Services

Seasons of Light

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.

 

 

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Las Posadas Celebration and Feast

Experience a beloved Latin American Christmas tradition with Christmas caroling, community meal, fun for the entire family. Join us! Free event from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

This event is evocative of the journeys by all immigrants fleeing persecution and violence. Let us open the doors of our hearts to welcome all seeking sanctuary.… Read the rest

Las Posadas

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, … Read the rest

Let’s Play!

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.

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Looking back; : Letting Go

 Join us for a lay led service as we look back on the year gone by, and look for signs of hope in the new year. Featuring a special “letting go” ceremony.… Read the rest

Thanksgiving

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).  You are invited to bring non-perishable food donations to contribute to their shelter pantry and Thanksgiving dinner. The collection from the offering plate will go entirely to SHP.

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Days of the Dead

Join us as we gather together as a community to honor the memory of our dearly departed. Our multigenerational service will include music and stories as we remember our loved ones. There are two homilies; first a short one by Xiomara Tapia and then a longer one by Rev. Dr. María Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa.  You are invited to bring photographs, mementos, flowers, and sweet bread to make a communal “ofrenda” /offering.

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