“Border Crossing, Personal Reflections.” June of 2016 six young spiritual leaders from First Unitarian Church of Oakland participated in a Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministries Border trip to Tijuana. Please come and hear how Estelle Jefferies, Julianne Kelleher, Aria Killebrew Bruehl, Sophia Killebrew Bruehl, Lydia Macy … read more.
Speaker: Joyful Noise
September 10, 2017, “The Deep Well of Welcome, Water Communion”. Members, friends, allies and guest of First Unitarian Church of Oakland welcome to the opening/ welcoming ritual of our 2017-2018 program church year. Each program church year begins with our annual Water Communion. The ritual … read more.
“Faith-Filled Faces of Mothering” Based on your personal understanding of faith, what impact did the faith, faiths or lack of faith (s) of those who Mothered you have on your spiritual journey?” Please join Rev. Jacqueline, Worship Associate Katrinca Ford, Crescendo Choir and Joyful Noise as we celebrate and honor those who have Mothered us and reverently explore how they shaped our spiritual being-ness. Please bring a picture of the person or persons who you identify as Mother and place it on our church altar. Come, let us worship together.There will be Children’s Chapel in the Starr King Room and then Spirit Art & Games.
“Faith? White Supremacy? Honoring the Journey In Between” – First Unitarian Church of Oakland joins congregations across the country in identifying soul killing patterns that unconsciously perpetuate white supremacy. These patterns oppress us all; when we stop them, a holy moment happens and a new way emerges. Welcome guest preacher, Rev. Sonya Sukalski, Worship Associate, Lynn Gallogly, members of our Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Team, vocalist Susan Keiter and Barbara North (First Service), Crescendo Choir (Second Service) and Joyful Noise as we examine unconscious patterns and learn ways to disrupt them and live faith-filled lives. A child dedication ritual will also bless our thirsty souls in the second service. All are welcome and all are worthy. This is a Time for All Ages Service.
“Roll Away the STONES!” Come & be touched by the pageantry of our Easter bonnet/tie processional; come & be lifted by jubilant sacred music; come & be touched by our ritual of receiving ashes; come & hear stories that may move the stones that weigh … read more.
“It’s All About the Thanks.” First Unitarian Church of Oakland, a beacon of religious acceptance, tolerance and social activism has stood on the corner of 14th and Castro for over a century. Come and here from those who have experienced the Grace of this historic … read more.
We are less than 90 days into a new administration, and progressive religious people seem torn between the pragmatic and the prophetic. What stances could we take that are most faithful to the Holy’s call upon our lives? Come and be blessed by the dynamic preaching of Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt, our guest preacher and President of Starr King School for the Ministry. Rev. McNatt will be joined by Worship Associate Jim Briggs and Rev. Jacqueline. Special music will be offered by the duo award winning activist musicians Emma’s Revolution. Of course we will also enjoy Joyful Noise. Please come and experience the blessings of liberal worship. Invite your friends and family. Remember Spring forward, Daylight Savings Time.
This is a Time for All Ages Service.
“Is It Magic or Is It Grace”? We drink from wells that we did not dig. We eat from fruit trees that we did not plant. We are sustained by a planet that we take for granted. How can this be? Worship Associate Bill Blakely, Rev. Jacqueline will shine some light on the theological concept of Grace and how it might operate in our living. Crescendo Choir and Joyful Noise will also bring light to our shared worship experiences. All are welcome. All are worthy.
There will be Children’s Chapel in the Starr King Room and then Spirit Art & Games.
|When do we sign our names on the dotted line and what are we committing to? Let us come together as a beloved community to explore what/who we serve and what/who we are committed to. In worship we will also remember our veterans. Join, Pastor Jacqueline, Worship Associate Jeanne Rana, Board of Trustees member Janet MacFarland, Pianist Geoff Ullerich, Jazz Pianist Richard Bruehl, and Joyful Noise as we come together to transform our lives and therefore build the world we long for. Please bring your friends.There will be Children’s Chapel in the Starr King Room and then Spirit Art & Games.|