Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
August 9, 2018
Issue #462
Sunday Worship Services
10:30 am

August 12, 2018: Love, a Moving Sanctuary
Ashley Reid
"Love is a sanctuary for us amid our doubts, fears, and suffering. We are called to love and protect each other, and when we do, we become moving sanctuaries fighting for justice. Just as Moses was called to do this work of bringing justice for the Israelites in Egypt, we are being called to do the work of loving, supporting and fighting for justice for our neighbors who are being persecuted."
Ashley is the Marin Interfaith Council intern and a Master of Divinity student at San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is anticipating graduation in 2019 and is interested in providing pastoral counseling and focusing on social justice issues. She is a Trenton, NJ native with her Bachelor of Science in Print Journalism from North Carolina A&T State University, and her Master of Arts in Management from the Wake Forest School of Business. She has experience working with youth and in nonprofit environments.
August 19, 2018: Between Animals and Angels - What Makes Us Human?
Kim Holscher
This talk was inspired by Rudolf Steiner's Spiritual Science.
Kim Holscher is a German immigrant, a Waldorf teacher, and a mother of two. She has been an Anthroposophist, a student of Rudolf Steiner's philosophy, since 1987. She joined UUCM in 2016 and is a new Board member.

Past worship services  (services marked with (R) have audio recording available) 
The Sunday Circle 9 am

9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders
8/12/18On "Strangers in Their Own Land" by Arlie Hochshild 
Janice Prochaska
8/19/18: Gratitude 101  
Carol 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.
Selected Upcoming Dates
Upcoming dates link to the UUCM calendar for saving on iCal, Outlook etc.

Permaculture Workshop Series - August 12, 19, 26
Noon - 1:30 PM

Action of Immediate Witness (AIW)  at GA
At General Assembly, finally something done for the Palestinians! Huge thanks to all who signed;  

Over 350 signatures of delegates on the petition to place the AIW on the agenda, 200 more than the 150 required. There were essentially no hostile or even critical comments about it. This good reception was perhaps in part due to people's awareness of recent Israeli violence in Gaza and the mistreatment of migrant children at the US-Mexico border. Our Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) includes links to documentation of the abuses of Palestinian children by human rights organizations, past related UU actions and other relevant references. There were flyers and buttons with a poster at the poster session on Friday afternoon. All may view these materials from the No Way to Treat a Child Campaign. The flyer and poster can be downloaded from their website for use in congregations. We took the opportunity to inform people about the current bill in congress, "Promoting human rights by ending Israeli military detention of children Act" (H.R. 4391) as we advocated for the AIW. We spoke about how the moral outrage concerning recent Israeli violence against protesters in Gaza expressed by several UU leaders has created a context in which UUs are more receptive to engagement on the issue of Palestinian rights. Current UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick Gray, past UUA President Rev. William Sinkford, the UU United Nations Office, the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective UU Young Adult Ministry Facebook page and the UU Young Adult Ministry Facebook page have all issued statements about the protesters murdered and wounded by Israeli snipers. For any UUCM members who want to help in this effort and to learn more about how, please contact our group UUPP (UUCM Concerned for Plight of Palestinian Lives) through gjchristi@gmail.com or phone at 707 975 8911. Welcome!
Ingathering Potluck - September 9
We will have a true potluck!
Please bring your favorite dish to share. We will welcome Rev Hartleif and his family. No desserts please. We will have a cake.
Permaculture Class Series at UUCM (Now Free for all)
Permaculture Class Series at UUCM -- Aug 12, 19, and 26: noon-1:30 pm.

Permaculture: - noun, per·ma·cul·ture: an agricultural system or method that seeks to integrate human activity with natural surroundings so as to create highly efficient self-sustaining ecosystems. - Merriam-Webster

Chelsea Pearson of the Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative is offering three Sunday classes to UUCM members, friends and anyone from the public interested in learning some basic principles of permaculture and sustainability. More info coming in the next newsletter. Stay tuned.

COST:  FREE.  Donations accepted. For more information call (707) 634-4672.

UUCM is a member organization of the    Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative.
Hosted by Jef Melcher, UUCM DRE 
Collect Water/Stones During Summer
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.

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: 

August 23 
September 6 (back to weekly schedule)
Deadline for articles is 7 am Tuesday for Thursday publishing date.
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.   
Autumn Auction Donation Ideas - October 6
The Autumn Auction will take place at the UUCM Fellowship Hall on Saturday, October 6, 2018, 5:30-9:00 p.m.  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, start thinking about what goods and services you or your friends might donate for the auction; also what businesses might be asked to donate.   Here are some ideas:   SPECIAL EVENT (use of vacation home, hike with lunch, catered meal or picnic, magic show, take kids to a museum or zoo).    LESSONS (cooking, piano, dancing, painting, golf, fishing, etc).    MONTHLY SPECIALS (casseroles, desserts, fruit, pet treats, etc). HELP AT HOME (garden, yard, odd jobs, handy work, remove clutter, taxes next spring, walking the dog, etc). PERSONAL ITEMS (artwork, music or dance performance, antiques).    
 The chairs of the Auction Committee are the same as last year, Jean Bee Chan and Ken Ross.   Ken  ( kenross.church@gmail.com , 541-686-1549)  is the primary contact person. 
New Direct Phone Numbers for UUCM
Minister: 415-578-9632
DRE: 415-578-9788
Administrator: 415-578-9577
(You can still dial 415 479-4131 but if you know who you want to speak with, the numbers listed above will be faster).

As a reminder, the minister and dre are out of the office until August. You can email them at minister@uumarin.org and dre@uumarin.org. If you need to reach either of them urgently, please contact Janette Morrow at 415-578-9577 or office@uumarin.org. 
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.  

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
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.

  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
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   milton.wong@csaa.com 

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

I appreciate any feedback about this weekly newsletter. 
eWeekly Deadline for Thursday issue:
Tuesday by 7 am - activities and announcements, Staff columns, committee reports

Weekly Summer issues:
August 23  

Weekly articles can contain:
  • Notices of UUCM sponsored events, meetings, or other activities which involve the entire congregation.
  • Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) or Pacific Central District (PCD) announcements of interest to the entire congregation.
(Staff article length 250 words)

Production, UUCM Connect and Special Announcements Editor: Lisa Cohen 
Backup Production Editor: Valerie Taylor
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
415- 578-9577 - Direct
240 Channing Way
San Rafael, CA 94903