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Sunday Worship Service
Contemplative Service
Spring Fling Auction Committee Requests Your Assistance!
Pastoral Care
Administrator's office hours for March
Hiking Group Forming
Pathways to Membership Class
Invitation to a Photography Exhibit
Book Group
Celtic music, healing music, and chants
District Assembly Registration Open
Next UU Border Trip
General Assembly
Social Justice Education/Action Activities
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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 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.  

Come, join us! 

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 ext. 102 
Jeffrey Melcher

Irene Stefanko



Janette Morrow

Choir director

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Minister's Schedule
 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 - 1:30 pm
Wednesday 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Friday Noon - 4:00 pm
(415) 479-4131 ext. 104
Intern's Schedule
 Ministerial Intern:
Irene Stefanko

Office Hours:
Variable, please call cell 650-814-5375 or email to arrange appointments

February 27, 2014
Issue #252

Sunday Worship Service chalice


March 2, 2014: "Universalism: Past, Present and Powerful"


Guest Minister Rev. Kalen Fristad with Rodney Gothelf, Worship Associate


Our guest, Rev. Kalen Fristad, a United Methodist minister and member of the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship, will be speaking on the history and significance of the teaching of Universalism.


Rev. Kalen Fristad has been a United Methodist minister for more than 37 years, is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship, and is President of the Christian Universalist Association. He traveled the country full time with his wife, Darlene, from 2003 to 2006. Then he served churches in Iowa half time, while spending half time on the road. He recently retired from the parish ministry, but continues to travel the country speaking on Universalism. Over the years he has spoken at more than 150 UU churches.


Kalen has written a book on universalism, entitled; DESTINED FOR SALVATION: God's Promise to Save Everyone, and a Study Book with the same title. His books, CDs and DVDs will be available for purchase after the service.


Past services 


Upcoming services    


Congregational Conversation Sundays: March 30.

Contemplative Service

Contemplative Leaders for coming weeks:  


 3/2/14 Jim Gronvold  

 3/9/14 Chip Wright  

 3/16/14 Jennifer Gennari  

 3/23/14 Carol Kerr  

 3/30/14 Jan Seagrave  

 4/6/14 June Fesler


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


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The Spring Fling Auction Committee Requests Your Assistance!  

Saturday April 19, 2014

Spring Fling auction 6-9:30 pm.  


The next time you visit your favorite local restaurant, hairdresser, boutique, gardening store, etc., why not ask this wonderful merchant/service provider to donate a gift certificate, service, or item to UUCM's upcoming auction?  Undoubtedly, their donation will be a big hit at our event and will help us raise $$ at the same time! 


Complete the attached Auction Donation form and give it to Lori Smith or Karen Auroy, or leave it in the Auction mailbox in the Community room. Questions? Contact Lori Smith: lasmith7@att.net - or Karen Auroy: kauroy@live.com.


New online donation form - you may fill it out on your computer, download and email to Lori or fill it out, print it and put in the auction box in the community room.
Pastoral Care
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Subsidized Housing (30% of your income)  Application Deadline is FEBRUARY 28, 2014.  It has been a long time since the Housing Authority of Marin has accepted applications for the wait list for senior/disabled public housing located in Novato, Mill Valley & San Rafael. 


Maximum income for eligibility is $62,200 for one person and $71,050 for two people.  The maximum residents pay for their rent is 30% of their income. It could take months to years to move up the list, but if you are not on the list, you will not have a chance at all.  Phone MARIN HOUSING AT 491-2525.  If you are already on the list and/or your personal situation has changed, check your status by phoning 491-2525.



have open wait lists are:  ROTARY HOUSING IN SAUSALITO: 332-7900 and FARLEY HOUSE IN BELVEDERE:  383-1321.

Administrator's office hours for March


In order to provide onsite support for

Gratitude and Commitment month, the administrator's office hours during the month of March will be Sunday-Thursday 9 AM - 5 PM. 


Deadlines for Orders of Service announcements will be one day early - Wednesdays instead of Thursdays - during this period of time.


Janette will not be in the office on Fridays until April.

Hiking Group Forming

Are you interested in joining a group of members that like to hike?  Saturdays or Sunday afternoons are best for me. If you are interested, please email Thomas Ervin (thomas.ervin@comcast.net). We can hike weekly, monthly, or twice a month. Please let me know what you prefer. Hikes will be in Marin County within an hour's drive of San Rafael. Expect 4 to 6 miles with no more than 1000 ft elevation gain. Thomas

Pathways to Membership Class
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If you are interested in learning more about our congregation and Unitarian-Universalism, we have a class for you! Part One of the Pathways to Membership Class will be held on March 9 from 12:30 to 2:30 and will be held in the Clara Barton Room. Lunch will be provided. Part Two will be a dinner held on a future date.

Invitation to a Photography Exhibit


You are invited to The Rock Hill Gallery presenting "In Our Family: Portraits of All Kinds of Families". This photo exhibit from the Family Diversity Projects, a non-profit organization devoted to educating the public about issues relating to the diversity of family life, runs through February 27.


Through their photo exhibits they hope to eliminate such things as prejudice, stereotyping and name calling. We believe this is a very timely exhibit in light of everything happening in our country and hope you will enjoy and learn from the photos and written word that celebrate families of many kinds.


Viewing hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11am-5pm. Community Congregational Church, 145 Rock Hill Drive, Tiburon. For more information contact the office at (415) 435-9108 or visit our website:


Book Group
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Our next meeting is March 19 at 7:30 in the Clara Barton Room. The selection is People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.
One of the earliest Jewish religious volumes to be illuminated with images, the
Sarajevo Haggadah survived centuries of purges and wars thanks to people of all faiths who risked their lives to safeguard it. Geraldine Brooks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March, has turned the intriguing but sparely detailed history of this precious volume into an emotionally rich, thrilling fictionalization that retraces its turbulent journey. A complex love story, thrilling mystery, vivid history lesson, and celebration of the enduring power of ideas,  People of the Book will surely be hailed as one of the best of 2008. --Mari Malcolm


Members and visitors are welcome to join our discussions.


Contact: Nani Ranken nani@ranken.com 

Celtic music, healing music, and chants

Celtic singer Laura Berryhill and keyboardist, harmonica and tabla player Anton Mizerak present an evening of Celtic song, transformational healing music, and chants from around the world on Sunday, March 16 at 7PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin.  

$10 - $15 suggested donation.


Laura Berryhill, from Mount Shasta, has a masters degree in music history from the University of Oregon, where she focused on early 17th-century Italian sacred music. As a vocalist she works in a variety of musical styles, from early European music, to folk music of the Celtic cultures, to new age and jazz.


Anton Mizerak lives in Mount Shasta and writes his music in nature, believing that our organic experience of sun, wind, water, snow and earth, transmitted through music, can be a valuable nurturing and healing experience.  Anton plays keyboards and harmonica.  His music has been featured on the nationally syndicated radio show "Echoes" and the digital New Age Music formats "Soundscapes" and "Spa Channel."  


Anton and Laura have toured together extensively since 2010, performing to acclaim at over 400 venues throughout the Western states. 


For more information and a complete tour schedule and free MP3 downloads: www.shastasong.com

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District Assembly Registration Open

Awaken the Spirit!


District Assembly 2014

April 25 - 27, 2014 


Red Lion Hotel Westlake Conference Center


Hotel reservations

There is something for everyone at the Pacific Central District of the Unitarian Universalist Association's District Assembly 2014!


Assembly Registration 

Friday Leaders' Day at DA2014

"The Antidote to Burnout"

This workshop is designed for teams of leaders from our PCD congregations. The program runs from 10AM to 4PM on Friday, and is a separate event from District Assembly.

Next UU Border Trip - March 14-17


The March trip to Tijuana will be an experiential learning tour hosted by a UU couple and two UUJM Immigration Steering Committee members.


We will visit the deportee drop center in Tijuana, Mother Asunta's shelter, Desayunador Salesiano and will attend the Sunday communion ceremony at the border wall at Friendship Park.


We will discuss congressional issues, detention center visitation programs, the economic issues that push and pull immigration and things we can do to take the message home to continue to be a driving force in the fight for compassionate, comprehensive, immigration reform in the United States.


For more information and to register.

General Assembly
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General Assembly 2014
June 25-29, Providence, RI

Early registration starts March 1.


General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).


Think about being a delegate (either attending or off site). It is an amazing experience.


Social Justice Education/Action Activities

Shelter volunteers for Feb. 23 included: 

Caroline Bopp with Alexandra, and Thomas Ervin and Kristen Jensen.


In winter 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.

Got a social issue/agency/organization or program that you would like to promote? You have a bully pulpit at the UUCM Sunday Social Justice table.


Contact socialjustice@uumarin.org for approval to schedule your table.

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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