Sunday Service

Sunday Service - 10:30 am

Sunday Service begins every Sunday at 10:30am in the sanctuary.

Rev.  Pratima Dharm will be starting her ministry at MVUUC on August 15, 2018.

The following describes the upcoming sermon topics.  You may also click on "All" or a specific year to review the topics of prior Sunday services.

  • Sun
    07
    Jan
    2018

    Join us this Sunday for a special worship, luncheon and after church workshop to help us see beyond our assumptions as we envision the future of our professional ministry.  Guest preacher and workshop leader, Rev. Jory Agate will invite us to explore and open ourselves up to seeing outside our usual boxes.

    Rev. Jory Agate has been a UU minister since 1992. She served the First Parish in Cambridge as their Minister of Religious Education for 10 years and worked for the UUA for 10 years in the Ministry and Religious Education Departments as the Youth Programs Director and later as the Ministerial Development Director.

    She has served our denomination in a number of different capacities, most recently spending 11 years on the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee, the ministers’ credentialing body, for several years as its chair. She has led trainings throughout our movement on religious education leadership, Our Whole Lives, Renaissance Modules for religious educators, professional development trainings for clergy, and Beyond Categorical Thinking programs for congregations.

    Rev. Agate grew up active in congregations in Connecticut and California and she is a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California.  She has also worked with our UU congregations in the Philippines where she also served as a Peace Corps volunteer.

    Rev. Agate has recently shifted her ministry to work in the field of counseling and psychotherapy and has a speciality in working with clergy and clergy teams.

     

  • Sun
    14
    Jan
    2018
  • Sun
    21
    Jan
    2018

    Amy Randall, Rev. Maggie Yenoki, and Rev. Susan Manker

    Religious language is used to control and include, as well as free and include.  Many of these words trigger deep emotions in us.  Can we redefine and embrace these religious words?  Can we be more metaphorical and less literal?  What are the challenges in becoming fluent in faith?  April Chokshi is Worship Associate.

  • Sun
    28
    Jan
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker

    We celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr., Sunday in the park, due to insurance issues.  So this Sunday we will celebrate this great leader by looking at the challenges to justice that are prevalent in our country and our world today, and explore what is being done to uplift justice here and now

  • Sun
    04
    Feb
    2018

    Rev Maggie Yenoki, Jeanne Coats, & Kathleen Jacobson

    Our 7 UU Principles declare the truth and meaning of our core beliefs as Unitarian Universalists. The energies that stir our faith within us call us to action as we live out the urgency of each principle in our vibrant life experiences. Come explore how we can enliven the meaning and purpose of our liberal faith as we pair the 7 principles with the 7 chakra (circle) energies that inherently move within our bodies.

  • Sun
    11
    Feb
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker

    Agapē is a Greek word meaning “brotherly (or sisterly) love.”  It became a Christian practice, passed down through the centuries, which we embody today when we speak of “beloved community.”  It is a practice that takes practice, and is not meant to be easy.  We’ll explore what’s involved in a spiritual practice of love.  Val Pals (Valentine Pals) will be celebrated after the service today, as well as the party for Judy Bixel who is retiring after many years as our bookkeeper.

  • Sun
    18
    Feb
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker

    Change is hard in many different contexts.  It is hard for some people in our world to accept that evolution can coexist with a belief in Divine energies.  It is also hard for some people to accept that change is inherent in life itself.  We struggle with change in its many, many forms.  Let’s take a look at the changes in this world we love, as well as in our beloved religious community.

  • Sun
    25
    Feb
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker

    It takes more than change—pocket change, that is—to support a religious community.  We all struggle with the questions of how much can we give, how much is appropriate, and how much can we promise and still keep that promise?  If we could, we’d promise the moon, so…why not?  How can we increase our generosity of stewardship?  And what does love have to do with it?

  • Sun
    04
    Mar
    2018

    Guest Speaker: David Adams
    Lay Leader: Abraham Peraza

    Many prophets and thinkers of ancient times agreed with Greek injunction to “know yourself.” But what does that mean? Don’t we already know who we are? Breakthroughs in the science of genetics now allow any of us to embark upon a path of self-discovery by learning about our genetic connections with the past and potential health problems for the future. But is such genetic self-knowledge always a good thing to have?

     

  • Sun
    11
    Mar
    2018

    Rev. Maggie Yenoki, Intern Minister
    Worship Associate:     Chris Sanchez

    The grace we offer to those whom we forgive is often a gift we give ourselves as well. Come explore the ways that forgiveness brings grace into our everyday spiritual practice

  • Sun
    18
    Mar
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker
    Worship Associate:  Mary McMahon

    Carol Christ’s feminist theology title is apropos for the current women’s “Me too” movement.  In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ll celebrate women who are and have been religious, spiritual and political leaders.

  • Sun
    25
    Mar
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker

    Fires and floods have been affecting not just our own beloved homes, but people around the world as we become more aware of the shifting climate around us. For this year’s UUSC Justice Sunday service, we’ll look at how rising sea levels are impacting Pacific island communities, coastal areas and Alaska, and how people are moving from one place to another in hopes of just surviving. (UUSC = Unitarian Universalist Service Committee). We will share the plate with UUSC.   Lily Popova will lead the choir.

  • Sun
    01
    Apr
    2018

    Amy Randall, Rev. Susan Manker, and Rev. Maggie Yenoki

    Come celebrate the joy of transformation on this Easter Sunday.  We will present a multi-generational play by the Rev.s Greg Ward and Donna Morrison-Reed, based on “The Velveteen Rabbit.”  They remind us that “no profound change within us occurs without some pain.  But when we have courage and openness, then transformation allows us to live lives which are more worthwhile, more fulfilling and which make us more ‘real.’”  The choir will participate in the play as well.  The youngest children (pre k) will have an Easter egg hunt.

     

  • Sun
    08
    Apr
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker

    Come a little early and BRING FLOWERS to decorate the Hana Mido (arbor) as we celebrate the Japanese Flower festival of the birth of the Buddha.  The children will join us for the first part of the service to ladle sweet tea over the statue of the baby Buddha.  We’ll explore some of the teachings which speak to our hearts of transformation.  April Fissell is Worship Associate.

     

  • Sun
    15
    Apr
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker, Dave Albay-Yenney, Maribel Dana, Madeline Rios and Julie Steinbach

    The Partner Church Council is a UUA program that facilitates relationships among Unitarians and Universalists around the world.  Julie, Dave, Maribel and Madeline have each visited our partner church in the Philippines, and Rev. Susan visited her partner church fifteen years ago in Transylvania.  Having a partner church opens our eyes to the broad interpretations of what it means to be a Unitarian or a Universalist.  We’ll share what we have learned in making these connections, as well as raise money for our Calapayan partner church.

  • Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018

    Rev. Maggie Yenoki

    Earth Day creates the setting for one of our favorite Unitarian Universalist holidays. Come celebrate our beloved planet and engage in a ritual of blessing as we connect our hearts to our Blue Boat Home.

  • Sun
    29
    Apr
    2018

    Guest Speaker:  Richard Olsen
    Lay Leader:  Abraham Peraza

    In 2006 Journalist Gary Wolf introduced the term New Atheists to describe a mass movement led by Richard Dawkins and Samuel Harris, among others. The talk will discuss why aggressive atheism has seen such a revival recently and suggest why it seems to me that it is in many ways misdirected both in its aims and in its arguments.

  • Sun
    06
    May
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker and Rev. Maggie Yenoki

    Happy Cinco de Mayo!  We’re going to focus this Sunday on beginning the closure of the past two years of our interim ministry here together.  We’ll contemplate what is involved in crafting a ministry with either a new settled minister or another interim minister.  Another title might be “the care and feeding of your minister and yourselves as lay ministers,” or “working and playing with your minister.”  The Budget Review will follow the service.

  • Sun
    13
    May
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker

    Happy Mothers’ Day!  I’ll share with you a little history of Mother’s Day, and we can reflect with gratitude on the gifts given to us by our mothers, born and chosen.

  • Sun
    20
    May
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker, Rev. Maggie Yenoki and Rita Salama

    Today we will celebrate the closure of both the interim and intern ministries.  We’ll start with a service of Q and A, share some thoughts of gratitude, and finish with a party.  The Congregational Meeting will follow the party at about 12:00.  Please come prepared to celebrate, and to vote on the budget and other important items.

  • Sun
    27
    May
    2018

    Rev. Maggie Yenoki

    Memorial Day is traditionally a time of remembrance to commemorate the lives of those who have died while serving in the military for the United States of America. As we gather on this holiday weekend, our time together in worship will create a space where our experience of loss honors the memories we hold and strengthens our beloved community to serve those who are carrying broken pieces.

  • Sun
    03
    Jun
    2018

    Amy  Randall, Rev. Susan Manker, RE Teachers

    We will take a look back at this year's lifespan program - Deepening OUUr Faith. We will delve into the programs to see the nuggets we have gained and honor those who worked to make it successful. Make sure you join us for the picnic following the service.

  • Sun
    10
    Jun
    2018

    Lily Popova, Rev. Susan Manker, and the Choir

    Join us for a musical celebration of our choral favorites.  This forty-five minute service will be followed immediately by our Annual Meeting at 11:15 AM.  And be sure to stay for our Sex Abuse Prevention workshop at 12:30 PM.

     

  • Sun
    17
    Jun
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Our Unitarian Universalist faith provides safe spaces that draws a diversity of beliefs and allows various viewpoints to live alongside each other without the fear of judgment. Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on June 17th on the topic of freedom to choose our faith in the pursuit of meaning, truth and spiritual wholeness by sharing her own journey into Unitarian Universalism.

  • Sun
    24
    Jun
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    There is immense power when we gather to form connections, practice kindness, compassion, understanding and commit to building a strong and healthy community. Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on June 24th on how to prepare and practice the essential spiritual values that strengthen and build our beloved.

     

  • Sun
    01
    Jul
    2018

    Lay Leader:                 Chris Sanchez
    Worship Associate:     Catherine Rowlee
    Music Director:           Lily Popova

    These days, the institutions of our once vibrant democracy are being silently dismantled.  As Americans and as UUs, will our role be that of silent watcher, vocal combatant or something between these two extreme.

  • Sun
    08
    Jul
    2018

    Lay Leaders: Jeanne Coats and Catherine Rowlee

    Come join in singing and learning songs from our hymnbook, “Singing the Living Tradition” and “Singing the Journey” as we experience and learn how music impacts the way we worship. There will be lots of congregational singing!!! Lily Popova will be the pianist.

  • Sun
    15
    Jul
    2018

    Lay Leader:  Julie Steinbach

    "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it" George Santayana.  Does examination of our nation's history offer reassurance that all will end well?  Which parts of our past should we look to for guidance?  Join Mary Darrow and Sandra Grajeda as they explore these issues.

  • Sun
    22
    Jul
    2018

    Rev. Ellen Livingston, Minister Emeritus MVUUC

    These times, for most of us, are out of whack.  The center just does not hold. Our world, especially in our American society, does not seem balanced, the earth is moving under our feet, and it's not an earthquake this time.  Meanwhile, I look forward to sharing from my own life experiences, and calling on others for counsel, on how to achieve some much needed harmony in our lives.

  • Sun
    29
    Jul
    2018

    Lay Leaders: Amy Randall and Catherine Rowlee

    We are all creative beings, as the impulse to create is part of our yearning to live. When we engage in the arts as a spiritual practice we cultivate a relationship to the greater universe. Join us for an interactive, hands-on opportunity to experience the creative process and nourish your own spirit.

  • Sun
    05
    Aug
    2018

    Lay Leader:  Chris Sanchez

    Does your favorite superhero fly, have great strength or shoot laser beams?  Let us explore the relationship between superheros and our UU Principles.  Let us learn to spot superheroes as they walk among us.  Let us see if we can make our own superhero mUUvie!

  • Sun
    12
    Aug
    2018

    Lay Leader:  Chris Sanchez

    In life, there are easy questions whose answers you already know; hard questions whose answers you must research; and questions like this one that require careful consideration.  Join us as we ponder our identity with the help of literature's favorite criminal and his secret Unitarian Universalist savior.

     

  • Sun
    19
    Aug
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Louis-Ferdinand Celine wrote, “When you stay too long in the same place, things and people go to pot on you, they rot and start stinking for your special benefit.” Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on the topic of ‘movement’ and how it correlates to growth and regeneration as essential elements to preventing stagnation and harmonizing with the natural rhythm of the world around us.

  • Sun
    26
    Aug
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the Water Ceremony at Monte Vista on the 26th of August and speak on the relationship between water and light. This is traditionally celebrated in memory of the first Unitarian Universalist Water Communion worship service held in the 1980s at the beginning of the new church year. Members and friends are encouraged to bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them or from their summer travels and participate in the water ritual during service!

  • Sun
    02
    Sep
    2018

    Lay Leader:  April Fissell

    Sometimes, it just takes a while. April Fissell and Jeanne Coats will discuss this in relation to their life choices, and pose some points to ponder.

  • Sun
    09
    Sep
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the service at Monte Vista on 9th September and speak on the topic of knowledge and the significance of wisdom in our lives. Traditionally marking the blessing of the backpacks within Unitarian Universalism, at the beginning of the new church year, members and friends are encouraged to bring to the service a favorite book or another item that signifies the blessing of knowledge or wisdom to share during service!

  • Sun
    16
    Sep
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the service at Monte Vista on the 16th of September and speak on how we can remain or be true to ourselves even as we move towards embracing new beginnings in our lives. This will mark the festival of ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ on the Hindu calendar which celebrates our journeys into new beginnings, prosperity and wisdom!

  • Sun
    23
    Sep
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    The spiritual discipline of ‘fasting’ dates back to ancient times and is common to all religions of the world. Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the service at Monte Vista on the 23rd of September and speak on the topic of fasting as necessary to centering us towards a greater wholeness.

     

  • Sun
    30
    Sep
    2018

    Lay Leader:  Jeanne Coats

    Join CUUPS as we celebrate the turning Wheel of the Year by symbolically passing through the Portal into the Dark Time.

  • Sun
    07
    Oct
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the service at Monte Vista on 7th October and speak on the relevance of Gandhi’s teachings today to mark the occasion of his birthday, traditionally celebrated on 2nd October!

  • Sun
    14
    Oct
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the service at Monte Vista on the 14th of October and speak on how we can practice the essential principles of our Unitarian Universalist faith or tradition as we honor the indigenous peoples of California on the occasion of Columbus or Native American Day.

  • Sun
    21
    Oct
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the Bread Communion Service at Monte Vista on the 21st of October and speak on the importance of how bread can be an essential issue of justice with emphasis upon the UU-UNO promotion of the idea of ‘Advancing Just Migration for All this year. Members and friends are encouraged to bring to the service a loaf of bread to share with others during and after service and participate in the meaningful Bread sharing ritual during service!

  • Sun
    28
    Oct
    2018

    Co-Lay Leaders: April Fissell and Jeanne Coats

    Celebrate and honor our beloved dead with joy and gratitude to them for the joy and love they have brought to our lives. Bring pictures and mementos to place on the altar.

  • Sun
    04
    Nov
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the Service at Monte Vista on the 4th of November and speak on the significance of the grieving process and the different ways in which various world cultures express and ritualize grief to cope better with deep sorrow.

  • Sun
    11
    Nov
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the Service at Monte Vista on 11th November to honor our Veterans. As a Veteran herself, she will speak from her own firsthand experience in the Iraq war with special emphasis on the willingness to answer the ‘call’ to ‘serve’ or to ‘service’ during conflict

  • Sun
    18
    Nov
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the Service at Monte Vista on the 18th of November which will celebrate the Indian ‘Festival of Light’ called ‘Deepavalli’ or ‘Diwali’. She will speak on the importance of our collective ‘light’ especially within the present crisis of disunity and alienation for many in our nation with the hopes of ushering a brighter and more hopeful future for us all.

  • Sun
    25
    Nov
    2018

    Guest Leader:  Harry Ragland

    Sunday's Service, November 25, the Freethinkers Forum will present a play entitled, "The Artists."  It will be a panel discussion between Michelangelo, Picasso, Camille Claudel, and Georgia O'Keeffe.

  • Sun
    02
    Dec
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Inadequacies and our own deep-seated fears can prevent self-confidence within us at times. Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on 2nd of Dec on the topic of ‘Confidence’ and the necessary steps we need to take in order to embrace all of our fabulous selves so we could lead intentionally fuller, purposeful and meaningful lives!

  • Sun
    09
    Dec
    2018

    Amy Randall and Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Envision a place where unacceptable folks are barred and religious intolerance is prevalent. Sound like the current news? This is actually an ancient story commonly known as the Nativity Story. Share in the retelling of this tale through a Unitarian Universalist lens. The familiar characters will be played by our own congregants, along with music by our choir. Join us as we celebrate the holidays and embrace the deepest meaning that Christmas holds for each one of us.

  • Sun
    16
    Dec
    2018

    Worship Associate:  Chris Sanchez
    Director of Music:  Lily Popova

    Please join us in celebrating this Holiday Season by listening to a wide array and repertoire of delightful musical selections drawn from hundreds of years of Western Sacred Music tradition (including some modern ones as well!) that capture the Holiday Spirit of good cheer and joy! It will be presented by the Monte Vista Choir on the 16th of December with the goal of enhancing our liturgical celebrations with beautiful music found within the depths of Unitarian Universalist Worship. The service will be led by Chris Sanchez and Lily Popova the Director of Music at Monte Vista.

     

  • Sun
    23
    Dec
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead service at Monte Vista on 23rd Dec and speak on the topic of the power of love and reconciliation to counter gun violence in our society today. The loving principles behind the ‘Sandbox’ project will be showcased at this service.

  • Mon
    24
    Dec
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Come and worship with us on Christmas Eve! The service will showcase special music by Lily Popova, songs by the Monte Vista Choir and a message of hope for all our children and the children of this world by Rev. Pratima Dharm. Service will begin at 7pm. So let us gather to not only celebrate this special season but also to usher in the New Year with a spirit of love, hope and unity!

  • Sun
    30
    Dec
    2018

    Guest Leader: Maribel Dana
    Worship Associate: Jeanne Coats
    Music Provided By:  Lily Popova

    During this crack between two years, join us for a conversation and a sharing of truths and wisdom between generations--the past, the present, and the future.  Let us be cheered, opened, and awakened!  Bring one of your favorite poems or one of your own creations.  No epics, please.  We will remember some of our own MVUUC poets as well.