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Contemplative Service
Rev. Chip on sabbatical
Missing Linens
President's Message
Congregational Retreat
Homeless kickoff
Remarkable People
Pachamama symposium at UUCM
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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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Fireside Room follows the services.
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Staff Links
Rev. Chip Wright
 is on sabbatical until Dec. 21. Contact office for ministerial issues.
Jeffrey Melcher

Janette Morrow
Choir director
Amanda Morando
Milton Wong 
Membership Coordinator:
Carolyn Bopp
Pastoral Care:  
Minister's Schedule

 Rev. Chip Wright is on sabbatical until Dec. 15. Contact office for ministerial issues.

DRE's Schedule
Director of Religious Education:
Jeffrey Melcher

Office Hours: 

Sunday 12:30 - 1:30 

Tuesday 12:30-3:30

Thursday 12:30-3:30

October  16, 2014
Issue #280

Sunday Worship Service 10:30 am chalice

October 19, 2014:  "This is my religion"

Nani Ranken, with Karen Auroy, Worship Associate


This sermon represents my personal experience of spiritual growth over 25 years of membership.  After considerable reading, listening, pondering, and changing my mind, I here present my interpretation of our religion, and reflect on its depth and power. 

Sermon conversation to follow the service.


Contemplative Service 9 am  chalice



 10/19/14 Susan Pryor  

 10/26/14 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 drckerr@pacbell.net.


jef melcher

Every Little Bit Helps


Please sign up to help prepare snacks for RE on a few Sunday mornings. It is about 15-20 minutes, well appreciated by the kids. Click here to sign up.


Going to the retreat? Want to help facilitate YRUU in worship design? Saturday morning in the first workshop session or the fourth or both. We need a second adult to help out. Come hang out. Email Jef. 


I am still looking for a Bluetooth speaker to equip the NEW Nursing Lounge and Nursery with audio of the worship service. One more week until we spend some cash on it.


Didn't get a chance to buy stuff at the rummage sale? You can still donate $ to the YRUU GA Fund. Call me or send to Janette. 


Jeffrey Melcher,  M. Div.

Director of Religious Education

(510) 847-8219

Rev. Chip on sabbatical

Rev. Chip is on sabbatical leave until December 15. If you need assistance please contact the office at 415-479-4131 ext 100 or email office@uumarin.org.

Missing Linens


We are currently missing about six of our nice burgundy round linens (NOT including the recent Dinners for 8 event). If you have taken any home to wash and not had a chance to return them, please either bring them in or let Janette in the office know when they will be returned. These were purchased within the past year, and we would like to make sure we maintain our inventory.


Thank you,


Janette Morrow


Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin

President's Message

Thank you everyone who attended the Fall Congregational Meeting on October 5.  If you did not attend, you missed some important information about our current organizational needs. Please open and read the "Open Positions document, to see if your talents might match one of our needs. 


Giving your time in this manner is rewarded with the satisfaction of making a meaningful contribution, and making deeper connections with individual people along the way.  Don't worry if the task seems new -- there will be people to train you and help you get started, and make sure you are successful.   


One last thought -- this is not intended to be an exhaustive list of every possible opening.  There are many more opportunities to contribute.  The purpose of the attached list is to highlight those positions that have been open for a period of time, and that the Board of Trustees considers important to fill. 


If you think you are might be able to contribute to any of these areas, please contact me at destrada@ffic.com, or speak to anyone on the Board.




Congregational Retreat, Oct. 24-26, 2014 
retreat13 We have a total of approximately 70 people! You should have received your information packet by email. If not please notify Thomas.  Think about your talents, and consider being included in the Saturday afternoon Talent Show at the Retreat. Talent Show Entry form.  

Also volunteers needed to help with kid and youth activities. 1.5 hour commitment.

For everyone- 
Don't forget to bring an item to tie-dye and a pumpkin to carve or paint. (younger than 10 need to have parental supervision for tie-dye.)

Your Retreat Leaders (Thomas Ervin and Dianne Estrada)

Homeless kickoff

Please join Joan Nelson at this year's kickoff meeting for the winter homeless shelter dinners.

Thurs. Oct. 16 at noon. Light lunch provided.

Contact figleafjoan@comcast.net

Remarkable People

Come and be in the presence of a Remarkable Person with a long list of theatrical and poetic accomplishments.


Get to know your local (but nationally known) poet, playwright, short story-writer, professor of fine art photography, and actress.  She is prolific, modest, funny and one of us.


Hear what she has to say about her creative journey and ask questions of this local celebrity.


Sandy Steinman is the featured October presence for the Remarkable People series!  Come and enjoy.


UUCM Thursday, October 16, Fireside Room, 7:30 - 9.

Pachamama symposium at UUCM
Oct. 18 - 1-5:30 pm. at UUCM
Same day registration available
Where on Earth are we going?
And what on earth are we going to do about it?
Sign up for the symposium. socialjustice@uumarin.org
Or contact  figleafjoan@comcast.net
Suggested donation $10.
For more background on the Pachamama Alliance, go to http://www.pachamama.org/

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General Assembly June 24-28, 2015

Building a New Way

uuachalice General Assembly will be in Portland this year which means many of us will be able to go. Save the date and save your dollars. Scholarships and discounts for volunteering will be available. Watch the web site for information. If you are interested in submitting programming ideas do so by November 1.

PCD Leadership Day

Let us have some of UUCM's leaders participate.


Fostering Dynamic Leadership in a Challenging Time
with UUA Moderator Jim Key
PCD-UUA Leadership Day
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Kensington, CA 

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm


Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley


Registration and more information.
Social Justice Education/Action 
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.
Continue your commitment to environmental and economic justice by shopping at  http://shop.uusc.org/ 
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