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

Resources

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Exploration & Potluck: Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sanctuary and Resistance in Dangerous Times

Our exploration and meeting for January 15, 2017, will focus on a message from Unitarian Universalist Association President, Reverend Peter Morales, and it’s applicability to the Castle Rock UU Community.

The political winds in the country are changing dramatically and with those changes will come serious challenges to our UU values. CRUUC Founder and Board President, Gary Wyngarden, will lead our service reflecting on Rev. Morales’ remarks and the CRUUC response. The service will conclude with small group discussions focused on key questions related to the exploration.

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


Resources

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January 7, 2017: Culture Club

Our next Culture Club will meet on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 6 PM at the home of one of our members.  We will Discuss the film Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War. 

This movie tells the story of a daring rescue mission that occurred on the precipice of World War II.   In 1939, Waitstill Sharp, a Unitarian minister, and his wife Martha, a social worker, left their children behind in the care of their Massachusetts parish and boldly committed to a life-threatening mission in Europe.  Over two dangerous years they helped save scores of imperiled Jews and refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across Europe.

The film can be found on YouTube or at Douglas County Libraries.

All are welcome! Please contact Sue Fraley for information:  suefraley@q.com

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Holiday Gathering: Sunday, December 18, 2016

(c) UU Planet Media

(c) UU Planet Media

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


Resources

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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.

denver-skyline

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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