The San Francisco “beat” poet, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, wrote: “I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder.” Have we as a people lost the ability to experience wonder? Will it be reborn in us if we simply wait long enough? BIOGRAPHY – The Rev. Dr. Jeanne Foster is Professor Emerita, Saint Mary’s College of California, and former Minister of UU congregation in Modesto. She is also a poet, non-fiction writer, translator, and ballroom dancer. Her books include A Music of Grace: The Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry; Appetite: Food as Metaphor; A Blessing of Safe Travel; Goodbye, Silver Sister; The Living Theatre.
As Unitarian Universalists, we hold a belief that there is a spark of star dust, a holy divinity within all people. Please join us in this service to think about the spark within those among us that violate the norms and laws of society. Where is the spark in those who do great harm? Where is our spark as we choose to engage or not? BIOGRAPHY – Rev. Dr. Rodney Lemery currently serves as the Interim Minister of Prison Ministry at the Church of the Larger Fellowship as well as a volunteer chaplain at the Solano County Jail. He lives in Hercules, CA with his husband, a human-resources professional, and their fur-baby Basil. Rodney and his husband are members of the Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek, CA. Like lawyer and activist Bryan Stevenson, Rodney believes that “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” His relational theology requires him to serve those in the margins of society where connection and love saves!
Inspired by the writings of Humanist UU minister, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons, in this service we will consider how our church, whose members hold diverse beliefs, are united in the human experience of wonder and reverence.
Exploring the wonders of love, from partners to family to neighbors. Wonder leads us to appreciation, to exploration, to love, to relationship. Wonder is the key to open and honest engagement with the world and with ourselves.
11:00 a.m – one service
It’s easy to be swept up in the mundane rhythms of daily life, but even in those rhythms we can find moments of wonder. What is it about the world that continues to inspire us, despite the ordinary nature of day-to-day … read more.
In our beloved tradition, by lighting one candle everyone at the service helps create a splendid array.
The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant. … read more.
9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
This is an alternative birth story for the Christmas season. In most churches we tell – and retell – the Christian story of a virgin who gives birth to a man who loves and saves people. On this Sunday we will tell … read more.