The next meeting of UUCB's Board of Trustees will be held on Thursday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m., in the Safir Room.
SAVE THE DATE: 4/26 after 11:00 a.m. worship service -- Search Team Election
Thanks to your thoughtful nominations, we have an exceptional group of people for the Search Team ballot! Click here for more election info and candidate statements. Please plan to stay briefly after the 11:00 a.m. service on April 26th to cast your vote. This meeting will simply be to collect your ballots (no discussion or Q&A).
Attention All Committee Chairs and Group Facilitators! Staffing changes went into effect today, April 16. Here’s what you’ll need to know:
Please also note that paper “green sheets” will not be accepted after May 17, 2015.
Have an Appointment? You Can Help with Outreach - Thanks to everyone who has helped with collecting UU World Magazines. Now we want to get those magazines out into the community. The Outreach Action Team is embarking on a campaign to help people with our values become acquainted with our church and religion. The collected magazines now have a sticker with UUCB contact information on the front cover. YOU are now needed to help distribute these magazines to doctors’ and dental offices, libraries, and anywhere else in the community you think there might be interested readers. Please look for a plastic box in the Atrium (by the fountain or under the information table) marked “UU World Magazine Distribution” and take a few copies with you to distribute. Together we can bring new members to our church.
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.
Visions of Heaven and Hell - The Afterlife in the World of Art
Saturday, May 9, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Safir Room. Led by Roberta Shaw
Suggested fee: $15. A percentage of the course fee will be donated to Frederick Shaw's non-profit health project in a slum in India, Developing Indigenous Resources, which is affiliated with UUCB.
SAVE THE DATE! April 26 after 11:00 a.m. worship service: Search Team Election - Thanks to your thoughtful nominations, we have an exceptional group of people for the Search Team ballot! Click here for more election info and candidate statements. Please plan to stay briefly after the 11:00 a.m. service on April 26 to cast your vote. This meeting will simply be to collect your ballots (no discussion or Q&A).
East Bay Agency for Children - Every child is a good child, with his or her own unique set of strengths forming the foundation on which to build a rewarding and productive life. That is the core belief underlying everything we do in our work with thousands of children and teenagers in the East Bay.
YES, I WILL TAKE YOU - YES, I WILL LOVE YOU AGAIN - Sometimes the world, and the people in it, don't behave as we expect and it hurts. Sometimes we're surprised. Often times we position ourselves to protect ourselves... assume a defensive posture to ensure that it doesn't happen again. But sometimes when we do that we channel so much energy unconsciously into being defensive that we fail to notice that we create a climate in our own soul where innocence and tenderness cannot survive.
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
12:30 PM OWL Class (K-1st) - R.E. Building, Room 3
Personal Theology – Roberta Shaw, “Visions of Heaven and Hell: The Afterlife in World Art.”10:00 a.m., Fireside Room
Congregational Conversation #5 – After-Pastor: This Sunday, April 19, at 12:00 noon, we’re having a congregational conversation trying to bring some understanding, context and healing to the struggle and confusion around UUCB’s former Minister, Rev. Dr. Richard Boeke. This is in an effort to reclaim and re-channel the energy that has been trapped in hurt, confusion, anxiety, distrust or distress – both about the decisions around misconduct as well as decisions about how to deal with it. We ask for all people who want to bring healing by bringing open hearts and open minds.
If you’d like to read some general background about after pastor dynamics, we encourage you to read Rev. Dr. Deborah Pope Lance’s Berry Street Essay http://www.uuma.org/BlankCustom.asp?page=BSE2011 and a worship service put on by the UU Church of Reston, VA: http://static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static/f/492101/17686655/1334532696867/03-25-12_Liturgy.htm?token=rRY5T6JEAkw6UKHWYkJhCLJqDcI%3D
A light lunch will be provided (pizza, Greek salad, tangerines and grapes, and, perhaps, some cookies) -- $5 for individuals, no charge for children. All members encouraged to participate in this important discussion!
Humanist Connections – "ISIS (or ISIL) philosophy, social mechanisms,” Paul Ulbrich, 2:00 p.m. Safir Room
Worship at UUCB
Sundays in April
THE EASTER EXAM – There are few things that stymie and stupefy Unitarian Universalists more than the idea of Easter. Ask a UU to explain Easter and they will often look at their watch and change the subject. The concepts of resurrection don't always make sense - at least in the way they have long been explained in our culture. And the idea of a 'violent atonement' is part of the problem. This morning we will celebrate an Easter that is incredibly real and incredibly needed in this world.
Music Sunday: “Being inside the Music” –Vivaldi and Vaughan Williams, sacred and secular, stories in the voice of music; Luminescence, Youth and Children's Choir, organ, harpsichord, strings. Bryan Baker, directing.
YES, I WILL TAKE YOU - YES, I WILL LOVE YOU AGAIN – Sometimes the world, and the people in it, don't behave as we expect and it hurts. Sometimes we're surprised. Often times we position ourselves to protect ourselves ... assume a defensive posture to ensure that it doesn't happen again. But sometimes when we do that we channel so much energy unconsciously into being defensive that we fail to notice that we create a climate in our own soul where innocence and tenderness cannot survive.
A Congregational Conversation will follow the service where we discuss the tender issue of the 'After Pastor' situation - the ministerial misconduct of Rev. Dick Boeke. This service will explore how difficult the issue is - both in general and the specificity of how it has played out in this church.
RELIGION, CULTS, SERPENTS, SAVIORS, AND OTHER STORIES – “Got religion?” Perhaps we've escaped such a question being asked of us on a regular basis, but if you travel most every road in most every town it's as common as someone asking for the time. But the real question is whether we got GOOD religion? World-changing religion. Because there are enough world-changing bad religions. So what does it take to be a GOOD religion changing the world for the better?
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.)
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