January 16, 2017
Unitarian Universalists to Join Women’s March On Denver
The Castle Rock Unitarian Universalist Community (“CRUUC”) will be joining other regional Unitarian Universalist (“UU”) churches for the Women’s March on Denver this Saturday, January 21 (http://www.marchoncolorado.org/).
UUers have a long history of involvement in social justice: from the Suffrage Movement in the early 1900’s, the Civil Rights Movement of the 50’s – 60’s, and in the present day Standing On the Side Of Love, Black Lives Matters, and joining in the resistance at Standing Rock — just to name a few (http://www.uua.org/justice). Ken Burns 2016 film, “Sharp’s War: Defying The Nazis” documented the story of how a Unitarian minister, Waitstill Sharp, and his wife Martha left their children to travel overseas and, for over two years, personally assisted hundreds of imperiled political dissidents and Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across Europe.
Today, in the words of Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President, in his December 14, 2016, letter to UU ministers, “We are already seeing an increase in violent acts by people who see the election as validation of their hate. Among the dangers we face is the temptation to ‘normalize’ the situation. … We have been advocates for marriage equality, racial justice, civil rights, immigration reform and environmental justice. To use a sports metaphor, we have played offense. We joined with others to advance an agenda. Today we must prepare to ‘play defense.’”
This weekend, UUers from across Colorado will, “stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families,” quoting the Women’s March on Denver’s mission, “recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”
The Castle Rock Unitarian Universalist Community (which was recently accepted as a Covenanting Community with the Unitarian Universalist Association) is now entering its fifth year. Their “exploration and potluck” meetings are held the 3rd Sunday of every month at 4:00 p.m. at 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock, CO, 80109 in the Castle Rock Room of New Hope Presbyterian Church. For more information, visit www.cruuc.org.
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September 11, 2016
Progressive Community Alive and Growing in Castle Rock
Being progressive-minded can be isolating. The Castle Rock Unitarian Universalist Community provides Sanctuary and community, along with a philanthropic/volunteer presence, with the principles of Unitarian/Universalism as its cornerstones.
“After moving to Colorado from Washington State seven years ago,” explains Castle Rock Unitarian Universalist (“CRUUC”) founder Gary Wyngarden, “my wife and I realized that as liberal, progressive-minded people in a conservative environment, we are a minority in the Castle Rock area.”
Gary and his wife, Catherine, had both been members of Unitarian Universalist churches throughout their lives but found that the closest ones to their new home were in Parker, Denver, Littleton, or Golden – all about 30 miles away. Wyngarden continues, “So, in 2012 we started inviting local UUers to our home for potlucks.”
The CRUUC quickly outgrew its members’ homes, and in the spring of 2016 moved into the Castle Rock room of New Hope Presbyterian Church where they now have enough space to continue growing.
“We were delighted to find others with values and beliefs that reflect our own,” commented Marnie Buckley, a 4th generation Universalist who, along with her husband John, have lived in Castle Rock for over ten years. “We love the opportunity to freely discuss and share ideas with others.”
But what exactly is a UUer?
According to the Unitarian Universalist Association website (www.uua.org/beliefs):
“Unitarian Universalists are people of all ages, people of many backgrounds, and people of many beliefs. We create spirituality and community beyond boundaries, working for more justice and more love in our own lives and in the world.
Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes seven Principles, grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world’s religions. Our spirituality is unbounded, drawing from scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient tradition as described in our six Sources.”
Guest speakers are invited each month to present an exploration for discussion. Past topics include: Spiritual Lessons From The St. John’s Bridge with seminary student Elizabeth Mount, A Peek Into Buddhism with seminary graduate Kristen Psaki, and Love, The Prime Resistance to Hate with Rev. Barry Bloom. Their next meeting on September 18 features guest speaker, Rev. Alicia R. Forde with a traditional UU Water Communion and an exploration on interdependence.
Those who attend CRUUC meetings are often members of the surrounding UU churches who are interested in small group meetings closer to home, they may be new to the area, or simply exploring local options for spiritual inspiration and connection. “It’s all about building community,” adds Bill Baird.
The Castle Rock Unitarian Universalist Community meetings are held the 3rd Sunday of every month at 4:00 p.m. at 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock, CO, 80109 in the Castle Rock Room of New Hope Presbyterian Church. Visitors are welcome. For more information, visit www.cruuc.org.