Sunday, April 6 at 11 am in the Church Sanctuary
service conducted by the Rev. Fred Rabidoux
"Keep your feet firmly planted in mid air."
Is this advice for a spiritual program or a
tip on snow boarding?
Be forewarned, you won't leave the service
the same as when you came in.
Participating in the service with Rev.
Rabidoux will be
Acting Director of Religious Education
Betty Skwarek, Unitarian Universalist
seminarian Michael Walker, Trustee
Nan Parks McCarthy, and Sunday's
Forum Speaker, the Venerable Robina Courtin.
The Liberation Prison Project
Forum Sunday at 9:30 in the Thomas Starr King Room
from Karen Melander-Magoon
The Venerable Robina Courtin will speak to
the Forum about the Liberation Prison Project
and her work teaching the principles of Buddhism.
A nun for over 20 years in the Gelugpa
tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Ven. Courtin
spent 10 years editing for Wisdom
Publications followed by over five years as
editor of Mandala, an international
Buddhist news magazine.
Ven. Courtin directs the Liberation Prison
Project, serving thousands of prisoners
nationwide. She also travels the world teaching
Buddhism to students of all ages and levels.
Her prison work was recently profiled in an
award-winning documentary, Chasing Buddha.
The free program will start at 9:45. Come at
9:30 for conversation, coffee, and (for a
slight charge) a light breakfast.
Take-One, Bring-One Children's Library Opens
Religious Education Classes Sunday at 11 am
from Betty Skwarek, Acting Director of
The Society has a new "take-one, bring-one"
children's library in the Religious Education
(RE) library space thanks to the efforts of a
whole bunch of parents and children. Special
praise goes to the Junior Youth and their
teachers who moved a lot of books from the RE
library to the RE office last Sunday.
The "take-one, bring-one" library works like
this: Come and browse. Select a book you want
to take home. You may keep it as long as you
like, but before you take another book, please
bring back the book you took originally or
another book that someone else would like to
In the next few weeks the RE team will be
introducing the children to the library and
encouraging the children to start using it
Sunday School begins focusing on its April
theme, "appreciation and resentment". The
lesson in chapel will be the Buddha's birthday.
New students are welcome throughout the year,
and parents are invited to phone Acting
Director of Religious Education Betty Skwarek
at 776-4580 for more information.
Two Sextons Lose Home In Fatal Fire
Fire Fund Established to Help Our Community Members
from Rev. Gregory Stewart
Sextons Thomas Brown and Kelvin
Jones lost their housing and personal
belongings in a fire in their apartment
building on Adeline Street in Oakland Tuesday.
The fire started in apartment #119. Thomas
lived with his partner Peggy in #117, and
Kelvin lived in #113.
One resident died in the fire. Peggy, who
was at home at the time, escaped through a
Cash donations may be sent to the church.
Please mark Fire Fund on the memo
line. Please do
not bring clothing or furnishings until we
know that they have found a new place to live.
Good and Welfare
We are saddened by the death of long-time
Member Ted Drenton. Ted passed away
this week at Saint Mary's Hospital.
Information on a memorial service will be
shared in a future newsletter.
The Memorial Service for Marvin Mercer
will take place on Sunday, April 13, at 3 pm
(not on Saturday as previously announced).
The service will be conducted jointly by Ven.
Darlene Cohen, a Zen priest and Marvin's
beloved teacher, and the Reverend Gregory
Marvin joined this congregation in 1955, and
maintained his membership the remainder of
his life. If you have pictures of Marvin, or
reminiscence to share, please contact Rev.
Rev. Laurel Liefert, the Society's
ministerial intern 2005 - 2006, was in
Colorado over the weekend with Henry
and Jean Kroll. They all attended the
grand installation ceremony for former Bay
Area minister the Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry.
She is the newly called minister for the Boulder
Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Jean will be making her first visit
to San Francisco since moving to Silver Sage
Cohousing Village in Boulder in November. She
plans to be at church a week from Sunday
Congratulations to Denis Paul on being
approved for fellowship by the Unitarian
Universalist Ministerial Fellowship Committee
last week. Denis has now completed all of
the formal education steps toward becoming a
The Witness and Foolish Fun
Play Performance Monday (April 7) 6:30 pm at 234 Hyde Street
Faithful Fools invite you to a performance of
the play The Witness, Monday (April
7) at 6:30 pm at Fools Court, 234 Hyde
Street. Based on the Ten Ox-Herding pictures
of the ancient Zen Buddhist teachings, this
one-woman play follows the journey of a young
woman onto the streets. She comes to
understand that she must look at the
assumptions of her own mind before she can
enter whole-heartedly into the community of
all living beings.
Written and directed by Martha Boesing,
The Witness portrays the work and
operating ethos of the Faithful
Fools. A free-will offering will be
received. For more information call the
Fools at 474-0508.
The photograph at the top of this story shows
Foolish frolickers feasting at last week's
annual fundraising dinner. See more Sonnie
Willis photographs from the festival and
Fool's Sunday service by clicking below.
Why China Resident Matt Brazil is a Member
Did you know that the Society has pledging
members who rarely get to actually come to a
service? They contribute generously from
locations far and wide.
Matt Brazil (pictured) has maintained his
pledge, first from Australia and now from China.
We asked him "Why?"
Bubba's got Jazz, but needs a Home
from Dolores Perez Priem
Bubba was rescued from a New Orleans shelter
in December 2007. He is just one of many
dogs rescued by our Unitarian Universalists
for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (UFETA) in a
joint venture with Animal Rescue New Orleans.
He is currently being fostered by Sue
Anthony here in San Francisco.
Bubba is a 1- to 2-year-old purebred Mountain
Feist, a Southern breed often confused for a
large Jack Russell or Rat Terrier. He's a
very affectionate, happy dog despite having
spent most of his first year in a shelter.
If you know anyone who may be able to give this
sweet dog a forever home, please contact Sue at
826-6193 or by email.
UFETA's Great American Meatout last Saturday
was a lively affair which featured a healthy
delicious lunch. The photo at right is from
that luncheon which included representatives
of the Social Justice Ministries.