The next meeting of UUCB's Board of Trustees will be held on Thursday, February 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the Safir Room.
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
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.
Sundays in February
September—May Worship at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Summer Worship at 10:00 a.m. May 16 - August 31
Feburary’s Theme: “Love”
THE KING'S BRIDE - An intergenerational Worship Service which is designed to be a soap opera of how to find 'true love' and points out that 'love' and 'drama' often go hand in hand. By looking at the struggle for love in the kingdom, a king and the good people of the land learn a lot about themselves, each other, and the importance of love. QUESTION: What about love do we learn when we strip off all the drama often found within romance?
February 8 (One service at 11:00 a.m.)
HERE IF YOU NEED ME - Have you ever been needed by someone who was facing an unthinkable situation - one in which it seemed like the universe was unbearably cruel and unkind - and were afraid to show up because you knew not what to say? And yet, you had to show up, because the love you felt for the person made it unthinkable to stay away? What is it that allows us to say, "I'm here if you need me" and what do you bring with you when they call?
Congregational Meeting in the Social Hall immediately following the service.
THE MYTHS AND REALITIES OF TRUE LOVE - Valentine’s Day, at least as it's described by Hallmark, is filled with swooning and fawning, batting eyes, and falling in love. But what happens after the card has been read, kisses have been shared, and all the candy hearts have been finished off? That's when we get to see if the love we worked for is the love that's true. QUESTION: What is 'true love' and how does it differ from the schmaltzy, commercialized, 'Hallmark' understanding of love?
SIGNIFICANT CHOICES - Most people would agree that selecting our next settled minister is a very significant choice for our congregation. In his sermon, “Significant Choices,” Bob Miess, our district’s Ministerial Settlement Representative (MSR), will discuss what makes an excellent significant choice, 13 strategies for making excellent significant choices in all sorts of human endeavors, and what an excellent significant choice looks like. Following the services, he will meet with us to explain the details of the UUA’s ministerial search process, how it makes it possible for us to use the 13 strategies, and how we can best take advantage of it to make an excellent choice for our next settled minister.
Bob Miess comes to us from San Jose, where he has served in many key lay positions, including Board President, Vice President, Nominating Committee member, and Worship Associate. He has served our district as a member of the District Nominating Committee and taught at our District’s Leadership School. He is currently the Vice President of the national UU Society for Community Ministries. He is visiting us today on behalf of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) as our district’s Ministerial Settlement Representative (MSR). He has served in this capacity since 2008, and has worked with more than 20 congregations, coaching them to successfully find their new settled ministers. He also trains new MSRs for our national association.
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