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.


Upcoming Events

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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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Exploration & Potluck: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Cindy Pincus M.Div.

Cacti, Deserts, and Manna from Heaven

We all move through different territories, geographies, and landscapes in our lives.  What shall we do when we move through the drylands and deserts?  How shall we make our way through without thirsting, hungering, or struggling beyond what is necessary?  When we are lost in the desert, what can we find there that will help us survive our journey?  Come hear a sermon by Cindy Pincus as she blends biology and theology and offers some juicy sustenance for our wanderings in the wilderness.

With a Masters of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Cindy Pincus is currently a hospice chaplain in Denver and a regular preacher at multiple Colorado Front Range churches. Entering the final preparations for UU ordination and ministry, Cindy still manages to find time for her artwork, printmaking, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains.

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

  • Saturday, May 13th at 6:00 p.m. Culture Club, Beyond Words – What Animals Think And Feel by Carl Safina, hosted by the Wallendorfs. For more information, contact Sue Fraley or Marnie Buckley 720-810-5457.
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Exploration & Potluck: Sunday, April 16, 2017

Mindfulness

Barbe Ratcliffe

One of the ancient Eastern disciplines, mindfulness is now part of mainstream Western culture — being used in schools, in hospitals, with veterans, and with young and old alike. The significant health benefits ascribed to mindfulness practices are impressive. There is proven evidence that our minds, and the stories we tell ourselves, play a key role in determining our responses to life, the impact stress has on our bodies and minds, and our overall experience with life.

Please join us with guest speaker Barbe Ratcliffe for a mindfulness exploration: identifying some of the tools which can be used and that have proven beneficial in obtaining positive outcomes; and participating in a short mindfulness meditation.

Barbe Ratcliffe has a passion for aging well and optimizing life. She has studied personal optimization for many years and, as a senior citizen, is now enjoying the benefits of her mindfulness practice.

Wanting to share what she has learned and experienced, Barbe facilitates mindfulness courses at the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute at the University of Denver, where she also serves as Executive Director.

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: Sunday, March 19, 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.

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.


 Resources


Social Justice / Compassion In Action

During last month’s meeting, our Community raised $450!!!  to help Jeanette Vizguarra and her family who have sought sanctuary at First Unitarian Society of Denver. For more information on what you can do to help, here’s a link. Thank you all for giving so generously!

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Exploration & Potluck: February 19, 2017

More Than a March!

The Women’s March invigorated many of us, lifted our energy, and instilled some hope for the future.  Yet, we know that there will be much more to do.

Rev. Julia McKay

Please join us with guest speaker Rev. Julia McKay from Columbine Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday, February 19, 2017, to explore how to build on that momentum, maintain our resilience, and continue the resistance.

“Our task now is not only to continue to express our love in all of the ways we know how to do, but to allow a love that we have not yet known. Our task is to tolerate the insurgence of a love larger, deeper, and more profound, than any trouble we can imagine.  To be able to turn our imagination toward the tide of overwhelm. To turn it toward all those who feel so disenfranchised that they would create such disturbance.  Our task is let our love disturb the disturbance.” — Rev. McKay

Come explore the ways that we can live demonstrating our UU values.

Rev Julia McKay has been the settled minister at Columbine Unitarian Universalist Church in Littleton, CO since 2013.  Previously, she ministered in Montana and Washington before she returned to live in her hometown of Castle Rock, CO.  She is most passionate about helping people live the essence of who they are in the world as gift and grace.  She is grateful to be spending the afternoon with Castle Rock UU Community!!

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*.

Meetings begin promptly at 4 o’clock p.m.

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


Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 6 p.m. Culture Club’s Chautauqua night at the Wyngardens’
  • Sunday, March 19th, 2017, at 4 p.m. Exploration & Potluck with guest speaker, the recently ordained Rev. Ruth Rinehart

Social Justice Update

  • The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have prepared a Declaration of Conscience. By signing this joint initiative, you commit to putting Unitarian Universalist values into action to resist hate, fear and bigotry. Get regular email updates, opportunities and stories from this joint initiative of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). http://www.uua.org/action/show-love/declaration-conscience

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