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Sunday Worship Service
Contemplative Service
Congregational Conversation 4/19/15 Debrief
Board President email change
With Some Kick from UUCM's Roundup
Upcoming Congregational Meetings
Social Justice Luncheon
Rotating Emergency Shelter
Classical Concert Series - May 30
UUSC turns 75
Book Club - May 20
Pastoral Care
If you are attending General Assembly
Save the date - Mountain Play
Last day for discount at GA
Social Justice Education/Action
Upcoming Dates
Quick Links
Visitor's Box
Staff Links
Minister's Schedule
DRE's Schedule
Director of Religious Education:
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April 30, 2015
Issue #308

Sunday Worship Service 10:30 am chalice

May 3, 2015: "The Long Lost Tea Time of the Gods"

Rev. Chip Wright, with Joel Gluck, Worship Associate

Second in a series on liberal theology:


We live in a world of (mostly) one God.  Have you ever thought about what happened to all the other Gods and Goddesses, all those deities that once were "big stuff" but now are relegated to mythology? 

Contemplative Service 9 am  chalice


5/3/15 Doug Kerr  

5/10/15 June Fesler  

5/17/15J im Gronvold


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:


We are having a great and active Spring here at UUCM in RE with both action and reflection, music, art, pool party, work party, dance and games, service work, OWL program planing, and exploration of religious traditions. We are making a joyful noise ....


UUCM is delighted to be hosting the YRUUP Youth Conference, May 1-3. District wide gathering of youth ages 14-20 and volunteer adults creating sacred space, conducting worship, doing service, having their own workshops and just hanging out. Expect to see many of their tired, happy faces on Sunday morning.


We had a great YRUU/Parent and Volunteer Work Day. Thanks go to Jason and Isaac Stearns, Thomas Ervin, Marge Hollinger, Norm Davidson, Jef Melcher, Sarah Scott, Suzi & Julia Musgrove, Ray & Forrest Meluch, and Jack Bauer.


We are starting to plan the next as an ALL UUCM work day, May 23rd. The YRUU need to get in another five solid hours to finish earning the $500 from the RE Enhancement Fund to help them power their way to UUA General Assembly in Portland, Oregon. Please mark your calendar to come help the youth help UUCM with patch and repair, cleaning and painting.


This work day will be bigger and includes an invite to the whole UUCM community. Lot of little repairs and Spring cleaning to do. So, everyone is welcome to pitch in. Please put it on your calendar. We will be there from 10:30-4:30. You can come for all or part.


Mother's Day Dance, May 9th - Contra Dancing, and a family game room. All welcome.


Mother's Day Service, May 10th - An active and fun intergenerational service. Drummers needed for 10AM hilltop call to worship.


Summer RE and Day Camp? - We are seriously looking at a couple weeks of summer day camp here at UUCM. late July through mid August. Nature education, cooking, songs, dance, arts, and UU values woven in. More info to come.


Blessed Be,

Jeffrey Melcher, M.Div.

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

Congregational Conversation 4/19/15 Debrief

Thank you to everyone who attended.  We had a very good conversation, one that will be ongoing.  Mark your calendars for the upcoming Budget Hearing (May 17) and Annual Meeting (May 31).


Here is a link to Notes from our Conversation.


For your additional reading pleasure, here is a link to an internet resource that I found particularly relevant to our situation. Unfortunately, no easy answers are to be found, but I think very good information regarding the possible paths and ramifications:



Board President email change

Due to ongoing technology changes associated with the change of my job, I need to change my email address again.  My new email address is dianneestrada11@gmail.com




With Some Kick from UUCM's Roundup

And finally this week we share with you the recipe for the Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower "Wings."  You can adjust the kick (from docile yearling to a full fledge bull) by how much hot sauce to add. Check out the link to the "this ain't bad for not being real Point Reyes Blue cheese." And then get ready to ride into the vegan prairie of smiles where the cows and horses are also smiling: 





Head Wrangler of the Gratitude and Commitment Campaign

Upcoming Congregational Meetings

Mark your calendar with two important dates:

Budget Hearing May 17, 12 pm

Annual meeting May 31 12 pm


Social Justice Luncheon

Sunday, May 3 - Social Justice Luncheon

Speaker: Karen Lohmann is a supporting friend of UUCM and shelter volunteer. On May 3, she will tell us about one of her many dedicated commitments: ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) in Liberia. Suggested donation: $8 (or bring a dish to share). Nobody turned away.

Rotating Emergency Shelter

Joan Nelson reports that the Rotating Emergency Shelter program (operating for six months every winter for the past seven years) will probably be operating year round before long.


It's closed now, but will have a test run for 56 nights from June 8 to August 3She will be signing up Sunday night dinner volunteers again. This time there will be no sign-up board in the UUCM foyer. Signups will be done electronically! Stay tuned.

Classical Concert Series - May 30

Save the date:
On Saturday May 30 from 7-9 pm there will be another one of our fabulous chamber concerts put together by Milton Wong. We will be celebrating the works of Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979), a much overlooked but more recently celebrated female composer. 

Proposed Program:

Piano Trio by Rebecca Clarke (piano, violin, cello)
Viola Sonata by Rebecca Clarke (viola, piano)
Lullaby and Grotesque by Rebecca Clarke (viola, cello)
Songs for soprano by a female composer (TBD) featuring Amanda Morando and Milton Wong. 


Advance purchase tickets: 

$20 adults

$15 students & seniors 

$10 children 13 & under 


At the door $5 more for all.

UUSC turns 75

The UUCM Social Justice Committee urges you to become informed about the human rights history and contributions of our denomination's UU Service Committee. You will find the story in a nutshell during this week's 75th anniversary celebration. https://www.youtube.com/user/uusc4all

Book Club - May 20
book pile

For the May 20th book club we have chosen Pulitzer Prize winner author, Jane Smiley's new book, 2014 National Prize winner, Some Luck.


Summary: On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children: from Frank, the handsome, willful first born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father's heart.


Each chapter in Some Luck covers a single year, beginning in 1920, as American soldiers like Walter return home from World War I, and going up through the early 1950s, with the country on the cusp of enormous social and economic change. As the Langdons branch out from Iowa to both coasts of America, the personal and the historical merge seamlessly: one moment electricity is just beginning to power the farm, and the next a son is volunteering to fight the Nazis; later still, a girl you'd seen growing up now has a little girl of her own. Some Luck, the first of an intended trilogy, cycles through birth and death, passions and betrayals, among characters we come to know inside and out.


Join us at 7:30 for a review moderated by Sandy Steinman.


Note:  This is a new book and has a short wait.  Reserve a copy now.

Pastoral Care
arts poppies

Do you or family members have information available to inform family, medical personnel, etc. in case of an emergency or death? Has it been a long time since you prepared it, can you locate it?

We have upgraded and simplified the form into a one-paged back to back document. We are placing it on the UUCM Web Page. It can be filled out on your computer or printed out. Copies can be sent to the office if you wish to keep a copy on file. We will also provide copies in the foyer for anyone to take. (Mac users, works best with Safari, PC users, works best with Explorer) The form.

If you need help filling it out, we will be available to help you through the form. cjwlittrell.com@aol.com or 415-883-9676 

If you are attending General Assembly
uuachalice If you are registered or plan to, please notify groupemail@uumarin.org and give your name, email, cell phone number, hotel and means of transportation to Portland. We will probably meet in the Doubletree Hotel before the convention starts on June 24.

Save the date: Saturday June 13 for a fun-filled day on Mt Tam! 

We are taking a trip to Wonderland! 

Where you can bask in the sun and commune with your UUCM community at the Mountain Play enjoying their presentation of Peter Pan.

Order your tickets at  www.mountainplay.org and plan to meet at the Park and Ride at Smith Ranch Road just off US 101 at 10 am that day. We will carpool to the Manzanita Parking lot and catch a school bus to the mountain. Pack a picnic, wear a hat, bring a blanket or cushions to sit on, your best pirate swagger and don't forget your sunscreen. Please email thomas.ervin@comcast.net if you have questions and to let me know that you are coming.




Last day for discount at GA
uuachaliceGeneral Assembly 

June 24-28, Portland, OR

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


Housing and Travel

GA on a budget

Accessibility services 


General Assembly Grid

Preliminary Schedule with workshop descriptions

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.

Social Justice Education/Action 

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/ 
I appreciate any feedback about this weekly newsletter.   groupemail@uumarin.org

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