In September, we experienced our first Multigenerational service of the new church year, the water communion. We spent a good deal of time reflecting on our Vision for ourselves as Unitarian Universalists. We acknowledged that we are seekers, looking for truth and meaning wherever we can find it. We can find the “truth” when we look within ourselves and listen the sound of our inner wisdom. We can find answers from sources outside ourselves in … Read the rest
Our Mission statement describes us as a welcoming congregation. Being welcoming means striving for radical inclusion, and creating spaces that honor every part of our identities, backgrounds, and experiences. The spiritual practice of welcome is a very important one to our faith community.
In the 1980s and 90s, when the word “welcoming” became a code word for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, the Unitarian Universalist Association launched a Welcoming Congregation Program to help us … Read the rest
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
This year … Read the rest
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
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
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