Upcoming Services

OCTOBER 1

9:30 am: Leaders: Sylvia Jones and Linda Dieteker-Yolo

Goddesses: Based on the UU courses, ‘Cakes for the Queen of Heaven’ and ‘Rise Up and Call Her Name’, this course will explore the influence of the sacred female on religion, history, world cultures and our own UU lives through discussion, interactive media, stories, poems, music and, most of all, questions.

11:00 am: “Not Knowing and The Resistance“ Traditional service with Rev. Sonya Sukalski and Sunday Service Assistant Rainer Hoenicke. Rev. Sonya Sukalski knows that as a white person, certainty, and proclaiming all she and presumably we can know, is important.  However there are many patterns of white culture that oppress us all, that rob life of its mystery, and make faith-filled lives more difficult to lead.  Voices of Unitarian Universalists of Color, Stories of Struggle, Courage, Love and Faith are lifted up to help us see these patterns that so often remain veiled so we can liberate all people to resist oppression and create vibrant communities of liberation.

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OCTOBER 8

9:30 am: Leaders: Margaret Kelso and Alison Weber

Early Christian and Reformation U&U’s: Origen was an early universalist and Arius was an early unitarian before the Nicene Creed established an orthodoxy. During the Reformation, Michael Servetus and Francis David were leading unitarians. To what extent do UU’s still have non-mainstream ideas or even heretic hearts?

11:00 am: “Swimming to the Other Side” Traditional service with Rev. Bonnie Dlott and Sunday Service Assistant Mary Lu Kennelly. After experiencing a sudden unwelcome change, it can be tempting to give in to sadness and despair. While grieving for the life “before” is important and necessary as it is after any kind of loss, the possibilities of grace, growth, and positive transformation are also present if we are open to them.

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OCTOBER 15

9:30 am: Leader: Wr’near Wilcox

The hero: “The hero,” wrote Joseph Campbell, “is the man or woman who has been able to battle past his personal and local historical limitations to the generally valid, normally human forms. Such a one’s visions, ideas, and inspirations come pristine from the primary springs of human life and thought. Hence they are eloquent, not of the present, disintegrating society and psyche, but of the unquiet source through which society is reborn.” In this, the first of a 3-part series on archetypes, Wr’near will be drawing on the insights of J. Campbell, C.G. Jung, and C. Kerenyé on “The Archetypal Hero.”

11:00 am: “Heroic Journeys” – Traditional service with Wr’near Wilcox and Sunday Service Assistant Jeff Leles. Assuming the manifold and archetypal faces of heroism, Wr’near Wilcox invites us to contemplate the nature and destination of the journeys upon which we find ourselves located, both individually and collectively.

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OCTOBER 22

9:30 am: Leader: Cindy Guentert

Cultural Appropriation vs. Cultural Exchange: Halloween is a time of fun and excitement for many of us. The candy, the scary movies, the costumes. But while most Halloween costumes are harmless, many are forms of cultural appropriation. What IS cultural appropriation? Moving from appropriating to learning, appreciating and respecting other cultures is a necessary step in working against oppression rather than perpetuating it.

11:00 am: “Celebrating the Journey” Traditional Service with Rev. Bonnie Dlott and Sunday Service Assistant Anne Jungerman. As she reflects on the twelve years she has served this congregation, Rev. Bonnie feels optimistic about the future of NVUU and our Unitarian Universalist “mission” in Napa. Come today and hear why!

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OCTOBER 29

9:30 am: Leader: Iris Craig

Evensong, a good way to explore personal beliefs and possibilities, and a great way to get to know a group of people.

Evensong, Gathering One: Childhood Memory and Knowing: You are invited to bring an object, memento, photograph, or drawing that reminds you of a truth; a knowing for which you are grateful, that you learned as a child and has served you well through life. Think of a deep understanding you came to know as a child, even if your childhood situation was difficult. Was there a strength that, as a child, you found in yourself?

11:00 am: “Day of the Dead” Traditional service with Anne Jungerman and Sunday Service Assistant Wr’near Wilcox. Today’s service is inspired by Día de los Muertos (The Day of The Dead), a holiday celebrated in Mexico, and more and more in California and the US, when the living remember the dead. Anne will reflect on the Rev. Megan Foley’s sermon “At The End of Your Rope: Day of the Dead” about making meaning of death, loss and the grief it brings.

You are invited (encouraged!) to bring pictures and mementos of your loved ones, including pets, to add to our community altar.

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