Sep 30, 2020

by Robert Voss

On July 4th
We seem to celebrate
Less and less
Our independence
And more and more
Who we are today,
More and more
What we have become
From 226 years of history,
Celebrating and making peace
With our past.
This is good and necessary
As we fractious children
Need a day of togetherness
To forget the fuss and fight.
Just one day.

I have been gone too long,
Abroad in the land.
My apartment complex
Has a pool,
And I walk there
With a plum in hand
From my brother’s tree.
At the pool
A complex of kids
Of every type and color
Play king of the hill
On a rubber raft of
The American flag.
This is what I think about
This 4th of July.
We are now every nation.
It wasn’t ...

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UU San Mateo has joined the Soul Matters Sharing Circle

Sep 4, 2020

by Sheila Sandow

UUSM has become a participating member in the Soul Matters Sharing Circle, a network of Unitarian Universalist congregations that follow the same themes each month, so that resources and ideas can be more easily shared. The Soul Matters Sharing Circle is a web of support and connection – companions traveling a new journey together each month.

As part of our congregation’s membership, Soul Matters provides us with a variety of resource materials we can use to enhance all aspects of our community’s life – from worship, to music, to small-group ministries, to lifespan religious-exploration programs.

We begin exploring Soul Matters themes in September by asking ourselves: “What does it mean to be a people of RENEWAL?”

September is a season of homecoming for UUs, and Renewal is central to that experience. ...

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Open Circles to Focus on Soul Matters Themes in 2020-2021

Sep 4, 2020

by Sheila Sandow

One of the UUSM small-group ministry programs that will be using Soul Matters themes and materials during the 2020-2021 congregational year is Open Circles.

These forums allow participants to connect, share, and explore life journeys, providing a unique opportunity to engage in the spiritual practice of transforming ourselves and the world, and enriching participants’ lives with greater depth of meaning and purpose. By setting aside daily distractions to reflect on personal beliefs, participants share their wisdom and make thoughtful and meaningful connections with one another, leaving each meeting with a deeper understanding of themselves and each other. Newcomers are especially welcome to participate in Open Circles.

During the 2020-2021 congregational year, TWO Open Circle groups (each one meeting twice per month) are again available to all –

  • The Wednesday Evening Open Circle continues its regular ...
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