We are excited about the success of the Stewardship campaign!
We are extremely grateful for the many (141 and still counting!) pledges which allowed us to exceed our original goal, and some extraordinary one-time pledge increases that will allow us to stretch even more. Every pledge contributes to the sustainability of our congregation.

Saturday May 25, 2024

11 am – 5 pm Art Sale
In Person – Enjoy the splendor of artistic expression at the upcoming Art Sale, sponsored by UUCB’s Freestone Committee, aimed at raising vital funds for the restoration of the property. Join us on May 24 and 25, from 11 am to 5 pm.

Sunday May 26, 2024

10 am Youth and Children’s Choir Rehearsal
Meditation Room (below the Sanctuary) – Open to all children and youth, ages 5½ and up. Prior musical experience is not required. Email Teacher Katie for questions: ktlipka@gmail.com.

11 am Worship Service
In Person, Facebook Live and YouTube – Weaving the Garments of Destiny. Rev. Jay Atkinson, preaching. Worship Associate Don Klose.

12 pm Coffee Hour
Social Hall – Join us for coffee and a snack or light lunch.

1 pm Humanist Connections
ZoomPositive Views of Death presented by Ray Westergard. The Humanist Connections group meets weekly to discuss topics relating to our humanity, values, ideas. “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” (4th principle of Unitarian Universalism.) For more information, contact Marcia Bates.

1 pm Working to Overcome White Supremacy (WOWS)
– Please bring your MAUBs (Moments of Awareness of Unconscious Bias) and MOIs (Moments of Illumination). For more information, contact Julia Rogers and Julie Winkelstein at wows@uucb.org or 510-520-8230 (Julia).

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

The Week, May 27 – Jun 1

Monday, May 27
Memorial Day. Office closed.

9 am Write for Your LifeZoom – Please email Kit Hewitt for Zoom link and details: khewitt@lmi.net.

9:30 am Women’s Meditation Group In Person – This group meets weekly to practice “Mettā” (pr. METTT-tttah) or “loving kindness” meditation in the Southeast Asian Buddhist philosophy tradition. On the 2nd & 4th Mondays we meet in person, and all other meetings are on Zoom. So that a space can be prepared for you when we meet in person, RSVP to Evelie Delfino Såles Posch evelie511@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 28

10 am Improving Your Balance Through Tai Chi 
In Person – Contact Tess Snook O’Riva for more information ed@uucb.org.

10:15 am Lunch Program at Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP)
In Person, off-site – UUCB volunteers prepare and/or serve lunch at the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) every fourth Tuesday. If you’re interested, contact Ray Westergard at raywest2@sbcglobal.net.

12:15 pm Applied UU Buddhist SanghaZoom – Contact Lynnette Delgado for more info: lynnettedelgado@comcast.net

Wednesday, May 29

10:30 am Aging with Grace
 – A weekly gathering of people sharing ideas and encouragement as they age. Contact Ann Greenwood annegt1@sbcglobal.net (510) 734-3378n or Jane Ramsey: Jane.rms@gmail.com or (510) 499-5204.

Thursday, May 30

5:30 pm Learn Javanese music at UUCB! In Person – Experience firsthand the meditative Javanese gamelan. All ages and levels of musical skill welcome. Contact Daniel danielswinslowschmidt@gmail.com, 510-334-1334 or Tom trippthomas@yahoo.com, 510-495-4879.

7:15 pm Choir Rehearsal
In Person – Luminescence, our choir of adults, joins to sing on Thursday nights in the sanctuary.  New singers are most welcome! You don’t need choral experience, nor do you need to read music – though both help in learning the new music.

Friday, May 31

9:30 am Improving Your Balance Through Tai Chi
In Person – Contact Tess Snook O’Riva for more information ed@uucb.org.

Saturday, June 1

Upcoming Events

2 pm Roads and Roles of Comedy. Adult Exploration hosts UUCB Member, Director and Actor, Harold Dean James, with a troupe of actors, who will bring six short comedic plays to the UUCB Social Hall Stage on June 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.It is a UUCB FUNDRAISER! Baskets for donations will be in front of the stage.
Our FINAL ASSEMBLE of the Blessings Bags will be Sunday June 2 after the service in the Social Hall.  We’re prepping for this and we still need and appreciate the socks, toothpaste and brushes, shampoo, rinse, soap, and lotion that you have contributed! Beth Jerde bjerde55@hotmail.com

The Art of Worship with Rev. Marcus. A daylong retreat to help build a community of ritual artists at the UU Church of Berkeley. This is a retreat for people who have been moved by the experience of worship and want to take a deeper dive and get involved in any aspect of worship-making. RSVP here.
June 8 – The Art of Worship. More info.
June 9 – Summer Forum: Equity in Berkeley Schools. Info.
June 9 – Calendaring Summit.
June 15 – Death Cafe. More info.
June 16 – Summer Forum: Time to Abolish War. More info.
July 3 – American Guild of Organists concert.

Announcements & Resources


General Assembly June 20 – 23. General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Participants worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend.
Register here.

Good Neighbor for May

YES Nature to Neighborhoods
Website: https://www.yesfamilies.org/ Mission: In partnership with nature, YES nurtures leaders who champion the wellbeing of our community. Our vision is for Richmond youth, adults and families to lead healthy, connected lives; motivate change in their neighborhoods; and inspire a safe, thriving community.

UUCB Staff and Board Availability

  • Board Listening Presence: Michael Armstrong: (510) 219-3847 michaelarmstrong2494@comcast.net
  • Rev. Marcus Liefert (Minister) meetings by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Email: revmarcus@uucb.org
  • Tess Snook O’Riva (Executive Director) works Monday-Friday. In office Tuesdays and Thursdays. Email: ed@uucb.org
  • Bryan Baker (Director of Music): in person Thursdays and Sunday mornings, and remotely Fridays. Email: bryan.baker@uucb.org
  • Janae Heard (Office Administrator): in office Tuesdays and Thursdays 11-5. Works remotely M-W-F. Email: janae@uucb.org
  • Peter Barnholdt (Facilities Manager): Tuesday-Friday 11-7:30.
  • Charis Domador (Connections Coordinator) works remotely M-F. Email: connections@uucb.org
  • Diana Steinbach (Finance Administrator) works remotely Mondays and Thursdays.

Stay in Touch

  • Pastoral Care Need? If you or a UUCB congregant you know 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, you may call Rev. Marcus Liefert at (510) 525-0302 ext. 303  He is always available for pastoral needs, as phone messages will be forwarded to him.
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Our Board of Trustees Widening the Circle Vision Statement:
“We, the trustees of UUCB commit ourselves to championing racialjustice, embodying anti-racist practices, and confronting anddismantling white supremacy culture and all forms of oppression(including but not limited to racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia,transphobia, classism, ageism, xenophobia and religious oppression,including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia) in everything we do.”