Feb. 4, 2024 – Listen from Zero

The title of this service is from a poem called Listen from Zero by Stan Baker – “Turn off your cell phones relax your vocal chords please put down your swords and you’ll begin to hear about the pain and fear when you listen from zero.” Rev. Laurel will share her transformative experience in retreats with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond during which participants explored issues of power and privilege. Rev. Laurel will be joined by Janet McFarland, one of the leaders of the congregation’s Journey Towards Wholeness program. Music will be provided by the Crescendo Choir and Joyful Noise Band.

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 office@uuoakland.org 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 Newcomer Connection Card.  When at church on Sunday, you can also ask questions and 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.