Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
April 12, 2018
Issue #448
Sunday Worship Service
10:30 am

April 15, 2018: Goddess: When She Rules
Julie Prentice

It has happened throughout history that there were female deities (Goddesses) who were worshipped in many different cultures and religions as the dominant deities of the time. Whatever their names, it was true that they were Mother Goddesses who held equal or higher place than male deities of that era. As time passed, male Gods became dominant in many religions and cultures. Today, Goddess worship is increasing around the world. Is this a time when Goddesses can "rule" and what would that mean? How has this worship changed over time and what does it mean for Unitarian Universalists today?

A Unitarian Universalist for twenty years, Julie has been writing poetry for most of her life. From the East Coast originally, she now lives in California with her soulmate and their furry companion. After careers as an ASL interpreter and preschool teacher, she is currently working as a passionate Peer Supporter of persons with mental health challenges. In her spare time, she's a writer, knitter, crafter, and singer. Her work has also been published in several poetry anthologies and online journals and blogs. She is the current Worship Chair at UUCM.
Past services  (you can listen to the audio of many past sermons)
The Sunday Circle 9 am

9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders

4/15/18: What Do We Owe "Good Fortune" To?
Earle Owen

4/22/18: Karma of Clothes
Kim Holscher 

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.
Interim Minister's Column         Words of Joy
We were delighted to welcome two new members to our congregation at our new member ceremony on Sunday. Here are their brief bios:
Kristin Zibell
Kristin is a resident of Larkspur, who is originally from Wisconsin. She's joining UUCM for the faith community and focus on social justice. A lifelong spiritual seeker, she's curious about all spiritual traditions and travels the world to learn more about them.
Jeanine Schiebold
Jeanine is a longtime resident of Novato. She has 2 great adult children, a wonderful husband and an adoring dog. Her hobbies are gardening, hiking, swimming, reading, singing and going to Antique shows and flea markets. The family came home with the dog the last time they were at the flea market. Jeanine speculates: "Maybe that's why she adores us!"
Both of these members, and so many of our new members, have jumped right into activities at UUCM, even before they officially joined us! If you have been active, or are interested in becoming involved at UUCM, and have been thinking of taking the next step into membership, please speak with me (510 821-2394), minister@uumarin.org, or with our Membership Committee Chair, Thomas Ervin. We would love to welcome you! 
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Pictures and Broccoli:  I saw lots of photos being taken on Easter/Passover/April Fool's Day. If you got even a decent snapshot, can you please send it to me? We might want to post it. We need more photos of the kids in action. [Did any of your   kids   comment on the broccoli treats in some of the plastic eggs? I saw one kid look in disgust at it and put it on the ground. Another said, "Oh, broccoli. I like broccoli."

Still not too late to register for the UUCM Retreat! We have room for you and your family. If you have a 13-year-old or older youth who wants to come but would need to come w/o the rest of the family because of other parental commitments, we can arrange for an adult sponsor for the weekend.

Wrapping things up. We are getting close to the end of the RE year. Please note that the last day of RE this year is June 10th. The last day with teachers in the classroom is May 27th. This day will be practice for RE Sunday on June 3rd.  Please plan to have you child attend both 5/27 and 6/3.  This is important for the summary of the year and community relationships.

Fair Trade chocolate and now coffee too! We have ordered more chocolate from   Equal Exchange  and six bags of fair trade coffee too. (Nani has dibs on one of them already) Cash and check only. 20% of Equal Exchange profits go to the UU Service Committee.  

Jeffrey Melcher, 

Peter Rabbit
Selected Upcoming Dates
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 ).
Classical Concert Postponed
Our April 7 classical concert,  Celebrating Women Composers, 
is being postponed due to Amanda's vocal health issues. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 2nd at 4pm.

Survey for Support of Immigrant Families
The Social Justice Committee is working with the Marin Interfaith Council in developing a support system for our immigrant community.  As part of that endeavor, we need to determine what level of support each congregation could provide and who could be contacted when the need arises.  If you are interested in helping, please fill out the survey at this link.  https://goo.gl/forms/s9Q0baJtSiOptZN72  
Your contact information will only be used within our congregation.  

Thank you 
UUCM Social Justice Committee
REMARKABLE People Again... April 20   7 pm
The ongoing Remarkable People series gives us time to learn about each other from the interesting stories of individual lives. Whether you already know them by name or not, you will learn what you don't know in the evening of sharing and community. Each person talks and there is time for questions and general sociability and usually some sustaining snacks.

You may know Lynne Scarpa from her work on the Board and leadership in the search for an incoming Developmental Minister.  But you might be less familiar with her legacy as a third generation Californian. She also knows more than any of us about what communities can and should do about stormwater. 

Michael Jenkins has also served on the Board in the past.  You could know he is an exercise expert with three gyms across Marin County.  But you can come learn more about what and where is Lackawanna, New York, and then be able to ask this question: Why was Michael on TV at the age of 4?

Come hear from these good UUCM folk who have lived experiences of how to stay fit and keep our communities safe in the face of climate change.

Be remarkable yourself and come enjoy!  

And coming up next month:  

May 18: Christine Davenport and Amanda Morando
UUA 2017-2018 Common Read
Please Join in the  
UUCM Adult Ed discussion of the UUA 2017-2018 Common Read
We will meet on April 22nd 12:15-1:30PM in the Fireside Room 
and also at the UUCM retreat May 4-6.
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.
 Spring Transylvanian Tea - April 21
Starr King School for the Ministry cordially invites you and your friends to our Spring Transylvanian Tea, a fundraiser for the Balázs Scholars Program. Saturday, April 21, 2018, 2:30pm,
at the Starr King School for the Ministry,  2441 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley. $25 suggested donation.

Rev. Lidia-Emese Bodor
2017-2018 Balázs Scholar
Religion Teacher and School Chaplain

Janos Zsigmond Unitarian High School, Kolozsvar
Rev. Sofia  Betancourt
Assistant Professor of Unitarian Universalist Theologies and Ethics
Starr King School for the Ministry
RSVP to Arliss Ungar
 Balazs@ungar.us  925-451-7953 
Shared Housing Community Forum - Save the Date
Shared Housing Community Forum
Sponsored by UUCM: Fellowship Hall
Saturday, May 19th, 2018
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.
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
We are Getting a New Website!
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New Website Going Live Soon!

UUCM has a new website! Using a well-designed and tested template provided by the UUA, we have created a new website to support our communications to both the outside world and among our members and friends. We expect the new site to replace the old one before the end of April. So if you go to   uumarin.org  in a few weeks and see something completely different, you're in the right place!
Dinners for Eight
"Food is our common ground, a universal experience." James Beard. Get to know other members of the congregation eating dinners in their homes through Dinners for Eight (or Six).  We would love to have more participants for the last dinner of the year on June 2nd.

Dinners for 8 (or Six) is a coordinated potluck. We meet on the 1st Saturday of the month, October through June. Each month a volunteer host will offer a main course and guests bring appetizers, salad/soup, dessert, and wine and good conversation. Contact Sher Sheldon at 415-892-1727 or
shershel@comcast.net for details.
Summer Worship Opportunities
The Worship Committee is currently seeking members to give services from July 23rd until the end of August. You will be assisted by a Worship Associate to plan your service. Typically the 'sermon' portion lasts 15-20 minutes.

If you have an idea for a service, please contact worshipassociates@uumarin.org. Share your words with our Congregation!
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.
UUA General Assembly - Updated information
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.
Pacific Western Regional Assembly - April 27-29 
More than 500 individuals from the four districts of the UUA's Pacific Western Region have already registered for the PWR 2018 Regional Assembly. They will gather April 27-29 in Portland, OR. Speakers include, the Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister at the First Unitarian Society of San Francisco; Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, advocate for women's, immigrant, civil, and human rights; and the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, newly elected UUA president.
Programming includes workshops, worship, district meetings, and an optional social justice activity. A day-long Professional Day designed for religious professionals is planned for Friday, April 27, before the start of Regional Assembly. Discount lodging is available at the Portland Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, site of the Regional Assembly. Childcare and youth programming will be available.  
Register for our Regional Assembly by April 15.   www.uua.org/pwr . 
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
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
    Next Social Justice meeting: Sunday April 15
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".
Contribute to the 3rd Tuesday night dinner at the First Presbyterian Church. Contact Carol Littrell. 
UUSC Take Action Items - Sign petitions, learn about issues, donate money.
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 
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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