Sunday, July 23, 2017

July theme: Journeys

9:30 am Summer Forum, Fireside Room – The Science of Climate Change and Progress Towards a Clean Environment, Edward Burgess, Senior Manager, Strategen Consulting, and Ellen Zuckerman, Senior Associate, Southwest Energy.
11 am

Worship Service – Into the Water, Rev. Christian Schmidt, with Jim Gasperini, Worship Associate. Take a journey to Japan and back with Rev. Christian, learning about culture, religion, and what it means to be faithful to yourself.

Slides: Jim Gasperini / Lead Usher: Beth Jerde / Altar Flowers: Jean Hyams / Chaplain: Rev. Sue Magidson

12:30 pm Humanist Connections, R.E. Bldg., Rooms 3 & 4 – Visionary Artists and Dream Artists, Diane Rusnak, followed by potluck in Social Hall


Good Neighbor for July: The Bay Area Community Land Trust is the only non-profit organization in the East Bay committed to developing the higher density model of cooperative homeownership for low and moderate income communities. Cooperatively owned, limited equity, multi-family housing, on urban land that is permanently owned by a community land trust (CLT), allows low and moderate income families to enjoy the benefits of home ownership in a setting of maximum energy efficiency.

Today in Family Ministry

10:45 am Childcare available, Skytown Building, until 12:30 pm
11 am Children and youth attend beginning of worship service, then meet teachers in Atrium. Cooking can be activism, too! In this session, we are going to discuss the connections between culture, cuisine, and activism, and even make a recipe. Please be sure Family Ministry has any allergies your child might have on record.

The Week, July 24–29

Monday, July 24
9 am Write For Your Life, Fireside Room
9:30 am Women’s Insight Meditation Group
Tuesday, July 25
12:15 pm Applied UU Buddhism Sangha, Fireside Room (contact: Lynnette Delgado)
Wednesday, July 26
10 am Walk & Talk Group (open to all), meet at church entrance (contact: Ann Harlow)
Thursday, July 27
6 pm Gamelan Practice, Music Room
Friday, July 28
7 pm Ceasefire Walk, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 321 Alamo Ave., Richmond. (Contact for carpooling: Jane Eisenstark, 617-759-4320)

Announcements and Upcoming Activities

Next Sunday, July 30 – Fifth Sunday Potluck Lunch and Activities. Sign up for this all-church gathering on the table outside the office or online at If possible, please bring, according to your last name: A–D beverage, E-J main dish, K-M salad, N-R side dish, S-Z dessert. Or you can write that you will contribute $5 toward items the Kitchen Team will provide. You can also sign up for an art and architecture tour of the building and grounds, led by Ann Harlow. The first tour will start at approximately 12:30 and the second one at about 1:15. Like to sing and/or play an instrument? Join others after lunch in the Fireside Room for a sing-along of favorite folk and pop tunes. Childcare will be extended to 1:30.

The Annual Report for 2016–17 has a new format. Take a look! Go to: uploads/2017/06/UUCB-annual-report-2017r.pdf. Paper copies are available on the Info Table in the Atrium.

From the Social Justice Council: Doctors with International Vision Volunteers go to Zambia twice a year to do pro-bono infectious disease work and cataract interventions. Patients walk for miles, camping out for days, for the free cataract/glaucoma clinic. On average doctors see 600 patients, performing 125 surgeries per visit. The clinic operates on a shoestring, and they badly need donations:

  • Sunglasses (Rx/not)
  • Readers (“drugstore” glasses)
  • Children’s sunglasses (Rx/not)

These can be new or gently used. Drop the glasses (clean and in a Ziploc bag) off at the Social Justice table; they will be collected on Sunday 7/30 and delivered to the doctors for 8/6 trip to Zambia.

SAVE the date:  Wednesday, August 9th at 7 pm in the Fireside Room, the Social Justice Council invites you to hear Sai Prasad speak about his work with Syrian refugees in Turkey and Jordan. After experiencing the plight of Syrian refugees in Turkey and Jordan, Sai Prasad dedicated his life to alleviating the sufferings of people to the best of his abilities. His objective is to “Love All & Serve All” and to create awareness among all people of their capacity to live into this ideal. He will share his inspirational stories about the people he met, the conditions they live in, the love and compassion that he experienced … and show us ways we can touch the lives of others. 

Revised announcement about Sunday Announcements: The Worship Associates during the summer, and the Co-Ministers during the regular church year, will take the announcements for the Sunday service from The Week Ahead. You only need to email them directly if you have different wording you want to suggest or you have missed the Wednesday submission deadline. (Worship Associates are listed along with each week’s preacher in the Beacon and on the home page of our website,

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