Black Disability Justice Now

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Sunday, July 5

Black Disability Justice Now
10:15 AM, via Zoom

10:15 to 10:30 AM – Pre-Gather
10:30 to 11:30 AM – Worship Service

Worship Leaders are: Rev. Theresa Soto and guests Leroy F. Moore Jr. and Black liberation theologian of disability, Kendrick Kemp. Leroy Moore Jr. is the founder of Krip-Hop Nation and has written the column “Illin-N-Chillin” for POOR Magazine since the 1990s. Moore is one of the founding members of National Black Disability Coalition and an activist around police brutality against people with disabilities. His cultural work includes film documentary, spoken-word CDs, poetry books, a children’s book, and a graphic novel. Moore has traveled internationally networking with other disabled activists and artists and has written, sang, and collaborated to do music videos on Black disabled men.

A special request: Please bring an ice cream scoop or other ice cream related item to Sunday’s service.

The live worship will be streamed via Zoom at 10:30 AM and will be followed by our monthly first Sunday gathering for racial justice and time for fellowship. You will need a Zoom link to join. Please email to request Zoom details.

A recording of the worship service will be made and posted on First Unitarian Church of Oakland’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page. If you want to talk about being recorded, please reach out to

Children and Youth Events

This summer, children and youth events will take place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in July and August. The next children’s chapel, Club UU (6th through 9th grade), and high school youth group will take place on July 12. For more information, contact Nicole Fitzhugh at

Embracing Meditation

A time to share what you’re thinking of with care, embracing meditation will be part of the live Zoom worship at 10:30 AM (see above). If you are unable to join worship but would like to include names or words, please feel free to email Pastor Theresa or text them (at 510-473-7686) before Saturday at 7 PM, with EMBRACING MEDITATION in the subject line. Please note that Rev. Theresa is unable to check email on Sundays.

Choosing Discomfort: Racial Identity Caucusing
11:35 AM to 12:35 PM

This Sunday, following worship service, join us for our monthly First Sunday Gathering for Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression. We will break out into racial identity caucuses to build resilience in uncomfortable situations. Caucuses will be facilitated by Rev. Theresa Soto for Black, indigenous, and people of color, and by guest Janine Gelsinger, Executive Director of UU Justice Arizona, for dominant culture groups. She has worked alongside a grassroots coalition to win Civilian Oversight of the Phoenix police and organized over two dozen individual appointments with state legislators to successfully stop anti-immigration bills. She is passionate about radical inclusion, radical justice, and radical shades of lipstick. You will need a Zoom link to join. Please email to request Zoom details.

Virtual Coffee Hour
12:35 to 1:35 PM

Let’s gather for coffee and conversation immediately following our First Sunday gathering (see above)! You bring your drink or snack and stay on Zoom. We begin with a couple of sing-along songs. You will need a Zoom link to join. Please email to request Zoom details.