Speaker: Rev. Dan Harper

Flower Communion

The Flower Communion is an annual service in which we each bring a flower, create an altar full of bouquets, and end by each taking away a flower that another person brought. Special Music: Yuri Liberzon, Classical Guitar
The order of service is here.

Helen Kreps, Remarkable Palo Alto Unitarian

One of the most interesting figures in the old Unitarian Church of Palo Alto that existed from 1905 to 1934 was Helen Kreps. A brilliant scholar, she
was inspired by seeing a woman minister, Rev. Florence Buck, preach at the Palo Alto church, and after a brilliant career at Stanford went on to prepare to become a Unitarian minister herself. When the influenza epidemic hit in
1918, she volunteered as a nurse, contracted influenza, and died. The story of Helen Kreps has a lot to tell us about heroism, feminism, and the importance of controlling pandemics.

Special music: Veronika Agranov-Dafoe, piano

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Tuesday, December 24th, Main Hall, 6:30 & 8:00 pm. We welcome Christmas with stories, carols and special music, and candles. Come sing the familiar songs that are always powerful, and experience the magic of candlelight in the darkness. A small, sweet gift will be given to all of the children. Special music: Veronika Agranov-Dafoe, Liz Russ, Richard Heydt, Florence Haas, and others

No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant

In this intergenerational service, we rejoice in the everyday miracles of the season, marking the winter solstice, telling the story of Hanukah–which begins tonight–and inviting all who wish to play a part to help make the story of Jesus’s birth come to life. Our annual tradition for the Sunday before Christmas. Special music: Larry Chinn, jazz piano

Reinventing Thanksgiving

We like to tell the story that Thanksgiving began in the fall of 1621. But actually Thanksgiving has been reinvented many times, sometimes including new people, sometimes leaving people out. We’ll imagine how Thanksgiving looked from the point of different people over the centuries. Today is an intergenerational service.
Music: Sara Kirton, violin

Water Communion

In our annual ritual of ingathering, we bring water from the places of our lives, and pour the many waters into a communal bowl in a ritual honoring variety and unity. Music:Veronika Agranov Dafoe, piano

Our Buildings

The physical home of UUCPA is a thoughtfully designed grid of Mid-century Modern buildings, created by Joseph Esherick, the architect of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and many other Bay Area buildings. He once said, “Beauty is a byproduct of solving problems correctly,” and in our space, we benefit from the attention he paid to craft and the users’ needs. Come hear about how. Special Music: Larry Chin, pianist

Coming of Age 

As young people at UUCPA come of age, they spend several months together in reflection on the questions adult UUs grapple with, meet with mentors from the congregation, and articulate their own beliefs in a credo project. They will share their credos and lead the service today. Music: Yuri Liberzon, classical guitar