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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.

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.

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Honesty and Legacy

10/14/2019
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Honesty and Legacy (October 13, 2019) This Monday will be Columbus Day or, as we better know it now, Indigenous People's Day. That change is a call, part of a movement to tell a whole history, a full and honest history of our nation. It is a call to talk about, not just the ideals, or the retold stories of lore, but of the moments that are not heroic but that are also stamped indelibly on our history and legacy. It is a question many of us face in our own families-of-origin, to tell...

Duration:00:20:11

The Cost of Turning

10/7/2019
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The Cost of Turning (October 6, 2019) Yom Kippur and the Days of Awe that precede it ask us turn back to God, or whatever we know and name as holy or as the desired to ground of our being. What does it take to make that turning in our lives? What does it cost us? And what does it make room for? Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister Lisanicole Sarkisian, Worship Associate Sharon Weld, Ministerial Intern Reiko Oda Lane, organ William Klingelhoffer, shofar Jill Brindel,...

Duration:00:23:00

A Caring Community

9/30/2019
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A Caring Community (September 29, 2019) Each week we remind ourselves of our covenant to “dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in freedom, and to help one another.” This Sunday we explore the various pastoral ministries of the community, designed to facilitate mutual helping and care. What are some of the ways each of us might be involved in these ministries? How do they contribute to congregational life? Rev. Pamela Gehrke, Assistant Minister Daniel Jackoway, Worship...

Duration:00:19:23

What Books Changed Your Life?

9/24/2019
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What Books Changed Your Life? (September 22, 2019) We talk about the "larger library of human wisdom" from which we draw as Unitarian Universalists. That includes, of course, poetry, history, psychology, biography -- all the places learning and insights about life and the living of it surfaces for us. What about books, then, fiction, non-fiction, have most changed us. What is our own personal scripture; what verse, so to speak, changed the course of our life in some significant way. On...

Duration:00:21:46

What Holds Us?

9/16/2019
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What Holds Us? (September 15, 2019) On this day when special music honors a beloved member, Vera Lee, we begin a year of small group ministry and remember that what holds us, grounds us, that where the deepest wisdom and insights so often come is from one another. In family (the one we are born into or choose and make), at work (when it is healthy and good) and in the circles of friends or fellow travels that we simply show up for, we find and make the connections that hold and deepen...

Duration:00:13:51

Cuentista: Who tells us who we are?

9/9/2019
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Come on our Opening Sunday. We will bless our students and teachers who are beginning their year of religious education together, and launch our own year of life. Drawing from Cherríe Moraga’s book on her mother, entitled “Native Country of the Heart” we will look at how the cuentista, the story teller, shapes us, and why that is relevant to our lives in community together. Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister Rev. Alyson Jacks, Associate Minister Rev. Pam Gehrke, Assistant...

Duration:00:21:53

Alive with Hope, Despite It All

9/3/2019
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Alive with Hope, Despite It All (September 1, 2019) In keeping with the music theme, the sermon will address hopeful signs for economic justice, such as new successful union organizing, new approaches by labor such as bargaining for the common good, the Poor Peoples Campaign, the increasing engagement of youth and young adults in economic justice-related work, and the role of faith communities in supporting economic justice. Millie Phillips, Guest Preacher Sam King, Worship...

Duration:00:18:01

Biophilia, the Urge to Connect with Life

8/26/2019
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Biophilia, the Urge to Connect with Life (August 25, 2019) Edward O. Wilson introduced the idea that we humans had the urge to connect with other forms of life in his 1984 book, "Biophilia". What happens when we have that connection, though, is just as important, how it changes us and our relationship to the world; that love may be what saves us! Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister Christine Patch-Lindsay, Worship Associate Laurel Sprigg, soprano My-Hoa Steger née Lê,...

Duration:00:22:44

Finding Your Voice

8/19/2019
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Finding Your Voice (August 18, 2019) Young adulthood is a phase of discovery of one's voice, perspective, morals, values, and more. It's a time when all of one's hopes and dreams seem possible, even as the forces seek to stop them. There is simply no proper way to navigate its trials and tribulations. Alan Alpert, Worship Associate and Song Leader Joe Chapot, Young Adult Coordinator Jamie Docherty, Worship Associate Greg Jean-Baptiste, Worship Associate Alfie Jiang, Worship...

Duration:00:15:37

Deep Time

8/12/2019
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Deep Time (August 11, 2019) Author Robert Macfarlane writes about the intersections of human and natural realms. In Underland: A Deep Time Journey he writes, " To think in deep time can be a means of not escaping our troubled present, but rather of re-imagining it; countermanding its quick greeds and furies with older, slower stories of making and remaking. Set down your smart devices, turn off your ipads, power down your computers and join us for a time traveling service where we'll...

Duration:00:25:04

At Least a Thousand More

8/5/2019
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At Least a Thousand More (August 4, 2019) According to the Sufi poet Rumi, "there are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground." but even in the 13th Century, that was a conservative number. In her last sermon as Assistant Minister at UUSF, Rev. Mary Ganz reprises a theme from one of her first here as an intern minister 15 years ago, considering the meaning of "prayer" for Unitarian Universalists. Rev. Mary McKinnon Ganz, Assistant Minister (final service) Lisanicole Sarkisian,...

Duration:00:21:03

No Going Back

7/29/2019
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No Going Back (July 28, 2019) They say there is wisdom to be found as we get older. How do we make our way to it, through thickets of diminishing memory or physical strength? Rev. Mary McKinnon Ganz, Assistant Minister Carmen Barsody, Worship Associate Reiko Oda Lane, organ Mark Sumner, piano Mark Kapner, piano Jiun-Chyi Yew, soprano Asher Davison, song leader Reece Hart, Welcome Carrie Steere-Salazar, Moderator Nathan Gandrud, Staff Eric Shackelford, video camera Jonathan...

Duration:00:22:00

In Memoriam

7/22/2019
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In Memoriam (July 21, 2019) Years ago when the losses of US soldiers reached over 1000, a member of the church I served set up a meeting to say how horrified and saddened she was that we ceased to notice the losses -- all happening in our names. So, we witnessed to it one week soon after, and then in one ritual for every week that followed until the war was officially declared over. We vowed not to forget what was being done, lost, harmed, sacrificed each week "in our name." This week,...

Duration:00:21:44

Hope in an Age of Climate Despair

7/15/2019
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Hope in an Age of Climate Despair (July 14, 2019) On this warming piece of rock that is our home, what can we hang our hopes on? Can we find a path between denial and despair? Rev. Mary McKinnon Ganz, Assistant Minister Richard Davis-Lowell, Worship Associate Martha Rodriguez-Salazar, flute and vocals Sharon Wayne, vocals and guitar David Jones, piano Mark Sumner, song leader Amy Kelly, Welcome Ben Welte, video camera Jonathan Silk, OOS, Sound, Podcasting

Duration:00:24:29

Poetry and Life Distilled

7/8/2019
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Poetry and Life Distilled (July 7, 2019) Following on the theme of spaciousness and invitations to sit with life and go deep, we will spend a Sunday hour sitting with the wisdom source and texts of a few arresting, delightful works of poetry. Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister Sam King, Worship Associate Reiko Oda Lane, organ Christine Tulis, harp and vocals Asher Davison, song leader Eric Shackelford, video camera Jonathan Silk, OOS, Sound, Podcasting

Duration:00:25:45

Inside/Out

7/1/2019
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Inside/Out (June 30, 2019) It’s Pride Sunday, our city is throwing a party to celebrate Queer culture in all its many marvelous manifestations. Before heading to the parade, join us for worship. We’ll explore the idea of culture care, how to create generative environments that help communities and individuals thrive and grow, openly, honestly and with boundless joy. Rev. Alyson Jacks, Associate Minister Daniel Jackoway, Worship Associate Larry Chinn, jazz piano Chie Sugiyama,...

Duration:00:22:00

Releasing on Urgency.... A Sermon for Summer

6/30/2019
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Releasing on Urgency.... A Sermon for Summer (June 23, 2019) We all know what gets done when we are highly efficient and focused -- just how much we can accomplish and just how much there is that needs accomplishing. What is lost, though, in a world enamored of urgency? How can summer be a way into reminding ourselves of what that other space makes possible? From Dismantling White Supremacy to staying in touch with our deepest selves and one another, what if it is urgent we not be so...

Duration:00:22:51

A Little Better than Before

6/30/2019
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A Little Better than Before (June 16, 2019) Sidney Poitier, the great actor and director once said, "I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father's life." The influence of our fathers (their presence or absence) shapes us. Reflecting on their lives, their influence, their legacy is a big piece of what it means to wrestle with our own lives. We reflect on some stories of fathers and a little bit of how making sense of their lives might help us...

Duration:00:22:57

What Deserves Our Ultimate Trust?

6/10/2019
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What Deserves Our Ultimate Trust? (June 9, 2019) The first challenge to a child’s emotional development, said Erik Erikson, is trust vs. mistrust. James Baldwin said that what he learned in church is “do our first works over.” In a society and time that has come to distrust information, institutions, and almost all else, let’s talk about trust. On a Sunday when Rev. Southern will be in New York for the ordination of our intern minister, Shari Halliday-Quan, our former senior minister...

Duration:00:23:46

You Know That I Love You

6/3/2019
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You Know That I Love You (June 2, 2019) Here at First Unitarian Universalist SF, we try as best as possible to draw the circle ever wider and be an inclusive and loving community. We all have limited time and energy, of course, and so both individually and collectively, we often fail to achieve this goal perfectly. No surprise there since perfection is impossible, but perhaps we can inch just a little closer to loving well. Shari Halliday-Quan, our ministerial intern this year, will...

Duration:00:22:15