Sunday, March 26, 2017

March theme: Risk

11:15 am only

Worship Service – The Risks of Being Spiritually Awake, Kathryn Jay with Jim Gasperini, Worship Associate. The poet William Stafford wrote that “it is important that awake people be awake, or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep.” In times of uncertainty and despair, the lines grow sharper, the darkness gets deeper. Being awake means risking comfort for greater awareness, risking complacency for growing justice, risking loss for necessary change. What risks do we need to take in order to make ourselves and our community more able to fulfill our principles and stay awake?

Slides: Elisabeth Jay / Lead Usher: Marta Tobey/ Flowers: Jean Hyams / Story: Merrin Clough / Chaplain: Rev. Carolyn Colbert

9:30 am Personal Theology, Fireside Room  Thinking Through the Anthropocene, Bill Garrett, PhD, past professor of religion and philosophy at JFK University and UC Berkeley; now teaches through the Osher Lifelong Learning Program.
12:30 pm Humanist Connections, R.E. Bldg., Rooms 3 & 4 Fear, Anne Chapman, followed by potluck

Good Neighbor for March:
Since 2001, WriterCoach Connection has sent teams of trained community volunteers into secondary school English classrooms to work one-on-one with students on their writing assignments.

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 Rehearsal, 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
1 pm Our Whole Lives (OWL) class for K-1, R.E. Bldg.

The Week, March 27–April 1

Monday, Mar. 27
9 am Write For Your Life, Fireside Room
9:30 am Women’s Insight Meditation Group, Meditation Room
Tuesday, Mar. 28
12:15 pm Applied UU Buddhism Sangha, Fireside Room (contact:
Wednesday, Mar. 29
10 am Walk and Talk Group, meet at church entrance (contact:
5:30 pm Hatha Yoga, Fireside Room (contact: Phyllis Whiteman,, 510-647-8537)
Thursday, Mar. 30
5:30 pm Thursday Night Supper, Atrium. Menu: Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy, Veggie Loaf with Mushroom Gravy, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables,  House Salad, Dessert. Reservations: Sign up outside church office on Sunday, or email by 10 pm Tuesday. Limited availability for drop-ins. Cost: Adults $15 (includes wine, light snacks, dinner, dessert and coffee); family (two adults, two youth 12-18) $35; children under 12 eat free.
6 pm Gamelan Practice, Music Room
7 pm Vespers, Fireside Room
7:30 pm Luminescence Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
Friday, Mar. 31
7 pm Ceasefire Walk, corner of Harbor Way and MacDonald, Richmond (contact for carpooling: Jane Eisenstark,, 617-759-4320)
Saturday, April 1
11 am Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Immigrant Detainees, West County Detention Facility, 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond

Announcements and Upcoming Activities

Sun. April 2, 12:15 pm – The LFDC (Literature, Film and Drama Contingent of the Confronting Racism Project) will have a special guest, actor/director Darold Ross-Holloway, who will help us understand the plays of August Wilson, and especially Fences. Ross-Holloway has acted in or directed several of Wilson’s plays. The movie adaptation was a Golden Globes and Oscar “best picture” nominee; and Viola Davis took home “best supporting actress” statues from both.

Sun. April 9, 11:15 am service – On Sunday, April 9, we will “Honor Our Elders,” who have all helped build and sustain our UUCB community and campus.  If you are 80 and better and do not receive your invitation soon to be guests of honor at the worship service on resilience and the reception following the service, please contact Barbara Cullinane, at Special recognition will be given those with milestone birthdays.

Wed. April 12, 6 pm – Social Justice Potluck & Meeting

Thurs. April 13, 5:30 pm – Passover Seder – please sign up in advance at the information table or!

Starting April 13 – Teleclass with Rev. Cat: Bridging Impossible Differences! Bridging the divides in our families, communities and world has never been more challenging – or more important. Have you given up on ever being heard and understood by people who matter? Stop avoiding the conversations you want, need (and dread)! Join Rev. Cat Thursdays, 10:00-11:15 am for a 6-week teleclass April 13–May 18 by Zoom video-conferencing (phone is fine!). Deepen your skills in in saying what you mean in ways others can hear and respect and helping others to do the same—even when it seems impossible! Thursdays, 10 to 11:15am. Contact Rev. Cat: for registration and more information.

Sun. April 16 – Easter Sunday – Family Service at 9:30; egg hunt 10:30; brunch 9:45–11:45. Buy brunch tickets online at or at the door. The cost is $5 per person (both kids & adults). Includes Baked Pancakes with Topping Bar (Cinnamon Apple, Blueberry, Nutella, Whipped Cream), Frittata with Cheese, and Chicken Apple Sausages.

Stewardship: New Era – Nurturing Our Communities: Have you heard from a Connector? Have you turned in your pledge for 2017-18? If not, please email or stop by the table on Sundays. You make a difference in our church making a difference in the world!

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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