2015 Fall Getaway (Oct 23-25)


What is the fall Getaway?

The Fall Getaway at ULC is a chance to strengthen old relationships and make new ones, to grow as a community of faith, to continue to engage, and to enjoy each other’s company.

From our mission statement:

“Our life together in Christ finds expression in our love of God, each other, and our neighbors in our community.”   

What goes on at the Getaway?

Fabulous meals, fellowship, campfires, worship, singing, prayer, scavenger hunt, variety show, hiking, the beautiful outdoors, breakout sessions with interesting things to do across four areas: faith, enrichment, your active side, and your creative side. This is a chance to enjoy the redwoods, each other, and to grow as a community. Here’s a brief schedule – a more detailed schedule will be provided. Remember everything is optional!

Friday, October 23rd

  • Registration starts at 4:00 p.m.
  • Dinner at 7:00
  • Campfire, singing, S’mores, and Holden prayer to follow

Saturday, October 24th

  • 7:30 Morning prayer
  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:30-10:30 Breakout sessions
  • 11:00-12:00 Breakout sessions
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:50 Whole community scavenger hunt
  • 4:00-5:00 Afternoon breakout sessions
  • 5:30 “dress for dinner” (St. Dorothy’s has an attic full of costumes!)
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 7:30 Variety show! Followed by campfire and singing

Sunday, October 25th

  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:30-10:30 Breakout sessions
  • 11:00 Worship Service
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • Pack up to go home

That sounds amazing!!! How do I register?

Registration is open online here. There will also be paper registration forms in the service bulletin on Sunday.

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Leaders at the Chapel – Sam Tia

1. How long have you hung out at the Chapel? Why do you keep coming Back?
I first came to the chapel around 2007 and became a member in late 2009. What brings me coming back to the chapel is its warm, intergenerational worship community, the beautiful tradition of its liturgy, and its progressive positions of being rooted in faith – at work for justice in the world around us.
2. A couple of things Chapel people might be interested in knowing about you.
I am originally from sunny Gainesville, Florida – home of the Florida Gators. I have two younger brothers and an alter-ego who is skilled in the art of the hula-hoop. Oh… and I am also currently serving as vice-president on the chapel council, so please feel free to get in touch!
3. 2-3 sentences of “advice” to newcomers to the Chapel?
Join a small group if you can – our Koinonia small groups are a great way to get plugged in and make a few chapel friends outside of Sunday morning.
4. A change you would like to see happen at the Chapel during your term in office.
We need to institute a dress code – the days of wearing t-shirts to church are over! Just kidding. I think that the chapel has done a pretty good job at being a community “at work in the world” and motivating this work from our Christian perspective. However, I think we still have room for improvement in expressing the personal aspects of our faith, to ourselves and to each other. Sharing our own faith stories can be an essential part of how we connect to and support one another. I would like to find ways through which we can nurture this together.
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Workshops to Study Pope Francis’ Letter on Climate

Our Common Home

sea-mountains-nature-water-largeAn Interfaith Study Group of Pope Francis’ Recent Climate Letter

The beginning of an Alameda County Interfaith Climate Action Network, a working group of CA Interfaith power and Light.

In the recent Climate Encyclical Letter from Pope Francis, he expresses a desire to “enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.” Prepare to be touched, surprised, and inspired by this letter from the Pope.


Wed. July 8, 6:30-8:30 pm, First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St. (corner of 14th and Castro) 4 blocks from 12th St. BART station.
Monday, July 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, St. Ambrose Catholic Church 1145 Gilman St, Albany
Wednesday, July 22 location TBA
Monday, July 27, 6:30-8:30 pm, Temple Sinai, Oakland Wednesday, August 5, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Church by the Side of the Road, 2108 Russell St. Berkeley
Monday,August 10 locationTBA
Wednesday,August 19 locationTBA
Monday,August 24 locationTBA
Wednesday, Sept. 2 location TBA

Questions? Interested in helping organize? Contact Heather MacLeod macleodphd@gmail.com 510-459-3452

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