This week, Pastor Theresa and facilities manager Stefan Schneider met with other leadership in the church to talk about and continue to track pandemic status for Alameda County and the Bay Area. While Alameda County is at Orange level, we do not have the capacity for safe conditions at this time, but Stefan continues to faithfully prepare the building for our return, with additional tools and protection. A combination of science and best practices asks us to continue waiting until it is safe. White Catholic bishop Fulton Sheen offers this reminder:
Patience is power.
Patience is not an absence of action;
rather it is “timing”
it waits on the right time to act,
for the right principles
and in the right way.
Community-based immunity continues to improve. We will be keeping an eye on this as one of the factors allowing for our return and as soon as we are able, we will cry, sing, and rejoice.
Witching Hour with Circle of Oak
Sunday, March 21, 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Witching Hour, usually on the 2nd Sunday monthly, has been rescheduled this month to resolve conflict with the annual congregational meeting. An hour for tea, good company, and learning about topics relevant to Witchcraft and other Earth-centering spiritual paths. With a new focus topic each month, it’s always a good time to drop by and see what’s brewing! All are welcome! Get the Zoom link by emailing circleofoak@
Participatory Covenanting Process
Saturday, March 27, 1:00 to 1:30 PM
In anticipation of the installation on April 25 of Rev. Theresa Soto as our lead minister, they invite the congregation to a brief participatory covenanting process. Please consider this sample act of installation, to be personalized to this community and come with your ideas. To receive an auto-reply with a meeting link, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line COVENANTING.
Installation of Rev. Theresa I. Soto
Sunday, April 25, 1:00 PM
The installation of Rev. Theresa I. Soto as the lead minister of First Unitarian Church of Oakland, will take place online. Please watch this video from Rev. Theresa, and mark your calendar!