Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
March 14, 2019
Issue #491
Sunday Worship Services
10:30 am
The Sunday Circle 9 am
9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders
3/17/19   Sheroes: Celebrating Women's History  Kat Braeman   
3/24/19   More Mary Oliver                                       Doug Kerr
        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.  
jef melcher
For the younger palette on March 23rd:
 A delicious child-friendly choice is available for the Paella Dinner. Chicken and rice with a side of vegetables. There will also be a supervised game room for grades 4 and up. Dessert will be a project of dipping churros and fruit in warm chocolate.

The Religious Exploration Steering Committee. The Religious Exploration Committee has reorganized into more of the visioning, mission, oversight, and policy kind of team. Along with a new name, we expect that it will meet only 3-5 times per year and have less between meeting tasks to do. We are accepting nominations to this revitalized, forward-looking, essential committee.

Please sign up for the UUCM retreat ASAP. 
It is a highlight of the year for families. The more the merrier. Even if you can only come for the Friday night dinner and campfire, it is worth attending.
Jeffrey Melcher, M.Div.   
Director of Family Ministries
Selected Upcoming Dates
Upcoming dates link to the UUCM calendar for saving on iCal, Outlook, etc.
Margaret Fuller (1810-1850)
In celebration of Women's History Month, we're highlighting Unitarian women who were agents of change. Margaret Fuller is one of the guiding lights of the first wave of feminism-- a feminist before the word feminist and a leader who transformed Unitarian beliefs. A woman who had the courage to make a difference in the world, Fuller lived by her beliefs: "If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it!"   Author, editor, journalist, literary critic, educator, transcendentalist, and women's rights advocate, she helped educate the women of her day by leading a series of conversations in which women were empowered to read, think and discuss important issues of the day. Her landmark book Woman in the Nineteenth Century, a book about equality for women, was a best seller in 1845 .
Among her accomplishments: first editor of The Dial, the foremost Transcendentalist journal; first woman to enter Harvard Library to pursue research; first woman journalist on Horace Greeley's New York DailyTribune ; and first woman foreign correspondent and war correspondent to serve under combat conditions. Her move to write investigative journalism marked a political turn in the Transcendentalist movement and connected it to what we now think of as progressive, rights-based social justice. She said, "Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow."

To learn more read two recent biographies: The Lives of Margaret Fuller by John Matteson, or Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall.

Remarkable People for March
Friday, March 15,  7-9 pm  Fireside Room
Kristina Gale and Ray Meluch are our Remarkable People for March. 

This ongoing 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.
You might know Kristina Gale as a Dinners for 8 hostess or a greeter, but not that she started a long-time career before she learned to drive.  You will also learn more about being half-Ingrian, half-Finnish and growing up 10 miles from the border of the Soviet Union.

Ray Meluch is our hip and scientific "sound man" and does magic with our microphones when needed.  But there is more to know in his history, including an Oscar.....

Come to the Fireside Room for a Friday evening of sharing, and learning more about our common interests and intriguing differences in life experience. 

All are welcome and there will be sustaining snacks too. 

And if you want to mark your calendars, looking ahead: 
April 19    Rich Panter (re-scheduled because of the floods that kept him from coming in February) and Brian Hunwick 
May 17    Sarah Tiederman and Anne Spatola
Don't Miss the Paella Fiesta - March 23
Saturday, March 23, 2019
6:00 to 8:30 pm
Our Celebratory Evening includes:
Tapas and Paella dinner * - No host bar
Flamenco dancer

Admission $45.00
Raffle tickets $5.00 or 5 for $20.00

Don't miss out on a chance for amazing raffle prizes:
Gift certificate at Barcino Restaurant  in San Francisco  ($200 value)
Gift certificate for a month at Body Kinetics Gym ($250 value)
2 chances for a Pair of Tickets to the Harmony Sweepstakes A Capella finals at the Marin Civic Center, May 19, 2019 (value $120.00 each) 
BBQ Dinner for up to 8 by chef Susan in the late Spring  (priceless)
Spanish picnic lunch for 4 by chef Lynne delivered to you  (valued at   $100)
And other wonderful items

* Dinner will accommodate vegan as well as gluten-free diets.
For carb-free and allergy needs, it is recommended to purchase a ticket and notify us ahead so that we will know how to best make the event special for you as well.
Film - "Seared Souls: SC Voices of the Holocaust"
 "Seared Souls: SC Voices of the Holocaust," Board member Rich Panter's powerful 90-minute documentary will be shown by the Adult Ed. Committee on Sunday, March 24th in the Fireside Room from 12:15 - 2 pm.  The film traces the experiences of sixteen survivors and five liberators, neither minimizing the horror, nor relying on graphic archival images, it contains clips from the feature films "Schindler's List"  and  "The Wannsee Conference."

Narrated by NPR's Brooke Gladstone, and winner of six national awards, including a CINE Gold Eagle and an Emmy nomination, Rich made it in the l990s when he was a producer/director at South Carolina Public TV and will discuss it after the screening.  
Bring a Touch of Beauty
Touch of Beauty is the most fun in spring, because colorful flowers are everywhere! Please choose a date from the list below, and let Sally Schroeder know a Sunday you can participate (a 2nd choice would be helpful). You may arrange flowers ahead of time in your own vase, or bring flowers in a bundle and use one from our ample vase supply in the kitchen!

APRIL 7, 21
MAY 12
JUNE 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Writing Group Shift from 2nd to 3rd Saturday in March
March 16, 2019 from 10 am - 12 Noon: UU Writing Circle: Writing to Find the Voice Inside postponed from March 9th.  Join us in the Clara Barton Room for the writing group sponsored by Adult Ed and led by Kat Braeman. Write for ten minutes and share with the group. Writing can build community and be a spiritual quest. Call Kat at 202/549-3696 or email kajudge@gmail.com  for more information.
Classic Book Group
The Classic Book Group meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 1:30 pm in the Clara Barton Room, and will meet next on Wednesday, March 20.  We are currently reading Emma  by Jane Austen.
Register for the Retreat - May 3-5
If you missed last year, no worries, this year's retreat will be held May 3-5, 2019 and 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 it 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 ensure 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 are taking reservations now. Additional details will be available as we get closer to the event. Questions? Contact Thomas ( thomas.ervin@comcast.net).

Read more and register HERE.
Register 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
Suggestion for Carpooling
The problem of the overcrowded parking lot was discussed at our past 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 am 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 your neighbors.
Social Justice Education/Action
Social Justice Committee Meeting
Sunday, March 17, 2019, 12:00 PM, Fellowship Hall
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 
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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
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Choir director:  Amanda Morando  muusic@uumarin.org    
Pianist:  Milton Wong

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