2014-07-27 Finding Hope in Grief

Bryan Plude, Worship Leader; Lee Ann D’Amato, Worship Associate.

When we undergo personal tragedy, as we all have, or will, what sustains us? How do we find hope as we live our grief? Our family, friends and community can support us in many ways, but is this where we find our hope? Or does it come from somewhere within?

Bryan Plude joined UUCD when he moved to Davis with his family in 1998. His girls are active in the MUUGs and Youth programs. A former worship associate, he entered Starr King School for Ministry in 2011. He just finished a two year internship with the UU Congregation, Santa Rosa and is nearing the end of his path toward ordination. He plans to enter parish ministry.

2014-07-13 Touching Hearts through Bullet Proof Glass

Worship Leaders: JoAnn Anglin, Jennifer Morales, Joan Lacktis and Mary Helen Doherty; Jenn Richard, Worship Associate.

 

Isolation from family and friends is heart-breaking when you are an immigrant detained in a Homeland Security Unit and your loved ones may not even know where you are. As UUs we proclaim our commitment to support the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We are called to cross borders and work to end the injustices that our fellow human beings experience. Hear the testimony of volunteers who visit immigrants detained in the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove. Learn how this transformative experience provides an opportunity to live out our faith; be empowered by the connection; gain a grateful friend in the process.

 

Following the worship service there will be a program with our guests:

 

JoAnn Anglin, a retired public information officer, has belonged to the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento since 1978, where she currently serves on the Program Council. A poet, she is actively involved with other writers and artists in the Sacramento Latino/a community. For two years she has taught classes in poetry writing to inmates at Folsom State Prison.

 

Jennifer Morales is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and works at La Familia Counseling Center, Inc. as a Family Resource Center Coordinator. Previously while working at the Yolo Family Resource Center she partnered with Montgomery Elementary School in Davis to create a Family Resource Center. She is a leader with the Sacramento Immigration Alliance that advocates for the rights, respect and dignity of all immigrants.

 

Joan Lacktis has been member of Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalists since 1997 where she currently serves on the Worship and Communications committees. She is a retired Science and Math teacher and lives in Rocklin with her dog and 2 cats. She recently traveled to Haiti with the UUSC College of Social Justice.

 

Mary Helen Doherty is a long-time Unitarian Universalist. She was inspired at the UU 2012 Justice GA in Phoenix AZ to create “Faithful Friends~Amigos Fieles” Community Visitation Program. It has become an opportunity for UU congregations in our region to come together to serve the community. She is also actively engaged in food justice initiatives in the Sacramento area.

2014-07-06 Whose God is it Anyway?

John Ashby, Worship Leader; Rowan Labbe-Renault, Worship Associate.

 

Spoiler alert, it’s your God even if your vision comes from the “theology/philosophy” of atheism, agnosticism, humanism or other “isms” that don’t have a god. Yet our church is flourishing and supporting paths as diverse as atheism through UU versions of Christianity. How did we get to this absolutely unique theological place where under one roof very differing theologies/philosophies are supported and flourish? It was NOT always this way! Still isn’t in many UU churches. More importantly, why does this matter?

 

John Ashby is a long time member of this church and has served in many capacities ranging from RE to Coming of Age to Pledge Drive to Capital Drive through Committee on Ministry. He has also preached a time or two, although some may quibble with the quality. He is a certified Food Scientist by trade and almost without question has had a role in helping to create something you have eaten (more than you might suspect actually). He is known throughout the Organic Food industry for giving public testimony in verse, ranging from limericks, to sonnets, to re-writes of Poe’s “Nevermore” when the meeting was in Providence RI.