Upcoming Services

Our Traditional Service is held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. each Sunday. For your convenience, we've posted descriptions of this month's sermon topics and speakers.

August 28, 2016: "Awakening to Our Societal Conditioning"

Lorena Boswellwith Suzi Musgrove, Worship Associate

Unless we have intentionally removed ourselves from  society, every day we are bombarded with messages on how to maintain the status quo, how to keep society functioning as is. Where we have privilege, we are conditioned to be unaware of others' lack of resources and suffering. Where we are inundated with atrocities in the news, we are conditioned to believe we have little or no ability to influence change. It is essential to become more aware of the nature of our conditioning, so that rather than acting from these unconscious beliefs, we can intentionally choose to align our actions with our values and principles.

Lorena Boswell is about to begin a Residency program as a chaplain at Alta Bates hospital in Berkeley after recently completing her studies at Starr King School for the Ministry. She grew up UU and is now a member of the Humboldt Friends Meeting (i.e., a Quaker) and a sojourning member of Strawberry Creek Meeting in Berkeley. Her Master’s thesis in Education, entitled “The Structure Trap,” analyses how she as an educator was unconsciously teaching values she grew up with rather than her paradigm-shifting ideals.

September 4, 2016: "Can’t Stand Still"

Joan Nelson, with Jason Stearns, Worship Associate

We gather to explore the Front, Back, and Side of Labor Day: The front lines of social justice. The industrial backbone of hard work. And (as we UUs like to call it) the “Side of Love.” 

Joan Nelson is an ordinary UU who has been sympathetic to labor…but has never done much to support the UU General Assembly labor-related resolutions. However, she does seem to have cultivated the practice of work as a spiritual practice. 

September 11, 2016: "The Stream of Life"

Rev. Joy Atkinson, with Linda Haumann, Worship Associate, and Katherine Jain

Join us for our multigenerational Ingathering service featuring our distinctly UU ritual—the Gathering of the Waters. Please bring a small amount of water, or a stone, collected from or representing your summer activities. We will add our water and stones together, symbolizing the re-gathering of this religious community. Our interim minister will offer a brief homily.

September 18, 2016: "Civility and Graciousness"

Rev. Joy Atkinson, with Suzi Musgrove, Worship Associate

Whatever happened to simple thoughtfulness and kindness? How might we cultivate an attitude of graciousness and civility in ourselves and others, and turn away from the cynicism, rudeness, and meanness that characterizes so much of our modern life?

October 23, 2016: "Co-Creating a Sacred America"

Stephen Dinan

Co-creating a Sacred America will focus on how we can bring our spiritual practices and principles into the public sphere in a way that is unifying rather than divisive.  We’ll start to heal our political warfare and work together on solutions that fulfill America’s higher mission.

Stephen Dinan is the founder and CEO of The Shift Network, which offers virtual summits, online courses, and training. A visionary political strategist, his new bestselling book, Sacred America, Sacred World, shows how we can discover higher solutions in areas from peace-building to campaign finance reform, from micro-finance to the path to a zero carbon economy, and it calls us into sacred citizenship by offering inspiring solutions and innovative, bridge-building examples that are ultimately based in oneness rather than in our separation. He was previously a senior staffer for both the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and Esalen Institute. At IONS he was the driving force behind the Shift in Action program; at Esalen, he directed and helped to create the Center for Theory and Research—a think tank for scholars, researchers, and teachers to explore human potential frontiers. A graduate of Stanford University, Stephen holds a master’s degree in east-west psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is also a member of the prestigious Transformational Leadership Council and Evolutionary Leaders groups. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family.