Week of 5-02-19 New Announcements & Events

Sign-up for our Women’s Retreat starts May 12 right after service in Vente Hall. The women’s retreat will take place Friday-Sunday, July 19-21, 2019, at Redwood Glen, a peaceful wooded conference center in the Santa Cruz mountains. The weekend will feature workshops, music, dancing, crafting, hanging out, and more. Sign up soon for this great event which always fills up! Karen Axelsson

Sat., May 4th, 7 PM, Circle of Oak Beltane, Offsite. Announcing that UU Oakland’s Pagan Interest Group has acquired a less clunky working title! We are now the Circle of Oak, a name we will be journeying with for the rest of the ritual year, until Samhain (Halloween). Our next event is this Saturday, May 4th, a fire festival in honor of Beltane.  All are welcome!  Beltane is the second most important holiday in the Wheel of the Year, which is a Celtic Solar ritual year cycle celebrated in many modern Pagan traditions.  It is a time to welcome the fertility of summer, dance the Maypole, jump over bonfires, and often to invite the Fey Folk to play with us a spell. Our ritual will be offsite in a public-transit-accessible, local Oakland backyard to enjoy the summer weather in the outdoors.  Email airtribepriestess@gmail.com for details and to join in.

Sun. May 5, Poetry Circle, 9:30 AM – 3rd Floor Library.  Please join us for poems embracing the entirety of a life.  “A death offers us a window on a whole life / rarely do we see this / amid the rush and scatter of the day . . .”  Bring a favorite poem or just come to be moved.  Contact  Ron with inquiries.

Thurs., May 23, 7:30 – 9:30 PM. Church Book Group Meeting. This month’s book will be the controversial work “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure,” by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt. Should make for a lively discussion. Contact Emily.Stoper@gmail.com for information about location and accessibility.

Last week to order Side with Love gear: t shirts, hoodies, caps, hats, visors! Purchase yours to fill the sanctuary with yellow on June 16th, our last service with Pastor Jacqueline as Parish Minister. Store closes on FRIDAY MAY 3.To purchase gear, click on the link below. Consider purchasing an extra shirt for someone who doesn’t have one on 6/16. CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM OUR LOVELY LIMITED TIME ONLINE STORE! lpoole53@gmail.com