Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
May 3, 2018
Issue #451
Sunday Worship Service
10:30 am

May 6, 2018: Class:  An Underdiscussed -ism
KC Greaney

Our society is perhaps the most socioeconomically stratified as it has been since the Gilded Age when there was a high concentration of wealth in the uppermost class. Class issues became apparent as a force in the presidential election, where Americans who had experienced downward social mobility (particularly less-than-college educated white males and females, the "deplorables") voted overwhelmingly for President Trump. Shouldn't we be willing to discuss class, and how it plays out in society as well as our denomination?

KC Greaney is a former member of UUCM and a founding member of the Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma, where she raised her children in our liberal faith tradition.  She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA and serves as the Director of Institutional Research at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Sunday Circle 9 am

9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders

5/6/18: Hometown Legacies
Carol Kerr 

5/13/18: Connecting to Music
Jerry Moore

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.
jef melcher
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
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
Remarkable People - May 18
Friday, May 18  7:30 pm  Fireside Room

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.  

Sher Sheldon and Paul Dearborn are our May people of the month. (This is different from previously announced but unexpected schedule changes happen and these wonderful two have agreed to be Remarkable on short notice!  More details next week.)
Mark your calendars and come learn about these good people.  

Be remarkable yourself and come enjoy!  
Join our Social Justice Green Team
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
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.
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
book pile
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.
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
basket share
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
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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