Holiday Gathering: Sunday, December 18, 2016

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Please join us for a Holiday Gathering Sunday, December 18, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

John Redmon a.k.a. JRed

John Redmon a.k.a. JRed

Joining us will be singer, songwriter and musician John Redmon a.k.a. JRed to lead us in a holiday sing-a-long.

As always, our gathering will include a potluck, 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*.

To R.S.V.P., simply email Cath Wyngarden cath@cruuc.org, or text 360-298-4638.


Upcoming Events

Monthly Exploration & Potluck Meetings

  • Sunday, January 15 at 4:00 p.m. Annual Meeting

Culture Club Meetings

For additional information on CRUUC’s Culture Club, please contact Sue Fraley or Marnie Buckley (720-810-5457).

  • Saturday, January 7 (changed from 14th) at 6 p.m. in a member’s home — We will discuss the film, “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War”. The film is available at the Douglas County Libraries as well as being available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmLKSMUXyp0&list=PL2B9N1yRND0eG5bHyYWO9pTfo8YnV3xfL
  • Saturday, March 11 at 6 p.m. in a member’s home —  “Chautauqua Night” Share something with the group – a poem, a skit, and act from a play, a guitar piece, some singing, a kazoo concerto… Or you can just be the appreciative crowd.
  • Saturday, May 13 at 6 p.m. in a member’s home — TBA

Social Justice Event


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Saturday, January 21, 2016: Women’s March On Denver

The Women’s March On Denver is not just for women, it is for anyone who wants to be seen in solidarity for human rights and environmental protection.

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Please join us for the Women’s March on Denver Saturday, January 21st from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

At this pivotal time in history, as individuals and as Unitarian Universalists, we want to stand up and be counted among those who made a difference!! Our plan is to meet at a central location in Castle Rock to get grounded in a spiritual mode and build focus prior to carpooling to the rally. (We are also looking into the possibility of chartering a bus.)

The mission of the Women’s March closely reflects our UUA principles:

1) All women shall maintain the freedom and lawful protection to choose what is best for them as it concerns their biological and reproductive health.

2)  The diverse and vibrant communities of the United States of America shall be protected from political factions that would seek to inhibit their expression and existence by implementing legal restrictions on personal freedoms. These diverse and vibrant communities are the fabric of our great country and shall not be torn by hateful, divisive, and racist rhetoric or actions.

3)   All people, regardless of gender, gender identification, ethnicity, racial heritage, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation and/or socioeconomic status shall be treated equally and equitably, with respect, dignity and justice for all.

It’s time to get organized and be counted. The bigger the group, the bigger the impact. We hope you’ll join us!

Please R.S.V.P. by Monday, January 2nd by copying and pasting the lines that apply to your email response addressed to cath@cruuc.org:

  • Yes! Count me in!
  • I’m interested in carpooling
    • I’d prefer it if someone else drives
    • I’m happy to drive and can take ___ people in my vehicle
  • I want to go, but cannot commit to the full day. My preference is to attend from ___ to ___.
  • I would like to volunteer to provide leadership in grounding our group in a spiritual mode and to build focus.
  • I want to volunteer to make hand-held signs for the event (choose your date(s)):
    • Friday, January 6th at 6 p.m.
    • Saturday, January 7th at 10 a.m.
    • Sunday, January 7th at 1 p.m.
  • I’d like to show my support by (Prices are at cost with a minimum total order of 10 each. Please send in your order ASAP to have in time for the event.):
    • Purchasing a 2.25” CRUUC button to identify my Community at $2.00 each.
    • Purchasing a 3.5” CRUUC button for $3.50 each.
    • Purchasing a CRUUC bumper sticker with the ___ UU Principle for $2.50 each.
  • Sorry I can’t make it.
  • I’m already planning to attend with _________________________ group.

 

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Exploration & Potluck: Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Journey Toward Wholeness

Elizabeth Mount at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama

Elizabeth Mount at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama

Our denomination has made a commitment to an ever more inclusive practice, that includes people who are ever more diverse. Discerning what it is that holds us together as core values, and what are mutable preferences can keep us centered on this long journey toward becoming our best hope of who we can be. We will hear stories of shortfalls and victories, and share from our own hearts about what this beloved community has the capacity to hold within it.

Elizabeth Mount, a seminarian at Meadville Lombard, and the ministerial intern at First Universalist Church of Denver, will partner with us to explore our denomination’s journey toward multicultural, multiracial, and anti-oppressive community. Elizabeth is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist who believes in the power of faithful communities to make a better world. They will be drawing upon the promise of our faith which guides our lives toward an audacious commitment to love and justice.

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 Gary Wyngarden gwyngarden@kellin.net.


Upcoming Events

Exploration & Potluck Meetings

  • Sunday, December 18 at 4 p.m. — Holiday Party

Culture Club Meetings

For additional information on CRUUC’s Culture Club, please contact Sue Fraley or Marnie Buckley (720-810-5457).

  • Saturday, January 14 at 6 p.m. in a member’s home — We will discuss the film, “Gran Torino”
  • Saturday, March 11 at 6 p.m. in a member’s home —  “Chautauqua Night” Share something with the group – a poem, a skit, and act from a play, a guitar piece, some singing, a kazoo concerto… Or you can just be the appreciative crowd.
  • Saturday, May 13 at 6 p.m. in a member’s home — TBA

Resources

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Food Drive: Saturday, November 12, 2016

CRUUC Volunteers at Kings Soopers November, 2015

CRUUC Volunteers at Kings Soopers in 2015

As we have done for the past three years, CRUUC will crew a collection station for 9 Cares Colorado Shares on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 7:00 AM  until noon.  As in the past, our site will be at the King Soopers on Founders.

What’s involved is soliciting and collecting donations of cash and food, all of which will go to the Food Bank at the Douglas/Elbert Task Force. As you may know, the Task Force assists about 15,000 financially challenged people per year in Douglas and Elbert Counties. Almost 40% of these are children.

So we need 12-14 people to make this happen. Can you help?  The time commitment would be for one to two hours.  If you’d like to join us, contact Gary Wyngarden with the time slots that work best for you.

Thanks and hope to see you there!

Gary Wyngarden

720-584-2600 (voice and/or text)

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Culture Club: Saturday, November 12, 2016

Our next Culture Club will meet on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 6 PM at the home of one of our members.  We will discuss the book Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton. All are welcome!

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Cry, the Beloved Country was written before passage of a new law institutionalizing the apartheid political system in South Africa. The novel was published in 1948; apartheid became law later that same year.

From Goodreads:   Cry, the Beloved Country is the deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.

Please email Sue at suefraley@q.com or Marnie at jjmsbuck@yahoo.com for location.

Future Culture Club Events:

Saturday, January 14, 6 PM – Discussion of the movie Grand Torino

Saturday, March 11, 6 PM – Chautauqua

Saturday, May 13, 6 PM- TBD

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Exploration & Potluck: Sunday, October 16, 2016

Guest Speaker Dave Lavinder

Guest Speaker Dave Lavinder

A Meaningful and Fulfilling Humanism

October’s guest speaker, Dave Lavinder, has been exploring Humanist philosophy for many years, a religious path which he finds compatible with his belief in reason and science.

“Traditional Humanism is currently being re-defined to free it from the dogmatic individualism and sterile rationalism of the past.” explains Dave, “A newer view of Humanism recognizes the aesthetic side of human nature, believes that human beings are responsible for the quality of their lives on this earth, and is skeptical of supernaturalism. But Humanists are becoming more open to a sense of reverence, awe, and wonder toward the universe.”

Raised in a conservative Christian family that attended services at a Pilgrim Holiness Church (at which his grandfather Charles Buckley was the preacher), Dave began to question his faith in his early teens and now considers himself a religious Humanist.

Dave has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Ohio University which he then followed up with classes at Iliff School of Theology — studying the Hebrew and Greek languages, world religions, and early Christian history. Dave also has a law degree from Case Western Reserve University and has practiced law for over 42 years.

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 Gary Wyngarden gwyngarden@kellin.net.


Upcoming Events

Exploration & Potluck Meetings

  • Sunday, November 20 at 4 p.m. – A topic TBA with returning guest speaker Elizabeth Mount
  • Sunday, December 18 at 4 p.m. — Holiday Party

Culture Club Meetings

For additional information on CRUUC’s Culture Club, please contact Sue Fraley or Marnie Buckley (720-810-5457).

  • Saturday, November 12 at 6 p.m. in a member’s home – We will discuss the book Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • Saturday, January 14 at 6 p.m. in a member’s home — We will discuss the film, “Gran Torino”
  • Saturday, March 11 at 6 p.m. in a member’s home —  “Chautauqua Night” Share something with the group – a poem, a skit, and act from a play, a guitar piece, some singing, a kazoo concerto… Or you can just be the appreciative crowd.
  • Saturday, May 13 at 6 p.m. in a member’s home — TBA

Resources

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Exploration & Potluck: Sunday, September 18, 2016

Water Communion and Interdependence

The Water Communion was first celebrated in Unitarian Universalist congregations in the 1980’s. It is a ritual that is now shared by many of our congregations, usually in September as the new church year begins.

We will have an opportunity to reflect on moments of nourishment, deep connection, and our shared humanity – our interdependence – as a part of this service.

Please note that you are asked to bring a small container of water for this service — from home, from a friend’s house, from a creek where you walk, etc. A droplet shaped paper will be provided as well.

Rev. Alicia R. Forde

Rev. Alicia R. Forde

Once again, we are privileged to have Rev. Alicia R. Forde, Professional Development Director, Ministries and Faith Development for the UUA, provide this month’s exploration as a lead-in to our discussion.

Alicia is a graduate of The Iliff School of Theology and currently lives in Longmont, Colorado. Alicia was born and spent her formative years in Trinidad and Tobago. She identifies as an African descent queer, cis-gender female with deep roots in Tobago and will readily admit that there is much about her current identity that reflects her 20 plus years of living in the United States. Alicia is a certified Spiritual Director and has a strong interest in health and wellness. When she’s not hiking, you can find her reading, drinking tea, or podcast-walking.

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 Gary Wyngarden gwyngarden@kellin.net.


Upcoming Events

Exploration & Potluck Meetings

  • Sunday, October 16 at 4 p.m. – Humanism with guest speaker Dave Lavinder
  • Sunday, November 20 at 4 p.m. – A topic TBA with returning guest speaker Elizabeth Mount
  • Sunday, December 18 at 4 p.m. — Holiday Party

Culture Club Meetings

For additional information on CRUUC’s Culture Club, please contact Sue Fraley or Marnie Buckley (720-810-5457).

  • Saturday, November 12 at 6 p.m. in a member’s home – We will discuss the book Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • Saturday, January 14 at 6 p.m. in a member’s home — We will discuss the film, “Gran Torino”
  • Saturday, March 11 at 6 p.m. in a member’s home —  “Chautauqua Night” Share something with the group – a poem, a skit, and act from a play, a guitar piece, some singing, a kazoo concerto… Or you can just be the appreciative crowd.
  • Saturday, May 13 at 6 p.m. in a member’s home — TBA

Resources

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Saturday, September 10, 2016: Culture Club

Our next Culture Club will meet September 10, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the home of one of our members.  We will be discussing the book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America written by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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From Library Journal:

“A close observer and astute analyzer of American life…Ehrenreich turns her attention to what it is like trying to subsist while working in low-paying jobs. Inspired to see what boom times looked like from the bottom, she hides her real identity and attempts to make a life on a salary of just over $300 per week after taxes. She is often forced to work at two jobs, leaving her time and energy for little else than sleeping and working. Ehrenreich vividly describes her experiences living in isolated trailers and dilapidated motels while working as a nursing-home aide, a Wal-Mart “sales associate,” a cleaning woman, a waitress, and a hotel maid in three states Florida, Maine, and Minnesota. Her narrative is candid, often moving, and very revealing.”

We hope you can join us!  Please email Sue Fraley to r.s.v.p. and for directions.

 

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Sunday, August 21, 2016: Exploration & Potluck

Guest Speaker, Rev. Barry Bloom

Guest Speaker Rev. Barry Bloom

Love. The Prime Resistance to Hate.

How do we resist violence and the hateful actions of others? When we react in kind, we have been successfully recruited to be “a part of the problem.”

Violence and hate beget violence and hate. The only real choice we have, as religious people, was handed down over two thousand years ago:

Love our neighbors as ourselves. Turn the other cheek.

As Unitarian Universalists, how do we practice such difficult actions and remain true to our principles?


Having grown up in Missouri, Rev. Barry Bloom spent ten years on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where he became a Unitarian Universalist before moving to Colorado in 1987.

Before becoming a UU minister, Bloom had a career as a counselor/psychotherapist. Bloom attended schools in Missouri, including a master’s from Missouri University-Columbia. In preparation for the ministry, he attended Iliff School of Theology in Denver (1990-92) and graduated with a doctorate in ministry from the University of Creation Spirituality in 2000. He served as the minister at Columbine UU in Littleton (2001-08) and is presently a community minister attached to Jefferson Unitarian in Golden.

Bloom is married to consultant/author Amanda Trosten-Bloom and their daughter, Hannah Joy Bloom, graduates in May from CU Boulder with a degree in Piano Performance. They live outside of Golden.


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 Gary Wyngarden gwyngarden@kellin.net.

Upcoming:

  • September 18th – A topic TBA with returning guest speaker Rev. Alicia Roxanne Forde
  • October 16th – Guest speaker Dave Lavender on Humanism
  • November 20th – Returning guest speaker Elizabeth Mount
  • December 18th – Holiday Party!

Resources:

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Sunday, July 17, 2016: Exploration & Potluck

A Peek Into Buddhism: There Is a Cloud Floating In This Sheet Of Paper

Please join us with guest speaker Kristen Psaki for an exploration of Buddhism at our July meeting.

Kristen Psaki

Kristen Psaki

Kristen Psaki graduated from Union Theological Seminary in NYC in May of 2014 where she studied psychology and religion. She is currently pursuing ordination with the Unitarian Universalists and leans most heavily on the Seventh Principle in her daily life by rooting her relationships with humans and the earth in an awareness of interdependence. She loves chocolate and coffee and you’ll often find her adventuring through mountain trails or interesting recipes with a vision for a shared meal.

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 Gary Wyngarden gwyngarden@kellin.net.

Upcoming:

  • August 21 – Love, the Prime Resistance to Hate with guest speaker Rev. Barry Bloom (rescheduled from April)
  • September 18 – A topic TBA with returning guest speaker Rev. Alicia Roxanne Forde

Resources:

*This facility is wheelchair accessible

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