Ministerial Musings

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


If you have participated in Sunday morning worship at Tapestry recently, you have probably noticed something. We have had a dramatic increase in attendance. In these unsettling times, many of our neighbors are seeking a spiritual home. And many of our long-time members have increased their participation for similar reasons. The presence of so many caring people is such a blessing.

For a couple of years we have known that this space is smaller than we would like. The good news is, we are moving quickly toward purchasing a facility that’s almost twice as big. But, until we move this is our home to share. Sometimes what makes a home special is how you learn to live in it together.

On the practical side, here are a few ways you can help. Consider sitting toward the front of the sanctuary; there are always seats left near the front. In our increasingly crowded space, clear channels for people with walkers or wheelchairs to go where they need to. Finally, try to move beyond the entryway, especially at 10:25, the peak arrival time.

We have plenty of love at Tapestry to go around. We are committed to sharing our faith with anyone who would join us. This is an opportunity to put our faith into action and offer hospitality to one another right here in our spiritual home.




Some of you may have heard me give updates from the pulpit about our collaboration with the UU Fellowship of Laguna Beach.  Tapestry’s board has approved the covenant and the UUFLB Board elected to recommend to their congregation that we enter into the covenantal partnership with Tapestry.   A detailed agreement will spell out the specifics of what each congregation will provide to the collaboration, and will include Tapestry live streaming of our service twice a month to UUFLB starting in January 2017.   Plans are underway for a joint potluck celebration in the New Year.  We will be considering the many opportunities this collaboration holds for extending the reach of our good works in South Orange County and beyond.  Lynn Cowan, President



Minister’s Serminar – Monday March 6 6:30-8:00 pm

 “Re-Imagine the World: An Introduction to the Parables of Jesus” by Bernard Brandon Scott

In this book the author sets his interpretation of the key parables of Jesus in the context of other things Jesus said and did. The result is a startling and provocative picture of the historical figure and the challenge he presents to contemporary life. The re-imagined world, called the kingdom of God, presents his followers with a new option for living, one that contrasts with the default world of the everyday. In order to fully participate in the discussion, please read the book before hand. This book is out of print, but available through

Monday April 3 6:30 pm Minister’s Seminar

“Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities” by Rebecca Solnit

Drawing on her decades of activism and a wide reading of history, Solnit argues that radicals have a long, neglected history of transformative victories, that the positive consequences of our acts are not always immediately seen, and that pessimism and despair rest on an unwarranted confidence about what is going to happen next. Now, with a moving new introduction explaining how the book came about and a new afterword that helps teach us how to hope and act in our unnerving world, she brings a new illumination to the darkness of 2016 in an unforgettable new edition of this classic book.

March 31 – April 2 District Assembly District Assembly is a gathering of Unitarian Universalists from the Pacific Southwest District, which includes Southern California, Arizona, and Nevada. This year’s District Assembly will be a brand new format. We will visit southern Arizona to get to know the people and the landscape of the border. Organizers have created an array of emersion experiences for attendees. There is also a youth program this year. I highly encourage you to check it out. Here is the link to learn more and to register.


Laguna Woods Discussion Group – Thursday March 23 at 2:00 pm

Come participate in a casual discussion group. Each session includes inspiring readings, a time for silent meditation, and a group discussion. The theme for March’s discussion is balance. For directions contact Jean Rosenberg at or 602-300-5348.


Tapestry Annual Camping Out – April 28-30 at Casper’s Wilderness Park

Casper’s Wilderness Park is an 8,000 acre protected wilderness preserve nestled among the river terraces and sandstone canyons of the western coastal Santa Ana Mountains. The park’s many fertile valleys are overtly complemented by specimen groves of native Coastal Live Oak and magnificent stands of California Sycamore.

Casper’s Wilderness Park is about a 30 minute drive from Tapestry. If you are not a camper, consider joining us for the day on Saturday. If you are thinking of camping, but don’t have equipment or camping experience, there are plenty of seasoned campers ready to help you out.

To make the trip even easier, we will coordinate meals for breakfasts and dinners. You are on your own for lunch. So that we can plan the best trip possible, please RSVP to Katelynn Riva as soon as possible / 949-581-0245. The cost will divided among campers. No matter how you slice it, it is a bargain.