Sacred vs Secular

– Dawn Neldon and Cody Vermillion

If you’ve been following on this Uncommon journey for any amount of time you know that we are in the business of reframing and reclaiming truths about life, faith, and being human. Because we are certain that there are things that we, as a culture, have believed and are believing that need to be tweaked (and some that just plain need to be thrown out).

This month we want to tackle the false dichotomy that exists in our culture between the sacred and the secular. See, we tend to give in to the belief that there are places, spaces, times, things, and people that fall into the category of “sacred.” Those might be things like church and….church…and church music….and things and people that operate in church. And in general all things church.

But the problem with this belief is that we neatly package God into the box of religious activity that happens in churches and remove Him (in our minds) from all sorts of places where God is fully present. Because God is in churches AND in businesses, doctors offices and grocery stores. He is in worship music and pop radio. He is in missionary work and the 9-5 workplace.

God is over all and through all and in all. He created everything and holds it together. Granted, we as humans have a tendency to inject our own brokenness into the good He has created. But if you really pay attention, you can find God in the ordinary things of life. From the birds chirping before your alarm, to the cup of coffee that gets your day started, to the face of the barista who made it.

Church isn’t the only place to find God. In fact, you are made in the image of God. So He is with you always. You don’t have to be at church, you don’t have to be a pastor, or missionary, or Sunday school volunteer to experience something sacred. Those things are all great! But you can live in to the sacred calling God has given you in your every day experiences.

This weekend, try looking for the ways in which God is present in the every day things of life. And on Monday, as you head to work – or as you get the kids ready for whatever you’re doing to stay sane while they’re not in school – try to find the sacred moments. The times when God shows up in the ordinary.

Then join us on July 7th to talk more about it…

SACRED [SPACE] – WINE & WORDS

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How To Have A Great Summer

– Ryan James Ross

I love sitting at tables with people I admire and just asking them about living a good life. I really love getting to do this with good food too. So…
Partner Margie and Ken Blanchard up with some breakfast soufflé and parfaits, and we get one awesome morning!

Many of the best Blanchard family stories and memories (and books) have come from summer adventures. So before they took off on their next trip, we asked them “what is the key to a great summer that is remembered forever?” And here’s what they shared…

Invest in creating experiences.

More important than buying stuff, or even just getting stuck in an summer rut, use your energy and resources to give your kids and friends a memorable experience. Experiences are the source of life’s stories and lasting memories, not stuff. Go try to build a raft that may or may not float. Get out there and gather up the people to ride bikes, go on a hike, take a road trip, or eat a burrito on a lifeguard tower at sunset. It takes energy, but it’s worth it. 

Create rituals.

Margie and Ken weren’t suggesting religious tradition here, but they were challenging all of us to create some unique things you do with your kids and friends that you can repeat monthly or annually. Make a unique food around a campfire. Go see fireworks from a boat. Walk to the store and back in crazy hats. Do that “burrito in a lifeguard tower” thing above… but do it a few times! When we have unique and creative rituals/traditions that we repeat a few times, those often become the best times. These rituals become the best moments with friends too. I’ve heard it said that even if you do a unique family ritual just three times with your kids, they’ll remember that “we did it all the time” when they’re adults! It takes effort to create a cool ritual, but it’s worth everything you put into it.

One cool ritual that the Blanchards have created is a “Breakfast with the Ancestors”. Every summer they get the whole family together and throw a potluck party in a cemetery. [Yes, we reacted to that too!] Weird as that sounds, they gather together and share stories of their ancestors and all the people that have shaped the family. They even share about the pets that they loved and lost, and all the fun stories about them. The first time they did this, not everyone thought it was a good idea… but now, years later, everyone loves and looks forward to this very unique Blanchard ritual.

Ask this question regularly: “What makes our family unique?”

When you’re together at a meal or one of these experiences you create, ask yourselves what makes your family (or your group of friends) unique… special… different. This question brings out appreciation and builds up identity. You may even come up with some cool family values and traits that you could creatively put up in your living room to further build the unique identity of your tribe.

So, here is our hope for you this summer…
Go invest your time and energy in creating unique experiences with your loved ones. Make up a new ritual that you can repeat — it will become a life long memory. Always ask what is special about your family and friends… it will form the beauty and appreciation of your little tribe of goodness.

May your summer be full of life, love, and enjoying the people that God has placed around you!

And if you want some ideas for great experiences, check out the Uncommon summer haps…

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Words on Wine & Words

– Ryan Ross

We couldn’t have had a more beautiful night to talk about hard things.

God gave us the perfect break in the rain to talk about how we reason through the concept of a good God in light of evil and suffering in the world (not to mention pain in our own lives too). It was such a gift to have Jared Herd from Church at Rancho Bernardo join us in this conversation. He brought us his heart, his wisdom, and his laughter!

All together – with good wine and food – we shared about seasons of pain and reasons for hope. We shared, we cried some, and we laughed a lot. We are so happy to create these spaces in our community to have real and powerful conversations. Conversations about doing life together all while walking with a God who loves us and gives us freedom to choose our next steps in life.

Thanks for joining us! You can check out photos from this event on our Facebook Page. And be sure not to miss our next Commune event on June 2nd.

Also, check out our podcast with Rabbi Mendy to continue the conversation on dealing with darkness in the world… and being the ones that get to usher in the light.

God bless!

Uncommon [Cast]

In the midst of tragedy and darkness, the light shines brighter than ever…

We are so glad we got the opportunity to sit down again with Rabbi Mendy from the Chabad of Poway for part two of an incredible conversation! (let’s be honest, it was a part one do over…) Rabbi Mendy’s wisdom, perspective, and humility is such a privilege to experience! We’re so excited to share this episode and the message that God has for all people!!!

You can find us on Apple Podcasts and Spotify by searching Uncommon [cast]. Or click the link below to visit our podcast site.

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Commune

Sunday, June 2nd, 4 PM, Rancho Guejito Vineyard, FREE

What if communion looked more like a meal at a table where all are included? What if something as normal as eating together could be something… sacred?

You are invited to rediscover what communion is all about at the beautiful Rancho Guejito Vineyard.

We will provide some wine and bread. There will also be food tickets from the amazing Smoking’ J’s BBQ as well as drinks available to purchase. Kids are welcome! We’ll have a bounce house and fun activities available. Plus there’s plenty of room for them to run amuck.

We can’t wait to see you there!

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100 for 100 is moving along nicely! We are getting close to one of our smaller benchmarks of 20 monthly gifts of $100.

So exciting!!!

This campaign is all about keeping the [good] going. We are hoping to get 100 people to give $100 a month to help make the work of Uncommon [good] sustainable for the future.

If you are one of the amazing people giving to the [goodness]…

THANK YOU! 

If not, and you have found yourself blessed in any way by Uncommon [good], we want to invite you to join 100 for $100. If you’d like to know more, please click the button below and join the 100.

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When Bad Things Happen

One thing has been on my mind for the past few weeks – what do we do with faith when bad things happen?

I mean rewind it all back! Rewind back to before the diagnosis came in, before the relationship fell apart, before the company went under, before the tragedy struck – what did your faith (by the way both belief and unbelief in a higher power are forms of faith) have to say about tragedy?

In our normal, smooth-ish sailing, mostly-unruffled life – many of us don’t consider our faith too deeply. We believe platitudes like “everything happens for a reason” or  “God has a plan” or “God doesn’t give you more than you can bear,” without thinking about what those phrases actually mean in the face of real tragedy. 

But once the boat (and your life) has been rocked a bit, suddenly the platitudes don’t hold up.

We start wondering:  
How can God be good if terrible things happen?
How can God have a plan that allows for such tragedy? 
If there is such a God, why would I want to be a part of his plan or be in relationship with Him? 
If there is no God, why is hope possible in the face of hopelessness?

All of these are excellent questions. Questions that we shouldn’t be afraid of. Questions that we shouldn’t push away. Because if we don’t have a faith that makes sense in tragedy… we probably don’t have much of a faith to speak of. 

That’s why this Sunday, at Wine and Words we are going to dive head first into these hard questions. Nothing is off the table. Let’s lean in together and wrestle with this question:

“What do we do with faith when bad things happen?”

WINE AND WORDS

Sunday, May 19th, 6:30 PM, Espinosa Vineyards, $25

We are. SO. EXCITED. for this Wine & Words! Not only do we have Pastor Jared Herd from The Church at Rancho Bernardo joining us… but we’ll also return to our friends at Espinosa Vineyards!

Have you ever wondered where God is during the hard times of life? How do we navigate that? Pastor Jared and the Uncommon [team] will lead a conversation around this very topic.

There will be wine. There will be words. $25 gets you said wine and even some delish charcuterie.

So call up the baby sitter and get ready for another great conversation about faith, life, and being human… while drinking amazing wine. [responsibly, of course!]

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100 for 100 – PROGRESS!

100 for 100 is moving along nicely! Since we launched last week, we have already had 13 monthly gifts of $100 committed to Uncommon [good]. That’s pretty awesome!

We’re so excited!!

This campaign is all about keeping the [good] going. We are hoping to get 100 people to give $100 a month to help make the work of Uncommon [good] sustainable for the future.

If you are one of the amazing people giving to the [goodness]…

THANK YOU! 

If not, and you have found yourself blessed in any way by Uncommon [good], we want to invite you to join 100 for $100. If you’d like to know more, please click the button below and join the 100.

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After Easter

Are you recovered from the Easter/Spring Break coma? Have your kids come down from the sugar high? How many plastic eggs did you throw away? Don’t tell our kids, but Jen and I miiiiiight have eaten a bunch of their candy. Ya know… cause we want them to say healthy… 😉

Seriously though, we love Easter. 
Not just in the Vermillion house, but also on the Uncommon [team]. Easter represents the moment when History changed. What seemed like an end, was only a beginning. Jesus’ followers thought it was all over. Then He came back! And because of that miracle, Easter is the single most significant event in all of History. It was the clearest expression of the work that God has always been up to: bringing life out of what was thought to be dead. A beginning out of what seemed like a pretty clear end. But it’s what happened after Easter that makes it truly great. That’s when the movement started. That’s when Jesus’ followers went about the work of sharing the Good News of a God who loves people. The work of building a community that was a taste of the Kingdom of God. A hope of experiencing life to the full in THIS life andthe next… So yeah… we love Easter.

And our love for it was solidified all the more after our Easter event. If you came, thank you! If you didn’t, that’s okay! Because we plan to have a lot more events like that in the future. Like Jesus’ early followers, we are energized and excited to keep going! Because after a year and a half of creating community, the thing that has never gotten old is hearing people say things like:

“We brought friends who don’t really connect with ‘church’ and they said they would definitely be a part of this.”

and…

“I’ve never been big on the religious holidays. But now Easter is my favorite holiday because of what you talked about… Life coming from death… beauty coming from brokenness… beginnings from endings.” 

That’s the [good] we are going for! 
People finding new perspectives and a place to belong in the Uncommon [community]. It’s so exciting that we (and that includes YOU) get to be a part of bringing people the Good News of a God who loves them and designed them for community. People who may have otherwise had no experience with faith. People who may have thought that the Church had nothing to offer them. We want to keep THAT [good] going…

That’s why we are starting something exciting in May. It’s called… 

100 FOR 100

This campaign is all about keeping the [good] going. We are hoping to get 100 people to give $100 a month to help make the work of Uncommon [good] sustainable for the future.

As we mentioned above, events like Uncommon [Easter] have provided a place for people who would never set foot in a church to hear the good news of a God who loves them. We’re able to do this because everything we do is intentionally open, inviting, and meets people in real life… At wineries, restaurants, parks, and even homes… providing, fun, party, life, belonging, and real conversations about faith.

We try to make these gatherings free, or as cheap as possible for those who attend. And meeting in these public spaces – doing what we’re doing – is only possible because of the generosity of the people who make up this Uncommon [community]. Maybe you’re already one of the amazing people giving to the [goodness]. If so, THANK YOU. 

If not, and you have found yourself blessed in any way by Uncommon [good], we want to invite you to join 100 for $100. So, if anything we said above sparked you and you’d like to know more, please click the button below to learn more and become one of the 100.

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WINE & WORDS

Returns to Espinosa!

Sunday, May 19th, 6:30PM, $25

We are. SO. EXCITED. To return to Espinosa Winery for conversations about faith, life, and being human… while drinking amazing wine. Now that the outdoor life of San Diego seems to be returning, it seems like the perfect time to revisit our friends who have become family. There will be wine. There will be words. $25 gets you said wine and even some delish charcuterie.

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We Just Got [inspired]! 🙌

Our team just got back from the Catalyst West conference on Friday and we left super inspired to charge on with the [goodness] we are all creating. If you don’t know, Catalyst is a conference for leaders who love the local church. They have great speakers, activities, music, and resources for people who are serving in leadership (paid or volunteer). In the past it has inspired us to move towards what we would eventually do with Uncommon [good]. This year was a huge affirmation of our vision to create community for people in a unique way.

On top of that, we loved the theme for this year: Fully Alive. Drawing from the words of Jesus who said He came so that we may “have life and have it to the full,” Catalyst took this theme to a really cool place. Many of the speakers talked about self-care and mental/emotional health. The importance of which is huge if you ever hope to lead others well. And we all lead someone at some point, right? Even if it’s just ourselves. So we want to share with you some of the most impactful nuggets from the conference. Read each of these through the lens of leading and caring for yourself or others…

“People who lack self knowledge react to life rather than respond to it.”
– Ian Morgan Cron

“We become better leaders by becoming better human beings.”
– Miles Adcox

“If you want to experience a better life with Jesus you must adopt the lifestyle of Jesus.”
– John Mark Comer

“You’ve got to lose what you know about yourself in the past to figure out what God knows in the future.”
– Sarah Jakes Roberts

“We find God’s will for our lives in our limitations”
– Pete Scazerro

“When you spend your day looking at others, you lose your purpose”
– Jamie Ivey

“There is a gap between the promise God has given you and the process it’s going to take to get there. You have to go through the process to make it to the promise”
– Bianca Olthoff

“God chose you for where you are. Serve where you are!”
– Jamie Ivey

“We are kept from our goals, not by obstacles, but by a clearer path to lesser goals.”
– Ben Hardy

In regards to that process of living into what God made you to do: 

“The more it takes out of you, the more it will make out of you”
– Bianca Olthoff

“The best thing you bring to leadership is your own transforming self”
– Ruth Haley Barton

We hope all of that was encouraging to you. It sure was for us! Now, keep going to see what you’re invited to next…

Uncommon Party at Chicken Charlie’s

Tuesday, April 9th, 5PM, Chicken Charlie’s in Rancho Bernardo

We love creating community for the sake of community. We call it the Sacrament of Party. This time, we’re taking over Chicken Charlie’s and we’d love to see you there.

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For more info, contact us at hello@uncommongoodsd.com

Save the Dates

Uncommon [easter]
Saturday, April 20th

We are having a Pre-Easter shindig for the whole family.
Stay tuned for more info!

Seal’s Faith and Family Night
Saturday, April 27th, 7PM
We’re joining up with the Seal’s Faith and Family Night for fun, community, and life. Your $20 ticket gets you fun and games on the Seal’s turf, pre-game pizza party, a message about faith from two of the players, and of course the game. Click the link below, scroll down the Seal’s page, and select “Uncommon Good” to get your tickets.

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For more info on upcoming events check out uncommongoodsd.com/events

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New Family

– Ryan Ross

We’ve been having such a good time at our Common [table] Pop Ups!

At our first one, what we thought would be about 12, soon became a party of 20 with so much great food and desserts that we could’ve fed an army. Great community is like that… you can’t just cap things off at small numbers sometimes. People are on your heart, and you just have to invite them to the table!

While the kids ran amuck and were literally swinging from trees (until Ryan’s great weight broke the rope ;)… we all talked around one question for the night: 

“What in your life right now brings you the most joy?”

The conversation was fun, rich, and eye opening. We learned so much about one another. The overall report from dinner was that it all just felt like one big loving family.

I love that – we created [new family] – and that’s the business of Jesus.

There were a lot of boundaries to blessing and inclusion in the days of Jesus. Blood lines were strong and distinct, and many believed that God’s presence and blessing were only for the right family trees with just the right heritage.

Jesus messed that up. He seemed to live with a blind eye to bloodlines and boundaries. Jesus stretched family beyond it’s natural state because he had a new social order in mind that transcended the idea that family only loves their own [and that God only loved certain families]. He turned unrelated groups of strangers into family. He said all are valuable and welcome to be a part of God’s family. Jesus included the least and the greatest all in one family. And it was through this [new family of faith] that God’s kingdom broke into the world.

Our dream is to keep doing this. To keep making space to expand the family and welcome everyone in. Everyone, no matter where they are with faith, can take part in great discussions about what brings joy in life while they enjoy food, drink, and the crazy sounds of children together. Let’s keep doing this, and thank you for being a part of our Uncommon [family].

Keep reading for more opportunities to be a part of great gatherings!

March and [tables]

March is all about connecting in community! And we believe God made us for this! In addition to our “Created to Commune” event on March 24th, we are excited to tell you about some mini “pop-up” events – including guy/gal gatherings – happening in March that are aimed at helping us all connect and continue to build this Uncommon [community].

Common Table Pop-Ups
These events are super simple: Gatherings at homes or other cool places focused on being with one another. Some will be family nights, some guy’s nights, some gal’s nights. Keep an eye on social media (be sure to follow us) to see when these pop ups with be. The first 12 (ish) people to RSVP in the comments will get a spot.

Coffee Hangs
Monday & Wednesday Mornings, 10 – 11AM
Ryan, Pam, Dawn, and Cody will be meeting at various coffee shops in the Poway/RB area on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Come hang with us! Laugh with us. Ask us questions. Get excited about uncommon [goodness]! Keep an eye on social media for where we will be those days.


And that leads us to…

Created to [commune]…

Sunday, March 24th, Bernardo Winery, FREE

It’s time to rediscover the meaning of communion all together. No matter your past experience, communion was always meant to be a table where all are included.

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Uncommon [cast]

As we work to find a regular space, our Podcast offers a consistent venue to engage with conversations about life, faith, and being human.

Find it on Apple, Google Play, Spotify… by searching “uncommon cast”. 

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// Dividing // Lines //

So we know walls are kind of a touchy subject right now… But we’ve never been known to shy away from difficult conversations. So here it goes… 😉

A couple of weeks ago, our team took a trip down to Tijuana to meet with Pastor Fito Gonzalez and his amazing wife, Cindy. They are doing some really cool stuff with their church down there and are hoping to do some uncommon good-like community building. It was awesome to spend time with kindred spirits who want to meet people where they are!

While we were down there, we also got to visit Friendship Park. Which is a park right at the border that acts as a symbol of binational friendship between the US and Mexico. Once a year, Children and adults from pre-selected families who are divided by the border are allowed to meet and embrace briefly. It was a surreal experience being there… knowing that it was a place that represented moments of extreme joy and deep sorrow. And that right on the other side of where we stood, was a very different world.

No matter what you think of walls, life near the border isn’t at all how it’s portrayed on the news. The cities and towns at the border are full of people, just like you and me, who are trying to live their lives. Provide for their families. Find happiness… And although there is a very clear dividing line, we have more in common with the people on the other side of the wall than not. 

Whether we put up physical, emotional, or even digital walls… dividing lines tend to put people who are different than us in the category of “other”. But when we remove those lines, we are able to find the humanity in the “other”. And eventually see how much we are actually the same.

Jesus did this. It is how He lived His life and ministry. All were welcomed at the table with Him. Even the most reviled of His day. He created community for those who had none. And even the stories and parables He told exemplified His immense love and grace towards the outcast, the unloved, the other. 

So this week, we’d like you to check out what Jesus, Paul, and our team has to say on the subject of dividing lines:

First, read Ephesians 2:14-18

“14 For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. 15 He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. 16 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.

17 He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near.18 Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.”


In a time when Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews) couldn’t have been more separate, Jesus broke down the cultural and spiritual walls between the two and made them one people under Him. And now today, we are invited to do the same: take down the walls that we’ve put up in front of people who look, behave, or even believe differently than us… recognizing that Jesus Himself has already removed those walls, which in turn allows us to see “the other” as one with us under a God who loves and welcomes all. 


Here’s another passage we reference our latest Podcast episode. Dividing Lines. Its a great story from Jesus called The Parable of the Pharisee & Tax Collector in Luke 18:9-14

Now go listen to our Latest Podcast Episode – Dividing Lines


We love you all! You are welcome at our table. And speaking of that, here’s how you can get around a table with your uncommon [community] in March…

March and [tables]

March is all about connecting in community! And we believe God made us for this! In addition to our “Created to Commune” event on March 24th, we are excited to tell you about some mini “pop-up” events – including guy/gal gatherings – happening in March that are aimed at helping us all connect and continue to build this Uncommon [community].

Common Table Pop-Ups
These events are super simple: Gatherings at homes or other cool places focused on being with one another. Some will be family nights, some guy’s nights, some gal’s nights. Keep an eye on social media (be sure to follow us) to see when these pop ups with be. The first 12 (ish) people to RSVP in the comments will get a spot.

Coffee Hangs
Monday & Wednesday Mornings, 10 – 11AM
Ryan, Pam, Dawn, and Cody will be meeting at various coffee shops in the Poway/RB area on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Come hang with us! Laugh with us. Ask us questions. Get excited about uncommon [goodness]! Keep an eye on social media for where we will be those days.


And that leads us to…

Created to [commune]…

Sunday, March 24th, Bernardo Winery, FREE

It’s time to rediscover the meaning of communion all together. No matter your past experience, communion was always meant to be a table where all are included.

RSVP to Commune

Uncommon [cast]

As we work to find a regular space, our Podcast offers a consistent venue to engage with conversations about life, faith, and being human.

As we mentioned above, our latest episode, Dividing Lines is up and we’d love if you gave it a listen. 

Find it on Apple, Google Play, Spotify… by searching “uncommon cast”. 

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Tables and Communion 🍷🍞

March [At the Table]

We are EXCITED!

March is all about connecting in community! And we believe God made us for this! In addition to our “Created to Commune” event on March 24th, we are excited to tell you about some mini “pop-up” events – including guy/gal gatherings – happening in March that are aimed at helping us all connect and continue to build this Uncommon [community].

Here’s what’s coming up…

Common Table Pop-Ups
These events are super simple: Gatherings at homes focused on being with one another around tables (or fire pits). Some will be family nights, some guy’s nights, some gal’s nights. Our first one is a family night and will be on March 9th at the Ross casa. If you’re interested, email us to RSVP. The first 12 (ish) RSVPs will get a spot. Woohoo!

RSVP to March 9th

The next Pop-Ups will pop up on social media soon (so be sure to follow us). Again, the first 12 (ish) people to RSVP in the comments will get a spot.

Coffee Hangs
Monday & Wednesday Mornings, 10 – 11AM
Ryan, Pam, Dawn, and Cody will be meeting at various coffee shops in the Poway/RB area on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Come hang with us! Laugh with us. Ask us questions. Get excited about uncommon [goodness]! Keep an eye on social media for where we will be those days.

And that leads us to…

CREATED TO COMMUNE

Sunday, March 24th, Bernardo Winery, FREE

It’s time to rediscover the meaning of communion all together. No matter your past experience, communion was always meant to be a table where all are included.

So let’s get around tables and do what we were created to do: Be in community. There will be food provided and drinks available to purchase. Kids welcome (there’s plenty of room for them to run amuck).

RSVP to let us know you will be there…

RSVP to Commune

PODCAST

As we build our vision toward having a regular space, our Podcast offers you a consistent venue to engage with conversations about life, faith and being human. 

We will have a new episode out next week, but our latest episode “Idenity and Kombucha” is up and ready for your ears! In this episode, we wrap up our conversation about weirdness with the weird guru himself, CJ Casciotta. CJ’s book, Get Weird, made a big impression on us. We talk a little about that, as well as hear some nuggets from the event we hosted with him, and he tells us all about his new venture, Ringbeller. 

Find it on Apple, Google Play, Spotify… by searching “uncommon cast”. 

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Why Weirdness? 🤷‍♂️

So… We’ve been talking a lot about weirdness. In some ways it’s to get you excited to come to Wine, Words, and Weirdness on February 10th. We have no shame in admitting that! But also because at Uncommon [good], weirdness is one of our unspoken values. 

Aside from everyone on our team being a little weird, what we are doing is inherently weird [or, ya know, uncommon]… Having parties at parks to build community… talking about faith at wineries and breweries… all pretty weird indeed. In fact, we get told that pretty often. But we don’t mind. Because in order to do great things, you just might have to be a little bit weird.

And that’s why we are excited to have CJ Casciotta come talk with us. He’s all about weirdness. Because he believes weirdness changes things. Weirdness starts movements. And your weirdness is needed in the world. Each of us has been given unique qualities that make us who we are. CJ calls it the Sacred Weird. Now, if the word weird doesn’t do it for you, just think of it as the driving force that helps you bring your unique goodness to the world.

But enough from us… Let’s hear what CJ has to say about it…

“We need weirdness to keep the world moving, to help solve it’s problems, to change our minds and rattle our hearts. More specifically, we need your weirdness. Whether you’re an artist, a teacher, a data processor, an engineer, or a mom, we need you to access and illuminate the [Sacred Weird] that rests deep within the corners of your soul–the ideas and passions you can’t shake, the solutions you see that nobody else does, the one-of-a-kind history that only you carry, complete with all its crooked roads, cracks, and smudges.”  

THIS is why we’re so stoked to help you find your Sacred Weird. Because it has something to offer the world!

Obviously, we’d love for you to join us on February 10th. But whether you do or not, you’ve got to check out CJ’s book, Get Weird

And enjoy this last little nugget to get you even more excited…

“When we abandon our weirdness, when we believe the lie that it’s better to fit in than to stick out, we get further and further away from “on earth as it is in heaven”… But when we bravely decide to embrace our own weirdness, it lets others know they belong just as they are too…”


If that doesn’t get you excited, well, you’re [not] weird. 😉

Wine, Words, and Weirdness

Sunday, February 10th, 6PM
Urge Common House, San Marcos
RSVP by 
February 7th

Meet CJ Casciotta. He’s weird. And he thinks you are too. In fact, he thinks your weirdness is a gift that should be given to the world. 

He will be joining us at Wine & Words in February to talk about your weirdness and explain to us why he hangs out with puppets. It’s gonna be a fun, weird, and wonderfully insightful time that you won’t want to miss!

Learn more about CJ

RSVP To Weirdness


New Podcast Episode!

In the weirdness of a 5 week month, we felt like it had been way too long since our last episode. So here’s a little bonus episode at a kitchen table instead of in a treehouse. It’s weird and wonderful and you can find it on Apple, Google, Spotify, and probably other places too… Just search for “uncommon cast”.

Or listen to the newest episode here.

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