When so much in our lives and our world is uncertain, when trouble comes our way, where do we turn for comfort and rest? Overworking, alcohol, and other distractions provide only temporary relief, and usually leave the underlying problem unaddressed. This week in worship we’ll dig deep in search of the solace of inner sanctuary.
One of our new ends is: “People rely on UUCB in time of need.” Being a sanctuary congregation, helping people in a great time of need, relate to mission on congregation. How will we move forward into our vision? Is Freestone central to our mission and vision as a congregation?
On this our second Reverse RE Sunday, all ages begin together in worship, and then adults and youth alike will break out into their choice of several workshops and gatherings to explore the topic of “Sanctuary.”
Music can hold us when we need a safe space, a gentle assurance, when we need to feel hope, to find optimism. We will explore how music helps us deal with life’s challenges with a brand new work for strings, piano and chorus by the young Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo. And through spirituals and music that carries the aspiration of young and old.
This week in worship we will explore potential future directions our congregation might to take as we strive to deeply live out our purpose as a liberal religious community in the East Bay. Note: we will have our first annual All Church Evacuation Drill at the end of the service.
Our congregation spent months discovering where we’re being called to go together in our next chapter. In this service we’ll explore what to do with our vision.
Nothing in life is certain, but we often live as if it is. Join us as we seek after something deeper and more meaningful than certainty.
As we get closer to November’s election, the President and his administration continue to refer only to some people as “real” Americans. So, where does that leave everyone else? This week in worship we will reconsider our faith’s central affirmation that all people have inherent worth, and how this simple yet bold claim is the moral foundation our nation most needs right now.
We think of labor as hard, as grinding, as painful. This sense is as old as Eve, as old as life itself. But is that the only way? What if labor could be a pleasure?
This week in worship we kick off a year of learning and growing together by blessing the backpacks our children and youth will take with them into the new school year and by bringing and blessing waters in this annual ceremony. Please bring a small container of water with you this Sunday, symbol of the gifts, perspectives, needs, and growing edges you bring into our community.