Strength of Will

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Henry Ward Beecher once said “The difference between perseverence and obstinancy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.” Join us this week as we consider what makes for a healthy approach to the harder parts of life.

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

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At the turn of the millennium, dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo war and honoring the hope for a peaceful new century, Karl Jenkins composed a beautiful, exciting and above all powerful work titled The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. The strong musical and human message of grief and hope resonates strongly with audiences. Social Justice and music are working together to create a film to go with this work, providing a visual and musical combination that will prove profoundly moving. Every time there is another event like the attacks in Las Vegas or Manchester or Orlando, or terrifying rhetoric between the US and North Korea, or when I read of the situation in Yemen or see video of what remains of many cities in Syria, I feel a sense of helplessness, of what can I possibly do? And then I feel especially grateful for the chance to do an event such as this here where we can, at least, sing our hopes for peace.

A Community of Perseverance

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From believing in ourselves to leaning on one another while working toward a common goal, life often asks us to persevere. Join us for this service for all ages about what it means to be a community of perseverance. Please stay for the Annual Meeting after worship! Childcare for children through kindergarten will be provided in the Nursery during the service while childcare for all ages will be provided for the Annual Meeting.

By Faith, Not Fear

Whether it’s funds for education here in California or the entire national budget in countries like Greece and Spain, austerity shapes so much in our world today. But even when things are tight and none of the options ideal, there is another way. Join us this week as we consider how we as a congregation are called to worship, live, and serve in community by faith rather than fear. A congregational meeting with light lunch will follow the service. Childcare will be provided in the nursery.

The Road to Torda

It was 450 years ago, in a small kingdom in Eastern Europe, that something amazing happened. A Unitarian king, John Sigismund, was convinced by his minister and advisor, David Ferencz (often known as Francis David), to make a bold declaration: multiple religious traditions, not just that of the king, would be respected and protected in his kingdom. This is believed to be the first declaration of religious tolerance in the world. Today we honor this bold legacy with Unitarians around the world.

The Real Hanukkah Story

11 a.m.

Hanukkah isn’t just about presents and eight candles; it’s a story of resistance and resilience. Come hear about the Maccabees, the resistance fighters of their day, and eternal flames. After the Time for All Ages, elementary age children will join Intern Minister, Amanda Weatherspoon, in the Fireside Room for Children’s Chapel. Preschoolers accompanied by an adult are also welcome to participate in Children’s Chapel.

The Path to Choose

11 a.m.

Please join us in welcoming this year’s Balazs Scholar, the Rev. Lidia Emese Bodor, to our pulpit! Rev. Emese grew up in Kolozsvar, Transylvania, studied at the Protestant Theological Institute, and has served as the Religious Education teacher at Janos Zsigmond High School, a 450-year-old Unitarian school.

Music Sunday + Food Drive Sunday

11 a.m.

What lets your soul take flight? For many, music does, and today will focus on music that lifts the heart and spirit. “Flight Song” by the young composer Kim Arensen includes thesewords: “Songs of lives unfolding fly over head, moving like the rise and fall of wings, music’s fierce compassion flows…” And don’t forget to bring your food or financial donation to church because this Sunday is Food Truck Sunday!

The Church is Dead, Long Live the Church!

11:00 a.m.

500 years after Martin Luther courageously instigated the Reformation, religion in our world has begun another process of transformation. This week in worship we will imagine how religion might change in the centuries to come and Reverends Christian and Kristin will offer “the next 95 theses.”

Where the Heart Is

11:00

Some of us have spent a lifetime searching for a place to call home, a sanctuary of respite in difficult times. Others have been lucky enough to have sweet memories of a childhood home or have created their own places of spiritual and emotional renewal. How does home nourish your spirit? How can we as a church community help people feel at home? Can we find the courage to offer sanctuary to others?

To Fix or Fight the System?

11:00 a.m.

158 years ago this week, in an attempt to arm slaves for revolt, John Brown led a raid on Harper’s Ferry. Of the six people who funded Brown’s raid, five were Unitarians. This week in worship we will seek wisdom and courage from our past as we consider today’s liberal and radical perspectives on how to build a better world. Middle and high schoolers are invited to stay for whole of worship while children in elementary school will join Rev. Christian in the Fireside Room for Children’s Chapel after the time for all ages.

The Courage to Covenant

11:00 a.m.

Last year the Youth-Adult team focused on the promise that we make to each other and the promise we make between generations within our community. Join us as we explore the promise of covenant with UUCB’s Youth Adult Team. Middle and high schoolers are invited to remain in the service while children in elementary school will have their regular classes. Come explore this vital aspect of community and service!

Blessing of the Animals

12:30 p.m.

Calling all pets for a blessing of the animals service out on the Terrace. Animals of all kinds are welcome in carriers, on leashes, or you can even bring a picture of your pet to be blessed.