Words of Joy – June 2016

For the month which includes Father’s Day and the Summer Solstice


Here’s a little story about a father for your meditation, on the strength of community: A father wanted to leave his estate to his children, but he wanted to be sure that they would stick together and look after each other when he died. So he gave each of them a small stick and asked them to break it, which they easily did. … Read the rest

Words of Joy – May 2016

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

Religious Exploration Reflections – April 2016

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

Words of Joy – April 2016

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 – March 2016

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

Words of Joy – March 2016

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

Words of Joy – Valentine’s Day and Love – February 2016

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

President’s Report – February 2016

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

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

Words of Joy – January 2016

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