Service of the Living Tradition (SLT)

Newly called ministers cross the GA stage, shaking hands and embracing along the way.

2018 Service of the Living Tradition

The Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group invites you to join us at this service where we honor those who have died, recognize those who have completed professional service, and welcome those who have received fellowship, credentialed, or certified status in the past year.

The Service of the Living Tradition (SLT) is Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 4 pm PT / 5 pm MT / 6 pm CT / 7 pm ET. The video stream of the service will be available to the public on In-person attendance to this service will be complimentary and open to visitors who are fully vaccinated and who are pre-registered no later than 24 hours in advance.

An image of Pastor Jacqueline Duhart with hands crossed over their chest wearing black robes and a stole

The sermon, Radicals Rise Up - NOW Is A Moment, will be delivered by Pastor Jacqueline Duhart, Director of Spiritual Care Services at Starr King School for the Ministry. Pastor Jacqueline is a Queer feminist of African heritage, mother, prison abolitionist, beloved partner, daughter and sibling, Minister Emerita of First Unitarian Church of Oakland, NURTURER, and LOVER of everything that supports life to thrive in joy.

Francisco Ruiz

Our Music Director, Francisco Ruiz, serves as Director of Music for the UU Church of Long Beach, as well as Program Director of Spiritual Practice and Worship for the Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries (AUUMM). Hailing from Ecuador, Francisco Ruiz is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and music director for a variety of choirs and music groups in LA. He has worked with various artists including U2, Ivan Lins, Luis Enrique and KC Porter. He has worked as vocalist and choir director at various important venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Wiltern, among others. Francisco has been a vocal educator for over 10 years, sharing his knowledge in vocal improvisation acquired by studying and performing with Bobby McFerrin and members of Voicestra: Joey Blake and Rhiannon. Francisco can be seen chasing around his toddler in every park and store of the San Gabriel Valley, playing basketball and devoting his time to community building programs such as Youth Art Centers & After-school music schools for underserved families in South Central LA.

Sermons of the SLT Since 1997

  • 2006 "To Live In This World," Judith Meyer
  • 2005 "Out From Walden," Patrick O’Neill
  • 2004 "Count It All Joy," Rosemary Bray McNatt
  • 2003 "Give 'Em The Old Razzle Dazzle," Gary E. Smith
  • 2002 "Only By Your Presence (PDF)," Barbara Pescan
  • 2001 "Called! By Whom? To What?" Richard S. Gilbert
  • 2000 "Imagining a New World," Marilyn Sewell
  • 1999 "Other Pulpits, Other Ministries," Mark Belletini
  • 1998 "Truth Telling (PDF)," Barbara Merritt
  • 1997 "Too Swift to Stop, Too Sweet to Lose (PDF)," William F. Schulz (Schulz gave two sermons with the same title, one at each of the two SLTs; both are included here.)