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.
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Sundays in August
Summer Worship Schedule: 10:00 a.m. (one service only)
Childcare available from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
August’s Theme: Vulnerability
August 3 - We Are…
Who do we mean when we say “we?” Do we mean who we think we do? When does “we” unintentionally exclude? What does inclusivity really look like? Rev. Dr. Sue Magidson preaching; Kay Fairwell, worship leader
Rev. Dr. Sue Magidson is a longtime member of UUCB and one of it’s community ministers. She serves as the Spiritual Care Coordinator and Chaplain at San Leandro Hospital. As a lifelong UU and Jew, she thinks a lot about who we mean when we say “we.”
August 10 - Pieces of the Puzzle
Walking a trail, taking a pilgrimage, and navigating a labyrinth are metaphors for our life’s journey. Folks who are hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail have a similar destination in mind, though many different approaches to getting there are employed. Rev. Sonya Sukalski speaks about the blessings and lessons of the trail. Rev. Sonya Sukalski preaching; Rev. Jay Atkinson, worship leader; Rev. Greg Ward will offer a short testimony.
Rev. Sonya Sukalski is one of UUCB’s community ministers. Sonya serves as the Director of Faith Community Engagement for Specialty Studios and The Video Project, who harness the power of socially conscious media to touch hearts, engage minds, and inspire action. Sonya developed the UU Legislative Ministry of California’s Spiritual Activist Leadership Training (SALT) for young adults from 2010-2013 which graduated 23 activists equipped to lead us into a better future.
August 17 - Perfect Strangers
What is your relationship with trying to be perfect? Have you ever tried to be perfect in order to be noticed... to be appreciated... to be loved? Trying to be perfect may sometimes get us attention, but often it comes with a price: people only know us for what we do and not who we are. And in the process, we become perfect strangers. Rev. Greg Ward preaching; Jay Atkinson, worship leader.
August 24 - Praying to a God that Laughs
Becoming an adult is serious business, so serious, in fact, that many of us lose our sense of humor along the way. When did we lose our mirth? Our imagination and whimsy? When did we finally surrender our playfulness? And how do we coax these essential tools to return? Rev. Greg Ward preaching; Rev. Jeanne Foster, worship leader; Merrin Clough and our 2014-15 team of R. E. volunteers will be charged to service.
August 31 - Flying--or the Story of a Young Trapeze Artist
A circus experience from my childhood growing up in New Orleans and Robert Frost’s poem “Choose Something Like a Star” together provide the stimulus for a reflection on what it means to be daring in life and what it means to have for a safety net below us the “interdependent web of all existence,” which we UUs affirm and promote. Rev. Dr. Jeanne Foster preaching, with Kay Fairwell, worship leader.
Rev. Dr. Jeanne Foster grew up in New Orleans and went to undergraduate school at Tulane University. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Starr King, was ordained by the Monterey Peninsula UU Church, and served as minister of the UU Fellowship in Modesto. She earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in the interdisciplinary area of Religion, Literature, and the Arts. She is currently Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. A published poet, her work has appeared in numerous journals. Her poetry book, A Blessing of Safe Travel, won the Quarterly Review of Literature Poetry Award. Among her other books are Appetite: Food as Metaphor, an anthology of poems by women, and a critical work, A Music of Grace: the Sacred in Contemporary.
About Worship at UUCB
Worship is at the heart of our community. Worship refreshes us and we take a deep breath and rest from our daily lives. Worship refreshes when it comforts us in difficult times, when it celebrates with us our joys, and when it challenges us and names what has been avoided. Worship reminds us of who we are, what we can become, how we want to live, what we hope to give to the community and the world.
In our worship services, we laugh and cry and are reminded of what is deepest and dearest. Worship engages our minds and hearts and bodies with wisdom from the world’s religions, the words and deeds of prophetic and poetic women and men, experiences of life’s twists and turns and transcending mystery and wonder. Together we reverence living and dying, mark joy and pain and promise. We celebrate hope and liberation, recovery and possibility.
Worship strengthens us to live out our Unitarian Universalist principles in our families, neighborhoods, work lives, church, and world. Worship inspires us to create the Beloved Community and live lives of integrity, joy, and service.
Our Sunday Services, held from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to noon, are joyous gatherings of the community in our Sanctuary. Our Thursday Vesper services from 7:00 to 7:25 p.m. in the Fireside Room provide a mid-week opportunity for refreshing your spirit.
Sunday Worship Services
Two Services Every Sunday: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. (September - May)
One Sunday Service at 10:00 a.m. (June - August)
Worship is central to the life of this community. It reminds us of who we are, what’s really important, how we want to live, and what we hope to give to the community and to the world.
Sunday Services give power, community, meaning and hope. Minds and hearts, bodies and spirits are engaged as we celebrate life together. The Chancel Choir, congregational singing, and music lifts our spirits. Children and adults begin the service together. Children then participate in Religious Education classes. Coffee, tea and conversation follow every Sunday Service. Please note, the church is wheelchair accessible. Large-print Orders of Service and enhanced listening devices are available for our Sunday Service.
Tuesday Morning Worship
10:30-11:00 a.m., 2nd Tuesday of the month, September through May.
Join us in the Fireside Room for songs and silence, sharing of joys and sorrows, and a reading. All are welcome!
Other Worship OpportunitiesFrom time to time, UUCB offers special services, vespers and seasonal celebrations for all to participate in. Please look for announcements in our weekly Orders of Service, the weekly "Pink Sheet" or e-Announcements, and in our monthly Beacon on the Hill newsletter.