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05/23/2018
10:00am -12:00
Elder Journey
Bortin Hall

Want some great conversation?  Try Elder Journey. This group of seniors meets from 10 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month in our Bortin Hall and is lead by Lead Minister Rev. Leslie Takahashi.  Wonderful people, wonderful conversations.

05/23/2018
7:30pm -9:00
Claiming Our Stories: A People of Color* Gathering Space
Sanctuary

Members and friends of MDUUC who identify as People of Color are invited to join this gathering where we will create a sacred space of sharing and power. Each month, we will come together to reflect on our experiences as people of color in Unitarian Universalism and in our larger world. Using our stories, our wisdom and our truths as our guide, we will collaborate on a vision of what it means to be “exuberantly multicultural” – within and beyond MDUUC’s walls. This gathering will be facilitated by Rev. Ranwa Hammamy *this space is specifically for people who identify as People of Color (Black, African, Latinx, Asian/South Asian, Pacific Islander, Indigenous/Native American, Arab/Middle Eastern, Multiracial). A sibling group of white allies, friends and family members will be held at the same time.

Facilitator: Rev. Ranwa Hammamy
Dates: May 23, Wednesday Evening
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Sanctuary
Suggested Donation: $5

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05/23/2018
7:30pm -9:00
Journeying Together: Engaging Whiteness* & White Supremacy
Children’s Chapel

Member and Friends of MDUUC who identify as white are invited to this gathering to create a sacred space where we can engage what it means to decenter whiteness in a culture which centers whiteness. We will engage together to understand oppression as it exists within ourselves and around us. You are encouraged to attend in spite or because of your level of awareness or understanding. We will engage texts, multi-media, and other sources and engage in dialogue. This gathering will be facilitated by Rev. Neal Anderson. * This space is specifically for people who identify as white. A sibling group for People of Color will be held at the same time.
Facilitator: Rev. Neal Anderson
Dates: May 23, Wednesday Evening
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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05/25/2018
7:30pm -9:30
Spiritual Cinema
Children’s Chapel

Spiritual Cinema:  Movie provide us with a geat way to learn about many things, including to explore the great spiritual questions of our times. Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi as she explores a new ideas which she is considering for next year, “Spiritual Cinema,” in which we will watch and discuss a movie that allows us to engage with the deep questions of human existence.  For this first movie, we will watch: Philomena This searing movie about Irish nuns who ran a home for unmarried mothers, is about the truth that sets us free. While pursuing Lee’s story, the journalist Martin Sixsmith (played by Steve Coogan) rails against belief, God, and the Church as he unravels this story of a boy who was shipped away without his mother’s consent. Curiously, his anger and inquiry is never focused on Philomena’s family or the connivance of the Irish government. Bring a snack to share and a passion for good discussion. Philomena is an award-winning 2013 British comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears, based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by journalist Martin Sixsmith. Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

Facilitator: Rev. Leslie Takahashi
Dates: Friday, May 25
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
Location: Children’s Chapel
Suggested Donation: $10

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05/26/2018
9:30am -3:30
Regional Justice Training 2018: Love Resists
Bortin Hall

MDUUC is hosting this no-cost Regional Justice Training, sponsored by the UU Justice Ministry of California, on Saturday, May 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Regional Justice Training supports UU justice-makers by providing them with useful skills, issue and advocacy updates, and connection to other justice makers. This year’s program contains a number of exciting components including:

  • grounding of our activism in our UU values and Beloved Community
  • updates on key issues including environmental justice, economic justice, racial justice and immigration justice
  • connection and sharing with nearby congregations
  • training and tools for organizing in our congregations and developing accountable partnerships in our communities

Come join us for fellowship and learning as we network with fellow UUs.

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05/30/2018
7:30pm -9:00
Crucial Conversations
Children’s Chapel

Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi for this midweek Ministers’ class after the Community Dinner on how to have crucial conversations. How do we learn to engage in conversations with those with whom we have differences? Using a book by the same name, we will practice the art of engaging in critical conversation when the stakes matter. This is a great way to learn the skills to talk to people across difference. There will be two sessions, one to explore the theory and the other to allow a chance to review using the techniques and what you learned. Led by Rev. Leslie Takahashi on Wednesdays May 30 and June 13 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

Date: Wednesdays, May 30 and June 13
Time: 7:30 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.
Location: Children’s Chapel
Suggested Donation: $5/class

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06/01/2018
12:00pm -1:00
Grief Group
Oak Room

MDUUC’s grief group meets on the first Friday of the month from noon to 1 (to allow folks working locally to join us on their lunch hour.) Rev. Leslie Takahashi and the rest of the ministry team leads these discussions which allow people a supportive space in which to process their grief.

06/02/2018
9:30am -1:00
Breath And Spirit
Bortin Hall

Join us for our half-day retreats, which feature opportunities to calm your brain, rest your heart and restore your spirit. By spending time in reflective and meditative practices, you will find yourself able to build a new resilience. Breath & Spirit retreats share restorative practices to calm and center you and provide a supportive environment to think about how you can continue finding these forms of peace-making in your day-to-day life.

In this gathering, we will focus on our connection with our natural world and the ways in which we find renewal in nature. This will be a time for us to remember the many ways that the larger frame of nature helps put our own concerns and troubles in perspective while developing practices that allow us to pay attention, be mindful, and meditate on the many gifts of our interconnected world. Breath and Spirit is our sampler of spiritual practices, which allows you to try on a number of practices that you may later decide to integrate into your life. We create a container of calm, mindfulness, and quiet companionship so that you may be with others who are interest in interested in deepening their spiritual lives. Led by Reverend Leslie Takahashi and a team of experienced and seasoned practitioners.

Facilitators: Rev. Leslie Takahashi, and friends
Dates: June 2: Restoration Through the Natural World
Time: 9:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Location: Bortin Hall
Suggested Donation: $20

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06/04/2018
7:00pm -8:30
Books & Connections
Fireside Room

Calling all book-lovers, including young adults, too! Open to members and friends, this monthly reading group values diversity of opinion and respectful listening as we enlighten our minds with books and enrich our hearts with the connections they inspire. Drop-ins always welcome. (helenreznick@mduuc.org)

Facilitator: Helen Reznick

06/04/2018
7:15pm -9:00
Evening Yoga
Bortin Hall

The session begins with 80 minutes of gentle integrated yoga asanas and stretches, breath work exercises, relaxation techniques and opportunities to set neural pathways for happiness that include laughter yoga. A 20-minute guided relaxation meditation follows.

Facilitator: Sharon Lawrence
Date: Mondays, April 16—June 25
(No class May 28 due to Monday holiday)
Time: 7:15 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.
Location: Bortin Hall
Suggested donation: $5 per class

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06/05/2018
7:30pm -9:30
Book Discussion

Enjoy and discuss a new book each month. Meets in member homes in Rossmoor.
Facilitators: Bill and Joy Hicks wjhicks@att.net
Location:  various member homes in Rossmoor

06/05/2018
7:30pm -9:00
Improv
Mirror Room

An intro to Improv. The class will do games designed to break the Improv ice and teach basic concepts – such as saying “yes” to offers and building a story from nothing. The ultimate goal is to lose the noise we’ve developed since childhood that tells us to edit ourselves and others (not permanently… just while we improv…).

Facilitators: Bill Younger and Ben Yates

06/06/2018
5:30pm -6:15
Vespers (On first and third Wednesdays)
MDUUC Sanctuary

Led by Intern Minister Natalie Malter.

06/06/2018
7:00pm -8:30
Getting to Know UU
Bortin Hall

Are you new to MDUUC? Or relatively new? Or experienced enough to begin to wonder what this whole Unitarian Universalist thing is about anyway? If you want to learn more about our faith, this congregation, what we believe, where we come from and how you can take the next step in getting to know us, please come to this fun, interactive gathering where you will have a chance to meet others new to MDUUC as well as ministers and leaders from our congregation. Brunch foods will be provided.

Facilitators: Rev. Neal Anderson
Dates: Wednesdays, June 6 and 13
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Bortin Hall
Fee: none

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06/11/2018
7:15pm -9:00
Evening Yoga
Bortin Hall

The session begins with 80 minutes of gentle integrated yoga asanas and stretches, breath work exercises, relaxation techniques and opportunities to set neural pathways for happiness that include laughter yoga. A 20-minute guided relaxation meditation follows.

Facilitator: Sharon Lawrence
Date: Mondays, April 16—June 25
(No class May 28 due to Monday holiday)
Time: 7:15 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.
Location: Bortin Hall
Suggested donation: $5 per class

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06/13/2018
10:00am -12:00
Elder Journey
Bortin Hall

Want some great conversation?  Try Elder Journey. This group of seniors meets from 10 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month in our Bortin Hall and is lead by Lead Minister Rev. Leslie Takahashi.  Wonderful people, wonderful conversations.

06/13/2018
7:00pm -8:30
Getting to Know UU
Bortin Hall

Are you new to MDUUC? Or relatively new? Or experienced enough to begin to wonder what this whole Unitarian Universalist thing is about anyway? If you want to learn more about our faith, this congregation, what we believe, where we come from and how you can take the next step in getting to know us, please come to this fun, interactive gathering where you will have a chance to meet others new to MDUUC as well as ministers and leaders from our congregation. Brunch foods will be provided.

Facilitators: Rev. Neal Anderson
Dates: Wednesdays, June 6 and 13
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Bortin Hall
Fee: none

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06/13/2018
7:30pm -9:00
Crucial Conversations
Children’s Chapel

Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi for this midweek Ministers’ class after the Community Dinner on how to have crucial conversations. How do we learn to engage in conversations with those with whom we have differences? Using a book by the same name, we will practice the art of engaging in critical conversation when the stakes matter. This is a great way to learn the skills to talk to people across difference. There will be two sessions, one to explore the theory and the other to allow a chance to review using the techniques and what you learned. Led by Rev. Leslie Takahashi on Wednesdays May 30 and June 13 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

Date: Wednesdays, May 30 and June 13
Time: 7:30 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.
Location: Children’s Chapel
Suggested Donation: $5/class

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06/16/2018
7:00pm -10:00
"MAKE IT SO SOCIAL" - A Movie Night Showing "Elena Undone"

movie-night w:popcorn.jpg“ELENA UNDONE” IS A PASSIONATE ROMANCE BETWEEN A PASTOR’S WIFE AND A LESBIAN WRITER

“MAKE IT SO SOCIAL” once again promises to delight and promote our Make It So: 2020 goals by inviting ALL ADULTS (gay, straight, in-between…who cares!) to welcome and get to know new visitors to MDUUC. Be present, show up…after all, if not you, who? Childcare will be provided for MDUUC kids only. Contact Childcare@mduuc.org by June 9th.

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In “Elena Undone”, elegant and refined Elena (beautiful Necar Zadegan, TV’s 24 ) is a devoted wife to her pastor husband, mother to her teenage son and daughter to her traditional Indian family. For so many years she has been living her life on autopilot. Grief-stricken lesbian writer Peyton (stunning Traci Dinwiddie, TV’s “Supernatural”) is struggling to move on from recent hardship. When the two meet they form an immeasurable bond that shakes the foundation of their sheltered worlds and Elena is confronted with intense and unexpected feelings for a woman.

As their relationship takes on a life of its own, what ensues is one of the most passionate and intimate female-on-female scenes ever filmed (including the longest kiss in cinema history). Equal parts charming, funny and poignant as well as smoldering and sensual, this beautifully shot film is based on writer/director Nicole Conn’s own life.

Nancy Newhart, Chairperson, LGBTQ & FRIENDS and “MAKE IT SO SOCIAL” has said: “this movie was so validating after coming out years ago from a 16 year marriage to a professional man. I watched it over and over* to absorb every nuance that mirrored my own self-discovery as a lesbian. It is a classy love story that reflects true love with beautifully portrayed lesbian lovemaking like no other film I had ever seen”.

*I won’t tell you how many times I watched this or you might think I’m nuts, but this is how “hungry” I and others in the LGBTQ community have been to see our lives realistically portrayed onto the big screen; something that is taken for granted by heterosexuals. I know. I used to think I was one. :=)

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ALL ADULTS ARE WELCOME

No one turned away for lack of funds – please see us at the registration table

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“MAKE IT SO SOCIAL” is a quarterly social event for all adults, presented by LGBTQ & FRIENDS Social Justice Committee at Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek; a welcoming, and inclusive, multi-cultural, identity diverse community.

06/18/2018
7:15pm -9:00
Evening Yoga
Bortin Hall

The session begins with 80 minutes of gentle integrated yoga asanas and stretches, breath work exercises, relaxation techniques and opportunities to set neural pathways for happiness that include laughter yoga. A 20-minute guided relaxation meditation follows.

Facilitator: Sharon Lawrence
Date: Mondays, April 16—June 25
(No class May 28 due to Monday holiday)
Time: 7:15 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.
Location: Bortin Hall
Suggested donation: $5 per class

Please register (or at least RSVP) at our Eventbrite page: (you will be taken to a new page)

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