Ministerial Musings

The Rev. Kent Doss, minister of Tapestry, a Unitarian Universalist CongregationRev. Kent Doss

I am excited to share with you the news of our next big step toward being in our own building.

The lease on our current location will expire on December 31st. But our new building won’t be ready to move into for around six month. This past week we have made arrangements to worship at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Laguna Hills for the Spring of 2018. Our first service there will be Sunday, December 31.

Several people explored a range of possibilities. I want to especially thank Amanda Wainwright and Richard Boote for managing this search.

While we will have to make some compromises, since it’s not our building, St. Georges is a pretty amazing place for us to land. Their persistence has led us to a very good solution.

Located in Laguna Hills, St. George’s is directly between our current location and the building we have purchased in Lake Forest. There is plenty of parking. Their congregation will worship immediately before us, so there will be lots of people on the campus. But their large parking lot will provide ample space for our needs.

Our worship services will be held in the main sanctuary at St. George’s at 11:30am. It is a large, inspiring space. We will also have access to two classrooms for Children’s Religious Education and a nursery for our youngest children. And, there is office space for our staff to have a place to work during the week.

Beyond the logistics, this is a great opportunity to build relationships. St. George’s is a progressive church in South Orange County. When conversation first began, they were eager to work together because of our common mission. We may even hold some social or fundraising events together while we share a campus.

Please do not contact St. George’s office with questions. They rent space to many community groups and do not have the capacity to respond to every member of every group. Tapestry will keep our staff email addresses and office phone number throughout the move.

Thank you all for your commitment and patience with this process. Very soon, we will be celebrating a new spiritual home or our own.  Sincerely, Rev. Kent  

Minister’s Seminars

Monday November 6 – 6:30-8:00 pm Minister’s Seminar

“America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life” by Benoit Denizet-Lewis

America Anonymous is the unforgettable story of eight men and women struggling with addictions. For nearly three years acclaimed journalist Benoit Denizet-Lewis immersed himself in their lives as they battled drug and alcohol abuse, overeating, and compulsive gambling and sexuality. As these eight addicts stumble, fall, and try again to make a different and better life, the author records their struggles, and his own, with honesty and empathy. Please read the book in preparation for this discussion.


Monday Dec. 4 – 6:30-8:00 pm Minister’s Seminar

“Pilgrimage To The End of the World: The Road to Santiago de Compostela”

Traveling two and a half months and one thousand miles along the ancient route through southern France and northern Spain, Conrad Rudolph made the passage to the holy site of Santiago de Compostela, one of the most important modern-day pilgrimage destinations for Westerners. Rudolph melds the ancient and the contemporary, the spiritual and the physical, in a book that is at once travel guide, literary work, historical study, and memoir. Please read the book in preparation for this discussion.