Back in the Swing of Things – Corinna Whiteaker-Lewis

Here we are in August and, unbelievably, almost back to school! We love you, Summer, and wish you were with us all year long! Alas, it is not to be. Here at San Gabriel we will all support our children as they grow in mind and body, and continue to support them throughout the school … Continued

Minister’s Mind – Our Future is in Our Hands

We smile as we sing our In-gathering Song “Don’t be afraid of some change” Founding and veteran Members know first-hand about the journey of San Gabriel from a Gathering of retired folks in Sun City to a much larger downtown Fellowship that is more diverse and inclusive. As a Spiritual Community we demonstrate the response … Continued

A State of Discernment – Montana Steele

I entered into the UUA General Assembly in a state of discernment. This somewhat existential questioning has crept up on me over the course of the last several months. I’ve been told, ever since my junior year of high school when I announced my aspiration for ministry, that discernment was a natural part of the … Continued

Spirit at the Center – Corinna Whiteaker-Lewis

There’s a story I love to tell from my early days of teaching. A third grade class, for whom I was a substitute, was very eager to let me know that I was so much like their regular teacher. We were both tall, skinny, and teased them in the same ways, they said. The only … Continued

Minister’s Mind – Unity

Our mission states that “We are a Congregation that welcomes all, promotes personal and spiritual growth, and works for a just, peaceful and sustainable world.” It is a wonderful ideal and just the sort of mission statement a group of UUs might be expected to make. Our members create and sustain our mission because it … Continued

A Big Thank You! – Corinna Whiteaker Lewis

At our All Ages Service in April, an “RE Offering Slip” was included in the Order of Service. There were several ways to give, including scissors, markers, paint, storage baskets, shelving, changing table pad and covers, plus service opportunities like summer teaching and Wonder Box reader. So many of you responded and the children of … Continued

Minister’s Mind – Shared Leadership

Our Fellowship recently hosted our Annual Congregational Meeting and each month we participate in a Congregational Forum. Those attending have expressed satisfaction at the level of felt connection and expressed communication. This is a demonstration of community interactive dialogue and shared leadership, the topic of this month’s article. Shared leadership is easier said than done. Our … Continued

A Second Home – Corinna Whiteaker-Lewis

A few Sundays ago I was at the back of the Sanctuary during service and was lucky to see Julie with Owen in her lap, “finger-reading” our Affirmation. As a Religious Educator, as a parent, as a UU, this scene brings a smile to my face. Owen is engaged with his mom, with his own … Continued

It Makes a Village – Corinna Whiteaker-Lewis

This past Sunday I led our first Children’s Chapel. On such a beautiful day, the children and I gathered in the grass and stayed outside.  I brought a basket with me, and we eagerly opened it up to see what was inside. Out came a silk rainbow scarf, a chalice and candle, some flowers, a … Continued

Minister’s Mind – Deeds Not Creeds

In reading Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil by Buddhist scholar Steven Batchelor, I was stimulated to bring you the following practical application of spirituality. Credit is due to Batchelor for certain quotes, ideas and paraphrases. “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and … Continued