Words of Joy – September 2015

As I write these words, I am l on vacation but am anticipating a return to the office next week, and the start of a new church year among you. My summer leave was a quiet one, with a few short trips and house projects to occupy my time. I just returned from a trip to Portland to celebrate my younger grandson’s third birthday. It was quite hot there! Now, back in Berkeley with its mercifully cool summer (usually), I am looking forward to the busyness of the start-up of this second interim year at SKUUC, and the many activities we will engage in together.

I hope to see many of you at our homecoming water communion service on September 13th (don’t forget to bring your water from summer activities) followed that Sunday by the RE Council-sponsored BBQ at Lake Chabot. This Fall there will also be a service auction on October 24th and a special service and workshop regarding the ministerial search process on a Sunday in October or November—the date is yet to be determined. I also expect to offer, for newcomers and long-timers alike, a series of adult education sessions based on my modified version of the old Building Your Own Theology curriculum, which will provide a chance for members and friends to get better acquainted and to explore their own beliefs, values and spiritual journeys in a supportive group setting. The Small Group Ministry facilitators will be starting new groups this fall as well.

So there is much to be involved in, and there are many opportunities to join in the social activities and learning adventures that are an important part of what Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church is all about. Join us!

Fondly, Joy