The next meeting of UUCB's Board of Trustees will be held on Thursday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m., in the Safir Room.
Vespers at 7:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room with Rev. Greg Ward.
Luminescence: Adult Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary with Bryan Baker. New singers are welcome to come explore wonderful choral music.
Power of Myth at the Movies – Engaging Mystery, led by Richard Stromer, Ph.D.
First Tuesday of each month (March 31 this month) 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Fireside Room
Suggested donation: $ 8 for individual sessions. Movie must be viewed before the session.
Information: Richard Stromer, (510) 682-6302; registration: Lonnie Moseley, (510) 655-1444.
This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity, led by Susan Moon
Saturday, April 11, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Safir Room. Suggested fee: $ 30
To register, contact: Lonnie Moseley, (510) 655‐1444 or email.
Spring Harp Concert, Saturday, April 4, 7:00 p.m. Harpist Susan T. Mashiyama presents a program of spring music as well as songs from her debut CD "Dance of the Fairies." Celebrate the gift of spring with the luminescent and joyful music of the harp. Suggested donation: $20 or pay-what-you-can-comfortably-afford to include everyone who would like to attend the concert. Please also pass on the information to others to bring new people up on the hill to see our beautiful church and enjoy the music.
Annual Passover Seder at UUCB - Come and join us at the Passover Seder on Thursday, April 9, 5:30 p.m. We'll read from the Haggadah and eat matzoh, charoseth, traditional matzoh ball soup, gefilte fish dumplings, lamb stew with fresh herbs, braised apricot chicken, couscous pilaf with spinach, potato kugel, sautéed garlic kale, and more! Meals must be reserved in advance – extremely limited seating available at the door. Tickets are available on Sundays in the Atrium (deadline Tuesday, April 7 at 4:00 p.m.) or at http://uucb-seder.bpt.me/. Adults: $20, Youth: $14, Children: $12.
Royal Music of the Baroque and Britain -- The Kensington Symphony Orchestra, choirs from San Francisco and Berkeley Unitarian Universalist churches on April 18 at 8:00 p.m., music by Handel and Vivaldi, Vaughan Williams and Walton. A program full of power and majesty, as well as subtlety and beauty. Featuring soaring vocal solos and a short organ concerto. Geoffrey Gallegos and Bryan Baker, conducting. Tickets on sale at http://bpt.me/1374381; Adults: $20, Students/Seniors: $15
East Bay Agency for Children - Every child is a good child, with his or her own unique set of strengths forming the foundation on which to build a rewarding and productive life. That is the core belief underlying everything we do in our work with thousands of children and teenagers in East Bay.
A LIFE LESS ORDINARY - The greatest of epiphanies provide something amazing - something we couldn't imagine. But they also take from us something we thought we would always have ... something we couldn't live without. The greatest periods of growth always come when we are ready to stop holding so tightly to 'what is,' long enough for 'what can be' to slip in and take root. It is adventurous and visionary to let go of the ordinary and be willing to live a life less ordinary.
8:30 AM Childcare Available - Skytown Building
10:00 AM Coming of Age class meet with Mentors
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
12:30 PM OWL Class (K-1st) - R.E. Building, Room 3
Personal Theology – Rev. Cathleen Cox, “More than Ever: Why Unitarian Universalism Matters Now,” 10:00 a.m., Fireside Room
Humanist Connections – "Our Dance with Information," Marcia Bates, 12:30 p.m. Safir Room.
Begin or end your week with a Sundown Meditation service – This is a great way to reinforce this spiritual practice with others in the Fireside Room or Atrium as we silently contemplate the sun slipping behind the mountains. Note that times vary with sunset: Today at 7:15 p.m. Please find a complete list of dates and times on the worship page of the UUCB web site.
Worship at UUCB
Sundays in April
THE EASTER EXAM – There are few things that stymie and stupefy Unitarian Universalists more than the idea of Easter. Ask a UU to explain Easter and they will often look at their watch and change the subject. The concepts of resurrection don't always make sense - at least in the way they have long been explained in our culture. And the idea of a 'violent atonement' is part of the problem. This morning we will celebrate an Easter that is incredibly real and incredibly needed in this world.
Music Sunday: “Being inside the Music” –Vivaldi and Vaughan Williams, sacred and secular, stories in the voice of music; Luminescence, Youth and Children's Choir, organ, harpsichord, strings. Bryan Baker, directing.
YES, I WILL TAKE YOU - YES, I WILL LOVE YOU AGAIN – Sometimes the world, and the people in it, don't behave as we expect and it hurts. Sometimes we're surprised. Often times we position ourselves to protect ourselves ... assume a defensive posture to ensure that it doesn't happen again. But sometimes when we do that we channel so much energy unconsciously into being defensive that we fail to notice that we create a climate in our own soul where innocence and tenderness cannot survive.
A Congregational Conversation will follow the service where we discuss the tender issue of the 'After Pastor' situation - the ministerial misconduct of Rev. Dick Boeke. This service will explore how difficult the issue is - both in general and the specificity of how it has played out in this church.
RELIGION, CULTS, SERPENTS, SAVIORS, AND OTHER STORIES – “Got religion?” Perhaps we've escaped such a question being asked of us on a regular basis, but if you travel most every road in most every town it's as common as someone asking for the time. But the real question is whether we got GOOD religion? World-changing religion. Because there are enough world-changing bad religions. So what does it take to be a GOOD religion changing the world for the better?
Sundays in March
September—May Worship at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Summer Worship at 10:00 a.m., May 16 - August 31
March's Theme: “Resilience”
FIVE DOLLARS IS FIVE DOLLARS - What is this church worth? What about the denomination? Or the principles of love and justice that we profess? What is any of this really worth? What are the people worth? Their integrity? Their autonomy to believe as they choose? And what are WE worth? What value can we really put on 'the inherent worth and dignity' that is our first principle? In this service, we will talk about the investments we make and the dividends we enjoy when we live a LIFE-WORTH living.
THE SECOND SEX AND THE THIRD MILLENIUM On this International Women’s Day, we consider what has changed over the decades since Simone de Beauvoir’s seminal work on the status of women, what inequities remain in 2015 and what the future may hold of threat and promise.
Rev. Carrie Knowles came to UU ministry after careers in psychology and the law. Ten years of her life were spent living and working in Asia and the Pacific where she had a close view of the lives of women in diverse cultures.
BELUM - Greek philosopher Heraclitus once talked about our quest for stability and permanence and the pain that's inevitable in a world that never stops unfolding and evolving. He said, 'The only thing constant in this world is change.' Now, six months into this transition, many of us at UUCB are understanding the depth and difficulty of the change we're in. And we're also beginning to see the possibility and the promise.
PAPERCLIPS - This special intergenerational service will explore what happened when a tiny middle school in Whitwell, Tennessee began a voluntary after-school Holocaust education class. Their idea was to teach tolerance and diversity, but they soon realized they didn't know what they were getting into. The mostly white and Christian students struggled to grasp the concept and enormity of six-million Jews dying. What they did to expand their awareness ended up changing not only every student, but all the residents of their town. And many throughout the world.
A LIFE LESS ORDINARY - The greatest of epiphanies provide something amazing - something we couldn't imagine. But they also take from us something we thought we would always have... something we couldn't live without. The greatest periods of growth always come when we are ready to stop holding so tightly to 'what is,' long enough for 'what can be' to slip in and take root. It is adventurous and visionary to let go of the ordinary and be willing to live a life less ordinary.
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