Sunday, September 23, 2018

September theme: Vision

9:30 am Personal Theology, Fireside Room – Carolyn West, Associate Minister for Worship and Director of Religious Education and a teacher of “World Religions for Curious People” at Northbrae Community Church. She is a published poet, essayist, and storyteller, with an MFA from Warren Wilson College. Wisdom Traditions Respond to the Soul’s Human Cry.”
11 am

Worship Service – What Do You Do With a Vision?, Rev. Christian Schmidt. Our congregation spent months discovering where we’re being called to go together in our next chapter. In this service we’ll explore what to do with our vision.

Worship Associate: Melissa Rosales / Slides: Stephanie Ann Blythe / Lead Usher: Beth Jerde / Altar Flowers: Jean Hyams / Chaplain: Stephanie Kroner

12:30 pm Freestone Reconciliation Meeting with Cat Cox, Sanctuary
12:30 pm Humanist Connections, Fireside Room – The World Without Us: Solutions for Population Growth, Sherry Fuzesy
12:30 pm “WOWS” Whites Opposing White Supremacy, Fireside Room (contact: Jane Eisenstark,
617-759-4320, )


Good Neighbor for September (sharing our collection plate): The Read-Aloud Volunteer Program is a relationship-based program that fosters in children the joy and love of learning through reading and storytelling. Read Aloud has been serving children in San Pablo and Richmond for over 21 years and many of us here at UUCB have participated with the program as volunteers.

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 Children and youth attend beginning of service, then meet teachers in the Atrium.
12 pm Community Games, lawn/play yard
12:15 pm Teacher Reflection Circle, Family Ministry Office

The Week, September 24–29

Monday, Sept. 24
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, Sept. 25
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, Sept. 26
10 am Walk & Talk Group (all welcome), meet at church entrance (contact: Ann Harlow, 510-559-3616)
10:30 am Aging with Grace, Fireside Room (contact:  Jane Ramsey, 510-236-7781)
Thursday, Sept. 27
6:30 pm Gamelan Ensemble, Music Room (contact: Daniel Schmidt)
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary (newcomers welcome; contact: Bryan Baker)


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


  • Social Justice Table: Please join us!  We’re writing postcards to get the vote out!!!  These postcards will be sent to registered voters who did not vote in the mid-term election of 2014.  After we write personalized messages on the cards, we send them back to ACLU.  ACLU reviews them and then addresses them to send out across the US!  We rolled it out at our September SJC meeting, and we will be writing before/after the service in the atrium on September 23rd and 30th.
  • Freestone Reconciliation Meeting, facilitated by Rev. Cat Cox, in the Sanctuary after the service. Join us to explore how we come together as a congregation no matter what the decision on Freestone may be.
  • Membership Signing Luncheon, 12:30 pm, Ministers’ Office. When you hear a voice inside say, “This is my spiritual home,” and no longer view yourself as a guest here, it may be time to think about becoming a member.  At this luncheon you will meet with a Rev. Jay Atkinson and Lonnie Moseley, Membership Co-Chair, to learn about membership.  There is no obligation to join on the spot. RSVP to

Tuesday, Sept. 25 – Read-Aloud Volunteer Program orientation, 10:30 am–12:30 pm. RSVP: 510-237-0725 or

NEXT SUNDAY, Sept. 30 (note: Fifth Sunday Potluck cancelled; next one will be Dec. 30)

  • Emergency evacuation drill at end of service. Note: Do not park in the white zone. The mobility-challenged must sit near the center aisle. Popsicle reward following the drill.
  • Stewardship information meeting with Rev. Christian, Meditation Room, 12:30–1:45 pm. Join one of our most important working teams!
  • Memorial Service for Sidney Williams, Sanctuary, 2 pm.

Saturday, Oct. 6 – Parenting & Mindful Digital Life, 10 am–12:30 pm in the Fireside Room. Join Susan Wansing and Claudia L’Amoreaux as we explore the challenges of technology in our lives and how we can best support our children and teens as they live into the digital world. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, Oct. 13 – Buildings and Grounds Work Party, 9 am–noon; Cat Cox’s workshop, “Women & the Wisdom of the Weird,10 am–3 pm (register now with; Ai Wei Wei’s Human Flow film, 7 pm, with preliminaries starting at 5:30 pm. Seating limited – register now:

Sunday, Oct. 14 – All-Church Event: Reverse Sunday, Field Day and Picnic. Kids stay in the sanctuary, adults go to classes! Free lunch! Activities for all ages! Unifying theme will be migration/immigration, following up on Oct. 13 film.

Join a Chalice Circle this fall! Chalice Circles are “small group ministries” of 6-10 people that meet bi-weekly and center on deep and appreciative listening. Speak from your own heart without interruption or commentary on a variety of topics the group chooses (after the first four standard sessions). Come experience self-revelation and renewal of spirit through this unique practice. To register, visit the Chalice Circles table on Sundays or contact Lenore Ralston (, 510-527-0696.

Leadership Experience 2019: Have you recently taken on a leadership role in this congregation? Are you considering taking on a leadership role but want to increase your experience, knowledge, and skills before doing so? Visit to learn more about and apply to participate in “Leadership Experience 2019.” This is a hybrid in-person/on-line leadership development program offered by the Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association that will take place this coming winter and spring. Space is limited, so individuals are encouraged to apply to participate by October 15!

Learn how you can help: The UUCB Stewardship Committee is seeking people to help with this year’s work to encourage people to be generous givers to their church community, either as members of the committee or to help with specific tasks. Send Rev. Christian an email with “STEWARDSHIP” in the subject line to learn more, and consider attending an information meeting on Sept. 30, 12:30–2 in the Meditation Room.

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

Sunday hospitality – If you can help with coffee service and/or snacks, once a month or even less often, please contact Lisa Maynard. Note: If you plan to donate food, please inform Lisa in advance if possible. If you leave food in the kitchen, always label what it’s for and the date.  (There are donation slips on the kitchen bulletin board.) No nuts, please! Reimbursement funds are available for Sunday snacks.

Two more ways you could help: Contact Ann Harlow to help with newsletters; Judy Sam to help with Sunday altar flowers.

Everyone needs to pitch in to make this loving community thrive, and you’ll find it rewarding if you get more involved!

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