We Begin Again in Love

Posted in Unitarian Universalism by starrkinguu on February 1st, 2018

Reflections on Forgiveness as self-care and spiritual renewal.


Learning From the #MeToo Movement

Posted in Unitarian Universalism by starrkinguu on January 21st, 2018

What has the #MeToo movement taught us about relating to others?  How can we use this information to support our social justice work?  Join seminary graduate, Becky Leyser, as she investigates what it means to begin again after so many women have come forward to name their experience.


Honoring the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted in Unitarian Universalism, Martin Luther King by starrkinguu on January 21st, 2018

As we enter into a new year, we recommit ourselves to the work of building the beloved community.  Hear speeches from Beth Oglivie, Rev. Dr. María Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa, and Rene Castle.



O Star of Wonder!

Posted in Unitarian Universalism by starrkinguu on January 12th, 2018

We all need a little magic in our lives. Especially at times when we are waiting for a signal, perhaps searching the night sky for answers. Inspired by the narrative of the Magi/Three Kings, we reflect upon our spiritual journeys and the mystical signs that brought us to new places.


Christmas Eve

Posted in Unitarian Universalism, Christmas by starrkinguu on January 12th, 2018

On Christmas Eve we gather as a community to celebrate the birth of all children, the rebirth of hope, and the miracle of life shared in community. Join us for a beautiful candlelight service with Holiday music and the joyful spirit of the season!


Seasons of Light

Posted in Uncategorized by starrkinguu on December 19th, 2017

The Rev. Jacqueline Duhart, Senior Minister at the Oakland UU Church, joins Rev. Maria Cristina in the pulpit for a celebration of light. As we enter into the dark of winter, and amidst the holiday bustle, we pause to reflect on light as a universal symbol of hope and faith. Join us as we light both the chalice and the menorah to remind us of the miracle of community and unconditional love.


Las Posadas

Posted in Unitarian Universalism, Immigration by starrkinguu on December 10th, 2017

A beloved Latin American Christmas tradition invites us to embody our Unitarian Universalist values. We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person and strive to be a welcoming faith. Las Posadas is evocative of Mary and Joseph’s journey seeking shelter from persecution and violence and being told “there’s no room at the inn.” Historically, Unitarian Universalists have been on the side of those being persecuted. We were part of the underground railroad, the Sharp’s efforts to help refugees escape Nazi-occupied Europe during WW II, the Sanctuary movement in the 1980s, and currently, many of our UU congregations are offering physical sanctuary to families being threatened with deportation. Join us as we reaffirm our commitment to oppose Muslim bans and deportations that tear families apart. We open the doors of our hearts to welcome all seeking sanctuary.

Hear a sermon by the Rev. Dr. María Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa and Rev. Deborah Lee.


Love and Shortcuts

Posted in Unitarian Universalism by starrkinguu on December 6th, 2017

Pulpit guest Rev. Christian Schmidt talks about love and shortcuts.




Let’s Play

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

We all benefit from play.  This participatory service will include forms learned through InterPlay workshops. InterPlay is an affirmative movement and storytelling modality that helps integrate mind, body and spirit.  Practicing InterPlay forms is one way to counter stress and cynicism, so we can be strong warriors for peace.  Glen Jacob will first give a Reflection, then a sermon will be given by Claire Eustace.


South Hayward Parish

Posted in Unitarian Universalism by starrkinguu on November 19th, 2017

We gather to express our solidarity and support for our community partners, South Hayward Parish. You will hear from Terri Owen, Sue Merrill (former executive Director of SHP), Lavon Hodges & Daryl Berman (current President of SHP). The collection from the offering plate will go entirely to SHP.


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