All Our Lives are Building Stones

First Unitarian Church of Oakland celebrates 150 years!

Our final guest speakers in our month of celebration are Revs. Janne and Rob Eller-Isaacs, who served the congregation from the mid-1980s until 2000.

Nothing truly significant can be accomplished in just one generation. Religious communities at their best provide a gracious container in which core values can be conveyed from generation to generation. For 150 years the First Unitarian Church of Oakland has been just such a container. Janne and Rob return to our pulpit after almost twenty years to look back and look forward at the ways in which liberal religious values have shaped the city they still dearly love. Joyful Noise will open the service and Crescendo Choir will sing. This is a Time for All Ages Sunday.

Since 2000 Reverends Rob and Janne Eller-Isaacs have been Senior Co-Ministers of Unity Church-Unitarian in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Rob was called to serve the Oakland Church in the fall of 1982 becoming the first Unitarian Universalist Urban Extension minister. Janne, a psychotherapist before going into the ministry, having graduated from Starr King School, was ordained by the Church in April of 1987 having joined Rob as Co-Minister in the fall of the previous year. Together, they introduced the concept of shared ministry gathering a vibrant, responsive, hard-working congregation that both served the community and helped to spark the renaissance of downtown Oakland. They raised their three children in the embrace of the Oakland congregation and are proud to report that all three remain dedicated Unitarian Universalists.