Religious Explorations

Our Chalice Circles 2017-2018

What does it mean to be a people of …  September: Welcome October:  Courage November:  Abundance December:  Hope January:   Intention February:  Perseverance March:  Balance April:  Emergence May:  Creativity June:  Blessing _________________________________________________________________________ Chalice Circles are an important part of our church life. They provide an opportunity to be in a smaller group and explore ideas and possibilities … Continued

Changes Ahead

Dear Friends, I want to let you know that I have made the decision to welcome the unexpected guest of change into my life by accepting a full-time position as the Director of Lifespan Religious Education at the Mount Diablo UU Congregation in Walnut Creek, CA, beginning in August. While this specific change was not … Continued

Talking About a Gender Revolution

O Wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is!  O brave new world That has such people in’t! The Tempest, Act 5, Scene 1, Lines 181-184   There is a cultural push and pull over these famous lines. Written from the perspective of the naive Miranda in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the … Continued

Black People Matter

“Our times ask us to exercise our capacity for prophetic witness, by Prophetic witness I mean our capacity to see what is happening, to say what is happening and to act in accordance with what we know….Prophetic witness …is the ability to name those places where we resist knowing what needs to be known.” ~ … Continued

After the Election for Children and Youth

We are a week out from the election and there is still a lot of uncertainty, to say the least, about what a Donald Trump presidency will mean. Some of our children and youth will be able to articulate their reaction and feelings about this, others may simply be reacting. It’s important to let your … Continued

Is It Worth It?

Greetings, A cherished component of our faith community is encouragement to ask questions and receive support as we seek our own truth. For families, I believe a question often asked is, “Is it worth it to muster not only myself, after a long and busy week, but sleepy and sometimes resistant children to church on Sunday morning?” … Continued

Thank You Tahoma UU Paddle Raise Donors!

This summer a transformation took place in several of the Religious Exploration classrooms thanks to the generosity of Tahama UU’s Paddle Raise donors! The two rooms are used for the middle school and high school youth groups, as well as adult committee meetings and covenant groups. The rooms went from seriously drab …. to fab! But … Continued

Introducing Labyrinth Learning!

Greetings! As a parent I always start to get a little anxious by mid-August. I know the summer is starting to wind down and, as much as I love my children, I begin to look forward to the routines of the school year. This week school calendars were coordinated, supply lists considered, and too-small clothes … Continued

Raising Race Conscious Children

Greetings, On Sunday, July 10th, the RE Committee and I met, as we do monthly. We chose to postpone business as usual for a moment and start our time together with a personal check-in. It had been a devastating week with the deaths of Alton Sterling on Tuesday, Philando Castile on Wednesday, and the five … Continued

Religious Exploration, Looking Back and Looking Forward!

Greetings, It feels good to be wrapping up my first year with Tahoma UU Congregation! It seems that I now recognize more people in the congregation than not, know most families, can call nearly all the children and youth by name, and have a grasp on what elements, rituals, and traditions are an important part … Continued