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.

The Risks of Being Spiritually Awake

11:15 am only

The poet William Stafford wrote that “it is important that awake people be awake, or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep.” In times of uncertainty and despair, the lines grow sharper, the darkness gets deeper. Being awake means risking comfort for greater awareness, risking complacency for growing justice, risking loss for necessary change. What risks do we need to take in order to make ourselves and our community more able to fulfill our principles and stay aw

Risk and Reward

9:30 and 11:15 am

People around the country and world are frustrated with institutions big and small that profess commitment to justice and inclusion but whose practices suggest they are more invested in comfort, preference, and the status quo. More people also seem to be taking bigger risks for the sake of what they believe in – risking arrest, ridicule, and employment for the sake of clean water, immigrant rights, and many other important issues. This week in worship we will consider what we as a congregation might risk for the sake of our shared values.

The Purpose of Our Freedom

9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

Our free faith is sometimes mischaracterized as a license to do and believe “whatever we want” and our congregations are places where “anything goes.” This week in worship we will reflect on the roots of our Free Church tradition and consider not just what our identity as liberal religious people frees us from but what it frees us for.

Everyone is invited to stay after the 11:15 service for lunch to celebrate the kick-off of our Stewardship campaign!

What Does It Mean To Be UU?


9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

Join us this Sunday as we explore who we are as Unitarian Universalists. Through story, art, and song we will learn how and why we are a people of living tradition, people who change, and a people who change the world. This is a service for all ages!

Community Ministry for a New World

9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

Together with our Senior Co-Ministers, Kristin and Christian Schmidt, affiliated Community Ministers Cat Cox, Jane Ramsey, Theresa Hardy, Sue Magidson, and Jeremiah Kalendae, joined by Lynne Cahoon and Ariel Smith-Iyer, reflect on community ministry in this new era.

While only official members of UUCB may vote, everyone is encouraged to stay after the service for the Congregational Meeting.

Who Am I?

9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

Our identities, complex and multi-faceted, affect the way we see the world, how we are treated, and what matters most to us. The first step to forming deep, meaningful, diverse religious community is owning our own personal identities and acknowledging what that means for us, then beginning to understand others’ identities.


9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

From the figures of the Old Testament to the activists, preachers and leaders of today, the prophetic tradition has and continues to be a vital part of our world. People, often unpopular and marginalized in their time, have told the truth as they see it no matter the consequences. In our time, this tradition has never been more important, and our truth-telling is more needed than ever.

Resist and Release

9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

While anger at injustice can be useful in fueling our work to build a better world, it can easily turn into exhaustion and bitterness. Join us for a worship experience about why our call is to work not for domination but liberation for all, and a ritual to release the grudges that have built up in our hearts.

New Year’s Service and Potluck Brunch

No 9:30 service, potluck at 11:15

What better way to start the New Year than with brunch at church! Reverends Kristin and Christian will kick things off with a short service of readings and songs, and then we’ll break bread and chat together about how we can make 2017 a good year for ourselves, our congregation, and our wider communities.

Holiday ‘Jeans n’ Jammies’ Sing-a-long

No 9:30 service, only 11:15 service.
We will gather in the Fireside Room for a relaxed service shaped by winter holiday songs and carols. People of all ages are invited to come to church in their jeans or jammies!

This Is Our Great Covenant

There is only one service, at 11:15, on Sunday 11/27. We look forward to seeing our 9:30 service regulars the next Sunday, December 4!

Join us the Sunday after Thanksgiving as Amanda Weatherspoon concludes our sermon series on the theme of covenant. Amanda is a student at Starr King School for the Ministry, serves this congregation as our Family Ministries Assistant, and will be returning from a trip to Standing Rock just days before taking the pulpit.