Upcoming

  • Sun
    01
    Jan
    2017
    10:00 AM ONLY

    ONE SERVICE ONLY AT 10:00 AM!!
    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Sharon McCarty
    Music by: Claire Beery, Susan Panttaja, the UUsual Suspects, Tessa McClary
    Share the Basket: Social Advocates for Youth

    We’ll consider the big events of 2016 (any come to mind?), and take time for private reflection on our own personal milestones. We also look ahead to the year 2017. What milestones do we hope we are celebrating one year from now? How will our faith lead us there?

    One service only, at 10:00am!

     

  • Sun
    08
    Jan
    2017
    9:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Veronica Jordan, Aphrodite Bellochio, Millie Phillips

    Music by: Sadie Sonntag and the Choir, Tessa McClary

    Share the Basket: Women’s Recovery Services

     

    Celebration is more than just an inner attitude. By definition it requires an action, which is usually shared with others. Celebrating life can be a practice, like other spiritual disciplines. Today we’ll consider some pure and ecstatic forms of celebrating life, such as dancing, making music and art, and playing with children as a way to strengthen our souls in challenging times.

  • 12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR
     Cancelled due to storm.  This topic is being rescheduled for later in 2017.
     

    This is a wonderful program that focuses on breaking the addiction for women in a safe residential setting. This program allows them and their young children to live together while learning the life skills necessary to become strong, responsible contributors in their communities.

    Executive Director Linda Carlson will be describing Women’s Recovery Services and bringing with her a woman who has gone through the program. Please do attend to learn more about this great program.

    Light lunch/snacks will be provided for a donation.

  • Sun
    15
    Jan
    2017
    9:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Susan Panttaja

    Music by: Robert Howseman & the UUsual Suspects, Tessa McClary

    Share the Basket: MLK Day Celebration

     

    Power is a word that people respond to with surprising emotion. Some of us fear it, others crave it. Yet, it’s simplest meaning is just “the ability to do something.” So, what are we actually trying to do when we empower people? And for what purpose? The answers lie not in having power over, but having power with and for, which we are going to need in spades in the days to come. Dr. King provides a historical example.

  • Sun
    22
    Jan
    2017
    9:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Scott Miller, Millie Phillips, Deborah Mason

    Music by: Sadie Sonntag and the Choir, Tessa McClary

    Share the Basket: Breakfast for our Neighbors

     

    “Caring for one another.” It feels good to do. But how much? How long? For an individual, caring for another might run the gamut from basic friendliness to strangers to intimately tending an ailing loved one unto death. Collectively, too, caring might be as simple as welcoming new folks on Sunday morning, or as complex and demanding as adopting a refugee family or providing sanctuary to a persecuted minority. Fortunately, our inner Spirit can help us find our way. 

  • 12:45 pmUUCSR Board Room


    movie camara A4SJ Film
    SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM PROJECT
    JANUARY'S FILM:
    REQUIEM for the AMERICAN DREAM
    The Principles of concentrated wealth and Power.  This Noam Chomsky Film is the Advocates for Social Justice Film Project's fifth film in our series on "The Corruption of Our Democracy"

    Download (PDF, 214KB)

  • Sun
    29
    Jan
    2017
    9:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary

    Service Leaders: Millie Phillips, Jen Collins
    Music by: Natalie Brundred & the UUsual Suspects
    Share the Basket: Senior Advocacy Services

    Our actions flow from our commitment to build a better world, which is a core spiritual value for UUs. What happens in the US over the next several years will have an even more profound impact on the world than it has previously. Today, we will explore what it means to engage in beneficial action in the face of setbacks, shock, and legitimate anxiety. After the service, we invite you to join us in attending an event where different organizations in Sonoma County will share what they are doing to build a better world and how you might join them in doing so.

  • Sun
    05
    Feb
    2017
    9:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Andrew Hidas
    Music by: John Ray & the UUsual Suspects, Tessa McClary
    Share the Basket: The LIME Foundation

    We’re going to spend the next couple of months looking closely at each of our UU Principles. The founding and guiding documents of this congregation place “affirming and promoting” the Principles at the very core of our Vision as a community. The First Principle is many people’s favorite. But do all people have inherent worth and dignity? Really? Today we’ll consider the spiritual growth that can come from really living as if this Principle is true.

  • Sun
    12
    Feb
    2017
    9:15 amSanctuary

    ONE SERVICE AT 9:15
    CONGREGATIONAL MEETING AT 11:00

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Roger Corman, Millie Phillips
    Music by: Sadie Sonntag and the Choir, Tessa McClary
    Share the Basket: Sonoma County Multiple Sclerosis Group

    We’ll concentrate on the compassion piece of this Principle today. Compassion, usually taken to mean acts of kindness, literally means “to suffer with.” If we want to respond in a sacred and loving way to the people of the world, whether we consider them friends or enemies, we have to place ourselves in their shoes. Real justice and equity flow naturally from the tender-hearted perspective of compassion. (We will also talk about being more compassionate toward ourselves!)

  • 9:15 am

    The Choir performs "The Power of One" at the 9:15 service (only service this week).

  • 11:00 amSanctuary
  • Sun
    19
    Feb
    2017
    9:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Sharon McCarty
    Music by: Paul Gilger & the UUsual Suspects, Tessa McClary
    Share the Basket: North Bay Jobs with Justice

    “If I'm laden at all, I'm laden with sadness that everyone's heart isn't filled with the gladness of love for one another,” sang the Hollies. But acceptance and love of one another (or ourselves) isn’t always easy; that’s why we have to encourage one another. If you could measure your spiritual growth like a child’s height is measured against the wall, are you shrinking or stretching? And what would it take to for a growth spurt to occur?

  • Sun
    26
    Feb
    2017
    9:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary

    Service Leaders: Rev. Tet Gallardo, Eric Fischer
    Music by: Sadie Sonntag and the Choir, Tessa McClary
    Share the Basket: Breakfast for our Neighbors

    Rev. Tet Gallardo, who serves the UU Church in Bicutan, near Manilla, is this year’s Balazs Scholar at the Starr King School for the Ministry. She is the first Balazs Scholar from the Philippines, where the UU movement is rapidly growing. She is a business leader, an activist for LGBTQ rights, and a very funny person. She will preach on “Humor as Holy Common Sense.”

  • 12:45 pmUUCSR Board Room


    movie camara A4SJ Film
    SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM PROJECT
    FEBRUARY'S FILM:
    THE TAKE
     The Advocates for Social Justice Film Project's sixth film in our series on "The Corruption of Our Democracy"

    Download (PDF, 273KB)

     

  • Sun
    05
    Mar
    2017
    9:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Joe Gabaeff
    Music by: Natalie Brundred & the UUsual Suspects, Tessa McClary
    Share the Basket: Project Censored

    The Buddha said we should be lamps unto ourselves, and the whole democratic experiment depends upon trusting each other’s conscience. But what is the moral sense and where does it come from? And given that it differs so much from person to person and culture to culture, how can we know what’s right, really? These and other questions will be addressed as we look at our Fifth Principle.

  • 9:15 & 11:00 a. m.Sanctuary

    For more info go to the Choir Page

  • 9:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary

    This piece puts the Homeric Hymn "To Gaia, Mother of All" to music written by Jesus Contreras.

  • 9:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary

    The Choir performs "The Call" by Ralph Vaughn Williams.

     

  • 9:15 & 11:00 amSanctuary

    Sunday, May 28, the choir performs "Peace Train".  This song was released in 1971 by Cat Stevens and appears on his album Teaser and the Firecat.  It was Stevens first Top Ten hit in the US.  That was during the Vietnam War.  Later, during the Iraq War, the song's relevance was revived.

    According to Wikipedia, Stevens -- who had by then converted to Islam and changed his name to Yusuf Islam -- said of the piece, "'Peace Train' is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions. There is a powerful need for people to feel that gust of hope rise up again."

    Sadie Sonntag will direct the choir in singing a Kirby Shaw choral arrangement of this powerful and appropriate song of hope.

     

  • 9:15 amSanctuary

    Sunday, June 11, the choir will perform a powerful and moving piece titled "The Road Home".  Composer Stephen Paulus took a 19th century folk tune called "The Lone Wild Bird" and adapted it to a modern choral setting.  He asked his friend and colleague Michael Dennis Browne to write new words for it.

    Mr Paulus writes on his website https://stephenpaulus.com:

    The tune is taken from The Southern Harmony Songbook of 1835.  It is pentatonic and that is part of its attraction.  Pentatonic scales have been extant for centuries and are prevalent in almost all musical cultures throughout the world.  They are universal.  Michael crafted three verses and gave it the title "The Road Home."  He writes so eloquently about "returning" and "coming home" after being lost or wandering. 

    The theme of June 11th's service is Hope.  This simple and beautiful message embodies the hope of the wanderer to someday find herself on the Road Home.

  • 10:00 amSanctuary

    Sunday, June 25, the choir will perform a Bach hymn.  What we'll sing is actually in two places in our hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition, pages 22 and 41.  We will sing them as one piece.  Our featured soloist will be Sally Jones.

    The music was written by Nikolaus Herman (1480-1561) and J S Bach (1685-1750) took the tune and enhanced it with harmony in a manner only he could.  The words to the first 3 stanzas were written by Unitarian Universalist Nancy C Dorian (1936-present), but the words to the last 2 verses originated with English poet George Gascoigne (1540-1577) and were adapted to be sung.

    June 25 will be the last choir performance of the summer as our director (and we) take a small break during the summer months.  We'll be back, singing to you again in the Fall.

  • Sun
    02
    Jul
    2017
    10:00 a.m. ONLYSanctuary

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Veronica Jordan, Deb Mason
    Music by: Claire Beery & The UUsual Suspects, Tessa McClary
    Share the Basket: Ceres Community Project

    Rev. Chris will offer his report on General Assembly, the annual national gathering of UUs. This year, the controversy around hiring practices at the UUA, and racial diversity and justice (or lack thereof) within the movement as a whole, will surely dominate the business. Oh, and we’re electing our first female president!