We have some exciting events coming up before then end of the RE calendar year on June 15. On June 5th we will have a multigenerational flower communion service and teacher appreciation ceremony. On June 12 we will hold a children’s service. This will be an exciting event. The entire service will center around an interactive play, “Jumping Mouse,” which the children will perform. We have been working hard to make this an enjoyable … Read the rest
Ministry based on an equal relationship is like a dance; sometimes I lead and you follow, sometimes you lead and I follow. As we get to be better partners, its gets difficult to tell exactly who is leading and who is following. But by then it doesn’t matter—after all, it’s the dance that’s important. –the Rev David Phreaner
Soon after you receive the May newsletter, this congregation will be going through the intricate dance that … Read the rest
Create Rituals that Foster Connection
In March, my daughter and I attended game night at Starr King. I cannot remember the last time I laughed so heartily. I forgot how good it felt! Playing games allows us to step outside of ourselves for a while, and forget our worries. It allows us to see the childlike side of adults that they seldom show to others. It is a great way to build community.
Consequently, my … Read the rest
Near the beginning of April, the hard-working Ministerial Search Committee will ask one of the “pre-candidates” they have been interviewing to be the candidate for the settled ministry of this congregation And then, in May, comes the moment you have been waiting for—the presentation of the ministerial candidate during what we call “candidating week”—a very intensive week in the life of a congregation and of a ministerial candidate. The minister will speak on two … Read the rest
Religious Exploration – Plans & Announcements
March RE Theme is Technology
This month we premier two Techshops for RE. The first will introduce Raspberry Pi computers. The second will focus on software and basic programming with SCRATCH. Roy Dickerson, our tech guru, will spearhead the effort to teach technology to our youngest and brightest.
The goal of these Techshops is to spark the imaginations of our young ones with technology. Raspberry Pi and SCRATCH were … Read the rest
Interim Minister’s Column
The late UU minister John Wolf expressed some of the reasons why we would want to support a Unitarian Universalist congregation:
You want to support it because it has a free pulpit. Because you can hear ideas expressed there which could cost any other minister his or her job. You want to support it because it is a place where children can come without being saddled with guilt or terrified of some … Read the rest
Interim Minister’s Blog
There is no remedy for love but to love more. — Henry David Thoreau
Valentine’s Day is certainly a commercial boon, with billions spent on cards, chocolate. Jewelry and flowers, But behind this day stands the basic human desire to express love. Our current Valentine’s Day seems to be descended from ancient mating practices and medieval traditions of courtly love, although its exact origins are obscure. February 14th was originally a … Read the rest
Dirk and Colleen finished 2015 by preparing a wonderful Christmas dinner. The other attendees brought side dishes and desserts to fill out the menu. We ate, we sang familiar carols, we had desserts, and then we pitched in to cleanup. It is a sight to behold when so many people work together. You all deserve a hearty pat on the back for another fabulous feast.
The bay area is finally getting the rain we have … Read the rest
Two Who Defied the Nazis, a film by Ken Burns, is the story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a young Unitarian minister and his wife who undertook clandestine missions in Nazi-occupied Europe to rescue Jews, dissidents and refugee children. It it scheduled for release in the fall 0f 2016 with an accompanying book from Beacon Press. The voice of Waitsill Sharp is performed by Chabot College alumnus Tom Hanks.… Read the rest
How could we tire of hope?
—so much is in bud.
How can desire fail?
—we have only begun
to imagine justice and mercy,
only begun to envision
how it might be
to live as siblings with beast and flower,
not as oppressors…
there is too much broken
that must be mended, …
We have only begun to know
the power that is in us if we would join
our solitudes in the communion of … Read the rest