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Transformational Theme-Based Ministry
at FUCSJ - 2018-2019

At First Unitarian, a three-year cycle of spiritual and religious themes that runs from September to May encourages us to ask the timeless questions about who we humans are and how we are to live, and then apply what we discover to this very moment. We have joined the Soul Matters Sharing Circle of more than 150 Unitarian Universalist churches that share materials for services, small group ministry, and religious education. This year's themes are adapted from Soul Matters resources:

  • July: No theme (Summer!)

  • August: No theme (Jazz!)

  • September: What does it mean to be a People of Vision? The practice of intentional imagination

  • October: What does it mean to be a People of Sanctuary?
    The practice of finding sacred space within and ensuring welcoming space for all

  • November: What does it mean to be a People of Memory?
    The practice of honest remembrance and honoring the shoulders of all our ancestors and predecessors on whom we rest

  • December: What does it mean to be a People of Mystery?
    The practice of embracing life with humility and awe


  • January: What does it mean to be a People of Possibility?
    The practice of personal unfolding and prophetic vision


  • February: What does it mean to be a People of Trust?
    The practice of commitment and faith in a love that won’t let us go

  • March: What does it mean to be a People of Journey?
    The practice of pilgrimage, courageous growth and patient change

  • April: What does it mean to be a People of Wholeness?
    The practice of repairing what is broken and knowing we are enough

  • May: What does it mean to be a People of Curiosity?
    The practice of moving from fear to broken-openheartedness

  • June: What does it mean to be a People of Beauty?
    The practice of savoring life’s gifts

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July 2018


SUNDAY, JULY 1 11 AM

Voices from the Clearing: Preaching Self-Love

“In this here place, we flesh; flesh that weeps, laughs; flesh that dances on bare feet in grass. Love it. Love it hard.”

Inspired by Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” we are invited to participate in a ritual to honor our bodies through communal prayer, song, and dance. In her book, Morrison describes the clearing as “a holy place in the woods where revival-like meetings of emotional outpouring were held. The people gathered to express their emotions through laughter, weeping, and dance…” Join us as we create our own clearing, a healing circle, to restore, replenish, and renew ourselves: body and soul.

Worship Leaders: the Rev. María Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa and the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Alice Lynch

DOMINGO, 1 DE JULIO 11 AM

Voces del Lugar Sagrado: Nuestros Cuerpos nos Hablan con Amor

"En este lugar somos cuerpos; cuerpos que lloran y ríen; cuerpos que bailan descalzos sobre la hierba. Amen sus cuerpos. Ámenlos con mucha fuerza."

La escritora Toni Morrison, autora de Beloved/Amada, nos invita a participar en un ritual para rendir honor a nuestros cuerpos a través de la oración comunal, el canto y el baile. En su libro, Morrison describe un lugar sagrado donde la gente se reúne para expresar sus emociones riendo, llorando y bailando. Les invitamos a crear nuestro propio lugar sagrado, un circulo de sanación, para restaurarnos y renovarnos en cuerpo y alma.

Dirigen: la Rev. María Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa y la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociada de Celebración: Alice Lynch


SUNDAY, JULY 8 11 AM

Empathy for Troubled Times

When times are tough, when the national news gets us down, when we are weary and discouraged, we may wear ourselves out naming all that’s wrong. The struggle for justice can feel unending if we don’t stay connected to what we’re fighting for and to the core values that give us strength. With stories and music, and our own practice of Joys and Sorrows, this service reconnects us to the beauty and power of compassion. Join us for another healing service this Sunday!

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Bill Bowman

DOMINGO, 8 DE JULIO 11 AM

Empatía por tiempos difíciles

Cuando los tiempos son difíciles, cuando las noticias nacionales nos deprimen, cuando estamos cansados y desanimados, podemos cansarnos de nombrar todo lo que está mal. La lucha por la justicia puede parecer interminable si no permanecemos conectados con lo que estamos luchando y con los valores fundamentales que nos fortalecen. Con historias y música, y nuestra propia práctica de alegrías y penas, este servicio nos reconecta con la belleza y el poder de la compasión. Únete a nosotros para otro servicio de curación este domingo!

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociado de Celebración: Bill Bowman


SUNDAY, JULY 15 11 AM

“Getting to Know You”

Our Senior Minister Rev. Nancy and our Interim Director of Religious Education Susie Idzik offer a fun, casual, reflective time on this Sunday. Sharing their own conversation, thoughts, and dreams out loud, they share their process of getting to know each other as they build a dynamic duo for these next two years. They also take questions from the congregation. All of this in the context of great music, fun stories, and the communal sharing of Joys and Sorrows!

Worship Leaders: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and Susie Idzik; Worship Associate: TBA

DOMINGO, 15 DE JULIO 11 AM

“Llegar a Conocerte”

Nuestra Ministra Decana Rev. Nancy y nuestra Directora de Educación Religiosa Interina Susie Idzik ofrecen un momento divertido, casual y reflexivo este domingo. Compartiendo en voz alta su propia conversación, pensamientos y sueños, ellas comparten su proceso de llegar a conocerse mientras construyen un dúo dinámico para estos próximos dos años. También toman preguntas de la congregación. Todo esto en el contexto de gran música, divertidas historias y el compartir en comunidad las alegrías y tristezas!

Dirigen: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y Susie Idzik; Asociados de Celebración: TBA


SUNDAY, JULY 22 11 AM

What We Receive When We Let Go

What are we holding onto that, if we could just release our grasp, might open us up to surprising gifts? Building this service around a special duet from Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, Rev. Nancy and the worship leaders explore the gifts of committing ourselves to friendship and community instead of preserving a fierce attachment to our individual needs. Where is the path of both/and, dear ones? Let’s find it together!

Worship Leaders: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, with special music from Eloise and Sue Pelmulder; Worship Associate: Mary Martin

DOMINGO, 22 DE JULIO 11 AM

Que recibimos Cuando Dejamos Ir

¿A qué nos estamos aferrando, si nosotros pudriéramos solo soltar nuestra comprensión, podría abrirnos a regalos sorprendentes? Construyendo este servicio alrededor de un dueto especial de Los Pescadores de Perlas de Georges Bizet, la Rev. Nancy y los líderes de celebración exploran los dones de comprometernos con la amistad y la comunidad en vez de preservar un feroz apego a nuestras necesidades individuales. ¿Dónde está la ruta de ambos / y los seres queridos? ¡Vamos a buscar juntos!

Dirigen: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, con la música especial de Eloise y Sue Pelmulder; Asociada de Celebración: Mary Martin


SUNDAY, JULY 29 11 AM

What Grows in Your Heart?

Lammas or Lughnasadh or August Eve is the first of the three harvest Sabbats in Wicca and Druidry (the others being Autumn Equinox and Samhain). Here we reap the first fruits and plan for the longer nights of winter to come. There are many folk customs across Europe around the reaping of grain (wheat and barley), the sacrifice of the Corn King or John Barleycorn, the making of corn dollies, the baking of bread, and the brewing of beer. In northern California in this season we harvest corn, green beans, peas, tomatoes, nectarines, raspberries, and apples, with almonds coming in later in August. 

Does our food have extra savor as we express our thanks for the harvest? What grows in your garden? What grows in your heart? In this time when the natural world gives us abundant food, are there less fortunate neighbors with whom we could share this bounty? As the grain is transformed into bread and beer, are there transformations we need to foster in our spiritual lives? Do you feel the time of sacrifice? Are there bad habits and unwanted things in your life that you need to shed before the trials of winter? We will explore the many themes of the season. 

Rev. Rowan Fairgrove, priestess of Covenant of the Goddess and a devoted Friend of FUCSJ, leads this service. FUCSJ loved her reflections during Rev. Nancy’s sabbatical. Come hear Rev. Rowan’s message on this important time of year.

Worship Leaders: the Rev. Rowan Fairgrove; Worship Associate: TBA

DOMINGO, 29 DE JULIO 11 AM

¿Que Crece en sus Corazones?

Lammas o Lughnasadh o víspera de agosto es la primera de las tres cosechas Sabbats en Wicca y Druidismo (las otras son el equinoccio de otoño y Samhain). Aquí nosotros cosechamos los primeros frutos y planeamos para las noches más largas del invierno por venir. Hay muchas costumbres populares en toda Europa en la cosecha del grano (trigo y cebada), el sacrificio del Rey Maíz o John Barleycorn, el hacer muñecas de maíz, la horneada de pan y la elaboración de la cerveza. En el norte de California en esta temporada cosechamos maíz, ejotes, chicharos, tomates, nectarinas, frambuesas y manzanas, con las almendras entrando más tarde en agosto.

¿Nuestra comida tiene un sabor extra cuando expresamos nuestro agradecimiento por la cosecha? ¿Que crece en su jardín? ¿Que crece en su corazón? ¿En este tiempo cuando el mundo natural nos da abundante comida, hay vecinos menos afortunados con quien podríamos compartir esta recompensa? ¿Cómo el grano se transforma en pan y cerveza, hay transformaciones que necesitamos fomentar en nuestra vida espiritual? ¿Sienten el momento del sacrificio? ¿Hay malos hábitos y cosas indeseadas en su vida que necesitan desechar para antes de las dificultades del invierno? Vamos a explorar los muchos temas de la temporada.

La Rev. Rowan Fairgrove, sacerdotisa del Pacto de la Diosa y una devota amiga de FUCSJ, dirige este servicio. La FUCSJ amó sus reflexiones durante el año sabático de la Rev. Nancy. Vengan a escuchar el mensaje de la Rev. Rowan en esta importante época del año.

Dirige: la Rev. Rowan Fairgrove; Asociados de Celebración: TBA


August 2018

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 11 AM
SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 11 AM (Annual Jazz Service)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19 11 AM
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 11 AM

September 2018: Vision


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 11 AM
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 11 AM
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 11 AM
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 11 AM
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 11 AM


October 2018: Sanctuary

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 11 AM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 11 AM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 11 AM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28 11 AM


November 2018: Memory

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 11 AM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 11 AM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 11 AM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25 11 AM


December 2018: Mystery

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 11 AM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 11 AM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 11 AM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23 11 AM
MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 (Christmas Eve Candel Light Service) 11 AM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30 11 AM


January 2019: Possibility

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6 11 AM
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13 11 AM
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 11 AM
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27 11 AM


February 2019: Trust

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 11 AM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 11 AM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 11 AM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 11 AM


March 2019: Journey

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 11 AM
SUNDAY, MARCH 10 11 AM
SUNDAY, MARCH 17 11 AM
SUNDAY, MARCH 24 11 AM
SUNDAY, MARCH 31 11 AM


April 2019: Wholeness

SUNDAY, APRIL 7 11 AM
SUNDAY, APRIL 14 11 AM
SUNDAY, APRIL 21 11 AM
SUNDAY, APRIL 28 11 AM


May 2019: Curiosity

SUNDAY, MAY 5 11 AM
SUNDAY, MAY 12 11 AM
SUNDAY, MAY 19 11 AM
SUNDAY, MAY 26 11 AM


June 2019: Beauty

SUNDAY, JUNE 2 11 AM
SUNDAY, JUNE 9 11 AM
SUNDAY, JUNE 16 11 AM
SUNDAY, JUNE 23 11 AM
SUNDAY, JUNE 30 11 AM

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