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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Awe and Reverence

Have you ever felt awe? What does it feel like to you? When and where have you felt it? Some describe awe as a kind of fear (Its even related to the Scandinavian word for fear). It’s defined as an overwhelming sense of fear (mixed with admiration), produced by encountering something beyond ourselves. Awe is…

The Importance of Attention

My father was a complete luddite (someone who does not understand technology); my twin sister, Regan, is a complete geek and went on to be an IT professional. My father valued higher education; my twin sister (ironically the smartest of all of us siblings) never finished college. You can imagine then that my father had…

CREATING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY

Unitarian Universalism is all about belonging. That’s what creating the Beloved Community is all about, too. It’s about making sure that each person can find a place here, if they so choose – regardless of what they believe or who they are. That’s a tall order! It means that everyone (and I mean everyone) must…