Leader: Rev. John Buehrens is the former Senior Minister of UUSF and the author of several books, including Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals.
Progressive religion often tries to be ‘prophetic.’ The spirit of the Hebrew prophets has long been an inspiration to change-agents in Western culture. Amid a rather comprehensive review of the Biblical prophets, from Moses to Jesus, we will examine a variety of contemporary issues: How does Islam understand the relationship between the Prophet Mohammed and the prophets acknowledged in Judaism & Christianity? Is it wise to consider that “the age of the prophets” is over? Or are we all called to become a part of “the company of prophets?” What did UU theologian J. L. Adams mean by “the prophethood of all believers”? How should we evaluate others with claims to prophetic status and insight – from Baha’ullah to those Americans who have claimed the mantle of prophecy, from Joseph Smith to Jim Jones?
Drop in participants are welcome. There will be handouts and some suggested reading.
New UU: A one-session class for prospective members
Saturday, November 16, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Leaders: Revs. Alyson Jacks and Vanessa Southern
Interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation? This informal and interactive one-session class, led by Revs. Jacks and Southern will help you become more familiar with our community and our faith tradition. The class will explore UU theology and history, covenants and creeds, as well as our principles and purposes. Participants will learn about membership and our many programs and ministries.
Many of us have read Ta-Nehisi Coates non-fiction work, so November seemed a good time to dig into his newest work, a book of fiction, The Water Dancer. About protagonist Hiram Walker, a slave with a special gift, the book is set in 19th Century America with the reality of slavery and the Underground Railroad but a book that has strains of Magical Realism.
We will gather Wednesday evening or Thursday lunch at the church. You are invited to attend either meeting. Please let us know you are coming by registering online or emailing email@example.com. If you have need of hearing assisted devices, please let us know in advance.
Dec 1, Jan 5, Feb 2, Feb 23, Mar 29, April 19, May 31, Jun 21
When we sing together on Sunday mornings as a congregation we join our voices together to create something bigger than ourselves. But perhaps you don't feel confident singing and would like a few pointers to get more comfortable. Or perhaps you love to sing and would like more time to practice in community. Then this class is for you! On select Sundays when the choir is not singing, one of our wonderful song leaders we will lead us through a little bit of instruction and some practice. So come a little early to church and get your song on!
Why is there suffering in the world? What obligation do we have to serve neighbors or strangers? How should we center ourselves so that we can continue to do what we need to do?
As Unitarian Universalists, we often have trouble relating to biblical scripture even though so many of its stories have themes that we care deeply about. Judaism has a tradition of midrash: interpreting and engaging with biblical passages to make sense of discrepancies and bring their relevance into the modern era. In this class, we will bring midrash to UUSF; we'll read some well-known passages from the Bible and see how they relate to Unitarian Universalist values, and if inspired, add our voices to the tradition.