People Gonna Rise Like the Water

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Leonardo daVinci is known for art and inventions, but he also said that “[w]ater is the driving force of all nature.” This Sunday, we will have a water communion celebration of returning for First Unitarian Church of Oakland. Join Rev. Theresa Soto and an ensemble of members of the congregation. We invite everyone to bring a glass of water and wear blue like water for the service.

You will need a Zoom link to join and can request it 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.

If you use virtual backgrounds on Zoom, you’re invited to use a water image for the worship service, such as Lake Merritt or Oakland Harbor.

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. 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-SOTO (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

  • Children’s Chapel
    10:00-10:25 AM with NIcole Fitzhugh. If you need information on how to access, please contact Nicole or Alex.
  • Club UU is Now Part of Our Worship Community
    We are currently assessing the future of Club UU–Our Middle School and Tweenage Group. While we discern its future, we encourage all families to worship together during our Sunday service. From the comfort of your own home, worship however you best see fit. Get up and dance and sing during hymns, write or draw during the sermon, create your own prayer rituals. However you wish to worship, do so as a family and with our larger community. Children’s Chapel and Youth Group Hangouts are still being offered before and after service respectively. If you have any question, feedback, or concern about religious education at UU Oakland, please contact our Interim Director of Religious Education Alex.
  • Youth Group Kick Off!
    12:00-1:00 PM. This week, we are starting the new sessions for Youth Group. All high school aged youth are welcome to join us for a check-in, planning for the year, and giving each other support. This week, Interim DRE Alex will be joining Amy to say hi to the group and help decide what the meetings and activities will be like this year. Contact AmyAlex or Nicole for Zoom information.

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.