Service of Celebration and Remembrance

9:30 and 11:15 am

Each year the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley gathers for a service of celebration and remembrance, to reflect on our roots, notice where newness of life is branching outward, and acknowledge how life’s seasons have transformed us. This week we remember those who have died in the past year, celebrate those born, adopted, married, and who will graduate, and we dedicate ourselves as a community to the raising of the children among us. If you would like to dedicate your baby or child during this service, please send Rev. Kristin an email at by April 15.

Easter Sunday, 11:15 am, “Practice Resurrection”

11:15 am

Lawyer and Sikh activist, Valarie Kaur, has asked “What if this is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb? What if our America is not dead, but a country that is waiting to be born?” Join us this Easter Sunday as we celebrate the power of life and love over death and hate. Everyone is invited to bring a bell to ring every time they hear “Hallelujah!”

Alchemy and Transformation at the Heart of Democracy

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.