June 2, 2021 | Announcements & Events

First Sunday Antiracism Discussion and Practice | Sunday, June 6, 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

This month, we will consider the topic “We Cannot Divide: Intersection of Race and Ability” all together and in our racial identity caucuses. The BIPOC caucus will be led by guest Rayla Mattson, and the dominant culture caucus by guest Catie Osborn and JTW member Dennis Rowcliffe. For an auto-reply with meeting details, email yesplease@uuoakland.org with the subject line FIRST SUNDAY. For more info, contact the Journey Toward Wholeness Antiracism Transformation Team (jtw@uuoakland.org).


Sunday June 6, First Sunday Poetry Circle, 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM, Zoom

Please join us for the reading and discussion of well loved poems.  June’s theme is, “Self Blossoming.”  As wonderful, New Hampshire poet Galway Kinnell writes in “St Francis and the Sow,” “Sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness.”  Join us and relearn your loveliness!  Contact Ron for more information.

Worship Associates Blast-Off  Saturday, June 12, 10 AM to 12 PM

As we anticipate reopening our church and offering multiplatform worship services, all are invited to join Rev. Kimberley Debus, worship whisperer, to explore how to work with guests, choose worship elements, and support the flow of worship. This opportunity is for anyone curious, seeking to build specific skills and to (re-)join the worship program, or simply wanting to try, bringing goodwill and attention. For the meeting link, email yesplease@uuoakland.org with the subject WORSHIP BLAST-OFF. For more info, email Jeffrey Melcher.

Monthly BIPOC Worship Service Schedule: Please mark your calendar!

A monthly schedule has been set for BIPOC worship services, on the second Saturday of each month, at 5:30 PM, and they will be followed immediately by social time. Please note that, accordingly, the June BIPOC worship service will take place on June 12, instead of the previously scheduled date of June 5. On June 12, Rev. Jen Simon will be the guest worship leader.

As a reminder, those with the lived experience of being Black, Indigenous, a person of color, or a person of mixed race, are invited to attend BIPOC Worship Services, along with spouses, children, and chosen family of any race. To attend, you must have been invited by a BIPOC or mixed race person. If you have any question about the BIPOC worship, please contact the Journey Toward Wholeness Antiracism Transformation Team at jtw@uuoakland.org.

A Message from Jeffrey Melcher

I am delighted to help FUCO with its summer worship as a temporary-staff Worship Coordinator. This is not my first rodeo working with a UU congregation. I have had eight  staff roles in five UU organizations including: Youth Advisor, Program Director, Ministerial Intern, Wedding Officiant, UULM Field Organizer, and DRE. If you are interested in being part of Summer worship or have a question/comment, please drop me a line at jeffrey@uuoakland.org.

Starting Point and Spirit Circle on Hiatus

Starting Point — a conversation about Unitarian Universalism, our congregation, our mission, and our future — and Spirit Circle — an exploration of spiritual and ethical life — will be on hiatus in June and July while Pastor Theresa is on leave. These gatherings will resume in the next program year, as follows:

Starting Point (3rd Wednesday monthly, 7:30 to 8:30 PM) – August 18
Spirit Circle (1st Thursday monthly, 8:00 to 9:00 PM) – September 2

Contact connect@uuoakland.org with any question.

Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

Your board of trustees has approved its meeting schedule through March 2022. The meetings will be held generally on the 4th Tuesday monthly, except for June and July, when meetings will be held on the 4th Sunday. The next meeting will be on Sunday, June 27, and will begin with an open comment period at 12:00 PM. Please check all the dates and times, and mark your calendar. Contact board@uuoakland.org with any question.