Author: Bob Britton

Get Involved: Sheriff Oversight Meeting April 28

Alameda County Board of Supervisors Public Protection Committee Meeting – Zoom Only

Thursday, April 28, 10am

What’s Going On?

Alameda County has the worst jail in the state, with tragic avoidable deaths every year. Our Peace & Justice Action Team has been working with the Interfaith Coalition for Justice in our Jails to create a Sheriff Oversight Board. Community support for Oversight has been strong, but lately supporters of the
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Liberation Poetry from the 2021 Labor Day Service

This past Sunday was our 18th annual lay-led Labor Day service! Originally it focused on workers and Labor Movement history in advocacy, song, and poetry. The service has evolved in recent years to emphasize what I call “Liberation Poetry.”

The truths of past Labor Day homilies persist. The acceleration of income and wealth inequality continues unabated. According to a recent Federal Reserve report, the richest 1% possesses $42 Trillion of the national wealth, while the … Read the rest

UU the Vote – Action is the Antidote to Despair

“Hope doesn’t come from calculating whether the good news is winning out over the bad. It is simply a choice to take action.”

— Anna Lappe

Do you often feel anxiety or despair at the state of our nation, our world? Does it seem that the forces of hate have the upper hand? Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “Action is the antidote to despair*.”

Across the country UU congregations are taking actions to defend our … Read the rest

Our Original Welcoming Congregation Program

By Bob Britton

It has been nearly 10 years since Starr King Church was certified as a Welcoming Congregation. Many of the members of that Welcoming Congregation Committee have moved out of the area, but we are looking forward to renewing our status as a congregation welcoming of LBGTQ people and their allies.

Back then we followed the Welcoming Congregation Handbook urging commitment, education and action to gain our certification. An attitude questionnaire of our … Read the rest