Category: Blog

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

UU The Vote 2020

Take action now to shape the outcome of the November 3, 2020 election.

  • Shape public discourse with our UU values
  • Support the worth and dignity of the marginalized in our society
  • Work towards justice, equity and compassion in our government
  • Support our vision of a world community with peace, liberty and justice for all
  • Provide an alternative to policies of domination, white supremacy and exploitation

Progressive people of faith can have a meaningful role in … 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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DA Drops Charges Against SKUUC Member

We are happy to announce that the charge of disobeying an officer has been dropped for SKUUC church member Rene Castle. Rene was arrested at the Poor People’s Campaign in May 2018. His crime? Hanging an “Honor the Treaties” banner on the statue of Christopher Columbus that is still in place in our state capitol’s rotunda.

Rene proposes that a statue of Reverend Thomas Starr King, the Unitarian minister who played a key role in … Read the rest

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

Why Choir?

Linli Wang has been our pianist and choir leader at Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church since 2017. She is, simply put, amazing! It is a wonderful time to join the choir or just sit back and enjoy the music.

Woman playing piano as Christmas choir sings

Here are some her reflections from our March 24th worship service:

 

As we feature our choir this month, I wanted to share my testimonial with you all.

Choral singing has always been a significant part … 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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