'factual' in order to be 'true'?
Wednesday, December 24 – 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Family Service - In this family friendly traditional Christmas Pageant, we will ALL get a chance to participate and celebrate the great journey to Christmas. Everyone is welcome to come participate (dress in costume) to bring to life the story of a holy family travelling with shepherds, donkeys, wise men, stars, angels, cats, penguins, and even aardvarks.
Wednesday, December 24 – 10:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - In this beautiful and moving service we will enjoy lessons and carols where we will learn to see ourselves in each of the characters travelling to Bethlehem. Come, follow a star and travel to this place of good cheer where love and hope is born.
Sunday, December 28: To the Other Side - Liberals are pretty much alike everywhere, in Transylvania and in the US: stand on the side of love, represent the countercultural opposition to oppression in society, sing songs like Come, Come, Whoever You Are. And we are pretty serious about it. In the closeness of the New Year, we see even clearer now: the most important things in life meet us unprepared, and we still have to respond to them, immediately. It’s not the preparation, but our presence that makes the difference, the courage to get into the storm, to the other side.
Rev. Dr. Szabolcs (Szabi) Czire is a core faculty member at the Protestant Theological Institute in Kolozsvar (Cluj-Napoca), Romania. He teaches Biblical studies, hermeneutics, meditation-relaxation, and religious sociology. He is currently a research scholar at Starr King School for the Ministry
After his seminary graduation in 1996, he was minister for three years in a small congregation in South Transylvania. He spent 1999-2000 study year at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. In 2005 as a “Emily Sharp Scholar,” he visited Oxford and Manchester in the UK. He completed his PhD dissertation in 2007 on historical Jesus research. He also has a BA in sociology.
Sundays in November
November’s Theme: “Calling”
Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, November 2. Set your clocks back 1 hour on Saturday!
November 2 - Lost in Translation - Have you ever been 'called' to something important but missed the 'call' because you didn't understand what was being asked? What was at stake? Being able to hear, understand and interpret what the world is asking of us is of critical importance if we are to figure out how to become integral and necessary to the future. QUESTION: How is careful listening and 'understanding' (rather than 'agreement') important in personal and spiritual growth rather than just 'getting our way.'
November 9 - Power vs. Force - All that happens in life is made possible by energy flow and distribution. This includes everything we do as human beings. But do we ever stop to notice the kind of energy we're bringing to each situation? Is it compelling energy or coercive energy? This is a service where we get to stop and take stock of the energy we're experiencing and the energy we're offering. QUESTION: What is the difference between 'Power' and 'Force' in terms of the energy we use to make changes and shape our life?
November 16 - The Rope - Family Systems talks about how people work together to do two things: maintain stability and establish connection. But sometimes, when an individual in the system - or the system itself - is called to something greater than stability, it can be hard. This service is about answering the call too important to ignore. QUESTION: In what ways have we gotten 'stuck' in our lives and how do we get 'unstuck' so that both we - and others - are able to grow?
November 23 - Music Sunday - You Are The Music! With Bryan Baker, Luminescence Choir and more!
November 30 - I Said ‘Yes’ to Life - Sometimes, life’s challenges feel so overwhelming that we may want to say “no” to the world; to close ourselves off, or shut our surroundings out. When our energy feels completely drained, where do we find the strength to answer our life’s deepest call?
A graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry, Abbey Tennis now serves as the school’s Interim Advancement Director. Before entering the ministry, she was a lay leader for fifteen years, serving as a youth on the UUA board of trustees, working in the UUA’s Youth Office, and as a member of the continental UU Ministerial Fellowship Committee. Abbey had the honor of keynoting at the 2008 UU Allies for Racial Equity (ARE) conference, and she recently interned at All Souls Church in Washington, D.C. Her previous career included climate change policy work and professional facilitation.
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