“Finding the Spiritual Wonder in Science”

Our member, Mark Hodson, will speak about the spiritual side of science. Science and religion, while different, can each inspire a sense of spiritual wonder.  How can two things so different in purpose and process similarly inspire us?  I offer a general answer, and describe a few examples of how science and nature inspire me.


More Past Services


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8/30        Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Mysticism in Our Daily Lives”

8/23        Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “The Big Take Away”

8/16         Social Justice Committee – “Acting on the Side of Love”

8/9          Kate Braestrop (video recording) – “Hope is a Thing with Fangs”

8/2          Ronni Ponek

7/26        Chris Frank and Andy Kendall – Faithify Service

7/19         Adam Dyer – “Are You Ready for Equity?”

7/12         Andy Kendall, et al – General Assembly Sunday

7/5           Elaine LeCain – “How Can I Keep from Singing?”

6/28        Jeannie Parent & Catalina Mendiola – Kern Welcoming & Extending Solidarity to Immigrants (KWESI) Project

6/21        “We are Each Other’s Business:  A Look at Religious Bigotry in our Community”

6/14        Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy”

6/7          Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Where Do You Want to Go?”

5/31        Members of the Bakersfield Transexual Community

5/24        Andy Kendall and LArry Taylor – “Is God a Taoist?”

5/17        Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Blessing Our Sacred Animals”

5/10       Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Honoring the Goddess – A Mother’s Day Celebration”

5/3         Irene Heath – “You’re Only Changing One Word… A Personal Relationship with Reality – Robert G. Ingersoll, the Great Infidel”

4/26       Don Gaede and Danny Vartan – “What Can Unitarian Universalists do about Climate Change?”

4/19        Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Bridging and Beyond”

4/12        Heather Ponek – “Salvation in UU Music”

4/5          Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “A Unitarian Universalist Easter Celebration”

3/29        Rev. Lee Marie Sanchez – “Moving Right Along”

3/22        Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Letting Go to Experience and Abundant Life”

3/15         Anna Laven – “UU Parenting”

3/8          Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Listen to the Wisdom of the Great Teachers – Let Go, Change, and Grow”

3/1           Jack Hernandez – “Suicide:  A Personal and Philosophical Reflection”

2/22        Catalina Mendiola – “Building Relationships”

2/15        Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Prayer as a Spiritual Practice”

2/8          Wilma Goodloe – “Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in UUism”

2/1          Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “The Spiritual Practice of the Mystic”

1/25        Marit MacArthur – “Doubt, Wonder, Church”

1/18        Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Grace and King”

1/11.        Andy Kendall – “UU Common Read for 2014-15”

1/4          Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “A Grace-Full Mission”




12/28        Lois Watson – “Looking Forward and Looking Back”

12/21        Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – Christmas Service

12/14        Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Peace on Earth, Good Will to All”

12/7          Mar Cardenas Loutzenhizer – “Crossing Borders, Political and Otherwise”

11/30        Liora Gubkin Malicdem – “In Faith and Gratitude – Sanctuary and a Place to Call Home”

11/23        Vic King – “Reincarnation and Buddhism”

11/16        Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “A Youth-Full Service”

11/9          Dick Taylor – “Our Veterans”

11/2          Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Embracing an Attitude of Gratitude”

10/26       Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Unity and Diversity:  Fall Celebrations of Life”

10/19        Anna Laven – “Education in Our Community”

10/12        Marina Oja – “Aging and Saging”

10/5         Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Unity and Diversity:  Becoming A Multicultural Community”

9/28         Prof. Gonzalo Santos – “North American Peoplehood:  Catching Up with Cyrus the Great”

9/21          Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Am I Really Called?”

9/14          Pam Bernhard – “Hunger in Kern County – What Do We Do About It?”

9/7            Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Vocation / Calling from an Interfaith Perspective”

8/31          Rev. Derek Wrigley – “A Window’s View of the Pagan Path”

8/24          Rev. Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Love Reaches Out:  Reflections on General Assembly”

8/17          Liora Gubkin – “What Comes After ‘Coming of Age’?”

8/10          Arvid Straube – “Why Spiritual, But Not Religious, Isn’t Enough”

8/3             Kathleen McGregor – “Unitarian Universalist Use of the Internet “

7/27          Brandi Groven and Irene Heath – “Laughter and Poetry”

7/20          Daniel Likins – “From Homelessness to NASA”

7/13          Lois Watson – “Aweism: The Religion From The Beginning of Time”

7/6            Larry Taylor – “What’s So Great About the Gettsyburg Address?”

6/29          Marina Oja – “What’s the Secret to a Happy Relationship?”

6/22          Adam Sawyer – “Fathers & Father Surrogates”

6/15          Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Faith, Hope, & Love in a Difficult World”

6/8            Arturo Rodriguez (President of United Farm Workers) – “Justice for Farm Workers”

6/1            Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche and Andy Kendall – “Religious Education as a Shared Journey”

5/25         Irene Heath – “The Cosmos and Carl Sagan”

5/18         Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “In Search of Transcendence…”

5/11         Mirna Troncoso – “Food Decisions in the Central Valley:  The Interdependent Web of Which We Are a Part”

5/4           Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Blessing the Animals that Bless Us”

4/27        Cydney Henderson – “Standing on the Side of Love”

4/20        Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Resurrecting the Easter Bunny”

4/13         Harry Love, President of the Bakersfield Audobon Society – “The Role Birds Play in Our Life”

4/6            Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “A Passover Lesson”

3/30         Andy Kendall – Intergenerational Service – Coming of Age

3/23         Irene Heath – “Where Have All the Old Gods Gone”

3/16         Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Brokenness and Society”

3/9           Pamela Gehrke – “Reflections on Sadness”

3/2           Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Brokenness and the Self”

2/23        UUFKC Actors Guild – “The Grand Inquisitor”

2/16        Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “May I Be Filled with Loving Kindness”

2/9          Marina Oja – “They are Rude.  I am Busy.”

2/2          Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “The Greatest of Love:  Agape”

1/26        Anna Laven – “Justice for Women”

1/19        Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Environmental Justice is the Issue?”

1/12        Andy Kendall – “The New Jim Crow”

1/5           Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Social Justice & Spirituality”



12/27     Larry Taylor – “The Christmas Nativity Story and The Bible”

12/22     Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “A Season of Hope”

12/15     Andy Kendall – Intergenerational Service

12/8       Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Hope & Waiting”

12/1        AJ Blackwood – “A NUU Season of Preparation”

11/24     Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Articulating Our Faith”

11/17     Rev. Deb DeBoer – “Changing the Narrative”

11/10     Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Keepers of the Faith”

11/3        Andy Kendall – “Reflections on our UUA Common Read – Behind the Kitchen Door

10/27     Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Reflections on Death & Dying”

10/20     Brandi Groven – “Pagan Ideas of Death & Rebirth”

10/13     Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Death Around the World”

10/5       Larry Taylor – “The Controversial Thought of Richard Dawkins”

9/29       Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Forgiveness:  A Pathway to Peace?”

9/22       Guest Speakers from HALT – “Animal Rescue”

9/15       Intergenerational service

9/8         Elaine LeCain – “Water Communion”

9/1          Minister Summer Albayati-Krikeche – “Callings”