Category: Blog

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 … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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

RE Reflections – December 2018

Keeping the flame of multigenerational cooperation burning bright 

Since the beginning of the church year we been working well together to include all ages in our community activities.   We started the year off with a fun family picnic.  We held monthly multigenerational worship services where children have been an active part of the worship services.  We joined together with the Peace & Justice Action committee to support Kids Against Hunger.  And our technology experts have … 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

Love Knows No Borders

     This past Monday December 10, on Human Rights Day, I joined over 400 clergy from various faith traditions at the San Diego/Tijuana border to denounce the militarization of the border and calling for human rights and dignity for all people seeking asylum and refuge.
     We were there as an act of resistance against the current administration’s inhumane immigration policies and in solidarity with migrants, who have a right under international law to seek asylum, but … Read the rest

Engaging the Wider Community

The mission of our communications committee is to inform and engage our congregation and the wider community in a way that reflects our shared principles and passions.

I think we can all agree that having greeters at the door on Sunday is important in helping everyone feel our warmth as soon as they approach us. The website and social media should serve the same purpose. They are quite often the first point of contact for … Read the rest