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
Thursday Nights in October
Come early to socialize at sunset, gather in gratitude before enjoying a scrumptious meal with friends old and new, and then share a time of worship together after supper. Click here for more information about Thursday Suppers.
Vespers and Programs in the Fireside Room
October 2 - Family Night
7:00 p.m. Vespers: “In Fear of Living” - Suraj Samtani with Rev. Greg Ward
7:00 p.m. Vespers: “Resurrecting Love” (The End - Redel; Dancers - Dennis; What the Heart Cannot Forget - Sutphen) led by Rev. Greg Ward.
7:00 p.m. Vespers led by Bryan Baker
7:30 p.m. Meeting of the Board of Trustees.
7:00 p.m. Vespers: “Bless Their Hearts,” led by Rev. Greg Ward
7:00 p.m. Vespers: “A Covenant with Life - A Deep and Miraculous Composure,” led by Rev. Greg Ward
Sundays in October
October 5 - The Circle that Draws Us In - Acceptance and inclusion are very powerful religious principles. UUs take these very seriously. So how do we treat those who have made mistakes? In these, the high holy days of the Jewish calendar, what can we turn to that will speak of forgiveness and inclusion? QUESTION: What does it mean to be in 'covenant' and why is it important to restore faith that was impacted by a broken promise rather than just 'go it alone' by ourselves? Rev. Greg preaching.
October 12 - When Angels Meet Giants - We are far greater than the sum of our parts. This understanding is found in most success. Not only are successful people gifted, but they see how their gifts fit together with what's around them so that, together, everyone is able to do more than one everyone could, cumulatively, do alone. That's what happens in a religious community. QUESTION: What is so important about team work and why is it important to see ourselves as part of a team rather than just being 'self-reliant'? Rev. Greg preaching.
October 19 - A Fire in the Soul, A Revolution of the Spirit - Spiritual traditions around the globe speak of the divine witnessing the suffering of the world and weeping. Through our empathy with others who are oppressed, marginalized, or erased, we can learn to see the world with clarity and find our own callings to spiritual leadership. How might we continuously kindle our own internal lights and find in religious community the potential of a sea of luminaries "lighting fires in the heavens" and "pouring water on hell?"
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae is a Muslim mystic, Sufi dervish of the Chishtī Order, and ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. He completed his intern ministry at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a clinical residency at the Cleveland Clinic's renowned Heart Center and Center for Integrative Medicine, and a Killam Fellowship at the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, Ohio. He served as the Beyond Sunday Minister at our sister congregation in San Francisco before returning to his alma mater--Starr King School for the Ministry--to direct admissions and recruitment of future religious leaders.
October 26 - That All-Elusive Search for God - Millions of people through the years have set out. Many more continue in that same search. Most of us can feel that yearning for connection... purpose... truth... a quest to be part of something larger than ourselves. What does that search mean for us? What does it mean for those all around us? And what does it mean for the connection between 'us' and 'them'? Rev. Greg, preaching.
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