February theme: Identity

Saturday 2/18 reminder: Workshop, “Dialoging Across Race, Class, Power and Privilege,” 1-5 pm

Sunday, February 19

9:30 and 11:15 am

Worship Service – Who Are We? Revs. Kristin and Christian Schmidt with Jeanne Foster. Join us this Sunday as we explore who we are as Unitarian Universalists. Through story, art, and song we will learn how and why we are a people of living tradition, people who change, and a people who change the world. A service for all ages at 11:15.

Slides: Mitch Sukalski / Flowers: Francine Mohn / Chaplain: Rev. Jane Ramsey

9:30 am Personal Theology, Fireside Room  The Spirituality of Creativity, Father Arthur Poulin, local Camaldolese Benedictine priest & monk; internationally renowned painter. He views painting as a sacred journey, working from darkness to lightness, from the unknown to the known, and from chaos to unity.
12:35 pm Invitation to Membership, Ministers’ Office (see Announcements)
1:15 pm Humanist Connections, R.E. Bldg., Rooms 3 & 4 – Nukes: More Scary Now Than in the Cold War? Don Klose, followed by potluck


Good Neighbor for February: Alameda County Community Food BankThrough a network of 240 strategically placed member agencies—food pantries, soup kitchens, child-care centers, senior centers, after-school programs and other community-based organizations—as well as direct-distribution programs, the Food Bank distributes enough food to provide 540,000 meals weekly.

Today in Family Ministry

9:15 am Childcare available, Skytown Building, until 1 pm
9:45 am Parents of Children with Special Needs, R.E. Bldg. Room 5
10 am Youth and Children’s Choir Rehearsal, Meditation Room
11:15 am Children attend all-ages Worship Service (no classes)
12:15 pm Community Games, Lawn & Play Yard (indoors if raining)
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, February 20–25

Tuesday, Feb. 21   
12:15 pm Applied UU Buddhism Sangha, Fireside Room (contact: Lynnette Delgado)
Wednesday, Feb. 22
10 am Walk and Talk Group, meet at church entrance (contact: Ann Harlow) (heavy rain cancels)
5:30 pm Hatha Yoga, Fireside Room (Judy Rogers, 510-232-8465)
Thursday, Feb. 23
3:30 pm Transylvanian Partner Church Committee, Fireside Room (contact: Stephanie Ann Blythe)
5:30 pm Thursday Night Supper, Atrium Gather over wine and snacks at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6 pm. Menu: “A Meal with the 44th President and His Family” –
Roasted Salmon with Citrus Dressing, The Obama Family’s Chili (vegetarian), Quinoa and Rice Pilaf, Roasted Carrots and Balsamic Onions, White House Kale Salad, Roasted Apples with Yogurt. Reservations: Sign up outside church office on Sunday, or email suppers@uucb.org 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, with Worship Associate Kathryn Jay
7:30 pm Luminescence Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
Friday, Feb. 24
7 pm Ceasefire Walk, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 321 Alamo, Richmond (contact for carpooling: Jane Eisenstark, 617-759-4320)
Saturday, Feb. 25
5:30 pm Families Serve Dinner at GRIP (contact Ariel Smith-Iyer)

Announcements and Upcoming Activities

Warm Spirits, Cold Sanctuary – The furnace that heats the Sanctuary has been out of commission the past couple of weeks, but is back in working order now.

TODAY, Sun. Feb. 19, 12:35 pm – Invitation to Membership, Ministers’ Office. Ready to help guide this church? Become a UUCB member and join with others who have a commitment to Religious Freedom, Social Justice and the Care for our Environment.  As a member you help decide the paths and projects in which our church engages. Reverend Christian will be inviting you into membership on Feb 19th. Lunch will be provided. All questions about Unitarian Universalism answered. Please RSVP to Lonnie and Paul using the email:  membership@uucb.org.  We look forward to connecting with you.

Wed. March 1 is the deadline for proposals of activities for next year involving children and families. Find the proposal form here.

Wed. March 1 is also the deadline for Social Justice Sponsored Project Applications: Each year the UUCB Social Justice Council presents proposals for “Sponsored” social justice projects to the congregation for its approval at the May congregational meeting. The completed application must be submitted by March 1 to maw.jane@gmail.com. She’ll also provide an application form on request and take questions.

Sun. March 5, 12:15–2:30 pm – Reverend Donnell Jones will talk about The State of Race Relations in Contra Costa County and in a Fearful Nation at the LFDC’s Second Annual Guest Speaker Luncheon.

Sun. March 12, 6 pm – Social Justice Potluck/Meeting

Sound System Training – Interested in helping out at church but don’t have much time outside Sunday mornings? We are looking for a few volunteers to make a once a month commitment to run the sound system for worship on Sunday mornings. You don’t need to have expertise in sound already, just a willingness to learn. We will organize a training with our current sound experts, Franklin and Michael DeWitt, around the schedules of all who volunteer. To volunteer or for more information, please send Rev. Kristin an email at RevKristin@uucb.org by March 1. Thanks!

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.

You are invited to sign up for any of the following delightful gatherings offered in UUCB’s recent fundraising auction, which didn’t quite fill:

  • Betty’s Yorkshire Tea, hosted by Jane Lundin in Point Richmond on Saturday, March 4, 4 pm, $25
  • iPhotography Class with Carol Carlisle in Albany on Saturday, March 11, 9 am–noon, $25
  • April Fool’s Game Night at Carol Carlisle’s house in Albany, Saturday, April 1, 7:30 pm, $15

First come (by emailing fundraising@uucb.org), first served! You will receive a confirmation email invoice if you’re in.

The Snack Table is no longer providing lunches (other than bagels, fruit and cookies). Groups (official or ad hoc) are encouraged and welcomed to organize “light lunches” or even larger lunch events. Please contact annharlow@pacbell.net (510-559-3616) for scheduling, ideas of what to serve, or other information. If you are interested in the snack table payment/donation policy, please join us for a meeting this Sunday from 1 to 1:30 pm.

Help wanted with the snack table and beverage hospitality—contact annharlow@pacbell.net.


To stay even better informed, or if you have questions about UUCB, please explore our website. You can also sign up for various email lists:

If you’ve missed a Sunday service, you can listen to the sermon at http://uucb.org/worship/service-archive/.

You can pick up a printed Beacon (monthly newsletter) from one of the information tables in the Atrium, or find it online here.

Submit items for The Week Ahead to weekahead@uucb.org by 5 pm Wednesday. Announcements should be no more than 100 words.