March 8: When You Walk Through The Storm Rev. Leslie Takahashi
In a changing world and in lives full of change, we need the grounding of a place and a people. Rev. Leslie Takahashi will explore this critical part of how we bring our own lives into community
March 15: "The Beauty of it All" Rev. Dr. Mark Belletini
It’s about the rose. It’s about a Japanese religion. But mostly it’s about forgiveness.
Rev. Dr. Mark Belletini - served as student minister at MDUUC in the mid-1970s before going on to 18 years with the UU congregation in Hayward and 17 years as senior minister at First UU Church of Columbus, Ohio. Mark served for eight years on the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, which credentials UU ministers, and he chaired the committee that produced the Singing Living Tradition hymnal. He is also the author of Sonata for Voice and Silence and Nothing Gold Can Stay: The Colors of Grief from Skinner House. Since he is retiring in a few months, Mark is especially jazzed about returning to Walnut Creek after almost 40 years away.
A Message From Our Ministers
Throughout our county, people are looking for a place to connect with others and a place to be seen as a whole person. Finding these connections in a world of quick fixes and throw-away relationships is not easy.
We provide those places of deep connection – where people can connect to themselves, to others who hold similar experiences, and to efforts to address real problems faced by our neighbors and our planet. Increasingly, we also learn from the connections which can be made across difference. And within our community, you can receive inspiration, new ideas, affirmation and an embodiment of how we live together in the wider human family.
For more than 60 years, MDUUC has been a beacon in the community and a strong place for people of all generations—our children. We haven’t always done it the same way and we are gifted with a Living Tradition that changes with the new needs of our community. Come be part of what we are creating together!