Minister’s Blog – December 2017

Las Posadas

“Sanctuary is often something very small not a grandiose gesture, but a small gesture toward alleviating human suffering and preventing humiliation. Sanctuary is a human being, sanctuary is a dream. That is why you are here and that is why I am here. We are here because of one another. We are in truth each other’s shelter”

Elie Wiesel

On Sunday, December 10, we are invited to participate in a beloved Latin American … Read the rest

RE Reflections – November 2017

November Theme: Gratitude

Featured Faith Tradition: Hinduism

Some people complain because God put thorns on roses.

Others praise Him for putting roses among thorns.

Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami


I would like to start out by thanking October’s workshop leaders who did a fantastic job. It takes a village to mentor our young. I appreciate everyone for stepping up. So, thanks to:

  • Roy Dickerson for sharing his coding expertise
  • Michelle Lovett and Diane Meyerson for an
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Minister’s Blog – November 2017



As we approach a new Thanksgiving Season, I am so grateful for the many expressions of generosity that I have experienced and witnessed among us this year.


I am grateful for all the ways our staff and volunteers contribute to building our Beloved Community. I give thanks for each and every one of our community members who give of their time, talents, creativity, and financial support so that we can live into … Read the rest

RE Reflections – March 2017

The RE curriculum we are using this year, Love Will Guide Us  focuses on the sources of Unitarian Universalism which include:

  • Direct experience- the sense of wonder we all share
  • Women & men of long ago and today whose lives remind us to be kind and fair
  • The ethical & spiritual wisdom of the world’s religions
  • Jewish and Christian teachings
  • Humanist teachings of reason & science
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions

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Lessons from the Geese – Minister’s Blog March 2017

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all…” Emily Dickinson

I spend a lot of time bird watching, it is one of my favorite spiritual practices. I listen to their songs, notice the color of their feathers, watch them gather building materials for their nests, and marvel at the way they flaunt their beautiful plumage and turn their little lungs … Read the rest

RE Reflections – February 2017

Living Our Values


It was wonderful to participate in the MLK Rally again this year.  There were many new families with children. It was inspiring to hear speakers affirm our values and the need to continue to make our voices heard.


Many members of our congregation also attended the women’s marches in the Bay Area.  We should be very proud of the strong  turnout for these events.  Pictures don’t lie.  Women united all … Read the rest

RE Reflections – January 2017

New Year,  New Beginning

I am excited heading into the new year to leave the busyness of the holidays and the frustrations and disappointments of 2016 behind.  Yes, I am concerned about the political future of our country, but we have work to do.  Coming up in January, we will have a chance to stand together and proclaim the inherent worth and dignity of every person at our annual MLK Rally.  It will be especially … Read the rest

Religious Education – RE Reflections October 2016

2016 – 2017 RE Positioned for Growth

It is an exciting time for Starr King RE.  We have outgrown our one class program.  I have been thinking very seriously about how to structure a new program to meet our needs.   Taking care of the needs of both younger and older children is important to the health and growth of the program, and the congregation as a whole.  New families will be more likely to stay … Read the rest

Cambia, todo cambia/Everything Changes by Rev. Maria Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa



I am so glad and grateful to be among you and to begin serving as your settled Minister. Since May 15th, the date when the congregation voted to call me, I have been blessed by your kindness and hospitality. Even before my mother and I arrived, there were people helping us to find a home and making sure we had enough funds for moving expenses and airfare. People volunteered to pick … Read the rest

From the Board – August 2016


Our mild weather is warming up for our summer activities. It is time for water fun. I always think of playing in the sprinklers with all the neighborhood kids, and a few adults. We made up game after game to stay wet and cool. Swimming was always popular, but not all of the families could afford the fees for using the local pools. We worked things out and stayed cool one way or another.… Read the rest