March 29 No on-site service. Service will be 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 will be 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
CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH HOPE
Celebrate the New Year with Inspiration,transformation, action, feeling, reflection, balance and wisdom. Worship Associates: Angela Risdon, Susan Bachlor, Bonnie Bennett and Courtney Singer.
A YULETIDE CHRISTMAS
On this winter solstice, we celebrate with carols and ritual some traditions that predated Christmas. Intergenerational Service. Worship Leader Rev. Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-T.W. Theodore; Pianist-Nick Arteaga; Carol Leader-Dave Keller. Community Caroling follows the service.
SACRED, SAVING WORK
We are born with “a disposition toward compassion.” Most of us must cultivate and deepen this tendency to fully develop compassion. We will draw on the work of author Karen Armstrong. Worship Leader-Rev. Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-Gary Collier; Pianist-Nick Arteaga; Song Leader-Mary Collins.
AND THE GREATEST OF THESE
In our Unitarian Universalist 2nd principle, we speak of justice, equity and compassion. We will explore how these are interrelated, and why justice and equity break down without compassion. Worship Leader-Reverend Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-Merrily Stover; Guitar Ensemble.
BUILDING THE WORLD FROM LOVE – WHAT’S MY ROLE?
In Judaism we are commanded “not to despair.” Yet, if we look around, there is much to despair about, locally and globally. What’s the appropriate reaction? If we are not to turn away in hopelessness–or perhaps worse, indifference–what is our call? Three Hebrew words from Psalms give us the road map: Olam Chesed Yibaneh, in English: Building the World from Love and Kindness. We’ll unpack these ancient words together and find our place in them. Guest Speaker-Rev. Lisa Rappaport; Worship Associate-Susan Bachlor; Pianist/Song Leader Heather Thams; Guest Soloist-Victoria Mannah.
Several years ago our Fellowship went through the process of becoming a Welcoming Congregation. What does this mean and how do we renew our commitment? Worship Leader-Rev. Bryan Plude; Worship Associate – Dave Keller; Piano-Heather Thams; Choir Ensemble
LIVING BY LIBERAL FAITH
UU theologian Paul Rasor says that our liberal religious tradition “is not for the faint of heart,” suggesting that Unitarian Universalism offers a challenging pathway not always easy to follow. It’s one thing to call ourselves “liberals”or to profess liberal beliefs, but what does it mean to live by liberal faith, personally and in congregational life? What does it mean for us to be deeply faithful Unitarian Universalists in today’s world, and how does strong commitment to mission and covenant help us do that? Guest Worship Leader-Rev. Dr. Jay Atkinson; Worship Associate – Angela Risdon; Piano-Nick Arteaga; Song Leader-Mary Collins
LOVE BE OUR VISION
Our mission is to serve our community. How do we do this? In accordance with our Unitarian Universalist principles, and in Love. We explore how love might inform our vision for UUFC. Worship Leader-Rev. Bryan Plude; Worship Associate – Megan Johnson; Guitar Ensemble.
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
The anniversary of the Camp Fire is near. We remember what and who we have lost. In conjunction with All Souls Day, we will also remember those dear to us. Please bring pictures or mementos. Worship Leader-Rev. Bryan Plude; Worship Associate – T.W. Theodore; Piano-Heather Thams; Choir Ensemble.
HOW SHALL WE LIVE
In our lifetime we each have experienced many forks in the road or bridges to cross. The important factor is not which direction we choose, but rather how we live before and after making those choices. Buddha stated “all we are is a result of what we have thought.” Today’s message will help bring clarity to our thought process.Worship Leader-Rev. Eileen Brownell; Worship Associate –Susan Bachlor; Pianist-Nick Arteaga; Song Leader-Mary Collins
AN ALTERNATIVE STORY
On October 14th many states celebrate Columbus Day. A few, California not among them, celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. What is our local history with the Mechoopda Maidu and how do we begin to make amends? Worship Leader –Rev. Bryan Plude; Worship Associate—Courtney Boyden Singer; UUFC Guitar Ensemble.
A TEAM, NOT A CLUB
How might we best conceive of living intentionally in spiritual community, towards the goal of our maximum happiness and impact on the world? As a team, not as a club. Belonging to a team is much more fun, interesting and useful than joining a club. And guess what?You’ve already been picked for the starting lineup! Worship Leader-Rev. Chris Bell; Worship Associate – David Strohmeyer; Pianist/Song Leader—Heather Thams.
Our theme for October is democracy. How is it under threat and how can
UUFC make a difference? Worship Leader-Rev. Bryan Plude; Worship Associate –Dave Keller; Piano-Nick Arteaga; Choir Ensemble
GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019.
Our Unitarian Universalist General Assembly was held in Spokane, Washington this past June. What were the take-home messages? Worship Leader-Bryan Plude; Worship Associate –Gary Collier; Pianist-Nick Arteaga; Song Leader-Mary Collins.
THE SACRED IN ORDINARY THINGS
All sacred experience leads us to the smallest moment of the most ordinary day: a special moment, a kind person, waves crashing, leaves turning, your cat sleeping on the refrigerator, the birth of a grandchild. Worship Leader-Bonnie Bennett; Pianist-Sarah Donnelly; UUFC Choir.
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.
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.