Category: Blog

No to the New Mission Bell

Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church unequivocally supports the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band in calling the City of Gilroy not to install a new mission bell.

On Monday, Jan 10, 2022, members of Starr King UU Church attended the Gilroy City Council meeting to support the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band in urging the city to reconsider installing a new El Camino Real Mission Bell. The council refused to discuss it or even to put the topic … Read the rest

From the Minister: Feast of Epiphany

The New Year announces the coming of the Three Kings, The Magi/Los Reyes Magos, on January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany. We celebrate their journey and their courage to take a different path. We also celebrate with childlike awe the magical power of a guiding star. Epiphany reminds us to open ourselves and receive the gifts before us. Being open, we can experience magic all around us! There is magic in compassionate words. There … Read the rest

From the Minister: The Miracle of Transformation

Beloveds, as you may have seen on our Facebook page, I have been deeply engaged in the nurturing of monarch butterfly caterpillars. I had read about the scarcity of milkweed plants causing a decline in the monarch butterfly population. But it wasn’t until one day when Darryl Ray and I were sitting outside that I got the idea to actually help the monarchs.

Darryl had brought his medicine bag to share with me his spiritual … Read the rest

Draft Rules Protecting Frontline Communities’ Health and Safety Issued

From the Peace & Justice Action Team:

On Oct. 21, the California Geologic Energy Management Agency (CalGEM) issued a momentous draft rule banning the permitting of oil and gas wells within 3,200 feet of homes, schools, hospitals, and detention centers after an almost two year wait. Environmental justice groups across the state are celebrating the historic 3,200 ft setback for public health, the most aggressive buffer in the nation, and also are urging Governor Read the rest

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