Whatever things are
think on these things
Vol. 57, No. 12 June 20, 2008 Barbara Strader Editor
Raconteur: a person who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit. Members and friends of the Community Church are cordially invited to a wine and cheese gathering on Friday, June 27, 3-5 pm, at The Redwoods to celebrate the publication of the Raconteur and to meet the contributors. The current issue on the theme “spirituality and social action” was made possible through a grant made to The Community Church by the Marin Foundation. Linda Xiques, our volunteer of the year, served as the editor. On the opening page, she writes: “Welcome, readers! In this, the fourth issue of The Redwoods Raconteur, our resident writers tell stories of social activism—how each, in ways large and small, tried to make a difference in the world. Some describe themselves as born rebels, seeing through the hypocrisy of their elders, intent on standing for truth. Others tell of pivotal circumstances that changed them, opened their eyes to injustice and compelled them to act.” Copies of this new issue of the Raconteur will be available in the Tamalpais Hall during the coffee hour on Sunday, June 22. - Linda Xiques
BBQ This Sunday!
Please plan to join us at the barbecue this Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. after the service. We will gather outside in the church courtyard and front garden. Seating will also be available in Tamalpais Hall for those who want to avoid the sun or need more comfortable chairs. Hot dogs, beef and veggie burgers, condiments, beverages and desserts will be provided. Members and friends who plan to attend should dress comfortably and are asked to bring a potluck side dish (e.g., salads, beans, chips, cut fruit or vegetables.)
Sunday June 29
Coming Together for Peace and Justice in the Philippines On Sunday, June 29, our guest preacher will be Dr. Eleazar Fernandez, ordained UCC minister in the Philippines and professor of constructive theology at the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Dr. Fernandez writes: “As a constructive theologian, I consider it an important task to enable faith communities
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No Sunday Morning Class in July
“The Unexpected Word” will not meet in July while Pam is on vacation. Please plan to attend when the class resumes on Sunday, August 3.
In This Issue
James Christie in Istanbul NCNC/UCC Lay Delegates Guest Preachers for July Sundays Calendar of Events 2 2 3 4
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to do theology that names their pains and laments their anguish and celebrates their joys; poetically articulates their longings for a better tomorrow; orients their transforming actions to the here and now; and equips them with courage to live as if the future were present in the spirit of the One who was crucified and resurrected with the people.” That same afternoon at 6:00 pm in Tamalpais Hall we will host a coming together of churches and people's organizations from throughout the Bay Area to hear Bishop Eliezer Pascua speak on the situation in the Philippines and the growing number of Human Rights violations that have victimized our pastors, lay workers and leaders. Bishop Pascua is the General Secretary of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines. We hope also to hear the testimony of Maylene Guerrero whose husband Pastor Berlin Guerrero was illegally abducted, heavily tortured, and is now in jail in the Philippines. She will represent the widows and families of the victims of human rights violations in the Philippines. The event will also feature dance and singing from the Filipino communities. It is my hope that having this activity hosted in our church will further strengthen the ties of many diverse communities in the Bay Area. Our vibrant church serves as a living testimony to our deep commitment to social justice and peace. - Arn Lou Mutia
James Christie In Istanbul
Many of you expressed interest in receiving updates from me while I am in Istanbul. Because of this I decided to keep a blog. It's at the address of my blog I kept while in Uganda: http://jameschristie.livejournal.com/ I should be updating it once a week and I will try to post pictures. In other words, please bookmark and visit when the Spirit moves you. Istanbul has been awesome thus far! - James Christie
NCNC/UCC Lay Delegates
Oops, I goofed in my Annual Meeting of the Congregation Recap article that was published in the last issue of this newsletter! Bob Larsen, not Bob Harmon, is the Alternate Lay Delegate. The new NCNC/UCC Lay Delegates are: Lisa Filippi and Ben Hulan The new Alternate Lay delegates are: Jacquie Hoffman and Bob Larsen
The Community Church of Mill Valley United Church of Christ An Open & Affirming Congregation 8 Olive Street, Mill Valley , CA 94941 Phone 415/388-5540 Fax 415/388-1678 e-mail CCMVUCC@comcast.net www.millvalleyucc.org
Pastor: Pam Shortridge Minister Emeritus: Jack Bartlett Parish Associate of Mission: Dora Ford Minister in Covenant: Jacquie Hoffman Seminarian In-Care: Arn Lou Mutia Seminarian In-Care: James Christie Choir Director/Church Musician Esther Archer Executive Editor: Barbara Strader Custodian: Aaron Young
Sunday Morning: 9:00 a.m. “The Unexpected Word” Class, Foster Room 10:00 a.m. Worship Service, Sanctuary Nursery Care for Infants & Toddlers, Nursery Program for Children in Preschool through Third Grade, Children gather in the Chapel 11:15 a.m. Coffee Hour in the Tamalpais Hall Of Good Report is published on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Deadline for submissions is the previous Monday at noon. 2
Guest Preachers For July Sundays
We are delighted to have the following guest speakers in July while Pam is on vacation. July 6: Rev. Jim Burklo Jim is an author and ordained United Church of Christ minister. He's an MDiv graduate of the San Francisco Theological Seminary (Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley), and received his BS from the University of California, Riverside. He's the author of Open Christianity, and is a member of the national board of directors of The Center for Progressive Christianity, www.tcpc.org. He has pastored churches in Palo Alto, San Mateo, and Sausalito, California. He was the Protestant campus minister at Stanford University and was the organizer and executive director of the Urban Ministry of Palo Alto, which serves low income and homeless people. His new book, Birdlike and Barnless: Meditations, Prayers, Poems and Songs for Progressive Christians, will be published this summer by St. Johann Press. July 6: Rev. David Martin David Martin has been the staff chaplain at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Rafael since 2004 and a member of that facility's Medical Ethics Committee since 1998. He has been a community interfaith chaplain working with people with lifechallenging illnesses since 1987 when he graduated with a Masters in Divinity from Golden Gate Seminary in Marin. David co-chairs the Medical Ethics committee with Dr. Tricia Bell and is a member of the Regional Kaiser Chaplains Group of the Bay Area. He was honored by the Marin Community Foundation with their 2001 "Compassion in Action" Award and by Kaiser San Rafael as an "Everyday Hero" in 2005. David is proud of Kaiser's commitment to quality interdisciplinary care for patients, families and staff and our inclusion of spiritual care as an integral component of collaborative clinical care.
July 20: Rev. Carol Hovis Carol is an ordained Presbyterian minister (PCUSA) and the Executive Director of the Marin Interfaith Council, since July 2004. Prior to her position with MIC, she served for six years as the Community Advocate with the San Rafael Canal Ministry in San Rafael, CA. Carol moved to northern California from northern Virginia in January 1998. Born and raised in metropolitan Washington, DC, Carol attended college in Pennsylvania and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She returned to the DC area in 1988 to serve a Presbyterian congregation in Fairfax, VA. After nine years on staff at Providence Presbyterian Church, seven as associate pastor, she resigned in November 1997 to begin a 11 month personal sabbatical which brought her to northern California. In September 2000, Carol received the Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, CA. July 27: Chris Highland Chris Highland was an interfaith chaplain in the jail and on the streets of Marin for many years. He was a Presbyterian minister for fourteen years before leaving his ordination for reasons of conscience. Chris is the author of My Address is a River: Journeys with the Homeless God (published on his website at www.naturetemple.net) and six "natural spirituality" books on Muir, Thoreau, Emerson, Whitman, Margaret Fuller and John Burroughs. Each book includes quotations from a host of companion artists, poets and spiritual teachers from around the world, balanced by Chris' black and white photography. Chris is an adjunct instructor at Dominican University teaching two courses this summer on "Walt Whitman: Community and the Genius of the Common Person" and "The Wild Gospel of Nature, "which will be the topic of his message on July 27. For the past three years Chris lived in a one-room forest cabin on Whidbey Island in Washington State. He currently lives in San Rafael with his partner and fianceé Carol Hovis.
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Upcoming Church Events
Sunday 8:30 a.m. Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary Unexpected Word Discussion Class, Foster Room Worship Child care in the Nursery End-of-the-Year Barbecue, Tamalpais Hall & Patio 10:00 a.m. 11:15 a.m. Coming Tue. June 24 Fri. June 27 Sun. June 29
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Wed. July 2-Tue. July 29 Fri. July 4 Sun. July 6 10:00 a.m. Mon. July 7 12 Noon
Board of Directors, Fireside Room Wine & Cheese Celebration at The Redwoods celebrating publication of The Raconteur. Church members are invited to attend. Guest Preacher, Eleazar S. Fernandez, Professor of Constructive Theology, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in Minnesota “Coming Together for Peace with Justice in the Philippines,” Tamalpais Hall. Keynote speaker: Bishop Eli Pascua, General Secretary of the UCCP (United Church of Christ in the Philippines) Pam Shortridge on Vacation Church Office closed for Independence Day Guest Preacher, Jim Burklo Of Good Report Deadline