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.
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 April
THE EASTER EXAM – There are few things that stymie and stupefy Unitarian Universalists more than the idea of Easter. Ask a UU to explain Easter and they will often look at their watch and change the subject. The concepts of resurrection don't always make sense - at least in the way they have long been explained in our culture. And the idea of a 'violent atonement' is part of the problem. This morning we will celebrate an Easter that is incredibly real and incredibly needed in this world.
Music Sunday: “Being inside the Music” –Vivaldi and Vaughan Williams, sacred and secular, stories in the voice of music; Luminescence, Youth and Children's Choir, organ, harpsichord, strings. Bryan Baker, directing.
YES, I WILL TAKE YOU - YES, I WILL LOVE YOU AGAIN – Sometimes the world, and the people in it, don't behave as we expect and it hurts. Sometimes we're surprised. Often times we position ourselves to protect ourselves ... assume a defensive posture to ensure that it doesn't happen again. But sometimes when we do that we channel so much energy unconsciously into being defensive that we fail to notice that we create a climate in our own soul where innocence and tenderness cannot survive.
A Congregational Conversation will follow the service where we discuss the tender issue of the 'After Pastor' situation - the ministerial misconduct of Rev. Dick Boeke. This service will explore how difficult the issue is - both in general and the specificity of how it has played out in this church.
RELIGION, CULTS, SERPENTS, SAVIORS, AND OTHER STORIES – “Got religion?” Perhaps we've escaped such a question being asked of us on a regular basis, but if you travel most every road in most every town it's as common as someone asking for the time. But the real question is whether we got GOOD religion? World-changing religion. Because there are enough world-changing bad religions. So what does it take to be a GOOD religion changing the world for the better?
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.
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