Sian's Shenanigans

Sian's Shenanigans

Reverend Sian Wiltshire, Minister

By all means reach out and say hello! I can be reached by email, revsian@ocuuc.org, or by church phone at (714) 556-2882 (x302). Mondays are my day off, but I’m generally at the church during normal business hours T-Th and happy to meet with people at a time that is convenient to both of us during other times of the week.

~Rev. Sian

Grow Your Imagination

As many of you know, I’ve been learning how to paint and draw these last three years. And one thing I’ve learned is that there are skills… and then there is imagination. And the two don’t always go together. Which is frustrating as an artist. You can have a great imagination and think of wonderful ideas, but if you don’t have the skills, you cannot execute your vision. And vice versa. You can have great skills, but if you lack…

The Solstice-Christmas Season

As many of you know, I love the Solstice-Christmas season. I love the messages of love, hope and family. What I don’t love is the commercialism, the sense of frantic and frenetic giving with all its politics and worries. It seems like the messages get drowned out amid the hustle and bustle. But this year with the pandemic we have a golden opportunity to approach this season with perhaps more mindfulness than usual. Because the normal round of parties, gift…

Strengthening Your Mind, Body and Spirit

Did you know that there is a difference between “healing” and “curing?” Curing implies that whatever was bothering you—an ache, a pain, an illness, or a heartache—is gone. But healing is different. Healing is about not allowing the ache, pain, illness or heartache to rule your life. It’s about strengthening your mind, body and spirit when a cure isn’t possible and it allows you to live in peace, despite the issue. We’ve all seen it happen—or know stories. The person…

Listen to your body, mind, and spirit

The theme in worship this October is “Deep Listening.” It’s a good thing, then, that I spent a lot of time listening to myself this last summer. I listened to what my mind needed, what my body needed, and my spirit needed. Unfortunately, what they needed is not always what they want! It’s often hard to tell the difference. And sometimes they are often in conflict. My body might need to move, but my mind wants to just sit on…

Rev. Sian Returns

Rev. Sian returns from her sabbatical this month. Her first service back in the pulpit will be September 13th. This sabbatical provided Rev. Sian with a time for reflection, renewal and recharging, all of which was much needed after the incredible effort shepherdessing our Beloved community into the virtual world that we now inhabit.

Rev. Sian on Sabbatical

The Committee on Ministry and the Board of Trustees reminds the congregation that Rev. Sian began her sabbatical on June 30th. Originally scheduled to start May 30, this sabbatical provides Rev. Sian time for reflection, renewal and recharging, all of which is much needed after the incredible effort shepherdessing our Beloved community into the virtual world that we now inhabit. As was the case when Rev. Sian took a sabbatical in the summer of 2017, we have a plan for…

Essential

As many of you are very aware, there is a lot of talk in the news about the “opening” of churches. What does that mean for OCUUC? It will mean a lot of things. First, you need to understand that OCUUC will use federal, state, and municipal guidelines as a bare minimum. We will also be following the dictates of science and Love in making our decisions. As I mentioned recently in a service, we will not gather for Sunday…

Standing on the Threshold

We are on the threshold of a new era; of new ways of doing church, of being with people. Will we go back to the “old way?” Perhaps, but not in the near future. This new era is teaching us all sorts of things: that when push comes to shove, the vast majority of people are kind and doing what they can to help their fellow humans; that we humans need to be with one another; that we are truly…

Liberation

“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While King meant this to describe the justice issues of our times, it has a broader truth to it. He’s speaking about our interdependence. During this time of self-quarantining, we are finding that liberation or freedom isn’t just about “whatever I want to do.” Rather, it’s liberating ourselves from the illusion…

Wisdom

As Unitarian Universalists, we draw upon six sources of wisdom. If you look at that list, you might think (like I sometimes joke) that we have everything in there, but the kitchen sink! But you might point out, that there might be some contradictions among these sources. For example, if we draw from wisdom of world religions, what if our own experience differs from what has been written down in those venerable faith traditions? If you want to know if something…

Resilience

People often ask me “how long shall I grieve?” as if there is a certain timetable that I could give them.  And I always tell them, “There is no timetable. You’ll grieve as long as you grieve.” What, I think, people are really asking me is: “How long do I have to go through this pain?” No one wants to feel the pain of grief, or any other difficult emotion. Resilience is about allowing ourselves to feel those difficult emotions…

Integrity builds better relationships

When I was a teenager lied a lot. Mostly little things: Little white lies… sometimes making people feel good (and then me!); exaggerations that made me feel smarter, meant to impress; leaving out an important piece of information for a parent’s decision, so I could get my way. I figured if everyone else did it, then why shouldn’t I?And what was the harm if they made me and others feel good? The problem is that there really are no good…