Upcoming

  • Sun
    03
    Jan
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. JD Benson, Jay Roller, Susan Panttaja
    Music by: Jay Roller 
    Share the Basket: The Guardian Group, First UU Society of San Francisco

    What does it mean to be a refugee or asylum seeker in the United States today? We can be proud that the United States is one of the countries that welcomes people who are persecuted in their home countries for their sexual orientation. What is the experience of those who are serving LGBTI people fleeing for their lives? Come hear stories of how the UUSF Refugee Guardian Group and other faith communities are helping to resettle these newcomers in northern California.

    Rev. JD Benson is Assistant Minister at our San Francisco church, serving as lead minister on pastoral care. She is also the ministerial liaison to our Human Rights Working Group which includes the Refugee Guardian Group as well as anti-racism initiatives.

    Jay Roller has been an LGBTI activist and is now working for human rights issues in a UU context in the Bay Area. He is also active with the Balazs Scholar Program at Starr King School for the Ministry.

  • Sun
    10
    Jan
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Millie Phillips, Andy Levine
    Music by: Sadie Sonntag and The Choir
    Share the Basket: The Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration

     Our UU sources include "Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit." A self-identified "religious humanist," Intern Minister Millie Phillips will share why a humanist outlook continues to provide spiritual grounding - and even joyous inspiration - for many UUs and may offer a soul-saving antidote to the current idolatries of our culture. 

  • 12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR 

     

    Do you sometimes feel like giving up and just reading fun books, listening to your favorite music, cooking an adventurous dinner, fixing that dripping faucet, or going for a walk with your dog?

    Evan Junker, Executive Director of the UU Justice Ministry, California, has the antidote!  He will tell us about the Justice Ministry, what it does and how it does it, and explore with us the issues that we care deeply about and what are the most effective ways to make change.  UUJMCA can help us with Justice Education, Advocacy, and Witness that will deepen our faith and change life for the better in our community!

    We will meet in the Board Room from 12:45 to 2:00. A light lunch will be available for a donation.

  • Sun
    17
    Jan
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leader: Rev. Chris Bell, Sharon McCarty, Claire Beery
    Music by: Claire Beery and some of the U-Usual Suspects
    Share the Basket: UU Justice Ministry of California

    Plus: New Member Ceremony!

    William Ellery Channing’s 1819 sermon “Unitarian Christianity” at the ordination of Rev. Jared Sparks is one of the watershed moments in our history. It helped our ancestors identify themselves as a distinct religious movement and presented the tenets of a new kind of Christianity, which, frankly, the world could sorely use more of today. Although UUism has expanded far beyond its early Christian identity, we’ll examine the teachings of this masterpiece closely today, and a few of us may discover we don’t mind the label “Christian” after all.

  • Sun
    24
    Jan
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Jen Collins
    Music by: Sadie Sonntag and The Choir 
    Share the Basket: The Breakfast for our Neighbors

    Climate change and environmental degradation are two of the greatest challenges facing humankind today, and addressing them is a top priority for many Unitarian Universalist activists. Transforming human behavior and thinking to create a sustainable social and ecological system is THE moral and spiritual crisis for our time. The roots of every person and culture are ultimately sunk into the Earth. Preserving her takes sacrifice, but also brings enormous joy and opening of the soul.

  • 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

    We are honored to welcome the photography work of congregation member Pat Craig at the Glaser Center. Reception for the artist on January 24, from 1:30 - 4:30. The photo exhibit runs through March 14.

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  • Sun
    31
    Jan
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Veronica Jordan
    Music by: Robert Howseman and some of the UUsual Suspects
    Share the Basket: Adrienne Swenson Award

    George Lakoff, author of Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think discovered that conservatives and liberals have two different ideal models of the family that he calls a Strict Father Family and a Nurturing Parent Family. This metaphor maps those models of the family onto our national moral and political life, and what you get are two very different models of the family, and with them two very different models of politics.” And, Rev. Chris will add today, two very different models of religion.

  • 12:45 pmUUCSR Board Room


    movie camara A4SJ Film

    SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM PROJECT

    JANUARY’s FILM:

    "THE TERRIBLE TRANSFORMATION"

    A4SJ (Advocates for Social Justice) presents the 5th in a Racial Justice Film Series: "The Terrible Transformation.” This is a truly remarkable documentary that examines the development of the institution of slavery from its earliest days. Covering the years 1450-1750, this film traces the transition from indentured servitude with the promise of freedom following the agreed upon term, to no possibility of freedom and lifelong servitude. Here we find the answers to "How did we get where we are today?," the original oppressor and oppressed dynamic formed so many years ago. This is Part 1 of a 4 part PBS series, "Africans In America." Discussion follows viewing. 

    SUNDAY, January 31, 12:45 PM

    UUCSR Board Room

    Feel free to bring a bag lunch 

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  • Sun
    07
    Feb
    2016
    10:00 am

    Presented by the Children of the Religious Education Program
    (One service only)

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Deborah Mason, and many children 
    Music by: Children of the Religious Education Program
    Share the Basket: Restorative Resources

    The story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull – trippy and mystical though it may be – offers a powerful lesson in following your own path and finding true freedom. Through words, actions and songs our children will help Rev. Chris and Deborah tell this magical tale. Come and learn to fly!

    Please note the special times and the congregational meeting and spread the word.

  • 11:30 am

    (ONE WORSHIP SERVICE at 10:00 AM)

    Among other business to be conducted will be the presentation of the Preliminary Budget and the election of new members of the Board of Trustees, as well as Delegates for General Assembly and District Assembly. You should receive your meeting packets by the time you read this.

  • Sun
    14
    Feb
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Millie Phillips, Eric Fischer
    Music by: Sadie Sonntag and The Choir ; the U-Usual Suspects Valentunes
    Share the Basket: Catholic Charities Family Support Center

    Valentine's Day— yes, you guessed it, the topic is Love: romantic love, familial love, "justice is what love looks like in public." Intern Minister Millie Phillips explores what all forms of love share in common.

  • 12:45 pmSanctuary

    HOT TOPICS

    Presented by

    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR 

    HEART IN THE HOOD

    a portrait of life in West Oakland

    performed by actor and writer Mike Sommers 

    Advocates for Social Justice happily presents HEART in the HOOD, a true story, a love story between a man and his adopted neighborhood.  Eight years ago Mike Sommers,  a small town Vermonter, bought a house in a notoriously rough neighborhood in West Oakland...and came to love it.  Sommers plays all 16 beloved characters who run the gamut from poignant to hilarious.  Through Mike and his harmonica, we hear their words, laugh with their optimism and begin to understand the misunderstood and beautiful people of  22nd Street.  We will have time for conversation following Mike's performance.  I think this promises to be one of those specially memorable experiences for all of us attending.  A light lunch will be available for a donation.                                        

    -- Jeanie Bates, Advocates for Social Justice

  • Sun
    21
    Feb
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Cathy Read
    Music by: John Ray and some of the UUsual Suspects
    Share the Basket: West County Health Centers

    Unitarian Universalists historically have had a special fondness for the capacity of reason and for the powers of the intellect. But not all of existence, or even our own lives and minds, can be captured under that banner. Many of us have had powerful experiences of intuition, epiphanies, and other moments of direct experience that are hard to explain. What are we to make of these? Can we trust ourselves even when it is our gut instead of our head that is leading the way?

  • Sun
    28
    Feb
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, David Hope
    Music by: The Choir
    Share the Basket: Saturday Breakfast For Our Neighbors

    Creativity is one of the miracles of life. The universe evolves. Once the Earth was only rock and fire. Over time it came up with giraffes, orchids, clouds, and you. People constantly come up with new ideas, new objects, new technologies, new insights. We write new songs. Every person has the capacity to be creative. And all hope for a challenging future depends upon creativity! Today we’ll celebrate this miracle and explore its sacred dimension.

  • 12:45 pmUUCSR Board Room


    movie camara A4SJ Film

    SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM PROJECT

    FEBRUARY'S FILM: 

    "TRACES OF THE TRADE"

     

    A4SJ (Advocates for Social Justice) presents the 6th in it's Racial Justice Film Series. 

    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    UUCSR Board Room

    Discussion follows the film viewing

    Feel free to bring a bag lunch 

     

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  • Sun
    06
    Mar
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Scott Miller
    Music by: Ben Ford and some of the UUsual Suspects
    Share the Basket: The Living Room

    Through the ages art and spirituality have been intimately linked. For centuries most art centered on religious themes and stories. We’ll expand on last week’s service on creativity by looking at the spiritual dimensions of art, in particular, Zen art and modern abstract art, which (not coincidentally) are two of Rev. Chris’s favorites. Bring your glasses – there will be many images shown.

  • Sun
    13
    Mar
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Debra Haffner, Frances Corman
    Music by: The Choir
    Share the Basket: Buckelew Programs

    How does our faith help us explore the "big" questions and live into our answers? The Reverend Dr. Debra Haffner is our guest minister today. The Reverend Dr. Debra Haffner is the President of the Religious Institute (www.religiousinstitute.org) and the endorsed community minister at The Unitarian Church in Westport. She has been a consultant to the UUA and its congregations across the country, a member of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, and received the Ministry to Women award from the UUWomen's Federation.

  • 12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR 

     

    Factor XX ~ Critically Missing from the Criminal Justice Debate  Has had to be rescheduled.

    Instead we will be showing the film: 

    The 800 Mile Wall
    The 800 Mile Wall highlights the construction of the new border walls along the U.S. -Mexico border as well as the effect on migrants trying to cross into the U.S.  This powerful 90 minute film is an unflinching look at a failed U.S. border strategy.  

    The film was made in 2009 and at that time already well over 5000 migrant bodies have been recovered in the U.S. deserts, mountains and canals. Unofficial reports at that time put the death toll as high as 10,000 men, women and children.  As a direct result of U.S. border policy, migrants are forced to cross more treacherous terrain in search of low skilled jobs in the United States.

    This film is timely considering the current political rhetoric of some of our candidates for President. 

    As always, there will be time for discussion after the film. 

    Our usual custom of offering a light lunch for a donation at our Hot Topics will be altered a little as one of our TIE groups will be providing a soup and bread lunch for a donation to benefit our Breakfast Program.

    You are invited to get your soup and bread and bring it to the Board Room so that we can start our film as punctually as possible.

     

  • Sun
    20
    Mar
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Millie Phillips, Eric Fischer
    Music by: Natalie Brundred and some of the UUsual Suspects
    Share the Basket: Women’s Justice Center

    "A picture is worth a thousand words." Visual images reach us powerfully in a way that words often cannot. Intern Minister Millie Phillips shares images from the history of Christianity, inviting us to explore them with contemporary UU eyes.

  • 12:45 pmUUCSR Board Room


    movie camara A4SJ Film

    SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM PROJECT

    MARCH'S FILM: 

    "Mr. and Mrs. Loving"

     

    A4SJ (Advocates for Social Justice) presents the 7th in it's Racial Justice Film Series. 

    SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    UUCSR Board Room

    Discussion follows the film viewing

    Feel free to bring a bag lunch 

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  • Thu
    24
    Mar
    2016
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Sharon McCarty
    Music by: Robert Howseman and some of the UUsual Suspects

    We mark the night of the Last Supper with a modern and very UU celebration of the ancient rituals of communion and foot washing. All are welcome!

  • Fri
    25
    Mar
    2016
    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Sharon McCarty
    Music by: Robert Howseman and some of the UUsual Suspects

    Meditations on suffering and grief interspersed with inspirational readings and periods of extended silence provide space to discover the presence of the Spirit of Life even in times of death and despair.

  • Sun
    27
    Mar
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Scott Miller, Veronica Jordan
    Music by: The Choir
    Share the Basket: The Saturday Breakfast

    Let us celebrate the wonders of Life in its gorgeous, ever resurrecting splendor. Please bring a single flower or many flowers to share, as together we will create a huge beautiful bouquet for our annual Flower Communion ritual. At 11:00 our children will be in the whole service, and join in the making of music. This is an Easter service for everyone!

  • Sun
    03
    Apr
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Andrew Hidas
    Music by: Paul Gilger and some of the UUsual Suspects
    Share the Basket: Parkinson's Disease Support Group

    The Dalai Lama says the point of life is to be happy, and the nation of Bhutan uses a national happiness quotient to determine the success of its government. But just what is this often-elusive experience of happiness? And how can we justly generate more of it for everyone?

  • 12:45 pmUUCSR Board Room


    movie camara A4SJ Film

    SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM PROJECT
    APRIL'S FILM:
    "CRACKING THE CODES: THE SYSTEM OF RACIAL INEQUALITY"
     

    A4SJ (Advocates for Social Justice) presents the 8th in it's Racial Justice Film Series.
    SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2016 at 12:45 PM
    DISCUSSION FOLLOWS THE FILM VIEWING
    YOU ARE INVITED TO BRING A BAG LUNCH

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  • Sat
    09
    Apr
    2016
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PMUUCSR Board Room


    movie camara A4SJ Film

    SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM PROJECT
    "Color of Fear"  Workshop
    Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    This Free workshop is in addition to our regular Sunday film offerings.  Please note that it on a different day and will be for an extended 4 hour period.  

    We will show the film, have an included lunch, then reconvene for an in depth discussion period. More information in the flyer.

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  • Sun
    10
    Apr
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Cathy Read
    Music by: Sadie Sonntag & The Choir
    Share the Basket: Santa Rosa Quilt Guild

    Grief is a burden of mental and emotional suffering that each of us is destined to carry in our lives, whether it comes from the loss of a loved one, the loss of our own capacities, the loss of polar bears, or the loss of our democracy. Since there is no avoiding it, learning how live through it, and turn it toward something good is the only way forward. Today we’ll look at what our UU faith has to offer us in this process.

  • 12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, UUCSR 

     

    MEMORY LOSS AND THE BRAIN
    Sunday, April 10, 2016, 12:45 PM, Board Room  

    Our presenter for this important HOT TOPIC is Allan Bernstein, M.D., a neurologist with decades of experience teaching, conducting research and treating patients.  Dr. Bernstein's innovative approaches and drug trials have led to new treatments than can arrest further damage in Alzheimers, Parkinson's, and other memory disorders.  Currently focused on Alzheimer's disease in his research, he is able to report that "...the newer diagnostic tools and the newer medicines in trial have created an opportunity to finally see progress in slowing, possible stopping and maybe even reversing the devastation of this illness."  Dr. Bernstein will include a discussion of how to keep our brains healthy and how to recognize when something is starting to go wrong.  "The earlier we can spot the 'first slip' the more likely some of our newer treatments will be effective."  This presentation promises to be informative and timely for all of us, either personally or as related to those we know and love.  A light lunch will be available for a donation.                                           

                                                                            Jeanie Bates, for Advocates for Social Justice

  • Sun
    17
    Apr
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Millie Phillips, Jen Collins
    Music by: Roger Corman and some of the UUsual Suspects
    Share the Basket: Research Institute of the Sonoma West Medical Foundation

    Anger is a two-edged sword. It is a great motivator: it can slash through denial and cowardice to inspire us to action. But, like a sword, it's dangerous and can be used to hurt people. Many of us fear, avoid, or repress it, including our Intern Minister Millie Phillips, who will challenge herself to sermonize on the value of healthy, holy anger.

  • Sun
    24
    Apr
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rolland Carlson, Roger Corman
    Music by: The Choir, and Robin Rogers
    Share the Basket: Saturday Breakfast For Our Neighbors

    John Muir and Ralph Waldo Emerson met in Yosemite and forged a close friendship while visiting the Giant Sequoias. Emerson’s Unitarian thinking had a significant influence on Muir and the campaign to preserve sacred wild places in National Parks, a uniquely American idea. We ponder this appropriate theme close to Earth Day and will include some Sequoia and Yosemite history, plus the story of an amazing man, Sequoia, whose name graces these magnificent species.

  • Sun
    01
    May
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, David Hope
    Music by: Robert Howseman and Roger Corman
    Share the Basket: Sonoma County Vet Connect

    We kick off a month looking at spiritual practices by considering one very close to many UUs: working for justice. And, Lord knows, there are plenty of opportunities to do so these days, with anti-LGBT statutes in North Carolina, global terrorism, hate-speech and demagoguery in our politics, climate change, and attacks on women’s rights. The good news is that the practice of working for social change also changes us, opening our hearts and minds.

  • Sun
    08
    May
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Deborah Mason
    Music by: Sadie Sonntag and the Choir, Tyler Johnson
    Share the Basket: Youth Group trip to New Orleans

    The Fourth UU Principle calls us to engage in a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning,” and we greatly honor the process of life-long learning. Being religious does not mean giving up our minds or critical thinking! Today we’ll consider the process of education – in both its providing and receiving forms – as a spiritual practice. At the center of the 11:00 service is the Bridging Ceremony for our graduating senior high school youth, and their reflections on their journey.

  • Sun
    15
    May
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Andy Levine
    Music by: Special Guest Bobby Jo Valentine, Tyler Johnson
    Share the Basket: Council on Aging / Meals on Wheels
    “Embodied spirituality views all human dimensions—body, vital, heart, mind, and consciousness—as equal partners in bringing self, community, and world into a fuller alignment with the Mystery out of which everything arises. Far from being an obstacle, this approach sees the engagement of the body and its vital/primary energies as crucial for not only a thorough spiritual transformation, but also the creative exploration of expanded forms of spiritual freedom.” — Jorge N. Ferrer

  • Sun
    22
    May
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Millie Phillips, John Ray
    Music by: The Choir AND The UUsual Suspects!
    Share the Basket: The Saturday Breakfast for our Neighbors

    Jazz is often misconstrued as "every person for him/herself," riffing like mad with the hope it all coheres in the end. Rather like "UU's can believe anything, making it up as they go along and then talking about it on Sunday." But underneath jazz's reverence for free-form improvisation lies a deep structure and tradition of individual creativity lending itself to group cooperation. Hmmm...Join us, including a swingin' group of UUsual Suspects players and singers and our Choir, for this musically rich and thought-provoking journey through a home-grown American art form and its interweave with liberal religion.

  • 12:45 pmUUCSR Board Room


    movie camara A4SJ Film

    SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM PROJECT
    MAY'S FILM:
    "VOCABULARY OF CHANGE" In Conversation with Angela Davis and Tim Wise
     

    A4SJ (Advocates for Social Justice) presents the 9th in it's Racial Justice Film Series.
    SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Angela Davis and Tim Wise, two of this country's leading racial and social justice scholar-activists, come together onstage for a rare, unscripted and free ranging conversation on the state of contemporary global politics.

    They explore how our culture's uncritical embrace of pervasive individualism, the myth of meritocracy and entrenched institutional inequality have led to racialized public policy, the privatization of education, health care and the environment, and the commodification of many of our basic needs, including water and food.

    Through bold discourse, wit, and an optimism of the will. Angela and Tim call for new vocabularies - a different kind of fluency and a different quality of literacy. With a shared reverence for historical memory and today's activism, they invoke the power of a new language to restore clarity and to unify global communities.

    One comes away from this conversation with a sense of renewed faith in humanity and with the realization that ordinary people can, and do, and will achieve the extraordinary. As Angela notes in her commentary, "as isolated individuals we will always be powerless…but as communities we can achieve anything."

    DISCUSSION FOLLOWS THE FILM VIEWING
    YOU ARE INVITED TO BRING A BAG LUNCH

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  • Thu
    26
    May
    2016
  • Sun
    29
    May
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Sharon McCarty
    Music by: Ben Ford & the UUsual Suspects, Tyler Johnson
    Share the Basket: NAACP Sonoma County Chapter

    “There are times when a human soul cries out in mourning, and there are times when a human soul sings forth in gratitude for the sheer joy of life,” writes Rev. Patrick O’Neil. Spontaneous expressions of our soul’s deep longing are the most familiar form of prayer (for theists and non-theists alike!), but what might come of making a daily practice of this form of mindful and intentional speech?

  • Sun
    05
    Jun
    2016
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

    Summer schedule begins: one service only at 10:00am.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Eric Fischer
    Music by: Paul Gilger and some of the UUsual Suspects
    Share the Basket: The Living Room

    As we begin June, a month devoted to the consideration of fighting and struggle, we ask "When is fighting ok?" Not just fighting with words and ideas, even, but actually fighting. Like with fists or guns. St. Augustine’s theories of "Just" wars will provide some guidance, or a foil, depending on how Rev. Chris interprets it. The Adrienne Swenson award is also presented today.

  • Sun
    12
    Jun
    2016
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

     

    Service Leaders: Susan Panttaja, Joe McCarty, David Hope, Joe Gabaeff
    Music by: Sadie Sonntag and the Choir
    Share the Basket: Planned Parenthood So Co

    As UUs, we strive for peace and understanding in our interactions, even in conflict. How far will we go "to meet injury with service and evil with good," in the words of Unitarian pacifist John Haynes Holmes? Today we explore pacifism and nonviolence, and we hear from two members who chose to become conscientious objectors.

  • 11:30 amIn the Sanctuary

    “Speak your mind even if your voice shakes.”
    ~ Maggie Kuhn

  • Sun
    19
    Jun
    2016
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

     

    Service Leaders: Scott Miller, Eric Fischer
    Music by: Robin Rogers and some of the UUsual Suspects
    Share the Basket: North Bay Black Chamber of Commerce

    At the last Men's Retreat, the men of UUCSR sought to develop a vision of sustainable masculinity. What versions of ourselves could forcefully support the health of the people and of the world, and resist the siren call traps of masculinity, especially violence? Today men of UUCSR share insights from negotiating the challenges of inhabiting manhood in America and the world.

  • 11:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, UUCSR

     

    North Bay Chamber of Commerce and their Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow Program
    Sunday,  June 19, 2016, 11:45 PM, Board Room  

    The Black Chamber supports local businesses and potential business owners in developing alliances to promote and support their businesses, particularly black owned.  The Chamber sponsors the Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow program which was launched in 2006 and is specifically designed to provide support to local youth programs, mentoring and scholarships for high school and college students.  Recipients of grants have been Youth Business Week, Rites of Passage, Sonoma County YMCA, Roseland University Prep Charter School, Camp Fame, Fence at the top and scholarships given to African American high school and college students. This financial support is accomplished through an annual fundraiser.

    Speaker: Nancy Rogers, President

    Snacks will be available for a donation.
    Please note our summer starting time of 11:45 PM

  • Sun
    26
    Jun
    2016
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

     

    Service Leaders: Veronica Jordan, others
    Music by: Robert Howseman, Claire Beery & the UUsual Suspects
    Share the Basket: Saturday Breakfast for Our Neighbors

    The long struggle for human fulfillment and human dignity is the source of some of the greatest music ever written. The role of songs in providing hope and energy for those fighting the good fight cannot be overstated. Today we’ll celebrate this sacred legacy with a VERY musical service. Rev. Chris is at G.A.

  • 11:45 amSanctuary

    HOT TOPIC BONUS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, UUCSR 

     MEMORY LOSS AND THE BRAIN II

    Sunday, June 26, 2016, 11:45 PM, Sanctuary

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
    The Advocates for Social Justice are delighted to invite you all to a second presentation by Dr. Allan Bernstein on this fascinating, important topic.

    Dr. Bernstein is a well known neurologist, with decades of experience teaching, conducting research and treating patients.  He will report on current research, most particularly on Alzheimer's disease, help us understand brain health and discuss the importance of early recognition of problems so that intervention can begin with the greatest expectation of effectiveness.

    Dr. Bernstein's presentation, at UUCSR on April 10, was so popular that many were turned away. We are so pleased that Dr. Bernstein was able to schedule another time to speak with us.  We will be in the Sanctuary with room for all.

    There will be no light lunch provided this time.  You may wish to bring something to eat or be sure to pick up something at coffee hour but, of course, food may not be consumed on the carpeted area of the Sanctuary and water is the only permitted beverage.

    Again, Sunday, June 26, following the 10 AM service (11:30ish), in the
    Sanctuary:  MEMORY LOSS AND OUR BRAIN II, DR. ALLAN BERNSTEIN, PRESENTER.

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  • Sun
    03
    Jul
    2016
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

     

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Roger Corman
    Music by: The UUsual Suspects
    Share the Basket: NAACP Sonoma County

    Fresh on the heels of the UUA General Assembly, Rev. Chris offers the highlights, review the theological conversations, leadership elections and social justice decisions that transpired there, and discuss the top issues that our denominational leaders are directing us towards now.

  • Sun
    17
    Jul
    2016
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

     

    Service Leaders: Erin Howseman, Cathy Read
    Music by: Jenny Harriman, Robert Howseman, & Tom Rough

    In 1991, Lauren Atress, then Canon Pastor of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, went on a life-changing pilgrimage to Chartres Cathedral in France to experience the medieval labyrinth inlaid in its stone floor sometime early in the 13th century. That was the beginning of a renaissance of labyrinth creation and use throughout the world. This Sunday, with reflections, music and poetry, we will explore how the modern spiritual practice of the labyrinth can aid us in our personal searches for healing and transformation. We will place our canvass labyrinth on the floor of the chancel, and all will have the opportunity to walk. Wheel chairs and walkers are welcome.

  • Sun
    24
    Jul
    2016
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

     

    Service Leaders: Andrew Hidas, Eric Fischer, Mary Chapot
    Music by: Various UUCSR vocalists

    Both depth psychology and every pop psychology book ever published focus on the notion of a “Self.” But is that Self one or many? What is it made of? On the religious side, Christianity extols an immortal Self that will someday be reunited with its Creator, while the Asian traditions regard Self as the ultimate delusion. Sociology alludes to many selves, filling various roles. Where do we come down on this matter as UUs? What, in the end, is inside this bag of bones?

  • Sun
    31
    Jul
    2016
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

     

    Service Leader: Scott Miller
    Music by: Paul Gilger and many of the UUsual Suspects

    What breaks when a heart breaks? What do we learn when we part from former partners? Join the musical ministers of UUCSR in a meditatiion-through-song exploration of the endings of love stories. As we’ll see, loss of love yields no loss of rich material for artistic expression. The lessons that expression teaches us will give us clues about the further opening of the heart and invite us once again to attend to some of the things that really matter

  • Sun
    07
    Aug
    2016
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

     

    Service Leaders: Rev. Dr. Leisa Huyck Sharon McCarty, Joe Gabaeff

    There are two ways we can live in this world: from a place of fear, in which we compete for scarce resources, or from a place of love, in which we share in the life abundant. Universalism calls us to the latter. How can we make it so?
    Rev. Dr. Leisa Huyck, an ecologist for 20 years before becoming a minister, is called to help our culture make the spiritual transformation we need in order to live on Earth sustainably, with love and justice for all.

  • Sun
    14
    Aug
    2016
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Scott Miller, Susan Panttaja

    Music By: Susan Panttaja and the UUsual Suspects

    Share the Basket: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

    The science fiction universe of the Star Wars films enjoys almost unparalleled devotion and attention from its legions of fans, and indicates just how deep our hunger for magic and myth remain. There are even real orders of Jedi Knights. We’ll look at the spirituality and philosophy behind the movies and the way good, evil, and violence are portrayed therein, in light of our own conflicted and divisive times.

  • Sun
    21
    Aug
    2016
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

    Service Leaders: Rev. Earl W. Koteen, Jennifer Collins
    Music By: Roger Corman and the UUsual Suspects
    Share the Basket: Today we will give our entire offering to the Redwood Credit Union's 2016 Lake County Fire Relief Fund. 

    How does one maintain a spiritual center in the midst of growing chaos? Our planet is becoming increasingly uninhabitable, and our political leadership has not yet proven itself capable of reversing our course. We can face this daunting future by developing our own spiritual strength. Rev. Earl W Koteen, our guest minister, a lifelong UU, is the Environmental Justice Minister for the UU Ministry for Earth.

  • Sun
    28
    Aug
    2016
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Lucia Milburn, David Hope

    Music By: Paul Gilger and the UUsual Suspects

    Share the Basket: Breakfast for Our Neighbors

    On August 1st, 2006 a clean-cut Harvard man arrived in sunny Sonoma County to accept his call to ministry from the UU Congregation, Santa Rosa. Ten years have passed. Together we will reflect on the change and evolution of our shared ministry over the last decade, and look to the future of our community.

  • Fri
    02
    Sep
    2016
    Sun
    04
    Sep
    2016
    Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa

    It's our third year at Enchanted Hills Camp, — all agree it's the best camp site ever!

    A few words from first-timer Dee Ray:

    "John's and my first experience at the all-church Summer Retreat last August was just delightful. Some of my favorite things were: the campfire sing-along by flashlight, the talent and campy humor shared at the variety show, the happy-hour serenades under the giant redwoods by the usual suspects, the luxury of having nothing better to do than getting to know our fellow campers better, and the sweet sound of the burbling brook during silent meditation on Sunday morning."

    Ahhhhh! Now you don't want to miss that, do you? This is the one Retreat of the year designed for everyone in the Congregation — parents, kids, teens, adults, singles and grandparents. There'll be loads of fun, as Dee said, with campfire songs, swimming in the beautiful Enchanted Hill's pool, workshops, relaxation, and dazzling entertainment with the annual UU variety show.

    The cost should be comparable to last year (it hasn't quite been determined yet) which was $170 for adults; $140 for teenagers (12-17 years old); $100 for students (6-11 years old); and $30 for children (3-5 years old).

    Be sure to mark your calendar, start saving those pennies! It'll be a peaceful, serene weekend in the Hills with your UU family. We'll be out amidst the redwoods, and there will also be rousing excitement, games and entertainment for everyone!

     

  • Sun
    04
    Sep
    2016
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

    Service Leaders: Rev. Yvonne Schumacher Strejcek, Eric Fischer

    Music by: Robert Howseman and some of the UUsual Suspects

    Share the Basket: The Living Room

    Rev. Schumacher Strejcek reflects on the living Unitarianism in Hungary and Romania, and the exciting possibilities of partnering with a sister church there.

  • Sat
    10
    Sep
    2016
    9:30 amFourth Street Safeway parking lot

    Next hike is Saturday, September 10 at Vista Trail Loop at Sugar Loaf State Park. Carpool at Fourth Street Safeway parking lot at 9:30 or the main day use parking lot at 10:15. Moderate hike is about 4 miles, 600 feet elevation change. Bring water and lunches to eat along the trail. Sign up to fitness@uusantarosa.org or call Gretchen P.

  • Sun
    11
    Sep
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Back to two services! 9:15 and 11:00!
    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Joe Gabaeff
    Music by: The Choir, Tessa McClary
    Share the Basket: ACLU Foundation of Sonoma County
    Welcome back! Summer’s passing and vacation is over. It’s time to return to two services, and to kick off the Children’s Religious Education program.
    Today’s service uses the metaphor of Home, and Homecoming, to ground us and help us look ahead to a new year of service to each other and our community.

  • Sun
    18
    Sep
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Veronica Jordan
    Music by: Robin Rogers and some of the UUsual Suspects, Tessa McClary
    Share the Basket: Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
    Radical Hospitality is a concept that originates in the Benedictine tradition, but accurately captures an essential part of Unitarian Universalism: the conviction that all people are our relations and should be treated and loved accordingly. We’ll consider ways we can be truly welcoming and embracing of diversity, and offer hope and belonging even to those who are very different from ourselves – not just in our congregation, but in our nation.

  • 12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, UUCSR

    Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence:

    Every year, 32,000 people in this country are killed by guns ~ that's more than 9 people every day!!!!
    The Brady Campaign for the Prevention of Gun Violence has set a goal of cutting that in half by 2025.  Come to hear how they plan to do this and what we can do to help.
     
    Our Speaker for Today is:  Susan Moore, President of the Sonoma Chapter of the Brady Campaign, gun control activist and community leader. 
     
    A light lunch will be available for a donation.
  • Sun
    25
    Sep
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Millie Phillips, Susan Panttaja

    Music by: The Choir, Tessa McClary

    Share the Basket: Breakfast for our Neighbors
    Intern minister Millie Phillips draws upon her experience as a hospital chaplain intern this summer to explore the weirdness and rewards of accompanying some of life's most difficult and intimate moments and emotions - pain, anger, fear, grief, death - with people one has never met before and likely may never meet again.

  • 12:45 pmUUCSR Board Room


    movie camara A4SJ Film

    SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM PROJECT
    SEPTEMBER'S FILM:
     

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  • Sun
    02
    Oct
    2016
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

    One service only at 10:00!
    Congregational Meeting at 11:30!

    Service Leaders: Mr. Rick Concoff, Rev. Chris Bell, Claire Beery, Scott Miller

    Music by: Mr. Rick Concoff, Tessa McClary

    Share the Basket: Becoming Independent

    An interactive, song- and story-filled multi-generational service - we learn the meaning of Rosh Hashanah, consider an ancient creation story, and prepare for a week of forgiveness and atonement. We’ll hear the sound of the Shofar! Our special guest service leader, Rick Concoff, is a Jewish community social worker, educator and camp counselor.

  • 11:30 amSanctuary
  • Tue
    04
    Oct
    2016
    7:00 pmBoard Room

    Based on her novels, UU member Linda Lambert will lead a seminar exploring the religious and spiritual history of Egypt, Italy and New Mexico, contrasting Christianity, Judaism and Islam. October 4 and 11 at 7 pm - no cost (donation suggested).

  • Sun
    09
    Oct
    2016
    9:15 and 11:00 AM

    Service Leaders: Millie Phillips, Eric Fischer, Deborah Mason

    Music by: The Choir, Tessa McClary

    Share the Basket: Graton Day Labor Center

    Our service will be held close to Yom Kippur, the highest holy day in the Jewish faith, also known as the Day of Atonement. On this day, Jews atone for their sins in the previous year and pray for forgiveness. They renounce all false or unintentional vows and promises to the self or to God. They recommit to living with integrity and compassion for the coming year. Intern minister Millie Phillips and Worship Associate Eric Fischer will put a UU spin on these themes, exploring the positive spiritual power of keeping our word, forgiving others (and ourselves), and acknowledging and making restitution for our mistakes. The Jewish part of UU heritage will be honored in music and readings.

  • 12:45 pm"545" Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, UUCSR

    THE PROPOSITIONS:  PROs and CONs.

    So many Propositions on the November ballot, and often written in such confusing language!  Join us in the "545 Room" at 12:45 when representatives of the local League of Women Voters will help to untangle them for us.

    Bring your questions and sample ballot if you have received it.  Remember ~ if you don't vote, you can't complain! 

    A light lunch will be available for a donation.

     
  • Tue
    11
    Oct
    2016
    7:00 pmBoard Room

    Based on her novels, UU member Linda Lambert will lead a seminar exploring the religious and spiritual history of Egypt, Italy and New Mexico, contrasting Christianity, Judaism and Islam. October 11 at 7 pm - no cost (donation suggested).

  • Sun
    16
    Oct
    2016
    12:45 PM - 2:45 PMBoard Room

    WILLS AND TRUSTS SEMINAR is sponsored by the Endowment Committee on Sunday, October 16 from 12:45-2:45 pm in the Board Room. Lunch will be provided. Sign-up is necessary. Please register at the Adult RE table in the front lobby.

  • 9:15 and 11:00 AM

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Roger Corman
    Music by: Robin Rogers, Paul Gilger, and the UUsual Suspects

    Share the Basket: League of Women Voters, Sonoma County

    Today we honor our 7th Principle by inviting our animal friends to join us at our worship services. We encourage you to bring your friendly, well-mannered pets to a courtyard Blessing of the Animals. Or bring a photo of your pet, or one in remembrance of a friend now gone. There will be some indoor seating in the RE common area which will be animal-free. Through song and poetry we pay homage to our connections with the creatures of the Earth.

  • Sun
    23
    Oct
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Guest speaker: Carolyn West, Worship Associate: Veronica Jordan

    Music by: The Choir, Tessa McClary

    Share the Basket: Breakfast for our Neighbors

     

    Religion can take us deeper into ourselves, deeper into communion with each other, and the Sacred. But we must be willing to let go of assumptions and habits that act as safety nets. Some seem able to jump into the depths--without a safety net--so much more easily than the rest of us. What can we learn from their willingness to let go and go deep?

  • Sat
    29
    Oct
    2016
    5:30 pmSocial Hall

    Samhain (pronounced /ˈsɑːwɪn/ SAH-win or /ˈsaʊ.ɪn/ SOW-in)(Halloween) is CUUPs next potluck and celebration which will be held on Saturday, October 29. Mark it on your calendars!

  • Sun
    30
    Oct
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Cathy Read, Susan Bartholome

    Music by: Paul Gilger, John Ray and the UUsual Suspects, Tessa McClary

    Share the Basket: Earle Baum Center

    Many traditions recognize this time of year, with its falling leaves, as one when the boundary between life and death grows thin. Today we honor our ancestors and departed loved ones, and make friends with the reality of death. An altar will be built. Please bring an image or object that represents a person (or more) who has passed away.

  • 12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, UUCSR

    Medicare Changes and Choices for 2017.  

    Presented by:  Alan Piombo, a HICAP Couselor at Senior Advocacy Services in Petaluma.
    HICAP is a Medicare Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program which, provides beneficiaries with unbiased individual assistance and advocacy related to their Medicare benefits as well as community educational opportunities. HICAP counselors do not charge for any services, sell any product or make any decisions for the individuals.  

    During the Oct.15-Dec.7 Annual Open Enrollment Period, we have the opportunity to examine our plans and learn about changes which will occur and learn about other options which are available to us should we want to change. This timely seminar will focus on the following topics:

    Part D Prescription Options
    Understanding your Part A or B Benefits
    Cost Saving Considerations
    Medigap Advantage Plan Choices
    Question & Answer period

    Come join us and bring your questions.
    A light lunch will be available for a donation.

  • Sun
    06
    Nov
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Joe Gabaeff

    Music by: Susan Panttaja and the UUsual Suspects, Tessa McClary

     Share The Basket: Wellness and Advocacy Center
    The interminable, embarrassing, depressing spectacle that is the American Presidential Election will be coming to a close in just two days. Today we will consider its implications for our democracy and our future, and how we will keep the faith and keep our hope alive, no matter what happens. (Part One)

    Remember we have set our clocks back one hour in order to end Daylight Savings Time and change to Standard Time.  

  • Sun
    13
    Nov
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Andrew Hidas
    Music by: Anthony Martin & the Choir, Tessa McClary
    Share the Basket: Women’s Justice Center
    The interminable, embarrassing, depressing spectacle that was the American Presidential Election will be over just five days ago. Today we will consider its implications for our democracy and our future, and how we will keep the faith and keep our hope alive, no matter what has happened. (Part Two)

  • 12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, UUCSR

    Factor XX ~ Critically Missing from the Criminal Justice Debate

    Marie De Santis, founder and director of the Women's Justice Center will talk with us about a forgotten resource in the current logjam in the country's search for criminal justice reform:  women, and the novel solutions they offer.  This aspect has been inexplicably overlooked. Women come to the criminal justice system with a unique set of perspectives, grievances, and skills. Despite this, and despite being half the human population, women's vision has been all but ignored in the debates. Yet it's precisely in this unexplored terrain that many promising and proven remedies to the whole litany of law enforcement problems lay hidden and untried.

    This talk will lay out the many obvious, and many not so obvious solutions a gender analysis can provide, and will put forth specific ways in which these solutions can be applied in our community.  A look at women not as victims but as participants in the solution. 

    Please join us and bring any questions you may have.
    A light lunch will be available for a donation.

  • Sun
    20
    Nov
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Susan Panttaja, Others

    Music by: Robert Howseman, Alan Bell, and the UUsual Suspects, Tessa McClary

    Share the Basket: YWCA Safe Place
    We will celebrate the inherent worth and dignity of all people and the beautiful uniqueness of each person’s gender expression, whatever it may be. We will memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of trans-phobia and bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

  • Sun
    27
    Nov
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Sharon McCarty
    Music by: Anthony Martin & the Choir, Tessa McClary
    Share the Basket: Breakfast for Our Neighbors
    Gratitude, it has been said, is the very essence of Unitarian Universalist spirituality. Gratitude isn’t just a feeling. It is something we can practice, much like one might practice yoga or even practice for a play. Many of us find that being generous back toward the world is the
    best way to say “Thanks!” for the many blessings we have received. A fun story for all ages and some great music will help complete our Thanksgiving today.

  • 12:45 pmUUCSR Board Room


    movie camara A4SJ Film
    SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM PROJECT
    NOVEMBER'S FILM:
    CAPITALISM:  A LOVE STORY

    The Advocates for Social Justice Film Project is pleased to present the third film in our series on "The Corruption of Our Democracy".  We are delighted to feature another Michael Moore film, "Capitalism:  A Love Story"...a bit of a Michael Moore mini film festival.  In this 2010 film Moore examines corporate greed, the global economic meltdown and their disastrous effect on American lives.  The film explores the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the social good and the current reality that economic power is held in the hands of the few.  Viewers are led to ponder the question of the price our country pays for our love of capitalism.  Compelling, this film leads us into an economic understanding of the challenges to our democracy.

    Discussion, as always, follows the viewing of the film.
    Please bring whatever you wish to eat.  We will offer a snack, not lunch.  Thanks.

    Jeanie Bates for Social Justice Film Project

    Download (PDF, 303KB)

     

  • Sun
    04
    Dec
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Deborah Mason, Jen Collins

    Music by: Robin Rogers, John Ray, the UUsual Suspects, Tessa McClary

    Share the Basket: Redwood Empire Food Bank
    Let’s kick off the winter holiday season with our own UU observance, Chalica, a kid-friendly celebration of our Principles through story and song. As a community we will light a flame for each Principle over the course of a week as a way of recommitting to the values that most deeply bind us. Don’t yet have a Chalice at home? This is a good time to get or make or repurpose one!

  • Sun
    11
    Dec
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Millie Phillips, Scott Miller

    Music by: Anthony Martin and the Choir, Tessa McClary

    Share the Basket: The Living Room

     

    As we end Chalica, we focus on our seventh principle, which recalls to us the indigenous wisdom that tells us we are a part of, not apart from, the Great Big Thing. Building respectfully on the words of Chief Seattle, this service will help us understand various meanings of the idea of "web." The aim will be to teach us ways of healing the many kinds of alienation that we are heir to.

  • 12:45 pm"545" Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, UUCSR

    Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith

    Stereotypes and misinformation about Islam abound. This presentation covers basic facts about the background, beliefs and practices of Islam and its place in the Abrahamic prophetic tradition. To help people understand more about the religion practiced by one quarter of the world, Aisha Jill Morgan volunteers as a speaker on American Muslims and as an organizer in the interfaith community of Sonoma County. She shares personal stories of living as a Muslim and her visits to the Middle East and the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah. She has a MA in Education and works with Santa Rosa City Schools as District Assessment Data Specialist

    Bring your questions.

    A light lunch will be available for a donation.

  • Sun
    18
    Dec
    2016
    9:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Millie Phillips, Cathy Read

    Music by: Alan Bell, John Ray, the UUsual Suspects, Tessa McClary

    Share the ENTIRE Basket: International Rescue Committee*

    Nature Herself is our greatest teacher. As the cycle of the year moves toward darkest night and shortest day, we consider the lessons, challenges and comforts that Mother Earth offers us in the eternal changing of the seasons.

     *Our fellow members Shirley White, Linda Harlow and Pam Tennant have recently become closely involved with an organization that helps settle refugees from war-torn areas in the Middle East. Through the Oakland branch of the International Rescue Committee, a highly regarded NGO, they have become particularly well acquainted with an Afghani family that was forced to flee their homeland for their lives. The father, who speaks English, served as a translator for the U.S. Army during our military engagement there. Our government has been shamefully negligent in supporting and resettling such dutiful servants of our country, in spite of what has amounted to a death sentence by the Taliban and other extremists since the U.S. withdrawal.
    What do I mean by shamefully negligent? Among many other challenges, this family was responsible for the cost of their own airfare in order to get to the United States.
    Since that ain’t right, on Sunday we’re going to give the ENTIRE collection to the IRC towards reimbursing the cost of those flights.
     I hope you will be generous.
     Fondly,
    Rev. Chris
    Want to learn more?
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/relocated-afghan-translators-u-s-life-offers-new-struggles/
    http://www.cnn.com/videos/international/2014/11/05/exp-no-one-left-behind.cnn
    https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/499/transcript

  • 12:45 pm"545" Room


    movie camara A4SJ Film
    SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM PROJECT:
    DECEMBER FILM:
    INEQUALITY FOR ALL
    THE 4TH FILM IN OUR CORRUPTION OF OUR
    DEMOCRACY FILM SERIES
    Brought to you by the Advocates for Social Justice Film Project

    INEQUALITY FOR ALL By Robert Reich, directed by Jacob Kornbluth

    This film comes to us from Robert Reich, a political commentator, economist, professor and author.  In this 2013 documentary Reich examines the widening income inequality in the United States and explores what effects this increasing gap has not only on U.S. economy but also American democracy itself.   Robert Reich has served in three administrations, that of Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.  He served as Secretary of Labor for Bill Clinton from 1993-1997.  He is currently the Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at University of California, Berkeley, teaching a course entitled, "Wealth and Poverty".  This film is full of information communicated in an accessible manner and with a bit of gentle humor.  For those of us who are concerned about the distortion of our democracy that our wealth imbalance has wrought and those of us who care about the many among us who struggle to make ends meet this is a "must see" film. 
    Discussion, as always, follows the viewing of the film.
    Please bring whatever you wish to eat.  We will offer a snack, not lunch.
    Thanks.                                                                                      
                 

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  • Wed
    21
    Dec
    2016
  • Sat
    24
    Dec
    2016
    6:00 pmSanctuary

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Millie Phillips, Joe Gabaeff, Deborah Mason Music by: Anthony Martin and the Choir, Tessa McClary

    Share the Basket: Minister’s Discretionary Fund
    We remember and give thanks for the life and teaching of Jesus, in whose words many Unitarians, Universalists, and UUs, have placed their trust. In our time of uncertainty, his bravery and compassion toward “the least,” and his teaching about loving your enemies is more vital than ever.

  • Sun
    25
    Dec
    2016
    10:00 AM ONLYSanctuary

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Deborah Mason
    Music by: Robert Howseman & the UUsual Suspects

    Share the Basket: Saturday Breakfast for our Neighbors
    Join us Christmas morning for a contemplative service of music and readings celebrating peace. Come in your jammies if you want. We’ll have hot cocoa. One service only, at 10:00am!