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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

Get Involved! Creative Committee Projects

The committees are looking for help with projects that have scope for your expertise, passion, and creativity. We are also happy to provide training for any role that catches your eye! Thank you for considering the needs of our Starr King community and for everything you already do.

 

Social Activities

Help plan and optionally host Circle Suppers, where members get to know each other over delicious home-cooked meals. Let Sandy Simoni know if you’d … 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

From the Minister – Finding Our Way Home – April 2018

Every year the UUA Office of Multicultural Growth and Witness offers a retreat for UU Professionals who identify as People of Color, African American, Afro-Caribbean, Latina/o, Hispanic, Native American/Indigenous, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Middle Easterners, and/or multiracial and multiethnic.

Our retreat is called “Finding Our Way Home” and its purpose is to engage in community building, spiritual reflection, and collegial support while connecting participants with local community organizations as partners in service, witness, and advocacy.

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From the Board – April 2018

The big news this month is our board is going over the budget and trying to fit our champagne and caviar dreams into a beer and pretzel reality. We are faced with rising costs for things that are needed and we find ourselves sharpening the pencils more often in search of ways to save money.

 

The good news is that we have had several important budget related events and more are on the way. … 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

Minister’s Blog, Beloved Conversations – February 2018

The topic of communication has been very present during meetings of the Board of Trustees, the Committee on Ministry, and during the recent Adult RE class addressing congregational polity. We are constantly being challenged to reflect upon language, on the ways we communicate with each other, and on the impact of our words on the fabric of our community. Unlike other organizations, we are a community of individuals who have chosen to be in a … Read the rest

From the Board – February 2018

For those of you who weren’t at the Martin Luther King Day Gathering at Hayward City Hall, it was a powerful experience. Terri Owen has been the chief organizer of this march for many years and once again the turnout filled the square and the march inspired those we passed in cars and on the sidewalks. Our church was joined by others in the South Hayward Parish in both celebration of how far we have … Read the rest

From the Board – December 2017

The holidays are almost upon us, but the board is still at work. We have been busy with the grounds.

  • Bob Britton has been instrumental in having some trees trimmed at our southern perimeter.
  • Working with Walt Korus and Dave Middleton, the playground has a fresh covering of wood mulch.
  • Preparations are being made to remove Ornea Cottage.
  • There are other repairs that the Board is reviewing as well.
  • A group is looking at establishing
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