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January 2015 Worship Schedule

full church01/04         “We Begin Again In Love”

Diana McLean, Ministerial Intern

01/11         “Beyond King: 50 Years Hence”

                  Rev. Alicia Forde, UUA Professional Development Director

  01/18         “What Do We March For?”

Diana McLean, Ministerial Intern        

01/25         “Instructions Not Included”

Rev. Howell K. Lind, Developmental Minister


Foster Parent Night Out

Sophie and BabyIn the month of December, we focused on children and how we, as a religious community and as individuals, can help meet the needs of children in our community and beyond. One way we could do this locally is to become one of the churches that takes turns hosting the Foster Parent Night Out, in which churches provide childcare while foster parents get a much-deserve night off. Please talk to  Diana McLean, our Ministerial Intern, to learn more.

January Share-Our-Plate: There with Care

Share Our PlateThere With care is honored to receive the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder’s Share-Our-Plate contribution for the month of January, 2015! There With Care’s mission is to provide a wide range of thoughtful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phase of a medical crisis. They serve families referred by medical agencies, by building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life’s day-to-day obligations with compassion and care. There With Care families receive services during the critical phase of a medical crisis. The timeframe for services is unique to the circumstances of each individual family and is determined by the Program Coordinators and the medical Social Workers.  When a patient is transitioned into maintenance or has moved from the critical phase of their treatments, the family is transitioned from services. This allows services to be moved to other families going through a medical crisis.


Path to Membership Class Set For January 2015

path3Interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism or about the process of becoming a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder?

There will be a two session Path to Membership class, from 12:00 pm until 1:30 pm, on Sunday, January 18th and Sunday, January 25th.

For those who, after participating in this Path to Membership class  wish to formally join our religious community, there will be a Welcoming of New Members at the 10:30 am Worship Service on February 1st.

Attending this class does not commit one to joining the church, but it is an opportunity for those who want to know about UUCB and Unitarian Universalism to then make the decision of whether or not to formally affiliate with UUCB.  A sign up sheet for those interested in attending will be at the church office in the weeks preceding the first class.  If childcare is needed so that you might attend these Path to Membership sessions, please let the church office know so that child care can be provided.

The Path to Membership sessions are a great way to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and to better understand what our church in Boulder is working to accomplish in the lives of our members and in the larger community.








Faith Formation Focus by Janen Wright

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADoesn’t 2015 have a certain ring to it? Those numbers in that order represent a new beginning, a clean slate, the birth of a year that has not yet been lived.  I can’t help but think of all the adventures and possibilities that are in store for us this year– both for our church family and for each of us as individuals.  There are big things to experience this year as we continue to pursue the lofty visions that we cherish as Unitarian Universalists.  We might have a new minister before the year is out. Consider all the new people who will walk through our church doors and could become part of our lives.  And there are small pleasures to anticipate as well –like new books to read, new movies to watch, new recipes to try and new places to see…  

A new year always makes me want to be better.  Setting goals gives me a thrilling sense of moving forward. However, one year I realized that the same goals made it on my list every single year. I couldn’t tell one year from the next.  I’ve heard it said that,  “this years’ resolutions are last years’ confessions,” so I don’t think I’m unique in this regard.  I know from experience that at any gym in any city you find a surge of enthusiastic exercisers in January that show up for about three weeks before the class size returns to normal.  We all want to do and be better –but then life crowds in.  I’m not against goal setting, there is a place for it, but I have found a New Year practice that really resonates with me and has the advantage of actually making a difference.  I encourage you to give it a try.

One way to honor the potential of a new year and to honor where you are at the present time in your life is to assign the year a focus.  Deciding what the year is going to be about for you can become a gentle guide in a lot of the choices you make.  Plus, it gives the year a flavor all it’s own.  Think of what you want experience more of in your life and name it in simple terms. You can do this as a family and vote on a joint focus (good luck), or as partners, or on your own.  For example, the year before I moved to Colorado I decided my focus would be “give back” because I felt I had received a lot of support and encouragement from those around me.  That year I trained to be on call as an advocate for domestic violence victims, I volunteered to be a room mother and I even enlisted the help of my kids to provided meals for the homeless shelter now and again.  I also tried my hardest to substitute for other aerobic teachers when they were ill because subs were hard to come by at our gym.  I might have accepted these challenges if “give back” hadn’t been my focus— but I doubt it.  After all, you catch more fish if you actually have a line in the water than if you’re standing on the bank just watching them jump.

What focus would excite you this year?  Obviously if you’re feeling burned out “give back” is not going to have much appeal. Maybe you want to practice being more present in the moment or savoring small pleasures and achievements.  Maybe you would like to be a more playful or a more joyful person.  Maybe you are ready to dare to dream on a bigger scale than you usually do or commit the time it requires to discover a new talent or help someone who is trying to do what you have already accomplished? Maybe you want to be more demonstrative with your affection or more verbal of your appreciation, even to those you don’t know. (One year I wrote to a number of my favorite authors to thank them for the influence they had on my life! That was fun.)  My teen-age daughter told me tonight that her focus this year is going to be ‘act as if you count.’  I am impressed.

The sky is truly the limit when it comes to finding a focus that is worthy of a new year.  (That’s why I am still mulling it over.)  Take some thought.  Decide what focus speaks to your heart.  Your taking a stand will start things in motion and allow you to feel less fragmented, more centered.  And, at the end of the year you can have the pleasure of looking back to see how your focus shaped your experience and added, in a positive way, to your life and the lives of those around you.

Happy New Year!  I am so glad we get to continue on this journey together.

Janen Wright       Lifespan Faith Development Director

On the Path: Intern’s Insights by Diana McLean

Diana MWhen I interviewed with Howell for this internship, he talked to me about a shift that needs to happen for ministerial interns. By the midpoint of our internship year, interns should start to see ourselves as ministers rather than students. By the end of the year, we should know that we are ministers. At the time, I thought I understood what he meant.

As Howell and others have said, ministerial formation is a lifelong process–we learn and grow all through our ministries. But here, at this Boulder Church, is where I am taking the first big steps in that learning. This is where I have begun to feel what’s meant by a term we seminarians hear so often, “ministerial presence.”

At the Standing on the Side of Love service at the Capitol in September, when I represented UUCB with Howell, I was recognized as clergy in the context of that service. I was proud to be there representing the Boulder Church, but still felt like a student.

Between my first sermon in August and my most recent one in December, I’ve felt a shift in how I preach. I arrived here with years of lay preaching experience, mostly at a small fellowship in North Idaho. I loved that small community, and it was there that I recognized my “Call” to ministry.

Now, I’m serving this strong congregation, preaching to a receptive congregation with high standards and a history of teaching interns who become incredible ministers. One of the reasons I wanted this particular internship at UUCB was that I knew I’d be both challenged and supported to grow into the best minister I can be.

When I was in Idaho, I was a monthly guest speaker. Here, I am growing from a student minister into a minister. This congregation’s commitment to being a teaching church is a huge part of that growth, and I feel such gratitude for you. I preached in November about the spiritual practice of gratitude–you might be surprised how many times this community shows up in my list of “thankful fors.”

Here at UUCB, I’m starting to feel more and more connected to my own authentic ministerial presence, and to you as a supportive congregation. It literally feels different in the pulpit nowadays. I feel more powerful, more empowered. After my December 14th sermon, that feeling was so strong that hours later I was still saying (out loud!) how awesome it was, how exhilarating it felt.

I was also delighted that a rapid exchange of emails started that afternoon by a few of you who responded with enthusiasm to the idea that we should consider having a “Black Lives Matter” banner displayed outside our church. A week later, I’m hearing that we’ll have the banner before the end of the year. I’m so proud of this congregation for the way we take action (following all the right procedures) when we are moved.

So here we are, nearly halfway through the church year and my internship, and I can feel the shift that Howell talked about last spring. I can feel myself showing up more and more in the role of minister–and not only in the pulpit.

As the connection between us has deepened, some of you have reached out to me for pastoral care. It is this, as much as anything else, that has helped me feel like your minister rather than a student. I recognize the trust you put in me when you come to me with concerns or challenges. Thank you for that gift.

There is so much more growth and learning for me to accomplish in the remaining time of this ministerial internship. I know that being the Ministerial Intern here at UUCB will be one of the most important learning experiences of my journey toward becoming the best Unitarian Universalist minister that I can become.

Membership Matters by Barb Richards

barbWe honor members, friends, visitors

Our Thoughts and Good Wishes continue to be with:  Rosemary Lohndorf and her parents John and Lilo Fowler.  Her Father is recovering from knee surgery done in November, and her Mother is dealing with health issues as well.  Jean LaDue and Betty Skipp as Jean’s Mother, Marjory LaDue, age 99 died November 25th.  Jean and Betty spent several days in Wisconsin attending to her funeral and other matters.  Jenny and Hilton Fitt-Peaster, Becky, Thad and Fox Martin, and all the rermaining family on the death, December 13th of Jenny’s Mom, Martha Kappel, age 90.  She had been in hospice care, for over 14 months, with the continued support of Ed Baker, her partner for over 20 years.  A Celebration of her Life will be held April 17, 2015 at UUCB.

Congratulations, Good Luck, Blessings, and Thanks to:  Last month Josie Heath, President of the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, and a member of UUCB, gave the closing remarks at a White House ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of Community Foundations in America.  Recent new members, Emily Valerio and John Bertin became engaged (ask to see her ring, John designed it)! Steve and Heidi Todd are delighted and proud that their oldest granddaughter Lauren, a Senior at the University of Colorado, was awarded her Phi-Beta-Kappa key, last month.  Karen Morgan has downsized, having recently moved into 795 square foot condo. Karen is especially proud that she has reduced her own carbon footprint.

Random Thoughts:  When you are re-thinking your New Year’s resolutions, hopefully volunteering at your/our Church will be on your “To Do” list.  Have you noticed that families with children have been greeting you on Sunday mornings?  My special thanks to The Martin Family, The Wheeless/Rowe Family, The Hughes Family, The Weinstein Family and The Raschke Family as they have been covering the same Sunday every month since September.  They made this commitment, as a result of their participation in Family Matters.  The Young Adults are the awesome Coffee Hosts the first Sunday of every month!  Last, but far from least, Ellen and Don Lilley have committed to be our Ushers the first Sunday of each month.  Julie and Bob Ford, have said they will Usher, every fourth Sunday, of the month.  A pledge of service can be as satisfying, as a pledge of money.  We always need 6-8 volunteers each Sunday for Ushering, Coffee set-up, Coffee clean-up and Sound (Caitlin Moore is terrific in coordinating these people) for our services.  The training and procedures (or as Dan Anderson says “the Methodism”) are in place to make it really easy for YOU.  Please find something YOU want to do, can commit to doing regularly, and that is comfortable for YOU to do.  Then say “YES” to that — or at least say “YES”, when asked!

With Love & Care, Barb

Family Matters Potlucks

Family Matters is a group at UUCB dedicated to building a thriving family community and ministry. Join us for one of our many events to connect, learn and grow with other families.

Get to know other families over bi-monthly, family friendly dinners at UUCB members’ homes. Contact Whitney Wheeless for RSVP information including address details and to sign up for appetizer, main dish, salad, side dish, or dessert. Bring your own beverages to share.

  • January 10 (Saturday), 5:30-9 pm
  • March 7 (Saturday), 6-9 pm




Wise Elders Luncheon on January 8

Please join us for the Wise Elders Luncheon on Thurs. Jan 8 from 11:30 to 1:00 at the church.  After lunch we will have a talk and slideshow on UUCB’s history and art treasures, given by Tessa Davis and Ginny Black who are UUCB’s Archivists.

If you need a ride, call Carol Saunders.

Climate Change Ministry News for January

sunflowerThis month we have two events that we are hosting after church in the month of January.   Stop by the Climate Ministry table during coffee hour to sign up for lunch and the classes.  

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Introduction


Jan 11th 12:30 – 1:30

(Lunch provided 12:00- 12:30)
UUCB Climate Change Ministry is presenting a one hour overview of their work with Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a national organization dedicated to shifting the political will to address climate change. Susan Secord, Tom Denkenberger and Susan Riederer will be the presenters.Stop by the Climate Change Ministry Table for sign-up sheet or contact Susan Riederer.

Ways to Reduce your Carbon Footprint Workshop


Jan 25th 12:30 – 2:00

(Lunch provided 12:00- 12:30)


Come learn about steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint.

Steve Todd will be the presenter. Stop by the Climate Change Ministry Table during coffee hour to sign up for this presentation.

Divestment and Unitarian-Universalists

Earth from spaceAs Unitarian-Universalists, we treasure our UU Seventh Principle, “respect for the inter-dependent web of existence of which we are a part.” We invoke it while working to protect and honor our planet Earth/Gaia. We know from climate scientists that using fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) is a big part of harming the planet and all life forms on it. We know that we must leave 80% of fossil fuel reserves in the ground in order to retain conditions that have fostered human civilization. We know that the fossil fuel industry continues its drive for “business as usual”, and has an enormous hold on our economy and governments. How can we hope to change this situation?

One tactic employed for social change is divestment –the opposite of investment, that is, getting rid of stocks, bonds, or investment funds that are unethical or morally ambiguous. It has been used effectively against violence in Darfur, tobacco advertising, and most successfully in South Africa against apartheid.

Divestment from the fossil fuel industry became a movement in 2012 on college campuses, started by the group with Bill McKibben. But many other kinds of organizations that serve the public good have made divestment commitments: city governments (including Boulder), a few counties, foundations (including Rockefeller) and other non-profits, and religious institutions.

What a natural pairing for UUs! And that is why our UU Association requested all of its member congregations in 2013 to examine their own investments, institutional and individual, through this fossil fuel divestment lens. And that is why in 2014 our UUA passed a resolution to divest all monies of the Common Endowment Fund, in which many smaller congregations choose to invest. The agreement was forged retaining minimal shares to keep shareholder activism possible.

Be on the look-out for more updates as our church discusses this issue and decides what we want to do about it.


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Second Season of CSA Sponsorship by UUCB

Green SanctuaryUUCB’s Climate Action Ministry found an interfaith partner last year to support one of our goals toward Green Sanctuary Certification.  Tuv Ha’Aretz is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project. 

Tuv Ha’Aretz gives people from Boulder County faith communities an opportunity to eat local, organic produce through partnerships with local farmers and to explore contemporary food issues from faith-based perspectives. The CSA works with Red Wagon organic farm in Boulder County to provide shares of locally grown produce. Eating local for a significant portion of your family’s meals minimizes carbon emissions in comparison to food transported across country or oceans. Organic farmers also work to preserve the quality of the land.

Membership in Tuv Ha’Aretz includes weekly or every other week pick-ups at convenient locations of a wide range of produce selected to provide variety and even some food adventures. It includes a weekly blog from Red Wagon Farm, cooking and preserving ideas from Tuv Ha’Aretz, and additional programming. This year the CSA sponsored a screening of the film “Fed Up” at UUCB.

Information for joining the CSA will be available at a table after the service on January 25, with a representative from Red Wagon Farm here to answer questions.

Local, organic produce…all with a spiritual connection


Tuv Ha‘Aretz Interfaith CSA partners include: Boulder Jewish Community Center, Congregation Bonai Shalom, Congregation Har HaShem, Congregation Nevei Kodesh, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, and Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder


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