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.
Have you ever felt like social justice work was just one more item on your long to-do list? I’ll be honest; I have felt this way at times! We know how important these efforts are, and yet it can sometimes seem stressful and overwhelming to fit them into our busy schedules.
As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm the importance of promoting justice, equity and compassion in human relations. So how do we find the strength, the energy and the enthusiasm to help heal our communities and our world? I believe one answer is that we do this work in spiritual community together. By coming together as a community of loving hearts, we can transform this work into an activity that brings more joy and meaning into our own lives.
When we do advocacy and service work in community, it can reconnect us with friends and family and nurture our spirits. In the summer and fall at UUCB, there have been multiple opportunities to participate in fun and meaningful activities that have helped create a more just world. At monthly immigration vigils, we have offered healing prayers for those harmed by a broken immigration system. At the GRIP Harmony walk, we had the chance to meet our neighbors and walk together for an important cause. For the Bring Your Weight in Food Drive, children, youth and adults of all ages joined together to collect food to give to those in need in our community. In all of these activities, we shared laughter, smiles and the warmth of love.
This month there are many opportunities to promote justice and compassion in our world. Saturday January 5 is the monthly immigration vigil, from 11-12 at the West County Detention Center in Richmond. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 21, we will have a service project open to people of all ages. Stay tuned for details! On Saturday January 26 at 5:30, families are invited to serve a dinner at the GRIP Souper Center. In this month and in the months to come, may we each find ways to bring healing to the world around us, and may our own hearts be healed along the way. May it be so.
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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