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Contemplative Service
From the Administrator
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Help Rotating Emergency Shelter Team
Book Club has been postponed
Remarkable People AGAIN
Rev. Chip on sabbatical
Pachamama luncheon
Donate notebooks to prisoners
General Assembly June 24-28
Justice Leadership Summit
UU Thanksgiving Camp
Social Justice Education/Action
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Rev. Chip Wright
 is on sabbatical until Dec. 21. Contact the office for ministerial issues.

Director of Religious Education
Jeffrey Melcher

Youth Advisor

Sue Gauthier-Pin


Janette Morrow
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Amanda Morando
Milton Wong 
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Carolyn Bopp
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Minister's Schedule

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

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Director of Religious Education:
Jeffrey Melcher

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November 6, 2014
Issue #283

Sunday Worship Service 10:30 am

Bring nonpershible food items for the food barrel and packaged tube socks.chalice

November 9, 2014: "Ambivalent Gratitudes"

Rev. Jay Atkinson, with Linda Haumann, Worship Associate


November brings us two holidays: Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.  Showing honor to war veterans presents some of us with tensions between gratitude for their service and their belief in our country's ideals on the one hand, and on the other, grave doubts about the legitimacy of the military actions from which they return.  In addition, many soldiers come home more in need of gentle compassion and healing than of traditional displays of military pomp.  How should our gratitudes to them be nuanced and balanced against our legitimate prophetic protest against war and militarism?

Jay Atkinson retired in June 2011 from 32 years of full-time service in Unitarian Universalist parish ministry. During those ministries he also served on the adjunct faculties of our UU seminaries.  Currently he is a Research Scholar at Starr King with a focus on UU history.


Contemplative Service 9 am  chalice



11/9/14 Geri Randall


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

We teach by example ...


Thank you to those who have already brought in white tube socks and food for the food drive. We still have another 18 inches to fill the barrel to the top.


We need more packaged tube socks too.


Nov 5-10 Jef is on a mini-vacation.


Nov 23rd, Stone Soup Service, a UUCM tradition. Our Young Religious Unitarian Universalist youth will again lead an intergenerational service as a celebration of community and Thanksgiving. This year's theme: Lord of the Rings. Bring your root vegetables and cabbages to participate in this ritual.


Deck the Halls: Our lovely and fun community tradition of decorating Fellowship Hall will be happening after the service on Sunday Dec. 7th. The YRUU will be providing lunch and hot chocolate for a suggested donation of $5 for their trip to the UU General Assembly. Mikey will be putting up the tree. Would you like to lead a craft table? Contact Monique.

Your DRE,

Jeffrey Melcher

Director of Religious Education 
From the Administrator
janette Hello, and I hope you are enjoying your fall! I want you to know that I will be on vacation enjoying my honeymoon in late November and early December. The dates I will be away from the office are November 21-December 11.  A temp hire, Karen Donohue, will be here while I'm gone. She will be here on my first day away, Friday the 21st. During Thanksgiving week, she will be here one day, Monday the 24th. Beginning the week of December 1, she will be three days per week, Mon/Wed/Fri. Karen has been here before and many of you will remember her. She is warm and friendly and knows our building as well as many of our procedures.

As you know, in Rev. Chip's absence, the process of obtaining ministerial support is that you contact me and I will put you touch with a local UU minister. While I'm away, that process is the same with Karen. If you need support on a day Karen is not in the office, please know that you can contact the following members on the Pastoral Care Committee: Carol Littrell, Marge Hollinger, Carole Rosvold and Mary Gilstrap. They will also be able to put you in touch with someone quickly.

With Gratitude,

From the Pres 

Hello everyone!  So much going on, so little time! 


Update on Small Group Ministry: Three new groups have been launched and are meeting monthly and under way.  Our existing group (a Novato/San Rafael combo group) is looking for two new members.  If you would like to join a group, or just find out more about the program, please contact me or anyone on the Membership committee. 


We have received a new "job opening" request from our wonderful Usher Leader, Nani Ranken -- "We need three or four new ushers, willing to pass the basket and count the money once or twice a quarter.  This is a very good choice of service for newer members."  If interested, please contact Nani. In addition, we are still looking for additions to the Stewardship committee.  Follow the link to the revised job opening list for a "more complete" listing (note that this is not an exhaustive list -- all of our committees would welcome new members to those who are interested). 


Another interesting development -- coming up soon in December (date to be finalized), is another YRUU Rummage Sale/Final clearing out of the Dream Room!  I will be hosting this rummage sale at my home in Novato -- the YRUU will be magically transporting the for-sale items to my house.  The reason I am telling all of you this now is, this is a great opportunity to address some of the accumulated "not-so-valuable items" (i.e., junk) that has accumulated not just in the Dream Room, but around our wonderful building.  So, it is time for all of your pet peeves to "come out of the closet", literally!  All items should be transported to my house for the rummage sale. Anything not sold will be either donated to a charity or sent to the dump.  Stay tuned for the date and more information. 




Editor's Notes
Reminder to send all items for this weekly newsletter to groupemail@uumarin.org. This will ensure that they appear in the newsletter. Please do not send them to Lisa's personal email.

Also items for the UUCM connect newsletter are now due on Thursday morning 8 am for sending Friday morning 6 am. Send items to uucmconnect@uumarin.org.
Help Rotating Emergency Shelter Team

Part of the mission of the UUCM Social Justice Committee is to provide hands-on service opportunities for congregants to practice the UU principles.


Over the past 7 years we have provided 182 meals for the REST (Rotating Emergency Shelter Team) program.


Last year we joined 16 other Marin congregations in serving 376 people: 93 wonderfully unique women and 279 wonderfully unique men.


Once again this year ─ for 26 weeks ─ we will provide Sunday evening meals for approximately 100 different women.


Can we count on you to provide a dish for approximately 12 people at least 1 of the 26 Sunday nights?


Sign up on the board in the lobby or at socialjustice@uumarin.org or contact figleafjoan@comcast.net or 415-453-6221.

Book Club has been postponed until November 19th

book pile

Carol Littrell, who was to present last month's book, The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert, was ill so we have delayed discussing the book until November 19th.  That will give people extra time to read the book and join us for a lively discussion at 7:30.

Remarkable People AGAIN. 

MORE Remarkable UUCM folk share their stories.


Thursday evening  November 20 

UUCM Fireside Room  7:30-9:30


Featuring Milton Wong & Sue Fleckles


Have you ever been curious about that magical man Milton behind the piano, that virtuoso of the strings? 


Did you know that Sue is a psychologist AND an expert on artichokes?  


Come for a conversational evening where these two interesting and dedicated members of our community will share some of the story of their life paths.


All are welcome. And you may bring a friend!

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.

Pachamama luncheon

November 20, 2014, noon
Lunch with a thousand (1,000!) people in one of the old hangars at Ft. Mason.


Join Joan Nelson at this year's Pachamama luncheon.

(It is a fundraiser, but admission is free and donating is optional.)


During the 90-minute beautifully designed program, you will enjoy a delicious and healthy meal while getting a visceral sense of the tremendous difference the Pachamama Alliance is making both in the South and in the North. 415-453-6221 figleafjoan@comcast.net

Donate notebooks to prisoners

The Social Justice Committee has received a request from an Avenal State Prison

inmate requesting a supply of notebooks for prisoners to write in. If you are

interested, contact Joan Nelson 415-453-6221 figleafjoan@comcast.net

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.
Registration begins March 1, 2015.
General Assembly Schedule.
Justice Leadership Summit

Registration is open for the 4th Annual Walking the Walk Justice Leadership Summit, November 14-16 The Headlands, Sausalito, CA. Sponsored by the UU Justice Ministry of California; featured presenters are eco-philosopher and activist Joanna Macy and Rev. Deb Holder, of the UUA Western Region. The event brings together justice seeking UUs for worship, practical skill development, networking and community building. Workshops will address climate change, housing insecurity, immigrant justice, water justice, living wage campaigns and more. To register visit uujmca.org.

UU Thanksgiving Camp

UU Thanksgiving Camp at Mendocino Woodlands
Nov. 26-30
Camp Two of the Mendocino Woodlands

Consider spending Thanksgiving with your NCUUCC (Northern California Unitarian Universalist Camps and Conferences) Family in the beautiful Mendocino Woodlands! Whether you gather friends, mushrooms, creativity, or just plain good times, this will be an excellent chance to gather and share. For more information, go to the NCUUCC website, or contact the Dean, Amanda Payne (650-678-1301).

Social Justice Education/Action 
Social Justice Meeting, Nov. 9, 12 pm, Clara Barton Room

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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