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.
The Reverend Jacqueline Duhart has a Masters of Divinity from the Starr King School of Ministry and is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. Prior to moving back to the Bay Area she was a Community Ministerial Intern with Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota. There she was a pastoral associate with the pastoral care team. Among her primary responsibilities were working with the neighborhood block nursing program called Summit University Living at Home, co-facilitating the church’s anti-racism leadership team, and directing the youth religious education program “Our Whole Lives.”
Rev. Jacqueline has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work from Baylor University and the University of Texas. She spent more than 20 years as a social worker for the U.S. Air Force, where she spent time on the ground as a chaplain in Iraq during the first Gulf War. Rev. Jacqueline has spent many years serving a justice ministry outside of traditional faith. Among her extensive justice work, she was a health educator and community trainer with Standing Together Against Rape in Anchorage, a member of Anchorage Domestic Violence Task Force, and a board member of Planned Parenthood of Alaska where she was instrumental in the 30% increase of funds over a three-year period.
“Called to Love”, is our 2017 stewardship theme. Our Stewardship Kickoff Sunday coincides with a call out form Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism to organize a teach-in to further examine our relationships to white supremacy. Is there a spiritual connection between stewardship and white supremacy? If so, what is it? From a place of love and generosity are you ready to support our stewardship campaign? How does your love call you to engage the struggles that are bond together in the phrase “white supremacy”? Please show up for worship and join Pastor Jacqueline, Rev. Mary Foran, Worship Associate Isabel Call and members of our Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Team, and members of our Stewardship Campaign Team as we kickoff our stewardship campaign and spiritually explore the relationships between stewardship and dismantling systems and practices of oppression. Inspirational music will be provided by Joyful Noise and Crescendo Choir. Whoever you are, where ever you come from, you are welcome to worship with us. See you Sunday.
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.
“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.
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.
One of our most cherished and festive Sundays of the year. Bring a flower to church to help make a symbolic representation of the beautiful diversity of our congregation and the many faith-filled acts we make possible together. On this day, we also say goodbye to our choir director, Trente Morant, and bless as he goes on to what is next. Crescendo Choir will sing Psalms 131 and 133 from Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein and Dialogue by Trente Morant. One service only at 10:20. This is an intergenerational service and our children will be worshipping with us for the whole hour. Nursery care is available for children 5 and under.
Come celebrate the 8th-10th graders who completed the rite of passage program this year. They have planned this culminating worship service for the congregation. After spending this year studying the history and principles of Unitarian Universalism, providing community service and learning about leadership and social justice, learning more about themselves, and exploring theology and religion, these five young people will share their credo statements, encapsulating their dearest held beliefs, values, and views on what is most important at this time in their lives.
Join us for our annual No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant as our children bring to life the story of a special birth so long ago. Bring cookies to share for a joyful reception in Wendte Hall after the service!
The percentage of Americans who say they “seldom” or “never” attend church (aside from weddings and funerals) is up ever so slightly over the past ten years. So what’s go on? What has happened to church goers? Join Pastor Jacqueline, Worship Associate Bill Blakely, Board of Trustees member Emily Stoper, Joyful Noise and Musicians Stefan and Friends as we check out what “church” means in the 21 century and look at who is attending. Please bring a friend to share in the good news of First Unitarian Church of Oakland.There will be Children’s Chapel in the Starr King Room and then Spirit Art & Games.
First Unitarian Church of Oakland’s Annual Intergenerational Bread Communion Service. ONE WORSHIP SERVICE, 10:20. Join Pastor Jacqueline, Rev. Sheri, Worship Associate Lynn Gallingly, Board of Trustee member Lisa Rosene, our partner church minister from Okland Transylvania, Rev. Levente Kelemen, Crescendo Choir and Joyful Noise as we come together as a spirit-filled religious community to share our deep griefs and radiant joys. Our children and youth will be in worship for the entire service. Please invite a family and or your neighbors to join us.