Worship Service Begins at 10:00 a.m. Every Sunday.
11:00-11:45am: Fellowship Hour
11:45am Adult Faith Development and/or Team Meetings
“Food for Thought” and other Adult Faith Development – 1st and 3rd Sundays. Team Meetings only on 2nd and 4th Sundays.
Free Nursery care and children’s & youth classes every Sunday!
What will mess you up most in life is the picture in your head
of how it is supposed to be.
September 9, 10am — “Ingathering: The Illusion of Traveling Alone”
The ingathering is our annual service that kicks off the new church year! Today we will look at the epidemic of loneliness in the United States, and what to do about the problem of journeying through this life with the illusion that we are traveling alone. What is our vision for our progressive spiritual family and how can we travel “better together”? Rev J speaks.
September 16, 10am — “The Gift of Sacred Listening”
In this service, we welcome you into the powerful small group ministry here at Columbine UU Church. Things participants have said about the Chalice Circle experience: “It sets aside time to tune into myself and gives me a place to explore spiritual growth” … “It’s like drinking at a well, and there is real water there, instead of an empty cup” …“I didn’t know that I needed this kind of connection with others so much” …“I can’t imagine this not being in my life.” Come discover the nourishment that is possible for you with Rev Julia and team.
September 23, 10am — Where Did the 7 Principles Come From Anyway?
The Unitarians and Universalists merged in 1961 to form the UU Association, at that time our first Principles were written as a foundation for this new liberal faith. Each association had their own statements, that were combined into a new document that received approval, and was accepted by the member congregations for several years. By the late 1970s, many new theological beliefs had emerged and UUs began to identify as Atheists, Feminists, and Humanists; they soon realized that the Principles had to be revised.
Guest Speaker: Priscilla (Pris) Ledbury is a long time member of First Universalist Church of Denver, and was on the committee that founded Columbine UU Church. She also holds the distinction of being the only layperson on the Principles and Purposes Committee that drafted the current version of the UUA Principles in the 1980s. It is so great to know what important work she has done. And, we know her personally!
September 30, 10am — Introducing: Spiritual Practice Sunday!!
We have begun 3/4-time ministry, and one of the options for sanctuary time on Sunday morning is to deepen our spiritual practice(s) by exploring the rituals of different faith traditions. Spiritual practices are the habits in our lives that center us, open our attention more fully, and nurture our connections to something larger than ourselves — whether we understand it as God or Spirit, nature, or the interconnected web of existence. Spiritual practices can be traditional or modern, familiar or quirky, solitary or communal. Rev Julia will lead this first exploration!!
Our goal is to intentionally design and shape our ministry journey with a monthly theme. Themed ministry is a tool that adds vitality to our journey by aligning our conversation across all the different ministries in the church. This allows us to essentially “travel together” as a community of seekers, sharpening our relationship to one another and to life through common reflection. For example, our teachers are encouraged to weave the same monthly concept into their classroom lessons that the adults are hearing from the pulpit in worship.
The Chalice Circles (which is our small group ministry) is another chance to explore these ideas in-depth with adult peers. Our “Mindful Meetings” will begin all of our team meetings with the same monthly focus to connect and energize us before we enter into our particular church work. We believe that thematic ministry can be spiritually deepening, and that we could even have more fun, more ease, and more connection among us as we explore them! What could be better?
“There are no unsacred spaces; only sacred space and desecrated space.” ~ Wendell Berry
October 7, 10am — A Sanctuary Congregation: A Spiritual Practice
Come hear how Sanctuary has touched the lives of the Jorge Velasquez family and how Arnie Carter, a member of First Unitarian, has been transformed by his work with the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition. John Flanigan-Buckner will translate.
Jorge Velasquez is the husband of Araceli Velasquez who is living in Sanctuary at co-congregations Park Hill United Methodist Church/Temple Micah. He is the father of three sons, Jorge Jr., 5, Christopher 4, and Kevin, 2. Though Araceli is the only one in the family who is undocumented and cannot leave the premises, the whole family lives at the church. Sanctuary has enabled this family to stay together.
Arnie Carter is a long-standing member of First Unitarian Society of Denver. He has had a career working with the homeless and is an ardent activist. Arnie performs with the the Romero Troupe, a social justice theater group. He belongs to the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition and was one of the main organizers at First Unitarian to welcome Arturo Hernandez Garcia into Sanctuary in October of 2014.
October 14, 10 am — For Men — Mostly!
On this Sunday, when many of the women take leave for their annual CUUC women’s retreat, we will focus on men in the Columbine sanctuary. With much changing in the landscape of gender in our culture, it can be hard to be a man these days! Let’s explore moving from masculinity to fraternity. Rev J offers her reflection.
October 21, 10am — The Sanctuary of the Body
Each moment we walk … it could be freedom we feel in our bodies or enslavement. Within the monthly theme of Sanctuary, and heading into the election in November, we are called to recognize our bodies as a “temple for the holy.” Years after the Civil War ended, slavery is still legal in Colorado. Join us for an embodied reflection on the dignity of our bodies … all of them … incarcerated or free, pain-free or excruciating, diminished or appreciated.
Guest Speaker: Rev. Ruth Rinehart is a Unitarian Universalist minister shepherding an emerging addictions ministry in the Denver area called JUUST Living. She lives in Golden with her husband, Dave, and their daughter, Amelia. Rev. Ruth believes passionately in the saving message of Unitarian Universalism, and is especially appreciating the fall fruit harvest this year on their suburban homestead.
October 28, 10am — No Unsacred Space
Wendell Berry has said: “There are no unsacred spaces; only sacred space and desecrated space.” In times of difficulty and incivility, we wonder, “What makes sacred space?” How do we enter into new spaces assuming already that this is someone else’s sacred space? How does the idea of Sanctuary shift the understanding of yourself and how you might change the trajectory of the world we live in? Rev J offers her reflection.