First Unitarian Church of Oakland

685 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 893-6129
Newcomers & Visitors

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Welcome! Are you looking for a community, fellowship, or a place to explore and perhaps deepen your spirituality? At First Unitarian you will find all of this and more. Come ... be our guest. Find what you are seeking.

What to Expect
One of our greeters will likely meet you and answer questions as you come in. If you complete our guest form, we'll also send you a few copies of our newsletter.

Our services are about an hour in length, and include music, hymns, readings, and a sermon. After the service, we invite you to join us for hospitality hour, a time for discussion and making friends. This is also a great time to inquire about the many activities we have going on and to visit our the information tables of our various church groups.

In the meantime, browse our web site, meet our ministers, check out our education programs for children and adults. Or listen to some sample sermons. Questions? What to wear? What we believe, etc.? Review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

What We Believe

Our faith, Unitarian Universalism, is spiritually alive and justice-centered.

Unitarian Universalists search for truth along many paths. Instead of centering our religion on specific beliefs, we gather around shared moral values that include the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

With its historical roots in the Jewish and Christian traditions, Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion that keeps an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with through the ages. We believe personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion, and that in the end, religious authority lies not in a book or person or institution, but in ourselves.

For more information on what we believe, you can review our congregation's principles, vision and purpose.

To learn more about Unitarian Universalism's religious roots and theologies, visit the Unitarian Universalist Association's "Beliefs Within Our Faith." For other information about the denomination, visit the web site of the Unitarian Universalist Association. You can also check out Wikipedia's description of Unitarian Universalism and learn about our congregation's principles and purpose.

Are you a Unitarian Universalist and just don't know it yet? Try this quiz about what you believe.

Suggested Reading for Newcomers

Worship Services & Times
Please join us for Sunday worship services. We recommend you attend 3-4 services to really “try us out.” And be sure to come into Wendte Hall (adjacent to our sanctuary) for fellowship and refreshments after the service. We look forward to welcoming you and getting to know you.

Worship Services
On the Sundays after Labor Day, our services are at 9:30am (contemplative) and 11:20am (worship arts celebration). Between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend our Sunday services are at 10:30am. We occasionally hold special services during the week and on Saturdays. Watch the website for announcements about these special services.

All are welcome to attend our worship services at any time. Keep in mind that our traditional 9:30 a.m. Sunday service typically has a more "adult focus" and our 11:20 a.m. Sunday service tends to be more accessible for ages 10 and up. Younger children have opportunities for worship on the fourth Sunday of the month at both 9:30 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. Several times a year we worship as a community of all ages. Those services include: Merging of the Waters in September; All Soul's Day in October or November; Solstice and Christmas Eve services in December; Easter in March or April; and Flower Communion in May.


Directions

We are located at 685 14th Street in Oakland, CA. Check out our directions page for detailed maps, parking and transportation information.


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Still have questions? Please contact us.