What does choosing a new minister have to do with my life? What does choosing a new minister have to do with what is happening in our shared world? Please join our guest preacher Dr. Leon Spencer, Pastor Jacqueline, Worship Associate Katrinca Ford, your Search Committee, and pianist Geoff Ullerich and Ted Curran and Band as we embrace what Dr. Spencer has to say about, loving, building unity and living into our aspirations in the search process.
Humans are natural storytellers and the act of storytelling can help us navigate the world. Yet, often, we may find that we are stuck in telling ourselves and others stories that do not serve us–or, even worse–stories that harm us or others. Please join worship associates Kem Tetlow and Amanda Smith along with Musician Geoff Ullerich as we explore the power of the stories we tell to either harm or heal.
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Sanctuary’s Meaning Today. Our guest speaker, Rabi’a Keeble will explore the idea of sanctuary and all its various meanings for people today. Rabi’a is the founder and Imam of Qal’bu Maryam Women’s Mosque in Berkeley.
Geoff Ullerich will be our musician, and Sarah Watts will serve as a worship associate
Pronounced ‘loo-nus-uh’, Lughnasadh marks the beginning of the harvest season. It is a time of joy, but also a time to begin preparing for the Autumn. It is now that we begin to reap what we have sown. Drawing upon the spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life, we will honor this time of year in the Celtic tradition.
Fear is an intrinsic part of the human condition. We experience fear from an early age potentially on through to our ultimate passing, although what we are afraid of and how we deal with that may well change over our lifetime. Through the lens of sacred stories, including those shared by congregants, we will weave together how our fears (and we) have changed from childhood, to early adulthood, to today, and what fear has taught us – examining what has worked, what hasn’t, and what matters.
Dancing in the Dark, A Winter Solstice Celebration – 9:20 and 11:20 services
In the depths of the winter, we recognize the holy in darkness and in what promises to emerge from its shimmering depths. As a community of all ages, we gather to celebrate the turning of the season. The service will end with the children and youth hunting for the sun.
This is a Multigenerational Service.
“Holy Lessons from OUR Mysterious Skies” Yes there is a divine mysterious nature to our shared cosmos.The holy appears in the humblest of places. Do you feel the “holy” in our cosmos? Do you see the “holy” everywhere? Please join Pastor Jacqueline, Worship Associates Kem … read more.
Accidental Saints: Revealing the Holy in Ourselves and Our Lives. Revelation is a word often associated with religious thought, particularly the wrath of the end times in the Christian scriptures. However, Revelation can be and is experienced as sacred moments and acts that reveal the holy to ourselves, sometimes through ourselves.
In Nadia Bolz Weber’s book “Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People” she describes her process of discovering the truth of God in everyday people, events, and circumstances. How do we experience revelation in our lives? How is the holy and the divine revealed to us in our struggles, imperfections, and wounds? How can we welcome the Holy into our lives through welcoming Blessed Revelation? Please join guest preacher Amanda Weatherspoon as we explore the gnarly spiritual landscape of revelation and recognizing the holy.Half a Dozen of the Other and pianist Geoff Ullerich and Joyful Noise will illuminate our spiritual journey with music. Come let us be together. There is Children’s Chapel today
Is money the only determinant of prosperity? Please join Pastor Jacqueline and musical trio of Susan Keiter, Joci Kelleher and Sarah Watts, along with Joyful Noise & pianist Geoff Ullerich, as we explore what faith traditions and spiritual paths have to offer us about living a prosperous life. During worship there will be an activity for all ages, especially our children and youth to reflect on stewardship. Stewardship testimonials will be offered by Jane and Gary Facente. Please join us at 9:20 & 11:20. It is good, just and sacred to be together.
A Vision: Within, Among & Beyond. As an individual, as a family; where are you going and how will you get there? As a religious community where is First Unitarian Church of Oakland going? How will we get there? In these days of hate speech, mass killings, devastating weather patterns and depressing uncertainties for more and more of humanity, beloved communities like First Unitarian Church of Oakland must have a clear and compelling vision that SPIRITUALLY GUIDES AND INSPIRES the DIVERSE WHOLE of US and offers BRIGHT HOPE for CHANGE. Join Rinda Bartley, Jeff Leyser, Michael Schafer,& Pastor Jacqueline as we prayerfully launch and embrace our process to co-create a new vision statement. A vision that will guide and inspire the WE of US to live into our highest aspirations. Inspirational music will be brought by Stefan Schneider, Geoff Ullerich and Joyful Noise. Members, friends and allies whoever you are, please join us. Together let us imagine the future and begin to discern what we can do to make a remarkable and holy difference for many. There will be two worship services, 9:20 and 11:20. Children’s Chapel will be provided.