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Sunday Worship Service
Contemplative Service
March Is Pledge Month!
President's Column
Landscape Work Party
How to help re earthquake
UUCM Congregational Retreat
Social Concerns News
Shelter Report
"UU World" Salon
Administrator's vacation
Balazs Transylvanian Tea
UUCM Book Club
Kirtan continues
Friends of the UUA phonathon
Pacific Central District Assembly 2011
Wine Country Holiday
UU United Nations Intergenerational Spring Seminar
It's the Year of the BAFS!
Upcoming Dates
 March 26
Landscape Work Party

March 27
Class on Islam
Adult Ed. after service
12:30 - 3:00

March 31

Turn in your pledge form

April 2
Transylvania Tea
Starr King School

April 3
UU World Salon

 April 10
Class on Islam
Adult Ed. after service
12:30 - 3:00

April 13
Book Club   


April 16, 2 PM  

Memorial for Burr Cavan


   April 21, May 19



April 29-May 1

UUCM Congregational Retreat 

October 8 

Partner Church

Inauguration Ceremony

Sovata, Transylvania


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We cherish
diversity and
welcome among us
people of all races,
cultures, ages,
abilities, sexual
orientations, and
faith perspectives.

GUESTS are always welcome.
Sunday worship is a time for
inspiration, renewal, and connection.

Join adults during the first part of the
service, and then attend Religious
Education classes. Nursery and
toddler care is provided during the
11:00 service.

in the Courtyard or
Fireside Room follows the services.
Come, join us!

Staff Links
Minister: Rev. Chip Wright

Director of Religious Education: 
Linda Haumann

Janette Morrow

President, Board of Trustees:
Jennifer Gennari

Director of Music: Philip Hildreth music@uumarin.org

Milton Wong

Pastoral Care: Chair:
Carol Littrell 883-9676
Partial Resource List 
Minister's Schedule
Rev. Chip Wright

Office Hours
Tues., Wed., Thurs.
10:00am to 3:00 pm.
Or available by appt.: 
phone (415)479-4131
Email Rev. Chip at: minister@uumarin.org
    March 24th, 2011
Issue #110         
Sunday Worship Service       


March 27, 11 am: "It Comes from the Heart"

Rev. Chip Wright with Worship Associate Jay Thurmond


Reflections on the power of the center of community.


View and Print March Services  

View and Print April Services    


Past Sermons Online 


All new sermons on the web sermons index are audio. Older sermons are text.  If you want a text version of an Audio sermon please contact the minister.  


March 20, 2011:  

AUDIO"Turning of the Star Wheel" by the Rev. Chip Wright.   


March 13, 2011:  

AUDIO "Saints and Leprechauns" by the Rev. Chip Wright.   


Basket Share Calendar 


Effective July 1, 2011 services will begin at 10:30
am, year round

(See letter from Board president)


Contemplative Service  

Our Lay led Contemplative Service is from
9:00-9:50 am on Sundays
(not availa
ble in summer).

Readings introduce a silent period to reflect on a topic or idea, followed by an opportunity to share individual thoughts.

March Is Pledge Month! 
March signifies not only the coming of spring but the time when we make our financial commitment for the upcoming church year. So far, about 50% of members and friends have pledged more than $120,000!  This month, renew your spirit by renewing your pledge 
Janette will be available to answer questions in her office this Sunday before service (beginning at 10:30 am) and briefly after service (until 12:30 pm). Return your pledge form to the table at coffee hour or to the office by March 31.

President's Column: A Turn at the Helm

Jennifer Gennari
UUCM Board President
April, 2011


Spring is here, daffodils are blooming and leaves are unfurling! Please remember to thank the landscape work party volunteers-they clean the fishpond and work hard each season to make this hill a magical place.


Before summer arrives, we will be electing new board members and filling vacancies on committees. If you are looking for a new way to get involved, please email me. We will also be passing our budget, made easier by knowing how much funding we have. Many thanks to Susan Ingersoll for running an efficient and productive pledge drive!


It's been two years since our last retreat-so don't miss this one! It is Friday, April 29 to May 1 at Walker Creek Ranch, just north of Novato. This fabulous unplugged weekend of making art, dancing, nature hiking, singing and exploring is not to be missed. Walker Creek retreat is a reminder of what is so valuable about our intergenerational community. Don't let the cost deter you-please apply for a scholarship.


What happens at Walker Creek is a microcosm of what happens here, every week. UUCM is a place where we accept each other and guide each other on our paths. Let's celebrate our community together.


Landscape Work Party  

Come clean the Fishpond Saturday, March 26th.
March 25 - Check our website. to see if rain cancels.  
The Landscape Committee is having a work party March 26th to clean the pond and do odd jobs around the garden. The pond has to be emptied and cleaned once a year. The fish are caught and placed in a barrel before being returned to their renovated home. This is a huge job and lots of fun.

Learn the Secret of Pond Pump from the Master:  Be the next in a venerated lineage.  We need  a UUCM member to come to the Work Party to learn the operation of the fish pond pumping system from Art Derby.  I believe this will be Art's last year to work on the system so we need a new expert for the future.   

A delicious lunch will be provided.

We start at 8:30 am and usually finish at 2:00 pm.

Come and bring the kids.
John Quinley, Chair Facilities Committee

How to help re earthquake  

The UUA issued the following statement on the UUA web site:
"Following Friday's devastating earthquake and resulting tsunamis, the UUA has been in contact with our religious partners in Japan to express our concern and our willingness to partner with them in recovery efforts.  Our partners, including Rissho Kosei-kai, Tsubaki Grand Shrine, the Konko Church of Izuo, the Tokyo Dojin Church, and the Japan Chapter of the International Association for Religious Freedom are all in discernment about the specific efforts they will be taking to support recovery work, and the UUA will walk with them in the directions that are ultimately chosen.

  Please join with UUs throughout the United States by contributing to the UUA's Japan Relief Fund which will support the work that our Japanese partners pursue."

 You may make a donation to the Japan Relief Fund here! 

UUCM Congregational Retreat
Walker Creek Ranch  
April 29 - May 1, 2011
retreat fire circle

Sign up now for  the wonderful  UUCM Congregational Retreat at Walker Creek Ranch, 1700 acres of beautiful rolling hills just 20 miles west of Novato. Besides the wonderful meals, worship services, and just the grand opportunity to spend quality time together, there are many outstanding programs for you and your children to enjoy at the Retreat. There are many intergenerational programs including our traditional barn dance.


Confirmed programs being offered so far are: Tie dye, UU parenting workshop, Nature walk for all ages - looking for all kinds of animals, a writing workshop, Dance/Movement workshop, Small Group Circle with the theme "Inspiration", and Practices to relieve tension. 


Registration deadline is  Wednesday MARCH 30th.

Drop by the information/registration table in the foyer for more information.  

Nonmembers pay a $50 extra fee per family. If you are considering joining this would be a good time to do so. 



Request for Proposals    

We still need more people to lead workshops at the retreat. Proposal forms  are available on the Web and in the Retreat box on the wall of the Community (Robinson) Room.  

Contact persons:  Nani Ranken, 898-8558, nani@ranken.com
For Arts & Crafts offerings and ideas: contact Tom Ervin at ervinjohnston@comcast.net or 479-8203


Visit our web page for general

information and photos from 2009 retreat.

Social Concerns News  

The Social Concerns Committee hosts information/action speaker luncheons several times a year. Congregants are invited to bring suggestions for Social or Environmental Justice issues and speakers to: socialconcerns@uumarin.org.    

UUCM hosts a Social Concerns Information/Action Table during coffee hour after Sunday services.  

We UUCM members and friends often put our spiritual values to work in the world in ways both large and small. If you care about, or are involved in, some kind of social justice endeavor that you want us to know about, contact  socialconcerns@uumarin.org. to reserve a Sunday for your table.  No candidate or individual party can be promoted or denigrated.  Any political stand or position MUST be about issues not political figures, candidates or party affiliations.
Click on the links below to learn more about how YOU can get involved with both of these great programs: 

Social Concerns  

Green Sanctuary

Shelter Report 

Been putting off your good intentions? Hurry, now, before it's too late.
Next Sunday, March 27, will be the FINAL night of this year's rotating shelter program.
So far, Caroline Bopp has agreed to provide a meat main dish.
We still need 1. a vegetarian main dish, 2. salad, 3. fruit, and 4. dessert. (Ice cream would be a perfect final selection!) Contact: Joan Nelson 453-6221 Joan Nelson.
3/20 - shelter volunteers from one of the Small Group Circles included: Lorayne Hansen, Linda Haumann, Gerry Holcomb, Marje Hollinger, Carl and Edna Lingenfelter, and Babs Turrentine.

"UU World" Salon

chalice blue

COME TO THE SALON!!         

The UUCM "UU World" Salon is a quarterly brown-bag lunch discussion. It's an opportunity for UUCM members and guests (families welcome) to gather and lunch together while the adults discuss an announced topic culled from "UU World" material.  


WHEN: April 3rd: 12:30-1:30 pm in the Fireside room.  


TOPIC: This Salon's Topic comes from ongoing UUCM sermons: God Talk - Defining a common spiritual vocabulary.


Bring your lunches, bright thoughts, open minds and curious hearts. If you would like childcare, RSVP no later than March 25th to Linda Haumann (dre@uumarin.org). Please bring brown bag lunch for your children too!


Contact Tanya Webster (tanweb@gmail.com) or Linda Haumann (dre@uumarin.org)

More info on flyer 


Administrator's vacation

From the Administrator: Janette will be on vacation the week of April 11 and will return to the office on Tuesday, April 19.
Please submit announcements for the April 10 and 17 order of service by Wednesday, April 6.
  Balázs Transylvanian Tea on  April 2

The Balázs Scholars Program at Starr King School for the Ministry invites you and your friends to our Spring Transylvanian Tea.


This Fundraiser to support the visiting scholar program will be held on: Saturday, April 2 at 3:30pm at  

Starr King School  

2441 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley   

The suggested donation is $25.  

RSVP to Arliss Ungar 925-283-3288.


Featured guests will be

leventethe 2010-2011 Balázs Scholar and minister in Sovata and Csokfalva, Transylvania,  

Rev. Levente Lázár  

(UUCM's Partner church minister)  








Dorsey BlakeRev. Dr. Dorsey Blake,  

Dean of the Faculty and Visiting Professor of Spirituality and Prophetic Justice at Starr King School and pastor of the San Francisco Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, an interfaith, interracial, intercultural community of seekers dedicated to personal empowerment and social transformation.  


They will speak on "Prophetic Voices."     


Each year the Balázs Scholars Program brings a young Transylvanian minister (and family) to study at Starr King School and the Graduate Theological Union, and to preach at Unitarian Universalist churches throughout the Bay Area and the country.  


If you would like to help sustain this program please make a check to Starr King School with Balázs on the notation line, and send it to Starr King School, 2441 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709.


UUCM Book Club

book pile

UUCM Book Club Meets Wednesday,
April 13, 7:30, Clara Barton Room

Our book is Shakespeare's Sonnets

Let's ring in the spring year with everyone reading as many of Shakespeare's sonnets as we wish, but prepare to read aloud beautifully 5 sonnets and to talk about them: images, metaphors, meaning.  I think we'll probably only get to 3 each, but choose 5 for discipline's sake.  First read the INTRODUCTION.  It's long but excellent, as is this link!

Claim your 5 sonnets by emailing Amy <alikover@aol.com> your top 5 choices, ranked.  If you don't care, choose 5 blindfolded.   First come, first served!

Happy reading. Amy Likover C: 909.969.8960

Kirtan continues

Kirtan, April 21, May 19,  7 to 8:30 PM (Approx.), Fireside Room
Chanting & meditation services continue.  These services offer a refreshing reentry into the heart-centered world of meditation and deep joy.  If you haven't come to one of these services before and wish to deepen your spiritual life or find a space to just relax into, please come.

 Rev. Chip. 

Friends of the UUA phonathon 

It's that time of year again! In addition to our regular mailings to Friends of the UUA donors, the Friends conduct an annual fundraising phonathon.


Later this month, Stratcom, the Friend's telemarketing firm, will be phoning only UUA donors who have expressed a preference to receive telemarketing appeals. 


If you are contacted and would like to report back on your call experience, submit your comments or request to be placed on our "no call" list by emailing Jill Sarber (Communications Manager, Stewardship and Development,

UUA) at jsarber@uua.org or 617.948.6544.

Pacific Central District Assembly 2011


Pacific Central District of the Unitarian Universalist Association's

District Assembly 2011

May 13-15, Newark Fremont Hilton,

The Transient and the Permanent


Come join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the consolidation of the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America into our Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations!


This year's event will take place May 13-15, 2011, at the Newark Fremont Hilton Hotel.

Click on the hotel link and make your room reservations now!  Registration is now open!

Please note that the deadline for the Early Bird Special of $75 is April 12, 2011.

This is a $20 savings over previous year's registration fee!


Please see the PCD DA2011 web page for all of the information!

Wine Country Holiday

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of North Bay


The UU's of Napa, California proudly announce the sixth season of our Wine Country Excursions. Again, we offer a variety of options for an inside look at one of America's most beautiful areas, internationally known for fine wines, gourmet dining and spectacular vistas.

The program runs from April through October. Our fees are below market rate for comparable services and all proceeds go to our small fellowship. More info.

UU United Nations Office

Intergenerational Spring Seminar

The UU United Nations Office

2011  Intergenerational   Spring  Seminar

April 28-30

"Empower Women for a Better Tomorrow"

Details at www.uu-uno.org

It's the Year of the BAFS!  
 friend chineseAnd you are invited!  BAFS?  Well, that is 'Bring a Friend Sundays.'  Bring a friend(s) to service at LEAST once a month--or have them bring you!  And you can anticipate a reward beyond heaven, on earth: Gourmet dinner at the home of Rev's Chip and Lisa on May 20, 2011!  

Here's how it works.

Please note the BAFS Sundays: 
Second half:   Apr. 10 &  May 15

All BAFS will offer an opportunity for any new folks to meet with the Minister, the RE Director, our Board President and other leaders of UUCM informally after the service.   


So start calling your friends and telling them what a great place the UUCM is and inviting these special people to our special Sundays on top of the hill.  A fun time will be had by all!
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