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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.

    Are We Saved?

    Are We Saved?

    "Are We Saved?" (March 22, 2020)

    A sermon about the age-old religious question and the honest-to-God answer (at least by this preacher)!

    Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister
    Rev. Alyson Jacks, Associate Minister
    Joe Chapot, Office Assistant & Young Adult Coordinator
    Reiko Oda Lane, organ
    My Hoa Steger, piano
    Michele Kennedy, soprano
    Asher Davison, bass
    Eric Shackelford, camera
    Jonathan Silk, OOS, Sound, Podcasting, Video Edits

    • 24 min
    Gifts Great and Small

    Gifts Great and Small

    "Gifts Great and Small" (March 15, 2020)

    This is Pi(e) weekend. The ratio of the radius of our circle of caring and sharing to its circumference, geometrically, is forever roughly 3.14. So just what does this mean for our relatively small, church community in relation to the great surrounding spiritual and social needs of the city and world in which we live?

    What part of the whole pie of services that UUSF attempts to provide goes to whom? What proportion of those efforts should each of us try to support with our gifts of time and treasure?

    Rev. Dr. John Buehrens, Guest Preacher
    Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister
    Richard Davis-Lowell, Worship Associate
    Dr. Mark Sumner, Music Director
    Reiko Oda Lane, organ and bell choir director
    Joe Dellert, Canvass Co-Chair
    Lori Lai, Board Treasurer
    Shulee Ong, Camera
    Jonathan Silk, OOS, Sound, Podcasting, Video Edits

    • 24 min
    A Thousand Cuts and the Work of Healing

    A Thousand Cuts and the Work of Healing

    "A Thousand Cuts and the Work of Healing" (March 8, 2020)

    This week we will look at what are called micro-agressions, how they unfold even in our community, how we intervene and imagine a world without them. Members Mari Maglione and Michael Bossier from Fake Comedy Radio, Don Shearer, Rochelle Fortier-Nwadibia and our ministers will lead a journey of skits and reflection as we explore this way to be better and more whole together.

    Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister
    Sharon Weld, Ministerial Intern
    Dr. Mark Sumner, Music Director
    Reiko Oda Lane, organ
    Wm. García Ganz, piano
    Mari Maglione, TWZ Player
    Michael Bossier, TWZ Player
    Don Shearer, TWZ Player
    Rochelle Fortier-Nwadibia, TWZ Player
    Leandra Ramm, soloist
    Brielle Nielson, soloist
    Asher Davison, soloist
    Ben Rudiak-Gould, soloist
    Eric Shackelford, Trustee
    Shulee Ong, camera
    Jonathan Silk, OOS, Sound, Podcasting, Video Edits, drums

    • 21 min
    What Goes Around...

    What Goes Around...

    "What Goes Around..." (March 1, 2020)

    So many stories, good stories — aren’t we in need of some good stories — to tell of another possible law of the universe. Or maybe just another addition to the Golden Rules worth risking on.

    Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister
    Sharon Weld, Ministerial Intern
    Nancy Buffum, Annual Operating Fund Drive Campaign Co-Chair
    Joe Dellert, Annual Operating Fund Drive Campaign Co-Chair
    Dr. Mark Sumner, Music Director
    Reiko Oda Lane, organ
    Wm. García Ganz, piano
    Scott Benbow, Trustee
    Eric Shackelford, camera
    Jonathan Silk, OOS, Sound, Podcasting, Video Edits

    • 24 min
    Envisioning Justice

    Envisioning Justice

    "Envisioning Justice" (February 23, 2020)

    As you imagine a better future, what changes would you make for yourself, for the church, for the neighborhood? We will envision personal and collective change that inspires us all, and we will spotlight the justice work already achieved by this congregation.

    Sharon Weld, Ministerial Intern
    Jan Oringer, Worship Associate
    Sam King, Worship Associate
    Emma's Revolution, Guest Music
    Dr. Mark Sumner, piano
    Kerry Parker, song leader
    Judy Payne, Trustee
    Shulee Ong, camera
    Jonathan Silk, OOS, Sound, Podcasting, Video Edits, Drums

    • 21 min
    From Darwin to Unitarian Universalism

    From Darwin to Unitarian Universalism

    "From Darwin to Unitarian Universalism" (February 16, 2020)

    Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection set into motion a way of thinking that has profoundly affected not only the understanding of biology but also influenced a much wider range of human concerns, including religion. This is most evident in Unitarian Universalism. We will trace how this came about and reflect on how this way of thinking can lead to greater fulfillment of life’s potentials.

    Jim Barnett has been a UU for 45 years. He is retired from his career in biomedical research, a graduate of the Humanist Institute and currently the chair of the Humanists and Non-Theists committee at UUSF.

    Jim Barnett, Worship Leader
    Carmen Barsody, Worship Associate
    Dolores Perez Heilbron, Worship Associate
    Dr. Mark Sumner, music director
    Reiko Oda Lane, organ and bell choir director
    Eric Shackleford, Trustee
    Sharon Weld, camera
    Jonathan Silk, OOS, Sound, Podcasting, Video Edits

    • 22 min

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