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Buy sustainable gifts
Holiday Fun
Nona Kaufmann
Office closure
Auction wishes
Social Justice Dinner
Book Group
Women and Religion 2014
DA2014 - Request for Workshop Proposals!
Social Justice Education/Action Activities
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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.   

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 Rev. Chip Wright

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phone: 415-479-4131
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Director of Religious Education:
Jeffrey Melcher

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

Office Hours:
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December 12, 2013
Issue #241

Sunday Worship Service chalice

December 15, 2013:  "We Don't Need "The Odds" to Hope!"

Robert S. Drake, Chaplain Intern, UCSF Medical Center

with Worship Associate Karen Auroy


Lessons of human trials, faith, hope and resilience from prisoners, hospital patients, religious texts and other wisdom sources.  The winter is a dark time - the nights are longer and the days are shorter - things seem harder and colder.  Hope can be found at any time, though, and we can tap into this spiritual resource at the hardest and darkest of times.


Past services


Upcoming services    


Congregational Conversation Sundays:

Feb. 23, and March 20.
Contemplative Service

UUCM's early Sunday morning 9 am Contemplative Service in the Fireside Room is a lay led service.  Readings introduce a silent period to reflect on a topic or idea, followed by an opportunity to share individual thoughts.  


Come and widen our circle. All are welcome!  

Questions, email Carol Kerr at drckerr@pacbell.net.


Read More  

Buy sustainable gifts


You can choose from hundreds of sustainable gift choices that allow you to enjoy the spirit of the holidays while still living your values! Shop.uusc.org


Fair foods and ethical eats

Stocking stuffers and more

 Holiday Fun
Please join in the holiday fun at UUCM on Saturday December 14!
Potluck Dinner @ UUCM 5:30 - 6:30
Caroling in the neighborhood 6:30 - 7:30 (books provided)
Hot chocolate at 7:30
Contra Dancing 7:30 - 11:00 starting with a lesson
Nona Kaufmann
Nona was one of the members who joined in the 1950s. She passed away December 6 after a long battle with cancer. To send condolences to her son and member Donald, email groupemail@uumarin.org
and you will be sent his address.
Office closure
yellow logo The UUCM office will be closed from Monday December 23-Friday January 3.
Auction wishes

Guess what?  On April 19th at 6 p.m. we will be holding the UUCM Auction! We would love you to come and find the one perfect item, or better yet, perhaps the perfect ten items!  


When I was a little girl, sometime before Christmas, a huge book would arrive in the mail.  On that hallowed day the Sear's Catalog arrived -- my private compilation of all possible wishes.  I would sit for hours with that book wishing --- wishing for warm feety pajamas, a microscope with slides containing blood and bugs, or maybe a tool set with Allen wrenches.  I would wish and wish and wish.


So, to help you find just what you wish for at the UUCM auction, we are asking that you provide us a list of your Auction wishes.  I'll use myself as an example, I wish that UUCM would auction off a homemade triple chocolate birthday cake!  Or I wish that UUCM would auction off jewelry or beautiful pieces of art depicting our beloved flaming chalice. What do you hope to find at the Auction?  What do you need?  What might help you ease your very busy lives?


You can send your wish lists to Lori Smith at lasmith@att.net, by calling her at 415-456-3822, or by whispering them to her as you pass in the foyer!



Social Justice Dinner: Healthy People, Healthy Planet

Saturday, January 11 
5:30 - 8:30 (Doors open at 5)


Can taking one action make a difference in many of the most pressing problems facing America and the world today, while also promoting personal health and wellness? 


Join us for a hearty, delicious whole-food, plant-based dinner and view Forks Over Knives - a powerful documentary that explores decades of scientific and clinical proof that this lifestyle can prevent and even reverse many of the most common chronic illnesses that plague those who eat the Standard American Diet (SAD). Plus, find out how what we eat impacts:

  • Social justice
  • Climate change
  • A clean, potable water supply
  • World hunger
  • The health care crisis
  • And, potentially, the preservation of life itself

$12/person for a tasty, nourishing, healthy "Food for Life" dinner. Reservations required by January 4. Email Food4Life@uumarin.org with questions or to reserve your space. Bring your friends and neighbors!



Book Group
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There will be no Book Group meeting in December.  Our next meeting is January 15 at 7:30 in the Clara Barton Room.  Karen Greener will lead the discussion of Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder.


"Enormous publicity surrounded the 1989 recovery of an estimated billion dollars worth of gold, one of the greatest sunken treasures ever found, from the 1857 wreck of the SS Central America.  . . The story of the wreck itself, and the staggering effort it took to locate and recover the treasure, is the subject of Kinder's involving, fully realized history of the ship.. . The eccentric Tommy Thompson, the inventor/scientist/adventurer, . . is constantly at the center of activity that involves not just finding a wreck 200 miles offshore but the juggling of investors, competitors, lawyers, scientists, a sea captain and an endless cast of cantankerous characters."(Publishers Weekly) 


Members and visitors are welcome to join our discussions.  

Women and Religion 2014
Save the Date!
This is the Pacific Central District's annual women's retreat in Napa. It will be held February 28 - March 2, 2014. It's a wonderful spiritual and inspiring gathering.

More information
DA2014 - Request for Workshop Proposals!
Awaken the Spirit!
District Assembly 2014
Friday, April 25 - Sunday, April 27, 2014

Call for Workshop Proposals
Social Justice Education/Action Activities

Dec. 8 Shelter volunteers included:

Grace & Mason Dearborn; Grace Callegri, Walter Littrell and Linda Stoneall

As winter approaches, we are starkly reminded that our least fortunate neighbors are homeless all year long:
*Please put your name on the Sunday night Women's Shelter Dinner sign-up board in the foyer.
*If you haven't yet responded to the Social Justice Committee's homeless appeal letter please do so as soon as you are able.

*Bring Socks, Toiletries & Food Bank contributions to the containers.  (New white socks. Tube socks are best because they are a fit-all sizes.)


Cleaning out closets and drawers? Instead of

bringing bags of old clothes to church take your unwanted items to GoodWill in San Rafael (Third & Lincoln) and be sure to tell the attendant to earmark your receipt for Ritter House. Ritter House, in turn, will hand out vouchers to the homeless people who can then find the kind of clothing they need.

Ever feel frustrated that you're not doing enough to make a difference in the world? Bring your concerns to the UUCM Social Justice Committee.
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