September 30, 2020 | Announcements & Events

First Sunday Poetry Circle
Sunday, October 4, 9:30 to 10:15 AM

Join us to share a poem, favorite or your own; or just come to listen. William Carlos Williams wrote, “It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.” How true in today’s world! Join us to find what you need. Contact Ron Weisberg for Zoom details.

First Sunday Gathering for Racial Justice: Books and Caucuses
Sunday, October 4, 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

At October’s First Sunday Gathering for Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression, we will break out into racial identity caucuses to discuss two recently published books that would equip and sustain us on our journey toward wholenessRev. Theresa Soto will facilitate the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color caucus discussion of Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation through Anger, by Lama Rod Owens. Interim DRE Alex Haider-Winnett will lead Allies for Racial Equity (members of dominant cultures) in a discussion of Me and White Supremacy, by Layla F. Saad.

You are warmly invited to join in! You don’t need to have read either book, but you will need a Zoom link, which you can request by sending an email to with FIRST SUNDAY in the subject line.

Supporting Police Oversight

In this election season, some of the important actions you will take are at the local level. One ballot measure to pay attention to is S 1, a measure to increase accountability of the police to Oakland communities. The Justice Team offers the Oakland Post as a resource. Your political actions must satisfy your own conscience, certainly. If you are interested in the issue of increased oversight, you can find more information here.

Pep Talk on “Oak Trees and Wild Fires”

Interim director of religious education Alex Haider-Winnett offers a Pep Talk on “Oak Trees and Wild Fires.” See the video here.

October Food For Thought

As part of our Monday-Through-Sunday School, we are sharing Food For Thought. These are questions to spark conversations and reflection during meal times. Just print out this handy table tent and place it on your dinner table or near where you eat to have conversations that promote resilience and theological conversation. For questions, feedback, or suggestions on Food For Thought or religious education at UU Oakland, please contact Alex Haider-Winnett, our Interim Director of Religious Education.