Speaker: Music by Susan Keiter

Dec. 24, 2023, 10:20am – Gladden Our Hearts With Song

Join Rev. Laurel Liefert, Worship Associate Sarah Watts and musician Susan Keiter for this Christmas Eve morning service when we will raise our voices together in singing traditional carols of the season. There are two ways to attend this worship service: In person: Worship service starts at 10:20 AM. We strongly recommend that you wear … Continue reading Dec. 24, 2023, 10:20am – Gladden Our Hearts With Song

Sep. 3, 2023 – The Fool or the Magician?

Poet Mary Oliver asks: “tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.” In this service, Rev. Laurel will ask a different question: “tell me about hope, yours, and I will tell you mine.” There are two ways to attend this worship service: In person: Worship service starts at 10:20 AM. We strongly … Continue reading Sep. 3, 2023 – The Fool or the Magician?

Aug. 13, 2023 – How Do We Become Elders?

Each Sunday, the First Unitarian Church of Oakland hosts worship that connects us both to shared values in community and to something larger than ourselves. True to our Unitarian Universalist practice, what we connect to ranges from theistic to nature-based to non-theistic and many things in-between, but is always held as part of the multifaceted … Continue reading Aug. 13, 2023 – How Do We Become Elders?

May 14, 2023 – The Aloha Spirit

Come join in with Aloha spirit! Susan T. Mashiyama, PhD and UUA Certified Music Leader, will share her multicultural background and tell us a little about her experiences with the culture, music, and dance of Hawaii, as well as Buddhism. Emily Stoper will give a reflection based on her experiences being a mother and at … Continue reading May 14, 2023 – The Aloha Spirit

Community Is Complicated

[Contemplative Vibe Service] Join Dick Bailey and Pastor Ninán to consider what it means to live in practical, real-time community and how our differences call us to change our perspectives from firm and fixed to connected and curious. Checking out First Unitarian Oakland? If you’re joining us for the first time, we would like to … Continue reading Community Is Complicated

Legacy of Love

Unitarian theologian James Luther Adams wrote about the power of covenant to resist oppression and injustice. Covenant is the basic building block from which we grow our UU church. As we continue to move out of Covid, the need for civil society is more important than ever to promote democracy and support each other. What … Continue reading Legacy of Love

How Can I? The Lessons of Forgiveness and Renewal of the Season

Musician and mystic Leonard Cohen once asked, “How can I begin anything new with all of yesterday in me?” As we seek renewal and connection, we might also have the same question. How can we begin again, given all the history that we’ve experienced? Join us to consider what Rosh Hashanah can reveal, what Emerson’s … Continue reading How Can I? The Lessons of Forgiveness and Renewal of the Season

We are the church. Now is the time. Replanting and tending our mission.

As we kick off the 2023 Stewardship campaign, our stewardship theme brings into sharp focus both the work and the possibility that lies ahead. What does it mean to give? What do we give toward–toward what purpose and what end? The Dalai Lama reminds us that, “Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an … Continue reading We are the church. Now is the time. Replanting and tending our mission.

Becoming Ready for Delight: Worship and Community Life

It is a proud tradition of this congregation to have worship that shares the best of lay leadership, vision, and direction. That expression of different perspectives and beliefs is valued and essential. How does this history call us to build a worship team that shares those values with the congregation to create experiences of awe, … Continue reading Becoming Ready for Delight: Worship and Community Life