All services are held on Sundays at 11:00 am unless otherwise noted.
June 18 – “Black Lives Still Matter” by Rev. Dr. Joshua Snyder
June 19 is “Juneteenth” the day that African Americans, particularly in Texas, celebrate their freedom. However legal freedom is but merely the beginning. This year we have spent a lot of time as a UU movement and as a congregation reflecting on race, and what our faith calls us to do and be around race issues. This service will remember Juneteenth, and summarize those efforts.
June 25 – “Pride” by Kiya Heartwood
To wrap up a wonderful Pride month, we welcome Kiya Heartwood once more into our pulpit. Kiya Heartwood (Stealin Horses, Wishing Chair, Tejas) is “an award-winning American singer-songwriter who writes smart, funny and poignant songs about the famous and not-so-famous legends of America.” Kiya’s music “serves up a lively batch of original songs that follow on to two of the oldest traditions of folk music: storytelling and political broadside.” Kiya’s new CD, is called Palo Duro. She makes her happy home in Austin , TX with her wife, Rev. Meg Barnhouse. Kiya is currently finishing her Permaculture Design Certificate.
July 2 – “American Gods and Independence” by Rev. Peter Bauer
Rev. Bauer will look at the current American landscape, through the lens of two American Sociologists , who argue for a potential possible understanding of four types of God: Authoritative, Benevolent, Critical And Distant. The discussion will consider how these potential “types” of God inform and influence our world view and how we view ourselves and others.
First UU member, Rev. Peter Bauer, is a United Church of Christ minister, ordained for over 37 years. He is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist (LMFT), Board Approved Supervisor for both LCSW, LMFT, and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). Peter works for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Frank Tejada Outpatient Clinic, and also teaches as an Adjunct Professor in the Department Of Social Work at UTSA. Peter’s interests include Spirituality and
Mental Health. He has had extensive experience working with Active Duty service members, Veterans and their families, as well as with a wide range of spiritually-based organizations. Peter is also a contributing writer for Huffington Post, Thrive Global and Medium.Com
July 9 – “Why I Never Take a Bow” by Troy Peters
Troy will talk about how his experience as a conductor, working with many people in an orchestra, informs his UU faith and the importance of working with others.
Conductor Troy Peters has been Music Director of YOSA (Youth Orchestras of San Antonio) since 2009. In 2016, Musical America named him one of their 30 Professionals of the Year: The Innovators. He has guest conducted many professional orchestras, including the Oregon, Round Rock, San Antonio, and Vermont symphonies. He was previously Music Director of the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra and Vermont Youth Orchestra, and conducted college orchestras at Texas State University and Middlebury College. Troy and his family have been members of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio since 2011. He currently serves on the Finance Committee, Committee on Ministry, and Youth Adult Committee.
July 16 – by Jennifer Hixon
First UU member, Jennifer Hixon, is the Casa Director at RAICES, an agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas.
July 23 – “The Matter of Time” by Rev. Mark Skrabacz
How can we celebrate the time of our lives? What can help us give attention to each moment? How do we find our own rhythm and pace? Let’s examine the kinds of choices we have about our perception of time. Let’s also ask what kind of energy and attention we give to each person, to each hour, and each day. What kind of presence do we bring to the matter of time?
Rev. Mark Skrabacz serves as full-time Called Minister of the San Gabriel Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Georgtown, Texas. He has degrees from Notre Dame and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, where he was steeped in the tradition of spiritual exercises and social action. He serves our living and free faith in leadership of organizations that affirm and promote freedom and expression, like PFLAG, as well as justice and equity, like our Texas UU Justice Ministry. Mark believes that the work of community building and social justice requires a commitment to regular practices of contempation and compassion.
July 30 – “Benchmarking the Spiritual Path” by Rev. Chris Hockman
Many people come to church to experience something called “spiritual growth,” but yet we don’t talk about it very often. What is spiritual development, and how do you know if you are growing?
Rev. Christina Hockman has just completed her first year of settled ministry at the UU Church of Corpus Christi. Originally from Reading, PA, Chris has spent most of her adult life residing in Richmond, VA where she worked for 13 years in non-profit fundraising for a children’s home and the Science Museum of Virginia. When she’s not ministering, Chris may be found adventuring with her two rescue dogs, Enzo and Violet, on a yoga mat, salsa dancing or enjoying the warm South Texas weather.
August 6 – “Community in Resistance” by Matt Pargeter-Villarreal
Matt Pargeter-Villarreal is a former long-time member of First UU who sang in the choir and also served as a member of the Worship Committee and the Young Adults Group. He and his husband, Fernando, were married at First UU in July 2015. Matt is currently a Master of Divinity student at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, TX, with a concentration in Sexual and Gender Justice. He is serving as a supervised ministry intern at The Welcome Table Christian Church in Arlington, TX and provides pulpit supply for North Texas UU Congregations.
August 13 – “Climate Justice: UUs Commit to Respond” by Paula Pebsworth
Paula Pebsworth is a primatologist and has studied golden bamboo lemurs in Madagascar, chacma baboons in South Africa, and chimpanzees in Uganda. She holds a PhD in biology from Kyoto University, Japan and her area of interest is self-medicative behavior in non-human primates. Paula is also interested in climate change and was a UU observer last year at COP 22 in Morocco. She is married with 2 children ages 14 and 18. She has been a member of First UU San Antonio since 2015.
August 20 – “Fill Your Core, Toughen Your Resolve” by Rev. Chuck Freeman
Now is not a time to be screaming and shrieking our faith and moral values. This is a time to be grounded in the richness of our souls. Wise teachings like the Tao anchor us in the deep wells of unmovable dignity for all beings. How do we become spiritual activists personally and collectively that flow resolutely like a mighty river?
Rev. Chuck Freeman has been in the ministry since 1977 serving Church of Christ and Unitarian Universalist congregations. He is the founding minister of the Free Souls Church in Round Rock,Texas. Chuck is a founding member of the Texas UnitarianUniversalist Justice Ministry and its Executive Director.