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.
SAVE THE DATE: 4/26 after 11:00 a.m. worship service -- Search Team Election
Thanks to your thoughtful nominations, we have an exceptional group of people for the Search Team ballot! Click here for more election info and candidate statements. Please plan to stay briefly after the 11:00 a.m. service on April 26th to cast your vote. This meeting will simply be to collect your ballots (no discussion or Q&A).
I had an opportunity recently to attend a gathering at a young adult spiritual community in Berkeley. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming, relaxed and homey. In many ways I fit right in. Over dinner the question of “what I do” came up, and I shared about Unitarian Universalism and Beloved Café. The leaders in the community were interested in the project, and eager to find ways to collaborate. There was an exciting synergy in the air. One young woman was confused about one part though: “What’s social justice?” she asked. I was surprised by the question, and it was the perfect reminder for me of one of the critical elements of our faith that I take for granted.
The evening was filled with sweet prayers and the delicious energy of people being present in community. The spacious time for the spirit was nourishing, but it was clear that the primary path for bringing change to the world in that community was through prayer, and not necessarily action. We have not imagined the power that we could leverage as progressive spiritual people if we were able to collaborate on action with more communities like this. I believe it will require us to think ever more of our social justice work as spiritual practice, and widen our theological comfort zones to joyfully work with those who would otherwise be happy to “just pray about it.” May we have the humility and the flexibility for more and more collaboration in the work of justice.
Worship at UUCB
September 7 at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
One of the great blessings of this – and so many of our UU communities around the country – is coming back together in the fall to reintegrate our ideals and experiences, and rededicate ourselves to one another and our common calling to make the world a better place. In coming together for this service we are asking you to bring a few things.
- A tiny bit of water (to pour into our common well) that symbolizes a feeling you’d like to bring into being at UUCB (joy, meaning, compassion, love, etc.)
- A tiny bit of earth (to place upon our ground of being) symbolizing what skill you add to our wealth of talent (teaching, organization, leadership, communication, etc.)
- An idea (and, if you’re willing, a costume – especially some of our younger members) symbolizing what kind of animal you would be on Noah’s Ark. We will all be given a chance to ‘get on board.’
A tiny bit of water (to pour into our common well) that symbolizes a feeling you’d like to bring into being at UUCB (joy, meaning, compassion, love, etc.)
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.
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