Date/Time Event
03/01/2020

Living Peace Workshop

“Living Peace” is a series of workshops to help us all be more connected to one another and to ourselves. These monthly gatherings on Sunday afternoons will be facilitated by Susan Wildin, MD, CPC and based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg on Nonviolent Communication. The next workshop in the series will take place on Sunday March 1 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm in room 131. The discussion theme will be “Choose Empathy!” Additional workshops are scheduled for Sundays April 5 and May 3 and will touch on themes of anger and honesty. Each workshop stands alone so anyone can participate. For details, contact Susan Wilden at susan@wildins.net

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03/02/2020

Amnesty International

The next monthly meeting of Amnesty International-Bay Area will be on Monday, March 2, at 6:30 PM at the Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church, 17503 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77058.   The guest speaker is Ruth Nasrullah. She is a freelance journalist and Team Brownsville volunteer. Her  presentation/talk is titled, “New Tactics, Same Bigotry: The Trump Administration’s War On Immigration”. Please put this on your calendar. Please plan to attend. Bring a friend.

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03/03/2020

Foreign Policy Speaker Series - Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Throughout the month of March, our Great Decisions Foreign Policy Series is presenting weekly discussion groups here at the church every Thursday on a variety of topics of importance in our world today. We are pleased to be partnering this year with our friends from Webster Presbyterian Church to present discussions at their congregation each week in addition to the discussions happening here at BAUUC. The Great Decisions series is also presenting several special guest speakers on topics related to these discussions on Tuesday nights this month. These presentations are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday March 3 at 7:00pm, we will welcome Sargent Louis Carballo from the Vice Division Training and Special Projects Division of the Houston Police Department. Sargent Carballo will be speaking about “Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking” and efforts here in Texas to combat forced servitude, kidnapping and the sex trade.

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03/04/2020

Family Fellowship Games Night

Families and children will be getting together for two fun and enjoyable events this coming month. On Wednesday March 4, we will have a Family Game Night starting at 6:30pm. Bring your family, join our Wednesday Night Community Dinner at 6:00pm and stay for a night of games with the other families. Can’t make it to dinner? Just come for games at 6:30pm.

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03/04/2020

Texas Health & Environment Alliance Speaker

Learning about how we can protect our environment and promote positive change is the mission of BAUUC’s Green Sanctuary Program. On Wednesday March 4, we will be welcoming Jackie Young, the founder of Texas Health and Environment Alliance (THEA). Jackie founded THEA, after she discovered it was the environment in her community that caused her family and animals to get ill. THEA works to safeguard public health by preventing exposure to harmful contaminants, striving to restore our precious environmental resources for current and future generations. The group has been heavily involved in the legal process surrounding the Superfund clean-up project at the San Jacinto River Waste Pits.  Please join us for this informative program on March 4 at 7:00pm in Cockrell Hall following our Wednesday Night Dinner and worship service.

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03/05/2020

Exploring Diversity Book Group

Our Exploring Diversity Book Group meets regularly to discuss works by authors from a variety of backgrounds. The group is currently reading “The Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka. This book is a poem and a tale of the lives of a group of Japanese ‘Picture Brides’ brought to San Francisco in the early 20th century, from their perspective as workers, wives, and mothers. It chronicles their lives and time spent in internment camps during World War II. The Book Group will gather on Thursday March 5 at 1:30pm in the church library to discuss the book and to share our own experiences. For more information, please contact Jane Malin at orkidfam@swbell.net.

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03/05/2020

Get Real! Women's Support Group

Come join us the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30pm for GET REAL! This is a new women’s support group designed to address the issues that real women tackle every day.  The next meetings will take place on Thursday March 5 and Thursday March 19 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in room 103/104 at the church. For more information, please contact Nicole Nastasi at nmnastasi@me.com. Child care will be provided upon request. Please email Tamar Wasoian at dlre@bauuc.org.

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03/07/2020

Young Adults Get Together

BAUUC’s new group for young adults offers a great opportunity to meet new people, explore your spirituality, serve your community, and just have fun! This group is for adults aged 18-35 and will be meeting next on Saturdays March 7 and March 21 at 6:30pm in room 103/104 at the church. We will be getting to know each other better and exploring ways we can help the church and the community and planning outreach activities. If you are interested and need more information, please contact Teagan Bourne at yag@bauuc.org

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03/11/2020

Lunch with Liberals

Join our lively group for some good food and great conversation on the second Wednesday of each month at a Clear Lake area restaurant. The next “Lunch with Liberals” will be on Wednesday March 11 at 11:30am Marinas Mexican Restaurant & Bar (located at 3500 West Main Street in League City). For more information, contact Sonia Hernandez at justsonia8@att.net.

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03/11/2020

Unitarian Universalism Question and Answer Discussion Class

What does Unitarian Universalism teach us about god, salvation, human nature, justice and our relationship to other people and to the Earth? As a non-creedal and open religious tradition, we do not claim to have simple or complete answers to such questions, but we do offer important perspectives for engaging with them. Rev. Bruce Beisner invites you to join him on Wednesday March 11 at 7:00pm for a lively and fun exploration of our UU approaches to the big spiritual questions of life. Feel free to bring your own questions about our church and our religion and we’ll talk about them together. This discussion class will take place in the church library and childcare will be provided if requested in advance by emailing dlre@bauuc.org.

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03/12/2020

Climate Crisis Task Force

The Climate Crisis Task Force met in February to finalize a resolution entitled, Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Response to the Global Climate Emergency which has been submitted to BAUUC’s Board. The resolution outlines a set of possible directions and actions which BAUUC and its members should consider in order to address the climate crisis. The Task Force is submitting the resolution with the recommendation that the Board present it to the congregation for a vote. Based on our UU values of caring for the earth and all people, it is time for our congregation to join other UU congregations and the UU Association in making a public commitment to take actions which reduce our carbon footprint and to set an example to our community. The Task Force has also contacted Solar United Neighbors (SUN) of Texas, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that educates homeowners about solar energy and provides consumer protection and support for those looking to go solar. SUN also organize grassroots, regional projects, called “co-ops,” that are cost and commitment-free for homeowners interested in learning about solar energy. BAUUC was asked to become a partner with SUN for the newly forming East Houston Co-op. The Board agreed to become a partner and anticipates that the church will host a co-op membership recruitment program in the Spring. The next meeting of the Climate Crisis Task Force will be on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm in the library. All are welcome to join and participate in our efforts.

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03/12/2020

Women's Spirituality Group

Our BAUUC Women’s Spirituality Group meets the second and fourth Thursdays from 10:00am to 11:30am in room 131. The group will meet this month on Thursday March 12 and Thursday March 26. Come and join us as we share our lives and deepen our spirituality. For more details, please contact Julie Blanford at julianneblanford8@gmail.com.

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03/13/2020

Day Trip to Camp Hearne Historic Site

On March 13 We are headed to Camp Hearne Historic Site in Hearne, Texas, 20 miles northwest of Bryan/College Station for a visit to the WWII prisoner of war camp housing 4800 German POWs.  The camp was commissioned in 1942 to house prisoners from all three Axis powers during the conflict. After the war it was abandoned for 70 years.  Today there stands a single replica of a barracks which contains exhibits explaining the history and artifacts of prisoner artwork and objects  during incarceration. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.  Afterwards, we will have lunch on our own at the Dixie Cafe, a local eatery.  After lunch we will visit the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History in Bryan, Texas that feature fossils, antique farming equipment  and a discovery room with 15 varieties of live animals and many other exhibits.  Admission is $3.50 for groups of ten or more.  Precinct 2 bus transportation will take seniors 55 and older for our trip starting at 9 am at the church.  A donation of $5 for the senior program is suggested.  A sign up sheet in Cockrell Hall is posted to reserve your spot.  For more information, contact LaVerne Nash.

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03/15/2020

Family Fellowship & Potluck

. On Sunday March 15, all families are warmly invited to join others for a potluck lunch the 11:00am service. Come, bring your kids, and join other parents for a time of connection and support as we enjoy lunch together. Childcare is provided. These gatherings are open to all parents and children of any age. For details, contact Jennifer Ross-Nazzal at jennarossnazzal@hotmail.com.

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03/15/2020

Lunch & Learn About Adoption

On Sunday March 15, our BAUUC Service and Justice Ministry Team invites you to come and learn more about work to serve the thousands of children currently in the Foster Care system here in Texas. Following our 11:00am service, we’ll have a special All-Church Lunch in Cockrell Hall. The menu will include vegan and kid-friendly options and everyone is welcome to attend. After our meal, there will be a short presentation from a speaker from Way Forward Adoption highlighting that group’s efforts to serve children in need in our communities.

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03/15/2020

SUUper Sunday Lunch

Following our 11:00am service on Sunday March 15, everyone is invited to gather for a delicious lunch in the Cockrell Fellowship Hall. We’ll enjoy a great meal prepared by our volunteer kitchen crew. Cost will be $7 for adults, $2 for children and free for visitors, newcomers and anyone with limited finances. Everyone is welcome! Vegan options and kid-friendly fare will be available.

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03/17/2020

Foreign Policy Speaker Series - China's Influence in Latin America

Throughout the month of March, our Great Decisions Foreign Policy Series is presenting weekly discussion groups here at the church every Thursday on a variety of topics of importance in our world today. We are pleased to be partnering this year with our friends from Webster Presbyterian Church to present discussions at their congregation each week in addition to the discussions happening here at BAUUC. The Great Decisions series is also presenting several special guest speakers on topics related to these discussions on Tuesday nights this month. These presentations are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday March 17 at 7:00pm, we will present a program about “China’s Influence in Latin America” with guest speaker will be Dr. Daniel Perez Liston. Dr. Liston is an associate professor at the University of St. Thomas-Houston whose research focuses on international finance.

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03/18/2020

Unitarian Universalism Question and Answer Discussion Class

What does Unitarian Universalism teach us about god, salvation, human nature, justice and our relationship to other people and to the Earth? As a non-creedal and open religious tradition, we do not claim to have simple or complete answers to such questions, but we do offer important perspectives for engaging with them. Rev. Bruce Beisner invites you to join him on Wednesday March 18  at 7:00pm for a lively and fun exploration of our UU approaches to the big spiritual questions of life. Feel free to bring your own questions about our church and our religion and we’ll talk about them together. This discussion class will take place in the church library and childcare will be provided if requested in advance by emailing dlre@bauuc.org.

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03/19/2020

Get Real! Women's Support Group

Come join us the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30pm for GET REAL! This is a new women’s support group designed to address the issues that real women tackle every day.  The next meetings will take place on Thursday March 5 and Thursday March 19 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in room 103/104 at the church. For more information, please contact Nicole Nastasi at nmnastasi@me.com. Child care will be provided upon request. Please email Tamar Wasoian at dlre@bauuc.org.

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03/20/2020

Knitting the Spirit

Our group of church members and friends who are into fabric arts meets on Friday mornings for knitting, crocheting, needlework and lively conversation.  You are invited to bring whatever project you are working on. Beginners are always welcome; we’ll teach you.  Knitting the Spirit will meet this month on Fridays March 6 and March 20  at 10:30am in in room 131

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03/21/2020

Community Garden Work Day

Our next workday in the garden across the street from the church will be on Saturday March 21 from 8:00am to 11:00am. Volunteers are always welcome. Now is the best time to enjoy working in the garden, not too hot or too cold. For more information, please contact Nathan Veatch at nveatch@gmail.com

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03/21/2020

Potluck Dinner & Games Night

Our next All-Church Potluck Dinner will be happening on Saturday March 21 at 5:00pm in Cockrell Hall. Following our meal, we’ll enjoy playing all your favorite board games. Bring yourself, your family and whatever games you like to play. Also, please bring some food to share and an appetite to win!

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03/21/2020

Young Adults Get Together

BAUUC’s new group for young adults offers a great opportunity to meet new people, explore your spirituality, serve your community, and just have fun! This group is for adults aged 18-35 and will be meeting next on Saturdays March 7 and March 21 at 6:30pm in room 103/104 at the church. We will be getting to know each other better and exploring ways we can help the church and the community and planning outreach activities. If you are interested and need more information, please contact Teagan Bourne at yag@bauuc.org.

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03/22/2020

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

As part of our commitment to support LGBT people in our community, BAUUC hosts the monthly meetings of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. The group works to keep families together in loving relationships, helping them understand and affirm their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender family members. PFLAG meetings are on the fourth Sunday of each month at 2:00pm in the Sanctuary. The next meeting will be on Sunday March 22. For more information, please call the Houston area PFLAG helpline at 713-467-3524.

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03/25/2020

Unitarian Universalism Question and Answer Discussion Class

What does Unitarian Universalism teach us about god, salvation, human nature, justice and our relationship to other people and to the Earth? As a non-creedal and open religious tradition, we do not claim to have simple or complete answers to such questions, but we do offer important perspectives for engaging with them. Rev. Bruce Beisner invites you to join him on Wednesday March  25 at 7:00pm for a lively and fun exploration of our UU approaches to the big spiritual questions of life. Feel free to bring your own questions about our church and our religion and we’ll talk about them together. This discussion class will take place in the church library and childcare will be provided if requested in advance by emailing dlre@bauuc.org.

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03/26/2020

Women's Spirituality Group

Our BAUUC Women’s Spirituality Group meets the second and fourth Thursdays from 10:00am to 11:30am in room 131. The group will meet this month on Thursday March 12 and Thursday March 26. Come and join us as we share our lives and deepen our spirituality. For more details, please contact Julie Blanford at julianneblanford8@gmail.com.

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03/28/2020

Armand Bayou Trash Bash

BAUUC members will be joining our friends from the Clear Lake Islamic Center to participate together in this years Armand Bayou Trash Bash on Saturday March 28. We’ll be gathering with hundreds of our neighbors from across the Clear Lake area to clean up Bay Area Park and the natural areas around the Armand Bayou Nature Preserve. Please mark your calendar and plan to be there. The Trash Bash will take place at Bay Area Park and runs from 8:30am to 1:00pm.  Free lunch is served and it is a very kid-friendly event. We will car pool with the members of the Islamic Center from our church parking lot at 8:00am. Further details will be made available in the coming weeks.

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03/28/2020

Houston UU Music Festival

Unitarian Universalists from across the Greater Houston area will be gathering on Saturday March 28 for this annual family event at the Unitarian Fellowship (located at 1504 Wirt Road in Houston). Come and enjoy outstanding performances from some very talented UU musicians, including BAUUC’s own “Just Us” folk band. There will be food, arts and crafts booths, children’s activities and more. The Festival is presented by the UU Network of Houston and the Houston Peace & Justice Center. Admission is free! For more information, please visit www.uuhouston.org/services/free-music-festival

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03/29/2020

Meet the Minister

Rev. Bruce Beisner invites you to join him following the 11:00am service on Sunday March 29 for an informal “getting to know UU” session. This will be an opportunity to connect with others, ask any questions you have about the church, our theologies, our values, our social justice and our future plans. Childcare will be provided and everyone is welcome to attend.

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03/29/2020

Meet the Minister and Ask Him Questions

Rev. Bruce Beisner invites you to join him following the 11:00am service on Sunday March 29 for an informal “getting to know UU” session. This will be an opportunity to connect with others, ask any questions you have about the church, our theologies, our values, our social justice and our future plans. Childcare will be provided and everyone is welcome to attend.

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03/30/2020

Ulitmate Monday Juggling Meet Up

On the last Monday of each month, our BAUUC sanctuary is the place to be to practice and learn your juggling skills. The Ultimate Monday Juggling Group meets to share skills and build community through play. Beginners are welcome and toys are provided. All participants are required to sign a waiver and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Juggling Group will gather next on Monday March 30 at 7:00pm. For more information, contact Laura Dean at lauxa.dean@gmail.com.

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03/31/2020

Foreign Policy Speaker Series - Artificial Intelligence and Data

Throughout the month of March, our Great Decisions Foreign Policy Series is presenting weekly discussion groups here at the church every Thursday on a variety of topics of importance in our world today. We are pleased to be partnering this year with our friends from Webster Presbyterian Church to present discussions at their congregation each week in addition to the discussions happening here at BAUUC. The Great Decisions series is also presenting several special guest speakers on topics related to these discussions on Tuesday nights this month. These presentations are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday March 31, Great Decisions will present a speaker on the study-discussion topic “Artificial Intelligence and Data.” Our speaker, Ariel Aaronson, is the author of the Foreign Policy Association’s briefing booklet section of the same title. She is a Research Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub. She conceived of and directs the Hub, which aims to educate policymakers, the press and the public about domestic and international data governance issues from digital trade to public data governance.

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04/25/2020

New to UU Class

On April 25 at 9:00am, Come and learn more about Unitarian Universalist history, theology and values at this special class that’s perfect for newcomers, newer members and anyone who wants to know more about our church and what we’re all about. This class will be led by Barbara Brandon and Rev. Bruce Beisner. Lunch and childcare will be provided.

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