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Sunday Worship Service
Contemplative Service
Summer changes
Summer Newsletter Schedule
View GA at UUCM
Watch GA Live Video
Summer Refreshments
Forum: Connecting Farm to Fork.
Woman's Shelter for UUCM rests
Bioluminescence Kayak Trip
Social Justice Education/Action
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Minister's Schedule
DRE's Schedule
Director of Religious Education:
Jeffrey Melcher

Summer Schedule:
See RE nUUs in this newsletter.
June 18, 2015
Issue #315

Sunday Worship Service 10:30 am chalice

June 21, 2015: "Dualism: The Big Deception"
Rev Bob Drake, with Jason Stearns, Worship Associate

In every day of our lives, we operate as if our separation from others is obvious.  We take for granted that mind or spirit vs. body, God vs. Creation, physical vs. spiritual, life vs. death, good vs. evil, win vs. lose, heaven vs. hell, self vs. other, old vs. young, right vs. wrong or real vs. unreal are all truly distinct.  These dualisms, learned from our religions and philosophies, separate us from the rest of everything -- and they may all be illusions.  We will talk about where dualism comes from and will think about what our world might be like if we were to transcend either/or thinking. I will suggest that the dualistic mindset is the single most destructive notion in our lives and we will try to get a glimpse of what it might be like if we lived as if all things are unified and universal.

 Rev. Bob Drake is a long time UU Marin member. He just completed his Master of Divinity at the San Francisco Theological Seminary, where he is Adjunct Professor of Restorative Justice, Trauma and Spirituality. Bob also has a Master's degree in Conflict Resolution. He is a clinical interfaith hospice chaplain and has started a new ministry: Ocean Soul Renewal, leading workshops for those going through significant loss or life change, or are in need of finding new hope and meaning. Bob is an ordained interfaith minister and an aspirant for ordination as a Unitarian Universalist Minister.   


jef melcher

DRE Summer schedule - My contracted DRE time (30 hrs/wk) ends mid-June and starts again in mid-August. The RE Committee, via the RE Enhancement Fund, is keeping me on, 15 hours/wk during Jun16th-Aug 15th, to run a summer program and prepare for our UUCM Summer Day Camp the first two weeks of August. During this time I will be at UUCM a majority of the Sundays. I will have sporadic summer office hours during the week. I can be reached via email and phone or to make an office appointment. There may be a day or two turn-around, but I will get back to you.


Sincerely Yours in Service to the Greater Good,


Jeffrey Melcher, M.Div.

Director of Religious Education


Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin


Contemplative Service 9 am  chalice
Contemplative Service resumes in the fall.

Summer changes
Summer is here.
The Contemplative Service is on vacation. The choir is off but Milton will still play his wonderful music. Chip is off but we will have 
marvelous guest speakers from our congregation, Starr King and other places.

Chip will not be holding office hours from June 16th through September 7th. He will return to regular office hours on September 8th.


There will be an RE program and day camp.

Refreshments will be provided in a smaller style.
Summer Newsletter Schedule

This newsletter is published every other week during the summer. Send in your articles by Monday 10 pm before the Thursday it should be published.


Newsletter Published Dates

July 2 

July 16

July 30 

August 13

August 27 and continuing weekly

View GA at UUCM
uuachaliceIf you are not going to General Assembly join us at UUCM on Saturday June 27 in the Fireside Room from 6 to 9:30 pm.
We will be viewing the previously recorded Opening Ceremony (at 6 pm) and the Ware lecture live (at 8 pm). The Opening Ceremony has lots of music, the banner parade and inspiring speakers.
The Ware Lecturer is Dr. Cornel West.

Watch GA Live Video at home

uuachaliceGeneral Assembly 

June 24-28, Portland, OR

If you are not attending GA you can listen and view all programs online. Events in the Session Hall are streamed live and are publicly available on YouTube. Recordings will be made available minutes after the event concludes. You can watch from your home live or after the program is presented.

To watch GA video click here and then click on the program you want to watch.
Summer Refreshments
Sign up on the board in the foyer to bring light refreshments for a summer Sunday.
Forum: Connecting Farm to Fork

JUNE 22, 2015, 6:30-9:00PM



The forum will feature the film, "Ripe for Change," a compelling primer on sustainable agriculture in California. "Ripe for Change" makes clear the interconnections between the viability of family farms, eating seasonally and locally, and how these are impacted by pesticides, fossil fuels and corporate control that dominate the food system.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion.


Presented by The Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative. 


More info.

Volunteers for Woman's Shelter not needed

Due to an enthusiastic Marin response from outside the religious institutions,

UUCM is relinquishing its slot for the summer Sunday shelter dinners. We look forward to serving once more when the winter schedule re-starts.


Thanks to this week's shelter volunteers go to Carol Littrell, Dee Stuever and Karen Lohman.

Bioluminescence Kayak Trip with Optional Overnight Camping


Kayaking on Tomales Bay near Marshall on Saturday, July 11 starting at 1 pm. RSVP to thomas.ervin@comcast.net by June 26. Please specify which option: paddle only; or paddle with camping.


We are scheduling through Blue Waters Kayak Rental a 24-hour double kayak rental and overnight camping, sunset paddle with Bioluminescence algae experience: $190/person.


For only kayak and tour w/o camping, it is $78 per person. For this option return to shore is 9pm or 10pm.


We will figure out the food options together. Some UUCM funding may be available to assist with the costs.


More info on web

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  


(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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