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Contemplative Service
Chip's Clips
Message from Rev. Chip
Community Potluck: May 12th
Sly Park camping trip
Book Group meeting - May 15
Dear Iran Project
Art Show
UUA General Assembly
Pacific Western Region Regional Assembly
Starr King Commencement Ceremony
Social Justice Items
Upcoming Dates
May 12
Potluck, Budget Hearing

May 18
Dear Iran Fundraiser

May 19
Annual Congregational Meeting

May 23
Kirtan Meditation 

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


CHILDREN AND YOUTH  join adults during the first part of the service, and then attend Religious Education classes. Nursery and toddler care is provided during the 10:30 service. 


REFRESHMENT HOUR  in the Courtyard or
Fireside Room follows the services.


 There are 4 "Sunday First Time Visitor" parking spots at the top of the parking lot.  

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Rev. Chip Wright
 ext. 102 
Jeffrey Melcher

Irene Stefanko



Janette Morrow

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 Rev. Chip Wright

Office Hours:

Tues., Wed., Thurs.
10am to 3pm
phone: 415-479-4131
 ext. 102

or email Rev. Chip: minister@uumarin.org 
DRE's Schedule
Director of Religious Education:
Jeffrey Melcher

Office Hours:
Sunday 12:30-1:30pm
Wednesday 3:00-5:00pm
Friday Noon - 4:00pm
Intern's Schedule
 Ministerial Intern:
Irene Stefanko

Office Hours:
Tues., Wed., Thurs

 May 9, 2013

Issue #214

Sunday Worship Service chalice

May 12, 10:30 am: 'Coming of Age'
Rev Chip Wright, DRE Jeffrey Melcher, Chris Davenport, Monique Webster & Mikey Songster and the COA Youth with Worship Associate Dianne Estrada

This Sunday we celebrate the completion of these youths' year long program coming-of-age in their Unitarian Universalist faith. Potluck lunch follows immediately.

Basket Share: Novato Human Needs is a locally run, volunteer-organized social work center center on Novato Boulevard. They work tirelessly to help provide food and other necessities to low income and at risk individuals and families throughout Novato.

Past services online


View future service information online        

Contemplative Service

Our Lay led Contemplative Service is from 9:00-10:00 am on Sundays in the Fireside Room.  


The  Contemplative Service is a small circle gathering that includes short readings and time for discussion and sharing of joys and concerns.

All are welcome to join us.   


Leader's schedule:

Sunday 5/12/13 Susan Pryor  
Sunday 5/19/13 Katie John Blikensderfer  

Chip's Clips
Reverend Chip Wright
May, 2013

It's May, the last full month of our UUCM programing year for 2012-13.  It is hard to believe this will be the end of my fourth and the beginning of my fifth year here at UUCM.  As we all head into the summer months I would ask you to take some time to think about this liberal religious community we nurture here. What makes it important in your life, and how does that show itself?

As I looked at all the faces of past ministers down the hall this last month I noticed that as we go into our fifth year together, this will have been the longest ministry here in thirty years. That is a long time not to have the space to just reflect on who we are as a religious community, to come together in conversations about our future, and to just celebrate our history here in Marin.
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Message from Rev. Chip
Visitor and New Member Coordinator
As many of you know Rev. Chip coordinated and convened a task force on membership last year to develop a clear and inviting process toward membership here at UUCM. This task force met for a year and ended in the fall of 2012. Out of this effort several things came to fruition. The welcome table in the foyer on Sunday mornings is one, a wonderful addition. Another piece was putting in place a Pathway to Membership process. The task force also moved forward with the important development of a new position titled Visitor and New Member Coordinator. The title is still up for possible change as we develop the position.
The Task force put in a request to the Wesley Grant to minimally fund approximately a 4 hours per week position for this coming year. The board voted to grant the funds for this effort. We have asked Chip's intern Irene who will be staying on for another year if she would be willing to take the position and develop the job so that at the end of the 2013-14 church year we would have a clear understanding of its operations. She will also develop a solid job description to offer the next coordinator.
There were so many different tasks identified that we could ask of this position. This first year will be clarifying and developing what we can reasonably expect with the minimal stipend that will be offered. The priorities identified at this point are to greet and keep records of all Sunday visitors, maintain contact and help integrate those who show an interest. The coordinator will track new members in the first year to help them develop social connections in congregational life; will facilitate the Pathway to Membership meetings, and help to develop a new member packet and program.
This is what the work of the Task force on Membership has brought us all at UUCM. I give my deepest thanks to all of you who took the time and gave your thoughts and support to this effort. We did good work and have moved forward a very important aspect of this congregation's life. Thank you so much.
Rev. Chip
 Community Potluck: May 12th
Potluck - FUNd Raising Brainstorm - Budget Hearing all following  the Coming of Age Celebration. Making the Budget Hearing that much tastier, FOOD and brainstorming "fun ways to make money while building UUCM community." We are looking to find teams of people to head up at least three large events next year.

~ Please bring a home cooked dish, sandwiches, fresh fruit, salad, or dessert. Just to make sure we have full nutritional coverage and do not end up with 500 cup cakes, here are suggested potluck assignments --> Last name A-H: main dish, I-P: salad, Q-U: bread & cheese or complex carb, V-Z: fruit or dessert. (If you have a great dish you like making, but it is not in "your category" ... bring it, we'll eat it.)

The Refreshment Committee is providing beverages.

In a goal to move to zero waste potlucks, bringing your own tableware would be helpful.
Annual Semi-Official, Semi-Organized Summer Family Camping Trip to Sly Park: July 11 - 14
Dear Friends,

For the past 13 years or so an often varied group of your fellow UUCM'ers and related friends have made an annual trek into the Sierras for a fun weekend of car/RV/tent camping.  Well, believe it or not another year has passed and once again that time is upon us.

This year the dates are Thursday, July 11th through Sunday, July 14th. The place is Sly Park on Jenkinson Lake just outside Pollock Pines on Highway 50, and our sites are once again in the Hazel Creek camp and can accommodate tents or RVs.  (more information about Sly Park)

This has always been a wonderfully rewarding weekend and a great opportunity to get to know folks on a different level than Sunday mornings. Space is limited, so please let me know as soon as possible if you want to be part of this trip.  The cost is reasonable, generally about $25-30 per vehicle per night (pets are $5/night extra).

Please send me an email (mikey@biosearchtech.com) or give me a call (415.320.5054) to let me know you want to be a part of this trip, or if you have any questions.

Thanks and I hope to see you there.

Mikey Songster
Book Group meeting - May 15
book pile
Our Book Group's meets on third Wednesdays at 7:30 in the Clara Barton Room.  Members and visitors are invited to join us in lively discussions.

The choice for May 15 is The Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo. "Can people change? In order to observe the question with rich depth and balanced perspective, Russo focuses in on 3 main characters: Lucy, Sarah and Bobby. These lifelong friends each take compelling turns living the question and defining (and redefining) the answer through their relationships with family, friends and each other."  (Guide)
Dear Iran Project

Dedicated to the People of Iran
Saturday, May 18th, 7:00-9:30PM  
Suggested Donation: $20-$50 (tax deductible)
Middle Eastern meal catered by the West End Café
Persian music; video clips of Iran;
Have your photo taken with the Gandhi Puppet.
Norman Solomon media activist; co-founder: Roots Action; founding director: Institute for Public Accuracy; author: "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death" and "Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State".
Anita Amirrezvani Iranian-American novelist: "The Blood of Flowers" and "Equal of the Sun".
Persis Karim Iranian-American poet, editor: "Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora"; co-editor: "A World Between: Poems, Short Stories and Essays by Iranian-Americans".
Jes Richardson creator of the Gandhi Puppet; founder:"Bridge of Hearts"; co-creator: Dear Iran Project.
If you can't come, but want to make a contribution: http://www.bridgeofhearts.org/donate-3/
Art Show - Joan Nelson
Joan Nelson has a wonderful exhibit of her paintings in the Fireside Room. She started painting when she was older.


When you check out her paintings, be sure to read her artist's statement in the white folder.

UUA General Assembly June 19 - 23, 2013
Louisville, Kentucky
chalice blue
Info about General Assembly

Late Registration

if you can't attend GA in person consider being an off-site delegate. Register by Friday, June 7. Details

Pacific Western Region 

Regional Assembly



During April 26 - 28 the Pacific Central District hosted a historic event in San Jose, CA. that drew over 650 youth and adults. The group came from almost 50% of the American geography of the Unitarian Universalist Association. This geographic area is called the Pacific Western Region and is comprised of the Pacific Northwest, the Mountain Desert, the Pacific Southwest and the Pacific Central districts. The purpose of the region is to share leadership and mutually empower each other through collaborative programming.

Starr King Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm.
Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, California
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Social Justice Education/Action Activities
Because the Winter shelter is closed until mid-November, there will be an even more pressing need (if that's possible) at the Mill St. Shelter and for the Street Chaplain's Tuesday night dinners.
Please keep an eye out here for details as needs arise.
Homeward Bound of Marin is the primary provider of shelter and services for homeless families and individuals. They seek volunteers to represent the program at Marin Farmers Markets. 459-5843 
Members and guests are invited to take advantage of the Sunday Social Justice "Table" to promote a favorite cause or project. Perhaps you want to circulate a handout or a written petition (or refer people to electronic online petitions.) Arrangements must be submitted for committee approval in advance. figleafjoan@comcast.net 453-6221
I appreciate any feedback on this weekly newsletter.   groupemail@uumarin.org

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