UUCSR Weekly Newsblast
Events and Announcements
Week of April 8, 2022
"Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence."

APRIL 10, 2022
10:30 a.m.
Live in-person service and on Zoom

Preparing Your Path
On Palm Sunday Jesus entered Jerusalem and was welcomed by his followers and scorned by others. Are there messages and meaning in that story for Unitarian Universalists today?

Service Leader: Rev. Dr. William Stayton
Worship Associates: Linda Lampson
Music: Gage Purdy & Roger Corman

Religious Education: Era Capone. Please email Era if you have a young one wanting to join: dre@uusantarosa.org

Milestones: If you have any milestones you'd like to share with the congregation, please send them to: laychaplains@uusantarosa.org by Friday evening.

Share the Basket: The Living Room
To Donate to Share the Basket: Use the GIVE NOW button here, on UUCSR's website, or use the QR code at the bottom of this email.

UUCSR Pandemic Policy,
Updated April 2022

 Given the continued decline of Covid cases (no cases in Sutter ER for last 4 days), and excellent vaccine rate in Sonoma County & at UUCSR, HAT is recommending a "masks optional" policy. Those who feel less safe with this are urged to continue masking as that will offer each individual good protection (which is why medical providers mask around any infected individuals). Masks protect the wearer.
Please continue to mask if you have health concerns or decreased immune strength. And, we would like to know if you plan to discontinue your presence at UUCSR due to this policy. Please contact Gretchen Vap. (707-849-6644), about this or any other Covid concerns.

Thank you


Groups with Open Invitations to Members:
  • Older and Bolder (over 80 years old) Mondays 10:30-12:00; contact: Shirley White or Clare Whitfield
  • Saturday Breakfast for our Neighbors Every Saturday 6:00-10:00am. contact: John Ray
  • Choir Rehearsal Thursdays 7-8:30pm. contact Gage Musicdirector@uusantarosa.org
  • Men's and Women's Groups ongoing. contact Lucia Milburn or Bruce Hope.
  • Saturday Workday: 1st Saturday of the month 9-12 unless noted
  • Adult Education. Discussion of book Caste 4/19, 4/26, 5/3 6:30-8 contact Carol Daeley
Please contact the head of each committee for more information.
If you want to add your open invitation to the list,
please let the office know!

The Origins of Our Discontents 
By Isabel Wilkerson 

WHAT: A discussion of Wilkerson’s groundbreaking analysis of American racism as a system of social stratification based on concepts of hierarchy, purity, and what she calls the human pathogens of hatred and tribalism. She draws comparisons with India’s caste system and Nazi Germany and makes connections with the conquering of indigenous peoples. 
WHEN: Three Zoom sessions on Tuesdays April 19 and 26 and May 3, 6:30-8 PM 
SCHEDULE: Caste is long book packed with more information than we can even begin to address in three discussion sessions. Suggestions for participants to consider as you read will be sent by e-mail by early April. The first session will focus on The Prologue and Chapters 1, 2, and 3. The second session will focus on Parts 4 and 5. The third session will focus on Parts 6, 7, and the Epilogue. 
DISCUSSION LEADERS: Carol Daeley, Kathy Stayton, Clare Whitfield 
HOW TO SIGN UP: A Zoom link will be sent to those who sign up for the course. You may sign up at the Adult Education table before or after Sunday services or by e-mailing cdaeley@austincollege.edu


Sunday is the last day to sign up for the Women's Retreat April 29-May 1 at St Dorothy's Rest. Come get to know your fellow UUCSR women and enjoy a beautiful, peaceful location, great food and conversation. Registration forms and payment (check or cash) must be received before rooms can be assigned. Come see what all the fuss is about.


The Book Group will meet at 547 Mendocino on Thursday April 14th from 4-6 p.m.  The book for April is The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah.  
In May we will read Caste by Isabel Wilkerson.  Newcomers and visitors are welcome. Contact Linda Lampson

In these difficult times, it’s more important than ever that we keep up our member pledges so that we can sustain all our programs at full strength. A number of congregants have already significantly raised their pledges. All Board members have stepped up their pledge. Now we’re asking you, members and friends, to follow this example. 
From March to mid-April is a series of “Testimonial Sundays” where members reflect on why the congregation is important to them and why they pledge. To see the testimonials from the past few Sundays, click here. We hope you’ll take these messages to heart and raise your pledge if you can. 
For help with your pledge, email the office at administrator@uusantarosa.org, or the Sustaining Pledge Team at sustainingpledge@uusantarosa.org.
Thank You for your Generous Support!                                                     

-whiskey ad from 1968.

St Paddy's Day was Thursday, March 17, but the choir wasn't celebrating the guy who led the snakes out of Ireland. The choir was celebrating getting together for a rehearsal for the first time in 2 years! And every Thursday from now on, the choir will be meeting to rehearse.
We still had to keep our masks on because there were more than 20 of us! And several people missed because of conflicts. But this means we are going to have a wonderful choir directed by Gage Purdy, our new Music Director.

You'll hear us for the first time on Easter Sunday, April 17.
And Gage will also be organizing the music for the non-choir Sundays, so look for some inspiring music every Sunday going forward.
Raise a glass to good music, and keep on singing.
If you'd like to become a part of this newly reborn music ministry at UUCSR, as a soloist, in a small group, a member of the choir, or an instrumentalist, send an email to musicdirector@uusantarosa.org.


Beloved community- Please click on the link below to find out about General Assembly. It is an annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists and it will be both in person and virtually on-line. The General Assembly is in Portland this year, from June 22nd through June 26th. And you are invited to attend either way. If you plan to attend in person, I urge you to check it out as soon as possible, as hotel reservations are already filling up. If you do attend, either in person or virtually, please let me or Natalie or Aphrodite know. We are entitled to a certain number of delegates, in addition to regular attendees. Delegates have voting rights. There is also a choir that you can sign up for. It will be fun to meet UU’s from all over and to celebrate our faith together.
Thanks, Leslie Norinsky (VP, Board UUCSR)
Here’s the link: https://www.uua.org/ga

Saturday Saunters are back!! We will be hiking the Alta Vista Loop at Foothill Regional Park in Windsor. Spring is a great time for this park as it has a variety of wildflowers. The loop is a moderate difficulty 2.3-mile hike. Please meet us in the parking lot by 1:15pm. For more information and to sign up contact fitness@uusantarosa.org


Thanks to Jami Kerr we have beautiful art in our lobby and Narthex. The art exhibited will be available for purchase with proceeds going to UUCSR! Only a few pieces left for purchase, but all are available for viewing!

Reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator Kitty, by email kittywellslmft@gmail.com
or phone 707-433-3351
To be a part of building our Beloved Community!
Volunteer Needs:

  • Cookies and Coffee! Volunteers are needed for 1 to 5 Sundays a month to help make coffee and put out cookies and clean up our new coffee area. Contact Carol Weisker at cmweisker@att.net

  • Jami Kerr needs 2 more volunteers willing to count the offerings after the service. If you can count... you can do this simple, necessary job. Please contact Jami jamiekerr@comcast.net

  • Michael Bingham, our AV Techno-wizard, would like to recruit some helpers.
  • Someone who usually attends on Zoom to be a Zoom co-host. They would admit people to the Zoom room.
  • A Zoom coordinator who can help with control of cameras, the camera switcher and running the meeting on the AV laptop. This would be someone attending in person.

  • The Caring Connections Committee needs a new chairperson.

  • The UUCSR Flower Committee is looking for new members!

  • Thank you Clare Whitfield for Folding our Orders of Service, and Elizabeth Wheless for joining her and being the back up folder!


  • April 23 &24 California Redwood Chorale- Paul Winter's Missa Gaia-Earth Mass, Our own Music Director Gage Purdy will be conducting. www.califorinaredwoodchorale.org

Reminder to use the Calendar available on our UU Santa Rosa website to find more information.

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