This Sunday

Memory and Belonging

Rev. Barnaby Feder

Rev. Barnaby leads a Memorial Day celebration exploring the challenge to make memories that build Beloved Community.    

Rev. Barnaby Writes

From the Minister

As UU’s, we are in a period of heartfelt but, for many people, disturbing effort to deepen our understanding of the diverse ways people of color among us experience our “whiteness.” We also aim to reflect what we learn with collective as well as individual changes in behavior. It’s foolish to think we can make everyone who comes through our doors feel welcomed and accepted for who they are. It’s our desire and mission, though, to work toward that lofty goal, knowing that we can do better than we have. This is the kind of challenge that grows our souls as individuals and our ability to build love in the wider community as a congregation.

It’s stressful, though. The firing last night of FBI Director James Comey reminds us yet again that anything we do within our denomination or personal lives is unfolding within a time of relentless anxiety-promoting developments on the national political scene. This is true regardless of which political movements and leaders you support.

I pray that we not lose sight of a few core beliefs I hope we all aspire to live out: 1) The CVUUS community should be a safe place to be uncomfortable and in the minority; 2) We seek to practice kindness toward those with whom we differ; 3) We look for reasons to respect those with whom we disagree and to be humble about our own ability to know the “truth.” 4) We worship together (in part) to better understand how we are called to serve Love; 5) In the broad array of ways we serve, we affirm and better understand what we worship.

Blessed be in these troubling times… Rev. Barnaby Read More about “From the Minister”

Save the Dates!

Rhubarb Festival, Sat. June 3 (10 am- 2 pm)

CVUUS will open its doors to all of the surrounding community who would like to attend Rhubarb Festival 2017. Pies are the big attraction, mostly rhubarb ($15) but also strawberry rhubarb ($18). Come early for the latter because they go fast. Also available will be sweets and savories, beautiful bling for your jewelry box, plants for your garden, and gently used books for the children in your life. The café opens at 10:30: sandwich/salad, beverage and dessert for $5. No tickets required. Live music and kids’ face painting, all day. No entry fee. Profits support a local charity. Rhubarb_Festival_Poster_2017 Read More about “Rhubarb Festival, Sat. June 3 (10 am- 2 pm)”

Member Stories

As some of you know, I was raised in this community from the age of 9. I vaguely remember the infamous first meeting in the Berninghausen’s, and remember well every stage of our growth leading up to this lovely space. In the early days of planning CVUUS it was my own mother who made the “piss or get off the pot” pronouncement which perhaps prompted the paths of fate which have brought us all together today. I know her bluntness and aforementioned approach to life and decisions has prompted many a move in my own life.

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