In our annual ritual of ingathering, we bring water from the places of our lives, and pour the many waters into a communal bowl in a ritual honoring variety and unity. Music:Veronika Agranov Dafoe, piano
Speaker: Rev. Dan Harper
The physical home of UUCPA is a thoughtfully designed grid of Mid-century Modern buildings, created by Joseph Esherick, the architect of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and many other Bay Area buildings. He once said, “Beauty is a byproduct of solving problems correctly,” and in our space, we benefit from the attention he paid to craft and the users’ needs. Come hear about how. Special Music: Larry Chin, pianist
As young people at UUCPA come of age, they spend several months together in reflection on the questions adult UUs grapple with, meet with mentors from the congregation, and articulate their own beliefs in a credo project. They will share their credos and lead the service today. Music: Yuri Liberzon, classical guitar
Have you ever felt that you were losing something about yourself – or even that it was being taken away? Those moments are like deaths, and what follows can be like resurrection: something within us being born out of the ashes of what we used to know or what we used to be. In this intergenerational service, we hear the rest of the Easter story as Dan’s Unitarian mother told it to him, and Amy leads us all in using our minds and bodies to remember those transformative moments. We also celebrate several of our community’s newest children today in child dedications. Music: Elizabeth Russ, soprano
Members of the Senior High Youth Group will present their thoughts about the relationship between the arts, especially music, and spirituality. Their thoughts about arts and spirituality will be presented through spoken word, poems, and music. Music: Gwen Halterman, harp
For our fifth annual Chalice Sunday, we talk about where the chalice comes from in our past, and how we keep the flame burning for the future. Then we will watch our individual small lights become one great blazing altar.
Music: Mary Gospe, vocalist/guitar
We welcome Christmas with stories, carols and special music, and candles. Come to sing the familiar songs that are always powerful, and experience the magic of candlelight in the darkness.
We rejoice in the everyday miracles of the season, marking the winter solstice, telling the story of Hanukah, and inviting all who wish to play a part to help make the story of Jesus’s birth come to life.
In our intergenerational Thanksgiving service, we give thanks for interdependence — an important corrective to the individualism that characterizes so much of our culture. Appropriately, we launch our annual Guest at Your Table program, supporting the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee in connecting us to people all around the world. Music: Sarah Kirton, Scandinavian violin music
Looking at the relationships between our congregation and its ministers reveals a great deal about us Unitarian Universalists — what we think about lay leaders, what we think about ordained ministers, and what we believe the purpose of our congregation is.
This is the first in an occasional series of sermons leading up to the 75th anniversary of our congregation in 2022.
Music: Wind in the Strings, Ken and Sue Dinwiddle, harp and flute