Exploration & Potluck: January 21, 2018

Beloved Community

As the Castle Rock Unitarian Universalist Community begins its sixth year, CRUUC co-founder and Board President, Gary Wyngarden will speak on “Beloved Community”, Martin Luther King’s concept of a community in which people of different backgrounds recognize that we are all interconnected, and that our individual well-being is inextricably linked to the well-being of others. We will explore the importance of CRUUC to its members and to the larger world.

Gary Wyngarden

Retired from his business career, Gary is devoting his talents and energy to community service as an actively engaged volunteer at the Douglas Elbert Task Force, a frequent teacher at D.U.’s chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and through CRUUC.

Whether you’re a current member, regular visitor or a new friend, we hope you’ll join us! We welcome all people who honor the UU beliefs and principles, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, mental or physical challenges, religious beliefs, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Meetings are held every 3rd Sunday of the month at 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock, CO, 80109, in the Castle Rock Room of New Hope Presbyterian Church**. This month’s meeting will be Sunday, January 21, 2018. Please arrive by 3:45 p.m. and bring food and/or drink to share. Meetings begin promptly at 4:00 p.m. and are usually followed by breakout discussion groups. As always, we will finish up with a potluck and social hour which ends around 6:30 p.m. Blue jeans and casual attire are welcome.

This month’s compassion in action offering will be collected for the Douglas County Fallen Officers’ Fund in honor of those killed and wounded in the December 30th shooting in Highlands Ranch.

Upcoming Events

  • Exploration & Potluck: February 18, 2018 with returning guest speaker, Kristen Psaki, topic TBA

    Kristen Psaki

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Exploration & Potluck: Sunday, December 17, 2017

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Spiritual Diversity: Christmas Season Traditions

Although Unitarianism and Universalism are both based in liberal Judeo-Christian traditions, our search for truth and meaning leads us to embrace diverse teachings from both Eastern and Western religions and philosophies to connect with the sacred (see Sources of our Living Tradition). In the words of the 13th century Sufi poet, Jalaluddin Rumi:

There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground. There are a thousand ways to go home again.

As UU’s, we support the free and responsible search for truth and meaning through embracing and practicing forms of spirituality that resonate within our individual hearts and minds. This month, we will take a glimpse of: Hanukkah; Winter Solstice; a Cuban Christmas; and Kwanzaa; along with UU youth, Lenora Roberts’ view of the season.

Marnie Buckley

This month’s guest speaker, a current CRUUC board member, and fourth generation Universalist, Marnie Buckley, taught Spanish and was a guitar instructor and performer of folk music. After graduate school, she worked as a Clinical Social Worker in the fields of police social work and as director of a family counseling agency. Local activism, volunteering at the Task Force and Douglas County Indivisible have been rewarding connections to the community. Most important has been Marnie’s role as a grandmother, which brings her great joy.

We hope you’ll join us! Please arrive by 3:45 p.m. and bring food and/or drink to share. Meetings begin promptly at 4:00 p.m. followed by breakout discussion groups. As always, we will finish up with a potluck and social hour which usually ends around 6:30 p.m. Blue jeans and casual attire are welcome.

Our meeting place is 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock, CO, 80109, in the Castle Rock Room of New Hope Presbyterian Church**.

For more information, simply email Cath Wyngarden at cath@cruuc.org.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017: Food Drive

We’re pleased to announce that CRUUC will once again support 9 Cares Colorado Shares food drive on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 7:00 AM until noon. Our assignment will be the new King Soopers store on Promenade in Castle Rock. We will be soliciting food and cash donations which will benefit the Food Bank at the Douglas/Elbert Task Force.  In the past our efforts have resulted in donations of about $1,500 plus 2,000 pounds of food! Given the traffic volume in the new King Soopers store, this year’s numbers should be even higher.

We’re hoping you will be able to help with this worthy effort for an hour or so. If you are willing and able, please let Gary Wyngarden know ASAP by replying to gwyngarden@kellin.net.  And if you have a time preference, please let him know that as well.

Thanks for your support of CRUUC and 9 Cares Colorado Shares

CRUUC Volunteers Norm McQueen, Marnie & John Buckley at Kings Soopers in 2015

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Exploration & Potluck: November 19, 2017

Truth Matters

A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning

Why our 4th Unitarian Universalist Principle* is more important than ever in a climate of  “alternative facts”.

Bill Baird

Guest speaker and CRUUC board member, Bill Baird, has been a Peace Corps Volunteer, a high school physics and chemistry teacher, a college professor, and a grandpa. His favorite career is the last one. He believes that telling the truth is important within families, communities, and society. He will tell you why he believes this, and invite your comments.

We hope you’ll join us! As always, we will finish up with a potluck and social hour, so please bring food and/or drink to share. Blue jeans and casual attire are welcome.

Our current meeting place is 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock, CO, 80109, in the Castle Rock Room of New Hope Presbyterian Church**.

Please arrive by 3:45 p.m. Meetings begin promptly at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, simply email Cath Wyngarden at cath@cruuc.org.

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Exploration & Potluck: Sunday, October 15, 2017

To Shape God

Elizabeth Mount

Prayer practices are a feature of many world religions, and even play a part in the practices of some agnostic and atheist religious thinkers. Why might this be? Come and explore with us the ways that a prayer practice can open space for hope and contemplation in a turbulent world and bring space for creative new ways of being together.

Our October speaker, Elizabeth Mount, is a UU seminarian at the Meadville Lombard School of Theology and the ministerial intern at the First Universalist Church of Denver. Elizabeth is also a life-long Unitarian Universalist and worked in education and community organizing prior to choosing ministry as their vocation.

We hope you’ll join us! As always, we will finish up with a potluck and social hour, so please bring food and/or drink to share. Blue jeans and casual attire are welcome.

Our current meeting place is 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock, CO, 80109, in the Castle Rock Room of New Hope Presbyterian Church*.

Please arrive by 3:45 p.m. Meetings begin promptly at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, simply email Cath Wyngarden at cath@cruuc.org.

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Exploration & Potluck: Sunday, September 17, 2017

In Fresh Surprise of Love

Lessons in Love – from Cats

Paul Gibb

Please join us as guest speaker Paul Gibb explores his realization that Love is not about Ownership … but rather about Shared Joy. Paul speaks about both the joy shared and the lessons learned during his 36 years of tutorship by cats.

Paul Gibb has been a professor of English literature, a New York City taxicab driver, a signalman on a railroad, and owner of a telecommunication business. He is currently retired and living with his wife Meri in Niwot, Colorado, where he spends his time writing and working on projects around the house. He is a lifetime UU and a member of the Boulder Valley UU Fellowship in Lafayette. His daughter, Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh, works for the UUA’s Pacific Western Region and often comes to Colorado. Over the past 32 years he has written 18 sermons and delivered them a total of 49 times at various UU congregations.

We hope you’ll join us! As always, we will finish up with a potluck and social hour, so please bring food and/or drink to share. Blue jeans and casual attire are welcome.

Our current meeting place is 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock, CO, 80109, in the Castle Rock Room of New Hope Presbyterian Church*.

Please arrive by 3:45 p.m. Meetings begin promptly at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, simply email Cath Wyngarden at cath@cruuc.org.

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Exploration & Potluck: August 20, 2017

A UU Theology of Brokenness

Kenny Wiley

Unitarian Universalism does great with wholeness. That is our saving message: that we are, even on our worst days, worthy of love. But what about being broken, or hurt, or what about when we harm others? What then?

Join Kenny Wiley, a UU World senior editor, a program director for the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, and a former religious educator at Prairie UU in Parker, for an enthusiastic and thoughtful look at how our faith can meaningfully respond to what’s worst in us, and to those tough moments.

Kenny Wiley is also a member of the Black Lives of UU organizing collective, is an avid ultimate frisbee player, and a big football and women’s basketball fan.

We hope you’ll join us! As always, we will finish up with a potluck and social hour, so please bring food and/or drink to share. Blue jeans and casual attire are welcome.

Our current meeting place is 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock, CO, 80109, in the Castle Rock Room of New Hope Presbyterian Church*.

Please arrive by 3:45 p.m. Meetings begin promptly at 4:00 p.m.

To R.S.V.P., simply email Cath Wyngarden at cath@cruuc.org.

Upcoming Events

  • August 12, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. – Culture Club, The Road To Character by David Brooks. For more information, email Sue Fraley or call Marnie Buckley 720-810-5457.

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Exploration & Potluck: July 16, 2017

Choosing Trust In Risky Times

Rev. Ruth Rinehart

It is counter-cultural to choose trust. Demagogues and marketers want us to choose fear, feel fear, run towards security, fear the unknown, fear our neighbors.  It is counter-cultural to choose trust. In ourselves.  In others (without being naive or unwise).  In the future.  In life itself.  Let us deconstruct these choices, especially in these times of fake news and information overload.

Rescheduled from March, this month’s guest speaker, Rev. Ruth Rinehart, is currently the Assistant Minister at Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, a leader in JUUST Living and a Trustee of the Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

We hope you’ll join us! As always, we will finish up with a potluck and social hour, so please bring food and/or drink to share. Blue jeans and casual attire are welcome.

Our current meeting place is 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock, CO, 80109, in the Castle Rock Room of New Hope Presbyterian Church*.

Please arrive by 3:45 p.m. Meetings begin promptly at 4:00 p.m.

To R.S.V.P., simply email Cath Wyngarden cath@cruuc.org.


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Exploration & Potluck: June 18, 2017

“Still Has His Senses” original oil by Ed Balcourt (1922-____)

A Celebration of Spring: Flower Ceremony and Father’s Day!!

Please join us on June 18th to honor Father’s Day in addition to a Flower Ceremony. This simple spring ritual, symbolizing the diversity and beauty of our community, is celebrated by Unitarian Universalist congregations around the world.

Bring a flower to this much-loved UU ceremony — from your garden, from a flowering tree or shrub, or from the store. The flowers are brought together to create a beautiful bouquet and at the end of the service each person takes home a new flower.

Dory Pinkham

Our guest speaker, Dory Pinkham is a retired Microbiologist and a current Reiki Master and teacher. She enjoys creating rituals and marking life (and nature!) events in ceremony and hung out her wedding officiant shingle over ten years ago. An original member of CRUUC, Dory is now serving as a member of our board.

We hope you’ll join us! As always, we will finish up with a potluck and social hour, so please bring food and/or drink to share. Blue jeans and casual attire are welcome.

Our current meeting place is 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock, CO, 80109, in the Castle Rock Room of New Hope Presbyterian Church.*

Please arrive by 3:45 p.m. Meetings begin promptly at 4:00 p.m.

To R.S.V.P., simply email Cath Wyngarden cath@cruuc.org.

Resources


Upcoming Events

  • Food Drive Saturday, June 10 from 7:00 a.m. until noon. Volunteers needed! Please contact Gary Wyngarden gwyngarden@kellin.net
  • Culture Club, The Road To Character by David Brooks. For more information, email Sue Fraley or call Marnie Buckley 720-810-5457.
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Food Drive: June 10, 2017

We’re pleased to announce that CRUUC will once again support 9 Cares Colorado Shares food drive on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 7:00 AM until noon. Our assignment will be the new King Soopers store on Promenade in Castle Rock. We will be soliciting food and cash donations which will benefit the Food Bank at the Douglas/Elbert Task Force.  In the past our efforts have resulted in donations of about $1,500 plus 2,000 pounds of food! Given the traffic volume in the new King Soopers store, this year’s numbers should be even higher.

We’re hoping you will be able to help with this worthy effort for an hour or so. If you are willing and able, please let Gary Wyngarden know ASAP by replying to gwyngarden@kellin.net.  And if you have a time preference, please let him know that as well.

Thanks for your support of CRUUC and 9 Cares Colorado Shares

CRUUC Volunteers at Kings Soopers in 2015

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