Rev. María Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa

Winter Solstice

Join us for a contemplative evening service offering respite, soothing music, and the comfort of community. Come, come whoever you are! Bring here your heavy heart and put your burdens down. Let us offer each other a space where we can bring our whole selves and practice mindfulness to quiet our minds and nourish our spirits.… Read the rest

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

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

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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