Author: Rev. Dr. Maria Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa

May: A Month for Celebration

Minister’s Blog, by Rev. Dr. Maria Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa  

It might seem too early to celebrate when we are still in the midst of a pandemic, still witnessing acts of violence and injustice all around us, and feeling uncertain about the future. And yet there are so many reasons to celebrate in order to nourish our sense of hope. I keep going back to Chardi Kala, a Sikh practice which encourages us to maintain a … Read the rest

Moving Forward Together

As I admire the beauty of new Spring blossoms, I am reminded that last year in March we closed our building and began to navigate the COVID pandemic as best we could. Despite all the fear and uncertainty, we regrouped and with great leadership and a core group of volunteers, we moved forward together. Since then, we have not skipped a beat and actually have been able to strengthen our connections. I feel so blessed … Read the rest

General Assembly 2019: The Power of We

“Incrementalism and progressivism are insufficient in these totalitarian times.”

-Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President

“In this delicate turning…how will you become ready? No one’s comfort is at the center, you just do what needs to be done. Let’s be co-liberators and get free together.” Reverend Marta Valentin

In a time of great challenge and heartbreak in our world, what does our faith demand from us? At this year’s UUMA Ministry Days and UUA General Assembly, Read the rest

Minister’s Report: Gratitude

Beloveds,
This is a picture of my office door. It is covered with some of the cards and thank you notes that I have recently received: Sympathy cards after my uncle’s passing, Thank You cards, and “just because” cards and notes. I am so grateful for all your expressions of love and support!
As I look back on this past church year, there are so many things I am grateful for! Ours is truly a
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Poor People’s Campaign, Oakland

This past Saturday, our Rev. Dr. Maria Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa shared her vision of social justice at a Poor People’s Hearing in Oakland, California. WE are the ones we’ve been waiting for!


 

Poor People’s Campaign, April 2019

Rev. Dr. Maria Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa

 

In my tradition before we say our own names we honor our ancestors by invoking their names: I am the great grandaughter of Dominga, the grandaughter of Rosario, the daughter … Read the rest

All of Who You Are is Sacred

Beloveds,

This month our theme is Wholeness and we want to offer opportunities for all of us to practice self-care and to engage in healing experiences. Part of healing is creating spaces of radical welcoming and unconditional love.

For many of us who identify as Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer/Two-Spirit/Gender-not-conforming, our spiritual journeys have not always contributed to our wholeness, self acceptance, and unconditional love of ourselves. Some of us were rejected by our families and/or churches and found … Read the rest

Music as a Spiritual Practice

Minister’s Blog

Rev. María Cristina

Beloveds,
Last year I attended the UU General Assembly and for the first time I did not fill my entire schedule with workshops and meetings. I also signed up to sing with the choir. What an amazing experience! As someone who does not read music and who does not sing very often, I was afraid that I was going to be politely turned down. But I was fortunate to work
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Finding Our Way Home

Finding Our Way Home

Rev. María Cristina

Beloveds,
Last week I was blessed to participate in the UUA’s annual Finding Our Way Home (FOWH) gathering in Miami. Finding Our Way Home is an annual retreat hosted by the UUA for Unitarian Universalist religious professionals of color. It offers community building, spiritual reflection, and collegial support while connecting participants with local community organizations as partners in service, witness, and advocacy.
This UUA-sponsored retreat welcomes UU religious
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Prayer for Travelers

Our theme for March is “journeys.” Here is a prayer for travelers – all of us!

 

PRAYER FOR TRAVELERS / ORACION PARA LOS VIAJEROS

By Angela Herrera, Senior Minister at First Unitarian Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico

In English

This is a prayer for all the travelers.
For the ones who start out in beauty,
who fall from grace,
who step gingerly,
looking for the way back.
And for those who are born into … Read the rest

Minster’s Blog – December 2018

Beloveds, 

 

From UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray 

“We must not turn away. 

These are the days we are living in. Days that force us to consider how we combat the cruelty that would disperse tear gas (a chemical weapon banned in war) at children and parents, at refugees and migrants? How do we build more pathways of love and peace in this world? Where can we bring our broken hearts, our aching, doubting, exhausted spirits? … Read the rest