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Alchemy and Transformation at the Heart of Democracy

Rev. Dara Olandt with Jeanne Foster

11:15 am only

Author Terry Tempest Williams suggests, “the human heart is the first home of democracy.” This morning we explore: How can we live heart-fully along the unsure pathways of change? How do we keep our hearts open? In days which call for compassion, action, and test our country’s capacity for civil discourse, how can we stay responsive? All are welcome for this service of inquiry and hope.

Rev. Dara Olandt serves as Multifaith Chaplain and Director of Spiritual and Religious Life at Mills College in Oakland, CA. She is former minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Blacksburg, VA, and has served the UU Fellowship of Visalia, UU Congregation of Marin, and the Boulder Valley UU Fellowship in Lafayette, CO. Her work has appeared in the book Jewish Voices in Unitarian Universalism (Skinner House Press, 2014). Rev. Dara currently lives in Oakland with her husband, toddler, and two small tabby cats.

Special Events

  • Thursday Night Supper: Passover Seder
    • 04-13-2017
    • This Thursday Night Supper will include the traditional foods and rituals of Passover (Pesach), with a non-traditional haggadah emphasizing immigration justice. Join us! 5:30-7:30 pm (replaces Vespers service). Menu: Chicken Matzoh Ball Soup, Homemade Gefilte Fish, Lamb and Apricot Stew, Herb Chicken with Artichoke Relish, Minted Rice Pilaf with Preserved Lemons, Potato Kugel, Garlicky Spinach with Fennel, House Salad, Chocolate Mousse and Macaroons Reservations: Sign up outside the church office or email suppers@uucb.org or by 10 pm...
  • Easter Sunday
    • 04-16-2017
    • Spring has sprung and Easter is fast approaching on Sunday, April 16! That means it's almost time to hunt eggs, consider the quickening of life in this season... and enjoy good food along with great company during brunch! Buy brunch tickets online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2906226 or at the door. The cost is $5 per person (both kids & adults). Menu: Baked Pancakes with Topping Bar: Cinnamon Apple, Blueberry, Nutella, Whipped Cream. Frittata with Cheese. Chicken Apple...
  • KSO & Keyboards Concert: Horatio Parker & Beethoven
    • 04-22-2017
    • Hear a community treasure, the Kensington Symphony Orchestra directed by Geoffrey Gallegos, and keyboard artists Bryan Baker and Katya Kolesnikova for a program of great works for keyboard and orchestra: the rarely heard Concerto for Organ and Orchestra by the brilliant American composer Horatio Parker, and Beethoven’s greatest masterpiece in the form, his fifth and last concerto, the magnificent “Emperor Concerto.” Tickets at the door; a fundraiser for UUCB’s general fund. Contact:  Bryan Baker
  • Immigration Justice Potluck
    • 04-23-2017
    • Let's come together to celebrate and honor the diverse paths that have led us and our families to the US, as we share how to stand up for immigration justice in this time and this place.   Please bring a dish or beverage that reflects your heritage and come ready to eat and exchange! All are welcome.   We'll have a hands-on, multi-generational project to weave together our families' stories, as well as opportunities to...
  • Community Rocks on Tuesday Nights at UUCB
    • 04-25-2017
    • This is a UUCB community rock'n'roll sing-along with the band Soul Rising. Free event. Contact:  Randolph Hudson (805) 705-6157 cell, rdhudson2001@gmail.com  
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