Author Archives: Allison Prout

RE Reflections – October 2018

In September, we experienced our first Multigenerational service of the new church year, the water communion.  We spent a good deal of time reflecting on our Vision for ourselves as Unitarian Universalists.  We acknowledged that we are seekers, looking for truth and meaning wherever we can find it.  We can find the “truth” when we look within ourselves and listen the sound of our inner wisdom.  We can find answers from sources outside ourselves in … Read the rest

RE Reflections – June 2018

SUMMER TRANSITIONS

As the end of the church year draws near, Reverend Maria Cristina and I are preparing for our leave.  I am off from June 15 to August 15.  Rev. Maria Cristina will be out in July for vacation and part of August for study leave.  The new church year will begin on September 9, 2018, when Rev. Maria Cristina officially returns to the pulpit.

The church will remain open during the summer and … Read the rest

RE Reflections – May 2018

Theme: Feminism

Tradition: Islam

When I think about Islam and feminism, the role model who springs to mind is Malala Yousafzai. She is a brave and inspirational young woman who dared to speak up for Islamic girls’ right to education, and nearly lost her life for speaking her truth.Taliban extremists took over her town in Pakistan and began to terrorize its citizens by blowing up schools and threatening those who spoke out in defense of … Read the rest

RE Reflections – April 2018

April Theme: Earth

Faith Tradition: Pagan

 

Welcome Spring!! April is here with many exciting things to look forward to.  It feels like all the winter rain decided to fall in the last two weeks.  But, warm weather is on the horizon and we really needed the rain.  Get ready to pull weeds!!

 

The first two Sundays in April will be dedicated to spring holidays.  On April , we will celebrate Easter with lots … Read the rest

RE Reflections – February 2018

A View of Another Liberal Religious Tradition

On January 7, 2018, I had the honor to experience a Three Kings’ Day Service at Eden United Church in Hayward.   As you may know, I have been trying to establish a relationship with our liberal religious faith neighbors with an eye towards combining youth programs.  In the Fall of 2017, we held monthly youth group activities which culminated in a fieldtrip to Eden UCC for their annual … Read the rest

RE Reflections – November 2017

November Theme: Gratitude

Featured Faith Tradition: Hinduism

Some people complain because God put thorns on roses.

Others praise Him for putting roses among thorns.

Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

 

I would like to start out by thanking October’s workshop leaders who did a fantastic job. It takes a village to mentor our young. I appreciate everyone for stepping up. So, thanks to:

  • Roy Dickerson for sharing his coding expertise
  • Michelle Lovett and Diane Meyerson for an
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RE Reflections – March 2017

The RE curriculum we are using this year, Love Will Guide Us  focuses on the sources of Unitarian Universalism which include:

  • Direct experience- the sense of wonder we all share
  • Women & men of long ago and today whose lives remind us to be kind and fair
  • The ethical & spiritual wisdom of the world’s religions
  • Jewish and Christian teachings
  • Humanist teachings of reason & science
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions

In this program, participants Read the rest