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Sunday Worship Service
Chip's Blog Spot
UUCM Summer Day Camp
Summer Newsletter Schedule
Summer changes
Summer Refreshments
Watch GA Video at home
Book Group
Contemplative Service
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.
July 2, 2015
Issue #316
Next Issue July 16

Sunday Worship Service 10:30 am chalice

July 5, 2015: Conflicting Fireworks of Patriotism

Jessica Clay, with Karen Auroy, Worship Associate 


Independence Day is a day that for many consists of fireworks, parades, and barbeques.  As we gather to celebrate our independence from Britain we contemplate on what freedom means. Come let us worship together as we explore this complex subject and how our spiritual community works together to continue and reshape the vision set forth on July 2, 1776.


Jessica Clay is entering into her last year of seminary at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA and is a Candidate for Fellowship with the UUA. During her time at Starr King she has been involved in student body leadership filling the role of Vice-President her first year, and President this past year. She has her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Pacific University and comes to ministry as a second career. Her call to ministry came within the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica, and she was a very active member prior to moving to Berkeley teaching RE, serving on the nominating committee and co-chairing the green committee. Since moving to Berkeley in 2013 she has immersed herself in school, pulpit supply preaching, traveling to Transylvania, and volunteering at San Quentin. 


July 12, 2015: "EcoTheology - Earth as Embodied Divinity"

Rev. Robert Drake, with Linda Haumann, Worship Associate


God is the Ground of Being from which we sprang and our Earth is the nearest and greatest local manifestation of that Divinity.   How can we shift our theologies to one that honors and reveres this Earth and in the process save and support all forms of life on our planet?  How can we begin to shift our theologies from one of reverence for what is "out there" or even "in here" to what is all around us.  When will we begin the necessary process of grieving what we have done to Her?


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, 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.

Chip's Blog Spot

And behind door three!

If you are reading this you must be somewhat like me or you wouldn't have found your way here. That being the case, likely you've spent some time these last few days pondering what happened Friday, June 19, 2015.

Read the rest of the blog entry.

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


UUCM Summer Day Camp

Hello Community,


We are excited to announce that our Summer Fun Day-Camp is gearing up. The first of two weeks starts August 3rd. You can begin the registration process by going to this page: Summer Fun Day Camp at UUCM.


Dance  Arts Tree Climbing Cooking  Nature Exploration/Experiments 


Please help us promote this camp via our FB event link. UUCM Summer Day-camp FB event page. If you have a Facebook account, go to that page and use the invite button to bring your friends and neighbors into the loop.


You might also like to share this with people you know with this flyer.


Jeffrey Melcher, M.Div.

Director of Religious Education

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin


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 16

July 30 

August 13

August 27 and continuing weekly

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 Refreshments
Sign up on the board in the foyer to bring light refreshments for a summer Sunday.

Watch GA Video at home 

You can still watch programs from General Assembly. To watch GA video click here and then click on the program you want to watch. 

News from GA by UUCM attendees to come in a Special Announcement.
Book Group
book pile

Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson, July 15 Book Club pick


Life is Subject to Revision. What if you could live again and again until you got it right?  In 'Life After Life,' by Kate Atkinson, its heroine, Ursula Todd, keeps dying, then dying again. She dies when she is being born, on a snowy night in 1910. As a child, she drowns, falls off a roof and contracts influenza. Later, she commits suicide and is murdered. She is killed during the German bombing of London in World War II and ends her life in the ruins of Berlin in 1945. Each time Ursula dies, Atkinson, a British writer,  resurrects her and sets her on one of the many alternate courses that her destiny might have taken. It was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013. Mary Bicknell will moderate the discussion on July 15 at 7:30. All are welcome to join us.


We willl meet at Sher's 1237 Lynwood Dr., Novato 94947 892-1727

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

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 restarts.

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.
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