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Sunday, March 24, 2019: "Throw Yourself Like a Seed," with Rev. Abbey Tennis

In the classic Christian “Parable of the Sower,” Jesus tells a story about a farmer sowing seed and what it takes how to grow strong and resilient crops. Will our work for love, transformation, and justice bear fruit?

* Children’s Religious Education (CRE) will start in the main sanctuary. Children are invited upstairs to CRE after our Time for All Ages. 

Sunday, March 31, 2019: "Violence of Busy-ness," with Rev. Abbey Tennis

Monk and mystic Thomas Merton writes “To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence.” How are we enabling the “violence of busy-ness” to afflict our lives, and how might we instead find peace?

* Children’s Religious Education (CRE) will start in the Joseph Priestley Chapel, located directly in front of the side entrance.


Sunday, March 17, 2019: "This Pain Will Never End," with Rev. Abbey Tennis

When we are going through something difficult, sometimes counting down until it’s over is what gets us through. But what when we need to cope with about chronic illnesses, persistent oppressions, or other long-term difficulties? When we know the end isn’t near, how can we find meaning and renewal in the now?

Sunday, March 10, 2019: "Out of the Shadows," with Rev. Abbey Tennis

“Everyone carries a shadow” wrote Carl Jung. Our unconscious selves, or “shadow sides” can be difficult for us to see, and yet these parts of us also carry important gifts if we are able to integrate them into our day-lit lives. As we enter daylight savings time this week, what can we learn from the darkness of our lives and world?

Sunday, March 3, 2019: "The Breath of the Ancestors," with Shari Halliday-Quan
Our presence here on this beautiful, imperfect, fragile world is the result of the complex, interwoven lives of each of our ancestors. We are because they were. As we tilt from Black History Month to Women's History Month and the world continues to spin fretfully, it's as good a time as ever to ground ourselves in remembrance of our ancestors. What does honoring our ancestors look like? How do we do this? And what about when they were wildly imperfect? 

Shari Halliday-Quan serves as the ministerial intern at First UU San Francisco this year and serves our wider faith as co-chair of the General Assembly Right Relationship Team and as part of the steering committee of the Asian/Pacific Islander Caucus of DRUUMM (Diverse and Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries). Shari and her wife Elisabeth share their home with a 17-pound cat named Hildegard von Harlem and more houseplants than is reasonable.

Sunday, February 24, 2019: "Claiming Our Baggage," with Rev. Abbey Tennis

Being human means accumulating “baggage.” We are born with some of it – baggage around our race, gender, economic status, and family - but we also amass more with each new difficult experience. It is tempting to try to leave it behind, but more often than not, our baggage follows us wherever we go. What gifts may come if we stop trying to run away, and instead we fully claim the baggage that weighs us down?


Please join us for this service that caps off our weekend-long racial justice training, as well as our open session from 1-3PM after service where we will talk about our next steps as a congregation in the work of dismantling racism in our hearts, institution, and wider community. Lunch provided!

Sunday, February 17, 2019: "What Doesn't Bend, Breaks" with Rev. Abbey Tennis

The wisdom of architects and athletes teaches us that truly building strength is only possible by also building flexibility. As we seek to build powerful souls and movements for justice, how can we ensure that what we build will be resilient and not brittle? 


Sunday, February 10, 2019: "Broken Together, Finding Strength" with Crystal Mann, David O'Connor, Marguerite McQuire, Peregrine Morkal-Williams, and Rev. Zemoria Brandon

What happens when something breaks in a family? The expectations, relationships, and physical bodies of family members can be fragile. How do we fix or accept what has broken and find healing? Join [members of our congregation] as we explore brokenness, acceptance, healing, and strength in families.

Sunday, February 3, 2019: "Fix Me," with Rev. Abbey Tennis
When things aren’t going right in our lives, when we wrestle with illness, or we just can’t seem to break out of a bad pattern, sometimes all we want in the world is for someone to rescue us;  to
 fix us. But dramatic rescues are more common in fiction than reality. When we feel broken, how can we find real wholeness?

* Children’s Religious Education (CRE) will in the main sanctuary. Children are invited upstairs to CRE after "Time for All Ages."

Sunday, January 27, 2019: "Befriending Disappointment," with Rev. Abbey Tennis

Life invariably brings ups and downs, successes and failures, delights and disappointments. When disappointments come, must they always arrive like a dreaded uninvited guest, or might we find a way to greet them as friend?

* Children’s Religious Education (CRE) will start in the Joseph Priestley Chapel, located directly in front of the side entrance.


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