Sunday, April 23, 2017

April theme: Transformation

11:15 am only

Worship Service Music Sunday, Bryan Baker, Music Director, with Jim Gasperini, Worship Associate. This week in worship we celebrate our second Music Sunday of the year, this time inspired by the life and works of 18th century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Hear, see, and feel how music can convey the human experience and reverence in ways words cannot.

Slides: Jim Gasperini / Lead Ushers: Lynn and Austin Henderson / Flowers: Jean Hyams / Chaplain: Rev. Theresa Hardy

9:30 am Personal Theology – Prophets of Resistance, Rev. Craig Scott, retired lawyer and UU minister, UUCB member, social activist and community organizer.
12:30 pm Immigration Justice Potluck (see Announcements for details)
12:45 pm Humanist Connections, R.E. Bldg., Rooms 3 & 4  Primary Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Lee Lawrence, followed by potluck

Good Neighbor for April: YEAH! (Youth Engagement, Advocacy and Housing)
. Their mission is to support young adults (18-24) in Berkeley who are currently homeless. They provide basic necessities, case management and counseling, linkages to education, employment and housing, and opportunities for meaningful community involvement.

Today in Family Ministry

9:15 am Childcare available, Skytown Building, until 1 pm
10 am Parents’ Discussion Circle, R.E. Bldg., Rooms 3 & 4
10 am Youth and Children’s Choir, Meditation Room
11:15 am Children attend beginning of worship service, then adjourn to classes
12:15 pm Community Games, Lawn & Play Yard
12:25 pm Teacher Reflection Circle, R.E. Bldg., Room 6
12:45 pm Coming of Age Class, R.E. Bldg., Room 6

The Week, April 24–29

Monday, April 24
9 am Write For Your Life, Fireside Room
9:30 am Women’s Insight Meditation Group, Meditation Room
4 pm (no Buildings & Grounds Committee meeting)
Tuesday, April 25
12:15 pm Applied UU Buddhism Sangha, Fireside Room (contact:
7 pm (no Community Rocks Sing-Along)
Wednesday, April 26
10 am (no Walk and Talk Group)
5:30 pm Hatha Yoga, Fireside Room (contact: Phyllis Whiteman,, 510-647-8537)
Thursday, April 27
10 am Coordinating Team Meeting, Admin office
5:30 pm Thursday Night Supper, Atrium. Gather over wine and snacks at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6 pm. Menu: Asian-Inspired Sweet Chili Garlic Pork Loin (or Eggplant and Tofu), Singapore Style Rice Noodles, Glazed Baby Bok Choy with Roasted Sesame Seeds, House Salad, Almond Cookies and Ice Cream. Sign up at the information table or at by 10 pm Tuesday. Cost: Adults $15 (includes wine, light snacks, dinner, dessert and coffee); family (two adults, two youth 12-18) $35; children under 12 eat free. $5 discount on Mozart concert for those attending dinner who sign up by this Sunday (see Announcements).
6 pm Gamelan Practice, Music Room
7 pm Vespers, Fireside Room
7 pm Luminescence Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
8 pm Mozart’s Requiem, Sanctuary (see Announcements)
Friday, April 28
7 pm Ceasefire Walk, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 321 Alamo, Richmond (contact for carpooling: Jane Eisenstark, 617-759-4320)

Announcements and Upcoming Activities

TODAY, Sun. April 23, 12:30 pm – Immigration Justice Potluck. Come together to celebrate and honor the diverse paths that have led us and our families to the US, as we share how to stand up for immigration justice in this time and this place. Please bring a dish or beverage that reflects your heritage and, if you like, bring a photo or other heirloom that represents your heritage. All are welcome! We’ll have a hands-on, multi-generational project to weave together our families’ stories, a heritage altar, as well as opportunities to find out how to take action on immigration justice in the wider community and here at UUCB. For more information, please contact Elisabeth Jay.

Thurs. April 27, 8 pm – Mozart’s Requiem, one of the most sublime choral pieces ever created, will be performed at UUCB by the UUCB and SFUU choirs, with an orchestra assembled and directed by Bryan Baker. General admission $20; seniors & students $15. Come for dinner beforehand—special reduced price for both if you register by Sunday, April 23: $30 general, $25 for students and seniors includes dinner (6 pm) and concert. Visit with new and old friends, eat delicious food, hear delicious music, and contribute to UUCB.

Sun. April 30, 12:30 pm – All-Church Fifth Sunday Potluck Lunch. Don’t miss this chance to visit with friends and meet new people in the Social Hall, or discuss next year’s budget with the Board of Trustees in the Fireside Room. To plan a balanced meal, please sign up here: or in the Atrium on Sundays, or email

April 30 is also “Undie Sunday” – As in years past, we will collect donations of packaged underwear as well as socks and pajamas for the residents of the GRIP (Greater Richmond Interfaith Program) Family Shelter. This tradition has been one of the many ways that UUCB has lovingly supported GRIP over the years. So please bring your gifts of packaged underwear, socks and/or pajamas for men, women, and children, and put them in the collection basket next to the Social Justice table in the social hall. BTW, your donations don’t have to be limited to underwear – any clothing for the GRIP residents would be most appreciated. Thank you.

Tues. May 2, 7 pm – Community Rocks Sing-Along, in the UUCB Sanctuary on Tuesday nights, 7–8:30 pm (except April 25), is a new pilot program—a free, non-audition, rock-n-roll community chorus supported by an accomplished rock band (Soul Rising, led by Moses Channels) to engage UUCB members and the wider community in sharing the joy of singing popular songs from the peaceful and loving side of the classic rock repertoire. For more info, contact Randall Hudson.

Sun. May 7, 4 pm – Installation of Revs. Kristin and Christian Schmidt. The congregation and co-ministers will formally enter into covenantal relationship during a service with special guests, followed by a reception. A special event for the whole UUCB community! If you plan to attend, please email so that we can make sure to have enough of everything. If you will need childcare, please email

Sat. May 20, 6 pm ­– Dine and Dialogue with Our Muslim Neighbors. This dinner will bring UUCBers together with our Muslim neighbors from Berkeley, Richmond and Oakland.  We will cook side-by-side; sit down and dine and dialogue side-by-side; and pray side-by-side.  Through this process, we will learn about our Muslim neighbors’ religion, culture and beliefs, and we will share ours. No charge; free will offerings will go to GRIP. Sign up at Eventbrite.

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.

THANK YOU to the many people who helped us have a great Easter Sunday in spite of the rain!

Social Justice Table: 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.

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