Forums

No services are held during the summer, but Forums will be presented each Sunday at 10am. 

The Celebration of Life service with Rev. Colleen Vahey will resume at 11am on Opening Sunday, September 10th.

The purpose of the Forum is to provide informative speakers or panels on social justice and other issues including matters of internal interest to the church community. We work to be intellectually stimulated on topics and perspectives not widely available elsewhere. Forum speakers do not solicit funds for or membership in groups. Topics range from civil rights to community affairs. The Forum is typically not coordinated with Sunday Service themes.

10am Summer Forum Schedule

Gather with us at each Sunday for a thoughtful presentation, open discussion, and lots of community.

In addition to the speaker/leader listed, Interim Minister Rev. Lillie Henley will conduct a brief introductory ceremony.

June 25         Book Club One (Come & Learn, even if you haven’t read the book). Austin Boulevard, the Invisible line Between Two Worlds by Jeff Ferdinand – see https://austinboulevard.wordpress.com. Debby Donovan facilitating.  Also: An introduction to the First and Second Unitarian Universalist (UU) Principles— First: The inherent worth and dignity of every person. Second: Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.

July 2             No Forum – It’s Independence Day weekend

July 9             Introduction to the Third UU Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations. Gale Holmlund will lead a discussion with fun activities.

July 16          Book Club Two. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed – see http://www.cherylstrayed.com/wild_108676.htm.  Suzanne Davis facilitating. Also: Introduction to the Fourth UU Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.

July 23          Introduction to the Fifth UU Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. Eric Davis will lead a discussion on the state of democracy and party politics in reference to the Fifth Principle.

July 30          “Good Bye” to Interim Minister Rev. Lillie Mae Henley with a Community Garden update and potluck lunch! Gale Holmlund, chair of our Worship Arts committee, will lead a “Thank You” to Rev. Lillie.  Garden leader Roger Masson will update us on the gardens, a focus of the church’s work in the Austin Community. Jeanne Calabrese of City Orchards Cooperative will show how a “micro orchard” could be planted in the Mayfield West Community Garden. A potluck follows.

August 6       Book Club Three. Johanna Ryan leads a very timely discussion of Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea – see http://www.neabigread.org/books/intothebeautifulnorth/readers-guide/. Also: Introduction to the Sixth UU Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.

August 13    “Climate Issues” update and discussion – Rick Knight to present. Also: Introduction to the Seventh UU Principle:  Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

August 20    TUC’s new minister Rev. Colleen Vahey will discuss her hopes and dreams for her first year at TUC.

August 27    What’s happening at TUC in the 2017-2018 church year? Committee chairs, board members and congregants will discuss their plans. Comments and suggestions welcome.

September 3           11am Labor Day Sing is a long tradition at TUC.  Folk singer and author Mark Dvorak will perform and lead us in song. Let’s just say our star purchased his first acoustic guitar while working at a xylophone factory.  Read his rich musical history at http://www.markdvorak.com. Laurel Lambert to facilitate.

September 10           Opening Sunday: 10am Forum, 11am Service, and Religious Education and child care resume.

Forum on Coop


Celebration of Life Services

“Celebration of Life” service is held each Sunday morning at 11AM from the second week of September through the third week of June.TUC fr balcony 2

Sunday morning services generally consist of opening words and chalice lighting; a brief “Time for All Ages” with our children; minister-led readings, meditations and sermon; and, throughout the service, music – richly varied piano, from classical to jazz, with Unitarian hymns, some in the Protestant tradition. Optional childcare is provided for children younger than preschool age.

Our “Time for All Ages” is often a story related to the themes of the religious education (RE) classes the children attend when they leave the service. Over the year, the Celebration of Life will occasionally be an Inter-generational service presented by the children and RE staff.