Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
UUCM Email Weekly!
January 10, 2019
Issue #482
Sunday Worship Services
10:30 am
January 13, 2019: Part of Something Beautiful 
Rev. Marcus Hartlief 
Unitarian Universalists celebrate that we are held together by covenant not creed-we share values and ways of being together, not a set of unchanging beliefs. But there is another, more elusive, element of covenant. The bright burning ember of common purpose. The pull of a shared longing for our world. Mission. How will we name the unique, timely and necessary purpose of this community? 
The Sunday Circle 9 am
9 am - The Sunday Circle 

Upcoming Topics and Leaders
1/13/19    Why Does the World Exist?                                           Earle Owen
1/20/19    Journey Towards Wholeness: Natural Healing            Sondra Schwartz
        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.
Notes Along the Way
Rev marcus
Dear Ones,
Happy New Year to you and yours! May 2019 bring unexpected blessings in your lives, and in our shared life as a congregation.

This month we are exploring what it means to be a community of Covenant. I know that "covenant" is one of those weird, old, too religious to use much words. But it's also a word with an important history for us as Unitarian Universalists. As a religion with no creed or dogma, no set of beliefs we all subscribe to, our covenant-the shared commitment to certain principles and values-is the glue that holds us together. As Rev. Theresa preached about last Sunday, it's a covenant to "affirm and promote" seven principles and purposes that holds all UU congregations in a common faith.

It's in this context that we launch a concerted conversation about the mission of this congregation. Because covenant is about the promises we make one another, of how we will be together and treat each other. But it is also about the shared promise to a greater calling, the commitment our community makes to a common purpose that transcends our personalities and preferences. This Sunday we will launch this conversation about mission in the service, and then there will be opportunities in the weeks and months to come to share your thoughts. We will have talk back boards in the foyer, ways to engage online and small group conversations. 

The goal is to articulate a mission that covers not the breadth of everything we do, but names the essence of why our congregation matters. And hopefully, to name it in such a succinct and memorable way that one only needs hear it once to understand and remember it. If you're interesting in reading more about the power of a clear and memorable mission, I'd encourage you to read  this article by Rev. Thom Belote from a collection of essays he edited,  The Growing Church: Keys to Congregational Vitality.

With you on the journey,
Rev. Marcus
Selected Upcoming Dates
Upcoming dates link to the UUCM calendar for saving on iCal, Outlook etc.
Roy Zimmerman: RiZe Up - January 13, 4 - 6 pm
Save the date Sunday Jan. 13, 4 pm for this fabulous event of political musical comedy. Admission $20 or pay what you can. CASH ONLY PLEASE. 
UUCM is hosting this event to showcase this UU musician.
In the current national nightmare, we need to laugh. And we need to hope. Roy Zimmerman's signature blend of heart and hilarity has never been more necessary. RiZe Up is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman's original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice.
Listen to a sample of Roy's music:
"Thoughts and Prayers" -
"Defenders of Marriage" -
Congregational Workshop
Congregational Workshop
Friday, January 25, 5:30-9:00pm   (for the entire congregation)
Saturday, January 26, 8:45am-12:00pm   (for congregational leaders)

Rev. Jan Christian, our regional congregational life staff, comes this month to facilitate a "Start-up" workshop. UU congregations across our denomination have found the opportunity for an outside professional to facilitate conversation between a congregation and a new minister early in their ministry to be an incredibly valuable experience. This weekend will energize and inspire us for the road ahead.

On Friday evening, Jan will engage our whole community in exploring the history and culture of the congregation. We'll begin with a potluck supper at 5:30, and plan to end at 9pm.

On Saturday morning (8:45am-12:00pm), Jan will lead a conversation for congregational leaders about expectations of roles and responsibilities, supporting us in clarifying how we will work together to achieve our five developmental goals. The Board, Committee on Shared Ministry, all committee chairs are encouraged to attend.
Out with the Old, In with the New!
Our Lost and Found  closet is bursting with coats, sweaters, scarves, and other things people have left behind.
Our kitchen cupboards have many plates and bowls that have appeared out of nowhere.

We no longer have room for all these extra items. Please take a look to see if we have something that belongs to you. We will be donating everything in mid-January. Many people are in need of coats and sweaters this time of year. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Gilstrap ( mhg123009@gmail.com ).
Remarkable People - February 15
Please save the date for Friday, February 15 and Remarkable People in the Fireside Room. Joyce Rhodes and Rich Panter will tell their biographies, and Nani Ranken will facilitate.

Celebration of the Lunar New Year - February 2
On Saturday, February 2nd, come celebrate the Lunar New Year with Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Join us for a wonderful fun filled evening with Lion Dancers, festive buffet, and other activities including a raffle with Chinese Dinners, a Vietnamese Dinner, Haircuts, Car washes, a Hand-dyed scarf, and other wonderful items.
In addition, we will auction off a 3 night stay in San Francisco for the weekend of the Chinese New Year Parade and festive street fair. The accommodations include a 3 bedroom suite for up to 3 couples to share starting February 22, 2019. The Parade is the evening of February 23rd, and the hotel is located less than a ½ mile from the parade route.

Admission - $25 for adults, $5 for kids under 18
 New Soul Matters Groups forming for 2019
There is still time to sign up for monthly small group conversations of Soul Matters. The groups will meet February - December 2019. Don't miss out! The deadline for filling out the form is Jan. 15, and the groups will be formed after that. You do not have to be a UUCM member to participate, but you have to let Dianne Estrada know that you wish to join Soul Matters.
UU Writing Class - January 12 
Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 9:45 to 11:45 AM: 
UU Writing Class: Terry Lucas will lead this session.
  • T he topic will be looking at narrative arc in all genres: creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry . He is an acclaimed poet and a gifted freelance poetry coach. More about Terry and his work can be found at   www.terrylucas.com . He loves all genres of writing and will provide writing prompts. His poems, reviews, essays, and stories have appeared in numerous literary journals. He is a regular guest speaker for the Dominican University of California's low-residency MFA program in creative writing as well as a freelance poetry coach.  
The UU Writing Group is sponsored by Adult Ed and spearheaded by Kat Braeman. The group is open to new people and meets monthly on the Second Saturday at 9:45 AM. If you have any questions, call her at 202-549-3696 or email: katbraeman@gmail.com.
Poems Read at December 30 Service
Calling all Poets and Poetry Readers
We would like to post the poems read at the December 30th Participatory Poetry service on the web. Kat Braeman will collect them.  Please email the poem you read at the service to  kajudge@gmail.com or if your poem was handwritten or from a book and you don't want to type it you can hand it to Kat and she can type it for the web site.  
Join us for Dinners for Eight (or Six)!
Join us for Dinners for Eight (or Six)! This is a long-running tradition of potluck dinners held at members' homes. The next  dinner is scheduled for February 9th.
The host provides the main course, and the guests bring the rest! You need not host in order to attend these dinners, held usually on the first or second Saturdays of the month.
New members are encouraged to join, you need not commit to anything but enjoying a meal in an informal setting and getting to know each other.
To join our mailing list, please e-mail Sher Sheldon at shershel@comcast.net.
If you are interested in attending or hosting the next dinner, please let Sher know ASAP.
WhaleCoast Alaska Tour Information
2019 WhaleCoast Alaska tour information is now posted on their beautiful new website   https://whalecoastak.org.

The best part of these tours is that the small group stays with Alaskan UUs and gets a true perspective of this magnificent area through the eyes of people who live there. 
They are offering two tours next summer. The National Park Tour runs from June 8-18, and the All-Alaska Tour will take place July 5-17. Both tours include spectacular scenery, opportunities to see Alaska wildlife on land and sea, engaging Native Culture experiences, and warm UU hospitality. Groups of eight or more get a discount! So if you sign up, mention you are with UU Marin.
For complete information, go to https://whalecoastak.org.
Social Justice Education/Action
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.  ( SJ meetings are on hiatus until Jan 20)
Continue your commitment to environmental and economic justice by shopping at   http://shop.uusc.org 
Quick Links
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
  415-578-9577 direct 
Choir director:  Amanda Morando  muusic@uumarin.org    
Pianist:  Milton Wong pianist@uumarin.org   

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