Sat., Feb. 2, Imbolc Ritual, 7-9 PM, Starr King Room. Our growing, as-yet-unnamed Pagan Interest Group is having our first ritual. All are welcome to join in! This ritual is in honor of Imbolc, the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. We will celebrate the holiday this year with a ritual centered around the healing energies of water. Contact Piper with questions.
Sun., Feb. 3, First Sunday Poetry Circle, 9:30 AM, 3rd Floor Library. Please join us for “Kindness Spoken Here.” Our theme this month is “Mary Oliver.” Especially valuable if you bring a favorite to share from this sterling poet; but come just to listen and marvel if you wish. Contact Ron with questions.
Fri, Feb 9, Young Adults Gathering, 5 PM – 8 PM, Meeting at: T4 and then Nature Vegetarian Restaurant. Please join your fellow UU Oakland friends aged 18-35ish for an evening of boba tea and/or dinner. We’ll meet for tea 5-6pm at T4 (1068 Webster St, Oakland between 10th & 11th St) then head to Nature Vegetarian Restaurant for dinner at 6:30 (1116 Franklin St, Oakland between 11th & 12th St). There will be moments of laughter, insight, and connection that you won’t want to miss! Please RSVP for dinner by 2/6. Brian Joaquin.
Sat., Feb. 16, Tea & Conversation with Rev. Chris Long, 1- 3 PM, Starr King Room. The Rev. Chris Long currently serves as a Justice Minister for West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rock River. OH. He was a seminary intern here at First Unitarian Church of Oakland from August 2006 to June 2008 while enrolled at Starr King School for the Ministry. On June 7, 2009, this Church ordained Chris Long to ministry. Where has “Spirit” lead Rev. Long? What are some of the significant highlights of his spiritual journey? What lessons have been learned? As part of our 150th Anniversary Celebration, “Gather the Spirit” all are invited to come out and celebrate the connections that bind us across distance and time. Please RSVP to hosts Lauren Poole (Former Ordination Coordinator) & Charles Masten so we can have ample snacks.