• Help Us Build an Advent Scene

    This year, we will build an Advent Scene together, creating an altar to honor both Christian and Pagan roots of this festival of light. This table covered with lovely fabric has been arranged as an altar by Lois Phillips, this week’s Worship Associate; Mary Shelden, our Lifespan Religious Education Director; and Alison Vernon, our Music Director.  

    Each week, we will add little elements, and you are invited to bring something small to add if you like. The goal is ...

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  • Time of Mourning

    Nov 22, 2022

    UUA LGBTQIA+ Time of Mourning ~ All Are Welcomed

    Tues, Nov 22; 3 pm Central Time

    On Saturday, on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance, there was a mass murder at Club Q in Colorado Springs. We are reminded yet again of the violence aimed at our queer and trans beloveds and the legislation designed to criminalize our very existence. 
    Please join the UUA’s LGBTQIA+ Time of Mourning on Tuesday, November 22 at 3 pm CT as we gather together as a Unitarian Universalist community ...

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  • Holiday Plans Afoot

    We are all working on holiday and end of the year plans at CCUU. This year, both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are Sundays. Historically, few UU congregations hold services on Christmas Day.

    Christmas eve, we will hold our traditional service at 4:30pm. We assume few of you will head to church the next morning, and both Christmas and New Year’s Day are days our staff are to have off. To celebrate and create something new and special, we are putting together a Holiday Story service with music and stories delivered by our congregants ...

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  • Sharing Our Love with Our World

    Nov 9, 2022

    Have you ever wished more folks knew about Countryside? Our faith and our congregation offer a lot that people find solace in, and there are ways we could make it easier for others to find us. While we will never need people to be saved or some of the language used by churches that we may have come from, we do have a community many find life-saving and affirming. Making it easier for people to find our messages is a kindness we can offer. A few simple things you could do ...

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  • What If We Counted on Change?

    November 2022

    Our UU faith calls us to be curious. The search for truth and meaning is not a place we arrive at, but an endless practice of curiosity. Change is the one thing we can count on. Change often brings discomfort but what if instead of fighting it, we expected it. What if we counted on change and were curious about it?

    I have read Widening the Circle of Concern a few times. I expect I will keep studying the great learnings and changes in our faith and what is ...

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  • Courage in the Month to Come

    October 3, 2022

    This month started off with the courage to share feelings and why it can make a huge difference in your life. I hope to see feelings wheels at every meeting and to hear that several of you have taken them to family gatherings. I have a couple decals of them in my office, but I sometimes think I need the equivalent of a twister board spinner to point to the feeling of the moment.

    This month, we will meet two Unitarian Universalist heroes whose courage I think about ...

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  • Responding to Tragedy Is Our Ministry

    Dear ones:

    A month ago, I wrote you talking about the water communion, the training and events I had attended to prepare for interim ministry and talked about getting to know you. Never did I expect that days later, members of our congregation would be victims to the horrendous familicide that has befallen our Scoggin-Chang family and continues to impact us all. While this is not what anyone could expect, it is how I have gotten to know many of you and is a way that I am learning about you as a congregation. In ...

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  • Tips for Tragedy

    • Don’t tell yourself you should be doing better. Tragedy and grief do not have a grading system. Love yourself and honor your reaction.
    • Turn to your spiritual practices. Walking, praying, meditating, crafting, etc. all help your mind cope and regulate.
    • Speak only for yourself. Rather than speculate how someone else ought to feel, talk about your feelings. Use I statements and share YOUR feelings with feelings words- use those feeling wheels (if you didn’t receive one on Sunday, you can pick one up in the church office or download and print one).
    • Hold multiple truths: We are Unitarian Universalists, so ...
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  • Spiritual Practice Video

    This is a video of Rev. Denise and her son. It was to be part of the September 18 worship service, but we couldn’t get it working. (Note: the video was originally created when people were sheltering at home during the pandemic, but it is relevant anytime.)

    Please enjoy; it will help with completing your spiritual practice chalice, described here.

    https://youtu.be/PjmSxhgnJQM

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  • Preparation for Sept 18 Worship Service on Spiritual Practice

    In preparation for our service on Sunday, Sept 18, please think about what spiritual practices are going to get you through our changing world, interim ministry, the political landscape and ongoing pandemic. What do you do to fill your cup? Staring at screens whether it is television, social media, or other channels, will not hold your soul, bring deep peace or let your mind wander and rest.

    Please either draw your own chalice or color the chalice on the next page while listing in the flames things you want to do in this time for ...

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  • Please Bring Patience with You to Ingathering

    Come Early! Bring a Dish to Pass. Bring Open Hearts!

    This Sunday is the first time Countryside will be ALL together with all the elements of a welcoming water communion AND Ingathering AND the New Interim Minister Preaches, AND it will be an ALL-ages Service AND WOW, only masks required for SINGING AND probably six other things I did not list. It is a lot. I feel a little nervous too. I am meeting a new congregation. I am speaking at a new pulpit on a new chancel and setting the tone for the Interim ...

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  • From Our Interim Minister

    Aug 31, 2022

    Welcome to a new congregational year! I am excited to meet you all and get to know you. I have been preparing for our work, by taking time between ministries for two weeks to visit family and reflect. I did lots of spiritual practice by drawing and painting as well as chopping and cooking. I love to garden and preserve my harvest. I will be elbow deep in peaches from the tree in my front yard for the next week. I made a batch of ketchup and started my tomato sauce ...

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