Week of 10-31-19 New Announcements and Events

First Sundays Update

Microaggressions are constant reminders that you don’t belong, that you are less than, that you are not worthy of the same respect that white people are afforded. They keep you off balance, keep you distracted, and keep you defensive. They keep you from enjoying an outing on the town or a day at the office. –Ijeoma Oluo

First Sundays are an opportunity for all of us together to deepen our journey in anti-racism. There have been caucus practices for both dominant culture folks (Allies for Racial Equity) and people of color and multiracial folks. We continue to amplify and deepen these practices this year. Each First Sunday, we will be extending this work in the worship hour.

This weekend we will be having our First Sunday experience on the theme of microaggressions and how they affect our congregation and our community life. You may know some things about microaggressions. If you do, this question is an invitation to think more about your personal reasons for working through this topic. If you don’t, I will include a couple of links at the bottom of this to start your exploration.

<strong>Sunday, Nov. 3 First Sunday Poetry Circle, "Kindness Spoken Here." 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM, 3rd floor Library.</strong> Please join us for this month's theme: a continuation of "Beloved Family." Poems about family - being in beloved relationship. We will look at the church covenant which asks for beloved relationship; and revisit "Kindness" our namesake poem by Naomi Shihab Nye asking what Kindness really is. Bring a poem to share or just come to listen.

<strong>Saturday , Nov. 23rd , Religious Traditions Discussion Group - Hinduism , 10:30 AM - 12 PM , Room TBA</strong>

The third source of UUism acknowledges the wisdom of many religious traditions around the world. All are welcome to join in an investigation of these traditions through guided discussions. This month will begin a chapter by chapter walkthrough of Huston Smith’s “The World’s Religions” starting with Hinduism.


<strong>Thurs., Dec. 5, Book Group, 7:30-9:30 PM, in Rockridge/Berkeley Border.</strong> This month's book is "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" by Matthew Desmond. It's a brilliant Pulitzer-Prize-winning best seller.
Contact emily.stoper@gmail.com for information about location and accessibility.
All are welcome!