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In February of 2011 UUCOC worked on a very special
Social Justice program.

A number of our members, friends, and members of the community participated in the "It Gets Better Project," a campaign started in response to the many suicides of gay teenagers who had been bullied and mistreated.


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The community was invited to share their "It Gets Better" stories which were videotaped and are being edited and posted on our UUSocialJustice YouTube Channel as well as on the "It Gets Better" website.

Remember: If you need to talk to someone about these issues, you can always call the Trevor Lifeline Project at 1(866) 488-7386.

 


The Pledge:


Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are.
I pledge to spread this message to my friends, family and neighbors.
I'll speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work.
I'll provide hope for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other bullied teens by letting them know that "It Gets Better."


Our Videos:

  • Up Next May 9, 2021: The Value Of Honor
    The Value of HonorFormer long-time member Sally Jones returns to our virtual pulpit with a special message for Mother's Day.
  • Up Next May 2, 2021: Self Care, Community Care and Active Hope
    Self Care, Community Care, and Active Hope:How we build resilience, act in solidarity, and enjoy the good life together. Renée Brill is in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next A Moment from UUCOC History - Episode VIX
    A Moment from UUCOC History - Episode VIXOur nineth in a series of videos highlighting moments in our church history as we lead up to our 60th Anniversary Celebration, now planned for May 23rd, 2021. Taking a moment to honor Mother's Day.
  • Up Next A Moment from UUCOC History - Episode VIII
    Our eighth in a series of videos highlighting moments in our church history as we lead up to our 60th Anniversary Celebration, now planned for May 23rd, 2021.
  • Up Next April 25, 2021: This Thing Called Life
    This Thing Called LifeWith Rev. Deneen Robinson - Life is. It is natural goodness and kindness. It is peace, joy and wholeness. I live in this Life. This Life flows through me. This Life is in everyone and in everything. Therefore, I am one with...
  • Up Next April 18, 2021: Hearthstones and Hope
    Hearthstones and Hope: Transformative action in a post pandemic world.Beth Ferree will be in our virtual pulpit. (Please note that the opinions expressed in this sermon are not representative of the church board and should not be considered a...
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    Up Next April 11, 2021: What A Wonder-full World
    What A Wonder-full World Paul Fucile takes our virtual pulpit to ask the questions; "What does a World of Wonder look like? What makes that same World opaque?"
  • A Moment from UUCOC History - Episode VII
    Our seventh in a series of videos highlighting moments in our church history as we lead up to our 60th Anniversary Celebration, now planned for May 23rd, 2021.

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    Up Next A Moment from UUCOC History - Episode VII
    A Moment from UUCOC History - Episode VIIOur seventh in a series of videos highlighting moments in our church history as we lead up to our 60th Anniversary Celebration, now planned for May 23rd, 2021.
  • Up Next A Moment from UUCOC History - Episode V (Earth Day)
    A Moment from UUCOC History - Episode V Our fifth in a series of videos highlighting moments in our church history as we lead up to our 60th Anniversary Celebration, now planned for May 23rd, 2021.
  • Up Next A Moment from UUCOC History - Episode V
    A Moment from UUCOC History - Episode VOur fifth in a series of videos highlighting moments in our church history as we lead up to our 60th Anniversary Celebration, now planned for May 23rd, 2021.
  • Up Next April 4, 2021: Anticipating Joy
    Anticipating JoyGetting ready for change with our feet on the ground, head in the sky and our heart on our sleeve. With Renée Brill in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next A Moment from UUCOC History - Episode IV
    Our fourth in a series of videos highlighting moments in our church history as we lead up to our 60th Anniversary Celebration, now planned for May 23rd, 2021.
  • Up Next March 28, 2021: Decisions
    Decisions - We welcome back Sally Jones, former long-term member and mother of our Labyrinth, to our virtual pulpit. Sally talks about decisions, and how we all make them, all day, every day. She suggests that the power of decision is our own.
  • Up Next March 21, 2021: The Power of the Feminine
    The Power of the Feminine Beth Ferree will be in our virtual pulpit with - How Women Can Propel the World Forward through Solidarity.
  • Up Next A Moment from UUCOC History - Episode III
    Our third in a series of videos highlighting moments in our church history as we lead up to our 60th Anniversary Celebration, now planned for May 23rd, 2021.
  • Up Next A Moment from UUCOC History - Episode II
    Our second of a series of videos highlighting moments in our church history as we lead up to our 60th Anniversary Celebration, now planned for May 23rd, 2021. (Visit to OakCliffUU.org/History where we have shared for many more.)
  • Up Next March 7, 2021: Refuge
    Refuge - Rev. Deneen Robinson will be in our virtual pulpit to discuss - Self: The best refuge is the self.
  • Up Next March 14, 2021: Zoom Out! How The Big Picture Leads Us to True Service
    Zoom Out! How The Big Picture Leads Us to True Service Paul Fucile asks us what is the difference between the power of service and service to power and how does the Big Picture show us the way?
  • Up Next Episode One - A Moment in UUCOC History
    Leading up to our 60th Anniversary Celebration, now planned for May 23rd, 2021, we are highlighting moments in our church history! (Visit to OakCliffUU.org/History where we have shared for many more.)
  • Up Next Feb 28, 2021: "Life In Stereo"
    Life in Stereo Paul Fucile takes our virtual pulpit to present this Sunday's sermon - How the Oneness of the Universal Life Force amplifies All.
  • Up Next Feb 21, 2021: "What Did You Miss? Look Again!"
    What Did You Miss? Look Again! Rev. Deneen Robinson will be in our virtual pulpit to deliver this meesage - When we move through life we can miss the unexpected resource because we are looking for help based on the package, the color and miss our...
  • Up Next Feb 14, 2021: "The Various Shades of Love"
    Beth Ferree takes look at the history of Valentine's Day and the different incarnations of Love.
  • Up Next Feb 7, 2021: Life is Like A Box of Chocolates:You Get What You Give
    Life is Like A Box of Chocolates:You Get What You GivePaul Fucile will be in our virtual pulpit to discuss how Gratitude & Service are the cornerstones of Love, Faith, and Community.
  • Up Next Jan 24, 2021: Building A New World Takes Work
    We all have to be part of dismantling white supremacy. Daniel Polk is in our virtual pulpit.
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    Up Next Jan 17, 2021: What Would Martin Do?
    What Would Martin Do? A brief exploration of "Black Lives Matter," Martin Luther King, Jr., and The 8th Principle OF Unitarian Universalism. Susan Ammons will be in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next Jan 10, 2021: 2020 -The Year to End All Years
    2020: The Year to End All Years The COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for the future of the UUCOC Community. Paul Fucile will be in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next Jan 3, 2021: Widening the Circle of Concern
    Widening the Circle of Concern: how we can become more diverse and welcoming as we move forward into a new year. Beth Ferree will be in our virtual pulpit to welcome in the new year.
  • Up Next Dec 27, 2020:Kujichagulia:Defining, Naming, Creating & Speaking for...
    Kujichagulia:Defining, Naming, Creating & Speaking for Yourself. Kwanzaa starts the day after Christmas and Cat Luster will be sharing the 2nd principle of Kwanzaa on Sunday, Dec 27th, the 2nd day of the seven day celebration.
  • Up Next Dec 24th: Celebrating the Greatest Unplanned Pregnancy
    Christmas Eve: Celebrating the Greatest Unplanned Pregnancy Join Paul Fucile in our virtual pulpit for our Christmas Eve Service - Did Mary give consent? Reclaiming the Infancy Narrative!
  • Up Next Dec 20, 2020: Yule: How We Celebrate the Longest, Darkest Night
    Josh Hile will be presenting a message, co-written with Joeie Hile, about how Norse Pagans view the Winter Solstice, its meanings for the year past and the hope it holds for the year to come. Hail and well met!
  • Up Next Dec 13, 2020: Circle of Concern
    Circle of Concern. The UUCOC Social Justice Ministry team has put together a service to introduce the Circle of Concern report from the UUA to the congregation. Sarah Spencer is in our virtual pulpit.
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    Up Next Dec 6, 2020:The Pendulum between Colonialism & Community & the...
    The Pendulum between Colonialism and Community, and the Hope in Between. As we enter the time leading up to the Winter Solstice and the season of Advent, Paul Fucile asks the question the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asked more than 50 years...
  • Up Next Nov 29, 2020: Feeding the Community as We Feed Ourselves
    Feeding the Community as We Feed Ourselves: How caring for others becomes self care. Cat Luster will be in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next Nov 22, 2020: Zen and The Art of Transcendence
    Zen and The Art of Transcendence. How our spiritual practices can allow us to find the wisdom and courage to deal with trauma and adversity. Beth Ferree will be in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next Nov 15, 2020: Spiritual Freedom
    Spiritual Freedom: It’s yours but make sure you are prepared as it comes.This sermon will discuss how important it is to go on the quest to find one’s spiritual connection. One that is centered and grounded in how you see yourself and what you...
  • Up Next Nov 8, 2020: Holy Sh*t Everyday
    Holy Sh*t Everyday Finding the holy where you're at-- even if where you're at is depressed, stressed, and a mess! Renée Brill will be in our pulpit with a message about making holy moments in hard times.
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    Up Next Nov 1, 2020: Make Something!
    Make Something! Poetry. Painting. Fabric Arts. Sand-sculpting. Song. Dance. Dinner. A garden. A curated display shelf of aesthetic trinkets. Make something, because the act and practice of making is a spiritual practice, regardless of the...
  • Up Next Oct 25, 2020: When the Darkness Seems Too Much
    When the Darkness Seems Too Much: The Light Side of the Dark Taking solace in the positive aspects of darkness. Sarah Ricke will shed some light on Samhain, the wheel of the year, and why honoring the 'dark time' of the year is important.
  • Up Next Oct 11, 2020: Holy Hands and Smart Butts
    Holy Hands and Smart Butts: How body care and embodied practice can enrich our spiritual practice. Renée Brill will be in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next Oct 4, 2020: Mind Blowing Concepts from Philosophy & Science
    Mind Blowing Concepts from Philosophy & Science How curiosity shapes life views from the perspectives of the scientist and the mystic/philosopher. Beth Ferree and Jayde Harrington will share our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next Sept 27, 2020: Holding Space as an act of Building a Spiritual Practice
    Holding Space as an act of Building a Spiritual Practice One of the key tenets to building a spiritual practice is to make space for yourself and your spiritual community. Holding Space is one way to do this. Join us for a discussion on how to...
  • Up Next Sept 20, 2020: Personal & Communal Spiritual Practices
    Personal & Communal Spiritual Practices: Beth Ferree will be exploring what we do both personally and in community to strengthen our spiritual connections
  • Up Next Introduction Our Board Members
  • Up Next Sept 13, 2020: Stewardship
    UUCOC Endowment Committee Member Jim Klipp and Board President Beth Ferree will be in our virtual pulpit addressing stewardship.
  • Up Next Sept 6, 2020: Toward a Rich & Meaningful UU Spirituality
    Renée Brill will be in our virtual pulpit for an introduction to the Spirit in Practice sermon series. We will begin by looking at a broad definition of spiritual practice and by exploring some of the benefits of having an intentional regular...
  • Up Next UUCOC Sunday Service, August 30th: The Year Without Ingathering
    Renée Brill answers the question - how can we have ingathering without gathering?
  • Up Next August 23rd: Membership
    Membership - What does it mean? What is it that people seek when they affiliate with a UU church? What is it that congregations owe to their members and conversely members owe to their congregations? Susan Ammons will be in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next August 16th: The One Where We Talk About Polity
    As part of a continuing series at UUCOC that follows The New UU curriculum, Matt Pargeter-Villarreal will be presenting a reflection on the church polity, what it is, and why it is so important for us to talk about as UUs.
  • Up Next August 9th: UU Social Justice Philosophy & Practice
    How social justice ties in with our Seven Principles. Sarah Spencer is in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next Promoting Sunday, August 9th Sermon on SJ
  • Up Next August 2nd: How We Grow In Faith - Principles of RE
    Benefits and challenges of religious education and exploration at any age, from a veteran volunteer. Leah Pittmon is in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next Leah Pittmon on UU Religious Exploration & Education
  • Up Next July 26th: Exploring Our UU Roots
    Exploring our UU Roots - Where we began, how the Unitarians became connected with the Universalists, and a short history of our own congregation. Beth Ferree is in our virtual pulpit.
  • Up Next July 12th - Unitarian Universalist Theology: What We Believe
    Hold up, wait a second. I joined this church because you wouldn't tell me what to believe. What are you doing giving a sermon about what Unitarian Universalists believe when we don't agree on what we believe? Well... That's a good place to start....
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    Up Next July 19th: "Radical Saints or Sainted Radicals?"
    "Radical Saints or Sainted Radicals?" investigates people who helped push the boundaries of UUism and helped expand the consciousness of our church. Daniel Polk is our guide on this exploration.




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