Alex Haider-Winnett

Alex Haider-Winnett, with his child strapped to his front, hands on waist.

Alex Haider-Winnett is a lifelong UU. He holds an M.Div. from Pacific School of Religion and serves as the Interim Director of Religious Education for the UU Church in Livermore (CA) and the First Unitarian Church of Oakland. He lives in Davis, CA and is a full-time dad and spouse. He enjoys comic books, bean and cheese burritos, and Universalist theology.

From Alex Haider-Winnett

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This group blessing is designed to be shared by many voices or read by just one. Alex suggests creating an altar with a chalice and testing supplies (which are then distributed to students as they need them). Speaker 1: We have come to the end of the quarter/semester/year. An end to these classes.

Blessing | By Alex Haider-Winnett | June 19, 2019 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), Bridging Ceremony, Challenge, Choice, Commitment, Direct Experience, Education, Forgiveness, Friendship, Growth, Responsibility, Secular, Wisdom, Worth

For many college campuses, it is time for finals. It can be a stressful time of balancing schedules, completing big projects, late nights, poor sleep, skipped meals, etc. The UU Campus Community at UC Davis shares a blessing for finals season. We share it here.

By Alex Haider-Winnett | June 4, 2019 | From On Campus

There's nothing simple about the holidays. Joy can feel empty when it is compulsory. The promise of liberation is hard fought and well earned.

Reflection | By Alex Haider-Winnett | December 12, 2018 | From Braver/Wiser
Tagged as: Christmas Eve / Christmas, Direct Experience, Simplicity, Summer Solstice, Winter

God is not a distant force, far away. God is in the beating of our hearts and the backbeat of a funky baseline. God is in a four-on-the-floor drum fill, and in the achy joints and sore muscles the day after.

Reflection | By Alex Haider-Winnett | October 24, 2018 | From Braver/Wiser
Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Arts & Music, Awe, Body, Culture, Direct Experience, God, Immanence, Joy, Letting Go, Spiritual Practice, Young Adults

May we find unexpected ways to remember where we came from and imagine where we may go next. May we find touchstones of our pasts, and may they become a foundation for the future.

Reflection | By Alex Haider-Winnett | August 15, 2018 | From Braver/Wiser
Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Body, Change, Direct Experience, Earth, Home, Nature, Sadness, Searching, Secular

This child dedication includes some multi-sensory elements. We recommend talking to parents in advance about how the child might respond. Worship Leader: Friends and family, we have been brought together by [child] for a joyous occasion: to recognize and welcome [Child’s Name] into this world and...

Ritual | By Alex Haider-Winnett | August 19, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Child Dedication, Children, Commitment, Community, Family, Fathers, Generations, Mothers, Parents

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