Week of 8-27-19 New Announcements & Events

Summer Chaplain Transition- From Rev. Mary Foran

Dear First Unitarian Church of Oakland — Thank you for the many blessings of serving as your Summer Chaplain. My time with you ends tomorrow. During August I have had the pleasure of serving and coordinating with Reverend Theresa. We are all fortunate to have them as our lead minister for pastoral care, worship and so much else.

Watch for information about an eight-week group I will be facilitating starting September 24, “Spiritual Practices for Courageous and Compassionate Living.”

Sunday, Sept. 8 Poetry 9:30 AM 3rd Floor Library. Please join us before worship as we begin another year of poetry.  Our theme will be “Beginnings.”  Just for September (because of Labor Day) we’ll meet the 2nd Sunday, the 8th, at 9:30 in the 3rd floor library.  Please bring a poem to share if you wish. Contact Ron for more info.
Tues, Sept 24 through Nov 19, Spiritual Practices for Courageous and Compassionate Living, 7 to 9 PM, Room TBD. To build mutual commitments for courageous and compassionate living, where liberation for all is the goal. A group for congregants who want more spiritually grounded lives; willing to experiment, reflect and support each other’s search for inner wisdom. Aim is for a diverse group of 8 to 12 seekers. Caucusing whenever necessary.
Register: http://bit.ly/SpiritPractice
Visit https://uuoakland.org/about-us/ministers/ for info about Rev. Mary

Thurs., Sept. 26, Congregational Book Group Meeting, 7:30-9:30 PM. You’re all welcome to join us to talk about Trevor Noah’s memoir, “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” – a book rich in both humor and substance.  Contact Emily.Stoper@gmail.com about location and accessibility.

<strong>F-Su, Oct 4-6, All Church Retreat, 6 PM Friday - 12 PM Sunday, Westminster Woods, Occidental, CA. </strong>Save the Date for our annual retreat in woods. Everyone is welcome. The No-Talent Talent Show is legendary. Our Lay-led worship is touching. Swimming is available. Walks are plentiful. The craft/puzzle room is popular. Campfires with s'mores and singing are harmonious. Secret Siblings and Assassin are likely to return. Sign-ups will start September 9. For details on the site, follow this link.<a href="https://www.westminsterwoods.org/facilities" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.westminsterwoods.org/facilities&source=gmail&ust=1567023516588000&usg=AFQjCNE46M2ZxOmahsspLvpxNgcrfjQfFQ">https://www.westminsterwoods.<wbr />org/facilities</a> <span style="color: #ff0000;">IMPORTANT: This will be the last overnight <span style="text-decoration: underline;">All-Church Retreat</span> for a few years while we experiment with a more local retreat model</span>.

Wed-Sat, Oct. 30-Nov.2, Black Lives Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) Symposium, Saint Paul, MN., Open to ALL

For the first time, BLUU is hosting a gathering that is open to all. We know that a Black UU theology doesn’t just benefit Black people – just as our history isn’t isolated in its impact and relevance, the ways in which we think about and live out our faith are useful to anyone committed to lives of spiritual resonance and justice making.

This is going to be an unprecedented gathering of people committed to a Unitarian Universalism that centers and celebrates Blackness! If you have been struggling with our faith & really thinking about what it truly MEANS to be a UU – COME TO THE SYMPOSIUM! You won’t be disappointed!

To register, book accommodations, and check out the schedule, click here.

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Questions? Please contact symposium@blacklivesuu.com.