February 10, 2021 | Announcements & Events

Call for New Board Members

The Board of Trustees is seeking several new members, who will be elected at the church’s annual meeting on March 14. You must be a member of the congregation to serve on the Board.

The Board serves the congregation by establishing broad policies for the governance of the church and acting as guardian of its organizational, spiritual, and financial health. We need Board members with broad vision and we also welcome practical experience in leading organizations handling finances. We are looking for people of all ages, races, gender identities and social classes.

The current Board members aim to accommodate interested candidates so that they can contribute and thrive as Board members in a way that is compatible with their personal schedules and lives.

Serving on the Board is a challenging job that offers deep satisfactions, because the Board, working closely with the minister, plays a crucial role in making our dreams for the church come true.

The Board needs members who are dedicated to that work and who can see the big picture, work hard, inspire others and be discreet.  Skills in speaking, writing, organizing and fund-raising, as well as knowledge of basic accounting, are especially needed. If you don’t feel ready to take on this job, you can help by suggesting others who may wish to serve.

Board terms begin in March and last for three years. Members cannot serve two consecutive terms. Currently, the Board meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 7:00 to 9:15 p.m. on Zoom. Members may be called upon to attend additional meetings and take on other tasks as well.

If you know you would like to run for the Board or the Nominating Committee or just need more information, please contact Kris Wedding Crowell, Helen Duffy or Zia Swim, as soon as possible.

BIPOC Social: Art Club!
Saturday, February 27, 5:45 to 6:45 PM

If you identify as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color, you are warmly invited to a social evening of sharing art in many forms. Please come with your art or examples of art created or performed by another, on the theme of “beloved community.” In honor of Black History Month, we will highlight Black artistry. Please invite your BIPOC friends to join in too! Contact Journey Toward Wholeness Antiracism Transformation Team at jtw@uuoakland.org for more information.

Spring 2021 Beloved Conversations Registration Now Open through February 26

Sponsored by the Journey Toward Wholeness team multiple times over the years, First Unitarian Church of Oakland has offered “Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity,” which was developed by the Fahs Collaborative for Unitarian Universalists seeking to embody racial justice as a spiritual practice and to heal the impact of racism in our lives. The curriculum is now offered virtually and writers have designed the workshop to address the differentiated learning of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color as well as for white people. About a dozen members of our congregation participated in the Fall 2020 session. As before, full and partial scholarships are available and easily accessible this spring. Visit the Beloved Conversations website for details. Contact the Journey Toward Wholeness Antiracism Transformation Team at jtw@uuoakland.org with any question.