Sian's Shenanigans (Page 5)

Sian's Shenanigans (Page 5)

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

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 day of the year.” With respect to Emerson, I think of it this way “Write it on your heart that every day is the first…

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 about whether or not he believed in God, Albert Einstein said: “Your question [about God] is the most difficult in the world. It is not…

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 side of love, contact Rev. Sian or Tom Loughrey. Sian’s Shenanigan’s “Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a…

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 and humbles. And it is at the core of covenant. This month we are exploring “Covenants.” A covenant is simply a promise. In some churches…

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. I live with a pretty Pollyanna view of the world and that gets me through the tough days. But it also can keep me blind…

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 get from other ministers about their staff. Ours rock. But while I may be their supervisor, you, in fact, are their employer. Not you, specifically,…

Getting Cozy

It’s getting awfully cozy in our sanctuary! Now that we are at one service, here are some tips that will help everyone get a good seat: Get there early. This last Sunday I noticed we were about 1/3 full 15 minutes prior to the service! People are there to see friends and to get a good seat. Come on down! Reserve the back seats against the wall for those with strollers, walkers, etc. But don’t block the aisles! We need…

Summer Notes

Welcome to the glorious summer season! We will offer only one service on Sundays, beginning at 10:30 am. As usual, we’ll meet for coffee and conversation on the patio after the service at about 11:30am. Stay cool, and see you soon! Rev. Sian

April Notes

“To be a member means to be a host. To be a host means that you come to serve, not to be served. In other words, you take off the bib and put on an apron.” – Michael Piazza, Director, Center for Church Renewal Each one of us is a host on Sunday morning. We are here to invite people into the life of the church. You know all the ins and outs, how to get what you need from…

March Notes

Do you remember the first time you came to this church? Take a moment and think of why you came and your first impressions… Now, consider what was it about the church that made you want to come back? Jot down a few more things…. Chances are it was more than one thing. People come for different reasons – to find community, to explore spiritual questions, to get support during life transitions and tragedies, to build a better world, to…

January Notes

Welcome to the New Year! 2015 is shaping up to be an interesting one. And by “interesting,” I mean I have no idea what is in store. The field is wide open! You can make of this year what you want of it. It’s also that time of resolutions – to make a positive change in your life. Yet, as the popular theory goes, most people give up on their resolutions before the month is out. So here’s a thought.…

December Notes

Minister’s Discretionary Fund Have you ever found yourself in a stressful financial situation? Most people have at some point in their life. Yet many people are not aware that the minister has a “Ministerial Discretionary Fund.” These funds are collected from the offertory on Christmas Eve (sometimes more often if funds run out). These funds are used to help those in need, usually, but not always, people right here in the congregation. People who need a little extra help with medical bills…