Speaker: Sarah Watts

Sanctuary’s Meaning Today

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

From Lakshmi to Fortuna: Faith & Prosperity

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.         

“Answering the Call of Love” with our blessedly diverse bodies

Seminarian Isabel Call reflects on the UUA General Assembly’s decision to change our public advocacy campaign’s name from “Standing on the Side of Love,” possibly to “Answering the Call of Love,” in light of learning to live with her own physical disability. It is an exciting time in the UUA, as we commit to study and conversation about replacing the words “prophetic women and men” with “prophetic people” in the second source of our living tradition and adding an eighth principle about Beloved Community, explicitly committing to dismantle racism and other oppressions. But becoming more inclusive of those who are not white, temporarily able-bodied, or compliant with binary gender norms is not just about institutional change. It’s personal. Isabel shares her story to inspire each of us to answer the call to love in our own unique body.

“Sharing Journeys Faith-Full-Ly”

Sunday – June 18, 2017. “Sharing Journeys Faith-Full-Ly”.  One worship service at 10:20 AM. There are many metaphors that attempt to describe our journeys as people of faith. One metaphor that speaks to me was coined by the late Rev. Forrest Church; Unitarian Universalist minister, author and theologian (Sept. 23, 1948 to Sept. 24 2009). Rev. Church pictured Unitarian Universalism as the many windows of a cathedral, coloring the same light in different patterns. What patterns and colors does your spark of the divine bring to Unitarian Universalism?  Please join Worship Associate Sarah Watts, Rev. Sheri and Rev. Jacqueline as we imagine ourselves as cathedrals of lights shining forth to heal and transform a hungry and hurting world. In this service we will recognize and celebrate our youth who are Bridging to young adulthood. There is much to hold, Father’s Day, Juneteenth and Summer Solstice. Members, friends and allies, come, let us worship and celebrate our diverse journeys. This is a multi-generational worship service; our children and youth will worship with us for our entire worship time.                    

“Set Me Free”

“Set Me Free”.  Palm Sunday and Passover are two religious/spiritual occasions that speak to triumph and emancipation. Palm Sunday celebrates the day that the teacher and prophet Jesus peacefully road into Jerusalem fulfilling a prophecy. Passover commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Come and participate in a ritual that will invite you to lay down your burdens on the altar of release and feel triumphal and maybe emancipated. Be with Worship Associate Sarah Watts. Rev. Jacqueline and musicians Susan Falter and Susan Keiter. Joyful Noise will bring praise music from 11:20 to 11:30.  The 11:20 service is a multi-generational worship service (our children and youth are with us for the entire worship experience.) Please come and receive the blessings and grace of liberal worship. Invite your friends and family.

Ritual = Rehearsal for Revolution

Please join Balaza Scholar, Rev Tet Gallardo, Duck River Band, Joyful Noise, Worship Associate Sarah Watts, and Rev. Jacqueline as we continue to celebrate Black History Month. Rev. Tet, “Martin Luther was most famous for his speech I Had a Dream. But during his speech at the UUA General Assembly in 1966 he said, “There is nothing more tragic than to sleep through a revolution.” It was during this same year that the recognition of black women made a difference in NASA’s history.”  Rev. Tet Gallardo will guide us into how in ritual we can learn to imagine, hope, and gaze into the unknown with new eyes. Our Black History Highlight will reflect on the contributions of Terrance Kelly, Artistic Director for Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. All are invited to come and make a joyful noise in worship and celebration. There will be Children’s Chapel in the Starr King Room and then Spirit Art & Games.