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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

Sanctuary

It seems very timely that the October worship theme is Sanctuary! For here we are holding a capital campaign for building a new sanctuary. This theme, however, really doesn’t have anything to do with building a building… Or does it? A sanctuary is a place of refuge and safety. I believe whole heartedly that this…

Vision in Worship

Every week I have a personal “to-do” that pops up on Mondays, my day off: “Do some visioning.” It’s a reminder to me to not lose sight of where I want to go in life and what I want for this church. I admit, there are some Mondays that I don’t get to it. But…

Taking Care of Our Souls

There is an island near Seattle that has a kind of magical effect on me. Whenever I go there, I find that as soon as I touch the ground, a feeling of calm comes over me: my whole body relaxes and I feel grounded. The place is called “Whidbey Island” and somehow, someway it feeds…

Leap and the Net Will Appear

“Leap and the net will appear.” ~ John Burroughs, American naturalist and nature essayist. Recently my best friend made a huge leap of faith. She left her career of 30 years, as it was just too stressful and harming her health. For someone like her, this lack of security, assurance and sense of foundation, was…

Wisdom

Wisdom is a fascinating notion. Who gets to determine what is or is not wisdom? If you look at the six sources of Unitarian Universalism you’ll note that we’ve thrown everything in there but the kitchen sink! But if we are going to be inclusive, we have to recognize that all these sources do have…

Everyone

In February, I attended our NMI Interfaith Council’s monthly luncheon at the AME church and the topic was “The Black Church in OC.” We had a wonderful presentation by Dr. Richard Rose on the subject of “Liberation Theology” which is the foundational theology of the Black church. He said: “When salvation/liberation is realized in a…

Balance and Harmony

Balance in our lives is something that everyone struggles with. We balance obligations and freedom; we balance work and play; we balance individual needs and the community. Life seems like a balancing act. Someone once described my job as Minister as one of those circus performers who tries to keep the plates up on the…

Love

Gary Chapman believes that there are 5 love languages: Words of affirmation, quality time, receiving of gifts, acts of service and physical touch. Each of us has one or two ways that we prefer to be “loved” and there are ways that our loved ones prefer it too. And each of these types of love…

January 2018

There are all kinds of power in the world – there is influence or authority. Those are types of personal and corporate power. And then there is the “higher” power, aka God which is a kind of omniscient power. The month we are going to be exploring all types of power – personal, corporate and…

Vision Statements

Recently the OCUUC Board decided to ask themselves and the church about “what does the church mean to me?” Each board member has been coming up with their own vision statement about the church and what it means to them. It’s been wonderful to hear these visions statements and we are going to be sharing…