Ministerial Musings

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

Beginning Sunday December 31, Tapestry will hold all worship services at our temporary location, St. George’s Episcopal Church – 23802 Avenida De La Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA. With minimal changes, all activities will be pushed back one hour. Worship will be at 11:30 with coffee hour to follow. Choir rehearsal will be at 10:00. Children’s Religious Education will operate exactly as it does now, with the nursery opening just before worship, and all children going to their classrooms from the sanctuary after the Time for All Ages.

You will notice that St. George’s Church occupies a campus of a few different buildings. For our first month there, there will be additional signage and greeters to help you find what you need. There is a worship service immediately before ours, and another immediately following. Do not be surprised by the many friendly but unfamiliar faces. The members and staff of St. George’s Church are eager to welcome us as their guests

Our worship services will be held in the main chapel, what they call the “church building.” Our coffee hour will be in a building just next door, called Bourne Hall. This is a spacious hall, where we might also mingle with members of St. George’s. The Tapestry office and classrooms for Children’s Religious Education and committee meetings are located in Hasler Hall.

There is plenty of parking on campus, though it is not immediately visible. Parking for people with disabilities is located by the church building, where we will have worship. To access this parking, turn right from the entrance and continue in that direction around the front of the campus. For the rest of us who are more mobile, the largest parking lot is located to the left of the main entrance.

 

Minister’s Seminars

Race & Racism: From Awareness to Actions at UU Fellowship of Laguna Beach, Sat 1/13, 1/27, 2/10 & 2/24

The workshop includes four 3.5 hour sessions (9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.). This is a chance to explore subtler forms of bias, find a safe place to unpack white privilege and institutional racism, and build the skills necessary to have dialogue on race related issues. Register and pay at www.tapestryuu.org. Because each session builds on the previous one, attendance at all four sessions is required. Childcare is available if requested in advance.

 

 Mon 1/8, 6:30 pm at Julia Rampone’s home in Mission Viejo – Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank received a blank diary on her 13th birthday, just weeks before she and her family went into hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. The diary’s universal appeal stems from its riveting blend of the grubby particulars of life during wartime and candid discussion of emotions familiar to every adolescent. Yet Frank was no ordinary teen: the later entries reveal a sense of compassion and a spiritual depth remarkable in a girl barely 15. Please read the book prior to our meeting in order to fully participate.

 

 Mon 2/8 6:30 pm – “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business”

Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg unpacks the  thorough scientific research that explains why habits exist and how they can be changed. “The Power of Habit” argues that the key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Please

 

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