Category: Blog

Family Ministry: Living in the Moment

In those moments in life where we don’t quite get it right, look for opportunities to loosen up expectations that keep us stuck in the “plan.” Children have a great way of being in the moment, and our Starr King children taught me that exact lesson.

My Story

My plan was to teach the children how music plays a part in telling a story. I gave 4-5 year olds sliding whistles. They could explore their … Read the rest

Family Ministry: Seed to Harvest

SoUUlful UU Ministry has been experiencing “seed to harvest!” Several months ago the children planted pop corn, radish, sweet peas, beans, sweet corn, and pumpkin seeds. In preparation, as one of our family projects, the families created a table top compost bin. Now as we harvest, we will share our tomatoes with our local food bank. And we recently picked our sweet peas to share at our multi-gen pot luck at church.

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Family Ministry: Honoring Each Other

I witnessed two young children understanding the process of honoring one another with dignity
We were opening up our circle by chiming a musical instrument, the triangle. R called out first,  “My turn”,  but O was first to grab the instrument. R told him several times that it was her turn first. She called it. He did not relinquish the triangle. His reasoning was he reached for it first, therefore it was his turn. O
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Family Ministry: Community

For circle time, the children are exploring the importance of community. Each were given a rock and a story was told. Once upon a time, there was a tiny bird who was very thirsty and could not reach the water in the glass. The children were asked, “How can we help as a community using our rocks?. They came up with several working ideas. What would be yours?

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Family Ministry: Attachment

Think for amount about the “Go to person” in your life, and then think about the “why” you go to them. What you are experiencing is an attachment connection that we humans need to live a balanced life. That go to person provides security, love, validation and more. For the young child the attachment connection creates a safe environment to explore, knowing they have a trusting, loving adult, with open arms, waiting for their return.
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Get Involved: Sheriff Oversight Meeting April 28

Alameda County Board of Supervisors Public Protection Committee Meeting – Zoom Only

Thursday, April 28, 10am

What’s Going On?

Alameda County has the worst jail in the state, with tragic avoidable deaths every year. Our Peace & Justice Action Team has been working with the Interfaith Coalition for Justice in our Jails to create a Sheriff Oversight Board. Community support for Oversight has been strong, but lately supporters of the
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SoUUlful Family Ministry: What Is It?

SoUUlful Family Ministry is a hybrid program providing both virtual and in person services for the children. Our virtual services include a “Happy Heart” circle time.  It is a pre-recorded circle to be played at the family’s convince. Our circle time, both virtual and in person, includes, as does the adult services, a time for Joys and Sorrows, a short meditation, guest speakers and activities promoting that week’s focus, I.e. anti-racism, Pride, leadership, reflective meditation, Read the rest

Recipe for Nurturing Our Church: Pledge Online

Recipe for Nurturing Our Church

Ingredients

The ingredients in the bread may be simple or exotic. To the starters of yeast, sugar and water,  a variety of flours, seeds, spices, and herbs may be added. In much the same way, our Church begins with our basic UUA principles, then we add the sweetness of love, gratitude, and gifts of service and money.

Instructions

With great care, respect, and responsible action the bread is mixed, kneaded, Read the rest

Breaking Bread Together, Sustaining Each Other

Stewardship Season 2022

Breaking Bread Together, Sustaining Each Other is the theme of our Stewardship season this year. “Let Us Break Bread Together” is ancient hymn dating to the 1300s. Perhaps it lives on because bread, in all of its forms, is a life-giving and ubiquitous source of nourishment, and symbolizes friendship and sustaining hope. Almost every society in the world eats bread in some form. Breads are made out of flour or corn, water, Read the rest