All services are held on Sundays at 11:00 am unless otherwise noted. Until further notice, all Sunday Worship Services will be presented via video on our Youtube channel
November 29 – “Thankfulness” with the Stewardship Committee and Rev. Mark Skrabacz
Our First UU Church helps us to transcend ourselves for a larger purpose. It also helps us to come more fully alive. It is our spiritual home, precisely because it offers each of us a stable and larger place to express our own individual brands of spirituality — comprised of coming alive, of loving connection and purposeful intention. Here we are each encouraged to find and develop our own authentic path, yet living it in community. The truth is found in doing the things that we love and we are stronger together than individually. How do we facilitate all this at First UU Church San Antonio? What is the value of this for us? What can we be thankful for? Today let’s search and celebrate together!
December 6 – “(Earth) The Power of Resiliency” with Rev. Mark Skrabacz
Albert Einstein said, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Those who are resilient find the opportunities. Because none of our lives are entirely without pain or stress, our success and happiness depends not on avoiding problems so much as learning to move with them, bearing them and turning them into opportunities for success. Today let’s examine the power of resiliency for our sakes and the sake of our families, communities and even our planet.
December 13 – “(Water) Our UU Roots” with Rev. Mark Skrabacz
Today you are invited to learn the story of Unitarian Universalism. As we will discover our history has carried us from liberal Christian views about Jesus and human nature to a rich 21st Century pluralism. Our faith teaches that no one person, no one religion, can embrace all religious truths. Yet as UUs we are given the tools and support to responsibly search out our own truth and meaning in today’s world. Our shared time today will also include a Member Joining Ceremony and be followed by a Congregational Meeting.
December 20 – “(Fire) Winter Solstice Service” with Sheri Phillabaum
Let’s welcome back the sun! This is a multi-Generational celebration of Winter Solstice. For months now, the sun has been getting weaker and the days have been getting shorter. Soon, the Sun will be making a comeback! Join us for a celebration of life and hope as we welcome the renewal of the sun, and set intentions for a new year. Service followed by a Board Listening Circle.
December 24 at 6pm – “(Air) A Christmas Eve Celebration” with Rev. Mark Skrabacz
Plan to share this early evening together as we celebrate our love, light and the miracles associated with the birth of children. We’ll sing, tell stories and light candles to remember in our bodies the joys of the season and the care and nurture of our Families and Communities.
December 27 – “Finding Balance: Reflecting on Emptiness and Abundance” with Sana Saeed
Sana will use storytelling to explore the areas of life where we may feel empty in life and where we feel abundance during this time of pandemic and the holiday season. We’ll explore Buddhist ideas on finding balance in life when it feels overwhelming.
Sana Saeed is the Congregational Life Staff for the Central East Region of the UUA. Sana graduated in May 2018 with her third graduate degree, a Master’s of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School (HDS). She also has a M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and a M.A. in Peace Studies from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. Born in Manchester, UK she moved to the USA when she was sixteen. As a dual citizen, she grew up in a multilingual Pakistani home with the fortune of learning Urdu, Punjabi and English. Her upbringing inspired her love for traveling. Hence, she has traveled to thirty one countries so far. From 2013 – 2015 Sana lived in Tokyo, Japan as a Rotary Peace Fellow. Her research took her to Yangon, Myanmar to document ethno-religious tensions between Burmese Muslims and Buddhists, which was published in the book, Practical Approaches to Peace-building: Putting Theory to Work in February 2016.
She became interested in Unitarian Universalism, after being hired as a Director of Youth Ministry for the UU Church of Arlington, where she frequently was asked the question, “What is a Muslim doing working in a church?”. Since then she’s been immersed in UU communities. She was the President of Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM), a collective of UU Black, Indigenous, People of Color from 2019 – 2020. Professionally, she’s had 13 years of work experience working with youth development, religion and peace-building, interfaith dialogue, leadership and conflict resolution with organizations including the UU Ministers Association, University of Pennsylvania, Interfaith Alliance and International Organization for Migration (IOM) amongst others. Sana loves coffee, chocolate, pizza and Pakistani/Indian food and loves meeting new people.