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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City

2124 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94062

Our Reproductive Stories

June 19, 2022

Sistersong, the Women of Color Collective who originated the term Reproductive Justice defined it as “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe sustainable communities." Reproductive Justice especially the right and access to abortion has become a hugely divisive issues for our country with local access denied for many in our country. This Sunday we will hear our own reproductive stories from within this religious community as we reflect on this important topic.  

Worship Leader: Rev. Brian Ferguson

Worship Associate: Chris DeCardy

Musical Director: Dawn Reyen 

Pianist: Larry Chinn

Please silence all electronic devices and join us at this moment.

Gathering of our Community

PRELUDE: Larry Chinn, piano

RINGING OF BELL: Chris DeCardy

GATHERING MUSIC: “Sanctuary”

Video of UUFRC Choir

WELCOME: Chris DeCardy 

LIGHTING THE CHALICE: Rev. Brian Ferguson

In these hard times, let us look first to the response of love.

In the midst of challenge, may our chalice flame bear witness to the inherent worth and dignity of every human being.

In the midst of uncertainty, may our chalice be a beacon of encouragement, that our values may guide our choices.

Let us look first to the response of love.

-  Rev. Maureen Killoran  

HYMN: #348 “Guide My Feet

Connecting within Our Community

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Dick Edminster

JOYS AND SORROWS: Rev. Brian Ferguson

Deepening

TODAY’S WORSHIP TOPIC: Rev. Brian Ferguson 

HYMN: #170 “We Are a Gentle Angry People”

REFLECTION: Chris DeCardy

HYMN: #1008 “When Our Heart is in a Holy Place”

OUR REPRODUCTIVE STORIES:

Chris DeCardy, Rev. Brian & Jen Gill

PRAYER: Rev. Brian Ferguson

SPECIAL MUSIC:  “I Am Willing” - Holly Near

Performed by Jen Gill & Larry Chinn

REFLECTION: “What is Reproductive Justice” 

Rev. Brian Ferguson

OFFERING AND OFFERTORY: Chris DeCardy

Our Share the Plate recipient today is Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (urge.org) whose mission is to build power through a young people’s movement for reproductive justice by centering the leadership of people of color and low-income.  

To donate uufrc.org/community/giving 

“I Am Woman” - Helen Reddy & Ray Burton

Performed by Bev Morgan & Larry Chinn

Returning to Life in Service

EXTINGUISHING THE FLAME: Rev. Brian Ferguson

“We extinguish this flame, but not the light of truth, the warmth of community, or the fire of commitment. These we carry in our hearts until we are together again.”  

— Elizabeth Sëlle Jones

HYMN: #168 “One More Step”

CLOSING WORDS: Rev. Brian Ferguson

POSTLUDE: Larry Chinn, piano


Thank you for joining us.  Please stay after the service for outdoor socializing or virtual coffee.


Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City

If you would like more information about this liberal religious congregation, check out the UUFRC Facebook page (facebook.com/uufrc), visit our website (uufrc.org) for news and events, or request a call from our Minister.  

Visitors: Visitors are always welcome to participate in UUFRC events and activities.  During this time, some are being conducted virtually.  To see what is happening, please check out our Facility Calendar on our website:  https://www.uufrc.org/upcoming-events/calendar-of-events/. For more information about this liberal religious congregation, please request a call from our Connections Coordinator, learn more at: https://www.uufrc.org/connection/visiting-us/

Sunday Offering: A familiar Sunday Service is a critical part of life for many of us.  We are happy you joined us.  If you would like to support our programs, you can donate now! https://www.uufrc.org/community/giving/

Thank you our hybrid service support team

We would like to give a very heartfelt THANK YOU to all the wonderful volunteers working on and off screen during today’s service. It definitely takes a dedicated and hard-working team to make the virtual service run as wonderful as they do.

Zoom Manager:

Elisabeth Rossi

Slide Production:

Gigi Casey

Video Manager:

Bill Frank

Music Support:

Larry Chinn & Dawn Reyen

Audio Manager:

Steve Hill

Announcements:

Dick Edminster

Website Support:

Crystal Valdez-Chandra

Grounds Crew:

Sharon & Gregory Gee

Video Production:

Larry Chinn

Center of Interest:

Nick & Nathan Kibre

Vaccine Checkers & Greeters:

Jen Gill &

Joyce Porter

Vision Statement UUFRC

A community of spiritual growth, compassion, and justice

Mission Statement UUFRC

We are a welcoming and inclusive community of individuals of all ages who seek spiritual meaning, empower personal growth, build connections with our neighbors, act for justice, and inspire others to join us.

Our Principles in Brief

This congregation is part of the larger Unitarian Universalist Association. Together, we covenant to affirm and promote Seven Principles:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2. Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Staff and Board Contact Information

Minister: Rev. Brian Ferguson: ministeratuufrc@gmail.com, 650-365-1426

Interim Director of Youth and Family Programming: Lillian Svec: dyaf.uufrc@gmail.com

Connections Coordinator: Jen Gill: connecting@uufrc.org

Music Director: Dawn Reyen: musicdirector@uufrc.org

Office: Gigi Casey & Crystal Valdez-Chandra: office@uufrc.org, 650-365-6913

Bookkeeper: Cyndi Williamson: bookkeeper@uufrc.org

Board of Trustees: Chris Stovall, Rob Davis, Jeanne De Shazo, Dick Edminster, Peter Hartzell, Tovis Page, Polly Ragusa: board@uufrc.org, 650-508-7941