No hay/puentes—Bridges/no bridges—What Lies Ahead

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Caminante, no hay puentes, se hace puentes al andar. // Voyager, there are no bridges, one builds them as one [travels]. —Gloria Anzaldúa

Chicana scholar and feminist and queer theorist Gloria Anzaldúa reminds us that we are the ones who build the bridges. This election season has been strenuous and sets challenges before us. What are our resources as a community? What are our next moves? Join Pastor Theresa, Reverend Joseph Santos-Lyons, Stefan Schneider, and others for a time of centering and imagining. Embracing meditation is part of the service.

UPDATE: Please bring with you one square of toilet paper as we discuss waiting and time. You can also bring the corner of a tissue or napkin.

You will need a Zoom link to join and can request it by sending an email to with SUNDAY WORSHIP ZOOM in the subject line. 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 Pastor Theresa.

Did you miss last Sunday? You can view the slides that were shared: “Don’t Put Your Head in the Waffle Iron”

Embracing Meditation

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

Events for Children and Youth

  • Children’s Chapel
    10:00-10:25 AM with Nicole Fitzhugh (2nd and 4th Sundays of each month). If you need information on how to access, please contact Nicole or Alex.
  • Club UU
    10:30-11:30 AM. Club UU, our group for tweens and middle school-aged people, returns! We’ll meet over Zoom on the 2nd and 4th Sundays for a low-key way to gather with friends. Check-in for care and support, play games, and learn together at Club UU. Contact Alex and Nicole for more details and information.
  • High School Youth Group
    12:00-1:00 PM.
     Over the next few months the high school youth group will take a deep dive into our UU 7 principles. This Sunday we’ll take a look at our 2nd Principle, “Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.” As usual, we’ll have a time of check-in and a time of centering/grounding. Hope to see you there! Contact Amy or Alex for Zoom information.

Virtual Coffee Hour
Immediately After Worship Service

Let’s gather for coffee and conversation following worship service! You bring your drink or snack and stay on Zoom. We begin with a couple of sing-along songs, followed by an opportunity for everyone to check in. You will need a Zoom link to join. For Zoom details, please email with COFFEE HOUR in the subject line.