February 3, 2021 | Announcements & Events

Your Ideas Wanted: How Can First Unitarian Help Support Family Reunifications?
Friday, February 5, 3:00 PM

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s Congregational Accompaniment Project for Asylum Seekers (CAPAS) supports congregations that host and accompany migrants obtaining legal asylum, in solidarity and resistance to our government’s xenophobic immigration policies. There are active efforts right now to bring back parents egregiously separated from their children at the border and in need of solidarity support. One such family is in Oakland. Join an informative meeting and brainstorming session to discuss how our church may be able to help support this family. Email yesplease@uuoakland.org with the subject line REUNIFICATION for the meeting link.

Poetry Circle
Sunday, February 7, 9:30 to 10:15 AM

Galway Kinnell wrote, “… poetry is somebody standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment.” Please join in saying what it is for you; or, just come to listen. Zoom details sent out Sunday morning. Contact Ron Weisberg for more info.

First Sunday Antiracism Discussion and Practice
Sunday, February 7, 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

We will be joined this month by our guest Rev. Deanna Vandiver as we continue our examination of white exceptionalism, following “The Good Ones” event on January 21. Sponsored by Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Team. Email yesplease@uuoakland,org with FIRST SUNDAY in the subject line for Zoom details.

Congregational Read-Along: Braiding Sweetgrass
Friday, February 19, 6:00 to 7:00 PM

For the new year, let’s gather wisdom and perspective from Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. This second meetup will cover “An Offering,” “Asters and Goldenrod,” and “Learning the Grammar of Animacy:” Write to yesplease@uuoakland.org with READ ALONG in the subject line to receive the link. If you would like support in obtaining the book, e-book, or audiobook, please reach out to Pastor Theresa.

Facilitation Training
Saturday, February 20, 1:00 to 2:00 PM

Pastor Theresa will lead training on “full participation” and “functional group” facilitation models. To receive the link for this training, send an email to yesplease@uuoakland.org with FACILITATION in the subject line.

Book Group Meeting
Thursday, February 25, 7:30 to 9:30 PM

All are welcome! Twilight of the Elites: America after Meritocracy by Chris Hayes. Several Best Book of 2012 choices. “Mixing deft political analysis, timely social commentary, and deep historical understanding, [this book] describes how our society–utterly forgiving at the top and relentlessly punitive at the bottom–produces leaders who are out of touch with the people.” Next to discuss on March 25: Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, by James W. Loewen. For a Zoom invitation, contact bookgroup@uuoakland.org.