July Theme: Spiritual Practice

Good Neighbor for July 
Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) is an interfaith art jobs and job training program located in Berkeley, California which is committed to empowering homeless and low-income San Francisco Bay Area young people, ages 16-25.

Sunday July 12, 2020 

9:30 am Summer Forum, 9:30 am Tipping Point: East Bay Battles for Environmental Justice 2020. Andres Soto, Organizer for Communities for a Better Environment, at 65 is still on the front lines and will bring us an update on many battles for environmental justice currently being fought in the East Bay and how you can get involved to prevent planetary destruction. Hosts Dr. Sheila Tarbet and Dorothy Herzberg. Contact Lonnie Moseley for Zoom information.
11:00 am It Takes Practice, Facebook Live and YouTube  – Kathryn Jay, preaching; Cynthia Asprodites WA; Philip Linzie sharing spiritual journey/practices. These are anxious times. The weight of stress and uncertainty sits heavy on our hearts, makes it hard to find our balance, feel our delight, take action for good. In this week’s service, please join Kathryn Jay, Cynthia Asprodites, and a host of UUCB members as we explore how small practices of attention and awareness can help us ground and center us and give us the strength and courage to press on for justice and peace.
11:45 am Virtual Coffee Hour, Zoom – After worship we invite you to switch over to Zoom for a time to connect “face to face.” 
Click this link to join us: https://zoom.us/j/332046821;
Password: 810131 
12:50 pm Humanists, Zoom – Short topics and topic selection for July, Ray Westergard. For Zoom information, contact Marcia Bates.

The Week, July 12 – July 18

Monday, July 13
3:00 pm Health Challenges Support Group, Zoom. Contact Sandy Nixon.
Tuesday, July 14
3:00-5:00 pm Board President Kerry Simpson “Office Hours”, phone – Board President Kerry Simpson continues to hold “office hours” on Tuesdays from 3 to 5 pm and welcomes your calls at 510-508-8098. 
 4:00 pm UUCB Lounge Hour with Tess, canceled. Will resume July 21.

Wednesday, July 15

6:30 pm
Vespers, Zoom – Please join us for our mid-week online vespers service, held every Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm through the summer. The 25-minute service, led by current Worship Associates, provides a time to come together to experience moments of reflection, music, and prayer or meditation, grounded in our UU faith. The July 15th vespers will be led by Deborah Schmidt and Cynthia Asprodites.

Please click this link to join us via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 862 9046 0367
Password: chalice


7:00 pm Virtual Program Council, Zoom
Meeting ID: 863 3657 8191

Upcoming Events

Summer Forum, 9:30 am The Arc of the Universe. Rev. Earl Koteen, UU Minister. King, Parker, Buddha, Shankar. Hosts Dr. Sheila Tarbet, Dorothy Herzberg. Contact Lonnie Moseley for Zoom information.

July 26

Summer Forum, 9:30 am Biologists Without Borders. Dr. Bud Abbott.  On a live Safari in South Africa. PowerPoint. Work with conserving African wildlife. Sponsors Dorothy Herzberg, Doug Frew. Contact Lonnie Moseley for Zoom information.

Aug 2

Summer Forum, 9:30 am Honoring 75 years since August 1945. Mr. Takashi Tanemori is one of the few survivors of the August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Today, his purpose is exposing and defeating humankind’s greatest enemy: fear and hatred that cause darkness in the human heart. Hosts Beth Jerde, Helen Toy. Contact Lonnie Moseley for Zoom information.

Aug 2

LFDC 12:30-2:30 pm: We invite all UUCBers to read Hiroshima, then join us to discuss it with the Literature, Film & Drama Contingent. Beth Jerde hosts our discussion commemorating the 75th year after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This issue of The New Yorker was dedicated solely to this work by John Hersey, with no cartoons or ads.

Aug 9

Summer Forum, 9:30 am Speaking on nuclear energy. Marylia Kelley, Executive Director of Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment), researches the work of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the U.S. nuclear weapons complex, has testified before Congress, the California Legislature and the National Academy of Sciences in opposing increased funding for nuclear weapons. Kelley was inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002. Contact Lonnie Moseley for Zoom information.

Aug 16

Summer Forum, 9:30 am Working with environmental issues. Dr. Paloma Pavel and Carl Anthony. Co-founders of Breakthrough Communities. Hosts Dr. Sheila Tarbet, Dorothy Herzberg. Contact Lonnie Moseley for Zoom information.

Aug 23

Summer Forum, 9:30 am Training in use of solar and natural energy in developing countries. Bruce Gardiner, founder of Solar Roots. Hosts Barbara Daniell, Dorothy Herzberg. Contact Lonnie Moseley for Zoom information.

Updates from the Staff and Congregation

A message from Logan Stump-Vernon, the designated board listening person this month: You can contact me  at loganstumpvernon@gmail.com, or (510) 847-7004. If you would like to speak on the phone, please email or text me first, to schedule a time to speak. Thanks y’all and I look forward to hearing from you!


If you use a UUCB Zoom account for your gatherings (council, vespers, chalice circles, etc.) please continue to use the login information you already have. You will be notified when/if it changes. Thank you for continuing to keep our community connected.

Help beat the summer boredom blues with summer camp at home! UUCB Family Ministry is offering the Summer Shelter-in-Place Action Pack with fun activities and crafts for your child to go deeper with our UU values. This week’s Action Pack can be found here. Email Catherine with questions.

UUCB is not without ministers! Until Rev. Michelle’s arrival in August, the Revs. Dr. Jane Ramsey and Sue Magidson are available for emergency pastoral care that is beyond what the pastoral associates can provide. They are also administering the Ministers’ Discretionary Fund, so please reach out if you are in financial need.  

Who do I contact? Each summer UU ministers take time off for study leave and vacation while staff and lay leaders continue their work.  If you’re unsure who to contact about something at UUCB this summer, please email Alisa, the Office Administrator, at administrator@uucb.org or call 510-525-0302 x 306.

UUCB Staff Availability 
We ask that you please allow two (2) business days for us to reply to your messages, and greatly appreciate your patience and understanding when making requests.  

Charis Domador (Connections Coordinator) works Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Diana Steinbach (Bookkeeper) works Mondays and Thursdays.
Antonio Toro (Facilities Manager) works Monday through Friday, 3/4 days.
Alisa Gould Sugden (Office Administrator) Fridays off. In office Monday afternoons and Thursday afternoons.
Yao Chao (Custodian) Fridays off.
Tess Snook O’Riva (ED) On vacation July 3-July 17. In office Tuesdays and Fridays.
Catherine Boyle (Director of Family Ministry) Works remotely Monday-Friday.

Rev. Michelle Collins Photo

The Reverend Dr. Michelle Collins will be our Interim Minister starting August 1. 


Annual Fire Prevention Project! Get out of the house and get some fresh air while helping us care for our church campus grounds. We ask for volunteers for a couple of hours on a Saturday morning to help us clear the grounds of dry grass and weeds. Contact Don Klose for more information. 

Do you or someone you know have A/V knowledge and expertise? We want to enhance our technology and virtual offerings before we re-open. Email Tess at ED@uucb.org.

UUCB teamed up with Baskit, a fresh produce provider with a philanthropic twist—they let people set their own prices. Each “Baskit” holds a one-week supply of fruits and vegetables for one for $30. Those who are able can help subsidize the produce of those who pay less. Pick up every other Saturday on our North parking lot.

If you know a UUCB congregant who is sick, hospitalized, recovering, grieving or otherwise in need of attention and support, please email us at pastoralcare@uucb.org. In case of a pastoral emergency, please call the church at 510-525-0302 and listen to the outgoing message for the name and contact number of the minister on call. 

We have created a Frequently Asked Questions document to address some of the most pressing concerns from our Beloved Community. Please send us any questions or concerns not addressed in the document.

Grocery Delivery Effort

Susan Lankford is coordinating a grocery delivery effort for UUCB. If you for any reason are especially vulnerable, contact: GroceryDelivery@uucb.org, or 510-356-3496 to leave a message. The outgoing message at this number may contain pertinent updates.

We have sadly witnessed an increase in phishing scams and fraudulent emails pretending to be from UUCB congregants. Read here about how to protect yourself. 

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