The Week Ahead at UUCB

Sunday, July 21, 2019

July theme: Wonder

9:30 am Summer Forum, Fireside Room – “Gates of Jerusalem”—fascinating video!
10:15 am Kitchen Orientation (contact: Ann Harlow,
11 am

Worship Service – From Retribution to Restoration, guest preacher Rev. Rodney Lemery. As Unitarian Universalists, we hold a belief that there is a spark of stardust, a holy divinity within all people. Please join us in this service to think about the spark within those among us that violate the norms and laws of society. Where is the spark in those who do great harm? Where is our spark as we choose to engage or not?

Rev. Dr. Rodney Lemery currently serves as the Interim Minister of Prison Ministry at the Church of the Larger Fellowship as well as a volunteer chaplain at the Solano County Jail. He lives in Hercules, CA with his husband, a human-resources professional, and their fur-baby Basil. Rodney and his husband are members of the Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek. Like lawyer and activist Bryan Stevenson, Rodney believes that “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” His relational theology requires him to serve those in the margins of society.

Worship Associate: Lee Maranto / Slides: Stephanie Ann Blythe / Lead Usher: Selene Fabiano  / Chaplain: Rev. Sue Magidson

12:30 pm Humanist Connections, Safir Room –  Increasing secularization of culture in the US and Europe – Lee Lawrence (visitors welcome; followed by 2 pm potluck)

Good Neighbor for July (sharing our offerings):  Operation Dignity serves homeless and at-risk veterans, their families and communities by providing emergency, transitional, and permanent housing. Operation Dignity also provides comprehensive outreach and support services and a strong peer community, inclusive of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.

Today in Family Ministry

10:45 am Childcare available, Childcare Facility, until 1 pm
11 am Children and youth attend beginning of service, then meet teachers in Atrium


The Week, July 22–27

Monday, July 22
9 am Write for Your Life, Fireside Room (contact: Kit Hewitt)
9:30 am Women’s Insight Meditation Group, Meditation Room (contact: Lucinda Young)
3 pm Health Challenges Support Group, Fireside Room (contact: Susan Singh, 510-222-2567)
Wednesday, July 24
10 am Walk & Talk Group (weather permitting, all welcome), meet at church entrance (contact: Ann Harlow, 510-559-3616)
10:30 am Aging with Grace, Fireside Room (contact: Jane Ramsey)
7 pm Board of Trustees Finance Meeting, Safir Room
Thursday,  July 25    
6:30 pm Gamelan Ensemble, Music Room (contact: Daniel Schmidt)
Friday, July 26 – Sunday, July 28: OWL Training (see Announcements)


The calendar is also available on our website, Just select “CALENDAR” at the upper right of any page. Select the event name for details.

Announcements & Upcoming Events

The Health Challenges Support Group will meet this Monday, July 22 from 3:00 to 4:30 in the Fireside Room. We welcome new members.

July 26–28: UUCB is hosting an Our Whole Lives (OWL) Facilitator Training for 80 trainees and 8 trainers. We need a few more volunteers to help for two to four hours. Contact Alice, or go to The Week Ahead on the website ( /news-the-week-ahead-2/) for the link to sign up.

Next Sunday’s Summer Forum (July 28): CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Contra Costa County.  We will have Al Rodgers from the full-time staff of CASA, as well as Natalie Campbell, a UUCB member, who is a CASA volunteer, to speak about the nonprofit and answer any questions you might have. Individuals can provide an amazing community service by being a stable and loving presence in a foster child’s life through volunteering with CASA.

PG&E has shut off the gas to UUCB due to a gas leak, so don’t plan to use the stoves or hot water.  We’ll know more next week about the timeline for repairs.

Visit the Social Justice table on Sundays and encourage newcomers to check it out.

Submit items for The Week Ahead by 5 pm on Wednesdays to



How You Can Support the Tiny House Build Project

An interfaith effort, and a Sponsored Project of the UUCB Social Justice Council

  • Donate to crowd-funding campaign to support cost of building materials and tools by going to
  • Donate to UUCB’s contribution for lunch and snacks on build days—look for donation jar at Social Justice Table.
  • Sign up to volunteer on one or more build days: Saturdays and Sundays, August 17, 18, 24, 25; September 7, 8. Tasks will include: help with registration, safety talks, hydration, help with the build itself, serve lunches.
  • Advocate with Berkeley and Oakland city governments for “full funding for Youth Spirit Artworks and its Tiny House Village.”
  • If you’d like to mail a donation, YSA is at 1740 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley CA 94703.

UUCB contacts: Jim Acock, 510-684-6565, and Jane Eisenstark, 617-759-4320

To stay even better informed, or if you have questions about UUCB, please explore our website, For events information, select “CALENDAR” at the upper right of any page, then select the event for details. You can also sign up for various email lists:

Submit items for The Week Ahead to by 5 pm Wednesday. Please try to limit announcements to 75 words.

Submit items for the Beacon to by the 15th of each month.