“The Face of God”, By Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels, February 5, 2023

10:00 AM In-person and via ZoomTheology has much to say about the attributes of God, omnipotence, omniscience, love, justice, and so on, but what about the appearance of God? In the Christian scripture we’re told, “No man hath seen God at any time” (John 1:18). Yet in Genesis, Jacob says, “I have seen God face to face” (Genesis 32:30). When … Read More

“The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King”, By Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels“The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King”, January 15, 2023

10:00 AM, In-person and via Zoom Martin Luther King wasn’t just “Dr. King.” He was a seminary-educated, ordained, Christian minister. His vision for Black Americans was a religious vision. Though religion has become popularly associated only with conservative politics, religion’s ability to connect moral principles with ultimate visions remains a powerful asset for social change.

“Radical Hope in Revelatory Times”, By Pastor Joshua Berg, January 8, 2023

Homily: Radical Hope in Revelatory Times This time in history feels very precarious. Not only are there many unknowns as always but, especially in this country, we seem to be hovering at the edge of a precipice, at risk of falling into an abyss. What are the pathways and strategies to regain our balance and move away from the cliff toward … Read More

“Fire Communion”, By Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels, January 1, 2023

Janus is the mythological god with two faces–one facing back and one facing forward. This New Year’s Day lay-led FIRE COMMUNION service calls on the dual power of the flames to both burn away and forge a way forward. As the service progresses, each of us are invited to recast the hurts, worries, and regrets of 2022 as lessons, and … Read More

Holiday Worship Services

Be Not Afraid”, By Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels December 24, 2022 5:00 PMIn-Person in Sanctuary and Via Zoom In the Christmas story, angels tell Joseph and later the Shepherds, “Do not be afraid.”  Something wonderful but challenging is happening, the old order is disturbed.  If we wish to change our lives or change the world around us we must accept risk, … Read More

December 18, 2022, “Re-Dedicating the Temple”, Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniel

The story of Hanukkah tells us that once the temple had been defiled by Antiochus, and won back by the Maccabees, it needed to be re-dedicated to the true principles of the faith. When we’ve lost our way. When we’ve suffered through conflict, and come through. Part of healing is to name and claim our true selves again.

December 11, 2022, “Serving Our Houseless Neighbors”, Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels

“Service is our prayer” is an important part of our Unitarian Universalist covenant. Every Tuesday morning from 7:30 AM till noon, a devoted group of volunteers—many from UUCSC—spend time serving the houseless folks in our neighborhood. Since April 2021, our church, under the auspices of NoHo Home Alliance, has been running a drop-in program for homeless folks.  We had a rocky … Read More

December 4, 2022, “And Then There Was You”, Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels

After weaving together several strands from several sources that form our inherited identity, at last we come to the most recent and surprising strand: each of us. The inherent worth and dignity of every person means that each one of us adds something important and new. You are not just the legacy of your ancestors. You are yourself. And Unitarian … Read More