Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
May 24, 2018
Issue #454
Sunday Worship Service
10:30 am

May 27, 2018: The Horse that Almost Got Away, or Following Your Dreams
  Rev.Dr. Jeanne Foster

Psychiatrist D. W. Winnicott writes that we often go about our lives with an attitude of compliance, as though the world is something to be fitted in with, demanding adaptation. The attitude of compliance tells us to put our dreams away in the back of the bottom drawer of the chest of drawers. But our dreams are part of creative living, Winnicott says, which makes life worthwhile. On this Sunday, we stand up for the world of dreams and for pulling dreams through into reality as a source of creativity, aliveness, and self-actualization.

Rev. Dr. Jeanne Foster grew up in New Orleans. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Starr King, was ordained by the Monterey Peninsula UU Church, and served as minister of the UU Fellowship in Modesto. She earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in the interdisciplinary area of Religion, Literature, and the Arts. She is currently Professor Emerita at Saint Mary's College in Moraga. A published poet, her work has appeared in numerous journals. Her poetry book,  A Blessing of Safe Travel, won the Quarterly Review of Literature Poetry Award. Among her other books are  Appetite: Food as Metaphor, an anthology of poems by women, and a critical work,  A Music of Grace: the Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry, which asks the question, Is there still sacred ground to stand on? Her latest book of poems,  Goodbye, Silver Sister, was released by Northwestern University Press (2015). She is co-translator of  The Living Theatre: Selected Poems of Bianca Tarozzi,  (BOA 2017). Her passions are ballroom dancing and Tuscany and, in particular, ballroom dancing in Tuscany.
The Sunday Circle 9 am

9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders

5/27/18: Mary Oliver, Again
Doug Kerr  
6/3/18: Appreciating JOY - Joy & Rev. Joy
Kat Braeman 

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    
We ceremonially welcomed two new members into the congregation this past Sunday. Actually, they both have been among us for a while, but recently signed the membership book. Here are their bios:
Kim Holscher
Kim's real name is Annette Holscher, but she has been Kim ever since being an exchange student from Germany in South Dakota at age 15. She attended graduate school, got married to Dave, and raised two sons in Seattle. Those sons are in tech, so Kim and Dave followed them to the Bay area in 2016. Kim is a Waldorf teacher, a fan of paranormal romance, and loves Indian food. She came to UUCM because of the sign at the bottom of the hill.  (Joy's comment--it pays to advertise! Let's not be such a well-kept secret!)
Amanda Morando
We have enjoyed having Amanda as our Choir Director since 2012, and now she has officially joined UUCM!
She has sung in choirs since she was young. Amanda graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She teaches music and drama at Dixie Elementary School, and she performs frequently in musicals and other concerts (including one coming up at UUCM, Celebrating Women Composers, on June 2  at 4:00 PM, with Milton Wong).
We warmly welcome Amanda and Kim as members.
If you would like to know more about membership or are interested in joining the congregation,  please contact me at minister@uumarin.org (510 821-2394) 
or Thomas Ervin, Membership Chair. We may schedule one more New Member Sunday before the end of the church year.
jef melcher
Preparing for RE Sunday.  
Our joyful celebration of RE is June 3rd. The children and youth are presenting  a smidgen of what they have been doing this year. Dress rehearsal is Sunday, May 27th. We will practice during RE classes and do blocking after service during coffee hour. Please plan on attending and staying until 12:20 that day.  
Childcare at our Annual Meeting -  to have childcare  you   must RSVP  to karen.h.auroy@gmail.com or 415 897-5047. Please share your child's name, age, and any food allergies.  Glynda has agreed to provide childcare, but If we don't get any requests, there will be no childcare. The youth's Fair Trade market of chocolate, coffee, cocoa, and hot chocolate will be closing for the summer. Last chance for a special order until Fall is this Sunday. Have you tried the spicy hot cocoa? Mmmm .... The last date of sales will be June 10th. Stock up for summer !! Profits benefit the UUCM Youth Leadership Fund. Order a box of your favorite - 12 bars for $37.50. A savings of $4.50.  The Creative Compassionates class has raised money and is exploring the benefits of microlending as a form of social justice. Kiva gives you the chance to make small loans to borrowers working to start businesses and improve their lives. I'm already lending on Kiva and thought you'd like to join us!  Joining via this invitation link to Kiva gives credit to the children's class and they can then loan even more to needy working people around the world.
The Summer Fun at UUCM is different  this year. Since n eith er the DRE nor the Youth Advisor will be working this summer, paid nursery staff and volunteer children's activity leaders are being sought. This is a way to have a casual "teaching" experience with the kids. Nature, art, music, stories, games ... are all possibilities. Usually, there are only 3-5 kids, but sometimes none.
Still, everyone's inner child needs some exercising now and then....Lend a hand, bring a friend, share the fun....   If you are interested in either the paid position or volunteering for a Sunday or two, please contact  the DRE at  dre.uumarin@gmail.com  between now and 6/13. To volunteer in the 1-6 year-olds  Click HERE. To sign up as an activity presenter or as an assistant for ages 7-11 please go to this  Sign-up Genius link. If you are new to RE we may ask for a background check. Come share some FUN !! 
Marin Interfaith Council - 
Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence

A taste of Regional Assembly in Portland
This event only happens every two to three years. It was well worth it. Many found it more accessible than General Assembly where you swim in a sea of 5k UUs, and broader than the District Assembly with programming for 400 UUs. Regional had 650 UUs in attendance and was organized by our Regional staff. Here are some videos of the worship. 
Jeffrey Melcher . M.Div. 
Selected Upcoming Dates
Upcoming dates link to the UUCM calendar for saving on iCal, Outlook etc.

Game Night - June 1
6:30 PM  - 9:00 PM

Celebrating Women Composers - June 2
4 PM 

Annual Congregational Meeting - June 3
 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Celebrate with Joy - June 17
After Service
A Celebration of Women Composers - June 2 
Saturday June 2, 4PM, doors open 3:30 PM

Amanda Morando, soprano
Milton Wong, piano
Join us as we explore the intimate world of the classical art song through the works of three women composers. These songs will take you from despair to hope, from internal longing to heart-on-your-sleeve romance. Hear the quiet passion of Fanny Mendelssohn, a melancholy lullaby by C├ęcile Chaminade and the playfulness of Amy Beach.

$20 Adults
$15 Seniors
$15 Youth (17 and under)
Refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase before the concert and at intermission.
All proceeds benefit programs of UUCM.
Celebrate With Joy!
On June 17th, following the service, we will honor Rev. Joy Atkinson, who is concluding a successful 2 year interim ministry with us and beginning her own transition into retirement after 41 years of ministry.  

We invite everyone reading this to write a letter, note, card-or pen a cartoon, poem, or drawing-in celebration of Rev. Joy . These will be included in a scrapbook we are creating.  
Please be part of the process! Sharing a memory, reflection or funny anecdote can be done in just a few moments.  (Really you will be amazed at what you can write in 5 minutes or less; and you will feel good about doing it and she will feel good reading it).  So good all around.....

You can put items in Kat Braeman's box in the Community Room or send things via email to  drckerr@pacbell.net .

We would appreciate having items by June 10th if possible. 

Thanks for helping make this happen...
The Celebrate Joy Committee:  
Kat Braeman, Carol Kerr, Janice Prochaska, Julie Prentice, Karen Auroy
Shared Housing Community Forum Update
From Social Justice Chair:
A huge thank you to all who helped make the Shared Housing Community Forum a success!

Special thanks to:
Kristin Jensen, Karen Auroy, Mary Gilstrap, Norm Davidson, Anne Spatola, Walt Littrell, Mary Bicknell, Jan Seagrave,
Dick Park and Judy Finn and to all who attended!

Approximately 40 people attended this event and over half were first time visitors to UUCM.

Damon Connolly, Marin County Board Supervisor, opened the program with updates regarding affordable housing proposed projects and how green lighting the permitting for accessory dwelling units (ADU/JDU) and such things as garage conversions into affordable rental spaces is moving forward. Movement on tenants' protections was also shared.

Home Match  https://covia.org/services/home-match/ provided information about matching seniors with reliable, vetted renters.

Marin Villages  http://www.marinvillages.org shared information about how they help seniors age in place and ADU's and JDU (junior units) were also described as a way for homeowners to stay in their homes while providing affordable housing to those in need.

Please contact Linda Haumann at   socialjustice@uumarin.org  for more information.
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 ? 

There will be a sign-up board in the foyer beginning this Sunday or you can email   dreuumarin@gmail.com between now and 6/13.  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
Last year's auction was such a success we are doing it again on Saturday October 6 (5:30 - 9 PM). Jean Bee Chan and Ken Ross will again co-chair the event. A  dynamic committee has already been convened and has started planning. So start thinking about what you can donate or ask local businesses to donate.

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 in September with our new minister.

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.   
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.
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 

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 ).
UUCM Book Club Dates - June, July
book pile
The UUCM book club will read Kay Ryan's poetry, easily available for free on the internet, in books, and on Audible. Bring a poem to share on June 3rd at Villa Marin, 3-4:30pm.

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.
UUA General Assembly Update

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. 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.
Program HIghlights. Ware Lecturer is Brittany Packnett. 
Most programs can be viewed online. We may show some programs at UUCM, information coming later. 
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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