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

     
    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.

  • 12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR

     

    The Lime Foundation devotes its energy to passionately advocating for the disadvantaged.  Their mission is to strengthen veterans, seniors, low income families and young people and give them the tools to build a better quality of life.  What they do:  (1) support a vocational training/construction apprenticeship program and provide free construction services to low-income families and the elderly.  This creates a double benefit for the community  - helps prepare people in disadvantaged communities for fulfilling careers while at the same time providing important services to people who could not otherwise afford them.   (2) run programs for the elderly in an effort to address America's obesity epidemic through light exercise (dance, bowling, hiking) and healthy eating.  (3) bring positive, structured activities to disadvantaged youth, giving them the opportunity to learn technology  or play a musical instrument - great alternatives to substance abuse, truancy, exclusion.  Uses music and dance as a positive means of expression.  Features am activity center and a summer and after school mentoring and tutoring program.

    Come and hear the Executive Director and founder of the Lime Foundation, Letitia Hanke, as she describes in detail the services this Foundation offers.

    NEW: Bring what you would like to eat - we provide LIGHT snacks, NO lunch.

     

  • 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.

  • Sun
    12
    Mar
    2017
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.Sanctuary

    Service Leaders: Rev. Leisa Huyck, Jen Collins
    Music by: Sadie Sonntag and the Choir, Tessa McClary
    Share the Basket: Santa Rosa Quilt Guild

    The goal of world community, with peace, liberty, and justice for all may seem like an impossible dream right now, and we may think we are naïve to even dream it. But are we, really? What does UU theology have to say about this, and how can our theology support our action?

    Rev. Dr. Leisa Huyck is a former ecologist, who became a minister because she is called to help our culture make the spiritual transformation we need in order to live on our beautiful planet sustainably, with love and justice for all. She is the founder of Viriditas Ministries, whose mission is "healing the heart, nourishing the spirit, and greening the world--with the power of love." You can find her online at viriditasministries.org.

  • Sun
    19
    Mar
    2017
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.Sanctuary

    Service Leaders: Millie Phillips, Joe Gabaeff
    Music by: Roger Corman and the UUsual Suspects, Tessa McClary
    Share the Basket: The Living Room

    The interdependent web is one way to describe our inherent interconnectedness. There are many other ways. In this service, we are going to look at interconnectedness as if it were a river; all of us as drops who enter the stream from different locations and yet are flowing together on a journey seeking a common destination. Gravity guides the river. What guides us?

  • Sun
    26
    Mar
    2017
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.Sanctuary

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Millie Phillips, David Hope
    Music by: Sadie Sonntag and the Choir, The UnUsual Suspects, Tessa McClary
    Share the Basket: Breakfast for Our Neighbors

    We’ll recap our survey of the Seven Principles by examining the essential thread that runs through them all, but which, incredibly, is not mentioned by name at all. In song it has been called a boomerang, a losing game, a battlefield, a drug, the tender trap, the reason, the message, the way, the answer, and all you need. It is like oxygen, like a fire, like a red, red, rose, and like… WO! All true. And it is the heart of our religion.

  • Sun
    02
    Apr
    2017
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.Sanctuary

    Service Leaders: Rev. John Buehrens, Susan Panttaja
    Music by: Claire Beery & the UUsual Suspects, Tessa McClary
    Share the Basket: Chrysalis Community Counseling 
    Transcendentalism began in 1836 with Emerson’s first book, Nature. It led to a spiritual revival within Unitarianism – not just in rural Concord, but in urban Boston, leading to activism on race, gender, and social justice. It continues to offer lessons for us today.
    Rev. John Buehrens was President of the UUA from 1993-2001. He is the author of Universalists and Unitarians in America: A People’s History [2011] and of a forthcoming book with the same title as this sermon. He retires this summer as Senior Minister of the First UU Society in San Francisco.