Sep. 10, 2023 – Water Communion

Please join us for our first service of the church year! As in many Unitarian Universalist congregations around the world, we begin with a water ritual of in-gathering. You are invited to bring water from a place that was important to you this summer or add water already living at church to one great bowl, intermingling the waters of all our separate journeys this past summer.

We come together once again to begin our work anew and celebrate the sacredness of water. And, adding to our homecoming, after their summer hiatus, it’s the return of Joyful Noise Band and Crescendo Choir! Led by Piper Rowanoak-Swim and Worship Associate Corless Smith.

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 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.