Service is Our Gift

Posted in Unitarian Universalism, Veterans by starrkinguu on November 12th, 2017

A special service to commemorate Veteran’s Day and express gratitude for all the ways people serve. During the service, we will celebrate our new members and celebrate after service with a cake.

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Turning Back the Clock

Posted in Unitarian Universalism by starrkinguu on November 10th, 2017

This service is about being grateful for the time we have and honoring the past. Lay led service by Lorie Miller, Stuart Fink and Glen Jacob.

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Days of the Dead

Posted in Unitarian Universalism by starrkinguu on October 30th, 2017

Join us as we gather together as a community to honor the memory of our dearly departed. Our multigenerational service will include music and stories as we remember our loved ones. There are two homilies; first a short one by Xiomara Tapia and then a longer one by Rev. Dr. María Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa.

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Ways of Knowing

Posted in Unitarian Universalism, Eden Area Interfaith Council by starrkinguu on October 22nd, 2017

What is our understanding of knowledge and knowledge production within the context of religion and spirituality? What are prevailing assumptions and expectations about what constitutes an “intellectual” sermon? Join us as we reflect on the intersection between Theology as an academic discipline and the religious and spiritual dimensions of people’s lived experiences.

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Indigenous People’s Day-The Doctrine of Discovery

Posted in Unitarian Universalism by starrkinguu on October 11th, 2017

Many of us grew up learning that this continent was “discovered” by Christopher Columbus. The doctrine of discovery originated from papal decrees in Christian Europe in the mid-1400s to justify the pattern of domination and oppression by European monarchies. It theologically asserted the right to claim the indigenous lands, territories, and resources on behalf of Christendom, and to subjugate native peoples around the world.

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All Our Relatives

Posted in Unitarian Universalism by starrkinguu on October 2nd, 2017

The stories and ancestral myths of indigenous people have been passed down through the generations. The elders of the community are revered as the keepers of these stories and holders of great wisdom. How does indigenous wisdom relate to our commitment to honor and protect Mother Earth? In most indigenous people’s world view, or cosmovision, everything has a spirit: mountains, rocks, wind, flowers, birds, four legged beings… everything.They are all our relatives and have a story to share. Let us gather to learn about indigenous principles such as Buen Vivir a communal way of living where nature cannot be owned. Come be inspired by native wisdom in music and poetry that will inspire and cultivate our roles as healers and advocates of our blue planet. 

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A Seat at the Welcome Table

Posted in Unitarian Universalism by starrkinguu on September 26th, 2017

Michelle Ma, a Ministerial student at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley where she also attends the First Unitarian Church of Oakland. She joined her first UU church in 2010 and has embraced it wholeheartedly as a faith that welcomes all and that proclaims the good news that there can be justice in the world. Today, she will be preaching about one of her great passions, which is food.

 

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Beloved Community: Our Mission and Vision

Posted in Unitarian Universalism by starrkinguu on September 17th, 2017

Join us as we reflect on our Mission and Vision as a welcoming Congregation. How are we doing? What are we doing? How do we honor our covenant to foster respect and compassion for all people and a reverence for nature? Moving forward, how do we support one another in our search for spiritual and religious meaning and are committed to working for justice in the larg

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The Perfect Minister

Posted in Unitarian Universalism by starrkinguu on August 27th, 2017

Join us as we explore the nature and practice of ministry, and if there really is such a thing as "The Perfect Minister".  You will hear viewpoints from Bob Meyerson and Glen Jacob.

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Summer of Love

Posted in Unitarian Universalism by starrkinguu on August 27th, 2017

Come relive memories from the Summer of Love 50 years ago.  In this non-traditional church service, we'll intersperse both sung and recorded music from the era, including the musical Hair and the Mamas and Papas.  Instead of a sermon, we'll have short presentations by people who came of age during that time, including Stuart Fink, who regretfully passed on going to Woodstock, and Kirk Smith.  All are welcome!

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