All services are held on Sundays at 11:00 am unless otherwise noted.
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.