Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is a thriving liberal religious community of close to 150 members. We work and play together to meet our individual and group needs - be they spiritual, intellectual, or social. We welcome all who seek a religious home, free of creeds and based on love, reason, and conscience. We first met over 60 years ago as a small lay-led fellowship and have grown with the help of strong leadership - both lay and ministerial - to a dynamic fellowship serving Humboldt County and the Northern coast of California. We invite you to browse through our website to learn more about our Sunday services, our programs, social action activities, and religious education.
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Upcoming Events at HUUF - September thru November 2014
Services are held at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. every Sunday.
Childcare is provided during each service. Religious Education will resume on Sunday, September 14 during the 11:00 a.m. service.
Sunday, September 7, 10:30 a.m. Gathering of the Waters - Our annual gathering-back-together-service will take place with a new twist. Gather water in small amounts from significant places and events during the summer. Bring to share at this special service. There will also be a potluck after the service to welcome us all back together. Bring tasty salads and main dishes to share.
Sunday, September 14, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Gay Pride with Dr. Loren Cannon -Why Is Pride Important to All of Us? In this Service Dr. Cannon will lead us in reflecting on Identity, Community and Coming Out.
Sunday, September 21, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. School is Back in Session with Rev. Bryan Jessup - Traditionally in our country in the Fall, school starts up again. So, after a relaxed summer, do our UU congregations. We Unitarian Universalists are people who question and answer for ourselves. But when “school starts” we again ask together what questions we really need to address? And what happens when we err in our answering? – In Sunday services and in our other UU programming how do we encourage one another in our efforts to question and answer with growing power and skill? –
Sunday, September 28, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Congregations as Learning Communities with Rev. Bryan Jessup - Author, Dennis Campbell, in his book by this title has suggests that when we genuinely put learning at the heart of our common religious efforts, our congregations become alive, we grow as individuals and our ministry to the community becomes powerful. He suggests five practices we need to adopt if we hope to learn well: Personal Mastery, Focusing on our Central Mission, Opening to New Mental Models, Using “Systems” Thinking and Teamwork (Understanding that We’re All Learning Together)
Sunday, October 5, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Ongoing Work Toward Personal Mastery with Rev. Bryan Jessup - Our growth and deepening in wisdom and compassion is a life-long process. All along the way our development depends on our own openness and effort. A professional cello player I met once said – “In speaking to a grade school class I told them I had had a relationship with my cello for five decades – and one of the kids replied, ‘Gosh, I’ve only had a relationship with my cello for five weeks.’” The work for mastery starts right where we are.
Sunday, October 12, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Who Is an Illegal Immigrant with Renee Saucedo - When Columbus came to the North American continent 520 some years ago he was greeted by native peoples whose ancestors had been on the continent for over 10,000 years. Now, descendents of those same native peoples are being called illegal. How does this make sense? The speaker for this service will be Renee Saucedo, an organizer for True North Community Organizing. The Rev. Bryan Jessup will lead the service and noted, local pianist, Annette Hull will provide the music.
Sunday, October 19, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Many Approaches - One Mission with Rev. Bryan Jessup - “Many Approaches – One Mission” – One of the most important questions we need to ask ourselves as individuals and groups is: “Who do we want to become?” Via our Affirmation, we Humboldt UUs say we want to become people filled with love – people who ask and answer questions with depth and breadth and skill – and people who serve the world around us through deeds of kindness and courageous deeds that lead to change. When we keep that Mission in a central place in all we do we truly grow and develop in amazing ways.
Sunday, October 26, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The Art of Learning with Karen Harris, M.Div. - Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. -- Mahatma Gandhi
We are most alive when our minds and hearts are open to new experience, in short, when we are learning. How can we awaken the spirit and practice of life-long learning? How can we cultivate fresh inspiration to digest what we have learned, and then put our new wisdom into practice? Drawing on her own extensive experience as both a student and a teacher, Karen will share stories and wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of passionate learning.
Sunday, November 2, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. New Mental Models with Rev. Bryan Jessup - In talking with Yogi Berra a friend said, “Yogi, things are never going to be the same.” Yogi said, “Yeah, they’re different already.” – To stay alive, active and learning in the world, we have to keep opening up to new realities and new mental models. Painful as it is – nothing ever stays the same. The world is evolving and the way always leads on. For us to be of use, we need to learn to keep moving on too.
Sunday, November 9, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. A Story of the Hmong in Northern California– The Rev. Dr. Paul Joseph Khamdy Yang is a Hmong immigrant and a Methodist minister who pastors the Methodist Church of the Redwoods in Klamath. In this service, Rev. Dr. Yang will tell his story and talk about what he has seen happening to the people he serves. The Rev. Dr. Yang and his congregation collaborate with the True North Organizing Network to address many challenging issues his people face.
Sunday, November 16, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. For Good or Ill, We're All In The System with Rev. Bryan Jessup - When we’re faced with a problem, it’s often tempting to focus on symptoms rather than on systems. One classic story about this is that of the hero who, daily, swam out into the river to save drowning infants. His partner, meanwhile, went upstream to find out why the babies were winding up in the river in the first place. – When we’re dealing with issues in our lives it’s a good idea to go up stream a little and find out how the system works.
Sunday, November 23, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. A Time for Gratitude – Jana Kirk-Levine, co-president of the Humboldt UU Congregation will coordinate this Thanksgiving service. It will include a time for reflection about the many blessings of our lives and a time for sharing.
Sunday, November 30, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. We Are Never Alone with Rev. Bryan Jessup - This past summer Edie and I saw ‘Into the Woods,’ James Lapine’s and Stephen Sondheim’s award winning musical that uses familiar Grimm’s fairy tales to bring our consciousness to the challenges of our lives. In that production, all of the characters are “in the woods” in one way or another. Each has her or his own ego and wishes and plots and schemes, and each has her or his own wrestling to do with morality. As they face danger, and loss and grief, though, they ultimately realize they not only need one another’s support, but are also, mercifully, connected to one another by life. So are we. It’s a team effort all the way.
Sunday, December 7, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Days that Live in Infamy – and Other Days that Ought To with Rev. Bryan Jessup – December 7 is Pearl Harbor Day. September 11 is now etched in our memory as “911.” Those days carry tremendous power in our collective subconscious as well they should. But they also are used to manipulate us into the acceptance of war and militarism. They are also used to distract us from other days that should live in infamy and inspire us to collectively awaken from the life threatening spell that fear and greed have cast on our collective way of being on this planet. On January 21, 2010, in its “Citizens United” decision, the Supreme Court gave carte blanche to wealthy people and corporations to use their money to sway elections. On January 14, 2013 The US Supreme Court upheld biotech giant Monsanto’s claims on genetically-engineered seed patents and the company’s ability to sue farmers whose fields are inadvertently contaminated with Monsanto materials.These days in January and many other days too should “live in infamy.”
Sunday, December 14, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. In Gratitude for Our Children with Rev. Bryan Jessup – This service will focus on parents and other caring adults considering what they need to do to bring up healthy and happy human beings in our complex times. There will be a naming and welcoming ceremony for children during which parents, god parents, and the congregation will dedicate themselves to supporting children in their journey toward adulthood.
Sunday, December 21, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. People Look East with Rev. Bryan Jessup – December 21st is the day of the winter solstice. In the last several decades we Unitarian Universalists have, again, begun to pay attention to natural happenings such as this. The “living tradition” we share draws from many sources, including the spiritual teachings of earth-centered faiths which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature. So what happens to us when we stop understanding ourselves as separate and open our hearts to our connection with our planet and all things living? Might our experience be anything like the solstice dawn? Might our “turn around” bring us a glimmer of hope in the darkness of our times?
Sunday, December 24, 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve in Story and Song with Elisabeth Harrington & Rev. Bryan Jessup – Come for fellowship, music, story and inspiration on this night when we celebrate the birth of the Teacher Jesus, who, even today reminds us that by making love the center of our lives, we can become forces for healing and harmony and can lead lives that are full of meaning and joy. The Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Choir will take a major role in this program.
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