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Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church

17503 El Camino Real

Houston, TX 77058

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Our Vital Faith



At this very moment in time the values of Unitarian Universalism, hope, love, justice, courage and joy are desperately needed.  The world needs us and we need one another more than ever before.  Come into these gatherings of hope.  See how the future might form under the leadership of a new UUA President.   We will be gathering questions for the three UUA Presidential Candidates prior to the gathering.  Don’t miss hearing them address the future of Unitarian Universalism.  

Come into these gatherings of Love.  Congregational Presidents join into the discussion with the other presidents so that you have the support and network you need in your leadership.  

Come into these gatherings of Justice.  How we do what we do makes all the difference, join into the other workshops to find partners in the work you do.  

Come into these gatherings of Courage.  We are so much stronger and can be braver together.  Building the justice and loving world takes human hands and courage.  

Come into these gatherings of Joy.  The whole world needs Unitarian Universalism they just don’t know about it yet.  Be forever joyful because we have one another and all the things that we need to do the work of building a just and loving world.  Others will discover us because they need the values we have to offer - come into these gatherings and network with other Unitarian Universalist partnering with you and supporting your work.

Friday, April 7, 2017

6:30pm Old-Fashioned UU Lenten Fish Fry and Potluck & Live Entertainment

Childcare will be provided

Saturday, April 8, 2017

9-9:45 Registration

9:45-10 Regional highlights

10-11:30 UUA Presidential Candidates Forum

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45 – 12:15 Worship

12:15 - 1:15 Affinity Table Lunch

1:15 - 3:00 Workshops (see descriptions below)

  • Presidents’ Convocation with Natalie Briscoe
  • Vital Generosity Building the Spirit with Bill Clontz hosted by Connie Goodbread
  • UU Voice for Justice with Angela Henderson and Rusty Cockrell
  • The Navigators with Jeff Boxell
  • Resist and Persist with Sean Briscoe, Political Consultant, Campaign Manager, and Lobbyist
  • "Survive and Thrive” for Unitarian Universalist Youth ages 14-18

3:00 - 3:30 Closing Worship

Presidents’ Convocation: This workshop is the kick-off to our regular President’s Convocation series of support and leadership development. Meet other congregational presidents so that you can network and share successes and challenges. Regional staff will introduce the new on-line monthly support discussions we will be offering.  This is an inexpensive and convenient way to share, stay connected and learn new ways to approach our work - plus it is fun!

Vital Generosity Building the Spirit, Making the Connections, Living Our Values, and Doing the Work: Feel as though your congregation’s stewardship is out of energy and ideas? Worried about not being ready to adjust to changing realities or about not knowing what works best? Are your members thinking more about scarcity than generosity? Good stewardship is one part inspiration, one part connection, and one part great process. At least as much as any other component of congregational life, stewardship is about being spiritual AND being practical – neither is sufficient alone. Let’s look at that recipe and those concerns to build a better way forward.

UU Voice for Justice: Does your congregation have a desire to join with other UU congregations to rapidly respond to matters of justice? In Houston, Texas, we are showing that there is more than one religious voice on matters of justice. Unitarian Universalist Voice For Justice of Greater Houston is a coalition of 8 congregations led by a steering team that determines actions and sends out text alerts to our members. We've already had great success including an action to support Muslim neighbors at the Clearlake Islamic Center that garnered attention from media all over the United States and overseas!
Learn more about UU Voice for Justice and how you might bring a similar effort to your community.

The Building Of A Navigators-USA And UU Partnership: Navigators is a co-ed, secular, highly inclusive scouting organization for children 5-15 that was founded in 2003 by a group of volunteers sponsored by the All Souls Unitarian Church in New York. There are now over 140+ chapters and subchapters in the country. The mission of program is to help boys and girls and their parents spend more time outdoors, getting to know what nature has to offer while getting to know each other.

This workshop will explore the organization of Navigators startup, with its interconnected and inclusive partnerships. The workshop will also examine the Navigators-USA program, explore the hurdles and dynamics of the partnerships and discuss the value added by the program. With Navigators and Unitarian Universalists principles in sync, and each holding great reverence for the interdependent web of all existence, Navigators fills a need for UU families, can help UU church's with community outreach and contributes to the greater good of the community.

Navigators Moral Compass:

"As a Navigator I promise to do my best to create a world free of prejudice and ignorance, to treat people of every race, creed, lifestyle and ability with dignity and respect, to strengthen my body and improve my mind to reach my full potential, to protect our planet and preserve our freedom."

Resist and Persist: Getting Involved in State and Local Government: In this post-election climate, more and more people are want to get involved in their state and local governments. Sean Briscoe has 20 years experience working in 37 campaigns that range from the municipal level to the President of the United States. Sean will explain the bills that are currently proposed in Texas that will go before the House and Senate when the session ends in May and how those bills line up with UU Values. He will then explain how to contact your representatives at all levels regarding these pieces of legislations and how to do grassroots legislative advocacy. Finally, Sean will discuss what you should consider before running for elected office and which seats are vulnerable in the upcoming mid-term election.

"Survive and Thrive” for Unitarian Universalist Youth ages 14-18: Adolescence is a time of great transition and tremendous growth. At no other point in a person’s life do individuals change more than during the teenage years. This stage of life coupled with the tumultuous and confusing climate of American culture today often leads us to feeling disconnected, lonely, helpless, and lost. This track for Youth ages 14 to 18 will equip youth with tools they need for spiritual survival in the modern era as well as tools for thriving in congregational life and society at large.

Youth will participate in the event’s Saturday Morning activities, including the UUA Presidents’ Forum, the Regional Report, and our community worship. After lunch, youth will participate in the “Survive and Thrive” track until 9PM. Youth may choose to sleep at the church site or with their family members off-site.

Youth must be endorsed by a congregation and MUST REGISTER by the priority deadline of March 24th to ensure we have adequate staffing as per our Southern Region safety policy. The Southern Region is not responsible for transporting youth to and from this event. After a youth registers online, additional safety forms and liability releases will be sent to the guardian and must be received by the Southern Region registrar prior to the start of the event in order for a youth to participate in this event.

Sunday, April 9, 2017 Sunday Morning Service at Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church

The Rev. Bruce Beisner preaching

9:30 am
11:00 am


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  • All cancellation notices/refund requests must be made by replying to your confirmation email or sent through the EventBrite system prior to the business day before the program/event begins. We are unable to issue any refund for no-shows or for cancellation requests received after the date we are obligated to pay our host site (date varies by event).

  • Generally, if you cancel your registration with sufficient notice, you may receive a partial refund of your registration costs. We will retain $25 to cover administrative costs for cancellations up to 30 days prior to the event, or $100 to cover administrative costs up to 14 days prior to the event. For Leadership Experiences, the $200 per participant deposit is non-refundable (but can be transferred to another accepted nominee from the same congregation for the same class).

  • Event cancellation: the Southern Region staff cancels events with low registration. Registration fees are refunded in full when events do not have enough registrations to cover event costs.

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