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.
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.
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.
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.
Alex Haider-Winnett, Autumn Labbe-Renault, Lilly Roberts, Worship Leaders; Grainne Grant, Emily Burstein, Meghan Kelly, Steve Burns, Anne Hillman, & Jaclyn Leiva Conklin, Worship Associates
This coming year, we’ll have eight Worship Associates with a diversity of theological perspectives and life experiences. The Associates focus on a theme that gives them the opportunity to share their perspectives.
Welcome: 2018-19 Intern & Campus Minister, Alex Haider-Winnett.
Generosity means giving more than is necessary or expected. Research shows generosity is connected to our internal well-being. Rev. Beth is studying generosity this summer: reading, interviewing people known for their generosity. Who would you name as a ‘great soul’ of generosity?
Rev. Morgan McLean, Worship Leader; Tamara Range, Worship Associate
The 1933 Humanist Manifesto, establishing the values of religious humanism, featured the signatures of several UUs. We see how these values still inform our religious tradition, and the struggles they present with broader theological questions.
Rev. Mary Westfall, Worship Leader; Autumn Labbé-Renault, Worship Associate
It’s been said that many people know how to make a living, but few truly know how to make a life. With the opportunities available to us, by what criteria do we make decisions as to the use of our time, energy, resources? What values guide and inform our choices?
Rev. Dr. Mary Westfall is new to Sacramento, after 30 years of ministry in urban and campus settings: most recently a lively, progressive UCC congregation in Northern New England. She is passionate about the intersection of faith and justice and is active with the Poor People’s Campaign and Sacramento ACT. In her current role as a Pastoral Consultant for Community Engagement, Mary works with congregations that seek to increase their social justice capacity.
Rev. Morgan McLean, Worship Leader; Elli Norris, Worship Associate
Three seniors from our congregation will receive an invitation to offer a pearl of wisdom to our congregation. We started this service last year and it was very well received, so we’re making it an annual service.
We will consider mindfulness as related to the noise, sound, and music that arises out of the Great Silence. Emphases will be on our interior relationship with silence as a psychological and spiritual pathway to attain calm awareness in our daily life.
We ask, “In what do you place your deepest trust?”