The Courage to Covenant

11:00 a.m.

Last year the Youth-Adult team focused on the promise that we make to each other and the promise we make between generations within our community. Join us as we explore the promise of covenant with UUCB’s Youth Adult Team. Middle and high schoolers are invited to remain in the service while children in elementary school will have their regular classes. Come explore this vital aspect of community and service!

Blessing of the Animals

12:30 p.m.

Calling all pets for a blessing of the animals service out on the Terrace. Animals of all kinds are welcome in carriers, on leashes, or you can even bring a picture of your pet to be blessed.

The Fundamentals of Caring

11 a.m.

What does it mean to be a “Welcoming Congregation” in these turbulent times? This week we will explore ways that we are called to care for one another as well as the immense responsibility of caring for our wider community and global village. What are ways that we live up to this call within and outside of these walls and how can we prepare ourselves to welcome the challenges that surely lay ahead?

In the Fields

11 a.m.

Work done well is a wonderful thing, but no person should be judged solely by the work they do. Come for a service about labor, humanity, and respecting each and every person on this planet.

Practicing Being Human

11 a.m.

Every week in worship we affirm our mission as a congregation to “inspire spiritual growth and encourage lives of integrity, joy, and service.” Join us this Sunday as we explore how and why our greatest work as a church is forming healthy, vibrant Unitarian Universalists, or as James Luther Adams used to say, practicing being human. As part of this service, people of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks, laptop bags, and briefcases to church for our first-ever Blessing of the Backpacks! This will kick off the new year of learning and growing ahead of us and the first day of our fall Religious Education classes for children and youth! (ALSO WELCOME Balacz scholar, Lidia-Emese Bodor.)

Water Communion

11:00 a.m.

This Sunday don’t forget to bring a small jar or bottle of water from a special place or experience in your life this summer. Whether collected from last winter’s impressive rains, from Lake Tahoe, or just from the garden hose, the waters we each bring will be mingled with some from ceremonies in years past. We use this water to bless our service together for the year ahead and throughout the year to bless our children. This is a service for all ages and as always childcare is available for babies, toddlers, and young children.

First Experiences – Unitarian Universalism

11:00 a.m.

It’s often said that faith is “caught, not taught.” As such, first impressions of faith are powerful. Join us this week as we reflect on the power of our first experiences with this free faith and how they shape what it means for us to be Unitarian Universalists.


We all have expectations, and often our expectations have us. We move through life sometimes not reflecting on or questioning our expectations and where they may be leading us on our journeys. What if we composed our expectations like an artist endeavoring to express a more beautiful reality?

Receiving Joy

11:00 a.m.

While happiness is something we can pursue, joy is often an experience we simply receive, unpursued and unearned. This week in worship we will explore joy, what it is, what it isn’t, and why it’s a gift.

Joy as Resistance

11:15 am only

In the midst of schedules with so much to do, budgets with so many bills to pay, homes with so many chores to do, and a wider world that is so broken, joy can seem like a distraction from the “important” things. Yet, the experience of joy itself can be resistance against all that would rob our lives of their abundance. Steep yourself in joy this Sunday and join us in thanking our Family Ministry volunteers for the gifts they have given our community this church year.

To Question Truly is an Answer

11:15 am only

We seek wisdom from many sources including from our questions. This Sunday, Rev. Christian will attempt to answer any and all questions from the congregation. Attendees will have a chance to ask those burning questions about church, theology, social justice, current events, and almost anything else. Christian will answer as many as possible during the service.

Loving Our Whole Lives!

11:15 am only

For many years this church has taught classes about healthy sexuality and relationships to people all ages, incorporating both science and faith. Join us this Sunday as we hear from some of our OWL teachers about how knowing and loving our bodies, physical and spiritual health, and deepening our understanding of right relationship are all important parts of our faith.

Flower Communion

9:30 and 11:15 am

Please bring a flower of your choice to church and place it in one of the large vases at the front of the sanctuary before worship begins. Don’t worry – if you forget to bring a flower we will have plenty of extra so that everyone can participate in this much-beloved Unitarian tradition. This is a service for all ages.

Whose Faith Is It?


11:15 am only

Our call to be an anti-racist, multi-cultural faith and congregation forces us to confront some unpleasant truths: Unitarian Universalism, and UUCB, too often uphold white cultural norms, and unconsciously but powerfully do harm to people of color both within UUism and without. Joining with some 300 UU congregations today in a teach-in about white supremacy, we continue to do the work of racial justice by examining ourselves.

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.