How do we sing when our hearts ache, when madness seems to reign?
How do we sing in the face of tragedy and horrific violence?
How do we sing when young children are slaughtered?
How do we sing when a human being gets so lost?
How do we sing when things are incomprehensible, when we are so confused and sad and angry?
Sing and let tears fall.
Sing for all the loss.
Sing and mourn.
Sing for the families.
Sing for the school and the community.
Sing for love to be stronger than death.
Sing for the pain and the preciousness of life.
Sing for the weary world, for its woes and suffering.
Sing to hear the angels sing peace and good will.
Sing for comfort.
Sing for courage.
Sing and strengthen your voice to demand gun control and regulation.
Sing for every child,
for every parent,
for every teacher.
Sing for families.
Sing for survivors.
Sing to quiet fears.
Sing to restore the soul.
Sing, for music heals.
Sing for sweet moments, small kindnesses, abiding love.
Sing for life.
Sing for all that makes our days good.
Sing to rekindle light and hope.
Sing for the reassuring touch of hands.
Sing for loving memories of grandparents and parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Sing for rivers of love that can’t be held in place but are flowing together,
making you feel endless, connection; you to all, you to everything.
Sing. Music brings us together.
Sing to encourage one another’s strengths.
Sing to see each person for who she or he truly is and can be.
Sing to inspire all of us to be our best, our most compassionate, our most loving.
Sing to care for one another.
Sing to make loving community.
Sing for life’s spirit alive in you.
Sing at life’s passages. At bedsides, sing lullabies, sing blessings.
Sing and tell your children, grandchildren, family, you love them.
Sing love of one another.
Sing for each life.
Sing for the whole human family.
Sing for creation.
Sing for the wonderful and even the difficult challenges in relationships,
the constant, continual opportunities to keep growing.
Sing in Sunday Services.
Where else do you join your voice with others in song?
Sing for risking and reaching out to make connection.
No telling what might happen if you walk across this room
to meet someone new to you, to introduce yourself.
Sing heedless of the wind and weather.
Sing prayers. Sing praise. Sing gratitude.
Sing humor and truth.
Sing we joyous all together.
Sing for joy, laughter and playfulness.
Sing Deck the Halls with Buddy Holly.
Sing We Three Kings of Porridge and Tar.
Sometimes even when we don’t get the lyrics, our spirits sing.
Oh, What fun it is to ride with one horse, soap and hay.
And with the jelly toast proclaim
Olive, the other reindeer… You’ll go down in Listerine.
Sing to keep joy in the world.
Sing to lift your spirits.
Sing, Sing, Sing!
Sing for goodness’ sake.
Sing and bring our gifts in service to the world.
Sing for our power to partner with others in the larger community as a mighty force for justice and action.
Sing for making loving community and living that love in the world.
[music begins, a medley of beloved hymns]
Sing for the power of music to touch the soul.
Sing for wholeness and holiness.
Sing. Music comforts fears and loneliness and loss.
Sing, for with music, it gets better.
Music reminds us of what we hold dear.
Music soothes our weariness, our troubles.
Music takes us where words cannot.
[Music continues without any words]
Sing for peace on earth, good will to all. [Music continues.] Amen.
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Worship at UUCB
Sundays in July
Summer Worship Schedule: 10:00 a.m. (one service only)
Childcare available from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
July 6 - Voices of Compassion: Jesus and the Buddha
Although they lived far apart in time and distance, the Buddha and Jesus were remarkably similar in both their teachings and their lives. Both preached the golden rule; both saw living a life of compassion as the ultimate goal of their teachings. Rev. Craig Scott preaching, with worship leader Rev. Sue Magidson, Time for All Ages with Michèle Voillequé, Early Birds Choir and Larry Nagel (slides).
Rev. Craig Scott is a member of UUCB. He has recently retired (for the second time) as minister of the UU
Fellowship of Tuolumne County in Sonora, CA. Working with members of UUCB, Craig has pursued a ministry of social justice that includes engaging the congregation with community organizing in local Contra County communities, as well as work for immigration justice.
July 13 - Can Unitarian Universalist Theology Help in Times of Need?
We all have bad times as well as good. UUs have rejected a faith with pat answers, which sometimes leaves them without the awareness that there is help within our faith tradition during times of need. This sermon, based in part on Rev. Jane’s doctoral dissertation, is an affirmation of our UU faith and how our spiritual needs may be met. Rev. Jane Ramsey preaching, Time for All Ages with Merrin Clough, Kaeden Wemmer (slides).
Rev. Jane Ramsey is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister, a Community Minister affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley. Rev. Ramsey is currently completing her Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling. She has worked as a hospice chaplain and facilitated a Grief Support Group, a Facing Aging and Dying Group in the past and is currently facilitating a Support Group and a Guided Autobiography Group at UUCB.
July 20 - Faith in a New Economy
In this new era of corporate greed, communities around the world are eager for an economy that serves democratic society. From among the greatest peace-makers of the 20th Century to modest Christian communities in America today, we will explore ways people of faith are the center of a new economy, and consider our role as Unitarian Universalists. Student Minister Zak Wear preaching with worship leader Kay Fairwell, Time for All Ages, Karl Rimbach (slides).
Student Minister Zak Wear is a M.Div. Candidate at Starr King School for the Ministry. Residing in Richmond, CA, his previous work has included community/electoral organizing, non-profit governance, and worker cooperative management. Among other commitments, he currently serves on the board of the Atchison Village Credit Union, an $8M NCUA-insured institution that is committed as a low-income, community-development service to its members.
July 27 - The Prodigal Daughter: Forgiveness and Return
With the help of the familiar teaching story in Luke—The Prodigal Son, only updated and recast—we’ll explore four steps in the process of forgiveness: hurting, hating, healing, and home. Yes, there are some betrayals almost too big to handle, so we’ll stay close to the ordinary, the relational: times we’ve hurt or been hurt by the people we count on, by the people to whom we belong, and by the people we have vowed to be in relationship with. We know we’ve been hurt when we lose our power to bless. The Rev. Sue Magison and Student Minister Zak Wear are our worship associates. UUCB’s Director of Music Bryan Baker and organist Katya Kolesnikova will gift us with music. It’s Zak’s last Sunday with us. Let’s send him off with our good wishes and appreciations.
Rev. Carolyn Wood Colbert, recently retired, is a double P.K. (preacher’s kid). Both her parents were Universalist ministers. Carolyn is a Starr King School for the Ministry grad and has served UU congregations in Washington, Oregon, California, New Jersey, and New York. She is Minister Emerita of the UU Church in Eugene, Oregon. Back home now in the East Bay, she is delighted to be a member of UUCB. While her ministerial career has been a joy, she says that her real calling and title should be “Stage Mother.” Just ask.