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.
Sundown Meditation - Join us Sunday evenings (Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m., and Oct. 12 at 6:15 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.
Family Speakers Series – Jacob’s New Dress - Saturday, October 11 at 4:30 p.m. - Authors Sarah and Ian Hoffman will be sharing their new children’s book “Jacob’s New Dress.” They will lead a discussion on gender issues and children. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. This is a great event to invite friends and neighbors to as well.
Bryan Baker and Friends present "The Prophet Bird," Saturday, October 11 at 8:00 p.m. Bryan Baker, Marcelle Dronkers, Rod Lowe, and the visiting chamber choir, Serenade. "The Prophet Bird," pairs pieces of music that share a concept or theme: the pairings allow the relationship to shed new light on each work. This is the first of a series of concerts to raise money for UUCB's General Fund and increase community awareness of UUCB. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets or at the door. General Admission: $20, Seniors/Students: $15. More information on upcoming events may be found on UUCB's web site or at luminosityevents.org.
WHERE DO WE COME FROM? - Congregational Conversation with the Transition Team, October 12, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.
A nation that does not know its past has no future. A nation that does not know its past is doomed to repeat it.
We’ve heard all types of variations on these kinds of quotes. They are pointing to an old axiom rich in wisdom. What it’s bringing to attention is the imperative that any community, in order to be adaptive, resilient, aware, and evolutionary in nature (that is, always increasing its strength and its vision) DEPENDS on the understanding and integration of the lessons of the past to help inform its future.
One of the critical elements of transition ministry is helping a community understand, accept and honor it’s past. The past for any individual or any community is never ALL good or ALL bad, but a mix of circumstance, reactivity, habit, vision and character. But the past will always be a very powerful influence on the future. The key to being intentional about the future is being honest, honoring and accepting of the past.
When did you come to UUCB? What was the vital promise alive within the community then that made you want to be part of its future? How has that promise been fulfilled? In what ways is that promise still waiting fulfillment? What are the most important truths about the past that the congregation should know to help it build a great future?
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Thursday Nights in October
Come early to socialize at sunset, gather in gratitude before enjoying a scrumptious meal with friends old and new, and then share a time of worship together after supper. Click here for more information about Thursday Suppers.
Vespers and Programs in the Fireside Room
October 2 - Family Night
7:00 p.m. Vespers: “In Fear of Living” - Suraj Samtani with Rev. Greg Ward
7:00 p.m. Vespers: “Resurrecting Love” (The End - Redel; Dancers - Dennis; What the Heart Cannot Forget - Sutphen) led by Rev. Greg Ward.
7:00 p.m. Vespers led by Bryan Baker
7:30 p.m. Meeting of the Board of Trustees.
7:00 p.m. Vespers: “Bless Their Hearts,” led by Rev. Greg Ward
7:00 p.m. Vespers: “A Covenant with Life - A Deep and Miraculous Composure,” led by Rev. Greg Ward
Sundays in October
October 5 - The Circle that Draws Us In - Acceptance and inclusion are very powerful religious principles. UUs take these very seriously. So how do we treat those who have made mistakes? In these, the high holy days of the Jewish calendar, what can we turn to that will speak of forgiveness and inclusion? QUESTION: What does it mean to be in 'covenant' and why is it important to restore faith that was impacted by a broken promise rather than just 'go it alone' by ourselves? Rev. Greg preaching.
October 12 - When Angels Meet Giants - We are far greater than the sum of our parts. This understanding is found in most success. Not only are successful people gifted, but they see how their gifts fit together with what's around them so that, together, everyone is able to do more than one everyone could, cumulatively, do alone. That's what happens in a religious community. QUESTION: What is so important about team work and why is it important to see ourselves as part of a team rather than just being 'self-reliant'? Rev. Greg preaching.
October 19 - A Fire in the Soul, A Revolution of the Spirit - Spiritual traditions around the globe speak of the divine witnessing the suffering of the world and weeping. Through our empathy with others who are oppressed, marginalized, or erased, we can learn to see the world with clarity and find our own callings to spiritual leadership. How might we continuously kindle our own internal lights and find in religious community the potential of a sea of luminaries "lighting fires in the heavens" and "pouring water on hell?"
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae is a Muslim mystic, Sufi dervish of the Chishtī Order, and ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. He completed his intern ministry at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a clinical residency at the Cleveland Clinic's renowned Heart Center and Center for Integrative Medicine, and a Killam Fellowship at the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, Ohio. He served as the Beyond Sunday Minister at our sister congregation in San Francisco before returning to his alma mater--Starr King School for the Ministry--to direct admissions and recruitment of future religious leaders.
October 26 - Power vs. Force - All that happens in life is made possible by energy flow and distribution. This includes everything we do as human beings. But do we ever stop to notice the kind of energy we're bringing to each situation? Is it compelling energy or coercive energy? This is a service where we get to stop and take stock of the energy we're experiencing and the energy we're offering. QUESTION: What is the difference between 'Power' and 'Force' in terms of the energy we use to make changes and shape our life? Rev. Greg preaching.