Upcoming Services



Services in June: ""Renewal" 

Sundays, 10:30-11:45 am PST in-person and via Zoom

Embracing the Gift of Renewal: A message of Love and INclusion for the LGBTQ+ Community

June 2nd

Renewal is a beautiful and transformative process. It is a chance to let go of past hurts and misconceptions, to embrace growth and understanding, and to move forward with a renewed sense of purpose and identity. For many LGBTQ+ individuals, the journey of renewal is deeply intertwined with their own personal journey of self-discovery and acceptance.

Congregational Meeting after the service (See More Info HERE)

If you are planning to attend the Congregational Meeting via Zoom, and there are two members on Zoom in your household, please plan to attend using two different electronic devices (phone and computer, or two computers) to ensure that each member in your household can vote. Thank you.


Order of Service (available the day before service)

Service Leader: Rev Dave Clements

Worship Associates: Eric Fischer

Music: Gage Purdy & The Choir

Pianist: Roger Corman

The Basket: Our Own Saturday Breakfast for Our Neighbors

Interfaith Pride service at UUCSR

June 2nd- 7pm


UUCSR Santa Rosa 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. Join NBOP's Religious Leaders Caucus (NBOP)-affiliated faith communities as we lift up the rights of LGBTQAI+ people, and join our voices to call for meaningful social change! Expect music, prayer, joy, and solidarity.




Services in May: "Pluralism  "

Sundays, 10:30-11:45 am PST in-person and via Zoom

The Paradox of Pluralism


May 5th

The Paradox of Pluralism invites us to embrace our differences without compromising our convictions, to engage in meaningful dialogue without sacrificing our faith, and to navigate the complexities of our pluralistic world with humility, and love. As we journey together, may we find unity amidst diversity and strength in our shared humanity.


Order of Service (available the day before service)

Service Leader: Rev Dave Clements

Worship Associates: Susan Thollaug

Music: Gage Purdy & The Choir

Pianist: Roger Corman

The Basket: Our Own Saturday Breakfast for Our Neighbors

The Challenges and Opportunities Presented by Pluralism

May 12th

As followers of faith, we are called to engage with the world around us, embracing diversity while remaining rooted in our convictions. This sermon will delve into the challenges and opportunities presented by pluralism, exploring how we can maintain our spiritual integrity amidst a sea of differing beliefs.


Order of Service (available the day before service)

Service Leaders: Rev Dave Clements 

Worship Associates: Joe Gabaeff

Music: Gage Purdy

Pianist: Roger Corman

Share The Basket: Humanidad Therapy and Education Services


Our Annual Flower Communion

May 19th

Join us for our Annual Flower Communion Service, a beloved tradition that embodies the essence of our Unitarian Universalist faith. In this special gathering, we come together to celebrate the beauty of diversity and the interconnectedness of all life. Each member of our community is invited to bring a flower, symbolizing their unique journey, experiences, and contributions. As we assemble, our diverse array of blooms becomes a vibrant tapestry of colors, shapes, and fragrances—a tangible representation of the rich tapestry of our congregation.


We will celebrate after the service by having a potluck meal together.


Order of Service (available the day before service)

Service Leader: Rev Dave Clements

Worship Associates: Jonathan Choe

Music: Gage Purdy & The Choir 

Pianist:

The Basket: Our Own Religious Education Program


CASTE

May 26th

Reading "Caste":

Join us as we explore Isabel Wilkerson's understanding of American racism as an intentional and pernicious caste system of the West. Hear from some of the more than 40 UUCSR members who have discussed her book in our reading groups. And consider our next steps as we journey toward spiritual wholeness and accountably dismantle racism in ourselves and our institutions. 


Order of Service (available the day before service)

Service Leader: Members from the various Caste reading groups

Worship Associates: Mark Sowers

Music: Sally Jones, Crystal McDougall Purdy, Jen Freese

Pianist: Roger Corman

Share The Basket: Ceres Community Project


Save the Date!

Interfaith Pride service at UUCSR

June 2nd

UUCSR Santa Rosa 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. Join NBOP's Religious Leaders Caucus (NBOP)-affiliated faith communities as we lift up the rights of LGBTQAI+ people, and join our voices to call for meaningful social change! Expect music, prayer, joy, and solidarity.





Services in April: "The Gift of Interdependence "

Sundays, 10:30-11:45 am PST in-person and via Zoom

Interdependence: Exploring the Heart of Unitarian Universalism

April 7th

In a world that often emphasizes differences, Unitarian Universalism celebrates unity in diversity, embracing a belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every individual. "Interdependence," is the heart of Unitarian Universalism. Our faith invites all to ponder the interconnection of humanity, nature, and the cosmos. We invite you to join with us in exploring the spiritual landscape that Unitarian Universalism cultivates.

Special Congregational Meeting after the service


Order of Service (available the day before service)

Service Leader: Rev Dave Clements

Worship Associates: Judy Withee

Music: Gage Purdy

Pianist: Roger Corman

The Basket: Our Own Saturday Breakfast for Our Neighbors

Transforming Conflict: The Blessings of Congregational Turmoil

April 14th

Conflict is endemic to congregational life. Because congregations exist to help us find meaning and purpose, we find it difficult to realize that not everyone shares our understanding or approach. Many of us have cultural backgrounds that teach us that conflict is bad or to be avoided. Conflict Transformation, on the other hand, treats conflict as an opportunity to learn and grow, both individually, and institutionally. The sermon will offer concrete strategies for personal growth and healthy congregational functioning in dealing with conflict.

Guest Minister Terasa Cooley: A Unitarian Universalist Minister and a former Director of Unitarian Universalist Congregational life. Her beliefs: I am a believer in personal awareness, conscious community, and values-based activism. I prefer to speak and think in terms of “and” rather than “or.” My lifelong passion has been to help individuals grow in their compassion, self-insight, and courage to lead; and to help congregations and organizations unite around a common mission to do good in the world. I believe healthy conflict leads to growth, and healthy covenants build vibrant communities. 


Order of Service (available the day before service)

Service Leaders: Rev Dave Clements & Guest Rev Terasa Cooley 

Worship Associates: Richard Senghas

Music: Gage Purdy & The Choir

Pianist: Roger Corman

Share The Basket: Shelterwood Collective

The Lessons of Passover

April 21st

Join us on this special occasion to reflect, connect, and celebrate the profound teachings of Passover, embracing the spirit of unity and understanding. Let us appreciate the richness of this tradition as we explore the intersections and find strength in our shared commitment to build a more just and compassionate world.


Order of Service (available the day before service)

Service Leader: Rev Dave Clements

Worship Associates: Clare Whitfield

Music: John Ray

Pianist: Paul Gilger

The Basket: Our Own Religious Education Program


Interconnectedness is Simply not Enough

April 28th


Central to our identity as Unitarian Universalists is the understanding that all life exists in an interconnected web. How is it that our sense of "interconnectedness" has led us to collectively do precious little to stop oppression, racism, perpetual war, and continued destruction of our planet? How is it that we can so easily divorce ourselves from the pain and plight of others? What are we getting wrong?  


Order of Service (available the day before service)

Service Leader: Rev Bev Spears

Worship Associates: Veronica Jordan

Music: Gage Purdy & The Choir

Pianist: Roger Corman

Share The Basket: Community Action Partnership



Services in March: "Transformation"

Sundays, 10:30-11:45 am PST in-person and via Zoom

From Seed to Blossom: Cultivating Personal Growth in Our Unitarian Faith

March 3rd


Just as a gardener tends to the soil and planting, we too engage in practices that enrich our spiritual soil. Through reflection, meditation and our UU Principles we can create a fertile ground for personal transformation. Each individual is a unique seed, and our faith serves as the catalyst for growth


*Multi-Gen Service


Order of Service (available the day before service)

Service Leader: Rev Dave Clements

Worship Associates: Linda Lampson & Bruce Hope

Music: Alan Bell & Crystal McDougall Purdy

Pianist: Roger Corman

The Basket: Our Own Saturday Breakfast for Our Neighbors

Beyond Boundaries: Exploring Radical Transformation In our UU Faith

March 10th


Unitarian Universalism is a faith that celebrates diversity, encourages questioning, and embraces the journey of self-discovery. In our upcoming gathering, we will explore the concept of radical transformation within the context of our UU principles.


Order of Service (available the day before service)

Service Leader: Rev Dave Clements 

Worship Associates: Jonathan Choe

Music: Gage Purdy & The Choir

Pianist: Roger Corman

Share The Basket: Miracle League North Bay, dedicated to providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in an organized baseball league.

Becoming Whole: Navigating the Path of Spiritual Transformation

March 17th


Whether you're just starting on your spiritual journey or have been walking the path for years, this service aims to inspire and guide you on your quest for spiritual wholeness. We will discuss the importance of self-reflection, mindfulness and embracing the transformative power of faith.


Order of Service (available the day before service)

Service Leader: Rev Dave Clements

Worship Associates: Cathie Wiese

Music: Sally Jones, Robert Howseman

Pianist: Louise Bettner

The Basket: Our Own Religious Education Program

Songs Of The (Yet!) Living Earth

March 24th


Let's take a cue from the wild and tenacious beauty of the natural world, and reconnect this morning with our own journeys in life. How can the resiliency of the living earth inspire us and refresh our perspectives on what is yet possible in our lives? Have you heard of compost theology? Let's explore how we "compost" ideas, ways of being, and practices that do not serve us and reformulate lives of meaning, joy, connection and authenticity. Rev. Dara is delighted to return to UUCSR as a guest minister today!


Order of Service (available the day before service)

Service Leader Guest: Rev Dara Olandt

Worship Associates: Eric Fischer

Music: Alan Bell & Crystal McDougall Purdy 

Pianist: Roger Corman

Share The Basket: Sonoma County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy (LECS)

Resurrection of Hope: A Liberal Unitarian Celebration on Easter Sunday

March 31st


Resurrection of Hope. In a world filled with challenges, uncertainties, and ever-changing landscapes, Easter holds a unique resonance in our UU community. Join us as we embrace the spirit of Easter. Together, let us affirm the resurrection of hope, the face of adversity, and the power to cultivate a brighter future for ourselves and our interconnected world.

*Multi-Generational Service


Order of Service (available the day before service)

Service Leader: Rev Dave Clements

Worship Associates: Mark Sowers

Music: Gage Purdy & The Choir

Pianist: Roger Corman

Share The Basket: Boys and Girls Club. Vision is to end poverty and serve our community’s most deserving residents-our youth!




Services in February: "The Gift of Justice & Equity"

Sundays, 10:30-11:45 am PST in-person and via Zoom

Building Bridges of Justice and Equity: Navigating the Path to a More Inclusive Tomorrow

February 4th


As we gather today, let us reflect upon the concept of building bridges of justice and equity. In a world often marked by division and disparity, navigating the path to a more inclusive tomorrow requires intentional efforts to understand the experiences of those who have been marginalized and oppressed.


Order of Service (available the day before service)

Service Leader: Rev Dave Clements

Worship Associates: Eric Fischer

Music: Sally Jones & Robert Howseman

Pianist: Roger Corman

The Basket: Our Own Saturday Breakfast for Our Neighbors

Courageous Compassion: Embracing Justice for the Marginalized

February 11th


Courageous compassion requires us to cultivate a well of empathy, to listen intently to the stories of the marginalized and to let their voices shape our understanding. It beckons us to confront our biases, dismantle systems of oppression and engage in the difficult work of reimagining a society where equity and justice are not just lofty ideas but lived realities.


Order of Service (available the day before service)

Service Leader: Rev Dave Clements

Worship Associate: Clare Whitfield & Linda Lampson

Music: Gage Purdy & The Choir

Pianist: Roger Corman

Share The Basket: Young Religious UUs of the Pacific (YRUUP)

Justice, Equity, and Compassion in Human Relations

February 18th


Compassion is a choice. Whether it is expressed as a knowing smile, a gift of money, or providing resources to one or many, compassion is the glue that holds civilizations together. It also defines civilizations and societies. When societies fail, showing compassion can sometimes be a brave act. Many believe we are entering an era that they describe as a dark age when political and social contracts unravel. Compassion is one of the first casualties of such eras, but it is one of the foundational principles we UUs are called to uphold. We dare not fail in this essential purpose.

Rev. Clovice Lewis is a cellist, composer, entrepreneur, computer technologist, and inventor who lives in Northern California. Clovice was ordained as a UU minister in 2022. His ministry emphasizes the dismantling of racial, class, and ethnic barriers, using music to counter oppression. Read more at his website: https://www.clovicelewis.com


Order of Service (available the day before service)

Worship Leader/Guest: Rev. Clovice Lewis

Worship Associate: Susan Thollaug

Music: Gage Purdy & Rev Clovice Lewis

Pianist: Gage Purdy

The Basket is highlighting : Our Own Religious Education

Harmony In Diversity: Building a foundation of Equity in our Liberal Community

February 25th


The beauty of our congregation lies in our diversity. Each of us brings a different melody to our shared existence. Equity is the bridge that connects us, allowing each member to walk alongside the other with a sense of shared humanity. 


Order of Service (available the day before service)

Service Leader: Rev Dave Clements

Worship Associate: Joe Gabaeff

Music: Gage Purdy & The Choir

Pianist: Roger Corman

Share The Basket: Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4C's)





Services in January: "Liberating Love"

Sundays, 10:30-11:45 am PST in-person and via Zoom

Annual Milestones Service by the Lay Chaplains

January 7th


In this first service of the new year we will both look back and prepare for the future.  We'll celebrate milestones from 2023 and participate in a ritual to launch the New Year with hope and creativity.


Order of Service (available the day before service)

Service Leader: Lay Chaplains

Worship Associates: Linda Lampson

Music: Alan Bell

Pianist: Roger Corman

The Basket: Our Own Saturday Breakfast for Our Neighbors

Building the Beloved Community:

Embracing the legacy of MLK

January 14th


We gather inspired by the legacy of Dr. King, a visionary whose dream transcends time. In the spirit of unity and love I invite you to open your hearts to the wisdom of his teachings. May this service be a time of reflection, inspiration to building the Beloved Community in our own lives and in the world around us.


Service Leader: Rev Dave Clements

Worship Associate: Jonathan Choe

Music: Gage Purdy & The Choir

Pianist: Roger Corman

Share The Basket: Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration

Roots and Branches: Celebrating the Rich History of UUCSR'S Journey

January 21st


We invite you to embark on a journey through time - a journey that traces the roots and witnesses the growth of UUCSR. As we celebrate our rich history let us reflect on the deep roots that anchor us and the branches that reach toward a future filled with hope and possibility. 


Worship Leader: Rev Dave Clements

Worship Associate: Cathie Wiese

Music: Gage Purdy

Pianist: Paul Gilger

The Basket is highlighting : Our Own Religious Education

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Love Unveiled: The Ever-Evolving Tapestry of Affection

January 28th


Welcome to the exploration of "Love Unveiled: The Ever-Evolving Tapestry of Affection." As we stand on the precipice of understanding, let us open our hearts to the revelation that love, in all its beauty and complexity, is a dynamic force. It morphs and transforms, revealing new dimensions as we navigate the various stages of our lives. Just as a skilled artist crafts a masterpiece with diverse colors and textures, so does love decorate the canvas of our existence with numerous shades.


Service Leader: Rev Dave Clements

Worship Associate: Richard J. Senghas

Music: Gage Purdy & The Choir

Pianist: Roger Corman

Share The Basket: Social Advocates for Youth (SAY)



Services in December: "Mystery"

Sundays, 10:30-11:45 am PST in-person and via Zoom

Festival of Lights: The Various Celebrations of the Season

December 3rd

As Unitarian Universalists, we embrace the diversity of traditions that grace this time of year, recognizing the beauty in the tapestry of beliefs that weave us together. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or find solace in the quiet reflection of winter's embrace, our collective spirit radiates a message of love, compassion, and unity. As we embark on this journey through the holiday season, may our hearts be open to the shared humanity that unites us, and may the light of understanding guide us through these days of celebration and reflection. We invite you to join us as we share with you about these holiday beliefs.


Stay for the Cake Auction!


Service Leader: Rev Dave Clements

Worship Associates: Mark Sowers

Music: Gage Purdy & Ron Hennessey

Pianist: Louise Bettner

The Basket: Our Own Saturday Breakfast for Our Neighbors

Embracing the Mystery and Joy: A Spiritual Exploration of the Holiday Season

December 10th


The holiday season unfolds as a rich mosaic of mystery and joy. Let's approach this season with open hearts and minds, celebrating the diversity of beliefs and practices that are woven together in our community. You are invited to embark on a spiritual exploration, delving into the mystery that surrounds this time of year, and to discover the joy that lies within it.

Service Leader: Rev Dave Clements

Worship Associate: Susan Thollaug & Joe Gabaeff

Music: Gage Purdy & The Choir

Pianist: Roger Corman

Share The Basket: World Central Kitchen




Stories of Light & Magic

December 17th


Come join us for our annual children's holiday celebration! During these cold and rainy months, there always seems to be a bit of extra magic in the air. Where does this magic come from, and what does it mean? This Sunday, we turn to stories, hearing and telling them together as we explore what makes this time of year so special.


Worship Leader: Era Capone

Worship Associate: Cathie Wiese

Music: Gage Purdy & The Choir

Pianist: Roger Corman

The Basket is highlighting : Our Own Religious Education

Winter Solstice

6:30PM Service & 5:30PM Potluck

December 22nd


Since ancient time people all over the world have recognized the important astronomical

occurrence called Winter Solstice. Earliest humans must have watched with fear, the apparent death of the light and the danger that meant. But from that fear, in the darkest hour, came hope. Please join CUUPS as we welcome Yule’s return of light with story, song, ritual and meditation. Join us for this special evening to honor the darkest night and find our way back to hope for our future. Potluck dinner before the service, desserts after.


Service Leaders: Rev Dave Clements & CUUPs

Music: Crystal McDougall-Purdy & Mark Green

Intimate Christmas Celebration: Embracing Joy and Inclusion

December 24th 10:30 AM Service

Join us for a heartwarming and inclusive Christmas Eve Day service led by me, your Interim Minister. The service will be an intimate affair, fostering a sense of connection and warmth as we reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Whether you've been part of our congregation for years or are joining us for the first time, all are welcome to share in the joy of this special Christmas Eve Day gathering. Come as you are, and let's celebrate the season together with love, understanding, and a commitment to building a more inclusive community. No RE on Christmas Eve.

(Please note: there is also a PM service)


Service Leader: Rev Dave Clements

Share the Basket: The Minister's Discretionary Fund

Holding the Light: A Christmas Eve Expression of Hope, Unity, and Shared Blessings.

December 24th

Evening Service~ 5pm Potluck ~ 6:30pm Service


On Christmas Eve, we gather to celebrate the birth and tonight to celebrate the common threads that weave us into the fabric of humanity. Christmas is more than a Season, its a invitation to embrace the light within and around us. I invite you to embrace tonight not just the glow of festive decorations but to be open to the light of understanding, compassion and love that transcends boundaries. It is that light that guides us through the darkness, reminding us that even in the most challenging times, we are not alone..


Service Leader: Rev Dave Clements

Worship Associate: Veronica Jordan

Music: Gage Purdy & the Choir

Pianist: Roger Corman

Share the Basket: The Minister's Discretionary Fund