COVID Protocol
We have received a number of inquiries regarding UUCB’s protocol for returning to church after a COVID exposure or positive test. We follow the CDC’s guidelines and ask that you do as well. You can read it here:

Saturday January 28, 2023

7 pm Flute, Piano and Organ Recital
In person and livestream – Ease into the new year with the exquisite sounds of the flute and keyboards. Join Rustam Baibikov, flute, and Katya Kolesnikova, keyboard, as they usher in 2023 with music to gladden your heart.

Sunday January 29, 2023

9 am East Bay Amateur Radio Club (EBARC) and KARO ECHO Winter Field Day
In Person – Exercise for ham radio operators to practice portable emergency communications in winter environments that present unique operational concerns. For more information visit

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:

11 am Religious Education/Coming of Age
In Person – Please email Heaven Walker, Director of Family Ministry for more information:

11 am Worship Service
In Person, Facebook Live and YouTube  Universal Acceptance. Rev. Michelle Collins preaching. Worship Associate Karen Elliott. So often we as Unitarian Universalists talk about acceptance and even universal or unlimited acceptance. But what does this even mean, and what doesn’t it mean? Are we really a fruit basket that blindly accepts all? How is it even possible to accomplish this? We’ll explore these questions today.

12 pm Board of Trustees Candidates Forum
In Person – Get to know the Board of Trustees Candidates in this informative and interactive forum immediately after worship. The outstanding candidates are: Kay Fairwell, David Rosales, and Helen Tinsley-Jones (incumbent). For their statements and more info, click here.
*No childcare available due to staff recognition party.

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

1 pm Humanist Connections
Zoom – The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence presented by Don Anderson. 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.

The Week, January 30 – February 4

Monday, January 30

9:30 am Women’s Insight Meditation Group 
Zoom – This group meets weekly to practice “insight” or “loving kindness” meditation in the Southeast Asian Buddhist tradition. Drop in or contact Evelie Delfino Såles Posch

Tuesday, January 31

10:30 am Tai Chi
In Person – Contact Tess Snook O’Riva for more information

Wednesday, February 1

10 am Walk & Talk Group
A small group meets for a vigorous one-hour walk. All are welcome. We are building loving community while supporting our physical and mental well-being. For meeting location on 3rd and 5th Wednesdays, contact Ann Harlow: or 510-559-3616.

7 pm Board of Trustees Meeting
 – Contact Selene Fabiano for more info:

Thursday, February 2

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, 510-334-1334 or Tom, 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, February 3

10:30 am Tai Chi (note new time)
In Person – Contact Tess Snook O’Riva for more information

Saturday, February 4

9 am – 3:30 pm Coming of Age Social Justice Retreat w/ Faithful Fools
In Person – Retreat for Coming of Age parents/mentors. Contact Heaven Walker, Director of Family Ministry and Lifelong Learning for more information

Upcoming Events


Feb. 11 @ 7 pm Love Songs and Chocolate, a celebration of tuneful romance and delectable desserts. In a relaxed, cabaret-like setting, many singers from our community share beguiling love songs from the classics to Broadway to jazz. No livestream option available. No one turned away for lack of funds. Purchase tickets online and at the door.

Feb. 12 Congregational Meeting (after service)
Awards, Stewardship & Election Congregational Meeting. In-person in the Sanctuary AND Via Zoom Video Conference. More details to come.

Announcements & Resources

Ministerial Search Update
We have just completed a dynamic, exhilarating (and exhausting!) week of interviews and reference checks for a goodly number of amazing candidates. We are now entering the preliminary discernment phase, where we narrow our video interviewees to those we are inviting to pre-candidate with us. Pre-candidating weekends are scheduled for March.

Good Neighbor for January

Richmond High School Marching Band. If you would like to donate directly to the Good Neighbor program, please follow this Link to donate online.

UUCB Staff and Board Availability

  • January Board Listening Presence: Pier Sun Ho call or text 734-649-8240 or send an email at
  • Click here for Rev. Michelle’s schedule.
  • Tess Snook O’Riva (Executive Director) works Monday-Friday. In office Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Bryan Baker (Director of Music): in person Thursdays and Sunday mornings, and remotely Fridays.
  • Heaven Walker (Director of Family Ministry and Lifelong Learning): Mondays 10-1 (Zoom), Wednesdays 10-1 (office), Thursdays 1-4 (office).
  • Caitlyn Vincent (Office & Technology Administrator) works Monday-Friday. In office Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Antonio Toro (Facilities Coordinator) works Monday through Friday, 3/4 days.
  • Charis Domador (Connections Coordinator) works remotely Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Diana Steinbach (Finance Administrator) works remotely Mondays and Thursdays.

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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.”