Speaker: Alec Peck

Alec has been a practicing UU for 23 years, raised in a UU church chosen by his father, raised Quaker, and his mother, raised Jewish (though both Humanist in practice). Alec has studied natural science at Creighton University, a Jesuit institution, and is now completing his Ph.D. at UC Riverside, while serving as chair of the Worship Committee here at UUCR.

“Living the Life We Want,” by Alec Peck

“Seize the day, for this moment will never come again.” This age-old wisdom is hard enough to internalize, and yet we must also seize this week, this year, this life. It is every person’s birthright to live with dignity in a life that fulfills them. … read more.

Beloved Community

According to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Beloved Community happens when everyone is cared for, absent of poverty, hunger, and hate. To feel accepted is not only for our uniqueness to be respected by those around us; it is also feeling that it is good … read more.

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.