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First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco Sunday worship service. Home of liberal spirituality for over 150 years, the Society welcomes people of all racial and religious backgrounds. Our Congregation includes gay, straight, transgendered, and questioning people. More information is available at www.uusf.org.

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First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco Sunday worship service. Home of liberal spirituality for over 150 years, the Society welcomes people of all racial and religious backgrounds. Our Congregation includes gay, straight, transgendered, and questioning people. More information is available at www.uusf.org.

    Relinquishment

    Relinquishment

    “Relinquishment” (July 11, 2021) Worship Service

    As many of you know, John was Senior Minister at UUSF from 2014 until his retirement in 2017. He had earlier been President of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, 1993-2001, among other posts in religious leadership. He first began pondering relinquishment as he gave up thousands of books before moving the West Coast. He was helped by his witty wife Gwen observing, “I’ve never yet seen a hearse pulling a U-Haul!” Yet some of our most difficult relinquishments are not about things – but about less material attachments. This continues to the very end. Still, we are spiritually wiser if we start the practice earlier.

    Rev. John Buehrens, Guest Minister
    Dennis Adams, Worship Associate
    Reiko Oda Lane, organist
    Giacomo Fiore, guitarist
    Maria Roodnitsky, alto
    Ben Rudiak-Gould, tenor
    Shulee Ong, camera
    Jonathan Silk, audio, oos design
    Stephen Kroeger, sound
    Joe Chapot, social media chat
    Thomas Brown, Sexton
    Judy Payne, flowers
    Alex Darr, Les James, Tom Brookshire, Zoom Coffee Hour


    Order of Service:
    https://bit.ly/20210711OS

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Time to Slow Down

    Time to Slow Down

    “Time to Slow Down” (July 4, 2021) Worship Service

    These are urgent times. They long have been. And yet, there are powerful voices, many at the center of justice work, urging us to slow down. We’ll engage this paradox and the spiritual and practical lessons it might offer to us.

    Meg McGuire, Ministerial Intern
    Daniel Jackoway, Worship Associate
    Larry Chinn, jazz piano
    Ben Rudiak-Gould, tenor
    Mark Sumner, bass
    Eric Shackelford, camera
    Shulee Ong, camera
    Jonathan Silk, audio, oos design, drums
    Joe Chapot, social media chat
    Thomas Brown, Sexton
    Judy Payne, flowers
    Alex Darr, Les James, Tom Brookshire, Zoom Coffee Hour

    • 1 hr
    Raising Hope

    Raising Hope

    “Raising Hope” (June 20, 2021) Worship Service

    For Father’s Day, we’ll take a deeper dive into what it means to be hopeful. Tom Wyman, author of Infinitely Full of Hope: Fatherhood and the Future in an Age of Crisis and Disaster, and soon to be a first time father, believes that – despite the despair – now is not the time to give up on hope. Rather, we need to cultivate it and keep it alive.

    Rev. Alyson Jacks, Associate Minister
    Mari Magaloni Ramos, Worship Associate
    Gregg Biggs, Small Group Ministry
    Bobbi Kovac, Small Group Ministry
    Rev. Millie Phillips, Small Group Ministry
    Andrés Vera, double bass
    My-Hoa Steger, pianist
    Brielle Marina Nielson, mezzo soprano
    Jon Silk, drummer
    Mark Sumner, pianist
    Ben Rudiak-Gould, lead
    Eric Shackelford, camera
    Shulee Ong, camera
    Lyle Barrere, sound
    Jonathan Silk, audio, oos design, drums
    Joe Chapot, social media chat
    Thomas Brown, Sexton
    Athena Papadakos, flowers
    Alex Darr, Les James, Tom Brookshire, Zoom Coffee Hour

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Saying Yes

    Saying Yes

    “Saying Yes” (June 13, 2021) Worship Service

    “Teach us all you can by saying yes,” Nancy Shaffer writes in a poem titled “Calling.” Rather than coming from some booming voice on high, the sort of calling that Shaffer describes is marked by the subtle work of learning to listen- and being willing to respond. Preaching for the last time as our ministerial intern (but not her last time in our pulpit) Meg McGuire reframes this notion of calling and reflects on what it might look like for this community going forward.

    Meg McGuire, Ministerial Intern
    Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister
    Rev. Alyson Jacks, Associate Minister
    Richard Davis, Worship Associate
    Richard Davis-Lowell, Worship Associate
    Cal Ball, chalice lighter
    Luanne Schulte, Internship Committee
    Reiko Oda Lane, organist
    Dr. Mark Sumner, choir director
    UUSF Choir
    Bill Ganz, pianist
    Sarah Rose Cohen, lead
    Bill Klinglehoffer, lead
    Asher Davison, lead
    Ben Rudiak-Gould, lead
    Eric Shackelford, camera
    Shulee Ong, camera
    Jonathan Silk, audio, oos design, drums
    Joe Chapot, social media chat
    Thomas Brown, Sexton
    Amy Kelly, flowers
    Alex Darr, Les James, Tom Brookshire, Zoom Coffee Hour

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Dismantling Perfectionism: Bring it on!

    Dismantling Perfectionism: Bring it on!

    “Dismantling Perfectionism: Bring it on!” (June 6, 2021) Worship Service

    There is a whole set of things that Tema Okun argues are part of White Supremacy Culture in her classic article, “White Supremacy Culture”. One of them is perfectionism. Ever since I read that article I’ve thought most of where and how perfectionism shows up. It was one of the ones that didn’t make obvious and immediate sense. And it is the one I am more and more excited to dismantle, take apart, keep some bits of and toss the rest. In our lives of spirit and connection, love and liberated life, I think it is the one that will leverage the most transformation!

    This Sunday we’ll formally welcome new members with a special New Member Recognition Ceremony. And there will be a special video presentation of this year’s Rheiner Award. The Rheiner Award was established by the UUSF Board of Trustees in 1989 to recognize and celebrate a member of this Society for social justice activism and community service.

    RHEINER
    https://youtu.be/IsgNW7zkTPA

    Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister
    Rev. Alyson Jacks, Associate Minister
    Meg McGuire, Ministerial Intern
    Carrie Steere-Salazar, Board Moderator
    Sarah Ellerman, membership
    Reiko Oda Lane, organist
    UUSF Choir
    Mark Sumner, choir director
    Maria Roodnitsky, soprano
    Brielle Marina Neilson, alto
    Ben Rudiak-Gould, tenor
    Gilead Wurman, baritone
    Asher Davison, bass
    Eric Shackelford, camera
    Shulee Ong, camera
    Jonathan Silk, audio, oos design, drums
    Joe Chapot, social media chat
    Thomas Brown, Sexton
    Amy Kelly, flowers
    Alex Darr, Les James, Tom Brookshire, Zoom Coffee Hour

    • 1 hr 23 min
    We Shall Not Sleep, Though Poppies Grow

    We Shall Not Sleep, Though Poppies Grow

    “We Shall Not Sleep, Though Poppies Grow” (May 30, 2021) Worship Service

    From an 1865 gathering at the Charleston race track through two World Wars to modern day, collectively remembering our dead remains an important ritual for the living. On the 50th national observance of Memorial Day, what have we learned about communal grief in times of war and peace?

    Rev. Mr. Barb Greve, Guest Minister
    Meg McGuire, Ministerial Intern
    Sam King, Worship Associate
    Eric Hamilton, guitarist
    Maria Roodnitsky, song leader
    Ben Rudiak-Gould, song leader
    My-Hoa Steger, pianist
    Eric Shackelford, camera
    Shulee Ong, camera
    Jonathan Silk, audio, oos design
    Joe Chapot, social media chat
    Thomas Brown, Sexton
    Amy Kelly, flowers
    Alex Darr, Les James, Tom Brookshire, Zoom Coffee Hour

    • 54 min

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