Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
April 26, 2018
Issue #450
Sunday Worship Service
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10:30 am

April 29, 2018: The Saviors of God
Rich Panter

A former documentary filmmaker for East Coast public TV stations, now living in Bodega Bay, Rich Panter was raised an Episcopalian, majored in Humanities, earned a Masters in Urban Elementary Education with the U.S. Teacher Corps, and became a UU three decades ago. His sermon, titled "The Saviors of God", traces his journey to becoming a UU Secular Humanist.

Following the Service, at 12:15 pm, he will be screening his 1-hour public TV documentary, "Divining the Divine",   in the UUCM Fireplace Room.  It explores the Temple Prize for Progress in Religion and an interfaith gathering of the World Conference of Religions for Peace held in Riva del Garda, Italy.

Past services  (you can listen to the audio of many past sermons)
The Sunday Circle 9 am
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9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders

4/29/18: Increase Your Connection by Owning Your Projections
Jack Travis

5/6/18: Hometown Legacies
Carol Kerr 

More Info and additional service topics.

The Sunday Circle is held from 
9:00 am to 10:00 am each Sunday in the Fireside Room.
 
  Words of Joy     Membership at UUCM 
     Expect, watch for and embrace uncertainty.
            Dance with the madness of the cosmos and not against it.
            Leave your door open and your heart ready for anything.
                        -Vanessa Rush Southern, "This Piece of Eden",
                        UUA Meditation manual 2003
 
            We love introducing people to our faith and to this congregation, and we very much enjoy introducing new members to the rest of the congregation. New members bring us new ideas, talents and energy, and in turn we offer them a community in which they are supported in pursuing their spiritual journeys, unencumbered by creeds and dogma.
 
            On Sunday, May 13th after the service, the Membership Committee and I will conduct a Path to Unitarian Universalism Class. This class is for newcomers and anyone who would like to learn a bit about Unitarian Universalist history and identity and about this congregation. A light lunch will be provided. Join us!
 
            The following week, we will introduce new members to the congregation in our new member ceremony during the service. If you are interested in formally joining the congregation, please contact me (minister@uumarin.org ) 510-8212394 or Membership Chair Thomas Ervin, or you can join us at our Path To UU class on May 13th.
RE nUUs
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Off to the Regional Assembly - I am going to Portland, OR for the Pacific Western Region's Regional Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association. I will join in workshops and worship, conversation and collaboration for professional education and camaraderie in the larger UU family. I will be gone: April 25th - May 1st.
 
The Creative Compassionate class has done a survey of UUCM to see how it is doing regarding the Green Sanctuary process it started ten years ago. I think they will be presenting a report card of the congregation to the congregation. It is only via a multigenerational effort that we will be able to make lasting change in our communities and the world.
 
 RE Mini-schedule
 
April 29   - regular RE classes 
 
May 4-6  - UUCM Retreat - Hooray! 
 
May 6th   - No RE classes, but Nursery-K1 room open and staffed with the ongoing curriculum.

May 13: Regular RE Classes
              Wee Ones (Nursery -K1) - Grandmother & Mommy Tea in their space immediately after service to honor their families.

May 20: Planning & Rehearsal for RE Sunday
 
May 27: Planning & Rehearsal for RE Sunday  
 
June 3 - RE Sunday: All children and youth to participate in the service. Please put this in red on your  calendar.
 
June 10   - Flower Communion: a multigenerational service. Year-end potluck after service, last day of RE until Aug 25th.
 
Aug 26th - First day of RE in the Fall 
 
Jeffrey Melcher . M.Div. 
Selected Upcoming Dates
Join our Social Justice Green Team
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 We invite you to join our new Social Justice Green Team to help fulfill our commitments to "the interconnected web" and our Green Sanctuary designation.  For information:  Katherine DaSilva Jain kdsjain@yahoo.com 


Shared Housing Community Forum - Save the Date
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Shared Housing Community Forum
Sponsored by UUCM: Fellowship Hall
Saturday, May 19th, 2018
10AM-noon
Open to public/No fee

Hear ways you can be part of the affordable housing solution in Marin County. Panelists from Marin Villages, Home Share,
Marin Environmental Collaborative on Housing, Lilypad Homes and others will be there to educate and answer questions.
Learn about ways to age in place while helping with the housing shortage.

See flyer for more info or contact   Linda Haumann.
Readers' Theater
UUCM Readers' Theater invites members and friends to join our fun-loving group. We meet twice a month, on the second and fourth Monday of each month, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at UUCM. Most of the time, we read short plays aloud when we meet, but every 6-8 weeks we rehearse and then present short prose or poems during a service. No memorizing required, but you should be willing to ham it up and be silly. Information: Jan Seagrave ( janseagrave@gmail.com ).
UUA 2017-2018 Common Read
Please Join in the UUCM Adult Ed discussion of the UUA 2017-2018 Common Read.
 
We will meet at the UUCM Retreat May 4-6, 1pm workshop about racism. 
 
This anthology of vital voices from our own UUA ministry speaks to the challenges of being a minister of color in our denomination.
 
Adult Ed has purchased 10 copies from the UUA to circulate for reading  that can   be checked out from the Adult Ed Lending Library which is a well labeled box with a checkout form near the computer in the Community Room. If you have a copy you are willing to circulate please leave it in the Adult Ed Lending Library in the Community Room.
Also available as an eBook in the Amazon Kindle store and on Google Play. 
It's going for $9.99 and $7.99.
UUCM Book Club Dates - May, June
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The UUCM book club will meet at Villa Marin on  May 6 at 3pm  to discuss "The Unamericans," stories by Molly Antopol, chosen by Sandy Steinman.

On  June 3rd , we will again meet at Villa Marin to discuss poetry by Kay Ryan, chosen by Kat Braeman.
Anyone interested in the books is welcome to join us!  Kim Holscher
UUA General Assembly  - June 20-24
General Assembly Kansas City,  Missouri

General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates. The 2018 General Assembly will be June 20-24 in Kansas City, Missouri. Most General Assembly events will be held in the Kansas City Convention Center. GA will offer more than 175 programming selections over the course of five days. Major worships this year will be lead by UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray and Rev. Sofia Betancourt.

Be a delegate from UUCM or go on your own. GA is a fabulous experience.

Housing Reservations are open. Room rates start at $136 + tax.
Registration is open. Rates Increase May 1.
UU Spring Weekend
UU Spring Adventure at beautiful Camp Sylvester in Pinecrest, CA! May 11-13th!  

The weather should be great and the lake will be beautiful. Enjoy activities like volleyball, hiking, archery. and ping-pong as well as the usual camp games, evening activities, cooking in the amazing kitchen, and making art and music together.  It is Mother's Day so a special invitation to all mothers. Why not celebrate with a fun getaway weekend?!!   Please click the link below to register! For more information feel free to email:dleschyn@gmail.com.
 
Basket Share Participants Needed
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Are you involved as a volunteer or recipient of the services of a local 501(c)(3) agency or program?

You can help that organization raise money by initiating a 50/50 UUCM Offering Basket Share.  
 
Complete the application form on the UUCM website Social Justice page. Or find one at the Social Justice Table on a Sunday morning. Send it to  socialjustice@uumarin.org or leave it in the SJ box in the Community Room.
Sending Announcements for the Order of Service
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If you have an announcement for the back of the Sunday Order of Service please send it to  worshipassociates@uumarin.org  instead  of sending it to the office. Please send by 5 PM on Wednesday, any later submissions will be considered for timeliness and room. The Worship Committee members are now putting together the Order of Service and Janette will print it.
Social Justice Education/Action
 
We have a newsletter list to inform you about  UU Social Justice actions and local issues. Sign up by  replying to this email and typing  "Yes to Social Advocates".
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Contribute to the 3rd Tuesday night dinner at the First Presbyterian Church. Contact Carol Littrell. 
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UUSC Take Action Items - Sign petitions, learn about issues, donate money.
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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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Continue your commitment to environmental and economic justice by shopping at   http://shop.uusc.org 
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Visitor's Box
  
We cherish diversity and welcome among us
people of all races, cultures, ages, abilities, sexual
identities/orientations, and faith perspectives.

GUESTS are always welcome. Sunday worship is a time for inspiration, renewal, and connection.

CHILDREN AND YOUTH join adults during the first part of the service, and then attend Religious Exploration classes.  Nursery and toddler care is provided during the 10:30 service. There is a speaker system to bring sound from Fellowship Hall to the nursing room and the pre-K area. 

  REFRESHMENT HOUR  in the Courtyard or  Fireside Room follows the services.
 
 There are four "Sunday First Time Visitor" parking spots at the top of the parking lot.  
Come, join us! 
Quick Links
Staff Links
 Interim Minister:   Rev. Joy Atkinson  minister@uumarin.org

Office Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday 11AM  - 6PM
Other times also available. Call/email for an appointment.
phone 415-479-4131 ext 102

Director of Religious Exploration: 
Jeffrey Melcher  dre@uumarin.org
   
Office Hours:
Sunday 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Tuesday 10:30 - 1:30 PM
Thursday 12:30 - 3:30 PM
phone 415-479-4131 ext 104

Youth Advisor: 
George Pegelow  youthadvisor@uumarin.org
 
Administrator: Janette Morrow  office@uumarin.org  
 
Choir director:  Amanda Morando  muusic@uumarin.org    
 
Pianist:  Milton Wong   milton.wong@csaa.com

Nursery Teacher: Glynda Christian
  
Pastoral Care Committee: pastoralcare@uumarin.org
Don Beck: 415-892-0642
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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
415-479-4131   
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San Rafael, CA 94903