RECENT AND UPCOMING WORSHIP SERVICES
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Sunday, August 14, 2022
Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister, preaching
Life is made up of ordinary days. And they are often some of the best days we have. A sermon musing on the ordinariness of a sweet life.
“RETRAINING THE DRAGON”
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Rev. Sonya Sukalski, Guest Minister, preaching
When threatened some of us fight - even "breathing fire" if provoked, others freeze or retreat. We all know life is better when we are not stressed all the time, but some seem more resilient and able to shake off strife and difficulty than others. Recent brain science points to the limbic system as the place filtering our experience and deciding whether to act on a threat or choose to go with the flow of life. Rev. Sonya Sukalski has found that resetting the switch that sends the mind, body and spirit into rest and digest chemistry rather than fight or flight to be a satisfying spiritual practice. Her practice includes elements of prayer, meditation, movement, and employs theology UUs might find useful and life-affirming.
Rev. Sonya Sukalski has always been curious about how people think about what is most important in life – following this interest in studying Cognitive Linguistics, Germanic Languages, and Adult Wellness Education before moving to the East Bay to attend Starr King School for the ministry. During seminary, Sonya had a short winter job in 2005 with the UU Justice (formerly Legislative) Ministry calling California congregations to send valentines to the governor in support of marriage equality. Sonya later helped develop the Young Leaders Project and SALT programs with UUJMCA. She has served a variety of sabbatical and family leave ministries with the Berkeley, Fremont, Hayward, Chico, and Livermore congregations, and was the minister for the UU Fellowship of Tuolumne County from 2014-2020. Sonya enjoys nature, backpacking, yoga, playing the piano, and recently, playing with her 2 year old nephews. During the pandemic, a chance conversation brought how formative the brain chemistry and wiring of the limbic system is throughout our lives, and she has spent the last year working to reset her own limbic system.
Sunday, July 31, 2022
Mari Magaloni Ramos, Worship Associate, preaching
In March of 2020, the late John Lewis called on everyone to "get into good trouble, necessary trouble and redeem the soul of America" as he spoke from the Edmund Pettis bridge in Selma Alabama commemorating the tragedy of Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965. Join us on Sunday July 31st for a special service led by worship associate Mari Magaloni Ramos: “Good Trouble”
Our collective values of democracy, privacy and bodily autonomy are under active attack and we have suffered setbacks. And as is always the case, it is our BIPOC and LGBTQ folx that will be most negatively impacted in the coming years if we do not act. One of the most powerful things that we can do to stem this tide is to support and motivate our fellow Americans to vote. We can do that by meeting hate and grievance with love and beloved community.
So join us after the service for a letter writing party! We’ll talk about how we become a Good Trouble Congregation and write letters to voters in battleground states located in underserved, marginalized communities. Sandwiches and refreshments will be served and kids are most welcome!
“WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?”
Sunday, July 24, 2022
Rev. Margot Campbell Gross, Minister Emerita, preaching
This is the question we ask ourselves at major pivotal points in our lives: graduation, career choice, retirement. “What am I going to do?” is also the question we ask ourselves when there are decisions to be made about: relationships, medical options, questions of moving and choosing where we will live..
I find it useful to distinguish between what I can do, and how I can be in the world. I will try to explain what that distinction means to me, and how I have found it helpful in making my choices in life.
“COFFEE IN THE DESERT”
Sunday, July 17, 2022
Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister, preaching
A sermon on welcome -- on the sacred value of welcome. This is a sermon I preached as one of my first five years ago at UUSF and the foundation holds. But there are insights too about what this virtue asks of us, brought to light in the conversations out of the racial reckoning of the last two years or more.
“THE LIVING TRADITION”
Sunday, July 10, 2022
Rev. Mr. Barb Greve, Guest Minister, preaching
Rev. Mr. Barb reflects on 51 years of practicing Unitarian Universalism. Oh how we have (and have not) changed. Imagine with Barb as he shares his dreams for our next 51 years.
Barb Greve earned his Masters of Divinity at Starr King School for the Ministry. At present he serves as a hospice chaplain with Vitas Healthcare. From August 2017 – June 2020 he served as one of the volunteer Co-Moderators to the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations and currently serves on the board of Meadville Lombard Theological School. In addition to having served as an intentional interim/consulting director of lifespan religious education to multiple Unitarian Universalist congregations, Barb has served on the Faculty of The Chaplaincy Institute (teaching Prophetic Voice & Social Transformation), as the Chair of the Starr King School for the Ministry’s Board of Trustees, is a founding member and served on the Steering Committee of Transgender Religious professional Unitarian Universalists Together (TRUUsT), is a founding member and served on the Steering Committee of the Guild of Interim Religious Educators.
“THE PERFECT BODY AND LADDER"
Sunday, July 3, 2022
(Originally broadcast on Sunday, December 6, 2020)
"The Perfect Body and the Ladder" is about the personal and the political uses of the body, timed perfectly to rebroadcast as we prepare to unveil our sweet bodies in the lighter clothes and freedom of summer. It's a lovely service and we invite you to sit with the questions it raises and the invitation to include our bodies (and others') in the deepest work of honoring and cherishing.