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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.

    Story Time

    Story Time

    Sunday, August 9, 2020

    "Story Time" (August 9, 2020)

    We are the stuff of stars. A collection of particles held together by the laws of physics and the forces of nature. We talk of free will but we move and act in accordance to evolution’s playbook. What sets us apart is our ability to reflect, to look back in time and imagine the future – to see ourselves as part of the unfolding story of time, and ask ourselves what does it mean to be human after all.

    Rev. Alyson Jacks, Associate Minister
    Don Wiepert, Worship Associate
    Reiko Oda Lane, organist
    Andrés Vera, cellist
    My-Hoa Steger, pianist
    Mark Sumner, Songleader
    Brielle Nielson, Songleader
    Eric Shackelford, camera
    Joe Chapot, Social Media Chat Support
    Alex Darr, Zoom Remote Host
    Jonathan Silk, OOS, Sound

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Promise in the Desert

    The Promise in the Desert

    "The Promise in the Desert" (August 2, 2020)

    Some have begun calling 2020 "The Great Reckoning," a time when the injustices of reality are fully being called in by the promises of our possibility. It is a powerful, scary, tense, creative, and uncertain time in our lives. Drawing inspiration from the story of Hajar in the Islamic Traditions, we will explore what it can mean to believe in the promise of our faith in these times, and how to deepen our resilience as Unitarian Universalists manifesting justice and love.

    Rev. Ranwa Hammamy, Executive Director, UU Legislative Ministry of California
    Sam King, Worship Associate
    Larry Chinn, jazz pianist
    Asher Davison, sonleader
    Mark Sumner, songleader
    Eric Shackelford, camera
    Joe Chapot, Social Media Chat Support
    Alex Darr, Zoom Remote Host
    Jonathan Silk, OOS, Sound

    • 47 min
    From Fragility to Accountability

    From Fragility to Accountability

    "From Fragility to Accountability" (July 26, 2020)

    This Sunday, there is a journey we'd like you to take with us.  Let us go as seekers. We will pack a little bag and wander along a less traveled path. It's a path that we hope, one day, will become well worn as others follow us into a new place. We won’t be following an easy trail, but the promise of this journey is that we will become less anxious and more steadfast in the work of anti-racism.  We have a responsibility that has been nagging at us for generation upon generation, and now is a very good time to take up the mantle handed to us by our ancestors. It is time to survey the landscape and ask ourselves, “How has this nation’s history of racism shaped my life and my community?”

    And what if along this road we discover new possibilities that fuel us towards a more just society? What if the contentment that comes with facing the past illustrates for us—in bright, living color—what a stronger, healthier, more just community might be?  

    How do we get to that place from where we are now? In the words of Antonio Machado, “Traveler, there is no path. The path is made by walking. By walking you make the path.”

    Come then, join us, and let us make our way together through this difficult terrain moving from fragility to accountability. No, it won’t be easy, but it is necessary. It is what we are called to do in this time and place.

    Carmen Barsody, Faithful Fools Street Ministry
    Sam Dennison, Faithful Fools Street Ministry
    Dennis Adams, Worship Associate
    Reiko Oda Lane, organist
    Hugo Wainzinger, guitarist
    Rita Fabrizio, flutist
    Mark Sumner, Songleader
    Brielle Nielson, Songleader
    Eric Shackelford, camera
    Joe Chapot, Social Media Chat Support
    Alex Darr, Zoom Remote Host
    Jonathan Silk, OOS, Sound

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Poetry for Summer Musing

    Poetry for Summer Musing

    "Poetry for Summer Musing" (July 19, 2020)

    Periodically diving deep in the world of poetry is like asking someone to hold a frame around the ordinary or a magnifying glass against the small that holds universes. What better time for such presence to ordinary that is anything but ordinary than summer days -- bring a blade of grass to put between your teeth!

    Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister
    Sam King, Worship Associate
    Jill Rachuy Brindel, cello
    Marilyn Thompson, pianist
    Asher Davison, song leader
    Wm. García Ganz, pianist
    Eric Shackelford, camera
    Joe Chapot, Social Media Chat Support
    Alex Darr, Zoom Remote Host
    Jonathan Silk, OOS, Sound

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Power of Witnessing

    The Power of Witnessing

    "The Power of Witnessing" (July 12, 2020)

    In W.H. Auden's poem "Musee des Beaux Arts" the poet describes two Brueghel paintings and in both something about the witnessing or missing of huge moments in the human drama was/is the theme. It got me thinking about this act of witnessing, why and how it is important to us, a salve, a buoy. And how it might actually be one of the most important and not-so-difficult gifts we can give one another.

    Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister
    Alex Darr, Worship Associate
    Reiko Oda Lane, organist
    Joyce Lee, flutist
    My-Hoa Steger, pianist
    Asher Davison, song leader
    Ben Rudiak-Gould, song leader
    Jon Silk, drums
    Eric Shackelford, camera
    Joe Chapot, Social Media Chat Support
    Alex Darr, Zoom Remote Host
    Jonathan Silk, OOS, Sound

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Exquisite Risk

    Exquisite Risk

    "Exquisite Risk" (July 5, 2020)

    Following on our sermon on "Negotiating Risk" (May 17) we will look this Sunday at the flip side of risk -- that part of engaging life that is scary but gorgeous and transformative, that keeps us growing and alive.

    Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister
    Dennis Adams, Worship Associate
    Reiko Oda Lane, organist
    Gilead Wurman, baritone
    Asher Davison, bass-baritone
    Wm. Garcia Ganz, pianist
    Eric Shackelford, camera
    Joe Chapot, Social Media Chat Support
    Alex Darr, Zoom Remote Host
    Jonathan Silk, OOS, Sound, Podcasting, Video Edits

    • 1 hr 10 min

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