May 7, 2023 – Lost and Found

There is spiritual value in getting lost on the way to an intended destination or making a simple mistake and learning valuable lessons from it. But our contemporary cultural maelstrom of cultivated fear, social isolation, and increasing violence are robbing us of even these everyday opportunities. Our chosen faith is rooted in the Universalist values of abundant grace and spiritual openness, and these are where we must center ourselves and our communities if we are to find hope in such tumultuous times.The Joyful Noise Band and our Crescendo Choir will provide music for this service. Nicole Fitzhugh will be welcoming and announcing. Bill Blakely and Dick Bailey will be worshipfully associating.

Cory W. Lovell is a UU minister who has served congregations in Missouri and Oklahoma. His background is originally in filmmaking, visual and literary arts. He received his Masters in Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary. His ministry is grounded in anti-oppression work, religious pluralism, and community activism. He resides in Bartlesville, OK with his wife, Alexis, and their six children.

There are two ways to attend this worship service:

  • In person: Worship service starts at 10:20 AM. We strongly recommend that you wear a mask while in the building. All are invited to stay after worship for Coffee Hour in Wendte Hall.
  • Via Zoom: Join the worship service and Virtual Coffee Hour from any internet browser or with the installed Zoom app. Closed captions will be provided. A Zoom account is not required. The first part consists of watching the live stream, and the second part continues our practice of online Coffee Hour. The virtual “doors” open at 10 AM and music commences at 10:20 AM. Refer to your Chalice Chatter or contact for Zoom details.

Checking out First Unitarian Oakland?
If you’re joining us for the first time, we would like to extend a full welcome!  Please answer a few questions on our online Guest Connection Card.  When at church on Sunday, you can also ask questions & get help at the Greeting Table on the patio before the service.

On most Sundays right after the service, we have a quick Newcomer Welcome in the sanctuary — meet up with a church member in front by the pulpit, for a quick introduction to the church and answers to your questions — then join us in Wendte Hall for Coffee Hour.  If you attend via Zoom, you can stay in the Zoom session after the service for informal discussion in our Virtual Coffee Hour.

We look forward to you joining us for worship service each week! For more information, check out About Worship.