March 11, 2012
This week we will continue with the exploration of our theme of the month: social justice. The focus of this week’s service is homelessness. OCUUC has had its own experience of homelessness persons. I remember how early one September morning, as I was making coffee in the church kitchen, I was startled to see two men sleeping on the patio outside the church sanctuary, with their worldly goods around them in bags. I was to discover that this was something that happened each night. Though I have not seen anyone sleeping on the church property for several weeks, at least during the time I have been here, there has been a steady stream of homeless persons who have attempted to find sleep for the night on OCUUC property. Several months ago I went to the Costa Mesa public library and observed that many of the patrons that day seemed to be homeless men looking for a safe harbor for the day.
In this area awash in million dollar homes, there is homelessness all around us if we have ‘eyes to see.’ I am told that Orange County has one of the largest homeless problems in the country. This Sunday we hope to explore this subject and look for ways to practice our values. I am thrilled that I will be joined this Sunday by Paul Leon, President and CEO of the Illumination Foundation of Irvine. Paul will help me convey the message of the homeless among us and give witness as someone who is on the front lines daily providing solutions to this crisis and as someone who is at the forefront of addressing this issue in this part of California. The Illumination Foundation has been, and is now, doing incredible work in this area of social justice. Please join me Sunday as we explore this issue and look for ways to, in the words of our UUA principles, practice ‘justice, equity and compassion in human relations.’
Pop singer Denise Rosier will be our Guest Artist this Sunday.