Upcoming

  • Sun
    30
    Mar
    2014
    9:15 am, 11:00 am

    Service Leader: Rev. Kathy Huff
    Worship Associate: Susan Bartholome

    Hope sustains us along the tumultuous path. Diana Eck in her bookEncountering God, calls hope "wakeful, radical and eager. . .It is standing on tiptoes and waiting in expectation . . . leaning forward toward the horizon of the dawn, ready for sunrise".

  • Sun
    06
    Apr
    2014
    9:15 am, 11:00 am

    Service Leader: Rev. Kathy Huff
    Worship Associate: Susan Panttaja

    "The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience", said Albert Einstein, "is the sensation of the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science." Unitarian Universalism is sometimes described as a tradition that allows The Mystery to remain mysterious.

  • Sun
    13
    Apr
    2014
    9:15 am, 11:00 am

    Worship Associates: David Hope and Eric Fischer

    Music: Mystery from the Missa Gaia performed by Jenny Harriman; also Mystery by Bruce Cockburn (a different piece) performed by Robin Rogers, Eric Skagerberg, and the UUsual Suspects

    The Transcendentalist Movement of the early 19th century was a reaction to the prevailing intellectualized spirituality of the Unitarians and Harvard Divinity School. Beginning with Ralph Waldo Emerson, who famously resigned his Unitarian ministry, the Transcendentalists looked toward nature and Eastern religions for individual insight into the mysteries of creation.

  • Sun
    20
    Apr
    2014
    9:15 am, 11:00 am

    Worship Leaders: Rev. Kathy Huff, Bryan Plude, Deborah Mason, and Linda Proulx

    Poised on the edge of something mysterious, we gather to remember ancient stories, to renew life, and celebrate the magnificent beauty and wonder of it all. Be sure to bring a flower to share for our flower communion.

    At 9:15 the service features a contemplative "Spring Haggadah" and at 11:00 our "Service for All Ages" brings us together with an "Egg Story" to remember. All Easter finery, bonnets, spring hats, and festivities welcome and encouraged.

  • Sun
    27
    Apr
    2014
    9:15 am, 11:00 am

    Service Leaders: Rev. Károly Vass, Erin Howseman

    We welcome the Balázs Scholar at Starr King School for the Ministry, Rev. Károly Vass. Using the imagination of a child and the perspective of an adult, and borrowing inspiration from a science fiction tale, Rev. Vass invites us to re-imagine the world we long for and to recommit to creating it. Come hear how this Unitarian from Transylvania wrestles with the "ground of being" and comes to name the "absolute" in modern terms.

  • Sun
    22
    Jun
    2014
    10:00 am

    Worship Leader: Alan Proulx
    Worship Associate: Linda Proulx

    Summer Schedule
    Single Service at 10am

     What would you do with your life if you knew you only had a year to live? Alan and his men's group resolved to find out with the help of the book, A Year to Live, by Buddhist practitioner and end-of-life counselor Stephen Levine. When people are really ill and have a short time to live, living can be reduced to dealing with illness. What would life be like if we only had a year or less to live and we weren't dealing with illness? What could we learn from focusing on what we really wanted to be and do with the limited time left to us? There are important lessons here for everyone who is going to die at some point in time!

  • Sun
    29
    Jun
    2014
    10:00 am

    Service Leaders: Erin Howseman and Susan Panttaja,
    with a Reflection by Robin Marrs

    Summer Schedule
    Single Service at 10am

    Walking is an ancient and powerful spiritual practice. Julia Cameron, author of Vein of Gold, the Artist's Way, writes that "Druids and Wiccans quest by walking. Tibetans make circular pilgrimages around Kalais, the sacred mountain. Native Americans walk for vision quests. Jesus also walked into the desert... All of us make a pilgrimage whenever we set ourselves outward bound for inner voyaging." Like a pilgrimage, walking a labyrinth is a spiritual practice. The labyrinth provides the sacred space where the inner and outer worlds can commune, where the thinking mind and imaginative heart can flow together. With song, poems and reflection, we will come together and experience the inspiration that spiritual walking can bring us.

  • Sun
    13
    Jul
    2014
    10:00 am

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Erin Howseman

    Today we will celebrate the 10 year anniversary of our move to UUCSR and The Glaser Center at 547 Mendocino Avenue.

    Please join us to honor the members of our congregation who years ago imagined a spiritual home where we could practice our principles of spirituality and social justice in the heart of our community.

    We also welcome Rev. Chris back from his sabbatical , and celebrate those who have nourished UUCSR over the past 10 years and those who will carry our mission into the future.

    Sunday Worship service at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary followed by a familyfriendly party in the social hall and courtyard.

  • Sun
    20
    Jul
    2014
    10:00 am

    Presenter: Lucia Milburn
    Worship Associate: Scott Miller

    The Chinese symbol for crisis has embedded in it two other symbols, one for danger and one for opportunity. Using her experiences as the mother of a child with a disability, Lucia will explore the nature of personal crisis and how danger may become opportunity.

  • Sun
    27
    Jul
    2014
    10:00 am

    Service Leaders Susan Bartholome and Andy Levine

    This Sunday, in the middle of the “Moving Season,” we will explore the effects of growing up in one’s home town versus spending a nomadic childhood in a military family. What impact can these differing experiences have on one’s sense of home and sense of self?

  • Sun
    10
    Aug
    2014
    10:00 am
    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell
    Worship Associate: David Hope

    This week we officially welcome back Rev. Chris, and hear his reflections on his sabbatical and his aspirations for the next phase of our relationship as minister and congregation. We'll consider what risks we might take as individuals and as a community for the fulfillment of our Mission and Vision. Sometimes we have to risk letting go the old, and other times we have to risk taking on the new. That's not always easy; but without risk there is no growth. No fun, either!

  • Sun
    17
    Aug
    2014
    10:00 am
    Service Leader: Rev. Chris Bell
    Worship Associate: Linda Proulx

    Conversion is a concept that distresses many religious liberals, tied as it is to cajoling or compelling others to believe or act a certain way. The armed fundamentalists in Africa and Iraq (or Operation Save America) are only the latest example of this ancient and dangerous impulse. But conversion also refers to a striking and powerful internal shift that can be a core part of the spiritual journey, if we are open to the possibility. And sometimes even if we are not...

  • Sun
    24
    Aug
    2014
    10:00 am
    Service Leaders: Eric Fischer & Isabel Fischer

    Growing up, we all experience feeling different in some way. Adolescence is a time of searching for acceptance and a sense of self. Youth struggling with mental health issues face additional challenges that can make this overwhelming. Using Isabel Fischer's short film "Mind + Body," we will explore the journey of young people finding themselves while living with mental illness.

  • Sun
    31
    Aug
    2014
    10:00 am
    Service Leader: Rev. Chris Bell
    Worship Associate: Francis Corman

    Sudden conversions aside, most of us find that change comes slowly and with great effort. While remaining open to breakthroughs, we have to know that even the most dramatic epiphany can fade in impact before our lifelong habits and the inertia of the mundane. If we are to grow into the kind of person that the Great Big Thing calls us to be - and that we know inside we CAN be - regular attention is required. Our UU tradition has long addressed this challenge. Today we'll share some simple and practical ways to grow your soul every day and to make a difference in the world.

  • Sun
    07
    Sep
    2014
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris, Scott Miller
    Music: The Choir, Sadie Sonntag, Richard Riccardi

    We celebrate the end of summer, and the beginning of the new “church year” with our annual Ingathering Services. (Note that we return to TWO SERVICES TODAY.) In a year of terrible drought under the growing shadow of climate change, we will acknowledge our dependence upon Mother Nature by celebrating the Water Communion as the central ritual. Please bring a small container of water from your home, your travels, or your sacred spot, if you are able. And, yeah, we’re gonna pray for rain. We might even dance for it…

  • Sun
    14
    Sep
    2014
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris, Andy Levine

    Music: Nancy Hayashibara, Natalie Brundred, The UUsual Suspects

     

    Ministry takes many forms: preaching and leading worship, spiritual practices, pastoral care, administration, public witness and activism, direct service, religious education, and much more. In our congregation we see ministry as a collective undertaking for which we are all responsible, and in which we all have our place, however grand or humble. The congregation is like a wheel that depends upon many spokes. There is a place for EVERYONE to help us celebrate life, empower people, care for one another, and build a better world.

  • Sun
    21
    Sep
    2014
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Guest Presenter: Clovice A. Lewis, Jr.,
    Worship Associate: Susan Bartholome

     

    Clovice Lewis will reflect on the topic of ministry as an obligation to positively affect the world through individual, personal action. He views ministry as a distillation of the “Golden Rule”. He argues that a personal, one-on-one connection with people is just as powerful as the one-to-many model of ministry. Clovice Lewis is a member and past President of the Unitarian Universalist Community in Lake County. He is a professional composer and cellist, a former professor of computer music at UCSB, a private pilot and an inventor.

  • Sun
    28
    Sep
    2014
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris, Susan Panttaja
    Music: The Choir, Sadie Sonntag, Richard Riccardi

     

    “Many are called, but few are chosen,” says the Bible. It might also have said, “many are called, but few choose to respond.” Rev. Chris will discuss his experience of being called to the ministry, as well as the tragic and unnecessary anti-clericalism that often infects our UU tradition. We must be clear, a sense of calling is NOT restricted to ministers; neither are one’s calling and one’s job necessarily the same thing. We are called when. ever our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need, as Frederick Buechner put it. What are the deep needs of the world? What is your deep gladness?

  • Sun
    05
    Oct
    2014
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Jessica Clay, Erin HowsemanMusic: Robert and Brendan Howseman

     

    That feeling of standing in a doorway, being on the threshold between two stages of life, can be exhilarating but also confusing and scary. The urge is to rush on to the next sure thing, missing what we might learn from this “space between.” Come let us worship together as we explore where the divine is in this space and how to meet these times of change with grace and openness.
    Jessica Clay is a seminarian at Starr King School for the Ministry, and a Candidate for Fellowship with the UUA.  She has a Masters in Occupational Therapy and has worked in a variety of settings. In her free time she enjoys hiking, taking improv comedy classes, and volunteering.

  • Sun
    12
    Oct
    2014
    11:00 a.m. only

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, David Hope, Sadie Sonntag

    Special Music provided by the Choir and Robin Marrs

     

    While not a stage of life that everyone has to experience directly, divorce will eventually be chosen by 50% of those who chose to marry, and it affects nearly everyone through our extended families and friends. We will examine the religious and spiritual issues around divorce, offer the UU approach, and affirm that this, too, is an experience from which we can learn and grow. The merits of singlehood will also be considered.

  • Sun
    19
    Oct
    2014
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Guest Presenter: Emily Fisher
    Worship Associate: Linda Proulx

    It's easy to become convinced that apathy of good people and bleak visions of the world falling apart are just the way things are...until you look around the sanctuary on a Sunday morning. The democratic structure of U.U. congregational polity, breathed and loved into being by 'we the people,' is as sacred a space as any on earth, even if/when that sacred space makes you want to tear out your hair in (un)holy exasperation. Guest preacher Emily Fisher, a chaplaincy student at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and public interest attorney, will reflect on the transformative power and potential at the core of U.U. faith.

  • Sun
    26
    Oct
    2014
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Eric Fischer, Zoey Wilson, Sadie Sonntag

    Special Music by the Choir and a full band. Oh yeah!

    This topic was a winner at last year’s Service Auction, continuing a congregational tradition of demanding that Rev. Chris preach on a bizarre topic now and again. Tommy, by The Who, is one of the most significant albums in all rock, a full “opera” about an abused child turned would-be messiah that just happens to be one of Rev. Chris’s earliest and most enduring favorites. Today, we will consider the teachings of this masterpiece on the trials of childhood and adolescence, awakening, false prophets, and a bunch of other deep and heavy stuff, while we totally rock out.

  • Sun
    02
    Nov
    2014
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Susan Bartholome, Ben Ford, Robin Rogers

    Many traditions recognize this time of year, with its falling leaves, as one when the boundary between life and death grows thin. This intergenerational service will give us a chance to 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.

  • Sat
    08
    Nov
    2014
    5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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  • Sun
    09
    Nov
    2014
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leader: Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles
    Worship Associate: Andrew Hidas
    Special Music by the Choir

    As we honor Veterans Day this week, in a time of unending war, we acknowledge the spiritual wounds of our warriors and the need to honor the task of restoring connection and community.

    Rev. Carrie Knowles serves as Chaplain to Veterans on the Board of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio in San Francisco. She coordinates conferences that bring together today's veter ans with clergy and congregational leaders to create healing communities where veterans can reconnect with civilian life.

  • Sun
    16
    Nov
    2014
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.The Civil War: Yesterday and Today

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Roger Corman,
    Robert Howseman
    Special Music provided by some UUsual Suspects

    During his sabbatical road trip Rev. Chris spent some time in North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee, which led to these reflections on the Civil War and its lasting and powerful influence on American society and culture (e.g., lasting racial inequality and injustice). We’ll particularly look at the way the war is remembered in the North and the South today. And since Ferguson, Missouri was just the most recent, and probably not the last, battle of the war, maybe we can think of some ways to end this conflict, at long last.

  • Sun
    23
    Nov
    2014
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Lucia Milburn
    Special Music provided by the Choir and Robin Rogers

    E. E. Cummings was born to Unitarian parents, and held what we might call a transcendentalist faith throughout his life. For our annual Thanksgiving celebration of gratitude we will consider his life and work, particularly the beloved poem, i thank You God for most this amazing day, which appears in our hymnal as reading #504.
    Come prepared to leave feeling deeply thankful!

  • Sun
    30
    Nov
    2014
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Frances Corman,Roger Corman
    Special Music provided by some UUsual Suspects

    Since the earliest colonial period there have been tensions be tween the idea of America as a promised land with a chosen people who can and should live in a certain way, and the idea that it is truly a land of liberty for all. This tension is alive and (un)well to this very day. Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, is one of the great heroes of freedom of conscience, and his amazing tale can continue to inspire all who love religious liberty, as today’s service will demonstrate.

  • Sun
    07
    Dec
    2014
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Erin Howseman
    Music by Sadie Sonntag & the Choir, Zoey Wilson

     From the streets of Zuccotti Park to Cairo to Hong Kong, the young people of our planet are making their voices and their power known. With technology firmly on their side, today’s youth are changing the world in ways even they can’t keep up with. Surely our children are the brightest light of hope in any darkness, and all our work and investment be geared toward supporting them, sharing our values with them, and trusting them to carry us to the future.

  • Sun
    14
    Dec
    2014
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Andy Levine, Claire Beery
    Music by some of the UUsual Suspects.

    It Gets Better is a campaign started by sex columnist Dan Savage to connect LGBT young people who are coming out in difficult circumstances or facing harassment, and to give them hope in times of darkness. Even here in our gay friendly Sonoma County congregation, as we can celebrate major victories in the marriage equality struggle, we’ll recommit to consciously maintaining a safe and welcoming space for all to hear the message that it gets better. Because it really can.

  • After the service, 12:45 p.m.

    Programs focused on ending HIV in Sonoma County and providing services to support the nutrition, health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS

    Speaker: Meghan Murphy, MSW, Program Director, Face 2 Face

    Speaker:  Karen Gardner, Development Manager, Food for Thought

  • Sun
    21
    Dec
    2014
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Susan Bartholome, CUUPS,
    Sadie Sonntag
    Music by The Choir and you.

    In past years we've had a special evening service on the day of the Winter Solstice, with drumming, chanting, and meditation in the dark. This year we’re bringing that service to you in our regular morning worship. Nature worship is the one religion you really can take literally! Come celebrate the sun and the seasons, and do bring a drum, if you wish. THERE WILL BE DRUMMING IN THE SANCTUARY FROM 10:15 – 11:00!

  • Wed
    24
    Dec
    2014
    6:00 pm

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Susan Panttaja
    Music by The Choir, with special guests!

    Carols, candles & stories to welcome in the New Year and the new lives around us, and to renew our hope that the world of love and kindness Jesus dreamed of will yet come to be. John Durr’s 95th birthday will be celebrated in a time of friendship and frivolity after the service. See you there!

  • Sun
    28
    Dec
    2014
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Scott Miller & the Worship Associates
    Music by the UUsusal Suspects.

    A chance to reflect on the events of 2014 and to share the lessons, insights and changes we've experienced over the last 12 months. How have you grown in wisdom over the year? Who are you now? Be generous with your story and come and share with us today.

  • Sun
    04
    Jan
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leader: Rev. Dr. Szabolcs “Szabi” Czire, the Balazs Scholar at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA.
    Worship Associate: Eric Fisher

    Music by The UUsual Suspects

    Religious liberals are pretty much alike everywhere: Stand on the side of love, represent opposition to social oppression, sing songs like “Come, Come, Whoever You Are.” And we are pretty serious about it.The most important things in life meet us unprepared, and we still have to respond to them. It’s not the preparation, but our presence that makes the difference.

    So go, go, however you are, and do your best.

  • Sun
    18
    Jan
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Andrew Hidas, Ben Ford
    Music by some UUsual Suspects & visiting MUUGS kids!
    There is no greater crisis facing humanity than that of climate change. The scientific forecasts for what the Earth's people, creatures and plants are likely to endure during the next hundred years range from seriously troubling to downright apocalyptic. You know the bad news, so today we'll lift up some of the positive things emerging from our response to this crisis; consider our response as individuals and as a religious community, and imagine the future world where humans will be true stewards living in harmony with nature.

  • Sun
    25
    Jan
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Roger Corman, Jen Collins
    Music by the Choir, and some VERY special guests.
    Some have argued that human technological development has been the cause of the world's most pressing problems. (All those cars, all that plastic, all those people, all that alienation...) Yet ours is an evolutionary faith with faith in evolution, and a humanistic faith with faith in humans. Since our tools are an extension of our minds, hearts and selves, they contain as much promise as threat. How might we ensure that our tools serve the holy and the good?

  • Sun
    01
    Feb
    2015
    ONE SERVICE ONLY 9:15; Congregational Meeting 10:45

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Susan Bartholome, Nancy Hargis, Claire Beery

    Music by The UUsual Suspects, Piano by Paul Gilger

     

    Is my little self really a trustworthy source? Our First Source of Unitarian Universalism is “Direct experience of that transcend ing mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.” We can trace this affirmation right to one of our greatest prophets, Ralph Waldo Emerson, who taught that we must trust ourselves, our own experience, thinking and intuition, first and foremost.

  • In the Sanctuary 10:45 a.m.

    Please see our Agenda.

  • Sun
    08
    Feb
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m

    Service Leaders: Robin Rogers, Frances Corman, Veronica Jordan
    Music by The Choir, and Robin Rogers and Friends

     

    All the great prophets spoke of unconditional love as a path way to enlightenment. But boy, that’s no easy challenge on the planet today. We will be discussing some of the human behaviors that prevent us from being loving to our family and friends. And how we can change those behaviors.

    The choir sings us a Latin love song. We take a look at our UU Principles, Valentine's Day Edition. There will be plenty of Love to go around!

  • 12:45 pmUUCSR Board Room

    Care, support and counseling for youth victimized by drug abuse, violence and gang lifestyles.

    Speaker:  Gustavo Mendoza, Area Manager and Youth Intervention Specialist

  • Sun
    15
    Feb
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Eric Fischer, Sharon McCarty, Roger Corman
    Music by the UUsual Suspects, Piano by Roger Corman

    Harvard Scholar Wilfred Cantwell-Smith described faith as "the motivating force behind different religious expressions whether they be in symbols, beliefs, rituals or scriptures." Beliefs are sets of propositions. Faith is a mode of being, a way of responding to life with trust and intention. Today we'll consider the differences between faith and belief, which is more authoritative, and what it means to have one or the other tested.

  • 12:30 pm

    Once a month, following the 11 A.M. Sunday Service, visitors and guests are invited to an informal brief meeting with the minister, Reverend Chris Bell, and one or two lay leaders.  Questions are not only welcomed, but encouraged!

    Bring your coffee or tea and join us in the Green Room, located at the opposite end of the hall from the social area.

  • Sun
    01
    Mar
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m

    The original Hebrew word for sacrifice means "to draw near." Although the practices of ancient sacrifice may shock us today, the need behind such practices remains: building a bridge to the Divine. Membership asks us to sacrifice time, talents and treasures to our community, and promises that the sacred will indeed draw nearer when we do.

    Plus: New Member Ceremony

    Service Leaders: Rev. Meghan Conrad Cefalu (preaching), Andy Levine, Jeanie Bates, with music by Roger Corman, Robin Rogers and some UUsual Suspects.

     

  • Sun
    08
    Mar
    2015
  • 9:15 & 11:00 a.m

    The Youth Group will share reflections, poems, pictures and songs inspired by their service trip to Taos, New Mexico last summer as we reflect on the burdens facing those who are houseless and homeless, and consider the justice issue of affordable housing.

    Service leaders: The Youth Group, Rev. Chris Bell, Deborah Mason, and Eric Fischer, with music by the Choir and the Youth Group.

  • 12:45 pmBoard Room

    A conversation with Jeff Weaver, Chief of Police, City of Sebastopol

  • 3:00 pm

    YOUR NBOP VOTE IS VERY IMPORTANT!

    North Bay Organizing Project is meeting here at UUCSR on March 8 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  We will have an opportunity to vote for the issues we want NBOP to pursue this year. Your vote is important to set the direction of NBOP's work. Several people expressed at the House Meetings that they wanted to get to know and feel more solidarity with people from the wide variety of communities in Sonoma County. Working with NBOP will definitely give you that experience. Please join us in this essential work.

    Free Child Care will be available.

    Questions? Call Sara Jones.

  • Sun
    15
    Mar
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m

    Many in our congregation have experienced the uniquely challenging situation of being cared for during serious illness or disability. Many others have experienced being a caregiver for a loved one during their serious illness or disability. If you haven’t experienced that situation, you very likely may yet. What spiritual resources can sustain us during such a time? What do we discover inside ourselves?

    Service Leaders: Gretchen Vap (preaching), David Hope, Sharon McCarty, with music by Robert Howseman and some UUsual Suspects.

     

  • Sun
    22
    Mar
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m

    Water — essential to life — yet a tenth of humanity lacks clean drinking water. Millions die yearly from contaminated water. Most in Sonoma County are blessed with high-quality water and good infrastructure — can we help ease the suffering of others, both locally and around the world? Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry partnership with communities in need of safe, clean, affordable, and accessible drinking water. Let's celebrate World Water Day and the Gift of Water by seeking a more just and equitable use of this precious resource.

    Service Leaders: Susan Panttaja (preaching), Rev. Chris Bell, Sadie Sonntag, with music by the Choir.

    After 11:00 service— Film “Thirsty for Justice,” powerful stories of people in California who fought for their right to water, and successful efforts of communities who supported CA’s human-right-to-water bill.

  • 1:00 pm

    Thirsty picture

     2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival selection

    Free Screening on World Water Day

     In the richest nation on earth, and wealthiest state in the nation, how can so many people lack access to safe affordable water for their basic human needs? Thirsty for Justice shares powerful stories of those who suffer from this assault on their personal health and human dignity, as well as the inspiring story of the grassroots movement that made the human right to water the law of the land in California. Let’s make that right a reality!   

    Panel Discussion and Q & A with panelists:
    Susan Panttaja, Environmental Geologist and Worship Associate
    Stephen Fuller-Rowell and Jane Nielson, Sonoma County Water Coalition
    Salote Soqo, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water

    Film produced by:
    Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California
    In association with:
    Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
    Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

    Sponsored By:  Advocates for Social Justice, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Santa Rosa

  • Sun
    29
    Mar
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m

    Oh, what a glorious future you imagine for this beloved institution of ours! Today we’ll consider deeply the vision for the next decade of the congregation as uncovered at our recent house meetings, and get real about what we will have to sacrifice to achieve that vision. We will also celebrate the occasion of the Last Pledge Drive.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Frances Corman, Nancy Hargis, and Eric Skagerberg

  • Thu
    02
    Apr
    2015
    7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    We mark the night of the Last Supper with a modern celebration of the ancient rituals of communion & foot washing. Jesus was a great Jewish prophet. Don’t let what others have said about him keep you away. All are welcome!

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Sharon McCarty, Natalie Brundred, Cathie Wiese.

  • Fri
    03
    Apr
    2015
    12:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

    Service 12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
    Vigil 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.

    First, a service for facing sorrow and struggle, centered in the life and passion of Jesus of Nazareth. Then, a vigil with inspirational readings and periods of extended silence provides space to discover the presence of the Spirit of Life even in times of death and despair. You are welcome to come and go at any time during the vigil as you are able. Come and be healed.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Sharon McCarty, Ben Ford, Robin Rogers.

  • Sun
    05
    Apr
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m

     

    Intergenerational Service at 11:00
    Let us celebrate the reality 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!

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Roger Corman, Jen Collins, Sadie Sonntag
    Music by: The Choir, some UUsual Suspects, and special guests!

  • Sun
    12
    Apr
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m

    “I’m spiritual but I’m not religious,” says many a new member of UUCSR. A few old-timers say, “I’m religious but I’m not spiritual.” If you are a member of this congregation, Rev. Chris says you are both, whether you know it or not. Today we’ll look at what these words mean and how they can serve us, whatever our beliefs or lack thereof.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Andrew Hidas, Natalie Brundred.
    Music by: The UUsusal Suspects

     

  • 12:45 pm

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR

    The Farmers Guild

    Building a more just, healthy and equitable food system, starting at your dinner table.

    Speaker:  Evan Wiig, Executive Director

  • Sun
    19
    Apr
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m

    "You gotta sin to be saved," the old blues song goes. Good thing, since all of us occasionally do things that deliberately hurt others or ourselves, or we stray from our best intentions. Sin is one word that ably describes this condition. Unfortunately sin too often refers to permanently offending the divine being (which can’t be done), or having an inherently corrupt nature (an abominable notion). What is the UU use of this word? Can it help us on our path? Just what does it mean to be “saved” anyway?!?

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Nancy Hargis, Susan Panttaja
    Special Music by: LUNA

  • After each service 4/19

    Must you be Mt. Everest-ready to walk with the Faith and Fitness hiking group?
    Can you help the Caring Committee if you only have two hours a week ?
    Have you ever wondered what T.I.E. groups talk about?
    What kinds of books the book groups read?
    Our UUCSR committees and fun groups will have tables set up in the courtyard after each service on April 19th to answer all your questions.
    There's probably a lot more going on than you know.
    Come and learn how to get involved!

  • Sun
    26
    Apr
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m

    We tell ourselves stories that create our personal realities, just as our cultural and religious stories create the world we live in. We explore how our personal stories affect our creativity and joy. We also imagine how the world might be different today if our Unitarian/Universalist ancestors' stories about Jesus had been chosen as orthodoxy 1700 years ago.

    Service Leaders: Jan Ogren (preaching), Eric Fischer, Veronica Jordan, Sadie Sonntag
    Special Music by: The Choir, Sheridan is guest musician on Native American Flute and African drums.

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2015
    Sun
    03
    May
    2015
    St Dorothy’s Rest, Camp Meeker

    Spring Weekend Retreat - “Sisters”

    It's time to sign up for this year's Women together Spring Weekend Retreat! We will gather and stay at the beautiful Saint Dorothy's Rest in Camp Meeker, about 30 miles west of Santa Rosa.
    Our theme is "Sisters" (biological or not). We will have our popular small group discussions on the theme and a variety of great workshops to choose among, plus our Silent Auction and the great food!
    Please fill out the registration form and bring it on Sunday, April 5th. Those with mobility issues should contact Kathy Norman before March 31.
    Sign-ups will be accepted after each service on April 5th, not before. We cannot hold your place without your payment. If you're not able to be there in person, fill out the form, give it and your check to a friend or roommate, if you've already decided on that, and ask her to sign up for you. The cost is $160 for a double room and $140 for a bed in the dorms. Scholarships are available at half price; just put 'Request scholarship' on your registration form. Please make your check payable to UUCSR and put Women's Retreat on the memo line.
    This year Saint Dorothy's is providing bedding and towels.
    We're looking forward to a wonderful week-end!

  • Sun
    03
    May
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m

    A service on evil and its source, through a consideration of its personification in the figure of the Devil. Don’t be afraid.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Andy Levine, John Ray
    Special Music by: Some UUsual Suspects

    Basket shared with: Habitat for Humanity, Sonoma County.

  • Sun
    10
    May
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m

    Once nearly all of our Unitarian and Universalist ancestors viewed the sacred as a Father. Feminist theologians and pagan perspectives brought much needed balance. Now hymns to our Mother appear in the hymnal. Yet many people reasonably wonder if the image of God as a parent makes any sense at all. Rev. Chris thinks it does.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Susan Panttaja, Cathy Read, Sadie Sonntag
    Music by: The Choir
    Basket shared with: Alzheimer's Respite Center (Catholic Charities, SR)

    Interested in meaningful conversation about today's service topic? Join us in the Board Room right after service. Snacks!

  • Sun
    17
    May
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m

    Today we reflect on the “loaded” word church, and will call our community a congregation instead. We will look at many of the other names for spiritual community, and what they suggest about how to thrive together. A New Member Ceremony and a Bridging Ceremony will highlight the service. Oh, and the chancel will be filled with choir risers and chairs, so we will have “worship in the round” this day.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, David Hope, Robin Rogers
    Special Music by:The UUsual Suspects
    Basket shared with: Crossing the Jordan

  • 12:45 pm

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR

    Elder Abuse and Protection

    Protecting the Older Adult:  Ourselves, Our Family, Our Friends.

    Speaker: Tara Underly, MCSW, Adult Protective Services

  • Sun
    24
    May
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m

    How’s that for a loaded word? It can mean trying to convert others (not always a bad thing, although sometimes annoying or even violent). It can also mean simply sharing your convictions out loud when appropriate. One of the easiest ways to have lots of friends at UUCSR is to invite your friends to join you here, so today we’ll talk about why, when and how to share your faith with other people without seeming like a pushy jerk, and practice our 30-second speeches on “What is Unitarian Universalism?

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Susan Bartholome, Nancy Hargis, Sadie Sonntag
    Special Music by: The Choir
    Basket Given to: The Saturday Breakfast

  • Sun
    31
    May
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m

    We kick off next month’s theme (Exemplars and Pioneers) one week early with a service on the life and thought of Albert Camus, noted French existentialist and atheist. Often characterized as dark and despairing, his life and work is in truth a call to full and passionate embrace of the world, in all its contradictions. For Camus, that embrace required clear-eyed appraisals of politics, culture and his own conscience, no matter where it led him. Courage was the foundation that helped him endure the inevitable blow-back. This morning, we will examine his life and work from that prism of courage, with an assist from Robert Lunceford's music trio La Guinguette, playing and singing some vintage French tunes.

    Service Leaders: Andrew Hidas (preaching), Frances Corman, Ben Ford
    Special Music by: The Choir
    Basket shared with: Face-to-Face / Sonoma County AIDS Network

  • Sat
    06
    Jun
    2015
    8:00 pm

    With Sheridan Gold and Friends

    Come for inspiration, for healing, for joy.
    A Fundraiser for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Santa Rosa

    June 6, 2015, 8 pm
    Glaser Center, Santa Rosa
    547 Mendocino Avenue

    Price: $15 advance, $20 at the door
    Where to buy: Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets and The Last Record Store

    Featuring:

    • Sheridan Gold, Native American Flute, Silver Flute, and Drums
    • Jan Ogren, Storyteller
    • Dianna L. Grayer, Inspirational Poetry
    • Caroline Brumleve, Dance
    • Lisa Cohen, Vocalist
    • Rainiero Miranda, Drum
    • Sisters Rising with Phoenix Watkins, Tracy Sheppard, Colleen Keene, Dianna L. Grayer and Sheridan Gold

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  • Sun
    07
    Jun
    2015
    9:15 amIn the Sanctuary

    Living our 5th Principle:
    “The right of conscience and the use of the
    democratic process within our congregation …”

  • 11:00 amONE SERVICE ONLY; Congregational Meeting 9:15

    On the same day as our congregational meeting, we honor one of our congregation's founders, Carolyn Wolfe. Her vision, financial contribution and political savvy helped establish the Unitarian Fellowship of Sonoma County in 1955. Only one of her many accomplishments, come hear about Carolyn's life and how she helped lead our congregation to where it is today. 

    Service Leaders: Calvin Simons, Jennifer Collins, Rev. Chris Bell, Eric Skagerberg
    Music by: Some UUsual Suspects
    Basket shared with: The Living Room.

     

  • Sun
    14
    Jun
    2015
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

     

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

    Sophia Fahs was a progressive writer, teacher, theologian and ultimately minister who led “a revolution in Unitarian religious education.” She departed from traditional methods of rote memorization and catechism, and expanded the content to include religious wisdom from all traditions. As her follower Rev. Barry Andrews notes, “Instead of telling children what they ought to believe, Fahs encouraged them to ponder for themselves the mysteries of the universe and human destiny.” 

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Susan Simons, Sharon McCarty, Sadie Sonntag
    Music by: The Choir
    Basket shared with: Comite VIDA (Formerly the Committee for Immigrant’s Rights)

     

  • 11:45 amBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR

    Undocumented Immigrants

    Each week it seems there's a new tragedy or disaster demanding our attention so it's not hard to forget the big problem of last week or last month! So on Sunday, June 14th, Rick Coshnear, a dedicated and effective immigration lawyer, will tell us what has become of the hundreds of unaccompanied children from Central America who took the dangerous, long trip first to Mexico and then across our border last summer. He will explain what DACA and DAPA are, catch us up on where comprehensive immigration reform stands in this new Congress, and tell us what's happening in our community and how we can help.
    We will meet in the Board Room from 11:45 to 1:15. A light lunch will be available for a donation.

    Speaker: Rick Coshnear, immigration lawyer

  • Sun
    21
    Jun
    2015
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

    This winning Service Auction service examines “the wound as the source of creativity.” What can we learn from the life and death of Robin Williams? Why do so many artists carry such pain and sorrow and yet bring forth such beauty and laughter? How might creativity help us heal our own wounds and the wounds of those around us? And what of the choice to end one’s own life?

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Eric Fischer, Robin Rogers
    Special Music by: The UUsual Suspects
    Basket shared with: Food for Thought

  • Sun
    28
    Jun
    2015
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

    We will celebrate the legacy of the late folksinger, activist and songwriter, with a service filled with stories, music and group singing. The guest speaker, Rolland Carlson, is a Worship Associate at the UU Fellowship of Northern Nevada. Many of our congregation musicians will be playing and leading the singing — a special service you won't want to miss.

    Service Leaders: Rolland Carlson (preaching), Roger Corman, Claire Beery
    Special Music by: The UUsual Suspects & you.
    Basket Given to: The Saturday Breakfast

  • Sun
    05
    Jul
    2015
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

     Service Leaders: Rev. Jay Atkinson (preaching), Andy Levine, Cathy Read, John Ray
    Special Music by: The UUsual Suspects
    Basket shared with Veterans for Peace Chapter 71, Sonoma County.

    On this July 4th weekend celebrating our national declaration of freedom 239 years ago, how well and honorably have we used that freedom? What remains of the moral integrity that underlay the vision of Madison, Jefferson and Hamilton? What are we free from, and what are we free for? A sermon in search of our nation's soul.

    The Rev Jay Atkinson retired in June 2011 from 32 years of full-time service in Unitarian Universalist parish ministry -- most recently, 12 years in Studio City, and before that, 13 years in Davis, California.

  • Sun
    12
    Jul
    2015
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Susan Panttaja, Robert Howseman
    Music by: The UUsual Suspects
    Basket shared with: Catholic Charities Immigration Services.

    Today we will hear the good news and fresh ideas that Rev. Chris and our delegates have learned at the UUA General Assembly in Portland, Oregon. We will consider where our national and international leaders are steering us, and what our place might be as a congregation, and as individuals, in our broader movement. We’ll sing a few of the rousing old hymns, too!

  • 11:25 am - 12 NoonUUCSR Sanctuary

    The meeting has one voting item: "Shall the BLACK LIVES MATTER banner be displayed in a location, such as in our front window, which constitutes a public statement of congregational support of the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement?" The agenda may be viewed here.

     

  • Sun
    19
    Jul
    2015
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Veronica Jordan, John Ray, Roger Corman
    Music by: The UUsual Suspects
    Basket shared with: Verity (Rape crisis, prevention & trauma center)

    This winning Service Auction service will examine contemporary understandings of gender and sexuality, particularly among younger people, and affirm our stand for the equality of all expressions of human love and human being. Bring a friend!

  • Sun
    26
    Jul
    2015
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

    Service Leaders: James Hilgendorf, Author, Speaker, Filmmaker (preaching), David Hope
    Music by: The UUsual Suspects
    Basket shared with: Breakfast for our neighbors

    Who are we? What is our core identity? People who’ve had near death experiences and returned to tell about it, tell of encountering a compassionate, brilliant white light. What is that light? Insights from science and physics, Leo Tolstoy, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Kenneth Bing and the Lotus Sutra.

  • Sun
    02
    Aug
    2015
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

    Service Leaders: Satya Tabachnick (Starr King Seminarian); Sharon McCarty, John Ray
    Music: U-Usual Suspects
    Basket shared with: Redwood Empire Food Bank

    Luscious tomatoes, peaches, zucchini... the bounty of our earth surrounds us, even in these difficult drought times in California. How do we reconcile this time of abundance with the extreme scarcity faced by many in our state? How can we bear witness to the sacrifices which bring about sustenance in our lives? On a personal level, how do we deal with times of spiritual drought and abundant harvest? We will explore the link between those questions in this service, whose theme springs from the pagan harvest holiday Lammas, marking the ending of a time of sacrifice and scarcity with the coming of the first harvest.

    We especially invite those with a surplus of summer produce to bring that for our table of bounty. After the service we will share this bounty with the families at the Family Support Center.

  • Sun
    09
    Aug
    2015
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

    Service Leaders: Erin Howseman, Frances Corman, Robert Howseman
    Music by: The UUsual Suspects
    Basket Shared with: Becoming Independent

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

  • 11:45 amBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR

    Our speaker Kate Jenkins, M.A., Executive Director of Friends Outside In Sonoma County tells us about this innovative non-profit dedicated to breaking the cycle of crime, violence and delinquency.
    She tells us specifics of various programs at Friends Outside, how they work, and ways we can help with their good work.

    FRIENDS OUTSIDE embraces an underlying belief that every human being has value and the potential to add value to his or her family and community. A portion of their mission reads: "To reduce cycles of violence, crime and incarceration by empowering and assisting offenders to make choices for successful re-entry into their families' lives and the community..."

    FRIENDS OUTSIDE provides services and programs for Sonoma County jail inmates and their family members in order to improve their circumstances and strengthen their family relationships. Research has shown that this kind of support makes it less likely that offenders will commit new crimes after release.

    Since their founding in 1982 by Virginia Heck, the Sonoma County FRIENDS OUTSIDE organization has supported men and women, impacted by their or someone else’s incarceration, to make choices for responsible living.

    "No matter how much we may think we are, none of us is perfect. We all make mistakes and we all have to be willing to give each other a second chance.'' - Virginia Heck

    We will meet in the Board Room from 11:45 to 1:15. A light lunch will be available for a donation.

     

  • Fri
    14
    Aug
    2015
    Sun
    16
    Aug
    2015
    Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa

    It's our second year at Enchanted Hills Camp, and everyone last year agreed it was the best camp site ever!
    Start preparing for 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, with campfire songs, swimming in the Enchanted Hills pool, workshops, relaxation, and dazzling entertainment with the annual UU talent show.
    The majority of the cabins and the lodge are very comfortable with real mattresses and indoor bath-rooms. However, the camp does offer very rustic (Gualala-like) cabins for a lower price.
    If you are interested in receiving a discount, we are looking for helpers for the preschool kids on Saturday morning for a couple of hours. Just email Carol Kraemer at uucamp@santarosa.org. Also, we are setting up some terrific workshops – but have room for a couple more. If you have an interesting talent that you’d like to share with others, email Carol Kraemer at uucamp@santarosa.org about putting on a workshop. (This would also give you a discount).
    Be sure and mark your calendar! It’ll be a peaceful, serene weekend amidst the redwoods, but filled with rousing excitement, games and entertainment for the whole family.
    We hope to see you there !

  • Sun
    16
    Aug
    2015
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

    Service Leaders: Evan Junker, E.D. of UU Justice Ministry of Cal. (preaching), Roger Corman, Robert Howseman
    Music by: The UUsual Suspects
    Basket Shared with: Friends Outside

    What is the difference between politics and social justice? Why do we engage in social justice work as UUs? Social Justice is part of our heritage and calling. We explore our history and grounding in this, and learn about efforts UUs engage in as part of our desire to build Beloved Community.

  • Sun
    23
    Aug
    2015
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

    Service Leaders: Jessica Clay, Nancy Hargis, Andy Levine
    Basket shared with: Saturday Breakfast

    Faith sometimes feels like the telephone game, conveying our own experience to another, it getting lost in translation. Stories of elders finding and translating their truth fills our history. Let’s explore the past, and let it guide us on our spiritual journey.
    Jessica Clay, in her 3rd year at Starr King school Seminary, is a Candidate for Fellowship with the UUA. She comes to the Ministry as a second career.

  • Sun
    30
    Aug
    2015
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Eric Fischer, Ben Ford
    Music by: Jenny Harriman, Pat Russell, The UUsual Suspects
    Basket shared with: North Bay Jobs With Justice

    The poetry of Rumi and Hafiz is as popular today as ever thanks to the collections of Coleman Barks, Daniel Ladinsky and others. For most, this is all the Sufism we know. Today we'll dig a little deeper into this old and beautiful tradition, and uncover how it might inform and shape our lives for today.

  • Sun
    06
    Sep
    2015
    10:00 a.m. ONLY

    Service Leaders: Millie Phillips (presenting), Andrew Hidas, Eric Skagerberg
    Special music by:  Robin Rogers & Eric Skagerberg
    Basket shared with: The Living Room

    Work: We spend more time on it than any activity except sleeping. It's one of the first things we ask about when we meet someone. We may love it or hate it -- or just wish we had it! At a time when the U.S. labor movement is in severe decline and so many people lack secure employment and living wages, can work still be a source of spiritual and political strength, as it was for many of our ancestors? UUCSR Ministerial Intern Millie Phillips explores these questions and more in observance of Labor Day.

  • Sun
    13
    Sep
    2015
    Two Services Return: 9:15 and 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Deborah Mason, Scott Miller, David Kittlestrom
    Music by: The Choir
    Basket shared with: Becoming Independent

    ALL-AGES SERVICES at 9:15 and 11:00

    We will celebrate the beginning of the new school and congregational year, and reconstitute our UUCSR community after the summer with our annual Ingathering Services. We’ll hear an original story from Fabelia and share in the Water Communion, so please bring a small container of water from your home, your summer travels or your special sacred spot, if you are able.

    NOTE: WE RETURN TO TWO SERVICES TODAY!

  • 12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR

    CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a local non-profit organization that trains volunteers to be mentors/advocates for children the Courts have taken out of their homes because of abuse or neglect. Our speaker will be Heidi Alvarez, a former CASA and the current Volunteer Director. 

    We will meet in the Board Room from 12:45 to 2:15. A light lunch will be available for a donation.

     

  • Fri
    18
    Sep
    2015
    7:00 pm

    movie camara A4SJ FilmNEW FILM PROJECT FROM ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE. Taking social justice issues as topic guides, A4SJ is launching a film project with RACISM as the first topic. We will be offering two showings of each film. Our first film will be "GOOD HAIR" with Chris Rock, to be shown on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 at 7 PM and again on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, at 12:45 PM. Discussion will follow the showing of the film, providing an opportunity to share experiences, thoughts and feelings. We look forward to seeing you at the theater, our very own Board Room.  Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

     

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  • Sun
    20
    Sep
    2015
    9:15 and 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Andy Levine, The T.I.E. Steering Committee
    Special Music by: Robin Rogers and some UUsual Suspects
    Basket shared with: Sonoma County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

    Any number of jokes refer to Unitarian Universalist love of conversation. It is said that given the choice between going to heaven or going to a discussion group about heaven, the UU will always choose the latter. Hardy-har-har. Actually the right kind of discussion group, marked by safety, adaptability and deep listening can be quite heavenly. Our Together in Exploration (T.I.E.) groups represent a spiritual practice as potentially transformative as any other, and are a powerful tool for building community. We hope you will sign up for one after the service today!

  • 12:45 pm

    movie camara A4SJ FilmNEW FILM PROJECT FROM ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE. Taking social justice issues as topic guides, A4SJ is launching a film project with RACISM as the first topic. We will be offering two showings of each film. Our first film will be "GOOD HAIR" with Chris Rock, to be shown on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 at 7 PM and again on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, at 12:45 PM. Discussion will follow the showing of the film, providing an opportunity to share experiences, thoughts and feelings. We look forward to seeing you at the theater, our very own Board Room.  Feel free to bring a bag lunch.

     

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  • Sun
    27
    Sep
    2015
    9:15 and 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Jen Collins
    Special Music by: The Choir
    Basket Shared with: Breakfast For Our Neighbors

    A WINNING SERMON FROM THE SERVICE AUCTION. Two years ago a number of UUCSR members joined Rev. Chris in an extended reading of the Quran, the Holy Book of the Islamic Faith. The teachings of this strange and remarkable book created a global community of Muslims in less than a century, and continues to unite and inspire many millions of believers today. In the light of recent history and current events, Rev. Chris will share his reflections on what was found within its pages, and what we might learn about building faithful community from it.

  • Sun
    04
    Oct
    2015
    9:15 ONLY

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Jen Collins
    Special Music by: Robin Rogers and some UUsual Suspects
    Basket Shared with: Worth Our Weight (WOW)

    If we are to make a difference in our society, or in our own lives, we have to learn how to change our thinking and the thinking of other people. But before we can change a mind, we have to open it. This is so much easier said than done. Yet in the case of issues such as climate change, our very survival depends upon it. Today we'll learn some spiritual techniques for liberating ourselves from the grip of opinion, and techniques for inviting such openness from others.
  • In the Sanctuary 10:45 a.m.
    All are welcome to attend. Members, remember to bring the meeting info you got in the mail!
  • Sun
    11
    Oct
    2015
    9:15 and 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Andy Levine, The T.I.E. Steering Committee
    Special Music by: Robin Rogers and some UUsual Suspects
    Basket shared with: COA
    UU saves!!! We don't claim to know if it saves other than in this life, but it certainly can and does save in the here-and-now. This Sunday's service discusses the transformations available in discovering UU and finding one's ongoing spiritual path within this beloved community we call home.

  • Sun
    18
    Oct
    2015
    9:15 and 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Sharon McCarty, John Ray
    Special Music by: The UUsual Suspects
    Basket shared with: CASA
    Emotional reactions are important clues from our inner wisdom and complement our reason as we try to chart our course through life. Yet when intense emotions consume us, all rationality and good intention can fly out the window. Many of us have never learned how to cope with really in-tense emotions. Today we will build on the writing of Pema Chodron to help learn how to transform our relationship to these states of mind.

  • 12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR 

    OUR SCHOOLS ~~ 

    How are our children doing? 
    What is Common Core? 
    Is Restorative Justice working?

    Our speaker will be:  Socorro Sheils,  Superintendent of Santa Rosa schools

    We will meet in the Board Room from 12:45 to 2:15. A light lunch will be available for a donation.

     

     

  • Sun
    25
    Oct
    2015
    9:15 and 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Balazs Scholar Rev. László Major, David Hope
    Special Music by: The Choir
    Basket Shared with: Breakfast For Our Neighbors
    Humility matters. At the core of our experience of life, a central quality of being. Humility may be for a Unitarian, what enlightenment is for a Buddhist, realization is for a Hindu, sincerity is for a Confucian, righteousness is for a Jew, surrender is for a Muslim, and annihilation is for a Sufi. Humility is what others see of our purity of heart.
    Since graduating in 2011 from the Protestant Theological Institute in Kolozsvár, Romania, Rev. Major has served as minister in the predominantly Unitarian village of Datk. In four years, he initiated a church choir, a women`s association, summer camp for children, cultural events, and social gatherings. They are renovating their community house to make more room! This year he wants to study pastoral care for families and the relationship between illness/health and faith with the hope of putting this into practice in congregational life.

  • Fri
    30
    Oct
    2015
    7:00 pm


    movie camara A4SJ Film
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE MONTHLY FILM PROJECT will present the second of a series of films on the topic of Racism. Friday October 30th at 7 PM  and Sunday, November 1st at 12:45 PM.  This film, a 45 minute gem,  #BLACKMENDREAM by Shikeith Cathey, features 9 black men answering basic but piercing questions that reveal their humanness and their experiences as black men. The filmmaker's intent was to create dialogue within the community of black men and along the way he has given all of us an opportunity to leave our assumptions behind and really see these 9 individuals. This is a revealing, moving film.  Discussion will follow the showing of the film, providing an opportunity to share experiences, thoughts and feelings.

    We look forward to seeing you at the theater, our very own Board Room. On Fridays, the doors will open at 6:45 P.M. and entry to the Board room will be by the door which opens directly from the Board room onto Mendocino Ave. 

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  • Sun
    01
    Nov
    2015
    9:15 and 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell
    Special Music by: Eric Skagerberg and some UUsual Suspects
    Many traditions recognize this time of year, with its falling leaves, as one when the boundary between life and death grows thin. This service will give us a chance to honor our ancestors and departed loved ones, and make friends with the reality of death. An Offrenda altar will be built. Please bring an image or object that represents a person (or more) who has passed away.

  • 12:45 pm


    movie camara A4SJ Film
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE MONTHLY FILM PROJECT will present the second of a series of films on the topic of Racism. Friday October 30th at 7 PM  and Sunday, November 1st at 12:45 PM.  This film, a 45 minute gem,  #BLACKMENDREAM by Shikeith Cathey, features 9 black men answering basic but piercing questions that reveal their humanness and their experiences as black men. The filmmaker's intent was to create dialogue within the community of black men and along the way he has given all of us an opportunity to leave our assumptions behind and really see these 9 individuals. This is a revealing, moving film.  Discussion will follow the showing of the film, providing an opportunity to share experiences, thoughts and feelings.

    We look forward to seeing you at the theater, our very own Board Room. On Fridays, the doors will open at 6:45 P.M. and entry to the Board room will be by the door which opens directly from the Board room onto Mendocino Ave. Sunday, please enter Board room from the office workroom and feel free to bring a bag lunch.

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  • Sat
    07
    Nov
    2015
    5:30 pm

    Get ready to join the fun and excitement of UUCSR’s biggest social event of the year! Mark your calendar, set your smart phone or just put a sticky note on your refrigerator…you won’t want to miss our Annual Service Auction Extravaganza!

    Our annual dinner and auction is the largest fundraiser of the year for UUCSR’s general operating fund. YOU, our creative and generous member or  friend, offer wonderful donations for our silent auction…dinners, yard work, theater tickets, theme parties, dog walking, hand. crafted jewelry, trash hauling… the list has no boundaries!

    Volunteers scour the city and countryside to gather fabulous donations from local businesses to add to the offerings. So, consider what you might be able to donate this year to the fun!  

    Any questions? Please call Dee Ray, or visit the 2015 Auction Web page.

  • Sun
    08
    Nov
    2015
    9:15 and 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Eric Fischer, Millie Phillips
    Music by: Sadie Sonntag and THE CHOIR
    Share the Basket: 
    Graton Day Labor Center
    UUs pride themselves on being free-thinkers, independents, iconoclasts. But nearly every religious tradition, monastic order, or spiritual community has a clear set of rules and guidelines. At UUCSR we profess a Covenant, a Mission, and our Principles, all of which demand clear actions from us. How do we resolve this tension? And what are the benefits of subjecting ourselves to the Rules?‛

  • 12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR 

     

    AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN SONOMA COUNTY ~~ 

    What Do We Mean By 'Affordable' ?

    How Do We Retain What We Have Now?

    How Do We Get More?

     

    Panelists:

    Santa Rosa City Council Member:  Julie Combs

    Affordable Housing Advocates:

    David Grabill, John Lowry and Mathew Lawrence.

    All of these distinguished panelists, who have a long history of advocacy for low income housing, will discuss the issues that face Sonoma County in our effort to retain and create more affordable housing.  They will take questions from the audience and talk about what we can do to help.

     

    We will meet in the Board Room from 12:45 to 2:15. A light lunch will be available for a donation.

     

     

  • Sun
    15
    Nov
    2015
    9:15 and 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Scott Miller, Andy Levine, John Ray
    Music 
    by: John Ray and some UUsual Suspects
    Share the Basket: The Committee on the Shelterless
    Travel re-opens our eyes, gives us back a world we’ve lost. Eyes are 'washed‛ in new seas and hands are touched by new people and new places. The Shinto tradition calls this awakening to the animating presence of spirit. Through sharing experiences of travel (Andy bicycling through the Southwest, Scott sailing around the world with Semester at Sea), this service will invite reflection on these experiences and help us bring the wonder of travel home.

  • Fri
    20
    Nov
    2015
    7:00 pmUUCSR Board Room


    movie camara A4SJ Film
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE MONTHLY FILM PROJECT will present the third of a series of films on the topic of Racism. Friday November 20th at 7 PM. "Cornbread, Earl and Me", a 1975 ninety-five minute drama that could be a story from our 2015 healdlines.  Not to reveal too much, this story has a just ending though it is replete with injustices as it unfolds.  The just ending turns on the courage of a truth telling 12 year old child.  That child is played by Laurence Fishburne.  This is a compelling story.  Discussion will follow the showing of the film, providing an opportunity to share experiences, thoughts and feelings.

    We look forward to seeing you at the theater, our very own Board Room. On Fridays, the doors will open at 6:45 P.M. and entry to the Board room will be by the door which opens directly from the Board room onto Mendocino Ave. 

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  • Sun
    22
    Nov
    2015
    9:15 and 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Nancy Hargis
    Music by: 
    Sadie Sonntag and THE CHOIR
    Share the Basket: Breakfast 
    with our Neighbors (100% Share!)
    Governor Brown just signed a bill allowing certain terminally ill patients to choose to end their lives under circumstances of great suffering. Yet, for a long, long time the Hippocratic Oath appeared to keep doctors from allowing patients to choose to end their own lives. What might the UU approach to this delicate issue be? Where do you stand?

  • 12:45 pmUUCSR Religious Education Common Room


    movie camara A4SJ Film
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE MONTHLY FILM PROJECT will present the third of a series of films on the topic of Racism. Sunday November 22nd at 12:45 P.M. "Cornbread, Earl and Me", a 1975 ninety-five minute drama that could be a story from our 2015 healdlines.  Not to reveal too much, this story has a just ending though it is replete with injustices as it unfolds.  The just ending turns on the courage of a truth telling 12 year old child.  That child is played by Laurence Fishburne.  This is a compelling story.  Discussion will follow the showing of the film, providing an opportunity to share experiences, thoughts and feelings.

    We look forward to seeing you in the R.E. Common Room after the 11 A.M. service. Please feel free to bring a bag lunch

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  • Sun
    29
    Nov
    2015
    9:15 and 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Andrew Hidas
    Music by: Ben Ford and some UUsual Suspects
    Share the Basket: The YWCA Shelter (aka 'A Special Place')
    Consciously or not, most of us impose rules and limitations upon ourselves through habituated patterns. Whether mystics, addicts or somewhere in the middle, whether choosing a spiritual discipline or simply stuck in a rut, habits shape our lives everyday. Our whole culture often maintains unjust or short-sighted ways of being. What is the secret to using the power of habit wisely?

  • Sun
    06
    Dec
    2015
    9:15 and 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Veronica Jordan
    Share the Basket: Voices Youth Center

  • 9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Veronica Jordan, Deborah Mason

    Music by: Robin Rogers and some UUsual Suspects
    Share the Basket: VOICES

    There is a "peace which passeth all understanding," a serenity and ease that can be achieved even in the midst of great suffering and turmoil. A great children's story, some concrete meditation techniques, and the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh will help us learn how to generate an attitude of non-violence, compassion and ease in our own hearts, so we can bring that spirit into a broken and hurting world.

  • Sun
    13
    Dec
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Frances Corman, Millie Phillips
    Music by: Sadie Sonntag and The Choir
    Share the Basket: The Living Room

    Our families, whatever their shape or size, offer infinite possibilities for growth and fulfillment. They can also be the context for terrible suffering and struggle. We'll look at the social and cultural pressures that challenge families today, and consider how we can we live in peace with the people who are closest to us, and raise our children to be makers and lovers of peace.

  • 12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR 

     

    SHARE Sonoma County 

     Amy Appleton from SHARE Sonoma County will tell us about her exciting home share program that matches Seniors who need financial or personal assistance with folks who need an affordable place to live. If you know anyone in either of those positions, you might find this Hot Topic very helpful.  There will be plenty of time for questions. 

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

     

     

     

     

  • Wed
    16
    Dec
    2015
    7:00 pm

    Come find respite from holiday stress through music, meditation, prayer, and readings.  Hopefully this will be first in a series of added occasional Evensong services!  Childcare provided.  

  • Fri
    18
    Dec
    2015
    7:00 pmUUCSR Board Room


    movie camara A4SJ Film

    .SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM PROJECT

    The Advocates for Social Justice will present the fourth of a series of films on the topic of Racism on December 18 and December 20.  This film, a documentary, "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975", offers a riveting review of the racial history of this era.  We hear from Stokely Carmichael, Angela Davis, Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver and others.  The film is the work of Swedish Television journalists and documents the unfolding cultural revolution for their audience back home.  As always, discussion will follow each showing.

     

    Screening Times 

    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 7 PM, BOARD ROOM

    Enter by direct door from Mendocino Ave. to Board Room

    doors open at 6:45 PM

     

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 12:45 PM

    R.E. COMMON ROOM

    Feel free to bring a bag lunch 

     

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  • Sun
    20
    Dec
    2015
    9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

    Service Leaders: Nancy Hargis, Jen Collins
    Music by: Robert Howseman and some UUsual Suspects
    Share the Basket: SHARE Sonoma County

    Join us for poetry and song to celebrate winter time. This will be a calm, musical and meditative service to bring some peace during this crazy season. This deepest time of winter brings us within where renewal begins. If you wish, you may bring something of your journey here on the altar.

  • 12:45 pmUUCSR R.E. Common Room


    movie camara A4SJ Film

    .SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM PROJECT

    The Advocates for Social Justice will present the fourth of a series of films on the topic of Racism on December 18 and December 20.  This film, a documentary, "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975", offers a riveting review of the racial history of this era.  We hear from Stokely Carmichael, Angela Davis, Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver and others.  The film is the work of Swedish Television journalists and documents the unfolding cultural revolution for their audience back home.  As always, discussion will follow each showing.

     

    Screening Times 

    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 7 PM, BOARD ROOM

    Enter by direct door from Mendocino Ave. to Board Room

    doors open at 6:45 PM

     

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 12:45 PM

    R.E. COMMON ROOM

    Feel free to bring a bag lunch 

     

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  • Mon
    21
    Dec
    2015
    5:00 pm

    Celebrate the Winter Solstice evening with our Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) and the CityZen meditation group.

    5:00 Drum circle

    6:00 Winter Solstice service

    6:30 Potluck supper

  • Thu
    24
    Dec
    2015
    6:00 pm

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Scott Miller
    Music by: Sadie Sonntag and THE CHOIR
    Share the Basket: The Minister's Discretionary Fund

    A joyful celebration of the great healer and teacher Jesus, and the true spirit of the Holiday season, replete with carols and candles. In the midst of the madness, come savor a moment of true stillness, and fill your soul with hope. All are warmly welcome - invite a friend! The collection is taken completely for the Minister's Discretionary Fund, which is available throughout the year to our members in need.

  • Sun
    27
    Dec
    2015
    10:00 am

    Service Leaders: Rev. Chris Bell, Susan Panttaja, Andy Levine
    Music by: Roger Corman and some UUsual Suspects
    Share the Basket: Breakfast For Our Neighbors

    A chance to reflect on the events of 2015 and to share the lessons, insights and changes we've experienced over the last 12 months. How have you grown in wisdom over the year? Who are you now? Be generous with your story, and come and share with us today

  • 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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  • Fri
    05
    Feb
    2016
    6:30 pmGlaser Center for the Arts

     

    New Horizons Swing Band Homeless Breakfast Fundraiser

    February 5, 2016 at 6:30 PM 

    A 22 piece swing band of local seniors playing hits of the 1930s and 1940s such as:

     IN THE MOOD
     STRING OF PEARLS
     BLUE SKIES
     BLUE TANGO
     BESAME MUCHO
     ALL OF ME 

    Dance or just sit, tap your toes and enjoy the music.

    Wine and concessions will be available for sale in the social hall. 

    Adults:  $15.00

    Seniors and Students: $12.00

    To BUY TICKETS CLICK LINK BELOW:

    http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2495559

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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.

  • Sat
    26
    Mar
    2016
    7:30 pmGlaser Center for the Arts

    SonoMusette: In Concert at The Glaser Center

     

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    SonoMusette recaptures the moody, melancholic sound and spirit of mid twentieth-century Paris in the 'bal-musette' tradition. French chanteuse, musette accordion, gypsy-jazz guitar, upright bass and drum kit combine to revive the enchanting songs of that era. SonoMusette features vocalist Mimi Pirard with Robert Lunceford on accordion, Jason Briggs, guitar; Jan Martinelli on upright bass, and Richard Andrews, drums.
    Inspired by the great performers of the era, such as Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and Django Reinhardt, along with contemporary artists such as Zaz, the superb vocal and instrumental artistry of the ensemble SonoMusette will charm and transport you to an evening in Paris as they bring bal-musette to the 'moderne' era!

    This concert is a fundraiser and proceeds will benefit the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Santa Rosa.

    $15 Advance by Brown Paper Tickets or $20 at the door.
    Ticket Sales at the door start at 7PM before the Saturday March 26th, 2016 performance which starts at 7:30 PM. 

    View a promotional video for this event on YouTube.  Images of Paris set to the music of SonoMusette at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoMh7DdWV5I&feature=youtu.be

    Additional information, music and pictures can be found at:

    SonoMusette Website: www.sonomusette.com
    SonoMusette Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sonomusette/?fref=ts

  • 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.

  • 2:30 pmGlaser Center


    movie camara A4SJ Film

    A former sheriff will stop at nothing to confront the SWAT team he founded.

    Peace Officer  is a feature documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of William “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained his rural state’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Driven by an obsessed sense of mission, Dub uses his own investigative skills to uncover the truth in this and other recent officer involved shootings in his community while tackling larger questions about the changing face of peace officers nationwide

    Hosted by:  Our Advocates for Social Justice (A4SJ) in partnership with the group Community for Oversight of Law Enforcement (COLE)

    Special Guests: The central figure in the film, retired Utah Sheriff, William "Dub" Lawrence, will be on hand to answer questions. Members of COLE will also be available to lead discussion of how we can best support our new independent law enforcement auditors in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County as well as encourage collaboration between the community and law enforcement for the benefit of all of us. 

    Donation: $1.00 - $10.00.  No one turned away. 

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  • 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.

  • Sat
    07
    May
    2016
    7:00 pmThe Glaser Center at UUCSR

    We at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Santa Rosa have been enjoying the musical creations of our many talented singers and musicians for many years. We are delighted that they are treating us to two hours of entertainment at the Glaser Center on May 7 to benefit our general fund. This is a showcase featuring their own personal picks of both fun and soulful songs including popular ballads, spirituals, show tunes, with a little silly thrown in. 

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  • 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

  • Sat
    18
    Jun
    2016
    8:00 pmGlaser Center
    Join Flutist and Drummer, Sheridan Gold, as she and her friends perform in a benefit, "Breakfast with Our Neighbors," a breakfast program for the homeless run by the Unitarian Universalist Santa Rosa Congregation. You'll see some of the same friends as last year: Dr. Dianna L. Grayer, has written two new pieces around the theme of healing; Jan Ogren, MFT  will be telling her story, The Blind Bunny; Dr. Rene Miranda will be singing a new song he wrote for his daughter this past year, Amayaya, in a Shamanic Chant and Caroline Brumleve will be dancing in and out of the theme of falling and getting back up. 
     
    You'll also be introduced to new friends: Kim Atkinson - Handpan & Percussion; Deborah Axe - Vocalist & World Musician; Raven Nalika Rose - Dance; and the Ner Shalom Good Shabbos Band, who will be singing a healing song in Hebrew - Reb Irwin Keller, Susie Stonefield Miller, Suzanne Shanbaum, and Lorenzo Valensi. Donate to this generous breakfast program while giving yourself a couple of hours to go inside your soul. June 18th 8PM Glaser Center Santa Rosa $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
     

    Getting Back Up on Silver Flute by Sheridan Gold 

    Improvisation on Drone Native American Flute by Sheridan Gold

     

    See Last Year's June 2015 Concert Video, 

     

     

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  • 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.

  • 11:40 amBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, UUCSR

    Our Library's Future

    Sunday,  July 17, 2016, 11:40 AM, Board Room

    David Dodd, Librarian and Collections Manager for the Sonoma County Library (and fellow UU, active in the Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma), will speak about the Sonoma County Library’s current initiatives in planning for future services in Sonoma County. The Library recently launched a new five-year strategic plan, opened a new community branch in Roseland, and has begun to reach out in new ways to our population at large, including the implementation of new forms of media delivery, such as streaming movies, books, and music. The Library faces numerous challenges, not least of which is a limited budget, which has forced the closure of all branches on Mondays and most evenings. Come learn what you can do to assure a vital, healthy library in the 21st century for Sonoma County.

    Please note our  Summer schedule has only one service starting at 10:00 AM and our Hot topic starts after that service at approximately 11:40 AM

    Light Snacks will be available for a donation.

  • 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:
     

    Download (PDF, 493KB)

  • Sat
    01
    Oct
    2016
    6:00 pmGlaser Center at UUCSR

     

    newhorizons

      Swing Dance and Concert  

    The New Horizons Swing Band is presenting an evening of old fashioned tunes from the swing era. Come and dance the night away or just tap your toes. $15 per person benefits the Unitarian Universalist Congregation's Homeless Breakfast program and the band. 
    Concessions consisting of treats and beverages, both alcoholic and non alcoholic will be available for sale and consumption in the lobby.

    Tickets are being sold after Services on Sundays and at the door the night of the event starting at 5:30 PM.  Price $15.00.

    Tickets can also be bought by clicking the Brown Paper Ticket's icon here: 

  • 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?

  • 12:45 pmUUCSR Board Room


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    SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM PROJECT
    OCTOBER'S FILM:
     

    The 2nd in our "Corruption of Our Democracy Film Series" WHERE TO INVADE NEXT By Michael Moore.

    Michael Moore, in the role of "invader", takes us to Italy, France, Finland, Slovenia, Germany, Portugal, Norway and Tunisia discovering alternatives to our way of doing our collective lives here in the U.S. We visit countries with thoughtful, humane policies and practices, in areas of civic life that include labor rights, school meals, sex education, drug policy, women's rights, prisons, and more. Thoughtful and entertaining, this film reminds us that there is change to be made. (Not that we need reminding!) Michael Moore imagines bringing back what he finds as the "invader" and I suspect that you will wish for some of that movie magic as well.

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

    Download (PDF, 276KB)

  • 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.

  • Sat
    05
    Nov
    2016
    5:00 pmGlaser Center at UUCSR

    auction-2016-logo-draft22016 ANNUAL AUCTION
    CARIBBEAN ESCAPE 

    This is our biggest and most festive party of the year. Think “an evening’s escape on a tropical cruise ship.” Think camaraderie and supporting a good cause, our beloved community. Everyone is welcome—your $20 admission will get you a good four-course meal, a drink, and an evening of high spirits. Children are free and childcare will be provided.  Questions? Donations?
    Contact: auction@uusantarosa.org

  • 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.

  • Fri
    18
    Nov
    2016
  • 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


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    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)

     

  • Fri
    02
    Dec
    2016
  • 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!

  • Fri
    09
    Dec
    2016
    6:30 pmBoard Room

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  • 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.

  • Fri
    16
    Dec
    2016
    6:30 pmBoard Room

    amma

  • 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


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    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.                                                                                      
                 

    Download (PDF, 186KB)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

  • 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!

  • 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


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    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


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    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.