SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2014
Bird by Bird, Stone by Stone
Come and learn how community is built. How it is built in moments where people are flooded with fear and reasons to distrust one another ... when the alarms and sirens and bells are going off ... there are ways that people find their place together (plug for Covenant Groups). Rev. Greg Ward preaching and Kay Fairwell, worship associate.
Childcare available 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Parent Discussion Circle at 9:45 a.m. in Safir Room
Youth & Children's Choir Rehearsal at 10:00 a.m. in Meditation Room
Children’s Classes & Youth Groups begin at 11:15 a.m., R.E. Building, Safir and Chrysalis Rooms
Family Ministry Committee Meeting at 12:30 p.m., Family Ministry Office
Personal Theology – “On Being Born, Again, and Again,” Sam Keene, 10:00 a.m., Fireside Room
Humanist Connections - “Intentional and Natural Communities,” Earl Williamson, 12:30 p.m., Safir Room
Sundown Meditations – Join us this evening at 6:30 p.m. for a sundown meditation service in the Fireside Room. Release the past week and begin the new week in peace as you watch the sun set over the bay in silent meditation. All ages, all levels of meditation experience welcome. Note start times vary with sunset. (More dates below.)
Celebrating the Lives of Sue Thomson on Saturday, September 20 at 10:00 a.m., and Patricia Ellis on Sunday, September 21 at 2:00 p.m., both services at UUCB.
One-on-one Meetings with Rev. Greg -- If you are interested in meeting individually with Rev. Greg Ward, Interim Minister, he's interested in meeting with you! To sign up, please visit this link and follow the instructions at the top of the page: http://doodle.com/2nx6s7w23qc3pppg. You will then receive a questionnaire by email that needs to be completed before you meet with him. If you have any questions, please email Alisa.
Sundown Meditation - Join us Sunday evenings (Sept. 14 at 6:45 p.m., Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 5 at 6:15 p.m., and Oct. 12 at 6:00 p.m.) for a sundown meditation service in the Fireside Room. Release the past week and begin the new week in peace as you watch the sun set over the bay in silent meditation. All ages, all levels of meditation experience welcome. Note start times vary with sunset.
Pot of Gold Conference – September 20, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This religious education conference in San Francisco brings together religious leadership from around our district to share tools, skills, resources, best practices, and build collaboration and collegiality with one another. The conference is designed for R.E. teachers, R.E. committee members, and religious professionals. Register here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9eqoxsz8613d91d&llr=mk4zlobab
2014 Lawrence Lecture – Rising Seas: Facing the New Reality - John Englander will discuss the factual evidence for, and probable outcome of, climate change related to rising sea levels on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m. As an expert in the field, he will attempt to guide us to a better understanding of the reality of climate change and turn our attention to the problem. After the lecture, there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. Need more information? Email us for more information. Tickets are available from http://lawrencelecture.bpt.me/ for $10 each (plus a modest service fee). Read more about John Englander at: http://www.johnenglander.net
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September 7 at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
One of the great blessings of this – and so many of our UU communities around the country – is coming back together in the fall to reintegrate our ideals and experiences, and rededicate ourselves to one another and our common calling to make the world a better place. In coming together for this service we are asking you to bring a few things.
- A tiny bit of water (to pour into our common well) that symbolizes a feeling you’d like to bring into being at UUCB (joy, meaning, compassion, love, etc.)
- A tiny bit of earth (to place upon our ground of being) symbolizing what skill you add to our wealth of talent (teaching, organization, leadership, communication, etc.)
- An idea (and, if you’re willing, a costume – especially some of our younger members) symbolizing what kind of animal you would be on Noah’s Ark. We will all be given a chance to ‘get on board.’
A tiny bit of water (to pour into our common well) that symbolizes a feeling you’d like to bring into being at UUCB (joy, meaning, compassion, love, etc.)
Sundays in September
Worship Schedule: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Childcare available from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
September’s Theme: Beginnings
September 7 - Noah’s Dilemma
Noah understood about the need to bring people together. In the midst of a great flood of change, he prepared for people to discover the best of one another. Come to UUCB’s multigenerational ingathering story where we will pour our lives into this community and notice what a blessing each person brings. Rev. Greg Ward, Merrin Clough, and a cast of thousands.
September 14 - Sweet Beginnings
Drawing inspiration from our Jewish heritage and themes of renewal and repair we anticipate the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rev. Kathy Huff, preaching.
The Reverend Kathy Huff is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. She has served congregations in Arlington, MA; Oakland, CA and Santa Rosa, CA. Rev. Kathy grew up on a South Sea island and has lived and worked in a few other super cool places beyond these borders. Rev. Kathy has a Masters of Divinity from Harvard, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University. She’s received numerous awards for leadership, social justice advocacy, and preaching. Kathy shares a home in San Leandro with her spouse of 24 years, their two active daughters ages 12 and 17, a Jack Russell Terrier, a bird called Lancelot, and Miracle, their astonishingly old goldfish.
September 21 - Bird by Bird, Stone by Stone
Come and learn how community is built. How it is built in moments where people are flooded with fear and reasons to distrust one another ... when the alarms and sirens and bells are going off ... there are ways that people find their place together (plug for Covenant Groups). Rev. Greg Ward preacing and Kay Fairwell worship leader.
September 28 - Dragons, Spiders, Webs, and Churches
Certain things scare us. Things that trigger the cascade of mental, emotional and physiological responses to fear are intending to retard our interactions with danger. But preoccupation with fear leaves us spiritually ‘retarded’ - unable to exchange love and understanding at a deep level. Rev. Greg Ward preaching.