Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin

Upcoming Services

For your convenience, we've posted descriptions of this month's sermon topics and speakers.

July 27, 2014: "Heartbreak and Hope: Lessons from the Streets of San Francisco"

 Suzi Spangenberg, with Rodney Gothelf, Worship Associate

What happens when you are 82 years old and lose your housing? Or are disabled and still on the housing waiting list after several years on the streets? What do you do if you are a transgendered sex worker being threatened with physical violence?

Suzi shares what she has learned as a chaplain working from 10pm-4am with San Francisco Night Ministry, who minister to unhoused and marginalized people living on the streets in the Tenderloin and other neighborhoods of San Francisco.


August 3, 2014: "Resilience: Buoyancy and Elasticity in the face of Life's Big Changes"

Robert Drake, with Dianne Estrada, Worship Associate

Webster defines "resilience" as: the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity; and: as the ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy. Life never stops throwing curve balls. Life changes constantly - so much loss, so much growth, so much change, so much! Today we talk about what life sends us and our choices in staying present to those changes.  


August 10, 2014: "Our Stories, Ourselves: The importance of our narratives, past, present and future for drawing meaning and creating hope in our lives"

Robert Drake, with Bev Munyon, Worship Associate

Recognizing the importance of our stories - one's personal narrative, to every day living through adversity, change, illness, loss and grief, is the first step toward creating reasons to hope and struggle forward.  We are as dependent upon hope for survival as we are for clean water and air.  The future narrative we create for ourselves provides meaning... or it does not.  Your story gives your life meaning, reasons to believe in your past and reason to hope in your future... something to believe in, to survive for - to live for.    Today we talk about story, narrative, and ways to generate hope, meaning and resilience.

August 17, 2014: "The Most Important Discovery of Science"

John Severinghaus, with Nani Ranken, Worship Associate

Oxygen, often called the most important discovery, isn’t. After 7 oxygen discoverers, an eighth scientist discovered that the world of science was wrong about water. That made possible the great revolution of chemistry.

John Severinghaus and wife Elinor joined our fellowship in early 1960s as friends of Chip’s father Sam Wright.  Their 4 children were brought up here. John joined the UCSF medical school faculty in 1958. His research has been in respiratory physiology, altitude, and physical monitoring devices like the pulse oximeter and blood gas analyzers, his invention.

August 24, 2014: "Participation Service"

Dick Park, with Karen Auroy, Worship Associate

Dick is a retired social worker, and has been a UUCM member for 46 years. He is a former president of the UUCM board, and a former member of the UUA Board of Trustees.