Good Neighbor for March

Read-Aloud Volunteer Program is a relationship-based program that fosters in children the joy and love of learning through reading and story-telling. Their goal is to build a structure of volunteers to support and improve reading outcomes for children in under-resourced communities in Richmond, CA and surrounding areas.

Friday February 26, 2021

UUCB Presents The 2021 Lawrence Lecture:
Reverend Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

Where Do We Go From Here?

What I’ve Found in The Fire and Hot-Mess Times

Rev. Jacqueline Lewis is senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church, a 1,300-member congregation in New York City. An activist and public theologian, Reverend Lewis leads her welcoming, artistic, multi-everything congregation to work for racial, gender, economic, and LGBTQIA equality, and against gun violence, preaching “Love God, Neighbor, and Self—Love. Period. Everything else is commentary.”
Rev. Lewis is the author of: The Power of Stories: A Guide for Leaders in Multiracial and Multicultural Congregations; Ten Essential Strategies to Grow a Multiracial, Multicultural Congregation, and children’s book You Are So Wonderful! Her latest work, Fierce Love: A Bold Path to a Better Life and a Better World—a manifesto for all generations, a universalist’s vision for mending our broken hearts and fractured world—will be released this year by Penguin Random House.

Join us by Zoom. Admission is free.
Friday, February 26. From 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (PST)
Link to Event:

The Lawrence Lecture Series aims to establish a public forum for inquiry into the nature and relevancy of religion (either institutionally, philosophically, or as an ethical force) in a world of accelerating technological and social change, as well as sharpening human crisis and conflicting social values.

Sunday February 28, 2021

11am Worship Service
Facebook Live and YouTube – The Myth of Community. Rev. Michelle Collins, preaching. We come into our communities with a lot of assumptions and idyllic pictures of what community may look like. But many of these pictures are only that –pictures– myths that can actually hold us back. What are some of the myths that we are holding for religious community and what are the realities? It’s only through understanding these that we can lean into the real potential for our UU communities.

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

12:30pm People of Color Caucus (POCC)
Zoom – The POCC provides a safe space for people of color to process and heal racial wounds. We actively engage in projects which bring awareness of racism and oppression to our congregation Please contact Helen Tinsley-Jones for more information.

12:30pm Whites Opposing White Supremacy (WOWS)
Zoom – A group of white-identified people who challenge racism in ourselves, our community, and our nation. New members welcome! For more information, contact Julia Rogers (510-520-8230 or  

Click here to join on Zoom or dial 669 900 9128 to call in
Meeting ID: 894 0793 2840 

1pm Humanist Connections
Zoom – Direction of Biden Administration. Discussion led by Marcia Bates. For more information, contact Marcia BatesClick here to join on Zoom.

1pm Memorial Service for Jim Burneo
Zoom – It is with deep sadness that we share that former long-time member Jim Burneo passed away suddenly and peacefully on February 15, 2021 at 87 years of age. Jim’s family welcomes you to a service celebrating his life this Sunday, February 28 at 1pm. Please complete and submit the Google form on the following link to allow family to send you the direct link to Sunday’s service: Link to request Memorial Service information.

The Week, March 1 – 6

Tuesday, March 2

12:15pm Virtual UU Buddhist Sangha
Zoom – Please contact Lynnette Delgado for more information: (510) 799-0747 or

Wednesday, March 3

6pm Vespers
Zoom – Please join us for our mid-week online Social Time and Vespers Service, a time for renewal, connection and spiritual grounding. Social Time begins at 6:00 pm; the Vespers Service itself starts at 6:20 pm, concluding at 6:50 pm in order to give you time to proceed to any church meeting that may follow.

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

7pm Social Justice Planning Group
Zoom – Social Justice Council Planning Meeting for the leadership team.

7pm Board of Trustees Meeting
– Contact Ann Harlow for additional information: or (510) 559-3616.

Upcoming Events

9:30am Personal Theology
Zoom– Rev. Dr. Dorsey O. Blake, Returning Home 

When interviewed by Lerone Bennett for an article in Ebony Magazine about Dr. Howard Thurman, Mrs. Sue Bailey Thurman stated: “He leads you home!” Dr. Blake will explore how this impacted his personal theology and journey within the American Empire. 

12:30pm Literature, Film & Drama Contingent
Discussion of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Richardson. Click here to join on Zoom.

Announcements & Resources

Want to learn what your fellow congregations are working on, and how you might apply it at home? 
Join a continent of UUs as we explore next steps in creating Beloved UU Communities. Click here for more information and to register
NOTE: UUCB has more than 3 people attending from our congregation, so you may register at the $20 rate. 

UUCB’s Susan T. Mashiyama is the 2021 UUA General Assembly Choir Director! She will direct 2-3 GA Virtual Choir music videos and help select music for the GA Sunday worship service and Closing Ceremony. She is enrolled in the UUA Musicians Leadership Certification Program to learn about leading music in UU settings and about UU history and principles. Congratulations Susan!  

Openings for New Worship Associates! Have you ever considered becoming a Worship Associate? We currently have 1-3 openings. Please see UUCB Worship Associates for a description of what’s involved. There’s so much collective wisdom within our congregation! – it enriches us all to hear each other’s voices. If you are interested, we hope you will contact Rev. Michelle, or 301-675-5314, or any current or recent WA.

UUCB Staff and Board Availability 

  • March Listening Board Presence: Beth Pollard or 510-812-6284. 
  • 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
  • Bryan Baker (Director of Music): on sabbatical through April 2021.
  • Alisa Gould Sugden (Office Administrator) works Monday-Friday. In office Monday afternoons and Thursday afternoons. 
  • Antonio Toro (Facilities Manager) works Monday through Friday, 3/4 days. On leave March 1-6.
  • Yao Chao (Custodian) works Monday-Friday.
  • Charis Domador (Connections Coordinator) works Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. 
  • Diana Steinbach (Bookkeeper) works remotely Mondays and Thursdays. 

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