Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
February 21, 2019
Issue #488
Sunday Worship Services
10:30 am

 "Leap, and the Net Will Appear," instructs a card I kept on my desk for years. As the trapeze artist lets go again and again in order to grab the next ring, life demands we each let go of what we love, over and over. How do we practice the "art of losing," as Elizabeth Bishop would name it, so that we can leap more and more gracefully each day?
The Sunday Circle 9 am
9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders
2/24/19    Juunitarian Shabbat/Sabbath                         Jerene Delaney & Karen Glikman  
3/3/19     Gene Therapy: The Scientific Perspective    Steve Prince 
                & Your Spiritual Perspective 
        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.
Notes Along the Way  (member's version)
Rev marcus
It's time to sign up for our Hopes and Histories conversations!

Hopes and Histories is my way of starting to get to know you better, as individuals and a community. I want to hear your stories about what being a part of this congregation has meant in your life. I want to hear about low points and high points in the history here, the warp and weave of this tapestry of love we call community. And I want to hear about your hopes and dreams. I want to hear your creative ideas and your heart's longings so that together we can paint an inspiring vision of the future.

Below is a list of the sessions we are currently planning for. Take a look at the locations and times and get in touch with the host of your choice.   Please RSVP to the host to ensure a spot!

Wednesday, March 13, 7-9pm
Janice and Jim Prochaska
188 Florence Avenue Mill Valley, CA 94941

Saturday, March 30, 10am-12pm
Kim Holscher and Dave Tetta
16 Scenic Drive Novato, CA 94949

Tuesday, April 9, 7-9pm
Doug and Carol Kerr
19 Monte Vista Avenue Larkspur, CA 94939
(415)517-6912, (415)717-5791

Thursday, April 25, 10am-12pm
Jan Seagrave
258 Orange Blossom Lane San Rafael, CA 94903

Tuesday, April 30, 7-9pm
Kat Braeman
Villa Marin, 100 Thorndale Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903

Tuesday, May 21, 10am-12pm
Nani Ranken
12 Lawrence Drive Novato, CA 94945

Wednesday, May 22, 7-9pm
June Fesler
720 Idylberry Road San Rafael, CA 94903
Look forward to sharing these conversation with you!
jef melcher
We are proud of our OWL program here at UUCM and the curriculum was written up in the New York Times last spring as one of the best relationship-based human sexuality programs in the country. Feel free to share this registration information far and wide. Help get the word out.
Registration for Our Whole Lives Grades 4-6 @ UUCM
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin(UUCM) is opening its doors to share the award-winning curriculum Our Whole Lives. This national curriculum published by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ is a life-saving, family-positive, relationship-centered, sex-positive, self-esteem building, gender inclusive, values-based, communication-training packed 10-session program with a family celebration ritual to crown the experience in the tenth session. For more information
follow this LINK. 
Jeffrey Melcher, M.Div.   
Director of Family Ministries
Selected Upcoming Dates
Upcoming dates link to the UUCM calendar for saving on iCal, Outlook etc.
Adult Ed- White Fragility, Part 2
Sunday, March 3, 12:15 - 1:30 pm
Fireside Room
Please come to this Adult Ed program if you have read White Fragility: Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo, and want to delve into the actual text of this book. Part 2 will take us one step beyond the initial reactions we voiced in an October meeting led by Rev. Marcus. Bev Munyon and Jan Seagrave will facilitate this book discussion, focusing on unpacking DiAngelo's major points.
Beacon Press wrote "Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions...and behaviors ...that function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue." Claudia Rankine, the Jamaican-born American poet, artist, and "genius grant" recipient, said that "With clarity and compassion, DiAngelo allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to 'bad people.' In doing so, she moves our national discussions forward with new 'rules of engagement.' This is a necessary book for all people invested in societal change."
If you have borrowed a copy of White Fragility from UUCM, please return it soon to the Community Room so that others may borrow it. If you haven't read this important yet slim volume, there's still time to read it. Loaner copies may be available in the Community Room and it is available on Amazon and in libraries. For more information, contact Bev or Jan.
Save the date for Paella Fiesta - March 23
Saturday March 23, 2019
6:00 to 8:30 pm
Tapas and Paella dinner - No host bar
Flamenco dancer
Admission $45.00
Raffle tickets $5.00 or 5 for $20.00
As spring enlivens the countryside, come join us in a special celebration with a wonderful Spanish inspired dinner. We will start with Tapas (small plates of delectables enjoyed in Spain with a glass of wine, sangria or sparkling water) and follow it with a variety of Paellas. We will be entertained by a local flamenco dancer, Andrea La Canela. The evening will end with delicious Spanish desserts and a raffle.

Dinner will accommodate vegan as well as gluten free diets.
For carb free and allergy needs it is recommended to purchase a ticket ahead so that we will know how to best make the event special for you as well.
Register for the Retreat - May 3-5
If you missed last year, no worries, this year's retreat which will be held May 3-5, 2019 will be here before you know it!
Paper copies of the Retreat form are now available on the Retreat poster in the foyer at UUCM. Please fill one out and return to Thomas Ervin.
Consider what workshop you may like to offer the congregation at this year's retreat. Here is an example schedule from last year.

The Retreat is an all-congregational event running from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning at Walker Creek Ranch in West Marin. We offer a flexible attendance/pricing plan to make sure that everyone can attend as their time and budget allows. You can stay in a semi-private lodge or family style dormitory with separate bedrooms for each family and bathrooms down the hall. Meals include Friday night dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast. We have a campfire on Friday night, a Barn Dance on Saturday night, worship services, discussion groups, hiking opportunities, a ropes course, arts and crafts, and many more fun activities for young and old. This is a chance to connect with those in your community at a deeper level and enjoy the fresh air and lovely grounds of Walker Creek Ranch. We will be taking reservations starting next month. Additional details will be available as we get closer to the event. Questions? Contact Thomas ( thomas.ervin@comcast.net)

  Read more and register HERE.
Board Matters: UU Marin Congregational Midyear Meeting
Board Matters: UU Marin Congregational Midyear Meeting
By Kat Braeman, Board Secretary

A large crowd gathered at the UU Marin congregational meeting on February 10th to honor Milton Wong for his 25 years of music which has enlivened and enriched us. Rich Panter delivered a poetic tribute, and Jerry Moore wrote an original piece that the choir sang to Milton.
Suggestion for Carpooling
The problem of the overcrowded parking lot was discussed at the Congregational Meeting.  Here is an idea:

Members and friends who live in Terra Linda, Novato, and further north must drive right past the Smith Ranch Road P&R lot.  We could keep in mind that on days when we are not in a rush we could stop there and share cars. At about 10:20 we could proceed to the Congregation's parking lot.  There would be no need for prior arrangements.

For return to our car  at P & R, there is no problem, since people leave at all hours.  Just go out to see who is leaving and hitch a ride.

Suggested by Nani Ranken.

Also consider carpooling with members from housing where we have many members like Villa Marin or Marin Valley Homes.
Save the Date for General Assembly - June 19-23
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 2019 General Assembly will be June 19-23 in Spokane, Washington. Most General Assembly events will be held in the Spokane Convention Center. https://www.uua.org/ga

Social Justice Education/Action
If you are not already receiving emails from the social justice committee and wish to receive them along with information about social justice actions/rallies in and around Marin, please send your email address to:    socialjustice@uumarin.org
UUSC Take Action Items - Sign petitions, learn about issues, donate money. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Do you want to make a difference in our county and the world? We focus on local issues which are relevant to all of us. Bring your ideas and concerns to the  UUCM Social Justice Committee.  We meet the third Sunday of each month at noon.
Continue your commitment to environmental and economic justice by shopping at   http://shop.uusc.org 
Quick Links
Staff Links
 Developmental Minister:  Rev. Marcus Hartlief revmarcus@uumarin.org  
Office hours:
Tuesday-Thursday: mid-morning to late afternoon or into the evening.
 Call, text or email to make an appointment.  
415-578-9632 (direct), 510-213-0404 (cell) 
Director of Family Ministries:  Jeffrey Melcher  dre@uumarin.org
Office hours:
Wed 10:30-2:00
Thursday 10:30-2:00
Sunday 9:00-1:00
Administrator: Janette Morrow  office@uumarin.org
  415-578-9577 direct 
Choir director:  Amanda Morando  muusic@uumarin.org    
Pianist:  Milton Wong pianist@uumarin.org   

Nursery Teacher: Glynda Christian nursery.k1@uumarin.org 
Pastoral Care Committee: pastoralcare@uumarin.org 
Don Beck: 415-892-0642 
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