Speaker: Rev. Leland Bond-Upson

Rev. Leland Bond-Upson began his ministry with us in January 2019. He has been a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, graduating from Starr King School for the Ministry with a Masters in Divinity in 1976. Leland has worked in education, social justice, and his parish ministry experience includes the Petaluma UU Congregation and Interim Ministries in Honolulu—HI, Fayetteville—AR, Bellingham—WA, Santa Barbara—CA, Vancouver—WA, and Charlotte—NC.

Leland’s wife and children, social justice, history—especially the history of religious tolerance, politics, poetry, education, film, and art—are his major interests. Visit his website: lbuuu.org to see some of his writing, favorite videos, and personal history.

to read and hear sermons and to see some of his favorite videos.

Our 3rd Principle: Acceptance of One Another

Some of our UU co-religionists sneer at the word ‘toleration,’ because they want not mere toleration, but embrace or celebration of some cause or value.  This attitude of disregard reveals ignorance of history, and of what a wonderful thing toleration is, especially when it is replacing bigotry and persecution.
Let’s start with mere toleration and move onward and upward from there.

Call to Action

In response to last week’s sermon “Faith in Action” we are going to do a special service on 11/17. In place of a sermon we will discuss social justice questions in a small group format.
The Social Justice Team will be using your answers as part of its work to re-energize UUCE’s commitment “to serve with love and compassion” from our mission statement.

Principle 1: The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Each Person

We address the core of our faith, and a tenant of classical liberalism, the radical idea that everyone matters. Our Story for All Ages shows the Golden Rule as it is in all major religions, in Unitarian Universalism as our First Principle– the inherent dignity and worth of each human being. Click here to view the self-running slideshow of the  Story for All Ages about the Golden Rule

Labyrinths

I fled him, down the nights and down the days, I fled him, down the arches of the years, I fled him, down the labyrinthine ways of my own mind and in a mist of tears I hid from him… — Francis Thomson (homeless person), … read more.

Queer Spring, 1969-70

The Stonewall uprising inspired many people, not least the young religious liberals of Unitarian Universalism. Let me tell you a story.
David Yaeger, Worship Assistant