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The Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, CA (UUCD) is a vibrant community with over 300 congregants, led by the Rev. Elizabeth Banks. We live our values by affirming and promoting the Principles and Purposes adopted by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and drawing on the Living Tradition. We are a Welcoming Congregation, celebrating the relationships of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. We honor people of all races, genders, ages, and backgrounds. We are a certified Green Sanctuary, and home to an active Campus Ministry at UC Davis.

2018-11-11 My Country, A Love Song

Rev. Beth Banks, Worship Leader; Emily Burstein, Worship Associate.

As we honor Veterans on the week after the mid-term elections, it seems right to consider what it means to be a patriot. There is a great deal of disagreement about what the word means and what it looks like in action. Come ready to share what you’ve seen or heard that is patriotic.

2018-11-04 Re-membering Our Way

Alex Haider-Winnett, Worship Leader; Anne Hillman, Worship Associate.

Two years after the Presidential Election, we are preparing for the midterms. It has been a difficult time, full of heartbreak and dread. Resisting racist, sexist, and oppressive policies has been hard, but the successes have been made together. Looking ahead, we must be present and available for new challenges and opportunities.

2018-10-21 A Life of Resilience

Rev Beth & Alex Haider-Winnett, Worship Leaders; Tiago Dutra, Guest Speaker

Thiago Dutra shares his personal story of resilience and determination. He moved to the United States from Brazil at the age of 15, and has lived in this country without the benefit of citizenship for about 20 years. Thiago is currently protected by DACA, legislation that provides temporary protection for young undocumented immigrants. It has not been an easy journey, but he hasn’t allowed hardship stop him from achieving his dreams

Thiago Dutra is a senior at University of California Davis majoring in Political science Public Service.  Married to Alyne and father of Sarah and Ava, the family is expecting a baby girl in February. Thiago, is the first generation college graduate. He faced many struggles but has always kept a positive mind set about life. He completed the UC Davis police cadet Academy and he will become a police officer. He has a passion for public service and is directly connected with many outreach programs and activities.

2018-10-14 Sanctuary: Is Safety Enough?

Rev. Beth Banks, Worship Leader; Grainne Grant, Worship Associate

Commissioning Kate Raymond as Lay Community Minister. Sanctuary is a haven in times of trouble, a place where we can be renewed for the ongoing work of our lives. It’s also an asylum from the dangers of the world, a safe harbor when life is filled with conflict. There are some common characteristics for creating a feeling of sanctuary, but it is it possible to create a safe space for all people?

2018-10-07 It Takes Everything You’ve Got

Alex Haider-Winnett, Intern Minister, Worship Leader; Anne Hillman, Worship Associate.

The world is a hectic place. We are constantly inundated. Sometimes, it helps to find a place where people know you for who you are. Together, we build a community that cares and loves each member and gives us the opportunity to rest,      be satisfied, and then feel capable of taking on the needs of the world once again.

2018-09-23 A Vision of a People

Rev. Morgan McLean, Worship Leader; Emily Burstein, Worship Associate

One of the six sources of our Unitarian Universalist living tradition is “Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.” Last week marked the end of the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). Now begins the holiday of Sukkot and the building of the sukkah. This service will explore the wisdom and spirituality found during these holidays in the Jewish tradition.

2018-09-16 The Unexpected Journey

Rev. Beth Banks, Worship Leader; Meghan Kelly, Worship Associate

Change is always a part of life, but the radically unexpected has become the new norm in our society. Theology found in Unitarian Universalism can help us be responsive to the changing world around us, and still remain grounded. Come for a service that doesn’t offer a quick-fix, but rather a way of holding your life’s vision. Teacher Commissioning––in worship we celebrate this year’s religious exploration classes for our children and youth.

2018-09-02 Predictions, Prophecies, and Promises

Rev. Ranwa Hammamy,  Worship Leader; Intern Minister Alex Haider-Winnett, Worship  Associate

Headlines today can create an atmosphere of fear, division, and chaos. Our lives may feel out of our control. Drawing from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, we’ll explore the power of predictions, prophecies, and promises in these times.

Rev. Ranwa Hammamy is a Chaplain with the Center for Elders’ Independence, Oakland, and is affiliated with Mt. Diablo UU Church. She is the Steering Committee Pres. for DRUUMM (Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries), a national organization for UU People of Color. A self-described “UU-Muslim,” Ranwa hopes to serve both living traditions.