Courage to Listen

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Courage to Listen
Sunday, August 23, 10:30 AM via Zoom

Listening for stories is something more acute than listening to them. Writer Eudora Welty supposes that it’s an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, like a mouse from its hole. This service invites us to examine the power of listening both in our individual lives and the life of our community; this guide for reflection will be one of the worship elements. Please join Rev. Theresa Soto and worship associate Debby Kaplan this Sunday.

You will need a Zoom link to join. You can request the link by sending an email to with SUNDAY WORSHIP ZOOM in the subject line. A recording of the worship service will be made and posted on First Unitarian Church of Oakland’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page. If you want to talk about being recorded, please reach out to Pastor Theresa.

Embracing Meditation

A time to share what you’re thinking of with care, embracing meditation will be part of the live Zoom worship at 10:30 AM (see above). If you are unable to join worship but would like to include names or words, please feel free to email Pastor Theresa or text them at 510-473-7686 before 7 PM Saturday, with EMBRACING MEDITATION in the subject line. Please note that Rev. Theresa is unable to check email on Sundays.

Events for Children and Youth

10:00 to 10:25 AM – Children’s Chapel with NIcole Fitzhugh

10:30 to 11:30 AM – Club UU (6th – 9th grade) with Maya Ibrahim-Bartley

12:00 to 1:00 PM – High School Youth Group with Amy Carlson and the youth advisor team

All events can be found on Zoom at A password is required; if you need it, please contact Nicole Fitzhugh.

Virtual Coffee Hour
11:30 AM

Let’s gather for coffee and conversation following worship service! You bring your drink or snack and stay on Zoom. We begin at 11:30 AM with a couple of sing-along songs, followed by an opportunity for everyone to check in. You will need a Zoom link to join. For Zoom details, please email with SUNDAY WORSHIP ZOOM in the subject line.