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Sunday Worship Service
Contemplative Service
Lassoing in the Gratitude and Commitment Campaign
Testimonial video
PCD-UUA District Assembly
Remarkable people
UU Young Adult Organizer Position
Note from the editor
More Bible Stories for Skeptics
Thank you Shelter Volunteers
Social Justice Luncheon March 29
Building a New Way
UUCPA Bass Lake Mini-Vacation
Social Justice Education/Action
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Jeffrey Melcher

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March 12, 2015
Issue #301

Sunday Worship Service 10:30 am chalice

March 15, 2015: "Sharing: A Common Cause that Unites Us All"

Dianne Estrada, with Linda Haumann, Worship Associate

There is an organization, Share the World's Resources (www.sharing.org), whose stated goal is nothing less than a worldwide "call to sharing" as a common cause that can help connect the world's peace, justice, pro-democracy, and environmental movements under one united call for change. What does this mean? Is this an appropriate goal? Does Unitarian Universalism have a role to play? Come join Dianne Estrada, currently serving as President of the Board of Trustees of UUCM, to explore these questions.


Contemplative Service 9 am  chalice

 3/15/15 Jim Gronvold

 3/22/15 Doug Kerr 

 3/29/15 Jim Gronvold

 4/5/15 June Fesler

 4/12/15 Wisdom/Humor Potluck


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

Please Welcome Susan Britton.

Susan has just come on board to be our Nursery Care Provider. A professional childcare provider, she comes with plenty of experience, a degree in psychology, and a background as a paraeducator in the local schools. Susan will be happy to talk to you. Stop by and say hello in the Nursery.


UUCM Parent Group - This amorphous group is made up of whomever shows up on a given day. Nine parents met on 2/22 and some are asking for monthly instead of bimonthly meetings. These dates are currently scheduled: 4/19 & 6/21 These might be added in: 3/29 & 5/17. Members and friends welcome.


The 4th - 8th grade group is going on a ROPES course 3/15, advance registration required. Contact Monique Webster. Then they will work at the Food Bank on 3/22.


Jeffrey Melcher, M.Div.

(415) 479-4131 ext. 104,   DRE@uuMarin.org

"Third Time is a Charm" 


Our Gratitude and Commitment Campaign is coming along nicely.  Last Sunday, thanks to the participation of Karen Auroy and her fabulous barnyard animal sounds, the dapper Ben Gale as the hospitable bartender, the one and only Milton Wong with a cowboy musical theme we learned of the cowboy sustaining values of truth, honor and justice.  The (w)Rightful Reverend sang "Lavender Cowboy" which was written by UUCM's first minister.  Fun is being had by all.


And the annual commitments are still coming in.  So if you haven't yet gone to the website to make your pledge, please do so; or talk to Wrangler Janette in the office (or in the foyer this coming Sunday.). Remember the third time is a charm and in this third week we would be really charmed if you returned your form.  Then you can sit back and enjoy the antics of the Third Chance Saloon.  See you on Sunday at the UUCM Corral!

Pledge numbers as of March 11: 

36 households have pledged $82,314.

Represents about 1/3 of all households.



(Lisa Wiggins, Head Wrangler of our Round-up)

Testimonial video

The end  of a testimonial by Jason Stearns for our gratitude and commitment month. 

Video taken by Norm Davidson. Edited by Lisa Cohen.

PCD-UUA District Assembly

Walking a Faithful Path
April 25, 2015

First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco

1187 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Registration opens at 8:30AM; Closing Worship ends at 5:30PM, followed by a reception and a short PCD-UUA Board meeting.


To register, go to: http://www.pcd-uua.org and follow the DA2015 link.

Remarkable people

Come meet two more REMARKABLE UU personalities.  Bev Munyon will share about what you know (and may not know) about how she has come to share her gifts in teaching and music with us and others. And you can learn more about our ever-ready, omnicompetent congregational Administrator (aka Chief Herder of UU Cats), Janette Morrow.  Sharing life stories renews us all.


Thursday March 19 at 7:30 pm in the Fireside Room.

UU Young Adult Organizer Position 
jef melcher

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin (uumarin.org) is now accepting proposals for a UU Young Adult organizer at UUCM. We are looking to hire someone for about five hrs per week to do a startup for us. Knowledge of UUYAN required. 


Please contact Jef Melcher, Director of Religious Education: DRE@uuMarin.org

Note from the editor
If you would like  to receive the newsletter at two separate email addresses for your family please let me know and send me the addressesLisa Cohen
NOW in March:  Bible Stories for Skeptics Continues

Come understand the Exodus story in a contemporary light.

Our ongoing series of conversations with Reverend Robert (Bob) Drake, Reverend Chip Wright and Rev. Lisa Wiggins continues on March 22.  


March 22: The Exodus, with Rev. Lisa Wiggins
April 12: Genesis 1 and 2 (What? Two Creation Accounts?!) with Rev. Robert Drake

April 26: Adam and Eve and the Garden, with Rev. Robert Drake
May 24: Babel: What Tower? with Rev. Robert Drake


You may come to just one or all sessions; no prior commitment required. 


Bring your own bag lunch or loaves and fishes (if no other lunch is being offered by any UUCM group that Sunday). Beverages will be provided.  Sessions will be in the Clara Barton Room from "after the service" (approx. 12 noon) until 1:30 pm.


Really fun childcare provided, RSVP for childcare to Ilana Trumbull ilanala@comcast.net 510-501-3813 


More info


Thank you Shelter Volunteers

Thank you again and again to the grades 4-8 RE classes for providing and serving dinner to the women at Sunday night's homeless shelter!


Hannah Gothelf

Rachel Gothelf

Gavin Matthews

Gaelen Clayton

Ethan Lessin

Natalie Lessin

Alex Bopp


With the help of their parents:

Alison Clayton

Susan Matthews

Monique Webster

Nikki Gothelf and

Carolyn Bopp


The homeless ladies are SO appreciative!

You can be part of this rewarding community service by contacting figleafjoan@comcast.net 

415-506-4166. Cell: 415-595-6221)

Social Justice Luncheon March 29

Our own UUCM member, Geri Randall, came from a poor family. Her mother had only a sixth grade education, her father a GED obtained in the Navy. Her own education (she is an attorney) marked a "sea change" in her circumstances, and led to her desire to make advancement through education available to others.


At a San Francisco UU Sunday service, she became aware of ANSWER, a program founded and run by a UU which provides educational opportunities as an exit from caste and poverty in Nepal. She has already sponsored six  kids, and has even gone to Nepal to experience the program first hand.


Reminding us that ANSWER embodies the Chinese proverb: "If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime," she invites us all to attend the Social Justice Committee's educational luncheon on March 29. 12:30 Fellowship Hall.


Suggested food Donation $8 (or bring a dish to share.) Nobody turned away.

Building a New Way
uuachaliceGeneral Assembly 

June 24-28, Portland, OR

Registration Early registration with reduced rates is March 1-April 30.


Accessibility services

General Assembly Schedule

Ware Lecturer Dr. Cornel West, article in March UUWorld.

General Assembly is a wonderful event that I hope many will be able to attend. If you can't attend you can view many live and past parts of it on your computer.

UUCM attendees at GA, 2007

UUCPA Bass Lake Mini-Vacation, June 4-7, 2015


Experience a wonderful long weekend at a beautiful mountain camp where all ages are welcome, where delicious meals are cooked for you, where there are no committee meetings, no chores, and no instructions except to have fun.


UUCPA web site

Pdf with All the details
Social Justice Education/Action 

The UUCM Social Justice Committee encourages you to participate in the UUA's


Sign on at: http://www.commit2respond.org/

To vote on whether UUCM should sign on as a congregation, respond YES or NO as soon as possible to: socialjustice@uumarin.org.


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?

Contact figleafjoan@comcast.net or


Cell: 415-595-6221)


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  

(New phone: 415-506-4166

Cell: 415-595-6221)

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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