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.

Saturday July 4, 2020 

All day U.S. Independence Day Federal Holiday. Church closed.

Sunday July 5, 2020 

11 am Opening Worship from the UUA General Assembly 2019: A Love to Change the World, UUA Website – This week we will be watching a worship service from last year’s General Assembly. The message is as timely now as it was then. “We are living in defining times, precarious times. More is being called from us as Unitarian Universalists. If together we can lean into vulnerability, we can discern and listen to how we are being called and chart a path to wholeness, life and freedom.”
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.” The link to Virtual Coffee Hour is listed below, but we will also share it in the comments on the Facebook Live feed during worship.
Click this link to join us: https://zoom.us/j/332046821; Password: 810131 
12:50 pm Humanists, Zoom – What about Defunding the Police? – All. For Zoom information, contact Marcia Bates.

The Week, July 5 – July 11

Tuesday, July 7
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 8

6:30 pm
Vespers, Zoom – Please join us for our mid-week online vespers service, held every Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm through August. 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 8th vespers will be led by Karen Elliott and Deborah Schmidt.

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


Upcoming Events

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.

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.

Updates from the Staff and Congregation

Summer Chalice Circles have begun! There are a few spots available, if you are still interested in joining a little late, and don’t mind having missed a few sessions. Brand new Chalice Circles will start up again in late September. Please contact Natalie Campbell if you are interested, or would like to know more!


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. A new Action Pack will be posted weekly here until August 10. 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) on vacation June 29-July 3. Fridays off starting July 1. In office Monday afternoons and Thursday afternoons.
Yao Chao (Custodian) Fridays off starting July 1
Tess Snook O’Riva (ED) On vacation July 3-July 17. In office Tuesdays and Fridays.
Catherine Boyle (Director of Family Ministry) On vacation June 29-July 10

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. 

Stay Informed 

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Telephone: 510-525-0302
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