Sunday, September 24, 2017

September theme: Welcome

9:30 am Adult Religious Education: Spiritual Practices, Chancel (see Announcements)
9:30 am Personal Theology, Fireside Room – Courtly Love and the Great Heresy: Medieval Ciphers and the Turning of the Church, Dr. Beverly Allen, Professor Emerita at Syracuse University and Visiting Professor at Stanford.
11 am Worship Service – Worship Service – It’s Not About Us, Rev. Kristin Schmidt, with Ann Riley, Worship Associate. Welcoming strangers is championed in many traditions, but it can be tough to put into practice. This week in worship we will consider how we can welcome others more fully by moving past our class and cultural assumptions and putting the needs of others first.
Slides: Paul Hudson / Lead Usher: Beth Jerde / Altar Flowers: Jean Hyams / Chaplain: Rev. Sue Magidson
12:15 pm Membership Signing, Administrative Office
12:30 pm Humanist Connections, R.E. Bldg., Rooms 3 & 4  – Eliminating Poverty in California, Lee Lawrence, followed by potluck in Social Hall
12:30 pm Blessing of the Animals, Rev. Christian Schmidt. Calling all pets for a blessing of the animals service out on the Terrace. Animals of all kinds are welcome in carriers, on leashes, or you can even bring a picture of your pet to be blessed.)
7 pm Mist Tree Moon Circle Equinox Celebration, Fireside Room (see Announcements)


Good Neighbor for September: Read-Aloud Volunteer Program ( is a relationship-based program that fosters in children the joy and love of learning through reading and story-telling. The Read-Aloud Volunteer Program is a non-profit organization that recruits and places adult volunteers to read one-on-one with children in Richmond and San Pablo Elementary schools.

Today in Family Ministry

9:15 am Childcare available, Skytown Building, until 1 pm
10 am Youth & Children’s Choir, Meditation Room
11 am Children through 8th grade attend beginning of Worship Service, then meet teachers in Atrium
12 pm Community Games, Lawn & Play Yard
12:15 pm Teacher Reflection Circle, Family Ministry Office
12:30 pm Mandatory OWL Parent Orientation, Fireside Room

The Week, September 25–30

Monday, September 25
9 am Write For Your Life, Fireside Room
9:30 am Women’s Insight Meditation Group, Meditation Room
Tuesday, September 26
12:15 pm Applied UU Buddhism Sangha, Fireside Room (contact:
2:30 pm Hatha Yoga, Fireside Room (contact: Phyllis Whiteman, 510-647-8537)
Wednesday, September 27
6 pm Hatha Yoga, Fireside Room (contact: Phyllis Whiteman, 510-647-8537)
Thursday, September 28
3:30 pm Partner Church Committee Meeting, Fireside Room
6 pm Gamelan Practice, Music Room
 7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
Friday, September 29
7 pm Ceasefire Walk, New Hope Missionary Baptist, 1427 Fred Jackson Way., Richmond. (Contact for carpooling: Jane Eisenstark,, 617-759-4320)

Announcements and Upcoming Activities


Sun. Sept. 24, 9:30 am, Adult Religious Education – Wish you had a deeper sense of connection with your inner self and All-That-Is? Want to grow in patience, compassion, and self-awareness? These gatherings are an opportunity to pursue inner growth and depth by trying out a different spiritual practice from among our faith’s Six Sources. Together we will try practices like guided meditation, chanting, haiku writing, Torah study, and more. Check out the Beacon newsletter to learn which practice or discipline we will try that month. If you have a spiritual practice that you would like to share with others as part of these gatherings, please email Rev. Kristin at

Sun. Sept. 24, 7–9 pm, Fireside Room: Celebrate the Equinox with the Mist Tree Moon Circle! The Moon Circle will celebrate the fall equinox on Sunday evening in the Fireside Room. Help decorate the altar with harvest from your garden. Bring a snack or beverage to celebrate “cakes and ale for the queen of heaven” following the ritual. Phoebe Anne Sorgen will lead the circle. Contact Stephanie Ann Blythe at 510-530-1099 for further information.

The Good Neighbor Program is a long-standing legacy of UUCB’s social justice work. Each month a designated non-profit receives financial support thanks to sharing the Sunday collection plate.
Nominations for the 2018 Good Neighbor recipients come from anyone in the UUCB community. Submission deadline is Saturday, Sept. 30. Nominees will be presented to the Social Justice Council at the October 11th meeting, and members will have until the next month to study and review them. They are voted on at the November 12th meeting. Nomination forms are available electronically or in hard copy at the Social Justice Council table. Please contact Dorothy Herzberg for forms, information and submissions:; 510.524.0649. Submit forms electronically to Dorothy; drop off at SJC table; or put in SJC mailbox in office. ANYONE can nominate a Good Neighbor recipient!

Sun. Oct. 1, 12:15–1 pm, Social Hall: Immigration Justice & Heritage Potluck Planning Meeting. Interested in getting involved in immigration justice events at UUCB? Come help us plan our Fall event, the Immigration Justice & Heritage Potluck on October 29! All are welcome. For more information, please contact: Elisabeth Jay,

SAVE THE DATE/REGISTER NOW: Sat. Oct 14, 10 am–4:30 pmClass Conversations is coming to UUCB! This lively, interactive workshop for UUs is designed to help us become more aware of economic and social class distinctions and of how they impact society as a whole, play out in our congregations, and affect the quality of our social justice work. The workshop format includes personal reflection time, paired and small group sharing, multiple frameworks for thinking about class, and investigations into the role of class in UUism. We hope that this event will fill up and urge you to register as soon as possible. For more information and to register, go to (Scroll down to the October 14 UU Class Conversations calendar listing for the registration link.) You are also invited to help ensure that this event is financially accessible by donating via Faithify For more information, please contact Millie Phillips at 415 272-4152 or

Make your legacy gifts count even more! Thanks to a challenge grant from the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, 10% of your legacy gift to UUCB (or any qualifying UU organization, including Starr King, UU Service Committee, and the Unitarian Universalist Association) will be matched, up to $10,000 per gift. This means, for example, leaving $50,000 to UUCB in your will, charitable gift annuity, or other planned gift would generate an additional $5000 to UUCB, payable in 2019 and 2020 regardless of whether or not UUCB had yet received the gift. Download forms and get more information here:, or by contacting your Endowment Committee,

Chalice Circles: Sharing your life story and listening appreciatively to the stories of others is a form of ministry. Chalice Circles typically meet twice a month for 1½-2 hours from September/October through May. Sign up in the Atrium on a September Sunday, or contact Lenore Ralston,


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