Category: Blog

Making Room

A reflection

Greetings! I’m here to invite you on a journey, a magical journey that can take place over a very long time or just a few seconds. I’ve taken this journey myself a number of times in the last few years, and I’m starting to see the stages of it more clearly.

I’ve been thinking lately about many things: about cultural differences, about hospitality, about connecting across difference. About how to do it, and … Read the rest

Liberation Poetry from the 2021 Labor Day Service

This past Sunday was our 18th annual lay-led Labor Day service! Originally it focused on workers and Labor Movement history in advocacy, song, and poetry. The service has evolved in recent years to emphasize what I call “Liberation Poetry.”

The truths of past Labor Day homilies persist. The acceleration of income and wealth inequality continues unabated. According to a recent Federal Reserve report, the richest 1% possesses $42 Trillion of the national wealth, while the … Read the rest

From the Minister: Gather the Spirit

Beloveds, here we have re-gathered, both in person and virtually, both just as powerful! It is so good to be together. To gather in peace, to gather in thanks, to gather in hope, to gather in strength. To gather to celebrate once again! It is so good to see you all, to see all your beautiful faces, and to see people, lovely people here with me in the sanctuary. To know that there are children … Read the rest

Protecting Sacred Lands at Juristac

On Friday August 20th, some of our Starr King congregants showed up in solidarity with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band to protect sacred Juristac land from desecration. Thanks to everyone who made it, with special thanks to Rene for his sign making skills!
There were about 35 people attending, from all over the place — San Benito County (where the rally was), Santa Cruz County, all over the Bay Area, and even one person from
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Regathering in Person

Regathering: Care for All – No One Left Behind

On 29 August 2021 we will gather for In-person and Virtual Worship

Out of an abundance of caution, and a belief in our values and science, The Board of Trustees at its meeting of 1 July affirmed that we would Regather for in-person and virtual worship on Sunday, 29 August 2021.

The following will continue to guide our work:

  • Values of Love, Inclusion, justice, safety, and
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Five Year Anniversary

I read somewhere that traditionally the five year anniversary gift is wood…and I think back to our installation ceremony four years ago…and the drums made of wood, that were such an important cultural element. I can hear the drums as the Aztec dancers blessed me with sacred copal incense. I asked Xiomara, who is an Aztec danzante, if her calpulli would offer the blessing and she immediately said yes! She understood that Drumming and dancing are … Read the rest

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

UU the Vote – Action is the Antidote to Despair

“Hope doesn’t come from calculating whether the good news is winning out over the bad. It is simply a choice to take action.”

— Anna Lappe

Do you often feel anxiety or despair at the state of our nation, our world? Does it seem that the forces of hate have the upper hand? Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “Action is the antidote to despair*.”

Across the country UU congregations are taking actions to defend our … Read the rest