Sunday, October 14, 2018

October theme: Sanctuary

9:30 am Personal Theology, Fireside Room – Rabbi Harry Manhoff, PhD, a superfan and collector of comic books, a Congregational Rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom in San Leandro, a lecturer at St. Mary’s College, and an author. Politics and Prayer: The History of the Siddur (Jewish Prayer).
11 am

Reverse RE Sunday – Today we mix things up! Everyone starts in the sanctuary, but after our opening, we’ll each go to the activity of our choice: Multi-Generational Worship about Sanctuary with Rev. Kristin; Lectio Divina with Rev. Christian; Drop-In Choir with Bryan; Chalice Circle Experience; Family Ministry’s Secret: Family Life; or Our Whole Lives (OWL) info.

Worship Associate: Cami Fuller / Slides: Paul Hudson / Lead Usher: Barbara Cullinane / Flowers: Judy Sam / Chaplain: Stephanie Kroner

12 pm All-Church Picnic and Field Day, multiple locations (see Announcements and handout)
12:30 pm Humanist Connections, RE Building, Rooms 3 & 4 – The Scientific Mind of Philip K. Dick, Ray Nelson


Good Neighbor for October (sharing our collection plate):  GRIP, the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program, transforms the lives of homeless, hungry, and disenfranchised people by providing counseling, nutrition, and temporary housing support. Our congregation has been serving lunch once a month at GRIP for many years and we are glad to continue to support this organization that provides so many vital services in our community.

Today in Family Ministry

9:15 am Childcare available, Nursery, until 1 pm
9:45 am Parent Discussion Group, RE Building, Rooms 3 & 4
10 am Youth and Children’s Choir, Meditation Room
11 am (see 11 am above)
12 pm Field Day and Picnic, lawn/play yard (food served in Social Hall)

The Week, October 15–20

Monday, Oct. 15
9 am Write For Your Life, Fireside Room (contact: Kit Hewitt)
9:30 am Women’s Insight Meditation Group, Meditation Room (contact: Lucinda Young)
11 am Women’s Insight Meditation: Refresher Instruction, Meditation Room (registration required: Lucinda Young)
Tuesday, Oct. 16
12:15 pm Applied UU Buddhist Sangha, Fireside Room (contact: Lynnette Delgado, 510-799-0747)
2:30 pm Hatha Yoga, Fireside Room (contact: Phyllis Whiteman, 510-647-8537)
Wednesday, Oct. 17
10 am Walk & Talk Group (all welcome), meet at Sunset Cemetery entrance (contact: Ann Harlow, 510-559-3616)
7:15 pm Program Council Meeting, Fireside Room
Thursday, Oct. 18
6:30 pm Gamelan Ensemble, Music Room (contact: Daniel Schmidt)
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary (newcomers welcome; contact: Bryan Baker)
Saturday, Oct. 20   BEACON DEADLINE
4 pm Family Spirit Circle, Play Yard (see Announcements)


The calendar is also available on our website, Just select “CALENDAR” at the upper right of any page. Select the event name for details.

Announcements & Upcoming Events


  • Buildings and Grounds Work Party, 8:30 am–noon. Come one, come all to help our facilities look their best! Sign up on the board in the Atrium, or RSVP to Lynne Cahoon ( if you’ll be there for breakfast, or just show up at 9.
  • Cat Cox’s workshop, “Women and the Wisdom of the Weird,” has been cancelled due to under-enrollment.
  • Parents’ Night Out provides a night of free childcare once a month from September through May on second Saturdays. Before stepping out, we share a brief time together at 4:30 to explore our UU Principles in relation to our parenting. (Childcare hours extended this time to 9:30 so parents can attend the film in the Social Hall.)
  • HUMAN FLOW film by Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei, 7 pm.  After years of house arrest, he was given back his passport two years ago and relocated to Berlin. He then visited 23 countries within a year, filming refugees in camps around the globe. The doors open at 5:30 pm: Art-making with Sylvia Parisotto, story-sharing with our guests, and light refreshments.  (You can also claim a seat in the Social Hall starting at 5:30.)  FREE, but seating limited — tickets REQUIRED:

THIS SUNDAY, OCT. 14 – ALL-CHURCH PICNIC AND FIELD DAY, noon to 2 pm. We invite you to stay for a free lunch and participate in activities for all ages, many of them focusing on the theme of migration and sanctuary. There will be a build-your-own-taco bar and potluck contributions of other foods and beverages reflecting members’ immigration roots. If you participate in at least seven activities and collect stickers you can enter a prize drawing. These will be fun and interesting ways to meet people of all ages who are new to you. Activities include mixer games, circle dancing, drawing, writing and posting wishes, and just getting to know members of our community better. Potluck contributions and/or help with cleanup at 2 pm will be greatly appreciated!

Saturday, Oct. 20: Family Spirit Circle, 4–6 pm. All are welcome to gather for an early supper picnic in the UUCB play yard. Please bring a potluck dish, drink, or dessert with ingredients labeled so those with special diets can make informed decisions. Also please bring plates and utensils for yourself/family (some paper and plastic will be available for those who forget). Family Spirit Circle is mostly a time of connection and play, but we also take some time to talk in community about important things happening around us. These circles happen on the third Saturday of each month (indoors in the RE Building if the weather is bad). Contact:  Cami Fuller, 507-676-4950.

Friday, Nov. 9, 7 pm  Community Sing (Lawrence Lecture) with the renowned Dr. Ysaye Barnwell. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 pmMemorial service for Nancy “Kelly” Kelly.

New Sunday hospitality coordinators are Ann Harlow and Gerry Keenan. Please talk to one or both about how you could help with snacks, coffee service and cleanup on a monthly or irregular basis. Big thanks to Lisa Maynard for coordinating this for the past year!  NOTE: If you leave food in the kitchen, always label what it’s for and the date.  (There are donation slips on the bulletin board.) No nuts, please! Reimbursement funds are available for Sunday snacks.

Visit the Social Justice table on Sundays to learn about voter registration, immigrant sanctuary, and other ways in which you can make a difference.

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:

Submit items for The Week Ahead to by 5 pm Wednesday. Please try to limit announcements to 75 words.
Submit items for the Beacon to by the 20th of each month.