2017-07-23 Thought I Knew This Stuff!

Emily Burstein, Dawn Student, Jeannette Robertson, Barbara Clutter, Alex Lee-Jobe, Robin Datel; Tamara Range, Worship Associate.

Members of Beloved Conversations, a program about culture, race and ethnicity, offer reflections that have sustained them in this time of increased racial tension in our nation. Each person gained a different insight from their time together, and they realize that they are on a seeker’s journey to learn more.

2017-07-16 Choosing to Believe

Rev. Ranwa Hammamy, Worship Leader; Elli Norris, Worship Associate.

People face choices every day: what to eat for breakfast; what team to support in the playoffs; using the last dollars to buy groceries or pay bills. Some choices are easier than others; some have overwhelming options. Some choices we move ourselves towards, others are unwelcome. How does choice factor into belief? What choices do we encounter in our faith? Drawing upon stories and concepts from the Islamic traditions, we explore the gifts and responsibilities that comes with the freedom to choose to believe.

Rev. Ranwa Hammamy serves as a Chaplain Resident at John Muir Health in Concord, and is an Affiliated Community Minister with the Mt. Diablo UU Church. Ranwa studied at Union Theological Seminary, where she focused on Interreligious Engagement. Ranwa serves on the Steering Committee for DRUUMM (Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries) and was a facilitator at the UUA’s Thrive Leadership School for youth and young adults of color. A self-described “UU-Muslim,” Ranwa hopes to serve both living traditions in her ministry. Ranwa is also a classically-trained vocalist, cat parent, and lover of children’s books.

2017-07-02 UU and the First Amendment––All Five Parts!

John Ashby, Worship Leader; Ben Bazor, Worship Associate.

Religious freedom: So important that––as soon as the founders finished the constitution––they immediately started on the Bill of Rights and today we look at the first amendment and what it means to Unitarian Universalism and beyond. And, what do the other four parts of the First Amendment have to do with Religious Freedom? What was Madison up to?

John & Barbara Ashby have attended UUCD for decades – Members since 1998. They have served in pretty much every way––in many cases more than once. For the past 4 years, John has attended Starr King School for the Ministry while working full time (as an Organic foods specialist). He is a “Candidate for the Ministry” and plans to complete his Master of Divinity in about 2 years.