The Power of Love: Reflections on Coming Out Day

If you’re joining us for the first time, we would like to extend a full welcome! Please answer a few questions on our Guest Connection Card. * * *

This service will honor the LGBTQIA community and commemorate the process that some people go through to engage fully as themselves with life. The service will include a sermon from Rev. KC Slack, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Verdugo Hills (they/them pronouns). Zr. Alex Kapitan will reflect on a relationship to coming out informed by lifelong Unitarian Universalism. (Note that Zr. is pronounced zister, like sister with a Z, which is a gender affirming form of address.) We will hear from Dick Bailey and others. Stefan Schneider and Vincent Raines are also part of this team. Join us in reflection and celebration.

This service will be in hybrid format: pre-recorded and played on Zoom–so folks can watch together and communicate in the chat, as well as see each other–and played also in a YouTube premiere. The worship service will begin on Zoom at 10:30 AM for greetings and embracing meditation, after which folks will have three choices at 10:45. You can (1) choose to stay on Zoom where the worship video will be shared, (2) view it at its YouTube premiere, or (3) as allowed by your device, stay on Zoom with audio off and simultaneously watch the YouTube premiere. The chat panels on both Zoom and YouTube will be available for folks to share comments and reactions, and folks on Zoom may also be able to see each other. Let’s try it.

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.

Embracing Meditation

A time to share what you’re thinking of with care, embracing meditation will be part of worship. If you are unable to join 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. Children’s Chapel will be held the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month through December. If you need information on how to access, please contact Nicole or Alex.
  • Club UU Returns!
    Club UU, our group for tweens and Middle School-aged people will be returning. We’ll meet over zoom at 10:30 on the 2nd and 4th Sundays for a low-key way to gather with friends. Check-in for care and support, play games and learn together at Club UU. First meeting TBA. Contact Alex and Nicole for more details and information.
  • Youth Group Kick Off!
    12:00-1:00 PM. Over the next few months the High School Youth group will be taking a deep dive into our UU 7 principles. This Sunday we’ll take a look at our 1st principle, “the inherent worth and dignity of every person.” As usual, we’ll have a time of check-in and a time of centering/grounding. Hope to see you there! Contact AmyAlex or Nicole for Zoom information.

Virtual Coffee Hour
11:30 AM Via Zoom

Let’s gather for coffee and conversation following worship service! You bring your drink or snack, and we will 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, pleas email with COFFEE HOUR in the subject line.