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Sunday Worship Service
Contemplative Service
Last Chance Saloon
Testimonial video
Seeking your nominations for Board positions
Your Spiritual Path Part Be
Social Justice Luncheon March 29
Easter is coming!
Book Group April 15
It's Time for a New Exhibit!
Come to GA
Thank you Shelter Volunteers
Call for Nominations for PCD Awards!
PCD-UUA District Assembly
Activate Programs for High School Youth
Social Justice Education/Action
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March 26, 2015
Issue #303

Sunday Worship Service 10:30 am chalice

March 29, 2015: "Liberal Religion in the Third World: International Solidarity with the UU Church of the Philippines"

Kevin Mann, with Nani Ranken, Worship Associate 


There are over 2,000 Unitarian Universalists in the Philippines. Located in Metro Manila and on the central Visayan island of Negros, the church is a thriving beacon of liberal religion in a conservative Catholic-dominated country. The UU Church of the Philippines is challenging longstanding unaddressed issues of domestic violence, LGBT discrimination, mass incarceration, HIV/AIDS, comprehensive sexuality education and religious pluralism. What can UUs from the Third World teach us about our shared faith? How can strengthening ties with our sister churches in the Philippines move us closer in our journey towards an anti-racist and anti-oppressive Unitarian Universalism?


About Kevin: Multi-Religious Unitarian Universalism defined as Spiritually Alive, Radically Inclusive and Justice Centered, shape my ministry and my call to professional religious leadership. Grounded in theologies of anti-racism, anti-ableism, feminism, and queer liberation, and rooted in experience with parish, pastoral and community ministry, I strive towards building bridges of interdependence and mutuality through multiracial, multicultural community empowerment and collective solidarity.


Contemplative Service 9 am  chalice

 3/29/15 Jim Gronvold

 4/5/15 June Fesler

 4/12/15 Wisdom/Humor Potluck

 4/19/15 Carol Kerr  

 4/26/15 Jerry Moore


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

From the DRE:


Spring rituals are happening at UUCM: Eggs, a giant rabbit, Flower Communion, BBQ, and pony rides. Easter is April 5th. It is early this year, always following Passover, set by the lunar Jewish calendar. So we are hopping and galloping right into several weeks of activity.


Friday the 27th, 6-9 pm: Family Game Night! Everyone welcome. Bring games and snacks to share. Fireside Room.


Sunday the 29th, Egg Coloring and Hat Decorating. Can you bring a dozen hard boiled eggs to decorate and leave for the Easter hunt? Bring a favorite hat and spruce it up after the service.


Also the 29th during the service - our now monthly Parent Group meeting will be in the Clara Barton room 10:45-11:45. Yes, you can bring a friend.


Easter this year will be a full morning of traditional fun with our annual Flower Communion, a visit from a five-foot six Peter Rabbit, and our egg hunt. Please bring a few flowers to share in our community ritual.


April 11th. Saturday, noon to 3pm. A community celebration of gratitude: BBQ, pony rides from 1-2pm, family games, homemade ice cream, pie eating contest, and each other's warm smiles. 


Save the date: UUCM Sly Park Camping Trip, July 16 - 19.


Blessed Be,

Jeffrey Melcher, M.Div.

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

Last Chance Saloon




Lefty's Smile


By getting the last Saddlebags of Money (or the more common paper trail)

for UUCM's Gratitude and Commitment Campaign.




This coming Sunday is our "Last Chance Saloon"

when Wrangler Janette will collect those outstanding financial commitments

to fund our congregational program for next year.



Our Upcoming


An All-Church Yippee Kay Ye! Western BBQ

April 11th (High noon to 3 PM) @ UUCM

With Vegan Grilled Delights

(alternate option: chicken)

Your homemade pies/ice-cream

Pony-rides, Horseshoe Throwing

Testimonial video - Carol Kerr
Carol is a long time member who has contributed to UUCM in many capacities.
Videoed by Norm Davidson. Edited by Lisa Cohen
Testimonial by Carol Kerr
Part of a testimonial by Carol Kerr

Seeking your nominations for Board positions


Who do you know in the  UUCM membership that you would like to have represent you on the Board of Trustees?  


Each year the congregation elects members to rotate into positions on the Board that has oversight for congregational operations. After three years of service Board members rotate off and make way for new trustees. This gives new members time to learn about the leadership process and time to see their own contributions build.  


This year three current Board members will rotate off and we welcome all nominations between now and Wednesday April 8th.


An effective Board includes a range of folks with a range of skills and interests.  Who do  you know that might be your kind of player on the Board team?  Would you be one of those players?  Ask a friend to nominate you!  


The  Nominating Committee consists of Joyce Rhodes, Chair, Christine Kraemer, and Carol Kerr and we are charged with developing a list of candidates and asking them if they would serve.


Please think about who you know and talk with any of us on a Sunday or send us an email.


Joyce Rhodes: rhdjy@aol.com

Christine Kraemer: redecho@comcast.net

Carol Kerr: drckerr@pacbell.net

Your Spiritual Path Part B


Your Spiritual Path and UU Part B is this coming Sunday March 29 at 12:15 in the Fireside Room. Please join us if you are wondering about connecting with our community. We have connections for you. A light lunch will be served. Please email Carolyn Bopp (cbopp@sbcglobal.net) if you are interested in attending, also let us know if you need childcare. For further information contact Thomas Ervin (thomas.ervin@comcast.net).

Social Justice Luncheon March 29

Our own UUCM member, Geri Randall, came from a poor family. 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. If you want childcare for the luncheon contact  figleafjoan@comcast.net 415-595-622.

easterEaster is coming!
Book Group April 15
book pile

The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks by Susan Casey.  This is an account of  the great white sharks of the Farallon Islands and of the surfer-scientists who follow them.  "A story of crossing the boundary between society and an untamed place where humans are neither wanted nor needed."  Sher will lead the discussion and Sandy will present books for May.

It's Time for a New Exhibit!
We are hoping to hang a new Art Exhibit in the Fireside Room Mid-March or Early April.  Many folks from the Congregation and from the County who attend meetings enjoy the Art that is  being shown.  

Do you have paintings, fiber or mixed-media works, photography,  or other visual art that you would like to share for a couple of months?  
If you don't feel you have enough by yourself, perhaps two or three can share the space.

If any of this works for you, contact me.  I will help you put it  together and I will hang the show... with your help.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Carolyn Planakis
1-415-479-5617     cplanakis@aol.com
Come to GA
uuachaliceGeneral Assembly 

June 24-28, Portland, OR

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


If you have not yet made housing reservations additional discounted hotels have been added to the list. http://www.uua.org/ga/travel
Lots of ways to afford GA - GA on a budget

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.

If you are going think about being a delegate.

Thank you Shelter Volunteers 

Diana Vine and Jim Gronvold, thanks to you for providing food for this week's homeless shelter.


To come to the shelter or to bring your dish to UUCM on Sunday morning, contact 

415-595-6221 figleafjoan@comcast.net

Call for Nominations for PCD Awards! 

It takes a village to support shared ministry.  Some people are exemplars and inspirations to others, sometimes they work behind the scenes; however, without them the shared ministries could not happen.   This is the time to lift those people up high, to be celebrated and thanked.  Please see specifications for the Awards below.

All nominations must be received no later than April 3, 2015. Please send Nominations to:awards@pcd-uua.org

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.

Activate Programs for High School Youth

UUCSJ's Activate Programs offer

high school youth the chance to gain hands-on skills to help organize, transcend

boundaries, and engage in justice

work grounded in UU theology.


See flyer for more information.

Social Justice Education/Action 

The UUCM Social Justice Committee encourages volunteers to help adults in the San Rafael Canal neighborhood master English as their second language. Contact: socialjustice@uumarin.org


Climate Justice Month!

From World Water Day (March 22) to Earth Day (April 22), Unitarian Universalists and other people of faith and conscience will embark on a spiritual journey for climate justice, organized by the new Climate Justice Initiative.

You have the power to make a difference. How will you respond? www.commit2respond.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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