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 - August - September 2015
Starting September 20th we will resume with two Services every Sunday. The first will be held at 9:00 a.m. and the second will be held 11:00 a.m. every Sunday.
Childcare is provided during both services and Religious Education is provided at the 11:00 a.m. service.
Sunday, Aug. 2 11 a.m. Emanating the Gift of Peace – Dr. Roy Tamashrio Professor and peace activist Dr. Roy Tamashiro, a third generation Japanese American, will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His presentation will be part of his "Coming Full Circle" peace pilgrimage marking the 50th anniversary of his first visit to Hiroshima.
Dr. Tamashiro shares the narratives of the Hiroshima citizens, including several hibakusha (A-bomb survivor-witnesses). By listening to their profound suffering, unbearable pain and never-to-be recovered losses, we paradoxically find healing for ourselves. Dr. Tamashiro will guide us in meditation and communion, assisting us to find and practice peace. He is chairman of the International Studies Committee of the Multidisciplinary Studies Department/School of Education at Webster University in St. Louis, Mo.
A Friday night potluck on July 31 will offer an opportunity to converse with him in a more informal environment.
Sunday, Aug. 9, 11 a.m. How a Book Changed My Life – Valerie Gizinski We come together again to tell about a dearly loved book that transformed the way we look at the world. It could be something read to you when you were small or a book you read this year. We would love to hear about it. The service will be led by Valerie Gizinski, a long-time Fellowship member and avid reader.
Sunday, Aug. 16, 11 a.m. The Frog at the Bottom of the Well – Barbara Madaras Barbara Madaras, our new vice president and a HUUF member since 1999, shares a
local story in which enlarging individual perspectives led to a trusting, and subsequently a creative relationship, one that is benefitting our community with a magnificent grove of old-growth redwoods. Since wisdom begins when we see that our own view is limited, perhaps we will all leave a little wiser.
Sunday, Aug. 23 11 a.m. Credos in a Non-creedal Religion – Chris Chapin & Berti Welty While Unitarian Universalists do not have a common set of beliefs, we each have struggled to decide for ourselves what we individually believe, or don't believe, about spiritual matters. Participants of the recent Building Your Own Theology class will share their experiences and insights gained.
Sunday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m. Homeless or Houseless: The Politics of Scarcity – Edie Jessup Edie Jessup will explore the concept of food, shelter and health care as human rights, and the spiritual imperative to stand up for the common good in our interdependent web. The presentation will also delve into ways in which the fellowship can get involved.
Edie is working on two projects with our homeless neighbors: Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives and the Humboldt Edge newspaper. In Maine, she worked for years with the York County Shelter Programs, and in Fresno she worked with homeless advocates.
Sunday, Sept. 6 – 9 and 11 a.m. Labor Day and Honoring the Gifts We’ve Been Given – Rev. Bryan Jessup Every person in the world brings something worthwhile to share. Each of us is responsible for developing the gifts we’ve been given and for helping to create a world where each one’s contributions are honored in a way that allows them to live with dignity.
Sunday, Sept 13 – 11 a.m. Gathering of the Waters Every autumn we gather to begin our Fellowship year. Our Fellowship is a blending of many unique families and individuals. Join with us as we share the waters of our lives, pouring into our community bowl. Bring either real or virtual waters to symbolize waters that have shaped you have over the summer. The waters may be tears you have shed, sweat from exertion, a peaceful lake that restored your soul, places you visited, from your home – whatever you experienced. As you pour your water, you may share a 15- to 30-second statement about your water. You'll have a chance to share more fully during the potluck picnic that follows the service. The choir will lead us in song. All are welcome
Sunday, Sept. 20 – 9 and 11 a.m. Generosity as a Spiritual Practice – Margot Julian The mantra of the day in our culture is “not enough.” The notion of scarcity is so dominant in our society that it becomes a kind of default setting for our thinking about everything, from the cash in our pockets to the people we love or even the value of our own lives. This mindset of scarcity envelopes us as individuals so completely, we shrink into a cocoon of self-concern, totally blocking out the world and people in our lives. It robs us of the rich texture of life as it is. Only when we open ourselves to love and share our talents and gifts with others do we experience lasting joy.
Margot Julian is a business consultant who has taught financial wellness classes for several years. She is a member of HUUF.
Sunday, Sept. 27 – 9 and 11 a.m. Experiencing Beloved Community – Rev. Bryan Jessup The theme chosen by the HUUF board for the congregation this year is “Building Beloved Community.” As we gather together to create health, meaning and depth in our own lives, and as we gather together to help create increasing justice in the world, the support and company of one another is invaluable. Each step of the way we discover that we are not alone.
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