UUFS News & Announcements
Special Congregational Business Meeting
When: Sunday, February 25, 11:00 a.m.
Where: The Chapel
Everyone is welcome to join us. We especially urge members eligible to vote to attend this meeting to be informed about an important business decision facing the Fellowship and to cast their votes. A quorum must be present to conduct a vote. Please contact Susan Englert, President of our Board of Trustees, at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Registration Is Open for UUFS Yosemite Retreat 2018!
Retreat Dates: Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10
Join us for fellowship in the most beautiful of settings. Click here to go to our Social Events page for details and a link to our online Registration Form. Communications regarding our Yosemite Retreat are sent via e-mail through the UUFS_Yosemite Yahoo group. Please contact Peggy Stephan, our Yosemite Registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. There are a limited number of cabins, so get your reservations in soon. Registration deadline is April 15th.
The Pacific Central District Women’s Retreat
When: Thursday, March 8-11, 2018
Where: Anubhuti Meditation & Retreat Center in Novato, 820 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA 94949
All self-identified women are welcome to join us for a calming respite from our busy lives. Usually held at a retreat center near Napa that was severely damaged in October by the wildfires, this year we will be meeting at the Anubhuti Center in Novato. We were very lucky to find a place that could accommodate a group of our size and our preferred dates at a reasonable price. Anubhuti is a contemplative retreat center run by Brahma Kumaris, the largest spiritual organization in the world led by women. It is housed in a group of historic buildings that were fully renovated by the sisters 7 years ago, and sits on top of a hill, surrounded by 1,600 acres of protected open space, water, and a wildlife preserve, with spectacular views of the Bay, Pacheco Pond, Novato creek and the rolling hills of Marin County. Our retreat offers something for everyone: delicious meals; workshops for mind, body, and spirit; conversations with new and old friends; time for quiet contemplation; and a boutique, silent auction, and book swap. To learn more about the PCD Women and Religion organization and to register for our retreat, please visit our website at www.womenandreligionpcd.org. We hope to see you there. Invite a friend!
An Ongoing Discussion About Race, Session II
When: Sunday, March 25, 11:00 a.m.
Where: The Chapel
We will continue to explore the myth of race and its continuing destructive force on society. Why does the myth persist? In addition we will discuss terms often used when talking about race such as eugenics, genocide, stereotypes, and institutional racism. At the end we will go over real life situations and talk about possible ways to handle them. UUFS member Janet Takahashi will facilitate this discussion and encourages everyone to bring their favorite quotes, sayings or poems about equality to share with the group. Contact Janet at email@example.com.
The third and final session will help us with some non-defensive communication techniques. Ideas will be taken from the book “Taking the War Out of Our Words: The Art of Powerful Non-Defensive Communication” by Sharon S. Ellison.
Pacific Western Regional Assembly 2018
When: April 27-29, 2018
Where: Portland DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Plan to join attendees from 185 PWR congregations as the four districts of the Pacific Western Region convene in Portland, Oregon for the 2018 Regional Assembly where three dynamic speakers will address the theme, “Stories of Hope, Courage, Resistance, and Resilience.”
The Rev. Dr. William Barber, a national figure in civil rights activism, will be in the pulpit for Sunday’s worship service. Saturday’s keynote speaker will be Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, the first Indian-American woman to be elected to U.S. Congress. Jayapal has spent the last twenty years working internationally and domestically as a leading advocate for women’s, immigrant, civil, and human rights. The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA president, will speak at Friday evening’s opening ceremony. Frederick-Gray will share her emerging vision for the future of the UUA and the wider movement.
All four districts of the Pacific Western Region will hold concurrent annual meetings on Saturday afternoon. Meeting materials and delegate information will be distributed in February/March.
Full details and the registration form are available through the Pacific Western Region website here. Or click here to register directly through the hotel, being sure to use group code UU8. Discounted room rates are available through March 29.
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