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9:30am -12:00
Restored to Sanity: A Unitarian Universalist Conversation about Addiction
Bortin Hall

Our nation is facing a crisis in the area of addiction and our families are not immune. How can our community offer support to individuals and family members grappling with the destructive powers of addiction?  This conversation, co-sponsored by our congregation’s Pastoral Visitors Program, is an opportunity to answer important questions, including what medical treatment is available and how atheists and agnostics can find support through 12 step programs.

A Unitarian Universalist reflection on the 12 steps will be referenced.  Here is a description:  “Unitarian Universalist writers reflect on their experiences while walking the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and other Twelve-Step programs. Some of the authors have been deeply inspired and affected by the Twelve Steps. Others have struggled with the God-language of AA and have had to reinterpret it for themselves. Still others have maintained long-time sobriety and have found lasting support from the larger fellowship of Twelve Step programs. All tell their stories with great honesty and humility, providing inspiration and hope for those who struggle with addiction and for their friends and family members. Each Step is explored with two separate heartfelt essays, plus a meditation or prayer. Ideal for small groups to read, reflect upon, and discuss, or for individual reflection. The editors and authors have remained anonymous, in keeping with the time-honored tradition of Twelve-Step practice. You can order  here:

Facilitators:  Rev. Leslie Takahashi, Natalie Malter, Jim Hasse, Julie Torok, Mary Helen Binger
Date: Saturday, February 17
Time: 9:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Location: Bortin Hall

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10:00am -12:00
Hike Lafayette Reservoir - Restorative Practices

This is a locally popular gem attracting many enthusiastic users. We’ll hike the paved 3-mile loop trail Paving makes this a great hike for strollers(sorry, no bikes). There are some ups and downs. We’ll hike the loop counter-clockwise ending in a grassy area with a great play structure for younger children and picnicking for all. Bring a sack lunch, water, and appropriate attire, depending on the weather. For directions and to sign up, please contact Peter Morse at

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Please note that you can still opt to pay by check at the event onsite on Eventbrite. We appreciate your RSVP.


4:00pm -6:00
Coffee and Conversation

Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi in a series of coffee shop conversations to be held throughout the year. This gathering will be held at LaScala in downtown Walnut Creek and at Steeltown in Pittsburg and will be a chance to reflect on living as a UU in this world. Leslie will bring a question and we will see what conversation ensues.

Facilitator – Lead Minister Rev. Leslie Takahashi
Date, Time and Location:

Feb 17 Steeltown 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. 695 Railroad Ave, Pittsburg
Mar 23 La Scala 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. 1665 N. Main Street Walnut Creek

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