"Deeply Rooted, Always Growing"
Date: Nov. 29, 2015, 10 a.m. Minister: Rev. Rebecca Benner. Music: Catalin Dima. Religious Exploration: Age 2 through Kindergarten - child care in the Program Building. Grades 1-6 begin in Chapel for RE Workshop. No RE for Grades 7 & 8; these youth should attend the service. High School youth will meet for breakfast at 11 a.m. at the IHOP near Fairfax Circle.
"Singing Guitar." Fri., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. (first Friday), Sanctuary. Featuring Sarah Jebian and John Graham.
“Justice is the public face of love”
by Lay Minister for Social Justice Wini Atlas. As we approach the seasons of gratitude, and of light and love, I want to say how grateful I am to have this opportunity to blog. As the lay minister for social justice, I would like to tell you about the journey that brought me to this endeavor. I was raised in a Jewish home and the spirit of the injunction, Tikkun Olam – repair the world – was spoken of often. Dr. Peter Salovey, president of Yale University, spoke about Tikkun Olam in a recent commencement address. He wondered if he could tell the graduating seniors what their post-graduation mission should be, “while standing on one foot.” “The phrase ‘standing on one foot,’” he went on, “derives from a story about Hillel, the 1st Century BCE* rabbi and scholar. He was asked to summarize the meaning of the entire Torah, the Old Testament, while standing on one foot. His reply: ‘What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation of this – go and study it’.” A present-day scholar, Conrad West said, “Justice is the public face of love.” To me, these ideas are embodied in the UU principles and in the UUCF mission, which says, “UUCF is a religiously liberal community whose mission is to transform ourselves, our community and the world through acts of love and justice.” Through love we Grow, Connect and Serve. These messages mean a great deal to me. In this transcendent community, we are much greater than the sum of our parts. We can aspire to transform or repair the world – and we mean it. Our beloved community holds social justice as emblematic of our congregation and our faith. I do feel transformed since first joining UUCF. Here, I’ve learned to shed the masks I’ve worn and seek my authentic self. I am on a joyous, life-long journey and am so lucky to have found such a supportive place. Taking the steps to transform ourselves, our community and the world happens at UUCF every day. We offer classes to broaden our spirituality and inform our intellects. Every day our members engage in the pursuit of justice in projects we undertake together. We also pursue love and justice in how we treat everyone we interact with and in the day-to-day justice work so many of our members do. On Sundays, our stimulating worship services bring inspiration and healing. Our children and youth participate in the Religious Exploration program that will be their springboard to becoming people who work for justice. The future holds many new things for us that will help fulfill our mission and vision, continuing our 60-year history of working for a better world. As you can see, at UUCF there are many and varied ways to engage in activities that return as much to you as you give to those you serve and advocate for. The needs are great; the problems are myriad. Let’s get together, each and every one of us, to do the most good for the most people and the environment. *Before Common EraRead More >>>