Sunday, May 28, 2017

May theme: Embodiment

9:30 am Personal Theology Evaluation and Planning session as this year’s series concludes, to be followed starting next week by Social Justice Summer Forum series.
11:15 am

Worship Service – To Question Truly Is an Answer, Rev. Christian Schmidt with Jeanne Foster, Worship Associate. We seek wisdom from many sources including from our questions. This Sunday, Rev. Christian will attempt to answer any and all questions from the congregation. Attendees will have a chance to ask those burning questions about church, theology, social justice, current events, and almost anything else. Christian will answer as many as possible during the service.

Slides: Paul Hudson / Lead Usher: Kathryn Jay / Altar Flowers: Jean Hyams / Chaplain: Rev. Sue Magidson

12:45 pm Humanist Connections, R.E. Bldg., Rooms 3 & 4 What’s Up with the UUA? Lee Lawrence and Ray Westergard, followed by potluck in Social Hall

Good Neighbor for May: 
Planting Justice. “We are transforming the food system one garden at a time. In the last 6 years, our team of formerly incarcerated landscapers has built over 400 edible gardens throughout the East Bay, empowering hundreds of people to grow their own food. Now, we’re cultivating urban farms and training centers that will dramatically increase the scope and scale of this work.”        

Today in Family Ministry

9:15 am Childcare available, Skytown Building, until 1 pm
10 am Youth and Children’s Choir, Meditation Room
10 am Parents’ Discussion Circle, R.E. Bldg., Rooms 3 & 4
11:15 am Children and youth attend beginning of worship service, then adjourn to classes
12:15 pm Community Games, Lawn & Play Yard
12:25 pm Teacher Reflection Circle, Community Ministry Office

The Week, May 29–June 4

Tuesday, May 30
12:15 pm Applied UU Buddhism Sangha, Fireside Room (contact: Lynnette Delgado)
7 pm Community Rocks Sing-Along, Sanctuary (may need to be canceled again this week; check with Randall Hudson, 805-705-6157)
Wednesday, May 31
10 am Walk and Talk Group – meet at UUCB entrance (contact: Ann Harlow, 510-559-3616)
5:30 pm Hatha Yoga, Fireside Room (contact: Phyllis Whiteman, 510-647-8537)
Thursday, June 1
10 am Coordinating Team Meeting, Admin. Office
6 pm Gamelan Practice, Music Room
Friday, June 2
7 pm Ceasefire Walk, Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 684 Juliga Woods St., Richmond (contact for carpooling: Jane Eisenstark, 617-759-4320)
Saturday, June 3
11 am Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Immigrant Detainees, West County Detention Facility, 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond (contact: Jane Eisenstark)

Announcements and Upcoming Activities

The “Congrats to Grads” donation cookie jar will be outside the sanctuary to give a send-off gift to our three graduating high school seniors, Billy Augustine, Emilie Kathol-Voillequé, and Isabella Marshall.  Our donations can help support buying college books, or transportation, or clothing, or pizza!!!  The Membership Team will follow up and provide you with addresses for our grads, if you prefer to send a card of congratulations. Questions?  Email

Stewardship: Have you turned in your pledge for 2017-18? If not, please email, stop by the table on Sundays, or contact Ira Nelken, (510) 813-4080 or

Social Justice:  At the May Congregational Meeting the proposed new Social Justice Sponsored Projects were approved: “Resisting Oppression and Embracing (immigrant) Sanctuary” and “Green Sanctuary.” Upcoming Social Justice programming/events will include “Taking Stock: Dismantling White Supremacy at UUCB,” and Nonviolent Communication Trainings. Be sure to take a look at the Social Justice Council table each Sunday for what’s new, and encourage newcomers to check it out.

Toward the Beloved Community: If you are interested in the updates from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Interim Co-Presidents on the recent challenges at the UUA, go to

Lost and Found: Please check the coat room and the Lost and Found box in the office hallway if you are missing anything. On Sunday, June 11, all unclaimed items will be out on display in the Social Hall; after that they will be given away or discarded.

Summer Schedule: Sunday services will begin at 11 am starting June 18, and the religious education program will shift to a mixed-age social-justice-oriented program (after the “Time for All Ages” portion of the Sunday services). There will not be a Field Day this June (that celebration has shifted to fall), but stop by the Snack Table on June 11, the last day of regular classes, for a free sherbet cone!

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