Saturday, August 23 Start Up Meeting! with Rev. Greg Ward, facilitated by Josh Searle-White, Executive Director of the Pacific Central District. Coffee, tea, breakfast goodies and social time at 8:30 a.m. Workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. All UUCB members and friends are encouraged to attend. Child care will be available, please visit https://docs.google.com/a/toast.net/forms/d/1YHezhVubwinkaCA6VJCD1u6f2GzuL6Q9XltH_KmKhdk/viewform -- or call Alisa at the church office, (510) 525-0302, extension 306.
We will take a significant step on our journey with Rev. Greg Ward at the UUCB Start Up Workshop. This will be an interactive and participatory time in which you will have an opportunity to begin to develop a relationship with Rev. Greg and to practice the kind of open communication that is integral to the transitional period that we are in. A transition between settled ministries is a unique time; it allows us to step back and reassess how we are functioning as a community and to find ways to bring ever more life, depth, and love to our experience together. We have asked Rev. Greg to guide us through this process, and this workshop is designed to help lay the groundwork for this new partnership. It is not to be missed!
Please join us to speak, listen, experience, and help inaugurate Rev. Greg’s ministry with us in a positive and life-affirming way. We hope to see you then!
SUNDAY AUGUST 24, 2014
Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. Summer schedule – One service at 10:00 a.m.
Praying to a God that Laughs
Becoming an adult is serious business, so serious, in fact, that many of us lose our sense of humor along the way. When did we lose our mirth? Our imagination and whimsy? When did we finally surrender our playfulness? And how do we coax these essential tools to return? Rev. Greg Ward preaching; Jeanne Foster, worship leader; Merrin Clough and our team of R. E. volunteers will be charged to service.
Religious Education / Family Ministry
Today at 10:15 a.m., Michèle Voillequé will lead the children in playful music making during the religious education class. Singing together is a profound, and fun, way to give voice to our spirits. Come lift your voice in song with us. Michèle is the Director of our Youth and Children’s Choir (YCC). Curious about the YCC? Visit http://uucb.org/music.html to learn more.
Teacher and Advisor Training - Sunday, August 24, 11:30 a.m.to 2:30 p.m., Fireside Room
A workshop for both new and seasoned volunteers. Lunch and childcare will be provided. On-site fingerprinting for new volunteers. RSVP here: http://vols.pt/Jtb8J4.
Youth & Children's Choir Retreat - Sunday, August 24, 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., R. E. Building
Both new and returning members are welcome. Contact Michèle Voillequé for more info. RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wdp1rgjZ2Bw0Ojeo9n6pg1DDZlfah2muJnd5kvNKvFk/viewform. Lunch will be provided.
The Listening Post — every Sunday throughout the summer! Representatives from the Board of Trustees and Coordinating Team will staff a table in the Atrium after the service to hear your ideas, hopes, and concerns. Be a change agent! Come by and let's talk. To learn more about The Listening Post please email the Coordinating Team.
Summer Forum - “An Ordinary Woman in Extraordinary Circumstances,” Angela Mason, 11:15 a.m., Fireside Room
Humanist Connections - “American Foreign Policy: Ideology or Hypocrisy,” Stuart Sugden, 12:00 p.m., Safir Rm
Quote of the Week
Be intent upon the perfection of the present day.— William Law
Vote on the New UUCB Name Tag – Online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5VZMT6L or at UUCB on Sundays in the Atrium. Voting has been extended through September 14, and results will be announced on September 21. If you have any difficulties with online voting (or want to change your vote) please contact Paul Hudson (information in membership directory).
The Board of Directors meets on the third Thursday of each month and you're invited. August 21 at 7:30 PM is the next meeting. There's time set aside for the Board to listen to member concerns, two minutes each, and the agenda typically includes reports from the Treasurer and the Coordinating Team. Come and see how the sausage gets made! – Jane Lundin, Secretary
SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, August 23 Start Up Meeting! “The goal of the startup is to make sure that the congregation, leadership, and minister are all on the same page about what the congregation's goals and tasks are for the first year and whose responsibility it is to do what.” – Josh Searle-White, Executive Director, Pacific Central District
Family Ministry in August
Supply Reorganization – Help is needed throughout the month of August to clean out and organize the Family Ministry supplies. Sign up here: http://vols.pt/Jtb8J4, to volunteer for an hour and a half after worship, from 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Childcare and lunch will be provided.
Teacher and Advisor Training - Sunday, August 24, 11:15 a.m.to 2:30 p.m. RSVP here: http://vols.pt/Jtb8J4.
Youth & Children’s Choir Retreat - Sunday, August 24, 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Family Ministry Office. Please contact Michele Voilleque for more information.
East Bay Housing Organizations - EBHO brings together community members, public officials, nonprofit housing developers, service providers, planners, professionals, and advocates. Collectively, we're building a movement to ensure everyone has a safe, healthy, and affordable place to call home. www.ebho.org
Richmond Equitable Development Initiative - The Richmond Equitable Development Initiative (REDI) is a collaborative of advocacy, research and grassroots community based organizations working together in Richmond and throughout the Bay Area on environmental justice and social justice issues. REDI actively supports the need for quality, living-wage jobs and job training programs linked to growth industries and sectors as well as quality, affordable housing options, effective and connected public transportation networks and an overall healthier and cleaner environment.
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Sundays in August
Summer Worship Schedule: 10:00 a.m. (one service only)
Childcare available from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
August’s Theme: Vulnerability
August 3 - We Are…
Who do we mean when we say “we?” Do we mean who we think we do? When does “we” unintentionally exclude? What does inclusivity really look like? Rev. Dr. Sue Magidson preaching; Kay Fairwell, worship leader
Rev. Dr. Sue Magidson is a longtime member of UUCB and one of it’s community ministers. She serves as the Spiritual Care Coordinator and Chaplain at San Leandro Hospital. As a lifelong UU and Jew, she thinks a lot about who we mean when we say “we.”
August 10 - Pieces of the Puzzle
Walking a trail, taking a pilgrimage, and navigating a labyrinth are metaphors for our life’s journey. Folks who are hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail have a similar destination in mind, though many different approaches to getting there are employed. Rev. Sonya Sukalski speaks about the blessings and lessons of the trail. Rev. Sonya Sukalski preaching; Rev. Jay Atkinson, worship leader; Rev. Greg Ward will offer a short testimony.
Rev. Sonya Sukalski is one of UUCB’s community ministers. Sonya serves as the Director of Faith Community Engagement for Specialty Studios and The Video Project, who harness the power of socially conscious media to touch hearts, engage minds, and inspire action. Sonya developed the UU Legislative Ministry of California’s Spiritual Activist Leadership Training (SALT) for young adults from 2010-2013 which graduated 23 activists equipped to lead us into a better future.
August 17 - Perfect Strangers
What is your relationship with trying to be perfect? Have you ever tried to be perfect in order to be noticed... to be appreciated... to be loved? Trying to be perfect may sometimes get us attention, but often it comes with a price: people only know us for what we do and not who we are. And in the process, we become perfect strangers. Rev. Greg Ward preaching; Jay Atkinson, worship leader.
August 24 - Praying to a God that Laughs
Becoming an adult is serious business, so serious, in fact, that many of us lose our sense of humor along the way. When did we lose our mirth? Our imagination and whimsy? When did we finally surrender our playfulness? And how do we coax these essential tools to return? Rev. Greg Ward preaching; Rev. Jeanne Foster, worship leader; Merrin Clough and our 2014-15 team of R. E. volunteers will be charged to service.
August 31 - Flying--or the Story of a Young Trapeze Artist
A circus experience from my childhood growing up in New Orleans and Robert Frost’s poem “Choose Something Like a Star” together provide the stimulus for a reflection on what it means to be daring in life and what it means to have for a safety net below us the “interdependent web of all existence,” which we UUs affirm and promote. Rev. Dr. Jeanne Foster preaching, with Kay Fairwell, worship leader.
Rev. Dr. Jeanne Foster grew up in New Orleans and went to undergraduate school at Tulane University. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Starr King, was ordained by the Monterey Peninsula UU Church, and served as minister of the UU Fellowship in Modesto. She earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in the interdisciplinary area of Religion, Literature, and the Arts. She is currently Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. A published poet, her work has appeared in numerous journals. Her poetry book, A Blessing of Safe Travel, won the Quarterly Review of Literature Poetry Award. Among her other books are Appetite: Food as Metaphor, an anthology of poems by women, and a critical work, A Music of Grace: the Sacred in Contemporary.
About Worship at UUCB
Worship is at the heart of our community. Worship refreshes us and we take a deep breath and rest from our daily lives. Worship refreshes when it comforts us in difficult times, when it celebrates with us our joys, and when it challenges us and names what has been avoided. Worship reminds us of who we are, what we can become, how we want to live, what we hope to give to the community and the world.
In our worship services, we laugh and cry and are reminded of what is deepest and dearest. Worship engages our minds and hearts and bodies with wisdom from the world’s religions, the words and deeds of prophetic and poetic women and men, experiences of life’s twists and turns and transcending mystery and wonder. Together we reverence living and dying, mark joy and pain and promise. We celebrate hope and liberation, recovery and possibility.
Worship strengthens us to live out our Unitarian Universalist principles in our families, neighborhoods, work lives, church, and world. Worship inspires us to create the Beloved Community and live lives of integrity, joy, and service.
Our Sunday Services, held from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to noon, are joyous gatherings of the community in our Sanctuary. Our Thursday Vesper services from 7:00 to 7:25 p.m. in the Fireside Room provide a mid-week opportunity for refreshing your spirit.
Sunday Worship Services
Two Services Every Sunday: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. (September - May)
One Sunday Service at 10:00 a.m. (June - August)
Worship is central to the life of this community. It reminds us of who we are, what’s really important, how we want to live, and what we hope to give to the community and to the world.
Sunday Services give power, community, meaning and hope. Minds and hearts, bodies and spirits are engaged as we celebrate life together. The Chancel Choir, congregational singing, and music lifts our spirits. Children and adults begin the service together. Children then participate in Religious Education classes. Coffee, tea and conversation follow every Sunday Service. Please note, the church is wheelchair accessible. Large-print Orders of Service and enhanced listening devices are available for our Sunday Service.
Tuesday Morning Worship
10:30-11:00 a.m., 2nd Tuesday of the month, September through May.
Join us in the Fireside Room for songs and silence, sharing of joys and sorrows, and a reading. All are welcome!
Other Worship OpportunitiesFrom time to time, UUCB offers special services, vespers and seasonal celebrations for all to participate in. Please look for announcements in our weekly Orders of Service, the weekly "Pink Sheet" or e-Announcements, and in our monthly Beacon on the Hill newsletter.