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NYTimes: The 10 Best Books of 2014
December 15, 2014, 10:44 pm
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NYTimes: The 10 Best Books of 2014


NYTimes: The 10 Best Books of 2014
December 15, 2014, 10:13 pm
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NYTimes: The 10 Best Books of 2014

Stewardship–a shared and sharing ministry
December 12, 2014, 6:53 pm
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 Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and enables our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.*

Our living tradition draws upon the wisdom and teachings of religions and human experience around theSSL Montclair globe and throughout history. We see to liberate minds to search for truth and pursue deeper understanding of our world and our place in the universe. Our Unitarian Universalist principles call us to act in ways that transform lives and ultimately our world for the better. We stand boldly on the side of love and justice, breaking through barriers of oppression and intolerance. Our vision of a world community with peace, liberty and justice for all is an expansive and worthy pursuit.

As Unitarian Universalists, we dedicate ourselves to one another, to promise our…

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Calling All Generations–ready, set, GIVE!
December 9, 2014, 10:00 pm
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Friends Playing on the Beach

With each new generation coming into adulthood, cultures and patterns change. A recent Giving Speaks post Religion in the Age of the Nones ( ) dealt with the significant changes and trends of decreased religious affiliation among younger adults. Just as important for religious and philanthropic organizations is to understand the differences among the generations when it comes to designing giving programs and fundraising appeals. One size does not fit all!

small-shoes In America there is an unprecedented transference of $40 Trillion in wealth occurring between the aging Mature and Baby Boomer generations and their children. It is essential that those who are raising funds to support charitable and religious organizations understand the varying approaches required in working with their donors in each generational cohort. Those in the Baby Boomer generation (born between 1942 and 1960) and the Mature Generation (born prior to 1945) were motivated to give for different…

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Women, Giving and Religious Affiliation
December 9, 2014, 9:29 pm
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A new study by Women’s Philanthropy Institute has found that young, single women without ties to religion are giving more to charitable organizations than their peers with religious affiliations. And, these Millennial and Gen X women are giving two-and-a-half times more than single women in the Baby Boomer and older generations.

This represents a marked change in the historical trend in giving that has been the basis of our assumptions up to now. While there is a clear correlation between religious affiliation and giving…

Religious affiliation is no longer the basis for charitable giving decisions–particularly among young, single women.

Giving data show that young, single and religiously unaffiliated women give twice as much to secular organizations than to faith-based organizations. Clearly younger women’s giving choices are influenced by factors worth exploring and understanding.

So, how might religious and faith-based organizations respond to this trend?hand-holds-flower-spill-many-flowers-and-butterfly_fydbgcr_

  • Learn about the interests and needs of Gen X and Millennial women to structure worship experiences and…

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Pastoral Prayer for UU worship service December 7, 2014
December 9, 2014, 9:02 am
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Pastoral Prayer – Rev. Roger

Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento

Please join me for a time of contemplation in word and silence, followed by music.

Notice the feeling of your body on the seat which is holding you. Relax your eyes and face. As I offer these words of prayer, notice your breathing, and your neighbors’ breathing, the breath of life.

Spirit of Creative Hope, God of Love, be with us now and in the days to come.

For the gifts of life and this new day, we give thanks. Let us be mindful of our blessings, and happy for the blessings of those around us. At the same time, let us keep our hearts open in kindness for those enduring a time of grief or despair.

We lament the loss of life in Ferguson, Cleveland, Brooklyn and Staten Island, and on the streets of too many cities. We lament the terrorist violence in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.          Let us resist easy answers and hold a space for grief and heartbreak. So many people are longing for answers to the sense of a persistent experience that that the deck is stacked against them. There are too many parents now grieving for their lost sons, and fearing for their living ones.

In our land and around our global home, so many are feeling just about out of hope for a new day of peace and fairness. Let us summon the compassion and courage we know to be necessary in every time of trial.

We long for a day when all communities can feel safe, when parents of all children of all ethnicities and all genders in every land can be free of worry and heartbreak. We long for a day of trust, understanding, justice and fairness. May our longings grow into prayers for courage, deeds of human solidarity, and seeds of hope renewed.

On this day of rest and in this place of meeting, may we feel the blessing of every gift of life. May we share this life with generosity and grace, intention and hope. So may it be. Amen.

Now let us take a minute of stillness together, breathing and sharing the precious gift of life.

Music: “God Bless the Child,” by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr.

-Ross Hammond, guitar