Speaker: Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur

The Birthday of the World

Linda Fitzgerald, Worship Associate

In Jewish traditions, the world is turning one year older on September 16. When we are younger, birthdays are often a time of excitement and anticipation; when we are older, they often bring a sense of reflection and an opportunity to set intentions … read more.


Todd Covert, Worship Associate

Each week, subscribers around the world receive a “dose of courage and compassion” in the form of a brief emailed newsletter called Braver/Wiser, which is distributed by our Unitarian Universalist Association. For this special Juneteenth/Father’s Day service, Rev. Rebecca asks, how are bravery and wisdom, … read more.

Good Advice

Melissa Marote, Worship Associate

Why is good advice so hard to follow? Join our Community Minister Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur for a lively morning of story, song, and spirit on the theme of lessons learned the hard way.

Time for All Ages: The Big Orange Splot, by … read more.

Past Forward

David Early, Worship Associate

More than other times of year, the winter holidays are times when we find ourselves remembering the past. What parts of your past, and our shared past as Unitarian Universalists, will you bring forward with you into this season?

In addition to serving … read more.

Bring Many Names

For some of us who are engaged in housing justice and social services with people experiencing homelessness, trying to explain “what we do” can be strangely confusing. Is it charity — or social justice? A hand out, or hand up? Is it a short-term … read more.

Blue Holidays Service

Do the winter holidays give you the blues? Gather in community for gentle reflection, music, and holding what is tender in your heart at this time of year. Service led by Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur, Community Minister.

The Night Shift

Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur, Affiliated Community Minister
Brian Nelson, Worship Associate – David Early, Tech Associate

As the seasons turn us toward the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, what is shifting in you and in our world?  Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur, Emerson’s Community Minister, … read more.

We Would Be One

Julie Borden, Worship Associate

Oakland-based activist and artist T.L. Simons tells us, “…no matter how bad things get, they are always changing. I want… to ground [those around me] in the place where they stand and to spark the imagination of those who will struggle for … read more.