Welcome to TRUU!
Florence Caplow, TRUU MinisterOur Mission Statement: “To provide a vibrant and sustainable spiritual institution that is a caring and open-minded community dedicated to the exploration of ethics, values, life choices, and social justice, and is a springboard for personal and societal transformation.”
Unitarian Universalists are a people of theological, spiritual, and philosophical diversity. We are Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Western Colorado. Our church serves communities along the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers, including Aspen, Basalt, El Jebel, Carbondale, Redstone, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, and Rifle.
TRUU services are held at Third Street Center in Carbondale, CO, located at 520 South Third St.
On Sunday, January 31st, the TRUU Social Action Committee sponsored a very moving service with guest speakers Jon Fox-Rubin and Alexandra Magaña from the Valley Settlement Project and Lara Beaulieu from English in Action. The theme of the service was Con Respeto (With Respect), which is both the title of a book about the Mexican immigrant experience in the US and part of our first UU Principle, “Respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person.” As I have come to know the Roaring Fork Valley, I have seen that it is vitally important that we find ways of bridging the cultures that are here, and addressing genuine and painful separations and inequalities.
Alejandra Magaña’s powerful personal story moved many of us to tears, as she fought to not cry herself, describing her painful situation when she arrived here from Mexico three years ago knowing no English: her fear of even stepping outside her house, her helplessness, her depression, and her son’s experience in elementary school as a child who knew no English, and her inability to help him or even speak with the teacher. Alejandra’s life here is a remarkable success story: in the short time she has been here she has become fluent in English, and she is now directing the Lifelong Learning Spanish language adult education program at the Valley Settlement Project.
Lara Beaulieu described the English in Action program, which provides free English language practice to Spanish speakers with volunteer English-speaking tutors. There are almost no places in the valley where Spanish speaking adults can learn English without paying fees, so English in Action is providing an essential service. I was horrified when she told us that there are 120 Spanish speakers waiting for a tutor, especially after hearing Alejandra’s story. I hope some of us at TRUU will consider becoming a volunteer with English in Action, and getting to know our hard working, and economically challenged, neighbors.
Our January Touchstones theme is Nonviolence. In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, this morning’s sermon will explore his powerful and courageous commitment to peaceful social change, and what he had to say to the Unitarian Universalists of his time. We will also honor the UU minister Rev. James Reeb, who answered King’s call to people of faith to stand with him, shoulder to shoulder, in the face of violent reactions to the civil rights movement.
Upcoming Special Events
Sacred Journey of the Heart is about the science and spirit of our connection. The film shows how modern science is proving what the wisdom of the ancient peoples have known all along: we are all connected. And the most powerful place of connection is the human heart. Several personal vignettes illustrate how the journey of the heart looks and feels in a variety of situations. The film highlights wisdom teachings from indigenous tribal leaders as well as scientific breakthroughs in the understanding of the human heart. Throughout the film, viewers are offered tools and techniques to dive in and tune into their own hearts and then, to embrace a new and deeper sense of peace and joy.
Join us for discussion after the screening. Your thoughts about the film? New insights? Points of disagreement?
Co-sponsored by Two Rivers Unitarian Universalists and Davi Nikent Center for Human Flourishing.