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 in Wendte Hall, 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. 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 “Sources Within Our Tradition.” 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.

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 generally held at 9:20am (contemplative) and 11:20am (worship arts celebration). We sometime hold just one service, so be sure to check service times at the top of this page or in our list of upcoming services. 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 9:20 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. Children have opportunities to worship with the congregation for the entire hour once per month 9:30 a.m. and 11:20 a.m, including 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. Other Sundays, children begin either in a children’s chapel or they join the congregation for about 20 minutes for a story or time for all ages.

Our Location

The First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th Street, is on 14th St. at Castro St., right next to the 980 Freeway and near downtown Oakland, CA.

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Public Transit

The church is about 4 blocks west of the 12th Street Oakland City Center BART station, between Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Castro St. Several AC Transit bus lines also pass near the church.

Driving Directions

From Berkeley, Richmond and points north, or west:

Take the 580 freeway to the 980 freeway toward downtown Oakland.
Take the 18th/14th Street off-ramp onto Brush St.
Turn left on 14th and cross over the freeway.
The church is on your right (first building after crossing the freeway).

From Contra Costa County and points east:

Take the 24 freeway westbound, which becomes the 980 freeway near downtown Oakland.
Take the 18th/14th Street off-ramp onto Brush St.
Turn left on 14th and cross over the freeway.
The church is on your right (first building after crossing the freeway).

From Hayward and points south:

Take the 880 freeway north to the 980 freeway.
Exit at 11th/14th Street.
Merge right and go three blocks to 14th Street.
Make a right on 14th Street.
The church is on the corner.

Parking

Parking is usually available on Castro St., some on 14th St., and around the corner on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. You can also park at the Clay St. garage at 14th & Clay. The entrance is on Clay.

Accessible Parking: There is one curb-side parking space designated for handicap use in front of the church and one on Castro St. just North of the light at 14th St. The Valva Realty parking lot directly across the street from the church is in use by their staff, clients and paying tenants Monday through Saturday. In order to ensure that your vehicle is not towed please do not park there during the week. The lot is available on Sunday mornings for those with limited mobility or special needs only.