Ministerial Musings

I am glad to share the news that we will begin offering Covenant Groups again. Some of you are familiar with this program, but to many of you it is new. Covenant Groups are small gatherings of 7-12 people. They meet on a monthly basis, getting to know one another and reflecting on some of the more complicated questions of life. The meetings provide everyone with an opportunity to reflect and speak freely. They also help cultivate the skill of deep listening.

Tapestry is about to go through a tremendous transition with our new building. It may seem like a strange time to launch a new program like Covenant Groups, but I think it is the perfect time. With all the logistical challenges of a move, it is important stay grounded in our spiritual commitments. And as the congregation grows into our new life, tending to our relationships with one another is more important than ever.

To start, we will have three different covenant groups. One will be Friday evenings, one on Sunday evenings, and one on Monday afternoons. Each group will meet once each month for nine months, at the homes of the facilitators. If you are interested in learning more, or in signing up for a group, please contact me so we can get the groups filled and started. (949-310-9385 / rev@tapestryuu.org) If you aren’t sure, I encourage you to ask some long-time Tapestry members about their experience with the program. Nearly everyone who participates finds long-lasting friendships and opportunities to deepen their understanding of Unitarian Universalism through the process.

Sincerely,
Rev. Kent

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Minister's Seminars

 
Into the Beautiful North

Monday, October 1, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

"Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea

Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village—they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men—her own "Siete Magníficos"—to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over. Please read the book in advance of the meeting to fully participate in the discussion.

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


Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World

Monday, November 5, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

"Give People Money" by Annie Lowrey

This book is global look at universal basic income—a stipend given to every citizen—and why it might be necessary in an age of rising inequality, persistent poverty, and dazzling technology. Imagine if every month the government deposited $1,000 into your bank account, with nothing expected in return. It sounds crazy. But it has become one of the most influential and hotly debated policy ideas of our time. To fully participate, please read the book in advance of this discussion.

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