2014-10-26 Just the Right Questions

The Dream Team, Worship Leaders: Barbara Clutter, Tamara Range, George Hubert, Steve Burns, Charles Halsted, Meghan Kelly

When was the last time you really had a really great conversation? Whether it was with a partner, some long-time friends, or new acquaintances, it usually starts by being asked the right questions. Whether you are a founding member or a seeker who has just recently come to our congregation, we’ve got some questions for you, and we think they’re the ‘right questions.’ This is a continuation of the invitation The Dream Team extended to this congregation to be a part of “something big.” It’s getting bigger, and we’ll reveal how.

 

2014-10-19 Cheap Grace: Reflections on Forgiveness Across Contexts

Rev. Kristin Stoneking, Guest Preacher; Karen Klussendorf, Worship Leader

The experience of suffering as a result of conflict, violation or harm exists across all communities. As human beings, we are drawn toward wholeness and reconciliation, but is it possible to forgive too soon? Reflecting on her experience as leader of The Fellowship of Reconciliation, founder of the Multifaith Living Community in Davis, and campus pastor with UC Davis for 14 years, Rev. Stoneking explores how worldview, belief system and culture affect forgiveness.

Rev. Stoneking is a vocal advocate for the Occupy/Decolonize movement, Kristin achieved national attention in November 2011 for her role in a situation with violent overtones. Police officers pepper-sprayed activists who had joined a large Occupy Davis protest. Kristin successfully mediated between the parties and, when video footage of the dramatic incident “went viral” via social media, promoted the disciplined, principled use of nonviolent action. Kristin is an ordained United Methodist minister and coordinates a social justice network in the California-Nevada Conference of her denomination. Her previous service includes pastoral work on gang and gun violence, and research and advocacy for immigrant rights. Kristin is also nearing completion of a Ph.D. in interreligious studies and nonviolence education at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She and her spouse, Elizabeth Campi, have two children. http://forusa.org/about/staff/stoneking

 

2014-10-12 The Courage to Listen

Rev. Beth Banks & Rev. Cody Sanders, Worship Leaders; Suzanne Kimmel, Worship Associate.

When we listen attentively without any purpose other than to be present with another, the world offers unexpected gifts. It’s easy to imagine creating more meaningful, intimate relationships. True listening is one of the cornerstones of forgiveness. But if we listen courageously, we may also change our strongly-held convictions or even our approach to life. Listening is a radical act in today’s world. Can you remember a time when you changed a conviction you held because of listening to the views or life story or another?

2014-10-05 Imperfect Forgiveness

Rev. Beth Banks, Worship Leader; Autumn Labbé-Renault, Worship Associate.

This Sunday comes on the heels of Yom Kippur, one of the Jewish High Holy Days. This day honors how, as normal human beings, we have fallen short in some ways throughout the year. We ask for forgiveness and plan to attempt to mend what is broken. As you prepare for the service, consider this question, “Can all misdeeds be forgiven?” 

Animal Blessing: Near the birthday of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, we honor animals. Well-socialized animals are welcome.