July 12 – No Onsite Service. Service will be posted online
Worship Associate, T.W. Theodore, Discussion Leader, Dave Keller.
July 5 – No Onsite Service. Service will be posted online
WHAT I LEARNED AT GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Discussion Leader, Bonnie Bennett, Worship Associate, Angela Risdon..
June 28 – Service will stream online at 10:00 AM (see below).
GENERAL ASSEMBLY WORSHIP
Join us for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. This powerful, communal worship experience will stream on uua.org/ga Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. At 11:30 join us by Zoom for our UUFC coffee hour.
June 21 No Onsite Service. Service will be posted online.
CAN WE BUILD COMMUNITY WITH OTHERS WHO DON’T SHARE ALL OUR VALUES?
The coronavirus, as tragic as it has been, was supposed to be a unifying force in the US. Our country would finally come together to defeat a common enemy. Unfortunately we’ve seen the urban-rural divide split even wider open due to differences in opinions about quarantine, face masks, and shelter-in-place. We Chicoans are in a fairly unique location in that we’re evenly split red and blue. Many of us have friends whose political leanings lean away from ours. What strategies do you use to build community with these friends? Worship Associate – Dave Keller
June 14 No Onsite Service. Service will be posted online.
Brief worship service – Discussion on racism. Worship Associate Susan Bachlor
June 7 No Onsite Service. Service will be posted online.
WHY BLACK LIVES MATTER
Why must we specify black lives, when clearly all lives matter? We look at this common response from those who speak from a place of privilege, those whose lives are not on the line every time they have an encounter with police. Worship Leader-Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-Dave Keller; Pianist-Nick Arteaga; Song Leader-Mary Collins; UUFC Virtual Choir
May 31 No Onsite Service. Service will be posted online.
JUSTICE, EQUITY AND COMPASSION IN HUMAN RELATIONS
Guest preacher Clovice Lewis recounts how a supreme act of kindness towards his family in the Jim Crow South taught him about compassion when he was a child. His discussion ranges from engaging others in the work of social justice to finding self-compassion in this time of pandemic and fear. Worship Leader-Clovice Lewis; Worship Associate-Courtney Singer; Pianist-Avery Campbell; Song Leader-Mary Collins; Guest Musician-Clovice Lewis.
Clovice Lewis is a professional cellist and composer who composed his first symphony at the age of 17 and was a professor of computer music at UC Santa Barbara from 1978-1986. He has also been a serial entrepreneur, software designer, and private pilot for the past 30 years. Clovice is a studying to become a UU minister at Starr King School for Ministry. He plans to work on breaking down racial, class, and ethnic barriers and preaching the gospel of the madness of human self-extinction.
May 24 No Onsite Service. Service will be posted online.
First it was the flood, then the fire, now pestilence. Butte County has taken an incredible emotional and physical hit, and this lives in our bodies. Where do we find strength and healing in our UU theology and Sources? Worship Leader-Rev. Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-Susan Bachlor; Pianist-Nick Arteaga; Song Leader-Mary Collins.
May 17 No Onsite Service. Service will be posted online.
CREATIVITY NEEDS QUIET
James Taylor, one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, talks about the need for quiet to allow space for creativity. We look at how we may be able to tap into creativity we didn’t know we had, as individuals and as a culture. Worship Leader-Rev. Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-David Strohmeyer; Guitar Ensemble
May 10 No Onsite Service. Service will be posted online.
DO SOMETHING, ANYTHING, BUT DON’t REST
Many of the world’s various spiritual traditions speak about keeping the Sabbath. What is Sabbath? How can we treat this enforced downtime as Sabbath? What may that mean for our future and the future of Earth? Worship Leader-Rev. Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-T.W. Theodore; Pianist-Avery Campbell; Song Leader-Mary Collins.
May 3 No Onsite Service. Service will be posted online.
Sometimes we choose time away for renewal, like a relaxing vacation or an educational adventure. But sometimes those times are thrust upon us, like in a pandemic with necessary social distancing. Rev. Schurr will kick off our month’s theme of Sabbath to reflect on how we can learn from a Time Away, chosen or not. Worship Leader-Rev. Sarah Schurr; Worship Associate-TBD; Pianist-Nick Arteaga; Song Leader-Mary Collins.
About the Rev. Sarah Movius Schurr: Rev. Schurr is our primary contact from the Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association and is the region specialist in small congregations. Prior to joining UUA staff, Sarah was a parish minister in Oregon and in Alaska. Her mid-life ordination followed a career in Social Work. She currently lives in Portland Oregon with her husband and their cat.
April 26 No Onsite Service. Service will be posted online.
KNOWN BY MANY NAMES
Our ideas about the Divine, known by many names, are a mishmash of our life experiences, including the church we were raised in, or not raised in. Whatever ideas we have, they can only begin to approach what the Divine may be. Worship Leader-Rev. Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-TBD. Pianist-Nick Arteaga; Song Leader-Mary Collins.
April 19 No Onsite Service. Service will be posted online.
SOME REFLECTIONS ON GOD
There are so many great quotes about God, some serious, some humorous. I will reflect on a number of them and what they say about us, and what they may or may not say about God. Worship Leader-Rev. Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-Rev. Tom Lewis; Guitar Ensemble.
April 12 No Onsite Service. Service will be posted online.
OUT OF DISASTER, HOPE
On this Easter, how might we see a new and hopeful beginning out of the world crisis we are now in? Worship Leader-Rev. Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-Dave Keller, Pianist-Heather Thams; Choir Ensemble.
April 5 No on-site service. Service posted online
FORGIVENESS IS A RADICAL ACT
Forgiveness ultimately frees us, but that doesn’t mean it’s a breeze to do in our lives. Jesus says some pretty interesting things about forgiveness, including in the prayer (commonly known as “The Lord’s Prayer”): “forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” We’ll explore what it means to forgive others so that we can EXPERIENCE forgiveness. Sometimes, we have to forgive lots of times before it takes root in us — and that’s OK. Worship Leader-Rev. Dr. Katy Valentine; Worship Associate-Angela Risdon; Pianist-Nick Arteaga; Song Leader-Mary Collins
March 29 No on-site service. Service posted online.
THE POWER OF BEING FORGIVEN
Have you ever had someone forgive you for something you know you had done wrong, some transgression that had been weighing heavily on your mind? It’s powerful, isn’t it? Knowing its power, why do we not give this gift more often? Worship Leader-Reverend Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-Susan Bachlor; Guitar Ensemble
March 22 No on-site service. Service posted online.
LIVING POWERFULLY IN AN AGE OF FEAR
There are good reasons to be afraid; coronavirus and climate change are just two of them. Living with purpose can help to relieve our fear. Worship Leader-Reverend Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-Courtney Singer; Choir Ensemble.
This Sunday service has been cancelled due to the threat posed by Covid-19
WHAT IF POLITICIANS FORGAVE
Our political climate is increasingly vengeful. Much worse conflicts in other parts of the world have been resolved through forgiveness. Are there lessons for us? What role can we play? Worship Leader-Reverend Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-Gary Collier; Pianist-Nick Arteaga; Song Leader-Mary Collins.
WHAT DOES LOVE REQUIRE?
Love is the doctrine of our liberal faith. What does love require in the way of forgiveness, our theme for this month? Of ourselves? Of others? Worship Leader-Reverend Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-TW Theodore; Pianist-Heather Thams; Song Leader-Mary Collins
THINGS THAT WE BELIEVE
Unitarian Universalists have a legacy of “deeds not creeds.” Our work for a better world calls us to unexpected places as we harness love’s power to stop oppression and advocate for justice. From grassroots community organizing to interfaith state, national, and corporate advocacy; in protest marches, prayer vigils, and press conferences; in homeless shelters and in prisons, Unitarian Universalists put our faith into action. We will present on several topics related to our UU values that are the core of our UU Side with Love, Welcoming Congregation and Love Resists campaigns. Worship Leader-David Strohmeyer; Pianist-Nick Arteaga; Choir Ensemble.
THE VANISHING ART OF GENEROUS CONVERSATION
There are many types of questions. Simplistic questions invite simplistic answers. Combative questions invite the same. Krista Tippet writes that we all have within us the ability to formulate questions that invite honesty, dignity and revelation. Worship Leader-Reverend Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-Megan Johnson; Guitar Ensemble
MYSTERY THROUGH OTHER EYES
Barbara Brown Taylor, an Episcopalian priest, taught an introductory college course in world religions for 20 years. In her book, Holy Envy, she explores what we can learn from the world’s great religions. How are they similar? How are they different? Why is it important to view the Mystery through other eyes? Worship Leader-Reverend Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-Angela Risdon; Pianist-Nick Arteaga; Song Leader-Mary Collins.
GENEROSITY AND THE LIMITS OF WEALTH
It is well documented that people with less are more generous with what they have. Are the wealthy happier? Again, the evidence shows otherwise. Worship Leader-Reverend Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-Susan Bachlor; Pianist-Heather Thams; Song Leader-Mary Collins
GOD IS WEEPING
Rather than the all-powerful God of most religions, process theology posits a God that is not in control, but who suffers with us, a God whose love urges us always to work for justice and goodness. We look at a process theological understanding of climate change. Worship Leader-Reverend Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-Dave Keller; Guitar Ensemble
A CALL TO NONVIOLENCE
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. On December 5, the 26-year old Martin Luther King was thrust into leadership of the nonviolent bus boycott that would last 381 days. On January 30, 1956, King’s house was bombed; his wife and children were at home. King did not waver from nonviolence as he calmed the angry crowd that had gathered. Why and how did King become a leader committed to nonviolence? Worship Leader-Reverend Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-Ruthie Wallace; Pianist-Nick Arteaga; Song Leader-Mary Collins
THE FAITH THAT SUSTAINS ME
We come to Unitarian Universalism by many paths. Guest minister and member Asya Lesly explores her spiritual journey, as influenced by nature, science and human connection. Worship Leader-Reverend Asya Lesly; Worship Associate-Courtney Singer; Pianist-Heather Thams; Song Leader-Mary Collins
LET IT BE A DANCE
In our Unitarian Universalist governance, leadership of the church rests in both the laity and the minister. When this is done well, there is leadership and followership on both sides. Good followers make a leader better and good leaders help their followers attain new levels. Worship Leader-Reverend Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-Dave Keller