All services are held on Sundays at 11:00 am unless otherwise noted.
July 28 – “Wisdom of the Yogis” by Rev. Christina Hockman
The Rev. Christina Hockman is about to begin her fourth year of settled ministry at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Corpus Christi, TX. She grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania and lived in Richmond, VA for 20 years. She is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School and holds a B.A. from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL and an M.B.A. from Penn State University. Before seminary, 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, and enjoying the warm South Texas weather. Except in July and August.
August 4 – by Rev. Marisol Caballero
Rev. Marisol Caballero is a Tejana from Austin, lifelong Unitarian Universalist, and a graduate of Union Theological Seminary. She currently serves the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Faith Development Office as Faith Innovation Specialist. Rev. Marisol also serves on the Diverse and Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) Executive Committee. She co-founded the Central Texas UUs of Color group that meets monthly. She also serves on the board of Just Texas, an interfaith reproductive justice advocacy group and is a member of the Austin Justice Coalition.
August 11 – “Breathing UU Faith Into the Body Politic” by Rev. Chuck Freeman
A compelling teaching from the Epistle of James reads, “Removing action from faith is like removing breath from a body. All you have left is a corpse.” Religious progressives have allowed the faith narrative in Texas to be dominated by an extreme vocal sect of one religion. No wonder our state is on life support!! Come hear why breathing UU faith into the body politic will literally transform us from a near death experience into a state of living, loving souls!
Rev. Chuck Freeman has been in the ministry since 1977 serving Church of Christ and now Unitarian Universalist congregations. He is the founding minister of Free Souls Church in Round Rock,Texas. Chuck is also a founding member of the Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry (TXUUJM) and it’s Executive Director. He is Vice President of the Round Rock Black History organization and co-founder & organizer of Undoing Racism Round Rock working for systemic racial equity in the community. Chuck is also an active leader in Shut Down Hutto which is a sustained campaign to close the T. Don Hutto immigrant prison in Taylor, Texas.
August 18 – “Frontline: Stories from our Welcome Ninjas” by Mary Grace Ketner
It takes more fingers and toes than I have to count all of the volunteers this church has with Interfaith Welcome Coalition, and that doesn’t even count those who serve with RAICES, the city of San Antonio’s Migrant Resource Center, SA Stands, and other migrant support and advocacy organizations. And then there are First UU’s own actions such as declaring ourselves a Compassionate Congregation, making ours a sanctuary campus, and preparing lunches for migrant families at the bus station. Each volunteer has experienced inspiring moments in their work. Let’s hear some of them.
Mary Grace Ketner is co-chair of San Antonio’s Interfaith Welcome Coalition. Retired from UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures, grandmother of two, great grandmother of three, a member of First UU or Community UU for four decades, she has no qualms about hitting up others to get their best stories. Mary Grace is the author of one children’s book, “Ganzy Remembers,” and creator of two storytelling CDs, “Ghostly Gals and Spirited Women” and “1001 Years of 1001 Nights.”
August 25 – “Water Communion” by Rev. Joshua Snyder