Speaker: Alec Peck

 

Alec Peck has been a practicing UU for 23 years, and has a deep passion for the intellectual and spiritual challenges of exploring the six sources of our living tradition. He was raised in a UU church, chosen by his father, raised Quaker, and mother, raised Jewish (though both Humanist in praxis).

Alec has studied natural science at Creighton University, a Jesuit institution and is now completing his Ph.D. at UC Riverside and is the chair of the Worship Committee here in the Church.

Flower Communion

The Flower Ceremony, sometimes referred to as Flower Communion or Flower Festival, is an annual ritual that celebrates beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community.

Originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek of Prague, Czechoslovakia, the Flower Ceremony was introduced to the United States by … read more.

Passover: A Hope for Freedom

The Passover Seder is one of the most important celebrations on the Jewish calendar. Even Jews that are not religious the rest of the year will attend a Seder. Seders also have a universal appeal because of the values being celebrated: freedom, striving against oppression, … read more.

Why Are We Here (At Church)?

UUs all believe in different Gods, and sometimes no Gods at all.  UUs aren’t required to do certain rituals or practices, except the ones which speak to their spirit.  UUs demand we take personal and communal responsibility for spiritual growth, not look to a church … read more.

The Road Less Traveled: Wielding the Tools of Discipline

Life, even in 2022, can often be difficult.  The spiritual journey is one built on the pain of confronting difficult challenges.  In short, discipline is the practice of confronting spiritual challenges. But what exactly is self-discipline, and how can we actually apply it?  M. Scott … read more.

The Road Less Traveled: Discipline

Life, even in 2021, can be difficult. The spiritual journey is one built on the pain of confronting difficult challenges. In short, discipline is the practice of confronting spiritual challenges. But what exactly is self-discipline, and how can we actually apply it? M. Scott Peck … read more.

Lessons from Star Trek

In 1966, Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future came to life in the western-in-space, Star Trek. Roddenberry showed us an optimistic future: humanity’s internal problems, including racism, poverty, and violence have been solved, and the morality of humans is tested in the wilderness of … read more.

How Would “god” Manifest? A Rational Approach

UUism is built on many religious traditions which describe some type of theology, the most familiar being the idea of the Judeo-Christian God. Each religious tradition offers some form which the spiritual world takes, e.g., God, gods, spirits, etc. However, most UUs do not find … read more.