The Straight Skinny on the Fat Man in Red - Who is Santa Claus? St. Nick? The jolliest of all Christmas ambassadors? What have we been told about him and what's really true. What's important for us to know as we try to separate fact from fiction? QUESTION: Does a story have to be 'factual' in order to be 'true'?
8:30 AM Childcare Available - Skytown Building
9:30 AM Coming of Age class - Family Ministry Office
10:00 AM Youth & Children's Choir Rehearsal - Meditation Room
11:00 AM Children's Classes - R.E. Building
11:00 AM Youth Groups - Chrysalis Room, Meditation Room
12:15 PM Teacher Reflection Circle - Family Ministry Office
Personal Theology – Rev. Jeremy Taylor, “Dreams: Who Writes this Stuff?” 10:00 a.m., Fireside Room
Humanist Connections – Ray Westergard, “The Bill Maher Controversy Regarding Islam,” 12:30 p.m., Safir Room
UUCB’s Messiah Sing-Along Returns! Come sing the glorious choruses of G. F. Handel's Messiah, together with a professional orchestra, marvelous soloists, and the company of hundreds of voices. A long-time (we've lost count) Bay Area tradition! December 21 at 6:00 p.m. Baroque costumes are welcome! Advance tickets are available at http://uucbmessiah.bpt.me/. General Admission: $15; Students: $10. Scores available ($10 deposit).
Mist Tree Moon Circle celebrates the Winter Solstice at 7:00 p.m. tonight in the Fireside Room.
Vespers at 7:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room with Rev. Greg Ward.
Luminescence: Adult Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary with Bryan Baker. New singers are welcome to come explore wonderful choral music.
A Celebration of Life for Jean Lipton will be held at UUCB on Saturday, December 13 at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
UUCB’s Messiah Sing-Along Returns! Come sing the glorious choruses of G. F. Handel's Messiah, together with a professional orchestra. A long-time (we've lost count) Bay Area tradition! December 21 at 6:00 p.m. Advance tickets are available at http://uucbmessiah.bpt.me/ - General Admission: $15; Students: $10. Scores available ($10 deposit).
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., December 24. Come worship, celebrate, and sing together at UUCB on Christmas Eve at the early or late service. You are welcome here!
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano - The Food Bank is a centralized warehouse that stores and distributes donated and purchased perishable and nonperishable food items. We distribute food directly to low-income people at community sites and make food available for other nonprofit organizations serving the ill, needy and infants.
Alameda County Community Food Bank - Alameda County Community Food Bank has been in business since 1985 ... with a vision toward a day when we can go out of business. We are the hub of a vast collection and distribution network that provides food for 240 nonprofit agencies in Alameda County. In 2012, the Food Bank distributed 23.2 million pounds of food, 53% of it fresh fruits and vegetables.
Special Christmas Eve Offering
Being part of a dedicated community is one of the central assurances that we will find a hand – and a reason to hope – when the hard times come. Sometimes that reassurance comes in the form of flowers during illness, or food during a difficult stretch. Sometimes it means offering/hiring childcare so someone can tend to emergencies. Sometimes it is help meeting obligations after a layoff. I’ve seen hundreds of ways that communities help those in their midst who are in need.
This year, because we know that none of us is invulnerable to tragedy, we are collecting a special offering during the Christmas Eve services for the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. This offering is for members in need. It’s for those who find themselves without enough food or who can’t pay a bill… for those who’ve been unexpectedly laid off or who need just a little help with a prescription or receiving treatment. There are all kinds of things our members experience where the church makes a difference
The church’s ability to support our members in these times of need is possible because of the Minister’s Discretionary fund. This fund comes from the generous donations from the Christmas Eve services - our 5:00 p.m. Family Christmas service and our 10:00 p.m. traditional Candlelight Service. If you are not able to attend those services but still want to contribute towards the direct support of our members in need, you can send checks into the UUCB office with “Ministerial Discretion” in the memo. The church and all its members thank you for your care and generosity.
Worship at UUCB
Sundays in December
September—May Worship at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Summer Worship at 10:00 a.m. May 18 - August 31
December’s Theme: “Stories”
Sunday, December 7: The Last Straw - an Intergenerational Worship service that features the epic journey of Hoshmakatu the Camel who is called to carry the gifts of the Magi. Hoshmakatu is an old camel who was never particularly thoughtful or generous of spirit. Come to learn the interesting reasons why he goes and the life-changing things he learns on the way. QUESTION: We all get 'set in our ways' from time to time. What has the power to get us to live lives larger than we previously thought?
Sunday, December 14: Holiday Wars - Every year just before Christmas religious conservatives announce there is a 'War on Christmas!' Christmas, they claim, is being dishonored and shortchanged because it isn't allowed to reign supreme over other religious holidays. But there is something we all lose in this holiday hoopla. This is an open letter to conservative talk show host Bill O'Reilly. QUESTION: Is there tension between Christmas and other cultural winter holidays and, if so, what is at the heart of that tension?
Sunday, December 21: The Straight Skinny on the Fat Man in Red - Who is Santa Claus? St. Nick? The jolliest of all Christmas ambassadors? What have we been told about him and what's really true. What's important for us to know as we try to separate fact from fiction? QUESTION: Does a story have to be 'factual' in order to be 'true'?
Wednesday, December 24 – 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Family Service - In this family friendly traditional Christmas Pageant, we will ALL get a chance to participate and celebrate the great journey to Christmas. Everyone is welcome to come participate (dress in costume) to bring to life the story of a holy family travelling with shepherds, donkeys, wise men, stars, angels, cats, penguins, and even aardvarks.
Wednesday, December 24 – 10:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - In this beautiful and moving service we will enjoy lessons and carols where we will learn to see ourselves in each of the characters travelling to Bethlehem. Come, follow a star and travel to this place of good cheer where love and hope is born.
Sunday, December 28: To the Other Side - Liberals are pretty much alike everywhere, in Transylvania and in the US: stand on the side of love, represent the countercultural opposition to oppression in society, sing songs like Come, Come, Whoever You Are. And we are pretty serious about it. In the closeness of the New Year, we see even clearer now: the most important things in life meet us unprepared, and we still have to respond to them, immediately. It’s not the preparation, but our presence that makes the difference, the courage to get into the storm, to the other side.
Rev. Dr. Szabolcs (Szabi) Czire is a core faculty member at the Protestant Theological Institute in Kolozsvar (Cluj-Napoca), Romania. He teaches Biblical studies, hermeneutics, meditation-relaxation, and religious sociology. He is currently a research scholar at Starr King School for the Ministry
After his seminary graduation in 1996, he was minister for three years in a small congregation in South Transylvania. He spent 1999-2000 study year at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. In 2005 as a “Emily Sharp Scholar,” he visited Oxford and Manchester in the UK. He completed his PhD dissertation in 2007 on historical Jesus research. He also has a BA in sociology.
About Worship at UUCB
Worship is at the heart of our community. Worship refreshes us and we take a deep breath and rest from our daily lives. Worship refreshes when it comforts us in difficult times, when it celebrates with us our joys, and when it challenges us and names what has been avoided. Worship reminds us of who we are, what we can become, how we want to live, what we hope to give to the community and the world.
In our worship services, we laugh and cry and are reminded of what is deepest and dearest. Worship engages our minds and hearts and bodies with wisdom from the world’s religions, the words and deeds of prophetic and poetic women and men, experiences of life’s twists and turns and transcending mystery and wonder. Together we reverence living and dying, mark joy and pain and promise. We celebrate hope and liberation, recovery and possibility.
Worship strengthens us to live out our Unitarian Universalist principles in our families, neighborhoods, work lives, church, and world. Worship inspires us to create the Beloved Community and live lives of integrity, joy, and service.
Our Sunday Services, held from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to noon, are joyous gatherings of the community in our Sanctuary. Our Thursday Vesper services from 7:00 to 7:25 p.m. in the Fireside Room provide a mid-week opportunity for refreshing your spirit.
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