Good Neighbor for December

Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity defend the humanity of the immigrant and fight for the rights of the incarcerated. Working at the intersection of spirituality and social movements, they mobilize congregations to take a stand on issues of social justice like immigration and mass incarceration, and engage people of faith to develop their own leadership so they can stand up against racism, discrimination, and the political challenges of the day. They bring a faith voice to social movement coalitions, providing a compassionate religious perspective amidst the clamor of angry political actions.  

The UUCB Cornbread Celebration Recipe E-Book is Here!

Sunday November 29, 2020 

11am Worship Service
Facebook Live and YouTube – Softening the Hardened Heart, Rev. Jay Atkinson. Andrea Brown, Worship Associate. Whatever the result of this fall’s election, some will feel wounded, fearful, and bitter, with hopes dashed, while others will feel reassured, joyous, energized, even tempted to hubris and gloating, and many on either side will find their hearts hardened against the “others.” Immersed in such polarization, how do we, on whichever side, move toward right relationship, soften our hearts enough to empathize with another’s political perspective, and dwell on the side of healing the soul of our nation?

11:45am Coffee Hour
Zoom – Click here to join us. Password: 810131

1pm Humanist Connections
ZoomDreams. Diane Rusnak. For more information, contact Marcia Bates.

The Week, November 30 – December 5

Tuesday, December 1

Giving Tuesday

GivingTuesday is a global day of generosity that will unleash the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. When you give to UUCB on #GivingTuesday you will support valuable programs such as the Adult and Children’s Music Programs, Social Justice projects like the ‘Tiny Houses’ for homeless youth, and The Family Ministry programs for developing our children and youth. We are grateful for you. Donate to UUCB.

4pm Bay Area UU Meetup 
Zoom – This is an ongoing open space for UUs around the Bay Area to meet and explore ways we can collaborate and support one another. More details, including notes form prior meetings, can be found here: 

Click here to join us
Meeting ID: 851 9025 7067 
Passcode: 523065 

Wednesday, December 2
6pm Vespers
Zoom – Join us for our mid-week online vespers services. The 30-minute Wednesday evening service will provide a time for us to gather together to experience moments of reflection, prayer and song, grounded in our UU faith.

Click here to join us
Meeting ID: 830 5378 2422
Passcode: chalice

7pm UUCB Board of Trustees Meeting
Zoom – Join the Board of Trustees and submit your questions. Contact Ann Harlow or 510-559-3616.

Click here to attend. 

Friday, December 4
5pm Friday Social Time 
– Join UUCB folks for a virtual happy hour, on the first Friday of each month. Questions?, 510-559-3616.

Click this link to join us

Saturday, December 5
11am – Ordination of Catherine Boyle. Join us in celebrating as Catherine takes the next step in her sacred call as a minister. Click here to join us on Zoom. Followed by a virtual reception.

Upcoming Events

2pm – 5pm SAVE THE DATE! THE WHITE CARD: A Play in One Act, by Claudia Rankine (copyright 2019) Join the Social Justice Council’s Literature, Film & Drama Contingent for this special matinee event. Discussion follows the performance. All are welcome to join us! 

Last day to bring your handmade or personal ornament to decorate the UUCB Holiday Tree

Last day to submit your favorite Holiday Recipe 

7pm – 8:30pm Good Neighbor 2021. We will be hearing from, and voting on, all of the local non profits nominated to become next year’s Good Neighbors. Learn more about each on this spreadsheet. For past Good Neighbors check out this document. If you are unable to attend but would still like to vote contact   

Announcements & Resources

We are inviting all UUCB to bring homemade or personal ornaments to decorate our holiday tree! You can drop off your donation in the Atrium or entryway by Dec 7th. It is our hope that through this little piece of each of us will still get to be together this holiday season. 



We are approaching the time of many holidays, but won’t let this pandemic keep us from enjoying the nourishing and delicious foods we love! Just like we did with the UUCB Cornbread Celebration, we now ask  that you type up and share your favorite holiday recipe(s), desserts, and others. Type them up and send to us by December 7 to Yummy! 

History of UUCB – As a fundraiser, Dorothy Herzberg would like to write, with help from the congregation, a booklet on the History of UUCB. It will showcase how wisdom, humor, resilience, compassion, and commitment have held UUCB together for more than 130 years. If you have any anecdotes, history of programs, events, etc. email 

UUCB Staff and Board Availability 

  • Click here for Rev. Michelle’s schedule.
  • Tess Snook O’Riva (Executive Director) works Monday-Friday. In office Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Catherine Boyle (Director of Family Ministry) Office hours Tuesday 12:00pm-2:00pm, Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm in This Zoom Room, or by appointment
  • Alisa Gould Sugden (Office Administrator) works Monday-Friday. In office Monday afternoons and Thursday afternoons. On vacation Nov. 25 – 29.
  • Antonio Toro (Facilities Manager) works Monday through Friday, 3/4 days.
  • Yao Chao (Custodian) works Monday-Thursday.
  • Charis Domador (Connections Coordinator) works Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Diana Steinbach (Bookkeeper) works Mondays and Thursdays.

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