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Family Ministry: Community Garden Success!

What do Starr King youth think about their community garden?

“We are happy to grow food  for others…”

“The food we donated was grown without any pesticides…”

“We are happy we could feed hungry people.”

Our children’s community garden was a success!! Our harvest was sent home with families at our local food pantry, South Hayward Parish. We are now preparing our garden for a fall harvest and considering broccoli, carrots, salad greens, brussels … Read the rest

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.

Lorie Miller, … Read the rest

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

From the Minister: Coastal Salish Family Day

Beloveds,
This month I had the blessing of being part of a wonderful event: The Coastal Salish Family Day. We gathered via Zoom with Melanie Schambach, who came up with the mural idea, and other artists and community members who participated in the creation of a mural that accompanied the Red Road Totem Pole on its way to Washington, D.C.

The mural is an amazing collective creation! Claudia and I painted together the red and … 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

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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