BFUU Sunday Services 10:30 AM

Fellowship Hall

1924 Cedar Street

(at the corner of Cedar St. and Bonita Ave.)

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July 22: What Do A Billion Muslims Have to Teach Us About Unitarianism
Alessandro Gagliardi, Guest Worship Leader
Islam and Unitarianism have an unlikely bond with respect to their shared heritage in the Judeo-Christian tradition; but there are also vast differences between them: one developing among 7th-century Arabian Bedouins and the other among 19th-century “Boston Brahmins”. Today, Unitarian Universalists are among the most vocal allies of Muslims in the United States, yet we know so little about their tradition. Let us explore and see what it can teach us about our own faith.
Alessandro Gagliardi is a Unitarian Universalist ministerial candidate and student at Starr King School for the Ministry. Prior to that, he pursued a PhD in Behavioral and Neural Science at Rutgers University. In his personal and ministerial practice, he works to combine the rational with the mystical and considers himself a student of the world’s religions.
 
July 29: We Are the Music Makers
Dr. Susan T. Mashiyama, Lay Worship Leader

How can we be fully human without music in our lives? Whether it be singing, playing an instrument, or tapping our feet along to the rhythm of a favorite song, we are all music makers. Last year’s Music Sunday service was so enjoyable that we are having it again! Come sing, clap along, and dance with joy in a service filled with extra music and explore the personal connection music has to our spirituality. We’ll also hear an update from Dr. Susan on the 2018 GA meeting.
 
August 5: The Stranger
Clovice A. Lewis, Jr., Guest Worship Leader

“The Stranger” is part of a 5-part sermon series that Clovice Lewis wrote for a Starr King course entitled “Promised Lands and Immigrants” in the Spring 2018 semester. Lewis wrote, “We are all strangers to each other... a stranger is simply someone you have not engaged with... and a stranger is, most likely more like us than not.” Such is certainly the case with our neighbors in South American countries. Lewis examines the spiritual aspects of this very timely topic.
Clovice A. Lewis, Jr., who has composed numerous musical works ranging from ensemble to electronic and orchestral pieces, graduated from the prestigious College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He began teaching as a freshman at the school, and upon completion of his studies, accepted a position as an Associate Professor there and taught until 1985. He was, at the time, one of the youngest professors in the UC system (at 22 years old) to hold such a position. In addition to his experience as a composer and cellist, Clovice has also enjoyed a dual, and extensive career as a technologist and serial entrepreneur. Based in the Silicon Valley, Technology Media Enterprises, has been at the forefront of desktop publishing, computer graphics, 3D modeling and animation, digital audio, computer based training, high level object oriented programming, and multimedia productions. Since 1984, Clovice has created multiple businesses. He is presently at the beginning a new career, studying at the Starr King School of Ministry to become a Unitarian Minister.
 
August 12: The Power of Words
Jeff Palmer, Lay Worship Leader
We look to our sacred texts and personal experiences to see practical steps to take to build beloved community. During the service those that are interested will have an opportunity to express themselves through painting. Water colors will be available.

August 19: Answering Our Call
Claire Eustace, Guest Worship Leader
Claire Eustace, a recent seminary graduate, is scheduled to speak at BFUU as a returning guest speaker this Sunday to lead a service on “Answering our Call.” Come attend the service to welcome back this wonderful speaker whose previous sermon on “Play” was so enthusiastically received.
Claire Eustace is a Unitarian Universalist ministerial candidate and recent graduate of Pacific School of Religion. She currently learns and serves as a chaplain resident at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco. Claire worked as an environmental planner, trusts & estates attorney, and consumer advocate in energy policy before accepting her call to ministry. She is a lifelong UU, likes to cook, make art and dance, and lives with her partner and child in Oakland.

August 26: Women’s Voices, #MeToo, and the Momentum for Cultural Change
Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles, Guest Worship Leader
Women are speaking up as never before, and institutions throughout our society are facing their history of sexual abuse by men in power. Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles considers how change begins with hearing the truth, respecting the authentic voices of others, and holding abusers accountable.

Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles describes herself as a recovering psychologist and recovering attorney, who graduated from Starr King in 2011 and was ordained to UU ministry in 2013. Along with preaching at Bay Area churches as a guest speaker, she is active with the Rossmoor Interfaith Council and also writes poetry and short stories.