September 15

A COVENENTAL PEOPLE 

In the absence of a creed to bind us, Unitarian Universalists covenant with each other. “We do not have to think alike to love alike.” Worship Leader-Bryan Plude; Worship Associate – Megan Johnson; Pianist-Sarah Donnelly; Song Leader-Heather Thams.

 

September 8

SACRED WATER 

Water is sacred in nearly every world religion. How might we treat our water differently if it was regarded as sacred in our secular culture? In our first gathering after summer, we join the waters of our summer spiritual journeys. Worship Leader-Bryan Plude; Worship Associate – Merrily Stover; UUFC Guitars.

 

September 1

USING MYERS BRIGGS TYPOLOGY TO UNDERSTAND OTHERS

Tom Lewis – moderator

 

August 25

INNER THOUGHTS

Thelda Eli – Moderator

 

August 18

CREATIVITY

Courtney Singer – moderator

 

August 11

WORDS THAT SING!

Each of us has a unique voice to share our truth, ideas and dreams.  We will discuss the challenges and values of listening, learning and teaching from your passion.  Mary Elizabeth Collins – moderator

 

August 4

WHAT IS RHETORIC AND HOW IS IT IMPORTANT

Gary Collier – moderator

 

July 28

DEFINITIONS OF FREEDOM

We use the term ‘freedom’ to mean a great many things:  freedom from slavery; artistic freedom; freedom from want; political freedom; among others.  We’ll explore what ‘freedom’ means to us and if the various meanings of ‘freedom’ have a common core.  TW Theodore – moderator

 

July 21

50th ANNIVERSARY OF LUNAR LANDING

David Strohmeyer – moderator

 

July 14

FRENCH INDEPENDENCE DAY

The American and French Revolutions were fought close to the same time but on opposite sides of the ocean.  Sometimes the two revolutions are seen as “mirror struggles” with the American Revolution (which came first) influencing the French.  What was at the base of the two revolutions?  how might the rally cry of “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity” have relevance for today?  Merrily Stover – moderator

 

July 7

FREEDOM

Angela Risdon – moderator

 

June 30

TRANSCENDENCE AND MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS

Susan Bachlor – Moderator

 

June 23

REDEMPTION

How do we view and consider it through the lens of our UU values.  Bob Crowe – moderator

 

June 16

EVERYDAY TRANSCENDENCE

Courtney Singer – moderator

 

June 9

DELICATE BALANCE:  HOUSING VERSUS ENVIRONMENT

Our principles imply that we should take care of each other, as well as the environment.  What happens if our principles are conflicted?  Chico recently declined to endorse the state housing development bill, AB430.  What will be the impacts of this decision, both pro and con?  Dave Keller – moderator.

 

June 2, 2019

FLOWER COMMUNION.

We celebrate the traditional flower communion created by Unitarian Dr. Norbert Capek for his Prague church in 1923. Worship Leader-Rev. Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-T.W. Theodore; Piano-Sarah Donnelly; UUFC Choir; UUFC Guitars.

 

May 26, 2019

A SATISFIED MIND 

What is a satisfied mind? Is it common or rare? Is your peace of mind tied to your fortune or fame? The loves in your life? What is your perspective on a satisfied mind and how have you or can you obtain this satisfaction? Worship Leader-Rev. Tom Lewis; Worship Associate-Dave Keller; Piano-Sarah Donnelly.

 

May 19, 2019

A PIVOTAL SERMON

Two-hundred years ago today, Unitarian minister William Ellery Channing gave the sermon that brought Unitarianism “out of the closet.” “Unitarian Christianity” gave liberal Christians of the day a party platform. How does Channing still influence our thinking? Worship Leader-Rev. Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-Megan Johnson; Piano-Sarah Donnelly; UUFC Choir.

 

May 12, 2019

LIVING IN THE MYSTERY

Spring is a time of new life, of wildflowers, of planting gardens, of baby animals and birds. On this day we celebrate human mothers of all types and genders. But why is there life at all? Don’t expect an answer, but we will explore the mystery. Worship Leader-Bryan Plude; Worship Associate – Gary Collier; UUFC Guitars.

 

May 5, 2019 at 10:30 AM

FACTFULNESS 

When asked simple questions about global trends — what percentage of the world’s population lives in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school – we systematically get the answers wrong.  So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, investment bankers, and Nobel laureates. Our problem is that we don’t know what we don’t know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases.  Our speaker draws from the book Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of carrying only the opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. Guest Speaker-William Tefteller; Worship Associate-Angela Risdon;  Piano-  Nick Arteaga.

 

April 28, 2019 at 10:30 AM

SEEING WHOLLY

Religion in the western world tends to be rooted in motifs of “being lost and then found, broken and then healed, disconnected and reconnected,” as theologian Michael Hogue points out.  But there is another way to understand religion, a way rooted in wholeness.  Worship Leader – Rev. Bryan Plude; Guest Minister – Rev. Kevin Tarsa.

 

 

 

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