Worship in our church is conducted in a way that is open and non-doctrinaire. We want it to have meaning to people who have a wide variety of faith-perspectives and life stories. We want religion for those who are here to be something they live, filled with a quest for justice and feelings of compassion. It's not about rituals or creeds. People don't have to "convert" to Unitarian Universalism to be a part of our congregation. People decide this is their religious home - and it has been the religious home to folks for almost as long as there has been a city of San Francisco.
In our church we think of ministry as being shared between our ministers, musicians other professional staff and the people of our congregation. You'll notice that in our worship, laypeople give announcements, do readings and lead us in reciting our covenant and singing our doxology. We also bring outstanding people from outside our church to speak to us, and once a month we invite our children to take part in our service, showing how much we value them as members of our community. Dress on Sunday is informal, and we always have with us a number of visitors. After the service folks are invited to join together in conversation at a coffee hour in the Thomas Starr King Room during which groups will have tables setup to explain their work, and a bookstore will be open. We also have a before church Breakfast Forum at 9:30 AM with notable speakers, and many programs after church and during the week, as well. In a sense, we think of all of this as being a part of our worship. These programs are as diverse as social justice events, Buddhist Meditation, and discussions for agnostics and atheists.
Our ministers lead periodic discussions of our faith and are available to counsel or provide services, such as officiating at weddings, child dedications and memorial services. A person does not have to be a member of the church to ask for help.