2016-07-24 Beloved Conversations–Developing Tools to Heal the Wounds of Racism

Beloved Conversations Class Participants: Barbara Clutter, Sharon Hale, Donna Sachs, Julie Schoeber, Alexandra Lee-Jobe, Emily Burstein, Robin Datel.

From January-May, congregants from our church and the UU Society of Sacramento participated in the Beloved Conversations program, which was facilitated by Tim Burkhart, Rev. Beth, and the UUSS ministers. This curriculum enabled us to create space in which we could trust and be trusted. In this protected space, we reflected on past and present manifestations of racism and ethnic prejudice, focusing on our own examined and unexamined cultural biases. We are eager to communicate some of our learnings.

2016-07-17 Dumbledore’s Army

Rev. Dr. Leisa Huyck, Worship Leader; Amanda Caudle-Larkin , Worship Associate.

In the face of catastrophic climate change, mass extinction, and vicious hatred of anyone deemed to be “other,” how do we awaken the courageous love that can save life on Earth? How can we be effective instead of utterly overwhelmed?

Rev. Dr. Leisa Huyck was an ecologist for 20 years before becoming a minister. She is called to help our culture make the spiritual transformation we need to live on Earth sustainably, with love and justice for all.

2016-07-10 Life Lessons Not Learned at School, Church, or the Dinner Table

Milton Hildebrand, Founding Member, Worship Leader; Karen Klussendorf, Worship Associate.

Milt at 98 years old delivers the seventh of his eight annual sermons (his 8th for next year already written). Milt has learned his most vital lessons through silence, observation, and discernment. Karen will nudge him to share his most poignant stories via interview and reflection. Milt’s wit and wisdom are not to be missed! Milt intends to retire from the lecture/sermon sector on his 100th birthday.

2016-07-03 To Creed or Not to Creed, That is the Question

John Ashby, Worship Leader; Amanda Caudle, Worship Associate.

“To Creed or Not to Creed, That is the Question” With apologies to Shakespeare!

UU famously does not have a formal Creed, or do we? Most denominations have (or had) a specific creed one has to agree with. The range of theologies acceptable in UU has waxed and waned over time. How did this vary, where are we now, and why does it matter so much? Hint: it does!