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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

Mercy

A friend of mine from Chicago recently was approached by a homeless person who asked my friend if he would buy him a one-day CTA Pass. The homeless person said he was a vet and was struggling with VA red tape. The pass was $10 and my friend paid it. But he’s been wondering… was…

Freedom

I once read a book called “Games Criminals Play” by Bud Allen and Diana Bosta. It was published 35 years ago, but its truths ring today. In the book, Allen and Bosta posited that freedom is intrinsic to human nature; that when we try to bottle it up – or cage it – people will…

Redemption

Have you ever done something you regret? I think we all have. Maybe it’s something we said, or didn’t say; maybe it was the way we treated someone long ago, or just last week; maybe it was something illegal, or just morally wrong. We’ve all had those moments. What do we do with them? How…

Authority

Recently, I used the “speech to text” feature on my phone to send a friend a text. I said into the phone something about “UUism.” My iPhone translated “UUism” to: “your your wisdom.” It made me laugh. But then it also made me think. Is UUism all about “your wisdom?” In other words, are we…

Beginning of a New Year

“and now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” ~ Rainier Maria Rilke I love this time of year. It’s the beginning of a new year and I have a lot of hope for it. Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Write it on your heart that every day is the best…

Sian’s Shenanigans

I’m a big fan of Albert Einstein. I love his open and creative mind, his passion for peace and justice in the world. I should probably love him for his theory of relativity, but it’s such a difficult concept! But Einstein had a gift for explaining difficult concepts, even God. In response to a question…

CAIR and OCUUC

Your Board and Minister want you to to know that the leadership of OCUUC voted to support CAIR’s call for organizations to stand in solidarity with them against Islamaphobia. CAIR is one of the most respected Islamic organizations in the country. If you’d like to know more about how your Board and Minister stand on the…

Sian’s Shenanigans

“Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again , come , come.” Rumi This poem has become in our tradition one of my favorite songs to sing. It invites…

Sian’s Shenanigans

Evil. *shudder* I don’t like to talk about evil, our worship theme this month. I prefer to talk about hope, love, compassion, or justice. I prefer to see the best in people – their inner beauty, their capacity for love, their “best self.” In fact, I pride myself on being able to do just that.…

The Care and Feeding of your Staff

It may come as a surprise to you that your minister is not “staff.” Well, not technically. I’m “called” by the congregation (voted in). Today I want to talk to you about your true staff – the ones who were hired by you all. They are fabulous! I can’t tell you how many complaints I…