Is there a difference between believing that God exists and believing in God?
Rev. Dr. David Usher is a lifelong Unitarian hailing originally from Adelaide, Australia. After four years as a jackaroo in the Australian outback he spent two years traveling the world so before studying for the ministry at Oxford, England, where he gained a Masters Degree in Philosophy and Theology. He also has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston.
In his 36 years of ministry he served congregations in England, New Hampshire and California, and now is living in retirement in San Mateo. He was founding President of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists, and is the author of two books.
Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister; Lisanicole Sarkisian, Worship Associate; Reiko Oda Lane, organ; Eric Hamilton, guitar; Shanon Warto, song leader
Religious Experience and the Ascent of Mount Ventoux
Fourteenth Century poet and scholar, Frencesco Petrarca, more commonly known as Petrarch was part of the early Italian Renaissance. He was also Catholic and is widely considered one of the first humanists.
At 32, he and his brother and two servants ascended Mount Ventoux. The journey up (and down) would be a turning point in his life. And the story raises the question, what is “religious experience”? Moreover is it important and if so, how, and so what?
Sam King, Worship Associate; Roy Zimmerman, guitar/vocalist; Reiko Oda Lane, organ; Asher Davison, song leader
Once we hit on the idea that our legacy as a person, a family or a nation is tied inextricably to our history, we have to own the responsibility to dig into that history, especially the parts that got papered over or conveniently forgotten.
We looked at that in November (or started to) around the United State’s history with Native and Indigenous peoples. Let’s look this morning at two families and their journeys and just some of what they unearthed and had/have to reckon with.
Don Wiepert, Worship Associate; Dr. Mark Sumner, Music Director; Reiko Oda Lane, organ
These days everyone's a critic. We all make judgments, good and bad, some with lasting and profound effects. Judgement assumes thoughtful deliberation, but we've all had occasion to make a snap judgement now and then.
What forms and informs our ability to judge? When we strive to be non-judgmental, what role does judgement play?
Dr. Mark Sumner, Music Director; Reiko Oda Lane, organ
On January 26th, at 6 o'clock in our sanctuary we will ordain into UU Ministry Millie Phillips. Millie is a long time member and lay leader in the congregation who completed her studies at the Starr King School of the Ministry and was cleared for ordination this past spring by the denomination.
As is the custom of Unitarian Universalism it is a congregation that ordains people into ministry and ours voted this fall at a special meeting to ordain Millie. A reception with food and beverages will follow in the Martin Luther King room.
Please let us know if you can join us by responding at the following link (here) (this will help us plan the scope of the festivities that day)!