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March 2014 Sunday Worship Services


Photo by Henry Kroll

03/02        “The Purpose of the Church”                

                  Rev. Howell K. Lind, Developmental Minister

                  Amy Rowland, Worship Leader 

03/09        “The Directive of Our Faith: The Story We Share”

                  Rev. Howell K. Lind, Developmental Minister

                  Sue Masterson, Worship Leader

 03/16       “Be the Change”

                 Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and UUCB’s Climate Change Ministry

                  Tom Denkenberger, Worship Leader

 03/22        Service of Ordination for Amy Rowland

                  4:00 pm at UUCB

03/23        “Of Risk and Hope“

                  Rev. Howell K. Lind, Developmental Minister

Rev. Amy Rowland, Assistant Minister

Justin Butterworth, Worship Leader

New Member Joining Ceremony

Annual 2014-2015 UUCB Canvass Kick-Off


03/30        “The Story of Us”

Rev. Amy Rowland, Assistant Minister

                  Ted Burnham, Worship Leader

Letter from Howell and the Board of Trustees Regarding Ministerial Search

Dear Members,

stained glassFebruary is often a time of anticipation—we grow tired of the cold and start looking toward spring. As days start to grow longer, the return of the sun’s light and warmth inspires many to start planning for the future: gardens, travel, new projects. So much to plan for—so many adventures to embark upon!

So it is with our church. February and March mark the beginning of our budget planning cycles and our anticipation of the new church year. During this time last year, we, as a congregation, developed a set of shared goals to guide us as we moved into the second phase of our Developmental Ministry with Howell. One of those goals was to develop a strategic plan that would continue to move us forward—including preparing us for our next settled minister.

The Board of Trustees has been working with Howell throughout the year to make progress on those goals. As we worked through this process, Howell proposed to the Board that we start the search for our next settled minister during the 2014-15 church year. In his words, “The health evident now in the congregation makes the timing appropriate for the congregation to move into its next called ministry. The strong desire to move forward with the congregation’s developmental ministry goals will make a good foundation for the church’s continued future of growth and success.” The Board discussed the proposal and agreed unanimously to move forward.

The Board has asked the Leadership Development Committee (LDC) to nominate a seven-member slate for a Ministerial Search Committee. The slate will be presented to the congregation at our annual meeting in May for a vote. The LDC will be determining the process that they will follow to choose the slate during the next few weeks. When they have established the process, they will publicize it.

We understand that you will have many questions about this exciting decision and the process that we’ll be embarking upon. To address those questions, the Board of Trustees will hold informational forums on March 2 at 9:15 AM and March 11 at 7 PM. In addition, a Frequently Asked Questions document will be assembled and will be available for your review.

Thank you for your commitment to our church and we look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming forums!


Reverend Howell K. Lind

Whitney Wheeless, Church President,

on behalf of the UUCB Board of Trustees

UUCB Goals

As explained in the letter from Howell and the Board of Trustees, our upcoming ministerial search will be focused around the goals UUCB has developed. These goals have been available since adoption in the Members’ Area of the church website, and they are also printed below:

Broad Church Goals

These goals were developed from the 2007 Dream Report, the original Consulting Ministry goals (2008-2013), and the visioning work done through the Appreciative Inquiry process and with the Board of Trustees. The Board will review these goals annually with each Developmental Contract renewal.

During the Developmental Ministry, the shared goals of our congregation and our professional ministry team are to:

Church Community

  • Practice radical hospitality. Make sure that our members, friends, visitors, and strangers feel welcome and are cared for.
  • Strive to live our covenants with each other, including our church’s covenant and the covenant of respectful relationships, each and every day.
  • Develop a culture of spiritual and financial generosity and create a common understanding of shared ministry and the role it plays in our church community.
  • Provide community-building opportunities both within affinity groups (age-specific, life-stage, neighborhood, etc.) and across traditional boundaries (multigenerational experiences). Foster mentoring relationships for children, youth, young adult, middle agers, and elders.
  • Nurture deeper connections within our congregation through ministries, committees, covenant groups, affinity groups, and special events.


  • Provide meaningful, fulfilling, and inspiring worship and spiritual experiences that nurture our individual and community spiritual growth and deepen our understanding of UU principles and philosophies.
  • Create multigenerational worship experiences that provide a meaningful church experience for all.
  • Deepen our understanding of rituals, rites of passages, and ceremonies unique to Unitarian Universalism.
  • Expand “worship” beyond Sunday morning and into new settings and experiences.

 Lifespan Faith Development

  • Strengthen our full-church Lifespan Faith Development program, addressing the needs of all ages, including children, youth, young adults, middle agers, and elders.
  • Make our children and youth programs vibrant and compelling, so families choose to attend regularly.
  • Develop a robust and vital family ministry.
  • Foster a strong under-18 community, which supports mentoring and friendship across age groups and builds an exciting children’s ministry.
  • Enhance our internal ministries to create programs and events that nurture our spiritual development, strengthen our spiritual practices, and fulfill our church’s mission.

Social Justice

  • As a congregation, both individually and as a whole, make personal commitments that can transform us by making our Unitarian Universalist values truly a part of our everyday lives.
  • Increase our social justice presence in the local community and provide opportunities for social justice work through our external ministry. Develop connections and partnerships with community and interfaith organizations that share our Unitarian Universalist values.
  • Support and encourage the creation of social justice programs that put our individual and Unitarian Universalist values to work, helping to make social justice work an integral part of our church.
  • Continue to focus on All Church Social Change Events, small group ministries, and programs that lead our congregation toward increased generosity and involvement in our larger community.

Strategic Planning

  • Develop a strategic plan with an organizational structure that takes into account our church goals, our continued growth, all of our church’s ministries, and the aspirations identified by the Appreciative Inquiry process.
  • Create operational and longer term capital plans to achieve an expanded professional ministry team and supporting church staff.
  • Develop capital plans to support our growth and the church’s maintenance needs for buildings and grounds, taking into consideration the recommendations from the Grow Task Force.
  • Implement a ministerial succession plan that transitions our church to a settled parish minister.

Nominate Next Year’s Share-Our-Plate Recipients

Share Our PlateWhen we Share-Our-Plate, we give all our plate collections for an entire month to a selected local non-profit organization (except donations otherwise designated). Members also volunteer to help these non-profits. This is part of our social justice external ministry.

Nominations close April 8th. So now is the time for you to nominate your favorite non-profit(s) to be our Share-Our-Plate recipient(s) this next 2014–15 church year. You can nominate past recipients or brand new ones.

Info on the nominees will be published in your May Clearlight Messenger newsletter. This will give all of us time to research the nominees (such as reviewing their websites) before we vote on them at our Annual Congregational Meeting in May. Nominations close April 8th, so get yours in ASAP.

As many as eight (8) Share-Our Plate recipients will be selected using these guidelines: Nominees should be: (a) a local non-profit organization, (b) serving Boulder County residents, (c) non-political, (d) whose mission aligns with UU Principles and UUCB’s Mission, and (e) where UUCB members can volunteer.

The person who nominates a successful recipient will be asked to notify and becomes UUCB’s Liaison to them.

Please submit your nominations to Aaron Norris, Share-Our-Plate ministry volunteer coordinator, Aaron Norris. Thank you for helping make our Share-Our-Plate ministry so very successful.

LDC Seeking Possible Search Committee Members

Starting in March, the Leadership Development Committee will begin the process of selecting candidates for a ministerial search committee. The candidates will be presented for a vote of the congregation at the May 18 Congregational Meeting. Participation in a search committee is a significant commitment of time and energy, but it is an important and rewarding opportunity. If you are interested in being a part of the search committee, please talk to or e-mail a member of the LDC. Also, if you are aware of a church member who you believe would be great for the search committee, please pass along the name.

–Leadership Development Committee: Ingrid Parker, David Hughes, George Wolfe, Mary Clough, Paula Baase,  and Toni Piwonka-Corle

Auction Reminder and Thank You

AuctionBalloonThank you so much for your support of our 2014 auction Lets take Flight: Help UUCB Soar. Thanks to all for your wonderful donations and bids. We raised $11,610 at this year’s auction. Thank you for helping us make the switch to online bidding and auction software. The change will continue to pay off in years to come.
It’s time to pay up for all those wonderful items you bid on at the auction. You should receive an email statement with items you donated and items you bought with your grand total owed at the bottom. Or you can pick up a paper copy at church at the auction table.

We will have a table in the sky room during coffee on 3/2, 3/9 and 3/16. All $ is due to UUCB by Monday, March 17. Make your checks payable to UUCB with 2014 auction in the memo line. Stop by our table and pay up. Or, mail your check into the church office.

Lastly, thanks to all our wonderful auction volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks go to: Dianne Ewing, Joyce Benson, Caitlin Moore, Will Kropp, Hilton and Jenny Fitt- Peaster, Karen Morgan, Toni Piwonka – Corle , George Kern and Janet Wolf, Suze Riederer, Neil Di Muccio, Suzy Belmont, Annie Mc Mullen,Tessa Davis.

Lisa Hughes and Diana King, Auction co-chairs

Reflections on the Journey by Rev. Howell Lind

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt lunch recently with my colleague, Rabbi Marc Solloway of Bonai Shalom, we were discussing a number of topics when Marc asked me if I knew about the “Gun Sabbath.”  I hadn’t heard of it and I asked Marc to tell me more about it.  The more he related about the 2014 Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend – March 13th to the 16th, 2014 – the more I wanted to somehow to know more about this weekend and to be a part of this event.

I have long been an advocate for stricter gun laws, mandatory background checks, firearm education, and a supporter of gun buy-back laws.  Here, in Colorado, we have seen far too many examples of gun violence – Columbine and the Aurora Theater Shooting being the examples of mass shootings, but there have been far more instances of shootings and death that do not always grab the newspaper headlines.

According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, every year in the U.S, an average of more than 100,000 people are shot.  Every day in the U.S. an average of 289 people are shot.  One person is killed by a firearm every 17 minutes.  More children ages 0-19 died from firearms every three days in 2010 than died in the December 2012 Newtown, Connecticut massacre.  Nearly three times more kids (15,576) were injured by firearms in 2010 than the number of U.S. soldiers (5,247) wounded in action that year in the war in Afghanistan.

I find these statistics appalling.  I find gun violence appalling.  I wish that our Congress and our President would “get their act together” and do what needs to be accomplished by national and state legislation to help put an end to the wanton and senseless killings through guns.

The Gun Sabbath Weekend is March 13-16 with the centerpiece Kickoff National Event hosted on Thursday, March 13 at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  Thousands of places of worship will participate through prayer, education, acts of kindness and action on Friday, March 14 through Sunday, March 16.

Over fifty national denominations and faith-based organizations have formed a coalition to remember those who have lost their lives to gunfire and to continue the interfaith discussion on how communities of faith can work together to help reduce gun violence.  Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, and Unitarian Universalism faith communities are participating in this conversation, in shared prayers, and in sacred remembrance of those who have died as a result of gun violence.

Gun violence is not something that happens “somewhere else” and not to us – it really does affect all of us.  The needless killing by guns can be prevented.  I keep asking myself just what I am doing to stem this growing problem.  I keep asking myself what else – what more – can I and must I personally do.  I do not have answers but I know that I must do something.

I’d welcome your thoughts, your concerns, your reflections on what we, as the Boulder Unitarian Universalist Church, could be and should be doing to make our voices heard on this issue of gun violence.  At the very least, we can become engaged and participate with the other communities of faith on the Gun Sabbath this year.



President’s Column by Whitney Wheeless

Sisters 2Change—ever present, yet sometimes uncomfortable. In 2008, we embarked on a journey into our developmental ministry—new to us and new to the UUA. After a UUA-assisted search by a seven-person search committee, Howell became our Developmental Minister (at the time called a Consulting Minister) in August 2008. The dreams we had for UUCB became Howells’s contractual goals for his first 5 years: financial stability, growth, church community/relationships, social justice & responsibility, and lifespan religious education.

One year ago, the Board asked for the authority to enter into another contract with Howell renewable each year for up to five years. One of the reasons the Board felt that we needed to extend Howell’s contract was that we were not ready to make a transition. With the abrupt ending of the contract on June 30 last year, there was no room for a transition. And, historically we have not handled ministerial and other staff transitions very well. Additionally, we know it takes at least 7 years to make lasting change in the culture of an organization. We needed those extra years to ensure that the great strides we’ve made will stick as we move to a new phase in our professional ministry.

We as a congregation spent the spring of 2013 updating our shared goals to reflect the changes in our congregation over the last 5 years and to provide clarity on what we want to be as a church in the future. Those 5-year goals are organized into five categories – church community, worship, lifespan faith development, social justice and strategic planning. One of our goals is succession planning with the intent of calling a settled minister for our church.  It’s a big goal and an important step in our continued transformation to a strong and healthy congregation.

Given that the search process takes over a year, Howell and the Board felt that the time was right to begin our search for a settled minister. Howell is committed to our goals and especially to our healthy transition to a settled minister. The desire for health in our congregation is why we started this Developmental Ministry to begin with. We are fortunate that Howell is committed to remaining with our congregation until we make that transition to a settled minister. Hopefully that will be next summer, but our developmental ministry gives us the flexibility for Howell to remain until we find a settled minister who is right for our church.

I know that the timing of the search may come as a surprise to many of you. We just extended his contract, we had five more years, you want Howell to stay, etc. But Howell remaining as our settled minister is not an option, nor what we need. Our goal is to call our next minister. To transition thoughtfully and successfully to a settled minister is our next step as a congregation. Howell has helped us and will continue to fully support us in our shared goals. We still have a lot to do, and I am pleased Howell is committed to working with us to see us through to this transition.

So, as in 2008, we are embarking on a UUA-assisted search—this time for our settled minister. Using the assisted search process will permit the UUA to pre-screen candidates and only present those who are willing to continue to work with us on the goals that we already have in place. Without this process, the minister that we call could choose to disregard our goals and move the church in an entirely new direction. Given the work that we all put into crafting our goals, we believe that the assisted search would serve us best.

As the first Developmental Ministry within the UUA, we are helping to define the transition from a Developmental Minister to a Settled Minister. We are clear about who we are as a church and what we want to become. Our goals are the driving force for our church and how we hope to meet our mission. We want and need our next minister to join us in that journey.

I ask you to support this important step in our growth as a church. If you have questions or concerns, attend a forum or reach out to the Board or Howell. Though it may feel uncertain, sad, or even a little scary, it is right for UUCB. We will be ready for this transition. Blessings and love to you all.



Membership Matters for March

barbWe honor members, friends, visitors

Congratulations, Good Luck, Blessings, and Thanks to:  Reed Bailey’s daughter at age forty-five has finished a double major in Sociology and Creative Writing — Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Colorado.  Michael and Diana King are pleased to welcome their second granddaughter, Lamorra Sage Day, born January 21, in Denver.  Susan and Tim Bailey share the joy, at the birth of their new grandson, Owen, on February 3rd, in North Carolina.  We always want to share and celebrate in these special occasions.

Special welcome to New Members: Jesse Colman-McGill, Francis Coverdell, Danielle Fuller, Bridget Hanna, Melissa Kampt, Shawn Lindabury, Lynn Malkinson, Alex Mazzola, Helen McGrath, Kate Monk-McKenzie and her children Demi & Skye (we welcome you back into our community) Heather Ogren, Eva Raschke and her children Linus and Simon, Briana Robustelli, John Rushton, Mark Thompson, and Jane White (another returning member).  We are pleased you have joined us.

Random Thoughts:  Change — what does it mean to YOU?  We have “changed” in the last five years –We have “changed” in the last month — We have even “changed” in the  past week!  Change is hard for many of us, but at age 77, belonging to my third UU Church, I can still honestly say I am here, because of where we are; and what we are about to become. 

Recently Fred and I attended another UU church, where we were not greeted as warmly, as we try to do here each Sunday.  We were not offered a visitor’s name-tag.  Their service included an All-Ages segment, where the children were brought up to the chancel.  They sat there staring, with glazed-eyes, listening to a message which was not really for them.   We were also surprised when the Congregation applauded each musical interlude, which broke the spiritual feeling that we have grown to appreciate.  

Finally, visitors were asked to take a special “colored cup”, during coffee, which did not bring people “running up to us” to introduce themselves.    We are still a work in progress, but in the meantime, let us keep practicing our “radical hospitality”  My Sunday Morning Volunteer Staff: Greeter(s), Ushers, Coffee Set-uppers, and Coffee Clean-uppers continue to do along with Caitlin Moore’s sound crew. YOU are all appreciated, and YES, it takes a church to create community and to make us happen!!

With Love & Care, Barb

Adult Faith Development Offerings for March

RighteousThe Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion

A book discussion led by the Rev. Amy Rowland, UUCB Assistant Minister: Tuesdays, March 4, 11, & 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

In this 3-week discussion group, we will explore the inventive rethinking of moral frameworks presented in Jonathan Haidt’s “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.”

In this book, Haidt challenges us to rethink the role that reason plays in our decision process (it’s less than you might think, or wish!)

He explores how moral groundings, which differ regionally, impact what we believe counts as ‘moral.’ And he presents six moral foundations that he claims help to explain why liberals and conservatives have such difficulty entering into meaningful dialogue.

This three-session workshop will involve a discussion of the book and exploration of these moral frameworks and our decision-making processes.

Participants will need a copy of the book by Jonathan Haidt.

Please read the first four chapters before the first class.


Treasures at UUCB and Tales from Our History

 stained glassHave you ever wondered about the story behind the copper doors outside Howell’s office, or the stained glass window in the sanctuary or where our grand piano came from?  Or what the church was like in the 60’s, or 80’s or 00’s?    If so, plan to attend a 3-session class On Monday evenings in March (3/10, 3/17, 3/24) when Tessa Davis will lead a class that will give you the answers to these questions and more about UUCB’s past and our building’s art treasures. Sessions will be from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at UUCB.

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“Talk About” for March 2014

Talk About – Post-service “Talk About” discussions are continuing once a month. Please join Diana King and others for camaraderie and discussion on the Sunday, March 9 from 11:30 to 12:00 pm. after the service at the back of the Earth Room (near the hearth).


Community Song Circle for Pete Seeger

SeegerSing Out for Pete’s Sake!

The community is invited to come together  for a “song circle” to Sing, Listen, Remember, Inspire, Grieve, Comfort, and Celebrate the Life, Music and Work of Pete  Seeger.

Date & Time:  Saturday, March 8th,  6 – 9 PM.

 Potluck at 6; music starts at 7.

 Location:  Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder.  5001 Pennsylvania. (West of 55th, between Arapahoe and Baseline.)

 There is no charge for this event.  Donations gladly accepted for Pete’s Clearwater (environmental restoration) Project. Bring your instruments, “Rise Up Singing” and similar songbooks, food to share for the potluck and your own plates, cups and utensils.

 (Many people have food allergies, so please label the food you bring with a  list of all the ingredients.)  Coffee & tea will be provided.

 We look forward to sharing an evening of songs and stories in honor of the legendary Pete Seeger.


 Call Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center – 303-444-6981

 Forum Team at UU Church of Boulder –

Mardi Gras Circle Supper

We’ll celebrate Mardi Gras on Saturday, March 1, with a New Orleans-style pot luck at 6 p.m., hosted by Julie and Bob Ford in their south Boulder home.  (The official date for Fat Tuesday, March 4.) Get out you beads and your gumbo or Hoppin’ John recipes, and we’ll live it up with our pot -luck meal. If you have not signed up already, call the Fords right away to assure your spot. Space is limited!

March Tea House

Shirley Bulla invites us to her home for tea and conversation on Sunday afternoon, March 16, 3 to 5 p.m. Bring finger food to share! It will almost be St. Patrick’s Day, so perhaps we should wear green! Shirley’s home is immediately north of the fire station on 55th, not far from UUCB. No need to sign up, just come!

Images from Wise Elder Luncheon

On February 6, 2014, twenty Four UUCB Wise Elder enjoyed a fellowship luncheon and then an outstanding vocal program presented by our very own Music Director Deborah Berioli. Director  has a beautiful voice and received a standing ovation from our very Wise and grateful Elders


Photos by Reed Bailey

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An Invitation: Come Grow Food and Marvel!

gardenWith all these days of cold and snow, do you have a touch of spring fever?  Well, Good!  Spring is around the corner, and with it glorious days in our UUCB garden enjoying our work together to grow delicious healthy food.  Come join us.  No experience is required, but welcome if you have it.

Garden catalogues are arriving in many mail boxes. It’s temptation time – what shall we grow this year? Come St. Patrick’s Day, it’ll be time to get those cool weather crops in the ground, like peas and lettuce and spinach.

If you are new to UUCB, or find yourself with time for new interests, the Garden group may be of interest to you. Several years ago we embarked on the creation of a community garden. This was an offshoot of our UUCB quest to gain UUA certification as a Green Sanctuary Church. We have had three full growing seasons and will be meeting on February 23th to lay plans for this year. Many members have found this a good way to learn how to plant, nurture and harvest their own food. Some have used this opportunity to share in an experience which might be too time consuming for them alone. Some without yards, want opportunity to work in the ground. Some want to share their knowledge and experience. Many enjoy the camaraderie and find this good work.

We will have a poster and signup sheet during coffee hours in early February. Our efforts are cooperative, each person doing what they have time to do. Every person who works on the garden is welcome to take home whatever produce they can use. The remainder is made available to the congregation. We have also donated to local food banks which have the capacity for fresh vegetables.

Our next meeting will be on Feb 23 from noon to 1:30pm in the Emerson Room. If you have interest but cannot attend, or have questions, please contact Sharon Belew.

Community Supported Agriculture Project

CSAAs a project of the UUCB Climate Change Ministry, UUCB is affiliating with an interfaith Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project called Tuv Ha’Aretz. Tuv Ha’Aretz works with with Red Wagon Organic Farm of Boulder County.

In community supported agriculture, participants prepay for a share of produce from a local farm. This gives the farmer a secure source of funding, and gives the members a convenient source for fresh, organic produce. Benefits also include minimizing energy used for transport of agricultural products.

Information will be available this month at the Climate Change table during Coffee Hour.

Tuv Ha’Aretz has built a special relationship with Amy Tisdale and Wyatt Barnes of Red Wagon Organic Farm.  Through this relationship we can put our values into action by using our food dollars to support local sustainable farming, promote community at our pick up sites, and appropriately schedule CSA pick up dates. In 2014, we hope to bring cooking classes, an information packed newsletter, farm tours and thought-provoking programs.

Other CSA partners are St. Aiden’s Episcopal Church, Kehillath Aish Kodesh, Congregations Bonai Shalom, Har HaShem, Nevei Kodesh, Pardes Vavabot, and the Boulder Jewish Community Center.

Registration the 2014 season is now open. Tuv Ha’Aretz goes one step beyond the traditional CSA by giving members the opportunity to be part of a unique community and to explore the intersection of food, sustainability and faith-based tradition through education and experience. This year the CSA season will run for 22 weeks from May 19th through October 16th.   Red Wagon Organic Farm will again offer regular ($577.50), large ($836) or biweekly ($288.75) shares. To sign up, follow this link: and be sure to choose one of the Tuv Ha’Aretz options.  For more information about Red Wagon’s 2014 CSA season, visit: If you have questions about Tuv Ha’Aretz, send an email to Emily Warm at or visit our website at: 

New Date! Special Sunday Forum: Do you Know Who I Am?

Do you knowImmigration Ministry is sponsoring the Sunday Night Forum, on March 16, beginning at 6:30 pm.. This will NOT be in our usual Sunday night format!  Instead we will be offering a series of vignettes, drawn from the Motus Theatre production entitled “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?”  These short, powerful monologues will be delivered by members of the troupe — as the actors describe their own personal experiences; accompanied by musical interludes. The performance will be suitable for school-age children (that’s why we will begin earlier than usual).  Childcare will be provided, upon request.  A time for discussion, feedback and questions will follow.  Representative Jared Polis — or a  member of his staff, have promised to be there.

2014 Unitarian Universalist General Assembly


Providence, Rhode Island — June 25th thru June 29th

Registration Opens on: March 1st at 7:00 am (EST)

The hotel/accommodation system opens at the same time (5:00 am MST)

Tip from an old GA pro:  Reserve your accommodations as early as possible!  There will be limited number of dormitory-type rooms (significantly lower cost) available at the Rhode Island Art Institute.  These spaces will go very fast!  Otherwise, please utilize the UUA recommended hotels.  UUA has contracted for special rates with these facilities, which allow them to keep the overall costs of GA (for everyone) as low as possible.

Applications for Volunteer positions will also open on March 1st.  These must be filed no later than April 1st.  You will be notified of your selection (or not) in time to register before the Registration fees increases on May 1st!

Please direct any questions, you may have to either Fred Cole or Barb Richards.

PRISM Dinners

PRISMWe’ll be feeding student members of PRISM at the PRISM house near CU on Tuesday, March 4. Since it’s Mardi Gras, we’ll serve up some New Orleans style food. Sign up at UUCB to supply a dish for the students. If you have questions, contact Dianne Ewing.

In April we are hoping our RE students will prepare the food for the PRISMers. In order to make this easy for everyone, small groups of our RE students will prepare some dishes during March that we can freeze, and older ones will do the last-minute preparation on Tuesday, April 1. Then perhaps our older students can accompany Dianne Ewing to deliver the food to PRISM. Our older students are invited to eat dinner and attend the program with the PRISM students that evening.

Wine Country Holiday

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of North Bay


 “You generously share your beautiful community, your welcoming homes, your expertise and, especially, your warmth.  We will remember this trip always.”

Ann McCracken, Cincinnati, OH.

 The UU’s of Napa, California proudly announce the ninth season of our Wine Country Excursions. Again, we offer several options for an inside look at one of America’s most beautiful areas, internationally known for fine wines, gourmet dining and spectacular vistas.

There is much to see and do in the Napa and Sonoma valleys, e.g. wine tasting at renowned and boutique wineries; visits to art galleries and museums; exploring the natural beauty of our hills and valleys on miles of hiking and bike trails or by car on our highways and back country roads. Napa is an hour from San Francisco by car or ferry.

We offer two choices:  Both start with comfortable lodging in members’ homes with full breakfast (up to 3 nights).  You can choose a 2-day “Wine Country Excursion,” (a guided, personalized tour conducted by one of our members–some with wine industry experience) or lodging and self-guided touring. If desired, we provide guidance, maps, etc.   UU ministers will be personally guided by our minister, Rev. Bonnie Dlott.

The program runs from April through October.  Our fees are well below market rate for comparable services and all proceeds go to our small fellowship.  For complete details contact:  Iris Barrie at 707.363.7552 or

                       We look forward to sharing our lovely “home” with you!


Protect Our Kids–the Lassy Project

About the Lassy Project

The Lassy Project is a free smartphone app that we launched on October 5, 2014 to help prevent child abductions. It is taking off very quickly and we are currently partnering with different associations (including police departments, fire departments, school districts, city councils, churches etc.) to help make it as effective as possible.

The Lassy Project is an app that allows parents to create different routes that their kids commonly take such as walking to school or going to a friend’s house. If the child strays from the designated path then an alert is immediately sent to the parents phone. The parent can then choose to call the child and investigate. If the child is safe, the parent can dismiss the alert. But if there is a problem and the child goes missing, the parent can push a single button to activate the Village – a group of local community members – to begin search efforts immediately near the child’s last known location.

The most important part of our project is what we call ‘The Village’. It is comprised of local community members that have signed up to receive missing child alerts in their zip code area and are willing to help search for them. As you are aware, the more quickly search and rescue efforts can begin, the higher the chance that the child is found safely.  To ensure that your department is part of the first-responder team alerted when a child goes missing in your city, it is vital that every staff member take 30 seconds to join The Lassy Village. You can do that by following the simple instructions below:

Go to

2.    Click on ‘Join The Village’

3.    Enter your cell phone number, zip code, and password…

… and YOU’RE DONE!

For more information on the Lassy Project, please view our website.

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