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.


 Resources

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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

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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