Standing on Sacred Ground

We gather on Third-Sunday Evenings to reflect on issues of social justice and equality. These evenings include documentary films, presentations, discussions, panels, and benefit parties on the third Sunday evening of each month, fall through spring.

On Sunday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m., join us at church to begin watching the four-part documentary series Standing on Sacred Ground, a portrait of indigenous people in eight parts of the world struggling to protect their traditional sacred lands and culture while defending their human rights and the natural environment critical to their cultural heritage. After each showing, you will have the opportunity to talk with Jennifer Castner, a UUCGL member who was involved in creating this series and who has worked extensively with the people of Altai, Russia.

The first film, Pilgrims and Tourists, starts with the Altaian people of remote Russia, at the crossroads of Central Asia and Siberia, confronting GasProm and its proposed natural gas pipeline through their sacred land. The Altaian story is followed by that of the Winnemum Wintu, an unrecognized tribe in northern California's Mount Shasta region, which stands against raising the height of a large dam in a place that is locked in a deep struggle with drought and climate change.

On Sunday, May 17, we will show Profit and Loss, documenting the story of indigenous people dealing with Canadian tar sands extraction and the story of people confronting destructive mining in remote Papua, New Guinea.

If these films are well received, we will show the remaining two films, Fire and Ice and The Islands of Sanctuary, in the autumn.

Get to Know Us at a Welcome Class!

Would you like to sit down and talk with church leaders and newcomers to learn more about our congregation and ask questions? Are you familiar with our community but want to get more involved? Are you considering membership at our church? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," consider taking a Welcome or Membership class. Sign up at the Activities Table during Sunday morning coffee hours, or contact the church office.

Welcome and Membership Classes

Welcome to Unitarian Universalism covers a brief history of our faith and the non-creedal tradition. If there isn’t a creed, what do we believe? Whether you’re new to Unitarian Universalism or a longtime member, you are welcome to attend this UU overview.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 3, 2015, 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 2, 2015, 11:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Exploring UUCGL provides a deeper understanding of our particular UU congregation with an opportunity to get to know others exploring our faith as well as leaders in several areas of congregational life. The Membership Committee facilitates conversations with staff and some committee and group leaders. This class will start you thinking about your own faith journey, talents, and interests while presenting opportunities for involvement at UUCGL and explaining how the congregation conducts business and makes decisions. This class is perfect for those who have taken the Welcome class and for Unitarian Universalists who come from another church and want to learn about UUCGL.

Tuesdays, March 24 and 31, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, June 2 and 9, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Taking the Leap is for those who have decided to commit to UUCGL as members. Our Senior Minister, the Rev. Kathryn Bert, will lead discussion and ceremony as new members join the church in covenant. If you haven't taken the Welcome and Exploring classes, please speak to Rev. Kathryn before registering.

Thursday, April 16, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Special Events

Everyone is invited to join us for worship and all special events listed below. Church members, friends, and new guests are all welcome. 


Sunday, 3/15: Pilgrims and Tourists movie night


Saturday, 4/11: Passover Seder
Sunday, 4/19: Third-Sunday Evening


Memorial Day weekend: All-Church Retreat

Are you interested in planning an event at church? Be sure to bring your ideas to the Program Council, which meets on second Wednesday evenings.