The holidays are a time of a mixture of feelings—anticipation, joy, loneliness, connection, busy-ness, exhaustion, cynicism, commercialism, calm, love, and more. Practicing gratitude increases the possibilities for feelings of connections and joy. We give thanks for this community, the warm greetings, the deep sharing, the encouragement for all of us to be our best selves, the beautiful music, the hard-working staff, the dedicated lay leaders, the community of all ages, and the connections and actions with the larger community. Thank you for being part of the life of UUCB. May the gatherings of this community this month bring meaning and warmth to you.
Like an Advent calendar, we offer you these simple daily messages.
We’re going to print this out and keep it on our dining room table to make reading it part of our daily practice.
Treasures! Where do you seek them? Where do you find them?
Once upon a time in Cracow there lived a woman.
One night, she had a strange dream. She saw herself in Prague, the distant capital, standing under the bridge that spanned the river, just next to the king's palace. In the dream she was told a treasure was buried at this spot.
She had the same dream three times.
Finally she made the long trip to Prague. She recognized the palace and the bridge from her dream. She saw the spot where she’d been told treasure was buried. Soldiers were guarding the bridge. What could she do?
She walked back and forth, back and forth. The soldiers spotted her and asked what she was doing. She told them the dream. The soldiers laughed. "As for myself," one of them said with a laugh, "I dreamed there was a treasure buried in Cracow, under the chimney in an old woman’s home!”
October’s theme is race, diversity, and the beloved community. We will be exploring matters of race and diversity as an extension of our congregational mission of spiritual growth and creating loving community.
What are the stories that shape our lives, especially our social identities of race and ethnicity?
We believe all of us want to live and work with integrity in the multiracial, multicultural and theologically diverse communities of the Bay Area. Our congregation joins with interfaith communities, combining and multiplying our efforts for the common good. We want to be good partners and respectful learners—growing our awareness and relating with many diverse people and traditions.
Welcome to September! September always feels like the beginning of a new year! Energy buzzes. Activities start up.
Merrin Clough, Director of Family Ministry, is here! This year’s religious education classes launch with a fine group of dedicated volunteer teachers. The Youth and Children’s Choir are rehearsing and lifting their sweet voices with the direction of Michele Voilleque. Luminescence choir sings. Thursday night suppers and vespers resume. Personal theology seminars get going.
All of us arrive with our various life experiences and outlooks and we come together in community. We enlarge our voices in common speaking and singing. None of us can be a part of every activity and action. When you are part of a community like this, you strengthen one another to each do what we can. We are enlarged through each other’s actions. When any of our members serve lunch at the soup kitchen or read to kids at the school or hold vigil at the jail or advocate for justice, the whole community is supporting and cheering and expanding.
Ready for a spiritual health test? It’s self-assessment.
Does praise or criticism come more easily for you?
A yes or a no?
A smile or a frown?
A clenched fist or an open hand?
Do you spend more time in front of a computer or face to face with loved ones?
Do you enjoy gathering with others to sing, give thanks, and celebrate life?
Does how you talk and act and spend your days align with your beliefs and values?
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