Welcome to the website for the Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton (CUUB). With a deep commitment to social justice and the free and responsible search for truth and meaning, we come together as a congregation to support each other in our spiritual journeys. Whatever your age, race, or sexual orientation, you are welcome here.
Our services are held on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. You are invited to stay after the service for coffee and conversation. We are located at 3333 S. Old US 23 in Brighton, Michigan. Dress is casual, and children are welcome. We provide childcare for infants and toddlers as well as spiritual exploration classes for preschoolers and school-aged children, including teens.
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January, 8: Buddhism and Non-Attachement
One of the most foundational, yet misunderstood tenants of Buddhism is that of non-attachment. It is stated that: "Attachment is the origin, the root of suffering: hence it is the cause of suffering." The Rev. Leonetta will unfold this practice so that we can understand it and apply it to our daily lives. From acceptance of election results to our family dynamics and work situations and more, this service should give us tips on how to stay involved, yet simultaneously detached.
January 15: Safe Congregation
These words are mentioned to us every Sunday by the Worship Associate, but how many among us know what they genuinely mean? "Welcoming" has become known as referring specifically to religious spaces that are accepting of people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and others in marginalized identities (LGBTQ+). Our faith and UU principles call for CUUB to live with a spirit of radical hospitality; only when we are truly open to the wealth of diversity in our world will the inherent worth and dignity of every person be affirmed with a large voice. We can affirm that we are “welcoming” every Sunday, and yet, LGBTQ+ people are not the only ones who struggle to feel welcome and included in our congregation. Being a truly and fully welcoming congregation takes more than words of self-affirmation. It means taking action to counter heterosexism, ageism, racism, able-ism, and every other stereotype or –ism you can imagine. In fact, in order to be truly welcoming to all people, we have to think BIG! Like all people, LGBTQ+ people have multifaceted identities. They are people of color, they are working class, they have disabilities, they are immigrants, they are children and youth and single parents and elders. They are us. We are them. Is CUUB an intentionally welcoming congregation to all of these LGBTQ+ people?
January 22: TBD
January 29: TBD
Julie Brock is our consulting minister.
Greetings Community UU Church of Brighton,
I’m very excited to have the honor of being your next minister. I was raised UU in the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit and just completed my internship at the First Unitarian Society of Madison. I have a passion for spiritual exploration, social justice, inclusive community, oxford commas, and intergenerational worship. My partner Joel is a PHD student at the University of Michigan and we spend long evenings drinking tea and figuring out ways to save the world. Or just singing. Actually, I’m not sure people singing together can’t save the world, so maybe there isn’t a difference.
I have a theatre background and tend to be upbeat and enthusiastic. I consider myself somewhat of a church junkie. If there is a service, I want to be there. From Sufi Dziker, to Catholic Mass, to Pagan ritual, I have reverence for and find rejuvenation in most all experiences of the divine.
But hey, I have a question for you... why did the Unitarian Universalist cross the road? ... They wanted to affirm the chicken’s right to choose its own path!
I’m excited to come to Brighton to figure out what worship means to YOU! Why do you come to church, and how do you see the church creating more justice and love in the Universe?
So church and ritual are two of my favorite things. I also love, singing, taking long walks in pretty places, the race horse Seabiscuit, bright colors, campfires with hot cocoa, live theatre, impromptu 80’s dance parties in my living room, the television show Survivor, karaoke, cooking and eating delicious things... and people.
People are actually my absolute favorite thing on the planet, and I feel honored to come to a church with so many gorgeous souls to connect and share with.
Another huge addiction of mine is coffee. So I’ll put the call out there right now, anyone wants to grab some java with their future minister, I start in Mid-August, and will be immediately accepting invitations to meet all the people, and forwarding the fabulous and fierce message of CUUB. Thanks for the opportunity.
In fond anticipation,
People are often curious about what CUUB is all about and how we live our values. They want to know what CUUB offers not just to its individual members but to the children of the congregation and to the larger community.
We are extremely proud of our spiritual exploration program and the wonderful children who participate. Director of Spiritual Exploration Beth Havlik shares details of a recent community activity planned by and implemented by CUUB kids: