Message from the Minister

Dear Tapestry Friends,

January will bring some new changes for me. Starting in January, I will be at Tapestry for regular office hours and events on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. I will occasionally come other days for large events. Otherwise, I will work from home. The reason for this shift is I am moving to live in Fullerton with someone I have been seeing for several months.

For those who don’t know, I typically take Saturday as my day off. You are welcome to call or text on my mobile phone 10am - 8pm for ordinary issues. If there is an emergency, don’t hesitate to call. For questions that can wait a day or two for response, email is easiest.

Beyond Tapestry business, I’m glad to meet up just to talk. Most often those conversations have to do with major life transitions or non-urgent crises. I am also available to discuss faith and beliefs, or as a sounding board to just talk about life. Within the bounds of the law, what you share with me is held in confidence. Generally speaking, UU minister’s don’t meet with anyone more than a few times for the same topic. We simply aren’t trained to provide that kind of support. I would be glad to help you find resources for ongoing support.

Our Intern Minister, KC Pandell, is also a great resource of pastoral support. She is working at Tapestry only during the school year and half time, so her availability may be limited. We all have appreciated the different perspective she brings to worship. In a similar way, she brings a different opportunity for conversation that may feel like a better fit for some of you.

I know it can appear that there is a small core group of active members at Tapestry. Please know that KC and I are here to serve the whole Tapestry community. Don’t hesitate to reach out.

Sincerely,
Rev. Kent


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Minister's Reading Group

 
“Tightrope: Americans Reaching For Hope”

by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn

Sept. 6, 2021; 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Tapestry

Tightrope addresses the crisis in working-class America while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure. Drawing us deep into an “other America,” the authors tell this story, in part, through the lives of some of the people with whom Kristof grew up, in rural Yamhill, Oregon. While these particular stories unfolded in one corner of the country, they are representative of many places the authors write about, ranging from the Dakotas and Oklahoma to New York and Virginia. Available at Amazon.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .

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“Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire”

by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker

Oct. 4, 2021; 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Tapestry

Saving Paradise turns a new lens on Christianity, from its first centuries to the present day, asking how its early vision of beauty evolved into a vision of torture, and what changes in society and theology marked that evolution. It also retrieves a life-affirming Christianity that the world sorely needs. Available at Amazon.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .

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“Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Nov. 1, 2021; 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Tapestry

Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings―asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass―offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. Available at Amazon.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .

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“Under the Sky We Make: How to Be Human in a Warming World” by Kimberly Nichols

Dec. 6, 2021; 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Tapestry

A hopeful, clear-eyed, and somehow also hilarious guide to effecting real change, starting in our own lives. Saving ourselves from climate apocalypse will require radical shifts within each of us, to effect real change in our society and culture. But it can be done. It requires, Dr. Nicholas argues, belief in our own agency and value, alongside a deep understanding that no one will ever hand us power–we’re going to have to seize it for ourselves. Available at Amazon.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .

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“A History of Religion in 5 1/2 Objects: Bringing the Spiritual to Its Senses”

January, 2022

Plato asks us to put aside, for the moment, questions of belief and abstract ideas. Instead, beginning with the desirous, incomplete human body, he asks us to focus on five ordinary types of objects—stones, incense, drums, crosses, and bread—with which we connect in our pursuit of religious meaning and fulfillment. As he considers each of these objects, he explores how the world’s religious traditions have put each of them to different uses throughout the millennia.

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“Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African American 1619-2019”

February, 2022

The editors, Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, have assembled ninety brilliant writers, each of whom takes on a five-year period of that four-hundred-year span. The writers explore their periods through a variety of techniques: historical essays, short stories, personal vignettes, and fiery polemics. They approach history from various perspectives: through the eyes of towering historical icons or the untold stories of ordinary people; through places, laws, and objects.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .

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“The Darkness Divine: A Loving Challenge to My Faith” by Kristin Harper

March, 2022

This collection of essays and poems lifts up the strength, beauty, and resilience of Black people and outlines a path forward. Harper invites readers to explore what they have learned and assimilated so they might de-center whiteness and stretch their understanding and imagination to radically transform perceptions of blackness.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .

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“The Prophets” by Robert Jones, Jr.

April, 2022

The Prophets is a stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .


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“Cultivating Empathy: The Worthy and Dignity of Every Person — Without Exception” by Nathan C. Walker

May, 2022

Walker presents a series of revealing essays about his wrestlings with personal and cultural conflicts and his commitment to stop “otherizing”—which occurs when we either demonize people or romanticize them. His remedy for these kinds of projections is to employ the moral imagination as an everyday spiritual practice. Through his engaging and thought-provoking vignettes, he endeavors to find connection with skinheads, murderers, homophobic preachers, privileged 1-percenters, and Monsanto executives.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .


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“Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning” by Cathy Park Hong

June, 2022

The author blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose fresh truths about consciousness in America. this collection is vulnerable, humorous, and provocative—and its relentless and riveting pursuit of vital questions around family and friendship, art and politics, identity and individuality, will change the way you think about our world.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .


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“Goodbye Again: Essays, Reflections, and Illustrations” by Jonny Sun

July, 2022

A collection of touching and hilarious personal essays, stories, poems—accompanied by his trademark illustrations—covering topics such as mental health, happiness, and what it means to belong.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .


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“A God that Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet” by Nancy Ellen Abrams

August, 2022

Abrams explores a radically new way of thinking about God. She dismantles several common assumptions about God and shows why an omniscient, omnipotent God that created the universe and plans what happens is incompatible with science—but that this doesn’t preclude a God that can comfort and empower us.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .


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“Prophetic Encounters: Religion and the American Radical Tradition” by Dan McKanan

September, 2022

McKanan treats the histories of religion and of the Left as a single history, showing that American radicalism is a continuous tradition rather than a collection of disparate movements. Emphasizing the power of encounter—between whites and former slaves, between the middle classes and the immigrant masses, and among activists themselves—McKanan shows that the coming together of people of different perspectives and beliefs has been transformative for centuries, uniting those whose faith is a source of activist commitment with those whose activism is a source of faith.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .


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“Hola Papi: How To Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons,” By John Paul Brammer

October, 2022

A heartwarming memoir-in-essays chronicling the author’s journey growing up as a queer, mixed-race kid in America’s heartland to becoming the “Chicano Carrie Bradshaw” of his generation.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .


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“Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted” by Suleika Jaouad

November, 2022

A searing, deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young woman’s journey from diagnosis to remission to re-entry into “normal” life. Between Two Kingdoms is a profound chronicle of survivorship and a fierce, tender, and inspiring exploration of what it means to begin again.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent at rev@tapestryuu.org .


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