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Sunday Worship Service
Contemplative Service
Crab Feed February 7
1/25 Congregational Meeting/Conversation
New Art Show
Be a Story Reader!
Thank you Shelter Volunteers
Side of Love Award
NEW this Spring
Basket Share ideas needed
Adult Owl class postponed
Lighthouse Singers Gospel Workshop
Women and Religion Annual Retreat
UU Summer Youth Programs
General Assembly June 24-28
Social Justice Education/Action
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diversity and
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! 
Staff Links
Rev. Chip Wright

Director of Religious Education
Jeffrey Melcher

Youth Advisor


Janette Morrow
Choir director
Amanda Morando
Milton Wong 
Membership Coordinator:
Carolyn Bopp
Pastoral Care:  
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 

Tuesday 12:30-3:30

Thursday 12:30-3:30

January 22, 2015
Issue #294

Sunday Worship Service 10:30 am chalice

January 25, 2015"Justice or Just-Law?"

Rev. Chip Wright, with Worship Associate Linda Haumann


The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, was yet another piece in a long and sad story of a broken justice system. As the United States slips further into becoming a land of blind laws, and our courts become more political hammers, will justice slip out of sight completely?


Contemplative Service 9 am  chalice
 1/25/15 Geri Randall  
 2/1/15 Jim Gronvold  
 2/8/15 June Fesler  
 2/15/15 Wisdom/Humor Potluck  
 2/22/15 Chip Wright

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.


Crab Feed/Music/Raffle  February 7

Buy your dinner and/or raffle tickets on the event page online or in the foyer.


Raffle tickets $3 each or 6 for $15.



Crab Feed/Music/Raffle

Saturday, February 7, 2015   7:00 P.M.

240 Channing Way, San Rafael, CA  


San Francisco Dungeness Crab, Sher's Boston Clam Chowder, Caesar Salad, and Sourdough Bread

               $45.00  Adult

Adult price if you sign up to do a volunteer job: $35


No-Host Bar

Corkage fee $15

Reservations please by Feb. 1


Vegan pasta alternative $20 Adult, $10 Child 


Children 12 and under: Crab Dinner $20

Childcare with pasta, games, & movie: $15

(all prices $5 more at the door)


Music by Lucky Drive Bluegrass Trio 



 Mike Wilhoyte, Karen Wilhoyte, and Nicole Solis Snider

More info


1/25 Congregational Meeting/Conversation


12:15 pm Fellowship Hall

1. Vote Yes or No: Should the UUA put the proposed Statement of Conscience (SOC) on Reproductive Justice on the Final Agenda for the 2015 General Assembly?

2. Presentation of Mid-Year Financials 

3. Conversation with the Board 

New Art Show
Paintings by Ross Drago (friend of Jef Melcher) in the Fireside Room.

Ross Drago is a painter, writer and inventor, as well as founder and Director of the Energy Art Studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the inventor of interactive module art, a style of painting that allows viewers to endlessly compose and re-compose his oil paintings into unique paintings.

Some of his paintings.

Be a Story Reader!

A great opportunity: If you've ever wanted to read the story during Sunday Service, now is your chance to sign up. We need people to read on those Sundays when Jef Melcher, DRE, has a scheduled day off. The DRE provides the story; you get the glory of being the storyteller.


Anyone can do this enjoyable job, just click here and sign up through our SignUpGenius portal.

Thank you Shelter Volunteers

Thanks go to this week's shelter volunteers: Grace, Paul, Mason and Owen Dearborn, Roddi Pistilli and Valerie Taylor.

Side of Love Award

UUCM is one of many UU congregations that participate in the interfaith Standing on the Side of Love advocacy campaign. The campaign began as a response to the 2008 shooting at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. It has evolved into a month-long reimagining of Valentine's Day as a Social Justice holiday.  


Each year we recognize a Marin County resident who lives and acts according to the SSL values of inclusion, diversity, and equality. This year's award will be presented at the Sunday service on Feb. 15. The recipient will be the Marin Interfaith Council's hardworking Street Chaplain, Rev. Paul Gaffney.

NEW this Spring:  Bible Stories for Skeptics

Get Down with The Word?  

Overcome Bible Dread?

Have fun with The Book.

6 Sundays Feb 8 - May 24

12 noon - 2 pm Clara Barton Room

This 6-week series of conversations with Reverend Robert (Bob) Drake and Reverend Chip Wright will explore some of the essentials of story and legend from a perspective that will make the Torah and Old Testament more accessible and deepen your understanding of Biblical references.  

Basket Share ideas needed

If you are involved in or are the recipient of services from a local nonprofit that you believe in, you can designate that agency as a UUCM Basket Share recipient. Please submit a short paragraph describing what the agency means to you, and why UUCM should support it, to

figleafjoan@comcast.net or 415-453-6221.

Adult Owl class postponed
There will be no class this winter. If it is rescheduled it will be posted.

Lighthouse Singers Gospel Workshop

If you enjoyed singing in or hearing the "UUCM Gospel Choir" on 1/11, here is another local opportunity to dip your toes in the waters of gospel rhythm:  Three hours of rhythm and joy:


January 31, 2015 (Saturday)

Lighthouse Singers 

Gospel Workshop


1:00-4:00 PM

Registration: 12:30-1:00 PM  


First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael (across from San Rafael library)

1510 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, CA 


More info

 Women and Religion Annual Retreat
Feb 27 - March 1, 2015,
In the hills above Napa, California. 

This retreat has been going on since around 1977 with women from the UUA- PCD area. It is a wonderful gathering of women from many congregations; laughing, singing, eating, worshipping, learning from each other and empowering each other. More info and
UU Summer Youth Programs
Do you know a youth who is fired up about social justice? Help spread the word - the UU College of Social Justices summer youth programs

Activate General Assembly: A One-Day Sampler, June 24

Activate New Orleans, July 18-26

Activate Boston, July 18-August 1

NEW! Activate Southwest Border, August 1-9

Group opportunities
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. Ware Lecturer Dr. Cornel West.

Watch the web site for information.
Registration begins March 1, 2015.
General Assembly Schedule.
Social Justice Education/Action 

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

Can we count on you to provide a dish for approximately 12 people at least one 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.


Do you know of an inspirational activist who would be a good speaker for one of the Social Justice Committee's education-action luncheons? If so, please contact Joan at figleafjoan@comcast.net 415-453-6221

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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