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Kevin Mann, with Nani Ranken, Worship Associate
There are over 2,000 Unitarian Universalists in the Philippines. Located in Metro Manila and on the central Visayan island of Negros, the church is a thriving beacon of liberal religion in a conservative catholic-dominated country. The UU Church of the Philippines is challenging long-standing unaddressed issues of domestic violence, LGBT discrimination, mass incarceration, HIV/AIDS, comprehensive sexuality education and religious pluralism. What can UUs from the Third World teach us about our shared faith? How can strengthening ties with our sister churches in the Philippines move us closer in our journey towards an anti-racist and anti-oppressive Unitarian Universalism?
About Kevin: Multi-Religious Unitarian Universalism defined as Spiritually Alive, Radically Inclusive and Justice Centered, shape my ministry and my call to professional religious leadership. Grounded in theologies of anti-racism, anti-ableism, feminism, and queer liberation, and rooted in experience with parish, pastoral and community ministry, I strive towards building bridges of interdependence and mutuality through multiracial, multicultural community empowerment and collective solidarity.
Rev. Chip Wright, with Rodney Gothelf, Worship Associate
Remember to bring flowers to share for our annual Flower Communion.
This year we will offer anointment blessings for all the kids, and then anyone else who wishes it. Don your bonnets and hats for this Traditional Universalist Resurrection Easter. As always a surprise visit and an easter egg hunt — after all the blessings!
Rev. Chip Wright, with Sue Fleckles, Worship Associate
Having worked for many years with the "Just Works" program of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, my wife and I have come to know first-hand about what it means to be part of a just world. Today I share some stories and insights from our experiences along the Columbia River in Washington state, where we worked with migrant agricultural families, adults as well as children, during the picking seasons.
Rev. Chip Wright, with Nani Ranken, Worship Associate
First in a series of Sundays on liberal theology
Unitarians and Universalists have a long and nuanced relationship with Abrahamic scriptures. Learn about our unique evolution in relationship to the scriptures of the Bible and how it helped define who we are today.
Meredith Guest, with Jason Stearns, Worship Associate
We separate ourselves by all kinds of borders both internal and external. Internal borders arising from fear, mistrust and group identity manifest in external borders dividing nations, states, religions and races. Increasingly, however, it is becoming obvious that the problems we face as a species cannot be contained within borders, nor can solutions if they are to be real and effective. As religious (and not-so-religious) progressives who believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people, we are constrained to cross borders whenever we can – intentionally, respectfully, courageously – in order to affirm and celebrate our common humanity, even if doing so requires risk, struggle, and sacrifice.
Meredith Guest lives in Sonoma County with her partner and a bunch of rescued animals on what has become a small wildlife preserve. She substitute teaches in various schools in Petaluma and is active in trying to create habitat for Monarch butterflies. Long ago and far away she was a Southern Baptist minister who got fired and became a Montessori educator. Eventually, she came out as transgender and for several years thereafter was a member of the Unitarian Universalist congregation of Petaluma (UUP) where she still occasionally attends. She has two grown and quite wonderful children.