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News from the Chalice Unitarian Univeralist Congregation in Escondido, CA

Minister’s Message – June 2020

Sent to the congregation via email on May 30.

The public and horrifying death of George Floyd while in police custody this week has prompted protests around the country. If you are paying attention, and I hope you are, there is much to read, see, hear, learn, and think about.

Some of the protests have included acts […]

Rev. Sharon Wylie – Minister’s Message for May 2020

We are now over five weeks into our stay-at-home order in California. As I write this, we are approaching our eighth Sunday of online worship.

I have heard some people talking about trying to adapt to the “new normal.” If that phrase speaks to you, that’s great, but for me, so far, I can’t embrace the […]

Rest in Peace, Steven Withers

Steven Withers has been one of Chalice’s Sunday worship musicians since 2016. We have just learned that he died unexpectedly on May 2, apparently from a heart attack. We will miss him. We will miss his smiling face. We will miss his music.

Steven Withers

Steven Withers grew up in the Point Loma area of San […]

Rev. Sharon Wylie – Minister’s Message for April 2020

What a lot has changed, and so very quickly.

I returned to work on March 10 after a two week vacation. At the Board meeting that night, we talked a bit about the novel coronavirus. San Diego had had only one case of COVID-19 so far (diagnosed just the day before in someone who had been […]

Tips for Attending Sunday Coffee Hour

Attending Sunday worship on Zoom means you need to see and hear what’s happening—fairly simple for anyone who is comfortable watching videos on YouTube or other places online.

Attending coffee hour on Zoom means that other people need to hear—and hopefully see—YOU. A bit trickier.

If you need to set up Zoom on your computer, follow the […]

Tips for Leading a Zoom Meeting

Review the instructions for meeting attendees first.

Who Schedules and Who Hosts

Someone involved with the meeting needs to have a professional (i.e., paid for) Zoom account. Rev. Sharon has an account, and several Chalice congregants have purchased their own accounts. There is no need for everyone to have a paid account. Contact Rev. Sharon about […]

Tips for Attending a Zoom Meeting

Attending Sunday worship on Zoom means you need to see and hear what’s happening—fairly simple for anyone who is comfortable watching videos on YouTube or other places online.

Attending a meeting on Zoom means that other people need to hear—and hopefully see—YOU. A bit trickier.

If you need to set up Zoom on your computer, follow the […]

How to view our worship services online using Zoom

Step 1. Set Up Zoom
Setting Up On a Mobile Device

You do not need a Zoom account (but please know that accounts are free).
For a smart phone or tablet, look for the Zoom app in the app store and download.

“Zoom Cloud Meetings”–it’s free.
“Zoom for Blackberry” for Blackberry users–also free.

When it’s time for your meeting or worship, […]

Chalice Worship Will Be Online thru the End of March

Beloved Chalites,

In response to direction from local and state officials prohibiting gatherings where people cannot observe social distancing (staying 6 feet apart), our Sunday worship through the end of March will happen online.

I have reached this decision in consultation with two of our Chalice members: Nancy Bowen, a retired doctor with over 20 years in […]

Special Message from Rev. Sharon

Beloved Chalites,

I’m so sorry that my sermon series on living in an age of overwhelm has turned out to be terribly and perpetually appropriate!

I know many of you are worried about the coronavirus and its potential impact. And I know this worry is heightened by the feeling that what we are hearing from the government […]