Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
June 28, 2018
Issue #459
Sunday Worship Services
10:30 am

July 1, 2018: The (R)Evolution of Conscious Aging
Rev. Kurt A. Kuhwald

There is a new and exciting story emerging about what it means to grow into our 60's, 70's, 80's and beyond.  Counter to the ageist narrative dominating our society, many elders are claiming an emboldened empowerment of spirit, intellect, and humanity. Aging consciously, Elders are creating a global movement that benefits all ages, transforming our very understanding of the human journey.

Rev. Kurt A. Kuhwald has served seven congregations and three Community Ministries as a UU minister, including First Unitarian Church of Oakland. Conscious Eldering, Worker Justice, Climate and Racial Justice are ministries that occupy his heart and dedication now in his 75th year.  Working with a community of active and conscious elders in the North and East SF Bay Area, he is excited about the emerging vision of elders because it offers a new story of human development and transformation for these challenging times.  He is Co-facilitator of an Elder Salon in Oakland  He is also ecstatic that as of July 27th he has been a grandfather for a year and nine months (but who's counting)!!


July 8, 2018: Curiosity May Have Killed the Cat....But It Continues to Cure Me
Becky Leyser

Growing up in small town USA, I heard the phrase, "Curiosity killed the cat," with frequency. I understood this to mean that curiosity was bad and I should mind my own business. However, as I have aged, I have discovered that curiosity not only allows me to discover more about others, but it enables me to stay humble. Come to find out why.

Becky Leyser is a spiritual director whose theology inspires her to provide a mirror to people looking to find the next, best step for themselves-for a specific situation, as a pathway out of or into, or just as a general way of being. Becky believes that we are all imbued with a spark of the Divine and it is our life work to breathe into that spark to make it bigger. Building this spark to a flame provides us with a relationship to the Divine while also providing us with a moral compass. If spiritual direction is interesting to you, reach out to Becky at beckyleyser@gmail.com.
The Sunday Circle 9 am

9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders
7/1/18: Summertime Memories & Reflections
All comers
7/8/18: What makes you laugh? 
Everyone shares 

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.
Selected Upcoming Dates
Upcoming dates link to the UUCM calendar for saving on iCal, Outlook etc.
Summer Changes at UUCM
Summer is here and there are a few changes at UUCM for the summer months.

The choir is on vacation but Milton is still providing wonderful music. The 9:00 AM service continues as does the 10:30 AM service. Rev. Joy has retired but we will have interesting speakers from Starr King and our congregation.

There are  no formal Religious Exploration classes but volunteers will lead activities on Sunday mornings for children.  Child care is available.

The newsletter will be sent every other week starting June 28. See article below for specific dates.

If you have an emergency that needs pastoral care contact the office office@uumarin.org.
Summer Weekly Newsletter Publish Dates
Weekly Publish dates
If you are  submitting an article please pay attention to these dates: 

June 28
July 12, 26
August 9, 23 
September 6 (back to weekly schedule)
Deadline for articles is 7 am Tuesday for Thursday publishing date.
Summer Sundays and Religious Exploration
Summer travel and family activities mean that regular Religious Exploration classes at UUCM for youth are on a summer break until August 26.

Our nursery and space for for the youngest children (0-6) will have adult supervision through the summer weeks and there will be a quiet activity table for older kids in the back of the sanctuary space.  

Watch the newsletter for updates about Sundays where member volunteers may stage activities for all ages or notices about YRUU events.

Happy Solstice, enjoy the sun and explore spiritually wherever you are  :).
And if you are curious about what UU religious education is about, more information is available on this website: https://www.uua.org/re 

UUCM RE Committee
Sign up to Bring Touch of Beauty
It's summer, and Touch of Beauty calls! Please choose a Sunday in July, August or September to contribute your TOB, and email it back to me.  sallyrschroeder@comcast.net . As always, it's best to send 2 dates, in case someone grabs the one you want before you do. 
Happy summer and happy travels to all! (And don't forget to smell the flowers!)
 Roy Zimmerman at UUCB, August 4
Roy Zimmerman's ReZist, August 4 at 8 pm at the UU Church of Berkeley
ReZist is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman's original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. "Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression," says Roy, "because in calling out the world's absurdities and laughing in their face, I'm affirming the real possibility for change."  
Roy's songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views.  He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records.  He's shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin, and tours the country constantly with his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby. He has played in all 50 states, mostly in UU churches.
Advance tickets are available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3507255  
UUs concerned with the Palestinian plight
This is a new group that has met once who are discussing items as in the following article. If you are interested in the Palestine situation contact cgjchristi@gmail.com for meeting times in July.  
Our group @ UUCM is adopting the label: UUPP,   i.e.  UU's concerned with the Palestinian plight.  Many are now reading carefully and collecting information through various media on this topic as  it is beyond critical, at this point. Many thanks to Nani Ranken, who suggested this article : "The Last of the Tzaddiks" by David Shulman. " There have always been prominent voices like that of the Talmudic Hillel sage: "Where there is no one, try to be a human being" (my somewhat modernized translation). Sometimes I hear those words in my mind when soldiers are about to arrest us in South Hebron or when Israeli settlers try to kill us with heavy rocks, as happened last February 10 on the way from al-Tuani to Tuba. As has been the case throughout Jewish history, humane voices such as Hillel's are today at war with sanctimonious, atavistic ones such as those that now dominate the public sphere in Israel. But as (Michael) Sfard says in what might be the most important line of his book, 'The fight isn't over.'"
UUCM Book Club - July
book pile

July 1 at Dave Tetta's house, we will discuss "Clementine" by Sonia Purnell; this is a biography of Winston Churchill's wife.
All interested adults are welcome to join the book club.
Collect Water/Stones During Summer
river stones
Don't forget to gather water and or stones from your summer journeys or staycations. We will use them in our ingathering ceremony on September 9 with our new minister.

Share Something Fun
Between mid-June and August regular Religious Exploration classes do not meet, but we like to have youth-friendly activities available for UUCM kids and visiting families at a table in the foyer.  Do you have a craft, game, or outdoor activity for ages 6 to teens that you would be willing to share on one Sunday? 

Please sign up on  Sign-up Genius or on the big board in the foyer.  Everyone's inner child needs some exercising now and then....Lend a hand, bring a friend, share the fun....
Save the Date for the Autumn Auction - October 6
SAVE THE DATE for the Autumn Auction on Saturday, October 6, 2018, 5:30-9:00 p.m.  We hope this will be as successful as the auction last October.  The rough scheduling is: 5:30-7:00 for silent auction and social hour (hors d'oeuvres, drinks); 7:00-8:30 for live auction and potluck dinner; 8:30-9:00 check out.   
  Meanwhile,  ENJOY YOUR SUMMER and start thinking about what goods and services you or your friends might donate for the auction; also what businesses might be asked to donate.  More information, including ideas about donations, will be forthcoming.  
Web Site of our Developmental Minister
Our developmental minister Rev. Marcus Hartlief will be joining us this fall.  Until then, he has created a website for you to get to know more about him.  The home page is a letter to the congregation. Other pages cover his story, his ministry, and examples of his writings. We encourage you to take a moment to view the website. Here is the link:
Please contact any Board member if you have any questions.   
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
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 
Summer Hours 
 Vacation until August 21. Will check email and phone messages.

Director of Religious Exploration: 
Jeffrey Melcher  dre@uumarin.org
Summer Hours
Vacation until August 1.
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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