Rev. Wendy Williams - Senior Minister

Impact

The purpose of life is not to transcend the body, but to embody the transcendent. Living into interconnectedness, inclusion, and hospitality requires our bodies, as well as minds and hearts. We must be open to stories that reveal impact has more to teach us right now than intent.

What’s Going On?

More than 600 Unitarian Universalist congregations have changed their worship topics at this time to address critical issues around race in our denomination and our country. We join in this deep reflection through story and song and invite you to join us.

We Can Mend the Sky Music Service

The JUC Choir sings music of transformation, featuring “We can mend the sky,” with words from 14-year old Somali immigrant Warda Mohamed who tells her hope for a world transformed by human love. Come be opened in heart, mind, and spirit.

We Can Mend the Sky Music Service

The JUC Choir sings music of transformation, featuring “We can mend the sky,” with words from 14-year old Somali immigrant Warda Mohamed who tells her hope for a world transformed by human love. Come be opened in heart, mind, and spirit.

Interdependently Ours

Earth Day appeals to our environmental sensibilities and love of nature. Yet, what how does Earth Day invite us into our own transformations?

Returning to Life – Easter Service

An improbable return to life lies at the heart of the Easter narrative. While its literal truth may challenge us, the metaphor, if we look closely, is likely familiar and has much to teach us.

Yes, and . . .

On this Sunday when we welcome Rev. Wendy Williams back from sabbatical time, we begin April’s exploration of what it means to be a people open to Transformation. This service will include artwork from “Maybe Something Beautiful,” a book co-authored by JUC’s own Theresa Howell, about how art transformed a neighborhood in San Diego.

Everyday Acts and Ordinary Prophets

In the shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, prophets can seem extraordinary and unreachable. Yet, our faith is one that embraces the priesthood and prophethood of all. What does that ask of us?

Caught!

King is quoted often. His “I Have a Dream” speech is one of the most iconic speeches in history. Not all of his language lifted us into a vision of what yet may be. Some of his words reminded us of just how hard the work is here and now.

To Be Real

This month we look at the meaning of prophecy. At their core, prophets see the world not just as it is, but how they wish it to be. They see with both eyes and speak in paradigm-shifting ways that bring us to our knees. They awaken us and awaken in us that common yearning to … Continued

Christmas Eve Traditional Service

Our Christmas message in lessons and carols featuring our JUC Choir. Service will begin with 15 minutes of Christmastide music.

Christmas Eve Traditional Service

Our Christmas message in lessons and carols featuring our JUC Choir. Service will begin with 15 minutes of Christmastide music.

Christmas Eve Family Service

Join in a joyful retelling of the Christmas story in this family-friendly interactive service featuring child actors.

The Other Letter

What if children didn’t write letters to Santa? Who would they write and what would they ask for? What letters would we send as adults? Join us as we tell stories of our common desire for presence?

Find a Stillness

If you have ever wished your life resembled the peaceful scenes on holiday cards, this service is for you. Together we will breathe through the hectic and unhinged fury of the season and invite ourselves into stillness–gifting ourselves with presence.

Flaming Chalice: The Story of Unitarian Universalism

In this month of Story, the story of Unitarian Universalism will be a part of the multigenerational music Sunday on November 20 entitled Flaming Chalice. Come hear the Children’s, Radiance, and JUC Choirs, along with a UU Actors’ Guild present a musical history of our faith.

Called In

In the shadow of the election, we know little was resolved other than the identity of our next president. That our country is deeply divided is painfully obvious. There are no quick fixes. Many of us need to heal and healing is a communal event. We need each other. Together we need to grasp the … Continued

Part of the Story

Regardless of whether we agree with the election results or not, each of us remains a part of the story. How will our response to this election tell the story of us?

Courting the Chaos

Anything that needs healing has been brought about by some friction or disruption. Our human tendency is to want to get past whatever is causing the disruption: illness, grief, divorce, or disappointment. Yet, what happens when we turn toward the friction, when we court the chaos? Could that be the place of deepest healing?

Built on Brokenness

Presidential election cycles return us to the rhetoric that this country was built on, by and for greatness. Yet, this year, conventions and rallies have been marked by those who would remind us of those who were not included in the American Dream. What is the role of the liberal church in healing the brokenness?

Inscribed

At sundown Rosh Hashanah begins. On the highest of holy days, Jews wish each other Shanah Tovah or Happy New Year. Yet, the longer version of the greeting is L’shanah tovah tikatevu, May you be inscribed for a good year (in the book of life). What does seeing ourselves as inscribed offer to understanding of … Continued

Common Good

One of our cherished hymns reminds us to give praise and thanks for all that is our life. It is not simply about gratitude though, as evidenced by one verse ending with these words “to build the common good and make our own days glad.” That is the essence of covenant. And this is the … Continued

Celebration Sunday: Increasing the Sum of Love and Justice

We kick of our church year by celebrating our covenantal tradition. The Choir will sing, kids will start out in the service for a message for all ages, and we will unpack what an old fashioned word like covenant might mean for us today. As Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote: “we do not make the … Continued

It’s to Die For

Who among us has heard or uttered this phrase in response to a great concert, a scrumptuous desert or an exceptional vacation experience? And yet, death awaits all of us who live whether we’ve experienced any of those things or not. How do we live accepting our mortality?

Awesome

This is a popular word in our modern lexicon. So much so, that we may no longer hear it as a term that invites us to embrace wonder. How might our lives and world look different if we accepted the invitation?

My Bad

Forgiveness is such a fraught notion. Immediately, most of us think of the person who has most wronged us. Yet, religiously, there is something about naming and accepting our own imperfection.

Peace Without Clarity

It’s been said that the only certainty in life is death and taxes, but perhaps it is more accurate to say the only certain is uncertainty. How might we make peace with living in such a complex time where so much is uncertain and unclear?

Simplicity–It’s Complicated!

Sometimes simplicity is bandied about as another thing we ‘should’ achieve. Is it is always helpful or possible?

Simplicity As Resistance

We live busy overstuffed lives that require attention to and coordination of multiple details and schedules. As summer months begins, we might recall the wisdom of our religious ancestors like Henry David Thoreau who wrote (nearly 200 years ago): “As for complex ways of living, I love them not, no matter how much I practice … Continued

Awakening to Blessing

We were called into this world and chosen for these days. An original music service with poetry by Wendy Williams and music composed by Keith Arnold, with the JUC Choir and Children’s Choirs, orchestra, and Adam Revell on piano. This service invites us to be awakened to this day, blesses the work of our hands, … Continued

Awakening to Blessing

We were called into this world and chosen for these days. An original music service with poetry by Wendy Williams and music composed by Keith Arnold, with the JUC Choir and Children’s Choirs, orchestra, and Adam Revell on piano. This service invites us to be awakened to this day, blesses the work of our hands, … Continued

New Beginnings

Graduations are celebrated at Commencements, which is, of course, more about beginning than ending. How are our new beginnings a blessing? What makes them so?

Blessing the Imperfect

May is a month of transitions and hopes. There are weddings and graduations galore. With all those milestones, calling for toasts and blessings, there is often an expectation of blue skies and green lights forever. Can we also bless the imperfect or the times reality falls short of desire?

Re-creation

It is amazing what happens to a word when you insert a hyphen. Recreation speaks to us of the outdoors and to non-work time. It suggests fun and activity. Insert a hyphen and there is a suggestion that something be created anew or to be renewed. How might that notion influence our church and our … Continued

Pro-creation

Whether we have children or not, many of us would likely say we are pro-creation. Yet, what does such a claim ask of us?

Creation

In religious contexts, there is much hubbub about creation. How did we come into being? Yet, how might we be called to understand science and religion as working together to explain creation? How might this inform our sense of whether or not we are creative?

Easter: Set Free From Fear

Often our exploration of Easter is derailed by disbelief in a literal resurrection. What if Easter itself was a metaphorical tale of liberation? How might we be called to respond? Additional Service Saturday, March 26 at 4:30 p.m.